Be Sure You're Taking the Right Vitamins
While most women know that it's important to take a daily vitamin to maintain health, there are also other nutrients that women need, including calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium and Vitamin K. The Institute of Medicine has released new recommendations for vitamins, known as dietary reference intakes (DRI) that take into account women's changing nutritional needs.
In the past, for example, the FDA daily value recommendations, which were last updated in 1968, suggested that women take 400 international units (IUs) of Vitamin D. Current research says women need 800 to 1,000 IUs. New DRIs also suggest that women take more calcium, 320 mgs of magnesium a day, and extra Vitamin K. Because Vitamin K can interfere with Coumadin, talk to your doctor before taking this vitamin. It is also suggested that pregnant women and athletes increase their iron intake. Return to LEARN MORE