To quote the great Ferris Bueller, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Ferris was on to something: life is a wonderful, fun, messy, glorious collection of moments, and as we head into a new year, it’s a great time to take advantage of each and every one. Taking a multivitamin is a simple way to start doing just that!
With the nutritional support of a daily multivitamin, you can rest easy that you’ll be full of the energy and great health you need to jump in to every new adventure and challenge 2018 brings. Let’s look at 8 reasons why a multivitamin will help you get the most out of life.
1. You know you’re getting what your body needs.
If you’re not getting the 7-10 servings of fruits and veggies Canada’s Food Guide recommends, you might be missing out on essential nutrients. Plus, unfortunately, there has been a decline in the nutritional quality of our foods, thanks to various factors like soil nutrient depletion and heavy pesticide spraying. So, even a diet rich in fruits and veggies can leave your body with nutritional gaps which can lead to tiredness, lethargy, and a tendency to pick up every bug that’s going around. A daily multivitamin will help fill in those nutritional gaps, supporting your diet and keeping you ready to seize every day.
2. Your heart will thank you.
Sobering fact: heart disease is the #2 cause of death in Canada. Considering vitamins B1, B2, Magnesium, and Niacin all help support cardiovascular health, CoQ10 has been shown to help lower blood pressure, and studies have shown that vitamin D can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, taking a multivitamin is a simple way to keep your heart healthy.
3. Say hello to more energy!
A multivitamin with iron can keep an energy-sapping iron deficiency at bay. Women especially need to watch their iron levels: according to Statscan, 10% of Canadian women have low iron, leaving them fatigued and weak, and women with particularly heavy periods are especially at risk. But everyone will benefit from the B vitamins in a multivitamin: B vitamins are essential in helping your body convert food energy into Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the organic chemical that stores and transports cellular energy. Without B vitamins, your body simply won’t be able to make the reactions necessary to convert food energy into body energy.
4. You’ll support your eye health.
Thanks to the help of eye-friendly vitamins A, C, E and Niacin. Zinc has also been found to help protect against age-related macular degeneration, and selenium can help prevent age-related cataracts and protect the lens of the eye. Selenium and zinc together have also been shown to help prevent glaucoma and the optic nerve damage and blindness it can potentially lead to.
5. More good hair days.
Get Rapunzel-worthy tresses thanks to vitamins B3, biotin, and vitamin C, all of which contribute to fuller, healthier hair. Meanwhile, your skin will get a health boost from vitamins A and CoQ10, leaving it supple and glowing, while beta-carotene and vitamins C and E help support younger-looking skin.
6. A brighter smile!
Your gum health could improve thanks to the antioxidant properties of vitamins A, E, and selenium, plus vitamin C helps the supporting structures of the oral tissues stay strong. Zinc also plays a part in great oral health, by inhibiting plaque growth and stabilizing cellular membranes inside the mouth, and helping to prevent periodontal disease.
7. You’ll say bye to the sniffles.
Immunity superhero vitamin C will strengthen your immune system and cut down on the frequency of coughs and colds, while its strong antioxidant properties will protect you from harmful free radicals. Vitamin D and A are also metabolized by the immune system, supporting and strengthening immune function.
8. You’ll get a helping hand managing your stress.
Mood-boosting B-complex vitamins have been shown to improve cognitive performance, reduce anxiety, and keep your energy levels up. Vitamin C supplements have been studied for their ability to reduce stress, where researchers found that those taking vitamin C supplements showed lower levels of cortisol and lower blood pressure when in stressful situations. Finally, magnesium acts as a natural sleep aid, helping keep stress-triggering insomnia at bay.