What happens if I don’t take multivitamins?

There’s a lot of information out there telling you what vitamins you should take (and what not to take) and why you should take them (and why you shouldn’t take them). The problem is, some people frequently misuse multivitamins and take them without professional advice.

ThinkstockPhotos-463114939Whether you already have a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly or none of the above, multivitamins can be incorporated into your lifestyle to enhance or sustain optimal health. They are particularly useful for people who can’t get their daily vitamins and minerals from their current diet.

While multivitamins are not a miracle cure, not taking them at all may end up affecting your health if you have an inadequate diet. Here are some examples of multivitamin potential benefits.

Stress, depression and anxiety

Some vitamin and omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies can lead to emotional illnesses. However, a vitamin deficiency is something that happens over time. So if you are feeling run down, it is more likely due to insufficient sleep or other unhealthy lifestyle habits!

More serious mental illnesses (schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) aren’t caused or prevented by multivitamins however multivitamins can be incorporated to aid good nutrient intake and support the person to cope better with their condition.

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What do different vitamins do?

Deficiencies

Sometimes (depending on your diet) multivitamin supplements are needed. They can play a role in people’s lives that are on a restrictive weight loss diet or people with malabsorption problems.

For people who have a particular lifestyle (vegetarians or vegans), they may not get the sufficient nutrients they need out of their current diet. The best way of knowing if your body is getting the nutrients it needs, is by seeing a dietician.

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1 in 5 take multivitamins for placebo effect

Older-adult nutrient needs

As you get older, your diet can change for a number of reasons. Your body starts to slow down and can’t absorb the nutrients as well as it used to. You may have a reduced appetite or can’t eat particular food items.

This is where multivitamins can do a lot of the heavy lifting and ensure your body is getting the right amount of nutrients and minerals it needs.

Although it’s better to obtain your nutrients from food, our lifestyle can make this harder. We know humans can be skeptical when it comes to products they know little about. Based on our own multivitamin homework, not all vitamin and mineral supplementation is useless and when used appropriately, they can be very beneficial to your long term health. Talk to your health professional.

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