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On Choosing a Multiple for Eye & Body Health

Friday, January 05, 2018

Let’s start this 2018 New Year with a list of things one needs to know before choosing a multivitamin. It's easy to become confused with so many choices available. Today's Friday Pearl will focus on a number of things that eye doctors and their patients should know before recommending or choosing an ocular and full-body health multivitamin supplement.

1. Both eye doctors and patients need to do their research. Visit the websites of ophthalmic-based supplement companies and get to know the qualifications of the scientists and doctors involved. If a website does not include information on who is involved in the company, chose another company. It's your right to know who you are buying your supplements from. Qualifications count. 

2. Nutritional biochemistry is a complex subject, so look for multivitamin formulations that are designed by nutritional biochemists who work closely with molecular biologists, ophthalmologists and optometrists, all of whose research and expertise include nutritional influence on the eye. Being an informed consumer counts.  

3. An absolutely vital player in the design and manufacturing process of great multivitamins is a raw-ingredient researcher who puts purity and bioavailability ahead of bargain pricing. Remember that you are recommending or will be taking the multivitamin product every day. Ingredient quality counts. 

4. An artful and experienced raw-ingredient-grinding chemist is required for successful encapsulation of a full-spectrum multivitamin product that includes a large number of raw ingredients that need to live cohesively in a small capsule for more than 24 months without becoming unstable. Quality manufacturers employ this specialized person. Manufacturing process counts.

5. Always look for multivitamins from companies that guarantee their products are manufactured to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. Also require that manufacturing GMP standards are validated by a third-party regulatory group such as NSF or USP. This information should be on the company website under the manufacturing tab or information. Full transparency counts.

6. Look for multivitamins that include a combination of 40 micronutrients or more. Nutrients never function in the human body on their own as well as they do with an entire host of metabolic cofactor partners. An example that immediately comes to mind is zinc, which requires a vitamin B6 partnership for most human metabolic processes. Vitamin E is a second example; it requires a selenium partner for optimal results. Biochemical balance and partnership count.

7. Look for eye-care multiples that include a full spectrum of natural vitamins, minerals, ocular and full-body, job-specific phytochemical antioxidants, as well as the mitochondria housekeeper nutrients. Higher-end multiples most often include digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) for enhanced absorption and less gastric upset for folks with a low tolerance for multivitamins. Ingredient quality and purpose count. 

8. It's important that consumers know that micronutrients from natural sources are more expensive, but they have proven to be safer and more bioavailable than synthetic sources. The example that comes first to mind is vitamin E. The natural plant-based forms of supplemental vitamin E are labeled d-alpha tocopherol, d-tocopheryl succinate or mixed tocopherols and mixed tocotrienols. The synthetic form of vitamin E is labeled dl-tocopherol and is generally derived from petroleum products. It is still found in many products sold in big box stores, supermarkets and some multilevel organizations. Safety and efficacy counts. 

9. Look for eye-care multiples designed by companies that carefully monitor peer-reviewed and published nutrition science and reformulate if and when science deems it appropriate. An immediate example is the far-too-often continued use of hydrocarbon beta carotene as a source of vitamin A in multiples designed for the vision patient by scientifically uninformed companies. The xanthophyll carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin have proven to be important support players in the production of macula pigment and its ability to protect the retina from damaging blue light. Supplemental beta carotene interferes with the body's ability to absorb these xanthophyll carotenoids. Scientific evidence that supports the inclusion of ingredients counts.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff


PEARL: Biosyntrx strongly supports getting the nutrients required for disease prevention from whole foods. However, given that fewer than 10 percent of the US population consistently consume even five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, daily supplementation with a well-designed, biochemically balanced multiple vitamin / mineral / antioxidant formulation that includes top-quality raw ingredients makes biological sense for the general population.   

The new recommendation to reach required daily amounts of micronutrients associated with disease prevention is nine to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Fewer than 5 percent of the population consumes the new recommendation of nine to 13 servings daily. 

Multivitamin use compliance is frequently an issue, so remember to take your multivitamins every day. They work in the body, not in the bottle. And, of course, we highly recommend Biosyntrx 
Eye & Body Complete.


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