Multivitamins have become increasingly popular as a means of adding more nutrients to a diet that may be lacking them. But is that really true, and are they even a benefit? Studies have continually shown that multivitamins fall short of success in many claims, such as their use in preventing cardiovascular problems and cancer. The ability to sift through the marketing of some multivitamins can be difficult. One recent study has even shown that the packing itself may not be accurate.
Published in the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, researchers from multiple universities, including Yale and Brown, examined 11 products by the 5 leading multivitamin supplement brands. The multivitamins all purported to contain a formula proven to be effective on age-related eye disease.
They found that only 4 products actually contained the right formula in the right amounts. The others had either too little of the compounds needed for efficacy or the compounds were missing altogether.
On top of that, the study found that promotional materials supporting the products made multiple erroneous claims concerning how it “prevented” and “promoted” ocular health.
If nothing else, this kind of evidence should lead you to examine the packaging a little more closely. Of course, we aren’t all scientists, so it would be outrageous to expect everyone to conduct their own research.
Questioning whether or not a multivitamin is being honest is not exactly fun news; however, the problem may be a moot point. What if you don’t need any multivitamins to begin with? You could avoid any trouble pretty easily that way. In fact, medical science has repeatedly shown that multivitamins aren’t really necessary.
For one, as based off data from the landmark Physicians’ Health Study II and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, multivitamins were found to have no effect on “reducing major cardiovascular,” heart attacks, strokes and death from heart disease “after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up.”
A meta-analysis study, which examined data from 21 other studies, by the College of Family Physicians of Canada concluded that multivitamins did not help reduce heart disease or cancer and did nothing to lower mortality rates.
There are lots of reasons why it may be time to quit multivitamins.
Olumia Life doesn’t recommend any multivitamins, but there are some particular nutrients that are worth buying. Fish oil and its content of omega-3 fatty acids is important, as is vitamin D (especially if you aren’t getting enough sunshine). Whey protein and BCAAs are also essential to weight and workout optimization. Glutamine is also very important.
A multivitamin containing a mountain of vitamins is just not needed. As part of the Olumia Life Nutrition plan, you’ll be getting all the other vitamins and minerals you need. Since the plan is customized for your needs, Nutrition works for men and women of all ages.
Eating healthy is better than taking a pill.
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