Vitamins and healthy living are inseparable. The important thing; it isn’t complicated.
The body has many requirement in order to maintain peak health. Assuring proper vitamin intake goes a long way toward healthy living.
The truth about multivitamins
The best course is to search for brands that are highly trusted. Off brands, low price products may not deliver what you expect. Or what you need.
You will want to focus on products that deliver 100% of the daily requirement of the vitamin.
With a multivitamin, look for doses that contain A, B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6, B12, C, D, E, and folic acid. (remember, you want 100% of each)
Ideally you would like to get vitamins from your diet. It’s difficult, and that is the purpose of vitamins.
Some may prefer to take each vitamin individually. If you know the daily intake from your diet, you may not need each individual vitamin (those listed above) in tablet form.
What about Calcium?
Calcium is a necessary supplement because it is very difficult to obtain through diet. The form in which you take calcium supplements (usually for osteoporoses) is not important. What is important is to know how much calcium you will absorb from the product.
Experts say you should avoid calcium that comes from bone meal, dolomite or oyster shells. The reason is these forms have been known to contain to much lead.
Finally, pay attention to dosage. The body can only absorb about 500mg at a time. To achieve higher dosages, take the 500mg dose of calcium multiple times a day. If the daily requirement is 1000 to 1500mg a day, you need to break it up into two or three separate doses of 500mg each.
A vital vitamin that is often over looked is B12. The simple fact is, the body can not function with out it.
It is the red blood cells that take oxygen to the body and then removes the carbon dioxide. Fatigue and shortness of breath are symptoms of low red blood cells. Without treatment you may experience confusion and depression.
Loss of memory and mental function can result from low B12 levels. While the levels can be restored, lost brain function can not.
Vitamin C has long been associated with orange juice and fighting colds. Both are true.
We have all used glasses of orange juice to ward the common cold. Many will start taking the stuff at the first sniffle. Technically, vitamin C does not prevent colds. It does have some effect in easing the length and severity of the illness.
Did you know there are other foods that have proven to be better than orange juice when it comes to providing vitamin C?
Among those on the list are; Peppers. Several types including red and green bell peppers and chili pepper, broccoli, papaya (something I have never had), strawberries, cauliflower and pineapple.
An interesting idea is eating several, like strawberries, pineapple and oranges together in a smoothy. Ummmm.
What About Centrum?
Centrum is a trade name for a vitamin. A second product, targeted to seniors is Centrum-Silver.
Some experts have given the popular multivitamin a poor review citing several problems.
- The nutrients in Centrum are low, and said to be far under therapeutic levels.
- The nutrients are provided in the least absorbable form. A cost cutting formula.
- The supplements in tablet form, contain binders and are hard to digest.
- The daily nutrients that are water soluble are completely excreted, or used, in just four hours. That effectively makes them useless.
As a general rule, when I find negative reviews of an otherwise popular product, I look for an alternative. The popularity of Centrum can easily be attributed to Pfizer’s huge ad budget for the product.
As always, if you are making a change in your health habits, consult you doctor. There are some medicines and prescriptions that may not be compatible with suggestions here.
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