The ads all say you should be taking a daily multivitamin! Can you trust the ads? They are companies trying to sell a product. Should you believe what the ads say? What are the benefits of taking vitamins and minerals daily?
Getting your vitamins and minerals from food rather than supplements is the best method to ensure you are receiving all the nutrients your body needs…..right! However, there are several reasons this isn’t always going to work. Many of us just don’t eat right, or the nutritional levels in the foods we buy may not be the correct quantity we require. Multivitamins provide a far better way to get the nutrients you may be missing.
Just grabbing a multivitamin off the shelf may not be the best advice. Check the label to ensure you will be getting what you need and also make sure it is a brand that you are familiar with. The vitamins and minerals you want to be sure are included are:
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, mucous membranes and normal energy metabolism.
- Vitamin C – Contributes to a healthy immune system and supports overall health
- Vitamin D – Keeps bones and teeth healthy, helps muscle function, supports immunity, aids calcium absorption
- Vitamin K – Support the liver with the synthesis of blood clotting proteins, for healthy bones
- Copper – Supports immunity, for healthy hair and skin, protects cells from oxidative stress and free radicals
- Folic Acid – Supports healthy maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, highly recommended for pregnant women and those trying to conceive, supports general wellbeing for men and women of all ages
- Iron – Useful for those with a restricted diet such as Vegans and Vegetarian
- Zinc – Supports a healthy immune system, a potent antioxidant
These are the basic ‘building blocks’ for good health and proper nutrition. Check the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for each vitamin and mineral’s individual amount required, read the label and make sure you are getting what you need.
When you have the right balance of vitamins and minerals in a multivitamin, you will help give your body the ability to function properly. Here are a few areas where the correct nutrients can help fend off illness and promote good health:
When your body is deficient in vitamins and minerals, you can experience an array of health problems. Taking a daily multivitamin can help reduce the risk of health issues due to these deficiencies.
For example, vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that protects the body’s cells from damage; both externally and internally. Patients with cataracts, this vitamin has shown the ability to help prohibit the progression of cataracts.
Daily stress is an occurrence we all live with. When you feel the adrenalin pumping, you know your body is using up your resources of vitamins and minerals just to handle the anxiety and stress. Sometimes you don’t even need to feel the adrenalin pumping, it may be that your blood pressure rises and you feel calm on the outside, your body is still using valuable resources to counteract this reaction. If you don’t have the proper nutrients your body needs to replenish and handle the drain on your body, you will suffer a deficiency.
For example, our bodies quickly use up vitamin C during stressful situations. If not regularly replaced, this leads to a deficiency. And, in this instance, a deficiency can cause more than an illness. A deficiency of vitamin C can actually perpetuate the stress cycle as it causes irritability and anxiety, causing more stress, causing a drain of more vitamin C, you get the picture!
Boosting Energy and Brain Power
Lack of proper nutrition can make you feel sluggish and tired. By taking a multivitamin every day, you know you’re providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs. Skipping meals can have can drain our vitamins and minerals. Having that bit of nutrition ‘insurance’ helps your body stay healthy and awake.
In much the same way, having the proper balance of vitamins and minerals provides your brain with the nutrition it needs to stay focused and alert. If achieving mental clarity is a priority in your life …. take your daily dose of vitamins.
Most of us want to eat right. We need to keep our bodies fed with the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to operate at maximum capacity. Getting the nutrition we need from our food is ideal. But, the fact is, life keeps us busy. We don’t always take time to eat properly. Including a multivitamin in your day can help fill the gaps in nutrition.
That one little step may just give you peace of mind as you strive to achieve a healthy lifestyle, together with a daily exercise regime
Disclaimer: Please note every effort has been made to include accurate information, but further research and the advice of a physician is highly recommended before starting any of the vitamin regimens listed in the article.