Posted by blb8698
ok so I should do 2 scoops of powder with like 12 or 16oz of water? Are there any multivitamins that you recomend? I don't mind spending the money for a better one.
I use Nu-Life, The Ultimate One, Men Active. I don't know if these are available in the US, but you can check. I am happy with them. These are probably mid-line vitamins. There are many more that are cheaper and some that are more expensive.
Things you should look for in a vitamin if you are comparing.
1) The size of the tablet vs. the contents. Big tablets with fewer contents means more fillers. Chewables of course have more fillers in order to make them taste better. Higher quality tablets typically have a smaller size to content ratio
2) Look at the contents of the vitamin.
For the one I take here are the contents
Beta carotene (Pro Vitamin A) 10,000 IU
Vitamin A (Palmitate) 2,500 IU
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 400 IU
Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate) 100 IU
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, Calcium ascorbate) 150 mg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride) 35 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin,
Riboflavin 5'phosphate) 40 mg
Niacin (Nicotinic Acid) 30 mg
Niacinamide 20 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxal 5'Phosphate) 30 mg
Vitamin B12 (Hydroxo-cobalamin,
Dibencozide) 100 mcg
Folic Acid (Folacin) 1 mg
Biotin 50 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (d-calcium Pantothenate) 35 mg
Calcium (Citrate, Malate, Bisglycinate) 125 mg
Magnesium (Citrate, Malate,
Bisglycinate) 63 mg
Zinc (Citrate, Malate, Bisglycinate) 20 mg
Iron (Citrate, Malate, Bisglycinate) 5 mg
Iodine (Kelp) 0.2 mg
Manganese (Citrate, Malate,
Bisglycinate) 5 mg
Potassium (Citrate, Malate,
Bisglycinate) 35 mg
Chromium (Citrate, Malate,
Bisglycinate) 200 mcg
Selenium (Malate, Bisglycinate) 100 mcg
Molybdenum (Citrate, Malate, Bisglycinate) 50 mcg
Vanadium (Citrate, Malate,
Bisglycinate) 50 mcg
Choline (Citrate) 75 mg
Inositol 50 m
Methionine 25 mg
Now, I don't know what type of Centrums you took, but looking at the Forte version of Centrums and comparing (for example Vit A and Beta Carotene contents), my brand has 2-3 times the level of both of those vitamins compared to the centrum Forte.
This is why you can't compare prices on a tablet basis. A box of 50 centrums at Walmart costs about 10$ or so. A bottle of 60 tablets of my brand is about 30-40$. However, when you factor in that you get 2-3x more concentrated vitamins (not tablets) in my brand, you are getting a pretty good deal.
Finally when you buy a multivitamin, don't be concerned with the components that you know you get on a daily basis. i.e. if you drink milk and eat fruit, you most likely get more than enough of your daily dose of Vit. C, Vit D and Calcium. Therefore, pick a multivitamin that focuses on (or enriched for) the vitamins that you need. Different multivitamins have different ratios of various vitamins depending on the companies/product's target consumer (i.e. older people tend to need more calcium and vit D, women need more iron, etc.) and their philosophy on nutrition. It also depends on the cost of a particular vitamin. i.e. certain vitamins are harder to isolate/synthesize than others. Multivitamins that contain higher levels of these types of vitamins will be more money compared to one that is high in Vit C for example.
Added to which, too much of any one vitamin can have acute side effects (like upset stomach), which is why I don't take mine every day (aside from the fact that I generally eat healthy).