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The Benefits of a Multivitamin

Friday, January 9, 2015
By Danielle C. Tworek, Nutritionist

Should I Take a Multivitamin?

The benefits of multivitamins have been debated for decades. And, for every expert that says you shouldn’t take one daily, you can find another one that says you should. All the back and forth makes it a tough decision.

A multivitamin is no replacement for a healthy diet – that much experts do agree on. This means that you should strive to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and a varied selection of proteins (plant and/or animal-based). Adding a multivitamin to a wholesome eating plan can provide added support, especially for populations that are at a greater risk of deficiency. This includes athletes, bodybuilders, women in their child-bearing years, pregnant women, children and older adults (over the age of 50.)

trial offer quality multivitaminAdults over the age of 50 are among the largest segment of the population to benefit from routine consumption of vitamin and mineral supplements. As you age, your body fails to absorb nutrients as well and many conditions of aging, such as menopause and andropause, can further diminish your nutritional status.

Many experts look at it as a sort of “insurance policy” for your health – ensuring you get a daily dose of key nutrients. At the very least, a multivitamin gives you 11 essential vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis. These include vitamins A, C, E, D and seven B-complex vitamins. Each of these vitamins plays a role in the total health and function of your body.

  • Vitamin A is vital for keeping the eyes, skin and mucus membranes of the body moist. It also acts as antioxidant in some cases, preventing cell and tissue damage.
  • Vitamin C is among the most well-known essential vitamins. It aids in wound healing, promotes immune system function and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
  • Vitamin D is also known as the “hormone vitamin,” as it demonstrates properties similar to your hormones. This makes it a powerful force in supporting you’re the health of your bones, immune system and metabolism.
  • Vitamin E has earned a reputation as anti-aging vitamin with properties that contribute to the health of your skin, heart, brain and eyes.
  • B Vitamins are otherwise known as the “energy vitamins,” playing key roles in energy metabolism. Some B vitamins also regulate homocysteine levels, which are markers of inflammation in the body, as well as aid in healthy digestion and heart health.

how to choose a multivitamin

How Do I Choose a Quality Multivitamin?

The most important factor to consider when choosing a multivitamin is quality. Supplements are not a tightly regulated market like the food supply. Companies are not required to meet rigorous standards when manufacturing and selling supplements. Therefore, you should carefully investigate your selection, by asking these five questions:

  1. Does the supplement actually contain the ingredients and amounts listed on the label?
  2. Does the delivery method (capsule, tablet, liquid, etc.) provide good absorption?
  3. Does the product contain quality ingredients free from potentially harmful contaminants, additives, fillers, or chemicals such as lead?
  4. Who formulated the product — a medical doctor, researcher, or other expert? Remember, just because a product is natural does not ensure it is safe.
  5. Are the products manufactured by a facility in compliance with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines?

Once you have assessed a brand for quality, check to make sure the multivitamin is rich with nutrients that support your needs. A comprehensive multivitamin formula will include the 11 essential vitamins listed above, plus nutritional ingredients for multi-system support. 

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