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02 Apr 2003

Vitamins - Fact or Myth
Hi Doc

I try to lead a healthy life style - eat properly, exercise, no alcohol etc - and take a multi-vitamin every day. I've read that these vitamin tabs are not all they are cracked up to be and in fact only contain minuscule amounts of the good stuff they are supposed to. Is this true? Are there any vitamin tablets (or any other supplement) that delivers what they promise?

Finally, which brand would you recommend for general nutritive value as a a supplemnet to one's diet?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Trevor
Most vitamin and mineral supplements that you can buy from reputable manufacturers, do contain what is listed on the label. I worked in a lab for some time where we did independent tests on the vitamin content of certain products and they certainly did contain what was listed on the label. There are some products that do not contain as much of a given nutrient as is listed on the label. Calcium is an example. Depending on the type of calcium compound in the tablet, only a certain percentage of the calcium is actually available to the human body. However, most of the well-known brands like Caltrate and Calcium Sandoz do deliver the goods as promised. I personally like the following supplements: Centrum, Supradyn, Berocca. Good general nutritional supplements include Buildup or Ensure or Complan.
Best regards
DietDoc
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