In the minds of many athletes, naturopaths and even doctors, the multi vitamin is “the only supplement you will ever need”. A huge number of people swear by taking multi vitamins on a daily basis to top up the nutrients that they take in daily. Is this really necessary?
If you follow the Paleo diet, then you should not need to take multi vitamins. Certainly, multi vitamins offer more benefits (for their price) than other expensive supplements, shakes and powders if you are living on a diet of junk food. However, Paleo diet followers eat a rich and varied diet that covers most common nutrients.
The Paleo diet includes fish, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables and roots. This means that you get a good range of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) as well as the main vitamins and minerals. This is especially true if you stick to in-season fruits and vegetables and vary your diet every day.
Cave Men Couldn’t Go to the Shops
Paleo followers are aiming to emulate the diets of their caveman ancestors, and let’s face it, cavemen did not plan their meals, they didn’t have fridges and freezers and they certainly couldn’t pop down to the shops and buy vitamins in a tub. Their hunter-gatherer lifestyle still kept them healthy enough to do physical tasks that would exhaust most modern men. The secret to their nutritional success was eating a varied diet that ensured that in the long term all of their nutritional needs were met.
While modern men can follow a diet that is Paleo in nature, there are some lifestyle differences that must be taken into account. Those lifestyle changes don’t necessitate the use of multi vitamins, but there are some supplements that may be useful for Paleo lifestyle fans. Valuable supplements include the following.
Vitamin D is produced by the body through exposure to sunlight. If you work in an office, you probably don’t get enough vitamin D. Many modern staples, such as cereals and bread, are fortified with vitamin D, but those foods are not considered to be Paleo. If you want to make sure that you’re getting enough of this vitamin, don?t take a multi vitamin ? instead supplement vitamin D itself during the winter and make a point of getting some sunlight during the summer.
Fish oil is another useful Paleo-friendly supplement. There’s a good chance that you’re eating a lot of fish anyway, but fish alone isn’t enough to get the amount of omega fats that the body needs. Supplementing fish oil provides your body with antioxidants that can help to fight certain cancers. It also helps to protect against heart attacks and strokes, combats osteoporosis and helps to improve your brain function and your vision.
Multi vitamins are useful for people who eat a repetitive diet, but if you vary the types of food that you eat regularly, then there is no need to spend money on them. Focus on eating wholesome foods and enjoy the health benefits that they offer.