For anyone out there, who is taking a multivitamin regularly, irregularly or is just thinking about taking one, one very basic, yet extremely important question might come to mind. Are multivitamins beneficial?
And this is totally acceptable and 100% the kind of question one should ask, before investing any amount of money into anything. Because none of us (me included) want to spend unnecessary funds on stuff that is not in some way either beneficial, or make our life easier or better.
Therefore, in this article I’m going to answer the ultimate question of whether multivitamins are beneficial? As well as I will be looking at aspects that can influence, how beneficial a multivitamin actually is.
Multivitamins Do Work And Do Make You Better
There are many evidence and views of doctors and professionals that support both sides of the argument. This is also, why I have made an article that is as throughout as possible to settle this matter. Be sure to check out the full article.
But to sum it up, ultimately, the high quality multivitamins are something that will benefit you and will make you better.
Nonetheless, there are few multivitamin-specific aspects that should be addressed apart from them being generally beneficial.
Are Our Bodies Able To Absorb All Of The Vitamins And Minerals Simultaneously?
A good multivitamin and the best kinds of multivitamins will be vitamin and mineral complexes that contain either all or most of the vitamins and minerals a human body needs daily. Which basically means that the multivitamin supplement should contain at least 27 or a number very close to that of various nutrients and substances.
Therefore, quite a valid question may arise, can our bodies absorb all of those nutrients at the same time so that nothing of the multivitamin does go to waste.
In general, yes! There are few exceptions, on which in a bit, but, yes! Our bodies are able to absorb all of the vitamins and minerals simultaneously.
For example, bananas contain Vitamin C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, Choline, Alpha, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. On the other hand, broccoli, for example, contain Vitamin C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, Choline, Alpha, Beta Carotene, Beta Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.  
For us to hypothetically assume that, for example, Vitamin C blocks Vitamin B2 absorption would mean that whenever a product of nature contains at least a trace of Vitamin C, Vitamin B2 is not absorbed. Which in of itself is completely absurd and untrue.
This is because most any fruits and vegetables contain at least a trace of Vitamin C. Which would then mean that we couldn’t really acquire any of Vitamin B2 because Vitamin C would block it’s absorption. Ultimately, this would lead to two scenarios.
Either we would have to eat some specific foods that does not have Vitamin C, but has Vitamin B2 to not become Vitamin B2 deficient. Or, we would all ail from Vitamin B2 deficiency, and basically we would be sick all the time.
But this is not how Mother Nature works. It’s not how our bodies work.
Do Vitamins And Minerals Counteract Each Other?
Okay, so, we’ve covered the general rule. But there are few exceptions to that rule. 
There are in existence few minerals that in a way can inhibit each other’s absorption. Such minerals, for example, are Copper and Zinc, Magnesium and Calcium, Calcium and Iron, Magnesium and Iron, and there are others. However, this is highly dependent on the forms of these minerals. For example, Magnesium and Calcium is known not to mess with each other’s absorption, if they are in a form of chelates.
Consequently, the right forms of vitamins and minerals within the multivitamin supplement won’t mess with each other’s absorption.
Nonetheless, there are also vitamin and mineral interactions that greatly boost the amount of mineral our body is able to absorb. For example, Vitamin D greatly boosts Calcium absorption.
Therefore, ultimately, it is actually best to take a multivitamin that has vitamins and minerals in the best or some of the best forms for any particular vitamin and mineral. And consuming vitamins together with minerals will also create positive mutual interactions, which lead to greater absorption rates than if, for example, you were to take those separately.
Do Additives Affect Nutrient Absorption?
Yes, they do.
The first thing that comes to mind is that pretty much any form of sugar will intervene with efficient vitamin and mineral absorption. A typical example is gummy vitamins.
Nonetheless, I do believe that any additive that is not harmless in of itself will in one way or another diminish the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This is because these substances (harmful additives) are way more taxing on the body than the harmless ones are (if any).
Of course, there can also be substances that essentially burden the diffluence of a pill or a tablet. Which, therefore, burdens also the nutrient absorption. Nonetheless, this is not something you will encounter among the best multivitamin supplements.
Are There Any Other Factors That Can Affect How Beneficial a Multivitamin Is?
Honest to God there is a huge list of things that can go wrong and which can lead to the multivitamin having either very little benefit or no benefit at all.
Therefore, I’ll do an article some time in the future that will be focused on stuff, which may cause vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to either not be beneficial or to lose a huge part of their beneficiality.
Stay tuned for that article, people. I’ll be sure to drop a link here, when it’ll come out!
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|3.||↑||Broccoli, raw. SELF Nutrition Data. [Last viewed on Mar. 23, 2018.]|
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