Do multivitamins work?
We’re always told multivitamins work for every stage in our lives. Children need their Flintstones. Teenagers need more calcium. Pregnant and breastfeeding women have multis with added iron, folate and omega-3s. Elderly people need more calcium and potassium. Why weren’t we simply born with a pill box in hand, and how in the world did people get healthy before multivitamins were concocted?
Multivitamins are unnecessary unless you are treating a specific condition therapeutically. What is necessary, in fact, are plenty of whole, unprocessed foods, variety in your diet, sunshine, movement and happiness. The body also processes food much better when clean and free of stress, anger and negative emotions.
So do multivitamins work? Here are some reasons they may not be as great for you as you think:
5.) Lack of Proof That They Actually Work
This one of the main things that should make you ask the question, “Do multivitamins work?”
Artificial nutrients, or multivitamins, as they are popularly called, have the same chemical composition as naturally occurring nutrients; however, they are produced very differently from the way plants and animals produce them, despite all the similarities. Therefore, your body might react differently to synthetic nutrients.
Also, it’s unclear how well the body absorbs these artificial nutrients.
While consuming naturally occurring nutrients in foods, you take in a whole range of other vitamins, minerals and nutrients that aid the body in making optimal use of the given nutrients. However, the same cannot be said for the artificial counterparts, as they only contain the vitamin specified and nothing more than that, so it’s unlikely the multivitamins will be used the same way by the body. In some scenarios they may not be utilized by the body at all, resulting in a total waste of money.