Multivitamins – who uses them? Well, you probably do, Americans spend $4,000,000,000 a year on multivitamins alone. 70 % Australians are no less keen on them, spending a tiny $2,300,000,000, and yes … that is a ton of zeros!

Who needs them? Well the number of people that can say that every day they honestly eat a well balanced diet of containing lots of fruits, nuts and vegatables, whole grains, dairy, along with chicken and fish is not just low, it is merely non-existent. Of the people who think they are doing well, most do not realize the sheer quantities that have to be consumed to maintain that ‘well-balanced diet’.

Okay, so almost everyone needs a multivitamin, but which one to choose?

Having 30,000+ vitamins on the market presents so much choice it normally is a case of finding the bottle you think looks the nicest … or the cheapest. After all, a vitamin is a vitamin right?

Fortunately, 7 Canadian and American biochemists have come to rescue us from our ignorance. They looked at and compared what is in each of these multivitamins by separating and measuring each ingredient – that is, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other components.

They put together the ‘perfect’ multivitamin, which actually does not exist as some vitamins needs to be taken separately and it would be the size of large chestnut, and rather difficult to swallow!

They examined how absorbable the vitamins were, whether they were in the right amounts/form and the variety of vitamins and minerals. Also looked at was having the vitamins in the right combinations for the body’s needs. The score was how close each one was to that perfect multivitamin out of 100%.

Nutritional Supplements:
Advocare Macro-Mineral Complex1.1
Amcal Multivitamin & Mineral Effervescent2.6
Amcal One-A-Day3.3
Amway NutriWay Daily4.2
Amway NutriWay Double X27.3
Avon VitAdvance Women’s Complete II9.1
Berocca Performance3.2
BioCeuticals Multi Essentials25.3
Bioglan Daily Plus Max2.5
Bioglan Men’s Complete Multi Complex11.6
Bioglan Women’s Complete Multi Complex16.4
Blackmores Men’s Performance Multi6.2
Blackmores Multi + Gingko for 55+3.0
Blackmores Sustained Release Multi Vitamins & Minerals + Selenium10.7
Blackmores Sustained Release Multi Vitamins and Minerals11.5
Blackmores Sustained Release Women’s Multi Vitamins & Minerals13.3
Blackmores Women’s Multi & Evening Primrose Oil13.4
Blackmores Women’s Vitality Multi14.1
Cenovis 50+ Multi3.8
Cenovis Mega Multi8.4
Cenovis Men’s Multi2.5
Cenovis Multivitamin and Minerals3.4
Cenovis Women’s Multi3.1
Centrum Complete from A to Zinc3.9
Centrum Select 50+4.3
Clinicians Vitamin and Mineral Boost45.1
Eagle Tresos B PluSe16.4
GNC LiveWell Mega Men21.2
GNC LiveWell Women’s Ultra Mega26.1
Golden Glow Men’s One-a-Day Multi2.5
Golden Glow Senior’s One-A-Day Multi11.1
Golden Glow Super One-A-Day6.7
Golden Glow Women’s One-a-Day Multi3.1
Good Health Men’s Multi-Plus9.1
Good Health Women’s Multi-Plus6.0
Guardian Multi Vitamins & Minerals Hi Potency2.1
Guardian Women’s Multi Vitamins & Minerals3.6
Healtheries Women’s Multi (AU)3.2
Healtheries Women’s Multi (NZ)2.7
Herbalife Formula 38.7
Herbs of Gold Executive Multi Vitamin & Mineral11.1
Herron Clinical Nutrition All-in-One Multi-Vitamin & Mineral2.1
Herron Clinical Nutrition Men’s Multi-Vitamin & Minerals6.2
Herron Clinical Nutrition One-a-Day Women’s Multi-Vitamns & Minerals3.6
Hivita LiquiVita2.6
Kordel’s Men’s Multi (without Iron)15.4
Kordel’s Women’s Multi Plus EPO8.6
Mannatech GlycoLEAN Catalyst13.9
Melaleuca Vitality for Men7.5
Melaleuca Vitality for Women10.6
Metagenics Multigenics14.1
Metagenics Multigenics Phyto Plus13.5
Microgenics Mega Multivitamin8.0
Microgenics Men’s Essential Multivitamin4.1
Microgenics Women’s Pro Active Multi Vitamin6.8
Myadec Gold A-Z Guard4.0
Myadec Multivitamins and Minerals2.4
NFS Nutraceuticals Ultimate Sports Multi44.5
Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Fifty Plus Multi Vitamins13.4
Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Men’s Multi Vitamin with Selenium13.3
Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Women’s Multi Vitamin with Selenium13.7
Nature’s Own Daily Multi Essentials3.1
Nature’s Own Daily Multi Peak Performance14.0
Nature’s Own Multivitamin & Mineral2.4
Nature’s Own Multivitamin Plus Omega 3 Fish Oil9.1
Nature’s Sunshine Mega-Chel13.5
Nature’s Sunshine Supplemental Vitamins & Minerals20.6
Nature’s Way Mega Multi17.1
Nature’s Way Men’s Energy Mega Multi-Vitamin Iron-Free11.6
Nature’s Way Women’s Energy Mega Multivitamin16.4
New Vision Essential Vitamins4.7
Neways Orachel24.1
Nutra Life Active Men’s Multi22.3
Nutra Life Active Women’s Multi Plus16.4
Nutrition Care Formula 33SE7.4
Nutrition Care Formula SF8815.1
Pharm-a-Care Men’s Mega Strength Multi-Vitamin11.7
Pharm-a-Care Women’s Mega Strength MultiVitamins16.4
Pharma Foods Pharma Day with Selenium8.7
Pharmalliance OxiChel24.8
Pharmanex Lifepak28.1
Pharmanex Lifepak Prime21.0
Pharmanex Lifepak Women25.6
Pluravit 50 Plus3.0
Pluravit Time-Release Multi11.5
Pluravit Women3.1
Pretorius Women’s Live Better Multi Vitamin & Mineral16.3
Radiance Multi-Power22.6
Red Seal Men’s Multi13.3
Red Seal One-a-Day Multi & Minerals2.6
Red Seal Total Multi with Minerals3.9
Red Seal Women’s Multi14.0
Reliv Classic7.5
Reliv Now10.4
Solgar Formula VM-7523.1
Solgar Omnium56.5
Solgar VM-200037.9
Swisse Men’s Ultivite Formula 110.8
Swisse Women’s Ultivite Formula 111.5
Swisse Women’s Ultivite No Iron or Iodine10.9
Thompson’s Femmefort8.3
Thompson’s Immunofort16.9
Thompson’s Men’s Multi with Antioxidants11.3
Thompson’s Multifort17.5
Thorne Research Al’s Formula46.9
Thorne Research Basic Nutrients III38.7
Thorne Research Basic Nutrients V44.4
USANA Health Sciences Essentials73.7
Vitaplex Professional One a Day Multivitamin5.0

A staggering 50 out of the total 110 multivitamins did not even reach 10% and only the top 11 multivitamins were above 25% of what the human body needs on a daily basis.

The popular supermarket brands all featured below 10% possibly due to being forced to compete on price with other supermarkets. The downside for you, means the product you take every day is a hugely inferior supplement.

In other words, you get what you pay for. My advice, choose a multivitamin that is backed by a great company with a good reputation and do not just buy any old vitamin because of the price. You would be better off spending the money on something else.

From Disabled World, Ian Langtree


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