Are Multivitamins Really Worth the Money?4 min read

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As a busy mother of two who slipped into a very unhealthy lifestyle I decided it was time to take action and start looking after my well being. At first I thought it would be difficult, however, over time I've picked up on one or two tricks to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle. I am dedicated to spreading the benefits of good health and ensuring that my advice can be shared with every day people living every day lives."

Are Multivitamins Really Worth the Money? Multivitamins are well known worldwide as the small one-a-day pill that ensures you get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health. But in recent years, there has been controversy among experts as to whether multivitamins are even necessary. Since most people take multivitamin supplements long term, adding to their monthly outgoings, considering experts aren’t even sure you really need them, are multivitamins really worth the money? Read on to find out.

What are Multivitamins?

Multivitamins are food supplements that despite being available in several forms (tablets, powders, softgels, gummies, etc) all have one goal and that is to give your body all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to avoid deficiency.

Most high quality multivitamin supplements will include the following vitamins and minerals:

Vitamins:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamine
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Biotin
  • Folate
Minerals:
  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Vanadium

Vitamins also come in two varieties:

  • Water-soluble vitamins are easily absorbed by the body and the kidneys remove those vitamins that are not needed.
  • Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed into the body with the use of bile acids and the body stores these for use as needed.

What Vitamins and Minerals do we Need?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tell us in a report that “There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins.”  (source)

Of course, the best way to obtain these are through whole-food sources in our daily diet such as fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately though, in America this is proving not to be the case.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans set out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), tells us that most Americans consume more calories than they need, however, they are still not taking in enough nutrients including vitamins.

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Helen Sanders

As a busy mother of two who slipped into a very unhealthy lifestyle I decided it was time to take action and start looking after my well being. At first I thought it would be difficult, however, over time I've picked up on one or two tricks to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle. I am dedicated to spreading the benefits of good health and ensuring that my advice can be shared with every day people living every day lives."

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