3 reasons to take a multivitamin | Dr. Esther Lyuh

3 reasons to take a multivitamin | Dr. Esther Lyuh

3 reasons to take a multivitamin

First, the antioxidant action of multivitamins

Vitamins A, C, and E have antioxidant properties. The human body gets its energy from oxygen. Energy is generated when the food we eat meets oxygen in the mitochondria of cells and is burned. Humans cannot survive without oxygen. But ironically, oxygen also makes us old and sick because unstable metabolic waste products called free radicals from this process attack cells and DNA.

You need to protect your body from free radicals...

A way to protect the body from the attack of free radicals is to take antioxidant vitamins.  Antioxidant vitamins indirectly help with various diseases such as complications from diabetes, heart disease, macular degeneration, and dementia through their unique antioxidant action. When comparing the human body to a car, antioxidant vitamins are like lubricants. Just as lubrication protects an engine from scratches and wear, antioxidant vitamins help keep the millions of gears of your metabolism running smoothly without creaking.  In other words, just as lubrication can extend the life of engines and cogwheels, antioxidant vitamins are expected to slow down aging and prevent various diseases.

If only 1% can see the effect!

It is worth paying attention to the expression “expect to be able to prevent” rather than “to prevent a disease” here. This is because they are afraid that they will think of these vitamins as a panacea. Illness is caused by the accumulation of very complex factors over a long period. I believe that taking these vitamins can help prevent disease and improve symptoms even by just 1% through antioxidant action.  Many recent studies are proving this as well as medical plausibility. Harvard Medical School researchers observed more than 14,000 American male physicians over the age of 50 who took a multivitamin for 11 years, and found that their cancer rates were reduced by an average of 8% compared to the placebo group. In France, over 13,000 people who took multivitamins were observed for 7 years and 6 months and the incidence of cancer was lowered and the total mortality rate was lowered in men (Arch Intern Med, 2004). As a result of 6.3 years of observation of 3,600 people aged 55 to 80 years, eye diseases such as macular degeneration decreased by 28% (Arch Ophthalmol, 2001).

Most essential of all...

However, for disease prevention and treatment, a balanced diet, exercise, and modern medicine such as drugs or surgery are essential.  It is difficult to express that eating vitamins prevents or cures certain diseases. You're right in saying "it helps." It's a subtle difference, but it's understandable enough.

I take a multivitamin every day

I take a multivitamin every day. It is not right now, but it is because there is a belief that someday, even 1% of it will play a role in preventing diseases such as tissue aging and macular degeneration caused by free radicals.  Earlier, I spoke about the results of a study that showed a decrease in eye disease in people who took a multivitamin. In medicine, the area where antioxidant vitamins are most often used is in ophthalmology, such as macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a disease that occurs in the macula, which is responsible for central vision in the retina and is one of the most important causes of blindness along with diabetic retinopathy. Macular degeneration, which used to be common in the elderly, is now occurring frequently in the younger generation as well. This is because as leisure activities increase, the amount of time exposed to UV rays increases. One of the most effective ways to slow the progression of macular degeneration is to take antioxidant vitamins.

Second, the anti-fatigue action of multivitamins

The main anti-fatigue action is the various B vitamins contained in multivitamins. The vitamin B group consists of all eight B vitamins. B1 thiamine, B2 riboflavin, B3 niacin, B5 pantothenic acid, B6 pyridoxine, B7 biotin, B9 folic acid, B12 cobalamin says They commonly promote energy metabolism within cells.  In other words, it plays the role of bellows so that the food we ate can burn well. To use the car analogy again, it is a power enhancer that enhances the power of the engine.  When the car is going up a hill, the engine provides great power and helps it climb easily. 

Vitamin B is commonly used to improve fatigue 

Today, it is the B vitamins that are common to most nutritional supplements designed to improve fatigue.  If you have to go hiking, work late at night, take a long trip to a foreign country, or if you are an exam student, take an increased dose of B vitamins. It will help you feel more energetic and find a good condition.

Third, it contains minerals and traces elements of multivitamins.

A multivitamin contains ideal ratios of various minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium.  Calcium and magnesium build bones or stabilize nerves, and zinc helps boost immunity. Trace elements such as selenium, iodine, and copper are also important. Trace elements are very small amounts of substances that help the human body function, and together with vitamins, play a supporting role in metabolism led by enzymes. For example, it is recommended to consume 55 µg of selenium, one of the representative antioxidant trace elements, per day. However, there are many areas in Korea where the soil is made of granite, so plants grown in these areas are prone to a lack of selenium.

Multivitamin is a basic nutritional supplement for nutrient balance.

Selenium's antioxidant power is known to be 1,970 times higher than that of vitamin E, and it is also nicknamed 'detoxifying mineral' because it inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps the discharge of heavy metals. People taking medications for arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure may be deficient in selenium. Therefore, it is recommended that such a person take a multivitamin containing selenium. Multivitamins contain dozens of different types of vitamins and microelements at once and are the most basic nutritional supplements that can efficiently balance nutrients.

A multivitamin recommended by Harvard

In 2002, the Harvard School of Public Health published a revised edition of the historic food pyramid, officially recommending that most people should take a multivitamin.  I also recommend a multivitamin first to patients who want to take nutritional supplements.

    If you take a lot of calcium supplements because your bones are weak, a lot of magnesium, which interacts with calcium, will escape from your body, which can cause your eyelids to tremble. Giving too much zinc to underweight children to boost immunity can lead to copper deficiency, which can lead to hair loss, anemia, or headaches. Multivitamins are formulated with well-balanced ratios of calcium to magnesium and zinc to copper, so they can prevent the relative deficiency of other nutrients that can occur when one nutrient is consumed in excess.


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