Do you need a multivitamin supplement?
That said, my recommendation is that you should still use one (or supplement with something else that fulfills the same purpose). Here’s why…
I view multivitamins like I view car insurance policies. They aren’t necessary most of the time as long as you’re eating clean and are not nutrient deficient.
However, nutrient deficiencies are all but impossible for the average person to detect without a visit to their doctor and often do not get diagnosed until their symptoms are significant and maybe even irreversible.
In other words, not using a multivitamin supplement isn’t a big deal until it’s a big deal.
My opinion is that, like having car insurance, it’s better to use a multivitamin supplement and not need it than to need it and not use it. Plus, multivitamin supplements are cheap enough that cost considerations are generally a non-issue.
In case you’re wondering, I personally do not use a multivitamin supplement (probably not what you’d expect to hear after I just made the point about it being better to use it and not need it).
There’s a reason for this…
Since I supplement with Athletic Greens, my nutrient bases are covered and a multivitamin supplement would be overkill.
Granted, Athletic Greens is pricier than most multivitamins, but it’s made from ONLY whole food ingredients and also serves as a probiotic supplement, which is a HUGE benefit.
Many doctors are now considering a probiotic to be the most important supplement a person can take. Our gut flora is inextricably linked to a number of crucial markers of health, immune system strength, mental acuity, vitality and longevity.1
I would be remiss not to also point out that since I started supplementing with Athletic Greens over 15 months ago I haven’t been sick once. During this time my wife and 3 kids have gone through stomach flus, sinus infections, strep throat and pink eye (among others).
It’s been a rough year in the Leonard house for everyone but me (and, believe me, that’s putting it lightly).
Needless to say, we will be upping our Athletic Greens order next month so my wife can start using it, as well. It also definitely doesn’t hurt that my diet is generally cleaner than theirs.
Don’t worry. I’m working on getting their diets dialed in. With a wife who’s stubborn like me, and 3 picky-eating-kids all under the age of 5, these things take time. 😉
While you may not need a multivitamin supplement, I believe it is negligent to not make sure your nutritional needs are covered one way or another.
A multivitamin supplement is certainly better than nothing, but Athletic Greens is a much better option due to it’s nutrients being sourced from natural, whole foods, while also containing a healthy dose of probiotics per serving.
Do you need a multivitamin supplement?
Probably not. But that doesn’t mean a little nutritional insurance won’t make a difference, because my past 15 months of using Athletic Greens – my multivitamin on “steroids” – is living proof that it will.
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