Tips on Multivitamins

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

All natural, synthetic, men's, women's, whatever multivitamin you want it's there, an abundance of choices. And for many Americans, they're buying, spending $23 billion dollars a year for an added dose of nutrition. But is it really worth it? And how safe are those multivitamins on the shelves?

According to Ingham Regional Medical Center Registered Dietitian, Cheryl Martin, "If people take more of Vitamin "A" than they should, you can actually have more osteoporosis or something we call metabolic bone disease, which can be extremely careful."

Which is why you should pay attention to the nutritional label on the back to make sure you don't ingest more than 100 percent of the recommended allowance for each vitamin or mineral. Still if you follow that advice but your multivitamin doesn't get absorbed, it's useless.

"Some vitamins have a lot of fillers in them. And they pass through pretty much the same way they went in."

A quick way to check your vitamin's dissolving power is by taking a cup of vinegar, dropping your vitamin in, and giving it a few stirs. If it doesn't dissolve in thirty minutes, you might want to consider buying a different brand.

"And some vitamins now come in actual caplets, where it's a powder inside. So they dissolve pretty quickly."

Still multivitamins aren't necessary if you eat a balanced diet. It's really just added health insurance for those who don't.


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