Should you take a multivitamin?
Many of our diets these days get trapped in patterns of food choices that aren’t as nutrient dense as they could be. Even those of us who are able to get fresh, local, high quality, organic vegetables and fruits, grass fed meats, and pastured eggs may be missing nutrients, either because of our food selections or because it’s difficult to make sure all the necessary nutrients are available in the soil for the plants to absorb.
Because of this, many people choose to supplement with a multivitamin, and on the surface this is a great idea. The problem with many multivitamins these days is that they are full of cheap, synthetic substances that our bodies can’t use. Some brands are only marginally useful, while others can even cause inflammation and actual health issues. This is exactly the opposite of what we want!
When choosing a multivitamin, read ingredient lists closely, to make sure the forms of the vitamins are the most bioavailable. Sadly, cost is often a good indicator of high quality. Most drug store and grocery store brands won’t do you much good. The other issue is that many people can’t even break down these pills in their stomachs, and instead they are flushed right out of your body.
Ideally, when you choose to supplement with a multivitamin, look for a powder or a liquid. These are much easier to absorb than pills and tablets. Look for something with at least 100% of the recommended daily allowance for a majority of the vitamins and minerals they list. And, choose a product that is lower in sugar, as we generally have enough sweets in our diet. Comparing products online will likely be your best bet to find the right multivitamin for you, and to get the best price.
Multivitamins aren’t necessary for overall health, though they can certainly help you to make sure you’re getting enough of the micronutrients that we may be missing from our normal diets.