How does an evening vitamin help my health?

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Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself and restore physical and mental health. In fact, many of our important restorative functions such as muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis and the release of growth hormone occur mostly as we rest,1 helping to restore what we have lost the day before and preparing our bodies for the day ahead. Nutrients are needed by the body to perform restorative functions, but with our hectic lifestyles it can be difficult to achieve our nutrient requirements through diet alone. This is where a night multivitamin may be beneficial by replenishing nutrients and working with our bodies while we sleep to repair our cells and recharge our bodies.

But won’t a vitamin and mineral supplement keep me awake?

There is a fear that taking certain vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins, before bedtime can interfere with a good night’s sleep. While B vitamins support energy production by helping convert the food we eat into energy for our body’s cells, in most people they don’t have a stimulating effect like caffeine. Plus, some B vitamins help to maintain healthy nervous system function and are actually needed for the synthesis and release of certain neurotransmitters that are involved in the regulation of sleep. Night time multivitamins are specially formulated with lower levels of B vitamins, other important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and calming ingredients such as hops to relax the body and mind while supporting restorative cell repair and tissue healing. When we combine a night time multivitamin with a daytime formula, it may help us feel and perform at our best 24 hours a day.

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Published January 29, 2014
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