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Choosing a Vitamin & Mineral Complex

Back to the Seven Basic Supplements Part One: Multivitamin & Mineral Complex!

If we lived in a perfect society, and made perfect choices from perfect foods, you wouldn’t be reading this web page. However, a landmark article published June 19, 2002, The Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA), the medical community's most prestigious research journal, announced that all adults should take vitamin supplements to help prevent chronic diseases. That fact established, here’s the real challenge—selecting the perfect vitamin & mineral complex for you. Be assured such a formula exists, and we’re at your service to help you find it. Below is a guide to help you get started, and if you’re still unsure of your selection, please feel free to contact us via email at customercare@swansonvitamins.com.

Do you prefer a formula with iron or without iron?

Iron is an important consideration for women of child-bearing age, as they lose iron with each monthly cycle. For women who have reached menopause or for most men, iron-free formulas may be a better choice, since long-term or excess iron supplementation can cause problems. These individuals should not consume iron supplements unless their physician has determined that iron supplementation is necessary.


Swanson Premium High Potency Softgel Multi
Swanson Premium High Potency Softgel Multi Iron Free

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Is convenience or high potency more important to you?

Some vitamin & mineral complexes are delivered in one or two pills per day, which is a convenience for busy individuals. Other formulas provide mega potencies of important nutrients, and these are oftentimes delivered in 3 or more pills per daily serving.


Swanson Premium Active One Multi with Iron
Swanson Ultra Whole Food Multi without Iron

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What is your gender?


Formulas created specifically for men likely include saw palmetto and lycopene for prostate health. Another option is to combine your favorite vitamin & mineral complex with a supplement like item SWU013 Swanson Ultra Saw Palmetto Complex for even greater prostate protection. Formulas for men may also contain herbs like tribulus and muira puama for testosterone and sexual support.

Swanson Premium Men's Prime Multi
Swanson Premium Women's Prime Multi

Women may prefer a formula that includes herbs and other nutrients that help keep fluctuating hormones in balance. Ingredients such as black cohosh, soy and dong quai can help you cope with normal symptoms of PMS and menopause. Another option is to combine your favorite vitamin & mineral complex with a supplement like SWC028 Swanson Hormone Essentials.

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Are you a child, or a senior?


Due to the enormous popularity of overly processed or fast foods, children are more likely than ever to be lacking the important vitamins they require during the early growth years. Children’s formulas provide vitamins in a proportion specific to their age, plus they’re tasty and chewable, too.

Swanson Premium All-Day Complete for Seniors (No Iron)

Seniors have unique needs, too, including nutrients that are not considered essential yet effectively address their specific health concerns. Senior formulas often contain lutein for vision health and probiotics for colon health.

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Do you often have trouble digesting foods or feel bloated and full of gas after eating?

Choose formulas with added enzyme support for enhanced bioavailability of the nutrients.


Natrol My Favorite Multiple

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Would you like a formula with antioxidant support?

Normal aging and many everyday activities create free-radical molecules that attack healthy cells, but antioxidant nutrients help reduce the damage. Potent antioxidants include grapeseed extract, Pycnogenol, milk thistle, ellagic acid and olive leaf extract.


Lee Swanson Signature Line Longevital

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Would you like extra nutritional support for the following concerns?


Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Choose formulas with vitamin E, CoQ10, hawthorn, garlic, ginkgo biloba and/or L-carnitine.

Twinlab MaxiLIFE CoQ10

Immune Health

Choose formulas with mushrooms, garlic, ginseng, astragalus and/or omega fatty acids.


Choose formulas with green nutrients including chlorella, barley grass and/or spirulina.

Natrol My Favorite Multiple Energizer
Nature's Way Alive! Whole Food Energizer with Iron

Bone Health

Choose formulas with extra calcium, magnesium, boron and/or ipriflavone.

Blood Sugar Health

Choose formulas with the minerals chromium and vanadium, plus alpha lipoic acid, gymnema, fenugreek, cinnamon and/or mormordica.

Nature's Way Completia Diabetic Multivitamin

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†Ratings based on results of the 2015 ConsumerLab.com Vitamin and Supplement Users Survey. More information at www.consumerlab.com/survey2015.

Notice: The products and information found on www.swansonvitamins.com are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Individual results may vary. SwansonVitamins.com urges you to seek the advice of a qualified professional for any health concern lasting more than two weeks, and to share with your provider any information pertaining to your health and well-being, including the use of supplemental nutrition. Read complete terms of service.

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