Multivitamins Are A Waste Of Money?
If you’ve been popping multivitamins for the past few years, you may have heard from someone down the line that they don’t really do anything for the body aside from giving you really expensive green pee. But is that true?
It wasn’t until recently that I was talking to a friend who saw me throw a multivitamin in my mouth, when he began to give me a ton of crap for wasting my money on this particular “worthless” supplement and that all my vitamins and minerals can be attained from the foods that I eat on a daily basis. I didn’t feel like disputing the situation so I just shrugged it off, bit my tongue and just replied with a “meh.” Before I go on, let me tell you that this guy has no diet. No structured meal plan, nothing. Just blowing facts out of his ass because he heard it from someone else, or just seen it on tv and ended up misinterpreting the information somehow.
So are multivitamins a waste of your hard earned money? Do you really need to spend your money on a little pill that claims to give you the nutrients that your body needs to function optimally?
First off, multivitamin supplements are absolutely not necessary for you to take on a daily basis. A multivitamin supplement is just that: a supplement. It’s purpose is to give you the daily vitamins and minerals that your body may be lacking from your diet. Your body will continue to function normally, but as for optimally, that’s another story. But are they a waste of your money? Not if you can afford it.
I say this simply for the fact that the average person’s diet consists of: fast foods, processed garbage, and very minimal fruits and veggies. It’s especially bad nowadays that the new “IIFYM” (if it fits your macros) has taken the fitness world by a storm. Kids are fitting Pop Tarts, hamburgers, pizza, all this crazy junk food into their diet, while at the same time continuing to prove they can lose weight, but are missing out on many important nutrients.
We all know that one person who hates greens in their food, brags that they haven’t eaten a fruit or vegetable in years, and how they are alpha as hell, eating nothing but steak and potatoes on a regular basis. They also probably have huge gatherings and parties for their many, many friends on weekends too. Because we all know that you don’t make friends with salad. Sorry vegetarians, you may be a bit healthier on paper, but your friends, what friends? I’m just kidding.
The bottom line is it doesn’t matter whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or a meat eater. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a traditional chicken, rice and broccoli guy, or you like to fit junk food into your diet to “YOLO” life a bit. Nobody’s diet is going to cover all the bases to a tee. Vegetarians and vegans may lack nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B 12, while carnivores on the other hand, are generally lacking calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, and magnesium from their diets. What better way to make sure that you have full coverage than to take a pill daily?
So to recap:
Multivitamins are a waste of money? No
Do you need multivitamins in your daily life? No, but if you can afford it, why not?
Does everybody lack essential vitamins and minerals and does a multivitamin help them more than hurt them? Yes
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