If You Can’t Feel the Difference Between When You’re Taking a Multivitamin and When You’re Not, You May Have a Bioavailability Issue
It seems like old household wisdom that supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is a good idea. Some even use “taking a multivitamin” as an excuse to slack off in their dietary health game—after all, a good multivitamin is supposed to fill in your nutritional gaps, right?
“Good” is the operative word in that sentence. Not all multivitamins are created equally. You may be impressed with the range of ingredients listed on the label, but if each capsule was not processed and formulated with bioavailability in mind, they’re likely no better than placebo pills.
So, yes, a good multivitamin can help you fill in the gaps in your diet—but you need to make sure you’re taking the right one.
What is Bioavailability, Anyway?
Bioavailability—biological availability—describes a percentage of nutrients in a food or supplement that the body is able to utilize in its day-to-day functioning. A measure of nutritional quality, this figure is typically determined based on how accessible the consumed nutrients are during three major digestion-related processes; researchers ask: How well can these nutrients be absorbed in the intestine? How well are they absorbed and retained in the body after processing? How well are they utilized thereafter?
In the words of our product formulation scientist Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG), a simple way to express the importance of bioavailability is this: “You aren’t just what you eat, you’re what you absorb.”
The science is complex, and a whole host of interactions need to be considered when determining the bioavailability of a food product, including how the nutrients in question tend to mingle with other foods consumed—what kinds of physical and/or chemical interactions might go down?
And let’s not forget the fact that no two bodies are alike and we all have unique physical attributes that may have us reacting to different types of foods in different ways.
What Can We Do to Ensure We’re Absorbing All Daily Required Nutrients?
As noted above, different nutrient sources interact in different ways to affect the absorption rate of what you’re consuming. A first step for ensuring you’re getting the nutrients you need is to be aware of possible nutritional deficiencies in your diet and the required path forward for making sure you can properly counter these issues.
For example, if you don’t eat a lot of meat, you may find you have low iron levels. As Berkeley Wellness points out, there are plenty of plant-based sources of iron out there, but you’ll need to ingest some vitamin C along with these food items to optimize your iron-absorption rate. Same goes for vitamin D when trying to better absorb calcium.
And, as noted in our introduction, be sure to take the right multivitamin. We’ll discuss in further detail below how the VitaYears™ Anti-Aging Multivitamin is different from its competitors, but for the sake of our present argument, suffice it to say that any multivitamin that has not received an upgrade in its manufacturing process or formula over the past few decades to reflect modern standards are not going to give you the expected results.
That said, as a best practice, make sure your diet is well balanced and rich in whole foods—avoid processed foods as much as possible. While it’s tempting to think that a multivitamin can solve all your nutrition problems and give you a free pass to Pizza Town, there really is no replacement for eating well (and enjoying pizza in moderation).
How Do We Ensure the Bioavailability of VitaYears? How is VitaYears Different?
We achieve bioavailability for VitaYears products in two ways: First, we score our nutraceuticals to verify they have the correct composition to be effectively absorbed by the human body and, in turn, deliver meaningful results. Following that, as part of the manufacturing process, the nutraceuticals undergo a dissolution test to make sure that they will breakdown and release in the body once consumed.
As for why VitaYears is different than competing multivitamins, we can answer that in two ways, as well: First, we use the correct amount of each high-quality ingredient in our multivitamins; we also test our ingredients for purity, potency and efficacy. Second, we do our research—the formulas for our products were not developed fifty years ago like your average, run-of the-mill multivitamins. Instead, we formulated the VitaYears Anti-Aging Multivitamin with unique ingredients shown through breakthrough research to slow aging and do the following:
- Support a healthy lifespan
- Promote healthy energy levels
- Help in reducing the effects of stress
- Support a healthy memory
- Help in reducing UV-induced skin aging
- Provide support for cardiovascular health
- Help in protecting your eyes against harmful blue light from digital devices
If You’re Going to Take a Multivitamin Anyway, Why Not Take the Best?
We believe that you should be able to feel the difference that taking a multivitamin makes. To do this, you need to go beyond the simple, low-potency multivitamin originally formulated in the middle of the 20th century using old science. Instead, you need a high-potency, 21st century multivitamin formulated for the modern lifestyle and based on current science.
In short, you want VitaYears Anti-Aging Multivitamin, which contains over 30 vitamins, minerals and nutraceuticals in clinically relevant doses to support health and wellness. It was formulated to add life to your years and make you feel like your most vital self.