What is a multivitamin and is it for me?

A: A multivitamin formulaoften with food concentrates, juice concentrates, super foods and perhaps herb concentratesis the best choice if you are looking for general health, wellness or immune support. If you feel like your diet is not providing everything you need because you have a hard time getting all the servings of fresh fruits and vegetables recommended for optimum health, or you are feeling run-down or getting infections or getting sick a lot, then a good multivitamin system can provide real benefits from a single product.

Q: So, it sounds like a multivitamin is a one-stop shop?

A: Yes, multivitamins are convenient, because it typically means only a few capsules or tablets to swallow per day. However, if you are looking for targeted therapeutic effects, like

Q: I think most people look to supplements to help them gain energy. What’s your pick?

A: For tiredness or fatigue, American ginseng is the top choice in a nonstimulant supplement. This should be coupled with at least 30 minutes of walking or other physical activity 1-2 times daily. Fatigue is often the result of too much sitting, which is ironic because you might think that physical exercise would tire you out by burning more energy.

Usually stagnation is the problem. Remember, a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion. This is a fundamental law of the universe.

The Expert: IChristophe R. Merville, Director of Education & Pharmacy Development, Boiron USA

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