Take a walk through your local pharmacy, and you will find rack-upon-rack of low priced, pretty labeled, and highly ineffective "multi-vitamins." All promising the moon and the stars for your health and wellness, and conveniently at a price less than a single cup of coffee! How can these be effective? Simply put, most are not effective at all.
Not all multivitamins are created equal, that is for sure.
For true health benefits, we must consider
A: The source of the mineral or vitamin (vegetable, mineral, etc.).
B: How the item was extracted from its source (chemicals, solvents, pressing, etc.).
C: The portion of the source used. For example, some vendors will sell a plant extract that is intended to aid in weight loss, but instead of using the portion of the plant proven to aid in weight loss, they will sell the cheaper and less desired (ineffective) portion of the plant. Allowing them to sell the "same looking and sounding supplement," for so little, they are literally paying more for the bottle and shipping!
Whole food ingredients below are far more expensive and far more superior to other forms on the market. so more than anything, look for ‘whole food’ supplements at your local natural grocer.
There are always some dead giveaways as to whether the multi-vitamin you are considering is worth taking or not.
So if you are looking for multi-vitamin, please make sure you can check each off at least these 5 items:
✅The B vitamins are methylated
✅The Folic Acid is in an MTHF form
✅The minerals are in an amino acid chelated form
✅The Vitamin D should be in a cholecalciferol form
✅The Vitamin A should be at least 50% beta-caroten
Most ‘whole food supplements will meet this criteria, so you are safe to try them, after all, your body knows how to process and use food- so you aren’t eliminating some foreign ‘vitamin’ your body doesn’t know how to use.