Are multivitamins really necessary if you have a good diet?
In this article I’ve put together a list of 10 reasons why you may need a daily multivitamin even if you eat well.
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Nutrient deficiencies are extremely high among the U.S. population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 9% of American adults are eating enough vegetables and only 12% are eating enough fruit. 
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to fatigue, low immunity, difficulty coping with stress and higher incidence of disease.
Even if you’re health conscious and eat a balanced and nutritious diet, you may benefit from taking a daily multivitamin.
Some vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C aren’t stored in the body so it’s essential to consume these vitamins every day.
A daily multivitamin ensures that you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to support energy production, immunity, heart health and to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.
Here are 10 reasons why you may benefit from taking a daily multivitamin.
1. Poor absorption
Eating too quickly and not chewing food well enough makes it much harder for the digestive system to break down these larger than normal food particles so you won’t be absorbing all the nutrients.
People with Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease have inflamed intestinal linings, which also reduces nutrient absorption.
Chronic stress can increase our body’s requirements for vitamins B5, B6, vitamin C and magnesium.
Skipping meals or eating on the run can also lead to nutritional deficiencies.
3. Birth Control Pill
Oral contraceptives can decrease absorption of folic acid and increase the need for vitamins B2, B6, B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and magnesium.
Pregnancy requires additional nutrients to ensure the healthy growth of the baby, particularly B Vitamins, folic acid, vitamins A, D, E and the minerals calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium and zinc.
5. Lack of Sunlight
Vitamin D deficiency is most common in office workers, people who avoid the sun and dark skinned people.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, immune health and reducing depression.
Smoking increases the body’s requirement of vitamin C by at least 30 per cent.
Vegetarian and vegan diets can cause deficiencies in vitamin B12, calcium, iron and iodine.
Boiling and overcooking vegetables reduces B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.
The best way to preserve nutrients when cooking vegetables is to use a steamer and lightly steaming vegetables for only a few minutes.
9. Less Nutrients in Soil
Intense farming practices have depleted soils of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Magnesium and zinc levels are much lower in foods grown today than 50 years ago and some fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripe, decreasing the available nutrients.
10. Fussy Eaters
Many children are fussy eaters and will only eat a small range of foods.
Children need adequate nutrition to support their rapid growth, to assist with learning, decrease behavioral problems and support immune health.
Here are 5 of the best multivitamins for women, men, kids, pregnancy and stress.
Naturelo One Daily Multivitamin for Women contains B-complex vitamins cultured in probiotics, including activated B12 from Methylcobalamin, activated B6 from P-5-P and MTHFR-friendly folate (not folic acid), so it’s great for anyone with absorption issues or the MTHFR gene mutation.
Naturelo One Daily Multivitamin for Men is a high quality formula containing similar ingredients to the women’s multivitamin including activated B vitamins and plant-based vitamins and antioxidants.
SmartyPants Kids Formula Multivitamin Gummies are non GMO and free of milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nut allergens, fish allergens, shellfish, soy, gluten, wheat, synthetic colors and artificial sweeteners/flavors.
It contains 13 essential nutrients including vitamin D3 for bone and immune health, vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) for energy, omega 3 EPA and DHA (from fish oil), vitamin E for antioxidant support and iodine for thyroid support.
Naturelo Prenatal Multivitamin contains B-complex vitamins cultured in probiotics, including activated B12 from Methylcobalamin, activated B6 from P-5-P and MTHFR-friendly folate (not folic acid).
It also contains plant based Calcium from Algae, Vitamin E from Organic Rice Bran, Vitamin C from Acerola Cherries and Iodine from Organic Kelp, plus antioxidants from organic fruit and vegetable extracts.
Life Extension Bio-Active Complete B-Complex contains activated B-complex vitamins to support the body during times of stress and to promote healthy methylation.
Activated B vitamins are absorbed much easier than regular B vitamins so you get the full benefits.
It’s a good idea to discuss any nutritional supplements with your healthcare provider because some supplements can interact with prescription medications.
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