Best Multi-Vitamin Supplement
There is a huge market in vitamins and supplements, and so many different brands and products that it is really difficult for the average person to decide what, if any, they need to take and certainly impossible to determine which is the best multi vitamin supplement for them.
In an ideal world no one would need to take any supplements because their balanced dietary intake would ensure that they received all the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids that they required. But we do not live in anything like an ideal world when it comes to food.
Our main stream food supply has been so degraded over the past few decades with excessive herbicide and pesticide use. Coupled to that has been an over fertilisation of soils in an attempt to create ever increasing crop yields. This has resulted in soils depleted of essential minerals and micro nutrients since soils are never allowed to recover and left fallow for a season to regenerate.
We Want Real Soil
The result of this chemical abuse of our soils is that we can no longer be sure that crops, vegetables, fruits, and the animals grazing on these depleted soils contain the full complement of vitamins and minerals that they should. Hence, the very real need for huge numbers of people to buy supplements and try to find the best multi vitamin supplement.
It obviously helps if you can buy organic produce and meats, and your supplement requirements should be reduced if you have a balanced diet consisting of the best quality organic food. But just because something is grown organically, without herbicides and pesticides and obviously non GMO, it does not mean that the soil used to grow the produce is necessarily of the quality it should be and that it is not depleted of certain minerals.
In Australia most soils are deficient in selenium, which is an incredibly potent anti-oxidant and vital in the prevention of many cancers including breast and prostate. So this is not a mineral that you want to take chances with – you need to know that you getting some and the surest way is through a good supplement. Also the B vitamins are essential for healthy brain function, energy and a host of metabolic processes including methylation.
Individual Supplements or the Multi-Vitamin Approach
Very early on we realised that the multi-vitamins on offer in Australian stores are not good enough for four reasons
- Not the best form of the vitamins. For example try to find B12 as methylcobalamin in a multi-vitamin together with folate and not folic acid which is what is usually included. Folic acid is synthetic, to be avoided and is implicated in increasing rates of cancer, see this article for more info.
- Dosage is way too low.
- Not enough vitamins and minerals are included.
- Too many unhealthy fillers added.
For these reasons for many years we have been buying individual supplements to ensure quality and dosage are correct. Incidentally we have been buying from the US through Vitacost, iHerb and Swansons. These companies have very extensive ranges of products and you are sure to find what you are looking for with a bit of research.
So What is the Best Multi Vitamin Supplement?
Luckily, you do not need to do any research – we have done it for you. After hunting trough the various product offerings we came across Life Extension One-Per-Day Tablets. In our humble opinion, this ticks all the boxes and even goes that extra mile with some useful additions you would not normally find. It has:-
- All the vitamins you need in the best forms.
- Meaningful dosages.
- No nasty fillers.
- Extras such as molybdenum, boron, alpha lipoic acid (an anti-oxidant regenerator), lycopene and natural mixed tocopherols.
Best of all it only costs A$22.37 for 60 tablets (2 month supply or 1 month for a couple).
And if that is not enough, iHerb shipping is free for orders over about A$54 AND you receive a 5% credit for use against your next purchase.
To give you an idea of the vitamins we order check out this iHerb link.
In order to take advantage of the 5% credit you will need to create an account but this is very simple and just involves giving an email address and a password to log in with. You can pay using PayPal or a credit card. We always use PayPal online when we can because it appears to be more secure than giving your credit card details.
We really do believe that the Life Extension product is the best multi vitamin supplement that we have come across. If you can find a better one please let us know. As an added bonus our bill for vitamins has reduced considerably since taking this one per day supplement.
Searching for the best supplements for you, Edith and Tim at CoolWellbeing Foundation