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Do you need a multi-vitamin?

Unless you can eat 6000 to 7000 calories a day, you probably will not get all the nutrients your body needs. And even with that caloric level, there is no guarantee you are getting all the vitamin E, C, Omega threes, calcium, or B complex, let alone all the trace minerals you need.

Multivitamins help bridge the nutritional gaps found in most people's diets. According to an article published in 2002 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard researchers David H. Fletcher, M.D., MSC and Kathleen M. Fairfield, M.D., reported the following: "Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."

So what should you do?

The answer is take a balanced multi vitamin.

Be careful and do some research before hand or you will be downing things like petroleum. I have not read any new research lately that shows our cells improve their health by ingesting petroleum based products.

Instead, you should look for a multi that has clinical research behind it.

Look at the label and you will see that it has 100% of the vitamin biotin, as well as 100% of the other seven of the b-vitamins. There should not be artificial colors or fillers, as once again, our bodies cells don't need artificial supplements to stay healthy. Trace minerals such as chromium, boron,, selenium, manganese and a few others should also be present. The label should actually say it has been clinically tested and it has been proven the body can absorb the multivitamin.

Don't be pulled in by outlandish claims or slick advertising. Look for legitimate science and if there is none, look for a better product.

Remember too that iron is the number one mineral deficiency for some groups of people, but excess iron is not needed by other groups. Generally, women, children and adolescents need iron. Most men, and women past menopause, do not need iron. A good company gives you a choice to fit your needs.

Take Responsibility

It comes down to taking responsibility for your health, don't give it away to someone else.

Here are some things to look for when you are deciding which multivitamin is best for you.

Six Tests for Multi-Vitamins/Minerals:

  1. There are 19 nutrients on the RDA--are there at least 19 in your vitamin? The whole point of taking a multivitamin is to supplement a nutrient that might be missing in your diet, so all the nutrients should be there.
  2. B-Complex vitamins should be in balance. For example: all at 50% or all at 100% (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic acid). There is no nutritional reason for them to be out of balance. Cost and the production companies bottom line is the issue that would make them vary, not an interest in your health.
  3. Folic Acid and Biotin are expensive. (Just compare their prices at a health food store & you'll see!) Make sure they are not low or left out.
  4. Zinc and Copper. The RDA recommends 15 mg Zinc and 2 mg Copper.
  5. Calcium, Magnesium & Phosphorous should be in it. They are difficult to put in tablet form and may be left out. (Be aware that it is nearly impossible to create a supplement that has all the calcium you need and still make it a reasonable size to swallow so you might need to take an additional Cal/Mag supplement.)
  6. In order for nutrients to be absorbed into your system, uncoated tablets must disintegrate within 30 min, and coated tablets in one hour. You can test them in a glass of water.

Other things to check on:

Though the vitamin substances may be organically grown, has it been tested for the 400 pesticides? Not all organic foods are created equal.

Are clinical studies done for each of the company's product formulas prior to marketing (and do they publish the study results and make them available to consumers)?

Is the company investing in research & maintaining the integrity of their own vitamins and supplement formulas?

Does the supplement contain any of the "Dirty Dozen" bad ingredients (as reported in May 2004 Consumer Reports)?

Do you know the integrity of the Company? Vitamins and Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, many manufacturers omit information on their vitamin labels, and some include information that is not the whole truth.

Does the company do double-blind studies on the effects of their products (and make the results available). Double-blind is scientifically important, other wise the placebo effect can be strong with those who take vitamins and/or are searching for their "cure".

Do you see a difference in your own personal health by taking the supplement, and if not is there a money back guarantee?

Most of us take time to research the phone we carry or the car we drive but then we just pick up a random bottle of vitamins off the supermarket shelf. Isn't your health important enough to take the time to find the right supplement? I think it is.

The right multivitamin can go a long way to improving your health now and in the future. Take the time to get a good one and stop flushing your money down the toilet!

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