Choose one that works
Michael T. Murray, ND
A health-oriented lifestyle usually involves supplementing with key vitamins and minerals. But what's the best multivitamin for you and how do you choose one?
A health-oriented lifestyle usually involves supplementing with key vitamins and minerals. However, some experts still believe that diet alone can provide all the nutrition you need for good health.
There are many reasons for these experts to reconsider their position:
The importance of optimal nutrition
Yes, you should eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as foods that contain essential fatty acids and healthy protein, because they are essential for good health. So is appropriate supplementation.
Suboptimal intake of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are common in the general population, especially in the elderly, and is a risk factor in the development of chronic diseases.
In addition, supplementing with key nutrients such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and selenium, reduces the risk of cognitive dysfunction which, in the elderly, is directly related to nutritional status.
In adults, a taxing lifestyle, fatigue, low energy, and stress can be caused by a deficiency of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Choosing the right multi
You don’t have to be a nutritional scientist to choose a multivitamin that will support your health. A truly valuable multi formula can provide significant nutritional support, and the label will recommend taking from two to six tablets, or capsules, per day to achieve health-enhancing levels. Supplements can be taken throughout the day to increase energy and enjoy overall good health.
Due to unique nutritional needs, a quality multi will be customized to either men or women as well as to different age groups. For example, women require higher calcium and vitamin B6 levels, while men tend to require higher magnesium levels. Also, men rarely need to supplement their diet with iron.
There are also many subtle differences in nutritional requirements based upon a person’s age. The multi formula you choose should be made in Canada to meet or exceed the Canadian government’s good manufacturing practices and standards, which are among the highest in the world.
For optimum health, choose a high-quality multi from a trusted supplement manufacturer and eat lots of fresh, organic foods every day, for real health assurance.