Whether you are watching television or surfing the internet, you will mostly encounter a commercial about a certain multivitamin. They come in many forms: tablets, capsules, softgel, syrup or even injection and each wonderful benefitare then emphasized. Some say that the tiny capsule contains complete vitamins and minerals. Here is a closer look on what vitamins and minerals are, why multivitamins are important and what they do for your health.
What are Vitamins and Minerals?
Vitamins are micronutrients that facilitate metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and act as catalyst for metabolic functions. Vitamins promote life and growth processes. They help in maintaining and regulating body functions. There two classifications of a vitamin, either fat-soluble or water-soluble.
Minerals are micronutrients that compose cells, tissues, bones and hormones. They either sped up or slow down a chemical process in the body. Minerals include calcium, sodium, iron, iodine among others.
Vitamins and minerals can be obtained through the foods we take in but if we are to follow all the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for each vitamin and mineral, the reality is we have to eat a combination of fish and lean meats, fruits, vegetables in a carefully- balanced meal every single day. That is really not possible. The nutrient contents of foods we eat are further diminished because of processing and cooking.
This is where multivitamin supplements from the market play a part.
Importance of Multivitamins
Multivitamins are chemical preparations containing various vitamins and minerals. It is commonly prescribed for people who need additional vitamins or minerals, those who can’t eat enough to compensate for the requirements due to a deformity or congenital defect affecting the digestive tract. It is also a common adjunct or allopathic therapy for many medical conditions.
However, nowadays, multivitamins are very essential for health even if you do not have an existing illness. Taking a multivitamin daily is very important, especially now that pollutants are everywhere. You never really know what sort of organisms can cause diseases.
Taking a multivitamin can:
Before taking a multivitamin though, you have read carefully the labels, ask a pharmacist or consult your doctor especially if you are also taking other medications. Like for example, when you are taking Cialis which causes hazy vision, you can ask for a Vitamin A supplement for better vision. If you are taking Levodopa, it is contraindicated for you to take Vitamin B6 because it reduces the effects of Levodopa.
Nevertheless, multivitamins are really essential for optimum health.