Multivitamin review? What the hell is a multivitamin review? Why is it important to your health? How can it help you? And what the hell has snakes and ladders and chess got to do with a multivitamin review?
What Is A Multivitamin Review?
All right letss get a basic understanding of the two terms in multivitamin review. The most basic definition of a 'multivitamin' is a preparation containing many different vitamins and the most popular forms are tablets, capsules and liquids. And the term 'review' basically means a process of evaluating, critiquing and evaluating something. So in a 'multivitamin review' the idea behind conducting one is to evaluate different multivitamin formulas in order to reach a greater understanding and become an educated consumer in order to purchase the best multivitamin and one that will give you the most health benefits.
Why Even Bother Conducting A Multivitamin Review?
Results! In the area of health and nutrition supplements there is a lot of marketing hype, overblown statistics and false or misleading statements thrown all over the place. Multivitamins that are ineffective with low quality ingredients have flooded the supplement market. All companies claim that they superior and have the best multivitamin products. How do you really know? When it comes to your own health you need to live by the X-Files tag line, "Trust no one." A healthy amount of skepticism is needed in order to develop a asking mind so you do not just become another 'sucker' persuaded and influenced by a snake oil salesman to buy an inferior multivitamin that looks and sounds good but does not produce any beneficial results .
Snakes And Ladders?
When people choose their multivitamin they will usually have a little voice in their head doing an evaluation process of the product. It's like a miniature reviewer is sitting in your head tapping off or crossing out boxes. This 'mental review' can be very basic or it can be quite sophisticated. A basic review could involve no more than seeing a multivitamin brand on television and since you liked the advertisement you decided to purchase the product. So that's the evaluation done and that's it. Are you likely to find the best multivitamin for you this way? Probably not! A basic review is just like playing a game of snakes and ladders. The aim of the game is to select the best multivitamin that will offer you the greatest health benefits. But since you are not informed, the game plays you and it's a game of luck. You can be lucky and walk into a health store and the attendant gives you good advice and you ride the ladder up to health. Or you could be unlucky and get sucked in by hyped up marketing of a worthless multivitamin and you slip down the snake to the bottom where no changes to your health are found.
A more sophisticated review is like playing a game of chess. Chess unlike snakes and ladders is not a game where you can just instantly pick it up and it is based on skill much more than luck. It takes a great deal of time to learn and educate yourself about how to play the game well. But basically the more you learn about it the greater control you have over the end result. And the result we are after in our health supplements is experiencing a high level of health.
A reviewed review could have been done by educating yourself through different resources like books, talking to people who are health care practitioners, online exploration of reliable and authoritative sites. It would be very helpful if you had developed a list of qualities that could guide you into making a more educated choice of a multivitamin supplement that actually works. Remember that there are lots of multivitamins on the market today that are complete garbage and a waste money. But not only that but they waste time and instead of developing your health to higher levels either either remain the same or gain few benefits.
So How Do You Conduct A Multivitamin Review?
There is no strict way in which a multivitamin review should be conducted. But here are a few guidelines that I will offer, feel free to add your own to this list but always have the idea in mind that what you are after is results, results and more results. This is your main focus.
1. Get Educated: Search the net for authority sites, purchase a book or go talk to someone who works at a health food store or a health care practitioner. The idea is to not purchase a product but to begin gathering information. This applies especially if you know very little about multivitamins! Realize that you need to gather information from as many different sources as possible in order to evaluate your choices most effectively. It's up to you how informed you want to be. You may just want to get a general overview, or you may want to carry out a more detailed research project where you evaluate and check out many different information sources.
2. Unique Custom Made Multivitamins: Look for multivitamin supplements made from companies that have a proven track record and are passionate about the health of individuals. And check out what credentials they have and if they are relevant to the health industry.
3. Select A High Quality Form: Multivitamin are available in tablets, capsules, liquids, and less commonly in powders, patches, sprays and effervescent drinks. When it comes to selecting the right form it all comes down to absorption and usability. Liquid multivitamins have the highest absorbing rate and usability in the body, followed by capsules and then tablets.
4. Quality Control: Just like any product you buy there are low, average and high quality. Vitamins are no different. Get a basic understanding of the types of vitamins in a formula and which ones are better for your health and are easily absorbed by the body. For example, Vitamin B12 is made up from different forms. Cyanocobalamine, for instance, can create free radicals in the body that the body has to expend energy to clear up. But methylcobalamin does not have this same negative effect. Same vitamin, different form, equals different results. There are many cheap low quality vitamins that can and should be substituted with high quality and potent vitamins that are more easily absorbed by the body.
5. Ditch Products With Harmful Fillers, Additives and Preservatives: Companies use fillers for many reasons: to hold it together, to make the multivitamin look bigger and to add flavor. These fillers can be laced with chemicals which are not good for the body. The binders can glue so tightly that the tablet could pass through your entire digestive system without being absorbed. The additives and preservatives can also contain chemicals that irritate your system and some you may even be allergic to. Here are a few to look out for: magnesium stearate, hydroxy propyl cellulose, sucrose, lactose, titanium dioxide, stearic acid, sodium starch glycolate, silicon dioxide, talc, povidone, and calcium stearate. There are many, many more fillers, additives and preservatives that companies add to their multivitamins that are not good for the body so you need to be vigilant.
6. Hype Marketing: Be careful if a multivitamin is heavily marked. Always look for the facts behind the product. Remember that most statistics can easily be distorted or misunderstood so be wary of extreme claims. The best multivitamins usually come from the smaller companies and are discovered by word of mouth.
7. Type Of Multivitamin: There are three main types of multivitamin formula's available on the market: synthetic, co natural and natural multivitamins. Depending on what your needs are or your preferences you could select one of these or a combination (always check with a health care practitioner before combining formulas). Synthetic multivitamins should be avoided as co natural and natural multivitamins are superior in their quality, absorption and there positive effects on the body.
8. Quantity Of Ingredients: The amount of vitamins used in the multivitamin is very important but it is also very hard to find out how much you are suppose to take for each vitamin as each of us are individuals in our requirements. The DV (Daily Value) or RDI (Recommended Dietary Intake) have been established to determine the minimum daily requirements for each vitamin in order to prevent the onset of disease. These numbers were only tested for short term deficiencies and on a longer term scale of time the results are still unknown. When I do my multivitamin review I usually look for all the above factors first before I look at the quantity of the ingredients. It is much easier to work with a health care practitioner to find out the amounts of vitamins you need for your body otherwise you are just guessing or sticking with whatever the average requirement is which may or may not be adequate for you and your needs.
So when you do your multivitamin review the choice is up to you as to whether you want to walk into a health food store or pharmacy and play the game of snakes and ladders while you choose a multivitamin and your results will be based on pure luck by landing on the ladder or bad luck by landing on the snake. Or you could choose to play the game of chess where you acquire the necessary information, think a few moves ahead and use a strategy to guide you in picking the best multivitamin. So feel free to use the above guidelines for your multivitamin review and remember to do your own unique research. So how you go about your multivitamin review make sure your main focus is on results. The choice is yours, after all only the quality of your health is at stake!