The Myths of the Multivitamin: Who Do We Trust?

What little habits can you incorporate into your life today for a better tomorrow? How about taking a high quality multivitamin?

There are plenty of benefits to taking a multivitamin, because on average they contain over thirty vitamins and minerals[1] your body needs and have minimal negative side effects [2]. Plus, hello, it takes two seconds and no energy to swallow or chew (or melt) a vitamin. It’s one of the easiest self-care practices you can add to your daily routine. Interested in the full list of the essentials? Click here!

But hold up--do multivitamins help? Will they actually promote overall well being? Which ingredients typically found in multivitamins are toxic?!

Let’s find out.

 

Do Your Research

The current American diet leaves a lot to be desired. Many of us--in fact, hundreds of thousands of us--are buying supplements to bridge the gap in our nutrition deficit. The solution to a poor diet is not only adding vitamin supplements into the mix.

However, when you picture your future, do you envision yourself mentally healthy and physically sound? If so cover all your bases and consider supplements--after careful research on vitamin brands of course.

 

Toxic Ingredients to Stay Away From

We say do your research because not all brands are created equal. Many contain toxins and harmful additives that actually detract from your health--isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?

So...what are some of these harmful toxins anyway? Look out for:

  1. Artificial flavoring, which has been linked to diabetes [3]
  2. GMO products such as corn starch and gelatin from unknown sources [3]
  3. Chemically engineered food coloring such as red 40 and blue 2 [4]
  4. Titanium dioxide, found in things like makeup and even paint! It’s linked to harming lung health [5]
  5. Talc or magnesium silicate, which is a carcinogen and linked to stomach cancer [6]

Don’t let this scare you away if you and your nutritionist/health provider believe you would benefit from adding a multivitamin into your life. Thankfully, there are supplements using ethical and safe ingredients (like us!).

 

Who Should Take Multivitamins?

⅓ of the American population already takes vitamin supplements, but there are specific groups of people that would benefit more from specific nutrients than others*, such as:

  1. Women who are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant
  2. Postmenopausal women
  3. People over the age of 50
  4. Infants and small children

What to Look For

When talking about multivitamins specifically, look at the vitamins and minerals listed. Do they stack up to the list mentioned at the beginning of this post? A lot of brands won’t include everything they should in a supplement.

Also, make sure that you are taking ONLY the recommended dosage. When taking supplements, especially those with minerals, it is easy to take too much.

There is a growing shift away from chemical and artificial ingredients in the nutraceutical industry, and EZ Melts is proud to be a part of that movement. We ensure that our vitamins are non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and free of harmful chemical additives and sweeteners.

 

Our vitamins are fast melting, EZ to take, and have delicious customer-approved flavors. Have you tried our Zero Sugar, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Multivitamin supplement? If so, let us know what you think!

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/do-multivitamins-work#ingredients
  2. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-Consumer/
  3. https://www.medicaldaily.com/flintstones-vitamins-contain-artificial-sweeteners-and-gmo-products-fresh-fruits-and-veggies-are
  4. https://healthfully.com/the-side-effects-of-artificial-food-coloring-7764602.html
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24378593/
  6. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/173/4002/1141.long

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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens