As much as we'd like to say we eat leafy green salads every day for lunch and something along the same vein for dinner a few hours later, we can't. Try as we might (and we do try), our diets aren't always made up of the colorful fruits and vegetables that they could be. And honestly, we're at peace with that. We'll gladly enjoy our avocados, berries, and oven-roasted brussels sprouts any day. Here at Byrdie, we think it's important to have streaks of indulgence here and there. And after receiving so many mixed messages regarding diets, we're now very much into feeding our souls—not society's standards.
However, we're also aware that it's easy to neglect our nutritional needs for days, weeks, or even months at a time. That's where high-quality supplements come in. An easy and efficient way to fill in nutritional deficiency gaps, multivitamins can serve as a useful tool to ensure we're meeting our body's needs on a routine basis—even on those days where we forget to eat the side of vegetables on our plate.
As with most things in the food and wellness world, fundamentals like quality, formulation, and sourcing are important when choosing a supplement. Similarly, a multivitamin for a 50-year-old man won't necessarily meet the needs of a 25-year-old woman. So needless to say, there's some strategy involved to ensure that you're well informed on this subject. To help you get started on your multivitamin journey, we've reached out to a handful of nutritionists to see which multivitamins they take and recommend to their clients.
Keep scrolling for eight expert-approved multivitamins for women.
Ritual Essential for Women ($30)
"I am a firm believer in Ritual multivitamins for women," says Meryl Pritchard, a holistic nutritionist and creator of Kore Kitchen. She explains that not only are the products high quality, but also the company is completely transparent when it comes to its sourcing. Plus, the designed-for-women formula is vegan, allergen-free, and free of the synthetic fillers that are found in so many vitamins on the market.
"I love using vitamins to support a healthy diet since we can't always get what we need from our food. But most vitamins on the market are low quality, expensive, and lack actual benefit. Plus, you don't necessarily know where they're sourcing from," says Pritchard.
"Ritual created a subscription model so that a new bottle arrives at your door every month. I also appreciate that the dosage is just two pills per day. I have been taking them religiously and noticed an improvement in my hair, skin, nails, and energy right away. I really believe in the brand—they've helped a lot of my clients. I can't wait to see what they come out with next!"
Smarty Pants Women's Complete Multivitamin Gummies ($14)
For those who don't favor taking pills, celebrity dietitian Isabel Smith recommends this multivitamin, reporting that it's one of the best. Unlike many other gummy vitamins on the market, these aren't loaded with anything that will counteract the good ingredients.In fact, they're free of synthetic colors, artificial sweeteners and flavors, high-fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Instead of extraneous ingredients, these gummies are chock-full of what we need in a multivitamin, like omega-3, folate, green tea, and vitamins D3, B12, and K2.
Innate Response Formuals Women's One Daily ($38)
The go-to pick of Dana James, a functional medicine nutritionist and founder of Food Coach NYC, this multivitamin is fortified with high-quality ingredients and minerals for effortless digestibility and superior nutritional value. Plus, it boasts an expert blend of vitamin E, tocopherol, and tocotrienol for extra support.
"This multivitamin is great for women because it's made from whole food sources (e.g. the vitamin C is sourced from an orange) and is not chemically synthesized like many other multivitamins on the market," explains James.
Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin ($27)
Nutrition specialist Ali Heller tells us that since not all supplements are regulated by the FDA, it's recommended that you find a multivitamin from a trusted brand. And though she believes it's best to load up on micronutrients from food sources versus getting them from a pill, she has some recommendations standards-wise if you're in the market for a new multivitamin. First, look for third-party certified and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) brands. Then, check to see if the company's website features transparent ingredient and sourcing information.
"I also recommend that women of childbearing age take a prenatal vitamin as their multivitamin. Personally, I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One, which I love because it has your daily dose in one pill rather than three," says Heller.
Garden of Life Mykind Organic Women's Once Daily ($35)
We've heard nutritionists reference this brand time and time again, so we know it's the real deal. In fact, it's another one of Isabel Smith's go-to formulas—thanks to its ultra-clean, whole food–based ingredient list.
What's more, Garden of Life is the only vitamin brand on the market boasting a dual certification (it's certified USDA Organic and non-GMO Project Verified). Oh, and it also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, and chock-full of 19 essential vitamins and minerals, including supportive levels of vitamin B12 and iron. Overall, this do-it-all multivitamin has plenty of benefits to offer.
Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. Multivitamin ($34)
A favorite of holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman, this gluten-free, vegetarian, and non-GMO multivitamin from Pure Encapsulations has a unique yet comprehensive formulation. This multivitamin is one of the best on the market. Simply ake one capsule per day, and you'll reap the benefits of sustained-release CoQ10; vitamins A, B, C, D, and E; plus plenty of antioxidants and minerals for optimal cellular support.
New Chapter Every Woman's One Daily 40+ Multivitamin ($22)
We love the diverse range of multivitamins from New Chapter. After all, one size hardly fits all for women of different ages. Isabel Smith says she loves both the under-40 and over-40 varieties of this brand for her female clientele. The ingredients in the 40+ formula are strategically fermented (benefiting absorption), aids in digestion, and supports both hormone and bone health. Thanks to whole food sources of vitamins and minerals, this multivitamin packs a huge punch. The formula also features a supplementary blend of herbs like organic chaste tree berry, red clover, and raspberry leaf.
Care/of Multivitamin ($15)
It's true: We used to hate taking our vitamins before we tried Care/of. Now we honestly look forward to taking them every day. And the good news? They've helped us stay on track with taking our daily vitamins.
After filling out a quick survey online (it asks questions regarding health concerns, lifestyle habits, etc.) the brand formulates a customized supplement plan you can adjust as much or as little as you want. Once you've adjusted the pack to your liking, you'll be sent a sleeve housing one month's worth of your daily packs made just for you (they even print your name on each). Cool, right? Plus, the brand is all about honesty and quality when it comes to its formulations.
Over the length of our experience with Care/of, we've played with customizing our packs (adding something here, taking away something there) but the brand's multivitamin always remains consistent. Other perks: It's vegan; gluten-free; non-GMO; fermented for superior absorption, and made in the U.S.