For anyone out there, who is taking a multivitamin regularly, irregularly or is just thinking about taking one, one very basic, yet extremely important question might come to mind. Are multivitamins beneficial?

And this is totally acceptable and 100% the kind of question one should ask, before investing any amount of money into anything. Because none of us (me included) want to spend unnecessary funds on stuff that is not in some way either beneficial, or make our life easier or better.

Therefore, in this article I’m going to answer the ultimate question of whether multivitamins are beneficial? As well as I will be looking at aspects that can influence, how beneficial a multivitamin actually is.

Multivitamins Do Work And Do Make You Better

Multivitamins Are BeneficialNow, the very important question is whether or not multivitamins actually work and taking them will provide you with a benefit?

There are many evidence and views of doctors and professionals that support both sides of the argument. This is also, why I have made an article that is as throughout as possible to settle this matter. Be sure to check out the full article.

But to sum it up, ultimately, the high quality multivitamins are something that will benefit you and will make you better.

Nonetheless, there are few multivitamin-specific aspects that should be addressed apart from them being generally beneficial.

Are Our Bodies Able To Absorb All Of The Vitamins And Minerals Simultaneously?

A good multivitamin and the best kinds of multivitamins will be vitamin and mineral complexes that contain either all or most of the vitamins and minerals a human body needs daily. Which basically means that the multivitamin supplement should contain at least 27 or a number very close to that of various nutrients and substances.

Therefore, quite a valid question may arise, can our bodies absorb all of those nutrients at the same time so that nothing of the multivitamin does go to waste.

In general, yes! There are few exceptions, on which in a bit, but, yes! Our bodies are able to absorb all of the vitamins and minerals simultaneously.[1]

Bananas Contain Many Different NutrientsTo better understand this, think of it this way. All fruits and vegetables contain a great number of nutrients. Not all of them are in great amounts, but they’re there.

For example, bananas contain Vitamin C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, Choline, Alpha, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. On the other hand, broccoli, for example, contain Vitamin C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, Choline, Alpha, Beta Carotene, Beta Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. [2] [3]

Broccoli Contain Many Different NutrientsFor us to hypothetically assume that, for example, Vitamin C blocks Vitamin B2 absorption would mean that whenever a product of nature contains at least a trace of Vitamin C, Vitamin B2 is not absorbed. Which in of itself is completely absurd and untrue.

This is because most any fruits and vegetables contain at least a trace of Vitamin C. Which would then mean that we couldn’t really acquire any of Vitamin B2 because Vitamin C would block it’s absorption. Ultimately, this would lead to two scenarios.

Either we would have to eat some specific foods that does not have Vitamin C, but has Vitamin B2 to not become Vitamin B2 deficient. Or, we would all ail from Vitamin B2 deficiency, and basically we would be sick all the time.

But this is not how Mother Nature works. It’s not how our bodies work.

Do Vitamins And Minerals Counteract Each Other?

Okay, so, we’ve covered the general rule. But there are few exceptions to that rule.[4] [5]

Minerals in Multivitamins Can Counteract Each Other And Affect The BeneficialnessThere are in existence few minerals that in a way can inhibit each other’s absorption. Such minerals, for example, are Copper and Zinc, Magnesium and Calcium, Calcium and Iron, Magnesium and Iron, and there are others. However, this is highly dependent on the forms of these minerals. For example, Magnesium and Calcium is known not to mess with each other’s absorption, if they are in a form of chelates.

Consequently, the right forms of vitamins and minerals within the multivitamin supplement won’t mess with each other’s absorption.

Nonetheless, there are also vitamin and mineral interactions that greatly boost the amount of mineral our body is able to absorb. For example, Vitamin D greatly boosts Calcium absorption.

Therefore, ultimately, it is actually best to take a multivitamin that has vitamins and minerals in the best or some of the best forms for any particular vitamin and mineral. And consuming vitamins together with minerals will also create positive mutual interactions, which lead to greater absorption rates than if, for example, you were to take those separately.

Do Additives Affect Nutrient Absorption?

Yes, they do.

The first thing that comes to mind is that pretty much any form of sugar will intervene with efficient vitamin and mineral absorption. A typical example is gummy vitamins.

Sugar Won't Beneficial In Regards To Nutrient Absorption In MultivitaminsNonetheless, I do believe that any additive that is not harmless in of itself will in one way or another diminish the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This is because these substances (harmful additives) are way more taxing on the body than the harmless ones are (if any).

Of course, there can also be substances that essentially burden the diffluence of a pill or a tablet. Which, therefore, burdens also the nutrient absorption. Nonetheless, this is not something you will encounter among the best multivitamin supplements.

Are There Any Other Factors That Can Affect How Beneficial a Multivitamin Is?

Honest to God there is a huge list of things that can go wrong and which can lead to the multivitamin having either very little benefit or no benefit at all.

Therefore, I’ll do an article some time in the future that will be focused on stuff, which may cause vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to either not be beneficial or to lose a huge part of their beneficiality.

Stay tuned for that article, people. I’ll be sure to drop a link here, when it’ll come out!


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6 Comments

  • Curtis Henderson

    April 27, 2018 - 02:15

    Some good information on multivitamins in your article. I agree that in general, many multivitamins contain far too many additives and fillers that are harmful for us all. That is why it is imperative to do your research before purchasing any supplement. I myself tend to look for as much organic as possible and make sure the multivitamin I take has all the daily vitamins and minerals needed on a daily basis. I luckily have found and take some amazing ones. Again, thanks for the great post.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      May 12, 2018 - 04:54

      Hey, Curtis!

      There is, however, a common misconception about how much vitamins and minerals daily are needed. They say that 100% of Daily Value (NRV or any other similar system) is what you need daily, however, nothing can be further from the truth.
      In fact, these values represent how much of a certain nutrient you must daily intake in order for you to not get sick with a deficiency disease. Hear what I’m saying!!! It’s not the amount of nutrients so that you need to be healthy and performing at your best. It’s the amount of nutrients for you TO NOT GET SICK. I do explain it all with relevant references, which prove the point, in the article on Prime Daily Values.

      This is also, why I am not for and I do not recommend getting ‘organic multivitamins’. Because they usually (in fact, I haven’t seen one that has more) have around 100%–300% of nutrients of Daily Value. Which is not enough for awesome health.
      And this is not the only issue with them.

      Ultimately, it’s quite a marketing trick to get the consumers to buy them. People are very eager these days to buy everything organic. What is not organic is not good. And while it is true in most cases, not so much in regards to supplements.
      A key thing to understand is that either a supplement is an organic one or not, it still is made in a laboratory. The nutrients for ‘organic supplements’ are derived from an organic source. However, it does not ensure that the nutrient is more easily or even easily in general to absorb for the body.

      My point is that there are many nutrient forms that although are synthetic, in studies have been proven to be much more beneficial than any other available form, including those that you can be derived form organic sources. A typical example of this are the chelates.

      Essentially, all that it truly matters isn’t what the vitamin or mineral is derived from, but in what form and what amounts it is available in the supplement.

      Cheers and sorry I didn’t manage to get back to you sooner!
      Have an awesome day!

  • Jennifer B.

    April 26, 2018 - 19:45

    For the longest time, it seemed like no matter which multi-vitamin I purchased, it never seemed to provide many benefits, except for relatively expensive urine. I would take them because I thought they were beneficial, as it is almost impossible in our daily diets to take in all the vitamins and minerals we need in order to survive. I actually stopped taking them about a year ago, when one of my preferred brands, GNC, made a recipe change and started adding GABA into their vitamins.
    Having had previous experience with the GABA supplement, a gamma-Aminobutyric acid used to inhibit neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. I used it quite often when my dad was ill, as a mean to “turn-off” my constantly running brain so I could sleep at night, but it also caused issues with a foggy brain when I would wake up in the morning. I had noticed the change in the vitamins I was taking when this foggy brain returned, even when I was no longer taking the supplement.

    I have not used multi-vitamins since, but your article has caused me to re-think that stance and return to using multi-vitamins in the future.

    Thanks for a very informative post!

    This was something you do not need to be taking on a daily basis unless you have a mental need for it.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      May 12, 2018 - 04:15

      Hey, Jennifer!

      I had no idea that GNC uses GABA in their supplements. That’s a bit too much to say the least.
      Indeed as you said – GABA is commonly used in anxiety drugs. It essentially puts brakes on excitatory neurotransmitters, like dopamine and acetylcholine. The very essence of GABA is to help you to get relaxed. However, abusing it in a supplement can be extremely detrimental. And that does not account only for a state of foggy brain.

      If I remember correctly, the core problem with this was that over time your body stops creating on it’s own the very neurotransmitter (in this case GABA) that you are supplementing. Therefore, for a brief period of time it can somewhat help with the symptoms, but if used for long – the body essentially becomes addicted to the whatever drug or supplement that you are using. Because it needs the GABA to function properly, but it does not produce it in high enough numbers on it’s own anymore as you are supplementing it.
      Of course, the natural production of GABA can be regained, if everything is otherwise okay. But will most likely have quite the aftermath to it.

      The ultimate problem, however, is that a lot of professionals do prescribe such drugs for people that for example needs to relax. And this is the typical approach of the traditional medicine – to not treat the cause, but rather the symptoms, which never really helps to cure the condition as such.
      Functional medicine on the other hand, is all about finding the root cause and treating it. Therefore, you’ll never find a professional in that field, who’d advise you or prescribe for you a drug that contains neurotransmitters (like GABA).
      And thus even if you were to have a supposed mental need for anything like that, I do suggest that you find a proper professional, who’ll help you to fix the core problem and not treat the symptoms.

      I will definitely do some articles on GNC to spread the word.

      Other than that, I do encourage you to check out the article on the best multivitamin supplements. I do feel that supplements are extremely important these days and in that article you’ll find some of the best that can and will be beneficial.

      Above all, I’m sorry that I didn’t manage to get back to you sooner. And thank you for the kind words. 🙂

      Cheers and have an awesome day!

  • Prabakaran

    April 9, 2018 - 17:45

    Hi,
    Thanks for your article about multivitamins. You have given some very useful tips about taking multivitamins. I am very much surprised about taking any type of sugar deprives the absorption of nutrients.Then taking of carbohydrate which is converted into glucose should also reduce the absorption. Therefore, how it should be addressed? I prefer natural supplements in place of multivitamin tablets. Could you suggest any best natural supplement?
    Thanks again.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 20, 2018 - 08:58

      Hey, Prabakaran!

      I must have not been clear enough. When I meant “pretty much any form of sugar” I did refer to additives (because it is in the chapter of “Do Additives Affect Nutrient Absorption?”). Therefore, what I meant was that any form of sugar that is an additive will be a processed sugar and will essentially worsen the absorption.

      On the other hand, with natural form of sugar it is not like that at all. A sugar that is evident in fruits and vegetables have completely different properties and they are healthy and good for our bodies.

      As for natural supplements, I wouldn’t recommend any. This is because essentially I do see them and I do believe that they are just a marketing trick to get people to buy ‘natural’ supplements as people tend to be more keen in buying natural things. Generally, because people associate ‘natural’ with being better.

      But just because a certain form of a nutrient is assured to be extracted from a natural source does not, however, mean that our bodies can always easily and efficiently absorb them. Furthermore, many studies have proven that certain synthetic forms, like chelates (which are common among the best multivitamin supplements), are much better absorbed by our bodies than any other nutrient form that can be derived from a natural source.

      All in all, a general tendency among ‘natural’ supplements is that they provide way too less of those nutrients that we actually need. All of which, in fact, by far most of the time are in amounts that are insufficient for achieving and maintaining the best kind of health (see also Prime Daily Values).

      Cheers! And Have An Awesome Day!

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