Yes, a good multivitamin/mineral supplement helps protect you from many of the degenerative disorders associated with aging such as osteoporosis and heart disease. They also help with some of life’s more ordinary ailments like the common cold, and run-of-the-mill infections.
Obviously, just taking a multi alone won’t protect you from the more serious life illnesses. If only it were that easy!
Instead, a good multivitamin is part of a healthy lifestyle. But is it wise to take a vitamin mineral supplement that you can find at the grocery store?
That depends. It’s common in the supplement industry to “pad” vitamins with fillers such as:
Hydrogenated oil--has no nutritional value, but is the most commonly used filler in the supplement industry
Artificial colors—Makes the product more appealing but have been linked to hyperactivity in children and cancer
Magnesium stearate—Used as a lubricant so that the vitamins don’t stick together. However, there is grave concern that it suppresses the immune system
Titanium dioxide—Used as a pigment in vitamins but research is showing that
it, too, can cause problems with immune function.
So why do companies use these ingredients?
Because the product can be produced more quickly and easily.
The end result it a product that’s visually appealing because of artificial coloring, and easier to swallow because the vitamin is coated. Sad to say, but if you take a vitamin like this, all you’re really taking is another form of junk food!
Are Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Worth It?
Just like everything in life, you must do your homework. Many times, just reading the product label will tell you everything you need to know.
If the supplement is nothing more than junk food in pill form, then no, it isn’t worth the money. And it certainly isn’t worth the impact it will have on your health.
If the supplement is from a reputable company committed to the quality of the product and your health, then yes! It is well worth it.
Why Vitamin and Mineral Supplements are Necessary
The whole reason for taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement is this:
Our soil is no longer as nutrient dense as it once was. That means we no longer get the full complement of vitamins and minerals from our food.
So even if you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you’re still not getting all the supplementation you need on a daily basis.
But here’s the catch ...
Take a vitamin supplement that’s appropriate for your age and gender! And it must be shown to have strong nutrient bioavailability.
In other words, your body must be able to break down and absorb the supplement.
When your body has this kind of proper support, your multi can help boost immunity and protect your health!
That’s why we recommend and carry Thorne Research supplements. All of their raw ingredient suppliers must meet purity standards and stringent specification. Additionally, Thorne Research tests and verifies for additional quality assurance.
There are no:
There is nothing in this line that might impair nutrient absorption.
Thorne Research only trusts ingredients that are backed by scientific proof and validation. Here at Jewell’s Naturals, we know the Thorne Research line produces results.
How? When Lisa’s patients take this multivitamin line, she sees positive results with blood work.
That’s why we firmly believe, and test results support, that Thorne Research multi vitamins deliver results because of superb nutrient bioavailability.
So, What Vitamins Should I Take For My Age?
Because life doesn’t stand still, it’s important that your vitamin mineral supplement support you through every stage of life.
Children have a different set of nutritional requirements than adults do.
And, adult requirements vary by age and gender. A multivitamin supplement for women over 50 will be nutritionally different than a multivitamin for men under 40, and so on.
For men over 40, Al’s Formula is a comprehensive formula that includes botanicals and nutrients to support prostate health.
It also contains hawthorn extract as well as the active form of vitamin B folate to promote healthy cardiovascular function.
It does NOT contain iron, as that can be potentially harmful for some older men.
Basic Nutrients III for men under 40 contains calcium and magnesium citrate that is readily absorbed by the body. It has trace minerals as picolinates, vitamins B2, B6, and B12 that are active and readily absorbable.
For women, whether you’re over or under 40, the challenge is always hormones! If you are peri- or post-menopausal, you need nutritional support for the hormonal changes that are occurring in your body.
Meta Fem provides a complete dietary formula for this time of life, and it contains more calcium than other multi brands.
What’s more, Thorne added specific botanicals and nutrients such as wild yam for its phytoprogesterone-like effects, dong quai to control night sweats, and hesperidin methyl chalcone to ease hot flashes.
For women under 40, Basic Nutrients 2/Day includes vitamin D3, both kinds of vitamin K, mixed tocopherols, bioactive B-vitamins, and amino acid-chelated minerals. These nutrients are a woman under 40’s nutritional foundation for healthy living.
Simply buying a multivitamin will not give you the protection and results you want. It must be targeted for you age and gender.
Side Effects of Vitamin Mineral Supplements
When taken as directed, you should not have any side effects except better health!
But we do recommend you take multivitamins with food. A lot of vitamins and minerals are packed into those tiny capsules! Taking the capsules with food helps with digestion and absorption of the nutrients, while being gentle on you digestive system.
Other Important Benefits of Taking A Multivitamin Daily
We live in a toxic world. That’s why a multivitamin is crucial. With high quality B-complex vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, your multi helps to detoxify your body. It can also improve your skin, help to prevent asthma and allergies, and
maintain muscle strength.
It can even help to reduce cravings for alcohol and prevent dental problems!
Taking a quality multivitamin and mineral supplement takes practically no effort.
But the results, both short and long term, are enormous for your overall health.
To learn more, visit our site: www.jewellsnaturals.com. Or, stop in and see us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!