How does your multivitamin stack up?

It’s time to put your current multivitamin to the test using the ABCs of Optimal Supplementation Guidelines from Naked Calories. By following each of the 5 steps below, you will be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your current multivitamin.

Step 1: A stands for Absorbency

No. 1) Look at your multivitamin. What form does your multivitamin come in?






No. 2) Does you multivitamin contain sugar under any name such as sugar, sucrose, maltodextrin, fructose, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, tapioca syrup, or corn syrup?



No. 3) Does you multivitamin contain sodium benzoate, BHA or BHT as preservatives?



No. 4) Does your multivitamin contain any unwanted, and potentially dangerous artificial colors such as blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6 or red 40?



No. 5) Are there binders, fillers or flow agents listed on the ingredients list such as cellulose, disodium hydrogen phosphate, hydrogenated oils, talc, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, soy lecithin, corn starch, sodium starch glycosylate, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium, gelatin or gellan gum?



No. 6) Are they coated? Do you see ingredients such as shellac, wax, hydroxypropyl—methylcellulose, magnesium or calcium stearate, hypromellose, silica, talc, or stearic acid used on your multivitamin?



Step 2: B stands for Beneficial quantities

Note: Many supplement companies don’t list the specific forms for each vitamin and mineral on the supplement facts. You may have to look below in the ingredients to identify the forms that they are using.

No. 7) Look at the supplement facts on the back of your multivitamin. Does your multivitamin have at least 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for all of the following 20 essential micronutrients?
vitamin A vitamin C vitamin D vitamin E vitamin K B1 (Thiamin) B2 (Riboflavin) B3 (Niacin) B5 (Pantothenic Acid) B6 B7 (Biotin) B9 (Folic Acid) B12 Magnesium Zinc Selenium Manganese Iodine Molybedenum Chromium
No. 8) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain between 500 and 600 mg of calcium?
No. 9) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain at least 2000 IU of vitamin D?
No. 10) Is your multivitamin designed to be taken at least two times a day? (Be careful, directions must state to take at least twice a day.)
No. 11) How many of the following accessory micronutrients does your multivitamin contain?
Boron Silicon/Silica Vanadium CoQ10 Alpha Lipoic Acid L-Carnitine Choline Quercetin Lutein Grapeseed Extract Zeaxanthin Astaxanthin




No. 12) How many of the following accessory micronutrients does your multivitamin contain?




No. 13) Which of the following forms is listed on your supplement facts next to vitamin B3 (niacin)?




No. 14) Which of the following forms is listed on your supplement facts next to vitamin B12?




No. 15) What form of vitamin K is included in your multivitamin?





No. 16) For vitamin E, how is it listed?






No. 17) Does your multivitamin contain copper?



No. 18) Does your multivitamin contain 6mg of lutein?



No. 19) Does your multivitamin contain 400mg of magnesium?



No. 20) Does your multivitamin list riboflavin (vitamin B2) as riboflavin 5 phosphate?



No. 21) Does your multivitamin list vitamin B6 as pyridoxal 5 phosphate?



No. 22) Does your multivitamin list selenium as selenomethionine?



Step 3: C stands for Micronutrient Competition and S stands for Micronutrient Synergy

No. 23) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain zinc and copper within the same formulation (for example, within the same pill or capsule)?
No. 24) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain B5 (pantothenic acid) and B7 (biotin) within the same formulation (for example, within the same pill or capsule)?
No. 25) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain iron?
No. 26) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain both lutein and beta-carotene within the same formulation?
No. 27) When examining the supplement facts does your multivitamin contain both vitamin B9 (ex. folic acid, folate or 5-MTHF) & zinc within the same formulation?
No. 28) When examining the packaging of your multivitamin, does it state that it has Anti-Competition™ Technology?
No. 29) Does your multivitamin contain more than 500% DV for any listed vitamin or mineral?
No. 30) Does your multivitamin contain bioflavanoids, (such as: grapeseed extract, quercetin, catechins, hesperidin, or rutin) and vitamin C in the same formulation (for example, within the same pill or capsule)?