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Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review
Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Find the Best Multivitamin Supplement for Adults, Seniors, Men, Women, Children and Pets

Tests and Reviews of Multivitamin Supplements and CL's Top Picks

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Summary

Summary: What You Need to Know About Multivitamins

What did CL Find? Twelve out of 27 (44.4%) of the multivitamin/multimineral supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com for testing failed to get our approval. These are marked as "Not Approved" in the results table.

The problems? Some had lower levels of nutrients than the label claimed, some had higher amounts, and two took longer than permitted to disintegrate ("break apart") in solution. All product deficiencies were confirmed in tests in a second independent laboratory (see What CL Found).

Avoid toxicity: Of particular concern is that several products provided more than or close to the Upper Tolerable Intake Levels (ULs), above which there is increasing risk of toxicity with regular use. For example, two gummy vitamins listing 400 mg of folic acid were each discovered to contained more than 200% of these amounts, i.e., over 800 mg of folic acid. Not only is this far above the daily requirement (240 mg of folic acid, or 400 mcg DFE), but it puts one close to exceeding the UL of 1,000 mcg of folic acid and potentially over it if consuming folic acid from other sources, like fortified breakfast cereals.

Our Top Picks: Among products that were "Approved", including products tested through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program, Top Picks were selected for the following 10 categories based on best product quality, appropriateness of dosage, formulation, and value: COVID-19 and Multivitamins: Each Top Pick can help assure adequate intakes of vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc, which are important for proper functioning of the immune system without risking excessive intakes that can cause negative effects. (See more information about supplements and COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2).

What to look for in a multivitamin? When selecting a multi, the most important thing is to be sure it lists the right amount of each essential vitamin and mineral. Check your own requirements using our RDA table or the detailed information for each nutrient in the Review.

You must be a member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com's recommendations and quality ratings for 39 multivitamin/multimineral supplements for women, men, children and pets. These include 27 supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com and 12 others which passed testing in its voluntary Quality Certification Program. In this comprehensive review, you'll get quality ratings, cost comparisons, product reviews, and you'll discover:

    • Which multivitamins passed or failed our tests and why
    • ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks
    • Which multivitamins provide what you need and don't exceed safe limits
    • Why many multivitamin labels list the wrong Daily Values(DV) information and how to make sure you get the right amounts
    • Multivitamins confirmed by tests to be gluten-free
    • Concerns, cautions and potential side effects with multivitamins

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Brands compared in report

  • 21st Century Sentry
  • ActiPet Feline Formula Multi-Vitamin
  • Bayer Flintstones Complete
  • Bayer One A Day Women's
  • Bayer One A Day Women's 50+
  • Centrum Silver Chewables - Adults 50+
  • CVS Health Men's Daily Gummies
  • Deva Prenatal One Daily
  • Equate Complete Multivitamin - Adults 50+
  • Garden of Life mykind Organics Women's Multi
  • GNC Mega Men 50 Plus
  • GNC Mega Men Sport
  • GNC Women's Ultra Mega
  • GNC Women's Ultra Mega 50 Plus One Daily
  • Innate Men's 40+ Multivitamin
  • Integrative Therapeutics Clinical Nutrients HP
  • Kirkland Signature [Costco] Daily Multi
  • MegaFood Men's One Daily
  • Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Men 50+ Multivitamin
  • Metagenics Multigenics Chewables
  • Multi-betic Multi-Vitamin
  • Nature Made Men's Multi
  • New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin
  • Nutrilite Daily
  • Pet-Tabs
  • Platinum Naturals Easymulti
  • Pure Encapsulations GlutenAssure Multivitamin
  • Puritan's Pride Women's Gummy Multivitamin
  • Rainbow Light Prenatal One
  • Smarty Pants Multi and Omega 3s
  • Sparkle Dog Multivitamin Daily Soft Chew
  • The Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate Woman 50+
  • Up & Up [Target] Adults' 50+ Multivitamin
  • USANA CellSentials Core Minerals
  • USANA CellSentials Vita-Antioxidant
  • VetriScience Nu Cat Multivitamin
  • Vimerson Health Women's Multivitamin
  • Vitafusion MultiVites
  • Walgreens Multivitamin Gummies Women's

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