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Old 11-29-2007, 09:33 PM
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Default Multivitamin Use Improves Bones and Balance

Multivitamin supplementation improves nutritional status and bone quality in aged care residents.

Grieger JA, Nowson CA, Jarman HF, Malon R, Ackland LM.

1School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia.

Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of a multivitamin (MV) tablet on nutritional status, quantitative heel ultrasound (QUS), mobility, muscle strength and falls.

The design comprised two groups matched on mobility levels, randomized to receive a daily MV or placebo (P) tablet for 6 months. The setting was an Australian residential care facility.

Subjects: A total of 92 aged care residents. Serum micronutrients, body weight, QUS, rate of falls, hand grip strength, and the timed up and go test were assessed at baseline and 6 months.

Results: A total of 49 participants consumed a MV and 43, a matched P for 6 months.

There was a greater increase in the MV vs P group for serum 25(OH)D (mean difference+/-standard error, 33.4+/-2.6 nmol l(-1)), folate (13.4+/-2.8 nmol l(-1)), and vitamin B12 (178.0+/-40.3 pmol l(-1)) (all P<0>/=50 nmol l(-1)) were found among 77% of participants in the MV group vs 10% taking P (P<0.001). Adjusting for baseline levels, the increase in QUS was greater in the MV vs P group (3.0+/-2.0 dB MHz(-1) vs -2.9+/-2.1 dB MHz(-1), respectively, P=0.041). There was a trend towards a 63% lower mean number of falls in the MV vs P group (0.3+/-0.1 falls vs 0.8+/-0.3 falls, P=0.078).

Conclusions: MV supplementation raised serum vitamin B12 and folate concentrations and increased serum 25(OH)D, which was accompanied by an apparent positive effect on bone density. We also found a trend towards a reduction in falls and this could contribute to a reduction in fractures.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 28 November 2007; doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602963.
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I know I've asked this before.. but I cannot find the threads.

What is a good mulitvitamin? what would you recommend?

(I don't expect it to have everything.. but I think of it as more of a generic base, so you get what everyone needs with the multi, then add the supplements you need as an individual).

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Hola, ST.

Here are a few iron-free options. The first one is a very basic one-a-day multi. I'll also include the two-a-day version - which is more potent. - Product Details - Twinlab, Daily One Caps, Without Iron, 90 Capsules - Product Details - Twinlab, Daily Two Caps, Without Iron, 180 Capsules

These two multis contain a broader composition.

NSI Synergy Once Daily Multi-Vitamin Version 3 -- 60 Capsules -

NSI Synergy Basic Multi-Vitamin Version 3 -- 60 Capsules -

All of these are lacking in calcium and magnesium. They could/should be taken separately.

I'm currently using a higher-potency version. But, it does require a total of six capsules per day - three with breakfast and three with dinner.

NSI Synergy 3000® Multi-Vitamin Version 11 -- 30 Servings -180 Capsules -

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