According to the Centrum Silver Men reviews posted by customers, this is a really great supplement. Many people praise its choices for vitamins, minerals, and even Lycopene. Others emphasize that this is like giving your health a helping hand. Whereas others more report higher energy levels and just better overall health.
So, in this Centrum Silver Men review, we’ll take a truly in-depth look at the product. And we’ll try to do it as unbiasedly as possible.
Hence, the idea is to be no extension of the manufacturer’s marketing or other similar nonsense. This is all going to be about what I feel is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And we’ll do that in assessing for marketing, ingredients, side effects (additives), customer feedback, and pricing. We’ll do it the truth-seeking way.
Marketing | The Marketing Of This Centrum Silver Is Powerful
According to the manufacturer, Centrum Silver Men (50 Plus) is “a multivitamin specially crafted to meet the essential vitamin and mineral needs in men 50+.” Per their words, not only “one tablet daily meets your body’s needs for healthy aging” but also it’s what is needed to “stay active into your 50s and beyond.” So, they’re kind of promoting this idea that this is exactly what we need [R].
And that becomes even more evident with the benefits that they promise. Stuff like improved heart, brain, eye, and muscle health. So, it’s kind of tempting already.
What adds even more to that is the fact that they have updated and improved the supplement’s product page. I mean, the old one. But this I really like. A lot. It’s very modern-looking, yet completely easy to read.
It’s such a great look now.
Other than that, it’s got more marketing than I remember. Namely, it now offers a section for Centrum Silver Men customer reviews. Plus, before buying, anyone can get coupons for a cheaper buy. There is also a cool option to compare any two Centrum products.
As far as claims, the manufacturer also indirectly implies that the supplement provides higher doses of Magnesium, Zinc, vitamin B6, A, C, D, and E. It’s said to be verified Non-GMO and Gluten-Free [R].
Apart from all that, generally speaking, Centrum Silver Men can be considered quite a popular multivitamin supplement. Many people recognize the brand and trust it. Moreover, when I first published this article back in 2017, it was also one of the best sellers in the category “Multivitamin Supplements” on Amazon.
But is it genuinely a supplement worth investing in?
Ingredients | As With Any 50 Plus Multivitamin, There Is A Lot To Cover
So, we have to discuss all of the beneficial ingredients that this supplement offers. But there’s a lot to cover. Thus, I will break it down into three different subsections. One will be for discussing all of the vitamins. Then, another one we will devote to going over the minerals. And lastly, we will also look into any other additions that the supplement of this review offers.
Vitamins | Diversity-Wise Vitamins Are Okay, Not So Much With Their Forms
It doesn’t seem to be a good option to invest in according to the vitamins it offers. I mean, the vitamin diversity is pretty okay. The amounts depend on your chosen standard. But when it comes to the nutrient forms, those that this compiles are not ideal, to say the least. Here’s to more expand on that.
There are different standards when it comes to nutrient amounts. Centrum Silver Men chooses the most traditional one, the one which aims for all vitamins and minerals to be 100% Daily Values or reasonably above that. And as far as that goes, it does a pretty decent job [R].
It also offers every single one of the crucial vitamins. There’s everything from vitamin A to B vitamins, to C, D, E, and even vitamin K. I mean, to some extent it does an even better job with this than supplements like Solgar Male Multiple (review) or Garden of Life Vitamin Code Women (review) do.
Because unlike those it does offer the retinol part of vitamin A.
What I’m not so keen on when it comes to the supplement of this review is the forms that it uses. These are important because they determine how easy or hard to absorb the nutrients are. The easier to absorb the higher likelihood of gains and vice-versa. Now… Let’s do a full run-down shall we [R, R]?
Vitamin A overall is in rather a good shape. The thing comes with a preformed form of vitamin A (Vitamin A Acetate) and with 2 forms of Carotenoids (Beta-Carotene and Lutein). Both Retinoids (the former) and Carotenoids are very desirable for the full potential of benefit [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Mononitrate) here is not the most beneficial form of the vitamin. There clearly is a more beneficial one [R, R, R, R]. Other than that, this particular form is quite okay for consumption, kind of a standard when it comes to the forms for this particular [R, R, R].
Whereas, vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) in this Centrum Silver Men is available in its free form. This is one of the best forms for intake available [R, R, R]. Also, vitamin B3 is in great shape [R, R, R, R].
As for vitamin B5, the label indicates Calcium Pantothenate. However, just from the name itself, it’s impossible to say if it’s the “D” form or the “L” form of Calcium Pantothenate. The difference is huge.
Calcium D Pantothenate is the form we want in our supplement. The “L” form, on the other hand, is something that we definitely don’t want as it’s only half as available to our bodies as the “D” form. As this is not indicated on the label, I do suspect that it’s actually the worst option. Well, why else would they not clearly indicate it [R, R, R, R]
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) is an extremely important vitamin, but still, it’s in a form that is not the most effective [R, R, R, R]. Whereas, the form of vitamin B7 (Biotin) is very good [R, R]. But then Vitamin B9 (another crucially important vitamin) is in the form of Folic Acid which, again, is not exactly ideal [R, R, R, R]. And vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), of course, in its cheapest and least absorbable form [R, R, R].
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) in Centrum Silver Men 50+ is present in the synthetic form. It is the most common one in supplements. Nevertheless, in studies, it has shown to be as effective as its natural counterpart [R, R, R]. Whereas vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) and K (Phytonadione) are in the best forms for each respective vitamin [R, R, R, R, R].
Not so awesome for vitamin E (DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) though. In total, there are 8 natural Vitamin E forms that are important for well-being but this thing has neither one of those. It instead uses a cheap synthetic form of one of the most common vitamin E forms which is something known to be at least twice as ineffective as its natural equivalent [R, R, R, R].
Hence, all in all, as I mentioned already, not very awesome for a multivitamin.
Minerals | To Review Minerals, They Are Lamer Than Superficially It May Seem
Centrum Silver Men contains nine of the essential minerals, and one of the optional ones, as well as two additional (believed unnecessary to be generally added through supplementation) elements. But if we take a peek at the past, they have removed two potentially harmful choices that used to be part of the supplement. So, at least that’s good.
What’s, however, not great are the mineral amounts. Only about half hit the 100% Daily Values mark, whereas others either don’t (like Selenium, Copper) or are not present at all (like Boron, Vanadium).
Also, this notion of implying higher Magnesium amounts in their marketing materials is completely ludicrous.
And this is not only because Magnesium Oxide (the form for Magnesium) is the cheapest and worst possible option of many. It’s also because the amounts they provide are lower than supplements that don’t even imply any emphasis on the mineral, like Amway Nutrilite Double X (review) and Olly Women Multivitamin (review) [R, R, R, R].
But Magnesium is not the only sinner here. So are many others.
Calcium though possibly available in multiple forms (Calcium Carbonate, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate), neither one of those is the best option for supplementation [R, R, R]. The Zinc form (Zinc Oxide) is very similar to Magnesium: one of the worst possible options [R, R]. And Selenium (Sodium Selenate) is also not in a form we should aim to have in multivitamins [R, R, R, R].
Then there is Copper (Copper Sulfate) in one of the worst forms out there [R, R]. Then, Manganese is both the most commonly used form in supplements and the most poorly absorbed one [R, R]. Then, Molybdenum (Sodium Molybdate), yet again, something poor for absorption [R, R].
As for the rest, Chromium (Chromium Picolinate) gives some light: this one is the most desirable form [R, R, R]. Iodine (Potassium Iodide) is in a form that is the best for absorption [R, R, R]. Whereas Potassium (Potassium Chloride, Potassium Iodide) is in general really well absorbed, therefore the actual form of it does not matter that much [R].
But I think it’s worth mentioning that we should never supplement more than 100 mg of Potassium daily, unless we’re under strict doctor’s supervision. This is because it is pretty easy to develop serious and life-threatening illnesses if we overdo it with Potassium. And generally speaking, it should better always be approached through diet (vegetables and fruit) [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Finally, there are also those two extra elements Phosphorus and Chloride (and it used to have Silicon as well). In essence, both (all) are fine to have in a supplement. However, we’re paying for nothing as these we don’t really need from a multivitamin product. We will typically acquire enough of them through diet alone [R].
So, to sum it all up, not too hot if you ask me. But before we jump into the next section, a bit on those two that got removed (thank you, God).
One of them was Vanadium (Sodium Metavanadate). But the problem wasn’t that it was one of the less effective forms they used for it [R, R, R, R]. No that was not it. The problem was that the form they used for Vanadium has higher toxicity than any other form for that mineral. It was even suggested that it could possibly cause cancer [R, R].
The other one was Nickel. Which is something we should avoid as a beneficial ingredient in our supplements for at least five reasons.
First, it is extremely rare to be Nickel deficient. Second, it’s very easy to overdose (for example, just by living in industrial areas and inhaling that stuff). Third, every fifth to the tenth person is sensitive to nickel. Fourth, any amount we’ll ever need, we will be able to acquire through food. And fifth, it is straight out toxic in excessive amounts. Therefore, supplementing with Nickel is not only useless but potentially very, very dangerous [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Yeah, I’m absolutely glad they removed these two.
Additions | Lycopene Is Really The Only Extra This Centrum Brings To The Table
It’s not exactly an Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men (review) or Rainbow Light Women’s One (review) when it comes to the beneficial substances. Still, Centrum Silver Men does contain at least one. Lycopene (naturally found in tomatoes and other vegetables).
This I feel is yet another multivitamin supplement, which is labeled as a “supplement for men” based on the fact that it has Lycopene in it (I mean, every other nutrient in it is as much needed for men as for women). But to me, this makes no sense completely as it does also greatly benefit women [R, R, R, R, R, R].
So, why is it exactly “for men” because there is Lycopene? That I have no idea.
Nevertheless, the beneficial substance is incredibly potent as an antioxidant, it protects DNA, prevents and slows down various types of cancer, improves heart and skin health, and has other benefits [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]. Whereas as far as amounts we get about 1.5 cherry tomatoes worth (600 micrograms).
Side Effects | Additives Are Abundant Beyond Measure With This One
Side effects are the product of additives. There are not many supplements out there that go crazy with additives. But this Centrum Silver Men 50+ is definitely one of them. Not only is the list of the other ingredients an incredibly (and I mean, incredibly) long one but also many of them do pose all kinds of potential dangers and hazards to health.
Which isn’t exactly ideal for any multivitamin one plans to use regularly. I mean, a total of 19 additives. Isn’t that a bit too much? Isn’t 40 years of nutritional science incapable of avoiding that?
I just don’t believe that they can’t. Furthermore, there are many examples like the Naturelo multivitamins (review) or Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin (review) that do manage that. And it didn’t take them 40 years to do that.
So, 19 additives, let’s discuss each one.
Microcrystalline Cellulose is one of the safest additives out there. In big amounts (not possible through supplements alone), however, it can cause some bloating, constipation, or diarrhea [R, R, R, R].
Cornstarch is a starch derived from corn (simple enough) primarily used as a thickening agent. In low amounts, it probably won’t affect you that much, but large quantities can affect us adversely pretty hard. I mean, if we fill a pool with it combined with the moisture of the body, it turns solid enough to walk across it, it’s pretty amazing in a negative way [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]!
This is what cornstarch does to the body. Therefore it can cause some serious (and I mean serious) digestive problems. Corn starch can also cause mineral deficiencies, as well as addiction and other adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
I would strongly advise steering clear of the thing (be it name Cornstarch or Corn Starch) [R].
There isn’t much available on the adverse effects of Modified Corn Starch, but in essence, it is only a variation of Corn Starch. That alteration process is also probably (to put it mildly) not on the healthy side [R].
So better avoid it. Even more so when there is no affirmation it being GMO-free. Don’t get me wrong, Centrum Silver Men does assert that it is GMO-free, but I would still recommend not having any Modified Corn Starch in any of your foods, not just supplements [R, R].
Maltodextrin. It can be used as a filler, thickening agent, binding agent, preservative, sweetener and there are few other options. But in essence, it is a sugar – a carbohydrate with zero nutritional value and it raises the blood sugar levels like mad (much faster than table sugar) [R, R, R, R, R].
Yet, sugar in any form is known to be the main cause of obesity, heart disease, eating disorders, cancer, diabetes, depression, aggressive behavior, learning difficulties, hyperactivity and many, many more adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Maltodextrin can also have other hazardous effects on your body, for example, it can cause sudden headache, difficulty breathing, itching, bloating, diarrhea, rash, it can potentially increase your susceptibility to diseases, as well as have a list of other unwanted effects [R, R, R, R, R].
Supposedly, because of the fact that Crospovidone is insoluble, it is completely excreted from the body and therefore is safe for long-term use [R].
BHT is the abbreviation for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. It is a substance primarily used for preventing oils from oxidation and becoming rancid [R].
All in all, there is pretty huge uncertainty regarding this substance in the industry. Some tests and studies suggest that it helps to prevent cancer, others state the exact opposite. Some tests and studies state that it has particularly beneficial effects, yet some states the exact opposite concerning those same effects. There is more evidence suggesting it is okay in small amounts though [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Either way, not enough research to have definite conclusions does not imply being safe. So it’s better to avoid it.
Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake, and Yellow 6 Lake are artificial colors. However, artificial coloring is not something you would want in your supplement. These colors are known to cause hyperactivity, irritability, and other unpleasant behaviors in children and a large range of different cancers [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Gelatin is not the most appetizing substance, yet it is indeed very beneficial for the body. It contains such amino acids as glycine, alanine, proline, valine, hydroxyproline, as well as a few others [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Therefore, the benefits of Gelatin far outweigh any possible side effects, such as unpleasant taste, bloating, heartburn, belching, or heaviness in the stomach [R].
Hydrogenated Palm Oil being a hydrogenated oil is something that everyone should quit using. This is because these oils damage cells (that includes scarring arteries), causes ADHD, diabetes, obesity, increases inflammation, in general, interrupts normal brain function, and has numerous other adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Therefore, I strongly suggest to not consume them ever. They are as bad as High Fructose Corn Syrup, possibly even worse.
Some even claim that Hypromellose is slightly beneficial [R]. Nevertheless, at worst and when taken in huge amounts this substance will either cause no adverse effects or you might encounter some constipation, diarrhea or simple bloating [R, R].
But this is not the whole truth.
When you actually take a closer look and dissect everything that is thrown at Magnesium Stearate, I have to agree with the minority of professionals, who believe it to be harmless. Not that they suggest to consume it solely and in big amounts, but in the amounts that we have it in the supplements it poses no threat to our well-being whatsoever [R, R, R, R, R].
In fact, it’s physically impossible to consume Magnesium Stearate in amounts that would be toxic just by consuming supplements. Basically, even if you would eat tablets containing the typical amount of Magnesium Stearate all day non-stop, it still wouldn’t cut it [R, R].
Medium-Chain Triglycerides basically are a variety of fats that are healthy and can be immediately used by the body (it does not necessarily need extra energy to convert these into something useable) [R, R, R, R].
Other than that, it is extremely beneficial to consume Medium-Chain Triglycerides, because they provide many benefits to health. These include, but are not limited to lower cholesterol levels, improved brain function, boosting energy levels, and improved weight management [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
All in all studies pretty much show that there isn’t a health concern with Polydextrose. Supposedly, it’s quite beneficial. Sure, it can cause diarrhea or bloating, if consumed in big amounts, but that’s about it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Talc or Talcum Powder. There has been a long debate, whether any kind of use or consumption of Talc causes various cancers.
From what I can tell, it is probably a potent cancer inducer still. Furthermore, there is no convincing evidence that it is in no way related to cancer. Thus, I highly recommend not to consume it and to avoid it in general, not just in supplements and food [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Titanium Dioxide is a substance not only used as a food additive in foods and supplements to attain white color, but also it’s used in paint and all kinds of other stuff, especially sweets [R, R, R].
There is another form of the substance: nanoparticles. There is no way of telling which form of Titanium Dioxide is in any product as labeling of it does not necessarily differ. But nanoparticles of Titanium Dioxide are the second most-produced nanomaterial out there. So you can be pretty sure that most stuff does or at least may possibly contain these nanoparticles of Titanium Dioxide [R, R].
The problem with nanoparticles is that they penetrate intestinal walls and then from there they can move to any part of the body. Which in essence is extremely bad. These particles then can cause immense damage to any and all parts not only of the body but also the brain. Just a few examples of the possible effects are lung damage, mitochondrial damage, as well as flat out brain damage [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Still with me? I bet that was a lot to process. The bottom line here is pretty apparent though. The additive list is just too much. It’s too much to be just ignored. And I feel it’s too much to pursue if health is the goal.
Reviews | Per Customer Reviews, The World Seems To Have Gone Mad
I think by now the fact that even otherwise genuinely poor supplements get plenty of good reviews is pretty much a common day-to-day thing. But despite that, when it comes to the Centrum Silver Men, my jaw dropped. And I don’t think it ever came back up. Many actually quality options don’t get nearly as high success rates.
If we look at the product page, it doesn’t really provide much insight into the state of customer reviews. I mean, yes, there is one 5-star piece of feedback there. But that is far and beyond not enough to assess the probable success rate.
Hence, how can we ever do with our famous, award-winning, haha, research for peoples feedback based on everything that we can find by all other sellers and retailers?
In total, I managed to come across 2902 Centrum Silver Men reviews. Of these, 2810 were positive making that only 92 negative. Which is a ridiculous ratio. Thus, a truly great success rate of 96.8%. Which is busted.
And because of that, it seems to me that the world has gone 100% mad, nevermind Covid-19 and the other cataclysms. I mean, there’s so much good feedback that it’s ridiculous. What’s worse, at least in my mind, is that every once in a while we get absolute diehards and fanatics of the Centrum Silver Men.
We get expressions like “it’s low potency as it should be.” I mean, sure, pick the nutrient standard that feels more appropriate for you. I’m all for that. But what about additives? What about the artificial colors? How can you ignore the terrible nutrient forms that our bodies will struggle to absorb and benefit from?
Maybe it’s just me but that makes no sense to me at all.
Which brings me to arguably the most important thing to understand about customer reviews and success rates in general. They only ever really matter if the ingredients present in the product doesn’t pose health risks on their own.
Because for all I care, the Centrum Silver Men reviews could show for a 99.9% success rate. I still wouldn’t myself use it. I still wouldn’t recommend it to anyone ever.
Pricing | Is Silver Men’s Pricing An Advantage Overall?
What do very poor beneficial ingredients and even worse additives imply? Cheap supplement, right? And that’s exactly what we get. At least superficially. The real question is does it really hold up when compared to the most affordable of its rivals?
So, per container, typically the Centrum Silver Men costs around $21.49. For the price, we get 200 tablets which are equal to 200 servings or 200 days. Meaning, it’s basically a supply worth more than half a year. And so, per tablet (per day), it goes for $0.11 a tablet.
In other words, a price disgustingly low. A few examples to illustrate.
Let’s take the Rainbow Light Men’s One (review). It’s not the greatest but it’s definitely an overall decent, viable supplement. It offers none of the bad additives.
It offers okay amounts and forms of nutrients most of the time. And it has a few unique certifications implying more quality than what Centrum brings.
But with all that, with its $0.37 per day, it’s more than triple the price. And, by no means, would I ever consider the Men’s One an expensive supplement. To tell the truth, it’s a properly affordable one. Still, a massive difference in terms of price. But then, again, a massive difference in the ingredients, too.
And if we look at a supplement like the Dr. Mercola Whole-Food Multivitamin (review), the price difference is, even more, the case. It’s $0.11 to $1.81. But then, if the sheer quality of all nutrients is considered, it’s like comparing the 0-60 mph times of 1964 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 to 2021 Ferrari Roma. It’s not even the slightest bit close.
So, despite that ridiculously low price on the Silver Men, is it worth that dime? I don’t think so. But definitely, do decide yourself on that.
Pros & Cons | I Don’t Think The Pros Justify The Cons
|✓ Vitamins hit the 100% Daily Values mark or reasonably above that almost always. It offers all of them.||✘ Most of the vitamins will be hard to absorb due to the poor and cheap forms used. Thus, less to gain.|
|✓ The supplement has bonkers high success rates (which is actually a danger and might convince an average customer to buy).||✘ Many minerals don’t hit the 100% Daily Values mark. A few minerals it lacks completely (Boron, Vanadium).|
|✓ It’s affordable.||✘ Centrum Silver Men uses, essentially, the worst mineral forms for absorption. Thus, although it says on the label to provide minerals, the benefit will be very little.|
|✘ Adding just Lycopene as an addition is weak. Yes, generally speaking, it’s better than nothing but there is so much that they could have added (like the other multivitamins on the market). More of Lycopene also would have been better.|
|✘ Centrum Men 50 Plus has so many terrible and potentially harmful additives that can be responsible for a wide variety of side effects.|
Overall | This Is Arguably One Of The Worst Supplements I’ve Encountered
Centrum might be a well-known supplement manufacturer. It may be the first choice for supplements for many. You might know a person or two who uses their products daily and even has done so for a very long time. But I don’t think it’s a good supplement.
Yes, for positive, it is cheap and very affordable for anyone. It’s also got bonkers high success rates. And all vitamins basically offer amounts of 100% Daily Values or reasonably higher. So, yes, it appears good. But there are many problems.
So, for negatives, the mineral amounts are a lot of the time insufficient. What’s even more rubbish is that for almost all vitamins and minerals, Centrum offers bad, hard to absorb, hard to benefit from forms. Namely, they are cheap to put in a supplement but they are hard for our bodies to benefit from.
But the most prominent problem is the fact that it uses plenty of terrible, cheap-to-use, potentially very harmful additives.
Hence, (out of avoid it, consider it, shortlist it, buy it) I would recommend avoiding it. It’s just not worth it, the way I see it. The additives can create many long-term problems. Thus, it might actually undermine any efforts to be healthier. And that’s just not worth any price.
On that note, there are many multivitamin supplements out there that have the ingredients to help. And they don’t use bad additives or cheap beneficial ingredients to make that happen. Here’s a list I’ve compiled out of the best and worst ones.
Other than that, I hope this Centrum Silver Men review helped you find the information you were looking for. If you have any thoughts or questions, I’m all here for you. And do feel free to leave your own personal reviews on the product as well.