Everywhere you look these days, someone is touting the importance of taking a multivitamin from doctors to health coaches and everything in between. The reasoning is that even with a healthy diet, you’re still not getting enough nutrients from your food.
But what if this advice has led to even more health problems than ever before?
Why Multi-Vitamins Are Harmful
Nutrients are powerful. Please don’t assume that because it’s a “natural” vitamin/mineral that it’s safe to take. Folic acid is a great example of a vitamin that’s in just about every supplement available today. Folic acid can do a lot of damage, especially if you suffer from cancer, depression, anxiety, or any other cognitive impairment. You can read more about it here.
We are all biochemically unique.As human beings, we exhibit great diversity in blood and brain chemistry. Because of genetics and epigenetics, most people are deficient in several nutrients and overloaded in others. Unfortunately, I still see a lot of practitioners prescribing based on faulty testing methods such as MTHFR, which just makes the patient worse over time. Before I found my current doctors, the naturopath I was working with put me on a multivitamin, 5-HTP for depression, and a B vitamin complex. All of them contained folic acid; the multivitamin contained both folic acid and copper. As an undermethylated individual with copper overload, these nutrients made me feel worse. I spent another two years suffering from massive depression and oxidative stress because of this approach.
More harm is done by taking too much than not taking anything at all. And yet we’re a pill-popping society thriving on the latest and greatest health trend, so what do we do? We go out and buy more stuff to consume because this doctor and that celebrity endorsed it. Keep in mind that nutrients (from food and supplements) greatly influence epigenetic regulation of genes; so I encourage you to save your money and work with a practitioner that really understands biochemistry, and the importance of nutrient-specific protocols.
How to Evaluate Your Multivitamins
- Take an inventory of all the supplements you are currently taking.
- Ask yourself why you are taking them and notate any reactions (good or bad) you experience as a result.
Do you take multi-vitamins? I’d love to know what your experience has been in the comments below!
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