Take a nutritional fill pill

Melissa Shedden
November 1, 2016

Yes, variety is the spice of life—and one of the keys to a balanced diet. Still, only one in 20 Aussie adults meet the nutritional guidelines for daily intake of fruits and veg, according to the latest ABS research.

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In fact, ABS data from 2014-15 shows 50.2% of Australians aged 18 years and over did not meet the guidelines for recommended daily serves of fruit (2 or more serves), while 93% did not meet the guidelines for serves of vegetables (5-6 or more serves for men depending on age, and 5 or more for women).
 

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Eat the rainbow

Experts agree the best source of essential nutrients is whole food. We get a wide variety of nutrients from eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. But if you accidentally order the chips instead of the salad, on repeat, a multivitamin may be the dietary backup you need. Where supplements, in particular multivitamins, are generally prescribed, is for those who need nutritional support or aren’t managing to eat a nutritionally dense daily diet.

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What’s in a multivitamin?

The short answer? Vitamins and minerals – with some containing herbs. The long answer? 30 plus ingredients depending on the specific supplement. We’re talking a long and varied list like B vitamins, iodine, biotin, folic acid, magnesium, gingko, green tea, Siberian ginseng, licorice, zinc, vitamin C and ginger. Antioxidants like grape seed are the free-radical-fighting cherry on top.

 

What does the science say?

While recent general science on multivitamins is inconclusive, a 2012 clinical study of Swisse Men's Ultivite published in the Nutrition Journal showed multivitamins helped improve alertness. Paying attention now? Meanwhile, a 2013 clinical study published in Appetite found multivitamin supplementation supported and maintained a healthy mood balance and energy levels. FYI, the 2013 study which was carried out by Swinburne University was done in healthy young adults aged 20 to 60 years old, over a 16-week period.

Keep in mind, if you take a multivitamin, it can’t substitute a healthy, balanced diet. Foods—particularly fruits, vegetables and whole grains—provide fibre as well as many potentially beneficial compounds not found in any supplement.

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