Learn how multivitamins can help close nutritional gaps and even improve your brain!

Imagine a world in which even the most balanced diet is not enough. Sounds paradoxical? In our modern world, however, this is often the reality. Despite a conscious diet and an abundance of food, nutrient deficiencies are not uncommon. This article delves into the world of multivitamins and sheds light on how these little powerhouses can help close hidden nutritional gaps. From the challenges of modern life to the changes that come with age, you’ll learn how multivitamins can play a central role in your health and wellbeing.

The silent loss of nutrients: why a healthy diet is no longer enough

In an ideal world, our diet would provide all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. However, the reality is different. Despite an abundance of food, modern nutrition confronts us with a surprising challenge: the silent loss of nutrients.

Changes in food production

The way in which our food is produced, processed and transported today has changed dramatically over the course of time. In the past, when food was still grown locally and consumed quickly, it was rich in essential nutrients. Today, however, much of our food is overly processed. This processing can lead to a significant loss of vitamins and minerals. An apple picked from a tree today is no longer the same as it was 50 years ago. The soil on which our food grows is often depleted, which reduces the nutrient density of our food.

The role of the modern lifestyle

Our modern lifestyle also contributes to the fact that our nutrient supply is under pressure. Stress, lack of sleep, increased pollution and a hectic lifestyle increase our need for certain nutrients, while at the same time impairing our ability to absorb them. The body under stress, for example, consumes more vitamin C and B vitamins. A lack of sleep can impair the absorption of nutrients and disrupt our body’s regeneration processes.

Vegetarianism, veganism and multivitamins

Individual dietary choices and restrictions, such as vegetarianism or veganism, can pose additional challenges. Although plant-based diets offer numerous health benefits, in some cases they can lead to deficiencies in certain nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. For supplementation, a multivitamin is definitely the more cost-effective choice here compared to single-nutrient supplements.


Together, these factors paint a picture in which even the most conscious diet is not always sufficient to provide our bodies with all the nutrients they need. In this context, multivitamins offer a way to close the gaps and support optimal health. They offer a practical solution to ensure our bodies get the variety of nutrients they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Why our short-term survival comes at the expense of long-term health

While classic nutrient deficiency diseases such as rickets and scurvy have become rare in modern societies, subtle micronutrient deficiencies remain a significant health challenge.

Modern studies reveal that in times of nutrient deficiency, the human body tends to prioritize short-term metabolic needs, which can lead to irreversible long-term health damage. This situation can be compared to an overcrowded email inbox where only the three most recent messages are processed each day, while important, older emails are ignored.

The effects of micronutrient deficiency

In evolutionary terms, natural selection has often favored short-term survival at the expense of long-term health. This is reflected in the way our bodies react to micronutrient deficiencies, potentially accelerating diseases such as cancer and ageing. A persistent micronutrient deficiency can accelerate degenerative diseases in old age by continuously depleting the available nutrient resources for urgent everyday tasks. In many EU countries, including Germany, an insufficient intake of specific vitamins and minerals is widespread, mainly due to the consumption of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods.

Chronic metabolic disorders and DNA damage

This nutrient deficiency can lead to chronic metabolic disorders and damage to the mitochondria. It can even cause DNA damage and chromosomal breaks, which are associated with late-life diseases such as cancer.

The benefits of multivitamins

Taking a multivitamin-mineral supplement can be an effective way of supplying the body with the necessary micronutrients on a daily basis. According to studies, multivitamins can help prevent a number of health problems. In bridging nutrient gaps, it is plausible that multivitamins help prevent iron deficiency anemia, neural tube defects, neurological damage in people 50 years and older, and bone disease by supplementing the diet with iron, folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. This helps to protect health and maintain a balance between short-term needs and long-term health.


Multivitamins in old age: support for changing nutritional needs

As we age, our body changes, including its ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. These changes have a significant impact on our health and well-being.

Decreasing stomach acid production

One of the most notable signs of ageing is the reduced production of stomach acid. This change impairs the absorption of essential nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron and calcium. These nutrients are crucial for energy, blood formation and bone health.

Changes in the digestive tract

As we age, the efficiency of the digestive tract can also decrease, which further impairs nutrient absorption. This can particularly affect the absorption of nutrients such as folate and magnesium, which are essential for cell function and nerve health.

Drug interactions

Frequently prescribed medication can also affect nutrient absorption. Some medications bind certain nutrients or increase the need for others, which can lead to deficiencies.

These age-related changes underline the importance of an adapted nutrient intake. Multivitamins can play an important role by providing nutrients that are often deficient in old age. They offer you a simple and effective way to support your health and promote well-being in old age.


The effect of multivitamins on the brain

However, the preventive intake of multivitamins not only protects against degenerative diseases. It also has an effect on your brain power. A recent study by Harvard University shed light on the positive effect of multivitamins on memory in older adults. The study showed that the participants who took multivitamins had better memory performance than those in the placebo group. This improvement was already visible after one year and lasted for the entire three-year period.

These findings suggest that multivitamins can support memory and cognitive function, which is particularly important in the context of ageing.

Choosing the right multivitamin preparation

When choosing a multivitamin, you should choose a product that is tailored to your age, gender and stage of life. A nutritional assessment can help to identify deficiencies and irregular food intake. At Ogaenics, we provide you with a nutrition coach to advise you before you buy so that your individual characteristics can be taken into account (click here to book your free, no-obligation consultation).

Smokers and former smokers should avoid multivitamins with high doses of beta-carotene or vitamin A. Women who wish to have children should also limit their consumption of vitamin A. Ogaenics therefore deliberately only contains this nutrient in small doses and as a plant-based precursor in the multivitamins, making them the perfect support for smokers and women who want to have children.

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends that all women who can become pregnant take 400 μg of folate daily to prevent birth defects. The Ogaenics multivitamin for women 18+ contains this dose so that you are already perfectly supplied with the product if you want to have children or if you are pregnant and do not need any additional supplements.

Natural vs. synthetic multivitamins: which is better?

Synthetic-vs-natural vitamins

A key aspect of dealing with multivitamins is understanding the difference between natural and synthetic forms. Natural multivitamins are obtained directly from food sources and contain vitamins and minerals in a form that the body recognizes as part of the diet. These are often better absorbed and are generally better tolerated.

In contrast, synthetic vitamins are produced in the laboratory and may be less efficiently recognized and used by the body. This can impair the effectiveness and bioavailability of these vitamins.

This distinction is crucial when it comes to choosing the right multivitamins that work effectively and in harmony with the body’s individual needs.

Ogaenics organic multivitamins: Tailor-made solutions for every stage of life

Among the wide range of multivitamins available, Ogaenics organic multivitamins stand out with their customized formulations and natural ingredients. These products are specifically designed to meet the different nutritional needs of men and women at different stages of life.

MRS DO-IT-ALL 18+ for women in the fertile phase of life

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MRS DO-IT-ALL 45+ for women in the perimenopause

ogaenics-mrs-do-it-all-45+-bio-multivitamin-menopause-food-supplement This organic multivitamin also contains 17 natural vitamins and minerals from organic plant extracts, but with different dosages than MRS DO-IT-ALL 18+. The focus here is on hormone regulation (e.g. the natural B vitamins and vitamin D) to better manage the hormonal fluctuations and symptoms of the menopause, and a potent organic cruciferous vegetable blend is included for hormone detoxification. To the product →

MRS DO-IT-ALL 55+ for women after the menopause

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MR DO-IT-ALL 18+ for men in the active phase of life

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MR DO-IT-ALL 45+ for men in the second half of life

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All Ogaenics organic multivitamins are certified organic, vegan, free from additives and allergens, gluten-free and lactose-free. They are an excellent choice for those who want to supplement their diet in a natural way and value quality and sustainability.


In a world where nutritional deficiencies paradoxically coexist with an abundance of food, multivitamins are proving to be an indispensable resource to support our health and well-being. By covering nutrient gaps resulting from modern lifestyles, age-related changes and nutrient losses in our diet, they offer a valuable supplement to our daily diet.

Opting for natural multivitamin supplements, such as those from Ogaenics, which are specifically tailored to the different life stages and needs of men and women, provide optimized nutritional support based on natural, easily absorbed sources.

While multivitamins are no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet and an active lifestyle, they are a valuable tool in our quest for a healthy, fulfilling long life. They not only help us to avoid deficiencies, but also support our physical and cognitive function, improve our general quality of life and strengthen our immune system.

Ultimately, choosing the right multivitamin supplement is about promoting individual well-being and proactively supporting your own health. The Ogaenics organic multivitamins offer an excellent option for achieving this goal and taking a positive step towards a holistically healthy lifestyle.

Vitamin deficiency and degenerative diseases

Ames, Bruce N. “Low micronutrient intake may accelerate the degenerative diseases of aging through allocation of scarce micronutrients by triage.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America vol. 103.47 (2006): 17589-94. doi:10.1073/pnas.0608757103

Effectiveness of multivitamins

Ward, Elizabeth. “Addressing nutritional gaps with multivitamin and mineral supplements.” Nutrition journal vol. 13 72. 15 Jul. 2014, doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-72

Blumberg, Jeffrey B et al. “The Use of Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements: A Modified Delphi Consensus Panel Report.” Clinical therapeutics vol. 40,4 (2018): 640-657. doi:10.1016/j.clinthera.2018.02.014

Influence on cognitive performance

Grima, Natalie A et al. “The effects of multivitamins on cognitive performance: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Journal of Alzheimer’s disease : JAD vol. 29.3 (2012): 561-9. doi:10.3233/JAD-2011-111751

Improving memory in older adults

Yeung, Lok-Kin et al. “Multivitamin Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” The American journal of clinical nutrition vol. 118,1 (2023): 273-282. doi:10.1016/j.ajcnut.2023.05.011

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