|Here’s how to pick multi vitamins, energy pills, and other nutritional supplements:|
|Choosing a multi vitamin can be a daunting task. What should you look for and what should you avoid…. Where should you start so that you know your are getting what you need?|
|Look for 100 percent of eight vitamins – remember multi vitamins are supposed to supplement, not replace your diet.But it’s easier to look for a multi that has a full day’s worth of each vitamin and mineral than to try to guess how much you’re not getting from your food. Our PowerVites multi vitamins have at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), vitamins B-6, B-12, D, E, and folic acid. They also have at least 90 mg of vitamin C, which is the new recommended level for men (it’s 75 mg for women). That’s more than the current Daily Value (60 mg). When these eight nutrients are included in your nutritional supplements they become energy pills. Many older people get vitamin B shots and feel a noticeable improvement in their energy levels. Energy pills such as PowerVites with its probiotic base is a less painful and expensive alternative. See probiotics acidophilus information
Limit Vitamin A
According to a 2002 Harvard Medical School study of 72,000 women, those who consumed between 4,300 international units (IU) and 6,600 IU a day of vitamin A had a 43 percent higher risk of hip fracture than those who consumed 1,700 IU or less. The risk was greater in women who got even more than 6,600 IU. Only one kind of vitamin A retinol, was linked to weaker bones. It’s found in animal foods (dairy, liver, eggs, etc.)
Beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, is found in fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t increase the risk of hip fractures. Our PowerVites multi vitamins contains 100% Beta carotene. The vitamin A in nutritional supplements can come from retinol (often called vitamin A palmitate or acetate), from beta-carotene, or from a combination of the two. (Check the nutritional supplements labels. Some simply list vitamin A, which isn’t very useful. But many brands of nutritional supplements also disclose what percentage of their vitamin A comes from beta- carotene, if so, the rest is retinol). To protect bones, limit to no more than 5,000 IU of retinol. But even less would be better, since people also get some vitamin A from their food. This limit is especially important for women (so far, no studies have been done on men’s bones and vitamin A). Roche Vitamins, a major manufacturer of vitamin A, says that many of thenutritional supplements vitamin-makers it supplies have agreed to lower their retinol levels to 2,500 IU
The National Academy recommends 10,000 IU “upper level” (UL) for retinol, which is the highest safe intake. The UL is based on evidence that more vitamin A may cause liver abnormalities and, if consumed by women of childbearing age, birth defects. Beta-carotene doesn’t cause those problems. Limit yourself to 15,000 IU because too much beta-carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. (Beta-carotene from foods is safe).
Nutritional supplements should provide a minimum of minerals:
For chromium, copper, selenium, and zinc: We require less than the Daily Values because the latest recommendations are lower than the outdated DVs. The National Academy cut copper from 2mg to 0.9 mg (900 mcg), selenium from 70 mcg to 55 mcg, and zinc from 15 mg to 11 mg (and to 8 mg for women). Chromium dropped from 120 mcg to a range of 20 mcg to 35 mcg, depending on your age and gender. The minerals in PowerVites multi vitamins falls within the safe range for nutritional supplements.
For calcium and magnesium: Our PowerVites multi vitamins, as with other multi-vitamins, has less than the Daily Values of Calcium because the recommended levels are too large to fit in a single pill. It is recommended that you get a minimum of 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg of Calcium per day. (You might be able to get a day’s worth in a four-pills-or-more-a-day multi, but you’ll probably pay more than you would by buying calcium and magnesium separately). You should look for at least 100 mg. of magnesium, which can give you a boost towards the recommended levels for women (320 mg) or men (420 mg). PowerVites multi vitamins contains 120 mg. of Magnesium. You might not want those higher levels in your multi anyway. Getting more than 350 mg fromnutritional supplements or fortified foods may cause diarrhea. Better to get more magnesium from whole-grain breads and cereals.
Avoid Vitamin and Mineral excesses in your nutritional supplements:
Our PowerVites multi vitamins has no retinol If you choose a vitamin with Vitamin A, make sure it has no more than 4,000 IU of retinol (more may increase the risk of hip fractures in women), 15,000 IU of beta-carotene (more may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers), 100 mg of vitamin B-6 (more may cause reversible nerve damage), 350 mg of magnesium (more may cause diarrhea), and 250 mg of phosphorus (we already get too much from our food). For iron, there is no amount that’s right for everyone.
Our PowerVites multi vitamins does not contain iron because iron is irritating to the stomach. Iron is an oxidant and few people need to supplement this mineral.
There is no set limit on vitamin E. But in a new study, women with heart disease who were given 800 IU of vitamin E (and 1,000 mg of vitamin C) every day for three years were more likely to die than similar women who got a placebo. And in another study, healthy older people who were given 440 IU of vitamin E a day had more severe colds than people who took a placebo or a multi with only 22 IU of vitamin E. The new recommended level is 33 IU. PowerVites multi vitamins contains 25 IU in the natural form (look for Vitamin E d-alpha). There are some experts who believe that there may have been a different outcome had these studies been conducted using natural Vitamin E. A natural product contains cofactors from their food source that is not duplicated in a synthetic nutrient. There is some evidence that Vitamin E should be taken along with Vitamin C. Note that in the study referred to above, the women already had heart disease. This is a study that must be duplicated in order to confirm these results. Knowing how much vitamin E is in your multi may be useful information.
Multi vitamins: nutritional supplements or energy pills
When your body does not have enough of some nutrients, you tend to feel tired and sluggish. You need energy pills. Good multi vitamins can have an energizing effect by supplementing what you need. Thus nutritional supplements can be thought of as energy pills. If you think you need energy pills we suggest you consider PowerVites energy complex. The probiotic, lactobacilli base allows you to absorb your nutrients to the fullest, making PowerVites real energy pills. These energy pills have the added advantage of boosting the immune system. If you are fighting off infection, immune compromised or on chemotherapy you will appreciate these energy pills. When you think of energy pills, think of PowerVites. Also consider herbal anti-oxidants.
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