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Multivitamins: A Necessary Supplement Or Waste Of Cash?

Updated on September 13, 2015

Multivitamins: A Necessary Supplement Or Waste Of Cash?


This article discusses why a high potency multivitamin should be a part of every bodybuilder's supplement plan, outlining the unique benefits of each specific vitamin.

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Multivitamins: A Necessary Supplement Or Waste Of Cash?

One of the most currently debated issues in the supplement industry is in relation to the consumption of multivitamins and the role that they play in enhancing overall health both in and out of the gym.

Can bodybuilders benefit by supplementing with extra vitamins and minerals? Let's review some basic biology as well as the function of each specific vitamin in order to find the answer...

In the grand scheme of things, your body is basically one giant mass of chemical reactions. Each of these individual reactions is fueled by small proteins called enzymes, which work by lowering the amount of energy that is needed for a specific reaction to occur. Enzymes require the use of a "co-enzyme" which alters its shape and allows it to perform its job properly. Co-enzymes are also referred to as vitamins.


So when it all comes down to it, vitamins are needed to fuel the thousands of chemical reactions going on within your body at all times. Not only does this play an important role in overall metabolism and body health, but it also plays a vital part in the muscle-building process.

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Here's a List of the Major Vitamins and the Ways in Which They Will Aid You Both In and Out of the Gym


Vitamin A - Is crucial to the process of protein synthesis where individual amino acids are combined to form new muscle tissue. It also helps the body to produce glycogen, the stored form of carbohydrates within the body.

Vitamin B1 - Also known as "thiamine" and is heavily involved in protein metabolism as well as the production of hemoglobin which helps to carry oxygen around the body.

Vitamin B2 - Also known as "riboflavin" and aids in the fat burning process as well as helping the body to produce energy from carbohydrates.

Vitamin B3 - Also known as "niacin" and increases vasodilation within the muscle tissue, helping you to appear fuller and more vascular.

Vitamin B6 - Also known as "pyridoxine" and is very important because of its effect on protein digestion. Muscle-building diets require larger than normal amounts of protein, and this means that your body needs a higher amount of vitamin B6 than the average Joe.

Vitamin B12 - Also known as "cobalamin", vitamin b12 ensures that the brain and muscle tissue are communicating efficiently and this has a direct effect on muscle growth and coordination.

Biotin - Helps the body metabolize amino acids and produce energy during workouts.

Vitamin C - Heavily involved in amino acid metabolism and the formation of collagen. Collagen is found in your connective tissue and keeps your joints strong and healthy. Vitamin C also plays a role in the production of steroid hormones in the body and also enhances the absorption of iron. On top of all of this, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which flushes out free radicals and prevents damage to your body cells.

Vitamin D - Helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphorus more efficiently. Calcium is very important during muscle contractions and also helps to maintain strong bones and joints. Phosphorus is involved in the synthesis of ATP, the most usable form of energy found within the body (especially when it comes to anaerobic exercise, which is what weight lifting is).

Vitamin E - A very powerful antioxidant which helps to hunt out and neutralize free radicals. This will help to flush out many of the natural metabolic waste products your body produces and maintain the health of your cell membranes.

As you can clearly see above, vitamins play a very important role when it comes to building muscle and gaining strength. Hard training bodybuilders certainly require higher amounts of these vitamins than the average sedentary Joe, as these vitamins are depleted during intense sessions in the gym. In addition, a calorie-dense diet requires a higher intake of vitamins to aid in the digestion process. In fact, being deficient in just one vitamin can literally affect thousands of small processes within the body.

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The Importance of Enzymes

Here's a really good tip..

Up top I made mention of "enzymes" needing vitamins as a catalyst to work correctly; well the truth is when you raise your caloric intake, as a rule of thumb you should also supplement your diet with a multi-enzyme formula as well as taking the vitamins & minerals as suggested above. The reason for doing this is simple, your body most likely will not have enough enzymes to break down all the extra food you are taking in.For example: have you ever noticed after taking in extra calories in the form of protein that you started to feel bloated ?   chances are an enzyme and specifically a vitamin B deficiency had something to do with that. That's just one example of nutrition and the human body at work.

In actuality there are specific types of enzymes that break down different types of nutrients.

** Recommendation: I highly suggest taking your multi-vitamins in liquid form if at all possible and the reason for this is that they are more readily absorbed so less goes to waste. Another reason is that in pill form binders are added to give the pill shape and strength and that's something we don't need to be ingesting.

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OK bottomline. . .  are multivitamins necessary for bodybuilders?

YES Absolutely!

From protein synthesis to energy metabolism to digestion to vasodilation, multivitamins should be an important part of any effective supplementation plan.

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      George 22 months ago

      Read 'The Health Delusion" and you will understand why we definitely DON'T need multi supplement.

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      SummersSorbet 6 years ago

      Very interesting! Great lens!

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      FitnessUncovered 6 years ago

      Varied diet trumps all, but a daily multi vitamin could help a lot of people

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      Mineralife 6 years ago

      I like the lens. It's a different way to look at mineral supplements; my company is more concentrated on helping people with their mineral deficiencies.

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      Bill's Pressure Cleaning of Port St Lucie 7 years ago from Port St Lucie, FL

      @annel lm: Anna, since the purpose of my lenses is to merely provide a sample of the information that's found within the bodybuilding & fat-loss programs that I promote directly within each lens, what benefit would it be to give out both programs most critical information?

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      annel lm 7 years ago

      Most debated issues? don't think so... everybody in a sport/fitness industry know about importance of the vitamins and minerals! especially if you utilize them more than average non-working out people. What is the biggest issue in my opinion is the quality of the supplements and proper dosage

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      Great Lens. Flax seed is also a good fitness supplement because of the benefits of Omega 3 and dietary fiber.

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