Let’s start with the basics: multivitamins.
For years I took One A Day’s Women’s multi, switching to Wal-Mart’s Equate version at some point. They were vitamins. Honestly, I could never tell a difference between taking them or skipping them. However, I could tell if I took them on an empty stomach. They have plenty of iron. Always take iron with food. It will tear your stomach up. I also tried a OAD formulated for energy. It made me sick, as most energy-touting pills do.
I looked at whole food vitamins at some point, but they cost too much to be practical for me. However, recently I tried Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency from Nature’s Way. From their listing on Swanson’s:
Nature’s Way Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency is nutrition you can feel with more energizing nutrients from more natural sources than other multi-vitamin brands. This unique formula delivers 26 fruits and vegetables, extra B-vitamins for energy, and special nutrients for breast health, urinary health, and hair, skin and nail health. Contains no salt, sugar, yeast, wheat grain, dairy products, artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives.
I could tell a difference right away. My mood & energy have improved. It’s not dramatic, so not making me feel weird. I just feel normal, more motivated. This is my new vitamin. I ❤ it. At $10.99 for a two months supply, it’s pricier than what I was taking, but it’s still not bad. Definitely worth it IMHO. That’s a lot cheaper than similar vitamins.