I've tried to find an ideal multivitamin and did a little analysis. Please, correct me.
Here are the brands I looked at and some key indicator ingredients:
1 Opti-Men D3 - 300 IU, Magnesium Oxide, Aspartate 100mg, Folic acid - 600mcg, NO vitamin K.
2 Animal Pak D3 - 680 IU, Magnesium Oxide - 400mcg, Folic acid - 400mcg, NO vitamin K.
3 Damage Control Master Formula by Mark D3 - 2000IU, Magnesium (Oxide & Chelate) - 400mg, K2 (mk7) - 80mcg, NO folic acid / folate.
4 Athletic greens D2(!) - 110IU, Magnesium (as Magnesium Citrate) - 200mg, Folic acid - 350mcg, NO vitamin K.
5 USANA essentials - US version: 96.1% D3 - 900IU, Magnesium - ???, Folate - 500ug, vitamin K (Vitamin K (aS PhylloqUinone - in other words - К1) - 30ug.
6 Douglas labs - Ultra preventive X: 95.4% D3 - 1000 IU, Magnesium Aspartate/Ascorbate 500mg, Folate - 800mcg, NO vitamin K.
7 Vitamin Research Products - Extended plus: 93.1% D3 - 500IU, Magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate 200mg, Folic acid - 200mcg, vitamin K1 & K2 (MK4 & MK7) - 75mcg.
8 Source naturals - Life Force multi: 92.8% D3 - 100IU, Magnesium (as magnesium chelate) - 100mg, Folate - 400mcg, NO vitamin K.
9 Source naturals - Elan vital: 91.8% NO vitamin K.
10 USANA essentials - Canadian version: 90.2%
11 Freelife - Basic mindell plus: 82.3% ?
12 Life extension foundation - life extension mix: 81.4% D3 - 2000IU, Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, citrate, glycinate taurinate, arginate, ascorbate) - 500mg, Folate - 400mcg, NO vitamin K.
13 NOW Superior Men's Multi - only has K1.
From this I concluded that there is no single "perfect one". Vitamin Research Products - Extended plus has good magnesium & K2 (which very rare) but has folic acid instead of folate. Out of those that have folate there is not a single one that has both good magnesium AND good K2 (in form of MK4, MK7).
Is there anything else I should be looking at?
Knowing all the trade-offs which one would you go with and why? I currently gravitate towards Vitamin Research Products - Extended plus but am I missing something important. Is there such a big difference between folic acid & folate?
BTW Ideally it should be a vitamin adapted for men (with various men-specific ingredients like saw palmetto) and ideally it should have good amounts, so it can be used by athletes.
So, what's your paleo multi of choice? Is there anything better than the ones mentioned here?
Please, don't write that you wouldn't use multi at all.
Thank you very much!