We’re going to keep it nice and simple today, with something most people should know about: multivitamins. Multivitamins are a supplement for everyone, but it’s even more important for those without a varied or well-balanced diet (because they’re not getting enough vitamins through consumption). When there’s a deficiency then we are at risk for illness.Humans need 13 essential vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, B12 and 7 B complex vitamins). A multivitamin is important because it improves overall functioning and boosts physical and mental health and well-being. Also it’s great because it combats stress (we’ve talked about the repercussions of stress) and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Studies in the elderly have shown they can improve immune function, thus reducing infectious disease. We focus on it because it’s important for those training to take a regular vitamin. Training increases free radicals, when we’re involved in an exercise program we should increase the intake of antioxidants like beta-carotene, and vitamins C and E to ensure healthy strong bones and joints. Others who should take multivitamins regularly are those older than 55, consume lots of alcohol, those with busy lives, who have colds, smokers, athletes, and routine aspirins. Pregnant women could use a multivitamin the most though, because it’s important for them to pass on those essential vitamins to their unborn child. When looking for a multivitamin, buy from a trusted source. They make a variety of vitamins for different age groups and categories (like men,women, or pregnant women). Try to buy liquid multivitamins because they have been proven to absorb 5 times more efficiently than pill vitamins. It’s simple and straight forward (something we all should know), take a vitamin for overall health benefits.

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