Learn What to Look for When Choosing a Multivitamin
In an ideal world, everyone would eat a well-balanced diet and nutritional deficiencies wouldn’t exist. However, we all know that this is far from reality and for most, it is nearly impossible.
As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, Americans only consume around one to two vegetables and one fruit daily. This has led to significant deficiencies, which have since been linked to a wide range of problematic health conditions.
The truth is, people are busy and have continuously strived for a simple solution. This is where multivitamins came into play. However, not all are created equal.
This guide is intended to support your journey as you search for the best possible multivitamin to meet your essential needs. The goal is to optimize your health, not waste your money, or worse, threaten your health.
America Is “Starving” for Nutrients
Long story short, your health relies on key vitamins and minerals. In order to get the nutrients you need, you have two options — eat a more balanced, colorful diet and/or help supplement your diet with multivitamins. The reality is, most people cannot meet their nutritional needs each day through diet alone.
In fact, research suggests that as many as three-quarters of American teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, which has been linked to everything from cancer to heart disease — and this is just one vitamin. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the most common deficiencies which impact the U.S. population include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin B12, and vitamin A.
These types of deficiencies are stated throughout the available research, including a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. As reported by the researchers, 68 percent of American adults consume less than the daily recommended intake of magnesium. This is believed to contribute to cardiovascular risk.
From thiamine to zinc, selenium to vitamin B5, the developed world is facing a deficiency epidemic — which is why supplementation is so important. To better understand the relationship between supplementation and human health, we must first discuss a short history of how vitamins came to be.
The Multivitamin Industry Is Booming, But There Are Variables to Consider
Although a complex storyline, the greatest changes to our diet were a direct result of the rise of industrial agriculture. As we began to rely more on vitamin-poor starches (and the nutritional profile of soil became more and more depleted), the rate of certain diseases increased. It wasn’t until Casimir Funk discovered “vitamines” in 1912 that we began to alter our approach.
Fast forward to the 2000s. At this time, the vitamin industry had become a multibillion-dollar industry. Of course, advances in technology, supported this evolution, allowing researchers to develop higher quality, more beneficial options. However, advancing technology has also allowed scientists to more closely study the effects of these multivitamins.
As stated above, not all vitamins are created equal and when a poorly made multivitamin becomes the center of attention, all other vitamins are also in the line of fire. In other cases, after further analysis, you will see that only small components of key studies are actually relevant.
So, where do you begin? What differentiates a quality multivitamin from a poor quality, over-hyped one.
Be Cautious of What You Read
When it comes to multivitamins and health in general, you will often see very black and white headlines. Typically based on a single study, these reports can be misleading, especially when there are so many variables to consider. Of course, this increases controversy and makes the whole multivitamin scenario even more confusing.
As stated in an article by Dr. Walter Crinnion, in his 35 years of practice, he has recommended multivitamins to all of his patients (and takes them himself). This is part of his foundation of optimal health. Meaning, these supplements help him and his patients ensure that their daily needs are addressed.
He is concerned that these negative studies approach multivitamins with a flawed design. This makes people underestimate the benefits associated with a quality supplement. After all, numerous benefits have been concluded across a wide range of credible studies.
These include but are not limited to the following:
- A lower risk of developing cancer — In one study, published in JAMA, a total of 14,641 men were studied (1312 had a history of cancer). During a median follow-up of 11.2 years, it was found that compared with the placebo group, men who took a daily multivitamin showcased a significant reduction in the incidence of total cancer.
- Fewer cataracts — While studying the same sample of men, it was found that long-term daily multivitamin use significantly decreased the risk of cataracts. These findings were published in Ophthalmology.
- May reduce all-cause mortality — While studying nearly 24,000 Europeans, it was found that multivitamins may not only reduce the risk of cancer but also all-cause mortality. In fact, after a follow-up time of 11 years, those who took a multivitamin experienced a 42 percent lower risk of dying (from any cause).
When Selecting a Multivitamin, Here’s What You Need to Know
Choosing the right multivitamin takes time and research. However, once you find a supplement that meets your true needs, the whole concept surrounding multivitamins becomes quite clear.
Put simply, you want to take a supplement that is “shaped by science, not science fiction.”
Instead of taking a supplement that utilizes bits and pieces of research, it is imperative that you opt for a supplement that considers the whole truth, based on decades of clinical research.
Of course, quality is critical and it is what most people consider. However, there are critical other variables you need to be aware of, including:
- Form — In some cases, supplements are created in natural form. In contrast, many are developed using altered forms of nutrients which are easy to manufacture.
- Dose — Why take a supplement if the dose isn’t beneficial? In many cases, supplements are made without a true understanding of the human body. This results in doses that are either far too high or low to yield desired benefits.
In addition to these variables, there are many common pitfalls that have negatively impacted the multivitamin community — particularly those who develop products that are truly beneficial to human health.
You should also be mindful of what’s in your supplements other than key vitamins and minerals. For example, many supplements will include fillers, binders, artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, magnesium stearate, and GMOs — all of which are NOT used in Curos Essential.
Some of the Most Common Multivitamin Pitfalls
Whether the dosage of key ingredients is too low or a supplement has a long list of necessary additives, please be mindful of the following pitfalls so that you can intervene.
- Too little vitamin D — The 9-5 workplace schedule means that many people do not get enough sunlight and in turn, lack vitamin D. Unfortunately, many supplements that include this critical vitamin do not provide enough of it. On average, most multivitamins include around 800 IU (even though the daily recommended value is between 2000-2500 IU).
- The wrong form of magnesium — Considering magnesium is required for more than 300 enzymatic reactions, it is safe to say that it’s vital for optimal function and health. Unfortunately, there are some hurdles when it comes to supplementation, mainly in terms of absorption. Although commonly used, magnesium oxide is the most poorly absorbed form. Also, when magnesium is taken in high doses, it often has a laxative effect.
- Using alpha-tocopherol instead of delta-tocotrienols — Although all multivitamins include vitamin E, not all are created equal. Considering there are eight types of vitamin E (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols), many consumers are misled. The research shows that gamma- and delta-tocotrienols are the best forms. However, many supplements continue to be made with alpha-tocopherol.
- The inclusion of zinc without the support of other key ingredients — Being an essential trace element, zinc helps make everything from proteins to DNA. It also acts as a cofactor for many enzymes and is crucial for detoxification and immune function. Unfortunately, many supplements do not provide the support of other key reactions which leads to a somewhat imbalanced results
- Using a form of B12 not found in nature — A vitamin B12 deficiency is particularly common among vegetarians and vegans, leading to extreme fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, and even nerve problems. The most common form of B12 used in supplementation is cyanocobalamin, which is not naturally found in plants or animals. This ingredient is often counterproductive and ends up wasting cellular resources.
- Ignoring the complementary roles of specific ingredients — Much like zinc, which works in harmony with magnesium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and methylcobalamin, niacin is no different. Since this key ingredient works best when combined with CoQ10 and riboflavin, when you take one without the others, you significantly decrease the efficacy of PARP (a protein that’s essential for DAN repair, apoptosis, and genome stability).
Curos Essential Offers Ingredients You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
In addition to ingredients such as riboflavin, boron, and selenium, Curos Essential has been formulated to include unique, trademarked ingredients. Trademarking ingredients is expensive, mainly for one reason — trademarked versions offer proven superior absorption.
However, in the case of DeltaGold (which is described above in relation to vitamin E), we selected this ingredient based on its formulation. Being almost entirely delta-tocotrienols (a total of 90%), it is incredibly beneficial in relation to apoptosis support (which contributes to normal, healthy cell function).
The other ingredients we trademarked include:
- Kaneka Ubiquinol
- The Albion minerals Boron and Zinc
Siliphos, for instance, offers a defense mechanism in relation to toxins. What’s really interesting, is that when taking Curos Essential, you will experience the same benefits associated with around 720 mg of “regular” milk thistle extract.