Should you take Vitamins?

The debate over whether or not to take vitamins in pill form is a hot topic. Those opposed claim we should be able to get all the vitamins necessary from food; those in favor argue that the soil has become depleted and out produce is not high enough quality to give us what we need. Personally, I have to go with the latter advice and say heck yes, taking a multi vitamin is a pretty cheap form of health insurance and even if my body only pulls a few missing things from it and I pee out what I don’t need I’m all for it.

In a perfect world, we’d all be eating all the colors of the rainbow to get all the vitamins and minerals we need and while I’m in dream world, all of our foods would come from and organic source with perfect soil that hasn’t been over farmed. The hard reality is that it’s not a dream world and we do need to supplement.

I eat extremely healthy, I eat a variety of fruits and veggies, and I’m a health nut at heart. I’m also a busy mom and wife running two businesses and let’s be honest, it’s pretty darn near impossible to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.

Bottom line, if you are going to just go get a cheap vitamin, don’t bother. Unfortunately, not all multivitamins are derived from natural sources like plants, fruits and veggies. Many are synthetically-derived, laboratory simulations of real vitamins. These vitamins are not absorbed by your body like whole food vitamins.
Real vitamins are the living ones derived from whole foods and that are maintained in their natural states. These contain the necessary cofactors and enzymes that help the body to process and use them, and they provide the most benefit to the body.

There are several companies that produce high-quality, whole food multivitamins, my personal favorite is the Living Multi from Garden of Life. It’s reasonably priced and it’s easily absorbed by the body.  You can find it at most health food or supplement stores and like I mentioned, it’s really cheap health insurance! You’re worth it!

*NOTE: There are many great whole food vitamins on the market, just be sure to do your homework!