Consumer Lab Findings

On February 5, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

I just joined Consumer Lab to check out some of the supplements that we take each day.  It’s been interesting.

Some of the ones I’ve found so far -

Tropical Oasis Liquid Calcium Magnesium Orange Flavor – Calories 10, Total Carbohydrates 2 g, Natural Sugars 1.5 g, Calcium Citrate 1200 mg (252 mg elemental), Magnesium Citrate 720 mg, (115 mg elemental), Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) (100 IU), Boron Citrate 750 mcg, Calcium Citrate (21% elemental), Magnesium Citrate (16% elemental); Other Ingredients: Water, fructose, citric acid, natural orange flavor, xanthum gum, and potassium sorbate (as a preservative).

Isotonix Advanced B Complex (powder, 1 capful [3.3 grams], 1 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found no detectable B-6, only 53.1% of claimed biotin, and 79.5% of claimed folic acid

Kirkland Signature B-100 Hi-Energy Complex (1 delayed release tablet, 1 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found only 17.9% of claimed B-12

5-hour Energy – Berry (liquid, 1 bottle [2 fl oz - 59 mL], 1/2 to 2 per day)
NOT APPROVED
Found only 75.5% of claimed folic acid
Found More Caffeine Than Expected:
206.5 mg per bottle5

Floradix™ Calcium Magnesium
(liquid, 2 tbsp per day)
APPROVED for calcium only
Vitamin D not determined1


Isotonix™ Calcium Plus
(powder, 2 capfuls per day)
NOT APPROVED
Only found 87% of claimed calcium

Vitron-C® High Potency Iron Plus Vitamin C (200 mg per tablet, 1-2 per day)
200-400 mg Ferrous fumarate
NOT APPROVED
Only found 36.6% of claimed Iron

Still going through, but thought these to be interesting so far..

My week, in perspective.

I get asked quite often what I take.  I hesitate to put it down, line by line, only because I take things that are higher due to need for deficiency, or due to my headaches, or a few other idiosyncricies.  I also tend to not like to label what brands — simply because sometimes this could be seen as an endorsement when it’s not (I shop sales).

But because it does get asked so often, fine.  This is not the order I take them in, but rather the order I put them back in my container.  Hey, I want easy.

As of February 10th, 2010, I take:

  • 2 Members Mark (Centrum) multivites — after this bottle is gone (ha! 450 in a bottle) I have actual Centrums that I got on MASSIVE discount with good expiration dates
  • 5 Vitalady 140mg Tender Magnesium Citrate capsules — magnesium has been shown to help migraine sufferers in clinical trial; I’m actually about to up this another capsule or two; important to note that magnesium helps with calcium absorption, but if taking for migraines, not to take with calcium
  • 1 NatureMade 500mg Vitamin C — taken with the mag citrate to increase absorption
  • 4 Citracal 250mg calcium citrate, 200 IU D3 tablets & 4 Citracal 200mg calcium citrate, 200 IU D3 tablets — 1 of each x 4 servings gives me 1800mg of calcium a day; I buy Citracal because of coupons and the BOGO deals typical of this brand
  • 1 every other day Members Mark 1000mcg B12 — I over absorb b-vites for some reason; I also, for some reason absorb tablet B12.  Don’t try this at home.
  • 1 every other day NatureMade Liquid Softgel Super B-Complex – I over absorb b-vites and am off the chart
  • 1 400mcg CVS folic acid
  • 3 Proferrin ES heme iron — this I love and need and is the only iron that has worked for me in years
  • 4 Vitalady Tender D3-5 5,000 IU
  • 4 Solaray 100mg Vitamin B2 — Riboflavin of doses of 400mgs has been shown in clinical trials to treat migraines, actually thinking of upping this 200mgs to counter malabsorption
  • 1 GNC 2mg Copper
  • 1 NatureMade 30mg Zinc
  • 1 Vitalady 25,000 IU Tender A-25 Retinyl Palmitate
  • 1 Bio-Tech (Vitalady) 100mcg K1-100 (Phytonadione)

This isn’t a listing of what you SHOULD take by any stretch — only what I take.

Vitamins A-Zinc — B-vitamin Primer

On January 7, 2010, in Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

The B vitamins are a complex of vitamins that play an important role in many body systems.  Once thought to be a single vitamin and referred to as such (such as vitamins C and D), we now know there are eight separate water-soluble vitamins, each with a different structure and purpose.

B vitamins are necessary for metabolism, neurological health, maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, immune system health, and promoting cell growth and division — including the red blood cells making them crucial in the role of anemia status.

All B vitamins are water-soluble and most must be replenished regularly as the body excretes excess through the urine.  There are a few exceptions (such as B12) in which the body holds a store that can last even years.

The eight B vitamins are:

B1 – Thiamin(e)
B2 – Riboflavin
B3 – Niacin
B5 – Pantothenic Acid
B7 – Biotin
B9 – Folic Acid
B12 – Cobalamin

Individual B vitamins can be supplemented individually, or in a group as a “B-complex.”

There are additional compounds that were once believed to be vitamins and have similar structure, and thus given names to fill in the gaps of the B vitamin series.  Some are not essential to humans but are to other organisms; others have no nutritional value.