Do Runners Need a Multivitamin?
The most common question asked by runners is whether they should take a multivitamin. There are several reasons why some runners might want to take one:
1) They have high levels of vitamin D in their blood; thus, taking a multivitamin could prevent them from getting rashes or other skin problems caused by sun exposure.
(See Vitamin D.
What Is it?
2) Some athletes take supplements to increase muscle mass, such as creatine.
Taking a multivitamin would provide additional benefits, since it helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. (See Creatine.)
3) If you’re an endurance athlete, taking a multivitamin could help with energy levels during long runs.
(See Energy Levels.
How Does Your Body Use It?
4) A multivitamin might help prevent certain diseases, such as cancer.
(See Cancer Prevention.)
5) If you’re a vegetarian, taking a multivitamin might reduce your risk of developing stomach ulcers.
6) Some people take multivitamins because they think they’ll boost their immune system.
However, there’s no evidence that this is true. (See Immune System Boosters.)
7) Running can cause some people to have bad breath.
While this is a minor concern, it might be enough to make you take a multivitamin. (See Halitosis.)
8) If you run long distance, your body uses up nutrients at a higher rate than sedentary individuals.
As a result, some experts believe that runners need more nutrients than non-runners. A multivitamin would supply these nutrients. (
See Do Runners Need More Nutrients?
9) If you don’t like eating your vegetables, a multivitamin would help you get enough of certain nutrients.
There is little evidence that this is necessary, however. Some people think that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is more important than taking a multivitamin. (See Fruits and Vegetables.)
Which multivitamins are right for you?
The answer depends on your individual needs. If you’re a vegetarian and/or an endurance athlete, you might want to consider taking a multivitamin. Other people don’t need to take one unless a doctor recommends it for another reason.
Here is one example of a popular multivitamin for runners: New Chapter Every Man’s One Daily multivitamin. It has 100% of the daily value (DV) for vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B3. The DV for B6, B12, biotin, folic acid and niacin is 25%. Calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc have 10% of the DV.
There is no iron in this multivitamin. That makes it safer for people who are prone to developing kidney stones.
If you’re a vegan, you should take a multivitamin that has B12. This is necessary because B12 isn’t found in many fruits and vegetables. Taking a multivitamin without it could cause irreversible health problems.
Here is one example of a popular vegan multivitamin: Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-12 Formula. It has 1250% of the DV for B12, which meets or exceeds the recommendations for this essential nutrient.
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