Do you know how natural your vitamin is? Did you know that can do a super simple test at home with your multi-vitamin to see how effective it is?
Doctor Oz did this test on his segment of Vitamins & Supplements to test if a vitamin or supplement is effective by heating the pill in a vinegar bath. Dr Oz said since most vitamins or supplements are not supposed to be slow release, you can do this test at home to check to see if your body can actually absorb the vitamins or supplements that you take. I like this test best because the vinegar mimics the acid in our stomachs, so if the supplement does not dissolve in the vinegar, then they will not dissolve in our stomach either.
Vinegar Test for Vitamins & Supplements
1. Warm a small pot of vinegar until it is 98 degrees.
2. Add your Vitamin to the warm vinegar.
3. Let the Vitamin sit for 30 minutes – if it dissolves, then your body has a chance to absorb it, otherwise time to buy some new supplements!
I picked 5 different brands to test. My son did it with me and used it for his science research project.
We used vinegar and heat in the microwave to get as close to 98 degrees as possible.
This picture below is just a few minutes are the multivitamins were dropped in.
Notice the ‘stuff’ floating on top of some? They never dissolved fully. Yuck! Centrum was actually bubbling and fizzing. Notice also the coloring of the water. This is coloring additives.
There are two basic kinds of vitamins; synthetic and natural. Synthetic means developed and natural is as it sounds…from phytonutrients.
BUT be careful of the ‘natural’ label. Many are not using 100% phytonutrients and also may be heat processed and will greatly diminish the nutrients.
I use the Shaklee brand due to the purity of the vitamin. Chemicals and fillers are not something I would pay to put directly in my body.
Give this a try at home. Test your multivitamin and let us know the results here in the comments or on facebook.