Some health researchers over the years have attempted to disprove the importance of taking multivitamins for additional nutritional support. At the very least, some reports merely discount the value of taking vitamins and chalk it up to useless exercises by health nuts. At the worst, a few researchers have tried to discourage supplement use claiming that there is actual harm in taking them.
The fact still remains that people don’t eat enough of the right foods to receive even the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamins. And even if it were possible to eat enough, the foods themselves usually are vitamin deficient because of common growing standards and nutrient poor soils.
What Your Doctors Don’t Tell You about Multivitamins Might Hurt You
Aside from what your doctor may or may not tell you, there is new proof that taking a quality multivitamin alone may actually save your life.
A recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in January 2015 found that a whopping 40 percent of all adults are deficient in calcium and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, D and E. Another study by the Postgraduate Medicine journal showed that 68,000 cancers a year may be prevented by taking a daily multivitamin. In fact, the study further documented that multivitamins lowered the risk of cancer in participants by an astounding 27 percent.
As a result of these findings, Dr. Jennifer Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, says that, “As I see it, everyone needs a multivitamin for disease prevention, and new research agrees. I’ve always recommended targeted vitamin supplementation to my patients because when you boost levels of key nutrients in your body, you give yourself the best chances of preventing cancer, heart disease, dementia and other diseases.”
So, why not add a good multivitamin to your daily routine if it’s that important?
How to Choose a Good Multivitamin
Here’s some basics on choosing the best multivitamin:
Always choose quality over cost, even if it’s more expensive than the one in the drugstore. Look for brands that are Pharmaceutical grade quality and that have higher than RDA in certain vitamins such as B-6, A, E and C. Keep in mind that the RDA is simply the lowest bar for human survival! It’s not the actual level of nutrient support that most people need to experience optimum health.
Many brands are laced with toxic fillers and not all fillers are equal. In fact, some fillers like magnesium stearate, artifical colorings, hydrogenated oils and more can be downright harmful to the immune system. Always check the labels for cheap fillers and avoid them like the plague.
What good is a quality vitamin if your body won’t absorb it? Sometimes the key is in the form of multivitamin, not just the quality. For example, when checking labels, go with folic acid in the form of methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF), not simple folic acid. Another important distinction is in the case of vitamin D. Current studies show that vitamin D3 is the most powerful, so steer clear of multivitamins that only offer vitamin D2.
When you’re just not sure of how to choose a good multivitamin, you can use the two basic rules that usually help in selecting the best: Pharmaceutical grade and price. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins are generally processed by standarized protocols, often use natural ingredients and are more likely to be hypoallergenic. This is what will cause a good vitamin to cost more.
Doctors Use Multivitamins, Too!
The benefits of taking multivitamins are quite apparent, especially after current research has proven its important. However, the anecdotal evidence has been around for a long time. In fact, did you know that a survey of 180 cardiologists found that almost half were taking vitamins and supplements that may prevent heart disease…yet only about a third of the doctors recommended the same supplements to their patients? Hmmm.
Be sure to do a little research when choosing a quality, powerful multivitamin for your best health. If you’re concerned or have questions, always check with your healthcare professional or alternative doctor for advice.