Are multivitamins a waste of money?
Are you wasting your money?
If you’re buying your multivitamins at the grocery store, pharmacy, or at a large box store because they’re less expensive, chances are you’re wasting your money. Many of these multis have ingredients that offer poor absorption, contain binders and fillers, even artificial colours and added sugars for taste and appearance.
A smarter move is to visit a local health food store and speak to the naturopath in residence or trained health-care assistant for advice on your specific needs. No two people may require the same multi-vitamin. Pick a good brand and avoid the commercially-popular ones, which can contain poor-quality ingredients, such as:
DL-Alpha Tocopherol. Researchers at the Oregon State University discovered that our body excretes this synthetic form of the vitamin E supplement 3 times faster than the natural. In other words, the benefit is reduced threefold.
Talc. Although this mineral is consisted of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen, it can also contain the carcinogen called asbestos. It should not be added to a multi-vitamin.
BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole). It has been proven that this preservative is toxic to the thyroid, liver, kidneys and lungs.
FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake. A food colouring agent that’s derived from the reproductive toxin coal tar.
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