Centrum Silver, Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement, Adults + 50 Review

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Centrum Silver Review
Bottom Line

Users say Centrum Silver Adults 50+ is easy to swallow and causes no noticeable side effects like stomach upset. It contains less than the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, so women 50 years and older should ask their doctors about their nutrient needs. Centrum Silver has 30 mcg of vitamin K, which can interfere with some blood-thinning medications, so talk to your physician before taking a new multivitamin.

Pros
  • Contains no iron, which is unneeded by seniors
  • More vitamin B12 and vitamin K than other varieties
  • Contains 50 percent DV (2,500 IU) of vitamin A
Cons
  • Vitamin K may interfere with blood-thinners

Breaking it down

Key ingredients

Good levels of B vitamins. People older than 50 need more B12 in a multivitamin, and Centrum Silver Adults 50+ contains 25 mcg. It lacks iron, but that's not an issue because experts say iron isn't needed in supplement form for this age group. It also has less vitamin A than most multivitamins because it's easy to ingest too much, which can pose serious health risks. However, this Centrum formula's 220 mg of calcium falls short of current recommendations of 1,200 mg per day for women over 50. Post-menopausal women in particular may be at greater risk of osteoporosis, and should talk to their doctors about appropriate calcium supplementation.

Side effects/contraindications

Mild multivitamin/mineral formulation. We read very few reports of side-effects for people taking Centrum 50+ formula, and Centrum has a solid reputation for quality; several of its formulations, including 50+, pass professional tests for accurate ingredient levels and labeling. The only drawback may be its price. Those same professional testing sites note that there are generic products that claim to contain almost the exact ingredients, although not all of the generics have been tested for accuracy and purity. This multivitamin contains vitamin K, which can interfere with blood-thinning medications, so people who take those should consult their physicians.

Our Sources

1. Consumer Lab

Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, May 30, 2014

Centrum Silver Adults 50+ is one of a large number of multivitamins tested by ConsumerLab.com in its latest review of multivitamin supplements. ConsumerLab.com tests for quality, accuracy in claimed ingredients and FDA labeling requirements. Products are either approved or not approved.

2. ConsumerReports.org

Multivitamins , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2010

This free report from ConsumerReports.org details the tests of 19 multivitamins, including four designed for seniors. Each multi is evaluated for claimed nutrients, and contaminants like lead and arsenic. It also includes a buyer's guide, with an examination of the latest science on multivitamin supplements. While this is an older review, Centrum's formula has not changed.

3. Amazon.com

Centrum Silver Multivitamin Supplement, Adult, 220 Count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016

In more than 1,250 reviews, Centrum Silver 50+ earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Most comments are on the value of the product, which all seem to agree is good, with others noting that they feel that they're doing the right thing for their health by taking this multi. Some note that Centrum Silver is easier on their stomach than some other supplements.

4. Drugstore.com

Centrum Silver Multivitamin, Tablets, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of March 2016

Centrum Silver 50+ gets an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 50 reviews. Most say it's easy to swallow and does not cause stomach upset. The majority say they would recommend Centrum to a friend.