Why You Should Be Critical Of Your Multivitamin, From An Integrative MD
Research indicates that Americans are failing to meet the daily requirements for a number of nutrients (especially vitamins A, C, D, E, and K and minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium) from food alone. For example: A whopping 90% and 93% of Americans1 are missing the mark on their daily vitamin E and D intakes, respectively.
Failing to get sufficient amounts of essential nutrients can result in whole-body repercussions and health concerns impacting everything from brain and heart function to detoxification and longevity. Thankfully, according to a 2017 Nutrients review, consistent multivitamin use can effectively reduce these nutritional inadequacies2.
The problem? It can be extremely challenging to sort through the supplement aisle for the perfect multivitamin for your daily whole-body health needs. Unfortunately, there's a lot of incomplete and inadequate multis on the market that don't quite fit the bill.
What to look for in a quality multivitamin.
With so many supplements available, even health professionals struggle to find a clean, effective multi they can trust. Double board-certified integrative medicine doctor Amy Shah, M.D., knows firsthand how important it is to be selective and intentional about supplementation.
Here's what she recommends prioritizing when looking for a quality multivitamin:
- Premium ingredients (including plant-based sources, when possible)
- A complete array of essential vitamins and minerals
- Efficacious doses—that's specific to the nutrient, but most should be 100% of the daily value (DV) or more
- A built-in B complex (i.e., all eight essential B vitamins)
- Lesser-known bioactives to help you thrive on a daily basis (e.g., longevity botanicals)
- A clean label without additional "crap" (fillers, additives, etc.)
Why Amy Shah trusts ultimate multivitamin+.
For all these reasons and more, Shah recommends mindbodygreen's ultimate multivitamin+. "I'm really critical when it comes to multivitamins, so I really scrutinized this label before recommending it to my clients," she says.
"This is an actually great multivitamin with a built-in B complex. It supports your immune system, brain, and heart health,"* Shah explains. And "it doesn't have any of the extra stuff, which is what I always get concerned about with multivitamins on the market."
If you're interested in a premium, high-potency multivitamin that helps you meet your daily nutritional health needs and promotes whole-body health and longevity, Shah encourages you to check out mindbodygreen's ultimate multivitamin+.* "It's definitely going to be a part of your routine!"
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.