Factors to consider when evaluating a multivitamin

The primary ingredients of multi-vitamins are made of vitamins and minerals. These ingredients are essential micronutrients your body needs to function properly and optimally. We can’t survive without these vitamins and minerals. 9 out of 10 people are deficient in one or more of these essential nutrients. When we don’t get enough vitamin and minerals through our food, we need to supplement.

Multivitamins have been around since 1930s. Conceptually, it made sense. However, the technology wasn’t ready. For decades, multivitamins were poorly absorbed. Fortunately, technology in the supplement industry advanced and improved.

What factors differentiates a premium “good quality” vitamin supplement from the typical “poor quality” vitamin?

The ingredients and its bioavailability and absorption rate.

Premium vitamin supplements utilize premium ingredients and meticulously formulate their supplement for optimal benefits. Bioavailability is the name of the game, and it is one of the most important measurements when quantifying the quality of an agreement.

With low quality ingredients, only a fraction of nutrients is absorbed. and reach systemic circulation.

  • Supplements and ingredients that have poor bioavailability and absorption offer low value
  • Supplements that have high bioavailability and absorption offer high value

Poor absorption of cheap vitamins is a well a known issue that has been criticized for years. Despite criticism, companies still use these ineffective form of vitamins. Many of these poorly absorbed vitamins remain to be popular because of their low price and they make up a significant portion of the vitamins on the market.

Thanks to the information age, and a new found interest in health and wellness. Consumers are more educated and are more demanding when it comes to health and wellness products. There is a rising demand for quality products. Surveys are showing that quality is a higher factor than cost when it comes to purchasing supplements. This is a shift in mindset from ten years ago.

What specific ingredients do you look for (or look out for) in a premium supplement or multivitamin?

I wrote the following articles to help people evaluate ingredients in their supplement or multivitamin:

Water Soluble Vitamins (B Vitamins + Vitamin C)

Fat Soluble Vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E, and K)

Macrominerals (Calcium and Magnesium)

Trace minerals (Iron, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Iodine, Chromium, Maganese)

  • What forms of Trace minerals should I look for in a supplement?

dōTERRA’s Multivitamin Microplex VMz

After doing research, I found a handful of multivitamins that met the criteria I was looking for.

My top choice is dōTERRA’s multivitamin: Microplex VMz.

Full Disclosure: I am a dōTERRA rep, so I may be a little bias, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the ingredients and decide for yourself.

doTERRA Microplex VMz Supplement Facts

Looking at the supplement facts label is overwhelming, I broke it down and simplified in the following charts comparing Microplex VMz to typical multivitamins:

Water Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin (Water Soluble)dōTERRA Microplex VMzTypical Multivitamin
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)Glycoprotein Matrix formThiamine HCl
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)Glycoprotein Matrix formRiboflavin
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)Glycoprotein Matrix formCalcium d-Panthothenate
Vitamin B5 (Panthothenic acid)Glycoprotein Matrix formPyridoxine HCl
Vitamin B6Glycoprotein Matrix formCobalamin
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)Glycoprotein Matrix formd-Biotin
Vitamin B9 (Folate)5-MTHFFolic Acid
Vitamin B12Glycoprotein Matrix formCobalamin
Vitamin CCalcium Ascorbate
Magnesium Ascorbate
(Buffered form of Vitamin C)
Ascorbic Acid
*Glycoprotein Matrix is a form of vitamin bound to a glycoprotein molecule through a patented fermentation process covered by U.S. Patent 7,138,113 GPM™ fermented vitamins is a trademark of Ashland

If you want to read more details on why I prefer these forms of water-soluble vitamins, please read the following articles:

Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin (Fat Soluble)dōTERRA Microplex VMzTypical Multivitamin
Vitamin ARetinyl Palmitate (~14%)
Beta-carotene (~86%)
Retinyl Palmitate,
Beta-carotene,
or combination
Vitamin DCholecalciferolCholecalciferol
Vitamin ENatural mixed tocopherol
Natural mixed tocotrienol
dl-alpha-tocopherol
(synthetic Vitamin E)
Vitamin KGlycoprotein Matrix formPhytonadione
*Glycoprotein Matrix is a form of vitamin bound to a glycoprotein molecule through a patented fermentation process (U.S. Patent 7,138,113) GPM™ fermented vitamins is a trademark of Ashland

If you want to read more details on why I prefer these forms of fat-soluble vitamins, please read the following articles:

  • What form of Vitamin A, D, E, and K should I look for in a supplement?
  • Macrominerals

    Mineral (macromineral)dōTERRA Microplex VMzTypical Multivitamin
    CalciumDicalcium Malate DimaCal®
    Natural Coral Calcium
    Calcium carbonate
    MagnesiumDiamagnesium MalateMagnesium oxide
    *DimaCal is a registered trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc. covered by U.S. Patent 6,706,904 

    If you want to read more details on why I prefer these forms of macrominerals, please read the following articles:

  • What form Calcium and Magnesium should I look for in a supplement?
  • Trace Minerals

    Trace MineralsdōTERRA Microplex VMzTypical Multivitamin
    IronAmino Acid (Glycine) Chelate form TRAACS®Oxide, Sulfate, Citrate, or Gluconate form
    IodinePotassium IodidePotassium Iodide
    ZincAmino Acid (Glycine) Chelate form Ferrochel®Oxide, Sulfate, Acetate, Orotate, Citrate or Gluconate form
    SeleniumAmino Acid (Glycine) ChelateSelenomethionine, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Selenate
    CopperAmino Acid (Glycine) Chelate form TRAACS®Oxide, Sulfate, Citrate, Amino Acid Chelate or Gluconate form
    ManganeseAmino Acid (Glycine) Chelate form TRAACS®Oxide, Sulfate, Citrate, Amino Acid Chelate or Gluconate form
    ChromiumAmino Acid (Glycine) Chelate form TRAACS®Picolinate, Nicotinate, Polynicotinate, Chloride, or Histidinate form
    *Ferrochel and TRAACS is a registered trademark of Albion Laboratories, Inc.

    If you want to read more details on why I prefer these forms of trace minerals, please read the following articles:

  • What forms of Trace minerals should I look for in a supplement?
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