Everywhere you turn these days someone is touting the importance of taking a multi-vitamin from doctors to health coaches and everything in between. I even bought into this myth myself at one point in time.
The reasoning is that even with a healthy diet, you’re still not getting enough nutrients from your food.
But what if I told you that this advice has led to even more health problems and has greatly contributed to more disease states than ever before?
Here’s Why Multi-Vitamins Cause More Harm Than Good:
Nutrients are powerful. Don’t assume that just because it’s a “natural” vitamin/mineral that it’s safe to take. Folate/folic acid is a great example of a vitamin that’s in just about every supplement available today, as well as fortification of food. Folate can do a lot of damage especially if you suffer from cancer, depression, or any other cognitive impairment. You can read more about folate here.
We are all biochemically unique. As humans beings, we exhibit great diversity in blood and brain chemistry and 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 their own point-of-view and this just makes the patient worse over time. Before I found my current doctors, the naturopath I was working with put me on a multi-vitamin, 5-HTP for depression, and a B vitamin complex. All of them contained folate and the multi-vitamin contained folate and copper. As an undermethylated individual with copper overload, these nutrients were definitely making me feel worse. I spent another 2 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 that thrives 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 (just because J Lo is on the box doesn’t mean it’s healthy or even good for you). 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.
Now here are your actions steps:
- 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!