Multivitamins are a $26 billion industry, and it’s still growing. With such a lucrative business, many supplement brands do not put in the care and nutrients that people need. Even some of the most popular vitamins, like Flintstones vitamins and Centrum, are not the healthiest for you. So what should you take? Here are the best and worst multivitamins on the market.
WORST: Bayer One-A-Days
Bayer One-a-Days advertise their high amounts of beta-carotene (14% of the vitamin). Beta-carotene is a type of vitamin A that naturally occurs in colorful vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale. Although natural beta-carotene can protect against diseases, synthetic beta-carotene might do the opposite.
In 1994, a Finnish study found that synthetic beta-carotene and vitamin E raised peoples’ risks of lung cancer and mortality by 8%. Synthetic vitamin A was the same. If you do not want man-made vitamins, look for labels like Vitamin A Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate or Vitamin A Acetate.