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Offline J.R.E.

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A vitamin a day may do more harm than good...
« on: January 22, 2007, 07:53:33 PM »
Just when you think....

ConsumerLab.com report finds unexpected nutrient levels, contamination

• Harmful vitamins?
Jan. 19: Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab.com talks with TODAY host Matt Lauer about his company's report, which finds that some vitamins may actually be hazardous to your health.

Jacqueline Stenson
Contributing editor



If you're banking on a daily vitamin to make up for any deficiencies in your diet, you may be getting a whole lot more — or less — than you bargained for.

Of 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.

Most worrisome, according to ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman, is that one product, The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially for Women, was contaminated with lead.

"I was definitely shocked by the amount of lead in [this] woman's product," he said. "We've never seen that much lead in a multivitamin before."

Other products contained more or less of a particular vitamin than listed on the label. And some did not dissolve in the correct amount of time, meaning they could potentially pass through the body without being fully absorbed.

"Half the products were fine, half were not," said Cooperman.

ConsumerLab.com is a Westchester, N.Y.-based company that independently evaluates hundreds of health and nutrition products and periodically publishes reviews. In the new report, released to MSNBC.com, the company purchased a selection of the popular multivitamins on the market as well as some smaller brands and sent them, without labels, to two independent laboratories to be tested.

On a positive note, several of the most popular multivitamins on the market did pass muster, said David Schardt, a senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

These included Centrum Silver, Member's Mark Complete Multi (distributed by Sam's Club), One A Day Women's and Flintstones Complete.

"I think this confirms the advice often given: You're safer choosing a well-known brand sold by some company or store that you have confidence in," Schardt said. "There are no guarantees but that's your best bet."

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Offline Merlin

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Re: A vitamin a day may do more harm than good...
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2007, 05:11:15 PM »
Thanks for the info Ray. For easy reference, here's the list mentioned:


How some multivitamins measured up

ConsumerLab.com selected more than 20 brands of multivitamins to be tested by independent laboratories. Here’s a partial list of how some of them fared:

Multivitamins that met standards:

— Centrum Silver
— Member’s Mark Complete Multi
— One A Day Women’s
— Flinstones Complete
Those that failed:

— The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially for women: Contaminated with lead
— Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears: Had twice the labeled amount of vitamin A
— Nature’s Plus Especially Yours for Women: Took twice as long as allowed to disintegrate
— AARP Maturity Formula: Took nearly twice as long as allowed to disintegrate
— Eniva VIBE: Had only 54 percent of claimed vitamin A
— Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs: Contained lead

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Offline Cerrid

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Re: A vitamin a day may do more harm than good...
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007, 03:48:13 AM »
— Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs: Contained lead

Dammit! These were my favourite brand. I especially liked the beef-flavoured ones... /doggy
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Re: A vitamin a day may do more harm than good...
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2007, 12:11:43 PM »
What a relief! Luckily I had been buying those Centrum Silver and the Member's mark brand! :o
All this news popping out on tv just confuses more people... :-\

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Offline antibody

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Re: A vitamin a day may do more harm than good...
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2007, 01:19:41 PM »
my doctor prescribes me the Centrum Silver. i'm a little young to be a senior but my doc says i need the extra benefits from taking a geriatric vitamin. anyways i guess it's good news the one provided by ADAP meets the standards.
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