Health Benefits of Multivitamin Supplements

 In Nutrition

According to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations. Americans, on average, eat about one fruit and one or two vegetables per day. Therefore, it is not surprising that millions of people don’t fulfill the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) of some vitamins and minerals.

Eating more nutritious meals and snacks is highly advised because foods provide more than vitamins and minerals, such as fiber and other essential ingredients the body needs. On the other hand, taking a multivitamin may be helpful for those who don’t get enough vitamins and minerals, like calcium, potassium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, from food alone, or those who avoid certain foods. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that taking multivitamin or mineral supplements (MVMs) increases nutrient intake and helps people get the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals when they cannot or do not meet these needs from their diets.

What are Multivitamins?

Multivitamins are dietary supplements that contain a combination of vitamins and come in tablet, capsule or pill form. Taking a multivitamin every day may provide health benefits and can help ensure proper nutrition. A multivitamin also can provide essential nutrients when you are sick and may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to quickly recover, according to the NIH. You can find multivitamins in most grocery or health food stores, and at wholesale prices at Carmichael’s locations in Crowley and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Too Much of a Good Thing

MVMs can add the finishing touch to your diet, but they are not intended to be a food substitute. They become harmful if more than 100% of the suggested limit of vitamins and minerals is consumed. Be cautious if you consume foods and drinks that already contain added vitamins and minerals or take other dietary supplements. A daily MVM also is safer than taking a variety of individual vitamins because these nutrients can cause you to intake more than the RDAs of them.

Staying on Track

If you begin taking multivitamins, it is recommended that you establish a routine of taking them with meals or before bedtime. The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements in the same manner as drugs, so be aware that some manufacturers may imply their products have greater benefits such as helping you lose weight. Consult your doctor before taking these supplements because pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to them.

If you need multivitamins to help meet the RDAs of vitamins and minerals that you are not getting from your diet alone, we offer one of the largest selections of oral products available in our service area. You can visit our Crowley Louisiana location or contact a Carmichael’s representative to discuss your needs.

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