1004sonia I know someone who wont buy anything else but Solgar, and I also know someone who wouldn't touch it with a barge pole!
With Vitamins and Minerals (a bit of a pet subject with me), I am a great believer in you get what you pay for. Cheap vitamins are cheap for a reason, because they contain the cheapest ingredients and unnecessary fillers. The cheapest ingredients are usually the ones that are the least bioavailable. And if they are the least bioavailable they're not going to do much, if anything. Some wrong ingredients can also be harmful.
Some key words to look for are - wholefood, food state, bioavailable, active. And you generally tend to find these on the better quality, more expensive brands although there are some reasonably priced ones when you have a good look around. But you probably wont find them in the supermarket or some of the 'own brand' like H&B.
Greygoose has mentioned that the Solgar VM2000 contains some of the wrong forms of the vitamins, just a few:
Magnesium (as oxide, bisglycinate†) - 32 mg
32mg is a measly amount. We all are probably deficient and it's something we should take when taking Vit D. The normal amount in a Magnesium supplement is around 350mg. Also Magnexium Oxide is the most common form of magnesium sold in pharmacies, but it is non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate - taken from
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 100 µg - this should be methycobalamin and here's why
Vitamin D2 (400 IU, as ergocalciferol) 10 µg - this should be Vit D3 Cholecalciferol
Folic Acid (as pteroylmonoglutamic acid) 400 µg - this should be Methylfolate which is the active form, folic acid is synthetic and needs converting by your body to folate, it's also a lot cheaper.
Natural Source Beta-carotene 5 mg - the wrong form of Vitamin A. Retinyl Palmitate is the one to look for and here's why (taken from smartypantsvitamins.com/nat... )
Vitamin A: Retinyl Palmitate vs Beta-Carotene
Beta-Carotene is a red-orange pigment found in carrots and also in other colorful vegetables. The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol). From food, beta-carotene is an essential nutrient and one perfectly safe to consume. But in its supplemental form, beta-carotene has been shown to possibly increase the risk of heart disease, from death of all causes, and to possibly increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers alike. Even so, beta-carotene is dubbed the ‘natural’ form of vitamin A.
Retinyl palmitate is a synthetic form of vitamin A used by some vitamin manufacturers, and by food manufacturers to fortify low-fat and fat-free milk as well as certain cereals. It consists of the ester of retinol (one of the animal forms of vitamin A) combined with palmitic acid, which is a saturated fatty acid that is a major component of palm oil. Retinyl palmitate does not have the same cancer and mortality risks factors as beta-carotene, and is a more bioavailable (or easily absorbed) form of vitamin A. By all accounts, retinyl palmitate is the preferred form of supplemental vitamin A – yet it is not the natural form of the vitamin.
Sadly, despite its health risks, many vitamin manufacturers will opt for beta-carotene and market their product as containing the ‘natural’ form of vitamin A, taking advantage of a keyword that attracts shoppers.
It also contains Isolated Soya Protein Powder 200 mg. Us hypos shouldn't be taking soya in any form other than fermented soy.
It really is a minefield and, as Greygoose says, you are wasting your money. Much better to test for any deficiencies and supplement accordingly.