The Truth About Multivitamins

beta glucanIf you look in the kitchen cupboard or in the drawers, I’m sure that you’ll find at least one container of multivitamins.

Marketed at both men and women, multivitamins are a part of everyday life for most people.

This is particularly true as we are more aware of what we should be eating. So when we are unable to eat the portions of fruit and veg we think we should be eating, we think that multivitamins are a good substitute.

However, over the past couple of years there has been more and more press coverage regarding multivitamins and their level of efficiency, especially the headlines that declare all multivitamins a waste of time.

Unlike Beta Glucan, the effects of multivitamins have to be tracked via long-term usage to see any difference, and as such, it is generally harder to analyse their affect.

This is predominantly true as the levels of vitamins and minerals can vary on their own through a person’s diet.

This means that although there is some evidence that multivitamins do little to improve cardiovascular health and stop cardiovascular disease, it hasn’t yet been found if they make a difference to an individual’s overall health, particularly if they are taken in addition to a balanced diet.

It has however been proven that multivitamins do nothing to harm your health.

Via randomized control trials (RCT’s), scientists have found that even when people decided to take themselves off of multivitamins their health levels did not change dramatically.

This means that even though tests are inconclusive, taking multivitamins is not necessarily a bad thing.

If for example you know that you are eating badly, multivitamins may be used to increase your nutrient levels for that period of time.

However, if you consistently have a bad diet and are using multivitamins as a way of replacing the nutrients you should be getting from food, it probably won’t help much. When it comes to vitamins and minerals fresh is always best.