There are so many brands of multi – vitamins that it can feel a bit overwhelming. They have some just for women, just for men, just for kids, in swallow form, in chewables, the list can go on forever.
It all started with research showing the average adult does not get enough vitamins and minerals in a daily diet. So multivitamins came into play in the 50’s and 60’s. However over the years multivitamins have evolved and many companies believed well more must be better, but too much can be harmful. In fact studies show mega doses on Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, folate, and selenium can have negative side effects.
Let’s also look at this from another point of view. The FDA does not regulate multivitamins, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but companies who are dishonest take advantage of it. They can add as much or as little, some have been exposed for adding fillers, and some for claiming to have certain vitamins and minerals in their multivitamin when they did not. I am not accusing all multivitamin companies out there to be bad, but it should encourage you to do your research and pick the best one for you and your family.
I am sure you are probably curious about what kind of fillers to avoid that can be found in most multivitamins. Let’s go over some.
Hydrogenated Oils – the same ingredient you can find in processed food and bakery goods. Hydrogenated oils can cause stroke, heart problems, nervous system problems, block the absorption of fatty acids, upset blood regulation and more.
Artificial Colors – This has been linked to problems from cancer to hyperactivity in children. This is added to multivitamins to make them look more appealing so they can sell more.
Magnesium Stearate – This filler is controversial in the supplement world about its toxicity. Not enough research has been done to prove it to be harmful but at the same time one study showed that it linked to a compound to creating a suppressed immune system. Other studies showed that it will create a biofilm in the body that will block the body from absorbing the needed nutrients.
Titanium Dioxide – Basically this filler is metal and is used in vitamins as a pigment. Just like other metal this one too can lead to problems with the immune function in the body.
My hope is to help others be more aware of the multivitamins that are out there. Stick with whole food vitamins and stay clear of the companies who are owned by pharmaceutical companies. Most importantly do your research before you go buy some multivitamins.
No matter how high quality of a vitamin you are taking, it does not replace a good balance diet. Eat healthy foods, like fruits, veggies, and whole grain foods, so your multivitamin can work for you.