There are many arguments from different sources about the benefits of taking multivitamins as a dietary supplement. But how do you know who or what to believe?
At the end of the day, there is really no “one size fits all” answer. It really depends on you, and your individual circumstances.
Most multivitamin tablets contain up to 100% of the RDA of most essential vitamins and minerals. That means if you take a multivitamin, you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be suffering from any deficiency of the main vitamins which your supplement contains.
For certain people (e.g. pregnant women) the daily vitamin requirement can differ, which means that multivitamins may not be appropriate. Therefore if you have any special circumstances such as being pregnant, you should always consult your doctor before simply assuming that multivitamins will meet your requirements.
In today’s society, many people live busy lives and simply do not have the time to cook meals at home from scratch. Many people eat convenience foods, which take less time to prepare – however these may not be particularly high in essential vitamins and minerals and often do not contain as many portions of fruit and vegetables as nutritionists recommend.
If you don’t feel that you’re getting enough fruit and vegetables due to your lifestyle, and there is no way in which you can alter your daily routine so as to be able to eat more healthily, then taking multivitamins and supplements may well be the next best thing. In these circumstances, taking vitamins is certainly preferable to not taking them, therefore this is definitely something you should consider.
People with allergies may benefit from taking extra vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system. This may also help people recover quicker from colds and flu symptoms. Again, in these circumstances it is hard to dispute that a high strength vitamin C supplement would be beneficial.
Athletes and bodybuilders who place higher demands on their body as part of their daily routine also commonly take multivitamins as a quick and easy way of replacing the resources that the body uses during vigorous exercise.
Taking a multivitamin can never replace a healthy, balanced diet. However, there are certain vitamins and minerals that it is hard to get naturally through our diet. Furthermore, modern lifestyles simply do not allow us to eat as healthily as we would like every day. For many people, taking multivitamins as part of a healthy diet means that you can be sure that you’re getting all of the recommended daily quantities of essential vitamins.
What do you think about this topic? Share your thoughts….
- Great article. My husband has been taking multivitamins ever since our first date and swears b them – but they are an extra, I make sure they never replace our healthy diet and active lifestyle together. Pamela
- I have a busy lifestyle as a journalist and spend a lot of time running my online dating review site (shameless plug I know) which takes up a lot of my time as we actually have to test the best dating sites on a regular basis. Annyway I digress – the fact is for me that it’s not always possible to eat the diet I would ideally like to (especially when I have to go on so many dates) so these supplements give me vitamins I might not otherwise get. Rob
- The trouble is that many people will be lazy and start to rely on supplements instead of eating what they should. I agree with the author that they have a use but people should be careful. David