Do Multivitamins Work? Multivitamins 101 - Karen Salmansohn

Do Multivitamins Work? Multivitamins 101

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Do multivitamins work or are they are all hype? Here is a breakdown on multivitamins and why it might be time to start taking one.

Are you looking for ways to balance out your diet? Do you want to learn more about supplementation? If so, then you’ll want to start with the granddaddy of them all: the multivitamin.

Everyone’s heard about taking vitamin supplements, but few people (outside of experts) know what they’re really all about.

People find themselves asking many different questions about multivitamins when upping their supplement game. What are multivitamins? Do multivitamins work? What kinds of minerals do they have? Should I take a multivitamin?

So I decided to share an in-depth guide on what multivitamins are and why they can be so influential in supporting your overall health.

Psssst…If you’re new to my site, I’m a confessed research geek on wellness and happiness. I wrote a bestselling longevity book, called Life is Long, which is jampacked with cutting edge information on living longer, healthier, younger. I’m passionately committed to helping people to live their best lives.  With this in mind…read on! 🙂

What Is a Multivitamin?

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The first question that you probably have is about learning what a multivitamin does for you.

Some supplements are for building muscle, others are for shredding fat. What does a multivitamin bring to the table? How does it contribute to your health goals?

In short, a multivitamin helps ensure that you receive a more balanced diet.

The average modern human lacks a certain amount of nutrients in their daily diet.

The multivitamin is used to (for lack of a better term) guarantee you get the nutrients you’d otherwise miss out on. No matter what your health goals are, multivitamins are helpful.

Purchase any vitamin pack for fat shredding, muscle recovery, building muscle, or strengthening your immune system and you’ll find a multivitamin inside.

Unfortunately, the supplement industry isn’t as regulated as it should be. For that reason, some brands will make claims of the benefits their multivitamins offer that might not be true.

To avoid falling for this scam, pay attention to the ingredients that are inside any brand that you purchase.

Are There Gender-Specific Multivitamins?

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Yes and no. Some brands make multivitamins that are to be consumed by either men or women. Others make gender-specific multivitamins.

What’s the difference? The gender-specific multivitamins contain certain nutrients that studies have shown those gender’s diets to typically lack.

A women’s multivitamin might also include nutrients that are used to generate healthier skin, quicker nail growth, and total body wellness for women.

A men’s multivitamin might contain more nutrients that you’ll find in plants since, on average, men are shown to digest more meat than vegetables and fruits.

So, should you opt for a gender-specific multivitamin over the others?

It depends on what you’re looking for.

Some people prefer to buy generic multivitamins so that they and their spouse can share and cut costs.

Others prefer it due to accessibility.

The most important part, as mentioned earlier, is determining which multivitamins offer the best ingredients. There are also vegan options for those that don’t want to intake animal products.

What Do Multivitamins Contain?

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As previously mentioned, not all multivitamins are created equal. Some brands make bogus claims while others stack their supplements with nutrients that benefit their customers.

For that reason, the question should change from “what do multivitamins contain?” to “what do the right multivitamins contain?”.

You might be surprised that they typically offer as many as thirteen different vitamins and over 15 minerals for your consumption.

They might contain things like vitamins A, B-12, D, C, and E, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. You’ll also receive calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, borate, and iodine, to name a few.

These nutrients and vitamins help boost things like your immune system, muscle recovery, stress-relief, energy levels, metabolism, and much more.

Sadly, there are brands out there that will put a minuscule amount of certain vitamins and minerals just to place them on the nutrition label. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate them, there’s no one stopping them from labeling inaccurate information.

The only thing you can do to avoid those situations is purchase from reputable brands. If the cost seems too low to be true, it probably is.

Who Can Benefit From Taking Multivitamins?

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The short answer is everyone.

Of course, you shouldn’t start taking multivitamins until the age of 13, unless it’s a multivitamin for kids.

Women, in particular, can benefit from multivitamins in all different stages of life.

Studies have shown that multivitamins are especially helpful to elderly women, pregnant women, and menstruating women.

Why? Because they all suffer from nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. The multivitamin can help balance out their diet and make the body’s operations run as close to normal as possible.

What Do Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble Mean?

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When shopping around for different supplements such as multivitamins, fish oils, and others, you’ll come across the terms water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

These terms are in reference to the way that the nutrients and vitamins are digested in the body. Some are digested with water, meaning that you need only take them with water.

Others are digested by fat, meaning you need to take them immediately before, during, or directly after a meal.

Since different vitamins and minerals fall into different categories, it’s best to take multivitamins with a meal. That way, you’ll ensure that the fat-soluble nutrients are digested safely.

Do Multivitamins Work? Buy From a Reputable Brand

Now that you’ve read this article and answered the question of “Do multivitamins work?”…it’s time to find the right brand to purchase from.

Take the time to consider different deficiencies that you might be having in your current diet. If a few stand out, make sure that you find a multivitamin that contains a daily dosage of them.

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