The benefits of multivitamins has been widely debated over the last few years and while it is agreed that they are no substitute for a balanced diet, research has demonstrated that they can be extremely useful at preventing certain vitamin deficiencies, aiding illness recovery and proving nutrients to those that have a restricted diet either due to lifestyle choices such as veganism or food intolerances. Here are our top 5 reasons to give multivitamins a shot.
- #1 Prevent deficiencies: While you should all be trying to eat a nutritious and balanced diet, chockfull of essential vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, sometimes you can still struggle to get the vitamins that we need. In some instances, due to conditions like hypothyroidism or anaemia, your body needs an extra boost and this is where multivitamins come in to their own. A study found that vitamin D and calcium supplements were effective at increasing bone mineral density, making them beneficial in cases of bone related maladies such as osteoporosis, where the body is deprived of vitamin D1
- #2 Supporting the immune system: If your immune system is weakened or experiencing stress either due to an existing illness or seasonal allergies, then it is sometimes necessary to take extra steps to strengthen your immune cells and provide much needed anti-oxidants and beta-carotenes. Taking a multivitamin supplement can provide your immune system with a helping hand, relieving pressure and providing nourishment to the affected areas of the body. Vitamin C is particularly essential during this time, especially when it comes to combatting colds or other similar infections. Your body cannot produce it naturally, so vitamin C has to be extracted from your diet or from supplements. Although not vitamin but a herb, taking Echinacea is also important if you wish to support the immune system
- #3 Supply nutrients to those with a restricted diet: There are a minority of people who have a restricted diet, either because of lifestyle choices like vegetarianism, or health concerns like coeliac disease. This means that it is sometimes more difficult to obtain the vital vitamins and nutrients that they need to support their immune system and help keep their body healthy and happy. For example, some vegetarians can struggle to get the required amounts of vitamin B12, which is crucial for the absorption of iron, leading to them becoming anaemic. In these circumstances, taking a multivitamin supplement in conjunction with a healthy diet can be of considerable help when it comes to maintaining their overall health and wellbeing
- #4 Vitamin K2: Vitamin K2, sometimes known as the ‘missing vitamin’ is essential for blood clotting and the formation of healthy bones. However, it can prove to be elusive in your diet as it is generally found in fermented foods and dairy products like cheese, milk etc., which are not suitable for some consumers. Vitamin supplements can be a good way of injecting some vitamin K2 into your diet, making sure that you receive enough of the essential nutrient to support the health of your blood and bones
- #5 All in one: Multivitamins can be considered beneficial, not just because of the nutrients that they provide for your body, but also because they can be extremely convenient, acting as an ‘all in one’ solution. There is usually no need to buy multiple vitamin supplements if you are getting everything you need in one tablet, and it also saves any possible confusion about dosages. Taking a number of different types of tablets can sometimes run the risk taking too much of one supplement, which may have the same detrimental effect on their health as if they were receiving too little of one nutrient!