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Review of Centrum Multivitamins and Comparison with 100 Other Brands

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The MultivitaminGuide.org website offers Centrum reviews and direct comparison between the Centrum multivitamins and of all major vitamin supplements available on the market.

Some of the unique aspects of this guide include comparison of the Centrum multivitamins with 100 other vitamin supplement products, including popular brands such as One-A-Day, GNC, Equate, Kirkland, Nutrilite/Amway, Nature Made, NOW Foods, Melaleuca, Puritan’s Pride, Herbalife, TwinLab, and Walgreens.

The information on this site is the culmination of over 6 years of scientific research and analysis. Each of the reviewed products is evaluated against 4 key parameters, such as composition, bioavailability and potency. Then each supplement is assigned a score from 0 to 10, which enables you to easily compare the effectiveness of different brands.

Counter to expectations, some of the most widely available vitamin supplement brands have received a poor review and consequently - low scores. At the same time only eight relatively unknown multivitamin products have been found to meet or exceed the benchmark for high vitamin supplement quality, potency and bioavailability.

What is the score of the vitamin supplements you are taking?

The table below provides a review of the Effectiveness Scores of some of the more popular vitamin supplement brands available on the market, including the Centrum multivitamins.

Any vitamin supplement with a score that exceeds 8.0 is considered to be "excellent". Unfortunately a quick glance at the table below reveals that the great majority of multivitamin products available on the market do not meet that threshold.

Using a multivitamin product with a score of 8.0 or above is strongly advised.

Effectiveness scores and ranking of the most popular vitamin supplements (including Centrum)

RankCompanyProductEffectiveness
1Xtend-Life Natural ProductsTotal Balance9.6
2ShakleeVitalizer Gold9.4
3Douglas LaboratoriesUltra Preventive X9.3
4USANA Health SciencesHealthPak8.9
5Life ExtensionLife Extension Mix8.7
6MetagenicsWellness Essentials8.5
7Nutrilite (Amway, Quixtar)Double X8.3
8Garden of LifeVitamin Code8.2
9Source NaturalsLife Force8.1
10KarunaMaxxum 47.9
11SolgarOmnium7.8
12Optimum NutritionOpti-Men7.7
13Muscle PharmArmour-V7.6
14Dr. Julian Whitaker'sForward Multi-Nutrient7.6
15FreeLifeReverse!7.2
16Mountain Naturals of VermontSuperior Care7.1
17amniAdded Protection III7.0
18Purity ProductsPerfect Multi Focus Formula7.0
19Universal NutritionAnimal Pak6.9
20Doctor's NutritionMega Vites6.8
21DaVinci LaboratoriesSpectra6.8
22GNCGNC Mega Men Sport6.8
23TwinLabDaily One Caps with Iron6.7
24FoodScience of VermontSuperior Care6.6
25Puritan's PrideHigh Potency Ultra Vita Time Release6.5
26Colgan InstituteFormula MCS6.4
27Rainbow LightAdvanced Nutritional System6.4
28NOW FoodsMultiple Vitamins - Liquid Gels6.4
29EASMulti-Blend6.3
30MannatechPhytoMatrix6.2
31Nature's WayAlive! Whole Food Energizer6.1
32Jean Carper'sStop Aging Now!6.0
33Natural FactorsMultiStart5.9
34Advanced Physician's ProductsMaximum MultiVitamin/Mineral without Iron5.8
35EcoNugenicsLongevity Rhythms Gold5.8
36SolarayIron-Free Spectro Multi-Vita-Min5.8
37Nature's BlendVitaminix Ultimate5.6
38Pharmanex (Nu Skin)LifePak Prime5.4
39MelaleucaVitality Pak5.3
40HerbalifeFormula 2 Multivitamin Complex5.3
41QCI NutritionalsUltra Vitality #15.2
42KALMultiple Energy5.2
43MegafoodEssentials for Life5.2
44OptimoxAndrovite5.1
45Swanson UltraWhole Food Multi without Iron5.0
46JarrowMulti E-Z Powder5.0
47Great EarthTNT - Total Nutrition Tablet5.0
48NikkenKenzen Mega Daily 44.9
49Garry Null'sSupreme Health Formula4.8
50Thorne ResearchAl's Formula4.8
51AtkinsBasic #34.7
52Vitamin WorldDaily 3 With Antioxidant Factors4.7
53PhytoPharmicaClinical Nutrients4.7
54CentrumSilver4.6
554LifeBioVitamins Type III4.5
56Bronson LaboratoriesPerformance Edge4.5
57One A DayEssential4.5
58Country LifeMaxine4.4
59Nature MadeMulti Complete4.3
60QuestMaximum Once A Day4.2
61Nature's BountyGreen Source Vegetarian Formula4.1
62MatolMatolife4.1
63Greens+Multi+3.9
64Michael's Naturopathic ProgramsPedia Vites3.8
65NatrolMy Favorite Multiple Original3.8
66Nu-lifeUltimate One3.7
67JamiesonSuper Vita-Vim3.7
68WalgreensUltra Choice Premium3.5
69Swiss Natural SourcesSuper Adult Chewable3.4
70Ripple CreekMega-100 (Slow Release)3.3
71ThompsonHuman Nature Green Multi3.0
72Safeway SelectSuper Multivitamin2.9
73Perfect ChoiceMultivitamin Specially Formulated2.9
74WatkinsSuperfood Multiple2.8
75Vitamin PowerPower Source 1002.8
76Pilgrim'sSilver Stars Multi2.7
77Absolute NutritionDieters' Multi's2.7
78Nature's SunshineSuper Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals2.7
79Freeda VitaminsUltra Freeda Iron-Free2.7
80ZonePerfectMulti Vitamin & Mineral2.6
81SisuOnly One2.5
82SchiffSingle Day2.4
83Nature's PlusUitra One2.0
84Kirkland Signature (Costco)Daily Multi1.9
85SunkistMulti-Men's1.7
86LifestylesLifecycles1.6
87Western FamilyMultra Forte1.3
88AvonVitAdvance Complete Multivitamin1.2
89FloraMultiCaps1.2
90RelivClassic1.1
91SundownComplete Ultra0.9
92YourLifeSuper Multi with Herbs0.9
93Rite AidWhole Source0.8
9421st CenturyOne Daily Maximum0.7
95Spring ValleyMaximum One Dally0.6
96Life BrandOptimum0.6
97Good Neighbor PharmacyBalanced Care Complete Multi0.6
98KrogerAdvanced Formula Complete0.6
99EquateOne Daily0.6
100Action LabsEssential Nutrients0.5
101GeritolComplete0.4

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With a rank of 54 out of 101 supplement brands, the Centrum multivitamins are only average among all supplements available on the market. The overall conclusion is that Centrum multivitamins fall well short of the 8.0 treshold for quality, potency and bioavailability and their use is not recommended.

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Centrum Reviews

boeingdriver29
Review posted on Apr 4, 2011
Reviews

Cons:
See below.
Overall: This product is a total waste of money. If you look at the Centrum ingredients closely you will notice that the majority of it's vitamin and mineral elements are the cheapest most ineffective esters available. The easiest way to determine the worth of a multi is to check its vitamin E. This product uses the dl version which is synthetic and and is less than half as effective as natural E.
There is also many vitamins in levels which are completely ineffective. Eg 60mg of vitamin C, better off eating a quarter of an orange. For some reason (beyond me) they have added hydrogenated palm oil, wonderful we should all add trans fats to our diet if we want an early grave.
I note this product is made by Pfizer a major drug company that has brought us many wonderful products that after a short time on the market have been removed after serious life threatening side affects. Well you don't have to worry here as there will be absolutely no affects.
LOOK ELSWHERE.

 

nnekazika
Review posted on Dec 9, 2010
Reviews

Pros:
Centrum was recommended to me by my dietitian. I have finished one bottle.
Cons: I do not like the fact that i cannot point at anything and say this is what centrum has done for me.
Overall: After taking 100 caplets one should be able to see a difference, but i didn't so i stopped. But it was recommended by my dietitian. I have bought another bottle today to give it another shot, after almost a year break.

 

Mell_Bell09
Review posted on Dec 28, 2009
Reviews

Pros:
It's a got a lot packed into one medium-sized tablet, easy to swallow, no horrible after-taste, available from most supermarkets & chemists.etc
Cons: Low amounts of all the a-z ingredients, so don't really feel much different after taking them each day. Bit pricey considering they are pretty average.
Overall: I've been taking Centrum for about 6 months & haven't noticed much difference, they seem to have a lot of ingredients but only in smaller amounts, so doesn't improve energy levels or anything like that. Basic multivitamin, if you want something to take once a day...this is your tablet, but if you want a bit more out of a multivitamin then I'd suggest keep looking! :)


patbateman
Review posted on Nov 30, 2009
Reviews

Pros:
I didn't notice any difference?
Cons: I think it's a sugar pill
Overall: It's all marketing, I think the product is very poor and didn't feel any effect. The people who advertise Centrum don't take it

 

Memphis35
Review posted on Oct 4, 2008
Reviews

Pros:
I didn't find that the Centrum multivitamins had any benefits because I stopped taking them shortly after buying a bottle. I'm sure that they have benefits in terms of the vitamins and minerals that they contain.
Cons: I felt very lethargic taking these which might make them a good sleeping aid.
Overall: I bought these because they advertised the benefits of 100 vitamins and minerals, increased well being. However, I had to stop taking them at work because they made me lethargic and a little hazy at work. I think that by eating a balanced diet, you should not really be required to take supplements like this.

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