48 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants & herbs. It goes above and beyond a standard mutli-vitamin. Uses better bioavailable forms of nutrients where many other supplements don't.
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Why I use it
This supplement covers many things for me. As an athlete I like to know that I have good antioxidant support to help protect my body from the adverse effects of training. And I'm keen to age well as I enjoy getting out there and moving! In the multi-xtra I get the vitamin and mineral support but also a range of other ingredients such as MSM, lutein, green tea extract, xeaxanthin and piperine. There are 48 ingredients in all.
My approach to diet and supplementation in general is to have a broad spectrum of ingredients. Different nutrients work in different ways and so it is better to have a careful dose of many different ones than a huge dose of a few. In fact, some vitamins become harmful in large doses.
One important ingredient for many people will be the vitamin D3. Vitamin D correlates with many health problems and disease processes. And yet many of us in this country are deficient. A friend of mine who is a professor of oncology in London has called it a 'national disgrace' that so many of us are low in vitamin D. He also points out that in the winter months there is not enough UVB from the sun at this latitude to synthesize vitamin D. For this reason Public Health England (PHE) suggested that nearly everyone in the UK should take 400 IU supplementation of vitamin D in the autumn and winter months. (Multi-xtra contains 500 IU per serving). In the summer, sun exposure at noon for 10-30 minutes is a great way to get high levels of vitamin D synthesis. You need to have at least bare arms however as you will not get enough from exposure to your face alone and after 10-30 minutes do apply sun protection to avoid damage from UV. (Note: People who are extremely low in vitamin D often need to be prescribed a much higher loading dose.)
Another reason I like this product is that they use naturally sourced, and not synthetic, nutrients. Many multi-vitamins cut costs by using synthetic vitamins that might not be as bioavailable. Vitamin E is a good example. In its natural form, vitamin E contains a synergistic balance of Tocopherols and Tocotrienols. However, many multi-vitamins contain only Alpha-Tocopherol.
I've put a list here of what this supplement contains, but if you want to find out more about the ingredients and what they support, you can read about each one on the multi-xtra product page so I won't repeat that all here!
Vitamin A (as Natural Mixed Carotenoids)
Vitamin C (from 151.5 mg of Calcium Ascorbate, 50 mg of Potassium Ascorbate and 10 mg of Ascorbyl Palmitate)
Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)
Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate from Vegetable Oils & Tocotrienol/Tocopherol Complex from African Oil Palm)
Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-4)
Thiamin (from 13.7 mg of Thiamin Hydrochloride)
Riboflavin (from 19.7 mg of Riboflavin-5-Phosphate)
Niacin (from 14.1 mg of Nicotinic Acid, 14.1 mg of Niacinamide)
Vitamin B6 (from 11.8 mg of Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)
Vitamin B12 (as Cobamamide)
Pantothenic Acid (from 45.6 mg Calcium Pantothenate)
Calcium (from 100 mg of Calcium (from the Lithothamnium species of Red Algae), 151.5 mg of Calcium Ascorbate, 60 mg of Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate, 21 mg of Dicalcium Phosphate and 45.6 mg of Calcium Pantothenate)
Iodine (from 198 mcg Potassium Iodide)
Magnesium (from 200 mg of Aquamin Magnesium™ (Magnesium Hydroxide from Sea Water), 60 mg of Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate and 16 mg of Magnesium Stearate)
Zinc (from 31 mg of Zinc Citrate)
Selenium (from 265 mcg of L-Selenomethionine)
Copper (from 0.76 mg of Copper Gluconate)
Manganese (from 8 mg of Manganese Citrate)
Chromium (from 901 mcg of Chromium Picolinate)
Molybdenum (from 641 mcg of Molybdenum Glycinate)
Potassium (from 100 mg of Tripotassium Citrate, 50 mg of Potassium Ascorbate and 0.19 mg of Potassium Iodide)
MSM (Methylsulfonyl Methane)
Inositol (from Inositol and Inositol Hexaphosphate)
PABA (p-Aminobenzoic Acid)
Horsetail Extract (Equisetum arvense Leaf & Stem)
Mineral Sea Salts (providing trace elements including Rubidium, Strontium and Tungsten)
Green Tea Extract (from Camellia sinensis Leaf and providing 20 mg of Catechins)
Phosphatidyl Choline (from Sunflower Seed Lecithin)
Alfalfa Extract (Medicago sativa Leaf & Stem, equivalent to 120 mg of Fresh Alfalfa)
Amylase (from Fermentation of Aspergillus oryzae)
Bromelain (from Pineapple Stem)
Rutin (from Japanese Sophora Bud)
Piperine (from 5 mg of Black Pepper Extract)
Tocotrienol/Tocopherol Complex (from 10 mg of EVNolMax® (from African Oil Palm))
Boron (from 13.6 mg of Boron Citrate)
Lutein (from 10 mg of Aztec Marigold Flower Extract)
Lycopene (from Tomato Extract)
Zeaxanthin (from 500 mcg of Aztec Marigold Flower Extract)
Before using any supplement, check with your doctor or pharmacist that you have no medical reason why you should not use the supplement. With some supplement ingredients there can be contraindications from things such as pregnancy, existing health conditions or interactions with medications that you are taking.