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The Truth About Women's Ultra Mega Multivitamin

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author image Christy Callahan
Christy Callahan has been researching and writing in the integrative health care field for over five years, focusing on neuro-endocrinology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, earned credits toward a licensure in traditional Chinese medicine and is a certified Pilates and sport yoga instructor.
The Truth About Women's Ultra Mega Multivitamin
Multivitamins can help provide you with your essential nutrients. Photo Credit Suze777/iStock/Getty Images

Women's Ultra Mega Multivitamin, formulated and manufactured by GNC, is designed to provide a potent blend of B vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. The multivitamin also contains concentrated "superfoods" like greens and fruits, which may have additional benefits. Although whole foods are best for your body, multivitamins can provide support if you lack adequate nutrition. Talk to your doctor; an assessment of your nutritional needs can help you choose the right multivitamin.

Superfoods

The Ultra Mega multivitamins are formulated with several different fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins and minerals as well as other potentially beneficial compounds such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been found to help reduce inflammation, which can lead to plaque build-up in your arteries and put you at risk for heart disease and other conditions. According to a study published in the journal Planta Medica in 2010, anthocyanins, like those found in colored fruits and vegetables, can reduce inflammation in your body.

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Beauty Blend

GNC included in this vitamin a blend of nutrients that may support skin health. Alpha-lipoic acid, green tea and collagen have potential to reduce signs of aging and improve skin's appearance. The journal Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina Panonica Adriatica featured a study in 2008 that found alpha-lipoic acid to be helpful in preventing signs of aging. Collagen is an important part of many different tissues in the body and helps provide the elasticity in skin tone, while green tea contains antioxidants to combat free radical damage.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants have been studied for their potential health benefits; antioxidants rid your body of free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells and tissues. Vitamins A, C and E are considered antioxidants, and Ultra Mega multivitamins provide all three. GNC formulated the women's product with 333 percent of your daily intake for vitamin C and 100 percent of vitamins A and E.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are essential for the formation of red blood cells and muscle cells as well as nervous system health. You also use B vitamins to breakdown carbohydrates, proteins and fats. In one capsule of the Ultra Mega multivitamin you receive an array of B vitamins including B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin. This product exceeds the daily recommendations for most of these B vitamins; talk to your doctor about how much you need to meet your daily requirements. Excesses of specific vitamins can be detrimental to your health.

Considerations

Multivitamins are not meant to replace a balanced diet. They can, however, be used if you do not choose healthy foods regularly or have a condition that requires specific vitamins or minerals. The Ultra Mega women's multivitamin contains high amounts of B vitamins as well as antioxidants and a superfood blend, making it a potent supplement choice. Your body may or may not need high levels of these vitamins. Talk to your doctor about your health and ask him about this particular multivitamin; he can determine whether or not you need this supplement.

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