Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Happy New Year Zen and everyone else! Seems I missed a couple replies here since I last posted. I'm not following you on your first part about being fascinated to see someone (I assume you mean me) use a computer/laptop/cellphone to argue against science on the internet. I wasn't trying to argue anything, just stating my opinion based on what I read, was told by others in the medical field whom I assumed knew what they were talking about, and I also even tried to use a little logic. This was 15 or so years ago that I was doing this research to find a better vitamin/mineral supplement for personal use so my facts are probably a bit clouded by now. The key point has always stuck in my head though...natural source is better. That's all I needed to remember. Also to clarify, it was at a health supplement seminar I attended back in the 90s where I heard this info and it wasn't one particular brand they were all speaking against, they just made reference to some of the more common store bought brands like Centrum, Flintstones, the generic pharmacy branded comparable brands etc. One of the reasons I was also told to find something more natural sourced was because of this, and pardon me if I use the wrong terminology here - chemically manufactured brands like (for example) Centrum, Flintstones, One a Day, etc are produced by combining specific amounts of each nutrient into capsule/tablet form and packaged. Natural source supplements tend to differ because when they use the natural extracts of the plant you can also benefit from the other nutrients is those plants, which may have benefits that we haven't even discovered yet. Secondly you're right, I know next to squat about pills, capsules, troches, etc. Hell I don't even know what a troche is. If Cougar is right and you are a pharmacist then I'd say to the OP to listen to you because I'd assume you're obviously way more qualified to speak on the matter than I am. Anyhow, hopefully there are no hard feelings on the matter, the OP asked a question and I gave my 2 cents based on personal experience. If I was given wrong info then my apologies. That being said, IMO it still makes sense for anyone looking to start supplementing to do their research before spending their hard earned $$ on whatever the popular brand is just because they have a bigger marketing budget to advertise their product.