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

Est. $20 for 220 tablets
September 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Centrum Silver Review

Multivitamin for adults over 50

  • 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
  • Vitamin K may interfere with blood-thinners

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 multivitmain.

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 because experts say it isn't needed in supplement form for this age group, and 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.

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Our Sources

1. Consumer Lab

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.

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

2. ConsumerReports.org

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.

Review: Multivitamins , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2010

3. Pharmacy Times

This survey of thousands of pharmacists entails no product testing; rather, this is a yearly list of over-the-counter products that pharmacists recommend in dozens of categories. Centrum multivitamins are recommended by 63 percent of the pharmacists surveyed.

Review: Vitamins and Supplements , Editors of Pharmacy Times , Not Dated

4. Amazon.com

In more than 150 reviews, Centrum Silver 50+ earns an overall average of 3.9 stars out of 5. However, this is a bit misleading because the vast majority of the low ratings are complaints about packaging or shipping, not about the actual vitamins. When you examine the ratings as they pertain just to the vitamins, the vast majority are 5-star reviews.

Review: Centrum Silver, Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement, Adults + 50, 220-Count Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014

5. Drugstore.com

Centrum Silver 50+ gets an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 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.

Review: Centrum Silver Multivitamin, Tablets, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of September 2014

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