The Best Multivitamin-Mineral Supplements
After reading our article about why it might be a good idea to supplement with a multivitamin, here we provide you with the most acclaimed products in the internet.
- Garden of Life Vitamin Code
Vitamin Code Family Formula is a comprehensive vegetarian multi-vitamin with RAW Food-Created Nutrients (uncooked, binder free, and probiotic). It is dairy and gluten free.
- Heart Health – Vitamin B Complex, Vitamins C and E
- Mental and Physical Energy – Vitamin B Complex, Chromium, Iron
- Immune Support – Vitamins C, A, Selenium, Zinc
- Optimal Digestion – Live Probiotics and Enzymes, Vitamin D, Zinc
- Eye Health – Vitamins A, C and Zinc
- Joints and Bones – Vitamins C, D, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc
This product met all purity standards but recorded significant label claim variance on 3/6 key vitamins (A, B-6, and D). Vitamin B-6 stood out as the worst offence—exceeding its claim by 32%.
- Source Naturals Life Force Multiple
A cheaper alternative to Garden of Life. Contains soy.
“Life Force® Multiple, the most complete daily formula available, is scientifically Bio-Aligned® to deliver essential cellular energy and balance to vital systems and organs. For lifelong support to your brain, skin, eyes, immune, circulatory, antioxidant and energy systems, take Life Force – and join the Wellness Revolution of preventive health care“.
This product met all purity standards but recorded significant label claim variance on 3/6 key vitamins. Vitamin A stood out as the worst offense—measuring at 65.6% below its label claim.
- Gaspari Anavite
Gaspari is a famous reputed brand among athletes, and Anavite is actually a 3 in 1 supplement since it has effective doses of beta-alanine and l-carnitine l-tartrate, making it an ideal sports multi-vitamin that can potentially increase both anaerobic and aerobic performance. It also contains soy and non-vegetarian ingredients. Some users have reported prickling (parethesia) when using the product (as a result of beta-alanine), yet this effect has not reported yet any harmful side-effects. It is a favourite among gym enthusiasts.
- Juice Plus
Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder that concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains, which vitamins and antioxidants promise filling nutritional diet holes. While the product presents multiple beneficial clinical trials, there is still controversy about its efficacy, mainly because its aggressive advertisement.
- Vega One Nutritional Shake
A more complete Juice Plus.
- 20 grams premium plant-based protein
- 6 servings of greens
- 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals
- 25% DV fiber
- 5 grams of Omega-3s
- Probiotics (1 billion CFU)
- 160 calories.
The main and important downside of Vega is the price. $60 for 15 shakes!
- Plant Fusion
The only plant-based protein shake that compares to whey; enhanced with 4500mg of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and 3,350mg of glutamine. Plant Fusion scores a perfect 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). PDCAAS is the gold standard for rating the quality of protein for human nutrition.
- Fatty Acids or Omegas
- Vitamins & Minerals
This would be an affordable (and as expected more limited on its nutritional offerings) version of Vega.
- True Food
“Our True Food range is just that! A unique range of whole food supplements containing nutrients in a complex just like food, that the body can easily recognize, making large doses unnecessary. The whole food form of these nutrients also provides key amino acids, phytonutrients, glutathione, choline and beta glucans“.
Contains Manganese and Molybdenum.
- Vitamineral Green
“Vitamineral Green is actual therapeutic food“, the brand proclaims. It has the reputation to be very potent (take care of abusing vitamins!). It contains a full spectrum of naturally occurring, absorbable and non-toxic vitamins, minerals, all the essential amino acids (protein), antioxidants, chlorophyll, soluble and insoluble fibers, phytonutrients, and a plethora of other synergistic, organically-bound nutrients. It contains no synthetic or isolated nutrients.
- Doctor‘s best
This is probably the most reputed science-based nutritional supplement company among reddit users. It offers more than 200 products, most made with branded ingredients (so you can expect higher prices). It focus rather in each supplement, in contrast to all-in-one approaches. However, its most popular product is “Multiple Doctor’s Best”, which is claimed to be solidly grounded in the most current nutritional research, and provides key vitamins and minerals in their safest, best tolerated, and most biochemically active forms.