Up until recently, the only time I took multivitamins was when I was trying to conceive or get pregnant (at which time I faithfully took my prenatal vitamins and tried to ‘eat the rainbow’). Other than that, if it’s a good day, I’ll jam a few of my kids’ gummy vitamins in my mouth with coffee in the morning (hanging my head in shame).
Well, folks… it’s time to grow up and stop taking my kids gummy vitamins!
On a recent trip to Target, I figured I’d pick up a multivitamin. I was so overwhelmed with the varying prices, and knew next to nothing about any of the brands offered there, other than that my grandma used to take Centrum. I’m a research driven kind of consumer, so I decided to take a trip to Vitamin Shoppe.
At the Vitamin Shoppe, there was not a Centrum bottle in sight. It was even MORE overwhelming because there was one WHOLE wall dedicated to about a bazillion different brands of multivitamins… the price range here was even broader- from $8- $80! A wonderful employee spent some time with me explaining what the differences were – but the biggest difference between what I deemed the “affordable” and “expensive” vitamins was either they were SYNTHETIC or WHOLE VITAMINS. I made some notes. Then, I came home and researched for hours because that’s what I do.
The next day, I settled on one. So, I’m proud to tell you that I am the proud owner of some real grown up vitamins! Yay! Let me tell you about them!
MegaFood Women’s One Daily Whole Food Multivitamins & Mineral Dietary Supplement – 30 tablets $21.99
Feel free to check out the details and reviews on Amazon.
What first caught my eye was their kitschy slogan: “From Farm to Tablet”. Then, I noticed the awesome reviews. I like that they are very easy to digest- you can even take them on an empty stomach! I also like that you take one a day… one and done, baby! Love keeping things simple! The many reviews of people who noticed increased energy was impressive… but what really sold me is that this is a “Whole Food Vitamin”.
I used to think all multivitamins were basically the same! Not so. Not all multivitamins are derived from natural sources (i.e. plants, fruits and veggies). Many are synthetically derived. Basically, they are laboratory simulations of real vitamins. Synthetic vitamins do not assimilate well into the body because they are not truly natural. Most processed foods contain synthetic vitamins (instead of vitamin c, you get absorbic acid. Instead of vitamin E, you get dl-tocopheryl acetate.) Why waste money buying ‘fake’ vitamins?
So, that’s what they mean when they say “From Farm to Tablet.” These vitamins are the real deal – they are derived from whole foods. MegaFood creates premium artisan whole food supplements in small batches at its Derry, New Hampshire facility. The neat thing about this company is that it sources all of its whole food ingredients from local farm partners. All the food ingredients are processed using a unique method that does not apply any heat to them, preserving all of their delicate enzymes and phytonutrients. Each ingredient is tested to make sure it is free of pesticides, herbicides, gluten, soy and dairy as well.
MegaFood produces six different customized multivitamins that contain a diverse array of superfoods, fruits, vegetables, roots, herbs and enzymes. The blends also feature a unique, non-candida yeast called S. cerevisiae that is said to be one of the most nutrient-rich foods found in nature.
The MegaFood company is impressive both for its products and ethic. These vitamins are exceptional.
I certainly have moved from my kids’ gummy vitamins, haven’t I?! Once my husband and kids finish their vitamin supply, I’m going to pick up the men’s and kids versions for them.
What multivitamins do you take? Please share in the comments below!