Many people have a tough time consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day. Even when striving for a healthy diet, getting in 5 – 8 servings takes some dedication.
While natural dietary choices are the ideal, one simple practice that can serve as a failsafe is a daily multivitamin—not as a substitute, but a supplement, to support your fitness goals.
Are Your Healthy Eating Habits Enough?
Despite our focus on clean, healthy foods, most of us are just plain busy. Optimal nutrition would require us to not only make great choices for all our meals, but also to buy, shop for and prepare fresh produce to equal 5 – 7 servings every day (actually, 6 – 8 servings are recommended for people who are very active, like many XSport members).
Added to that are any questions about the quality of fruits and vegetables available to you—nutrients begin to break down after harvest. When your budget or location makes it difficult to enjoy very fresh produce, health benefits can be further compromised by packaging processes, pesticide-treatments, and so on.
Keep in mind, the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables are expected to bring you a large portion of the vitamins and minerals you need each day, which support every function of your body systems—digestive, immune, reproductive, vascular and more.
All in all, there are a lot of reasons you might consider taking a multivitamin on a regular basis, and you’ll want to choose a product with verified quality and the right level of nutrients for your needs. At XSport, we sell Opti-Men and Opti-Women from Optimum Nutrition. These can truly be a boost to your eating habits—a bit like an insurance policy—that you can rely on to fill in any inadvertent gaps in your daily diet and bring you a welcome set of benefits:
- Fight the Risk of Cancer
Multivitamins may be a useful weapon in the quest to ward off the risk of cancer according to a range of studies looking at the effects of vitamins on colon cancer, men’s health and more.
- Fight the Risk of Heart Attack
When it comes to heart health, supplements such as fish oil and CoQ10 are recognized for benefits, but other nutrients available in a multivitamin, such as vitamin D, vitamin E, B-vitamins, chromium and magnesium have proved to be critical to heart health, too. Also, antioxidants like vitamin C have been shown to offset inflammation that can impact your heart.
- Build Strong Bones
Your daily calcium, whether through whole foods or a supplement, might not be all your body needs to enhance its ability to build strong bones. Calcium collaborates with vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium to support bone health, and a multivitamin and mineral can help you take the right amounts, all together.
- Boost Your Immune System
When your body needs to fight off an illness, a multivitamin and mineral supplement can be the support it needs. Vitamins A, C and D have been linked with stronger immunity, and the mineral zinc has been shown to help fight infections.
- Prolong Your Life
From reducing the shortening of DNA which is directly related to the aging process, to preventing oxidation damage to cells that can cause chronic disease, vitamins and minerals have been shown to assist in supporting the processes that keep us healthy and youthful.