Well, they could probably be smaller and contain a little less of the expensive stuff if it could be taken 3x.thebestofenergy wrote: This seems very clever. I wonder if it wouldn't be too costy to take it three times a day.
Maybe 15 cents each?
I think it could still come under 50 cents for the day.
My thought is, it's optimal to have it allowed three times a day, because people tend to eat three meals a day.thebestofenergy wrote: I think it'd be easier to make an option where you can either take it once a day, or twice. It'd be difficult to make proper doses to satisfy both 1 and 3 times.
Recommending it after each meal has some big advantages:
1. Oral hygiene (this has a phenomenal effect on overall health). A good formulation and a bit of non-sugar chewiness would help to clean teeth after a meal, similar to how dental gum works.
2. Vitamins are better absorbed, and upset the stomach less, with food, because it can mix in and be taken in slowly. This provides the most food possible to stretch it out over.
3. Enzymes. For a vegan diet, particularly the typical one which involves a lot of salads and whole grains, a phytase enzyme with a meal could provide (with a tiny amount of material) liberation of a larger number of vitamins and minerals from the food itself, making each meal in itself more nutritious. Maybe even Oxalate oxidase? Although I don't even know if that's for sale anywhere. I'm not sure how much would be required, or how much work they could do before being digested themselves, but it could be quite useful- particularly for those of us eating more raw salads and unsprouted whole grains.
I don't think 750 mcg of B-12 or 3000 IU of D3 is too much either.Putting B12 at 250 mcg would be perfect. 500 mcg are perfectly fine aswell.
Same goes for vitamin D3 (2000 IU aren't too much).
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vi ... vitamin-d/
That says no more than 10,000 IU. So 3,000 is pretty safe (and I've seen supplements with around that much in them).
A little more expensive, but maybe worth it for some people?
I don't mind spending 50 cents a day on vitamins, particularly if they're yummy and serve dual purpose as after meal breath mints. That's about my limit though.
Sounds like something like 100 mg of magnesium, vitamin C, and E each might be OK. That wouldn't cause a problem for any of them.
100 mg of magnesium won't reach the RDA if somebody just eats one, but I don't think magnesium deficiency is a big problem.
350 is the tolerable upper intake from supplements, as listed here: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnes ... fessional/
Probably vitamin E could be reduced a lot, maybe down to the RDI. But the great thing about vitamin E is that it's a lipid soluble antioxidant, so it protects the lipid based elements of the vitamin from spoiling. D3 is carried in an oil, and contains vitamin E as a preservative, for example.However, I don't think we should put both vitamin C and E togheter.
Vitamin C has it's own benefits too- like it can carry the magnesium or calcium in the form of an ascorbate.
With relatively low levels of each, maybe it wouldn't be an issue?