Most health experts agree that we should be getting all the vitamins and minerals we need to support good health from the foods we eat. But how many of us eat a perfect, whole-foods diet every day?
Furthermore, reports show that food isn't as nutrient-dense as it used to be. Modern agricultural methods designed to speed growth rates, provide a greater yield, and increase pest resistance have created nutrient-poor soil depleted of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B2, B6, C, and E and the minerals zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. So even the healthiest diet doesn't provide optimal levels of all the essential vitamins and minerals.
A daily multivitamin can help fill any nutritional gaps left by your diet. And just as whole foods are better for you than refined, overly processed foods, the same may be true for supplements. To achieve the optimal nutritional benefit from your multi, choose a whole-food supplement.
Whole-food multivitamins provide the total package. Fresh foods contain not just vitamins and minerals but also enzymes, amino acids, bioflavonoids, polyphenols, antioxidants, and more compounds that work synergistically to support health. Rather than providing isolated vitamins and minerals, whole-food multivitamins deliver whole-food concentrates along with high-potency vitamins and minerals -- just like you'd find in nature, only better.
The body only absorbs a percentage of some forms of vitamins and minerals, and it's able to utilize even less. The body more readily accepts food than isolated nutrients, so some experts believe the nutrients from a whole-food multi will be better absorbed and utilized.
Because the body recognizes whole-food supplements as food, they tend to be gentler on the stomach. A whole-food multivitamin is made from concentrated foods, so it's an excellent option if you have a sensitive stomach, and they can even be taken on an empty stomach.
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