Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
Multi Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
A multi vitamin and mineral supplement, as most of us know, can promote vibrant health. However, separating the poor quality from the high quality can be a monumental task. Moreover, a poorly "thrown together" supplement can sometimes do more harm than good.
Let's discuss why ....
First, many dietary supplements that line the shelves in health food stores, vitamin stores, pharmacies, supermarkets and many others do not contain what is stated on the label or they harbor harmful contaminates.
Indeed, it's shocking that a health and wellness manufacturer would do this but it is true. In fact, according to Consumerlab.com, the leading provider of independent test results states:
"Testing by ConsumerLab.com shows that one in four supplements in the United States lacks the promised ingredients or has other serious problems."
Even the FDA has cautioned consumers about this industry-wide problem.
Unfortunately, many people think that a brand name multi vitamin and mineral supplement or even price ensures quality but that too is not the case. Some of the best well known "brand name" manufactures are among the worst offenders when contents on their product labels were tested.
Another problem consumers are faced with is the complete understanding of whether there's really a difference between synthetic or natural vitamins.
Indeed, synthetic forms are cheaper, but it may not be worth the trade off. Put simply, there is an overwhelming amount of information available on the merits of natural vitamins compared with those synthetically made.
For example, natural vitamin E, d-alpha tocopherol is more potent than its synthetic version. Natural beta carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A, has been proven in clinical trials to be far superior to its synthetic alternative. In fact, in a clinical trial, natural beta carotene (which is much more costly) was shown to eliminate tumors whereas the synthetic version of beta carotene had absolutely no effect.
In addition to the raw ingredients being used, the ratios of ingredients can also make a big difference on how well any multi vitamin and mineral supplement will work. In other words, all of the vitamins and minerals used in a supplement have to be balanced perfectly for it to be optimally effective.
It's also important to note that no nutrient is an island unto itself, meaning every nutrient requires other nutrients as cofactors, either for activation or function from each of the nutrient categories, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
More specifically, for activation, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids require enzymes, and for function, essential fatty acids are also needed.
We believe that eating a healthy diet and only taking a basic multi vitamin and mineral supplement isn't enough for optimal health in our chemically polluted and stress-filled world. Our foods simply lack nutritional value to keep up with our nutritional requirements.
Modern farming practices have resulted to soils lacking in certain nutrients as well as harvesting and shipping practices are dictated not by nutritional considerations but by marketing demands. Now, add to this extensive processing, preservatives, additives, improper storage, and other factors, along with an estimated seven billion pounds of toxins and chemical agents added to the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe each year, and it's no wander our bodies are beginning to break down.
Nowadays, highly sophisticated developers and manufacturers of supplements are producing products that go far above the basic vitamin and mineral supplement. The product may include not just vitamins and minerals found in any typical multi vitamin and mineral supplement, but also specialty antioxidants that are much more powerful than vitamins, and other substances beneficial for health.
The Ideal Multi Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
Before we delve into our recommendations as to what to look for in an ideal multi vitamin and mineral supplement, remember that many companies spend most of their money on advertising and marketing the product, rather than the quality of the product itself.
Now, with that being said, the following are our recommendations after years of research on the ideal multi vitamin and mineral supplement.
1. How can you ensure you're getting a product that is manufactured to the best industry standards? The supplement should be produced at a pharmaceutical GMP facility. Pharmaceutical GMP compliant facilities adhere to extremely stringent manufacturing standards, similar to those required by law of pharmaceutical drugs.
2. The ideal supplement should consist of a balance of important vitamins, minerals, but also herbal extracts, enzymes, amino acids and other nutrients, using only natural ingredients.
Here's just a few of many reasons why:
First, although vitamins are absolutely necessary for optimal health they are very weak antioxidants when compared against other powerful nutrients.
For example, green tea extract is over 200 times more powerful as an antioxidant than the almighty vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals. It is also more potent than vitamin C.
Alpha lipoic acid is another powerhouse antioxidant. What makes alpha lipoic acid a unique antioxidant is its ability to be effective against both water and fat soluble free radicals, unlike vitamin C (water-soluble) and vitamin E (fat-soluble). In addition, it's a "recycler" of vitamin E and C. It can restore the antioxidant properties of these two vitamins after they have neutralized free radicals and, as such, alpha lipoic acid increases their effectiveness. Indeed, these nutrients are not found in a basic multi vitamin and mineral supplement.
Second, a carefully selected broad-range of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbal extracts and other carefully selected nutrients can enhance and maximize the efficacy of each other, offering you the greatest possible health benefits.
3. The multi nutrient supplement should contain only standardized herbal extracts. These are the purest extracts available, offering the highest quality and therapeutic benefits. Many products on the market do not use standardized extract because it is much cheaper to produce.
4. Does the multi nutrient supplement also have specialty nutrients to support both women's and men's health?
For example, some highly sophisticated developers and manufacturers of supplements are producing products that contain a broad-spectrum of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, and other nutrients for optimal health, plus specialty nutrients like Chaste Berry, Feverfew, Wild Yam, Dong Quai, Red Clover, and Isoflavones that help naturally and safely balance female hormones. Men, also need nutrients that are less important to women like Beta Sitosterol, Saw Palmetto, and Lycopene for prostate health. These are important factors to consider when selecting a supplement that goes way over and beyond the basic multi vitamin and mineral supplement.
6. Ensure that the manufacturer has a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on file for each batch of product produced. Put simply, this confirms the potency of the ingredients used.
7. Ensure that your multi nutrient product does not contain any fillers or additives (examples include: sugar, starch, gluten, silica (sand!)) or any artificial colors or flavors.
8. Lastly, the best multi nutrient supplement should be developed by a top notch scientist; one who can blend these ingredients perfectly to ensure maximum benefits for vibrant health.
Featured Comprehensive Multi vitamin and Mineral Supplement
After years of taking and researching supplements, we here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre personally take an all-in-one highly sophisticated comprehensive multi-nutrient product called Total Balance from a New Zealand company called Xtend-Life Natural Products. It contains a broad range of over 70 specialized nutrients that the body needs for optimium 'whole' body health.
In fact, besides being jam packed with nutrients, Total Balance is formulated to tackle four important anti-aging factors (free radicals, glycation, methylation, and chronic inflammation) which, in turn, slows down the aging process and minimizes the risk of degenerative disease.
In short, normal and ordinary supplements are only focused on reducing free radicals through the use of antioxidants. However, preventing glycation and the formation of AGEs, as well as reducing chronic inflammation, and balancing methylation for healthy DNA are also important for a successful anti-aging program.
Total Balance is formulated by a highly credentialed scientific team that can blend these ingredients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, specialty nutrients, enzymes, standardized herbal extracts, and others) perfectly to ensure maximum benefits, but as importantly that do not interact adversely. Plus, Total Balance is enteric coated to protect all of these ingredients against stomach acids and to ensure maximum bio-availability.
In addition, the company meets all the above requirements for high-quality products --and more.
Xtend-Life Natural Products has also formulated Total Balance Just for Women and Total Balance Just for Men.
We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre have been taking Total Balance for several years now and can personally attest to its excellent results such as an increase in energy levels, mental clarity, and an increase feeling of well-being.
We hope this multi vitamin and mineral supplement webpage was useful to you.
To Your Health!
Much more than a Vitamin and Mineral Supplement can be found at out Vitamin Guide webpage