MSNBC did a report on the Consumer labs testing of multivitamins.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/
You have to subscribe to Consumer labs to find out the whole report. Does anybody have the results?
NOW is a big brand in my neighborhood since its HQ is here. I’m curious how they ranked. I use NAP multivitamins, but if I need something else, I use NOW.
Twelve multivitamins failed our tests! Find out which passed or failed now.
Alphabetical list of brands for the 39 products in this report
Dr. Fuhrman Pixie-Vites Pregnancy Plus — Dr. Grunebaum
Flintstones Puritan's Pride
Floradix (Salus-Haus) Swanson
Healthy Moments Vitamin Strips The Greatest Vitamin in the World
Kirkland (Costco) The Vitamin Shoppe
Member's Mark (Sam's) 21st Century Pet Nutrition
Nature's Bounty TwinLab (IdeaSphere)
Nature's Plus Vitamin World
One A Day (Bayer) Yummi Bears (Hero Nutritionals)
One Source (Perrigo)
Here are some comments from the MSNBC article:
The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Especially for Women, was contaminated with lead.
Several of the most popular multivitamins on the market did pass muster: Centrum Silver, Member's Mark Complete Multi (distributed by Sam's Club), One A Day Women's and Flintstones Complete.
The analysis also showed that Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, a multivitamin for children, had 216 percent of the labeled amount of vitamin A in the retinol form, delivering 5,400 International Units (IU) in a daily serving. That's substantially more than the upper tolerable level set by the Institute of Medicine of 2,000 IU for kids ages 1 to 3 and 3,000 IU for those 4 to 8.
The ConsumerLab.com report also found that some vitamins didn't break apart within the 30-minute standard set by the United States Pharmacopeia. Nature's Plus Especially Yours for women required more than an hour to disintegrate, while AARP Maturity Formula took 50 minutes.
In other findings, Eniva VIBE, a multivitamin liquid sold in packets, had only 54 percent of the claimed vitamin A.
ConsumerLab.com also tested a vitamin marketed for dogs called Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs and found the product was contaminated with 1.4 micrograms of lead per tablet.