The Truth About Nutrition Supplements
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ConsumerLab.com is an independent testing service that regularly screens supplements for contaminants. It also tests the accuracy of product labels. Here's a sampling of recent picks and pans in seven popular supplement categories.Good Women's Multivitamins Choices
- Nature Made Essential Woman (now called Nature Made Multi For Her)
- Rainbow Light Just Once Naturals Prenatal One
- One-A-Day Women's
Futurebiotics Advanced Women's Formula Multi Vitamin Energy Plus
Reason: Contained less than 80 percent of claimed vitamin A
Avon VitAdvance Women's Complete II
Reason: Contained only three quarters of claimed folic acid
- CVS Vitamin C, 500 mg
- NOW Chewable Ester-C, 500 mg (orange flavor)
- Member's Mark Vitamin C, 500 mg (Sam's Club)
None of the 29 vitamin C products tested by ConsumerLab failed the review. A test in 2003 also came up clean.Good Vitamin E Supplements
- Carlson E-GEMS Natural Vitamin E, 400 IU
- Walgreens Vitamin E, 400 IU
- Sundown Vitamin E, 400 IU
Nature's Best Vitamin E, 400 IU
Reason: Contained only 75 percent of claimed vitamin E
Pure Encapsulations Natural Vitamin E (with mixed tocopherols), 400 IU
Reason: Included some synthetic vitamin E despite label claims indicating only the natural form
- Vitamin World Time Release B-100 Ultra B-Complex
- Twinlab B-100 Caps Vitamin B-Complex
- Enzymatic Therapy Fatigued to Fantastic Daily Energy B Complex
MegaFood Balanced B Complex DailyFoods
Reason: Folic acid content fell 70 mcg (18 percent) short of the claimed 400 mcg, the amount recommended for adult women.
- Caltrate 600
- GNC Calcimate Plus 800
- Viactiv 500 mg Calcium plus Vitamins D & K
Doctor's Best High Absorption Calcium
Reason: Exceeded California standards for lead
Originally published in Fitness magazine, June 2006.
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