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    whole food multivitamin vs synthetic

    Which type do you guys use and do you thnk is the best, Can you recommend a good whole food one please.

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    fruits and veggies is the best way to get your vitamins,minerals and fiber. Not to mention phytochemicals that you just cant get in a pill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuscleScience View Post
    fruits and veggies is the best way to get your vitamins,minerals and fiber. Not to mention phytochemicals that you just cant get in a pill.
    Agreed.

    I'm covering this now in my PT course.

    However, some Vits/Mins ARE good. Below is a list of the best scoring manufacturers/products.

    From Christian Thibaudeau:

    A document ranked the top multis available based on quality and proper amount of the nutrients (14 different criteria in all). They tested 510 brands and gave a score from 0 to 100% to each of them. Only 8 out of 510 scored higher than 80%:

    - USANA essentials - US version: 96.1%
    - Douglas labs - Ultra preventive X: 95.4%
    - Vitamin Research Products - Extended plus: 93.1%
    - Source naturals - Life Force multi: 92.8%
    - Source naturals - Elan vial: 91.8%
    - USANA essentials - Canadian version: 90.2%
    - Freelife - Basic mindell plus: 82.3%
    - Life extension foundation - life extension mix: 81.4%

    The ''Mega men'' by GNC tested out at ... 21.1%
    Centrum at 4.7%
    One-a-day active at 4.1%
    The Twinlab one at 26.4% (although the Mega6 is at 56% ... still way below acceptable)
    NOW foods multis range from 23% to 40%

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    Agreed.

    I'm covering this now in my PT course.

    However, some Vits/Mins ARE good. Below is a list of the best scoring manufacturers/products.

    From Christian Thibaudeau:

    A document ranked the top multis available based on quality and proper amount of the nutrients (14 different criteria in all). They tested 510 brands and gave a score from 0 to 100% to each of them. Only 8 out of 510 scored higher than 80%:

    - USANA essentials - US version: 96.1%
    - Douglas labs - Ultra preventive X: 95.4%
    - Vitamin Research Products - Extended plus: 93.1%
    - Source naturals - Life Force multi: 92.8%
    - Source naturals - Elan vial: 91.8%
    - USANA essentials - Canadian version: 90.2%
    - Freelife - Basic mindell plus: 82.3%
    - Life extension foundation - life extension mix: 81.4%

    The ''Mega men'' by GNC tested out at ... 21.1%
    Centrum at 4.7%
    One-a-day active at 4.1%
    The Twinlab one at 26.4% (although the Mega6 is at 56% ... still way below acceptable)
    NOW foods multis range from 23% to 40%
    Thanks for the excellent link, I may have found a vitamin worth buying...

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    thats interesting, but where can you find them? i've never heard of any of those in the top 8

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    i take source naturals

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    i take a whole food vit from the vitamine shop: "cultivated from natural whole foods". BTW that centrum stuff is crap.

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    Food based vitamins are definitely better than synthetic ones. Many of the synthetic ones pass right through you completely undigested. Food based vitamins are designed to absorb better into the system. From what I can tell, there are more of them popping up now. One brand I've found that makes food-based multivitamins is Rainbow Light. They also have their vitamins tested by a third party to ensure that they are of a high quality. I've also been able to find them online less expensively than in the health food stores.

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    Thank you for bumping a thread from 6 months ago.

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