To get the most health benefit at the lowest cost from multivitamin supplements...
Avoid buying "mega-dose" supplements. They provide far more than l00% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Such doses provide no benefit and might prove harmful.
Buy a basic multi supplement. It should provide 100% of the RDA for a large number of vitamins and minerals—a “seniors’ formula” containing an extra amount of vitamin B-12 and lesser amount of iron is fine.
Shop by price. Generic and store brands are just as good as higher-priced name brands, and tablets are as good as capsules.
Look for "USP" on the label. This indicates that the product meets United States Pharmacopeia quality standards.
Avoid vitamin combinations that contain herbs, enzymes and hormones. The benefit of these is unproven and they could be harmful.
Don't pay more for unneeded features.
Examples: All natural...timed release... stress formula...starch free...chelated (to promote absorption). They add no value.
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