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Choosing a multivitamin can be a daunting task when you don't know what vitamins you need and how much of each is appropriate.
Here are 3 general points I'd like to make about choosing a multivitamin:
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This may still be 'Greek' to you, so allow me explain further...
I am hoping that because you are reading this page, you already understand the importance of choosing a multivitamin for your daily wellness routine, but just to cover the basics, here is why I would recommend getting on board:
First of all, I want to be sure you are not throwing your money away. Most, and I'd even wager to say all, the major drugstore brand names and popular one-a-day multi-vitamins are completely useless.
Why? Because they are filled with a bunch of 'fillers' or binding agents that do not allow for proper absorption. So essentially, if you are purchasing and consuming these, or feeding those enticing cartoon chewables to your kids, you are simply creating very expensive urine!
If your body cannot absorb the nutrients, your body will try to eliminate the vitamins through your digestive elimination...mostly your pee!
I'd recommend speaking to your naturopath or health food store about a high potency multi-vitamin. Usually, you will be looking at around $50 a bottle for something of quality. If you are currently consuming the $15.99 specials, then I'd sooner have you donate the money for the good it is doing you.
According to the Renai Sante Institute of Integrative Medicine, here is what you should be looking at in terms of nutrients and quantities when choosing a multivitamin:
Almost exclusively, I find myself choosing a multivitamin and consuming all of my supplements from two companies:
Seroyal is a great company, but you have to be a professional or health food retailer to order from them. If you have a naturopath, chiropractor or a local health store that you trust, ask them about this brand.
For everyone else, I would recommend a company called GNLD, because you can order from them directly and have your purchase shipped to your door.
What I love about GNLD in particular is that this company, the only one I know of, produces all of its products directly from foods. All of their products are whole food vitamins with absolutely no synthetic vitamins or minerals.
Why is this important? Because whole food vitamins have a higher rate of absorption than any other vitamin or mineral, and as such you can be 100% sure that your body knows how to digest and use all of those vital nutrients. To me, this may be more important than a higher dose of the nutrient that cannot be absorbed by your body due to the processing procedures. Less is sometimes more!
If you would like to learn more about GNLD's Whole Food Multi Vitamin or their Chewable Multi Vitamin for kids, simply click on the GNLD Home Page .
Happy Multi-Vitamin Shopping!
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