Are Multivitamins Good for You? Or are They the Root of All Health Evil?

Mult-Vitamins Enhance One's HealthA multivitamin is one of the most commonly recommended supplements today for both men and women. This has many of us stopping regularly at our local drug store and picking up whatever may be on sale. However as the supplement industry continues to increase and offers variety of formulations, we need to consciously consider what we are investing in. It is important to ask ourselves whether we really do need that multivitamin.

Clean up your lifestyle before you invest

The first thing to put into action before relying on an external solution is to clean up the internal environment. One of the first places to start is by enhancing one’s diet. The best vitamins and minerals are the ones made from all natural ingredients. The most nutrient dense foods are plant foods, especially organic fruits and vegetables in their raw form.

It is equally important to also consider what we are putting into our system that may be depleting our vitamin and mineral stores unnaturally. Many pharmaceutical medications cause vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies. For example, birth control pills have been directly linked to depleting the body of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid, as well as magnesium. Common substances like coffee, alcohol and cigarettes are also known to cause vitamin and mineral depletion in the body.

Choose quality, over quantity

Most of today’s multivitamins come from synthetic sources, with numerous artificial additives like colors, flavors, sugars, chemicals and fillers. As any health conscious individual can deduce, it does seem like a rather backwards approach to be using something that takes away from our health, to improve our health.

Many people are also under the impression that a vitamin is a vitamin, meaning they are all equivalent in efficacy from our body’s perspective. This has shown to be false, as our body deals best with vitamins and minerals that come from, and in their whole food form. Many synthetic vitamins and minerals are not digested or absorbed properly by the body, resulting in more stress to the body and waste of your financial resources. It is also when we use synthetic supplements that we run the risk of building up a toxic state internally, or some biochemical imbalance.

This is why multivitamins should not be taken indiscriminately.  Shopping for the right supplements can be a confusing exercise. Often the vitamins and minerals contained in your multivitamin won’t have enough of each nutrient or the right blend for your personal health needs.  Consider your personal health concerns and only take the all natural supplements necessary to give your body all that it requires.

In the end, we all want our money to be put to best use, rather than go down the toilet (literally), and have our health be the best it can be!

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