What, Why, and How to Use a Daily Multivitamin
Did you know that half of all adults in America take a multivitamin and/or mineral supplement daily? Look a little closer and you will find that 70% of those over the age of 65 do.
The total cost of this? 12 billion dollars a year!
Are these multivitamins really necessary? Are they good for you? Can they really help with your overall health and wellness? Will they help you age in a more healthy manner, more gracefully? Are they really worth the cost?
The short answer is…YES! You should absolutely be taking a daily multivitamin!
The simple truth about the Daily Multivitamin Supplement
If you have pondered the questions above, you are quite normal. They are common questions. They are good questions. And they deserve answers.
Of course, there are those individuals who want to go with the “but I eat healthy” excuse for not using supplements. Absolutely ridiculous!
When we hear this we immediately know that the individual in question does not have a good understanding of dietary needs. We immediately feel bad for them.
But that’s not you! We know this because you are still here and still reading.
You most likely understand it is IMPOSSIBLE to get all the nutrition we need from whole food alone. Whether it is the way foods are grown, transported, processed, additives used, our common choice, and the need for convenience over quality, even how we prepare/cook food, it is easy to see why supplementation is necessary.
Let’s be honest, fresh foods don’t even look, or taste, as they did 30+ years ago, much less have the same nutritional content.
When you add in the additional stresses that are placed on our health with pollution, stress, lack of sleep, the speed at which we live, and so on, it should become quite clear just how important meeting our nutrient needs really is.
Even fitness training, while good for our health, places additional demands on the body and this is best addressed with supplementation.
You see, you may very well be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, trying to meet your sleep needs, but even doing your best, you are fighting an uphill battle simply due to the tools and your surroundings.
Now that you have our short answer, here are more details you might want to know.
What are Multivitamins
As you may be able to deduce by the name, multivitamin supplements are supplements that include several vitamins, minerals, and, most often, other ingredients as well.
Due to the range of vitamins and minerals, there is no standard, per se, on the amounts or makeups of a multivitamin so nutrient composition differs by manufacturer. Additionally, you can find a daily multivitamin in all kinds of forms from gummies, to liquid, to capsules and tablets, and powders.
While most daily multivitamin supplements will include a good balance of vitamins and minerals, you will almost always see amounts of these nutrients included.
Some companies, such as ours, 3D Labs Nutrition, will even go so far as to create specific multivitamins for men and women separately. This allows for much more gender-specific needs to be met through the multi without the need for an additional product.
For example, MultiMode for Men provides not just the common core nutrients of a standard multi but also some additional ingredients that target prostate support, immunity, and energy.
On the other side, MultiMode for Women includes specific ingredients to meet female needs and hormonal support.
Obviously, a daily multivitamin can not cover everything, but as noted above, in our opinion, it is absolutely one of the three “foundational” supplements every adult should be taking.
Why Should I Use Multivitamins
At least thirteen vitamins and sixteen minerals are considered crucial to our wellbeing. Most of these vitamins and minerals aid the enzyme reactions in our bodies or act as structural elements or signaling molecules.
In other words, the body needs these nutrients for maintenance, growth, reproduction, and to regulate all bodily processes.
It goes without saying, the higher the stress loads, the higher the needs one has. Individuals who smoke, drink heavily, have highly stressful jobs or lives, are all at greater risk of essential vitamin and mineral depletion.
The older you are, the greater your need as well.
And guess what, if you exercise regularly, at a high enough intensity, your requirements are higher than normal too.
Now, with those general reasons out of the way, how about some more specific reasons for a daily multi?
Are Multivitamins Good For You, You Ask
Multivitamins Can Improve Brain Function
Many studies have indicated that multivitamins may be able to improve memory in older adults. These multivitamins can also improve your mood. Studies have found links between nutrient deficiencies and poor moods or depression.
As always, whether it be on multivitamins or nootropics, we welcome additional research on anything that might aid brain function and health, but studies to date certainly show good evidence.
Multivitamins May Support Eye Health
Know the leading cause of blindness in the world? Age-related macular degeneration.
One study showed that including antioxidant vitamins and minerals can slow down this process. To be clear, there is no evidence to suggest that antioxidant vitamins and minerals can prevent the disease. At the same time, there is evidence to indicate that increased intake of multivitamins can reduce the risk of cataracts, one of the most common diseases to plague the eye.
Vitamin E, A, C, and Niacin (B3) support eye health, while Zeaxanthin and Lutein protect the eye from harmful light waves. Studies on the elderly have also shown that multivitamins can significantly reduce the risk of age-related cataracts. It has been established that beta-carotene and vitamin E can prevent age-related degeneration.
Multivitamins Can Improve Heart Function
Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the globe and heart-related diseases affect nearly half of American adults, making it a leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
Thankfully, numerous studies have shown that vitamins and minerals, taken in appropriate doses may aid in lowering heart and cardiovascular disease risk.
In fact, a recent study that focused on women who took multivitamins for three years suggested that it reduced the chances of dying of heart-related issues by up to 35 percent.
Considering Vitamins K1, B6, B2, B1, Niacin (B3), and magnesium all seem to play a role in cardiovascular health and are routinely found in a good multivitamin, this alone could be a reason to splurge on them.
Multivitamins Can Assist in Healthier Aging
There is little question, as we age, our nutritional needs increase.
Unfortunately, at the same time, the aging body typically has more difficulty absorbing nutrients. This inefficiency further increases the need for the aging population.
To make matters worse, older adults use more medications than younger, healthier individuals. Some medications will deplete the body even further of its nutrients.
Multivitamins obviously come in handy as we get older. Unfortunately, far too many wait too long to begin using them.
Multivitamins Can Increase Energy Levels
Thanks to the large part to the B-Family of vitamins, a solid multi can help reduce anxiety and stress levels while providing a boost in overall energy as well.
Even in our small minds here at 3D Labs Nutrition, we believe, considering energy is complaint #1 for the masses, this potential benefit alone makes a daily multivitamin worth sticking to.
Multivitamins May Benefit Immune System Health
Multivitamins will almost always contain C, D, and E. These vitamins have well-known impacts on the overall health of our bodies and our immune system specifically.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored in the body, so we need to be sure to get ample amounts through our daily diet and supplementation regiment.
Considering the growing evidence of Vitamin D deficiency, a multi that includes the “sunshine vitamin” can be very beneficial. Not only does Vitamin D aid in overall immunity, but research also shows it can boost testosterone production as well.
Vitamin E, another antioxidant, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in foods such as wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, sunflower oil, safflower oil, soybeans, canola, and corn oils.
Research shows that Vitamins C & E, when combined, have positive effects on skincare and skin health. Also, directly and indirectly, related to overall oxidation and immune health.
How Should I Use Multivitamins
As you can most likely see, a daily multivitamin has its merits.
Now, the only thing remotely still in question…how to use them?
Good news…NOTHING COULD BE EASIER!
Adding a good multivitamin to your daily nutritional supplementation regiment simply means taking your product of choice, as directed on the label.
That’s it! Nothing else to it! Could it really get any easier, and cheaper, to try and meet your minimum daily needs of the most important vitamins and minerals?
We don’t think so!
3D Labs Nutrition to the Rescue
Since dietary “supplements” do not fall under the pre-sale purview of the FDA, sticking with “established and well-known” companies is a good rule of thumb. Choosing a company that offers an insane 110% Satisfaction Guarantee on all their solutions can’t hurt either right?
That is us! All 3D Labs Nutritional products are only made from high-quality vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts, without the use of harmful additives; non-GMO, and free of hormones. Ingredients are free from gluten and manufactured in the USA in an FDA-registered, GMP certified laboratory and comes with our 110% Satisfaction Guarantee.
In other words, while we can certainly tell you the importance of taking a daily multivitamin, we can’t necessarily speak for the quality of everything out there on the market.
We can speak to the quality of the 3D Labs MultiMode multivitamins and GUARANTEE your satisfaction.
Therefore, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to meet your minimum nutrient needs, we are here ready, willing, and able to help.
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in…so take care of it. Progress, not perfection.
Good, better, best with your food intake, and some form of “movement” daily.
Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water.
We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like…and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
Live a 3D Life…Decisions Determine Destinations!