Hi there! I’m Dr. Jodie Horton, a board-certified OB/GYN, and Chief Wellness Advisor at Love Wellness. I helped to formulate Daily LoveTM, our new complete multivitamin for women 18+. Below, I’m sharing insight into why adding a multivitamin to your daily routine is important and why Daily LoveTM is the best multivitamin out there. Not only does it cover your daily nutritional needs, but it includes additional ingredients like ashwagandha and chasteberry to provide extra support for what women deal with everyday - from stress management to PMS. It’s the only multivitamin out there that covers all the nutritional bases, and does more with the extra ingredients I chose to help you feel your best.
First it’s important to note that a balanced diet should be the main source of vitamins and nutrients; however, research shows that many people fall short. Nothing can replace a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight, but let's face it; this is not always possible. A multivitamin can help fill in the gaps so that women can get all the nutrients their body needs to function.
Vitamin B5, B6, B12, and folate play an important role in hormonal health and overall well-being. Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone. This can happen during all stages of life, including puberty, menstruation, and menopause. Even small imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body. This is why I added B vitamins to Daily LoveTM, which are involved in liver detoxification and eliminating excess estrogen responsible for hormonal imbalances.
Daily LoveTM has the most bioavailable form of B6 and the most effective form of B12, methylcobalamin. Studies found that B6 combined with calcium and magnesium can reduce premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as bloating, cramping, depression, mood swings, breast tenderness, and fatigue. I also added Vitex, which, according to some studies, regulates hormones responsible for PMS symptoms, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOs), breast pain, and irregular menstrual cycles. Another nutrient that affects hormone balance is inositol. Inositol can improve fertility in women with PCOs, including menstrual irregularity, ovulation, and fertility.
Vitamin B12 is also involved in liver detoxification. It is responsible for increased energy levels, promoting good moods, and more restful sleep.
We all experience some form of stress in our lives. Vitamin B5 was added to Daily LoveTM to support healthy cortisol levels that are responsible for coping with extreme stress. Daily LoveTM is unique because herbal supplements are also added to address issues so many women experience. Because stress affects our hormones, I also wanted to add Ashwagandha to the formula. Ashwagandha is a well known adaptogenic herb that helps our body manage stress and help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Vitamin C, D, zinc, copper, and selenium are critical for the immune system's growth and function. Research has proven that stress can weaken our immune system's ability to fight off infection. This is why I incorporated these vitamins and minerals that help the immune system in several ways: working as an antioxidant to protect healthy cells, supporting growth and activity of immune cells, and producing antibodies to fight infections.
Vitamin D has so many roles in our overall health. We know that it is essential for a strong immune system, but it also helps the body absorb calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. These vitamins and minerals are critical for forming healthy teeth and bones and maintaining good overall health. I don't think people realize that we start to lose bone mass around the age of 30. The reason may be because 42% of Americans are vitamin D deficient, so it's essential to get these important vitamins and minerals to prevent thin bones and injuries. Daily LoveTM uses a high-quality vitamin D3 that is easily absorbed by the gut compared to vitamin D2. I included 1000IU of vitamin D3 for maximum benefit. In addition to bone health, vitamin D has many other benefits, including decreased risk of breast and colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, memory loss, and depression.
HAIR & SKIN
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is a major component of connective tissue like muscles, ligaments, bones, blood vessels, and skin. Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin firm and supple. Due to stress, pollution, sun exposure, and other toxins, your body produces less collagen, starting in your mid-20s. Daily LoveTM wants to make you beautiful from the inside and out. I incorporated vitamin C because it is needed to produce more collagen to keep your skin healthy and youthful. Another beauty supplement included in Daily LoveTM is biotin, which is known to strengthen nails, encourage hair growth, and promote youthful-looking skin. Biotin is part of the family of B vitamins, which we know are great for our health, energy levels, and mood.
An estimated 20% of women have iron deficiency anemia. The most common reason for iron deficiency anemia in women is because of diet or blood loss due to heavy or irregular periods. To alleviate common symptoms of anemia like dizziness, fatigue, and headaches, you can take supplemental iron. Also, taking iron with vitamin C helps increase iron in the body by improving absorption and decreasing the risk of constipation, a common complaint, and non-compliance.
Make taking a multivitamin like Daily LoveTM a part of your everyday routine. Your body will thank you.
Dr. Jodie Horton
Board-Certified OB/GYN and Chief Wellness Advisor at Love Wellness