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Centrum in general
Member Name: thanatoszane
Centrum in general
Date: 01/12/00, updated on 01/12/00 (8941 review reads)
Advantages: Good, all round goodness.
Disadvantages: Expensive - not much Calcium.
Centrum is a multivitamin and mineral supplement. It is fairly expensive compared to most others, but when you read the stats, it's worth it.
Centrum gives you 100% of the RDA of the following Vitamins and Minerals:
Vitamin A, C, D, E, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid (Folacin), B12. Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc and Iodine.
You also get 20% of the RDA of Calcium, 16% of the RDA of Phosphorus and 33% of the RDA of Magnesium.
On top of this is Vitamin K, and a whole bunch of minerals that don't have an RDA yet: Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Chloride, Boron, Silicon, Chromium, Molybdenum, Selenium, Nickel, Tin and Vanadium.
I don't see what use boring old boron could have as a supplement, but there you go.
Compare this to Boot's own make Antioxidants one a Day Vitamins (they have Multivitamin and Mineral stated on the packet, so they should be similar in theory.)
These have only Vitamin B1, B3, Pantothenic Acid, B12, C, D, E, Folic Acid, Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium. Of those, most are 100%, although Vitamin E is 670%, Calcium is 37% and Copper, Manganese and Selenium have no RDA.
You get 50 of these for less than the cost of 30 Centrum pills. They are large, flat capsules, while Centrum pills are thinner across, but fatter in height, and more capsule shaped.
Boots pills smell disgusting in a yeasty way, while Centrums smell disgusting in a minerally way. Not much difference there...
So, value for value, I think the Centrum pills are better. I looked at a number of vitamin pills when I chose the Centrums. They have a very wide variety, and offer 100% of most things. There are multivitamins out there that offer a lot more than Centrum (they read like a chemistry set) but they don't give you 100% of the RDA.
It's a shame they don't offer more Calcium, though - if you don't drink a lot of milk, or don't l
ike cheese, you do need a supplement.
The focus on RDAs is a bit silly - a healthy diet is better, but if you're eating on the run a lot, or are a Vegetarian / are allergic to the main source of XYZ, then you need a supplement, and I think this is the best all rounder there is.