The GNC Mega Men Multivitamin doesn't contain iron -- a plus since the amount men need can easily come from diet -- and includes important nutrients such as vitamin D, folic acid and calcium. It also has vitamin A, 50 percent of which comes from beta-carotene. GNC seems to follow a more-is-better philosophy when it comes to B vitamins: Mega Men contains 3,333 percent DV of thiamin, 2,941 percent DV of riboflavin and 2,500 percent DV of vitamin B6. However, upper tolerable intake levels aren't established for thiamin and riboflavin, and B6 is well below the upper limit. This multivitamin is approved in independent tests, but experts say these large doses aren't necessary because many food products are fortified with B vitamins. If you prefer a multi with smaller amounts of B vitamins, Target Up&Up Men's Daily Multivitamin (*Est. $7.50 for 210 tablets) and Centrum Silver Men 50+ (*Est. $9 for 100 tablets) also pass independent tests and cost much less.
The best feedback on the GNC Mega Men Multivitamin comes from ConsumerLab.com, which tests dozens of multis in its latest review. The organization analyzes each product to ensure it dissolves properly, contains what it states on the label, and isn't contaminated with lead or other toxins. Although most multivitamins don't attract many user reviews, Mega Men gets a good amount of feedback on Drugstore.com and NutritionalTree.com. Comments on the former seem more credible; many of the reviews posted to NutritionalTree.com sound strangely similar.
1. Consumer Lab
The GNC Mega Men Multivitamin is one of many products tested by ConsumerLab.com in its latest review of multivitamin supplements.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, June 28, 2011
More than 90 reviewers leave feedback on the GNC Mega Men Multivitamin on Drugstore.com. Overall, most users are very pleased; others say the pills are too big and hard to swallow.
Review: GNC Men's Mega Men Multivitamin, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of Feb. 2012
Some of the more than 90 reviewers at NutritionalTree.com report higher energy after taking the Mega Men multi, but many of these comments sound suspiciously similar.
Review: Mega Men, Contributors to NutritionalTree.com, As of Feb. 2012
About 20 users post reviews of the GNC Mega Men Multivitamin on Amazon.com, and most say they're pleased with the product. However, a few say it's overpriced.
Review: GNC Mega Men, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012