Multivitamin supplements are among the most popular dietary supplements. In America, it achieved sales of over $ 5.7 billion in 2014.
Like many of our readers, you are probably wondering whether a “ multi ” really makes sense , because dietary supplements are currently facing strong headwinds from the political camps.
We would like to introduce you to the sense and nonsense of multivitamin preparations in a differentiated manner and put the facts on the table.
In the end, you will hopefully be able to decide for yourself whether a multi makes sense for you or not.
What actually is a multivitamin?
By a multivitamin, we don’t mean a multivitamin juice made from different fruits or vegetables . ?
A real multivitamin is a dietary supplement that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals . In most cases, they contain typical deficiency nutrients that we can hardly or cannot absorb through our diet.
Some multis also contain essential amino acids or phytochemicals.
A multi-preparation is, so to speak, a basic protection with the most important nutrients.
Studies have shown that multivitamin preparations are well suited to flank the increasing malnutrition in the population and to reduce negative consequences such as immune or metabolic diseases .
There is no uniform definition for manufacturers – and this is where the problem lies: Usually the term multivitamin is chosen from at least three vitamins or minerals. Many manufacturers continue to use ingredients that have poor bioavailability.
So a look at the ingredients always makes sense.
That is why we would like to motivate you to take a closer look at this topic.
And show you a provider who makes a very good multi-vitamin product that we can recommend.
7 points to consider when buying a multivitamin
In this section we would like to address the most frequently asked questions and criticisms about multivitamin preparations. In the end, you should be able to assess whether a multi makes sense for you and how you can recognize good products.
# 1 – Certification is not enough
Just because a multivitamin is an approved product according to the dietary supplement regulation (NemV) does not mean that you benefit from an optimal effect .
In Germany, every dietary supplement needs approval – only the purity and harmlessness of the ingredients are certified.
It does not take into account how good the product is – how high the dosage and bioavailability of the respective ingredients are. Inexpensive multinationals often contain mineral compounds that the body only absorbs in small amounts . For example, zinc oxide only has a bioavailability of around 60%. Zinc glycinate, for example, is much better .
# 2 – Pay attention to the nutritional information
The ingredients and their quantities are specified on all multivitamin preparations – usually also with the reference quantities in percent.
Here, too, some critics are not always wrong. We too had to look for clever products for a long time.
Some products simply contain far too low (or too high) amounts of the respective ingredients and other products seem to try to pack all the nutrients found on earth into one capsule – which is also not effective.
A good multi should be a sophisticated mix of a few, but important, minerals and vitamins that are often deficient.
We’ll go into more detail later on which nutrients go into a multivitamin.
# 3 – Are you already taking other dietary supplements?
Dietary supplements should be taken to a reasonable extent. Because of the promising effects, many people tend to swallow an endless range of capsules and pills .
If you are already taking other preparations , then check whether these are possibly contained in your “Multi”. If so, you should adjust the dosage accordingly.
The next tip can help you:
# 4 – A blood test provides clarity
Is it all just expensive urine? The criticism that multivitamin preparations only produce expensive urine , because we supposedly do not need so many nutrients at all, is not unjustified .
I was able to calm down myself after analyzing my blood count . Despite a healthy diet, I still had some serious nutritional deficiencies , such as iodine, zinc and magnesium .
Since then, a well-dosed multi-product has been a good basic protection for me, with which I can literally sleep better.
You can easily find out for yourself whether you are nutritionally deficient . It’s easy to do with a home blood test . The blood sample is taken from the fingertip and sent by post. You will receive the results online with the corresponding recommendations .
Then you can then decide which nutrients (and which preparations) you should rely on.
The provider Lykon offers a complete service for this and with the code GESUND15 you receive a 15% discount on the myHealth & Fitness blood test (we recommend the premium test, choose the individual purchase behind this link):
# 5 – watch out for interactions
Some ingredients can influence each other and inhibit absorption . For example, iron has the property of binding calcium and inhibiting absorption in the intestine.
But you shouldn’t overestimate the various interactions. The recommendation is to take a multi-product with a meal – this means that the nutrients are gradually absorbed and the risk that they interfere with one another is low.
# 6 – Do you take medication all the time?
Multivitamin preparations do not contain any pharmacological substances, but they can still interact with drugs. For example, blood thinners like warfarin, which should not be combined with vitamin K2 .
If you suffer from an illness that requires treatment, please speak to your doctor beforehand , preferably with an additional qualification in “orthomolecular medicine”.
# 7 – Think of the multivitamin as a supplement only
What do we mean by that? The word “supplement” is deliberately used in food supplements. Before you take a multivitamin preparation, you should first of all integrate a healthy diet into your everyday life.
Dietary supplements are not a substitute for the nutritious foods that Mother Nature offers us .
If your diet is healthy, you can use a well-dosed multivitamin as a supplement – as an additional insurance , so to speak .
Let’s not kid ourselves – the increasing mass cultivation of fields and orchards has meant that a grain of wheat or an apple no longer has as many good ingredients as it used to.
Who will benefit from a multivitamin?
Basically, a well-dosed multivitamin can be a good supplement for anyone. Because classic nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium , iodine, magnesium or zinc are components of a good multi.
Since up to 90% of the population are affected by deficiencies , the proportion of those who benefit from a multi is quite high.
It can be particularly advisable for the following groups of people:
- Vegetarians, vegans , but also during diets
- People with high physical stress (athletes, hard workers)
- People with high cognitive demands (the brain also uses up nutrients)
- People suffering from stress or suffer lack of sleep have
- Mothers can also benefit from special mom multis (see >> this mom multi by edubily * <<)
Why do we all have nutritional deficiencies?
It’s hard to believe that we all actually have one or more nutritional deficiencies, right? A good multivitamin supplement makes up for this.
Here are the reasons we all have nutritional deficiencies:
- Massive fertilization, industrial agriculture, monocultures and the lack of fallow periods are leaching the soils.
- The exposure of our body to environmental toxins (e.g. heavy metals, microplastics, EMF) increases the need for certain nutrients in order to break them down and excrete them.
- Today we are a sedentary society and eat less overall than our ancestors did in the last thousands of years. As a result, we also absorb less nutrients – which our body is used to.
- Certain loads (competitive sport, stress, medication) increase the need for certain nutrients.
- We no longer eat as naturally as we did in the past.
- Vegetable foods are now grown for yield (mass), not for quality (nutrients). Organic is better if you can afford it.
- Animal products from factory farming contain fewer nutrients than those from species-appropriate husbandry. One reason why we advise against products from industrial production.
- Processed foods contain fewer nutrients than their natural and “native” representatives.
In our opinion, what belongs in a good multivitamin?
So that you can see at a glance which multivitamin contains the essential vitamins and minerals , we would like to briefly name the most important ingredients.
Mainly, a multivitamin should contain typical deficiency minerals and vitamins, including:
- Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate, NOT as ß-carotene)
- B vitamins in bioavailable form (especially B9 and B12)
- Vitamin C (increases the bioavailability of other ingredients)
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E (if possible, various tocopherols and tocotrienols)
- Vitamin K2
A multi can also contain other trace elements such as chromium, manganese or manganese.
A bonus are some vital substances such as PQQ, coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid .
What doesn’t necessarily belong in a multivitamin preparation?
Since potassium, magnesium and calcium are part of the bulk elements and are necessary in larger doses compared to trace elements such as zinc or iodine, they make little sense in a multi. That is why we particularly recommend using magnesium separately.
Vitamin D and vitamin K2 are also available as combination products *. Here, too, we usually need slightly higher dosages than is possible with a multi. Most people need significantly higher amounts of vitamin D, especially in winter.
… My multi contains some vitamin D, which is always enough for me as a good basic supply in summer – in winter I also top up with some vitamin D + K2.
Which multivitamin preparation is recommended?
The question that many have been waiting for …
We are often asked which multivitamin we can recommend with a clear conscience.
After all, it is not easy for many interested parties to filter out a good and sophisticated product from the unmanageable mass.
We have analyzed, tried and rated a number of multivitamins ourselves.
We can highly recommend the multi from edubily * . It is one of the few well-dosed and sophisticated products on the market – and at an absolutely fair price. A pack of 90 capsules at a price of € 24 lasts 3 months – that’s € 8 a month for a basic supply of vitamins and minerals.
“The Multi” from edubily is a well-dosed, “lean” multivitamin and trace element preparation that should serve as a daily basic supply and dispense with unnecessary frills.
Important cornerstones of this preparation are (yes, the formulations are a bit very biochemical, but you can see that really thought has been given to this product):
- “Real vitamin A “, no ß-carotene
- The “activated” form of vitamin B6
- The bioactive methyl folate (Quatrefolic®) instead of folic acid
- Vitamin B12 in the hydroxy and methyl form
- Laboratory-tested content of vitamin K2 in the MK7 form
- Chromium in the very bioavailable picolinate form
- Selenium as an organic compound in the form of selenium yeast
- Zinc as an amino acid chelate (bisglycinate)
You can easily get “The Multi” from edubily here:
By the way, there is also a good combination offer, which combines the top 3 products from edubily at a reduced price: The Multi, Magnesium and Vitamin D.
With this you have created a super basic supply in terms of your nutrient supply.
Conclusion – a multi is a good basic protection
As you can see, it is not that easy to find good food supplements. If you don’t just want to produce the often quoted “expensive urine”, then you have to analyze the products a little more closely.
That is precisely why it is our motivation to shed light on the dark with such contributions.
In our previous articles we have already written about other vitamins ( vitamin D , vitamin K ), minerals ( zinc , magnesium ) and amino acids ( taurine , essential amino acids ).
The products from edubily are always a good choice and take away the uncertainty and worry of having to access dodgy Amazon “bestsellers”.