May 13, 2007 by Peter Jameson
Is the effect of two or more agents working together to produce an effect that is greater than the sum of the parts.
You will not get the best effects if you just take single vitamins. This is due to the fact that most vitamins and minerals do not work in isolation and their function is interdependent on one another.
A complete vitamin and mineral supplementation is the only effective way to get the maximum benefits and to ensure that all the essential interactions take place.
This is why high quality multi-vitamins and mineral supplements are necessary.
Bio-availability is a measure of how much of a particular substance can be absorbed by your body and not all forms of vitamins and minerals are identical and some are much more readily absorbed than others.
Very few of the vitamin supplements available today contain ingredients that are more than minimally bio-available which in turn reduces the vitamin benefits you might otherwise receive.
The 'Anarem Report' revealed that out of 21,500 individuals, "not a single individual consumed 100% of the ten most needed nutrients in the body", and the U.S. Senate Document #264 states, "99% of the American people are deficient in vitamins and minerals".
It therefore really makes sense to start taking a powerful nutritional supplement to make up for unavoidable shortfalls in your diet and since you cannot get enough vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.