• Catherine Hansen MD, MPH

One a day or none a day?

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Are Multivitamins Helpful? Your personal answers in minutes...

The US Physicians Health Study-II (JAMA 2012), included over 14 000 men and found favorable health outcomes with multivitamin use and new studies have been initiated to get to the bottom of benefits for women too. These studies are being conducted using standard dose multivitamins with inconsistent quality control.

Quality control with supplements is a very controversial topic and numerous studies have documented that many brands have lower or higher concentrations of nutrients than recorded on the label and some brands have harmful inactive ingredients, pesticides or fillers. For example, you should avoid supplements with aluminum due to the possible connection to Alzheimer’s disease and, yet, some of the most well-known brands contain aluminum in the ingredient list, have a look at the labels of the products on your shelf currently.

Another problem with multivitamins is that there is no personalization and, in general, each person gets the same list of nutrients. Even for the people buying multiple bottles of individual nutrients at a much higher cost, there is no guidance about how to take them relative to each other, to prescription medications or at the correct time of day to be most effective.

In this well done study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (2012), there was a modest (about 8%) reduction in cancer with use of a daily multivitamin, which could translate into significant cancer prevention, especially if it’s you or a loved one.

Among the men who were aged 70 years and older, there was a statistically significant 18% reduction in cancer. The study also found about a 10% reduction in cataract risk, the leading cause of visual impairment in seniors and 10% reduction in cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke.

Where do you get answers for YOU?

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Quality control is conducted multiple times external to the manufacturing facility and again internally under strict compliance with FDA regulations.

IDNutrition is, currently, the safest and most cost effective way to get nutritional supplements.

Most prescription medications deplete nutrients to some extent and there are multiple documented drug-nutrient interactions. IDNutrition ensures that nutrients are adequately replaced when a person takes a prescription medication that drains that vitamin or mineral and also avoids hazardous drug-nutrient interactions. Additionally, quality control measures are in place to ensure that you are only getting the nutrients you should be getting and none of what you don’t need. If fillers are required, IDNutrition uses potent antioxidants including curcumin, quercetin, broccoli extract and green tea extract for further cancer and heart disease prevention (most companies use inactive fillers).

If you are like the other 70% of Americans currently taking nutritional supplements, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take only the best and safest products available.

If you are not currently taking supplements, the health benefits noted above should convince you to get started on your journey of health and wellness by figuring out what you need and how to take it.

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