Do They Really Work?
Multivitamins account for a large part of the supplement industry as a whole. In fact, it has been presumed that almost .
There is no denying their increased popularity over the last number of decades, however, the question is – Why?
While the vast majority hold a preconceived notion that multivitamins are inherently good for ones health, the research is still up for debate. Nonetheless, anecdotally and otherwise, multivitamins seem to be an undeniable benefit to the majority of those who take them.
In this article, we’ll be examining the widespread health benefits of multivitamins whilst purposefully considering the evidence.
Let’s get into it!
What Makes Up A Multivitamin?
In short, a multivitamin is a supplement containing a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. While there is no definitive ingredient profile that constitutes a multivitamin, the majority of brands produce a similar product, differing on the variety of nutrition product-to-product.
It’s been established that there are at least 13 vitamins and 16 minerals that are essential to one’s health. If you purchase from a reputable brand, the multivitamin should contain most, if not all, of these essential ingredients.
To summarize, multivitamins and their nutrient profile vary depending on the brand, so it’s important to do your research prior to purchasing!
In what follows, we’ll be reviewing the key benefits of consuming a daily multivitamin:
Benefits of Consuming a Daily Multivitamin
Whether you’re a strong believer in multivitamins or not, it’s important to take into account the current research and evidence on the subject.
To be frank, the evidence on whether or not multivitamins are effective in their claims are widely inconclusive. Although anecdotal evidence is extremely promising, research at large is undeniably mixed.
With that being said, there are potential benefits of consuming a daily multivitamin if taken in conjunction with a well-rounded, whole foods diet. Additionally, it’s imperative that you find a product with high-quality, bioavailable ingredients and transparent labeling.
As mentioned prior, the supplement industry can be fraudulent if you don’t pay attention to the quality and reputability of the brand. If you can find the right brand, the benefits can certainly hold true!
Below are some of the potential benefits that you can come to expect from a multivitamin:
Supports the immune system
Helps meet the recommended micronutrient needs
Balances nutrient deficiencies
Reduces fatigue/increases energy
Improved cognitive function
Improved eye health
Correlated to a reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers
Multivitamins have been studied for a number of health benefits and detriments, and there certainly needs to be continued research on the matter. However, the question at the end of the day is: Is it worth investing in and consuming a daily multivitamin?
While the answer strongly depends on a number of factors, the general answer would be: Yes!
Should YOU Take A Multivitamin?
While multivitamins are generally safe, they aren’t for everyone. For example, pregnant women should proceed with caution when purchasing and consuming a multivitamin. While it can be beneficial for them, they must consult with a medical professional first. Additionally, smokers, and even those that are partaking in an already nutrient-dense diet should also proceed with caution.
Why? Dosage. While some vitamins and minerals have no upper-limit, there are correlated health defects that can arise if you consume too much of one thing.
With that being said, a large portion of the population can benefit from consuming a multivitamin. Notably:
- Generally healthy adults
- Vegans & Vegetarians
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Those on low-calorie diets
- Those with poor appetites
- Those that are aware of particular nutrient deficiencies (i.e. Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Iron, etc.)
In summary, many can benefit from improving upon their vitamin and mineral amounts in their bodies. This can be supplementally achieved via a high-quality, trusted multivitamin.
If you are concerned or curious in any way, it’s always recommended to consult with a medical professional prior to ingestion.
While multivitamins can potentially be harmful to some populations, it’s generally safe if you opt for a trusted source.
With that being said, it needs to be understood that a multivitamin will not supplement a poor diet. Additionally, I don’t think it can be argued that a whole foods, well-rounded diet is astronomically more beneficial that any supplement on the market.
Nonetheless, supplementing with a daily multivitamin can prove to be a great way to boost nutrient deficiencies, and in turn, improve a number of health markers.
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