You’re trying your best to eat right and get some walking in every day. The cigarettes are past history in your life. The last thing you should worry about is your daily multivitamin. Or may be, you should worry?
ConsumerLab.com recently tested a select group of multivitamin brands, and found problems with 34% of the products. The company tested 60 different brands of multivitamins and found:
- 8 brands didn’t contain the amount of ingredients promised on their labels;
- 2 brands contained excessive amounts of vitamin A, which can cause health problems; and
- many of the least expensive brands passed every test performed.
What’s troubling about this report is that out of thousands of multivitamin brands available in America, the testing sample consisted of only 60 brands. When viewed in the broader context of the marketplace, it suggests that greater efforts to improve quality and safety of these products must be demanded by consumers. Also, it appears to be little correlation between higher price and higher quality, in the brands tested.
The Bottom Line: Don’t use price as the sole indicator of multivitamin quality and performance. Also, it appears that supplement makers must be held to greater accountability, for meeting the ingredient amounts stated on their labels. Consumers deserve better than a slipshod approach by some supplement makers, to product quality and safety.
It’s your life, live well.