So once you’ve got a better idea about the kinds of supplements you do or don’t need, the next thing to do is make sure you understand what each of the key nutrients do so you can better decipher labels and spot a multivitamin or nutrient complex that’ll suit you.
“A classic thing people do is buy lots of bottles of single nutrients. If they got some professional advice, however, they may find they can use a complex that contains all the nutrients required, in just one or two bottles rather than five or six,” explains Driver-Davies. Cue her guide to the key nutrients for women, and what they take care of in the body.
Zinc: Good for balancing hormones, menstrual health, regulating blood sugar, plus boosting immunity, fertility and mood.
Iodine: This is a good one for thyroid health, which relates back to female hormones, metabolism and energy levels.
Vitamin D: Everyone should supplement vitamin D during the winter and even into summer if there is limited sun exposure, lots of sunblock being used or if you have very dark skin.
Iron: As well as blood oxygen support, iron plays a significant role in thyroid and energy health.
Vitamin B6: Taking this will help to balance hormones, energy levels and your mood.
Magnesium: This plays a key role in over 300 processes in the body, but women often have low levels, especially around menstruation. It’s also key for quality sleep, stress management and regulating energy levels.