Now that you know a lot about what not to get and why, I am ready to tell you what to get. The best MVM supplement I've found in 50 years is Nutrient 950. It's available from Emerson Ecologics. It has all the right stuff in the correct amounts and ratios except for vitamin K, which people taking blood planners cannot take. To see the formula, click here.
Nutrient 950 has no vitamin A because of vitamin A in high doses interferes with the body's use of vitamin D and may accelerate osteoporosis.There is no need for most people to take vitamin A. if they are getting plenty of mixed carotenoids, which the body will convert into as much vitamin A as it needs but not any excess. There are plenty of carotenoids in Nutrient 950 and in yellow fruits and vegetables.
Nutrient 950 without iron is suitable for adults except for women who have menses and need iron because of the resulting blood loss.It is also suitable for those who have low iron levels for any reason. The original Nutrient 950 formula contains iron and is available from Emerson Ecologics.
Next comes the question, how much to take. The label suggests 4 to 6 capsules per day. I muscle test my patients and find that most of them test for three capsules per day although I have seen it as low as one capsule per day. If you are not doing muscle testing, I suggest 2 capsules twice a day with meals.
This reminds me of the value of muscle testing. It is one of the most valuable skills to have, particularly in tough times, when mistakes in dosing can have more serious than usual consequences and you surely don't want to be wasting money on taking more supplements than you need. T. S. Elliott wrote, "We sit around in a circle and suppose while the Secret sits in the center and knows." The longer I live the more I appreciate going to the center of that circle and knowing what I would otherwise be sitting around supposing about. This is probably not the last time I'll be recommending learning muscle testing but if I have piqued your interest you can learn how to do it from the DVD The Human Electrical System and Flower Essences. You can also learn how to do it from reading Flower Essences, which is less expensive but not as good as being able to see the process demonstrated while hearing it described. Both the book and the DVD are available from Perelandra. Navigate to the catalog, then Books or DVDs.
So that's the story on your multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, the foundation of your nutritional supplement program. I think it may be time to summarize what we've covered so far on nutritional supplements, unless we need to revisit the flu epidemic. There is some pretty heavy stuff coming down now and I am not hearing much about it on the news.