The Truth About Multivitamins
False claims and misleading truths run wild in the supplement industry and it may actually be most prevalent in the marketing of multivitamins.
Before we discuss what you actually need in a multi, let’s talk about some actual facts when it comes to choosing which one is right for you.
There Is No Difference Between Men & Women Multi’s
This is one of the biggest lies in the supplement industry that there are special multivitamins for men which are distinct from those which are right for women.
Some “gender specific” muti’s do not even bother to put anything in their formulations which would actually distinguish themselves from any other general multi on the market.
But for those which do, the reason they still are not beneficial is not because some of the herbal ingredients are not more beneficial for one sex over the other but because of the amount of the ingredient put in.
Take for example one of the most popular (if not the most popular) men’s multivitamins on the market today…
One of their key male oriented ingredients is Saw Palmetto.
First, I need to point out that Saw Palmetto has not proven any more effective than taking a placebo. (study)
Second, the clinically proven effective dose of Saw Palmetto believed to be of potential benefits starts at 320 mg daily.
How much is in this extremely popular men’s vitamin? We do not know exactly because they hide it in a “proprietary blend” but we do know it is less than 44 mgs!
In other words, it is a flat out waste of your time and dollars to be taking it, which brings us to the next big problem…
Proprietary Blends are a Scam!
The truth is that in a supplement, no matter the type (multi, t-booster, weight loss, etc…), the only reason to do a “proprietary blend” is to hide exactly how much of what is in it.
Take the following proprietary blend from an actual popular multivitamin as an example:
Proprietary Organic Blend – 200mg
Beetroot, Carrot, Black Currant, Blueberry, Broccoli, Cranberry, Kale, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Spinach
Now there are 2 major issues with this:
1. Divide the Amount of Ingredients by Total Dose
There are 10 different ingredients in this 200 mg blend which means you are getting maybe 20 mg of any particular ingredient.
The clinically effective dose for beetroot starts at about 500 mg and goes up significantly from there depending on what benefit you are trying to achieve. 20 mg would be a complete joke.
2. The Order of Ingredients Has ZERO Barring on Amount
Unlike a nutrition label the supplement industry doesn’t have to list the highest dosed ingredient in a proprietary blend first.
So you might be inclined to think there is maybe 110 mg of beetroot in our example and 10 mg of the next 9 ingredients.
However, the truth is there could be as little as 1 mg of beetroot followed by 1 mg of every other ingredient except for say raspberry of which there is 190 mg.
Why would they do that?
- They don’t expect you to divide the ingredients and realize how little of anything is actually in their product.
- They can simply fill up their “proprietary blend” with the cheapest ingredient in the list, while still claiming there are several ingredients because they included at least 1 mg of it.
Vitamins & Minerals Are Old Science
Yes we need a certain amount of traditional vitamins and minerals but the truth is in the western world we get the vast majority of these in our daily foods.
Even the terrible for you “white bread” has been fortified with vitamins and minerals to help make up for the lack of quality foods most Westerners eat on a daily basis.
Not to mention, since most Multi’s are so “vanilla” they tend to compete by overdosing standard vitamins and minerals in such large quantities it can verge on negative effects.
Do you really need 300, 400 or even 500% more than the RDA (recommended daily allowance)? Not likely.
What Should You Look For In A Multivitamin?
While it is certainly good to ensure you aren’t deficient in any vitamins and minerals, and a standard multivitamin can help with that, we now know there are many more factors which greatly support our day to day health such as:
- Purine Alkaloids
Just to name a few!
Going into the complexities of each one of these is out of the scope of this article but in short and in simple terms these are the microscopic nutrients that may help:
- Increase Blood Flow (study)
- Boost Cognitive Performance (study)
- Improve Heart Health (study)
- Fight Disease (study)
- Ward of Cancer (study)
- Lower Blood Pressure (study)
- Protect Against Free Radicals (study)
- Decrease Inflammation (study)
And so much more!
Whole Foods and Superfoods Are The Answer
Whole foods and superfoods are the best way to get these vital nutrients but these are hard to get on a daily basis in the quantity we need them.
- Brown Seaweed
- Raw Organic Cacao
The Only Way To Get It Is Green Drinks, Or…
The only way to get this level of nutrition on a daily basis has been via “green drinks” which are extremely healthy and a great way to supplement your diet.
However, I have always found they taste like a combination of chalk and grass and for me personally, I ended up hating to have to drink it daily and it would often sit on the shelf untouched for days or even weeks at a time.
So while I believe in the concept of green drinks and do believe if you can stomach them on a daily basis they are a great way to go…
They do not do you much good if you are not drinking it every single day!
Next Level Superfoods Multivitamin
That is exactly why I created Next Level Superfoods Multivitamin!
It is the only clinically dosed superfoods multi on the market giving you both the traditional vitamins and minerals in properly dosed amounts (not exaggerated) as well as the whole and superfoods in full and clinically dosed amounts, your body and mind need to perform at its peak.
In fact, I personally challenge you to show me another multivitamin on the market today that comes anywhere close to delivering the extremely high amount of nutrition and quality that we do in Next Level Superfoods.
Best of all you get it in 6 easy to swallow tablets rather than having to force down a disgusting green drink you dread taking.