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Do I need to take a multivitamin?

Ever wondered if you are getting all the right vitamins and minerals your body needs?

 

There’s no doubt about it: a balanced diet is the best possible place to obtain the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we need to support our health. The problem is that the fast pace of modern life – coupled with pollution, modern farming applications, soil nutrient depletion, toxin exposure, and daily pressures – can make it hard to hit every nutritional note each day. Convenient and fuss-free, multivitamins are a useful insurance policy to cover these dietary shortfalls, serving as a buffer when life gets in the way of meeting your needs. 
 
This, alone, is a very compelling reason to add a multivitamin to your diet. However, some groups might want to consider taking a multivitamin more, as we explore below.
 

Who needs a multi?

 

Mature adults or people with disabilities

 
Mature adults, people with disabilities or those with restricted movement who struggle to prepare food or shop for themselves may eat less fresh, high-quality food and, therefore, consume fewer nutrients. Older individuals may also have smaller appetites, which, again, may lead to a poorer nutritional intake.
 

People who eat a lot of processed food

 
Anyone who has a poor diet or eats a considerable amount of processed food may lack essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Similarly, those who lead busy lives and tend to grab food ‘on the go’ may have a lower intake of nutrients.
 

Vegetarians and vegans

 
Vegans and vegetarians risk missing out on essential nutrients mainly found in animal products, such as iron, vitamin B12, and iodine. 
 

Anyone who is under pressure, run-down or low in energy

 
Many nutrients support energy production and nervous system function, including magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. Low levels of these may lead to tiredness and poor emotional health.   
  

People who have poor absorption of nutrients

 
People who’ve had surgery or have digestive conditions may struggle to absorb nutrients effectively. In these cases, it is best to take a gentle, well-absorbed multivitamin that’s recommended by a nutritionist.?
 

Sports enthusiasts and those with busy, active lifestyles

 
Athletes and active individuals with demanding schedules often have an increased need for B vitamins and magnesium for energy, as well as vitamin D3 and calcium for bone health.
 

Anyone who drinks large amounts of alcohol

 
Alcohol affects the absorption, utilisation, and storage in the body of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium and zinc, which are excreted in greater amounts in those who drink lots of alcohol. People suffering from alcoholism also often have low levels of vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and folic acid.
 

Children from 4 years of age

 
Children need a plentiful intake of vitamins A, C and D daily to support their growth and development.
 
If you feel your diet might not be where it should be and you’re worried about your nutritional intake, you may want to consider a multivitamin. You can browse our entire multi range here.
 
You can also reach out to one of our expert Nutrition Advisors, who are always happy to offer free, confidential advice.
 

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