What to Look for When Choosing a Multivitamin
Use this simple multivitamin comparison while choosing a multivitamin that's perfect for your homeschool family.
Maybe we should first ask...
Who needs to supplement?
According to the AMA most of us do not consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals by diet alone. So, in answer to that question...Everyone!
Farming techniques (green harvesting, using GMOs) have reduced nutrient density so much so, that in order to get the same amount of Vitamin A from 2 peaches back in the 1950's requires you to eat 50 now!
No one can possibly consume enough food to supply their body with enough nutrition for good health.
That's why it's recommended that we eat 12 servings of fruits and veggies!
But are you?
How to Choose the Perfect Supplement
A Multivitamin Comparison Guide
You need to know that anyone can put anything in capsules and sell it! Make absolutely sure you're getting what you're paying for.
Here is a multivitamin comparison checklist of what to look for when choosing a multivitamin:
1. Quality & Safety - Check the label for these certification seals.
GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) which is endorsed by the FDA
NSF (Public Health & Safety Company) This seal certifies purity & safety and includes the GMP
2. Quantity - Make sure it supplies you with enough nutrition.
There are many "whole food" vitamins out there. Whole food sounds good, but there is no guarantee you are getting adequate nutrition from a whole food supplement. Remember the peaches?
Which leads us to...
3. Source - Our bodies only recognize and effectively utilize nutrients in a food form. Research shows that what is in synthetic vitamins have multivitamin side effects.
Keep in mind that "natural" doesn't mean you should eat it! Rocks are natural. But, the body cannot utilize ground up rocks, no matter how small you pulverize them. Also, avoid synthetic vitamins. Synthetic vitamins may look alike chemically, but they do not act alike biologically because not all of the necessary components are there for the body to fully utilize it. Most people who take synthetic supplements either:
a. Don't have results or
b. Have multivitamin side effects because the body sees them as foreign substances and wants to eliminate them
(When supplements are Plant Based, the value per serving can often be less because the body will assimilate 80-100% of it. The body assimilates less than 10% of synthetic supplements. That is a lot of waste! Make sure the vitamins and minerals you consume are not synthetic.)
- Hydroponics is a technology for growing plants in nutrient solutions so that certain mineral levels can be absorbed into a plant-sourced form.
You want to make sure that you are getting the same amount of nutrients bottle after bottle, day in and day out. Plant-sourced minerals harvested using a hydroponic process using Indian mustard sprouts grown in a solution of highly concentrated minerals allows for standardized levels of minerals to be taken up into the sprouts and digested into the plant as a food form. The body will recognize and effectively utilize nutrients in a food form.
Research shows the Indian mustard seed plant to be the best mineral absorbing plant in the world. In fact, companies use it to clean contaminated soils! In other words, it's highly absorbent. Look for standardized levels of plant-sourced minerals and stabilized phytochemicals in a natural vitamin complex.
5. 6 Month Guarantee
- A quality company will offer a satisfaction money-back guarantee.
If you can find a company that has a 6 month no-questions-asked satisfaction guarantee, then you know you've found a quality supplement.
or PhytoBurst Chews
for your family. They are the only Real Food Technology I've found to meet all the above criteria.
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