There’s quite a bit of discussion around whether or not we need to take a multivitamin.
Strong opinions on both sides can leave us confused and unsure.
In my 10 plus years as a personal trainer and nutrition expert, I’ve found that a multivitamin plays an important role when it comes to health and weight loss.
Losing weight puts extra stress on the body, and taking a multivitamin can reduce the harmful effects of this stress. Plus, any weight loss generally means we are eating less calories. This can put us at further risk for nutrient deficiencies.
Still not sure if you need a multivitamin? Let’s go into a little more detail on why a multivitamin is important.
Why is a multivitamin important?
You might hear the argument that no one really needs a multivitamin because you can get all the nutrients your body needs from whole food.
While you can and should get as many nutrients from whole foods as possible, it rarely happens.
You see, things get in the way of eating a perfect diet such as…
- Eating too much fast food and processed food
- The expense of eating whole foods
- Travelling and no access to whole foods
- Social eating at parties or gatherings
- Not liking the taste of fruits and veggies
You shouldn’t feel bad if your diet isn’t 100% perfect 100% of the time. That’s not attainable for anyone.
But, even if your diet is on point you still might not be getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Unfortunately, due to soil depletion, the food we get from the earth is less nutrient dense than it was a hundred years ago.
An analysis from the Kushi Institute compared nutrient date from 1975 to 1997 and found that calcium levels in 12 veggies dropped 27 percent, vitamin A 21 percent, Iron 37 percent, and vitamin C dropped 30 percent.
Less essential vitamins and minerals in our food can pose a problem to our health. Along with the problems I mentioned before (too much fast food, no access to whole foods etc.), our health could be in serious trouble!
This is where a multivitamin comes in and fills any missing nutritional gaps.
Do I need a multivitamin?
Although a multivitamin is beneficial to pretty much anyone who wants to make sure they are getting the right nutrients, experts suggest that some people are in more need of a vitamin than others.
If you fall into one of these categories, you should probably consider taking a multivitamin.
You are over 60
As we age, we don’t absorb the same amount of nutrients from our food like we used to. A quality multivitamin can help ensure you are getting what you need to age beautifully and like a boss.
You are on a weight loss program or reducing calories for weight loss
Weight loss can put a decent amount of stress on the body, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting essential vitamins and minerals to ease this stress. When we lose weight it also means we are in some sort of calorie deficit or eating less. This can make it even harder for us to get the nutrients we need from food alone.
You are a woman of childbearing age or pregnant
All you ladies probably already know, we females are special and unique! We need specific vitamins like folic acid and iron to make sure we and our babies are healthy! Talk to your doctor to discuss your specific nutritional needs for a healthy and thriving life.
There are some neat benefits that come with taking a multivitamin. Here are just a few of the most studied ones!
Like I mentioned before, we have a harder time absorbing vitamins as we age. A multivitamin ensures we get what we need so we age with grace!
Getting enough B vitamins is associated with an increase in energy. This can make the weight loss game much easier when we aren’t tired all the time!
Vitamins B and K, as well as CoQ10 and magnesium all have an important role when it comes to heart health. Some studies suggest that taking a multivitamin will contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system
When should I take a multivitamin?
There isn’t an exact time that’s best to take a multivitamin, but you should take it with food.
It’s best to work it into your routine and take it when you’ll remember most. Some like to take it with their first meal, others would rather take it at dinner.
How to choose the best multivitamin?
Look for the essentials, as well as extras that aren’t as common but still important, like CoQ10 and other antioxidants.
Here are some of the most important vitamins to look for in a multivitamin:
Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth, reproduction, and immune system health. It is also essential for healthy vision.
Vitamin C: A water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue including bones, blood vessels, and skin.
Vitamin D3: This vitamin is important for maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and a healthy immune system.
B Vitamins: The B vitamins play a significant role in the production of energy. They also support your mood, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more.
Vitamin K1: This fat-soluble vitamin is most known for the critical role it plays in blood clotting. Vitamin K is also essential to building strong bones.
Folic Acid: Also known as folate, this special B vitamin helps your body produce and maintain new cells which is why it’s so important for pregnant or nursing mothers.
Calcium: We all know our bodies need calcium to build and maintain strong bones, but we also need calcium for our heart, muscles, and nerves.
Iodine: This mineral is required to ensure proper development and metabolism in humans. Getting enough iodine is especially important for thyroid health.
Iron: Iron helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Iron helps to prevent fatigue too.
Magnesium: This mineral helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes normal blood pressure.
Zinc: Zinc is needed for proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems and has an important role in wound healing.
The Wrap Up
Now that you know the benefits and importance of a multivitamin, especially if you are trying to lose weight, be sure you invest in a high-quality vitamin!
There are many vitamins that do very little except turn your urine a fluorescent color. You don’t want to spend money on a vitamin that you’re body can’t really absorb.
That’s why we created IdealVitamin, the multivitamin supplement that’s miles above the rest. It’s more than just another hard to swollow vitamin.
- Added superfood extracts like cranberry extract, resveratrol, lycopene, and lutein.
- Antioxidants including CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid. You don’t usually get these powerful antioxidants in a multivitamin, but at IdealShape we like to give you the best!
- A robust serving of B vitamins, critical for turning food into energy and supporting metabolism.
Try IdealVitamin today and give your body the nutrients it needs!