There are a lot of multivitamins on the market these days. How do you know which one is right for you? And more importantly, how do you know that it’s actually doing what it’s supposed to be doing? In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at what to look for in a multivitamin and how to make sure that it’s the best one for you.
How can multivitamins help you?
Multivitamins are meant to help supplement the nutrients that you might not be getting through your diet. While it’s perfectly possible to get (almost) everything we need from the foods that we eat every day, it’s easy for a busy lifestyle or a less-than-optimal diet to throw us off balance. A high-quality multivitamin can plug the gaps.
What to look for when choosing a multivitamin
Read the Ingredients – Not just the Nutrition Table
Look for products that share in as much detail as possible what ingredients they use. A good quality producer will be proud of the quality of their ingredients and want to tell you about them. A clear, comprehensible back of pack with no fillers, binders or artificial ingredients is a great sign.
You’ll only get the full picture by reading the ingredients list as well as the nutrition table.
Food State: The Gold Standard in Nutrition
Your body isn’t adapted to absorb pure, synthetic, nutrients. It evolved over thousands of years to absorb nutrients from complex food structures. Food State is an innovative way of delivering nutrients to your body in a form that it recognises as food and can digest. For FOGA, that means feeding buckwheat sprouts with a nutrient-rich solution, which they absorb. Your body gets an accurate dose of vitamins & minerals in the most easy-absorb way possible.
Read our full article on food state here.
Comprehensive Formula to Fill all the Gaps
A good multivitamin will provide a comprehensive range of nutrients, without going overboard. With a good-quality, high-absorption, supplement you don’t need 3000% of your Vitamin C RDA. Your body won’t absorb it, no matter how powerful it might look on the pack. You can make sure you’re getting everything you need by comparing the label to a recognized recommended daily intake list.
Will you actually take it?
It’s all well and good investing in a multivitamin, but it won’t do anything sat on the shelf. If you’ve always forgotten to take pills in the past, then you’re unlikely to change now. There’s lots of other options available, from gummy formats or sub-lingual drops to delicious multivitamin smoothies. Choose something you’ll be able to make a habit of.
How to determine the best multivitamin for you
While we are all unique, it’s important to remember that no supplement is a panacea. See your multivitamin as the foundations of your health, built on with your healthy diet and an active lifestyle. Choose one that gives you the specifics you need, but helps you build strong foundations in all areas of life. Here’s a few factors that you might want to take into account when choosing something
Your Age – If you are over 50, you might want to look for ingredients that support healthy bones & muscles like Magnesium, Phosphorus and Vitamin D. Antioxidants & vitamin C will also help to boost collagen levels.
Your Diet – If you eat a plant-based (or very low meat) diet you should consider nutrients like Vitamin B12 that are rare in plant foods.
Your Location – If you live in a country where daylight hours are limited in the winter, consider a good quality source of Vitamin D which we can become deficient in during darker months.
Your Goals – If you’re stressed and working flat out, you’ll be burning through nutrients faster than usual. A good quality multivitamin will help you keep up and stay on top form. If you’re tired and lacking energy, a blend that’s rich in bioavailable iron might help.
Your Life – Life can get busy, so choose a supplement that fits into yours and make it a habit. If you’re always forgetting to take a pill, consider leaving them on the table where you have breakfast – or swapping them for something you’ll look forward to like a Multivitamin Smoothie. Above all, remember that it’s better to take a great quality multivitamin occasionally than to take a cheap one daily.
The New Option – FOGA Plantshakes
FOGA’s Plantshakes combine delicious fruit & veg with food state vitamins & minerals. Each shake delivers 100% of your vitamin needs and a rich dose of minerals. They tick all the boxes and plug the gaps, with a complex designed to build strong health foundations for everyone. They’re designed to be the health habit that you’ll actually stick to.
Why will you stick to it?
- Because instead of synthetic nutrients, they’re high absorption food state ones.
- Because instead of binders & fillers, they’ve also got 2 of your five a day from organic fruit & veggies.
- Because instead of a pill, they’re a delicious drink you’ll remember to have and can prep in seconds.