A multivitamin vs. individual vitamins: Which is best?

Reflex Nutrition - Mar.30.23

Supplementing can’t replace a healthy, well-balanced diet. Nor can it replace the flavour, enjoyment and social connection that food offers us. But, there are times when it can be helpful to supplement our diets with a multivitamin or individual vitamins to fill in any nutritional gaps.

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Do I need to supplement with a multivitamin?

There are many situations when supplementing with vitamins can be health-promoting – and even in some cases it can be essential such as if we’re experiencing deficiencies caused by long-term poor nutrition or difficulties eating a healthful diet due to socioeconomic barriers, malabsorption issues and other limitations. Just remember, not all multivitamins are created equal - find out more here.

Common reasons it might be helpful to supplement with a multivitamin include:

  • Being busy with work and caregiving and finding it difficult to eat a balanced diet.

  • Travelling and not having access to healthful food.

  • Having a poor appetite, making it difficult to eat enough food for adequate nutrition. 

  • Having increased nutrient needs due to high levels of exercise in order to support performance recovery. 

  • Following a restrictive diet with the goal of weight loss which may make it difficult to meet your nutritional needs.

Multivitamins vs. Individual vitamins

If you eat a healthful diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, it may be more helpful to look into specific supplements. For example, if you have iron-deficiency anaemia and need to increase your iron intake or osteoporosis and need more calcium, then it can be more helpful to tailor your supplements to your individual health needs. 

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Common reasons it might be helpful to supplement with individual vitamins include:

  • You eat a well-balanced diet but are experiencing fatigue or other health issues.
  • You’ve had blood tests done and are deficient in certain nutrients. 
  • You want to adapt the supplements you take depending on the time of the year. For example, it might be helpful to supplement with vitamin D in the winter if you live in a country that has little sunlight in the winter months. Check out everything you need to know about vitamin d here
  • You want to take different supplements at different times of the day. For example, you want to support your sleep by supplementing with magnesium. 
  • You want a higher dose of specific vitamins.

Multivitamins or separate vitamins: Which is better?

Ultimately, whether you opt for a multivitamin or separate vitamins will depend on your health needs, goals and lifestyle. 

If you aren’t eating a nutrient-rich diet due to difficulties with work-life balance, lack of access to healthy options or confusion around what a ‘healthy diet’ actually means, going for a multivitamin can help fill in any nutritional gaps.

But if you have a specific health condition or nutrient deficiency, that’s where individual vitamins may work better for you. 

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