How To Pick A Multivitamin Supplement for Health and Energy by Dr. Angela Agrios, ND




Published on Dec 6, 2010 - Multivitamins can help improve health and energy if they are high potency. In this video Dr. Angela Agrios, ND (A California Licensed Naturopathic Doctor) explains how to find the best multivitamins and understand potency levels. She discusses:

• Centrum, a low potency multivitamin and probably not the most useful multivitamin to take.
• That 100% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is really the absolute lowest amount of vitamins and minerals someone needs to take every day not develop a disease state; therefore, taking supplements at only 100% RDA levels isn't really doing much.
• What we really want are multivitamin supplements that offer many times the RDA to ensure we get maximum amount of nutrition for repair and healing.
• Thorne Extra Nutrients is a high potency multivitamin.
• Liquid multivitamins are easier to take than pills, for many people.
• Morning breakfast smoothies with rice or pea protein work well.
• Fiber can be added to the multivitamin smoothie.
• Flax oil can also go into a smoothie.
• Most nutrients in a multivitamin are water-soluble.
• Vitamin A: no more than 2,500 iu for pregnant women.
• Don't take folic acid; rather, take folate acid in your multivitamin.
• Milk Thistle is an herb that Dr. Angela Agrios, ND recommends for everyone because it helps promote liver health.
• Vitamin A ought to be in the multivitamin, as should Vitamin D.
• Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important and ought to be in multivitamin supplements.
• There ought to be thousands of percentages of B Vitamins in the multivitamin supplement.
• Zinc, copper and selenium need to be in the multivitamin, as should magnesium and calcium (but not too much calcium).
• One great formula is Pharmax Four Pillars

Vitamin A: Retinol Palmitate - 2500-5000iu (unless pregnant -- in that case less than 2500iu); Beta/mixed Carotenes - 5000-25,000iu
Vit D (D3 - cholecalciferol) - 400-1000iu
Vit C (ascorbic acid, ascorbate - 500-1000mg
Vitamin E - 400iu -- 1000iu as d-alpha tocpherol or mixed tocopherols
Vitamin K up to 1mg (caution if you are on blood thinning meds)
Thiamin (B1)- 50mg
Riboflavin (B2, R-5-P) - 10-50mg
Niacin (B3, Niacinamide) - 100-200mg
B5 (pantothenic acid) - 50-500mg
B6 (pyridoxine, P-5-P) - 50-100mg
Biotin - 100-1000mcg
B12 (methylcobalamin) - 400-1000mg
Folate (5-Methyl-tetrahydrofolate)400-1000mg
Choline - 10-100mg
Inositol - 10-100mg

Zinc - 15-45mg
Copper - 1-2mg
Selenium - 100-200mcg
Chromium - 200-400mcg
Magnesium - 250-500mg
Manganese: 5-15mg
Molybdenum: 25-100mcg

Calcium: 250-500mg
Potassium: 100mg
Boron: 5mg
Vanadium : 50-100mcg
Silica: up to 25mg
Iodine: 50-250mcg
Iron: up to 30mg

Dr. Angela Agrios, ND
Palisades Natural Medicine
984 Monument Street, #201
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Video Producer:
Larry Cook

Videotaped at:
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy
15150 Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

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