It seems like every day, there’s a new article about vitamins–either promoting them or warning against them. The sheer amount of contradictory information out there can be overwhelming. In my opinion, high-quality vitamins are an essential part of healthy living. I’ve found that they help me feel better, boost my energy, and help me fend off illness.
Why the Confusion?
We’re all familiar with how science can change over time, and how foods that were once thought to be bad for us (eggs give us high cholesterol) are later found out to be healthy (eggs can actually improve cholesterol profile, and are excellent sources of protein, as well as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals). It’s common for study results to be disproved, or for new information to be discovered that clarifies the results. This is why I’m skeptical of studies that claim certain vitamins can increase the risk of adverse conditions. To me, the key is “everything in moderation”–I don’t take excessive amounts of any one vitamin or mineral. And, as I discuss below, I don’t take synthetic vitamins.
A common argument is that eating a healthy, varied diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provides all the nutrients you need. However, there are issues that may be affecting the nutrients you get from your food. Agricultural soils in the US have been depleted of 85% of their minerals over the last century, resulting in a decline in the amount of trace minerals found in the food grown in these soils. Also, the produce in your market could be weeks or months old, and nutrient loss begins as soon as food is picked. Nutrient loss also occurs during cooking, which is especially true for heat-sensitive and water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C. So even if you have a healthy diet, you may not be getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need.
How Vitamins Can Benefit Your Health
Taking a high-quality supplement can fill in the gaps. This is especially important for vitamins such as vitamin D, which most people are deficient in due to an increased usage of sunscreen, which prevents the natural process our bodies use to convert sunlight to vitamin D.
Other reasons to take supplements include:
- Boosting energy levels and mood and reducing the effects of stress (B-complex vitamins, minerals)
- Aiding in fortifying muscle strength and healthy nerve transmissions (antioxidants, minerals, potassium, calcium, vitamin D)
- Working to help senses such as hearing (B-complex), smell and taste (zinc, B12, A, copper)
- Reducing allergies and asthma (vitamin C, zinc, selenium, magnesium)
- Contributing towards healthy skin (beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, probiotics)
- Helping to avoid dental disease (vitamins C, A, E, zinc, selenium)
- Supporting the immune system (vitamins C, D, E, beta-carotene, zinc, selenium)
As we age, our ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases, just as our requirements increase. This is another time when supplements can play a vital role. Common deficiencies are in the B-complex vitamins, calcium, zinc, vitamin A, D, and E. Some prescription drugs can also deplete certain vitamins.
The Best Vitamins Are Organic and Whole-Food Based
The quality of the supplement is crucial. Did you know that most vitamins are made from un-altered synthetic ingredients? These synthetic vitamins contain chemical compounds that don’t occur in nature and aren’t as bioavailable, absorbable, or usable as natural vitamins. The vitamins are often “isolated,” meaning that they don’t come with the transporters and co-factors associated with vitamins that occur naturally in foods.
High quality supplements should be organic, whole-food, and non-GMO. I’m happy to say that our new women’s multivitamin, Movita, meets those requirements. Movita is a whole-food vitamin and mineral supplement made with organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In addition, it is gluten-free, dairy- and egg-free, and allergen-free for shellfish and nuts. Plus, unlike many competing supplements, with Movita you only need to take one capsule a day.
We’re very proud of the quality of our product and the cutting-edge science behind it: our vitamins and minerals are literally grown in a state-of-the-art dual culturing process using live prebiotics and probiotics, combined with proprietary recipes of organic yeast.