Essential Guide to Multivitamins

Our Essential Guide to Multivitamins

Why You Need Them and How to Choose the Right One for You

When work, family, and social commitments leave you pressed for time, it’s hard to keep track of your nutrient intake. Multivitamins provide an easy and convenient way to ensure you’re meeting your daily recommended vitamin and mineral needs, so you can focus on living your best life! In this Essential Guide to Multivitamins, you’ll learn why we need vitamins and minerals, what they can do for you, and why your nutrient needs vary depending on your age and gender. Plus, you’ll have the chance to win one of six Vitamix® blenders!

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Choosing the Right Multivitamin for You

When it comes to nutrition, your needs are as unique as you are. Your daily vitamin and mineral requirements vary according to your gender, age, diet, and lifestyle, and having the right mulitivitamin catered to you, can really have an impact on achieving your best health. At Webber Naturals, we’re not about being average, we’re all about being excellent. That’s why Most Complete Multis provide 55 essential nutrients alongside real food extracts so you can feel confident that you’re supporting optimal health, whatever your nutritional needs may be. Use this guide to help you choose the right multivitamin to support your current health needs.

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Vitamins and Minerals: What are they and why do we need them?

Vitamins and minerals are important nutrients needed for healthy growth and development throughout life. With only a few exceptions, our bodies cannot create our own vitamins or minerals, meaning that we must get them through our diet and/or supplements to meet daily requirements and maintain our health.

What do they do?

Vitamins and minerals support the healthy development and maintenance of all the tissues in our bodies, including cell membranes, bones, teeth, skin, hair, nails, and muscles. They are essential to support healing, immune function, cardiovascular and cognitive health, and reproductive health.

Why do we need them?

We need vitamins and minerals to carry out basic metabolic functions, including releasing energy from our food. We also need certain nutrients for digestion and to form red blood cells, immune system cells, neurotransmitters and hormones. Specific vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and selenium, also provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage to maintain good health.

Three Essential Roles of Minerals

Strong Bones and Teeth

We’re all aware of the importance of calcium for bone health, but did you know that healthy bones and teeth also rely on minerals including magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus? A good intake of these nutrients helps keep bones and teeth strong, and healthy throughout life.

Muscle Activity and Strength

Minerals are essential for electrical signalling all around the body, including in our muscles. At a very basic level, we need calcium and magnesium for normal muscle function. Low levels of minerals can lead to cramps, sore muscles, and poor workout performance and recovery.

Healthy Aging

Aging gracefully depends on a good intake of essential antioxidant minerals. Selenium and lutein are two of the real superstars here, helping to guard against oxidative damage that can cause premature aging in all the body’s tissues, including your joints, eyes, and your skin.

What Are Multivitamins?

Multivitamins are specially designed formulas that contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to support health. High-quality formulas feature a full spectrum of essential nutrients in their active, easy-to-absorb forms.

Most Complete Multis feature 55 essential nutrients including bioavailable nutrients alongside a non-GMO, wholesome base of fruits, vegetables, and a juice concentrate, and all in a one-a-day, easier-to-swallow, vegetarian-friendly capsule!

Top 9 Frequently Asked Questions About Multivitamins

Is it safe to take multivitamins?
Multivitamins are typically well tolerated and safe when taken at the recommended dose. If you are taking other supplements, it is a good idea to check the levels of vitamins and minerals to ensure that you do not exceed the recommended maximum intake. If you have any health conditions, are pregnant or nursing, or taking prescription medications, consult your health care practitioner prior to taking any natural health products.
Can multivitamins have side effects?
When taken as recommended, multivitamins are not associated with adverse side effects, and actively support good health. In some sensitive individuals, taking a multivitamin on an empty stomach may cause nausea or mild gastrointestinal upset. Hypersensitivity reactions may occur in people who are sensitive to the plants included in some whole food multivitamin formulas. Some individuals may experience mild, temporary, flushing of the skin when taking a supplement that contains nicotinic acid (vitamin B3). It’s also important to keep adult multivitamin formulas out of the reach of children as they may contain enough iron to seriously harm a child. Be sure to talk to your health care practitioner before taking any natural health products if you have any medical condition and/or are taking medications such as blood thinners.
How many capsules do I need to take each day?
With Most Complete Multis you only need to take ONE easy-to-swallow capsule each day! Thanks to the hardworking scientists at Webber Naturals, you no longer need to force down large, hard, chalky tablets several times a day.
How long should I take a multivitamin for?
Multivitamins can be taken every day to help meet your daily nutrient requirements and support all-round health.
When should I take my multivitamin?
Whenever is most convenient for you! Taking your Most Complete Multi at the same time every day can help you develop a consistent routine to support your health. Some people find it best to take their daily multivitamin with a meal or a snack rather than on an empty stomach. However, it’s best to avoid taking a multivitamin with tea, coffee, fibre, and some medications and other natural health products as these can inhibit nutrient absorption.
Who can take a multivitamin with iron?
Iron is an essential mineral needed to form red blood cells. Our iron requirements vary throughout life, with a high demand for iron during pregnancy and when we are very physically active. In later life, our daily demands for iron decrease and too much iron can have negative health effects. This is why Most Complete Multis for Men and Women over the age of 50 are iron free.
Will a multivitamin upset my stomach?
Some nutrients, including certain forms of iron, magnesium, and vitamin C, can cause stomach upset. Most Complete Multis contain easily absorbed forms of essential nutrients, making them much less likely to cause gastrointestinal upset. More sensitive individuals could experience mild gastrointestinal discomfort and nausea if taking multivitamin and mineral supplements on an empty stomach. To help avoid this, it’s best to take your Most Complete Multi once a day with food.
Is it safe to take a multivitamin when I’m pregnant or nursing?
Pregnancy and nursing can dramatically increase nutrient demands, and anyone who is or who may become pregnant is recommended to take a supplement providing at least 400 mcg of folate daily. A high intake of some nutrients, such as vitamin A, can pose a risk during pregnancy. So it’s best to choose a carefully formulated prenatal formula, such as Prenatal Most Complete Multi to ensure you and your growing baby get the high potency, full spectrum support you need. Anyone who is pregnant or nursing should consult their health care practitioner prior to taking any supplements.
Does taking a multivitamin in the morning break your fast?
Fasting can cause you to miss out on essential vitamins and minerals. A multivitamin does not break your fast and is a good way to replace the nutrients you may be missing.

Why it’s Important to Take a Multivitamin

Chances are that you live a busy, active, lifestyle and already know how hard it can be to eat a wholesome, healthy diet every day. Even if you do have the time and motivation to make good food choices, nutrient depletion in soils can still mean that you miss out on vital nutrients. Add in dietary restrictions due to allergies, ethics, picky eating habits, or a lack of access to fresh foods, and any diet, whether vegetarian, vegan, or omnivorous, could lead to nutrient insufficiencies or even outright deficiencies connected to a variety of health issues.

  1. Key nutrients for optimal energy
  2. Support for immune function
  3. Improve the appearance of skin, hair, and nails
  4. Support for reproductive health
  5. Sleep and stress management
  1. Key nutrients for optimal energy
  2. Promoting prostate and reproductive health
  3. Support for immune function
  4. Sleep and stress management
  1. Support for eye health
  2. Key nutrients for optimal energy
  3. Support for immune function
  4. Support for strong, healthy bones
  5. Sleep and stress management
  1. Support for eye health
  2. Promote prostate health
  3. Key nutrients for optimal energy
  4. Support for immune function
  5. Sleep and stress management

Key Nutrients for Optimal Energy

Your body needs nutrients to create the fuel that drives everything you do. Key nutrients for energy metabolism include B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C, all of which you’ll find in Women’s Most Complete Multi.

Support for Immune Function

To help you maintain good health, it’s essential that you meet the recommended daily intake of nutrients that support immune function, including vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D.

Improve the Appearance of Skin, Hair, and Nails

Healthy skin, hair, and nails rely on a good intake of nutrients including zinc and biotin, as well as antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C to fight off free radical damage that can lead to visible signs of aging.

Support for Reproductive Health

The female reproductive system creates unique requirements for certain nutrients, including B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. And, if you’re pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or nursing, make sure to get at least 400 mcg of folate daily.

Sleep and Stress Management

A good night’s sleep helps support mood, immune function, and your ability to handle life’s stresses and strains. A multivitamin can help ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins, magnesium, and other important nutrients to support good sleep and a healthy stress response.

Support for Eye Health

Vitamin A is vital for eye health, and research shows that a good daily intake of lutein may help reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Key Nutrients for Optimal Energy

Your body needs nutrients to create the fuel that drives everything you do. Key nutrients for energy metabolism include B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C, all of which you’ll find in Women’s Most Complete Multi 50+.

Support for Immune Function

To help you maintain good health, it’s essential that you meet the recommended daily intake of nutrients that support immune function, including vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D.

Support for Strong, Healthy Bones

Bone density begins to drop rapidly after menopause, increasing a woman’s risk of osteoporosis, bone pain, and fracture. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium, as well as active vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 to support bone health as you age.

Sleep and Stress Management

A good night’s sleep helps support mood, immune function, and your ability to handle life’s stresses and strains. A multivitamin can help ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins, magnesium, and other important nutrients to support good sleep and a healthy stress response.

Key Nutrients for Optimal Energy

Your body needs nutrients to create the fuel that drives everything you do. Key nutrients for energy metabolism include B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C, all of which you’ll find in Men’s Most Complete Multi.

Promoting Prostate and Reproductive Health

The male reproductive system requires a good intake of key nutrients such as zinc and the antioxidant lycopene to support prostate health and fertility.

Support for Immune Function

To help you maintain good health, it’s essential that you meet the recommended daily intake of nutrients that support immune function, including vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D.

Sleep and Stress Management

A good night’s sleep helps support mood, immune function, and your ability to handle life’s stresses and strains. A multivitamin can help ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins, magnesium, and other important nutrients to support good sleep and a healthy stress response.

Support for Eye Health

Vitamin A is vital for eye health, and research shows that a good daily intake of lutein may help reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Promote Prostate Health

Prostate enlargement is common in men over the age of 50 and can lead to symptoms including urinary difficulties. Key nutrients such as zinc and the antioxidant lycopene help support prostate health as men age.

Key Nutrients for Optimal Energy

Your body needs nutrients to create the fuel that drives everything you do. Key nutrients for energy metabolism include B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C, all of which you’ll find in Most Complete Multi for Men 50+.

Support for Immune Function

To help you maintain good health, it’s essential that you meet the recommended daily intake of nutrients that support immune function, including vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D.

Sleep and Stress Management

A good night’s sleep helps support mood, immune function, and your ability to handle life’s stresses and strains. A multivitamin can help ensure you’re getting enough B vitamins, magnesium, and other important nutrients to support good sleep and a healthy stress response.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Women Under 50

Women have unique nutritional needs with daily requirements for vitamins and minerals changing depending on a woman’s age. Here are five vitamins and minerals vital for good health in women under the age of 50.

Calcium
Why? Calcium is vital for the development and maintenance of strong, healthy, bones and teeth, as well as for muscle function. As part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, a good intake of calcium and vitamin D can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. How much? 1000 mg daily for women aged 18–50 Best natural sources Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cauliflower Almonds and other nuts and seeds Calcium-fortified foods such as tofu and orange juice
Magnesium
Why? Magnesium is essential for healthy bones and teeth, as well as for the healthy function of muscles including the heart, and for tissue formation and energy metabolism. How much? 310 mg daily for women aged 19–30 (350 mg if pregnant) 320 mg daily for women aged 31–50 (360 mg if pregnant) Best natural sources Beans and nuts (especially almonds) Whole grains (especially brown rice) Green leafy vegetables
Iron
Why? We need iron for the formation of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all our tissues and cells. The recommended daily intake of iron is higher for women under the age of 50 due to the demands of menstruation. Pregnancy and nursing also increase the need for iron. How much? 18 mg daily for women aged 19–50 (27 mg if pregnant / 9 mg if nursing) Best natural sources Meat, fish, and tofu Fortified foods Beans and pulses Kale and other leafy greens
B Vitamins
Why? B complex vitamins are cofactors to numerous enzyme systems. We need B vitamins to help us digest food and release energy, as well as for protein metabolism, the healthy growth and development of skin, hair, and nails, and for reproductive, cardiovascular, and cognitive health. How much? Daily requirements differ for each B vitamin. Find more information on Health Canada. Best natural sources Beans, leafy greens, and whole grains Meat Fortified foods
Vitamin D3
Why? Vitamin D3 is the active form of this essential nutrient and plays a key role in building and maintaining strong, healthy, bones and teeth. We also need vitamin D3 for musculoskeletal health and immune function. How much? 15 mcg (600 IU) per day for women aged 18–50 Best natural sources Sunlight Fish Fortified foods

Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Women 50+

Women have unique nutritional needs with daily requirements for vitamins and minerals changing depending on a woman’s age. Here are five vitamins and minerals vital for good health in women aged 50+.

Calcium
Why? Calcium is vital for the maintenance of strong, healthy, bones and teeth, as well as for muscle function. As part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, a good intake of calcium and vitamin D can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. How much? 1200 mg daily for women aged 50+ Best natural sources Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cauliflower Almonds, and other nuts and seeds Dairy products Calcium-fortified foods such as tofu and orange juice
Magnesium
Why? Magnesium is essential for healthy bones and teeth, as well as for muscle function and tissue formation. Magnesium is also needed for the proper metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. How much? 320 mg daily for women aged 50+ Best natural sources Beans and nuts (especially almonds) Whole grains (especially brown rice) Green leafy vegetables
B Vitamins
Why? B complex vitamins are cofactors to numerous enzyme systems. We need B vitamins to help us digest food and release energy, as well as for protein metabolism, the healthy growth and development of skin, hair, and nails, and for reproductive, cardiovascular, and cognitive health. How much? Daily requirements differ for each B vitamin. Find more information on Health Canada. Best natural sources Beans, leafy greens, and whole grains Meat Fortified foods
Vitamin K2
Why? Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is considered one of the best bioavailable forms of vitamin K and has been shown to promote bone health. We need vitamin K2 to transport calcium into bones and away from arteries. How much? 90 mcg per day for women aged 50+ Best natural sources Fermented foods (especially natto) Meat and eggs Dairy products
Vitamin D3
Why? Vitamin D3 is the active form of this essential nutrient and plays a key role in building and maintaining strong, healthy, bones and teeth. We need vitamin D3 for the proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, as well as for musculoskeletal health and immune function. How much? 15 mcg (600 IU) per day for women aged 50–70 20 mcg (800 IU) per day for women aged 70+ Best natural sources Sunlight Fish Fortified foods

Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Men Under 50

Men have unique nutritional needs with daily requirements for vitamins and minerals changing depending on a man’s age. Here are five vitamins and minerals vital for good health in men under the age of 50.

Selenium
Why? Selenium is an antioxidant involved in the formation of a protein that defends against oxidative stress. It is also needed for reproductive health and thyroid function. How much? 55 mcg daily for men aged 19–50 Best natural sources Brazil nuts Fish Beef
Zinc
Why? Zinc is essential for the activity of hundreds of enzymes involved in a wide variety of physiological processes, including those involved in energy production, immune function, and reproductive health. It is also vital for energy metabolism, immune function, and healthy skin, hair, and nails. How much? 11 mg daily for men aged 19–50 Best natural sources Seafood (especially oysters) Nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) Legumes
B Vitamins
Why? B complex vitamins are cofactors to numerous enzyme systems. We need B vitamins to help us digest food and release energy, as well as for protein metabolism, the healthy growth and development of skin, hair, and nails, and for reproductive, cardiovascular, and cognitive health. How much? Daily requirements differ for each B vitamin. Find more information on Health Canada. Best natural sources Beans Whole grains Leafy greens
Vitamin K2
Why? Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is considered one of the best bioavailable forms of vitamin K and has been shown to promote bone health. We need vitamin K2 to transport calcium into bones and away from arteries. How much? 120 mcg per day for men aged 18–50. Best natural sources Fermented foods (especially natto) Meat and eggs Dairy products
Vitamin D3
Why? Vitamin D3 is the active form of this essential nutrient and plays a key role in building and maintaining strong, healthy, bones and teeth. We need vitamin D3 for the proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, as well as for musculoskeletal health and immune function. How much? 15 mcg (600 IU) per day for men aged 18–50 Best natural sources Sunlight Fish Fortified foods

Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Men 50+

Men have unique nutritional needs with daily requirements for vitamins and minerals changing depending on a man’s age. Here are five vitamins and minerals vital for good health in men aged 50+.

Selenium
Why? Selenium is an antioxidant involved in the formation of a protein that defends against oxidative stress. It is also needed for reproductive health and thyroid function. How much? 55 mcg for men aged 50+ Best natural sources Brazil nuts Fish Beef
Zinc
Why? Zinc is essential for the activity of hundreds of enzymes involved in a wide variety of physiological processes, including those involved in energy production, immune function, and reproductive health. It is also vital for energy metabolism, immune function, and healthy skin, hair, and nails. How much? 11 mg daily for men aged 50+ Best natural sources Seafood Pumpkin seeds, and other nuts and seeds Legumes
B Vitamins
Why? B complex vitamins are cofactors to numerous enzyme systems. We need B vitamins to help us digest food and release energy, as well as for protein metabolism, healthy tissue growth, and to break down homocysteine, a substance associated with adverse effects on cardiovascular and cognitive health. How much? Daily requirements differ for each B vitamin. Find more information on Health Canada. Best natural sources Beans, leafy greens, and whole grains Meat Fortified foods
Vitamin K2
Why? Vitamin K2 from menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is considered one of the best bioavailable forms of vitamin K and has been shown to promote bone health. We need vitamin K2 to transport calcium into bones and away from arteries, making it an important nutrient for both musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. How much? 120 mcg per day for men aged 50+ Best natural sources Fermented foods (especially natto) Meat and eggs Dairy products
Vitamin D3
Why? Vitamin D3 is the active form of this essential nutrient and plays a key role in building and maintaining strong, healthy, bones and teeth. We need vitamin D3 for the proper absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, as well as for musculoskeletal health and immune function. How much? 15 mcg (600 IU) per day for men aged 50–70s 20 mcg (800 IU) per day for men aged 70+ Best natural sources Sunlight Fish Fortified foods

Best Multivitamin for Women Under 50

Best Multivitamin for Women Aged 50+

Best Multivitamin for Men Under 50

Best Multivitamin for Men Aged 50+

Women’s Most Complete Multi provides vitamins and minerals to support energy, immune function, bone health, and more for women. Each easy-swallow one-per-day capsule contains bioavailable forms of essential nutrients including vitamin K2 and chelated minerals in a non-GMO whole-food base, and is suitable for vegetarians.

  • Provides 100% of all daily vitamins in a wholesome fruit and vegetable base
  • Includes bioavailable forms of nutrients such as vitamin K2, which is often missing from other multivitamins
  • Convenient one-per-day formula in easy-swallow vegetarian capsules
  • Features non-GMO ingredients
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Women’s 50+ Most Complete Multi is an iron-free one-per-day formula providing vitamins and minerals to support bone health, energy, immune, and nerve function for women over 50. Each easy-to-swallow capsule contains bioavailable forms of essential nutrients including vitamin K2 and chelated minerals in a non-GMO whole-food base, and is suitable for vegetarians.

  • Provides 100% of all daily vitamins in a wholesome fruit and vegetable base
  • Contains 1000 IU of vitamin D3, plus key minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc
  • Includes bioavailable forms of nutrients such as vitamin K2, which is often missing from other multivitamins
  • Convenient high-absorption one-per-day formula in easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules
  • Features non-GMO ingredients
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Men’s Most Complete Multi is a one-per-day formula providing vitamins and minerals in a whole-food base to maintain eyesight, skin, immune function, healthy bones, and muscle function for men under 50. Each easy-to-swallow capsule features over 55 nutrients from non-GMO sources, and is suitable for vegetarians.

  • Provides 100% of all daily vitamins in a wholesome fruit and vegetable base
  • Includes bioavailable forms of nutrients such as vitamin K2, which is often missing from other multivitamins
  • Convenient high-absorption one-per-day formula in easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules
  • Features non-GMO ingredients
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Men’s 50+ Most Complete Multi is an iron-free one-per-day formula providing vitamins and minerals in a whole-food base to support bone and eye health, energy and immune function for men over 50. Each easy-to-swallow capsule features over 55 nutrients from non-GMO sources, and is suitable for vegetarians.

  • Provides 100% of all daily vitamins in a wholesome fruit and vegetable base
  • Includes bioavailable forms of nutrients such as vitamin K2, which is often missing from other multivitamins
  • Convenient one-per-day formula in easier-to-swallow vegetarian capsules
  • Features non-GMO ingredients
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Made from Real Food

Most Complete Multis feature 55 essential nutrients in a wholesome fruit and vegetable base, providing the recommended daily vitamins you need for great health.

It Packs a Punch

Most Complete Multis contain twice as many nutrients as other leading brands, including 1000 IU of vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin), alongside key minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

A Multivitamin Your Body Can Actually Absorb!

Most Complete Multis include bioavailable forms of important nutrients, including vitamin K2, which is often missing in other multivitamin formulas, along with chelated minerals.

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