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Multivitamins with 100% of Daily Requirement

Question:
Is there a multivitamin that contains only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Most that I have looked at contain more.
Reviewed and edited by Tod Cooperman, M.D. Tod Cooperman, M.D.
Initial Posting: 8/22/2018    Last Update: 8/22/2018
Multivitamins with 100% Daily Requirements -- magnifying glass held over multivitamin pills
Answer:
You probably won't find a multivitamin that contains only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals, i.e., 100% of the recommended daily intakes. If you did, you probably shouldn't take it anyway, because you shouldn't get 100% of certain nutrients (notably magnesium and calcium) from a supplement. Some, if not all, of the daily requirements should come from your diet. You can skip vitamins entirely if you eat a very well-balanced diet and don't have trouble absorbing any nutrients (such as vitamin B12, which many seniors have trouble absorbing from food).

For those of us who don't eat quite as well as we should, there are definitely multis that provide each essential vitamin and mineral in amounts that should safely get you where you need to be. Our Top Picks among multivitamins tend to be these "conservative" products, as opposed to "megadose" multis. To be a ConsumerLab Top Pick, each of these has also had to pass our rigorous laboratory testing and label review -- which about 30% of multivitamins don't pass -- and be reasonably priced. We identify the Top Picks in our Multivitamin Review by category, including general adult, women, women 50+, men,  50+ general (seniors), and children. You can also use the Ingredients tables in the Multivitamin Review to compared the amounts of vitamins and minerals in these multis.

Keep in mind that gummy multivitamins, although tasty and popular, typically won't provide iron — and this should be of particular concern for children, adolescent girls, and younger women. We also tend to find more problems (like too much folic acid) with the quality of gummy vitamins than with tablets. 

If you are unsure of your daily requirements for vitamins and minerals, which vary by age, gender, and with pregnancy and lactation, you can check the latest nutrient requirements — as well as the upper tolerable intake limits.

Learn more about multivitamins:



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COMMENTS

Max17848   May 14, 2019
Yes....Look at Naturelo One Daily (Men or Women). Their vitamins are offered at 100% RDA, the minerals somewhat lower.
I am 80 and take them. Plus the price is only $20 for 60 day supply and they are food-sourced.
Check it out.

ConsumerLab.com   July 11, 2019
Hi Max - Thank you for sharing this. Please note that ConsumerLab has not evaluated this product.

Sarah20243   June 24, 2020
I take Naturelo womens over 50 once daily and have been happy with it. They recently lowered the RDA of some of the vitamins in order to comply with new regulations. I have a MTHFR gene mutation and the doctor said to stay away from synthetic folate. Naturelo does not use synthetic ingredients. Consumer Labs: Please test and review Naturelo! Thank you.

ConsumerLab.com   June 24, 2020
Be aware that most people with MTHFR gene mutations don't need to stay away from synthetic folate (including folic acid) and that the form of folate in Naturelo, Quatrefolic, is actually synthetic produced as well, although it is chemically the same as the active form of folate. In short, it's fine to use Quatrefolic but not really essential for most people with a single MTHFR gene mutation. This is explained under Folate in the ConsumerTips section of our B Vitamin Supplements Review (https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/bvitamins/#folate).

Sylvia18131   July 12, 2019
I, too, have been eyeing Naturelo. I hope CL tests them next go-around. I know I need zinc, folate, and one of the other B vitamins I can't remember right now. It's just easier to get them in one multivitamin pill instead of many separate pills. Just a shame so many of them come with high doses of vitamins I don't even need since I easily get them from my diet.
And I'm missing magnesium, but significant doses of that rarely if ever get put in a multi.

Sarah18766   December 27, 2019
Yes! Please review Naturelo multivitamins!

Stephen17164   September 12, 2018
I have been pondering this question for awhile and found the opportunity to ask. Why are there specific vitamins for Men and Women, but not for Boys and Girls?

ConsumerLab.com   September 17, 2018
Hi Stephen - Thank you for your question. We've now answered it here: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/multivitamins-for-girls-vs-boys/multivitamins-girls-boys/


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