Are you one of the millions of Americans who take a daily multivitamin? Or, are you someone who thinks they are a waste of money?
Beyond deciding whether or not to take one, there’s also the issue of quality. Not all multivitamin are created equal.
Here are 10 reasons to consider a daily multivitamin and what sets the best multivitamin apart from others.
We’d all love to believe our food supply is as healthy as ever. However, much of the soil in our country (and others) has been stripped of nutrients levels after years of conventional farming.
While the push for organic farming and more sustainable methods has been great, our crops can still be lower in nutrients than we’d like.
A daily multivitamin can make up for some of these deficiencies.
Almost anytime you’re trying to lose weight, you reduce the amount, or types of foods you consume. And while this can be very healthy, you may miss out on key nutrients.
For example, if you cut out dairy, you may not get quite enough Vitamin D3 through the foods you choose. Or, if you cut out red meats, you may lack adequate heme-iron levels.
A daily multivitamin can bridge the gap so that you can choose healthy foods that help you meet your weight goals while getting in enough micronutrients.
As we age, our cellular nutritional needs actually increase because many body systems have to work harder to maintain health despite aging tissues (1). Unfortunately, it becomes more difficult for our bodies to absorb needed nutrients. In addition, medications can further deplete our body of nutrients and/or affect absorption. A multivitamin can help us maintain adequate micronutrient intake for healthy aging.
Additionally, a good multivitamin should be full of food-derived antioxidants, which fight the build-up of oxidative stress and free radicals (1). These charged molecules harm cells and expedite aging. Antioxidants in a daily multivitamin can offset deficiencies and fight oxidative stress.
It’s no secret that the nutrients on your plate and in your supplements affect your heart. In fact, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, K1, Niacin (B3), CoQ10 and magnesium all play a role in cardiovascular health. What’s more, some micronutrients promote healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels while supporting a lessened inflammation response in the body.
In an age in which heart ailments are the leading cause of death of both men and women, we need all the heart-healthy nutrients we can get. Studies have found that multivitamin use may be associated with less heart ailments and better health (2, 3, 4).
Many micronutrients play a role in healthy immune function. In fact, the most important micronutrients for a healthy immune system include vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6 and B12, folic acid, beta carotene, iron, selenium, and zinc (5). These nutrients can be found in foods and a good daily multivitamin.
While you can certainly eat foods to provide many needed nutrients, most adults are found to be lacking in important immune-boosting nutrients like vitamin D. A good multivitamin can help.
Micronutrients are also important for eye health. Vitamins A, C, E, Niacin (B3), and selenium support it. Lutein and Zeaxanthin protect the eyes from harmful light waves. In fact, studies have shown multivitamins containing a combination of vitamins, lutein, and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of macular degeneration (7, 8). Macular Degeneration is an eye disease the causes vision loss and is considered the leading cause of blindness around the world (9).
Additionally, researchers have found that taking a daily multivitamin may reduce the risk of cataract symptoms, another eye ailment that contributes to vision loss in older adults (10).
Bone density gradually diminishes as we age. What’s more, going through menopause can put women at a higher risk of bone loss (11).
Thankfully, a good multivitamin can provide micronutrients that support bone health, reduce risk of fractures, and even promote bone healing. These nutrients include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and K2 (12, 13, 14, 15).
Bone health is supremely important throughout life. Make sure to get the nutrients you need for healthy bones.
Beyond physical health, multivitamins may support mental health. In fact, some research shows that taking a daily multivitamin can preserve brain function and boost mental health as well. Interestingly enough, one study published by the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University in Australia even found that daily supplementation with a multivitamin was able to support better memory in older men at risk for cognitive decline (16).
Additionally, multivitamins may also support healthy moods and reduce depressive symptoms. One study published in Psychopharmacology found that daily multivitamin supplementation was linked to significant reductions in both anxiety and stress (17). Similarly, another study found that taking a multivitamin was effective at increasing alertness, improving mood and enhancing feelings of overall well-being (18).
How can this all be linked to a daily multivitamin? Brain health, like other organs, depends on many micronutrients like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and healthy fatty acids (19). Since our crops, diets, and food supply often lack everything we need, a daily multivitamin can help.
How can you support the health of your hair and skin? Many lifestyle and diet habits impact hair, skin, and nail health. The important nutrients include Vitamins B3 (Niacin), biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamins A, C, E, iron, zinc, and CoQ10 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24). In fact, adequate micronutrients can slow thinning of hair, improve the appearance of skin, and improve nail health.
Wouldn’t you love more energy and vitality?
Focus on adequate iron, B Vitamins, and magnesium. In fact, these nutrients support energy production, better sleep, and cellular health (25).
In addition, a healthy low-carb Mediterranean diet using Dr. Colbert’s Beyond Keto can improve overall health, energy, and vitality.
While many multivitamins on the market contain low potency of nutrients, man made chemicals, and artificial coloring and sweeteners, Dr. Colbert’s Enhanced Multivitamin is different. It contains the highest-quality active-form micronutrients ingredients, including methylcobalamin (the active form of Vitamin B12), and methyltetrahydrofolate (the active form of folic acid). These nutrients are efficiently absorbed and effectively used in the body.
In fact, active forms of micronutrients are superior in many ways. Most importantly, your body does not have to try convert them to the active form. Importantly, many people cannot convert all inactive nutrients to active ones.
Dr. Colbert’s Enhanced Multivitamin contains active Vitamin K2, active Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12 (methylcobalamin), Vitamin A, C, D, E, and K, biotin, calcium, potassium, folic Acid (methyltetrahydrofolate), and iodine.
A great multivitamin can support your entire body, and specific areas of health listed above. But choose wisely. Dr. Colbert’s Enhanced Multivitamin stands above others with active forms of micronutrients, high-potency, and natural ingredients.