Tuesday, 29 March 2011


The question is, why take any multivitamin? If you have a well-balanced diet, multivitamins are unnecessary, right? Well, actually, no. Not for most of us. First of all, a multivitamin contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that help us maintain general well-being, nutrients we need every moment of the day. They do so by supplying vital ingredients which work together to protect and nourish us. Unfortunately, our general lifestyles and faddish eating hasn't helped. And even our soil  has been denuded of past enrichment, meaning we have to 'cheat' to top up what isn't there or only in diluted form. So multivitamins offer convenience. They are especially convenient for certain lifestyles and population groups. For example, multivitamins may be especially useful for the elderly, child bearing women and children. Add to that list athletes, people who lead active lifestyles, workaholics and the sick - and you've pretty much covered most of the population! A good multivitamin therefore is a catalyst to ensure good nutrient intake.

I've never been sure what this term means! If I had a penny for every customer who tells me they have a "balanced diet" and by all accounts shouldn't really be overweight, have high blood-pressure, heart issues, diabetic, high cholesterol, arthritic, etcetera, I'd be a very wealthy man. Vegans eat differently to vegetarians, who eat differently to meat-eaters, who eat differently to raw food dieters, who... and so on. All are generally convinced that their diets are sufficient. One thing is for sure, whatever eating plan or balanced diet people have, an excess of sugar in the body is causing havoc and leading to a plethora of inflammation based illness. We are being corroded from within because of too much acid in the body. Modern day stresses are also acid forming. So unless your diet is keeping you nearly all the time in optimum health, at least 70% alkaline, unless you can rise above the stresses of life, nearly always maintain a postive well-being, and maybe well on the way to living to 150 years, I take my hat off to you. For most of us, we get by and, whatever the 'diet' we follow, supplementing with a daily multivitamin ensures daily nutrient intake.

There are many good brands of multivitamins in addition to Solgar that we sell in our high street store and that I would happily recommend. However, as far as I know only Solgar specialise in so many varieties. It's not for nothing that they are known in the natural product industry as the “Multivitamin Experts,” producing close to 25 multiple formulas. When I'm asked in the store for a multivitamin, often my first point is to question what the person's lifestyle is like. Are you an athlete, pregnant, recovering from illness, poor diet, etc. Solgar's multivitamins are designed to suit individual lifestyles and it's so important, in an ideal world, to match the right multivit to the right person. Their multivitamins vary in strength and in ingredients, with the Earth Source, for instance containing possible the most complete list of nutrients in any multivitamin, inlcuding digestive enzymes, green superfoods, fibre and whole food concentrates. You can therefore choose a multivitamin that meets your specific nutritionalneeds – taking gender, age and diet into consideration.

To see our range of Solgar multivitamins, click on the following link and visit us at Solgar Health Store or you can visit us at Elixirhealth.co.uk, where you can see our full range of multivitamins, including Solgar's. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you an telephone us on [01208 814500] for further information.

In the following articles, we shall look at "Understanding the label on your Multivitamin," and review each of Solgar's multivitamins in turn.

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