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Daily Multiple Tablets For Men
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by Gary F. Zeolla

In my Creationist Diet book, published in 2000, I included a chapter on supplements. In the book, I mention that the daily multiple vitamin/ mineral product I was taking was CVS’s Spectravite Senior (CVS’s equivalent to Centrum Silver). That meant I was taking one simple, inexpensive multiple that contained 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for a variety of nutrients.

The reason I was taking it is as I state in the book:

One way to insure one does not sustain a nutrient deficiency is to take a multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement that contains 100% of the RDA [Recommended Daily Allowance] for a wide variety of nutrients. Such a supplement could provide "insurance" against deficiencies that one might have and not be aware of (p.188).

But after that time, when I began developing health problems, I began experimenting with higher dose and much more expensive products hoping they might provide some benefits for my health issues.

First I tried products by Jarrow Formula. The first was their Multi 1-3, then later their Multi-Easy Powder. Both of these seemed to be high quality products that initially did seem to provide some benefits. But over time, I must have become sensitive to something in them as they began causing me problems, so I stopped taking them.

Then I switched to products by Twinlab. First was their Daily One Caps then their even higher dose Daily Two Caps. Again, initially they did seem to provide some benefits, but eventually they began causing me problems also, so I stopped taking them as well.

It was at that time that I began researching higher does supplements in more detail and wrote the two-part article *Folly of Synthetic, Mega-Dose Supplements. In that article I discussed both the difference between synthetic nutrients as opposed to food-based nutrients and how taking doses of nutrients much higher than the DV (or better RDA) can cause problems.

I then switched to Twinlab’s Food Based Ultra Daily. As the name implied, the nutrients are derive from real food and they are in “reasonable” amounts which is to say 100% of the DV. And once again, initially, the product did seem to provide benefits. But there were a couple of problems with it.

First off, it was rather expensive. But most importantly, the company stopped making it. As a result, at the beginning of 2010 I began to look for some other food-based product to take. But everything I looked at was even more expensive, some of them terribly expensive. As such, I began to wonder if maybe I had it right in the first place, that just a basic one-a-day product with 100% of the DVs would be the way to go.

I was going to go back to the Spectravite product I had started with a decade before, but I didn’t like that it contained artificial colorings and other artificial ingredients. But then I noticed One-a-Day’s Men’s Health Formula. It seemed to be a well balanced product that was rather inexpensive. I also liked that of all of the One-a-Day line of products, tit was about the only one that did not contain artificial colorings or other artificial ingredients. But since CVS had their own equivalent of it, which was even cheaper, I went with that. CVS often has “Buy one get one for half price” sales which makes the product even less expensive.

After taking this product for several months, rather than the higher dose or food based products I’d been using over the past decade, all I can say is I have noticed no change in my health situation. As such, I feel a little ripped off. I feel like I wasted a lot of money on a lot of high priced useless supplements over the past decade. As such, I will stick with just a basic once daily multi from now on. And this one seems to be as good as any.

CVS: Daily Multiple Tablets For Men. Copyright 2010 by Gary F. Zeolla.


The above article was posted on this site December 1.2010.

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