Imagine, forty percent of the American public takes a multivitamin and there is no guidebook or study that evaluates these pills. Americans swallow vitamins pills by the millions, but do they do more harm than good as detractors claim?
Vitamin pills are the best health insurance that one can buy. Being an advocate of dietary supplementation, too often I would receive phone calls from people that their health conditions weren’t improving, in fact, were getting worse, after they began taking vitamins. I wondered why vitamin pills weren’t always living up to their promise?
Upon investigation, I found most multivitamins were poorly formulated. They were impotent, unbalanced and incomplete. Most brands either followed the ridiculous daily allowance (RDA) or attempted to lure consumers by providing more and more milligrams of vitamins and minerals. Some brands showcased certain nutrients but provided trivial doses.
Full-grown males and post-menopausal females certainly don’t need supplemental iron, yet some brands provide excessive amounts of this rusty mineral. Excessive amounts of riboflavin can cause sun-sensitivity and lead to premature aging of the skin and eyes. An imbalance of calcium and magnesium can result in chronic muscle spasms, heart flutters, constipation, and calcifications throughout the body. No wonder consumers often don’t feel better when they take multivitamins.
The Fine Print
The fine print on multivitamin labels is often beyond consumer understanding. Vitamin pills buyers often pay for nutrients that are inferior, like inorganic selenium, synthetically made vitamin E, and poorly-absorbed forms of magnesium and vitamin B12.
The list of requirements for a well-designed multivitamin began to develop. I came up with about 25 important markers to evaluate multivitamins. A rating form was developed so consumers could evaluate their own multivitamins. It’s at the back of the book.
If you are the type of consumer who wants to know you are doing the right thing when you take vitamin pills. If you want to check the references and studies before you buy a multi. If you want a multivitamin that delivers on its promise to promote health and longevity, then this book is worth the read.