Why multivitamins may be a waste of time

February 7, 2013, 10:56 amYahoo!7

The multivitamin industry is a billion dollar business but are you getting what you've paid for?

Why multivitamins may be a waste of time

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Nutritionist Maria Adzersen for Elixr Health Clubs

Many people take multivitamins. Unfortunately, most of the time they are mass-produced which devalues the product. How can we avoid these money-wasting multivitamins?

1. Dosages of each nutrient are vital to the worthiness of the multivitamin.

Some over the counter (OTC) products like to compare or match their dosages to an RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) however the definition of an RDI is “the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirement of 97-98% of healthy individuals”.

That’s great if you’re healthy, but what if you have a nutrient deficiencies? Therefore, most will need higher amounts than the RDI to correct any kind of deficiency or to improve overall health.

2. The chemical form of each nutrient can “make or break” the product.

For example, vitamin E comes naturally in the form of d-alpha-tocopherol, which is the most biologically active form of vitamin E (higher absorbency). However when synthesised, it turns into dl-alpha-tocopherol, which is significantly less effective, cheaper to make, and highly devalues the product. Many OTC products contain this form.

3. If you have the option, choosing a multivitamin that is gender and age specific is a great decision.

RDIs and Average Intakes are different for men and women regarding needs, ultilisation, excretion and build. Investing in a product that has tailored dosages to you and therefore finer accuracy to need gives you more bang for you buck.

The best solution is to see a nutritionist (or naturopath) to assess all of your needs based on the variables listed in my first point, assess your health history and review all of your body systems to be able to recommend a high quality, clean Practitioner Only Product (POP) with suitable dosages (not everyone needs a daily multi).

POPs usually contain higher doses, less or no excipients (a pharmacologically inactive substance used as a carrier for the active ingredients of a medication), generally “better” chemical forms and deliver great formulas.

Yes, PO products are usually higher priced, but they are clearly a lot better value – for great reason – than the ones that come with shiny adverts.

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