Top 5 Vitamin Essentials

If your medicine cabinet is so full of supplements you can't even remember what they all do, use this guide to simplify your regimen.

Top 5 Vitamin Essentials

With supplements available for everything for your eyelashes to your toenails, it can be easy to lose track of which vitamins and minerals your body needs most. If your medicine cabinet is so full of supplements you can't even remember what they all do, give yourself a break from your million-pill regimen. These vitamin essentials will help you keep your body healthy without making you lose your mind.
Don't forget that vitamin requirements and safety can depend on your personal health issues and certain supplements can interact with each other or with medications. You should always check with your doctor before taking a new supplement. Ultimately, unless you are directed to do so by a doctor, try to limit yourself to taking no more than five supplements.


A daily multivitamin is the most essential supplement to keep in your arsenal. Here's how to find the right one:

• Make sure it includes vitamins A, C, D, E and K, as well as potassium, zinc and iodine.

• It should contain 100 percent of your daily value of most vitamins and minerals. Avoid megavitamins that may contain dangerously high levels of vitamins and minerals.

• To maximize absorption, split your vitamin in two and take half in the morning and half in the evening.

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