More isn’t always better. And in fact, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, you want to get enough for good health but more than what you need will not cure, prevent or treat any ailment or disease. According to the FDA, “high potency” can be used on the label of a multivitamin/mineral supplement if at least two-thirds of its nutrients contain at least 100% of the daily value. Therefore, while “high potency” may be okay, mega may mean a mega rip-off if you are paying more for the supplement.
Now, what about the special formulas targeted to seniors, women, men or kids?
The doses of vitamins and minerals in children’s vitamins and vitamin supplements for seniors are, or should be, adjusted for these specific age groups. However, it is up to the company to decide what they are going to put in each of those formulas. There is no standard definition or regulation determining what should go in a specialized formula.
So, be a sleuth and take a look at what you are getting and, be realistic about whether or not you are actually going to take it. Consider the dose, usage recommendations (with food, or on an empty stomach) and form of the supplement (liquid, pill, tablet, soft gel or chew) and how many doses you need per day.
Look for a high quality liquid multivitamin nutritional supplement that contains at least 100% of the daily value of the B Complex vitamins, and essential vitamins such as A, C, E, & D. Taking all these nutrients each day will ensure you are getting at least the minimum amounts you need each day.