ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HEALTH SUBJECTS DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED MULTIVITAMINS?

Do you need a multivitamin?

I know it is a very common question frequently asked. Multivitamins are one of the most often purchased over the counter supplements. It is true that a multivitamin will help in a case where there is a nutritional deficiency. However, although it will not cause harm, it may be a waste of money if you are consuming 100% of vitamins and minerals from food. 

There are some cases where taking a multivitamin is recommended. Certainly in pregnancy a multivitamin may be recommended to be sure that enough folate is absorbed to prevent birth defects. People who follow a strict vegan diet may benefit from a multivitamin, as they might not ingest enough minerals or vitamin B12 by avoiding animal products.

MORE CASES WHERE MULTIVITAMINS ARE BENEFICIAL...

People following prolonged low calorie, weight loss programs, people recovering from surgery and people with severe illness that restricts eating could benefit from a multivitamin. 

Lastly, older adults have a decreased appetite, eat less and may not absorb nutrients as well or be on medication that block nutrients so a multivitamin may be indicated for that age group. 

I think that it is easier and delicious to ingest all the recommended amounts of vitamin and minerals from food. Let’s take watercress as an example, one cup, a single serving, has many notable health benefits. Watercress is in the cruciferous vegetable family and therefore is a green leafy vegetable rich in minerals and vitamins.

Watercress also contains many antioxidants!

One serving provides you with a tremendous amount of Vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate, as well as some amount of other b vitamins, magnesium and phospherous.

Watercress antioxidant properties are known to produce innumerable benefits for cancer prevention. 

Other Benefits:
Improve bone healthAnti depressive agentImproved immune functionBetter eyesight Reduced damage to red blood cells

It's pretty mind-blowing what just one new food can do for your overall health !!!

You HAVE TO try this recipe below!

I mean it! :) 

Watercress Salad - A deliciously healthy recipy ;)

The Ingredients:

1-tablespoon honey or agave

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 thinly sliced red onion

1 can mandarin oranges, rinsed

1-cup snap peas

2 cups precooked beets (cubed or sprialized)

32 oz. watercress greens

1 log of goat cheese, crumbled

PREPARATION

1. Mix the first six ingredients for the dressing, set aside

2. Mix all other ingredients except goat cheese into a serving bowl

3. Toss with 4 tablespoons of the dressing

4. Crumble goat cheese on top

5. Drizzle remaining dressing on top

Jamie Feit