AVED-Multi Iron Free
AVED-Multi Iron Free is available in a 60 and 120 count size. It is best to take an iron-free multivitamin/mineral supplement, as iron intake beyond our needs can lead to free radical production and cell damage. Only those with an iron deficiency should take iron. AVED-Multi is analyzed after production to insure that tablets contain the stated dose on the label and digestion tests are performed to insure nutrient absorption.
In 2002, researchers from Harvard University stated (1):
“In the absence of specific predisposing conditions, a usual North American diet is sufficient to prevent overt vitamin deficiency diseases…However, insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic diseases… A large proportion of the general population is apparently at increased risk for this reason… Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone…We recommend that all adults take a multivitamin daily.”
Dr. Walter Willet, also from Harvard University stated that, “for most individuals, use of a daily multivitamin containing folic acid would be a sensible preventive strategy” (2).
Long term use of multivitamins has been associated with a reduced risk for developing cataracts, heart disease and cancer. Compared with nonusers of vitamins, the 5-year risk for any cataract was 60% lower among persons who, at follow-up, reported using multivitamins for more than 10 years (3). A recent study showed that taking a multi, helped to prevent the occurrence of heart attacks in 45-70 year-old Swedish men and women (4).
In another study, we learn that taking multivitamins reduced the expression of colon cancer. Almost 90,000 nurses were followed for over 15 years. Short-term use of multivitamins was insignificant; however, the results indicate that using multivitamins for 15 years or longer may decrease colon cancer risk by 75% (5).
Several studies have looked at psychosocial aspects of mental function. Depression in adult men and antisocial behavior in youths has been positively influenced by supplementing with a multivitamin (6). A recent paper suggested that anyone taking anti-convulsant medications should be supplementing with a multivitamin to counteract the pro-inflammatory state created by the vitamins depleted by the medications (7).
Additionally, we now know that our genetic makeup can create very unique nutritional needs, which leads to increased requirements for various nutrients. Dr. Bruce Ames performed an extensive review of this literature (8) and suggests that we should all be taking at least a multivitamin (9).
1. Fletcher RH, Fairfield KM. Vitamins for chronic disease prevention in adults: clinical applications. JAMA. 2002; 287(23):3127-29
2. Willet WC. Goals for nutrition in the year 2000. CA Cancer J Clin. 1999; 49:331-52
3. Mares-Perlman JA, Lyle BJ, Klein R, Fisher AI, Brady WE, Vanden Langenberg GM, Trabulsi JN, Palta M. Vitamin supplement use and incident cataracts in a population-based study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000; 118(11):1556-63
4. Holmquist C et al. Multivitamin supplements are inversely associated with risk of myocardial infarction in men and women - Stockholm Heart Epidemiology Program (SHEEP). J Nutr. 2003;133:2650-54.
5. Giovannucci E et al. Multivitamin use, folate, and colon cancer in women in the Nurse’s Health Study. Ann Int Med. 1998; 129:517-524.
6. Suarez EC. Plasma interleukin-6 is associated with psychological coronary risk factors: moderation by use of multivitamin supplements. Brain Behav Immun. 2003; 17:296-303.
7. Hamed SA, Nabeshima T. The high atherosclerotic risk among epileptics: the atheroprotective role of multivitamins. J Pharmacol Sci. 2005; 98:340-53.
8. Ames BN, Elson-Schwab I, Silver EA. High dose vitamin therapy stimulates variant enzymes with decreased coenzyme binding affinity (increased Km): relevance to genetic disease and polymorphisms. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002; 75:616-58.
9. Jaret P. The Ames Prescription. Interview with Dr. Bruce Ames. Alternative Medicine. June 2005, p.76-81.