Aren’t all supplements equal?

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A typical “complete” multivitamin contains only a fraction of the compounds found in real food. Commonly, the mass produced retail grade vitamins are synthetically derived from labs or other sources and not from food, or the vitamins are isolated parts and miss many of the other nutrients and phytonutrients found in nature. Cost does often reflect the quality and sources of comparable supplements. In addition, the FDA does not regulate the dietary and supplement industry as it does with the pharmaceutical industry. (Not that is an overly bad thing.) But the point is, trust your source. Labeling can be confusing and inaccurate. (see Understanding Supplement Labels article under Nutrition)