How Good is Your Multivitamin?

How Good is Your Multivitamin?

As a nutritionist I consistently see people taking poor quality multivitamins and wasting their money. Many are taking Centrum vitamins and believe they are doing a good thing, probably because their doctor recommended it. Poor quality multivitamins contain the following:

1. Very low levels of vitamins and minerals-example: B vitamins will often contain only 1-2 milligrams which is extremely low. High quality multivits will contain 20-50 mg. of B vits. which support stress, energy and much more.

2. The worst absorbable forms of vitamins and minerals-example: magnesium is in the form of oxide which is very cheap and poorly absorbed by the body. High quality multivits will contain magnesium citrate, glycinate or malate which are proven to be better absorbed by the body.

3. The use of many excipients-these are added to the tablet and contain such items as artificial dyes and colorings. High quality multivits will not include any artificial ingredients or dyes at all. When you look at a bottle of Centrum you’ll see other ingredients which will be a paragraph long-this is where you’ll see binders and artificial ingredients added.

Part of the confusion lies in the recommended daily intake. When someone looks at the side of the bottle and notices 100% next to 1.8 mg. of a B vitamin they think they are getting all they need. It’s important to note that recommended daily intakes were established in the early 1940’s and done so to give people amounts needed to prevent disease such as scurvy. These intakes do not give optimal amounts needed which are shown to be much higher.

A few examples of quality multivitamins sold in retail stores include  Source Naturals, Rainbow Light, and Natural Vitality. Professional quality multivitamins purchased through a practitioner include Innate Response, Designs for Health and Pure Encapsulations to name a few.


Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D has become a vitamin superstar which is ironic because not too long ago it was one of the poorest selling vitamins and most had little use for it. Today Vitamin D offers many benefits including:

– Reduced risk of many forms of cancer including breast, uterine, prostate and more

– Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

– Reduced risk of bone fractures and osteoroporosis

Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of the common cold and flu and there is even research tied to longevity when looking at those with a low Vitamin D level vs a high one. Those that live in the northeast are at a greater risk of being deficient in Vitamin D. How much Vitamin D you take depends on your level. Maintenance dosages are considered 1-2,000 IU per day. The optimal Vitamin D level is 50-80.