6 Things You Never Knew About Vitamins, But Definitely Should
Debunking the most common myths when it comes to your daily vitamins.
Every day we need to power 37 trillion cells in our body, pump 100 000 heartbeats, and keep a trillion nerves firing to boost our memories and maintain our cognitive skills. We put our bodies and minds through their paces, day after day. So, we have to ask “are our diets good enough?”
“46% of South Africans take some form of vitamins daily,” says Keynote Health’s Pharmacist, Anton Lawrenz. But are they taking enough? Too much? The wrong ones? Vitamins are micronutrients or organic compounds that are essential for the normal functioning of the body. They are provided by our diet and are essential for life, and when everything is functioning correctly, we feel just right – not high, not low – just right. But, in today’s modern world, with lifestyle habits, stress, the need for convenience and food production as it is, it’s unlikely you are getting enough in your diet.
Or should we say “Enter the minefield of supplements”. There are loads of myths flying around with regards to what and how you should be taking them. So we asked Lawrenz to debunk the most common ones.
Myth 1: Taking a multivitamin can make up for a poor diet
Sorry, folks. A multivitamin can never make up for a poor diet. Nutrient-rich foods are still number one when it comes to getting those nutrients in. But let’s face it, very few people have a perfect diet so a top-up is advisable.
Myth 2: It’s impossible to overdose on vitamins
Yup, you most certainly can. Overdosing on the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) is dangerous. Too much vitamin A can give you dry, itchy skin, headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite, and, in pregnant moms, can lead to birth defects in their babies. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity include decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting; and too much vitamin K can cause liver damage. So it’s essential you take the correct amount for you.
Myth 3: Vitamins give you energy
Vitamins only give you energy to the extent that vitamin deficiencies could result in low energy levels. And supplementation would then increase energy levels in such cases. Note, vitamins are not a stimulant.
Myth 4: Taking Vitamin C can prevent a cold
You get a runny nose and the first thing you do is dose up on Vit C, right? The theory here is that a deficiency could result in a compromised immune system which would make one susceptible to infection. So topping up with vitamin C will certainly help, but actually preventing a cold in the first place? Sadly, not.
Myth 5: No vitamins are lost if your food is frozen (and what about cooking?)
Fresher is better. Oxygen will destroy some vitamins so the longer they are stored after harvesting, the greater the extent of damage. On the other side of the um, vegetable, some vitamins are more susceptible to heat damage than others. When boiling food, water-soluble vitamins leach out into the water and when frying, fat-soluble vitamins leach out. Vitamin C is particularly vulnerable to cooking and Vit K and D3 are most stable.
Myth 6: You should always take vitamins on an empty stomach
Actually the opposite. Water soluble vitamins can be taken any time. Fat soluble vitamins are best taken with food as they require food for absorption and will reduce gastric side effects such as nausea or discomfort.
MaxiVit has been scientifically formulated with the above facts in mind. It is a multivitamin that tops up the vitamins and minerals that you aren’t getting from your diet, giving your body exactly what it needs.
Nothing more, nothing less, just the right amount of the good stuff.
Take a look at the MaxiVit range below:
MaxiVit 25 - your all-in-one multivitamin is comprehensive and balanced to promote absolute health and wellness, and contains a unique formula of vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and folic acid to aid in the prevention of heart disease, and improve memory and alertness. Where other vitamins can give you too much of a good thing, MaxiVit 25 is meticulously formulated to act as a daily top up – only giving you what your healthy diet doesn't. This means that everything is optimally absorbed, nothing goes to waste, and your body functions at its best.
MaxiVit Plus – contains everything you need to support a healthy life and has a unique combination of nutrients vital in providing protection against cardiac disease, high cholesterol levels, and poor mental and physical capacity. MaxiVit Plus is your daily 3-pack giving you everything that you need. This smart design contains the MaxiVit 25 multivitamin, omegas and lecithin. Inside the multivitamin are all your vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and folic acid in the right quantities for optimal absorption.
MaxiVit Chewies – everything growing kids need to support a healthy life are a delicious, sugar and aspartame-free supplement for kids aged two and older. With a sour apple taste, they are specifically developed for children. Importantly, as MaxiVit Chewies are sweetened with Xylitol (87% of tablet mass) and sucralose, MaxiVit Chewies are “tooth friendly”.