Why You Should Take a Daily Multi

Multivitamin and multimineral supplements are so common that you’d be hard-pressed not to be able to find one in any health store, supermarket or convenience store. But despite their universal use and availability, there is still some debate about whether multis are worth taking. I for one prescribe multis as a matter of course for many of my clients, for the simple reason that we may not always get all that we require from diet alone. Do we get all that we need from our diets? United States Department of Agriculture data shows that some fresh produce may only provide around half the amounts of some vitamins and minerals that they did in the 1950s.1  So, while we have been eating more over time, and taking in more than enough calories and ‘fuel’, we aren’t necessarily getting enough of the ‘little guys’, the vitamins, minerals and secondary nutrients essential to health and performance. Estimates from the New Zealand Ministry of Health ‘NZ Adult Nutrition Survey’ of 2008/2009 suggest that many New Zealanders are not getting the recommended amounts of many of the vitamins and minerals from their diets.2 Some of the key findings included: Around 20% of people fail to get sufficient vitamins A (one of our major anti-oxidant vitamins, vital for gene expression, eye health, and cell division), B1 and B6 (both essential for energy creation)8% of people fail to get sufficient B12. B12 is required for the proper functioning of nerve cells and without adequate B12 people can…