Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. I have always tried to practice this philosophy when it comes to health. I was and am open to anything that may run counter to my beliefs, it’s that important. Today I saw something in the news that I feel is extremely important. It is another confirmation of information about the nutritional content of our water and food supply.
But I am going to blog about this a bit backward. I am going to recommend what I have been taking for multivitamins, and my next blog, I am going to tell you the news story that confirmed what I have believed for years.
Keep in mind, this is my opinion only. You have to determine what is best for you, and may want to discuss with your doctor if there may be any interactions with any medicines you currently take.
The foundation of any supplement routine is the multivitamin. If you take just one thing, this is it. I have researched and taken about every brand you can think of, including all the drug store and big box offerings. I believe that no matter the cost, this is a must do. Here are the top three in my opinion.
The big daddy multivitamin is the Life Extension Mix 490 Capsules. It packs a complete punch, but spendy at $53. And you take the recommended 14 capsules a day, the bottle lasts 35 days. I took this multivitamin for many years, and finally switched because of the cost and I got sick of taking 14 pills a day of just my multivitamin. Because it’s so complete with vitamins, herbs and minerals, you really don’t need to take anything else.
|Serving Size 14 capsules (per day)|
|Servings Per Container 35|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin A (as beta-carotene, acetate)||5000 IU|
|Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, niacinamide ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, acerola extract)||2000 mg|
|Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)||2000 IU|
|Vitamin E (as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate, D-alpha tocopherol)||100 IU|
|Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCl)||125 mg|
|Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin, riboflavin 5’-phosphate)||50 mg|
|Niacin (as 61% niacinamide, 37% niacin, 2% niacinamide ascorbate)||190 mg|
|Vitamin B6 [as pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (100 mg), pyridoxine HCI (5 mg)]||105 mg|
|Folate (as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium salt)||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)||600 mcg|
|Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate with 5 mg pantethine)||600 mg|
|Calcium (as Ca ascorbate, D-calcium pantothenate, Ca D-glucarate, dicalcium phosphate)||200 mg|
|Iodine (as potassium iodide)||150 mcg|
|Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, arginate, citrate, taurinate, glycinate, ascorbate)||400 mg|
|Zinc (as zinc citrate, L-OptiZinc®3 zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate)||35 mg|
|Selenium [as sodium selenite, SelenoExcell®4 high selenium yeast, Se-methyl L-selenocysteine]||200 mcg|
|Copper (as TRAACS®12 copper bisglycinate chelate)||1 mg|
|Manganese (as manganese gluconate, citrate)||1 mg|
|Chromium [as Crominex®5 3+ chromium stabilized with Capros® amla extract (fruit), PrimaVie® Shilajit]||500 mcg|
|Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate)||125 mcg|
|Potassium (as potassium chloride)||35 mg|
|N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)||600 mg|
|Phosphatidylcholine (from soy)||150 mg|
|Choline (as choline bitartrate)||120 mg|
|Boron (as boron amino acid chelate)||3 mg|
|Trimethylglycine (TMG) (as betaine anhydrous)||100 mg|
|Bitter orange citrus bioflavonoids (peel, fruit) [std. to 50% hesperidin]||200 mg|
|Broccoli concentrate blend [broccoli extracts (sprout, floret, seed) (providing glucosinolates, sulforaphane), calcium D-glucarate]||725 mg|
|Decaffeinated green tea extract (leaf) [std. to 45% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)]||325 mg|
|Acerola extract 4:1 (berry)||300 mg|
|Fruit/berry complex proprietary blend [European elder, blackberry, blueberry, sweet cherry, cranberry, plum, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) powders]||200 mg|
|Wild blueberry anthocyanin extract (fruit)||150 mg|
|Silymarin [from milk thistle extract (seed)]||100 mg|
|Maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) anthocyanin extract (fruit)||100 mg|
|CherryPure®1 sour cherry (tart cherry) proanthocyanidin extract (skin)||85 mg|
|POMELLA®9 pomegranate extract (fruit) [std. to 30% punicalagins]||85 mg|
|Natural mixed tocopherols (providing gamma, delta, alpha, beta tocopherols)||60 mg|
|MirtoSelect®11 bilberry extract (fruit)||30 mg|
|Leucoselect®6 grape seed proanthocyanidin extract||25 mg|
|BioVin®7 grape proanthocyanidin extract (whole grape)||25 mg|
|Bromelain [from pineapple (stem)] (2400 gelatin digestive units/gram)||15 mg|
|Delphinidins [from Delphinol®2 maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) extract (fruit)]||2 mg|
|Lutein [from marigold extract (flower)] (providing 465 mcg trans-zeaxanthin)||15 mg|
|Olive extract (fruit) (providing polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleuropein)||12.5 mg|
|Sesame seed lignan extract||10 mg|
|Luteolin [from orange extract (fruit)]||8 mg|
|Lycopene [from Tomat-O-Red®8 natural tomato extract (fruit)]||3 mg|
|Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) [from black currant extract (fruit)]||1.25 mg|
|trans-Pterostilbene (from pTeroPure®10)||0.5 mg|
|Other ingredients: gelatin (capsule), microcrystalline cellulose, vegetable stearate, silica, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides.|
Dosage and Use
- Take fourteen (14) capsules per day in divided doses with meals, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Temporary flushing, itching, rash, or gastric disturbances may occur. Liver function testing is recommended when niacin is taken in excess of 500 mg daily. Those with gout or liver diseases should avoid taking high doses of niacin. Consult with your doctor before using this product if you are taking anticoagulant medications. Individuals consuming more than 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D (from diet and supplements) should periodically obtain a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D measurement. Vitamin D supplementation is not recommended for individuals with high blood calcium levels. Individuals with in-born errors of copper metabolism (e.g. Wilson’s disease) should avoid daily, chronic use of this product.
I switched to a multivitamin from Optimum Nutrition, because it was less money, but still packed a lot into each pill. A bottle has 90 pills, which you take 3 a day. At $16 a bottle, you save almost $40 bucks a month over the Life Extension Mix.
I know this one says it’s for men, but they make a women’s version with slight variations.
I finally switched to my current multivitamin about two years ago. Life Extension came out with a two a day formula, and I always liked their philosophy and trust their product. A bottle has 120 pills, two a day, a 60 day supply. A bottle cost $18.50. So under $10 a month, although I take 3 a day. If you do choose this one, then you will want to look into additional supplements that you may want to add to your daily dose.
These and many more are available on Amazon. I have bought directly from the manufacturers, but it’s the same price, quicker, and more convenient to just get them from Amazon. Here are the links if you want to compare yourself.