Vitamin Supplements - Are They Really Good For You?
Vitamins are an important part of our everyday life, it’s vital in giving our body what it needs to promote a healthy lifestyle! Of course, there are Vitamin Supplements, which provide the single dose of the vitamin or mineral that your body may need, especially if you have a deficiency in the specific vitamin/mineral in your body.
But it’s important to recognize, that taking these vitamin supplements doesn’t automatically make you healthier, it’s important to take these supplements if you’re already at a healthy balance with your daily vitamin intake or if, as stated before, you have a deficiency in need of these supplements. Vitamin supplements aren’t there to substitute the healthy foods you should include in your daily diet.
Plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and more have natural multivitamins and if we instead take a supplement it’s an isolated vitamin or mineral only, not giving us the full value of all the important vitamins and minerals our body needs. The National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements states “Taking an MVM increases nutrient intakes and helps people obtain recommended intakes of vitamins and minerals when they cannot meet these needs from food alone.” (NIH) In summary, explaining that it’s meant to be a ‘booster’ to the vitamins you’re already receiving from your healthy diet, and if you’re using these vitamin supplements to account for not having the right vitamins in your meals, it’s important to note that “individuals who take MVMs and other supplements and who eat fortified foods and beverages might consume some nutrients at levels exceeding the UL, increasing the possibility of adverse effects.” (NIH)
The beauty of eating whole foods, especially when you combine whole foods, colors, is that you’re getting an abundance of those important vitamins and minerals. Experience a 'whole' lot of love when you add whole foods to your diet.
Fun Facts About Foods & Vitamins:
Artichokes are filled with antioxidants, as well as Vitamins C and K!
Peaches are both low in calories and full of Vitamins C and A!
Lemons are a wonderful and rich source of Vitamin C!
Blood oranges are a wonderful source of fiber and other great sources of nutrition.
We hope you have a wonderful March from the Pick and Eat team!
“Office of Dietary Supplements - Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements.” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 8 July 2015, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-HealthProfessional/.