Multi-vitamins & Minerals

My last journal was about antioxidant foods and problems with food. If you are having problems, it’s feasible that you may need to supplement the diet with extra Vitamins and Minerals.

I always look for a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral. The ideal levels for supplement will depend on the quality of your diet and other factors such as stress levels, age, pollution exposure and exercise.

A Vitamin supplement should include:

Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 (called niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid.

A Mineral supplement should include:

Magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium and chromium.

A comprehensive Multivitamin and Mineral, includes some of your antioxidants, although it may be necessary to take additional Vitamin C, as it is virtually impossible to fit the amount of Vitamin C you need in one multivitamin. Anything from 500mg to 1,000 mg a day is okay. Vitamin C isn’t stored in the body, the body just uses what it needs.

To feel the most benefit from vitamins, take them daily and with food, but avoid tea and coffee because coffee may interfere and reduce absorption. Vitamin and Mineral supplements have become a good foundation over the years to help build a good nutritional plan in the longer term.

They shouldn’t replace a balanced diet, but will help bridge the gap when we most need it.


17 Sep, 2010

6 thoughts on “Multi-vitamins & Minerals

  1. Very good information. Also if I may add, you shouldn’t take a multivitamin and continue to eat poorly. For best results you should eat nutritiously. A multivitamin isn’t going to make a difference if we continue to eat poorly.

    1. Yes of course. In England we are reminded of that through the Government and problems with school dinners with Jamie Oliver trying to bring better food into schools for school kids.

      I think we know lots more about what we should be eating than we actually eat because of our busy lifestyles, but I don’t believe we don’t know. If we don’t know it will only be a select few, I think there are also people who cannot afford financially to chose the healthy options when supermarket shopping. It’s always a good point of reference.

  2. I take my multivitamins everyday and have been for a while. I personally think they make a big difference, as I have been sick much less often, since taking them religiously.

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