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Product Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review
 

Initial Posting:4/9/13 Updated:8/16/15
/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Multivitamins Put to the Test; Defects Found in Nearly 40% Chosen for Review

Make Sure Your Multivitamin Passed! Check Results for 75 Products.

Multivitamins compared in report (alphabetical)
1-800-PetMeds Soft VitaChews for Cats GNC Ultra Mega Green Women's Pure Encapsulations Multi t/d
21st Century Sentry Multivitamin & Multimineral GNC Women's Ultra Mega Puritan's Pride ABC Plus Senior
All One Active Senior Powder GNC Women's Ultra Mega 50 Plus Rite Aid Multi-Vitamin Central-Vite Women's Mature
Alpha Betic Specialized Nutrition Multivitamin GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active Shaklee Vita-Lea Iron Formula
Andrew Lessman ProCaps Essential 1 GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy & Metabolism Simply Right (Sam's Club) Mature Women 50+ Multi
Berkley & Jensen Men's Daily (BJ's) Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears Solaray Once Daily Woman
Bluebonnet Early Promise Prenatal Gentle Multiple Jamieson Chewable Vita-Vin Wild Berry Solgar Formula V VM-75
Carlson Super 2 Daily Vitamins & Minerals Kal Enhanced Energy Teen Source Naturals Mega-One
Centrum Silver Kirkland Signature (Costco) Daily Multi Spring Valley (Walmart) Prenatal
Centrum Multivitamin/Multimineral Flavor Burst Life Extension Two Per Day Stop Aging Now (SAN) Multi Nutrient Formula Basic
Country Life Maxi-Sorb Max for Men MegaFood Women Over 40 One Daily Stuart Prenatal
CVS Pharmacy Spectravite Senior Melaleuca Vitality Multivitamin Men & Women 50+ The Vitamin Shoppe Multivitamins Ultimate Man Gold
Deva Vegan Multivitamin Metagenics Bariatric Advantage Complete Multi Formula Thorne Research Al's Formula
Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin Plus Natrol My Favorite Multiple For Women Multivitamin Trace Minerals Research Liquid Multi Vitamin-Mineral
Dr. Whitaker's Formula Plus Daily Nature Made Prenatal Multi + DHA Trader Joe's Vitamin Crusade High Potency Multi
Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol Nature's Plus Animal Parade GOLD Children's Chewable TwinLab Daily One Caps
Equate (Walmart) Active Adults 50+ Complete Nature's Sunshine® Nature's Prenatal® Up & Up (Target) Women's Daily Multivitamin
Finest Nutrition (Walgreens) Prenatal Vitamins Nature's Way Alive Children's Chewable Multi-Vitamin USANA Body Rox
Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support Nature's Way Alive! Once Daily Women's Ultra Potency USANA Essentials Chelated Mineral
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women NOW Vit-Min 75+ USANA Essentials Mega Antioxidant
GNC Mega Men Energy & Metabolism Nutrilite Double X USANA Usanimals
GNC Men's Mega Men One-A-Day Women's Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate Women Gold
GNC Men's Mega Men 50 Plus Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men Walgreens One Daily for Women
GNC Men's Mega Men Sport PetNaturals of Vermont Daily Best for Dogs Wellesse Multi Vitamin+
GNC Ultra Mega Green Men's Pet-Tabs Vitamin-Mineral Supplement for Dogs Whole Foods Women's Food Based Multi
Make sure the multivitamin you take passed our test and is best for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
If you're worried that you don't get enough nutrients from your diet, you might want to hedge your bets with a multivitamin. But what's really in that pill, powder, or liquid? If you're not careful, you might not get what you bargained for. In its latest review and quality rating of multivitamins, ConsumerLab.com found defects in nearly 40% of multivitamins it selected for testing. Here are some of the discoveries:
  • One popular general multivitamin contained nearly 2.5 times its claimed amount of vitamin A in the retinol form. Too much of this type of vitamin A can be harmful.
  • 12 multivitamins provided less vitamin A, vitamin C, or folate, or than claimed, some with less than 30% of the listed amounts. These include a prenatal vitamin and products for men, adults (general), seniors, and even pets.
  • Tablets of a women’s multi and a general adult multi failed to break apart within the required time -- indicating they may not fully release all of their ingredients for absorption.
  • One pet multivitamin was contaminated with lead.
  • A range of multivitamins contained more than the upper tolerable limits of niacin, vitamin A, magnesium, and/or zinc.
ConsumerLab.com also found wholesale club and discount retailer versions of popular national multis that deliver the same ingredients but cost 40% to 70% less.

To avoid problems and find the best multivitamin at the best price, subscribe today and get the full test results for multivitamins plus ConsumerLab.com's reviews and recommendations. In this comprehensive report, covering more than 70 products, you'll discover:
    • Which multivitamins failed testing and which passed, earning top quality ratings -- and why 
    • Which multivitamins exceed tolerable upper limits for certain nutrients
    • Which low cost multivitamins give you the same nutrients as more expensive popular brands
    • Head-to-head comparisons of all multivitamins reviewed and rated
    • Daily vitamin and mineral intake recommendations by age and gender to find what's best for you 
    • 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Please tell me which types of vitamins should not be taken together and which should be taken together for maximum effect. 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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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 enterically coated supplements better than non-enterically 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've been buying nutritional supplements in powder form, as I find them cheaper than tablets and capsules. I am concerned about the effect of air when I open the bottles daily because sometimes my powdered supplements get clumpy. 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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Do any supplements help relieve stress? 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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