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When it comes to supplements, most of us remain blissfully ignorant of a product which clued-up trainers have long considered the number one commercial option around – multivitamins
Whenever the subject of supplements crops up in conversation, we lifters are able to talk about the relative benefits of high-profile products like whey protein, casein, and creatine for hours on end. However, as integral and beneficial as these might be to your training regime, what about multivitamins?
A multivitamin is a nutritional supplement that – unsurprisingly – is made up of a combination of different vitamins. Many multivitamin supplements nowadays also include minerals, although these are less complex and aren’t organic like vitamins. All vitamins are essential for humans to survive and thrive,
as they are needed to control the body’s chemical reactions in order to convert food into energy and living tissue. Vitamins can be divided into water-soluble variants (those that must be consumed because they are not stored in the body) like vitamin C and all of the B vitamins, and fat-soluble (those which are stored in the body) such as vitamins A, D, E and K.
Why take a multivitamin?
Becoming deficient in any one of the essential vitamins or minerals the body needs to run effectively will cause the metabolic pathway that generates optimal efficiency and performance to break down and fail. Supplementing with a suitably potent multivitamin formula will help to reinforce the presence of all the essential nutrients required for the body’s myriad metabolic reactions, thus aiding its overall efficacy to work as a coherent, multi-faceted system.
It’s worth noting that, whilst vitamin supplements were originally designed to protect against micronutrient deficiencies resulting from inadequate dietary intake, the application of multivitamin supplements these days has broadened somewhat. As well as correcting nutrient deficiencies, many commercial multivitamin products now include specialized formulas that manufacturers claim can help consumers meet a variety of goals, including improving performance, aiding in weight loss, protecting against cancer and other illnesses, and increasing longevity.
When should you take a multivitamin?
There is no de facto ‘best’ time to consume multivitamins. Indeed, most healthcare professionals advise consumers to take them whenever they find it most convenient. That being said, most people tend to get in the habit of taking their multivitamin tablet just after breakfast, as it feels like a nice little ‘pep’ to start the day with. In addition, supplementing first thing in the morning affords the best chance that the contents will be thoroughly absorbed as there will likely be several other meals to follow throughout the day.
Who should take multivitamins?
Multivitamins can benefit anyone who is keen to improve their overall sense of health and wellbeing. So, as well as being a popular supplement for individuals who engage in recreational and /or competitive athletic activities, multivitamin supplements are also a favored option among people who exercise less often than that or even not at all.
How should multivitamins be taken?
Multivitamins are available as straightforward capsules, or as chewable or dissolvable tablets, all of which should (generally) be taken once a day with water. Medical professionals often recommend taking multivitamins with a meal containing fat as this allows for the best absorption. It should be noted that over-ingesting multivitamins can lead to toxicity and, in some cases, significant illness. Taking multivitamins in conjunction with some other supplements can also cause side effects like nausea, heartburn and stomach disturbances. Always read the label.