Vitamins are necessary and essential nutrients your body needs in order to function at an optimal level. They allow the body to perform numerous chemical reactions that happen in our body 24/7. Vitamins are the “fuel” for these thousands of reactions. These reactions play an important role in producing hormones, energy and keeping you healthy. In order to keep vitamin levels where they need to be, you must consume vitamins each day. If you become deficient in any of these essential nutrients, you will develop a deficiency disease or symptoms that will lead to health problems. To ensure adequate intake of these vitamins, you need to have a balanced diet and take a daily multivitamin.
There are 13 essential vitamins; vitamin A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins known as thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, B-6, folic acid, biotin and B-12. For example, vitamin B-6 and B-12 are used in red blood cell formation and aid in proper brain function. Vitamin A helps to make collagen, an important protein that keeps teeth, skin, and soft tissues healthy. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that aids in wound healing and protects the body from harmful free radicals. Vitamin D is very important for healthy, strong bones and it also plays a key role in immune system function. Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties. Vitamin K, riboflavin and folate are necessary for red blood cells to function properly. Vitamins play critical roles in these and many other numerous reactions to keep the body functioning optimally.
It is true that vitamins are absorbed and processed best from our foods. Vitamins are naturally found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish and vegetable oils. The B vitamins are found in large amounts in leafy green vegetables, beans, peas and in proteins such as fish, poultry, eggs, meat and dairy products. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, red and green peppers, tomatoes and broccoli. Vitamin K is found in green vegetables and dark berries. Good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal products such as colorful fruits and vegetables, liver and whole milk. Vitamin D is found in egg yolks, saltwater fish and liver. Vitamin D is also made by your body when you are in sunlight. So if vitamins occur naturally in these foods, why do we need to supplement?
Many medical professionals and nutritionists argue that supplements are necessary because:
- People don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables
- People eat processed foods, which lack essential nutrients
- Soil is depleted of essential nutrients that our food is grown in
- Pregnant women and the elderly need more vitamins than food provides
- Taking medications can interfere with vitamin absorption
I really believe that supplementation is necessary even if you are eating a balanced diet because our foods are not what they use to be. Research has shown that our fruits and vegetables can be close to 400% – 600% less nutrient dense than what they were 50 years ago. This is because commercial farmers are planting hybridized seeds that will produce higher yielding crops. It’s been argued that this trend began because of the population boom that occurred 50 years ago. Irregardless the situation, it’s unfortunate that our foods are less nutrient dense as a result. A study showed that women 50 years ago could qcquire the full daily recommended allowance of vitamin A by eating just 2 peaches. Today, women would have to consume 53 peaches in order to achieve the daily recommended allowance. Who can eat that much fruit or vegetables in one day? Not only would that be extremely time-consuming, but it would also be expensive. This is why we need to supplement.
It is also true that vitamins are not created equally. This is not a regulated industry by the FDA either, which has pro’s and con’s to it. What you should be looking for as a consumer is a brand that is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified. GMP certified means that company follows a criteria for production and testing of products to ensure a quality product. These guidelines have gone through a country’s legislation. Our product line is GMP certified. The raw ingredients are tested before production to ensure that what we’re utilizing to create the product is really what we’re saying it is, and we also test the finished product to ensure that what we say you’re getting is really what you’re getting. Our products are 99% natural, which is as natural as you can get when producing a supplement. Here’s the link to our multivitamin pack:
In conclusion, due to lack of nutrients in our produce, poor diet practices and medication usages being so high in America, we absolutely need to supplement with a multivitamin to ensure that we’re getting all of the essential vitamins to stay healthy.