08 July, 2011
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Equate is a house or generic brand of health and beauty items sold by Walmart stores, though the Equate Women’s One Daily Multivitamin is also available through some online merchants. The vitamin and mineral supplement is sold in bottles of 100 and 200 tablets, and the label says it can be compared to One A Day Women’s Formula. Store-brand vitamins generally cost less and work just as well as name brands, according to the Consumer Search website.
Whether you need a multivitamin, such as Equate, depends on your health and lifestyle. If you’re generally healthy and eat a well-balanced diet, you probably don’t need to take supplements. You’ll get the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you consume. If you’re on a low calorie diet, don’t eat well, follow a limited vegan or vegetarian diet, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, or have certain medical conditions, daily vitamin and mineral supplements may be appropriate. Talk to your doctor or a dietician to be sure.
As its name implies, Equate Women’s One Daily is to be taken once a day and is designed with a woman’s vitamin and mineral needs in mind. According to its label, the supplement offers 100 percent of the Daily Value of vitamins C, D, E, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folic acid and B-12. It contains 50 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin A, niacin and pantothenic acid. It also contains 31 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin K.
Equate Women’s One Daily Multivitamin also contains some minerals that are especially important to a woman’s health. It offers 100 percent of the Daily Value of iron and zinc and 12 percent of the Daily Value of magnesium. When it comes to calcium, which is especially important for older women, the Equate multivitamin offers just 45 percent of the Daily Value. However, calcium-containing supplements simply don’t offer 100 of the Daily Value. If they did, the tablets would be too large to swallow. Check with your doctor to see whether you need to take a separate calcium supplement.
Multivitamins, such as Equate Women’s One Daily, are generally considered safe. However, it’s good to check with a medical professional about possible side effects or interactions with other medications you may be taking. Stay away from mega doses of vitamins and stick with vitamins that provide around 100 percent of the Daily Value of the vitamins and minerals. Check expiration dates on the bottles, and store vitamins safely out of children’s reach.
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