Are you a Compounding Pharmacist? A Physician? Scientist? Organic Chemist?
Me either, which leaves us in the same position: we have to trust the formulation of a multi-vitamin to professionals. Your urge may be to go to the store and load your basket with a jumble of supplements and use the kitchen sink approach.
Others may choose the "I think I need such and such" approach with no underlying evidence.
Bottom line is that once you begin to add different ingredients to the mix, like cooking, you may come out with a far different result than you thought you would.
Advanced Orthomolecular Research, makers of Ortho-Core and Essential-Mix Multi-Vitimin/Mineral formulas just published a breakdown of the science behind their formulation.
Buckle up because this is a long one. Put on your thick glasses, get coffee in hand and enjoy this brand new article from AOR. This is a 7MB PDF download, give it some time to load after clicking. NOT recommended for those on a dial-up connection!