Did you know that hundreds of millions of Americans fail to meet their nutritional needs for essential micronutrients (i.e., vitamins and minerals we must consume daily) from diet alone? That’s most of us.

I’m talking about vitamins A, C, D, E, and K and minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are the worst offenders of nutritional inadequacy in our country.

You’ll often hear registered dietitians say “food first.” While that’s true (and semi-obvious), as a proud dietitian and Ph.D. nutrition scientist, I propose we alter that slogan a bit: Food first and then what?

Evidence-based science demonstrates that a robustly designed multivitamin/mineral supplement (aka, your daily multi!) is the “then what” that solves nutrient inadequacies.

Unfortunately, the majority of multivitamin formulations just aren’t cutting it—and I say that as a nutrition product formulator myself. Whether intentional or not, many multivitamins make a few common mistakes.

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