Adaptive Advantages® are one of the very few multivitamins that accommodate gluten-free and vegan friendly needs of a quickly growing portion of America. Adaptive Advantages® is also free of most every potentially, as well as commonly known, toxic and allergenic ingredients.
Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
Be sure your minerals are amino acid chelated. Here is a great video explaining how chelates are the most potent, safe, and natural forms of minerals to the human digestive system. Albion Labs manufactures a custom blend of chelates formulated by our Biochemist, specifically for Adaptive Advantages® We've had a solid partnership with Albion for 4 decades.
The gummies and chewable multivitamins always contain huge amounts of sugars, artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, and texturizers. Most of the the tablets contain large amounts of these ingredients.
Each artificial flavor, for example artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in an average strawberry milk shake, contains about 50 chemical ingredients.
The conventional multivitamin packaging and formulations are geared to induce a strong placebo effect more than to achieve real results. Gummies are a perfect example. If you can put your daily supplement in your mouth, chew it, and swallow it, then your multivitamin hardly even exists at all.
An adequate amount of supplementation in just one bite would be completely unpalatable. After all, it's concentrated into one bite. However, gummies actually taste great, and it's because they contain nearly worthless levels of supplementation and unhealthy ingredients to mask the tiny amount of vitamin/mineral flavor, if any at all. Our Biochemist has never found a gummie supplement that was worth anyone's time, those for children included.
Most every tablet multivitamin on our store shelves contain some form of cellulose as a primary ingredient, usually microcrystalline cellulose. Way too often, this equivalent to pharmaceutical grade saw dust out weighs the vast majority of active ingredients. Look at where microcrystalline cellulous is located within the ingredients list on your current multivitamin's label.
Multivitamins & the Placebo Effect
Of the widely-available multivitamins out there, the ingredients that tend to be characterized as nutritional are nothing more than cheap byproducts from other industries. These ingredients trivialize the meaning of nutritional supplementation and don't typically have the bioavailability and/or biomobility necessary for significant absorption nor the elimination/detoxification of residues from metabolization. Conventional multivitamins, again, seem to be trying to induce a strong placebo effect more than achieve actual results.
Also, there are many items in our convenience and grocery stores working hard to obscure the concept of a nutritional supplement; further trivializing the need for supplementing our diet in more important, thoughtful, ways. Generally, we've found that the widespread availability and marketing of these kinds of products do more to confuse people about the real benefits of supplementation, than they do help.
Ingredients to Avoid
Iron (in any form) - For the vast majority of people, we've determined there is no need for additional iron supplementation. Our Biochemist has found that iron levels are already very high in our diet.
Manganese (in any form) - An element which we've determined there is no need for additional supplementation. Our Biochemist has found that Mn levels are already too high in our diet - mostly from conventional fertilizers in our food supply. Any supplemented manganese is very unlikely to be beneficial, and in many cases it can actually be harmful.
Cupric Oxide or Copper Oxide - Animal studies have shown conclusively that the copper (Cu) in analytical-grade cupric oxide is unavailable for absorption from the gut. In fact, the bioavailability of copper as an oxide is not significantly different from zero. This finding was important in animal nutrition because before 1990, copper oxide was the primary source of copper used in trace-mineral premixes for swine, poultry and companion animals.
Cupric oxide continues to be the principal source of Cu used in vitamin-mineral supplements for humans. Because these supplements are provided as tablets, copper oxide occupies less space in the tablet and increase daily value %, yet it seems disingenuous that this form of Cu is still being used when the animal studies have shown so conclusively that regardless of the concentration, Cu in the form of an copper oxide is hardly used by the body at all.
BHT (butylhydroxytoluene) - Some studies suggest that BHT could produce hyperactivity in some children. In addition, some controversy surrounds the link of BHT to cancer risk, and some food industries have voluntarily eliminated this additive from their products. Since the 1970s it has been steadily replaced with the less studied BHA, but not in a most multivitamins on store shelves.
Thiamine Mononitrate - The synthetic form of vitamin B1. Even though excess vitamin B1 is excreted from the body pretty easily, the fat-soluble synthetic version can accumulate in the liver and other fatty tissues possibly leading to cellular toxicity and also severe liver damage. Since thiamine mononitrate is stored in fat cells, simply stopping ingestion will not reverse the effects of chronic exposure to this synthetic vitamin. Our diet is already saturated with thiamin mononitrate in all of our bread and cereal products, and further supplementation appears to be unhelpful. If you have any history of liver disease, you might exercise caution in taking any supplements that contain thiamine mononitrate. Buying your vitamin B1 supplements from a reputable supplier may help you avoid the more dangerous form of vitamin B1, thiamine mononitrate.
Zinc Oxide - Best used topically on the skin or for multitudes of industrial purposes. When ingested into the stomach, it's very well recognized as the least bioavailable, least effective, form of zinc that any mammal could be supplemented with. It's in the vast majority of supplements and food products because it's the single cheapest form available. Anyone who thinks zinc oxide is a viable form to supplement a diet, would be the opposite of an expert on nutrition.
Polyethylene Glycol - Shows up on many multivitamin ingredient lists; it's used as a preservative. It's also been known as antifreeze; it's almost the exact same stuff that is much better used in your automobile.
Avoid Waste Products from Other Industries
It may be hard for some people to believe, but the majority of multivitamins out there are made in large part from waste products derived from other industries. The final packaged products tend to contain artificial colors, which are typically made from coal tar or petroleum plant waste residues like tartrazine (FD&C Yellow #5) and allura red AC (FD&C Red #40), in amounts that out-weigh many of the nutritional ingredients. Almost every artificial color is a xenoestrogen which are all well-known to be low-grade carcinogens. Look for them on your multivitamin's label, and hope you don't find them. Try to keep them out of your food and drink as well.
Cupric Sulfate or Copper Sulfate - A too common multivitamin ingredient for copper. It's typically produced industrially by treating copper metal or its oxides with sulfuric acid. It's commonly used as a herbicide, fungicide and pesticide, and it's EU classification is listed as Harmful (Xn), Irritant (Xi), Dangerous for the environment (N). However, it finds its way into multivitamins because it's one of the cheapest sources of copper on the market. There are many better sources for copper in your daily supplement. Look for this one on your current multivitamin's label. If you see it, consider changing your multivitamin.
Nickelous Sulfate - We found that many multivitamins contain a certain amount of this salt which is usually created as a by-product of copper refining. It's also a skin irritant, well known hazardous substance, and a Category 1: Substance: known to be carcinogenic to humans. With no known health benefits, one can only speculate as to why it's put it in multivitamins. Look for it on your multivitamin's label, and hope you haven't been taking it.
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