Now, ask this question of almost anyone, and you will get a different answer from each person.
So here’s my answer:
I would love to be able to say that taking vitamins was just not necessary, but unfortunately, we don’t live in a naturally perfect world, where we go out every dawn, collecting from the wild the food that we will eat that day. Even if we did live such lives, chances are that we wouldn’t be getting exactly the foods that provide the perfect range of vitamins and minerals we need for that day.
As a rule though, our foods aren’t fresh, they aren’t generally grown with our health in mind, they are processed and we eat what we like, rather than what we need.
Which means that in order to get a good range of the vitamins and minerals we need, chances are, you are going to need a little bit of extra help. Now, unlike underwear, where cheap is cheerful, the opposite is true in vitamins, where you do tend to get what you pay for.
So, get the best you can afford.
Also, I firmly believe that we aren’t designed to take in exactly the same quantities of each vitamin and mineral each day. So, rather than take the same multivitamin each and every day, mix it up a tad: try taking your vitamins only on week days,or taking less in the summer and more in the winter, for example.
To complicate matters a bit more though, just figuring out you are a bit deficient in a vitamin, and then taking that vitamin as a supplement isn’t necessarily the answer. There might be a reason why your body isn’t able to take in that vitamin from your food, even if you are eating plenty of it. There might be a reason that you need more, or less of a certain vitamin.
Overall, and very generally, I’d say it’s better to be eating a really good range of foods, and perhaps taking a good multivitamin/mineral to cover any shortfalls.
So, in short, and long, my answer to this question is “No, it is not cheating to take a multivitmin/mineral. But if you are taking them because you just can’t be bothered to eat well, or because you have heard that one specific vitamin or mineral will ‘solve’ a problem, then you might want to either take a closer look at your diet, or consult with a super-friendly, mega-helpful Nutritional Therapist to get you sorted!
Now, where might you find one of those kinds of people??????
Hint, right here!
(ps, thanks to Sarah, one of my newsletter readers for such a great question!)