The World's Healthiest Foods

Do I need to take a multivitamin tablet?

If you frequently eat reined or “junk” foods, skip breakfast, eat sugary snacks, or drink a lot of soft drinks or coffee, you may feel that taking a multivitamin can help you bridge the gap between your usual diet and a diet that is optimal for your health. However, there are many nutritional needs that cannot be addressed by popping a pill, for example:

  • Your need for dietary fiber for digestive tract health and to help keep your cholesterol levels normal
  • Unique phytonutrient antioxidants like lignans, phytoestrogens, and phytosterols, all of which influence hormonal and immune functions
  • Your need for healthy fats, the omega-3 fatty acids, both for their anti-inflammatory effects and because these fats are integral components of healthy cell membranes that allow cells to communicate normally with one another, to receive needed nutrients and to eliminate wastes
  • Other nutrients provided by “real foods,” such as chlorophyll, isothiocyanates from Mustard family vegetables, the wide natural variety of antioxidant flavonoids and carotenoids that make fruits and vegetables so colorful, and the many food enzymes found only in fresh produce

You may choose to take a multivitamin for extra “nutritional insurance,” but no pill can supplant your need for healthful whole foods. The World's Healthiest Foods provide the full natural spectrum of nutrients in the appropriate balance for your body's ability to use them effectively to promote health. In addition, pills do not contain nutrients that have not yet even been identified, while whole foods are replete with all the health-promoting compounds that will ever be discovered!

Our website is full of tools to help you develop instant and long-term strategies for meeting your nutritional needs:

  • To help you plan healthy meals in advance, try our Feeling Great Menu — it is also very useful for planning grocery shopping trips!
  • Sample our delicious selection of quick and tempting recipes — and learn how nutrient-dense they are.
  • You will also find another convenient tool for locating recipes that are rich in particular nutrients: the Recipe Assistant
  • To assist you in identifying possible deficiencies in your diet, we have our handy Food Advisor.

This page was updated on: 2004-10-12 22:11:38
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