There are very limited situations whereby I suggest a multivitamin, this would be as always, client dependent. 

When I set up my nutritional advice, I have to find a system that works for that specific client, a structure they can adhere too, I take into consideration food likes and dislikes. I try to make their diet as well as rounded as possible and include lots of vegetables, fruit, pulses, wholegrains. 

That being said everyone is different, maybe I am dealing with someone who simply will not eat vegetables, or certainly not in sufficient amounts, maybe I have a client with an aversion to fruit as well, or any other client, whereby we are being very restrictive, whether that be late into a prep, where calories are very low, maybe it’s simply dealing with a vegan and we know they’re short on certain B vitamins for example. 

Also dealing with women, it may be prudent to increase and prioritize calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. 

It's often in these cases, I suggest a multivitamin and mineral, to cover their bases, common bodybuilding supplements are generally very high in water-soluble vitamins, clearly, this is evident in your lightsaber luminous green urine.  NOW Foods Special Two is no different, and some ingredients especially the water-soluble ones are very high vs RNI levels. Although unnecessary especially if you have any sort of variety in your diet. You will simply excrete the excess in your urine. 

That said, NOW Special Two is very complete, and has added herbal ingredients such as Spirulina, Human evidence suggests that spirulina can improve lipid and glucose metabolism, while also reducing liver fat and protecting the heart, as well as being a promising anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, although more human research is needed in this area. 

As well as other ingredients over and above the usual vitamins and minerals, some may carry some benefit, and others may be ineffective in the doses supplied. There is simply too many to get into. 

So, should I be buying NOW Special Two?

Well, my first suggestion is to ask yourself:

  • Am I vegan? Certain B vitamins and minerals lacking in the overall vegan set up
  • Am I diligent in my consumption vegetable and fruit intake and is their suitable variety?
  • Do I have any special needs coming up? Like trying to fall pregnant. It is vital you top up all your calcium, iodine, iron, folic acid, before falling pregnant. 
  • Have I been through an illness, or currently going through one, where demands are higher, and appetite is low? 
  • Am I prepping for a comp or dieting down and in a severe caloric deficit? Then maybe useful, vs if you were lean gaining and eating sufficiently in a surplus. 

Those are a few examples, for me, I assess the client, see where their shortfalls are, regarding nutrient intake from Whole Foods, if I can’t get them to eat their veg or they deep into prep and I cannot advise they cover their whole nutrient intake via diet alone, then yes a multi becomes a reality and a useful one. 

Now Special Two seem so far to be a decent multivitamin-mineral, with some added micronutrients not commonly found in multivitamins, but found in the fruits and vegetables you eat. Whether this provides any substantial benefit, I have no evidence to suggest either way, but I do know, at least it will do no harm, and you are covered from top to bottom. 

As always, evaluate the supplement, why do I need this, do I need this, and can I afford this, and is the potential benefit worth my money, when looking at my whole nutrition as a whole. Only then can you answer this question accurately and spend wisely. 

One final note, do not view a multivitamin as an excuse to eat a bad micronutrient poor diet, a better solution is to work on your nutrition, and variety, and consistent consumption of whole foods, real Whole Foods are much more complex than simply macro and micronutrients, they contain phytonutrients and animal-based zoo nutrients, all nutrients not classified as vitamins or minerals, but regardless, beneficial to overall health. So, eat your vegetables!!! 

If you are in a position to do so, I always suggest a blood panel first, before consuming any multivitamin-mineral, to identify any potential for excess supply of certain micronutrients and if you have any deficiencies not being adequately addressed by the said supplement. 

 

Craig Brown 

Head Coach CSB Bodyfusion

MNU Certified Nutritionist 



SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS

NOW Foods Special Two Multi Vit

Multiple vitamins help to bridge the nutrient gap in our daily diets. In today's world of processed foods and fast-paced lifestyles, many of us do not get the daily recommended allowance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Multiple vitamins can help fill in the areas lacking in our diets, and are formulated to provide a broad range of nutrition.


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