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The In’s & Out’s of a Multi-Vitamin

April 8 2013

The In’s & Out’s of a Multi-Vitamin
By: Debra Meszaros
Body Performance Coach- ClubMX

Do you believe a Once-a-Day tablet can supply your body with all the nutrition it needs?

With the ever-growing number of vitamin supplements on the market today, it seems impossible to decide which brands and types to take. One would never imagine that within the vast ocean of supplement choices, it would be so difficult to find supplements that truly deliver there money worth in nutrition. So how can you determine what is best? How does someone match a product to their nutritional needs?

All vitamins are not created equal.

From the day you are born, your body can identify every natural molecule by it’s three dimensional structure. Amazing huh? Identifying nature is “born in” knowledge. Most importantly your body identifies the nutrients that enter it by their structure. When man attempts to reproduce or alter what nature develops naturally, the three dimensional structures simply don’t match. The controversy surrounding this fact is whether or not the body can identify and utilize these unknown structures.

In choosing a multi-vitamin it is important to consider a few factors; are you digestively challenged, have leaky gut syndrome, celiac, IBS, no gallbladder, excess stress or acid reflux? When someone is digestively challenged in any way, absorption of nutrients is compromised. Nutrients taken as supplements that have a greater absorption rate would be sublingual [nutrients diffuse into the bloodstream through tissues under the tongue] or ionic form [molecules with the correct electrical charge have a higher absorption rate]. These forms bypass the digestive tract if taken without food, so digestive issues do not come into play.

Another optional form of nutrients would be supplements produced 100% from whole food. There is a BIG difference between food based and whole food. Food based usually means that in the manufacturing some food was used to acquire one or more of its ingredients, it does not mean the supplement is 100% whole food. In fact, it is common practice that most of these formulas are indeed man made nutrients with some food derived ingredients tossed in. A true whole food supplement contains only whole food nutrients and nothing man made (synthetic) or artificial. The more natural molecules present in a supplement, the higher its absorption.

When shopping for supplements, most individuals consider the price of the item as the determining factor to make the purchase or not. When it comes to supplements, those found in discount stores and big corporate “we sell it for less” stores, often are artificial and man made. Quality nutrients cannot be produced inexpensively; but are you really paying more? Taking the absorption factor into consideration, quality supplements actually cost less. Additionally, artificial and man made nutrients can stress various organs like your liver or kidneys, as your body spends energy to attempt to process and eliminate them. Some research indicates the absorption rate to be as low as 14 to 40% [depending on one’s digestive abilities] for man made nutrients vs. the common 90%+ rate for sublingual, ionic, and whole food forms.

Lastly, be aware of “other” ingredients on the label like magnesium stearate [a filler found in capsules], sugars, preservatives, and other chemicals. A sign of a great supplement manufacturer is the absence of these items.

©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission.
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