Multiply Your Defenses
by Kim Erickson and Ann Nix

It’s virtually impossible to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need through diet alone. Taking a multivitamin helps fill in nutritional gaps and provides extra antioxidant support. A multi also helps your body convert the food you eat into better, more stable energy. But taking a daily multi can also have a direct impact on immunity, especially in middle-aged and older individuals. One yearlong study found that baby boomers taking a multi experienced 53 percent fewer sick days than those taking a placebo. And a new study just out found that men taking a daily multi had lower rates of cancer. Here are five multivitamins that boast the highest-quality vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and superfoods.

Mega-Food-Vegan-Daily MegaFood Vegan Daily
This relatively new whole-food-sourced multivitamin and mineral formula includes B-complex vitamins, iron, chromium, and magnesium. It’s specially formulated to support a vegan diet with body-balancing herbs that help promote energy levels and strengthen the body’s resistance and response to daily stress. The once-daily tablet is gluten-free and can be taken on an empty stomach.
Garden-of-Life-VitaminCode_Women Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women
This unique multi contains raw, food-created nutrients, including a comprehensive range of essential vitamins and minerals, live probiotics and enzymes, and fruits and vegetables. The Women’s formula is designed to support breast health, reproductive health, heart health, bone strength, healthy skin, and optimal digestion.
This multi is also gluten-free and made with organic ingredients. Take with or without food.
Nature's-Way-Alive-Multi-No-Iron Nature’s Way Alive! Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin (no iron)
This popular multi has a whopping 26 fruits and vegetables, 12 digestive enzymes, 14 green foods, 25 vitamins and minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 mushrooms, and more than 40 antioxidant sources! It provides whole-body nourishment to help support energy, bone health, daily energy, colon health, eye health, heart health, and immune defense. This iron-free formula is safe for men and post-menopausal women. You also won’t find wheat, yeast, sugar, dairy, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives here.
KAL-Enhanced Energy Teen Kal Enhanced Energy TEEN Stay Sharp Multivitamin
This teen multi features a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals; a “stay sharp” blend of grape seed extract, GABA, and DMAE; herbs and superfoods including spirulina, wheat grass, and ginger; organic veggies and greens; organic superfruits and berries; digestive enzymes; and raw mushrooms. This blend is specially formulated to enhance and sustain energy, improve physical and cognitive performance, boost immunity, and support the overall health of growing teens and young adults. Fans, including teenagers and college students, rave about their improved energy levels. Take 1 tablet per day.
NOW Foods ADAM Superior Men’s Multi NOW Foods ADAM Superior Men’s Multi
Essential vitamins and minerals, plus saw palmetto, lutein, lycopene, alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, trans-resveratrol, and grape seed extract, are found in this male formula. Whole-food sourced nutrients support prostate, heart, and eye health, energy, and anti-aging. ADAM is formulated to contain the lowest levels of unneeded excipients such as binders and fillers, leaving more room for higher levels of the nutrients men need to maintain optimum health.

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