Multivitamins are the most commonly used supplements around the world.
Many people believe multivitamins are a cure-all that can make up for a poor diet and lifestyle along with protecting against chronic disease.
While this isn’t the case (you still need to follow that healthy Paleo diet), there are many health benefits to regularly taking a multivitamin.
The real question is what does the science say about multivitamins? Are they good for you? And what do they do for your body?
What is a multivitamin?
Multivitamins are a collection of micronutrients including essential and nonessential vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, they contain other ingredients, as well.
The concept of taking a multivitamin is a good idea. Due to many reasons such as soil depletion, modern agricultural practices, pesticides and environmental toxins, we are not able to get the nutrients we need from food alone and nutritional supplements are needed. Even with the best diets, nutrient supply is diminished. Additionally, there are other life factors like pregnancy and chronic disease that can impact multivitamin needs.
We like to think of multivitamins as a foundational supplement. They help to make sure all of your bases are covered.
In 2013, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition revealed that taking a multivitamin reduces total mortality and decreases both cardiovascular and cancer risk1.
What nutrients do multivitamins contain?
A good multivitamin contains all your required vitamins and minerals along with extra beneficial nutrients like bioflavonoids. Look for the basics like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E. You also want to look for specific forms of vitamins like vitamin K2 not just vitamin K1. You will want specific types of vitamins such as “activated” or methylated B vitamins to ensure full absorption by the body. Ideally, you also want larger doses of your heart-healthy minerals like potassium and magnesium. Lastly, look for the key trace minerals like mood-stabilizing lithium, as well.
What does a multivitamin do for you?
- Promotes overall health
- Prevents nutrient deficiencies
- Boosts your immune system
- Provides natural energy support
- Detoxifies your body
- Improves cognition
- Good for eye health
- Supports healthy aging
Are multivitamins harmful?
A good multivitamin is only beneficial not harmful. Yet it depends on the brand of multivitamin you choose. Choosing a high quality multivitamin is key to overall health.
Additionally, dietary supplements are not regulated so you can’t trust just any company. Many companies use artificial and harmful fillers along with poor, non-bioavailable forms of nutrients. Companies may also either provide more or less than the amounts of nutrients that are specified on the bottle. This is called label fraud and it can result in a product with a varied amount of nutrients.
Choose a multivitamin that is from a company you trust and one that is backed by scientific evidence.
Read more below about what to look for when selecting a multivitamin.
What to look for when selecting a multivitamin?
Multivitamins often go by several names such as “multis”, “multiminerals”, or simply “vitamins”.
You can also find multivitamins in different forms such as capsules, chewable tablets, gummies, powers and liquids.
When looking at multivitamins, the key is to choose a high quality one with pure ingredients that has been sourced well. You want a product that is easy to digest and full of the right vitamins and minerals in the right form. Look for extra added benefits like antioxidants!
Be sure to:
- Know the company supplying the multivitamin to verify quality. We partnered with a company in business for over 40 years that only supplies products directly to doctors. Second to none.
- This allows you to ensure there are no artificial fillers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sweeteners, allergens or preservatives.
- Look for appropriate levels of nutrients on the label.
- Make sure the essential micronutrients are all in there like magnesium, potassium, and trace minerals. .
- Ensure all of the nutrients are highly absorbable.
- We use methylated B vitamins that are “activated” to make them more available to the body.
A multivitamin is a great option for nutritional support. These days, diet alone is not enough and nutritional supplementation is needed in order to get all of the essential nutrients for health benefits. Check out our multivitamin for your health and wellness needs.