Multivitamins are well known and widely used. I can say with certainty that everyone reading this week’s blog post has heard of them.
With popularity comes questions, should I use one? Is it beneficial to me? Which one should I take?
As I have said in many posts before this one, start with a balanced and plentiful diet. We must always ensure that we are doing our absolute best to achieve solid nutrition through what we are eating. Multivitamins can help us fulfill any areas where we may be lacking. This is where their true benefit lies.
Supplementing with a multivitamin can help us “fill holes” in our diets that contribute to our overall health and energy levels. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, things like Vitamin D for example may be difficult to consume in large quantities. Minerals like Zinc and Magnesium can also be elusive for the average adult hardly ever meeting the appropriate levels that they require. They can help provide all essential vitamins and minerals to ensure we receive what we need each day beyond what we are able to eat.
As always with supplements, a quality product should be used. Look for a multivitamin with a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification or any other third party testing has been done to guarantee an honest product.
Multivitamins can be rough on the stomach so I highly recommend eating a meal with them. Space them out. If you have a vitamin that can be taken twice a day, take it with breakfast and dinner. Most multivitamins will be more than one pill per serving so I also recommend trying half of a serving to start. That way you know how your body responds to something new. If you find you tolerate it well, move to a full serving!
Taking multivitamins can be an effective way to support your diet and overall health. They are offered for many different populations and offer specificity to anyone who wants a focus on a particular aspect of their health (Ex. Heart Health, Women’s Health, Energy Support). Remember, healthy food first, supplements second!
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