I am interested in taking a multivitamin as a supplement to my diet. Every multivitamin I look at contains 600% of this and 400% of that - I don't really want to see numbers that high. I don't even really want to see 100% - I would be most comfortable with seeing 20% across the board. I am not looking to get all of my micronutrients from this pill, just use is as a supplement to the food I am eating. Googling doesn't turn anything up. Does anyone know of such a product?
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As long as you are on a healthy diet you should not have to worry about your vitamins.
I am quoting from an answer from Skeptics.SE on the same topic:
From another answer to a related question from skeptics.SE:
If you are concerned that you might suffer from some kind of deficiency you should -in my opinion- adjust your diet before taking supplements. There is no good reason to avoid eating fruits and vegetables on a diet I would call healthy.
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I think it is based on what your body can handle.
For example, if the bottle says it has 512% Vitamin B, your body will consume a percentage of that and the rest will be dumped out, when you attend the bathroom. That is because most vitamins are water soluble.
Read this article: Yahoo Answers - the answer is a bit straight to the line for how I talk.
My brother is a body builder, and he told me that he never takes vitamin pills, he injects them, as his body will take more that way, as it goes straight into his blood. He also said, if you take a pill, your body will absorb 60% of the pill.
So if you see something that says it contains 20% of this, then your body will probably only absorb about 60% of it.
Hope this helps!