What is a Multivitamin For?
Before we can talk about which is the best multivitamin, we need to take a look at what they are actually used for.
We have done a lot to figure out what we need in a day.
So far, we have learned the following:
- Optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals
- Minimum amounts
- Dangerous amounts
The problem we have found is that it is impossible to get everything you need from food every single day.
Take Vitamin E for example. Almonds are one source of Vitamin E. To get the optimal amount of Vitamin E every day, you would need to eat about 60 grams. That is approximately 40 almonds. Every day.
It’s not impossible, but that means you have already consumed about 39% of suggested daily fat AND around 347 calories (most people should have 1500-2400 per day, for more on that, read Speed Up Your Metabolism).
That means that you just ate 14-25% of the food you should eat in a day just to get enough Vitamin E.
How will you get the rest?
Multivitamins Fill in the Gaps
It is impossible to get the perfect amount of vitamins from food every day. However, it is recommended to get the most that you can (healthy food) and take a good multivitamin.
When you have deficiencies of certain vitamins or minerals, the effects can include:
- low to no energy
- weakened immune system (sick often)
- weight gain
- brittle nails and hair
- depression and other issues
Some deficiencies will cause other vitamins and minerals to stop working or be less effective, which quickly multiplies problems.
With a good multivitamin, you can avoid a lot of these problems and feel your best every day.
What Makes the Best Multivitamin?
There are lots of things that you should look for when choosing a multivitamin.
All multivitamins have a label that tells you the amounts of vitamins and minerals they contain. You want close to 100% of your daily recommended intake (or more) for the nutrients that don’t have a very low danger point.
Iron, for example, has a low 45 mg danger point. Women need more than men until menopause, but the recommended perfect point is:
- Men over 18 and Women over 50: 8.7 mg
- Women 18-50: 14.8 mg
Legumes (beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas, edamame, etc.) are a great natural source of iron. One cup of cooked lentils contains 6.6 mg of iron.
Since iron is not difficult to get from food and it has a low danger point, it shouldn’t be added to a multivitamin.
A lot of reputable supplement brands have multivitamins that boast “one-a-day” and come in a hard-pressed tablet.
These pressed tablets take a long time to dissolve, making it difficult for efficient delivery of the nutrients.
A capsule vitamin has a cellulose case around a loose powder. The casing dissolves quickly and the powder is immediately delivered to the digestive system. This means you will get much more benefit from your supplement than the pressed tablet variety.
The tablet multivitamins pictured above are the largest oral supplement available. This stops people from being able to or wanting to take them.
Two smaller capsules are better than one large tablet.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, but the facility that makes them can be FDA Registered.
This means that they have willingly registered with the FDA. They have agreed to follow strict guidelines to identify and prevent any potential hazards with the product and manufacturing.
These supplement facilities follow the same quality standards as prescription drug manufacturers.
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
GMP certification means that the facility follows strict practices and prerequisites in order to maintain an effective Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point food safety program. The HACCP ensures the prevention of the following hazards:
- Microbiological Hazards. These include yeast, mould, bacteria and viruses.
- Chemical Hazards. These include any type of chemical used near the production areas of the product. They can include cleaning agents, pest control substances and pesticides, fungicides, food contact materials or food additives.
- Physical Hazards. These can be any physical object that could accidentally come in contact with a product before completion. Some common physical production hazards are pest droppings, screws/nuts/bolts, worker jewelry, broken glass, etc.
- Allergens. Cross-contamination of a food allergen is one of the most dangerous hazards present in a substandard supplement manufacturing facility. Always look for the GMP seal and make sure the label says it does not contain an allergen that affects you.
Also, check to see if the product has been 3rd party tested. This means that the company that produces the supplement has sent their product to a lab not owned by them.
The third-party lab tests the product for purity and quality consistency.
This is important because it means that the multivitamin you are taking will be the same quality with the same amounts every time you take it.
It also means that they didn’t find the results themselves.
Which Multivitamin Has All of That?
MetaFire Nutrition took all of this into account when we developed MetaVite multivitamin capsules.
Our product has everything you need from a multivitamin plus much more.
The Best Multivitamin is More Than Just a Multivitamin
MetaVite contains three important complexes that set them apart.
Our multivitamin takes care of your health in more ways than nutrition.
- Health Support:
- Lutein for eye health
- Lycopene for the heart
- Urtica Dioica for blood pressure and blood sugar stabilization
- Saw Palmetto for hair and urinary tract health
- Immune Blend:
- Echinacea to improve immunity
- Beta Glucan as an immuno-modulator
- Spirulina for antibody and anti-infection protein production
- Garlic as an antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal
- Antioxidant & Energy Blend:
- Green Tea, Grape Seed, and Hawthorn Berry for blood flow and cholesterol control
- Cinnamon Bark for gastrointestinal health
- Bilberry Fruit for circulation and blood pressure control
- Black Currant for phenolic compounds (antioxidants)
- Pomegranate to regulate blood pressure and reduce vascular inflammation
Choose the best multivitamin. Choose MetaVite!
To learn how MetaVite improves the immune system, check out this article.