How many times have you heard someone say “daily nutritional needs should be met by eating a well-rounded and healthy diet” or “If you follow a healthy diet, you'll get all of the vitamins and minerals you need from food.” After all, a diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, nutrient dense whole grains, quality protein sources, and healthy fats should provide most of the nutrients needed for good health right? While this is a very worthwhile and lucrative goal...unfortunately, it's also one which may not always be achievable.
The problem is, the vast majority of people fall short on their diet, and miss out on many key vitamins and minerals, and we are already know the typical diet does not usually supply all the nutrients we need, in the amounts we need them. In fact, when it comes to specific vitamins and minerals, a large percentage of the population get less than adequate amounts, according to criteria set by the National Academy of Medicine. For example, about 1 billion people worldwide have a vitamin D deficiency and get less than the Estimated Average Requirement for vitamin D and vitamin E from food sources alone.
That number is even more prevalent here in America, where upwards of 90% of the population are vitamin D deficient. That's an astronomical percentage, especially for a vitamin such as vitamin D that is critical for many functions in the body, including building and maintaining healthy bones, help controlling infections, and reducing inflammation in the body. While everyone should try to be outside more to acquire more vitamin D and a eat solid, well-rounded diet, that can be much easier said than done, especially with the high demanding world we live in today and all of the readily available "not-so-healthy" food options.
We all know “healthy diet” is a very subjective term, and may vary completely from one person to the next. While most people understand the concept, and believe they consume a healthy diet, they may not truly understand the details. Even for those consuming a whole food diet, rich in nutrient dense foods and plentiful in micronutrients, they may still enjoy their daily coffee (or 2... or 3) loaded with sugars, sweets and alcohol, all of which deplete nutrients and increase the need for antioxidants and nutrients that provide detoxification benefits.
The truth is, almost everyone, even those eating a very well-rounded diet, will likely fall short on some micronutrients. This is where a high quality multivitamin can comes into play. While high quality multivitamin formulas don’t replace a healthy diet, they do enhance it, helping ensure all the necessary nutrients are available to support normal physiological function, and help provide the necessary foundation for building optimal health and wellness.
Think of multivitamins like an insurance policy for your daily health, a daily guarantee to ensure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to function and perform optimally. Basically, multivitamins can make up for the shortfalls that happen when you don’t get all of the micronutrients you need through food.
Self Evolve Men's & Women's Ultra Multivitamin
Do men and women have different micronutrient needs?
Should men and women take different vitamins and do they have different micronutrient needs? In short, yes... men and women have unique micronutrient needs. While we all require the same micronutrients for our bodies to function and perform optimally, men and women require different levels of nutrients. If the recommended intake for some nutrients differ between men and women, it only makes sense that multivitamins should as well.
It’s not only the RDA (recommended daily value) that is different between men and women; health concerns and what’s important to each gender also varies. For example, women tend to lose bone density at a faster rate than men after age 30 and may benefit from a multivitamin that provides more calcium. Men, on the other hand, tend to prioritize muscle health. Some health concerns, such as immune health and antioxidant support are important to both sexes. The best multivitamin for you, is the one that provides support for the concerns you care about.
This is why Self Evolve provides 2 different multivitamin formulas, each formulated with the specific vitamin and mineral needs for men and women. Since guidelines for men and women differ, a gender-specific multi meant to meet those unique needs makes sense.
As we mentioned above, there are some vitamins and minerals that women need more of than men do. Vitamins such as Calcium and Vitamin D for strong bones, healthy muscles, nerves and heart health, Iron to help increase the amount of red blood cells in the body and keep blood healthy, Folate to make DNA and is vital if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, and Magnesium to build strong bones and prevent bone loss, physical and cognitive growth, as well as regulating blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
SelfE Womens Ultra-Vitamin has over 100% of all the vitamins above, as well as all other vital micronutrients, ensuring any vitamin deficiency needs are met, as well as the specific vitamin and mineral needs for you as a woman. This Ultra Vitamin also comes loaded with a hearty dose of Biotin at 5,000 mcg to help maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails, 1,000 mcg (which is over 16,000% of the RDV) of Vitamin B12 for natural, daily energy, and cellular, brain, and nervous system health.
A healthy diet for a man is different from a healthy diet for a woman. And what a middle aged male needs from his food for good health and growth differs from what a male baby, child, teenager or older person needs. It’s common for men’s diets to be lacking some essential elements, including:
• vitamin D – This powerhouse vitamin reduces inflammation in the arteries and strengthens the skeleton, but all people, not just men, can be deficient in it because they don’t get enough ultraviolet B rays from the sun. Some foods that are rich sources of vitamin D include oily fish (like salmon), meat, eggs, dairy and mushrooms. Ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels
• magnesium – This mineral is involved in more than 300 processes in your body. Low levels may increase your risk of heart disease. Studies say most men consume only about 80 per cent of the recommended daily magnesium. Navy beans and halibut are great sources of magnesium, but it can be hard to get all you need from food alone. Talk to your healthcare practitioner if you think you may be falling short
• vitamin B12 – Good sources of vitamin B12 include meat, poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish, cheese, yoghurt and milk, and fortified cereals, but talk to your doctor about your levels
• potassium – This essential mineral helps your cells use glucose for energy. Many men don’t consume enough. Potassium works to lower sodium in the blood, so if your diet is high in sodium, have a chat to your doctor. Avocados, potatoes and bananas are all excellent sources
• iodine – Your thyroid glands need iodine to produce the hormones T3 and T4, both of which help control how you burn calories. Insufficient levels may make you gain weight and feel fatigued. Eggs, milk and yoghurt are good sources of iodine, but talk to your doctor about your levels and what to do about them.
SelfE Men's Ultra-Vitamin is specifically and potently formulated to deliver over 100% of virtually all vital micronutrients, including the vitamins and minerals mentioned above, ensuring any vitamin deficiencies are met. This high potency vitamin powerhouse is also formulated with testosterone support to keep you feeling young and invigorated, as well as immune system support helping protect your body from outside invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins.
Are these multivitamins good for athletes?
Since athletes have high rates of energy metabolism and need their bodies to function at intense levels, they tend to have higher micronutrient needs than non-athletes. In addition, exercise stresses the metabolic pathways where vitamins and minerals are utilized and may also result in biochemical adaptations that increase micronutrient needs. Routine exercise may also speed up the turnover and loss of vitamins and minerals from the body that are crucial for turning food into energy through metabolic pathways. Other important roles of micronutrients include aiding in the production of oxygen-carrying proteins, maintenance of bone health, proper immune system function, and fluid balance. They also help with the synthesis and repair of new muscle tissue, and protect against oxidative stress.
While vitamin and mineral supplements may not directly enhance your performance, a deficiency in certain vitamins or minerals are very likely to damage it. Self Evolve Men's and Women's Ultra-Vitamins are an excellent option for athletes of all levels, as they provide over 100% of the RDV of the key vitamins and minerals required for optimal performance and are formulated with the unique nutrient needs of athletes. You also have the option of picking either the formula for men or women so that you get the ideal combination and amount of micronutrients for your respective needs and requirements.