Q&A: What Vitamins Should I Take?

Q&A: What Vitamins Should I Take?

Are you in danger of nutritional deficiencies?

A common question I get from friends and family is, “What vitamins should I take?”

Do you even need to take vitamins? And if you do, which ones should you focus on?

If your goal is to protect yourself against illness and nutrition deficiencies, the answer is quite simple.

In this article I’ll share my personal experiences of what vitamins I and my family take. From there, I recommend you make your own conclusions, and experiment to discover what fits for you.

I’m not here to tell you what to do, but to share what has worked for me, and what hasn’t.

With that said, let’s dive into the article, and let’s begin by asking an important question.

What Are Your Goals?

If you do not have a specific goal and just want to stay healthy and safeguard against nutritional deficiencies, your best bet is to go with a high quality multivitamin supplement.

Even the Harvard School of Public Health has come to the conclusion that a daily multivitamin supplement can fill in micronutrient deficiencies in your diet.

This is what I do, and have done for the past decade. I take a daily multivitamin, along with my fish oil and a few other things which I’ll save for another article.

Let’s Make Things a Tad Simpler, Shall We?

My mother takes a multivitamin and on a recent health checkup, the doctor complimented her on excellent Vitamin B12 (and other) levels and asked her if she was taking a multivitamin.

And the good news is that taking a multivitamin doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as affordable as $20.

I personally use one like this from Xtend-Life. And if you want to get a more comprehensive solution, they also have that. The more comprehensive is what my mother takes and what I often take.

I like to switch things up from time to time since I eat a fairly healthy diet, and I’m still young.

There are many options out there, so I recommend you do your own research. But I’m quite worried about low quality supplements and their side effects, so I only use the best I can find, and I’ve been looking for a long time.

Let’s move on.

Do You Have to Take a Multivitamin?

Not at all. If you have a specific goal in mind, it might be smarter to focus on individual vitamins.

However, I know that most people who ask what vitamins they should take just want to feel better and prevent deficiencies.

In that case, a solid multivitamin is the best bet.

And remember, this comes down to what fits for you and your body. I’ve personally found that taking many individual vitamins is not only more expensive, but you lose a lot of the synergistic properties of taking all of them together.

For example, when you eat a banana, you’re not just getting potassium, but also:

  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B
  • And many other vitamins and minerals

Listen to Yourself

I’m not here to tell you what to do. I can only share my personal experiences, and what I’ve found.

In the end, the ball is in your court. I’ve found taking a multivitamin much easier than taking dozens of individual vitamins.

However, I still take a few individual supplements, such as magnesium to help me sleep.

Start with what makes sense to you. Start with small steps. If you haven’t taken any supplements until now, try a multivitamin.

Science is with you on this decision, so it’s an easy one to take, especially if you aren’t eating an extremely healthy diet with a lot of variety in it.

Comments

  1. I’ve had difficulty choosing vitamins. I was vegan for two years, and would take b-12, but then found out that one of the inactive ingredients was dessicated stomach substance(obviously not vegan!)

    I’m no longer vegan, but I still take B-vitamins because I like that they are water soluble and that they’ll easily flow through me if my body doesn’t need them. I now use “vitamin code” from garden of life. I have friends that use xtend life too though. I recently took a human nutrition class and added cod liver oil to my diet because I believe that I need the extra omega 3s, vitamin A and other benefits that fish oil can bring. It’s nice to have this website as a resource out there as all of the health information can become so confusing as so many websites are just trying to sell you a miracle fix-all solution to something that takes self-experimentation, thorough research and time to figure out.

    • Thanks for the great comment, Travis. You’re right, of course. There are a lot of big promises out there, when in reality it comes down to what works for you. I’ve heard good things about garden of life. I also take a cod liver like supplement. It’s called Blue Ice Royal by Green Pasture. It uses fermented cod liver oil mixed with butter oil.

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