DOES YOUR MULTI PASS THE TEST?
(From Winter 2000, Healthy Answers)
(More Tests at bottom of page)
Rate the quality of your multiple vitamin-and-mineral supplements by answering “yes or “no to the following questions. Does your multiple supplement.
Include balanced antioxidants?
The variety and balance of “various antioxidants is critical in order to achieve the beneficial effects attributed to them such as protection from free radical damage, anti-aging. Improved immune function. Improved cardiovascular health, etc. balanced antioxidants include:
Mixed Carotenoids yes no
Natural beta-carotene, balanced within a broad spectrum of mixed carotenoids, is preferred over synthetic beta-carotene alone. Beta-carotene is only one of over 50 naturally occurring carotenoids found in food. Large doses of a single carotenoid may inhibit the utilization of others, thus inhibiting their efforts.
Vitamin C yes no
Ascorbic add (vitamin C) is a critical antioxidant for human health. In addition, it potentates and preserves the effectiveness of other antioxidants.
Natural Vitamin E yes no
T he chemical name for natural vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol or d-alpha tocopheryl. Studies show that natural vitamin E is more effective than the synthetic version (dI-aipha tocopherol).
Bioflavonoid complex yes no
Hundreds of different bioflavonoid are found in fruits and vegetables. A full complex of bioflavonoid provides powerful antioxidant protection, as well as serving other important preventative health roles.
Quercetin yes no
Quercetin not only helps prevent the oxidation of beta-carotene, it is one of the most powerful and most researched of the bioflavonoid. Increased levels of oxidized beta-carotene in the lungs is thought to be the reason why synthetic beta-carotene alone may promote tumor growth in the lungs of smokers.
Selenium yes no
Selenium is essential to the production of glutathione peroxidase, an important antioxidant enzyme produced within the body. It is also linked to reduced rates of certain cancers.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) precursor blend yes no
SOD is an important antioxidant enzyme necessary for combating potent free radicals in the body. However, SOD supplements are believed ineffective because the enzyme is destroyed in the digestive tract. Adding true amino acid chelate precursors (zinc, copper, and manganese) is thought to increase SOD production.
Include true mineral amino acid chelates? yes no
True mineral ammo acid chelates (e.g., glycinate, histindinate, lysinate, etc.) do not inhibit mineral absorption by interfering with one another. This absorption interference is seen with inorganic minerals such as sulfates, carbonates, gluconates, fumerates, lactates, etc. Inorganic minerals are also more susceptible to absorption interference from the diet. and may he the cause of stomach and/or intestinal discomfort.
Include a full range of ratio-balanced B vitamins? yes no
B vitamins are interdependent, and a deficiency of one can often mean others will be low. A multiple should contain the full complex (B-1, B-2, pantothenic add, biotin, folic acid, niacin, B-6 and B42). In addition, a ratio balance of these should be evident rather than an arbitrary; consistent level like 25 mg or 50 mg for each.
Avoid toxicity risk? yes no
Because a multi is something that one rakes every day; rather than for short periods of time, it is important that nutrients with toxicity risk are kept at a safe level for daily consumption:
a. manganese levels not more than 2 mg daily
b. chromium levels not more than 200 mcg daily
c. vitamin A not more than 5000 IU daily
d. selenium not more than 200 mcg daily
e. beta carotene balanced within a broad spectrum of mixed carotenoids
Avoid ingredients that carry gastric irritation risk? yes no
Certain substances commonly used in dietary’ supplements can irritate the stomach and/or intestines. This may not only cause discomfort, hut may also reduce the absorption of both supplemental and dietary nutrients:
a. no iron, zinc, or magnesium as sulfates or carbonates
b. no calcium carbonate
c. no synthetic excipients
(e.g., talc, poIyvinylperilodone, etc.)
Avoid ingredients that carry allergic/hypersensitivity risk? yes no
Allergic or hypersensitivity reactions may account for adverse reactions to dietary supplements.
A high quality product will avoid common allergens:
a. no artificial colors or flavors
b. no yeast, soy protein, egg, wheat, milk, gluten, sugar, sweeteners, starch, salt or preservatives
It you checked “yes” to every question, your multi has passed the test – it is of high quality and safe to take.
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