Oh the multivitamin (dietary) supplement industry…you never fail to constantly bombard consumers with a plethora of new products containing miracle and must-have ingredients that promise health, vitality, and the elimination of chronic disease. You print fancy and enticing claims on your packages such as ‘supports your immune system’, ‘maintains health’, or ‘elevates mood’, without requiring any research or government regulation to do so. Now, I’m not putting down the multivitamin industry, far from it. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I’ve seen plenty of situations where someone could really benefit from taking a multivitamin to meet daily nutrient needs. However, the important questions we all have to ask ourselves regarding multivitamins is this...”Who benefits the most from taking a multivitamin and which multivitamins are legit?”
I know money is tight for the majority of Americans, and I know that achieving and maintaining health, while a valuable and worthwhile endeavor, is expensive and overwhelming. Besides advocating for healthier eating, better lifestyles, and disease prevention, I’m equally passionate about looking out for the pocket books of my clients and fellow Americans. Dietary supplements and multivitamins can be expensive! The absolute last thing I want to see is someone spending their hard earned money on a multivitamin that uses artificial ingredients, proprietary blends, and/or cost significantly more, without providing any additional nutritional benefit beyond consuming an 89 cent apple or a 3oz. serving of lean protein.
A representative from Reviews.com reached out to me last week and presented me with their latest review of store-bought multivitamins for me to share. I really appreciate people taking the time to critically and fully review vitamins and supplements as this is a challenging area for RDN’s to keep abreast due to the accelerated pace of new products hitting the market. They analyzed 289 different multivitamin varieties from capsules, gummies, chewables, and liquids. They also closely examined each multivitamin for its use of proprietary blends, inactive or artificial ingredients, and those that didn’t have third-party verification. “The best multivitamins have independent certifications for label accuracy and purity, plus a well-rounded formula that hits the majority of FDA-recommended ingredients.” Based on their analysis, five multivitamins came out as “legit” and nutritionally worth your time and money, if you so desire to take them. However, is taking a multivitamin necessary?
If you’re someone who values good nutrition and makes a conscious effort to consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins, there probably isn’t any dire need for you to take a daily multivitamin. However, if you’re someone who regularly eats fast food, consumes lots of refined carbohydrates, added sugars, processed meats, and eats very little fruits and vegetables, then your biggest concern isn’t going to be the lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet, but more so in the significant increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. For the elderly, those in a catabolic state such as cancer patients, or other individuals that suffer from malabsorption problems, a daily multivitamin could provide an added benefit. The majority of Americans still have a very long way to go with improving their overall diet before we need to worry about whether or not a daily multivitamin is necessary.
As an RDN, I see nothing wrong with taking a daily multivitamin to boost a healthy diet. However, I want you to choose and spend wisely, so I’m encouraging you to read this thorough review by Reviews.com so you purchase the highest quality multivitamin that benefits your health and your pocket book.
I want to thank the people at Reviews.com for a wonderful job with the research and with compiling the information in an easy-to-read format for consumers. The important and valuable content presented in this review is appreciated by both consumers and health care professionals alike.
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