Centrum Women Review – Going Crazy On Harmful Additives

Initial Thoughts  |  Nutrient Forms  |  Nutrient Amounts  |  Additives  |  Success Rate  |  Final Thoughts  |

In this Centrum Women review, we’ll take a look at the supplement from every single angle.

What I mean is that we will go through and discuss all of its ingredients – both the beneficial ones and the inactive ones (additives). We’ll look at the amounts and nutrient forms and whether or not these can help you balance out any nutritional gaps. Lastly, we’ll also be looking at what other people think about it and the success rate it enjoys.

Initial Thoughts & Claims On Centrum Women

According to the manufacturer, “Centrum® Women is [a supplement] personalized for women to feed your cells and help support energy, immunity, and metabolism. Plus, this multivitamin contains micronutrients to help women maintain a healthy appearance and contains vitamin D for strong bones” [R].

Centrum Women ReviewSo, in essence, the supplement not only promises you more energy but it also assures to improve your immunity, metabolism, bone health, and even healthy appearance (which the description page does also later emphasize).

The supplement is also said to be free of GMOs (which is a great thing), as well as being gluten-free. Hence people with celiac disease will also (in theory) can take advantage of this.

While the description page itself does not contain a whole lot of information apart from that which I already mentioned, it still takes advantage of some persuasion tactics.

What they stand firm on is that “providing essential micronutrients, Centrum® is backed by 40 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin”. Hence implying that Centrum Women will probably be and is one of the best multivitamins on the market [R].

I mean, it’s the most complete supplement backed by 40 years of nutritional science. It must be a good one, right?

Well, I used to think that too.

Turns out it’s not the story of Centrum Women at all.

Nutrient Forms Are Average Most Of The Time

In essence, the nutrient forms you’ll find in Centrum Women are identical to those present in its Men’s counterpart. Which can be all in all summed up as something that Centrum is trying to cut costs on.

That said identifying them can be quite a challenge as they are not straight-up written next to each respective ingredient. But rather they just dump every single ingredient in a remarkably confusing and hard-to-follow-along list (I wonder why such choice as most supplements don’t do that, it’s definitely something very specific only to Centrum vitamins).

Centrum Women Ingredients (Supplement Facts)For some, a valid question may arise. Why should we bother to identify the exact nutrient forms? Isn’t knowing that how much you get (which is mentioned on the label) enough?

Well, no. This is because just knowing the amounts isn’t the whole story.

Not all nutrient forms are created equal. Meaning, there are those that absorb superbly, those that absorb well, those that absorb poorly, and those that don’t absorb at all (despite them being added to the supplement) [R, R].

So, it rather goes without saying that nutrient forms are one of the most important aspects when it comes to any supplement.

And in this regard, Centrum Women isn’t doing a particularly great job (maybe that’s the reason why they’ve chosen this incredibly confusing approach to identify the nutrient forms, or maybe it’s to create the impression that they don’t matter that much, who knows).

You have stuff like the synthetic Dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate for vitamin E, which is half as effective as the natural one, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride for vitamin B6, which is nowhere near as beneficial as it’s bioavailable counterpart (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate), as well as other similar examples [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

In this regard, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B7, C, D, K, as well as the form for Potassium, Chromium, and Iodine are all fine.

Whereas everything for Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B5, B9, B12, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc, and the already mentioned vitamin B6 and E, are most of the time very poor choices (at the same time stuff like Chloride and Phosphorus are without any need in a multivitamin).

Thus, it’s fair to say that there won’t be a lot of benefits from these.

Only About Half The Time It Subscribes To 100% Daily Values

But that likely lack of benefits is only further emphasized by the fact that there’s just too little of everything within the Centrum Women.

Raw Nutrient Amounts For Centrum Women ReviewGenerally speaking, there are at least two approaches when evaluating vitamin and mineral amounts within any single supplement.

The first is the more traditional approach and it’s based around 100% Daily Values. The other one is the more exotic and lesser-known path, which goes by aligning your multivitamin’s nutrient amounts with the values defined as the best practices.

Of these two, the approach of 100% Daily Values clearly is the less demanding one. But as for the Centrum Women supplement, it can’t even keep up with that.

What I mean is that you literally are going shorthanded to the war with nutritional gaps if you choose this one.

To illustrate, vitamin A, D, E, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, Iron, Iodine, and Molybdenum are either equal to or above 100% Daily Values. Whereas stuff like vitamin C, K, B1, B2, B3, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, and Chromium are below the very minimum of what you should have.

In this regard, it, however, must be mentioned that also Calcium and Magnesium are below 100% but that’s pretty common among multivitamins (so, I refrained from putting emphasis on that as being bad).

Same goes for Phosphorus, Chloride, and Potassium (getting 100% for these out of a supplement alone are likely to be detrimental, so, again, this is not bad).

Overall, though, there’s nothing really awesome or worth commending when it comes to Centrum Women.

It’s very, very average in all that it offers and do.

But it’s beyond worse when also additives come into the picture.

Cancer, Digestive Problems, Lung & Brain Damage

Additives or the other ingredients are ingredients mainly added to make supplementation possible at all and sometimes to give certain properties to the capsules, tablets or any other delivery form, like color, taste or release timing.

The Supplement Contains A Ton Of Different AdditivesHence, although they are not there to directly provide any benefits, they are still very important.

On that note, not every additive will be a harmless one. Thus, it’s really important to do the research before deciding on a particular supplement.

When looking at the additives for the Centrum Women, we again find ourselves at their confusing ingredient list.

No worries, I’ll simplify it. This supplement contains the following additives.

Calcium Carbonate, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Crospovidone, BHT, Blue 2 Lake, Corn Starch, Gelatin, Lecithin (soy), Magnesium Stearate, Modified Corn Starch, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Red 40 Lake, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, and Yellow 6 Lake.

Of which Calcium Carbonate, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, and Tocopherols can be both the beneficial substance used to deliver a mineral or vitamin or the additive.

Either way, it’s likely that we’re looking at 21 different additives for a single multivitamin.

To put that into perspective, the best conventional multivitamins for men or women, or the unconventional ones typically have 3-4 additives per supplement. No more than 5.

So, how’s 4-7 times the variety of additives to your liking?

I mean, I personally would be fine with that. But only if all of them were at least harmless. With this particular supplement, however, that is NOT the case at all.

Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, and Yellow 6 Lake are artificial colors. Colors that are associated with a wide range of different cancers, all kinds of unpleasant behaviors in children, as well as hyperactivity and irritability [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

Artificial Colors Is One Of The Worst Substances You Can Ever Have In A SupplementThen there’s another color known as Titanium Dioxide. The main problem with this one is that it likely comes in the form of nanoparticles, which is too small to be effectively filtered by our bodies. Thus, may result in lung damage, liver damage, even potentially brain damage, as well as other organ damage [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

Another likely harmful one is Talc. I mean, it has been hotly debated whether or not this causes cancer. However, given that far, far more court cases have been won proving this correlation than not, I would suggest avoiding it in all products – be it food, supplement, skincare or baby products [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

As for Corn Starch and its Modified counterpart, these can not only cause digestive problems in general but they can also inhibit the absorption of the very minerals you are trying to add to your routine through supplements (like Centrum Women) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

In the supplement you also get Maltodextrin. It’s a hidden sugar that spikes blood sugar levels. And thus, not only can it harm your health as exactly that but also it has the potential to cause such additional side effects as sudden headaches, rash, bloating, difficulty breathing, weakened immunity, diarrhea, and a few more [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

Like this wasn’t already enough to never waste your money on the Centrum Women, I do feel there might be other dangers here as well [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].

But, how do you feel about the supplement?

Would you agree that there are just too many potential side effects/dangers there?

I mean, surely it’s not a mark of a great supplement, right?

Well, but there’s a very interesting borderline controversial aspect about it.

The success rates.

What Is This High Success Rate? How Did That Happen?

Success rates are not always that straight forward. There are many aspects that can influence them. Moreover, a good success rate alone does not indicate a high-value supplement.

And that is exactly the case with Centrum Women.

Taking a comprehensive look at every single real customer review I could find online revealed that this supplement, in fact, is a very well-received one. Or to be exact, at least 90% of people, who bought it, enjoyed it.

Did We Miss SomethingSo, are we missing something here?

Well, not necessarily.

Even essentially bad and harmful (or partly harmful) supplements have been proven to at times enjoy high success rates [R, R, R, R, R].

I mean, let’s be real here. 

Despite the harmful substances in Centrum Women, it still has a few useful ones. And those nutrients that it does have (though most of the time in insufficient amounts) can still account for a benefit.

Furthermore, it’s not like you’ll develop cancer overnight by using the supplement. Instead, the Artificial colors and Talc can effectively contribute to acquiring such a condition over time (same for the others).

Moreover, high success rates might also be the case of superior marketing practices. To me, “backed by 40 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin” sounds pretty convincing [R].

Centrum As A Manufacturer Is Amazing At SalesAnd not going into details or the details being too confusing to follow along (which this definitely is the case for a typical consumer) can definitely contribute to more sales.

So, even though they might not be creating the absolute best and beneficial supplements around, they are pretty smart at leveraging that what they can do. Marketing.

They’re rather “backed by 40 years of awesome & superior marketing to bring you the most complete multivitamin”.

In that sense, there’s a great rule to always follow when it comes to assessing global success rates.

They only really matter if a supplement itself contains zero potentially hazardous and harmful substances.

So, don’t let those customer reviews convince you of the Centrum Women being a viable one.

Don’t Succumb To Superior Marketing

There is NOT much to love about the Centrum Women.

The vitamin and mineral forms are mostly average, the nutrient amounts about half the time fall short of 100% Daily Values. Plus, the additives themselves pose an absolute abundance of risks.

Still, the supplement miraculously enjoys a global success rate likely higher than 90%. Which can only be explained by Centrum’s amazing marketing practices.

I mean, the supplement couldn’t be more average in every single aspect and yet it enjoys a success rate higher than many truly beneficial supplements.

Don’t succumb to those marketing practices, my friend.

Many, many people have.

Don’t be one of them.

On that note, if you’re interested in multivitamins for women that can truly benefit your health through solid just everything (and zero harmful stuff), take a look at this article right here.

Above all, I hope this Centrum Women review helped you find the information you were looking for.

8 thoughts on “Centrum Women Review – Going Crazy On Harmful Additives”

  1. This is exactly what I was looking for, a multivitamin between Centrum Women or One A Day for women.

    My husband is currently taking Centrum and he loves it. So, I thought I would just go with the women version and truth told, I was about to purchase it on Amazon. But after reading your review, I had a change of heart. I, for sure, don’t want this one.

    There are way too big a number of additives. And I’m worried about that, especially in regards to those that may cause cancer.

    I really appreciate the review. And quick question, is it a similar story also with the Centrum Men?

    I just need to know because if that is the case, my husband needs some changing of heart too.

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    • Hey, Christine!

      I’m glad you found this review before actually wasting your money on the Centrum Women.
      Yeah, it’s pretty much an ocean of additives.

      As for the Centrum Men, you can read the full review by clicking on the link. In a few words, yeah, it’s a very similar case what regards the additives and potential dangers.

      Hence, that changing of heart I feel will be very useful.

      Cheers, and have a Great One!
      Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
      Matiss

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  2. It appears to me you have done an outstanding job of researching this product.  You seem to be very knowledgeable about what makes up a good supplement.  I commend you.

    It’s good to know that Centrum has its drawbacks.  I’m familiar with the brand, though I’ve never used it.  It is very good that you added the article in which you discuss other possible women’s vitamins and how they stack up.  How nice to have some good data on what is available.

    There are a couple you missed, and I suppose they are because they are MLM products, and not found in stores.  I used to be a distributor for Nikken.  They produce a vitamin in which the ingredients are pharmaceutical grade, which means they have been placed in the correct amount in each capsule.  They aren’t many companies in the world who do such a thing…I believe Shaklee is the same way, and they are also MLM.

    Nonetheless, it is very good to know what is available to the general public and how these products stack up against each other.  This information is so valuable, and I thank you for giving us access to it.

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    • Hey, Fran!

      I appreciate the concern and I absolutely get where you’re coming from. :)

      However, do know that when creating all of the lists for multivitamins (conventional for men, conventional for women, and unconventional) I did also take a look at Kenzen® Mega Daily 4 (men and women versions) and Shaklee Vita-Lea (men and women versions).

      In particular, I feel the former does not really subscribe to either of the nutrient standards used. Whereas in the case with the latter, I wasn’t fond of the idea of supplementing Nickel. I have written about supplements containing that mineral in the past and I feel there are more dangers with that involved than benefits. That said, I might add the supplement for 2020 update as other than that it is a solid one.

      I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the articles. :)

      Cheers, and have a Great One!
      Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
      Matiss

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  3. Hi, thank you for this informative & essential review of Centrum Women supplement. I’m actually shocked to be reading what you have written. This is not to say that at the end of the day, I don’t completely agree with you (plus references) but I didn’t see that one coming at all.

    I used to think of Centrum as a good brand with a good reputation and solid supplements that you can really count on (and I also liked the price). But obviously, a little deeper dive into all that didn’t prove that assumption and my trust to be well-founded.

    I can only guess but it’s probably the result of their intense marketing.

    Thank you, Matiss, for being so resourceful about this.

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    • Hey, Patricia!

      Yeah, marketing is a tricky thing. It definitely can make a lot of negatives essentially invisible.
      On that note, I’m glad you found the review resourceful, I tried being as objective, unbiased, honest as I possibly could. And the kind words I do appreciate.

      Cheers, and have a Great One!
      Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
      Matiss

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  4. Well!  This is rather strange I must say, my wife bought the centrum women but she is yet to use it. It was actually as a result of carrying out researches concerning supplements that can give strength but we never knew that there’s more to this supplement than all the reviews we’ve seen online. She needs to read this before taking any dosage. The tablet according to this seems to me as a very harmful substance. Thanks.

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    • Hey, Roland!

      I totally get where you’re coming from. But I’d say it’s not strange at all.
      I feel almost all supplement reviews out there fail to recognize the importance of additives used. This is also where that disparity originates.
      And this is also where you can go terribly wrong with so many supplements. Including Centrum Women.

      I’m glad you found this review. And I hope it helped to make a much more informed decision (whatever it may be).

      Cheers, and have a Great One!
      Carpe minutam/Seize the moment,
      Matiss

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