A lot of people ask me, should I take a vitamin everyday? The answer here is actually a question.... do you mean a multivitamin?
See, there are so many choices out there and multivitamins are a wise daily habit, however, if you're like me, B complex vitamins stimulate your appetite too much! I actually take a specialized mineral supplement instead, to compensate for the over-processed foods that I unavoidably eat each week. Our foods today are enriched and fortified with the B complex vitamins; thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B5, B6, B7 and B12.. but is that enough? Enough to compensate for over-processed ingredients stripped of their original nutrients?
The primary question to ask yourself is......do I eat enough fruits and vegetables everyday? If you do (really? you really eat 5 to 7 half cup servings of fruits and veggies EVERY day?) Then you might not need a multivitamin but, for most of us "eat on the run" convenience foodies, a basic multivitamin is good insurance that you've got the basic vitamin micronutrients in ample supply for your metabolism's needs.
"Why?" you ask, "I eat healthy food and I'm not dieting excessively or training for a marathon!" So here's the scary part..... the government updates the USDA databases for nutrient content of our foods every 50 years and the latest round is sad. Our soil is seriously depleted resulting in fruits and vegetables with significantly lower micronutrient content. In other words, way less vitamins and minerals!
The bottom line, there is no harm in taking a daily multivitamin and there is a significant benefit! Look for a quality product that includes minerals and try to eat more vegetables! Have more questions? Schedule a free Coaching call with me HERE
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and if you're into reading the technical data you can find the USDA reports here... https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/80400535/DATA/sr27/sr27_doc.pdf