Advertisements for various supplements are everywhere, but you will rarely see advertisements for the supplement you may need most, of course it is about vitamins and minerals. Read on to find out why you need a quality multivitamin to improve your health and achieve your fitness goals.
When you think of supplements, what comes to mind first? Whey protein, pre-workout, creatine, amino acids or maybe something else? These supplements are the most common in terms of marketing, so it is quite normal if they come to your mind.
However, what if they told you that the most important supplement you must have in your arsenal is not on the above list at all? Could you guess which supplement it is (of course before reading the title of this text)? These are, of course, multivitamins, from the basic ones you took as a child to the ones you take now. If you don't take them, you'd better start now, especially if you want to achieve your fitness goals.
WHAT ARE MULTIVITAMINS AND WHY DO I NEED THEM?
The human body performs many daily tasks, and a wide and complex range of different vital nutrients is needed to perform them. Lack of any essential vitamin or mineral will cause problems in the metabolic process which will quickly lead to a drop in performance.
By consuming high quality multivitamins you will ensure the presence of all the necessary essential nutrients needed for metabolic reactions.
Athletes, exercisers, and anyone with an active lifestyle need these nutrients even more than the average person, but if you're thinking of taking the first multivitamin you come across and think it will work, think again.
PROBLEMS WITH TYPICAL MULTIVITAMINS
The two classic problems we face with all average multivitamins are:
Problem 1: Athletes have different needs
Classic multivitamins are not formulated and designed for athletes and active exercisers. Most of these multivitamins are designed for the average person who is not as active, and therefore has less need for macronutrients, which ultimately leads to a very small spectrum of micronutrients and in very small amounts. Even taking a double or triple dose will not meet your micronutrient needs.
Problem 2: Low biological value
The biological value of these multivitamins is usually very low. The cheap method of production makes the micronutrients contained in them unusable in our body. This means that the body will absorb less than 25% of the nutrients listed on the label.
THE FOUNDATION OF A GOOD SUPPLEMENTATION PROGRAM
Multivitamins are not normally advertised as a supplement that will increase your strength on the bench or squats, and therefore most people do not watch multivitamins or at best do not consume quality multivitamins. However, just as you would not buy a table with only two legs or build a house without a quality foundation, so your supplement program should not be without quality vitamins
Without multivitamins, other supplements will not be as effective as usual. Not only should multivitamins be the foundation of quality supplementation, but also the first thing you need to take care of. Take a multivitamin right after you wake up or after breakfast and you're ready for the rest of the day.
WHAT MULTIVITAMINE DOES
Most multivitamins are made up of almost the same individual vitamins and minerals, with the difference between quality and lower quality in their quantity as well as biological value. Although vitamins and minerals are found together as one supplement, there are differences between the two micronutrients.
Vitamins are organic and much more complex than minerals.In order for our body to survive, it needs all the vitamins. Vitamins control chemical reactions in the body in order to convert food into energy and living tissue. They are either water-soluble, which means they must be taken on a daily basis because the body cannot store them (vitamin C and vitamin B), or fat-soluble, which means the body can store them (vitamins A, D, E and K). ).
Minerals are inorganic and have a much simpler chemical form compared to vitamins. Minerals are categorized into two categories:
- macro ( calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium )
- micro ( iron, iodine, zinc, chromium, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, copper and manganese )
Macro minerals should be taken in doses higher than 100mg per day. We need micro-minerals only in trace amounts (small amounts) to meet our daily needs. Minerals are necessary for the production of necessary hormones.
Finally, we would like to state that we hope that you now know and appreciate the value of multivitamins and how important they are for achieving all your goals. Protein drinks, energy drinks and other supplements are great, but without quality multivitamins you will not reach your full potential.
Whether you are a man or a woman, young, old, professional athlete or recreational multivitamin should be the first supplement you take every morning.
Muscle Freak has a large selection of great multivitamins for athletes that you can see by clicking here , or by visiting one of our stores in Sarajevo or Banja Luka.