There has always been a debate about whether multivitamin supplements are necessary, and generally speaking, if you ask your doctor about whether they are necessary for good health, you will likely get a resounding answer of no. Yet, this can seem short sighted, especially in light of the rather abysmal picture of American dietary health at large.
It is no secret the the diets of most people are high in things like fast food, processed foods, and generally lacking in fruit, vegetables, and more nutritious fare. Often, the kinds of things that people eat regularly are high in salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, and preservatives while lacking a broad spectrum of nutrients people actually need to maintain their health. True, nutritional diseases like scurvy––a disease caused by a deficiency in vitamin C––an other diseases caused by vitamin deficiency are rare in modern times. But other diseases associated with poor diet, like diabetes, metabolic disease, obesity, and heart disease are, in fact, quite common.
You would think, at the very least, doctors would want to ensure their patients were receiving the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals (RDA), a set of standards designed to merely prevent disease, not even encourage overall health. Yet, even in light of poor diet and poor health, supplements are still ill regarded by mainstream medicine.
It is true, you do need to vet supplement companies you do business with as not all are honest about what their products contain. And, there is no substitute for getting nutrition from food. Still, multivitamin supplements, seem as though they can and should play an important role in our health protocol.
But what about if you eat a healthy diet, like The Kaufmann Diet, one in which you are very likely eating plenty of vegetables and healthy fare. Do you need to take a multivitamin supplement then?
There are at least two things to consider:
1. It is good to think of a multivitamin as an insurance policy, wherein you are making sure that regardless of what you get in your diet, you know that you have your nutritional bases covered. Second, there is mounting evidence that the food we eat now––even the freshest organic fare you can find––contains less nutrition than even a generation ago. If this is true, a nutritional “insurance” policy becomes much more reassuring.
2. If you haven’t already, it might be worth considering adding a multivitamin to your regimen. Between the Kaufmann Diet and high quality multivitamin, you will ensure that you are routinely getting the nutrition you need for your body to operate optimally.