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10 Feb 2004

Vitamins & Minerals - which brand?
Hi

From your excellent Vitamins & Minerals section on Health24 I can easily determine which vitamins & minerals I need more of and less of. My question is: There are so many different brands out there when it comes to this - which one should I choose and what do I look for - except for the variety of vitamins & minerals the tablet contains? Would my body absorb all these brands in the same manner or is there something I can look for on the bottle that says something like slow release or whatever? I know the absorption rate is very important but I would I know this from looking at the bottle/packet?

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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Carel
Thank you for your kind words about our site. If you are eating a balanced diet and just require additional supplementation then you can use any one of the popular brands such as Centrum or Supradyn - chat to your pharmacist about which product gives you the best value for money. Check on the container that you are not getting more than the RDA of these nutrients per dose as one wants to avoid overdosing, esp with the fat-soluble vitamins such as vits A and D. There are quite a few products which provide sustained release - check on the labels and consult your pharmacist in relation to the products available in his/her pharmacy.
Best regards
DietDoc
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