Hi friends! I want to talk to you about how you can optimize your health and energy by choosing the right multivitamin for you and your family. A lot of times we like to choose products or things that don’t break our bank, right? We stroll down the isle looking for the cheapest priced item, checking to see if it looks pretty good and then throwing it into our baskets, feeling better about ourselves because we’re taking good care of our health, right? But the question is, are we really taking good care of our health when we are grabbing the cheapest options in the vitamin or supplement isles? The short answer, no. In fact choosing the cheaper options are often not only not helping our body but they are actually bringing more harm than good. On the flip side watch out for overpriced supplements as well. It’s important to always check the label and know what you should be looking for.
First of all, I want to give a disclaimer that I am not a doctor or even a certified nutritionalist so what I’m conveying to you is based upon my own health journey, research and second hand knowledge from those who are doctors and certified nutritionalists. Bellow I’ve compiled what I’ve learned and sourced where I’ve learned what I’m sharing with you.
So what are some of those things we should and can be looking out for when choosing a good multivitamin or supplement?
- First where is it sourced? Is it organic, free of metals and other contaminants?
- Make sure your supplements are pure and if they are not labeled organic do your homework and find out if they are as good as organic.
- Second is it whole food based? A lot of supplements and multivitamins out there are synthetic forms of the nutrients found in vitamins. This is bad because the body will not be able to recognize these synthetic forms and this can cause the supplement to either get stuck in your intestines, causing adverse effect such as constipation, or it can just pass right through you having no effect at all. So what are some examples of synthetic nutrients found on your product label?
- One to watch out for is Magnesium sulfate. Research has shown it is rapidly excreted via the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. The proper whole food magnesium to look for is called, Magnesium Chloride (1).
- Another common one to look for is synthetic folic acid. Many are unable to break folic acid down. Instead look for the plant based form Folate (2).
- Also choose multis with a vitamin E complex, i.e. a vitamin E that includes alpha, beta delta, and gamma. Most over-the-counter multivitamins contain only alpha-tocopherol, which is just one type of vitamin E (2).
- Finally look to see if the ingredients are active or inactive?
“Some of the best multivitamins on the market contain nutrients that have already been converted into their active forms. For instance, vitamin B6, an important nutrient for hormonal balance and many other functions in your body, can be taken as pyridoxine, the inactive form, or pyridoxine 5-phosphate, the active form (also abbreviated as P-5-P on a label). When you take the active form of a nutrient, you’re bypassing a step that your body would need to take care of for the nutrient to do its job. Another activated nutrient is riboflavin-5-phosphate instead of vitamin B2 or riboflavin. The activated forms of nutrients are also often better absorbed” (2).
- Third and finally beware of additives and fillers.
“Make sure your multi doesn’t contain added synthetic colors, fillers and ingredients that you don’t recognize or understand. Vitamin makers often add these compounds to extend a product’s shelf life, to make it seem more appealing (for example, visually) or to make it less expensive to the manufacture” (2).
So there you have it. Those are some tips on what to look for when putting your money towards a good multivitamin. And remember that no matter how good your vitamin is, it can never replace a good, healthy diet.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you so desire, down bellow I’ll share what my husband and I are currently taking for our multi-vitamin.
Leave a comment bellow! I’d love to hear from you!
Wishing you the best!
Though there are several other really good vitamins out there, we are currently taking NATURELO Whole Food Multivitamin as we’ve found it to be a good quality for the price.