It is well-established that good nutrition promotes health, while nutritional deficiencies can lead to many chronic diseases. Yet, many people underestimate the importance of achieving proper levels of micronutrients each day. For the human body to complete vital daily tasks, it must be given a wide and complex variety of key micronutrients. Micronutrients play a role in strengthening immune function and converting food into energy. They detoxify chemicals and medications, and manufacture neurotransmitters, hormones and other key signaling molecules in the body. Micronutrients also maintain tissue repair and cell regeneration. Becoming deficient in any one of these essential vitamins or minerals can create a breakdown metabolic processes that safeguard health.
Comprehensive studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture have revealed the average American diet lacks micronutrients. Nutritional deficiencies may be caused by poor nutrient levels in the soil, food transport and storage methods, and food processing techniques. In addition, deficiencies can also be caused by highly processed and refined foods, food additives, medications, alcohol consumption, smoking, heavy metal exposure and high stress levels. Whatever the reason, nutrient deficiencies exist in a substantial portion of the U.S. population and, for select nutrients, more than 80% of Americans consume less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA). [1,2] Although recommended nutrient intakes (e.g., %DV, DRIs, EARs, RDAs) have been established as minimum guidelines for healthy individuals, these guidelines were not designed to address the micronutrient needs of all individuals, especially those with chronic health concerns. While these guidelines can help prevent a severe nutrient deficiency, standards such as the RDA are not a reflection of optimal daily intake. For these reasons, a daily multivitamin is a prudent choice for most individuals. Alpha Base is a superior multivitamin designed to support the ideal daily intake of vitamins and minerals by providing a highquality source of nutrients in the most bioavailable form.
The importance of bioavailability is obvious. If consuming a multivitamin has little effect on improving the body’s nutrient balance, there is no reason to ingest it. Inferior multivitamin supplements often contain synthetic vitamin E in a dl-tocopherol form. Alpha Base contains natural d-alpha tocopherol, as well as mixed tocopherols, to enhance vitamin E availability and its free radical scavenging potential. Another sign of an inferior multivitamin is the use of cheap, poorly-absorbed, rock-salt minerals like calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide. These mineral forms have slow and limited
absorption relying on adequate stomach acid to promote
passive diffusion into the body.
What’s more, because they remain in the intestines longer,
these forms can cause intestinal distress such as constipation
(calcium carbonate) or diarrhea (magnesium oxide).
Alpha Base provides a full spectrum of highly-absorbed,
Albion® mineral chelates. Albion® is the world leader
in manufacturing highly bioavailable mineral chelates, a
specialized form of minerals bound to amino acids. This
patented process creates natural mineral compounds which
use active absorption mechanisms in the gastrointestinal tract
to significantly enhance mineral absorption. Comparison
studies show significantly superior absorption of mineral
chelates over other forms of minerals.
In a magnesium comparison study reported by Graff et al.
at Weber State University, Albion’s® magnesium amino acid
chelate had (See Figure 1): 
• 8.8 times greater absorption than magnesium oxide
• 5.6 times greater absorption than magnesium sulfate
• 2.3 times greater absorption than magnesium carbonate
In a clinical study comparing calcium absorption in humans,
Albion’s® patented calcium chelate delivered the greatest
absorption of all calcium sources tested (44% Absorption - See
Figure 2). 
In addition, mineral chelates are gentle, gut-friendly minerals
that do not cause the constipation that often accompanies
calcium carbonate and other mineral forms. Albion’s® mineral
chelates have extensive clinical research proving their superior
bioavailability, biologic activity, stability and tolerance.
Metabolism & Energy Production†
Converting food into cellular energy is a nutrient-intensive
process. Alpha Base provides substantial levels of B vitamins,
which are prime coenzymes for the Kreb’s cycle, the biochemical
pathway responsible for maintaining energy production in the
form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Alpha Base exclusively
uses high-quality, USP-grade B vitamins ideal for those looking
to boost their energy levels and support stressful lifestyles.
Broad Spectrum Antioxidant Support†
The body is constantly exposed to free radicals and relies
heavily on its antioxidant reserve for protection. Free radicals
are generated by metabolic by-products and environmental
exposure such as UV rays from the sun, air pollution and
radiation. Alpha Base contains a balanced spectrum of
antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, mixed carotenoids,
trace elements and nutrients that up-regulate antioxidantsupporting
pathways in the body. They work synergistically
to regenerate each other and maintain adequate levels of
protective antioxidants throughout the body.
*The USP is a scientific organization that sets standards for the identity,
strength, quality and purity of medicines, food ingredients and dietary
supplements, manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide.
1. Block G, et al. Vitamin supplement use by demographic
characteristics. Am J Epidemiol 1988;127:297-309.
2. National Research Council, Diet and Health: Implications
for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk (Washington, DC: National
Academy Press, 1989).
3. Devaraj S, Leonard S, Traber MG, et al. Gammatocopherol
supplementation alone or in combination with
alpha-tocopherol alters biomarkers of oxidative stress and
inflammation in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Free
Radica Biol Med 2008;44:1203-1208.
4. Graff et al. Magnesium: wide spread benefits. Albion
Research Notes 1992; 1(2):1.
5. Calcium: Heaney RP, Recker RR, Weaver CM.
Absorbability of calcium sources: the limited role of
solubility. Calcif Tissue Int 1990 May;46(5):300-4.