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Comparison of Over 100 Popular Multivitamin Brands

Most multivitamins you buy at your local store are not carefully formulated to give you the optimal nutrition you need. Their manufacturers use low-quality ingredients that are not potent or bioavailable enough to be beneficial. They may meet the government’s recommended daily intake guidelines, but they don’t use the type of nutrients that are most easily absorbed by your body.

For these reasons, the vast majority of multivitamins available today are simply not good enough to spend your hard-earned money on. You want the benefits of the best vitamin and mineral supplement you can find, but you’re not sure how to find the right multivitamin for your needs. We always recommend doing your own research instead of trying to wade through the marketing noise of most vitamin companies, and this Multivitamin Guide is a good start.

We’ve done indepth analysis of over 100 vitamin brands, including popular supplements such as Centrum, One-A-Day, GNC, Shaklee, Nutrilite/Amway, Equate, Nature Made, NOW Foods, Melaleuca, and Puritan’s Pride. We’ve also included many brands that are not so recognizable, including Xtend-Life, Douglas Labs and USANA.

Each of the reviewed vitamins was evaluated against four criteria, including composition, bioavailability, safety, and potency. Each supplement received a score ranging from 0 to 10 to help you easily compare the effectiveness of the different brands and determine the best multivitamin to take.

Effectiveness Scores of Popular Multivitamins

The table below provides a summary of the Effectiveness Scores of some of the more popular vitamin supplement brands available on the market. For the best vitamins, look for a score of 8.0 or above, which is considered excellent.

Most widely available supplements scored low in our review, while nine relatively unknown brands were the best scoring products.

Rank Manufacturer Product Score
1 NATURELO Premium Supplements Whole Food Multivitamin 9.8
2 Xtend-Life Natural Products Total Balance 9.6
3 Douglas Laboratories Ultra Preventive X 9.3
4 USANA Health Sciences HealthPak 8.9
5 Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin PLUS 8.8
6 Shaklee Vitalizer 8.7
7 Life Extension Life Extension Mix 8.6
8 Metagenics Wellness Essentials 8.5
9 Nutrilite (Amway) Double X 8.3
10 Garden of Life Vitamin Code 8.2
11 Source Naturals Life Force 8.1
12 Karuna Maxxum 4 7.9
13 Solgar Omnium 7.8
14 Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men 7.7
15 Muscle Pharm Armour-V 7.6
16 Dr. Julian Whitaker's Forward Multi-Nutrient 7.6
17 FreeLife Reverse! 7.2
18 Mountain Naturals of Vermont Superior Care 7.1
19 amni Added Protection III 7.0
20 Purity Products Perfect Multi Focus Formula 7.0
21 Universal Nutrition Animal Pak 6.9
22 Doctor's Nutrition Mega Vites 6.8
23 DaVinci Laboratories Spectra 6.8
24 GNC GNC Mega Men Sport 6.8
25 TwinLab Daily One Caps with Iron 6.7
26 FoodScience of Vermont Superior Care 6.6
27 Puritan's Pride High Potency Ultra Vita Time Release 6.5
28 Colgan Institute Formula MCS 6.4
29 Rainbow Light Women's One Multivitamin 6.4
30 NOW Foods Multiple Vitamins - Liquid Gels 6.4
31 EAS Multi-Blend 6.3
32 Mannatech PhytoMatrix 6.2
33 Nature's Way Alive! Whole Food Energizer 6.1
34 Jean Carper's Stop Aging Now! 6.0
35 Natural Factors MultiStart 5.9
36 Advanced Physician's Products Maximum MultiVitamin/Mineral without Iron 5.8
37 EcoNugenics Longevity Rhythms Gold 5.8
38 Solaray Iron-Free Spectro Multi-Vita-Min 5.8
39 Nature's Blend Vitaminix Ultimate 5.6
40 Pharmanex (Nu Skin) LifePak Prime 5.4
41 Melaleuca Vitality Pak 5.3
42 Herbalife Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex 5.3
43 QCI Nutritionals Ultra Vitality #1 5.2
44 KAL Multiple Energy 5.2
45 Megafood Essentials for Life 5.2
46 Optimox Androvite 5.1
47 Swanson Ultra Whole Food Multi without Iron 5.0
48 Jarrow Multi E-Z Powder 5.0
49 Great Earth TNT - Total Nutrition Tablet 5.0
50 Nikken Kenzen Mega Daily 4 4.9
51 Garry Null's Supreme Health Formula 4.8
52 Thorne Research Al's Formula 4.8
53 Atkins Basic #3 4.7
54 Vitamin World Daily 3 With Antioxidant Factors 4.7
55 PhytoPharmica Clinical Nutrients 4.7
56 Centrum Silver 4.6
57 4Life BioVitamins Type III 4.5
58 Bronson Laboratories Performance Edge 4.5
59 One A Day Women's Bayer 4.5
60 Country Life Maxine 4.4
61 Nature Made Multi Complete 4.3
62 Quest Maximum Once A Day 4.2
63 Nature's Bounty Green Source Vegetarian Formula 4.1
64 Matol Matolife 4.1
65 Greens+ Multi+ 3.9
66 Michael's Naturopathic Programs Pedia Vites 3.8
67 Natrol My Favorite Multiple Original 3.8
68 Nu-life Ultimate One 3.7
69 Jamieson Super Vita-Vim 3.7
70 Walgreens Ultra Choice Premium 3.5
71 Swiss Natural Sources Super Adult Chewable 3.4
72 Ripple Creek Mega-100 (Slow Release) 3.3
73 Thompson Human Nature Green Multi 3.0
74 Safeway Select Super Multivitamin 2.9
75 Perfect Choice Multivitamin Specially Formulated 2.9
76 Watkins Superfood Multiple 2.8
77 Vitamin Power Power Source 100 2.8
78 Pilgrim's Silver Stars Multi 2.7
79 Absolute Nutrition Dieters' Multi's 2.7
80 Nature's Sunshine Super Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals 2.7
81 Freeda Vitamins Ultra Freeda Iron-Free 2.7
82 ZonePerfect Multi Vitamin & Mineral 2.6
83 Sisu Only One 2.5
84 Schiff Single Day 2.4
85 Nature's Plus Ultra One 2.0
86 Kirkland Signature (Costco) Daily Multi 1.9
87 Sunkist Multi-Men's 1.7
88 Lifestyles Lifecycles 1.6
89 Western Family Ultra Forte 1.3
90 Avon VitAdvance Complete Multivitamin 1.2
91 Flora MultiCaps 1.2
92 Reliv Classic 1.1
93 Sundown Complete Ultra 0.9
94 YourLife Super Multi with Herbs 0.9
95 Rite Aid Whole Source 0.8
96 21st Century One Daily Maximum 0.7
97 Spring Valley Ultra Multivitamin 0.6
98 Life Brand Optimum 0.6
99 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Balanced Care Complete Multi 0.6
100 Kroger Advanced Formula Complete 0.6
101 Equate One Daily 0.6
102 Action Labs Essential Nutrients 0.5
103 Geritol Complete 0.4

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