Multivitamins For All

Why add that multivitamin?

I am part of the group that believes in the multivitamin.  There, I said it.  There are several reasons why I think that we could all stand to take a simple multi-vit every day, which I'll detail for you.  I want to iterate before I go on, however, that I do not mean to push my views on you.  I welcome any discontent and respectfully-worded objection to my take on the subject matter.  

Multivitamins come in a little pill or chewable form and often contain up to 100% of the Daily Recommended Intake (DRI) level for a given micronutrient.  Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals and are useful to the body's processes.  We get these micronutrients in the foods that we eat (particularly from fruits, vegetables, and fortified grains) in varying amounts.  

#1.  I hate to be dramatic, but our food just isn't what it used to be.  Long gone are the days of buying food in season, from a local grower, that used organic or natural fertilizers, and whose soil has regenerated its nutritional density from the last time something was grown in it.  While fruits and vegetables are checked from time to time for the nutrients they contain, these numbers aren't accurate because of the nature of our agriculture system.  Bonus micronutrients from a multivitamin are simply ensuring that we receive that daily dose.

#2.  We're all human, and that means that intake patterns fluctuate.  From getting stuck eating leftovers for a few days in a row to deftly avoiding certain foods in the name of personal preference, sometimes our diets in fact don't cut it.  And that's ok; micronutrient intake isn't meant to be monitored day in and day out.  When was the last time you added up your Vitamin A intake throughout the day?  But taking that multivitamin can completely ensure adequate intake (especially for very picky eaters, those with food allergies, and anyone who's battling an illness/cold).

Make it routine...

Making a multivitamin part of your daily routine is only meant to benefit.  There is no reason to begin large dose supplementation, but think of it as insurance that you're definitely receiving the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.  Is a multi-vit part of your routine?