In this Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review, we’ll take a truly in-depth look at the supplement.
To make that happen, we will examine every single beneficial ingredient, everything from vitamins to minerals to the beneficial substances. But unlike with most other reviews out there, we won’t stop there. We will also do some proper dissecting of the ingredients added for the making of the supplement (the inactive ingredients, also known as additives).
Ultimately, I’m extremely confident (and I’m typically a very humble guy) that there is no other review that’s as comprehensive on this particular product as this one.
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
According to the manufacturer, “Centrum Silver Men is personalized for men and has micronutrients to feed your cells and help support muscle function, as well as the heart, brain, and eyes.” So, a pretty bold one when it comes to the proposed benefits [R].
Generally speaking, Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus can be considered as quite a popular multivitamin supplement. Many people recognize the brand and trust it.
Apart from that, when I first published this article, it was also one of the best sellers in the category “Multivitamin Supplements” on Amazon.
The manufacturer also indirectly implies that the supplement provides higher doses of Magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin D. It’s said to be verified Non-GMO and Gluten-Free [R].
The product page itself is pretty straight forward and collected, very similar to what we’ve seen for Centrum Men and Centrum Performance. There is, however, one claim that kind of stands out. And not only that, but I believe it’s also quite a persuading one.
Namely, this idea that the Centrum Silver Men is “backed by 40 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin.” Doesn’t that sound truly wonderful? It almost seems as if you’d never have to look into another multivitamin ever [R].
But does that really hold? Is it really that mesmerizingly complete? The best one out there?
Diversity-Wise Vitamins Are Okay, Not So Much The Case With Their Forms
Well, not according to the vitamins it offers. I mean, the vitamin diversity is pretty okay. The amounts depend on your standard. But when it comes to the nutrient forms, those 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 or Garden of Life Vitamin Code Men 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 a rather 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 benefit [R, 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].
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, 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].
Minerals Are Just Outright Lame, Superficially Looked Good Though
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus 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 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 what we’ve seen with Amway Nutrilite Double X and Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men [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, 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 in the supplement. 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 form they used for Vanadium had 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 you’ll ever need, you 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 glad they removed these two.
Lycopene Is Really The Only Extra This Centrum Brings To The Table
This I feel is yet another multivitamin supplement, which is labeled as “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 this is completely unreasonable 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]. In essence, Lycopene is extremely beneficial to have.
Additives Are Just Abundant Beyond Measure With This One
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. is a pretty long one.
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 or Dr. Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin 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, 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 you adversely pretty hard. I mean, if you 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 50 Plus 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, 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 few other [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, boosted 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].
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.
This Is Arguably One Of The Worst Supplements I’ve Ever Encountered
There are a lot of great multivitamin supplements out there. But Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is definitely not one of them. In fact, it’s something I strongly believe we should all avoid.
There’s a lot that’s not ideal about the thing. But additives bring it to a whole new level of undesirable, nasty, potentially incredibly harmful. Just too many massive red-flags. And sure, the price and promotional materials might be compelling but that’s pretty much it.
Above all, I believe one could even go as far as saying that this is not something that will help you be healthier or live longer. Exactly the opposite. And I bet this wasn’t quite something that was in your mind when first considering this.
The best part though, you don’t actually have to go for this Silver Men of Centrum. There are many, many great multivitamins out there that don’t use either of those bad additives. And not only that, but they also pursue true quality as far the all of the beneficial stuff go.
If you’re up for that, click here and check out this article. You’ll even find a list of the worst or misrepresented supplements that other best-of lists name as the best. All with a detailed explanation of why.
Other than that, I hope this Centrum Silver Men 50+ review helped you find the information you were looking for. But if not, definitely let me know in the comments on how I could further improve it.
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Cheers, Stay Healthy & Have a Great One!
This article was last updated on August 9, 2020.