Do I really need a multivitamin?
Most people under the age of 40 will benefit from taking multivitamins and if you're older, then you absolutely need to take a multivitamin.
But not just any multivitamin—many of the cheap ones, particularly those often found on the internet are just rice powder. Sourcing a high-quality multivitamin may cost a little more, but you’ll get much more for your money.
It’s also a good idea to include a few other key nutritional supplements including a pure, distilled fish oil (or flaxseed oil if you’re vegan), a probiotic with at least 10-12 billion live cultures, vitamin D in non-sunny months, and possibly a few others based on your own specific needs.
Nothing can supplement an unhealthy diet. Our bodies need a healthy, balanced diet consisting of fresh, whole foods to thrive. But in reality, it’s nearly impossible, considering where we live in the world and given today's typical lifestyle to get optimal levels of nutrients through food alone. You can get the “basic-keep-you-alive” amounts, but not the “optimal-thriving-healthiest-you-can-be” amounts. Stress, exercise and hectic lifestyles also increases the amount of antioxidants the body needs; the basic RDAs just aren’t enough. Think of the supplements as insurance against nutritional deficiencies + a boost to help propel your cells to optimal functional levels.
Not all supplements are created equal. The reason people think supplements don’t work is because, in truth, a lot of them don’t. The giant bottle of 1,000 daily once-per-day-tablets that you buy from discount stores and supermarkets mostly likely won’t hurt you, but they sure aren’t helping anything. Even worse, and sad, many supplements on the market today aren’t “clean” (ie: fish oil can be highly contaminated with mercury and plastics if not distilled properly.)
My philosophy with supplements is to buy only from companies who specialise in making them and are recognised for being the best in their field, because, in my opinion, if we don’t have our health, we don’t have anything.
I’d rather spend a £ or two more to get something effective and potent instead of shelling out something that doesn’t work. Saving a few extra pence might feel like you’re making a great financial decision, but you’re really just flushing money down the toilet and not coming out ahead. In short, stop buying the cheapest supplements you can find on the clearance rack and get them from a company that is known for their research & development and high-quality manufacturing processes. The best of them in the UK manufacture to strict criteria under pharmaceutical standards.
In the long run investing in high-quality saves you money. Marketing for all health products is highly competitive and some well known high street chains outsource the production of their supplements, so turn the bottle around and do your research,
My criteria for choosing supplements:
Extra potent and complete so I’m not wasting money
Clinically tested for absorbability; no point in taking it if my body can’t absorb it
Clinically tested for pureness and safety
Manufactured by a legit R&D company
Well-priced for what I’m getting
I’ve chosen Viridian, Pharma Nord, Natures Aid, and Health Aid because they meet all of the criteria I listed above, including a 5-star rating in the Comparative Guide To Nutritional Supplements, and their pharmaceutical-quality manufacturing standards, excellent customer service, and great prices.
Back to getting the right supplements for you.
If you’re just starting out, simply a quality multivitamin will go a long way to helping you get optimal levels of nutrients.
If you don’t eat omega-3-rich foods every day (e.g. salmon, flax, chia seeds) then add in a sustainable omega 3 oil such as Natures Aid Krill Oil Superba or Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil from Viridian alongside a good probiotic.
All of our Probiotics are routinely tested by the manufacturers for survivability. If probiotics die in transit (e.g. the delivery van was too hot or they were left outside for too long), they don’t work. Our products carry a patented formula that is dairy-free, stays alive, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I take one every day.
Ester C Plus from Health Aid is a powerful anti-inflammatory and was created for heart-health, but we quickly realised it’s amazing for your skin and collagen production. I heard a biochemist call it a “facelift in a bottle.) Take it for your insides, but your outsides will thank you.
Livercare Liver Support is safe for every day use and helps with Phase 1 liver detoxification. Anyone who consumes alcohol or sugar should be on this.
Co-Enzyme Q10 helps your cells produce more energy. It’s also great for your skin.
Vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin, it’s a hormone! It’s critical to just about ever system in your body. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause depression, hair loss, bone loss, fatigue or muscle pain. You want your vitamin D blood levels to be between 50-100ng/mL. Your doctor can test this and it’s really easy to fix with a vitamin D3 supplement I take one extra per day if I’m not in the sun that day. There is some vitamin D in the multivitamin, and some people find that is enough. Simply have your levels tested to determine how much you need.
On a daily basis, I personally take the following products:
ViridianHigh Five Multivitamin & Mineral Formula (AM dose)
Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil (liquid) (15ml per day)
ViridianEster C (550mg) AM dose
Health Aid Aid Liver Support AM dose
Pharma Nord Bio-Quinone Active Gold AM dose
Natures Aid Pro 30 Max Probiotic AM dose
Viridian High Potency Digest Aid Digestive Enzymes as needed
Extra vitamin D in the winter months
ViridianHigh Five Multivitamin & Mineral Formula PM dose
ViridianEster C (550mg) PM dose
Viridian Calcium & Magnesium with Zinc PM dose
Asphalia Sleep (1capsule in the PM)
Extra vitamin D in the winter months
If you’re new to supplements, that might sound like a lot, but trust me, it’s not. If you’ve been a supplement junkie for a while, you’re probably thinking I run a lean ship! And I do, I like to keep things streamlined and clean. Instead of having 100 bottles of unused supplements in my cabinet I have what’s listed above; no need for things like extra b complexes or vitamin c – it’s all catered for above. Every now and again a few things might come and go from the rotation, but all in all that’s what I take each day.
I hope this helps! I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages so I can refer people to both why supplements are necessary and what I personally take. I’ll do another video blog on this soon to answer more of your specific questions, I just waned to get this one published to cover the basics.
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