I've recently decided to switch from my "regular" multivitamins, which I purchased at the drugstore down the street, to a "whole food" multivitamin made by a company called New Chapter. Growing up, my parents were big believers in supplements and urged my sister and me to take our vitamins every day. Back then though, we got colorful Flintstones vitamins that tasted like chalky-flavored candy.
Though gummy vitamins have become a new hit in the "adult" market, I prefer to take regular ones--as boring as that may be. The monotonous and usually smelly larger tablets aren't pleasant to take, but as an adult, you'd assume that these are the products that will be most beneficial to you and your actual nutritional needs. Nature Made was my product of choice, simply because I could usually find it on sale at CVS.
(See the ingredients in Nature Made Multi for Her vitamins here.)
Unfortunately, I could never get myself to stick to a daily regimen of taking my adult multivitamin. I would often find myself with a terrible stomachache after taking a dose, specifically if I hadn't eaten enough food beforehand. As hard as I tried to develop this healthy habit, I eventually fell off the wagon completely, with bottles of multivitamins sitting ignored in my medicine cabinet.
After becoming a more frequent shopper at healthier grocery stores, such as Earth Fare, which has just recently made its debut in Tallahassee, I began to explore alternative vitamins. I knew that there had to be an option out there that was easier on my digestive system so that I could still get the daily dose of vitamins and nutrients that I needed. A little time spent researching on sites like Vitacost.com led me to try New Chapter's Every Woman's One Daily multivitamin. I picked it up at Earth Fare, where it happened to be on sale at the time for about $5 less than usual.
(Explore the ingredients of the New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily multivitamins here.)
New Chapter's website boasts the quality ingredients found in their products and explains that their multivitamins' components are derived from "organic herbs and cultured whole-food." The highlight of the Every Woman's One Daily, which is evident from the packaging itself, is that it is easy-to-digest and can even be taken on an empty stomach.
I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first and I cringed with anticipation as I took that first vitamin, expecting to feel at least a twinge of discomfort moments later; but in fact, I had no issues whatsoever. This has been a major blessing, as I usually opt to take my supplements in the morning, but breakfast is hardly ever a heavy meal for me. Now, the size of my omelet, bowl of cereal or smoothie doesn't matter. I can take my new whole food multivitamins the moment I get out of bed. There is no doubt in my mind that I have turned over a new leaf in one aspect of my nutrition and now, there's no turning back.
If you or any of your loved ones has had issues with supplementing before, specifically with multivitamins, I would recommend that (if their physician says it's okay) that they give whole food multis, such as those from New Chapter, a try. Whether you have stomach issues or not, the smarter choice might be to switch to a product with better quality ingredients than the "bargain" brands.