Is Your Multi-vitamin Helping or Hurting You?

Multivitamin versus fruits There’s simply no doubt about it, we all need to be keeping a close eye on our diet and how many nutrients our bodies are getting or not getting. Sometimes diet alone isn’t enough to give your body all that it needs.

Because of all the processed foods we eat, the toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, and the increasing amounts of daily stress our bodies need more than just the basic supply of nutrients. More and more Americans are turning to vitamin and mineral supplements to balance their bodies and improve their health.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition reports the supplement industry brought in a whopping $25.2 billion in 2008 with projections showing only more growth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports there are 29,000 supplements on the market including vitamins, minerals, botanicals, sports nutrition products, and weight management products.

But beware, not all supplements are created equally – in fact many of the supplements that most Americans reach for are a far cry from healthy.

Is Your Multi-vitamin Helping or Hurting You?

Not All Supplements are Created Equal: Buyer Beware

One of the problems with supplements is that they are intended to be just as their name suggests; a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and diet. However, of the 150 million Americans who consume supplements daily, many use them as a substitute for healthy living, not a supplement.

If you use supplements in this way, you’re simply fooling yourself but not your body.

The next problem when it comes to supplements has to do with the quality of and type of supplements you buy and use. Most of the supplements you find adorning shelf after shelf of the grocery store and drug store aisles are synthetic man-made products.

These vitamins are not only unrecognizable by the body and therefore difficult for it to digest and assimilate. They sometimes contain dangerous ingredients and fillers that you should be doing all you’re able to avoid. You simply don’t want these ingredients in your diet at all.

But don’t despair! If your diet alone does not suffice for your health and nutrient needs, you should consider taking a whole food supplement.

Understanding Whole Food Supplements

Whole food supplements are just what the name says – derived and made from whole foods. This is a supplement that your body can see for what it is – food. Therefore, the body is able to properly digest, assimilate, and use the nutrients for your body’s good.

The whole food supplements that you want to choose are the ones that are derived from raw, whole foods. One of the important reasons here is that when your body consumes any whole food it reads that particular foods code factors.

Each food comes with a code factor embedded into it that tells the body all about that food, its nutrients, and when and how to best use it. When vitamins are synthetic they’ve been isolated from the food source thereby eliminating the vital code factor so important to the body.

This means the body is able to use only a very little of the already compromised nutrients in the supplement. So even if you are faithfully taking supplements on a regular basis, you may not be getting very much nutrition at all.

It’s About What’s Missing and What’s Added

Once you consider what most synthetic vitamin supplements come with today, you’ll want to avoid these dangerous little pills completely. Many of the most commonly taken supplements contain dangerous hydrogenated oils, food colors, preservatives, and other nasty ingredients.

Choosing a raw, whole food based supplement will boost your health in the ways you desperately want it to do. The fact that the supplement is derived from raw foods means your body will get what it needs and more.

Raw Based Whole Food Vitamins Offer:

  • Uncompromised essential nutrients – no heating of food means no vital compounds are altered or destroyed in any way.
  • No toxins formed because there is no heating or alteration of foods.
  • Important enzymes remain intact to aid in the digestion and assimilation process
  • When you select whole food supplements you are getting the best nutrients available short of the food itself. Choosing a whole food supplement instead of a synthetic supplement is like eating a raw, whole food as opposed to a highly processed one.

What to Look for in Your Whole Food Supplement

When you shop for a high quality whole food supplement you want to look for these ingredients on the list.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B’s (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Macinamide)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E complex
  • Vitamin K
  • Folic Acid
  • Biotin
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Chromium
  • Potassium

In addition to these vital nutrients look for CoQ10, boron, and vanadium.

What you want to avoid is important as well. Be sure you’re whole food multivitamin doesn’t contain any of the following:

  • Artificial Colors
  • Preservatives
  • Fillers and Binders
  • Allergens such as dairy, gluten, and soy.

Often manufacturers will advertise ‘all natural’ but the supplement simply isn’t one you want to be taking. When it comes to supplements you should find a reputable company you trust. One way is to get to know them a bit, read up on their philosophy and what other products they make. You don’t want to buy supplements from a company that doesn’t specialize in supplements.

Sources:

http://www.crnusa.org/CRNRegQandA.html


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