Vitamins and minerals are the organic substances found in the food we eat and when broken down, enter our blood stream to supply vital components that make up enzymes and coenzymes for the health and well being of our cells. While we hope to extract all the necessary vitamins from the food we eat, research shows that due to the way in which food is grown in deficient soil and the way it is processed, even the most healthy eater is lacking in many essential nutrients and so we are advised to supplement our diet with additional intake through tablets or capsules.
Most multi-vitamins vary in potency and quality. Many vitamins work together in the body to assist in cell function so it is crucial that the formulation of ingredients is such that one does not cancel out the other and that each has the appropriate partner to facilitate absorption.
We do not need to stress our liver with unidentified nutrients that have been slammed together surrounded by artificial fillers and additives and made of chemical substitutes that the body neither recognizes nor benefits from.
The other fact for concern is that when a vitamin is digested in the stomach, the ingredients are destroyed by the very powerful stomach acids thus rendering the supplement useless.
When vitamin supplements were first invented it was considered important to be sure that your vitamins were taken separately from your minerals because vitamins are able to oxidize minerals rendering them ineffective. Also amongst the essential vitamins needed for healthy cellular growth some are water soluble and others are oil based. It is known that for example Vitamin D3 needs to be within an oil medium to be absorbed and calcium needs to be in an acidic environment. It is also true that excess of one Vitamin B creates a deficiency in another. There is discussion that liquid vitamins are more easily absorbed than capsules and tablets and that food based ingredients are more recognizable to the body than tablets.
Who really knows what is true when it comes to supplementing your diet! For all of the above questions it is however important to take a vitamin ingestible that is made with high quality ingredients using compliant processing, rigorous manufacturing and synergistic formulations.
When I take a vitamin product I hope to get many things from it. Firstly I want to feel a sense of well-being that is even and full. I want to see my eyes sparkle and my skin glow, I want to contract fewer colds and suffer from less sensitivities and allergies. I want to think clearly and sleep deeper and ultimately I want my blood results to reflect better immunity, perfect lipids and strong mineral content.
The best supplements should contain all the essential nutrients including: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs and antioxidants so when choosing a multivitamin take into consideration the forms they come in, the dosages, the sources the vitamins contained within the formula are taken from, and whether or not the formula contains any fillers or additives. It is better to spend a little more money to insure a high quality vitamin than to settle for a cheaper one that you will not absorb and will glean little benefit.