It takes a wide and complex variety of vital nutrients for the human body to complete all the tasks on any given day. If you are a sportsperson, bodybuilder, dancer, or likes to live an active lifestyle in general, then multivitamins are essential for optimum nutrition. Deficiency in even one of the essential minerals or vitamins disrupts the metabolic pathway that produces optimum efficiency, thus leading to underperformance. Taking high-potency multivitamins may prevent this deficiency and ensure complete nutrition, which is needed for several metabolic reactions. However, getting the first brand you see on the shelf is not how it works. Here are a few things you should remember before purchasing a multivitamin formula.
Choose Reputable Sellers and Brands
Since there are no strict regulations on the production of multivitamins in India, many people prefer buying imported products to ensure high quality. Resultantly, many counterfeit products also find a way especially when you are buying multivitamins online. So, go for well-known websites that sell certified imported multivitamins and other nutritional products. Global nutrition brands choose their distributors after many quality checks to ensure that their products are sold ethically. For example, Universal Multivitamin by Universal Nutrition, USA select distributors with particular credentials to prevent black marketing and duplicity of products.
Choose brands that offer activated forms of nutrients
Taking a nutrient in its active form ensures better absorption and a lesser time to reach efficacy. An activated nutrient allows your body to sidestep its processing and make it work almost instantly. Brands offer vitamin A, B6, B2, D3, etc. in activated forms. For example, riboflavin-5-phosphate is the active form of riboflavin (Vitamin B2). It is beneficial for maintaining energy levels, the nervous system, eye health, red blood cells, and overall metabolic health. If you are not sure about the activated forms of different nutrients and the ones you require the most, consult a nutrition expert first.
Go for Folate
Choose multivitamins that have folate instead of synthetic folic acid. It is a safer option given the fact that some people have a genetic mutation that prevents the conversion of folic acid to its active form called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). Since the presence or absence of this gene defect is not known to every person, it’s best to go for natural folate. You will find it listed as 5-MTHF, folacin, or folate on the label.
Appropriate daily values of ingredients
Read the label to see if the brand has mentioned the percentage of nutrition based on 100%of the daily value of the ingredients. Remember that nutrient values exceeding is not always a sign of quality and maybe even harmful. For example, the build-up of some vitamins like A, D, E, and K can cause toxicity
No additives and fillers
Choose brands that mention all the ingredients on their label. For example, Universal Multivitamin has all the other ingredients such as whey, potassium, stearic acid, milk, soy, etc. mentioned on the label. So, it is helpful for anyone who may be allergic to soy or milk. In addition, ditch multivitamins with synthetic colors, fillers, and ingredients that you don’t understand.
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