Is there a multivitamin you would recommend for a woman in their early 20s? I know some brands are found to not have the amount of vitamins that they claim/do not release the chemicals in the right way. How do I avoid this?
Supplements are a touchy subject for me. I cannot tell you what you should or should not take because I don’t know what your body needs. My questions to you are…
- Why do you think you need a multivitamin?
- Do you know what your body needs?
- What does your diet consist of?
- Are you eating enough fats and hydrating with clean water so your body can actually absorb the vitamins you’d hypothetically be taking on a daily basis?
For Vitamins to be useful they need the proper environment to actually be digested and assimilated. There are Fat-Soluble Vitamins and there are Water-Soluble Vitamins. For instance, you can pop all of the Vitamin D you want, but if you’re not eating a healthy majority of Saturated and Monounsaturated Fats then you’re wasting your money and cellular energy. The same can be said with Vitamin C – while you may be drinking 1/2 of your bodyweight in ounces each day of pure, clean water… what if you’re downing 2 cups of coffee and eating refined carbohydrates such as bread/pasta every day? Both of which actually dehydrate the body.
My point is to focus on an organically-abundant diet that’s full of nutrient-dense foods and, also, a stress-free lifestyle before you go spending copious amounts of money on supplements that may not actually “work.” Organics can yield up to 60% MORE nutritional value than commercially grown/raised foods. Plus, you eliminate any of those lovely toxins: Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms. Yes, I understand that it’s physically impossible to get all of your “daily recommended” vitamins from diet alone but that’s not a reason to focus less on whole, organic foods and more on life-fuel in pill-form.
I agree with you that the majority of supplements are not true to their marketing campaigns and labels as they often contains lead, aluminum, soy, corn (maltodextrin, dextrose), rice, and non-pharmaceutical grade vitamins. Don’t just buy a pack of Emer Gen C and think all will be well because chances are it’s 1/3 Cancer, 1/3 Fillers, and 1/3 Vitamin C from China. Now to somewhat answer your question, here are some of the companies that I back…
Designs For Health - http://www.designsforhealth.com/
Thorne Research - http://www.thorne.com/
Pure Encapsulations - http://www.pureencapsulations.com
Gaia Herbs - http://www.gaiaherbs.com/
Jarrow Formulas - http://www.jarrow.com
NutraBio - http://www.nutrabio.com/
And you can find these supplements for sale at…
Pure Forumlas - http://www.pureformulas.com/
iHerb - http://www.iherb.com
Rockwell Nutrition - http://www.rockwellnutrition.com
Hope this lands well. If you’d like to discuss yourself in detail and what you may or may not need, e-mail me at email@example.com