Who hasn’t heard of the “all-powerful” multivitamin? Multivitamins are easily the most common and highest-selling vitamin of them all. And the pitch is an easy one, too. Just one capsule to get your vitamins and minerals? Absolutely!
But the truth is, taking a daily multivitamin simply isn't enough. And there are several reasons why. While taking a multivitamin is undoubtedly better than not taking any supplements at all, just taking a daily multivitamin isn't providing your body with the essential nutrients it needs to function properly.
Five Reasons Why People Should Consider Taking More than Just a Multivitamin
While we can’t give medical advice, and none of the following is meant as such, there are several reasons why people may want to consider taking more vitamins than just the typical multivitamin. People also need to be particularly mindful of their diet and general health practices. Remember, vitamins are called supplements for a reason. They are meant to supplement an already healthy diet and lifestyle, not replace it.
It all comes back to your daily practices and doing what’s best for your health. Multivitamins do help, and we’re happy to make them and take them ourselves. But we encourage people to consider taking even better care of their health. Here’s some insight on that:
1). Where you live has an impact on your health. For example, people who live in northern regions will not receive as much sunlight as those living in southern areas. The result of less daily sunlight is less vitamin D. This is especially noticeable during the winter months. Those who live in the North may consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement, as that could be a solution for a vitamin D deficiency.
2). Food allergies may necessitate supplementation. If you are allergic to certain foods, you may want to consider taking additional vitamins on top of your multivitamin. To again use the vitamin D example, people who are lactose intolerant may have a difficult time getting their Daily Value (DV) of vitamin D and calcium. Many people get their vitamin D from eating dairy products, but lactose intolerant individuals may want to consider a vitamin D supplement instead.
3). Vegans and vegetarians might consider taking vitamins and supplements. A crucial nutrient is vitamin B12, a substance found in meat, dairy, and fish. B12 is essential for keeping nerve and blood cells healthy. Vegetarians and especially vegans might want to consider taking a B12 supplement, as they’ll have a difficult time getting their daily dose of B12 from their food.
4). Different people, at various stages of life, will require more than just a multivitamin. Birthing-age women trying to conceive or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consider taking folic acid supplements (a B vitamin), vitamin D, and iron supplements. The elderly might want to take vitamin B12, vitamin D, and a calcium supplement. People who have an aversion to fruits and vegetables should try to eat some fruits and veggies, certainly, but they may also want to consider taking a vitamin C supplement as well.
5). Last but not least, there is simply no substitute for a well-balanced and healthy diet. Before people begin looking at what types of multivitamins or daily vitamins to take, they should first ensure they are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet high in fiber, protein, and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals. Remember, much of the food that we eat, if we are eating healthy, will have many of the vitamins and nutrients that we need.
What's in a Multivitamin?
Here's an idea of what's in an excellent multivitamin. (Hint: these are the ingredients of our multivitamin here at G&G Vitamins!):
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- K2 choline
- Folic acid
Multivitamins are hugely beneficial, but they are not a dietary substitute for people who may be especially deficient in specific vitamins and nutrients. People who are generally healthy and who are doing a good job with their diet and exercise should absolutely still take a multivitamin. But they should also be mindful of any other areas of their nutrition or physical health, food choices, age, and general health that may indicate the need for additional vitamins and supplements.
Better Health from Vitamins and Supplements
In an age when we are becoming far more aware of our health and the effects of unhealthy habits on our lives, we’re also finding that proper diet, exercise, and correct supplementation can be all it takes to create a long, healthy, and pleasant life.
While no vitamin is a replacement for healthy food and an active lifestyle, vitamins can help improve critical functions and areas of our bodies like:
- Our bone and teeth health
- The health of our brains and our memories
- Our energy and vitality
- The overall health of our hearts and our general cardiovascular health
- Our immune health
- The health of our muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments
- The general health of our nervous systems
G&G Vitamins is excited to bring you a wide range of high-quality vitamins. Our vitamins contain no excipients. These are pure vitamins and pure minerals. We make pure vitamins in vegetable cellulose capsules. That allows us to produce high-quality, highly monitored and tested vitamins and supplements without the need for unnecessary chemicals, binders, and fillers.
To see what vitamins of ours may be best for your health, be sure to check out our View All Supplements page. And if you have any questions about our vitamins and supplements, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.