As a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and expert in the supplement industry, I’ve come across countless claims about the benefits of multivitamins. However, I am here to reveal the truth: Multivitamins suck. Yes, you heard me right! Especially the mass-market multivitamin ones. Despite their widespread popularity, these one-size-fits-all solutions may not be the best choice for achieving optimal health and well-being.
If you haven’t already heard by now, almost every researcher and nutritionist agrees that multivitamins are a bad idea. Just one article from Science Based Medicine not only covers the topic well but also has tons of great references and multiple studies, some involving over 100,000 people! See the link at the bottom of this post if you want to read the nitty-gritty. But the bottom line is that multivitamins are out, and can even have a detrimental effect, while developing a personal supplement strategy is in and can help you:
- Lose weight
- Gain muscle
- Manage emotions
- Sleep better
- Have more energy
- Enhance brain function (Yup, wouldn’t it be nice to actually get smarter and feel sharper while we’re at it?)
The Flaw in One-Size-Fits-All Approach
When it comes to nutrition, no two individuals are exactly alike. Each person has unique dietary needs, lifestyle factors, and health goals. While multivitamins may seem like a convenient way to cover all bases, they often fall short in meeting individual requirements. Different age groups, genders, and activity levels demand specific nutrients, and relying on a generic multivitamin formula might not address these unique needs adequately.
The fact is, there is no one-size-fits-all supplementation strategy. And the combination of vitamins, foods, and supplements can easily lead to getting too much of a few things, not enough of others, and ultimately not reaching our goals.
So, after poring over reports, books, and articles, we at Dirobi are excited to bring you the takeaways from months of research and a simple action plan that you can implement into your daily routine that will bring you health, happiness, and success. In short, once you get this figured out, you’ll feel better, and choirs of angels will sing in the background of your life.
Do Multivitamins Work?
This is a common question, and the answer isn’t as straightforward as supplement manufacturers would like you to believe. While some studies suggest that multivitamins can provide certain health benefits, the overall evidence remains inconclusive. In fact, research has shown that nutrients are more effective when consumed in whole foods rather than isolated in pill form.
But first, we need to send some HUGE LOVE to Paul Jaminet, Ph.D., and Shou-Ching Jaminet, Ph.D., who, in my humble but correct opinion, wrote the book on the subject (no, they really did; see the link to it here in this post). 😉 I highly recommend it.
Here’s one quote from their book, Perfect Health Diet, that I find highly enlightening;
Are Multivitamins Good for You?
While multivitamins might not be the best choice for everyone, they can serve as a safety net for individuals struggling to meet their nutritional requirements through diet alone. However, it’s essential to remember that supplements are not a substitute for healthy eating habits.
The Truth About Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins are essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly. However, consuming them in supplement form might not be the most efficient way to get these nutrients. Whole foods contain a wide array of beneficial compounds that work synergistically to promote better absorption and utilization.
For instance, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables not only provides essential vitamins but also delivers fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that contribute to overall health.
The Importance of Quality Supplements
If you do opt for supplements, quality matters. Many mass-market multivitamins contain cheap and ineffective forms of nutrients, which can be challenging for the body to absorb.
So, if “individual supplements generally improve health”, then which ones are they? And how much should you take? Here are some tips and recommendations on how you can supplement effectively while not taking in toxic levels of stuff you don’t need.
Vitamins and Minerals:
- Trace minerals: Mimi’s Miracle Minerals contain over 72 of these vital minerals. It is designed to reverse the damage of our modern mineral-deficient diet. It is best to take 1 ml (1/3 dropper, or 14 drops) orally or mix it in water daily.
- Pharmaceutical-grade, metal-free fish oil: Take 10,000 mg for 60 days, then 2000–5000 mg depending on activity level and your size.
- Vitamin D: Northern or Southern dwellers should take 4000 IU a day. Moderate climates (2500), sunny or tropical areas (1000).
- Vitamin E: Only if you are on a weight loss regimen, take 15 mg per day.
- B vitamins: FocusUP® is a good source that contains no sugar, artificial flavor, or carbonation. Just mix it with 8–12 ounces of water and drink!
- Vitamin A: Foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, eggs, and many more are excellent sources of vitamin A. Including a variety of these foods in your diet can help ensure adequate vitamin A intake.
- Selenium: Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, etc. are great food sources of selenium. Eating meat, for example, at least three times a week can provide the recommended daily intake.
- Iodine: Kelp tablets, is an excellent source of iodine. Take 1000 mcg per day; work up to that amount over 3 months.
- Vitamin C: Take 1 gram per day. It is risk-free and offers lots of benefits.
For Rapid Weight Loss:
- Chromium GTF: Contained in Dirobi Pounds and Inches Drops, it actively suppresses appetite and crushes cravings. Just take 14 drops, twice per day, before meals.
For Keeping the Pounds Off:
- Capsimax: It is the crowning jewel of this new super supplement called, Mimi’s Miracle Fasting Booster. This supplement is a comprehensive powerhouse, packed with a diverse range of ingredients that work synergistically to optimize your fasting or ketogenic diet experience. Just take 2 capsules daily first thing in the morning with or without food.
For Optimum Performance:
- Amino acids: PerfectAmino is a dietary protein substitute that contains all eight essential amino acids in a highly purified, free, crystalline form. Take a baseline of 1 – 3 servings daily.
- Fulvic Acid complex with over 70 trace minerals: Mimi’s Miracle Cell Fuel™ is excellent as a pre-workout and intra-workout drink. Add 8 drops to a glass of water for a pre-workout, and 8 drops to your workout bottle for intra-workout.
- Protein: GenePro is unlike any protein powder you have used before. GenePro shows a 97.8% ABSORBENCY compared to 31% for regular Whey Protein. Take one serving per day to get the correct amount of protein or as prescribed.
Are You Over 35? Then Consider Adding These:
- Glucosamine Chondroitin: Helps support joint health, mobility, comfort, strength, flexibility, and lubrication. Tons of research will help with a variety of joint-related ailments. Take 1500 mg per day.li>
- Iron: It is a crucial mineral that has many benefits for women’s health. It is essential for preserving healthy red blood cells, fostering the body’s ability to carry oxygen, and preventing anemia.
For Men (on Testosterone Boosting):
- Testosterone boosters: T-Bomb 3xtreme is a multi-ingredient testosterone formula featuring a 5-phase hormone optimizing complex designed to naturally support healthy testosterone levels. You can achieve great results if you combine it with a healthy snack of four Brazil nuts in the morning and at night. And it’s a plus if you consume lots of eggs and red meat.
Warning: DO NOT DO TESTOSTERONE DRUGS! Taking illegal testosterone drugs can have serious health risks. Also, your body will stop producing it’s own T.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, multivitamins may not live up to the hype as the ultimate solution for optimal health. Individual nutritional needs vary, and a personalized approach to nutrition is essential for achieving long-term well-being.
Before deciding on any supplement, consult with a healthcare professional to determine what’s best for you. Together, let’s unlock the power of personalized nutrition and achieve a healthier, more vibrant life.
So there you have it, from me, Dave Sherwin, with insight and guidance from my personal health practitioner, the amazing Dr. Kepo’o. I have been following the supplementation strategy in this post for some time, and at the age of 50, I am literally the healthiest I’ve ever been, even more so than when I played high school basketball or raced in the triathlon National Championships. This supplementation strategy is solid; try the appropriate products we listed, chuck your multivitamins, and trust me, you’ll feel like a new person within a few months.