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Ingredients to Avoid in Multivitamins

For starters, make sure it has the following characteristics:

  • It is as close as possible to its natural (whole food) form.
  • Use independent third party labs that check the raw materials for contaminants and correct dosage.
  • Follows industry standards for quality assurance including ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) certifications.
  • The utmost care has been taken in all phases of its production, from growing its ingredients, to manufacturing, testing for potency and quality control.
  • It works! I always try to select from companies that have a long track record of providing high quality products that produce good clinical results.

If you are interested in optimizing your health your best solution is to choose the highest quality foods possible, and eat a wide variety of whole organic foods. You can use my free nutrition plan and work your way up to the advanced stage.

Once you have addressed your diet and are looking for further improvement, odds are you would likely benefit from some supplements, like an animal-based omega-3 supplement and a probiotic, for example. There are many others you could consider depending on your specific circumstances, but just about everyone would benefit from these two.

Just remember to do your homework first and use only those that come from a reputable manufacturer using whole-food, natural ingredients that are free from additives, and have gone through a vigorous quality control process.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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2:00PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you

6:52PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The problem is that no one actually knows what vitamins or nutrients they actually need to supplement unless that are getting tested to see if their levels are off. Most of what we're told is "good" for us is just a marketing ploy to sell a product.

Rather than recommend going to the most natural source of supplements, how about recommending that people seek out the most natural sources in their food?

9:49AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

You can get too much of certain vitamins and suffer from hypervitaminosis.

1:25PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

High quality supplements are EXTREMELY expensive and low quality ones are junk. Just eat good food and hope for the best ;-)

7:40AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Many articles tell you what to avoid in multi-vitamins. It can get confusing. I just wish a doctor would recommend a brand to buy. When you try to research what vitamins to take, all companies recommend their brand and say it's the best. A person could stand in the vitamin/drug section and read labels all day. A doctor friend of mine says not to take any of the supplements because they are all just a way to take your money. Many supplements aren't government regulated so how do you really know what's in them?

8:51PM PST on Jan 3, 2012


3:20AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Mercola.

3:11AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Glow in the dark yellow? Anyone try it to see if it works?

2:48AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Taking a high quality daily multiple is never a bad idea, especially when few of us CAN eat an entirely well-balanced diet. However, few of us understand that we don't need 1000% percent of something or that 10/X the MDR is 10 times better. We can only absorb/utilize so much Vitamin C. The maximum amount is good, helps prevent infection, and like what another poster (Pete) said, I haven't had a cold in 25 years. Started to get a little scratchy throat a month ago and it lasted 2 days, then nothing. I don't get flu shots, and I'm supposedly in a "high risk" group age wise. I also know that 10/X the MDR of Vitamin C is just a waste of money and causes orange pee. The best dailies are not from a drugstore and in a plastic container. They aren't necessarily the most expensive, either. It pays to do one's homework. Too MUCH calcium is worse than not enough, and it has to be the right "form". Ne needs to have the proper "ratio" with magnesium to be effective. "Information overload" sometimes, sigh.

12:34AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

I read these articles but they tend to confuse me. Very few doctors agree on what is good.

In this case COQ10 was recommended and other doctors maintain it is ineffective and a waste of money. I'm well aware that like the food supply in North America, most supplements are probably just as suspect.

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