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ConsumerLab.com Warns of Problems with Mulitivitamins and Vitamin Water
Date:3/31/2009

ly 66.1% of its claimed vitamin A; one of five seniors' multivitamins selected contained only 44.1% of its vitamin A; and among three prenatal vitamins, one was short on vitamin A.

Too Much Folic Acid in a Vitamin Water
One of three vitamin waters selected contained fifteen times its claimed amount of folic acid. Although the label notes that there are 2.5 servings per bottle, ConsumerLab.com cautioned that drinking one bottle would provide 1,500 mcg of folic acid - an amount over the upper tolerable level for adults (discussed above). Children should not get more than 300 to 600 mcg of folic acid per day - the amount in less than half a bottle of this product.

Problems with Pet Supplements
In addition to supplements for people, ConsumerLab.com selected two pet supplements for testing, but neither passed. One contained only 46% of the vitamin A and 54.7% of its claimed minimum amount of calcium. Another was contaminated with 6.45 mcg of lead per tablet. This is several times higher than the amount of lead (1.41 mcg) ConsumerLab.com found to be in this same product in 2007. Contamination limits for dogs are not well defined, but, as reference, the FDA notes that children should not be exposed to more than 6 mcg of lead per day and, as noted above, California requires warning labels on supplements for human use that contain over 0.5 mcg of lead per day.

"Consumers need to be aware that problems with multivitamins are common." said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. "Just as important, people need to determine their need for a supplement, factoring in other sources of nutrients in their diets." ConsumerLab.com's new report includes the latest recommended daily intake levels and upper tolerable limits for vitamins and minerals.

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