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Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review
 

Reviewed and edited by Tod Cooperman, M.D. Tod Cooperman, M.D.
Initial Posting:4/25/20

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

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

Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com
Alphabetical list of multivitamin supplement brands compared in this review
21st Century Sentry GNC Women's Ultra Mega 50 Plus One Daily Pure Encapsulations GlutenAssure Multivitamin
ActiPet Feline Formula Multi-Vitamin Innate Men's 40+ Multivitamin Puritan's Pride Women's Gummy Multivitamin
Bayer Flintstones Complete Integrative Therapeutics Clinical Nutrients HP Rainbow Light Prenatal One
Bayer One A Day Women's Kirkland Signature [Costco] Daily Multi Smarty Pants Multi and Omega 3s
Bayer One A Day Women's 50+ MegaFood Men's One Daily Sparkle Dog Multivitamin Daily Soft Chew
Centrum Silver Chewables - Adults 50+ Member's Mark [Sam's Club] Men 50+ Multivitamin The Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate Woman 50+
CVS Health Men's Daily Gummies Metagenics Multigenics Chewables Up & Up [Target] Adults' 50+ Multivitamin
Deva Prenatal One Daily Multi-betic Multi-Vitamin USANA CellSentials Core Minerals
Equate Complete Multivitamin - Adults 50+ Nature Made Men's Multi USANA CellSentials Vita-Antioxidant
Garden of Life mykind Organics Women's Multi New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin VetriScience Nu Cat Multivitamin
GNC Mega Men 50 Plus Nutrilite Daily Vimerson Health Women's Multivitamin
GNC Mega Men Sport Pet-Tabs Vitafusion MultiVites
GNC Women's Ultra Mega Platinum Naturals Easymulti Walgreens Multivitamin Gummies Women's
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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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:
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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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review
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Which vitamins and minerals should be taken together or separately? Get the answer >>

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How likely are Americans to be deficient in vitamins or minerals? Get the answer >>

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Is it better to get vitamins from foods or supplements, and are natural vitamins better than synthetic vitamins? Get the answer >>

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Do vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements lose effectiveness with exposure to high temperatures and is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer? Get the answer >>

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Sometimes my powdered supplements get clumpy. Should I be concerned? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements are important after bariatric surgery (i.e., weight loss or stomach-reducing surgery)? Are there any I should avoid? Get the answer >>

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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements have been shown to be helpful for autism? Get the answer >>

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I'm thinking of changing my multivitamin, but the one I'm considering doesn't contain molybdenum. Most others have it. How important is molybdenum? Get the answer >>

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The maker of my multivitamin says it doesn't include folic acid because too much from supplements can be harmful. Is that true? Get the answer >>

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A representative in a store selling vitamins and supplements advised me that it was better to use a powdered product that you mix with liquid than to take a pill, because the vitamins will be more completely absorbed. Is that true? Get the answer >>

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I have heard that nascent iodine may be better than regular iodine or potassium iodide for thyroid support. Is this true, and what exactly is nascent iodine? Get the answer >>

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I noticed that some ingredients in my multivitamin have no daily value established. A few concern me, specifically Boron (150 mcg per tablet), Nickel (5 mcg per tablet), and Tin (10 mcg per tablet). Should I be concerned about these ingredients? Get the answer >>

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Some websites claim that synthetic vitamin C in supplements may be a combination the active "L" form and the inactive "D" form of ascorbic acid. Is that true? Should I be concerned? Get the answer >>

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I'm trying to pick a good multivitamin for my children and husband, and for myself. Any suggestions based on your research? Get the answer >>

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Is there cause for concern with "gummy vitamins?" There are many different gummies out there. Are some better than others? Get the answer >>

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What is the difference between natural and synthetic astaxanthin? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help relieve stress? Get the answer >>

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Why does my multivitamin make me nauseous? Is there anything that can help? Get the answer >>

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My dog is getting older and his veterinarian recently recommended giving him a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Has ConsumerLab.com tested these, or other supplements for pets? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements reduce the risk of stroke? Which increase the risk of stroke? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn? Get the answer >>

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Which "whole food" multivitamins are only from foods and don't include synthetic vitamins? What can you tell from the labels of these products: Complete Foods Nutrition-OctoMega MultiVitamin; Sunwarrior Raw Vitamins; Garden of LIfe-MyKind Organics; Nature's Brands-PhytoVitamins; Doctors' Research MultiVitamin? Get the answer >>

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Is it true that calcium interferes with iron absorption? Is it a problem to take a multivitamin containing both minerals? Get the answer >>

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Is there a multivitamin that contains only the recommended daily vitamins and minerals? Most that I have looked at contain more. Get the answer >>

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I've been taking a Daily Advantage multi but am now concerned by the very high % DV for vitamin C (833% DV), niacin (325% DV), and B vitamins (over 1,000% DV for several). The company tells me this formula is based on clinical experience and the scientific literature. What do you think? Get the answer >>

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Can prenatal vitamins have too much folic acid? Mine has 800 mcg, but isn't that more than what's recommended? Is this dangerous to me or my baby? Get the answer >>

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I read an article stating that some of the ingredients in Centrum multivitamins may be dangerous or toxic. Is that true? Get the answer >>

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I am having trouble sleeping. I regularly take a multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, calcium, vitamins D and K, and a protein supplement. I also take a low-dose blood pressure medication. Could any of these supplements be causing my insomnia? Get the answer >>

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Can supplements with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamins A and E cause you to die sooner? Get the answer >>

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Are the "% DV" numbers on vitamin supplement labels really based on what I need? Get the answer >>

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Are there vitamins or supplements that can reduce my risk of breast cancer? Do any increase cancer risk? Get the answer >>

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Why is iron not in many multivitamins? How can I find one that does contain iron? Get the answer >>

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Are liquid vitamins better than pills? Get the answer >>

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When is the best time of day to take a multivitamin? Get the answer >>

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Which vitamins and supplements are good for acne, and are there any that make it worse? Get the answer >>
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