We know that whole foods are ideally our best sources of nutrients. But let's face it; in today's hectic world, most people don't always take the time to eat the way that they should. This coupled with the fact that we are exposed to foods with less and less nutritional value due to overfarming, more heavily processed and refined foods, an increasing number of environmental pollutants and toxins, and longer, more stressful work schedules put us all at an increased risk for a variety of health issues.

Recently, the traditionally conservative publication JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), has made a reversal of its long-standing position that multivitamins were unnecessary because essential nutrients could be obtained in the diet and now adopts the position that "most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone... it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."

Even the ultra-conservative American Dietetic Association (ADA) has issued its own recommendations on its website (www.eatright.org), stating that individuals falling in the following categories may very well benefit from a multivitamin:

  • Your hectic lifestyle frequently keeps you from eating the recommended number of servings from the food guide pyramid.
  • You are on a very low-calorie weight loss diet.
  • You are elderly and not eating as much as you should.
  • You are a strict vegetarian.
  • You can't drink milk or eat cheese and yogurt.
  • You are a woman of childbearing age who doesn't get enough folate from fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains.

The Bigger Picture: If you're lifestyle falls into any of the descriptions above, or you feel like you just need some extra nutritional insurance, it's relatively simple to incorporate a multi into your daily program. Whether you choose a straightforward once daily multi, a gender-focused multi, an antioxidant and B-vitamin rich performance multi, or a high potency pak product, adding a multi to your daily routine gives you one less thing to stress about.
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