A lot of doctors tell their patients that vitamins are a waste of money and just make expensive urine. As a result, we frequently get questions regarding the effectiveness of vitamins. The truth is vitamin supplements are a necessity for most people, but most vitamin products are ineffective and not worth what you pay for them. Sources of confusion include an editorial and two deeply flawed studies that were published in the 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine concluding that multivitamins are a waste of money because they do nothing to prevent disease. These studies and the opinions expressed in the editorial are outrageous, misleading and dishonest, demanding a thoughtful response.

An estimated half of all Americans take vitamin and mineral supplements, and multivitamins amount to about half of all vitamin sales. The so-called experts behind this recent research are urging people to save their money and abandon use of these supplements. Unfortunately, for the most part, this is actually good advice because most multivitamins don’t work. But what about the ones that do work?

Without getting into the flawed methodology used in these studies, there is a major reason the multivitamins were guaranteed to not show benefits. The products used in the studies were low-dose, low-quality multivitamins that could not be expected to produce beneficial results. The studies were doomed to fail from the start because high-quality vitamins were never used.

One study used a popular vitamin brand that contained 75 mg of vitamin C, an amount so inadequate that it is highly unlikely to show measurable health benefits. Minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, and calcium were all in chemical forms that offer low biological activity and minimal benefit. The vitamin E was in a synthetic form that is known to be poorly utilized. The B vitamins did not include the most biologically active forms, and the vitamin B12 was in the form of cyanocobalamin, an unnatural molecular form that is known to have low biological activity and to even have toxic effects.

Among other insults to your health, this brand is loaded with fillers, some of which are allergenic such as corn starch and modified food starch. It even contains toxic talcum powder. This product is full of artificial colors, including FD&C Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 6. Artificial colors have a long history of toxicity. It also contains the allergenic and toxic preservative sodium benzoate along with BHT. BHT has been banned in other countries, including England, Sweden, and Australia. It is simply not possible for such a formula to prevent disease.

Yet, when these studies failed, the researchers concluded that all multivitamins are a waste of money. This is nonsense! The only scientifically-valid conclusion is that low-quality multivitamins are a waste of money. Thousands of studies prove that vitamins prevent and reverse disease. Properly designed multivitamins are an excellent source of nutrients to fill the gaps in our less than perfect diets. High-quality formulas, such as the Beyond Health Multivitamin, are made with biologically correct and active molecules that the body needs and wants. They do not contain anything that can be toxic, allergenic, or interfere with proper metabolism. These formulas work and are worth what you pay for them.