Quality Multivitamins: Benefits and Attributes

Many people are not quite clear on exactly what the benefits are of taking high quality multivitamins on a daily basis.

A few benefits of taking your daily multi are:

  • Improves your overall physical and mental health, which also improves your overall quality of life.
  • Gives you a feeling of general well being when taken regularly.
  • They give you the combined, or synergistic, benefits of all the ingredients working together.
  • Maintains the health of your body during times of tension and stress.
  • Helps reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancers.
  • Increased energy level.
  • Fights aging. Most top graded multivitamins are loaded with ingredients containing antioxidants to fight the normal signs of aging and age related health-issues.

There are also certain things to consider when choosing a multivitamin that many people are not aware of, such as:

  • most men and post-menopausal women do not need to consume supplemental iron.
  • calcium inhibits the absorption of iron.
  • iron in a supplement has to be stored by the liver, which in some people can lead to serious illness.

For the reasons just stated I encourage people to choose vitamins without iron. If you must have iron supplementation, it should be taken separately with certain foods.

If you think you may have an iron deficiency you need to see your doctor as supplementation of iron should be supervised by a physician.

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There are many multivitamins from which to choose. A good book to help you research your options is the The Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements icon .

Nature's Way Alive is one of the more economical of the quality multivitamins I have come across, but there are many. Whole foods products often offer a good variety of vitamins and minerals that may be more easily absorbed by the body. A few things to consider when taking your multivitamin are:

  1. Always check with your pharmacists about possible interactions between certain prescription medications and supplements.
  2. Minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium can interact with the thyroid medication levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid) and the antibiotics ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and tetracycline (Sumycin), hindering their effectiveness. To be safe, take your multivitamin at least two hours before or after taking any of these medications.
  3. If you take warfarin (Coumadin), make sure you talk with your doctor regarding multivitamin use. Taking vitamins E and K may impact the way your Coumadin is dosed.

A basic problem of many multis is getting past the digestive system. In a pharmaceutical–grade vitamin supplement, many of the nutrients are chelated, or tied to another molecule which acts as an escort until it reaches the bloodstream.

Both universities and private companies have developed and patented such chelated compounds. Because they are relatively expensive to license they are rarely seen in ordinary supplements.

This is why the half of Americans who take multivitamins aren’t always noticeably healthier than the half that doesn't.

Many of them are taking ordinary vitamins that lack the range of nutrients their bodies need, or low-price or discount vitamins that are less effective due to their processing methods and the limited bioavailability of their nutrients.

Research your supplement. As this website grows I will be giving you information on various multivitamin supplements that I am researching.

GMPs: Good Manufacturing Practices

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When researching and purchasing your vitamins always check the label to be sure they meet the NSF Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

According to the NSF website, Good Manufacturing Practices are guidelines that provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure the product produced has the identity, strength, composition, quality, and purity that it is represented to possess.

The manufacturers of dietary supplements that comply with GMP requirements receive certificates and are listed on the NSF website. Although this certification is available to all manufacturers of dietary supplements, not all choose to meet these standards.

There are many choices out there when you are shopping for a multivitamin. Some are great, and some will make no difference at all in your health.

It is so very important that you choose a quality product so do your research before you spend your money.

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