A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine-JAMA analyzes over the counter Vitamin D products, something that millions of Americans take every day.
The results are more than not pretty — they are plain ugly.
Researchers purchased 55 different Vitamin D products, made by 12 different manufacturers, from several neighborhood grocery stores.
They analyzed the pills in each bottle, and found some pretty disturbing stuff.
The pills contained anywhere from 9 percent to 140 percent of the amount of vitamin listed on the label. In other words, it was a crapshoot. A tossup. A vitamin free-for-all.
Even more disturbing, many of the pills in a single bottle were all over the board in actual vitamin content.
The bad news — you’re not getting what you pay for.
The only little bit of good news — you wouldn’t overdose on a pill with 140 percent of the actual vitamin unless you took a handful for weeks on end.
You have two choices: stock up on foods that are high in D, such as milk, dairy, fish, fortified juice and vegetables.
Your other choices: only buy products that display a USP stamp on the label. That means it has voluntarily met the standards for accuracy of contents.
Here is a link to products that take that extra step to ensure that you get what you pay for: