In this Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review, we take a truly in-depth look at the supplement.
We take a look at all of the vitamins and minerals, their forms, and that, how effective they are. We also examine their amounts and that if they’re sufficient to actually improve health.
And after that, we also look at the additives, which most other reviews neglect, yet they do matter greatly.
Ultimately, I’m extremely confident that there is none another review that’s as comprehensive on this particular supplement as this one.
So, let’s dive right in.
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review – Initial Thoughts & Overview
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus can generally be considered as quite a popular multivitamin supplement. Many people recognize the brand and trust it.
At the time when I first published this article, it was also one of the best sellers in the category “Multivitamin Supplements” on Amazon.
As regards claims regarding the supplement – they’re pretty bold and straight forward.
The manufacturer indirectly implies that the supplement provides higher doses of Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and D.
And they claim their supplement to be “backed by over 35 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin” [R]
Other than that, they claim it to be non-GMO and Gluten-Free verified.
But is it actually good for you?
Vitamin & Mineral Amounts & Efficiency
Vitamins: Great Variety, Little Dependability
In the infographic a little below and to the right you can see all of the vitamins that this thing has. The only one really missing is Choline.
So, vitamin diversity-wise it’s pretty okay. But that’s about it.
Looking at the actual vitamin forms and amounts, it’s evident – the actual state of those is not that great.
Only some of the forms are the best available. And other than Vitamin D, K and partly also Vitamin A, there is too little of everything.
Vitamin A overall is in a rather good shape.
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus comes with a preformed form of Vitamin A and with 2 forms of Carotenoids (Beta-Carotene and Lutein).
Vitamin B1 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 form of Vitamin B1 is quite okay for consumption, kind of a standard when it comes to the forms of this vitamin [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 [R, R, R, R].
As this is not indicated on the label, I do suspect that it’s actually the worst of them both.
Well, why else would they not indicate it?
Vitamin C in Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus 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].
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus have neither one of those.
Minerals: Superficially More, But In Essence Less
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus contains 11 of the essential minerals. As well as 4 other elements.
See them below and to the right in the infographic.
Superficially seems okay, but in reality that is not the case at all.
Potassium is in general really well absorbed, therefore the actual form of it does not matter that much [R].
Other than that, you should never supplement more than 100 mg of Potassium daily, unless you’re under strict doctor’s supervision.
This is because it is pretty easy to develop serious and life-threatening illnesses if you overdo it with Potassium. Furthermore, you are by far more than likely to have your Potassium-needs met just through your diet alone [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Thus, in my opinion, it’s perfectly fine as well to not have any Potassium in your multivitamin supplement.
Therefore, I would recommend avoiding this form of Vanadium.
Phosphorus, Chloride, and Silicon – in essence, all are fine to have in a supplement. However, you’re paying for nothing as these you don’t really need in the supplement. You will acquire enough of them through your diet [R].
I would suggest avoiding supplementing with Nickel entirely.
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.
Other Beneficial Substances Are Scarce
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus contains only one additional beneficial substance: Lycopene.
This is yet another multivitamin supplement, which is labeled as “supplement for men” based on the fact that it has Lycopene in it (well, 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].
Nevertheless, Lycopene 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 Crazy Abundant In This One
The list of additives for Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a pretty long one. Here’s all of them:
Microcrystalline Cellulose, Modified Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, BHT, Blue 2 Lake, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Magnesium Stearate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Polydextrose, Red 40 Lake, Sodium Ascorbate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Yellow 6 Lake.
19 additives total.
That can’t be good.
Cornstarch is 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 substance known as 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.
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].
Well, all in all, this additive list of Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a pretty impressive one, don’t you think?
Not in a good way though.
If Health Is What You’re After – Avoid This One
Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a supplement to avoid.
There are some massive red-flags as regards to additives. And also the nutrient forms and amounts are not in the most desirable shape.
I mean, essentially Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus will by no means help you to be healthier and live longer. In fact, exactly the opposite, it will most likely get you in the grave sooner.
You can’t consume this stuff if you want to be healthy.
Other than that, if a great multivitamin is what you are looking for, please be sure to check out this guide.
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