By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Is a Multivitamin a Good Idea?
What is the Best Multivitamin For Women or Men?
Choosing a multivitamin supplement can be puzzling. It is also helpful to know if a multivitamin is a good idea or a waste of money. There will be conflicting messages abound in the marketplace, especially on the Internet.
The reality is that the quality of a daily multivitamin supplement ranges widely, and we are all created differently. The best dietary supplement for one person may not be the right one for another.
A proper review and critique of multivitamin supplements should be based on how well they reflect scientific consensus positions on dosage, forms, and delivery. A few of the things to look for when searching for the best multivitamin for women or men are these:
Quality – According to a recent Consumer Labs report, one in three supplements either contained fewer essential vitamins than promised on the label, provided far more key nutrients than claimed, had incorrect ingredient list, or they failed to disintegrate in the allotted time for proper absorption.
If uncertain about whether or not a supplement provides what it claims to, it’s probably a supplement to avoid. Take a multivitamin only if it comes from a reputable company that tests label claims through an independent laboratory. See our links on our online store for reputable vitamins like the Xymogen brand. They run third-party quality analyses, and we always see lab results improve and overall health when clients use them.
Efficacy – It’s well-known that some forms of vitamins or minerals are more stable or more bio-available than others. For example, natural vitamin D3 exhibits more excellent body retention than synthetic vitamin D2 (1). When itamin E is in its natural form d-alpha-tocopherol; it provides more significant activity than its synthetic mixture counterpart, dl-alpha-tocopherol. Another example is vitamin B12 as hydroxocobalamin, which is more tolerable for most people, especially those with autoimmune or neurologic symptoms.
Optimal dosages – Multivitamin supplement makers will often add a mineral such as calcium or an antioxidant such as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help it sell better in the marketplace, but not in high enough doses to strengthen bones or support heart health. When an extra vitamin is needed at a higher dose, like CoQ 10, we usually suggest taking one separately, so you get the amount and the benefits your body needs.
Similarly, if a multivitamin contains omega-3-DHA, it should have a high enough concentration of both DHA for brain focus. In short, dosages should reflect the latest that science offers as recommendations for health and longevity.
Solubility: Have you heard of “bedpan bullets”? That’s what doctors used to call tableted multivitamin pills that passed through the body un-absorbed. Science has come a long way to provide technologies for better solubility. However, even the best multivitamins for women or men still aren’t good enough to be adequately absorbed.
The standard for a quality multivitamin tablet is to disintegrate within 60 minutes or less in an acidic solution, mimicking the environment in the stomach—even better is if it can dissolve easily in plain water or rice vinegar.
Before choosing a multivitamin, keep these 4 points in mind. Is a multivitamin a good idea or not for you? What is the best multivitamin for women over 50 or men over 50? What dosages are needed to support wellness, the immune system, hormone, energy, and more?
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Food and Nutrition Board. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference intakes. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000, pp. 186-283.
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Hoffman H et al. Zinc-induced copper deficiency. Gastroenterology 1988; 94:508-12.