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Vitamins & Minerals It’s Hard to Get Via Food Alone

You make a point to eat right, but you may not be getting enough of these important nutrients from just your diet.

Vitamins & Minerals It’s Hard to Get Via Food Alone

You fill your plate with fresh veggies, vibrant fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. You can’t start the day without a green smoothie. You indulge in your favorite sweets and snack foods in moderation. You’re doing everything right, but you’re still not quite hitting your nutritional targets. While the best way to get your required vitamins and minerals is through a healthy, balanced diet, there are certain nutrients that may be difficult to get via food.

Folate- Folate is an important B-vitamin that helps support cell health.* If you’re considering expanding your family, you’ll want to make sure you supplement with a folate-rich multivitamin, as it can be difficult to get an adequate amount from diet alone. Folate helps support baby’s brain and spinal cord development in the crucial first few weeks after conception.*

Vitamin D- The best way to get vitamin D is to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, but if you live in an area that doesn’t always enjoy direct sunlight, this may be difficult in the winter months. If you think you’re low in vitamin D, talk with your doctor about adding a supplement to your wellness routine.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3s help support cardiovascular and brain health and are most commonly found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna as well as eggs.* If you eat a lot of seafood, you may not need to supplement with omega-3s, but if not, you can supplement with a special omega-3 formula or one that contains added omega-3s, like a multivitamin. Some Alive!® formulas, including our prenatal vitamins, contain plant-based DHA in case you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Calcium- If you eat dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese, you’re covered, but if you’re dairy-free, you may be missing out on the benefits of calcium. Luckily, many nut milks are now fortified with calcium as are orange juice and leafy greens are an inherent source of calcium. Alive! Calcium + D3 Gummies are a delicious, fruit flavored option that provides 520 mg of calcium per serving.

Iron- Women in particular may find they’re low in iron due to menstruation blood loss; pregnant women also need more iron as their bodies are producing more blood to support a developing baby. You can find iron via red meat, beans, eggs, and iron-fortified cereals, though if you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, it may be more difficult to consume enough.

When should you supplement with a multivitamin or specialty formula? Before starting a new vitamin routine, we recommend chatting with your doctor to make sure you’re taking the right formula for your unique nutritional needs. Taking a daily multivitamin can help round out your diet and ensure you’re getting the important nutrients you need to life your best life.*