By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Why is it that we seem to think that one multivitamin can give us all the essential vitamins we need for optimum performance in our lives? It sounds super convenient sure, I mean take one multivitamin, and you should be all set, right? The problem is that you specifically may need more of one particular vitamin than what you are getting out of a multivitamin. For instance, the amount of vitamin E in a multivitamin may only be 100 IU which is very low compared to 400 IU or more when taking a Vitamin E supplement (IU is the international unit used to measure fat-soluble vitamins.) That is a substantial difference!
However, what if you are thinking, “So, what is the problem?” Here’s what you should know, if you are deficient in vitamin E, it could have significant implications for your health. This is because Vitamin E supports your eyes,skin, and a healthy immune system. If you suffer from cystic fibrosis or if you are on a low-fat diet you could be deficient in Vitamin E.
What about vitamin B6 in a multivitamin opposed to a vitamin B6 supplement? Here we are looking at the difference between 10mg vs. 20mg- that is double the difference! So, what does vitamin B6 do? Vitamin B6 supports protein metabolism and red blood cell production, helps nerve and muscle cells, B12 absorption and immune system. B6 is essential, and so are all the vitamins. So, which ones do you need to have? The best way to find out is by taking our Spectracell Micronutrient (vitamin) test kit. This test kit will reveal exactly which vitamins you need to be consuming. Don’t waste your time, money or health on a multivitamin that stops you from performing at your peak level! Order our vitamin test kit, so you know specfically which supplements your body needs to be on top of your game!
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Medical disclaimer: Our vitamin test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.