With so many supplements available these days, it can be confusing and downright daunting to know know exactly what we should be looking for in a multivitamin. What’s the best brand? What do I need more of? What will make my body run best? Trust is, we understand how confusing it can be, and believe that nothing compares to natural whole foods when it comes to nutrition. We also know that according to the latest Australian Health Survey, 93% of Australians are not getting their recommended daily intake of nutrients and sometimes a supplement can really benefit a person’s day to day. So we chatted to our good friends at Activated Nutrients (who believe that good nutrition is a critical cornerstone of health and are on a mission to help every Australian “feel and perform like the top 7%”) to help us out on the multi matter!
Here are a few tricks to the trade to always remember when searching for the perfect multivitamin:
- Go straight to the ingredient list and look for wholefood sources of nutrients
This is where you can see if vitamins and minerals are naturally present in the product or are added to the product as synthetics. You want to see wholefoods listed, and none of the synthetic fillers or artificial sweeteners written down the list. If vitamins are listed on the ingredients panel or list, then they are synthetic vitamins or isolates and are not naturally occurring from wholefoods.
- Look for female specific nutrients and avoid potentially harmful male specific herbs
It’s important to look for supplements that provide you with the nutrients that are of particular importance to your female body. We have been created differently to males, and therefore need to boost the vitamins and minerals that are of value to our unique make up. Nutrients such as iron, folate, calcium, iodine, Vitamin D and Vitamin C, are all particularly valuable. Additionally, during specific life span stages such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, women need to avoid some herbal ingredients such as Ashwaganda, milk thistle or burdock root, which are often included in non-gender specific formulas.
- Go for raw and top quality nutrients
- Heat treatment can destroy valuable nutrients. In order to obtain maximum benefit from the ingredients used in your supplement make sure you go for one that doesn’t have its proteins denatured or antioxidants lost via processing at high temperatures.
- Many products claim benefits of super-foods but do not actually contain them in high enough quantities, or at a good enough quality (i.e. destroyed by heat) to be of significant nutritional benefit. If a product says it contains an extract high in certain vitamins, then look on the nutrition panel to see whether the product actually contains that vitamin (required to be 10% or greater to be featured). You may be surprised at the lack of nutrition in some supplements when you take a closer look!
- Compare products based on the nutrients you obtain per 100g
You will find that many supplement powders provide different serve sizes to make their product look like a more nutrient packed option. Compare per 100g so that you can see the actual differences between varieties and make your selection accordingly.
- Look for non-GMO options and trusted suppliers
Non-GMO is a great certifications to look out for when purchasing products. Knowing that your supplement has been sourced ethically, and trusting the company that is bringing you your daily supplement, are all highly valuable to knowing you are obtaining a premium product you can trust.
Do you currently take a multi-vitamin? Activated Nutrients are giving two winners a 12 month supply AND 24 runners-up a one month supply of their all-in-one daily women’s superfood/multivitamin supplement with reds, greens, protein, pre/probiotics, digestive enzymes and herbs. The formula is 100% wholefood-based and made in Australia!
Simply comment below and tell us:
“If you could perform in the top 7% what would you do?”
Congratulations to our winners!
Jenni Anderson, Kerry Rutter, Nina Brown, Isabelle Linke, Tracey Sargent, Kiera Sullivan, Elsie, Maxine Louise, Yuting Zhou, Kate Wright, Chloe-Beth Lang, Holly Grimes, Elise Bennett, Ash, Emily Ryan, Phoebe Jackson, Jess Smith, Penny, Sarah Rukin, Alex Miller, Sophie, Chantelise, Jenny Lennox, Sacha Kennedy, Christina McLoughlin & Amy Foodey
T&Cs: The MNB Team will select 26 lucky winners for the The “Activated Nutrients giveaway” based on creativity and passion. This competition closes on November 12, 2015 and is valid for Australian and International Residents. Please leave your email address so we can contact you with your prize. Prize giveaway: 1 x 12 month supply Australia; 1 x 12 month supply O/S; and, 24 x runners up 1 month supply Australia only.