Among the millions of U.S. adults who use nutritional supplements, multivitamin and mineral formulas are the most popular. But why do you need a multivitamin? It’s a smart choice for everyone—even active, healthy people who eat a variety of fresh, organic foods.
That’s because every biochemical process in the body relies upon vitamins and/or minerals to facilitate processes that help maintain physical health and achieve optimal performance. When there is even a mild deficiency, or a problem with absorption of nutrients, those processes cannot take place and can cause us to become ill or lead to chronic disease. A multivitamin formula helps support the body as it confronts things such as:
- Depleted mineral content in the food supply, due to soil erosion and chemicals used in conventional farming and food production.
- Hectic lifestyles that create too much opportunity for consuming overly processed, preservative-laden convenience foods that are low in nutrients.
- Failure to consume at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day.
- Inability to manage stress, which increases the body’s need for nutrients.
- Exposure to environmental toxins at home, work/school, and in transit, not to mention those lurking in the water supply and runoff into the soil.
- Overuse of antibiotics, affecting immunity and leading to dysfunction in the gut.
- Chronic illness, serious acute illness, or surgery, and use of medications that can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
So if even one of these things applies to you—and I’d bet it does—you’d benefit greatly from adding a multivitamin to your routine.
Your Multivitamin Insurance Plan
While multivitamins provide “dietary insurance” for our modern lives, we need to be educated on the various types and what works best for our individual needs. There are a wide variety of formulas and methods of delivery (e.g., tablet, capsule, time-release, liquid). Some formulas contain herbs, which can interact with other medications. The purity and quality of a supplement is critical to its effectiveness.
Everyone has different nutritional needs based on age, activity level, and health status. The type of multivitamin that is best for you will be different from anyone else’s, even a family member of the same age. The best way to determine what type of multivitamin or mineral supplement you need is, as always, to consult with a physician.
However, an excellent general choice for those concerned with diabetes is the once-daily packet Wellness Essential Multivitamin for Blood Sugar Support. This contains PhytoMulti®, a “smart multi” with essential nutrients and a proprietary blend of 13 concentrated extracts and phytonutrients to help support cellular health and activate health potential.
The once-daily Wellness Essentials Women’s Prime is also a Metagenics product, and each once-daily packet contains: 1 PhytoMulti™ with Iron tablet, 2 EPA-DHA Extra Strength Lemon-Flavored® softgels, 2 Ostera® tablets, and 2 Cal Apatite® with Magnesium tablets.
For men in search of a multivitamin, I suggest MegaFood’s Men’s One Daily : also once daily with Vitamins B, D and Zinc it is Non-GMO and vegetarian.