Do You Need a Multivitamin?

Forrest Health supplies many different health-promoting brands, including two organic liquid vitamin supplements—intraKID liquid multi-vitamin for kids and intraMAX for adults. Multivitamins are designed to address vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, and amino acid deficiencies—but do even the best multivitamins take the place of a proper diet?

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The answer is no. Multivitamins are not a substitute for a varied, balanced diet. Although they can be beneficial for many people, the vitamins and minerals in food are more easily absorbed into the body. However, a multivitamin can ensure you get an adequate supply of calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin D, and different types of B vitamins.

How Do I Know if I Need a Multivitamin?

The nutritional needs of each individual are different. You might need an extra daily dose if you have a known vitamin or mineral deficiency or medical condition. People with digestion problems fall into this category, including those with Crohn’s disease. Others who may benefit include:

  • Older adults: People over age 60 may need more B vitamins, vitamin D, or magnesium in their diet, which can be supplied through multivitamins.
  • Women who plan to become pregnant: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women of childbearing age get 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.1
  • Pregnant women: An extra boost of vitamins and minerals is often advised if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, but it’s best to discuss your needs with a healthcare professional.
  • Those on a strict diet: You may need nutritional supplements if you’re on a rigorous weight-loss plan, have had gastric bypass surgery, or are a vegan and eat no animal products.

Most multivitamins are marketed to certain groups, such as men, women, children, or the elderly. Many products come in pill form, but there are choices if you don’t like or can’t swallow pills; examples include gel-coated capsules and even liquid vitamins.

Will a Multivitamin Make Me Healthier?

Many products are advertised to improve health and/or make you more energetic. That’s really not the focus of multivitamins, but they can effectively compensate for deficiencies in your body and, particularly, in processed food. According to the National Institutes of Health, over one-third of Americans take dietary supplements.2

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However, multivitamin/mineral supplements are not strictly regulated, so there’s no standard as far as ingredients and dosages. People need to be cautious about multivitamin consumption. Too much vitamin A, D, K, or other fat-soluble vitamins can be toxic in high enough quantities over time.

If you’re thinking about starting to take multivitamins, consult with a healthcare professional about your nutritional requirements or, if you’re on any medications, discuss whether certain vitamins can interact with them.

Organic Vitamin Supplements

The best multivitamins are ones that meet your exact dietary needs. Forrest Health sells intraKID, an organic supplement with over 215 nutrients and 71 trace minerals. Over 415 ingredients are found in intraMAX, including 80+ vitamins, 62 fruit and vegetable extracts, and 154 antioxidants.

Overall, multivitamins can be good for blood, bone, digestive, skin, and immune health. Continue browsing to learn more about our organic liquid vitamin supplements from Drucker Labs or contact us online or at 408-354-4262 with questions.

Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/recommendations.html
  2. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-HealthProfessional/

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