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The Lowdown On Multivitamins

Multivitamin supplements have been part of the daily routine of active and health-conscious people around the world since the early 1940s, when they first became available.

Multivitamins are now a popular dietary supplements, with the South African market clocking up double-digit growth in the category despite the economic downturn.

Supplement Your Health

We’re all motivated by different reasons to take multivitamins, from increasing our nutrient intake and supplementing any shortfalls in our diet, to improving health or reducing the risk of certain diseases.

Essential Nutrients

Every day your body produces new skin cells, muscle tissue and bone. It also makes red blood cells that transport nutrients and oxygen around the body and sends nerve signals along thousands of kilometres of the brain and body pathways. It also produces chemical messengers that shuttle from one organ to another, passing along the instructions that help sustain your life.

To sustain and optimise these processes your body requires a variety of raw materials, including at least 30 vitamins, minerals, and dietary components that it can’t make on its own in required amounts.

Vitamins and minerals work together to perform these numerous roles in the body every day, while also helping to convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.

Increasing Nutrient Intake

Consuming an adequate vitamin and mineral intake is therefore essential as ensures that your body can function optimally. Importantly in this regard, a good multivitamin can make up for the nutrient shortfalls when you don’t get through food alone.

Choosing A Multivitamin

When choosing a multivitamin product, try and find one that is tailored to your lifestyle, age, gender, and other relevant characteristics, such as your prevailing health and stress levels. Consult your healthcare practitioner for a multivitamin choice that best suits your needs.

Multivitamins and Food Choices

In addition to taking a daily multivitamin to assist in providing essential vitamins and minerals, make sure you maintain a healthy diet to ensure you get a solid base of the vitamins and minerals you need. Health supplements are intended only to complement diet, and are not a substitute for a healthy diet.

If you still feel constantly exhausted despite a good sleeping pattern, a balanced diet, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation, be sure to visit your doctor for a full check-up.

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