Today’s TSP Item of the day is Amazon Elements Multi Vitamins available in Men’s, Women’s and Women’s 40+ formulas. Recently I was asked about the supplements I personally take on an episode and listed them all. There has been some interest in more on them so I am going to go through them over a few weeks and figured I would start with my core.
Frankly in looking for a simple multi vitamin I almost said the hell with it after a while. I really have to say while I see value in supplements, I really don’t like the industry at all. It’s like watching hundreds of jackals snapping at a few suspended hunks of meat the way they market against one another.
So here is what I want in a multivitamin. Simply I want a good profile of the most essential vitamins to make sure on days I am low on one thing or the other, it is made up for. That’s it, nothing more. Let me tell you when you start taking heroic doses of most vitamins you are actually buying expensive urine and not much more.
Worse many vitamins are simply not absorbed well by the body. When I found Amazon Elements I was at first skeptical but after seeing how abundantly transparent they are with all their results, ingredient etc. I gave them a try.
Simply put they are a top quality supplement and a good general purpose multivitamin. I won’t go on with line by line marketing and do what all the companies do. Simply put, I think everyone should take a multivitamin daily. I also think you should spend the money to get a good quality version. Sure you can pay half the price and get crap, but then you are just throwing money away.
After researching dozens and trying quite a few I settled on these. At about 21 dollars a bottle they come out to 31 cents a day. They also have a botanical blend that I find to be a great selection of herbs, these provide both the benefits of the herbs and some of the minerals and vitamins as well. You will also notice a slight difference in this blend for the men’s and women’s versions.
Bluntly I am not a natropath or nutritional specialist, I am not going to go line by line though the individual vitamins and minerals as to how the men’s formula and women’s are different. I’ll just say if I were a woman, I would order the women’s formula. Basically a personal endorsement of “this is what I use personally” is about as high a recommendation I can give for anything.
The one exception here that I do want to point out is the none of them provide supplemental iron. Some women I know do supplement iron, specifically when young due to blood loss due to menstruation. If you want to supplement iron, make sure if you choose this brand you do that separately. Also they have a regular women’s formula and an over 40 woman’s formula. I have provided links to all three options below.
Again I don’t prescribe any specific supplements, I am just telling you what I use and why I personally do so. If you have specific requirements I recommend simply reading the label and assessing these for your needs. There are some specific things that I supplement at a higher level. Again I use these as my base and build from it.
Lastly not only is it best to take a multivitamin with meals for absorption it is also a good idea to help avoid stomach issues, etc. that can come with taking vitamins on an empty stomach. I know most take multis in the AM with breakfast. I take mine with dinner (my largest meal), in fact I take it about 15 minutes after dinner on a full stomach. I personally consider this a best practice, but again I am just telling you what I do. Anyway if you want a top quality multivitamin I do recommend these because they are what I personally use.
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