Because few Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and since the state of our food supply leaves our food nutrient deficient, taking a daily multivitamin is a choice many people make. When perusing the plethora of options out there, I suggest considering the following:
Absorbability – Capsules dissolve better than tablets. In order to get the nutrients you’re already paying for, ensure that your body gets the most out of them by looking for encapsulated supplements.
Presence of fillers, excipients, preservatives, etc. – Magnesium Stearate is the most commonly seen excipient in supplements. When combined with powdered material it allows the material to “flow” and not clump and clog pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment. Research shows that even small amounts of it decrease the ability of the material it’s combined with to dissolve. So, adding a little bit of magnesium stearate to Vitamin C, means you don’t get as much Vitamin C into you.
Amount of products – many supplements offer 100% of RDA, but the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is only the amount necessary to prevent development of disease, it doesn’t consider optimal nutritional needs. For example, the RDA of Vitamin C is 60mg/day, but someone under a lot of stress will need significantly more Vitamin C on a daily basis, as high as 100mg/day or more.
Ok ,I have a fourth item. The quality of the nutrients involved is possibility the most important element in high-quality nutritional supplementation. For example, calcium carbonate is the most poorly absorbed form of calcium and yet one of the most common forms found in supplements. Consult your naturopathic doctor for more information about specific nutrients.