Review of Centrum & 100 other multivitamins

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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)

CompanyProductEffectivenessRank
21st CenturyOne Daily Maximum0.794
4LifeBioVitamins Type III4.555
Absolute NutritionDieters' Multi's2.777
Action LabsEssential Nutrients0.5100
Advanced Physician's ProductsMaximum MultiVitamin/Mineral without Iron5.834
amniAdded Protection III7.017
AtkinsBasic #34.751
AvonVitAdvance Complete Multivitamin1.288
Bronson LaboratoriesPerformance Edge4.556
CentrumSilver4.654
Colgan InstituteFormula MCS6.426
Country LifeMaxine4.458
DaVinci LaboratoriesSpectra6.821
Doctor's NutritionMega Vites6.820
Douglas LaboratoriesUltra Preventive X9.33
Dr. Julian Whitaker'sForward Multi-Nutrient7.614
EASMulti-Blend6.329
EcoNugenicsLongevity Rhythms Gold5.835
EquateOne Daily0.699
MegafoodEssentials for Life5.243
FloraMultiCaps1.289
FoodScience of VermontSuperior Care6.624
Freeda VitaminsUltra Freeda Iron-Free2.779
FreeLifeReverse!7.215
Garry Null'sSupreme Health Formula4.849
GeritolComplete0.4101
GNCGNC Mega Men Sport6.822
Good Neighbor PharmacyBalanced Care Complete Multi0.697
Great EarthTNT - Total Nutrition Tablet5.047
Greens+Multi+3.963
HerbalifeFormula 2 Multivitamin Complex5.340
JamiesonSuper Vita-Vim3.767
JarrowMulti E-Z Powder5.046
Jean Carper'sStop Aging Now!6.032
KALMultiple Energy5.242
KarunaMaxxum 47.910
Kirkland Signature (Costco)Daily Multi1.984
KrogerAdvanced Formula Complete0.698
Life BrandOptimum0.696
Life ExtensionLife Extension Mix8.75
LifestylesLifecycles1.686
MannatechPhytoMatrix6.230
MatolMatolife4.162
MelaleucaVitality Pak5.339
MetagenicsWellness Essentials8.56
Michael's Naturopathic ProgramsPedia Vites3.864
Mountain Naturals of VermontSuperior Care7.116
NatrolMy Favorite Multiple Original3.865
Natural FactorsMultiStart5.933
Nature MadeMulti Complete4.359
Nature's BlendVitaminix Ultimate5.637
Nature's BountyGreen Source Vegetarian Formula4.161
Nature's PlusUitra One2.083
Nature's SunshineSuper Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals2.778
Nature's WayAlive! Whole Food Energizer6.131
NikkenKenzen Mega Daily 44.948
NOW FoodsMultiple Vitamins - Liquid Gels6.428
Nu-lifeUltimate One3.766
Nutrilite (Amway, Quixtar)Double X8.37
Universal NutritionAnimal Pak6.919
One A DayEssential4.557
OptimoxAndrovite5.144
Perfect ChoiceMultivitamin Specially Formulated2.973
Pharmanex (Nu Skin)LifePak Prime5.438
PhytoPharmicaClinical Nutrients4.753
Pilgrim'sSilver Stars Multi2.776
Puritan's PrideHigh Potency Ultra Vita Time Release6.525
Purity ProductsPerfect Multi Focus Formula7.018
QCI NutritionalsUltra Vitality #15.241
QuestMaximum Once A Day4.260
Rainbow LightAdvanced Nutritional System6.427
RelivClassic1.190
Ripple CreekMega-100 (Slow Release)3.370
Rite AidWhole Source0.893
Safeway SelectSuper Multivitamin2.972
SchiffSingle Day2.482
ShakleeVitalizer Gold9.42
SisuOnly One2.581
SolarayIron-Free Spectro Multi-Vita-Min5.836
SolgarOmnium7.811
Garden of LifeVitamin Code8.28
Muscle PharmArmour-V7.613
Spring ValleyMaximum One Dally0.695
SundownComplete Ultra0.991
SunkistMulti-Men's1.785
Swanson UltraWhole Food Multi without Iron5.045
Swiss Natural SourcesSuper Adult Chewable3.469
ThompsonHuman Nature Green Multi3.071
Thorne ResearchAl's Formula4.850
TwinLabDaily One Caps with Iron6.723
Optimum NutritionOpti-Men7.712
USANA Health SciencesHealthPak8.94
Vitamin PowerPower Source 1002.875
Source NaturalsLife Force8.19
Vitamin WorldDaily 3 With Antioxidant Factors4.752
WalgreensUltra Choice Premium3.568
WatkinsSuperfood Multiple2.874
Western FamilyMultra Forte1.387
Xtend-Life Natural ProductsTotal Balance9.61
YourLifeSuper Multi with Herbs0.992
ZonePerfectMulti Vitamin & Mineral2.680

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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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