The quality attributes of a good multi formula


A good multivitamin is an essential part of every good nutritional treatment plan. However, the quality of the various multivitamins differs significantly. Doctors and therapists have an important job in informing their clients and guiding them in their choice of a good quality multi vitamin. Follow the link below to find the main properties, so that you can make a well informed choice.

Natural or synthetic vitamins
The origin of vitamins is important in relation to vitamins in which the natural and synthetic forms differ from one another. Only one of these forms ‘fits’ in the biochemistry of that vitamin, the other forms do not have a vitamin effect and can even be responsible for undesirable side effects. Vitamin E is an example of a vitamin where it is important to use the natural form.

Supportive substances
In nature, vitamins never occur in isolation but always in a complex. For example, vitamin C is more readily absorbed in combination with bioflavonoids, substances that naturally always occur together. This also applies to vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid and biotin. The supportive substances that are responsible for better effectiveness and absorbability of the B vitamins are PABA, inositol and choline.

It is extremely important that a multi vitamin offers the full spectrum of essential minerals. Many multivitamins often lack one or more of the following nutrients: selenium, chromium, boron, molybdenum, iodine, manganese and copper. On the other hand, phosphorus, fluorine and sodium should not be included in a multivitamin. Although these are essential minerals, there are already sufficient amounts of these substances in the diet. It is also important that a multi formula also contains lesser known essential minerals, such as sulphur (MSM) and silicium.

Mineral binding and absorption
The chemical form of the mineral strongly determines the degree to which it is absorbed in the body. Inorganically bound minerals, such as mineral oxides, phosphates, chloride and hydroxides are poorly absorbed. Organically bound minerals, such as mineral citrates, orotates, fumarates, gluconates and amino acid chelates are generally readily absorbed.

Excipients, additives, allergens
Excipients are used to help press tablets or to fill capsules. A good multivitamin contains as few excipients as possible. It is also important that the multivitamin is free from the common allergens such as maize, soya, yeast, gluten, lactose, some preservatives, as well as some artificial colours, flavours or aromas. This significantly increases the usability in your practice.

Another important aspect is the dose. Good multivitamins contain doses of vitamins that sometimes far exceed the recommended daily amounts. That is especially the case with water-soluble vitamins. Sometimes, such as with vitamin B12, the reason for that is poor absorption. Another reason is often to compensate for an increased need as a result of stress, illness and environmental pollution. An important fact relating to nutritional medicine is that, with high-dosed nutrients effects can sometimes be achieved that are not possible with the diet alone, such as lowering the homocysteine levels with higher doses of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid.

Also read our comprehensive quality attributes of a good multivitamin.