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Good daily vitamin?

Are all multi-vitamins the same? I want to start taking one but have no idea where to start.


Asked by angiemgiu at 9:31 PM on Oct. 26, 2008 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Choosing a good multi is hard because it depends on if you are menstruating, pre-menopausal, or in menopause. Also, my biggest caution is to find out what sorts of fillers and coatings are in/on the vitamins. Liquid vitamins are more easily absorbed because your body is not having to break down unnatural coatings, flavorings, etc. Also, by the time your body breaks down certain capsules and coatings, you may only absorb up to 10% of the vitamins. What is the point of "saving money" for a big bottle of vitamins if you are only getting 10% of the recommended dose? I say go to your health food store and buy a good woman's formula. B vitamins, zinc, magnesium (it should have vitamins AND minerals in it) just to name a few. pm me if you need more help ;)

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 10:27 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I get walmart's brand (Equate) of one a day weight smart.

    Answer by flutterfae at 9:44 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I 100% agree with knoxvilledoula.

    Answer by MarGeee at 11:07 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I use Woman's One a Day....I like them very much!

    Answer by robinann5 at 11:30 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • Vitamins are not created equal. To help you sort through the maze of supplements, The NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements (available at is your roadmap to understanding the remarkable protective powers of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Inside, you will find over 1,500 US and Canadian supplements scientifically rated and compared, 18 critical Health Support Criteria required to evaluate supplements, so you can easily compare top-rated products. Determine which supplement is best for you and your family, using a scientifically-based approach. The NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements is the way for you to find a quality nutritional supplement that best suits your needs. For those interested in optimizing their health and warding off the aging process, this guide is a must!


    Answer by livewell4me at 9:32 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • Bioavailability is defined as the degree and rate at which a substance (as a drug) is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity. Different vitamins and minerals have different absorption rates regardless of their source (tablet, liquid, powder, or food). Calcium, for example, has a fairly standard absorption rate (~25-35%). The delivery form does not generally make a significant difference. There are many factors that can affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Some of these factors are a function of the person taking the nutrient and are dependent on the age of the person, the integrity of their digestive system, the state of their health, the time of day, the person's gender, and if the supplements were taken on a full or empty stomach.

    Answer by livewell4me at 9:44 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • People whose nutrient needs are greater - such as growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and those who are currently deficient - may have significantly enhanced absorption rates for certain nutrients.
    Recently, some individuals and companies have made claims that their products are superior because they are "98% absorbed" (or some similar number). This is a misleading statement because there are far too many variables to imply that an individual's absorption is a certain percent of the material consumed.
    From this, it is obvious that stating a specific absorption rate on a package or in advertising is almost always misleading and inaccurate.

    Answer by livewell4me at 9:46 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • fruit

    Answer by keyaziz at 10:32 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • Lyle MacWilliam author of Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements was on USANA's medical advisory board from 2003 to 2006-- during the time he wrote the 4th ed. Lyle MacWilliam never disclosed that fact to anyone.One of his claimed "INDEPENDENT authorities" used to make the blendedstandard to determine the best formula was Dr. Ray Strand. What isn't disclosed to any reader of the book is the following.Dr. Ray Strand is on USANA's medical advisory board. Dy Ray Strand and wife are USANA distributors at the director ranking which makes on average $104,000 a year on commissions. So how could Lyle MacWilliam claim Dr. Ray Strand is an "INDEPENDENT" authority?Since Lyle MacWilliam was on USANA's medical advisory board from 2003 to 2006 without disclosing that fact, this makes the book NONCREDIBLE. The book is nothing more than a sales tool sold to USANA distributors to be used to recruit people into USANA's pyramid scheme.

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 11:12 AM on Oct. 27, 2008


    be careful about pyramid schemes/books/people who have financial interests in supplements.

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 11:13 AM on Oct. 27, 2008