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It is logical, when looking for vitamins, to reach for a multi-vitamin.  Why would anyone want to spend their day popping all the vitamins you've been told you need to be healthy?  When you are reaching for that multi-vitamin over the counter, you probably will go for the one you've heard advertised on TV.  After all, it sounds pretty good.


So, let's discuss multi-vitamins and the most popular one, Centrum, in particular.  Since all OTC vitamins follow the same pattern, discussing one pretty much covers them all.


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From the Wyeth website: Centrum is a multivitamin, made by Wyeth ( currently owned by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals  fh).  Centrum multivitamins have been produced since 1978 and maintain strong bones with Vitamin D and calcium, supports immunity with antioxidants, supports energy productiion and supports muscle and nerve function.


Vitamins contained in Centrum are the following in one tablet serving size according to the package label listed on the Centrum website.


Vitamin A - 3500 IU, Vitamin C - 60 mg, Vitamin D - 400 IU, Vitamin E - 30 IU, Vitamin K - 25 mcg,

Thiamin - 1.5 mg (B1), Riboflavin - 1.7 mg (B2), Niacin - 20 mg (B3), Vitamin B6 - 2 mg, Folic acid - 400 mcg (B9),

Vitamin B12 - 6 mcg, Biotin - 30 mcg (B7), Pantothenic acid - 10 (B5)


Minerals contained in one tablet serving size:


Calcium - 200 mg, Iron - 18 mg, Phosphorus - 20 mg, Iodine - 150 mcg, Magnesium - 50 mg, Zinc 11 mg, Selenium - 55 mcg, Copper - 0.5 mg, Managanese - 2.3 mg, Molybdenum - 45 mcg, Chloride - 72 mg, Potassium - 80 mcg, Boron - 75 mcg, Nickel - 5 mcg, Silicon - 2 mcg, Tin - 10 mcg, Vanadium - 10 mcg.


The minerals are not listed as plant-sourced so should be considered as synthetic.


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What if I told you that words ending in "ate" or "ide" are synthetics?  What if I went on to say, when a vitamin is not listed on an ingredients list by its formal name, it is almost always a synthetic?  In other words, I refer you to those I have noted in paratheasis, for example, (B1) is not synthetic because it is listed as Thiamin while the Vitamin A listed is a synthetic because it lacks its scientific name.

Other Ingredients Found In Centrum


Synthetics or Additives calcium carbonate, dibasic calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, magnesium oxide, ferrous furnarate (a form of iron), ascorbic acid (partial vitamin C), pregelatinized corn starch, di-alpha tocopheryl acetate (the synthetic E that was used in studies that showed Vitamin E caused heart attacks).


Picking out a vitamin is not as easy as one would think especially if you look for one that will do all their advertising claims.  I have a suggestion for you:   if you don't want to be bothered taking a slew of vitamins and minerals daily.  Go to "A Complete Nutritional Plan" and see if you are willing to invest seriously in your health.  The Plan makes it possible. fh