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What's the best multi-vitamins and multi-nutrients available in the world today? In fact, there's so many available out there that any research may overwhelm you.
I've written on what's the best ranked multi-vitamin for men (out of 10 products) and what's the best ranked multi-vitamin for women (also comparing 10 products) that can help you too.
Short answer: no, they're not all made the same, which is really over-generalizing, like saying all bags are the same (note: nope, not all bags are the same too).
Poorly made ones are either destroyed in your stomach and disposed through urination, bowel and sweat (literally flushing money down the toilet); some are so weak, might as well don't take.
In fact, up to 90% of multi-vitamin supplements are actually flushed the toilet (seriously).
Don't believe me? Sure, try this test:
Go to any grocer store or pharmacy, and get any regular over-the-counter vitamin, and follow their recommended daily allowance. Wait an hour (or up to 2 or 3 hours, sometimes less) and then you will urinate out a urine that is a much darker yellow color (there's the vitamins that you just took that was destroyed and flushed out).
Proper multi-vitamins are absorbed and NOT flushed out.
I know it's not fun talking bout toilet and urination stuff, but I'd like to highlight what is truly happening, and that is why choosing the best multi-vitamin can and will a significant difference in your health (plus: you will be able to tell the difference).
Next question - how come more than 90% of mutli-vitamins are urinated or sweated out?
The answer is this:
The large majority of vitamin supplements are not assimilated or absorbed by the body, because they're not well made. Interesting enough, the health supplement is a large industry, of multi-billion (or trillion) dollar per year industry.
Here is a list of things you should look for when selecting a top quality multi-vitamin supplement:
There are four key areas of manufacturing that is significant and will be raised here in this article:
This is really where the rubber meets the road and is critical to getting a top quality vitamin brand. Let’s discuss these now in more depth.
Any good and great (and the best) health supplements needs to be scientifically researched, tested and formulated - pretty fair statement right?
Yes, a high majority of health supplement manufacturers do not follow this simple rule (it's too easy to just outsource health supplement manufacturing and slap on a label and start selling without knowing what goes into the products).
You see, it's vital that health supplements with multi-nutrients and ingredients needs to be formulated with cellular-understanding and knowledge, because if you don't know what you're doing, you can:
Let me give you some examples. You know, Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption in your body and decreases calcium disposal by the kidneys; boron plays a large part in calcium utilization and Vitamin B5 is vital to metabolize amino acids.
To add to that, a thoughtful and good multi-vitamin will help stimulate your liver to enhance the production of co-enzyme Q10 that will help you avoid/decrease the need to purchase this important (and very expensive) ingredient.
Inadequate understanding of physiology and science will inadvertently lead to poor quality and poor/non-effective health supplements (if not, ones that are bad for health).
The ingredients should be of the highest purity, quality and potency, and before they are used, they should be independently tested and certified first to confirm their quality and purity levels.
They should also be given Certificates Of Analysis, for those that pass the standards set.
I'm going to share and emphasize again on buying health supplements
only from GMP-compliant facilities that are certified and approved by
governmental bodies and authorities.
Please do not overlook this, for anything such as going with the other non-GMP-compliant company "because they're cheaper".
Let me share an incident what examples of supplement fraud is:
Supplement Fraud Horror #1
On January 24, year 2000, Medscape reported that “High levels of
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been identified in five brands of
shark liver oil capsules that are available internationally
PCBs are VERY toxic to the body (including causing cancer, damage to immunity, reproductive system and more - Refer to this page: http://www3.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/effects.htm)
Supplement Fraud Horror #2
On July 31st, year 2000, a study done by Time Magazine showed that 8 out of 21 brands found to have pesticides and lead.
8 out of 21 = 38.1% of supplements
Lead and pesticides poisoning is also detrimental and dangerous to human health, and can cause death.
That's why looking and buying only cGMP-compliant health supplements are the surest way to ensure that the health supplements you buy, actually help you build your health and NOT poison or kill you.
Many manufacturers, especially non-GMP compliant ones don't have the ingredients as stated on the product label, and can put in anything they want, or print anything they want on the product label. Please, take note.
All cGMP/GMP-compliant manufacturers:
Also, these cGMP/GMP-compliant manufacturers also guarantees that the nutrients contained in the ingredients will be released into the bodies at a given time - that's a scientific statement, not a hyped-up sales talk.
I had mentioned enteric coating earlier in this article, but I'd like to revisit it and go deeper into this point, as it's pretty noteworthy.
Delivery systems are paramount to assimilation and absorption by the bodies - you can have the best nutrients and ingredients, but if the delivery systems fail you, these nutrients will simply be lost and destroyed in the harsh stomach acids, and urinated out (remember that talk about destroyed vitamins being urinated out as dark yellow?)
An example of this is:
If you're send a very important document from one country to another, you wouldn't just hand the document unlabelled, unregistered to an unknown person to hand deliver it for you right?
If it were me, I'd get a tried and trusted international courier to do an overnight registered delivery, straight to the recipient.
Likewise, these best and high quality and purity nutrients needs to be protected from being destroyed by our stomach acids, so the enteric coating is the organic layers of protection that takes the brunt of the acid whilst keeping the nutrients safe passage to the upper intestines, to be absorbed in the upper intestines into the blood stream and delivered throughout the organs and systems in the entire body.
For a health supplement and multi-vitamins manufacturer to opt for the expensive enteric coating for their supplements says a lot about the quality they aim to deliver to their customers.
Enteric coating binds several active ingredients with a larger molecule size to selected enzymes, and when they are released in the duodenum (upper intestinal area), these molecules are broken down to smaller, more absorbable sizes for effective and efficient transfer through the intestinal walls into the blood streams.
Enteric coating can withstand the harsh acids of your stomach, but when they get to the alkaline-environment of the duodenum, they breakdown in about 30 minutes. and the active ingredients are release over another 20 - 30 minutes, and this timeframe is vital because it's made to be completed before it leaves the duodenum, for maximum absorption into the bloodstream.
This is the difference of enteric coating, rather than the usual and more common, cheap pharmaceutal glaze and most other supplement companies take because it's cheaper/convenient.
When you look for multi-vitamins, you need to ensure that they contain more than just vitamins and minerals (ya, they're multi-vitamins, but you'd need more than just that) - look for additional special and unique additions such as:
Herbal medicines and herbs are beginning to be more well-known and accepted by western medicine and members of the public. Previously, they've been slapped severely by the old western medical groups (and the big Pharmas) who wants to ensure they control power and the profits.
For example, the niche pharma industry of cholesterol lowering/controlling drug is estimated a more than $20 billion USD per year niche industry? If you come up with a herbal alternative that does the same but without the side effects (and the high costs) - of course they'd be worried. And that's just ONE condition.
It's a slow process, but it seems like we're coming one full circle, because my understanding of TCM (traditional chinese medicine, a widely practiced medicine in Asian countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Japan), herbal medicine has been around for more than 4000+ years, and the western medical world? Way less than that.
I hope this guidelines and advise will help you make a good health supplement decision, as well as save money to not buy unsafe/non-GMP supplements.
Remember, only buy GMP-compliant health supplements, including multi-vitamins.
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Total Balance Men's Premium (review here)
Omega 3 Fish Oil QH Ultra (review here)
Kiwi Klenz (review here)
Garcinia Cambogia + Green Coffee Bean
Lipi Rite (review here)
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