I had a very interesting conversation with a very dear friend of mine this evening. One of the topics that we discussed was about taking multi-vitamins…or not.
Most of the commonly available multi-vitamin supplements are either heavily processed, synthesized or fractionated to produce a certain amount of a particular ingredient/vitamin. If they are heavily processed they may lose vital constituents that are necessary for proper absorption. If they are synthesized, the vitamins will not be in their natural form and possibly unrecognized by the body. The term “fractionated” means that these vitamins only have a fraction or portion of certain active ingredients that the company deems important. Because of this, fractionated vitamins lack necessary inactive ingredients for the body to adequately utilize them. Long-term use of these products may cause imbalances with other vitamins and minerals in the body.
To avoid these problems, only purchase multi-vitamin supplements that state that they come from “whole food sources” and also contain minerals and herbs. Take a day off each week or a week off each month to let the body re-balance itself.