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Multivitamins Have You Had Yours Today?

The never ending argument of whether or not to take a daily multivitamin seems to be a recurring topic. Although research has supported in the favor of supplementation, many still feel they are simply 'passing' a pretty penny. But at what cost?

Many actively living adults agree that multivitamins are a valuable addition to any regime, especially if your lifestyle demands extra essential nutrient support. Unfortunately, the quality of the supplement is of primary importance and while there is a fairly large disparity between many on the market, your decision should help to bring you some level of comfort. Dieticians suggest looking for supplements that have vitamin dosages exceeding the Australian RDI guidelines and use minerals that are in their natural form. Organic salts such as citrates, phosphates, chelates and gluconates provide superior absorption unlike inorganic salts such as oxides, chlorides and sulphates.

Abundant research has be proclaiming the efficacy of the usage of dietary supplements. The average Western diet generally contains suboptimal nutrient levels. This is especially true in regards to the American diet. Among our vast and diverse population, people who are more at risk of micronutrient deficiency include underprivileged and impoverished children , senior citizens, vegetarians, vegans, and other diet minimalists, alcoholics, smokers, and people with malabsorptive syndromes like Chron's disease.

You may be one of those active lifestyle seekers who consume an array of "clean" foods, but even those with a healthful diet abundant in fruit and vegetables cannot be guaranteed to reach their daily optimum micronutrient levels due to the depleted soils of conventionally and locally grown produce. As a result of this economic production our food, even when organic tends to lack vital minerals like iron, selenium and magnesium. Research has shown that insufficient mineral and micronutrient intake is a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases and is also associated with poor immune function, fatigue and lowered stress tolerance.

As stated earlier in the article, choosing a good quality supplement is essential to getting the most out of your multivitamin. With this said, multitude of multivitamin supplements on the retail market today, however the more expensive brands will usually have higher dosages and better proprietary formulations. Alternatively, if you have a family practitioner or physician they may be able to test your blood nutrient levels to detect exactly what you are deficient in. If there is any indication that supplementation is recommended, they can prescribe you specific supplements that are unlike the majority of the over-the-counter brands. These prescriptive supplements contain higher levels of nutrients and more bio-available formulations. Thus, making it more likely for you to maintain appropriate nutrient levels despite your dietary efforts.