The Solgar corporation has been producing dietary supplements since 1947. The VM-75 formula won awards from United Kingdom's "Health Food Business" magazine for the Best Overall Vitamin and Mineral Supplement product in 2006 and Best Supplement in 2002. The supplement formulations in this product line are gluten-free, kosher and vegetarian. Consult your physician about this supplement before taking it.
Solgar offers consumers the Formula VM-75 supplements as tablets or capsules. The tablets have a water-based coating that dissolves more quickly than the industry's standard pharmaceutical glaze or shellac. The capsules are vegetarian, with no added salt, sugar or starch. Solgar also sells an iron-free VM-75 formula that comes in tablets only. The recommended dose is one tablet or two capsules daily.
The purpose of daily vitamin supplementation is to ensure that your body has essential nutrients. Unless you are ill or aged, you should try to get the majority of your daily nutrients from food. People who do not eat a balanced diet often require supplements that provide essential nutrients missing from dietary sources.
Although the recommended nutrient intake amounts vary for children, men and women, U.S. dietary supplement labeling laws allow manufacturers to calculate a nutrient's percentage of the daily value required for a standard 2,000-calorie diet. The VM-75 supplement formula contains 750 percent of the vitamin A daily value, or DV. The vitamin B-6 content is 3,750 percent of DV and B-12 is 1,250 percent. The vitamin D content is 100 percent of the daily value, while the vitamin E content is 500 percent. The VM-75 supplement has 25 percent of the DV for biotin, 100 percent of the DV for folic acid and 375 percent of the DV for niacin. The pantothenic acid content is 750 percent of the DV, the riboflavin DV is 4,412 percent and the thiamin DV is 5,000 percent. With the exception of biotin, folic acid and riboflavin, each of the vitamins in the formula is in chelated form.
Iodine is the only mineral for which this supplement has 100 percent of the daily value. The second highest mineral content is zinc at 67 percent, followed by manganese and copper at 50 percent each. The selenium content is 36 percent of the DV, molybdenum is 33 percent and the chromium content is 21 percent. The supplement has less than 1 percent of the DV for potassium. It has 3 percent of the DV for magnesium, 7 percent of the iron DV and 2 percent of the calcium DV. It contains no phosphorus but incorporates powdered plant nutrients from acerola berry, alfalfa, kelp, parsley, rosehips and watercress.
The formula includes micronutrients that do not have an established daily value. These include betaine at 25 mg, boron at 0.5 mg, choline at 31 mg, and citrus bioflavonoids at 25 mg. The hesperidin content is 5 mg, inositol is 75 mg, and the rutin content is 25 mg.
Vitamin overdoses can occur with supplements that exceed 100 percent of established daily values. MedlinePlus states that the most serious problems arise from calcium and iron overdoses. Daily doses of large amounts of vitamins A and D also cause problems. The symptoms of niacin flush, vitamin B-3, last two to eight hours. Some vitamins interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Do not take large doses of vitamin E if you are already taking blood thinners or an immunosuppressant.
Chelation protects the content of supplements from chemical reactions in your digestive tract that decrease absorption. The University of California, San Francisco, notes that the rate of increase ranges from 5 to 10 percent. Chelated supplements generally cost twice as much as regular multivitamins.