Buying the right multivitamin can be mind boggling to even the gurus of the health world. There’s so much to choose from that it makes you wonder if you really need all the extra “stuff” and if all these extra “things” really make a difference? What is the difference between this vitamin and that vitamin, and why is that one twenty dollars more expensive than that other one? Not to mention they make multivitamins for children, teen boys, teen girls, men, women and men of and women over the age of fifty.
The overwhelming flow of information is enough to make anyone’s head spin like a scene of a an old horror movie. Before you decide to call it quits and say, “I’ll never understand any of this!” Grab a pen and paper, and take a few deep breaths with me.
Feel better now?
Good. Me too.
Really when it comes down to it, you only need to remember four major things. Talk to your doctor, Ask yourself, “What do I want my multivitamin to do,” Find a multivitamin that your body can digest completely and Review your possibilities.
The first, and probably most important is, to actually go and talk with your doctor before you start a multivitamin regime. I know that there are some doctors out there who don’t want to see their patients on anything like multivitamin or supplements, but if you make a list of reasons on why you would like to try taking a multivitamin then I’m sure your doctor will appreciate the efforts you have put forth, and the extent of research done on your end.
Explain to your doctor about why you want to start a multivitamin regime. Even make a list of reasons why you think this is in your best interest. If you are getting at least six hours of sleep a night, and still feel tired in the afternoon, tell your doctor, or if you’re just trying to make healthier choices, tell your doctor. Your health care provider may be able to offer you some helpful advice. Also, your doctor may want to do some blood test to make sure you don’t have a thyroid problem or that you’re not anemic, which is why it is so important to always consult with your primary health care provider, before making any changes to your diet and exercise program.
The next step should be easy enough. If you’ve already spoken with your doctor, then you probably have an idea of what you want in a multivitamin. So what do you want in a multivitamin? Do you want to be sick less? Do you want more energy? Do you want to fill in those gaps where your diet may not be giving you everything you need? What do you want? By narrowing down what you really want it can make finding a multivitamin a lot easier, and it will also help to eliminate all the extra “frills,” if you will. Unless of course you like the frills and would like to keep them.
The next thing you should think about when buying a good multivitamin is: is your multivitamin going to be metabolized? Now before you wrinkle your face and start fussing at me out of sheer frustration, because you can’t get a straight answer out of anyone on this subject, just hear me out for a second.
It really is true, not all vitamins are created equal. You know those pebbly little things some people refer to as vitamins? You know the ones, you have probably tried a few times with little to no results? Yeah those! Your body wasn’t made to process little rocks. If our bodies did do that, there would be fewer starving children in the world.
When you pick a multivitamin try to find a liquid capsule or a capsule that has a powdery substance in it. This way you know you are getting the full benefits of the supplement you’re taking, because your body can process it, completely. This gives you the full results that you want. You work hard for your money. There’s no reason to waste it on vitamins that your body can’t fully process, so it just shoots it out the next day as fecal matter.
Here’s were that pen and paper really come in handy because this last step is going to take some memory work.
When reviewing your possible multivitamins, there’s a lot of information out there. I mean a lot. Google shows about 1,260,000 results just with the word, “multivitamin.”
Since you’ve already spoken with your doctor, and you have a better idea of what kind of multivitamin you want, and you found a few suggestions that could be digested, then all you have to do, is it to check out a few reviews. Make sure you find good reviews and bad reviews, so you know if you’re going to have those tasty burps tomorrow morning.
For example; Nature Made’s Multi Complete, has great reviews, is very cost efficient, (Target’s website sells it for under seven dollars) and contains no gelatin, so it’s been said to be safe for vegetarians. Where as, Irwin Natural’s Living Green Multi-Gel (Made specifically for both men and women) which also has wonderful reviews, but cost about ten dollars more, and it does contain gelatin, so if you are a vegetarian, it’s not vegetarian friendly. Both have wonderful reviews, but one may be more suitable for you while the other isn’t.
On the other had Irwin Natural’s brand has a botanical blend for antioxidants, to fight free radicals, (Free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.) and also has a special blend made for your gender. Where Nature Made’s Multi Complete doesn’t contain anything but your basic vitamin and mineral complex.
Then, if your worried about chemicals being in your multivitamin, then they also make organic multivitamins. One of the best organic multivitamins I’ve seen is Vitamin Code. Now Vitamin Code by Garden of Life is pretty expensive, but then what else can you expect from a super pill like this one? This multivitamin claims to go beyond organic. All of Vitamin Code’s multivitamins are made from raw, fruits and vegetables. These multivitamins are Gluten free, Dairy free, with Live Probiotics and Enzymes, BioActive ingredients, with no Binders or Fillers. Definitely not your Flintstones Chewable.
You may have to try and fail with a few of your first bottles of multivitamins, but when you land on something that works for you be sure to stick with it. Don’t give up and don’t settle. Be sure you find something that actually makes you feel better. Most vitamins take about a month to notice a difference, so give it at least a thirty day trial before you call it quits on that bottle of vitamins.
If you stop taking your vitamins then you will cease to have all the benefits that come with taking your vitamins. If you continue to take you vitamins, then you will continue to to reap those benefits, so stay strong, and don’t get frustrated.
I know this is a lot of information and it’s easy to be mislead but when it comes down to it, you only have to remember four things: Talk to your doctor, Ask yourself, “What do I want from my multivitamin,” Is your body going to digest your multivitamin, and Review your possibilities. If you stick to these four rules you can’t go wrong and you’re bound to find something out there that will make you live better, and feel better.