All about Multi-Vitamins
Supporting Your Overall Health
Your internal health is the most important thing us as humans possess. Focusing on internal and overall health isn’t something we should only focus on during these times the world is currently facing but it’s something you should be focusing on at all times. There are a few ways to do that. First way you should focus is eating nutritious foods that provide the most micronutrients possible. The second way is through supplementation, and that is what I’m here to talk about and help you with!
As we mentioned above you should first be eating micronutrient rich foods first above all else, BUT if you want to have an advantage over everyone else a multivitamin is something anyone can benefit from.
Multivitamins are offered in powder, liquid, capsule, tablet and softgel forms. Formulations of multivitamin vary slightly on the target demographic; such as child, teen, adults, females, males and senior citizens and athletes. Now to be transparent here 98% of the multivitamins that are labeled as “Women's multivitamin” or targeting a particular demographic is most times a marketing ploy.
Vitamins are classified into one of the following two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and must be taken daily because they are not stored in the body. Example of water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the following B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), biotin (B7), folate (B9), B6, and B12.
Do not be alarmed if your multivitamin has more than 100%, more than 1,000%, or even more than 10,000% of your daily value of these water-soluble vitamins. These vitamins are not stored in the body tissues so the excess is simply excreted via sweat, respiration, and urination. Consume with water to maximize their absorption.
Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat and include vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is okay to consume more than 100% of these vitamins on a daily basis. You should exercise caution when consuming excessively high amounts over a long period of time. The body's fat cells stores excess quantities of these vitamins. If left unmonitored your body may accumulate toxic levels of these vitamins which may lead to health complications.
Choose supplements with vitamin A sources of beta-carotene and retinyl palmitate, a vitamin D source of cholecalciferol (D3), a vitamin E source of alpha-tocopherol or mixed Tocopherols, and a vitamin K source of menaquinone (K2). Consume with a fat source to maximize their absorption.
Minerals In Multivitamin products
Most multivitamins provide you with 100% or more of the recommended daily value of key vitamins and minerals which is needed especially for the more active individuals out there due to the fact vitamins and minerals can be secreted in various ways when you exercise! A quality multivitamin should include most if not all of the following minerals: Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Zins, Selenium, Copper, Chromium, and potassium.
When looking for a quality multivitamin supplement look for Chelated Minerals, Which is the best quality and most bioavailable forms of these minerals.
Bonus Ingredients in Multivitamin products:
- Joint Health Fish Oil, Curcumin, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Bromelain, and Cissus Quadrangularis
- Immune Function Panax Ginseng, Echinacea, Garlic, and Boswella Serrata
- Digestive Health Ginger, Bromelain, Probiotics (e.g. Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Lactobacillus plantarum), and Digestive Enzymes (e.g. Lactase, Bromelain, Amylase, and Protease)
- Cardiovascular Function CoQ10, Garlic, Fish Oil, L-Carnitine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, and Lycopene
- Muscle Health Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), Beta-Alanine, and Bovine Liver
- Jesse Westover