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"only if they eat wild, fresh, whole, organic, local, nongenetically modified food grown in virgin mineral, nutrient-rich soils and has not been transported across vast distances and stored for months before being eaten. And if they work and live outside, breathe only fresh unpolluted air, drink only pure, clean water, sleep eight hours a day, move their bodies every day, and are free from chronic stressors and exposure to environmental toxins. Then they don't need vitamins."
-Mark Hyman M.D.

I take buying vitamins & other supplements very seriously. I do a ton of research before I put something into my body and before I invest money. I've always found buying a multi-vitamin particularly tough. Getting all the vitamins & minerals that should be included - their proper forms, and proper dosage, can be tricky to find.

I honestly had no real big hopes for Oxylent to meet my criteria - Yes, I'm a vitamin snob. I decided to go ahead with the review. Before I started taking Oxylent, I sat down with my "go to" health reference - and compared the list of what should be in a multi to what was contained in the prenatal Oxylent formula. Oxylent contained nearly everything suggested by my list and nearly always in the suggested dosage.

Next big factor to research is the form of vitamin used. Many vitamins come in several forms - the synthetic, cheaper to manufacture, less bio-avilable form or the natural occurring form that is more usable by the body.

For example: Vitamin B12 - is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain/nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production. The most readily found form is cyanocobalamin. 

Cyanocobalamin. Look at this word. Do you see another word hidden in it? Cyanide maybe? Yep. CYANIDE.

Cyanocobalamin does not occur in nature, but is used in many pharmaceuticals and supplements, and as a food additive, because of its stability and lower cost. In the body it is converted to the physiological forms, methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, leaving behind the cyanide, albeit in minimal concentration.

Albeit in minimal concentration? Albeit in minimal concentration? I WANT CYANIDE IN NO CONCENTRATON!

The proper form of vitamin B-12 to supplement is called methylcobalamin. This is the form that exists in nature, and it is pre-methylated, meaning it's ready for your biochemistry to put to immediate use. Methylcobalamin has several key advantages over cyanocobalamin:

* Increased absorption
* Better retention in tissues
* Contains no toxic cyanide
* Supports production of SAMe

Just remember the methyl part when you're looking for a multi or a B12 supplement. I used to have to order it, but have been finding this form more easily lately.

That is just one example of why it's good to know what you're putting into your body.

Oxylent uses the proper form of Vitamin B12 and also the proper form of Vitamin D, which Vitamin D3. Those are the two main forms I look for when buying a supplement.

I can think of no better time to focus on quality supplements than when you are pregnant or nursing. Everything you ingest will be contributing to the development of your baby. With Prenatal Oxylent, you can truly feel good about what you're using to help form your baby or nursing little one.

Prenatal Oxylent is a superior quality daily multivitamin and easy-to-digest mineral drink that tastes great, and does NOT require swallowing large tablets or capsules! Along with a healthy diet, Prenatal Oxylent provides your body with key nutrients for you and your developing baby before, during, and after your pregnancy.

Nourishes: Offers key nutrients to support your body throughout your pregnancy.*

Supports: Provides vitamins C and D for immune and bone health.*

Balances: Magnesium enhances cellular balance and vitamin B6 assists in reducing nausea associated with pregnancy.*

I am personally so pleased with Prenatal Oxylent, that I will continue to use it while I am nursing my 23 month old, Capri. I will also continue with that formula as long as I need a multi.

This is a fabulous giveaway for any pregnant or nursing mama, but as I said, I think is an excellent multi-vitamin for anyone.

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