What You Should Know
Usana Essentials Multivitamin is a supplement designed to be taken every day in place of a multi-vitamin. The ingredient list in the product description leaves off more than 50-percent of the ingredients. The detailed ingredient list includes warnings and considerations when taking the supplement. Considerations include the fact that vitamin and mineral supplements will not improve health unless the dieter is deficient in those vitamins and minerals in the first place. A warning associated with this supplement brought to light the dangers of taking supplements. According to Usana, no more than 150 mcg of selenium should be taken on a daily basis to prevent toxicity. This supplement includes 150 mcg of selenium, what happens if the dieter eats a food that contains selenium?
List of Ingredients
MultiMineral: Calcium as Calcium Citrate Hydrate and Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium as Magnesium Citrate Nonahydrate and Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Zinc Citrate Dihydrate, Selenomethionine, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Gluconate, Chromium as Chromium Chloride and Chromium Picolinate and Molybdenum.
Antioxidant: Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Nicotinamide, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Rutin, Quercetin, Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract, Olive Fresh Fruit, Green Tea Dry Leaf, Bilberry Fresh Fruit, Pomegranate Fresh Fruit, Cinnamon, Curcumin, Inositol, Choline Bitartrate, Cysteine Hydrochloride, Bromelains, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid, Ubidecarenone, Lutein, Lycopene and Broccoli.
A daily multi-vitamin will not directly improve the health of a healthy individual, but it will pick up where diet fails from time to time. If a dieter is trying to eat less and skimps on whole foods once a week, there is no need for strong supplementation. However, if the dieter chooses prepackaged meals every day of the week, there could soon be a problem. Usana Essentials Multivitamin contains all the vitamins the body needs, but we do not suggest taking this supplement. If selenium is toxic at levels more than 150 mcg and this product contains 150 mcg, the dieter could be in danger of reaching toxic levels when diet is taken into consideration. Brazil nuts, liver, fish, sunflower seeds and bran are all great sources of selenium. They are also healthy additions to a weight loss diet.
- Ingredients are listed on the Usana website.
- Contains all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants the body needs.
- Contains a high dose of selenium.
- The dieter should watch selenium intake if taking this vitamin.
- Usana Essentials Multivitamin is more expensive than other brands.
We are not willing to risk selenium toxicity for vitamin support. The dieter can pay a fraction of the price for an over the counter vitamin and get just as much support.