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Multivitamin Health Alert

Think all multivitamins are created equal? If so, read on. Not only could you be throwing away money by not receiving what is listed on the label, you could be consuming something that is potentially toxic to your body. Results from indicates more than half of 21 multivitamins they tested had too little or too much of certain ingredients listed on the label and many had unacceptably high levels of the toxic heavy metal lead. conducts independent tests to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness and nutrition products. According to their results, out of the 21 products tested, only 10 had accurate amounts of stated ingredients as well as other quality standards. Some of their other findings included - one women's multivitamin contained more than 10 times the lead allowed without a label stating so (against current California law), one children's vitamin contained more than double the vitamin A (potentially toxic to children under the age of 9) and some products weren't likely to break up in one's digestive tract and instead, simply pass completely through without sufficient absorption. So when purchasing vitamins, it's a good idea to purchase a quality product from a reputable company to ensure you're not only getting the health benefits you paid for, but also, so you’re not consuming a product that is potentially toxic.

Source: LLC, January 19, 2007.