Buyer’s Guide: Choosing a Multivitamin

Here’s a snapshot of different multivitamin types and why they’re beneficial. Click to learn more about different types of multivitamins and how to choose the best one for you.

Form Details Where you’ll find it
USP Synthetic Vitamins Synthetic vitamins are made from isolated nutrients derived from natural sources like soy, lanolin, sago palm, sugar beets, corn starch, rice starch, bacterial fermentation or yeast (e.g., vitamin C is made from sugar beet or corn derivative). The manufacturing process uses chemicals, solvents and heat to distill or reduce down these nutrients into one specific isolated chemical structure that is called a “pure” vitamin.

USP synthetic vitamins are effective in addressing nutritional deficiencies with therapeutic concentrations of isolated nutrients. It’s important to note that the vast major of clinical studies have been performed on synthetic vitamins.

Food-based nutrients These formulas minimize stomach upset and enhance absorption of USP synthetic vitamins by combining them with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and protective phyto-nutrients.

Food-grown nutrients

These vitamins feature synthetic nutrients cultured in a probiotic whole-food medium, which chemically transforms them into a whole-food complex that your body easily recognizes and absorbs.

Whole-food nutrients

These vitamin and mineral nutrients are extracted from vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants that your body easily recognizes and absorbs as whole-food complexes.

Gummy vitamins

These vitamin and mineral nutrients may feature either whole-food nutrients or synthetic vitamins. Gummy multivitamins can be made from animal or plant based gelatin and typically are gluten-free. Gummy vitamins are ideal for those having difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules.