A while back I received this interesting little gift: a raw multi-vitamin by Garden of Life. Color me intrigued.
Apart from the occasional calcium- or iron-supplement, I don’t take anything anymore (I tried but I find you can’t say this without sounding like a fomer junkie). I have in the past: I took multivitamins, calcium, Vitamin C, and some herbal things. The works. But as my diet changed, I dropped the pills and decided to pay more attention to getting my nutrients mostly through food.
Because that’s the thing with vitamin supplements. It’s a well known problem that the vitamin supplements are ‘foreign’ to our body, which makes it harder to digest and leaves a lot of the vitamins and minerals unabsorbed. This has to do with bio-availability. It’s very nice that something has a 2313% of the recommended daily dosage but if it just passes through your system it’s not going to do you much good.
These vitamins are supposedly very bio-available because they haven’t been overheated, and they come with enzymes and probiotics, making it easy for your body to process.
When I came back from my holiday, I started taking a Raw Multivitamin everyday. My diet wasn’t as stellar as it was before I went on vacation: I didn’t crave green juice (so didn’t drink it), started drinking coffee again and then my juicer broke (so I couldn’t drink it), and so I basically boosted myself with the vitamin for the time being.
I liked it: It really felt like a boost. I had hardly any negative health effects from more processed foods and I was still energetic without green juice, which is a big deal for me. Usually I notice bad dietary habits in my energy and general well-being fairly quickly but now I felt pretty great. Whereas no vitamin will ever be able to replace the true benefits and power of a healthy diet, the RAW vitamins were definitely more effective than usual vitamins.
I think the RAW Garden of Life Vitamins tick off on all the awesome boxes: Purely plant-based, organic, unheated and packed with enzymes, raw. This way your body can actually process the nutrients.
So for those of you who are still gulping down regular vitamin supplements? Sweethearts, it’s time to ditch the bio-availability zero and get with the bio-availability hero.