Description page claims that Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus is “personalized for women and has nutrients to help support bone health as well as the heart, brain and eyes”. It is also indirectly implied that this multivitamin contains more vitamin D and Calcium than typical multivitamins. And the supplement is also claimed to be “backed by over 35 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin“. Being non-GMO and gluten-free is also asserted [R].
In this Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus review not only will we challenge all of these promises, but we’ll look way past that. Is it really ideal for women at 50 or over (and also good for women in general)? The package suggests that.
But is it actually the case?
Vitamins Overall Does Not Look Good
Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus contains (diversity wise) all of the necessary vitamins except Choline (see Prime Daily Values).
But the actual condition of these vitamins is not that great. Both the forms and the amounts on the most part are quite bad. Only a few are acceptable.
Vitamin A has both of its forms: retinoids and carotenoids. Preformed form of Vitamin A (retinoids) looks all good. On the contrary, although there are two forms of carotenoids in the supplement (Beta-Carotene and Lutein), the overall amounts are nowhere near sufficient [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
As for Vitamin B1, B6, B9, B12, C, and E – none of these vitamins are in the best and most effective forms available. Furthermore, also their amounts are nowhere near the amounts needed for great health [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Similarly, it is also with Vitamin B2, B3, and B7. Vitamin form wise these vitamins are the best, most absorbable and effective forms possible. But that does not really matter as their amounts present in Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus are way too insignificant [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Regarding Vitamin B5 it is not that straight forward. This is because the label names Calcium Pantothenate as the form for this vitamin, but does not specify anything further. The specification is important because there are two various forms that can be both referred to as Calcium Pantothenate. One of the forms is exactly the one we want, the other, however, quite the opposite [R, R, R, R].
So, why is it not specified? Most probably because the half effective, weaker form is what we have here.
Minerals Are Even Worse Than The Condition Of Vitamins
Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus contains 11 out of 12 essential daily minerals. Boron is the only one that is missing. Additionally, the supplement also contains Iron, Phosphorus, Chloride, Silicon and Nickel. Although superficially this may seem to be pretty solid, it is not the case.
Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Vanadium – all are in forms that are either average or the worst possible options for any particular vitamin intake [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
In fact, Vanadium is not only among the most ineffective forms, but it is also possibly hazardous and is suggested to cause cancer [R, R]. Needless to say that one should preferably avoid this form of Vanadium.
There are, however, 3 exceptions to the generalization I made earlier. They are called Iodine, Chromium, and Potassium. All of these are present in their best forms for consumption [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Phosphorus, Chloride, and Silicon are okay to have in a supplement. But having them in your supplement definitely is not crucial, because one is more than likely to acquire enough of these through diet [R].
But there is one thing that I am strongly against supplementing – Nickel. This is for at least five reasons. First, it is more than very, very unlikely that you’ll ever be Nickel deficient. Second, it’s way too simple to overdose (you do get Nickel into your system also by living in industrial areas and inhaling it, there are also other similar ways you acquire it). Third, every fifth to the tenth person is sensitive in a bad way to Nickel. Fourth, any amount you’ll ever need, you will be able to acquire through food. Finally fifth, in excessive amounts it is straight out toxic [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Therefore, having a Nickel in your daily supplement is not only useless but potentially also extremely hazardous.
And the last one of the minerals – Iron. Yeah, it is not the most preferable (but an okay) form in amounts no more than defined by the Prime Daily Values. But I do have some concerns regarding it being within the Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus [R, R, R].
So judging by the name of Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus and its description – it is primarily directed at women at 50 and over. Hence, women after menopause. However, supplementation of Iron is only recommended for menstruating women due to the iron loss during menstruation [R, R, R].
Regarding everyone else – they are more than likely to acquire the amounts needed through food (to some human groups this may not apply). Furthermore, constant amount of excess Iron (that may occur through the use of a supplement) within the body may cause heart disease, diabetes, liver damage and other serious health issues [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Therefore, all in all, Iron in Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus over a long period of time may cause more harm than good.
Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus – Just Vitamins And Minerals
Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus does not contain any additional beneficial substances.
Additives Are In Numbers
The additive list of Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus is quite a long one: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Modified Corn Starch, BHT, Blue 2 Lake, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Magnesium Stearate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Polydextrose, Red 40 Lake, Sodium Ascorbate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide and Tocopherols. In total 18 additives.
Right off the bat – it’s too many to be good… It can (in theory) work, but it is highly unlikely.
Maltodextrin is a sugar that can be used in many ways as an additive in supplements (binding agent, preservative, filler, thickening agent and others). But in essence, as I said it is a sugar or, in other words, it’s a carbohydrate with zero nutritional value. And in addition to that, it is also not the best for the blood sugar levels [R, R, R, R, R].
Nonetheless, it has to be said that sugar in any form is bad news. It’s known to be the main cause of obesity, eating disorders, heart disease, cancer, aggressive behavior, diabetes, depression, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, and many, many more adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Maltodextrin is also likely to cause other hazardous effects on your body. Some examples of this are a sudden headache, difficulty breathing, itching, bloating, diarrhea, rash, it can potentially increase your susceptibility to diseases, as well as a list of other unwanted effects [R, R, R, R, R, R]. Other than that, Maltodextrin supposedly can also be used as a cover-up additive masking many much more hazardous additives within the supplement [R, R, R].
Corn Starch in low amounts probably won’t affect you that much. However, large quantities of it can be very detrimental. A fan fact that illustrates this and betrays the essence of it – when you fill a pool with Corn Starch and combine that with the moisture of the body, the substance turns solid enough for a person to be able to walk across it [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]!
That same thing Corn Starch does to the body. Therefore, it is really no wonder that it can cause really insane digestive problems. Furthermore, the fact as of itself also pretty much explains the cause of mineral deficiencies and some other adverse effects associated with Corn Starch [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Modified Corn Starch is essentially chemically altered and modified Corn Starch in order for it to access certain qualities for the use in the supplement [R, R, R, R, R]. I have to admit, the sources are very stingy on the adverse effects of Modified Corn Starch [R, R].
However, do remember that it is only a chemical alteration of the Corn Starch. Any such alterations are very unlikely to make it a healthy substance for intake. Thus, better avoid it.
BHT is the abbreviation for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. BHT is primarily used for preserving oils from becoming rancid and oxidation [R]. But is it harmless or harmful – that’s a pretty big mystery. There are studies, which lead to believe that this substance actually helps to prevent cancer and has other beneficial effects. And then there are different studies, which state the exact opposite. But overall there is more evidence suggesting it being harmless when used in small amounts [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]. Nonetheless – lack of definite conclusions. I would recommend avoiding this additive.
Blue 2 Lake and Red 40 Lake are artificial colors. Artificial coloring is known to cause hyperactivity, irritability and other unpleasant behavior patterns in children, as well as a large range of different cancers [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Crospovidone (also known as E1202) is the insoluble form of polyvinylpyrrolidone. This additive is primarily used either for better tablet disintegration or as a binder [R, R, R]. Supposedly, due to the fact that it is insoluble, the body completely excretes it from the system, which incidentally also means that it’s safe for long-term use [R].
Gelatin is made out of animal (usually pig’s, lamb’s, cow’s, fish’s, chicken’s) ligaments, tendons, skin, bones, and tissue. Yeah, not one’s typical favorite meal. Nonetheless, Gelatin is incredibly beneficial. This is because it provides the body with various amino acids: proline, glycine, alanine, hydroxyproline, valine, as well as few other [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
And although Gelatin might come with an unpleasant taste, heartburn, bloating, belching or heaviness in the stomach, overall the benefits of Gelatin by far outweigh these side effects [R].
Hydrogenated Palm Oil is essentially trans-fat only with a different name. Stay away from substances alike like the plague. Because not only such substances will damage your cells (that includes scarring arteries), they are very likely to cause ADHD, obesity, diabetes, inflammation and will interrupt normal brain function. There are also a number of other possible adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R].
In fact, hydrogenated oils are among the most harmful additives there is to any food. Period [R, R]. Have you ever heard of the adverse effects of High Fructose Corn Syrup? Hydrogenated oils are of that same caliber. Probably even worse.
Hypromellose is short for Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (also known as E464), which is one of the harmless additives [R, R, R, R]. Some even claim that Hypromellose is slightly beneficial [R]. And even in huge doses, it will either not have any side effects or you might feel bloating, encounter constipation or diarrhea [R, R].
When one actually takes apart that what is thrown at Magnesium Stearate, you will get a totally different picture. Therefore, I have to agree with the minority of professionals, who assert that Magnesium Stearate is completely safe to use in multivitamin supplements (or any supplements for that matter) [R, R, R, R, R].
Medium-Chain Triglycerides basically are a variety of fats that are healthy and can be immediately used by the body (and it does not necessarily need extra energy to convert these into something usable) [R, R, R, R]. They are very safe in terms of side effects: they’ll either have none or on rare occasions they may cause diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea or vomiting [R, R, R].
Other than that, Medium-Chain Triglycerides are extremely beneficial to consume as they have many potential benefits. These include, but are not limited to improved brain function, lower cholesterol levels, weight management and boosted energy levels [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Polydextrose is a low-calorie carbohydrate, which is manufactured out of glucose and sorbitol [R, R, R]. Overall, contrary to what I anticipated, Polydextrose isn’t really a health concern. Although it can cause diarrhea or bloating, if consumed in big amounts, it is in fact supposedly quite beneficial [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Talc (also known as Talcum Powder) is subject to quite a debate. From what I gather though, it is more than very likely to cause various cancers. At least there is a complete lack of convincing evidence to suggest otherwise. Thus, I do highly recommend not to consume it! And to even avoid any type of products containing Talc (that includes healthcare products, baby products, etc.) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Titanium Dioxide is a substance used for everything to attain white color: paint, pills, tablets, food, especially sweets, etc [R, R, R]. All in all though, Titanium dioxide is a pretty abundant natural substance in the environment. And it is not deemed harmful. At least so it used to be [R, R, R].
Nowadays, the industry produces two different types of Titanium Dioxide: the regular one (the one, which naturally occurs in nature) and the nanoparticle one. There is no real way of telling, which form does a supplement (or any other product for that matter) contain because the labeling does not necessarily differ. However, these nanoparticles are the second most produced nanomaterial out there. Thus, there really is no reason you should assume a product does not contain them unless indicated otherwise [R, R].
The problem with nanoparticles is that they are too small for the body to filter. Whereas, this means that they literally can freely move to any part of the body and cause inflammation. And this is extremely bad. Because this means that these particles can and will cause immense damage to any and all parts of the body (including the brain). Just to illustrate few examples would include mitochondrial (energy producers within the cells) damage, lung damage, and flat out brain damage [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Definitely Among The Very Worst Multivitamins For Women
Overall I have to admit that this supplement is something to avoid.
Essentially, Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus is the same as Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus only worse. This is because other than Iron, Vitamin B5, and Calcium, it has all the same stuff, but more often than not in amounts that are less.
All in all, the nutrient forms and amounts of this supplement are nowhere near good or sufficient. It has no other beneficial substances. And additive wise it’s pure garbage.
Therefore, by no means will Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus help you to be healthier. I even find it a bit paradoxical that it is targeted towards women over 50 because it will not help you to live longer. If anything, exactly the opposite. The overdoing with Iron also won’t bring any good news.
I would even go that far as to say that, you would more than likely be better off not taking any multivitamin supplement than consuming Centrum Silver Women 50 Plus.
Other than that, there, of course, are in existence awesome supplements that you can get to potentially improve your health. I’ve written an article on some of them here.
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