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The difference between “junk” vitamins and high quality vitamins

January 12, 2011

Ever take a vitamin and actually feel your energy drop? There could be a reason for that: Some vitamins literally steal energy from your body’s cells, while other vitamins delivered in a more natural chemical configuration actually donate energy to your cells!
In terms of nutrition, there’s a huge difference between “junk” vitamins and higher end vitamins — called “premethylated” vitamins. And while most low-end cosumer vitamin companies rely on the junk, energy-stealing forms of these vitamins, quality vitamin companies use the higher-end (and more expensive) premethylated forms.
Here’s one way you can tell the difference. Take any multivitamin product and look for the B vitamins section on the Nutrition Facts label.
Cheap vitamins (non-methylated) will use standardized “USP” vitamins such as “Thiamin USP (thiamin HCL) vitamin B1.” That’s the chemical form of vitamin B1, and it actually requires a donation of cellular energy from your body before you can use it. The form of B12 in cheap vitamins is cyanocobalamin.
Quality vitamins, on the other hand, will use the “coenzyme” forms of the B vitamins. Thse will often be listed with the word “coenzyme,” and the form of vitamin B12 will appear as either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. That’s a sure sign of a high-end, quality multivitamin.
Here it is again:
USP = cheap
B12 as cyanocobalamin = cheap
Coenzyme or methylated = quality
B12 as hydroxycobalamin or methylcobalamin = quality
The very best are “whole Food” nutritionals-not extracted vitamins

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2011 7:57 am

    how do i join

    • January 17, 2011 2:12 pm

      Kimberly,
      What would you like to join?
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