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5 Good Reasons to Take a Daily Multivitamin

5 Good Reasons to Take a Daily Multivitamin

1.Harvard review recommends a daily multivitamin
In a scientific review, the Harvard School of Medicine recommended, “Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomised trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”.1

2. Support optimal health rather than just prevent deficiency
Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are set at levels known to prevent nutrient deficiencies, yet it is questionable whether these levels are high enough to promote optimal health. Human daily requirements of vitamin D may be up to 10 times more than what is currently recommended. Taking a daily multivitamin may help to support optimal health rather than just prevent deficiency.

3. Improve your biological age
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that taking a daily multivitamin & mineral supplement may help to improve biological age.2

4.Typical Western diet is low in nutrients
Only 8% of children and less than 30% of adults meet the 5-a-day fruit and veg recommendations3. Research now shows that we actually need to be aiming for 10-a-day if we really want to harness the health-protective powers of plant foods44

5. Support a healthy weight
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that in obese individuals, multivitamin and mineral supplementation could reduce body weight and fat compartments and improve serum lipid profiles, possibly through increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation. In addition, multivitamin and mineral supplementation helped to reduce blood pressure and serum CRP in obese women with increased cardiovascular disease risk.5,6


1. Fletcher RH, Fairfield KM, Vitamins for Chronic Disease Preventions in Adults. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2002; 287: 3127-3129

2. Xu, Parks et al. Multivitamin use and telomere length in women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. June 2009, Vol 89, Number 6, Pages 1857 – 1863 1. Pao EM, Mickle SJ. Problem nutrients in the United States. Food Technology 1981; 35: 58-79

3.National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 5-6 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/13-2013/14) A Survey carried out on behalf of Public Health England and Food Standards Agency

4.Dagfinn A, Giovannucci E et al. Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality – A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol 46, Issue 3, 1 June 2017, Pages 1029 – 1056. Published 22 February 2017

5. Li, Wang et al. Effects of multivitamin and mineral supplementation on adiposity, energy expenditure and lipid profiles in obese Chinese women. International Journal of Obesity advance online publication, 9 February 2010; doi: 10. 1038/ijo.2010.14

6. Li, Wang et al. Effects of supplementation with multivitamin and mineral on blood pressure and C-reactive protein in obese Chinese women with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009; 18(1): 121-30