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Multivitamins Part 1: The Importance of a Multivitamin

You may not be getting the nutrients you need. Here’s how a multivitamin can help supplement your lifestyle.

Multivitamins Part 1: The Importance of a Multivitamin

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is easier in theory than it is in practice. While we want to load our plates with leafy greens, citrus fruits packed with vitamin C, and healthy fats like avocado and wild-caught salmon, sometimes our busy schedules mean we’re eating a PB&J in the car, or stopping at the drive-through to scarf down French fries. Hey, it happens to the best of us.

Lifestyles have changed a lot in the past century, and people are eating fewer fresh foods and more processed foods. Fast, highly processed food is often more readily available and affordable, and access to whole, healthy foods can be difficult for those living in so-called “food deserts.” The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that “Despite the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, Americans are not consuming enough in their daily diet.” They also report that only 9.3% of adults meet the daily vegetable intake recommendation; the USDA’s www.Choosemyplate.gov recommendation is to eat one to three cups of veggies per day!

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 edition, potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, D, E, and C are considered “underconsumed nutrients” among adults, due to “low intakes of the food groups that contain these nutrients.” Meeting daily nutrient requirements can help support many health benefits, including heart and brain health.

That’s where multivitamins come in. While the best way to get your recommended vitamins and minerals is always from a balanced diet (more spinach, please!), a daily multivitamin can help fill the nutritional gaps for everyone, and also help supplement the nutrition of those with specialized diets or food sensitivities. For example, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you may be missing out on vitamin B12 or iron. If you’re sensitive to dairy, you may need extra calcium for healthy bones.* Women may be low in iron, and pregnant women may need to supplement folic acid/folate. Children, especially kids who turn their noses up at most veggies, can also benefit from a daily multivitamin to help round out their nutritional needs.

What makes Alive!® Multivitamins different from the rest, and why should you choose them to supplement your wellness journey? Our premium multis are created by scientists who carefully craft each formula to ensure the delivery of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. Alive! Multivitamins also contain a full B-vitamin complex that helps convert food into energy so you don’t just live — you thrive.*

Find out which multivitamin format and formula is right for you here.