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Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by


If you're not sure that you are eating a balanced diet, the right multivitamin can safely help you reach the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals for a person of your age and gender. Our Multivitamin/Multimineral Review includes our suggestions of specific multivitamins that 1) have passed our testing, 2) are well priced, and 3) can meet the specific needs of children, teens, women, pregnant women, and men, as well as the special needs of senior men and women (typically identified as 50+ on vitamin labels). You can also see our Top Pick for each category.

The biggest differences among multivitamins for people of different ages will be in iron (children and women up to age 50 need much more than men and older adults), vitamins D and B6 (older adults need more than younger adults), and calcium (children/teens and older adults — specifically women over 50 and men over 70 -- need more than younger adults).

For the minerals chromium, fluoride, magnesium, and zinc, men's requirements are about 30% to 40% greater than those of women. For vitamins A, C, and K, men need about 20% to 33% more than women.

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February 2, 2015

There are basically three types of supplements.
Synthetic(think plastic apple)
Extracted(taking JUST the nutrient out of the food)
Whole food. Every compound science has found or not found will be in there.
IMO it's no contest as to which is best. Whole food organic.
If healthy eating is eating as close to nature as possible(least processed) it just makes sense that any supplement you take should be the same.

February 2, 2015

Right on, Hazel!
- Dan DeFigio, author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies (

February 2, 2015

100 years ago everything was organic. Organic food is definitely a good idea and it even tastes better! But supplements should also be taken by most people. I would be dead today without them, according to my doctor. He said I would succomb to pneumonia by 25. The supplements so strengthened me that I have lived decades longer.

February 4, 2015

Thank-you for your comment. I like the analogy you used. I think it was very helpful and appropriate for the matter at hand. We know so little. So why do people think they can improve on nature in its' natural form?

T Allen
February 7, 2015

I totally agree with one caveat, the nutritional value of our foods has decreased significantly in the last 50 years and its the mineral content that has taken the biggest hit. Get this book from the library: Food Plague-Arden Andersen. It explains and has references. Here's an online article:

February 1, 2015

I know it is hard to include all the multivitamin products in your comparison, but one that I have used for many years is Cooper Complete Iron Free Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement. Cooper wrote one of the earlier books on jogging and he introduced the word Aerobics. This book got me into exercizing over 45 years ago. I have no financial interest in the product, but thought it would be a good one to add to your reviews.

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January 27, 2021

Where do you find Whole Foods vitamins? I'm assuming you are not referring to the Whole Foods Market brand.
January 27, 2021

Please see our CL Answer about "whole food" multivitamins as well as our Multivitamin Multimineral Supplements Review, which includes tests of a "whole food" multivitamin.

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