How to Choose a Multivitamin (And Do You Need One?)Reading Time: 4 minutes
Today, I want to talk to you about choosing the right multivitamin for your daily nutritional supplementation. I get asked by a lot of patients whether they should take a daily vitamin, a multivitamin. My answer is nuanced because it really depends on the type of vitamin, the form of nutrition or nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and coenzymes and co-factors that are going to be in the supplement, and it also depends on whether it’s food-based or if we’re dealing with synthetic nutrients.
Always Choose Whole-Food-Based
I want to share with you why I like the Multi-Vita-Maxx. This is a whole-based, a plant-based multivitamin that is going to deliver powerful nutrition via fermented ingredients. Let’s talk a little bit about this. You’re going to get 21 unique fermented nutrients, and they are whole plant-based food items that we can open up via the fermentation process. The nutrients, we can get access to vitamin A, and vitamin E, and vitamin D, and then a whole assortment of critical nutrients.
That, in a synthetic version, what I find is a lot of patients actually are dealing with malabsorption or just completely missing the boat on the methylation process within their body and not able to consume those nutritional aspects in the multivitamin. When you are looking for a multivitamin, it’s very important that you look for a whole-food-based multi. What I want to share with you is often you’ll have on the back, so kind of label reading, if you will, is what you want zero in on.
Getting the Facts Straight
You’ll usually have a supplement fact, the element here on the back part of the label. The front is going to be the label, and then the back is going to be supplement facts. If there is not a supplement facts on the back, you do not want to consume that product. That’s number one. There are a lot of multi-level marketing brands that won’t even be transparent about what’s inside the product. That’s step one.
Step two, then you want to assess what nutritional aspects. You want to look for a vitamin A that is a beta carotene source, meaning it’s coming from foods that are going to contain beta carotene – those are yellowy, orangey foods like carrots. And then you’re going to look for a certain type of vitamin A or vitamin E, certain B1 or B2 types. And then you’re also going to be looking at having some magnesium and some other minerals in your mix.
But there will usually be in a whole-food supplement multivitamin, you’re also going to have a whole list of what we call botanical or food-based blends, where we’re deriving all those nutritional aspects from. For instance, in the Multi-Vita-Maxx, there’s a whole segment, it’s organic fermented botanical blend, and that’s 1,080 milligrams of things like organic alfalfa juice powder, organic spinach powder, organic sprouted purple maze, and organic broccoli powder.
That will also deviate or indicate to you that you’re dealing with a whole-plant-based nutritional multivitamin. A synthetic, which is usually what you’re going to find at your drug store, your big box stores like Costco, Walmart, even Target, they’re going to be carrying brands like Centrum, which is a very common consumed multivitamin that literally is not even able to be broken down by your stomach acid and ends up kind of taking root sometimes in the intestinal folds. I’ve seen a ton of folks that when we’re doing scans of their abdomen actually have little particles of these undigested multivitamins.
Filling Nutritional Gaps
When you’re choosing a multivitamin, search for a multivitamin that is going to be whole-food-based, that is going to be plant-based, and that will actually deliver the right nutrition to help fill in what I call nutritional gaps. I love to recommend the Multi-Vita-Maxx. I like to recommend Multi-Vita-Maxx because there are eight organic superfoods and botanicals along with whole-based nutrition.
This is great for supporting your immunity. It’s great for your brain health. It’s really great for your digestion. Overall, this is a good adjunct to eating a healthy diet. No amount of whole-based organic fermented multivitamins are going to replace the need for a good, healthy, organic diet rich in nutrients, rich in colorful foods, mostly vegetables, some fruits, and then seeds, and good healthy fats.
Use a multivitamin like Multi-Vita-Maxx as a nutritional gap resource and choose a more fermented version, which helps open up the bioavailability. For a lot of patients that have sensitive stomachs or find that they burp when they consume a multi or find that digestively they’re not assimilating well, choosing a plant-based fermented multivitamin is the way to max out the absorption. I’m excited to share this tip with you. I hope you find it helpful, and I hope you reach for a multivitamin like Multi-Vita-Maxx.