Updated: Sep 24, 2020
People often ask me ‘what is the best multivitamin to take?’
This often come from the belief that multivitamins can improve health, compensate for poor eating habits, and even reduce your risk of chronic diseases. But what is the truth behind this?
We require 10 vitamins and 16 minerals to achieve optimum health. Multivitamins/minerals come in a range of form such as, tablets, capsules, chewable gummies, powders, and liquids. Their formulas vary from brand to brand, and who they are designed for. For example, a pregnant woman vitamins and minerals needs are much different than a man over 65.
They can be purchased from many outlets like health shops, supermarkets, MLMs, online, etc. Their quality and costs vary. A mass-produced shop bought one will be of lesser quality than an independent science-based company who produce their products from good quality ingredients and often from real food. Mass produced supplements are normally produced from synthetic ingredients, generally have low efficacy, and may contain ingredients and chemicals that may not be beneficial for the body.
Are multivitamins effective against chronic and ageing disease?