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labdoor scores from 2014 [archive.org]

contains mostly low-end ingredients (that are difficult for the body to absorb):
  • Calcium Carbonate
    • should take: Calcium Citrate
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Cyanocobalamin B-12
    • should take: Methylcobalamin B-12

still.. they are pretty cheap
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Reference price history ... without subscribe and save or coupons avaiable now or previously
Lowest$5.84
Current$5.84
Average 3 months$13.36
Average 6 months$14.80
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The Centrum 60ct Adult tabs go for $1.33 after coupon every other month at the local grocery store.
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labdoor scores from 2014 [archive.org]
contains mostly low-end ingredients (that are difficult for the body to absorb):
  • Calcium Carbonate
    • should take: Calcium Citrate
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Cyanocobalamin B-12
    • should take: Methylcobalamin B-12

still.. they are pretty cheap
If these ingredients are harder for the body to absord, does that it mean they don't get absorbed at all and just become waste products in the body?
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If these ingredients are harder for the body to absord, does that it mean they don't get absorbed at all and just become waste products in the body?
Right, anything your body doesn't absorb during digestion ends up being removed as a waste product (in the bathroom). It's not an all-or-nothing proposition; partial absorption means that some gets in, and the rest doesn't.

The pdf on chelates [drbvitamins.com] gives a good summary on how proteins can be used to "sneak" minerals into the blood stream, bypassing the normal digestion process.. resulting in much better absorption (and fewer digestion problems).
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If these ingredients are harder for the body to absord, does that it mean they don't get absorbed at all and just become waste products in the body?
B12 is not necessary for the average person. Your body has a 6 month storage of b12 in the body. Your body will remove excess b12 through your urine when it does not need it. The same goes with water base vitamin.

You can nitpick on the formulation, but it does not make that much difference. Most medical professionals don't care which one you take. They rather you take something than nothing because the Nearly everyone has a poor diet.
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B12 is not necessary for the average person...
Regarding B-12.. that's probably true. But, as a counterpoint, here is an anecdote to illustrate when this is not so true. Take a: female, senior citizen, low bone density, diagnosed w/ osteoporosis, periodic blood tests show that B-12 is chronically very low. The doctor's solution is to prescribe a Cyanocobalamin B-12 shot every 2 weeks (requiring special trips to the office, cost of co-pay, pain of a needle). These shots make absolutely no difference on blood tests (just yet another excuse for the doctor to overcharge Medicare), but the doctor is very content with this arrangement as a long-term solution. Disregarding this advice, adding a daily sublingual (where the tablet quickly dissolves while being held under the tongue and some finds its way directly into the blood stream) 5000mcg Methylcobalamin B-12 supplement [costco.com].. the next blood test shows B-12 level is slightly high. Now that the level is back to around where it should be.. the sublingual can be taken less frequently.. to maintain this level. The difference in this example is the bio-availability of one form vs the other, rather than relative absorption. Methylcobalamin B-12 is a form that the body can immediately use. Cyanocobalamin B-12 is a form that requires the body to convert it into a usable form.. through a complex series of steps, which some people.. for one reason or another.. have difficulty doing.
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