is this a good multivitamin to take?

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    Vitamin C (Non-GMO Ascorbic Acid from Scotland) 1000 mg 1666%
    Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 400 IU 100%
    Vitamin E (Non-GMO d-Alpha Tocopherol from Sunflowers) 400 IU 1333%
    Mixed Tocopherols (Non-GMO, Natural ) 25 mg *
    Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine HCI) 50 mg 3333%
    Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin 5′-Phosphate) 50 mg 2941%
    Vitamin B-3 (Inositol Hexaniacinate) 50 mg 250%
    Vitamin B-5 (Calcium Pantothenate) 50 mg 500%
    Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxal 5′-Phosphate) 50 mg 2500%
    Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin) 200 mcg 3333%
    Folate — QuatrefolicTM (6S-5 methyltetrahydrofolate) 800 mcg 200%
    Biotin 800 mcg 266%
    Vitamin K2 — Menatetrenone (MK-4) 100 mcg 125%
    Calcium (from Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite — MCHA ) 400 mg 40%
    Magnesium (Citrate) 200 mg 50%
    Zinc (Monomethionine) 30 mg 200%
    Chromium (Amino Acid Chelate) 200 mcg 166%
    Selenium (L-Selenomethionine) 200 mcg 285%
    Copper (Amino Acid Chelate) 2 mg 100%
    Molybdenum (Amino Acid Chelate) 75 mcg 100%
    Manganese (Citrate) 2 mg 100%
    Beta-Carotene 5000 IU *
    Lutein 500 mcg *
    Lycopene 500 mcg *
    Grape Seed Extract — 95% Proanthocyanidins 100 mg *
    R-Lipoic Acid 25 mg *
    Coenzyme Q10 100 mg *
    Vanadium (Vanadyl Sulfate) 20 mcg *
    Boron (Citrate) 600 mcg *

    or are multivitamins not worth taking?


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    It depends on the vitamins whether an overdose has adverse effects. A general rule of thumb is that water-soluble vitamins are quite safe: taking an overdose of those only stresses the kidneys which have to remove the overdose. And fat-soluble vitamins are risky if you take an overdose, because they are less easily removed by the liver and the kidneys.

    Minerals carry a higher risk of overdosing.

    But this is a general rule of thumb only. It doesn’t hold for all vitamins or for all minerals.

    My rule is that taking vitamins and minerals is either unnecessary or a bad idea, unless you have a confirmed shortage. Taking myself as an example: I have a confirmed shortage of vitamin D, which is why I now take vitamin D supplements. I would never take vitamin B supplements, because my levels of vitamin B are great.

    One more thing in your list that struck my eye: several vitamins are listed as “non GMO”. That’s plain nonsense.

    If I take vitamin C as an example, there is no difference whatsoever between fully natural vitamin C which is harvested from a fruit in the middle of a virgin rain forest, or vitamin C which is harvested from a GMO kiwi plant, or vitamin C which is produced fully chemically.

    The above example may of course be overly stretched, but vitamin C is vitamin C, regardless of the source. Neither the world’s best chemist nor the human body can detect any difference between vitamin C and vitamin C. So the fact that some vitamins in your list are marked “non GMO” indicates to me that a marketeer was at work, targeting innocent customers who want to have a “feel good” experience, and simultaneously increasing the price of this product.




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    which multivitamin product would you recommend to take?


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    I recommend getting vitamins by doing something like a nutribullet and get it from natural sources. Make smoothies with kale, some fruit, veggies, nuts, cabbage, etc. and this will aid your digestion and allow for optimal absorption of the food. It should also serve as prebiotic for your beneficial bacteria.



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    which multivitamin product would you recommend to take?

    I recommend taking only those vitamins and minerals of which you have a confirmed (that is: measured) shortage.

    If you have no shortage, then taking multivitamins is useless in the best case, and detrimental to your health in the worst case.


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