Whole food vitamins are those that are derived from foods in their most natural state. Unlike synthetic extracts which lose many of their inherent beneficial properties, whole food vitamins keep more of their nutritional value. Whole food multivitamins are also better absorbed by the body. (source)
They are usually organic and non-GMO and manufacturers often provide full transparency as to the source of the vitamins.
Who Can Benefit From Whole Food Organic Multivitamins?
Many people can benefit from supplementation with a multivitamin. One study found that most US adults don’t meet their recommended daily doses of the top ten nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, and iron. (source)
It’s safe to say that if you have a diet that comprises of lots of junk food and small amounts of fruits and vegetables, adding a multivitamin to your routine is a good idea.
Even if you’re doing your best to consume a balanced and nutritionally complete diet, if you have a medical condition that impedes absorption, dietary restrictions or food allergies, a multivitamin can also be helpful.
People who have problems with their immune system such as the elderly also greatly benefit from extra vitamins. Vitamin E, B6 and C are great immune boosters. (source)
That said, multivitamins should never replace a healthy diet. Taking a multivitamin does not mean you can get away with eating diet of only processed junk food.
With so many supplements available many people have forgotten the basics of health, a good diet and exercise. I am not slating supplements – there are many that are very useful. However, many people think of supplements as wonder cures which mean they don’t have to think about the rest of their intake.
Nutritional needs should be met first and foremost from foods as advised by the US Department of Health and Human Services. However, as around half of all American adults are suffering from chronic diseases caused by poor diet, supplementing with a multivitamin is a good stopgap until we can amend our diets to meet recommended guidelines.
How to Choose a Whole Food Organic Multivitamin
The best whole food organic multivitamins must follow certain standards. High quality supplements will have a certificate of analysis if manufactured in the US. This is to prove that they have been tested for compliance with relevant guidelines.
Another thing you’ll need to examine when choosing a supplement is the ingredient list. All ingredients should be in their natural, unprocessed form – no synthetically produced elements. Many natural supplement companies will have statements describing the entire production chain – from growing the raw materials, all the way to arrival in our shopping basket. This certainly instills confidence.
I try as much as possible to choose brands that are not only made in the US but also have a good reputation and long track record of creating quality supplements.
I have taken a look at all of the whole food organic multivitamins available and chosen my personal top five. I have listed some pros and cons for each as well sharing my overall favorite at the end of the article.
I really like this product. Firstly, there are separate versions available for men and women. It also not only offers all of your essential daily vitamins and minerals but also the complete profile of essential amino acids and a blend of roots and herbs to promote brain, heart and eye health.
This product has been awarded best multivitamin for both men and women 2016 by numerous websites. It’s also gluten free, soy free and vegan friendly.
The only downsides are firstly, I feel they are very expensive. Considering they only offer a 30 day supply per container they are more than 3 times the price of some other products.
Also the capsules are enormous and you must take 4 each day.
Includes all essential vitamins and minerals
Has all essential amino acids
Antioxidants for brain, heart and eye health
This is a whole food multivitamin designed specifically for women over the age of 55. It offers 30 days worth of tablets at a reasonable price.
As we get older, we not only need different nutrients but also more of them. Often the amount we eat decreases with age, yet the need for proper nutrition goes up so adding a multivitamin to your diet is a good idea for over 50s.
This product is particularly useful for women who are going through or have completed the menopause as it contains nutrients to support bone strength and balance mood.
The only thing which might be an issue is that some find this supplement hard to swallow.
This is an interesting product as it offers not only whole food vitamins and minerals (120 to be exact) but also probiotics to encourage healthy gut flora and a better immune system.
The price is fair for a 40 day supply and as it’s not gender-specific, it can be shared with other family members. Pure Nutria’s multivitamin contains all of your essential vitamins and minerals as well as extras like biotin and niacin for healthy hair.
The one downside to this product is that the capsules are huge and you need to take 3 a day. I prefer a once daily dose as it can be hard to remember to take a pill three times daily. In addition, if you have trouble swallowing, you should probably avoid this one.
The first multivitamin on our list is marketed specifically towards men. Don’t despair, ladies, there are three coming up which are formulated to meet our needs.
This product includes 15 vitamins and minerals which are derived from whole foods and are certified USDA organic. It’s also non GMO, gluten free and vegan. As for the price – this product is certainly good value for money. You get a full month’s supply at a reasonable cost.
There are a couple of negatives which I must mention. Firstly, if you have a soy sensitivity, this product is out as it contains soy. Secondly, some users reported stomach cramps as a side effect of this multivitamin. Side effects always vary from person to person, however it is something to bear in mind.
For me the Naturelo brand is the best. Simply because it really includes so much for overall health and even states all the organic fruits and vegetables from which the vitamins are derived.
You do need to take a lot of these tables daily and they are more expensive, however, many people these days take supplements for amino acids and brain health and these multivitamins have everything in one capsule. Therefore, for someone who is already taking numerous supplements, these could be a great option to get everything in one place.