In this Nature Made Stress B-Complex review, we’ll have a good immersive look at all that there is to know about the particular supplement and what it has to offer.
Thus, this article will be broken down into a few sections. First of all, we will go over all the pretty claims and promises that are made about the supplement. And after that we’ll look into what it is really about – dissect its containing vitamins, their amounts, and all that is additive-related.
All to make as accurate of an assessment about the Nature Made Stress B-Complex as possible.
The goal here is to create a review so thorough that there would not be a need for you to ever look at another supplement review for this specific supplement. Therefore, if there is a section or aspect I haven’t covered but you’re interested in, let me know. And I’ll add that to the review.
Nature Made Stress B-Complex Review – Overview
Nature Made Stress B-Complex is a supplement that is built combining 8 essential B vitamins along with vitamins C and E, and Zinc to make all kinds of awesome things happen for your health.
Characteristically, to Nature Made, the description page also for this supplement is filled with all kinds of valuable and not so valuable information.
The description page offers information on product details, supplement facts, dosage and interactions, FAQs, and quality, as well as, of course, info on key insights of the supplement [R].
In essence, all the claims made are pretty straight forward.
All the various B vitamins are to help support cellular energy production. Vitamins C and E are for that antioxidant support. Additionally, vitamin C with Zinc is to support the immune system’s function. Zinc is also said to be vital for normal growth and development (but by the way all minerals and vitamins are).
Above all, the supplement is said to be of their highest quality – everything about it is said to be guaranteed to meet their high-quality standards and to be made from carefully selected ingredients under strict manufacturing processes.
Additionally, the Nature Made Stress B-Complex is said to be free of Artificial Flavors, Added Colors, Preservatives, Yeast, and Gluten.
I mean, it all sounds awesome and nice. But can that same be said about the actual product?
We’ll get into that next.
Nutrient Forms Are Really Not Impressive At All
One of the most important things about any supplement is the fact of how effective vitamin and mineral forms it uses for your benefit.
This is because not all nutrient forms are created equal and thus, absorbed by our bodies equally. Some our bodies absorb much better than others, while some they can’t absorb at all. And there are all kinds of variations in between.
And many… Okay, let’s be honest here – most people don’t know about this. And most companies do not put forth any effort to educate people about this. Profit-only-oriented.
So, keeping this in mind, it’s a must to investigate the nutrient forms found in any of the supplements you choose to or are thinking about purchasing (if you’re not sure whether or not you can do it effectively yourself, we can do it for you, no costs involved).
When it comes to the Nature Made Stress B-Complex there is really nothing impressive at all.
I mean, generally, all of the vitamin and mineral forms are of the poor or average breed.
Vitamin B1, B6, B9, and B12 are less than optimal choices. Meaning, while the vitamin B1 form is kind of a standard when it comes to supplementation, the rest three are just a disappointment. There are better options for each of these vitamins [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Vitamin B2, B3, B7 and B5 are all solid choices. On that same note, the former three are kind of the typical choices of vitamin forms in all kinds of supplements. Thus, only the vitamin B5 form can be commended [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
When it comes to vitamin C, it’s again the standard you’ll find among most supplements. It will provide benefit but it’s not considered the most effective form either [R, R, R, R].
Whereas, the Copper added to the supplement… Well, I bet you won’t be expecting this one.
The form that it’s in (Copper Oxide) has been proven in studies to be completely unabsorbable by the human body. Meaning it says you’re getting 3 mg of Copper Oxide, while in reality, you are getting none [R, R].
So, why then it’s there?
Well, why not? It makes it seem that the supplement offers more than it actually does. So, better chances of higher profit, I guess.
This just illustrates how important it is to know your vitamin and mineral forms.
Amounts Might Seem Sufficient – They Are Not
Vitamin and mineral amounts are yet another crucial aspect of any supplement.
Sometimes poor nutrient forms can be made up for if their amounts are very solid. However, it is not always possible. Or even desirable.
On that note, there are many possibilities and potential options as to what kind of guidelines to follow when it comes to proper nutrient amounts. Prime Daily Values is arguably among the best choices. Whereas following percentage daily values is among the worst [R].
Nature Made Stress B-Complex while typically does offer higher amounts of nutrients than what percentage daily values prescribe, it does fail most of the time to fulfill the standards set by the best practices.
For example, vitamin B1 and B2 are in 2.5-5 times fewer amounts than what’s ideal. For vitamin B6, that difference is 5-10 times, for B7 – 3-22 times, for B9 – 2 times, or for B12 – 42-84 times, etc.
I believe the core idea is clear.
While some of the nutrients are in sufficient amounts (vitamin C, B3, and Zinc), the rest are not.
Thus, it comes without a surprise that overall, this is by far less than optimal.
I mean, don’t get me wrong you can still see and feel the benefit in this. But there’s a much better chance of it not living up to it. Ultimately, it’s fair to say that this is not the best approach for vitamin B supplementation.
As For Additives, There Is Some Shady Stuff
Additives, additives, additives… Many try to avoid every single one of them. But only certain kinds are to be avoided. The rest actually help us by making it possible to form capsules and other forms of supplementation for our gain.
So, you should always check them before embarking on a new supplement or let us check them for you (we’ll gladly do that for you).
In this regard, Nature Made Stress B-Complex generally has safe additives. However, there is one shady one that I’m having troubles of working out whether or not it is something that is a must avoid.
But first, let’s get on to one more that I am not a fan of having in the supplement.
Modified Food Starch.
I mean, generally, this might be fine. However, let us consider that modified part.
Modification, in essence, means that the food starch (which most probably is corn) have been chemically altered in order for it to ensure certain functions in the supplement. Whereas that alteration process is also probably (to put it mildly) not on the healthy side [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
On that same note, it might be somewhat okay if it would be proclaimed that the supplement is GMO-free. But it’s not. So, I’m more than convinced that this ingredient definitely has to do something with that.
Then, of course, we have that shady ingredient I mentioned already. Polyethylene Glycol.
I mean, some credible sources tell the story of it being harmless, apart from a case if you’re encountering an allergy. But then again, there are even such claims made by credible sources on High-Fructose Corn Syrup [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Overall though, I am pretty convinced that in amounts that it’s present in the supplement it should not cause any trouble. Again, if it’s not a question allergy. But do keep in mind that in large amounts it can be an extremely nasty additive (thus, be wary of consuming a high number of foods containing this substance) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
For some people, also Calcium Carbonate may raise some concerns but generally, it should be fine along with all the other additives.
Final Thoughts On Nature Made Stress B-Complex
I mean, overall the Nature Made Stress B-Complex can definitely offer some benefits and health gains. However, it’s not a great piece of supplementation.
The nutrient forms are pretty miserable for a specialized B vitamins supplement. Furthermore, most of the time they may be insufficient for a solid benefit.
Also, the additives have some shady members. Which although generally may not harm you, I’d still prefer (and would suggest you too) to avoid.
Consequently, my verdict would be to avoid the Nature Made Stress B-Complex. There is no need to take an average breed B vitamin supplement.
On that same note, if you’re looking for a supplement that could add some B vitamins to your daily regimen, do consider a proper multivitamin supplement.
All of those offer everything that this supplement does but in a much more better quality and quantity. And all this while also providing other nutrients that can go a long way into helping you address whatever it is that you’re seeking.
Above all, I hope this Nature Made Stress B-Complex review helped you find the information you were looking for. But if not, I’ll be happy to hear any advice in the comments on how I could further improve it.
Other than that, if you get a chance, even one line in the comments helps a ton and will be highly and sincerely appreciated.
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Cheers, Stay Healthy & Have a Great One!