Multi-Vitamins have been getting quite a bit of negative press lately. This is due in large part to the medical community’s lack of study in the use of supplements and nutrition. The majority of the medical community often leverages very few, go to, “proven” remedies that help the ailments of their patients.
This is not an article to endorse multi-vitamins as I can see several flaws in the contents and ingredient list of many popular multi-vitamins. For example: not enough vitamin D or amounts of “B” vitamins in comparison to larger un-absorbable amounts and types of Calcium. Many companies are known to even use fillers such as wood shavings. Imbalances and ingredients like these are not productive and are leading to the studies that devalue the use of vitamins today. While not optimum, using improperly balanced multi-vitamins to augment a poor diet may still be better than going without the select few nutrients that they provide.
A personalized and specifically selected supplement plan is very effective when used properly. Medical journals are loaded with research articles and studies about how the lack of particular nutrients are related to many ailments and chronic diseases. The use of a proper amount of D3 for elderly has proven to decrease the amount of falls and breakage of bones. The New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine have both published studies of how over doing supplements or adding multivitamins to an already balanced diet can have no or even negative effects for the user. This is something that I can agree with and reinforces the importance for a personalized and regularly updated supplement plan to be most effective.