How often have you actually read the ingredient list on your multi-vitamin? Oh, you haven’t done that before? I’d take a quick look and make sure you like what you see. The supplement industry, just like the food industry, is filled with companies whose top priority is to make a profit. While money is important, you often find that it often takes precedent over creating effective, whole-food based supplements.
I used to be a big fan of a well-known gummy multi-vitamin that was so good that it tasted exactly like gummy bears. But despite its addictive taste, I was always a little apprehensive about taking them because of the inevitable nausea I’d feel an hour later. I never understood why something that was supposed to improve my health would make my stomach feel so unsettled. Below, the ingredients -
The first 2 ingredients are sugar. On top of that there are “Natural Flavors,” which as we know can be a nicer way of saying MSG. Oh and why do you need “Colors” in your vitamins? You don’t. No wonder I didn’t feel any healthier taking my supplements – they were filled with sugar and weird sounding chemicals.
In my mind, the best supplements are generally food-based. That is why it is encouraged to try and get most of your nutrients from your food. No matter how smart our chemists are, we just can’t outsmart mother nature. Our bodies were built to assimilate our essential nutrients from nature, not some lab creation. So when I look for supplements, I try and find brands with as little added junk as possible. There is no need for any added sugars, sodium, wheat or artificial flavors when it comes to vitamins.
I personally find Bluebonnet or Jarrow Formulas to be the most reliable when it comes my supplements. I love that my Vitamin D is free of common allergens like milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. That means you’re only getting the ingredients you actually want, which will inevitably allow for maximum absorption by your body! Not convinced? Think of it as more bang for your buck – if you’re going to fork over some extra money for these supplements anyways, you want to make sure you are buying the most effective and safe product possible.