Before we get started…
“Multivitamin supplements” is part one of the “Essential Supplements Series” which supports the use of a general health supplement regimen. Essential supplements include a multi-vitamin supplement, fish oil or other anti-inflammatory supplement, probiotics, and seasonal or as needed supplements. These are all supplements that everyone and anyone can benefit from no matter their current health status, goals, diet, and budget.
HOWEVER – Multivitamin supplements are a huge category and encompasses many products with a variety of claims. There are many conflicting studies on multivitamins and I urge you to do your own research. Variables in these studies change immensely. The health of the people in the studies before taking the vitamins may not be comparable to your starting point. The quality of the vitamins is up to the discretion of the researchers and might be better or worse than what is on the market now. Finally, exactly what was measured to determine if the vitamins “worked” all vary from study to study. Before starting your research ask yourself;
- What do I need my multivitamin to do?
- What quality and type of multivitamin do I need?
- Can other supplements, foods, or lifestyle changes fulfill the benefit I am looking for?
- Should I hire a professional to double-check my regime?
Essential Supplements - Part 1: Multi-Vitamins
Choose quality, whole food multivitamins
Choose a multivitamin specific to your needs
Update for 2020: The surge in popularity of gummy multivitamins and supplements has caused many people to ask; Are these overhyped pieces of candy with just enough vitamins added to call it nutritious? As long as you follow the guidelines in the rest of this article, then go ahead and get the gummies! Reputable gummy brands include Olly, Vitafusion and Hum. They make it easier to take if you have a hard time swallowing pills or have to take many pills at once.
This article is meant to help you decide if you need a multivitamin and to provide an overview of what to look for in a quality multivitamin. There are many reasons when taking a multivitamin makes sense, but there are also circumstances when it does not make sense. All specific health concerns should be taken up with your doctor or a qualified professional who knows you as an individual. Feel free to reach out to me privately if you have questions!
I’ve chosen the links below because they present both the pros and cons of taking a multi and give perspective to both sides of the argument. Do your research and decide for yourself 🙂
Browse all of the Primal Conditioning Supplement Guides
This is part one of the “Basic Supplement Cornerstone” which supports the use of a general health supplement regimen consisting of: Multi Vitamin Supplement Fish
This is part two of the “Basic Supplement Cornerstone,” which supports the use of a general health supplement regimen consisting of a multi-vitamin supplement, fish oil