According to an article in the New York Times, the general population that are taking multivitamins are consuming far more vitamins and minerals than are needed by the human body. Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientist for Weight Watchers International said that ”It is virtually impossible to find an adult multivitamin and mineral supplement that is only 100 percent of the R.D.A. All are 150 percent or so. I worry about getting too much and I worry about imbalances. They put in more of the things that are inexpensive, like B vitamins and things with consumer appeal like vitamin C. The formulas are based on market forces, not nutritional needs.”
Harvard Men’s Health Watch also notes that some recent studies have linked multivitamin use to prostate cancer.
The multivitamins that we take, and deem safe because they are on the shelves, should seriously be evaluated by each individual prior to taking them. About a year ago, around the time that my son was a year old, I decided that I needed to become a bit healthier. After visiting with a nutritionist, she suggested that I come off my prenatal vitamins and begin taking a whole food multivitamin. Yes – I had never heard of them either!
After much research and speaking with my primary care physician, I learned how beneficial and how much healthier these multivitamins are! Many of the conventional multivitamins that are on the shelf right now are not natural in the least bit, but are synthetic chemical isolates. Whole food multivitamins, rather, come from natural food sources!
Christine Dreher, Nutritionist, Herbalist, and author of “The Cleanse Cookbook” has quite a bit to say about whole foods and whole food vitamins,”Whole foods are our best source of nutrition and provide the most complete sources of vitamins and minerals. We are nourished by eating whole foods because they contain the necessary proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other micronutrients that our body needs for proper nourishment and optimal health. Unfortunately, most of us do not eat enough variety of whole, nutrient-dense foods for proper nutrition levels. Instead, our modern diets include too many processed foods that provide sub-standard levels of nutrients. These days, dietary supplementation is often needed to provide our nutritional requirements for optimum health and energy. Supplements made from whole foods contain not only recognized vitamins and minerals, but a whole symphony of other micronutrients (phytonutrients or phytochemicals) that work in concert with vitamins and minerals to orchestrate a natural harmony in our bodies. More than 25,000 different micronutrients, also known as cofactors, have been discovered in whole fruits and vegetables alone. These micronutrients are still being studied, but what we do know is that they not only provide additional nutritional support, they also enhance the effectiveness and absorption of other nutrients contained in whole foods.”
Although I did not start taking these vitamins immediately, I have been taking the New Chapter Whole Food Multivitamin for nearly two months now and I am loving it! I have a very severe iron intolerance and cannot take any artificial or synthesized iron, therefore, I was forced to increase the amount of iron in my diet to compensate. This whole food multivitamin has 100% of my daily value of iron and it does not negatively impact my health! I am ecstatic!
Also, this specific brand of vitamin (as there are quite a few), is 100% organic! New Chapter’s vitamins, minerals and herbs are a whole-food complex, so they are gentle on your stomach. So gentle that you can even take them on an empty stomach.
Take some time to research and see if these would be beneficial to you too!!