Originally Posted by astonv0l
I want to eat better and give my body the right tools for recovery and I was wondering if anyone takes a multivitamin?
On the last Lance Chronicals, in his room, Lance showed the camera the pills he takes in the morning and I saw about 7. Would a multivitamin help me or should I buy specific types and take them together?
strikes me as a strange response, you want to eat better, but are suggesting a multivitamin?
it's highly unlikely you're deficient in vitamins if you live in a western country, and indeed many other countries. vitamin deficiences result in specific illnesses/conditions, e.g., scurvy with a lack of vitamin C. Taking excess vitamins is unlikely to aid recovery or health, and generally results in expensive urine.
if you're on a weight loss programme, eat haphazardly, lack a variety of foods in your diet, are pregnant or a new mother, are elderly, or a teen you may require extra amounts of vitamins. additionally, if you train very hard (intensity or volume) this may also be the case, however, while an athlete may require extra micronutrients the added food that they must take in to cover the energy expenditure, virtually always covers those needs. In the former instances, a multivitamin tablet may be worthwhile. additionally, in the latter (an athlete) a multivitamin may also be useful and could be used as 'insurance'.
general recommendations are to purchase a multi vitamin with 100% of the RNI of each vitamin and to source the cheapest available. note, that it may be prudent to examine the ingredients on the tablets to ascertain if they are suitable for you, in case you have 'special' requirements, e.g., allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.
on the other hand, if you truly want to eat better, then you should follow the general guidelines for healthy eating, increasing the energy intake to match your requirements, and having ~ 50% of your diet from 'complex' carbohydrates, and the rest equally split between proteins and fats. If you race or train intensely you may need to up the carbohydrate requirement to ~ 60+ % and keep an ~ equal split between the protein and fat content of your food.
In general, you should choose complex carbs and grains, such as a variety of pasta, rice, cous cous, cereals, wholemeal grains, bread, starchy vegetables, potatoes, leafy veggies, brightly coloured veg, fungi, seeds, fresh and dried fruit. lean proteins such as white meat and fish (if you eat those), quorn and TVP, soya, legumes, and switch to low fat dairy produce (e.g., skimmed or semi skimmed milk), and use cheeses sparingly (although very tasty cheese such as mozzarella and parmesan are naturally lower in fat than e.g., cheddars). fats and oils should be used sparingly.