Most people would agree that taking a daily multivitamin is important for your health, but what you might not realize is that the type of multivitamin you take is equally as important.
Even if you live a healthy lifestyle, it’s a struggle to eat all the fruits, vegetables, protein, and fiber that are necessary to provide your body with maximum nutrition. The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends consuming between 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day1. If you’re one of the 67% to 87% of Americans who aren’t getting enough nutrition from food alone, a whole-food multivitamin can help make up the difference.
The Benefits of Whole Food Multivitamins
The Permanente Journal posted a study showing the cardiovascular benefits of eating a plant-based, whole food diet1. Nutritional Diabetes published another study showing that eating whole foods can help people to manage their weight and improve their BMI and cholesterol levels3.
Most multivitamin brands contain synthetic vitamins manufactured in a lab, which lack the additional co-factors, such as enzymes and minerals, required for proper absorption. NATURELO’s whole food multivitamins come from real food, so your body can recognize and utilize them better.
For those looking for more plant-derived ingredients, whole-food multivitamins are a good option. NATURELO’s whole-food multivitamins use plant-based capsules (like vegetable cellulose), unlike other multivitamins that use gelatin (which is animal-derived).
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t replace the consumption of whole foods with a whole food multivitamin. This ensures you are covering your bases and ingesting adequate amounts of all micronutrients on a daily basis.
1. Adults Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Intake Recommendations — United States, 2013, July 10, 2015
2. A Plant-Based Diet, Atherogenesis, and Coronary Artery Disease Prevention, 2015 Winter; 19(1): 62–67
3. The BROAD study: A randomised controlled trial using a whole food plant-based diet in the community for obesity, ischaemic heart disease or diabetes, 2017 Mar 20;7(3):e256. doi: 10.1038/nutd.2017.3