Food For Thought
411 on Multivitamins
by Leanne Ely, CNC
Even if you’re eating properly, and keeping up with a well-rounded and nutrition-filled diet, there’s still a chance you’re not getting all the nutrients your body really needs. Sure, you’d get a satisfactory amount, but do you really want your body to settle for simply satisfactory or would you rather choose great? It’s not much of a question is it?
So, how do you go from satisfactory to great? Easy – supplements! I know how confusing and overwhelming those health food stores can seem. Half the time, you don’t even know where to start!
Before you get too panicked, there’s a great place to start and it’s easy. Multivitamins.
What are multivitamins? Exactly what the name suggests: a combination of several different vitamins bonded together to form one simple pill that holds the daily amount of five or more vitamins your body needs regularly. They’re easy to spot in health food stores and typically labeled: “once a day multivitamins” or “daily multivitamins.”
Multivitamins are famous for cramming a ton of vitamins into one simple pill. The average multivitamin will usually have a standard variation of vitamin C, vitamin A, a handful of the different vitamin Bs, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin, E, vitamin K, magnesium, and beta-carotene.
Taking multivitamins is a good start to insure you’re not missing the vitamins and minerals that you need. Keeping these dietary needs met will help protect against heart disease and cancer, and in this day and age we should be taking every precaution against those that we can.
And lest you forget, taking supplements are an insurance policy and fill in the gaps; they will NEVER replace a good and healthy diet!
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