Choosing the Right Multi-Vitamins

There has always been a lot of controversy when it comes to taking nutritional supplements/ multi-vitamins.  Of course, if you have a well structured diet, taking the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables and proteins daily, you do not need to take a supplement.  If you actually live in the year 2011,  your diet probably needs help because of a fast-pace lifestyle and " no time" to cook a nice meal every night for you and your family.  That's when you get some great recommendations from your doctor or nutritionist.

For me, I am a multi-vitamin freak!  My husband and I will take vitamins before we take medication.   So, when you open up our medicine pantry, you will find a box of allergy medicine and NUMEROUS vitamin bottles!  Do they work? Well, to us, they are beneficial because we do not always get the daily fruit and vegetable intake that is required for an individual.  In my mind, if you have the right multi-vitamin, yes, they work!  

When searching for the right vitamin, there are some things that you need to take into consideration.  After talking to your doctor, it is important to find out what brand to purchase, the breakdown of minerals, vitamins and fillers the manufacturers use.  Everyone is different, so what will work for me may not work for you, so read below on some suggestions to take into account when investing in vitamins.

First, start with a vitamin that has a good range of B vitamins (between 25-50mg).  This range includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 called the B-complex.  These vitamins work well together when it comes to digestion and they promote energy, healthy nervous system and benefits your hair, nails and skin!

Next, does your vitamin include co-factors and co-enzymes such as choline, biotin, inositol, PABA and folic acid? All of which work in synergy with the whole complex so that the biological processes that involve this key group can now take place at a sufficient rate.  Go to your local vitamin store  or farmer's market grocery store where there are experts on vitamins.  They can tell you what vitamin sells out and why.  Also, they can break down what vitamin may work for you once you share with them what you are looking for and your needs.
  
Also, do not hesitate to take written information into the store to compare and share what you want and what you need in a multi-vitamin.  To me, multi-vitamins are an investment and you have to make sure you are purchasing "junk" to put into your body.  Trust me, there is A LOT of junk out there!

Tablets vs. Capsules is a personal choice while taking a "multi-dose" vitamin vs. a "one a day" vitamin may be more beneficial.  The absorption and break down of the vitamins occur in the intestines and hoping that it will occur all in one take is asking a lot.  It's better if your intestines can take the vitamins in doses over a period of time.  Better digestion and more beneficial to your body.  Learn more about the makers of your multi-vitamin and where they manufacture your vitamins.  Make sure their RDI (recommended daily intake) is according to the latest stats and not from the original 1940s RDI when we were more worried about scurvy and other diseases.  It's always hard to make sure you are making the right decisions when it comes to your health, so again, make sure you talk to your doctor, ask a million questions and get the right recommendations for YOUR body!
Good luck in finding your multi-vitamin!