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Vitamins Put to the Test

MSNBC is reporting on the vitamin industry. Of the 21 brands of multivitamins on the market (in the United States and Canada) selected by ConsumerLab.com and tested by independent laboratories, just 10 met the stated claims on their labels or satisfied other quality standards.

One product tested, The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially for Women, was contaminated with lead (15.3 micrograms of lead per serving, which is more than 10 times the amount permitted without a warning in California, the only state that regulates lead in supplements). Others contained more or less of a certain ingredient stated on the label and others did not dissolve in a short enough amount of time (vitamins should break apart in 30 mins).

Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, a multivitamin for children, had 5,400 International Units (IU) of Vitamin A in a daily serving. The upper tolerable level set by the Institute of Medicine is 2,000 IU for kids ages 1 to 3 and 3,000 IU for those 4 to 8. Vitamin A can cause bone weakening and liver abnormalities, the Yummi Bears are possibly doing more harm than good since Vitamin A is something you can have too much of.

The Vitamins that passed with flying colors: Centrum Silver, Member's Mark Complete Multi (distributed by Sam's Club), One A Day Women's and Flintstones Complete.

Fit's Tip: When buying a multivitamin, it's best to choose a well-known brand sold by a company or store that you have confidence in.

Join The Conversation
Cynnie Cynnie 10 years
I think that I take centrum advantage...I just feel safe taking that brand... Though, it's not the same as the one you mentionned above...so I do not know if it a healthy choice :-s
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Wow - good to know, Fab! Thanks for sharing.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Vitamin A is important for healthy bones and eyesight (especially night vision) and IS safe in the recommended dosage. Problems occur when you take too much vitamin A. An excess of vitamin A is linked to birth defects, osteoporosis and rarely even death by hypervitaminosis (vitamin overdose, where your body just can't process all of the vitamins and it stresses out your organs). Vitamin E is also very healthy to consume in recommended amounts. Too much isn't great because vitamin E is a natural blood thinner (like taking aspirin).
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Why is vitamin A dangerous? My eye doctor recommended that I take it. What about Vitamin E?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This is scary news!
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I've taken Flintstone vitamins since I was a kid so I'm glad they passed the testing. I opt for the ones with sugar instead of aspartame since I've read so many medical journal articles linking aspartame use to an increased risk of cancer.
cams cams 10 years
Yeah vitamin A can have bad side effects...you can even die! Yay for Flinstones being on the list. Thats totally what I take, and they taste good!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
That's crazy, no vitamins for my kid.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yay for Women's One a Day...that's what I take.
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