The Truth About Daily Multivitamins

Published on December 29, 2013 by Dr. Colin O'Brien

All supplements are not created equal. If you have done any personal research on AOR’s website or, you inevitably have come across this notion. To expand on this idea, it is my opinion that well-formulated multivitamins meet 5 major criteria:

  1. Optimal Bioavailability: Bioavailability describes how well a nutrient is broken down, absorbed and entered into the body’s bloodstream. Ultimately, a high bioavailability means that there is a greater amount available to be delivered and utilized by the body’s tissues. Every vitamin, mineral and nutrient can be absorbed at different rates depending on its form, whether it’s taken with or without food or other minerals, and on other factors. Higher quality supplements use the most bioavailable forms.

**Note: Many bioavailable nutrient forms are physically much bulkier and, therefore, take up much more capsule space. This alone can lead to a daily dose requiring a higher number of capsules.

  1. Evidence-Based Dosages: While it may seem straightforward, products can be manufactured much cheaper when a less active ingredient is added. Additionally, it is more marketable when selling a 1 capsule per day product vs. a 2 (or 6) capsule per day product. For these reasons, lower-quality supplements skimp out on ingredient amounts and fall short of the targeted evidence-based levels.
  2. Totality of Nutrients: To have a multivitamin complex with most nutrients or just the important ones doesn’t make sense. It’s like saying that only calcium is important for bone health (it’s not, by the way). Many multi’s lack trace minerals, phytonutrients and ‘non-vitamin’ antioxidants that have also been shown to be necessary for optimal health. The best multi’s include everything.
  3. Discernible Ratios: Certain minerals and vitamins are known to deplete or block the absorption of competing nutrients. Therefore, it is important to not just add in an arbitrary amount of each nutrient and hope for the best. Instead, based on high-quality science, well-formulated complexes have specific ratios of each nutrient for maximal absorption and retention within the body.
  4. High Quality Raw Materials:  This is a no-brainer, but still an important factor in developing a high-quality complex. Simply put, a product is only as good as its individual components.

Now, when we consider these criteria, AOR’s OrthoCore is one of the rare multivitamin products that meets all of the requirements. And by meeting all of these criteria, it is impossible to fit all of the contents into only a few capsules. OrthoCore contains optimal amounts of nutrients and additional nutrients not commonly found in multivitamins, while simultaneously achieving tremendous bioavailability of each nutrient.

Let’s review some specific examples to best understand its value as a core foundational supplement:

  • All B-vitamins present in OrthoCore are found in their active coenzyme forms (ie. B12 as methylcobalamin, B6 as P-5-P and Folate as 5-MTHF). This increases bioavailability and the body’s ability to utilize the B-vitamins.
  • Vitamin E is found as a full complex of all 4 Tocopherols and all 4 Tocotrienols. Most multi’s only use alpha-tocopherol, which has actually shown to be detrimental on its own by depleting other vitamin E forms such as gamma-tocopherol.
  • Phytonutrients and mitochrondrial support such as R-lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, ECGC (Green Tea Extract), Coenzyme Q10 and Sulphoraphane (Broccoli Extract) are found in OrthoCore. Most multi’s do not include any of these crucial factors.
  • Zinc and Copper are found in their optimal ratio of 10:1, respectively. Many supplements use a much lower ratio (ie. 20:1 or 30:1), which has actually been studied and shown to lead to a variety of metabolic disorders including elevated cholesterol levels.
  • Vitamin’s like D3 and K2 are included in their maximum allowable amounts (“maximum” as determined by Health Canada for a daily dosage)

Overall, the best way to explain why the product is a 6 capsule per day formulation is this: AOR’s OrthoCore is almost like taking Advanced B-complex, Total E, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, R-Lipoic Acid, SeMet, Boron, Antioxidant Support and Zinc-Copper Balance all in one product! Clearly, you’re packing a lot of punch in one bottle! And the cost of that punch is 6 capsules – which is a heck of a lot better than the 12-14 capsules that you may be taking if you supplemented with each of these products individually.

As a final note, for those not interested in such a comprehensive formula, AOR also offers MultiBasics 3 (a formula without phytonutrients and mitochondrial factors) and Essential Mix (similar to MultiBasics 3 but in a powder form as opposed to a capsule form). All of these products offer unique advantages, but for those looking for the ‘Cadillac’ of multivitamins, OrthoCore is the only option.

Do you take a daily multivitamin? Do you feel like it's having an effect on your health? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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  • Karla Alonso

    I'm interested in this information,

  • Barb

    Mostly all my purchases are AOR

  • Neil

    Hi. I took Ortho-Core for about 8 months but only one capsule in the morning and one at night. I gradually began to have many dreams that interrupted my sleep and also more chest tightness. I started taking a capsule morning, noon and night and the symptoms got worse. I stopped taking Ortho-Core and the symptoms went away. I have atrial fibrillation but no other know health issues. I do not take medication for the AF but I do take several other AOR supplements as well as some supplements by other makers. I was wondering if you know if Ortho-Core could cause these symptoms.

    • O'Brien

      Hi Neil,

      Thank you for your message. I have never heard of such symptoms occurring as a result of supplementing with Ortho Core. However, it all depends what else you are supplementing with. Certain nutrients can increase neurotransmitter synthesis and increase vivid dreams, such as vitamin B6. Other nutrients may alter blood pressure and the "thickness" of your blood, which may affect the symptoms associated with your atrial fibrillation. Generally speaking, Ortho Core has very moderate doses of all nutrients that are quite balancing - but it all depends what else you are supplementing with and what your baseline health status/diet is in the first place.

      I would recommend that you speak with an integrative healthcare practitioner or a Naturopathic Doctor that can take your full health history and assess whether there are any interactions or contraindications between the current supplements that you are taking. Without all of this information, it's impossible to know for sure why you are expereincing these symptoms.

      Best of luck and regards,
      Dr. O'Brien

  • Wendy Hamilton

    Id like to know what exactly are AOR vitamins sourced from and where?? That surely counts.. are they sourced from organic food or sprayed GMO food ..& which countries ?.. what kind of food?.. corn?

    • NavNirat Nibber

      Hello Wendy,
      Every supplement is sourced from various suppliers depending on the raw materials required. To ensure the best quality we maintain high quality assurance standards from our suppliers and even have third party testing conducted to ensure extracts are pure, and standardised correctly. We strive to provide sustainable sources and ensure transparency by putting everything on our labels. Keep an eye out for the non-GMO, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free icons on the labels. Further you can get allergy information from the "AOR Guarantees" portion on the label as only products listed on the label have been added to the product. For individual supplements you can check the product "label information--> source" section on our website <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>in Canada or <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> in the United States. And you can certainly call or email our customer support and tech line at 1-800-387-0177

  • Bill McLaughlin

    Both ortho core and multi basic 3 do not have the gluten free symbol, what is the gluten in these products. We have a customer who wants to know.

    • NavNirat Nibber

      Hi there Bill
      The gluten free icons are added to products where all ingredients are confirmed to be gluten free only. The ortho core and the multi basics 3 each have one ingredient for which we are still awaiting confirmation from suppliers of their gluten free status.For multi basics 3 it is the vitamin B6 though it is unlikely to contain gluten we have yet to receive a certificate of confirmation, and for orthocore it is related to the sodium copper chlorophyllin.