Do I Need A Multivitamin? 3 Things You Should Know Even If You’re a Healthy Eater
WE KNOW you eat well, but guess what? You still need a multivitamin. I was surprised too. After recently working with a nutritionist to do a ton of testing and bloodwork, we discovered that I had some major nutritional gaps despite what I thought was a top notch diet. She assured me that she sees it all the time amongst those with healthy enough diets and recommended that I take a multivitamin as part of my daily routine.
Honestly, my first thought was “Duh! Why aren’t I talking a multi?” My nutritionist kindly noted that she meets a ton of wellness editors and health enthusiasts that, while well-acquainted with superfoods, green potions and the latest trends, still have nutrient inadequacies. In this modern environment, an essential daily multivitamin has simply become a non-negotiable.
All that said, we’ve been taking a deep dive on multivitamins lately and have discovered mindbodygreen’s ultimate multivitamin+ which comes as a subscription if you want to make life effortless.
Why this specific brand? Long story short, it’s the formula. But we’re also swayed by the laundry list of wellness pros that vouch for the science behind the product. Celeb nutritionist, Kelly Leveque recommends the product for it’s high-potency B complex (otherwise, another supplement you’d likely have to take, as most of us are in need of these essential water-soluble B vitamins on the daily).
Registered Dietitian Ella Davar, R.D., CDN calls mbg’s multi “the best on the market”, mainly because it contains resveratrol, glutathione, vitamin D, selenium, zinc and other functional nutrients that so many other multivitamins simply don’t include.
Why You May Need A Multi – Even If You’re A Healthy Eater
Think you don’t need a multivitamin because you eat so well? We were once in that camp too. But almost everyone has gaps in their nutrient intake — and it’s not always their fault. Here are the facts:
Millions of Americans fail to meet their nutritional needs for essential micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals) from diet alone.† While it’s obvious that a diet of drive-thru burgers will leave you lacking in vital nutrients, most healthy eaters need a daily multivitamin too, but may not realize it.
Many nutrition pros point to depleted soil quality, lack of food freshness (eat local, people!) and poor nutrient absorption from a wide variety of lifestyle factors like suboptimal gut health as being at fault for these modern-day nutrient gaps. A well-balanced diet is crucial, but unless you’re eating like you live in the garden of Eden, chances are you’ve got several gaps that need filling to feel your absolute best.
Your Chewable Dinosaur Vitamin Might Not Cut It
We’re sure you’re aware; as fun as your artificially flavored chewables may have been as a child, they aren’t the most complete way to approach a multivitamin. That said, as supplement aisles seem to get longer and longer every year, it’s hard to know what to buy and which qualities truly matter for the money. Price is certainly the easiest way to shop supplements, but the truth is that you often get what you pay for. These are two key factors when shopping supplements:
+ Bioavailability: While a capsule or tablet may contain a certain amount of a nutrient, it’s important to note the ‘form’ of the vitamin or mineral. Whether or not that nutrient is ‘bioavailable’ could determine whether your body is able to optimally absorb it and put it to good use or not — this is where all the expensive urine jokes come into play.
For example, mbg’s ultimate multivitamin+ contains all eight B vitamins in their most bioavailable forms, including methylated folate (5-MTHF) and vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin).* This is actually a big deal for many and you can read up on the science around it here.
+ Formula: Technically, a multivitamin is just a supplement with ‘multiple’ vitamins, but what you need to look for is one with as many high-quality, essential vitamins and minerals as possible. You want to see specific nutrients that most of us really need for optimal daily health: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine, and potassium are non-negotiables.
That said, ultimate multivitamin+ also contains an impressive, well thought through profile of antioxidants, trace minerals and longevity botanicals. The brand’s notes on sourcing here make me want to bathe in the stuff.
+ It’s truly a complete multi: 6 botanical bioactives, 14 essential vitamins and 13 minerals add up to a complete 33-ingredient, high-potency multivitamin. A few stand-outs? Premium longevity botanicals like glutathione, resveratrol, piperine, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene.
This curated botanical combination combats oxidative stress, supports cellular resilience, and promotes graceful aging and longevity.* In fact, this is the first multivitamin to feature clinically studied Setria® glutathione, our body’s master antioxidant.*
Built-in B complex: The high-potency B complex delivers cellular energy via the full family of B vitamins, optimizing the bioactivity of each nutrient and even leveraging methylation technology.* Some of us have trouble utilizing certain B vitamins which has become a big hot topic in wellness lately, especially as it relates to fertility and immunity.*
Optimized ingredients: ultimate multivitamin+ contains the optimized dose, bioavailability, bioactivity, and gentleness for each ingredient — organic, vegan, algal vitamin D3; chelated and marine minerals; methylated B vitamins; vitamin E from sunflower oil (instead of soy, the usual source); carotenoids from red tomatoes and marigolds; and much more.*
Clean sourced: ultimate multivitamin+ is vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and major food allergen-free.
For everyone: Unlike so many gender or age specific multis, this formula was intentionally created to serve the needs of all adults, regardless of age or gender.
Two capsules per day: We hear so much about pill overload! The ultimate multivitamin+ gives you this truly comprehensive vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient array for nutritional sufficiency and whole-body health in just 2 capsules.*
After all we’ve learned looking into this often overlooked health habit, yes, a multivitamin is a daily non-negotiable. Like drinking enough water everyday, it’s easy to breeze by daily essential habits as we hunt for the latest new thing.
We’re big fans of this product so far and the team at mindbodygreen has extended this offer for TCM readers: Take 20% off your first order with code CHALKBOARD20. The code applies to one-time orders or your first month of subscription. (Code cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions). Let us know what you think in the comments!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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