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"When NOT to Take Your Multivitamin…"

If you take your multivitamin at this particular time, you could be losing impact and throwing your money away. The quality of your health could very well depend on taking the right kind of multi – at the right time…

If you're currently taking or considering taking a multivitamin with a recommended serving size of only one pill a day, you're pretty much wasting your time.


It's very doubtful can pack enough vitamins and minerals to truly make any real difference in complementing your healthy diet.

Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress ingredients, but not to this extreme… not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need on a daily basis.

And speaking of minerals, many producers of one-per-day vitamins don't even bother including essential minerals like potassium or magnesium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference.

What about other nutrients from sources like vegetables, fruits and herbs? Shouldn't they be blended into your multi as well? I certainly think so.

But it's also vitally important to know when to take your multivitamin. To maximize your multivitamin's benefits, you should take a few tablets first thing in the morning and with lunch, or with an early dinner to help optimize your nutrient absorption.

Before we jump further into all the nutrients I believe should go into a multi, let's first take a closer look at why all multivitamins are not created equal.

Some may in fact have little impact on your health. So remember, you must be very cautious when choosing a product to ensure that your multivitamin really benefits you.

Why You Should Avoid Synthetic Forms of Certain Vitamins Like the Plague…

In my opinion, if you shop for your supplements at discount stores, you may be seriously shortchanging yourself because many of those products typically use cheap synthetic isolate forms for certain important vitamins.

Instead of seeking a good multivitamin, millions of people take certain forms of vitamins, which may do less to support their optimal health.

You see, certain synthetic forms of vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They're completely different than vitamins from whole, real food.

When you remove a part from the whole, you get "synthetic," "isolated" or "fractionated" pieces of the whole, but it's simply not the same.

Here are four major problems with these kinds of vitamins…

  1. Nature intended for you to consume food in WHOLE form because all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are together in one package. They work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires for optimal health.
  2. Your body only absorbs a percentage of some forms of vitamins and minerals – and it utilizes even less. You get the best bioavailability in combination whole food form.
  3. Certain synthetic vitamins often give you massive quantities of some nutrients (usually the most inexpensive ones) and insufficient quantities of others.
  4. You may experience side effects of certain synthetic vitamins because the form of the vitamin is not the natural form.

You've heard me say it before… Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health. Don't let your multivitamin add to the collateral damage.

In fact, you want to be sure your multivitamin benefits you and offers a real and significant contribution to your health, especially if you've already adopted healthy lifestyle practices.

Who Doesn't Want to Feel Great All the Time?

One thing you can do to optimize your health and feel great is to maximize your immune system's capabilities.

Because face it – everybody wants to feel good all the time, don't they?

Now is the time to start moving toward a healthier diet and lifestyle. Start today, by adding just one raw vegetable per day to your diet… a small, doable step toward your better health.

Why make these changes today?

Because, ideally, it is best to receive all your nutrition from high-quality unprocessed foods. In fact, before focusing on finding a good multivitamin, I highly recommend first evaluating your diet and your lifestyle.

If you are eating a wholesome diet composed of raw fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and raw dairy from reliable sources, then you may have less need for a multivitamin.

Unfortunately, if you're like most people, you may find it impractical or impossible to eat right all the time.

Therefore, even when you take the steps of adding raw veggies to your diet, getting some exercise and obtaining vitamin D from sunshine, you still might want to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin every day – just to be sure you’re getting well-balanced and optimal nutrition.

Plus, even if you do well with your diet choices, there is another important factor that involves the actual food supply itself…

Up to 50% of the Nutrient Value of Your Food May Be Lost From the Start

A number of carefully controlled studies have provided startling evidence that by the time food reaches your table, serious nutrient content could already be lost.

Some estimates report the nutrient value lost at over 50%!

This is largely the result of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which deplete the soil of nutrients… nutrients that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.

And it does not necessarily end there.

In many cases, it's likely you unknowingly further deplete the nutrients in your food – just by the way you prepare it. For many foods, cooking will seriously impair the nutritional value.

So, realizing that you cannot always obtain the whole unprocessed foods you need – and knowing how easy it is for valuable nutrients to be destroyed – you now know why I believe adding a good multivitamin to complement your diet is a sound move.

What Can a High-Quality Multivitamin Do for You?

While I cannot endorse taking a supplement in place of living a healthy lifestyle, it is true that a good multivitamin benefits your optimal health.

A high-quality multivitamin helps promote your strong immune system, building up your body’s defenses.*

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Here's the stringent criteria I used to find you a high-quality, high-potency multivitamin:

  • Must be produced by a highly reputable company with the highest-quality control manufacturing practices in place – I focused on quality as a higher priority than quantity.
  • Must go beyond RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) guidelines for certain vitamins – In my opinion, RDA/RDI amounts define the lower limits of daily nutrient intake. I wanted the best nutrient formula to promote your optimal nutrition.
  • Must include the added bonus of essential minerals – Minerals add their unique layer of nutritional support.* Many high-potency multivitamins with rich vitamin concentrations lack important minerals.

Why You Shouldn’t Settle for Inferior-Quality Multivitamins

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When I first started my investigation, I was absolutely shocked at the low quality demonstrated by so many companies. That's why I researched for many months to identify what I believe are the absolute best supplement manufacturers in the U.S. today.

The labs I have chosen have very strong formulation experience with Ph.D. formulators, and a strong manufacturing capability, consistently following the dietary supplement GMPs.

Why Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals Stands Out From the Rest

Let's take a closer look at some key nutrients in Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals that are often different from other multivitamins:

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  • Calcium – To provide a high level of support for your skeletal system, I chose to include an optimum amount of calcium in the formula.* My main reason for doing this was that, as you age, your need for calcium becomes more and more important to promote healthy bones.* But too much calcium also can lead to bone and joint problems as well.

    My Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals formula provides 250 mg of calcium to complement your healthy diet – an optimal amount that I feel is just enough, but not too much. And the citrate, malate and ascorbate forms of calcium that are formulated in my product are more absorbable than calcium oxide or carbonate, which are more commonly found in supplements.

  • Magnesium – Scientific studies have reported that magnesium is helpful in supporting your lungs and overall pulmonary system.*

    Other research shows that magnesium intake promotes bone density health.* It also helps maintain your muscular and nervous systems,* and it helps support a healthy heart, and your energy needs.* Magnesium is not usually found in plants and certainly not to the levels needed for health. So, a good multivitamin will contain a magnesium mineral. I use magnesium chelate because it is more absorbable, rather than the more common and less absorbed magnesium oxide.

  • Potassium – This important mineral helps regulate your circulatory system and promotes your heart health.*

    In addition, research has shown that potassium is another important element in your bone density health.* As you age, bone density becomes an important element in your overall health.*

These minerals provide you with significant health-supporting value in complementing your diet.* They're part of the added formula that clearly makes Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals the optimum combination for you. The form of potassium used in my formula is a mineral chelate – again, a more absorbable form than potassium chloride.

High-Potency Antioxidant Formula to Help You Balance Out Free Radicals*

First of all, I made every effort working with the award-winning lab to ensure that as many nutrients as possible ended up directly linked to their whole food source. To me, this became crucial in providing you a top-notch supplement.

Multivitamin Plus provides you with a highly concentrated daily supplement containing more than 50 nutritional ingredients... all in a special herbal food base.

One of the challenges your body faces every day is combating free radicals.

Free radicals are highly reactive molecules and fragments of molecules that may impact your body at your cellular level.

Free radicals constantly attack your body proteins, carbohydrates, fats and DNA, and can cause potentially serious health concerns unless they are kept in check. Every cell in your body suffers an estimated 10,000 free radical hits each day. Your body does its best to fight back – in what is an actual battlefield at the cellular level.

To help balance the effects of free radicals, Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals provides you with high-potency amounts of an exclusive antioxidant formula that includes:*

  • Beta-carotene – Healthy vision and immune system support.*
  • Vitamin C – Promotes tissue growth and repair, and healthy gums.* My formula contains different forms of the vitamin C minerals in order to provide balance and absorbability.
  • Vitamin D3 – Supports heart, bone, vascular and immune system health.* My formula does not contain vitamin D2, but only the superior vitamin D3 form.
  • Vitamin E – Helps support your muscular system.* It is critical that vitamin E not be the synthetic form. My formula contains the naturally occurring form of alpha tocopherol and also the other naturally occurring tocopherols.
  • Selenium – Bolsters your healthy immune system.* Selenium in my formula is from an amino acid chelate complex.
  • L-cysteine – Supports your immune and respiratory systems.* This is the bioidentical form of L-cysteine.
  • Lutein – Helps promote your healthy vision.* I only use a Lutein extract and not the synthetic form.
  • Lycopene – Supports your immune system.* I only use a lycopene extract and not the synthetic form.
  • Red wine proanthocyanidins – Provides cardiovascular support.*
  • And select extracts and powders from over 25 fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Plus, there is even more…

Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals Provides You an Incredible Formula Based on Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Green Foods

In addition to the outstanding nutrients already discussed, the Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals formula includes a health-promoting blend of vegetables, fruits, herbs and green foods, plus a highly bioavailable form was used to ensure you could take full advantage of these nutrients.* Now you can see for yourself the highly beneficial ingredients included in the total Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals formula.

Over 2,000 mg of nutrients based on vegetables, fruits, herbs and green foods are intentionally included in the Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals formula... nutrients that work together to promote your optimal health in the following ways:*

Nutrients Your Body Systems Supported and Promoted*
Red wine proanthocyanidins Cardiovascular
Blueberry Urinary tract and immune
Garlic Digestive and immune
Green tea extract Immune
Sprouted barley juice Cardiovascular/heart
Wheatgrass juice Immune and anti-aging
Broccoli Prostate and immune
Cauliflower Circulation and immune
Spirulina Nervous and tissue
Chlorella Cardiovascular and immune
Green papaya extract Digestive and skin
Beet extract Immune
Apple pectin Immune and lungs
Bromelain Respiratory and digestive
Rose hips Skeletal
Lemon bioflavonoids Immune
Rutin Circulatory and immune
Hesperidin Vascular and immune

And there's an additional 700 mg of my vegetable and fruit base, further promoting your optimal health, including:

  • Kale – provides healthy prostate support*
  • Spinach – helps support your cardiovascular and immune systems*
  • Carrot – assists optimal vision and cholesterol level*
  • Radish – supports your digestive, respiratory and nervous systems*
  • Celery – provides you with skeletal and nervous system support*
  • Apricot – promotes your respiratory and immune systems*
  • Blackberry – helps support your digestive and immune systems*
  • Cranberry – supports your urinary tract and cardiovascular system*
  • Grape – promotes healthy circulation and cholesterol level*

And now we've added a significant enhancement to our Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals...

We've Added What I Consider a Superior Form of Folic Acid to Help Ensure You Don't Get Cheated

Folic acid, or folate, an important member of the B-vitamin family, plays many important roles in your body. Folic acid:

  • Helps maintain normal blood homocysteine levels*
  • Helps nourish the brain and supports mood*
  • Supports protein metabolism*
  • Supports energy production*
  • Promotes normal formation and functioning of red and white blood cells*

For folic acid to perform all of these crucial duties in your body, it must first be activated into the biologically active form – L-5-MTHF. This is the form that's most usable by your body and the form that's able to cross the blood-brain barrier to carry out important brain functions.*

However, the form most commonly added to nutritional supplements is folic acid. And here's the problem: nearly half of the population has difficulty converting folic acid to the bioactive 5-MTHF form because of a genetic reduction in enzyme activity.

So if you have a reduced ability to metabolize folic acid, you may have less-than-optimal cardiovascular health. Using a 5-MTHF form of folic acid may help.*

Metafolin®, a patented form of 5-MTHF, is:

  • The form of folate that's preferred by your body
  • More reliably bioavailable and biologically active than folic acid
  • The only folate that can cross the blood-brain barrier

And now you'll find Metafolin® – instead of folic acid – in Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals.

Warning: A Multivitamin Overloaded With Nutrients May Do You More Harm Than Good

Now, I'll be the first to admit that coming up with my own special high-potency formula was a major challenge – and took quite a bit of time. This was necessary because indiscriminately throwing a number of nutrients together could actually cause more harm than good.

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How could that be?

Well, certain amounts and types of nutrients need to be carefully measured to avoid any potential toxic buildup once they are consumed.

The bottom line... not all nutrients in certain amounts work all that well together. In fact, a sort of competition can occur between some nutrients.

So, much attention was directed to prevent this from occurring in Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals.

Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals has been carefully evaluated and selected, each ingredient has been chosen for its:*

  • Proper nutrient balance – Just like too little of a nutrient does not provide you any real benefits, too much can potentially do you more harm than good.
  • Absorbability –The key to promoting your health is absorbing as much of the nutrient as possible.
  • Competitive relationship with other nutrients – A complex evaluation is performed by the scientists to make sure the amounts and types of nutrients work well together to benefit you.
  • Allergenic potential – Careful selection and measurement of the nutrient to investigate potential allergy issues
  • Long-term safety – Any potential toxic buildup balanced out.
  • Proper use of the bioactive forms of the vitamins and minerals – All my vitamins are either naturally occurring or are bioidentical to those found in nature. It is critical that certain vitamins be only of the natural form, and I have made sure of this in my formula. Other vitamin forms are chosen to be bioidentical and more absorbable, and this also means they are more sustainable for our planet. Most minerals are synthesized, but the forms that I am using are more highly absorbable and are less stressful on the digestive system.
  • Non-GMO and residual solvents – All the vitamins, minerals and nutrients included in my formula are non-GMO – they are not bioengineered – and extracts are carefully selected as to be safe from toxic solvents.
  • 8 tablets a day are required to get the full benefits from all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients – Don’t be fooled by products that claim to provide you with a multivitamin formula that only requires 1 to 3 tablets per day – you are not getting enough of this important dietary supplement.

Order the High-Potency Multivitamin That I Designed With Your Needs in Mind

Remember, don't be fooled by the nutrient amounts, or an unusually low cost (could mean synthetic nutrients used), or RDA (required daily allowance) claims by the manufacturer.

This information may be totally misleading. For some vitamins and minerals the RDA is too high, and for many, the RDA is too low for today’s optimal health. You could be not only wasting your time and hard-earned money, but not taking proper control of your health as well.

By now, I’m hoping you are as convinced as I am that Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals is the ideal high-potency multivitamin available today. Not only is Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals rich in balanced vitamins and essential minerals, the manufacturer that produces it adheres to the strictest quality standards.

This is a winning combination like no other I've seen.

Remember, I am always striving to produce the best possible products for you. There's simply no reason to settle for second best.

Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals is an exclusive formula offered through my site – and I worked hard to deliver all the high-potency vitamins and essential minerals you need while keeping the price reasonable at the same time.

Compare a single bottle of Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals to all the different supplements you'd have to purchase separately to get all the ingredients you'll get in this one convenient high-potency product. The cost of all those separate supplements could be more than double your investment in my formula!

Plus, you really should consider Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals part of your healthy food budget, not a separate supplement.

After all, I worked closely with the lab to have this formula specifically designed to complement your healthy diet... not to be separated from it.

Perhaps there are some processed foods you're buying that you could phase out to help better balance your healthy diet.

I also now offer special multivitamin packs designed specifically for men’s and women’s individual needs. Each pack comes with two additional supplements that I believe truly complement Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals.

Since heart disease is one of the leading health concerns among men, I’ve added L-Arginine for cardiovascular health support to the men’s pack. I’ve also added Saw Palmetto with Lycopene for men’s prostate health.*

In the women’s pack, I included Lignans with Lycopene, a hormonal balance support supplement that not only provides nutrients to help protect breasts against normal everyday stressors, but is also clinically proven to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.* And for women’s thyroid health, the pack includes Iodine, which supports thyroid function, since women are at a greater risk for thyroid disease than men.*

Whichever pack is best for you, when you take Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals, I sincerely believe that you're taking an important step in complementing and optimizing your diet – so order yours now and start to Take Control of Your Health.

Label Snapshot for Whole-Food Multivitamin PLUSChildren's Chewables MultivitaminKids' Krill OilSaw Palmetto with LycopeneL-ArginineLignans with LycopeneIodine

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 8 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
View product label for complete ingredient list.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

**Daily Value (DV) not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Organic Rice Hull Concentrate, Silicon Dioxide, Coating (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Vegetable Glycerin).

SUGGESTED USE: Adults, as a dietary supplement, take eight (8) tablets daily with food. Alternatively, take four (4) tablets with breakfast and four (4) tablets with dinner.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
View product label for complete ingredient list.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

**Daily Value (DV) not establised

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Xylitol, Cellulose, Natural Flavors, Silicon Dioxide, Citric Acid, Organic Stevia (Leaf) Extract.

SUGGESTED USE: Children 4 years and up, as a dietary supplement, take two (2) chewable tablets daily.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 0  
Calories from Fat 0  
Total Fat 0  
Cholesterol 5 mg 2%*
Krill Oil 320 mg **
Phospholipids 125 mg **
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 32 mg **
Docosahexaenoic (DHA) 17 mg **
Omega-6 fatty acids 5 mg **
Astaxanthin 1 mg **

*Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

**Daily Value not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Capsule (Tilapia Fish Gelatin, Water)

Contains Fish (Tilapia), Shellfish (Krill)

SUGGESTED USE: Kids, as a dietary supplement, take two (2) capsules daily with the first meal.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
Saw Palmetto Extract (Fruit) 320 mg *
Lycopene 10 mg *

*Daily Value (DV) not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Gelatin, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Purified Water, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Silica.

SUGGESTED USE: Adults, as a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule daily.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 60
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
L-Arginine 1 g *

*Daily Value not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Time-Sorb** (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Magnesium Citrate Laurate), Capsule (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose), Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.

SUGGESTED USE: Adults, as a dietary supplement, take two (2) capsules twice per day.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.25 mg 15%
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine) 1.5 mg 75%
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin) 0.4 mcg 7%
Dr. Mercola’s Special Blend 150 mg *
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
(Fruit) Powder
Diindolylmethane (DIM)    
7-hydroxymatairesinol (7-HMR) (from Norway Spruce
[Picea abies]) Lignan Extract^
Lycopene (from Tomato)    

*Daily Value (DV) not established.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Capsule (HydroxypropylMethylcellulose), Medium Chain Triglycerides, Sodium Alginate, Gum Acacia, Magnesium Hydroxide, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Tricalcium Phosphate, Pea Starch, Silicon Dioxide.

SUGGESTED USE: Adults, as a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule daily with a meal.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 30
  Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value
Iodine (from Potassium Iodide) 1.5 mg 1000%

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, Capsule (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Water), Silicon Dioxide.

SUGGESTED USE: Adults, as a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule per day.

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 1. Q: I don't want to take 8 tablets per day.

    A: Totally understandable… But it's unlikely that one single tablet could hold enough vitamins and minerals to support your health.* This may be possible with synthetic ingredients made in a lab, but synthetic vitamins may not be absorbed as well as nutrients from whole foods.

    We can compress ingredients to some extent, but not to the point where everything you need is in one pill. "One-a-day" pills are generally missing essential ingredients or rely on lab-made synthetics.

  2. 2. Q: I already take so many supplements and have a healthy diet. Do I still need multivitamins?

    A: Multivitamins help support your optimal health.* They provide a broad base of nutrients needed for a strong and active lifestyle.*

    Taking other supplements is great, but it's doubtful that you will get a full spectrum of the nutrients you need from them. To get all the nutrients supplied by multivitamins separately, you would end up taking many more supplements.

  3. 3. Q: Why do I need all these vitamins and minerals?

    A: Many people today don't consume the nutrients they need. Even if you eat whole organic foods, up to 50% of their nutritional value may be lost through the cooking and preparation process. Plus, soil nutrients are not what they were 50 or 100 years ago, so it is difficult to get all your nutrients from the food you eat.

    A good multivitamin can help you get some of these nutrients that are missing from your diet.

  4. 4. Q: Are all of these ingredients from whole foods?

    A: Our Multivitamin Plus Vital Minerals includes a blend of veggies, fruits, herbs, and green foods designed to support your health.* More than 2000 mg of nutrients support your body systems.*

    Since this was impractical with certain nutrients, we used a bioavailable form that is easily absorbed instead.

  5. 5. Q: Why are the color of my Whole-Food Multivitamins sometimes different?

    A: The Whole-Food Multivitamin contains a blend of whole food fruits, vegetables, herbs and green foods in addition to vitamins and minerals. The whole food ingredients can vary in color slightly from season to season so each batch of Whole-Food Multivitamins may vary in shade. The various colored specs are from the minerals and are distributed throughout the tablet. These are all normal variations with the product.


Children should not take Multivitamin PLUS. They have been designed specifically for adult needs. For a Children's alternative, see my specially formulated Chewable Multivitamin for Kids.