| Abigail McShinsky | May 8, 2018 |
The Age of Options
Chances are, you’ve taken a multivitamin at some point in your life. For many of us, I’d wager, that first introduction happened at a young age, possibly in the shape of everyone’s favorite stone-age family. Whether you’ve kept up with the habit over the years or not, it’s hard to miss the multitude of options available to us nowadays on pharmacy store shelves, big box stores, and of course your local natural products store or co-op retailer. It’s daunting when you’re not sure where to start. Even within a single brand, you may find a range of different options, broken up by age, gender, and even number of tablets per day. It’s no wonder only ⅓ of Americans currently take a multi1!
They Say It’s the Spice of Life
At MegaFood, we believe that a good foundational multivitamin is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and helps us ensure we’re filling any gaps in our diets. That being said, we all have different lifestyles, different diets, and different habits, and so our nutritional needs may be different than our sister’s or our friend’s. That is where all that variety comes in - it’s all about having options!
To (hopefully!) help simplify things for you, we’re going to break down the differences between our One Daily multivitamins, and those that are two-a-day (or more!). Is one better than the other? How do you choose what is right for you? Let’s take a look…
One and Done:
A popular supplement for first-timers, One Daily multivitamins pack quite a punch in just a single tablet. This includes Women’s One Daily, Women Over 40 One Daily, Men’s One Daily, Men Over 40 One Daily, One Daily, and One Daily Iron Free (phew! That’s a lotta options already ;)
Also found in the One Daily products are tonic herbal blends. These blends are designed to support optimal health*, and include our Immune Health Blend, Balancing and Strengthening Blend, and more. Each formula has herbs specifically chosen to support the intended users health, whether it is increased saw palmetto for men over 40, or chaste tree berry for women in their reproductive years.
One Daily’s are great options for a range of folks, including:
- Those starting supplementation for the first time
- Those with diets rich in fresh whole foods
- Those taking several other supplements
- Those that want “one & done,” - just one tablet a day, darn it!
Additional considerations: Have the MTHFR gene mutation? The One Daily multis may not be the best fit for you. Read on to learn why the Doctor- Formulated Multis are a great option!
Take Two and Call Me in the Morning
There is only so much nutrition (especially when it’s delivered with whole foods!) that you can fit into a single tablet. And, unfortunately, given the Standard American Diet, some of our nutrient gaps can’t be filled by one tablet alone, no matter how packed with farm-fresh goodness it is. Enter: The Doctor-Formulated Multivitamins. If you haven’t heard about our friend Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. yet, I invite you to learn more about her. She literally wrote the book on the gaps in our diet, and shared that expertise to help us make the most up-to-date multi we possibly could.
What the heck does “up-to-date” mean? Well…
The Doctor-Formulated Multis boast:
- 70% daily value or more for key nutrients
- Active forms of B12 and folate for those with MTHFR gene mutation
- Active forms of B6 and B2
- K1 AND K2 delivered with cabbage
If I could insert a “record scratch” into a blog format, I would right here, because choline is worth pausing for. You can read all about choline here, but essentially, choline is a member of the B-vitamin family, and is incredibly important for cognitive function and more. Too bad that you can only really get it from eggs in the diet, which aren’t something we all necessarily eat on a daily basis. So, if you start your day with a couple of eggs each morning, you’re probably sitting pretty when it comes to choline. If you’re not an egg fan on the other hand, you may want to check your current multi for choline, and consider upgrading to a formula that offers choline.
The Doctor-Formulated Multis are great options for:
- Those looking to get the most nutrition from their multi as possible
- Those open to taking two tablets per day
- Those with the MTHFR gene mutation
One Last Bone to Pick
Additional considerations: We recommend taking each tablet several hours apart to allow the body to assimilate as much nutrition as possible. These formulas are also free of calcium and magnesium, as Doctor Low Dog recommends taking those minerals at least two hours apart from your multivitamin. Why? Do yourself a favor and take a cuteness break with what I consider to be the most adorable video to ever come out of MegaFood HQ - you might just learn something, too!
The bottom line? The most effective multivitamin is the one that you’ll actually take each day! Find a formula that fits your needs and lifestyle (there is no shame in being Team One-A-Day!), and relish your good health.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.