March 2013 | Newsletter archives
Can a multi-vitamin help your metabolism?
By Dr. Eva Cwynar
If you’re even remotely interested in your health, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of a good multi-vitamin. In a perfect world, we would get our essential vitamins and minerals from our diet, but many of us don’t live in a perfect world. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), we don’t eat as well as we should and thus don’t have everything we need to maintain good health. Luckily, it’s an easy fix and it comes in the form of a daily supplement.
The fact is, our food can be affected by processing, storing, even cooking, all of which can reduce the vitamin content. We may think we’re getting what we need by having a salad for lunch, but depending on what you’re putting on and in your salad, you may actually be ingesting chemical fertilizers (used to help grow the veggies), pesticides (used to keep the bugs off of the veggies in the field) and even soil conditions.
Processed food is even worse since it destabilizes water soluble vitamins like folate, thiamin and vitamin C. Fertilizers can also reduce the vitamin C content of vegetables.
Preparing veggies by trimming and peeling can also reduce the vegetable’s nutrient value. Boiling veggies, like the usually all-powerful spinach, can also cause certain nutritional values to boil away. However, cooking foods can sometimes help by breaking down parts of vegetables that might otherwise be indigestible and that’s a good thing. I recommend grilling. I also recommend supplementing with a multivitamin.
Multivitamin use can have varying short-term and long-term health benefits. Some short-term benefits can include increased energy, stress reduction, and enhanced immune function. Long-term benefits such as cardiovascular health, decreased risk of osteoporosis, improved eye health and brain function have also been linked with multivitamin use.
They can also boost you metabolism, especially if you concentrate on B vitamins and magnesium.
• B good to your health. The B vitamins are key players in DNA synthesis, the central nervous system, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Inadequate amounts of B6, B12, folate, thiamin and niacin can leave you feeling depressed and fatigued, increase your risk of certain diseases, and even slow your overall metabolism.
• Magnificent magnesium. Magnesium is needed by the cells in your body to continue proper muscle, nerve and heart function, protein synthesis and energy metabolism. The National Institutes of Health have reported that most Americans, and that means you, simply aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diets. If you boost your intake of magnesium, you also boost your metabolism.
How do you choose the right multivitamin? Recently a national publication, Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, rated approximately 2,000 nutritional multivitamins manufactured in the US and Canada. This comprehensive study rated each supplement under the following criteria:
• Mineral Forms
• Antioxidant Support
• Bone Health
• Heart Health
• Liver Health
• Ocular Health
• Inflammation Control
• Potential Toxicities
The publication rated virtually every multivitamin made, including my private labeled ABADI supplements. The rating system was based on 0 to 5 stars, with 0 stars being the lowest, and 5 stars the highest achieved. I’m proud to report that my private labeled ABADI multivitamin, Dr. Eva’s Twice Daily Packets, received 4.5 to 5 star ratings.
Even JAMA is onboard. They now recommend multivitamin use as one way to promote better health. So do I.