Multivitamin Brands – Do Multivitamins Work

Let’s take a look at what multivitamins are; they are merely a pill that contains a combination of vitamins and minerals.

People need proper nutrition for their bodies to function the way it is supposed too.

The days are gone when most people fresh vegetables as the primary source of their meals.

People want to think that they are making healthy choices for their meals. But the reality is sometimes different.

The information we get from the statistics drives us to another conclusion; trending the eating habits of people in our society, reveal a different reality, then from what people typically say they want, which is a healthy alternative meal.

Do We Need Multivitamins

American in general eats out on average 15 to 20 times a month; and statistics reveal that 20% of all American meals people eat in vehicles; that probably means, picking up fast food from a drive-thru restaurant.

If we are honest with ourselves; we know that this is not the healthiest choice in meals, just too convenient!

For years, I have done this very thing, that lifestyle and habit has had a Huge effect on my health, shortly after being informed that I had Type 2 Diabetes, which changed my outlook on food.

Now food quality and the number of vitamins and minerals they have, suddenly have more meaning than it used to.

Even with adjusting my diet it wasn’t enough; the trips to the fast food chains did not help either. But we can change our habits when properly motivated.

With all the processed food and fast foods the average people are consuming; it is more important than ever to make sure we are getting the nutrition we need.

Let’s look at what the options available, to supplement what we lack from our food choices.

Are Multivitamins Necessary for Good Health

Proper nutrition starts from your meal choices, we have all heard the saying… “you are what you eat,” and it’s so true.

The rate at which our cells regenerate differs by cell type; but the consensus is that somewhere between seven and ten years, most of the cells in the body get entirely replaced.

During this process, multivitamins have their role in providing the body, with the essential ingredients to get the job done.

Our bodies use the food we consume for everything from creating new cells, to giving us the energy we need to go through life and do our normal daily activities.

Even with eating the correct foods 100% of the time; we must ask ourselves, is there a need for supplementing with a multivitamin? In theory, if you ate the perfect meals with all the nutrition the body needs, the answer would be no.

But in real life, people tend to be too busy, and cannot focus that much time to their food choices. And there are so many bad choices, that taste too good! There is a severe need to take the necessary time to evaluate our alternatives.

Best to be safe now rather than sorry later, by supplementing your diet with a good multivitamin, and one that the body absorbs well; that is like an insurance policy making sure you have the minimum requirements on hand when you need it.

The Best Multivitamin Reviews

There are so many reviews on which are the best multivitamins to take on the internet these days how do we know which ones to believe?

One answer is to check out what the Experts are saying.

How many experts do you know personally?

The question on experts popped up while researching for this article; how are we to discern which Experts to listen?

It may be a good idea to do some research and hit the books to find out what is the best answer is for you.

When looking at a review, how do we find out if it indeed is unbiased or not? Look at the method the Expert is using, and make sure they are critical and consistent when going over their points.

It should be logical and not have to many opinions pointing in one direction, but give both sides of the issue so that the reader can decide for themselves what their opinion is going to be.

The Whole Food Vitamin Option

Many people are concerned with vitamins that are not natural but made with synthetic ingredients.

There are medical studies that reveal that supplementing our diets with synthetic multivitamins over long periods can lead to heart disease, strokes, and other health issues.

It is much better to find supplements that contain ingredients that are made from whole foods as much as possible.

The question that drives us to is what is in your multivitamin daily supplement? The more wholefood components it contains, the better it is for you in the long run.

Most Recommended Multivitamins

Which company offers the best multivitamin is a difficult one to answer.

There are too many in the marketplace to pin it down to a few to mention in this article.

What is more important is that you are comfortable with the integrity of the company and the pride they take in making the very best product they can.

Quality control; must be very strict. We do not want the doses to vary, that would not be good for our bodies!

The only way to know these things is to research the product for yourself. Company information should be available and accessible, if not that is a red flag.

There is a product that I used every day that passes my inspection. Just recently had another check-up from my Doctor, my three months follow up visit from being diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.

In July my A1C reading was 7.8 (which is Diabetic), and in October it had dropped to 5.8 (5.6 is the normal range from my Doctor). My body was in severe pain due to the inflammation from my diet and diabetes, because of this pain I listened and followed the Doctors instruction this time!

The results have been excellent. I have not taken anymore Aleve (was taking 1000 mg at a time for the pain). My weight has dropped 35 pounds, and my diet has drastically changed.

Through this time I increased my dosage of SUSTAIN from one pill to two (morning and night), and I think this helped my body to adjust to the sudden change.

This last week changed to a ketogenic diet to lose more weight and work towards getting off the diabetes medicine completely, and my Doctor cut the dosage in half due to the results.

I believe that had I not been taking Sustain my health problems would be much worse, and that is the reason for getting the message out there.

Please leave your comments and suggestions below.

30 comments on “Multivitamin Brands – Do Multivitamins Work

  • amosk says:

    I really like the presentation and I thank God for what Sustain has been able to do for your health.

    I think the benefits you have highlighted are significant and logical. You could measure your health progress and that helps the reader to relate very well.

    Your ability to direct readers to research and find out the best multivitamin themselves is a great educational resource and we appreciate it so much. 

    The education on supplementing our diets with synthetic multivitamins is well noting. Are you saying the use of Vitamins other than what comes from natural diet is not advisable? 

    Indeed we all should be concerned about what multivitamins on the market seeks to supplement and know what we get ourselves to consume. Thanks for the education. I will research more on Sustain. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you Amosk for your comment, it is a learning experience reading all the research and the information that is avaiable on diabetes and health topics in general.

      Good to know you enjoyed the information and got something useful from it. That is encouraging to hear!

      The vitamins we get naturally from our food, is typically, a better source than getting it from supplement. But it is important to get the necessary nutrition and if we miss it in our diet then the supplement makes up the difference.

      Follow this link for more information on Sustain


  • Shy says:

    Great article on multivitamins.  We definitely want to focus on quality control, and research when it comes to anything we consume, even multivitamins.  

    Whenever you can it is a good idea to get your vitamins straight from the source.I would want vitamins that are natural and not made of some synthetic ingredients, who know what the long term effects could be?

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for the comment and I agree that natural food is better just not always available. The more I learn about nutrition the worse the options look when considering food from resteraunts. And forget about fast food if you are thinking about your health! 

  • Rob S. says:

    I try to eat healthy now that I have type 2 diabetes. And you would think if you ate healthy you wouldn’t need a multivitamin.

    But as you point out, you may not be getting everything vitamin you need so a multivitamin is necessary.I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and I know I’m missing something so I do take vitamins.

    I have issues with neuropathy so take vitamins and in particular the B complex vitamins.But at least try eating whole foods even though taking a multivitamin may cover you in case.

    I have to look further into this Sustain.Thank you for some excellent information!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks Rob for sharing that with us, and I know what you mean being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and the way it affected my health was a life changing experience.

      The Sustain has been good for me, there is alot of information on the white sheets with many references to medical studies to back up the claims.

      My vitamins and minerals have been good for the last four years taking just one pill a day (it says to take three a day) but that is too much.

      Since July I started taking two pills a day because of the drastic diet change and I wanted to make sure I was getting enough suppplement.

      Check  out this post for more info.


  • Paul says:

    Dear Chad,

    Thanks a lot for sharing the vital information. You not only discussed the problem in your post but provided with the solution which is very helpful (Sustain).

    There is an old saying in India “Food is our medicine and medicine is our food”. I got new insight from your post and taking seriously the message you delivered. 

    Multivitamins are very important to everyone and in the present situation its really hard to get all the multivitamins from our food. 

    Wishing you much success!


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks Paul for the comment and glad you enjoyed the article. I like you saying from India reminds me of one of my Doctors who comes from India.

  • Vanna Denham says:

    Hi Chad,

    I do my best to get as much good nutrition as possible from whole foods but I still fall short.  Therefore, as you said, supplements are definitely needed.

    There is so much good information on nutrition and you just added more.  Taking a lot of pills don’t work so well for me.  I’m afraid of unknown side effects of capsules over a long period time.  My first choice is liquid vitamins and supplements whenever possible. I will use the fish oil capsules if I run out of the liquid.  Liquid Geritol is good for B-vitamins and iron if anyone is interested.

    Thank you for taking the time to research and present this information.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you Vanna for your comments and a very good alternative to pills, taking pills does not bother me but I can see how someone would have concern about it.

  • Brenda says:

    Multi vitamins are indeed essential. The ideal thing would be a balanced diet with adequate servings of fruits and vegetables. However, it’s hard to maintain a balanced diet for numerous reasons. Due to the numerous fast food entities and restaurants as well as processed foods that people just put in the microwave, non communicable disease like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Concer etc are increasing in our society and from a very young age. With this fast moving generation where most families rarely enjoy a home cooked meal, this situation will only worsen. Multi vitamins are  good meal replacements as it fills the deficiencies in our diets. Choosing the suitable one is important to bring out the desired effect.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you Brenda for your comments and the insight into our societies problems with regards to food in general. My young kids only like to eat nothing but carbs and it is like pulling teeth to get themto try something different. At least my ten year old daughter iss starting to talk about healthy alternatives.

  • Michele says:

    Hi Chad,

    Congratulations on turning your health around, diabetes 2 free and a huge loss in weight!

    When we are hungary, we just grab something that will satisfy our hunger and frequently that is not something healthy!

    It requires a lot of thought and preparation to start on the journey to better health and yes definitely vitamin supplements and as organic as possible. Sustain sounds perfect

    Thank you


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for your comment Michele, you are right it take a lot of thought and preparation to make the change, once made we just have to remind ourself what just happened so we do not fall back into bad habits.

  • jeysatified says:

    So sorry about the diabetes. I understand how it feels ssomehow. My dad had and died in 2016. It is very important wwe eat really well. Somehow wwhen I look back, I realise he took things for granted too much. He would take biscuits and all sorts not advisable and wouldn’t want tto listen sometimes. I understood him back then. It’s not easy to by-look what you wish to eat but can’t cbecause of health challenges.


    He’s gone to rest. Thanks for this great post. I am an health freak but this makes me realize I haven’t sstaryed out yet. Will eat better from now onwards.


    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for the comment and sorry to hear about your dad. My grandfather had the same attitude about changing his diet and paid for it in his last years of his life. Good advice to start eating better now… that is all we can control anyway.

  • Jenny Hennig says:

    I agree that taking a good multi vitamin supplement, is helpful and important to get all your nutritional needs. So many people turn to fast food because it is cheap, easy, fast and convenient, however it’s not good for our bodies. Supplementing with a multi vitamin is a good start to improving your health.  It sounds like you have made some great progress with your health and managing your diabetes.  I hope you do well on the ketogenic diet, you will have to update us on your progress with it.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comment Jenny, yes fast food is bad for us! Just wished it did not taste so good or was so easy to get.

      Being off fast food since July is making me feel much better but it’s tuff driving past all those places everyday.

      I will be updating my progress and passing on information that I am learning in regular language instead of the way Doctors talk.

  • Babsie Wagner says:

    I didn’t realize there was even a thing as “synthetic” multi-vitamins, so your article really opened up my eyes.  I take a variety of supplements on a daily basis, and I certainly am looking to do good for my body and not put into it something that is not good for it.  I use an “organic” multi-vitamin, but is that the same thing as a “natural” or “non-synthetic” vitamin?  I do read reviews for sure, and ingredients to see where I get the most bang for my buck.  Vitamins are so expensive.  Thanks for sharing this great information.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Babs,

      Thank you for your comments, I used to take as many as 19 different supplements from Swanson before finding Sustain which does the same amount and better quailty than what I was getting from Swanson (which is a good place to buy at a discount). The blood test is what made me a believer in Sustain.

      Be careful with the synthetic stuff… which looks like you already know that! 

  • Eden says:

    My father has Diabetes type 2 and struggles with eating the right and healthy foods. There is so much processed foods and adverts on tv does not help in the UK. You have done a great job with your diabetes and it looks like Sustain has helped you. It is about finding the multivitamins that are the more natural ones and with busy lifestyles, I am sure the right ones will help a lot. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comment Eden, it is diffficult to change your eating habits with all the pressures that come from advertisements and people just trying to be nice! We just have to stick to it or pay the price to our health.

  • Ashley says:

    I have definitely heard that when it comes to taking a multivitamin, you want one that absorbs well! I think it is probably important to have a doctor tell you if you are deficient in any specific vitamin, and then focus on making sure you are getting more of that. Getting your vitamins through fruits and vegetables is going to be most beneficial! Congrats on your positive results! 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you Ashley for your comments, it is better to get all of vitamins through our food when possible. Still think it is better to be on the safe side.

  • anthony fontenot says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the diabetes. My mother has been diagnosed a couple of years ago. I think it is sad the amount of garbage we find even at our grocery stores. I think it is very important to know what we are eating and how it is affecting us. The sad fact is, not many people I know will actually hear me out when I try to warn them about the dangers of unhealthy eating. Do you have any advice on how to help someone realize that they are poisoning their self? And would you recommend eating organic? Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed article. I think that this will help many people. Keep up the good work…

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Anthony,

      Sorry to hear about your mother, it is not easy to adjust to a diabetics diet. 

      Just today, I was talking with people at lunch about this very thing, most of the food offered in restaraunts and fast food venues are not compatable with a diabetic diet.

      The same verbage was used in describing the choices, (posion) because that is what it is to someone with diabetes. And many do not realize that it can be very painful.

      All we can do is tell people about what it is doing to you body and hope they are willing to make the necessary changes before it is too late.

      We have been moving towards organic foods for several years now and the past three months have stopped eating at restraunts and no fast food at all!

      That stuff is poison; just wished it didn’t taste so good and be so convient. That way it would be easier for people.

      Take care,


  • Chris says:

    Hey Chad!

    I totally agree that multivitamins are super important, especially in today’s world! The modern American diet almost has ZERO good stuff in it!

    My favorite multivitamin that I take is called Tangy Tangerine 2.0! It literally turned my grandpas and my dads health around! It is a power house!

    Anyways thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience on the subject!

    All the Best,


    • Chad Trader says:

      Hello Chris,

      Thanks for the comment, I am not familiar with Tangy Tangerine 2.0. Looked it up the product on Amazon and the ingredients look good. 

      Wonder if it taste like tangerines? That may make someone be more receptive to taking their vitamins if it taste like orange juice.

      Please let me know…

      Have a great day!


  • Ryan says:

    This is a topic I know has been long and still is debated at some level. I know at the end of the day the right ones in the right doses are effective. I’m glad to hear about your progress and I’m certainly eager to hear about your results after switching to the keto diet (as that’s something I’ve looked into a lot and might try one day).

    • Chad Trader says:

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for you comment, and your interest in the keto diet.

      A co-worker started this in January and had a broken foot for six months, he still lost 45 pounds, that is what made me talk to my Doctor about going on this diet. 

      Just have to be careful that my blood sugar doesn’t drop too low.

      Will be posting all progress with the keto diet later,  this one looks promising!

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