Multivitamins Advice

Hi Everyone

Totally off topic here, but was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on multivitamins? I am a little confused as to whether they actually do anything as I read a lot of stories saying they are a waste of time, but then other the hand lots saying that they are essential for your thyroid? I am looking at Nutri advanced womens multi essential has anyone tried these, or would you suggest another brand..?

Thank you for your time :)

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  • SM05,

    I think most multi-vits are a waste of time and money. They don't have enough of anything to treat a deficiency and often have iron and calcium in the same tablet which bind and prevent absorption. It is better to have ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate tested and supplement according to the results.

  • I would say, avoid multi vits. Try to find out what, if anything, you are deficient in, then buy the best quality supp for that deficiency. Often multi vits have cheap, poor quality ingredients, not enough of the one you need, and often have competing nutrients in them.

    Solgar does an Omnium if you are determined on one.

    But really I wouldn't.

  • sm05 Generally they're a waste of time and money and don't contain enough of anything to be of much help, it's far better to test for deficiencies and supplement where necessary. I've listed them below with my thoughts, someone else may come along with something else to say.

    Nutri Advanced is a good make.

    Each tablet typically contains:

    Vitamin A (beta-carotene) (5000IU) 1500 µg, - Beta carotene is a precurser to Vit A, the body needs to convert it to retinol (or Vit A) to use it. I personally would buy a retinol palmitate supplement.

    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 250 mg, - fair enough but no nearly enough, when supplementing Vit C it's usually recommended to take 2000-4000mg a day, if not more as it helps supporting adrenals

    Calcium (carbonate, pantothenate, citrate-malate) 11.5 mg, - at least it's a mixture of calciums not just the cheapest, but we don't all need to supplement calcium

    Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) (1000IU) 25 µg, - not bad if someone is optimal and only needs a maintenance dose, if deficient then it's nowhere near enough and Vit D deficiency is very common in hypos and should be tested for

    Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) 200 mg,of which alpha tocopherol 70 IU, - doesn't say what form, the natural best form of vitamin E is called D-alpha tocopherol with mixed natural tocopherols. The synthetic form is DL-alpha tocopherol.

    Vitamin B1 (thiamin HCl) 50 mg, - pretty good, usually found in a B Complex

    Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 30 mg,Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) 30 mg, - not bad, usually found in a B Complex

    Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCl) 50 mg, - pretty good, ousually found in a B Complex

    Folate (as folic acid) 400 µg, - folic acid is the synthetic form, folate is the natural form and considered to be better, the amount however is as good as in a B Complex

    Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 400 µg, - wrong type of B12, the correct type is methylcobalamin - see

    Also B12 needs to be tested for, hypos are frequently deficient, and 400mcg wont help as it's a minute amount.

    Biotin 50 µg, - another B Vit, not bad, usually found in a B Complex

    Pantothenic Acid (calcium pantothenate) 25 mg, - not bad, usually found in a B Complex

    Iodine (potassium iodide/kelp) 200 µg, - iodine needs testing for, supplementing when not deficient is not a good idea, particularly for Hashi's patients

    Magnesium (citrate) 25 mg, - we all could do with supplementing with magnesium. My supplement serving is 350mg so the amount included here is very small

    Zinc (oxide, citrate) 20 mg, - OK if needed

    Selenium (selenomethionine) 55 µg,

    Copper (aspartate) 6 µg, - OK to balance Zinc if needed

    Iron (bisglycinate) 5 mg, - gentle form of iron although not enough if ferritin is low, ferritin should be tested for in hypos

    Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) 90 µg, - K2 is needed when taking D3 to help direct calcium to bones and teeth, however this doesn't say if it's MK4 or MK7. MK7 is the one I see generally recommended.

    I don't know enough about the following:

    Manganese (citrate) 18 µg, - can't comment

    Chromium (picolinate) 50 µg, - can't comment

    Molybdenum (sodium molybdate) 100 µg, - can't comment

    Choline (bitartrate) 20 mg, - can't comment

    Potassium (citrate) 10 mg, - can't comment

    Boron 1000 µg, - can't comment

    Pomegranate Fruit Extract (Punica granatum) (standardised to 40% ellagic acid) 100 mg, - can't comment

    Broccoli Powder (Brassica oleraceae) 100 mg, - can't comment

    DIM/Diindolylmethane 10 mg - can't comment

  • Iron, calcium, magnesium and vit D all mixed up together, the iron will cancel the others out.

  • Nutri Advanced has both calcium and iron in. Calcium is known to decrease the absorption of iron.

    It also has zinc and iron in. Again one can decrease the absorption of the other.

  • sm,

    Usually a multivit won't contain enough to address a deficiency but as an over all maintainance dose this brand appears good.

    However, I still wouldn't recoemmend because it contains iodine and if you are medicating thyroid hormone replacement you will be getting enough within your meds.

    It also contains broccoli powder and am not sure if this would be good to take everyday considering it could be viewed as goitrogenic.

    If you want a thyroid supporting multivit, look at Dr Wilsons "Super Adrenal Stress Formula" that contains everything. I supplement this when on holiday as it saves taking hundreds of pills.

  • thank you everyone, you've all been incredibly helpful :)

  • Yes I can help with this question. I have been doing a lot of research and what I found is vitiams do not work unless we have the correct minerals in our bodies. Every disease we have can be traced back to a lack of a mineral even thyroid disease. Once you start taking the plant derived minerals then add the vitamins which work hand in hand. It was through taking this I found out I had thyroid disease. This website gives more information

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