Please, please, please take a multivitamin. I always ask my patients, “Are you taking a multivitamin?” and when they respond with a blank “No” I follow up with “Why aren’t you?” They usually look at me with that “Why does that really matter?” type of look.

Taking a multivitamin is so easy, and may make a big difference in how you feel. Even if you don’t have any specific complaints, you might be surprised by how much better you feel. Many people aren’t very “in tune” with their bodies, and because of this don’t notice small changes. Those who are “in tune” might notice a small change, negative or positive, and wonder why it’s happening. Remember, everything that happens in the body happens for a reason. The body doesn’t leave things up to chance, it responds and acts in a way that will get it back to homeostasis.

A multivitamin ensures you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs for all its intricate biological processes. The amount of each micronutrient varies from person to person, and in some people, they’re not getting everything they need through their diet. Even if you are, there are a lot of things that can deplete vitamins and minerals, OTC and prescription medications are common culprits.

However, remember that all multivitamins are not created equal, and the quality varies significantly between products. You want the contents of the product to be comprehensive and quality. For example, there is more than one type of Vitamin D, and Vitamin D3 is what you want to find in your multivitamin. Quality multivitamins are those without fillers and junk, like magnesium stearate. As a general rule, if you’re buying them at a store like Target or Walmart, they’re not high quality.

We recommend buying a quality multivitamin like Pure Encapsulations’ O.N.E. Buy them through a healthcare practitioner, then you know they’re good or the practitioner wouldn’t be selling them. If you have any further questions about multivitamins ask your AccessHealth chiropractor.