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How do we know what vitamins and
supplements our bodies need
as we age?
How can I be sure the vitamins I take are the
correct dosages and most effective
for my unique needs?
I am on medication and need to know which
vitamins and supplements are
safe for me to take.
We want to start a regimen of
daily vitamins, but with all the
options out there, what is the best
plan for us?
I lead an active lifestyle and try to
eat healthy...but what nutrients is
my body missing?
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Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor is an online questionnaire that provides a personalized, comprehensive recommendation for healthy adults for vitamins and supplements based on lifestyle, diet and health interests, and is provided for informational purposes only. Neither this questionnaire nor other content on Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor is intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for seeking advice from a professional healthcare provider. If you are pregnant or have any medical conditions you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any supplement regimen.

Micronutrient deficiencies are common in our population. I am on record as saying that dietary supplements are not substitutes for good diets, but they are good insurance against gaps in the diet. I grow a lot of my own food, prepare it myself, and am thoughtful about what I eat. I also take a good daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement and advise you to do so, too, because I consider it another good and safe measure to optimize emotional and physical well-being.
Vitamins, Vitamin Supplements

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Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor | Vitamins & Supplements for Women

Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor is an online questionnaire that yields a personalized, comprehensive recommendation for women's vitamins based on your lifestyle, diet, nutrition, medications, and health concerns.

This 4-step questionnaire will only take a few minutes to complete, and generates a free, no-obligation vitamin recommendation specifically for women's nutritional needs.

If you choose to order your vitamin recommendation, you will receive The Weil Complete Vitamin Program. These are premium quality, evidence-based vitamins in the proper doses. They will match the recommendations from Dr. Weil exactly. These daily women's vitamins and women's supplements will be custom-packed just for you in a convenient dispenser box and shipped to your door.

Why Should I Take Vitamins or Supplements?
If your diet is consistently "ideal" or "optimal" you may not benefit from a nutritional vitamin program. But recent research shows that many women may benefit from supplementing their diet with multivitamin and/or other supplements, including calcium.

Please remember that taking supplements won't compensate for a poor diet - but it can help fill nutritional gaps in a good one. Your objective should be to eat a healthy, varied diet.

Why Do Women Need More Than Just A Daily Vitamin?
In general, vitamins and supplements may benefit men and women alike, and a daily multivitamin is recommended by Dr. Weil for nearly every woman.

Taking a daily multivitamin ensures that you get the energy you need to drive metabolism. In addition, if you occasionally skip meals, your diet is not rich in fresh foods, and you don't get plenty of fruits and vegetables, a multivitamin may help you fill in the gaps.

However, many one a day vitamins may not offer all the nutritional ingredients most women may need. Based on your age, lifestyle and medications, other specific supplements are usually recommended that are typically not found in the average multivitamins ? these may include antioxidants and calcium. Dr. Weil recommends that women consume nearly double the amount of calcium in their diet that men do. Consider these common women's concerns:

  • Perimenopause and menopause can be a challenging times in a woman's life. Once women reach the menopause years, Dr. Weil recommends very specific herbs and supplements that may help with pre and post menopausal symptoms. These supplements may include cohosh, dong quai, essential fatty acids and B vitamins may lessen the severity of hot flashes and mood swings. Most daily multivitamins do include these ingredients.  Take the Vitamin Advisor questionnaire for help determining what menopause and perimenopause supplements are best for you.

  • For women taking contraceptives, the body's ability to metabolize pyridoxine (vitamin B6) can be reduced,. Women who experience this may find that supplemental B-vitamins are helpful. If you are currently taking contraceptives, be sure to include that in the Vitamin Advisor questionnaire.

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can bring bloating, breast tenderness and irritability. Supplements that include evening primrose oil, a source of gamma-linolenic acid, in conjunction with omega-3 fatty acids, can help to normalize a woman's hormone levels and influence the synthesis of prostaglandins that contribute to inflammation.

What other vitamins do women need? How does a woman's nutritional needs change in her 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s? Take out the guesswork, complete the Vitamin Advisor survey now, and see what other essential nutritional women's supplements will be best for you.