You must have heard such questions as “Which of the vitamins is even the most important?” or “Is this vitamin really essential?” or “How much of this particular vitamin do I even need?” Vitamins are simply some groups of organic compounds which are also very important for our healthy growth. Our body needs these vitamins to function properly and also to fight off diseases. So vitamins are indeed very essential to us as human being. However, vitamins are only needed in small quantity by our body and thus are referred to as ‘Micro-nutrients’. Nevertheless, it’s also good you know that even though your body only needs small amount of these nutrients, it cannot synthesize vitamins by itself. Vitamins are either gotten from the food we eat or by taking some vitamin supplements.
There are six groups of vitamins needed by your body, but they can all be categorized into two major categories: Fat-soluble vitamins and the Water-soluble vitamins. The Fat-soluble vitamins are the vitamins that are stored in body fat cells and thus require fat for them to be absorbed. Water-soluble vitamins on the other hand, are not stored in the body; they are required to be replenished on daily basis. The fat-soluble vitamins include Vitamins A; D; E; and K, while vitamin C and the B-vitamins belong to the water-soluble group. No matter how large your consumption of vitamin-containing food, your body only makes use of the little it needs and gets rid of the bulk of the rest.
However, one of the ways to get a whole lot of vitamins packed together is by taking vitamin supplements. There are obviously thousands of vitamin supplements in the market today and the common question in our minds has always being “which one is the best to buy?”
But before we can conclusively say any supplement is good to meet our dietary need, some things had to be put into consideration. Things like the composition of the product, its bioavailability, cost, potency, as well as its safety. These criteria are usually best to rank vitamin supplements.
The Composition: This shows how much of these vitamins are packed in the product and also tells if they are in their rightful combinations in agreement with the Optimal Daily Intake Index (ODI) of vitamins. The ODI index gives the vitamins and their daily recommended dosage as shown below:
|1||Vitamin A (Beta carotene)||5000 IU|
|2||Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)||5 mg|
|3||Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||5 mg|
|4||Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||22 mg|
|5||Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)||15 mg|
|6||Vitamin B6||5 mg|
|7||Vitamin B7 (Biotin)||350 mcg|
|8||Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)||400 mcg|
|9||Vitamin B12||12 mcg|
|10||Vitamin C||200 mg|
|11||Vitamin D3||2000 IU|
|12||Vitamin E||60 IU|
|13||Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone)||150 mcg|
|Vitamin A (Beta carotene)||5000 IU|
Bioavailability: The amounts of vitamins contained in the product are not really as important as how readily absorbable forms they are for our body’s utility.
Its Potency: These shows how active the ingredients packed in the product are.
Safety: Everyone will prefer a less active but safe product to a very potent one and yet not safe for consumption. Here we consider if there is any harmful additive or component that could pose risks to health.
Cost: What will be the benefit of a product that is safe, potent, and contains active ingredients in readily absorbable forms, if we won’t be able to buy them as a result of high price tag placed on them? Therefore, the cost of such products is also considered in our ranking. Summing all of these criteria together to 100%, the best 10 vitamin supplements in the market had been ranked.
This is the 1st supplement on our table as it scores 98% based on the criteria from ranking vitamins as stated above. This supplement is produced by Xtend-Life and has over 70 optimized nutrients packed in it; good for both men and women and cost around 50-$55.
Whole Food Multivitamin
This is produced by Naturelo company and it contains around 24 whole foods in it; making it a park of different vitamins. It’s also known for its added omega-3 fatty acids to improve brain and heart health. This product scores 97% according to rating and costs around 42-$47.
Ultra Preventive X
A supplement from Douglas Laboratory with 94% score. It’s well hyped up with special fruits and vegetable blends to provide more relevant organic vitamins.
By USANA Health Sciences scores 92% and falls on number 4 on the list. This supplement alongside with other multivitamins also contains high content of antioxidants. It cost around 50-$56.
Whole Food Multivitamin PLUS
This supplement contains over 50 nutritional ingredients including essential minerals like Calcium, Magnesium and Potasium. Scores 88%
Daily Best Multivitamin
Produced by Mountain Minerals with 86% of our score is a good to opt for and only costs 25-$27.
A vegetarian safe supplement produced by USANA Health Sciences with 85% score. Costs 80-$85.
Multi Complete Tablets: A supplements by Nature Made with 82%; costs 19-$25
Vitalizer Gold producedby Shakleee; 81%
Opti Performance Pack
Opti Performance Pack produced by Optimum nutrition takes the number 10 with 80% score. It’s a multivitamin complimented with Vitamin D softgels and glucosamine plus CSA. It cost around 23-$27.
Things to remember:
- Vitamins are vital nutrients needed by the body
- The body doesn’t synthesize it; so we give it to her in our diet
- Only small amount of vitamin is needed by our body
- Aside in foods, vitamins can also be gotten from food supplements
- Many criteria determines if a product is best to consider for vitamin supplement