Every day, we all strive for balance. We try to eat right, exercise more, and sleep better. We try to navigate through our days and weeks with as little stress as possible, taking everything in stride. But sometimes, even when we are doing our best, we need a boost; we need to increase our body’s wellness to deal with the stress, poor sleep and dietary deficiencies that come from a busy life. That’s where supplements come in. In order to fill our nutrient gaps, most of us have looked to the once-a-day multivitamin for help. So, here’s a quick guide to your multivitamin questions.
Do Multivitamins Actually Work?
It is clear that a multivitamin supplement has the ability to increase our wellness. Calcium and Vitamin D are proven to aid in bone health, Folic Acid is proven to reduce birth defects, B Vitamins are proven to increase energy and aid in neurological functions, Magnesium is proven to relax the body, antioxidants are proven to prevent certain cancers, and both Vitamin C and Zinc are proven to increase immune function. These are just a few of the benefits a multivitamin has to offer.
According to a report from Oregon State University, “About 75% of the US population do not consume the recommended intake of fruit, and more than 80% do not consume the recommended intake of vegetables.”1 The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that nutrients that are often under-consumed included vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber, and iron. In addition, research shows that adults with high intakes of added sugar in the diet had lower intakes of many micronutrients, especially vitamin A, C, E, and the mineral magnesium.
Are Multivitamins All We Need?
Although multivitamins are a great supplement to a healthy diet, everybody has unique health needs. Health should never be approached from a one-size-fits-all mindset. For this reason, a multivitamin may not fully address health concerns like poor digestion, inability to fall asleep, or exercise recovery. There are many supplements that can improve specific health needs. For example, Omega-3 fatty acids can support the health of those with high triglycerides, while garlic can help to reduce high blood pressure.
Taking multiple vitamins personalized for your needs is better than taking one multivitamin, but finding a specific supplement and vitamin routine can be difficult and time consuming. In addition, there are many supplements that negatively interact with prescription medications. For example, taking an antidepressant with 5-HTP may result in too much serotonin in the body, leading to a dangerous condition called Serotonin Syndrome. You should also be cautious of taking too many vitamins and supplements. Persona’s algorithm is built to create a supplement program that is unique to your body’s need, while ensuring your routine is safe.
What are the Best Types of Multivitamins and Supplements?
If you are struggling with stress, lack of sleep, loss of energy or the inability to find balance in your life, start on the road to better health by incorporating high-quality multivitamins and supplements into your daily routine.
Look for a multivitamin that is:
- Allergen free
- Highly bioavailable (Easier for your body to absorb)
- Purity tested
- Made without fillers, artificial colors, or additives.
All supplement companies are going to compete to encourage you to purchase their product, but great supplement companies are going to explain why their product is superior. A good multivitamin or supplement will have scientific evidence to support its formulation, and the company should always be willing to share sources.
Multivitamins vs. Personalized Vitamins
Multivitamins have been the go-to supplement to fill nutrient gaps for the last few decades, and they do provide a strong health boost for those lacking in certain nutrients. However, as more research has been done, nutritionists have realized that a one-size-fits-all supplement may not be the best choice for everyone. No two bodies are exactly the same and so many factors contribute to your nutrient needs. So, it’s safe to assume that a single multivitamin won’t provide the same results for everyone. Ideally, you would work with a nutritionist or doctor to assess your nutrition, health history and lifestyle to provide specific recommendations for your needs.
The Verdict on Vitamins
Taking the right vitamins and supplements could help fill nutrient gaps and greatly benefit your health. Creating a personalized supplement routine is the perfect way to make sure you’re taking what’s best for you.
The Persona Vitamin Assessment is a quick and easy online questionnaire that was written by a team of doctors and nutritionists that analyzes your health, lifestyle and current prescription medications. Our algorithm combines 10 years of work by our doctors and nutritionists with 5 trillion combinations of supplements to provide you with supplement recommendations for your specific needs .
If you already know what supplements you need, you can check out our Essential Packs. Reach out with any questions to take advantage of our knowledge and use it to your health’s benefit!
Micronutrient Inadequacies in the US Population: an Overview. Oregon State University. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies/overview. Published November 2017. Accessed May 7, 2019
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