In this Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex review, we’ll have a good in-depth look into everything that the supplement offers and that there is to know about it.
Thus, we’ll start out by looking at all the claims that the manufacturer associates with the supplement. After that, we’ll look into the vitamin forms and vitamin amounts for the supplement. And we’ll end off with a look at the additives.
All to make as accurate of an assessment about the Nature’s Bounty Super 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’s Bounty Super B-Complex Review – Overview
Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex is the augmented version of the Nature’s Bounty B-Complex, a supplement that is built and focused towards providing a boost of various B vitamins for anyone who chooses to.
As for the description page, superficially it may seem that there is a lot to go over. I mean, they offer key insights, supplement description that also includes supplement facts, FAQ’s, a section for related products and one for related information, as well as one for reviews [R].
On that same note though, neither of these sections contain a whole lot of information. The related information is barely relevant, for the FAQ’s there’s nothing there, there are only a few reviews, and related products – well somewhat relevant.
Ultimately, the description is what delivers the essence of the supplement.
And that essence is the supplement being all about the well-being of the heart and your nervous system. They say that it can provide the necessary nourishment for the occasional stress of daily living as well.
And through the added vitamin C, it can provide for support to the heart, as well as benefits for the immune system and antioxidant support.
Then there’s also the No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavor, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Milk, No Lactose, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast, No Fish, plus Sodium Free.
And the claims of being suitable for vegetarians.
Thus, all in all, it’s described practically the same as the Nature’s Bounty B-Complex. But is it truly the more sophisticated version?
Vitamin Form-Wise Preying On Consumer’s Ignorance
Based on the present vitamin forms it sure doesn’t seem so.
The true value of nutrient forms is so often understated. People just tend to look at any given amounts on the label and assume they’re getting that much of the vitamin (or mineral).
Yet, how much you’re actually getting is highly dependant on the vitamin or mineral form present in the supplement.
For example, if you had to choose between 50 mg of Thiamin Mononitrate and 25 mg of Benfotiamine which one would you choose? Both are the active forms of vitamin B1.
While numbers people might go with Thiamin Mononitrate because there’s supposedly twice as more of that vitamin, this is the wrong approach. You will get much more benefit out of 25 mg of Benfotiamine than you would out of 50 mg Thiamin Mononitrate [R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
That said many supplement manufacturers prey on consumer’s ignorance.
And in a sense, Nature’s Bounty B-Complex is one of them. The vitamin forms it offers generally are of the cheap end of the spectrum.
Yet when it comes to Vitamin B6, B9, and B12, it’s again a huge disappointment. The proper forms of these nutrients are so incredibly important. However, they’re just not there [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Don’t get me wrong even these forms of the vitamins can provide some benefit but they’re nowhere as efficient as their most bioavailable counterparts. It’s such a shame for these to be found in a specialized B vitamins supplement.
Overall, the vitamin forms in the Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex are the exact same that are present in the Nature’s Bounty B-Complex. So, clearly, the sophistication and augmentation of the supplement do not show here.
Maybe it comes up somewhere else?
Vitamin Amounts Are Better; Still Far From Ideal
Supposedly, it does. But it’s definitely disputable.
You would expect the vitamin amounts to be more solid in the Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex than they were in the supplement without the ‘Super’, yet it’s not that straight forward.
While some do see improved amounts, many are actually more scarce.
Take, for example, the amounts of vitamin B1. The plain version of the supplement had 5 mg, while the ‘Super’ version has 25 mg, which is the corresponding amount with the best of practices.
Similarly, also vitamin B2 has a 4-time improvement, while the vitamin B7 has a 3.3-times improvement in its amounts over the plain version of the supplement. Which is great but that’s about as far as the improvements go.
In fact, vitamins like B5, B12, and C are in fewer amounts. To be exact, about 2, 2.5, and 2 times fewer amounts, respectively. All this while vitamins like B3, B6, and B9 are staying constant (amounts haven’t changed).
Yes, I fell overall there is an improvement vitamin amount-wise but it is not without losses.
Ultimately, sure, all of the vitamins contain at least 100% of the daily value. However, it must be noted that percentage daily value has generally been developed on the basis of how much of a nutrient you need to not get sick with a deficiency disease [R].
And thus, while all the vitamins can still account for a benefit, there’s a much better chance of them not living up to it.
Additives Are Pretty Good
I feel additives and their potential effects on our health are one of the most ignored things of our time.
While they are necessary for the making of 99% vitamin supplements, it’s really important to look into what they are actually about and whether or not they can harm you.
Because some people believe all of them are bad. Not true.
Whereas, some believe none of them are bad. Again, not true. They, in fact, can harm our health and mental potential beyond recognition if we give in (for example, try consuming High-Fructose Corn Syrup for every meal for a month while feeling healthy) [R].
So, there is a balance there, and it all comes down to what kind of additives are used.
When it comes to the Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex, it uses 5 different additives – Vegetable Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate, Silica, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, and Vegetable Stearic Acid.
All of these are generally fine. However, it’s known that Calcium Carbonate does come with unpleasant side-effects for some people. An that’s the thing.((See my other article for the all the references on any respective additive.))
Even if certain additives does not generally cause any health issues some random allergic reaction may come up for some select few people. We all are different and this isn’t anything out of the ordinary.
It can happen for foods, supplements, and medicine, and anything else you might find yourself consuming.
So, if it does happen, no need to worry, remember that the kind of stuff happens. And just be on a lookout for a replacing supplement with one, few or completely different additives.
Final Thoughts On Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex
While Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex is generally fine for consumption as it does not employ generally harmful additives, it’s still not a good bet for that added benefit of extra B vitamins.
It’s true, it does offer a variety of B vitamins, however, most of them are in average or poor forms for consumption and generally less than optimal amounts.
Thus, while it may give you some boost and all the benefits that are associated with the respective vitamins, I’d say that Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex is not worth your time.
What is worth your time though is a proper multivitamin supplement.
All of those offer everything that the Nature’s Bounty Super B-Complex 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’s Bounty Super 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!