Multivitamins for People Over 50 Often Poorly Dosed

Multivitamins for people over 50 are often not well suited to the target group. That concludes the Consumers’ Association after an investigation.
Many pills contain too much or too little vitamin D. In addition, some multivitamins contain an unacceptably high dose of vitamin B6 and / or zinc.

The Health Council advises women over 50 to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day. And men and women over 70 20 micrograms. Of the 36 products studied for women aged 50 to 70, only 9 contained the correct amount of vitamin D. For the multivitamins for 70 years and older, 6 of the 14.

Vitamin D
The Consumers’ Association also examined five vitamin D supplements for the over-50s. Three of these turned out to be too high. The union finds it extra confusing that some manufacturers use illogical age indications, such as 65+, or make no distinction in dosage for men and women.

Neurological complaints
In the study, they also looked at the amount of other vitamins and minerals in the multivitamins. In ‘Nature’s Way alive! Men’s 50+ ultra potency ‘turns out to be an unacceptably high dose of vitamin B6. No less than 40 milligrams! An excess of vitamin B6 can cause neurological complaints, which is why the legal upper limit in 2018 was set at 21 milligrams.

Nature’s Way product also contains more zinc than the tolerable upper limit, as does the Men-plex 50+ from Essential Organics.

 

 

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Summary

Multivitamins for people over 50 are often not well suited to the target group. That concludes the Consumers' Association after an investigation. Many pills contain too much or too little vitamin D. In addition, some multivitamins contain an unacceptably high dose of vitamin B6 and / or zinc

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