Are Multivitamins Necessary?

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Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible. They want to have the best bodies, the best hair, the best skin, but in reality, this rarely happens. We do all we can to help make sure that we are healthy each and every day but sometimes we slack up a little.

This is why pharmaceutical companies in conjunction with doctors have created supplements so that we can get all we need to be our healthiest. One very common supplement that we have all heard about, and probably taken, are multivitamins.

What is a Multivitamin?

A multivitamin is a capsule or pressed pill that contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals that have been suggested as necessary to our daily function by doctors and pharmacists alike.

These are supplements that help us fill gaps in our diet that we may have from what we are eating. Multivitamins come in so many different shapes, sizes, varieties, and potencies so we can choose the one that works best for us.

There are multivitamins that are geared toward women, men, pregnant women, children, toddlers, older men and women, and more. All have special blends of vitamins and minerals that are tailored to that specific group for the best results.

Are Multivitamins Necessary?

In a perfect world where you ate your three square meals a day and healthy snacks eating veggies, fruits, meats, and more, they might not be necessary.

The truth of the matter is however, that in our day and age where fast food is very common and most people run from place to place eating whatever they can find, there are often going to be gaps in our vitamin and mineral intake.

This means that no matter how good we try to eat, we are likely not getting all of what we need to be our healthiest.

For most people, a multivitamin is not a life or death matter, but it is certainly a good idea. The real issue is finding a multivitamin that is right for you. You can purchase those that are tailored to your specific group but these are often more expensive than your run of the mill multivitamin that is made for everyone.

If you do go to the doctor and find that you are lacking in one nutrient or another, you may want a multivitamin supplemented with whatever it is that you are missing.

How Do You Decide?

If all else fails and you are still having trouble finding a multivitamin that works for you that you really and truly feel is helping you, it is always a good idea to talk with your physician. They can help you find out what you need, what brands and varieties are best, and what is going to do you the most good.

Your doctor can help you find the perfect multivitamin for your particular needs and they can even suggest those brands that are not going to work so you can avoid them.

Long story short, in the grander scope of things, if you eat healthy and balanced and you at tons of veggies and fruits, you may be able to get away without taking a multivitamin on a daily basis.

For those that might not eat all that great or that are trying to get healthy and are working out and therefore losing nutrients through sweating and working out, a multivitamin is a good idea.

In all reality, a multivitamin is not going to hurt you if you take it and in most cases, we are all lacking in something so a multi can help fill those gaps.

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Jennifer has been a health writer and editor for 7 years. She has contributed to many national magazines and web sites, including Fitness, Health, Reader Digest, Shape and many more.

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