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THIS Is The Difference Between 'Meh' & Mighty Multivitamins, According To Science

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Let's face it: There's a lot more to taking a multivitamin these days than simply choosing between your favorite chewable cartoon characters. With so many options out there—from gummies for grown-ups to personalized capsules—pinpointing the most helpful supplements to include in your daily routine can easily feel like one big guessing game.

Based on the latest numbers, most of the 75 percent of American adults1 who take supplements on a regular basis go with a good ol' multivitamin (and it goes without saying, but speak with your doctor or registered dietitian before starting any supplement routine). And it makes sense: Our bodies need vitamins and minerals A, C, B6, B12, calcium, magnesium, and iodine to function properly and healthfully, but getting everything we need all the time is often easier said than done. 

Experts agree that the best way to get your daily dose of nutrients is through food, but the reality is that nine out of 10 U.S. adults don't get enough fruits and veggies2 in their diets. If you're struggling to hit the daily recommended amount3 of vitamins and minerals (which varies depending on factors like your age and sex) with a balanced diet of whole foods, you may consider taking a daily multivitamin to help fill in the gaps. 

Why fermented multis make a difference.

While they're in no way meant to be magic pills for health, certain multis may actually have an advantage in delivering nutritional benefits. 

For instance, if the vitamins and minerals in a dietary supplement are just isolates, either produced synthetically or extracted from the plants that your body readily recognizes as food, its nutrients may not be as bioavailable. But thanks to fermentation, some supplements—like the daily multivitamins from New Chapter—have a smart way of getting around this hurdle.

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In the fermentation process—an ancient practice for preserving food—the hard-to-digest sugars, starches, fibers, and proteins of a food are broken down by yeast and bacteria into other beneficial substances. In other words, think of fermented foods as "pre-digested" foods: They're easier for our bodies to digest4 and absorb its nutrients. (You can see where we're heading with this.) 

The idea behind fermented multivitamins is the same, and supplement brands like New Chapter have ingeniously tapped into it. Take their Every Woman's One Daily Multivitamin: Organic yeast and whole foods initiate a fermentation process, to which high-quality vitamins, minerals, and herbs are added. Their patented process is designed to "unlock" and transform each nutrient so they're easier to digest and better absorbed than many isolates alone. The end result? A mighty multi with highly active nutrients your body recognizes and easily absorbs like food: aka it truly is the next best thing.

A well-rounded multi for everyday wellness.

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Loaded with herbal superfood ingredients like ginger, turmeric, elderberry, and maca, on top of B vitamins for energy, vitamin D3 for bone strength, and vitamins C, A, and zinc for immunity, the whole-food fermented Every Woman's One Daily is a next-level multi that goes beyond just addressing nutritional deficiencies. 

Along with fitting in regular exercise, getting a good night's rest, and eating healthfully, a supplement routine that supports your wellness goals can be a great way to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Just remember, talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian about your individual needs and goals before starting any sort of supplement routine.