Multivitamins: Do We Need Them?
One of the most common questions we get is "should I use a multi? Or is it just a waste of money?". "I thought you just pee away most of the vitamins anyways?"
These are great questions, however I want you to ask yourself:
- Do you follow a strict and limited diet with little to no fruit and lack variety?
- Do you train at least 4 days a week with high intensity and when you train do you sweat a lot?
- Do you use intermittent fasting as a dieting strategy?
- Are you a vegetarian or vegan?
- Are you more muscular than average?
- Perhaps your are overweight?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above you’re a likely candidate for multivitamin supplementation. So now that you are a candidate to take a multivitamin, do you understand how vitamins and minerals work? Don't worry we got you covered, below is a detailed explanation of how a multivitamin product can help improve our health and athletic performance.
Vitamins promote energy production by optimizing cellular function in nutrient absorption.
They also support growth and development of various tissues in the body such as bone and muscle. Vitamins serve as catalyst for many important biochemical pathways and reactions.
During heavy training vitamin requirements go up, based on this intense training coupled with long term strict dieting can lead to chronic vitamin decencies' for many athletes. Higher levels of lean mass and elevated metabolism equates to greater vitamin needs.
Most common vitamins and minerals that we are deficient in are: Vitamin D, anti oxidants such as Vitamin C and E beta - carotene and selenium, B vitamins, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium.
For instance, if you lack vitamin nutrients your body will not efficiently break-down macro nutrients such as; carbs, fats and protein. This in turn can affect your energy levels, muscle recovery and mood. Vitamin nutrients are essential and create a strong foundation which aid in successfully building lean muscle and burning stubborn body fat.
If you're looking to increase lean muscle mass and lose body fat having the proper vitamins and minerals is essential. Let's face it, a lot of the time our diet lacks variety. Especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Insuring we get enough of these vital micro-nutrients through a multi-vitamin will only benefit our fitness goals and health. Our verdict is that a multi-vitamin is definitely worth the investment! Click here for some great options!
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