1) Shop based solely on price
Sure, we all want to save a buck. Particularly in these challenging times when most of us must be careful with our hard earned cash. But if you’re specifically shopping for “cheap” vitamins, you might end up with a cut rate vitamin supplement. Some of the most popular discount vitamins have been proven to be deficient in key nutrients.
In his book, A Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, Biochemist Lyle McWilliam, rates a few of the most popular discount multivitamins. You may be surprised to find your own favorite brand here.
The following rankings are based upon a possible total of 5 stars
- Centrum Silver – 1/2 star
- Centrum, all varieties – 1/2 star
- Equate One Daily – 1/2 star
- Safeway Select – 1/2 star
- Kirkland Daily (Costco’s brand) – 1/2 star
- One a Day, all varieties – 1/2 star
Many discount vitamins are also made with synthetic ingredients
Why is this important? Our body doesn’t always respond to synthetic vitamins the way we do to natural ones. Consider vitamin E. Among other things, this powerhouse of a vitamin helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent abnormal blood clotting. In healthy people it has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack.
2) Skip reading the back label
Many people don’t read the back label of the vitamin they’re buying. However, the label contains important clues about the quality of the vitamin supplement. Many vitamin manufacturers pump their vitamins full of inexpensive nutrients like riboflavin and niacin, (the same B vitamins that are added to white bread) and skimp on more expensive B vitamins like Biotin. Check to see if your vitamin has 100% of the daily RDA of Biotin. It’s one indicator of a good multivitamin.
3) Expect a single multivitamin to cover all of our body’s requirements.
As a Garland Chiropractor, I recommend a multivitamin to all my patients. It’s a great starting point. But it’s important to know that it doesn’t eliminate the need for a healthy diet. In addition there are certain lifestyle choices and medical conditions that may require additional vitamin supplementation.
Are you a smoker? If so, you may benefit for higher doses of vitamin C. If you have a family history of osteoporosis, or you are a post-menopausal woman, you may want to add more calcium magnesium. People at risk for vascular disease, or women seeking to improve hormone balance may benefit from additional Vitamin E.
You certainly don’t have to spend a fortune to get a high quality, effective vitamin supplement. At Texas Spinal Health, we carry the top rated vitamin manufactured in the United States*, along with a range of other affordable vitamins that deliver quality you can trust. If you’d like to to consult with a Garland chiropractor before you start your own nutrition program, or would simply like to pick up a bottle of high-quality multivitamins, stop by our chiropractic office or call us today at (972)840-2520.
* Based upon Biochemist Lyle McWilliam’s research in “A Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements”,