There’s debate over whether or not you need to take a multivitamin every day, but you definitely should.
1. As our world has changed, so has our food.
These days, the food we eat is a lot less nutrient-dense than it used to be. Due to mass food production, food processing, changes in farming methods, foreign grown produce, and cooking, we aren’t getting what our body needs. These methods for production have caused fruit and vegetables to be grown with pesticides, picked before they are fully ripe (which is when they have the most nutrients), delivered days after being picked, and stripped of certain essential nutrients during processing and cooking. Although you may think you are getting the full nutritional value in your recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables – 5 to 7 servings per day – unless the food is grown naturally and delivered quickly from a local farm, you aren’t. A daily multivitamin contains all of the vitamins the fruits and vegetables we eat may be lacking.
2. The less vitamins, the more diseases.
Certain vitamins have been linked to the prevention of some diseases. Lack of the recommended amount of vitamins B-6 and B-12 put you at risk for cardiovascular disease and colon and breast cancer. Lack of vitamin D can cause bone-thinning and cause you to be more prone to bone fractures. Lack of vitamins A and E, which contain antioxidants, put you at risk for many chronic diseases. Lack of vitamin C, also an antioxidant, can cause a poor immune defense and slower healing of wounds.
3. Vitamins give you energy!
Many vitamins contribute to the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in your body, which provides you with energy. If you are deficient in these vitamins, you may suffer from exhaustion, depression, lethargy, and even mood-swings.
A daily multivitamin is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle with little effort. Give your body what it needs and it will reward you!
By Aisling Williams