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Product Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review
 

Initial Posting:11/22/15
Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Defects Found in 32% of Multis Put to the Test

Find the Best Multi for You! Check Results for Women's, Men's, Teens', Children's, and Pets' Multis



Multivitamins compared in report (alphabetical)
1-800-PetMeds Soft VitaChews for Cats GNC Women's Ultra Mega Pro-Sense Daily Vitamin
21st Century Sentry Multivitamin & Multimineral GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active Pure Encapsulations LiquiNutrients
All One Active Senior Powder Jamieson Vita-Min Regular Multi Puritan's Pride ABC Plus Senior
Alpha Betic Multivitamin KAL Enhanced Energy Teen RiteAid One Daily Women's 50+
Bariatric Advantage Chewable Multi Formula Kirkland Signature (Costco) Daily Multi Shaklee Vita-Lea Iron Formula
Berkley & Jensen Men's Daily (BJ's) Life Extension Two Per Day Simply Right [Sam's] Women's 50+
Bluebonnet Multiples Age-Less Choice for Women 50+ L'il Critters Gummy Vites Complete Spring Valley [Walmart] Ultra for Woman
Centrum Silver Adults 50+ Mega Food Women Over 40 One Daily Stop Aging Now (SAN) Multi Basic
Centrum® Chewables Multivitamin/Multimineral Melaleuca Vitality Multivit & Min - Men Swanson High Potency Softgel w/o Iron
ChildLife Multi Vitamin & Mineral - Orange/Mango Metagenics Bariatric Advantage Thorne Research Al's Formula
Country Life Seniority Multivitamin Natural Factors Men's 50+ - Dr. Murray Trader Joe's Super Crusade
CVS/pharmacy Spectravite Adults 50+ Nature Made Multi For Her Up & Up (Target) Women's Multivitamin
DG health Adult Formula Complete 50+ Nature's Bounty ABC Plus Senior USANA BabyCare Prenatal Mineral
Doctors Foster And Smith Multivit Adult Dog Nature's Logic All Food Fortifier USANA BabyCare Prenatal Antioxidant
Douglas Laboratories Ultra Preventative Teen Nature's Plus Animal Parade GOLD USANA Body Rox
Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multi Plus Nature's Way- Alive! Women's Ultra Potency USANA Essentials Chelated Mineral
Dr. Whitaker Gold Daily for Adults 65+ Nature's Way Alive! Women's Multi Max Potency USANA Essentials Mega Antioxidant
Enfamil Expecta Prenatal New Chapter Every Man's USANA Usanimals
Equate Active Adults 50+ Complete Multivitamin NOW Prenatal Gels + DHA VetriScience Laboratories Nu Cat
Flintstones Gummies Complete Nutrilite Double X VitaFusion PreNatal
Garden of Life Kind Organics Women's Multi One-A-Day Women's Vitamin World® ABC Plus Senior
Garden of Life Raw One for Women Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily for Dogs Well at Walgreens Women's Gummies
GNC Mega Men Pet-Tabs Original Formula Whole Foods Women's Multi
GNC Mega Men Sport    
Make sure the multivitamin/multimineral 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/multimineral supplement. But what's really in that pill, powder, or liquid? If you're not careful, you might not get what you bargained for. In this latest review and quality rating of multis, ConsumerLab.com discovered defects in 32% of products, including:  
  • 12 multivitamins contained either too little (as low as 8%) or too much (as high as 226%) of claimed amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, or calcium. These include vitamins for women, men, seniors, children, and pets.
  • Tablets of a men's multi failed to break apart within the required time — suggesting that it may not release all of its ingredients properly for maximum absorption.
  • A range of multivitamins contained more than the upper tolerable limits of niacin, vitamin A, folate, and magnesium.
Supplements were checked for potential contamination with arsenic, cadmium and lead if they listed large amounts of minerals and/or herbs. "Gluten-free" supplements were checked for gluten

ConsumerLab.com found that some of the best quality multivitamins can be purchased for just pennies a day

Avoid problems and find the best multivitamin at the best price using ConsumerLab.com's reviews and recommendations. In this comprehensive report, covering more than 60 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
Question:
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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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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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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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'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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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 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 >>

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