Taking additional minerals and vitamins through dietary supplements is part of the foundations of a healthy diet, right? It may not actually be the case. The highly acclaimed Annals of Internal Medicine has called multivitamins a waste of money that does not provide the promised health benefits. At the same time, it has also indicated that unfortunately the people who most need additional vitamins and minerals usually do not take them and therefore their quality of life suffers.
A word of defence for the daily diet
If your daily diet is balanced with a variety of fruits, vegetable, dairy, meat or fish, wholegrains and legumes, then there is no need for supplementing multivitamins. In such cases the additional pill may even become harmful! Even though varied produce are available year-round, 35% of Europeans over the age of 50 suffer from a deficiency of one or more nutrients (1). People lack the skill and time to create a balanced diet for themselves, and products produced by big manufacturers contain less vitamins and minerals. (2)
When are dietary supplements beneficial?
A couple of simple tests can reveal whether your levels of vitamin D, B12 and iron are sufficient. People suffering from chronic disease (including type 2 diabetes, arthritis, allergies), picky eaters or long-term dieters, the overweight, as well as chronic alcoholics are 100% sure to have micronutrient deficiencies. Furthermore, taking multivitamins can improve wellness for people over the age of 50, people under major physical or mental stress, children with low birth-weight (< 2.5 kg at birth regardless of gestational age), pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Vitamins are substances that make you ill if you do not eat them
If your diet does not provide all the necessary nutrients or if your body uses more than nature has intended, it is best to take a multivitamin product, however supplementing your diet with just a single vitamin or mineral is not recommended. In order for supplemented vitamins and minerals to be effective, they need to be taken together, and the amount and proportions included in the formula are paramount! Supplementing a single vitamin for long periods can cause problems and offset the balance in the body. For example, too much iron can cause stomach-aches, while too much magnesium can lead to diarrhoea. An exception to the rule is vitamin D3 and omega 3 fatty acids, which may and are actually recommended to be taken separately.
How to choose the right product?
Many manufacturers use the cheapest ingredients that may contain harmful additives or which may not be absorbed by the body. A mark of quality is the country of origin. Scandinavia, France, Switzerland produce ingredients in compliance with European standards, although the price of these products is higher. Read the label! Look for natural ingredients. Suitable products are those that do not contain overly large doses of micronutrients, as these have the exact opposite effect and suppress the body’s defences. Mega doses are doses that are at least 3 times higher than the recommended daily dose – such products do not promote health.
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- Nutrition and the immune system from birth to old age. Eur J Clin Nutr.2002
- Is antioxidant plasma status in humans a consequence of the antioxidant food content influence? Eur Rev Med Pahrmacol Sci. 2007 May-Jun;11(3):185-92.