These days, there are literally dozens of multivitamin brands displayed at your local pharmacy. While the features and benefits that each offers does not differ wildly between brands, the prices certainly do. People often rely on the popular brands that they have heard of such as Centrum and One-A-Day, paying a premium for the reliability.
Centrum is one of the leading multivitamin manufacturers with their Centrum Complete product line which boasts every vitamin from A to Zinc. It is formulated to support your immune system with essential antioxidants and vitamins. Centrum Complete’s magnesium and vitamin D aid muscle function and its calcium and vitamin C support bone health. For women, Centrum’s18 milligrams of iron is an ideal choice during pregnancy and its 500 milligrams of folic acid helps prevent many birth defects. Centrum’s other products include Centrum Silver for seniors, Centrum Cardio targeting the heart, and Centrum Kids.
One-A-Day is more targeted towards men with specific formulas. There is no iron in One-A-Days partly because of clinical studies showing that a high intake of iron from supplements increases the risk of heart disease. In the end, like all things in life iron should be taken with moderation. As mentioned, One-A-Day is more geared towards male health concerns with vitamins and minerals to protect the body from prostate cancer.
There is always the iconic Flintstones Chewable Vitamins which are a pleasant departure from the pill versions of Centrum and One-A-Day. Despite their cartoonish shapes and fruity taste, these vitamins are just for children and can be an easy way for fussy adults to get their vitamins. However, the ingredients are designed for healthy children’s growth and development so there may not be a perfect match with an adult’s daily requirements. Nevertheless, Flintstones Chewable Vitamins should be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Lastly, there are always the store brands of multivitamins which are typically cheaper than better known brands. These store brands are just as good and provide the same benefits as any other brand so they are excellent choices for price-conscious consumers. One downfall may be the availability of store brands to fit your specific needs while larger brands have a wide product line for every possible ailment.
No matter what you choice of multivitamin is, you have already made a good one by choosing to take a multivitamin. The choice of brand really does not matter to your body and really only has an impact on your wallet. So do not be fooled by fancy advertisements or packaging and opt for the store brand the next time you are in a pharmacy.