What’s the big deal about multivitamins? Ya know, I didn’t really know the answer until recently. I’ve always taken them, ever since I was a little girl and in fact, I still do to this day. Although most doctors recommend them, here are some important things to consider if you’re thinking about taking a multivitamin, or if you already do.
A Balanced Diet
Multivitamins are meant to supplement nutrients, NOT replace them. Many multivitamin packages advertise themselves as a “dietary supplement.” By definition, “supplement” means to add to, boost, increase or be extra. By no means should multivitamins take the place of a regular diet of actual food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Americans, on average, only eat about one fruit and one or two vegetables on a typical day” (via). Millions of people aren’t getting the nutrients they need. A multivitamin can take care of that by creating a more balanced diet. But keep in mind: eat healthy, THEN supplement with a multivitamin.
A common misconception of multivitamins is that they aid in weight loss. There is little to no evidence on this matter. People, get it together. Weight loss comes from the simple combination of eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly (even if its just a little). A multivitamin might make you healthier, overall, but there is no such thing as a magical weight loss pill (if you find one, please holla at me). For more information, check here and here.
So, yes or no?
There are dozens of articles written and studies conducted on this matter. And each one discounts the previous. I see both sides of the argument, but for now, I will continue to take a multivitamin. As a college student, I don’t feel like a always get the proper nutrients every day. Taking a multivitamin ensures that I do. What do you think?