They’re known for their popular tag line “From A-Zinc”. Centrum Advances is proud to have an almost complete formulation of all vitamins and minerals our body needs. They even have custom variants to suit women, men, children, and elderly. But is it really a good supplement, or just another chemical cocktail? Let’s find out!
Centrum Advanced – Description
Not all supplements carry the same quality of nutrients. Vitamins and minerals in their singular form can come in different forms. For example, magnesium comes as oxide, citrate and glyconate – citrate and glyconate being more absorbable than oxide. This often makes me wonder who is behind the studies that attempt to ‘prove’ that supplements do not prevent disease. It ultimate will depend on the quality of the supplement and of course, loads of lifestyle factors.
Here is some of what you’ll find in Centrum:
- Calcium as Calcium Carbonate: This is the least absorbable forms of calcium on the market. A very small percentage is actually absorbed.
- Magnesium as Magnesium Oxide: The least absorbable, cheapest form of magnesium.
- Iron as Ferrous Fumarate: This form of iron is incredibly constipating.
- Vitamin E as DL-Alpha Tocopherol: This is vitamin E and they are using two forms. The “D” form which is natural and the “L” Form which is synthetic. The “L” form is used to “water-down” the more expensive more bioactive “D” form.
- The B vitamins: Citing anywhere from 1.1 mg to 15mg per vitamin is a concentration so low as to have no impact on energy levels, as outlined in their claims.
- Nickelous Sulfate and Tin: I was unable to locate any references discussing a need for humans to supplement with nickel or tin.
THE “NON-ACTIVE” INGREDIENTS
Though it could easily be argued by any functional medicine expert that the entire pill is non-active given the low dose of poorly absorbable, cheap nutrient varieties, more harm may actually be coming from the non-active ingredients, the binding agents and colourants used to make the pill a pill.
- Pregelatinized Corn Starch: This is used as a binder to hold all of the ingredients together. It most likely a genetically modified corn, which presents a number of problems for sensitive people.
- Talc: Has been implicated with increased risk of cancer.
- Gelatin: Though not inherently a bad product, most of is manufactured from feed lot animal waste. And vegans and vegetarians best beware.
- BHT: Butylated hydroxyanisole has been shown to be toxic to the liver, thyroid, kidney, lungs, and affecting blood coagulation. BHT can act as a tumour promoter.
- Yellow 6 Lake: Why is there food colouring in a health supplement? Also known as tartrazine or FD&C Yellow #6, this chemical is banned in some European countries. Side effects of ingestion can include gastric upset, diarrhea, vomiting, nettle rash (urticaria), swelling of the skin (angioedema) and migraines, it’s also linked to hyperactivity in young children.
- Red 40 Lake: Contains chemical compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked with cancer.
- Hydrogenated Palm Oil: Hydrogenating any oil converts the fat into an unnatural structure that has shown to be toxic to the body. It forms strong free radicals associated with increased risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Maltodextrin: Several studies have linked maltodextrin consumption to the suppression of “good bacteria” in the digestive system increasing risk of gastro symptoms and intestinal inflammation.
- Crospovidone: There is an abundance of documented cases of serious allergenic response.
- Sodium Benzoate: Especially dangerous because of its destructive effect on DNA. This means that the sodium benzoate consumed today may still be causing problems in future generations. Sodium benzoate is known to specifically attack the mitochondria of DNA.
- Sodium Aluminosilicate Used as a food additive for its anti caking effect.
The list of fillers, binding agents, and texturizers goes on. In fact, there are more “non active” ingredients on the ingredient label than actual vitamins and minerals.
Price: 370php for 30 tablets
I tried many brands of multivitamin supplement, some are too strong that gave me headache, only this brand the tablet is very gentle in low contains and no other herbs formula (some herbs formula gave me side effects), I don’t take it every day, i believed eat health food is the best for body.
Sometimes when i could not fall sleep, i took one centrum tablet and felt calm in 10 mins and worked each time. In every two or three days I take one tablet, l like centrum, good price and good results, simple basic formula that is all my body need it without headache and side effects. Just hope the company keeps this formula, the only one brand I have kept to use it for many years.
I’ve been taking Centrum for about 6months & haven’t noticed much difference, they seem to have alot of ingredients but only in smaller amounts, so doesn’t improve energy levels or anything like that. Basic multivitamin, if you want something to take once a day…this is your tablet, but if you want a bit more out of a multivitamin then I’d suggest keep looking! 🙂
It’s a got alot packed into one medium-sized tablet, easy to swallow, no horrible after-taste, available from most supermarkets & chemists.etc
Low amounts of all the a-z ingredients, so don’t really feel much different after taking them each day. Bit pricey considering they are pretty average.
It’s all marketing, I think the product is very poor and didn’t feel any effect. The people who advertise it don’t take it
I didn’t notice any difference?
I think it’s a sugar pill
What do you think of Centrum Advanced friends? What vitamin supplement are you currently taking?
Review source: https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/centrum-multivitamin-and-mineral-supplement?rating=5