Do Multivitamins Have Side Effects?

Multivitamins have become popular supplements these days.

In fact, they are very helpful at keeping you healthy and preventing chronic disease.

On top of this, there are many reasons why a good diet alone is not enough and nutritional supplementation is needed to provide vital nutrients.

There are many different types of multivitamins on the market and it can be hard to decipher what’s helpful versus what’s harmful.

When deciding on a quality multivitamin, there are many specific factors one should look for.

The other question most people ask is: do multivitamins have side effects?

The answer is no.

That is, no there are not side effects if you choose a high quality, well-sourced product with pure ingredients and correct specifications of nutrient quantities.

If you source a good multivitamin and take the proper dosage, then you should only receive health benefits, not side effects. 

How can you be sure you’re getting a good multivitamin with no side effects?

Be sure to select a pure product that is free from artificial fillers, harmful ingredients, allergens, and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), all of which can cause side effects.

Additionally, by choosing a multivitamin from a company you can trust ensures that it meets processing standards and guidelines. This also prevents unwanted label fraud that occurs with many of the so-called “nutritional” companies out there today. These companies often include amounts of nutrients in a quantity greater or less than the actual amount specified on the label.

You also want to look for a multivitamin that contains nutrients in the right forms and in the correct amounts. For instance, you don’t want to see a synthetic folic acid form in a multivitamin as half of the population has a genetic mutation that prevents that form from being absorbed. You instead want a multivitamin with activated or “methylated” B vitamins to ensure the highest absorption possible.

If you’re taking a multivitamin, there’s no need to fear taking too much of one specific nutrient. Multivitamins are a foundational supplement aimed at providing you with all the nutrients in the right quantities needed to cover all of your bases.

How to ensure you are getting a good multivitamin?

  1. Choose a high quality, purely sourced multivitamin
  2. Check the dose you’re taking
  3. Ensure your product is free from harmful ingredients and packaging
  4. Make sure you don’t get a multivitamin with synthetic folic acid or any other non-“activated” form as these cheap, low quality nutrient types can be detrimental to health

Note: If you are pregnant, nursing or have a specific health condition, be sure to talk to your integrative doctor about adding a multivitamin into your daily regimen.

Takeaway Message:

If you choose a high quality multivitamin filled with pure ingredients and free from harmful fillers and artificial ingredients, you won’t experience any side effects. Just like when you are choosing organic, well-sourced foods for your healthy diet, you must implement those strict standard with your supplements. A good quality, daily multivitamin helps to ensure that you are getting all of your essential nutrients. Check out our multivitamin today!

Is it Good to Take a Multivitamin Every Day?

Yes, and here’s why.

It’s a scientific fact that your body needs vitamins and minerals to survive. It’s also a fact that a lack of vitamins and minerals lead to illness, disease and even death.

So, the question isn’t IF you need vitamins everyday (you do), but rather HOW will you get vitamins and minerals into your daily nutrition plan.

Multivitamins Bridge Nutritional Gaps

Your body is engineered to get the vitamins and minerals it needs from food.

However, there are two big problems with relying on food alone to get the vitamins and minerals necessary for good health:

  • Food is less nutritious than it was in the past. Due to soil depletion (as reported by Scientific American) and changes in the cultivated varieties of foods (as reported by the New York Times), food is no longer as nutritious as it used to be. Scientists noted reliable declines in garden crops for nutrients like potassium, iron, calcium, protein and vitamins B and C.
  • Most people eat foods with no nutritional value. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet is full of foods that harm health rather than help it. The National Cancer Institute conducted a study that found that 96% of Americans don’t reach the minimum weekly level of greens and beans. A whopping 98% miss the mark for orange vegetable and 99% miss the weekly recommended requirements of whole grains. Researchers wrote that “nearly the entire U.S. population consumes a diet that is not on par with recommendations.”

So, most of us don’t eat the right foods AND even if we did, we wouldn’t get the proper nutrients we need from food alone.

That’s where a nutritional supplement called a “multivitamin” comes in. The multivitamin helps ensure that your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs for good health. It’s safe, effective, and goes a long way to correcting nutritional deficiencies.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study that showed both women and men who took multivitamins significantly slashed their risks of a first heart attack.

At The Drs. Wolfson, we encourage everyone to take a quality multivitamin every day. Taking a daily multivitamin can only help you…it can’t hurt you, no matter what you eat.

Choosing the Right Multivitamin

Some multivitamins you can buy today contain unnecessary fillers and ingredients that can potentially be harmful. There are hundreds that line the shelves of retailers. Multivitamin supplements are largely unregulated, leaving product safety up to the manufacturers.

So, before you settle on a brand of multivitamin, do a little research. Get a quality multivitamin that improves your health. The best price you can pay is for a multivitamin that is safe and effective.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Beware of additives and fillers. Binders are often used to hold ingredients together. Lactose and sucrose are often used as binders. Additives, binders and fillers don’t add value to your health and can harm you.
  • Avoid artificial colorings and flavors. FD&C Blue, Green, Red and Yellow are in lots of multivitamins, including kids brands, and have been linked to immune system problems.
  • Be wary of coatings used to make capsules smoother and easier to swallow. These coatings are often in the form of gelatin made from animal products, which is not for vegans.
  • Look for multivitamins that use activated forms of ingredients. When you take an activated form, you’re assisting our body in allowing the nutrient to do its job. Chelated minerals will maximize absorption. Look for methylated B vitamins to ensure full absorption.
  • Avoid synthetic folic acid. Some people have trouble converting folic acid to its active form. That’s why it’s best to avoid synthetic folic acid. Look for the activated form of the ingredient, usually listed as simply folate, or 5-MTHF, or folacin. Folate is also found in leafy greens like spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms and avocado.
  • Avoid multivitamins with vitamin E ingredient of dl-alpha tocopherol, as it is synthetically made. Instead, look for d-alpha tocopherol which is the natural form found in foods that the body can be absorb. Synthetic ingredients are hard to absorb, are harder for the body to use and inferior to natural ingredients.
  • Stay away from any multivitamin with “oxide” listed in any of the ingredients. The oxide source is the cheapest form of any mineral. They are poorly absorbed and require the body’s antioxidants to neutralize it. Doesn’t make sense to spend the body’s resources on a cheap grade ingredient.
  • Don’t use a product that contains cyanocobalamin used for vitamin B12. Although it lowers product cost, it is a synthetic that doesn’t occur naturally in nature.
  • Buy your multivitamins from a company you can trust. Anyone can put most anything on a label. Can you trust what’s on that label?

We’ve made our own multivitamin, developed to our exacting standards. We urge you to try it! If you don’t agree that it’s the best multivitamin for you, we’ll refund your money!

Takeaway Message

Multivitamins are a daily necessity for good health for most people. They bridge nutritional gaps created by poor quality food and poor diet and food choices.

Quality and purity of multivitamins vary greatly by manufacture. Avoid synthetic ingredients, fillers, binders and artificial colors. Cheaper ingredients mean less cost. It also means less benefits to you. You get what you pay for. Always buy multivitamins from someone you trust.

10 Reasons a MULTIVITAMIN Is Heart Healthy

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In the 21st century, most people know that a multivitamin is beneficial. Even the cheap over-the-counter version at the drugstore flies off the shelf. A high-quality product will deliver the results you need. It is the foundation to a healthy supplement regiment. The multivitamin ensures you are meeting some basic needs. I see so many patients who take a variety of natural supplements, yet do not take a foundational product like the multivitamin. In short, a quality multivitamin is essential for heart health.

Here are 10 essential vitamins and minerals you’ll find in a good multivitamin:

1. Vitamin K

There is plenty of literature on how Vitamin K keeps calcium in your bones and out of your arteries. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19386744. One of the keys to the longevity and health amongst the population of Japan is their dietary staple natto. But natto from fermented soy is not very tasty, so let’s find another way of getting vitamin K.

Our gut microbes make vitamin K, but we often need more. A quality multivitamin contains vitamin K, with a preference of K2 over K1. Vitamin K also lowers blood sugar and diabetes risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27133809

2. B complex

The B vitamin class includes many water-soluble nutrients that impact just about every enzymatic function in our body. The B’s are critical for energy, neurologic function, cardiovascular health, detoxification, and cancer prevention. Wow, that is a lot. Governments have felt the B’s are so important, they require food companies to add them to processed items. Quality counts here as well. Activated B’s are important and if a product contains folic acid, that is the cue for me of an inferior product. Studies show the B’s positively impact heart health and lower cardiovascular risk. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24916013

3. Magnesium and Potassium

Just about everyone knows the benefits of these two powerhouse nutrients. Over 900 body functions utilize magnesium. Potassium is a major component on the inside of our cells and is essential to heart function. Both magnesium and potassium are proven to lower blood pressure when taken in supplemental form. Working in the hospitals, magnesium oxide is often prescribed, but this form is cheap and not very effective. Choose a multivitamin that contains a different source, such as magnesium malate or glycinate.

Magnesium and potassium are nutrients usually left out of most multivitamin brands, yet just about everyone is deficient in their intake of them. A quality multivitamin will contain magnesium and potassium.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is very important for the health of blood vessels. Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling was a huge fan. Low serum C is linked to heart disease. In people with low vitamin C levels, supplements can improve blood vessel function and improve the cholesterol profile. Vitamin C is a tremendous anti-oxidant that boosts immune support AND cardiovascular disease is an immune driven disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27529239

5. Selenium

When it comes to detoxification, the mineral selenium packs a punch. Selenium links to glutathione, the body’s main antioxidant, to usher metals and toxins out of the body. When studied with Co Q 10, selenium supplementation lowered cardiovascular risk. Selenium also lowers the risk of dying from cardiac causes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26624886 It may also lower dementia risk.

6. Vitamin A

Vitamin A doesn’t just protect and your eyes and provide immune support. It appears to help lower cardiac risk as well. Multiple studies demonstrate vitamin A supplementation increases the ability of HDL to pull cholesterol from plaque. This can only be a good thing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17299104

7. Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin is certainly a winner. Studies find that supplementing with this nutrient lowers blood pressure, improves lipids, and may decrease overall mortality. It is important to take vitamin D and K together. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27540461 Get sunshine, but make sure you cover all bases with vitamin D in your multivitamin.

8. Lithium

Lithium is the unsung hero in the supplement world. At low dose, tremendous effects are seen on improving mood. Poor mental health is linked to poor heart health. Lithium can help. It also boosts parasympathetic tone, a large part of the nervous system. This finding makes it very useful in patients with heart rhythm disorders. Not many multivitamins contain lithium, an element that should be present in farming soil. Sadly, the soil is stripped and lithium is not found.

9. Iodine

Finally, when it comes to heart health, the thyroid gland plays are huge role. And thyroid hormone is made using iodine. Unfortunately, many diets are deficient in iodine, which is only found in the sea. So, eat your sea vegetables such as nori and dulse. But make sure your multivitamin contains a healthy serving of iodine. Supplementation of iodine lowers cholesterol numbers in obese women with elevated cholesterol. Great nutrient. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26203098

10. Choline

Choline is often lumped in with the B vitamins and is an integral nutrient for brain and nerve function. It is metabolized to betaine, which in turn lowers homocysteine (HCY). Studies demonstrate that high levels of HCY lead to heart attack, stroke, and dementia. Br J Nutr. 2012 Oct;108(7):1264-71

So here is the good news. All the above nutrients and more are inside our multivitamin, MULTI by The Drs. Wolfson.

What is also important is the stuff not included in our multivitamin. Different from most manufacturers, our multivitamin does not contain cheap fillers or any artificial colors or flavors. The only extra ingredient we use is silica, healthy and natural. Our multivitamin also does not contain iron or copper. These two metals are found in abundance in most diets and can be linked with inflammation and toxicity.

Try our MULTI and enjoy the benefits realized by our family and patients alike. We guarantee you will love it!