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Finding Your Right Multivitamin Is as Easy as A, B, C, D, E …

By Dr. Molly Casey

Multivitamins & Your Health

Multivitamins are a supplement made up of a variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients with the purpose of supporting overall health. For a supplement to be considered a multivitamin in the United States, it must meet three requirements: a minimum of three substances, all with minimal risks of adverse side effects, and cannot contain any herbs, hormones, or drugs.

Truth

The current quality of food supply and the soil it is grown in leaves a lot to be desired in terms of how well (or not) it supports overall health. In addition, there are many chemicals that are often present in the food growing process that are toxic, and this doesn’t even touch diets that are largely composed of processed foods. Food/diets today rarely meet the standards of support required in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. As a result, it’s wise to add into one’s diet a multivitamin supplement taken on a daily basis to support your overall health and wellness.

Multivitamins can be geared toward different people. For instance, basic foundational vitamin support for women over 50 is different from men over 50, and you can find formulas that are tailored more toward your gender and age group. You can take specific stock in familial history of, say, eye problems and choose a vitamin that offers different vitamin support for the eyes. Multivitamins are available in a variety of different forms that make it helpful if you are resistant to taking supplements in certain ways. Multivitamins can be found in the form of pills, capsules, powders, liquids, and even intravenous forms.

How to Look

Remember, first and foremost, that you’re looking for a company that has integrity from its developmental stages through product design and delivery. These companies often require a doctor of chiropractic -- or some other health professional -- to have an account with them; the professional then provides access to the patient to create an account and purchase doctor recommended products. It’s nearly always a sign that the company and product is developing and producing at a whole different (higher) level. You want the developmental team to be doctors and scientists alike, using pure ingredients with as few fillers as possible.

To establish a blueprint of what to look for in your multivitamin, start with your gender and age. No sense in taking a multivitamin meant for women looking to get pregnant if you’re over 55 years old and done having kids. Write down any health issues past and present, along with family history health matters; for example, if you have personal or familial history of eye issues, note it and choose something with Vitamin A, which is known to support eye health and vision. Review your last 12 months of health issues, doctor visits, and blood work. Does anything stand out? Or have you had problems or concerns with specific organs? Check with your healthcare provider as to natural vitamins that support those organs and choose a broad spectrum multivitamin that offers extra support in that area.

Multivitamins are a wise choice in your health journey. It is also wise to assure that you have natural healthcare providers on your health team, such as chiropractors and naturopaths, who focus on health from the inside out. It’s a great way to support your health, prevent disease, and live your best life!

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