components of a Multivitamin are explored. Young, Old, Male or female;
What to look for in the best multivitamin. What are essential to good health.
Choose the best Multivitamin for you individual needs.
What to Look for in the Best Multivitamin
By Allen S. Josephs, M.D.Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Board Certified in Neurology
There are certain essential
ingredients that are critical requirements for any excellent multivitamin.
Use this analysis to see how your multivitamin stacks up. For each ingredient,
compare my recommended daily amounts and forms with what you're getting in
Natural Carotenoids color fruits and vegetables and provide excellent
antioxidant protection. Betatene is a natural blend with the beta-carotene
being the major component. 5,000 IU is an optimal level. Floraglo
standardized Lutein at 120 mg providing 6 mg elemental is proven to
promote healthy vision and reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The
most popular mass-market multi contains only ¼ of a mg, which is NOT
PROVEN to work as such low levels.
Most cheap mass market multivitamins use the synthetic form and
provide levels that are grossly inadequate.
Ester-C is a more effective vitamin C when compared to ascorbic acid. It
is PH neutral, better utilized by the body and retained longer. In fact,
studies indicate Ester-C promotes healthy joints but ascorbic acid failed
to provide similar benefits. 500 - 1,000 mg is the ideal range. One study
indicated that men who received 500 mg per day, lived 6 years longer versus
others who received less.
Natural Vitamin E and tocopheryls provide excellent protection from
cholesterol oxidation (the major event that leads to heart attacks and
stroke) and promotes a healthy immune system. Several studies have also
indicated that Vitamin E protects the brain from aging and has also provided
benefits to Alzheimer's patients. Natural Vitamin E at 400 - 800 IU per
day is optimal. The natural form is up to 3X more effective verses
synthetic (most cheap mass market multivitamins use the synthetic form and
provide levels that are grossly inadequate). It is also critical to
include the gamma form to eliminate a toxic free radical the alpha form
B - Complex vitamins include folic acid, B1, B2, Niacin, B5, B6 and B12 B
vitamins are critical for producing energy and maintaining a healthy heart
and nervous system. Hundreds of studies prove that folic acid, B6 and B12
lower a toxic compound called homocysteine. People with elevated levels of
homocysteine have up to 5X great risk of heart attack and stroke when
compared to elevated cholesterol levels. Levels and forms are critical for
the best results. For optimal homocysteine levels 800 - 1,000 mcg of folic
acid, 50 - 100 mg B6 and 500 mcg - 2,000 mcg of B12 are recommended. In
fact, a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association stated, if people received 1,000 mcg of folic acid and 500 mcg
of B12 per day over 300,000 lives in the U.S. would be saved each year
from heart disease. It is important for the B12 to be in the form called
methylcobalamin. This is the active form of B12 and is up to 100X more
potent when compared to the other forms most multivitamins use. In fact,
studies have shown this form can achieve blood levels only injections
could have reached in the past. Studies also indicate this form may
provide regenerative capabilities to the nervous system and improve sleep.
Calcium Citrate Malate, Magnesium taurate/citrate and Vitamin D provide
the nutrients required to maintain healthy bones. Most men do no realize
that as they age, they also lose bone mass just as women do. There was a
large double-blind, placebo study published in the New England Journal of
Medicine that proves 500 mg (elemental) of Calcium Citrate Malate and 700
IU of Vitamin D completely reversed bone loss and actually increased bone
mass in the elderly and reduced the fracture rates by 60%. Many studies
prove the benefits of magnesium for bone health and cardiovascular health.
Calcium Citrate Malate is up to 10X better absorbed when compared to
Calcium Carbonate (ground up rock that has the adverse effect of
neutralizing stomach acid required to digest your food!). You should
realize that it takes a gross amount of 2,000 mg Calcium Citrate Malate to
equal 500 mg elemental. Nutraceutical Sciences Institute (NSI) quotes all
calcium and magnesium levels as elemental and uses the required gross
amount to achieve these levels. Many products on the market quote the
gross levels on their labels versus elemental.
Selenium and Chromium are micronutrient minerals that provide excellent
benefits if the right forms and levels are used. There was a large
double-blind, placebo controlled study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association, indicating 200 mcg per day of
selenomethionine reduced the risk of cancer by up to 50% and reduced
overall cancer mortality by 37%. Most multivitamins do not contain the form and
level of selenium used is this study. Additional studies have indicated,
people with high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Selenium appear to
have a 70% lower risk of developing macular degeneration. Macular
degeneration is the main reason people go blind as they age.
Chromium in the form of polynicotinate (ChromeMate) is vastly superior to
other forms. It is several times more effective in assisting insulin
utilization. Chromium promotes optimal blood sugar and insulin levels. It
increases lean muscle and reduces body fat. 200 - 400 mcg per day is
Bioflavonoids and polyphenols are proven to be more effective antioxidants
when compared to Vitamins E and C. The best sources of these are
standardized red wine, green tea, grape seed (the activin form is the best
studied with many proven benefits), quercetin and citrus. One study
indicated that people who consume 2 - 3 glasses per day of red wine have
50% less mortality from all causes. There are many studies proving green
tea protects the brain and reduces cancer incidence. Medical studies
indicate those with the highest levels of quercetin (found in apples) have
a 50 - 70% reduction in heart disease and strokes. It is critical to use
standardized forms and look for combined levels of 250 mg - 500 mg in
total of these powerful antioxidants.
Garlic, Ginkgo, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and CoQ10 provide incredible
antioxidant benefits for the brain and cardiovascular system. Ginkgo has
been proven to promote circulation and provide benefits for memory. ALA
recycles other antioxidants and protects the nervous system. Garlic
protects the blood vessels from oxidizing and prevents blood from
clotting. The average person receives 1 mg per day of CoQ10, no Ginkgo,
little garlic and little ALA and most multivitamins do not even include these
ultra effective and expensive nutrients. A good multivitamin should contain 10 -
60 mg per day of CoQ10, 400 - 900 mg per day of garlic and 30 - 120 mg per
day of Ginkgo and ALA.
If you would like to receive superior benefits with the above nutrients
(and more) in the correct forms and levels, I recommend Synergy
2000 from Nutraceutical Sciences Institute.
Women may want the added benefits of Isoflavones from Soy and Red Clover,
DHA (omega -3 fatty acid), gamma oryzanol and probiotics. So for women, I
Synergy 3000 Women--it's
excellent. I urge you to compare your current multivitamin and decide based on
the facts. I'm sure you'll agree that the complete Synergy formulations
are superior--and your body deserves this optimal protection!
Choose the Best for the Best.
based on medical studies and is an exceptionally powerful combination of
nutrients, with a special antioxidant formulation. I personally use
Synergy multivitamin daily and recommend it to my family and my patients.
I have observed excellent results in my own energy and immune function,
while having the peace of mind knowing I am protecting my cells from free
M.D. Board Certified Internal Medicine, Neurology NSI President and
Scientific Advisory Board Member
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