Nov 01 , 2021
The concept o Multivitamin supplementation is not a new concept. Centuries ago, Rishi Chyavana gave us a valuable, time tested, natural multivitamin formula called as Chyawanprash. Over the centuries, this has found its place of pride in Indian, hearts, minds and homes.
The recent global pandemic has seen renewed interest in the importance of maintaining good mental and physical health.
It is no secret that in our fast paced life, we have little or no time to eat healthy, nutritious, balanced meals thereby skipping many important nutrients over prolonged periods of time.
Coming to the topic of eating right, it is of prime importance that we maintain a balanced nutritious eating plan, if we are to see positive outcomes of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.
Multivitamins are the unsung heroes of the Nutrient family. Vitamins are the building blocks of the body and are important in all of the body’s vital functions like breathing, digestion, circulation etc.
Multivitamins are a combination of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that we usually procure from food.
Increased pollution levels, poor soil quality, long travel time from the farm to your plate, poor storage facilities, improper cooking habit etc are all responsible for the loss in Vitamin and Mineral content of foods.
Therefore it is impossible to derive our body’s requirements for multivitamins from food alone. Every now and then a specific vitamin and mineral deficiency will pop up its ugly head as a nagging health problem, to bring our attention to its absence.
Multivitamins fall into the category of Micro Nutrients(tiny but essential).This means they are required in small amounts for the body’s optimum functioning, but at the same time they have NO caloric contribution to the diet.
Let us highlight some of the important benefits of multivitamins:
1) Improves immune system and helps fight common infections.
2) Maintains healthy heart, bones, skin hair and teeth.
3) Helps in the efficient release of energy. This is an important factor for consideration, evaluating the global pandemic situation.
4) It helps in wound recovery, by enhancing oxygen uptake and speeds up blood clotting.
5) They help in muscle development, reduce inflammation, reduce stress, enhance athletic performance, helps boost metabolism etc.
The right way to choose a multi vitamin is the one that contains both fat and water soluble vitamins, along with optimum doses of Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Chromium and Potassium.
Post consultation with ones doctor, everybody in this day and age should supplement their diets with a multivitamin supplement. Our long standing nutrient deficiencies have left us with very little option.