Multivitamins & Skeptics

July 13, 2016

What’s with the skepticism?
Sometimes, I run into articles talking shit about multivitamins.
How they’re completely useless and a waste of money.

I always do a double take when reading this because I can’t believe people get worked up over the cost of multivitamins when there are much bigger fish to fry.

Obviously, I fall under the pro multi camp.
I’m no evangelist, I’m not going door to door convincing nonbelievers. I take it because it’s a super cheap nutritional insurance policy. And it makes me feel and function better.

What is a vitamin?
I had to look this up.
A vitamin is an organic compound that the body cannot produce on it’s own. We are supposed to get it from food, assuming we’re eating a high quality balanced meal.

There are a total of 13 vitamins.
Some are water soluble, meaning you have to take them daily because body doesn’t store it for the long term. Like B & C vitamins. If you take too much, body washes it out through urine.

Others are fat soluble, getting stored in body and lasting for days or months. Like A & D vitamins. You don’t want to take more than you need with these, though the body has a wide margin for error. Meaning, you’re likely drinking too much beer than taking too many fat soluble vitamins. Good multivitamins are made to take this into account.

It should be noted that there are different brands of multivitamins on the market. Just like everything, some are good, most are not. Some have high quality ingredients, other cheap brands are likely full of filler and junk. It’s no different than buying a good laptop. Research.

Cost
My current brand is Adam Men’s by Now Foods.
90 capsules cost $15.99 on Amazon.
At the recommended 2 caps, my cost comes to a whopping 36 cents a day.
A mind blowing, earth shattering, bankruptcy causing $10.66 per month.

By comparison, I averaged $30 per day on fast food during my obese years. Yes, I spent $900 per month on food alone! All of it pure junk, no salads in sight. Another comparison, I’ve already spent $3.12 on two large mcdonald’s coffees in a week when I could’ve made it at home for pennies.

Unnecessary
Another complaint people make is that our bodies don’t need that many vitamins. That we get plenty of it from even a crappy diet.

That may be true but it should be pointed out there’s a difference between the recommended daily allowance set by the government, to prevent vitamin deficiency related illnesses, and an optimal dose for performance specifically designed for your unique body.

For example, I’ve experimented with many different dosing strategies for Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and B vitamins. And nonvitamins like Omega 3s, 5HTP, Tyrosine, & Gaba. I can notice the difference in performance when the dose is too low, too high, or just right. The right dose for me may not be the right dose for another person, but it’s almost always higher than government’s rda.

The Eye Test
The people shitting on vitamins are rarely jacked people.

It’s never some muscular athlete. Or a health fanatic. Or nutritionist.

The ones crapping on vitamins (& supplements) are usually some flabby, egg head dude who thinks he’s smarter than the rest of us. That’s if we know what they look like. Usually though, these articles are written by unseen “experts”.

Show us your finely tuned body first, then we will believe!

Downside & Upside
On the downside, if all a multivitamin does is turn my pee fluorescent orange, I’m willing to pay 36 cents a day for that magnificent view.

There isn’t an epidemic of people dying or illness caused by taking a daily multi. By comparison, people smoke, drink, and eat sugary fatty foods for years. All of which have a huge downside. Even getting behind the wheel and driving has a high mortality rate (18th highest cause of death in US).

The upside for a multi is that my body gets the nutrients it needs even if I don’t eat balanced that day, which I never do.

Multivitamins are a very low risk, super low cost investment.
As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything else nutritionally that costs less (except air, tap water, & sunlight.)