There are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Even the best eating plans can fall short of meeting all of the 40-plus nutrients you need each day. Most Americans fail to meet dietary recommendations for many reasons, including strict dieting, poor appetite, changing nutritional needs, or less-than-healthy food choices. Taking a once-daily multivitamin is an easy way to fill in small nutritional gaps.
The Harvard School of Public Health suggests a once daily multivitamin with extra vitamin D for most people as a nutritional back-up. The Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center at Oregon State University suggests taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement with 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for most vitamins and essential minerals to maintain health.
We at ConsumersHealthReport labs analyzed over one-hundred multivitamin supplements in order to figure out which ones were worth your money. The results showed that well over 75% of multivitamin companies wrongfully claimed that there were higher levels of vitamins, specifically A and C, in their supplements. Even some of the our own staff ended up switching to other brands after the tests!
The results of over 1,000 chemistry assays led to the creation of our very own Top 5 List, so be sure to check it out if you’re in the market!