Do Multivitamins Actually Work?
I’m asked all the time if multivitamins work, if they improve the health of the person that’s taking them.
I understand where the question comes from. Doctors and advertising tell us all to take a multivitamin every day.
And this is one time I agree with the mainstream media – multivitamins work and are an absolute necessity for health for most people.
See, even people who are on the best diets are deficient in certain nutrients. It’s a proven fact that foods of today are less nutritious than they were 30 years ago. Different strains of food and modern farming practices strip food of its nutritional value.
Here in our office we do advanced micronutrient testing and we see nutrient deficiencies every day.
That’s where multivitamins come in. It’s a foundational supplement that covers all your bases to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. Most people are deficient in micronutrients and so a good multivitamin can play a positive role in health.
What is the scientific evidence for multivitamins?
Multivitamins do work.
A quality multivitamin will provide the foundation for a healthy supplement regimen and a healthy life.
A review from the American College of Nutrition published in 2013 revealed that multivitamins could decrease overall mortality and reduces cancer and cardiovascular risk1.
There are many studies that provide scientific evidence for the effectiveness of multivitamins in health prevention. You will also find negative studies questioning the efficacy of multivitamins. Usually these studies are funded by Big Pharma and use the cheapest, non-absorbable forms of multivitamins using very low doses.
While many people believe that eating a healthy diet is sufficient enough to provide all your required nutrients, this is far from true. These days diet is not enough and nutritional supplementation is needed to provide all of the needed essential micronutrients in the right amounts.
There are many reasons why supplements like a good multivitamin are vital to health. Due to factors such as the Standard American Diet, nutrient depletion of soil and the rise of digestive disorders many people are not getting the nutrients they need from food alone. This is why it is imperative to have a good quality foundational nutrient source like a multivitamin every day. Multivitamins work well to boost health and prevent chronic disease.
- Alexander et al., 2013: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07315724.2013.839909#.UrNX8_RDuSp