It’s a mystery. While all health experts agree that vitamins are critical to our health, clinical studies on the current multivitamins show no improvement either in general health or longevity. We dive into the subject with health blogger and certified health coach Lauren Stewart.
Lauren Stewart is a freelance health writer and blogger, She has a degree in English with a minor in nutritional science, and is a certified holistic health coach by The Institute for integrative nutrition, and an intuitive eating coach, certified by and the Intuitive Eating program she helps people with disordered eating.
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According to Examine.com:
“While multivitamins may appear to be an easy panacea, their execution tends to be poor. Focusing too heavily on the “multi” aspect, most tend to have below-optimal dosages of vitamins, tending to focus more on having a plethora of vitamins/minerals present.”
You’ve probably heard health experts talk about how multivitamins are not “one size fits all.” While adding supplements to your diet can be good, generic multivitamins can actually have a detrimental effect on health if they aren’t tailored correctly.”
On the other hand, getting the right dose of vitamins and minerals can work wonders for health! By supplementing with the right doses of nutrients, you can expect many benefits including:
Better muscle gains
More balanced emotions
Enhanced brain function (feeling sharper and smarter)
Improved sexual function
However, these benefits can only be experienced with the right supplement choices. For example, most multivitamins will combine vitamins and minerals in a way that makes it easy to get TOO much of certain thing
s while still lacking in others. This can actually prevent us from reaching our health and wellness goals and even cause harm.
Dr. Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D., authors of the Perfect Health Diet book, are experts on this subject. They talk about how most multivitamins don’t improve health because individual supplements are key.
So, you could take a bunch of separate supplements. But there’s a problem there too: keeping up with tons of separate vitamin and mineral supplements can be hard to manage—and even harder to remember to take each day!
The Mimi’s Miracle Multi formula takes all of this information into account. We know that most multivitamins put too much focus on the “multi” angle while not focusing enough on a few specific isolated vitamins and minerals that are BEST!
Below, we’ve listed the individual vitamins and minerals that improve health and how much we should all be taken of them—without ingesting toxic levels of additional stuff your body doesn’t need. Each of these was carefully selected for our Mimi’s Miracle Multis that you can get here.
Iron: Chances are you know someone who has dealt with iron deficiency anemia. It’s the most common form of anemia worldwide! Iron is important for transporting oxygen in the blood and blood production, so not getting enough can have big consequences over time. Too much iron can be toxic, so careful dosage in a supplement is important.
Vitamin D3: We must have vitamin D to properly absorb calcium, as well as for the possible prevention of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases like autoimmune disease and arthritis.
Dosage is important with vitamin D, since we can also get it from being in the sun and people in more sunny/temperate climates will require less than those living in areas with less sun exposure.
A good average dosage amount is 2000 IU per day. People who need more than that can also get vitamin D from cod liver oil and grass-fed meats, especially liver meats, and eggs.
Vitamin K1 – The most important role of vitamin K1 is in helping our blood clot. It can also support less inflammation and may protect against obesity and type II diabetes. A good dosage is 1000 mcg per day.
Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K2 is one of the most important nutrients for healthy bones long-term—even more than calcium! It’s been recently found that many people are deficient in vitamin K2 and it could be a contributor to cardiovascular disease. Therefore, supplementing with K2 is important for heart and brain health and can even help with athletic performance.
Vitamin K2 is also important to take with calcium because it helps it get to your bones. Like with vitamin K1, the best dose of K2 is 1000 mcg per day.
Folic Acid – (Vitamin B9) Folic acid is widely regarded as an essential vitamin supplement that aids in several key areas of health, including treating low levels of folate in the blood, helping the bowel to absorb nutrients, as well as to help prevent certain types of cancer and memory loss and Alzheimers.
Vitamin B12 – The B vitamins are important for many things in the body, and vitamin B12 benefits our energy levels, memory, mood, digestion, heart, adrenal health, hormone balance, and more.
Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods, so vegans and vegetarians definitely need to supplement with it, but everyone is at risk of not absorbing enough from our modern foods. The best way to take vitamin B12 is as a mix of both methylcobalamin (80%) and adenosylcobalamin (20%) at 2500 mcg total, which is the breakdown used in our multivitamins.
Iodine: We need iodine for development of the central nervous system and to keep the thyroid working properly; it helps to convert the hormone TSH to the hormones T3 and T4. It’s also important for preventing the symptoms of iodine deficiency, such as goiter.
Zinc – As a trace mineral we only need a small amount of zinc, but it’s essential for our health. It helps with growth, repair, and balancing of hormones, supports immunity, fights free radical damage, and helps with muscle growth and repair.
Chromium GTF – Chromium is a mineral that is required by the body in small amounts. But research has also shown that when people supplement with Chromium GTF, it helps with weight management, blood sugar control, and lowers cholesterol! So while you don’t technically need to supplement with it, when you do, you’re body will thank you.
Choline – Cholinergics are compounds and nootropics that raise the amount of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine or choline, a precursor to acetylcholine, in the brain. Both are beneficial for supporting cognitive function, better memory, and optimal brain development. Traditional multivitamins don’t include compounds like cholinergic, making Mimi’s Miracle Multis extra beneficial for overall wellness.
CoQ10 – CoQ10 stands for Coenzyme Q10. It’s found in every cell of our bodies and is used to make energy for the body’s growth and maintenance. CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant and protects the body from internal damage.
It can also help manage health conditions like high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and heart arrhythmias and can help prevention and treatment of inflammation-related conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, and viruses. CoQ10 is a great complement to your supplement routine.
Inositol – Has been shown to aid with metabolic syndrome, and is beneficial for brain function.
L-Carnitine – As an amino acid derivative, l-carnitine benefits mitochondrial function of the cells. It can help with everything from disease prevention and healthy aging to better oxygen supply to the muscles, more alertness, and improved recovery after exercise.
Maca – Maca root is an amazing plant! Not only is it high in fiber and nutrients, it helps balance hormones, sexual function in both men and women, and energy levels and increases fertility and stamina. This is a great supplement addition for dealing with daily stressors, including job stress or yearly illness.
Resveratrol – A powerful antioxidant, it is thought to protect the body against risk from cancer and heart disease.
Uridine – Uridine is another nootropic the can help boost memory, learning, and overall health and wellness.
Supplementation with uridine can help improve these areas, as it helps increase RNA levels, which are necessary for forming memories. It also boosts dopamine, a neurotransmitter that influences motivation and mood, in the brain and may be helpful in the treatment of bipolar disorder and depression.
All of these ingredients can be found in our high-end multivitamin supplement, Mimi’s Miracle Minerals.
Additional Helpful Supplements
Here is a list of things that do not make sense for us to add to a multi-vitamin, but that could be beneficial to supplement with as individual, targeted supplements.
Omega 3 (Fish Oil) This should be considered a core supplement by almost everybody. From extensive research, our recommendation for adults is to take 4 grams (4000 mg) per day (usually 4 tablets, but check the supplement facts of your favorite brand.) Happily, Omega 3 supplements are quite inexpensive.
Calcium: Calcium is crucial for preserving bone health, nerve and muscle function, and blood clotting. If you eat a diet high in calcium, such as raw dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and bone broths, you may be getting enough. Calcium needs can fluctuate wildly between individuals and genders, so it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine whether you need it, and how much, then just choose a quality supplement that meets your needs. Calcium is a very affordable supplement.
Magnesium: This should always be included when taking a calcium supplement, as it makes it more usable by the body. Magnesium itself is also important for many bodily processes like nerve and muscle function, blood pressure regulation, and more. But the very best way to take Magnesium is through a spray onto your thigh muscles. These are quite inexpensive as well, and when applied at night will also help you sleep, and recover better after exercise.
Here at Dirobi, we’ve developed the ultimate multivitamin designed to give you everything you need but without the downsides of traditional multis!
This multivitamin was developed as a result of years of sifting through the latest research on energy, performance, and the biggest nutritional deficiencies to formulate what works best for ultimate health and vitality. We’re excited to share it with you. Grab your own bottle here today. To your health and happiness!
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Note that this information is presented as educational in nature and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure or prevent any disease.