A good multivitamin – Part 2

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John Arts
Abundant Living

I find it interesting that most multi-vitamin products place a heavy emphasis on B group while paying little attention to others. While some people have sub-optimum levels of B vitamins, many have straight deficiencies of others.

B vitamins are responsible for functions from the red blood cell development – think B6, folate and B12 – to energy processes, via B1, B2, B3, B5 and biotin. The key is to ensure your body always has sufficient available. Fatigue, either from poor red blood cell development or from compromised energy processes, is often the first sign of insufficient levels.

Meanwhile, Vitamin C has a central role in the production and maintenance of collagen. When people died of scurvy it was from poor collagen formation in blood vessel walls. The key to supplementation is not to take huge amounts at once but lower levels frequently during the day.

Most multivitamins have little vitamin E and often in a low grade synthetic form. Vitamin E protects cholesterol as it circulates in our blood. Low levels of vitamin E can lead to cholesterol oxidation, the first step in the development of artery plaques. About 200 International Units to 400IU of natural tocopherol will maintain optimal levels.

We’ve long known about the role of vitamin D in bone development. More recently, we understand the role of vitamin D to build cancer defences and protect against immune disorders; especially autoimmune disease. I put the maximum allowable by law in my multivitamin but this is marginal for the winter months. I recommend 2000IU-4000IU daily in the cooler months.

When choosing a multivitamin, beware of once-a-day products. It is just not possible to put enough vitamins, antioxidants and especially bulky minerals in a once-a-day dose. For more information give me a call or email: john@abundant.co.nz Join my full weekly newsletter at: www.abundant.co.nz

John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559.