Many people today are beginning to realize that the produce they bring home from the grocery store lacks many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed to maintain health. Those foods have been grown on major farming cooperatives and come from soils that have been sprayed with chemical fertilizers to the point that any nutrition value has been stripped away.
To add to the problem are the pesticides and herbicides that work their way into the fruits and vegetables and are regularly consumed by millions and adding to the toxicity already present in the body. Apples and peaches are the worst of the fruits as they are sprayed as often as 17 times with pesticides during the growing season.
These facts scare many away from traditional sources for their vegetables and look to find healthier produce at farmer’s markets or grow their own food in a backyard garden. Eating organic has become more important, a necessary part to eating and staying healthy.
Since many people do not meet the required recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the necessary vitamins and minerals government health agencies say everyone needs for good health, many are turning to multivitamins to pick up the nutrients that their food doesn’t provide.
In today’s world with all its toxins, supplementing is a necessity. While the advertising for Centrum, One-A-Day and Flintstones chewables for kids, it’s difficult to determine which are the best brands and give more for the money spent. Since most people know little enough about vitamins, they often buy products that offer such low doses that have no effect on health.
Everything becomes more complicates as it’s hard to know which are the best brands and which are products intended to only rake in profits to the manufacturer. Pretty labeling says nothing about the active ingredients or how much filler was used to bulk up the product. Some products have been tested and found to contain contaminants.
Generally, health food stores do a good job of providing multivitamins and many network marketing companies like Shaklee, Usana, Herbalife and others do provide good quality products as their reputation depends on the happiness of the customer and their downlines that use those products.
The consideration of what products are best depends on individual requirements. Children, adults and the needs of elderly and the sick require different formulations to work effectively. Men’s needs and women’s needs are different. There simply isn’t one brand that does everything for everyone. The best brands are the ones that work with your body and its needs.
Take, for example, diabetics. It’s a fact that the kidneys attempt to flush out excess glucose from the body. Unfortunately, they flush out many essential vitamins and minerals that go down the toilet. Many diabetics are extremely deficient in many of the essential nutrients needed to avoid the complications that arises from the disease. That means the diabetic needs to take twice as much vitamins and minerals than a non-diabetic if he is to stay healthy. Without those essential nutrients conditions such as neuropathy, retinopathy and kidney failure show up.
Many of the products may promise to help, but in order for you to get real benefit from your supplement, you’d have to swallow a pill the size of a golf ball every day! Clearly, many of the multivitamins on store shelves don’t come near to reaching this size!
The best way to insure that you get the proper amounts of nutrients is to first change your diet to include fresh fruit and vegetables. Organic is best. Next to that come the supplements. Generally, those sold in health food stores, pharmacies and network marketing companies that specialize in health products are the best places to get those multivitamins.
Keep in mind that name brands don’t necessarily mean quality. You need to do some research before you go out to buy your first vitamin supplement. You need to know how to choose the right multivitamin that fits your needs best.