I know that there are different opinions about multi-vitamins and many people in Paleo community believe that you can get all the vitamins & minerals in sufficient amounts from food.
But assuming somebody wants to cover all the bases and not obsess too much about blood tests, identifying deficiencies and doing their best not to get magnesium/potassium/vit.E (or whatever else is hard to get enough from food) what would you recommend?
I'm looking at the Bodybuilding supplement awards, vitamins section(http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-bodybuildingcom-2010-supplement-awards-nominees.htm#multivitamin), they basically recommend Universal Animal Pak, Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men, Optimum Nutrition Opti-Women, AST Multi Pro 32X. Problem is that they all have non-paleo ingredients: soy, rice bran, milk and other things.
I took Animal Pak for a long time and Opti-Men before that but I'm sure there are better options that don't have much junk in them but still provide sufficient amounts of vitamins & minerals for active person (weight-lifting, etc).
NOW Vitamins seems to be a better options but still far from perfect (http://www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/M013564.htm?cat=Vitamins).
So, what's the best one you could find?
Thank you very much!
PS I do take D3, sometimes fish oil and try to get most nutrients from food but still the question is specifically about multi that has least possible anti-paleo ingredients while having significant dosages of vitamins & minerals.
This was just recently approached here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/48511/beyond-a-daily-multi-vitamin-do-you-use-any-supplements/48521#48521
However here is my suggestion. Log your food for a couple of days on Fitday, or Cronometer. Look at your averages for a two week period and find out where you are lacking.
Cover those bases. Leave the rest. You will be surprised just how consistent your daily intakes are (I literally found a lacking of magnesium, calcium, and K - over three or so years, alternating between primal, standard paleo, VLC paleo, and WAPF with pretty strong variations in the types of food eaten... apparently my personal preferences for foods on all three diets are pretty consistent in regards to nutritive value).
Most of your commercial multivitamins are LOADED with B6/B12 and others because it gives the SAD dieter a "boost". We don't need this because we aren't scared to eat like humans.
Use what is useful. Leave what isn't.
I read about a study a few years ago which showed that most multivitamins are too hard in their pelletized form to actually get broken down in the body. My other concern has been about inconsistency in the process of mixing giant batches. I have a friend who swears by Shaklee and says their batches are tested for consistency.
I don't take a multi anymore. Instead, I take specific things like lecithin, calcium with D, kelp, and sublingual B complex, along with some raw adrenals, pituitary and thyroid. I have fibromyalgia and some other issues, so some of those specifically address that. I prefer supplements to be from food sources, rather than a concentrate of one particular thing. Other studies suggest that compounds isolated from plants and then reproduced may lack other beneficial things that haven't been as well studied as the main ingredient, so the synergistic effects are lost.
Anyway, if you do take a multi, I'd say at minimum to crack it in half if it's one of those big pellets to increase surface area for better digestion.
I take Alive Adult Gummies. Mostly because my stomach/intestines are big jerks and I was still vitamin deficient when taking conventional capsules so my awesome GI suggested I switch to liquid/chewable.
They are gluten free, gelatin free, sweetened with organic tapioca syrup and a dash of cane juice and contain veggie and fruit powders to provide most of the vitamins, which I like.
Alrighty, when it comes to the best 'paleo' multivitamin I'd say the best option would have to be something that qualifies as a whole food. With that in mind, don't rule out bee pollen and especially royal jelly. Royal jelly is a whole food made be bees for their queen, and eating nothing but this their entire lives the queen is able to live for around 8 years old, an amazing life span for an insect. This is considered natures multivitamin because it contains all the nutrients necessary to support life and in appropriate ratios. Amazon has an amazing product from a farm that makes the stuff themselves, http://www.amazon.com/Durhams-Delight-Propolis-Beepollen-Capsules/dp/B003ALLHLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309714848&sr=8-1.
Looking through the reviews you can see people have similar success stories as people who start supplementing with cod liver oil and butter. This makes me think it also has the essential fat soluble vitamins including vitamin K2, though this is just a theory. So as always, when it comes to supplements, whole foods are best (butter, CLO, kelp, berries, etc...). Thus bee pollen and royal jelly are probably your best bet when looking for the most paleo friendly multivitamin.
Nutrilite double x. This is a whole food, kosher multi that works great. My wife and I take it daily and can absolutely tell the difference in how it makes us feel. You can read up on nutrilite and their products at nutrilite.com, and also amway.com/caconley. Whole phytonutrient multis that do not leave you with 'orange pee'.
I take a multi made by Thorne, Kresser has recommended their products. It has good forms of folate and B12, even though i seek out egg and greens regularly i come up short on folate. I only take 1-2 a day vs the 6 they recommend though.
I don't know if this qualifies for paleo at all, but I like MegaFoods brands "whole food" multi-vitamins. Would love to hear from folks here if they agree or have any good explanations of whether their products are as high-quality/wel-absorbed as they're touted. I also think the approach by Joshua is very sound, to only supplement what you really need, because then you can also get a therapeutic dose if need be. If you rely on a multi, you're sort of "stuck" with the amounts included, whereas taking a supplement on it's own like magnesium lets you control the dosage.
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