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I'm trying to pick a good multivitamin for my children and husband, and for myself. Any suggestions based on your research?

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If you're not sure you are eating a balanced diet, a multivitamin based on the daily requirements for your age and gender can be helpful and safe. Our Multivitamin/Multimineral Review includes our suggestions of specific multivitamins which 1) have passed our testing, 2) are well priced, and 3) can meet the specific needs of children, teens, women, men, as well as senior women and men. See the suggested products in the Multivitamin/Multimineral Review >>

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Hazel487   February 2, 2015
There are basically three types of supplements.
Synthetic(think plastic apple)
Extracted(taking JUST the nutrient out of the food)
and
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.

dan491   February 2, 2015
Right on, Hazel!
- Dan DeFigio, author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies (BeatingSugarAddiction.com)

Arch492   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.

Sharon498   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?

Tracey506   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:http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

Donald466   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.

Best wishes from a long time subscriber,

Don

This CL Answer initially posted on 1/31/2015. Last updated 8/4/2017.

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