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Whether you’re rising when the rooster crows or burning the midnight oil, finding the energy to push through the day isn’t always easy. If you’re looking to avoid the crash of caffeine and provide your body with a natural boost, you may be thinking about adding a multivitamin to your daily routine.
The question is, do multivitamins give you energy?
The short answer is, sometimes. The long answer requires a deep dive into multivitamins, vitamin deficiencies, and where your energy really comes from. Suffice to say, a multivitamin isn’t an instant energy booster, but depending on your diet and personal health, you could discover potentially energy-related benefits. Read on to find out more. (Note that you can now shop Everlywell Vitamins and Supplements, including multivitamin supplements.)
“Energy” is a broad term. It’s the push to get out of bed and the endurance to keep knocking out your daily chores. In biological terms, you can think of energy as the capacity to do work.
Energy comes from calories and the body’s ability to break down the nutrients from the foods you eat. Yes—the number near the top of every food label refers to the amount of energy the body can extract from each serving .
Of course, it’s not quite as simple as eating calories and getting energy. The body requires more than just calories to carry out essential biological functions. That’s why a balanced diet should consist of:
While it's possible to receive all your micronutrients from your diet, studies suggest that millions of Americans are vitamin deficient and missing out on these crucial building blocks of good health .
A multivitamin—a dietary supplement that contains both vitamins and minerals—can help to ensure you’re consuming the full spectrum of essential nutrients, both micro and macro.
Some vitamins may have a direct correlation with energy levels, controlling and affecting bodily processes associated with creating and maintaining energy. By taking a daily multivitamin that includes these potentially energy-boosting vitamins, you may notice a little more pep in your step.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that none of these vitamins can replace diet, exercise, hydration, and quality sleep.
When it comes to vitamins related to energy, consider these:
Many minerals also play key roles in maintaining energy. Iron, zinc, and magnesium are particularly important and frequently found in multivitamins. However, it is notable that iron requirements change as you age, and as a result, many multivitamins do not include iron.
You might consider examining the mineral composition of your vitamin supplements, as well as their vitamin contents, for a better understanding of your multivitamin’s energy-enabling potential.
With a little background about the potential benefits of multivitamins, you may wonder if there are any downsides to a daily supplement.
Typically, when taken as directed, vitamin supplements are safe and have no noticeable side effects. That said, there are a few scenarios to avoid:
Multivitamins can provide support for energy levels and overall well-being. To find the best formula for your health needs, consult your healthcare provider. Equipped with the right information, they can point you towards the specific nutrients that your body might need. Then, consider trying a monthly Everlywell subscription for the nutrient(s) of your choice, including:
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