Nearly 50% of Multivitamins Don’t Live Up to their Claims

According to a new report from Consumer Lab, an independent testing company focused on health and nutrition products, multivitamins aren’t always the magic health bullets they claim to be.
Researchers gathered 35 popular multivitamins and tested them for quality. Because they couldn’t test for every single ingredient, they focused on various standard nutrients to see whether the multivitamin contained each one as it claimed.
They also tested the tablets for disintegration, or their ability to break down fast enough in liquid. Gluten-free products were tested to see if they were actually gluten-free, while products containing whole herbs or more than 250 milligrams (mg) per daily serving were tested for arsenic, cadmium, and lead contamination. If the tablets passed those criteria, they also needed to meet FDA requirements to earn a final stamp of approval.
Nearly 50 percent of the multivitamins tested failed, either because they had too few nutrients, too many nutrients, inaccurate ingredient labels, or didn’t break down quickly enough. Gummy vitamins were the most likely to fail the test, as only 20 percent of those actually met the necessary criteria. Click here to view the full list of vitamins that were tested.
At our clinic, we test each individual for their needs then test for the supplements that their body will best respond to, creating a program specifically tailored for that individuals needs. We are proud to use mainly Standard Process Supplements – which are subjected to repeated testing in every batch and grown on the company’s own certified organic farm. We also use Systemic Formulas and Biotics Research – both of which are well tested and maintain the highest standard of product purity.


Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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