Are they a Waste of Time and Money?
If you're currently taking or considering taking a multivitamin with a recommended serving size of only one pill a day, you're pretty much wasting your time.
It's very doubtful that any single pill can pack enough vitamins and minerals to truly make any real difference in complementing your healthy diet.
Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress natural nutrients, but not to this extreme… not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need.
And speaking of minerals, many producers of one-a-days don't even bother including essential minerals like magnesium, or even calcium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference. In fact it really is impossible to make a reasonable sized pill that will dissolve in your body that supplies enough calcium. You have to take more than one a day.
What about other supplements like probiotics, Omega-3’s, anti-aging nutrients and a full spectrum of anti-oxidants? Shouldn't they be blended into your multi as well? I certainly think so.
But it's also vitally important to know that your multivitamin is being absorbed by your body and the nutrients and not just taking a ride through your digestive tract. Most of us don’t have extra money to spend to produce expensive urine and other waste products. The right delivery system is needed to help optimize your nutrient absorption, and better the chance you'll have of truly fortifying your diet.
Before we jump further into all the natural nutrients I believe should go into a multi, let's first take a closer look at why all multivitamins are not created equal.
Some may in fact, negatively impact your health in such a way they should be flushed down the toilet before they wind their way through your digestive system.
Here's why You Should Avoid Synthetic Isolates Like the Plague…
In my opinion, if you shop for your supplements at discount stores you may be seriously shortchanging yourself because those products typically use cheap synthetic isolates.
Millions gorge themselves on synthetic vitamins, only to acquire and die from degenerative diseases.
You see, isolated vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They're a low-end alternative to whole, real complete food.
When you remove a part from the whole, you get ‘Synthetic,' ‘Isolated,' or ‘Fractionated' pieces of the whole, but it's simply not the same. You have essentially removed the ‘life’ from the vitamin.
There are four problems with synthetic vitamins…
There has even been a Landmark Study that showed how people taking a series of products that were all natural whole food supplements had visibly better health but the interesting fact is that people who took no multivitamin had better health than people who were taking a one a day synthetic based multi.
We all pretty much know that fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health. But who would have thought a multivitamin could add to the collateral damage.
In fact, you want to be sure your multivitamin supplement makes a real and significant contribution to your health, especially if you've already adopted healthy lifestyle practices.
After all, I'm quite sure you're one of the nearly 100% of the human race who wants to live a longer, healthier, more energetic life…. All the time.
Who in the World Doesn't Want to Feel Great All the Time?
One thing you can always do to optimize your health and feel great is to maximize your immune system's capabilities.
Because face it – everybody wants to feel well all the time, don't they?
There's no better time to get started than right now then, is there?
Now is the time to start moving toward a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Why Make These Changes Today?
Because today is the first day of the rest of your life! Why wait?
Ideally it is best to receive all your nutrition from high quality unprocessed foods. Unfortunately, if you're like most people, you may find it impractical or impossible to eat right one hundred percent of the time. Close to 90% of all the food we find at our local store has been processed in some way. So it has become increasingly difficult to get good nutrition without daily supplements.
Therefore, even when you take the steps of adding raw veggies to your diet and getting some exercise and vitamin D, you still might want to hedge your bets by supplementing with a quality multivitamin system every day – just to be sure.
What Can a Multivitamin Do for You?
While I cannot endorse the practice of sloppy eating and a sedentary lifestyle and then taking a supplement to cover up for reckless lifestyle choices…
It is true that a good multivitamin system do help promote your optimal health and strong immune system, providing support for defense against a growing number of health concerns. At least some of them do.
Taking pro-active steps, including taking a multivitamin to help maintain and boost good health and wellness is still one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health…
Especially if you're already adhering to a smart lifestyle with a healthy diet, exercise, adequate sunshine and good sleep.
However, there are important issues for you to remember…
Why Not Just Eat All-Natural Whole Foods?
Excellent question -- and one you deserve an answer to...
Please remember that a high-quality multivitamin supplement complements the food you eat. They do not take the place of a healthful diet of unprocessed organic foods, which I believe is still the best physical factor for you to achieve optimal nutrition.
However, accessing and eating high quality foods regularly may be a personal challenge for you and your family. Your busy schedule may lead you to cook healthy whole food less than you know you should -- and eat "fast food" more.
Even if you do well with your diet choices, another factor involves the actual food supply itself.
Up to 50% of the Nutrient Value of Your Food May be Lost from the Start
A number of carefully controlled studies have provided startling evidence that by the time the food reaches your table, serious nutrient content could already be lost.
Some estimates report the nutrient value lost at over 50%!
This is largely the result of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which deplete the soil of nutrients... nutrients that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.
And it does not necessarily end there.
In many cases, it's likely you unknowingly further deplete the nutrients in your food -- just by the way you prepare it. For most food, cooking it will seriously impair its nutritional value.
So, realizing that you cannot always obtain the whole unprocessed foods you need -- and knowing how easy it is for valuable nutrients to be destroyed -- you now know why I believe adding a good multivitamin to complement your diet is a sound move.
Why Settle For Inferior Quality?
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of high-potency multivitamins on the market today... but there are only a few great ones out there. If you are convinced of the importance of using a multivitamin, then I would strongly encourage you to do your homework, and make sure a GREAT company produced it.
If you do your research, like I have, you will be absolutely shocked at the low quality demonstrated by so many so called nutrition companies.
If you take the effort, I believe you will find that there truly is one company that stands out in the crowd. They spend millions of dollars on research, do thousands of quality control tests, perform clinical trials and only use the highest quality natural ingredients. The philosophy of purity, potency and performance has made this company the number one nutritional company in the U.S. today.
Warning: A Multivitamin Indiscriminately Overloaded with Mega-Nutrients May Do You More Harm than Good
Creating a high-potency multivitamin system is a major challenge. But taking the time and doing the research is necessary because indiscriminately throwing a number of nutrients together could actually cause more harm than good.
How could that be?
Well, certain amounts and types of nutrients need to be carefully measured to avoid any potential toxic buildup once they are consumed.
The bottom line... not all nutrients in certain amounts work all that well together. In fact, a sort of competition can occur between some nutrients.
So, much attention must be directed to prevent this from occurring. Some things to consider are:
Proper nutrient balance -- just like too little of a nutrient does not provide you any real benefits, too much can potentially do you more harm than good
Absorbability -- the key to promoting your health is absorbing as much of the nutrient as possible
Competitive relationship with other nutrients -- a complex evaluation is performed by the scientists to make sure the amounts and types of nutrients work well together to benefit you
Allergenic potential -- careful selection and measurement of the nutrient to investigate potential allergy issues
Long-term safety -- any potential toxic buildup balanced out
So is a multivitamin good for you? YES if it is the right one. A multi that contains every Vitamin plus Minerals your body needs, Omega-3s to help reduce the risk of heart disease, anti-aging nutrients, a powerful antioxidant spectrum, superactive probiotics to improve digestive health and a smart delivery system to make sure you body gets it all to your cells where it can be used. Taking a powerful, natural, whole food multivitamin system is not just an investment in your long-term health. It’s a way to start feeling “WOW”—today and every day from now on.