Multivitamins: Are They A Waste of Money?

Uncategorized Jun 05, 2019

Just yesterday I received a Facebook message, this wasn’t an out of the normal message; in fact, I receive these messages on a regular basis. The question that came in was, “What is the best prenatal vitamin?”

There is no shortage of information on what peoples opinions are about multivitamins, plus you can purchase them at every grocery store, convenient, store and even in bulk at places like Sam’s Club or Costco.

Multivitamins are exactly what they sound like: multiple vitamins. They're supplements that contain several different vitamins in each one. They can also contain several minerals and other ingredients like amino acids or fatty acids. And because there are multiple ingredients, there are low doses of each ingredient.

In fact, they are the most commonly used supplements in the world!

There are 13 vitamins and at least 16 minerals that are essential to health. You need certain amounts of all of these nutrients for optimal health. In fact, nutrient deficiencies can impact reproduction, growth, and regulation of bodily processes.

Lots of people say that if you follow a "balanced diet," you'll get enough vitamins and minerals. I personally would love to believe it … but it's just not true. Many people are eating way too much processed food that is devoid of nutrition. There's a lot of research that shows many people don't get enough vitamins and minerals. Period.

How do you know which vitamins and minerals are in your multivitamin? Read the label, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! If there are at least three different vitamins and minerals listed, it’s a multivitamin.

Our bodies rely on us to provide quality nutrients and energy through the food we eat and the liquids we drink. When our digestive process is sluggish, either through faulty digestion, absorption or poor food choices, our bodies become deficient and cannot perform as effectively as we need them to.

The digestive system is the “master” system of your body. When your “master” system is weakened or not working as efficiently as it should, there is the potential for all sorts of symptoms and diseases to begin to appear. Below are some important steps that can be followed to improve the efficiency of your digestive system.

 

Do multivitamins work?

Multivitamins have been studied a lot.

The quality of the multivitamins studied has not been consistent. Some studies consider any supplements with at least three vitamins to be a "multivitamin." Most of the time, the multivitamins studied are ones that are very popular and are available everywhere.

So, what exactly do we know about the health benefits of multivitamins?

 

Here’s a quick summary of the science:

  • Multivitamin use is linked with improved moods. Interestingly, if someone has nutrient deficiencies, they may have mood imbalances. So, if the multivitamin addresses an underlying deficiency, this makes sense.
  • In terms of memory and cognitive performance (ability to think), there seems to be an improvement in people who regularly take multivitamins.
  • In terms of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, there seems to be a slight improvement.
  • In terms of heart disease, the results are mixed. There may be an increase, or a decrease, or no effect on risk of heart attacks.
  • In terms of cancer, there is a slightly reduced risk of certain cancers in men.
  • In terms of mortality (death), there doesn't seem to be a clear increase or decrease in mortality rates for people who take multivitamins.

All in all, multivitamins aren’t magical “health pills.” They’re not guaranteed to improve your mental or physical health, or help you live longer; but, they do have some health benefits.

 

Are multivitamins safe?

Just about every study that looked to see if multivitamins were health-promoting, also looked at side effects. They have consistently shown that multivitamins are very safe.

Now, I’m not talking about high-dose supplements. High doses of many nutrients can be harmful. But specifically for multivitamins where there are several nutrients included, all of which are in low doses. Those are safe.

Unless you have a knowledgeable practitioner advise otherwise, you want to stick to the dose on the label. That dose should be safe for most people.

However, there are many times when supplements (not just multivitamins) have been tested and found to contain different ingredients than what's on the label; this may be different quantities of vitamins or minerals. Sometimes they contain ingredients that are not supposed to be in them at all (like toxins or prescription medicines).

This is why choosing supplements that are licensed, if applicable (like in Canada), and from reputable companies is so important.

 

Are There Different Qualities and Types I Should Look For, When Purchasing? ?

Capsules vs. Tablets

Capsules, powders, and liquids are more absorbable than tablets. Stomach acids break down tablets; however, some companies create tablets to dissolve at specific temperatures to ensure maximum absorption. Some tablets and time-released pills may be difficult to break down, particularly if you are experiencing low levels of stomach acid.

Chelation

Look for the words “citrate” or “chelate” to ensure you are taking the most absorbable form of multivitamin. More effective multivitamins are highly absorbable and include amino acid chelates and citrates, rather than sulfates, carbonates or oxides, which are less absorbable but are still valuable and serve many purposes. Supplements bound by amino acids can provide three to ten times better assimilation than non-chelated forms.

Filler Free

Choose multivitamins and supplements that are free of binders, fillers, artificial colorings, preservatives, yeast, sugar, starch, and other additives.

 

What Supplement Do You Use?

This is a tough answer, because I switch back and forth for different reasons. Let me explain.

First and foremost, I only take liquid vitamins that are bioavailable and enzymatically alive. That is a fancy way of saying, that your body and cells know exactly what to do with the vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants.

Sounds pretty good, right!?

It is!


But it gets better than that! Seriously!

The supplement I take is also an “adaptogen” meaning it goes into the body and figures out exactly what, the body needs according to genetics and environment and works according to the top priority for that persons specific body.

So, this supplement adjusts with my body’s individual needs day after day, month after month and year after year!

Incredible, right!?

But, wait… I am not done!

This supplement doesn’t have just 3 or 4 nutrients my body needs it has:

  • 90+ Vitamins & Minerals
  • Omega 3, 6 & 9
  • 36 antioxidants
  • 46 anti-inflammatories
  • 18 Amino Acids (8 essentials & 10 non-essential)

I have been studying health and nutrition since 2011 after my oldest daughter was born, so I have been doing this for a long time, and these supplements have been the best I have found on the market and worth every penny, I spend every month for my entire family. Yes, that’s right my entire family takes and uses this supplement.

Let’s examine which one may be right for you! 

Smartmix has chicory root in it, chicory root is a great PREbiotic, which feeds the natural probiotics you have in your small intestines that help create a balance in your digestive system. If you experience digestive discomforts this maybe the best option or you to start with.

Supermix is my absolute favorite! It’s the one I use the most often, it has double the amount of nutrients in it compared to Smartmix. It gives me the most about of energy and I can tell the difference between days I take it and days I forget.

 

To look at a Nutrient overview click here.

To Learn more about this supplement and what it’s made of, click here.

To order Smartmix, click here.

To order Supermix, click here.

 

Conclusion

Multivitamins are not a way to optimal health. There is limited evidence that they improve health for most people. But there are some benefits.

Since they contain low doses of many different nutrients, they're also safe (as long as you have a quality product).Of course, taking a multivitamin is not a way to improve a poor diet. I always recommend eating a balanced diet of whole foods. There is plenty of evidence that eating a diet of whole, unprocessed food prevents many diseases.

 

So try out my superfood salad - It’s like a multivitamin with benefits.

Recipe (Nutrient Dense): Superfood Salad

Serves 2

  • 2 handfuls of greens (e.g. kale, spinach, arugula, etc.)½ cucumber, chopped1 avocado, chopped1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
    2 handfuls grape tomatoes
    2 handfuls fresh berries
    2 broiled salmon fillets (optional)
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • Salad Dressing:3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 dash salt
    2 dashes black pepper
    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

 

Instructions

  1. Grab two large bowls and put one handful of greens each.
  2. Split all the rest of the fruits and vegetables, placing half in each bowl.
  3. Make the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, mustard, honey/maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to emulsify. Pour over salad before serving.
  4. Top with salmon and hemp seeds.
  5. Serve & enjoy!

 

Tip: You can use grilled shrimp instead of the salmon.

 

References:

https://authoritynutrition.com/do-multivitamins-work/

http://thewellnessbusinesshub.com/yes-nutrient-deficiencies-heres-proof-can/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0022955/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  The information shared during this program is for general purposes only and has not been reviewed by the FDA. The information is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical conditions.  I am not a licensed nutritionist, registered dietician or medical professional.

You should seek the care of your doctor before starting a new exercise routine or before changing dietary or lifestyle habits. Only you and your doctor can determine what course of action is best for you and your particular needs. Participation in this challenge does not constitute a coach-client relationship.

 

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