Smarty Pants Adult Complete is claimed to contain “the very best vitamins [..] all in one: premium ingredients delivered in a delicious package at a fair price”. They use “only the best and most well-researched nutrients”. And they use “the form that is easiest for your body to absorb whenever possible” [R].
Looks good. But is it though?
In this Smarty Pants Adult Complete review, I hope to objectively look at these claims, and most importantly, the nutrients and the additives to determine, whether this supplement is an awesome one or not.
Nutrient Amounts & Efficiency
Most Vitamins Are Barely Existent in the Smarty Pants Adult Complete
Smarty Pants Adult Complete contains a bunch of various vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D3, E, and Choline. This means that the ones that are missing that would be ideal here are Vitamin B3 and K1.
In terms of the amounts needed daily, there is a pretty big lack across the board (see Best Practices).
While most of them amount wise go above the minimum value of the day, only one and a half is in amounts that you actually need (I’m referring to Vitamin D3 and partly Vitamin A).
Nonetheless, the vitamin forms themselves are quite okay for the most vitamins.
Vitamin A overall is in pretty bad shape. It is equally important to have both groups of Vitamin A to get the full benefits – the carotenoids and the retinoids [R, R, R]. The retinoids component here is a pretty okay one to use and consume [R, R, R, R, R]. As for carotenoids, Smarty Pants Adult Complete does not offer any form of those.
The best form of Vitamin B1 is the Benfotiamine [R, R, R, R, R]. As for Smarty Pants Adult Complete, its Vitamin B1 is delivered in a pretty standard form (Thiamine Mononitrate). It’s a pretty okay form for consumption [R, R].
Vitamin E in Smarty Pants Adult Complete is available in its natural, most bioavailable alpha form (considered as the most important form of Vitamin E). Yet, overall this is not sufficient as Vitamin E in total consists of 8 different compounds. What I mean is, there are 7 more vitamin E forms that this supplement lacks and neither of these forms can really replace each other [R, R, R].
Minerals Barely Apply to the Smarty Pants Adult Complete
Smarty Pants Adult Complete contains very few minerals. These are Iodine, Zinc, and Sodium. Needless to say that this means that there are a whole lot of minerals that are needed daily, but are just not there – Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Potassium, Molybdenum, Boron and Vanadium.
Regarding Sodium, although it is important for health, information exists that on average people tend to intake through diet enough of this mineral anyway [R]. Hence, there is really no need to have it in your daily supplement.
All in all only Iodine is present in amounts that are considered to be enough. The rest of the minerals in Smarty Pants Adult Complete are either non-existent (as already mentioned) or in amounts way below minimum daily value.
50% of Beneficial Substances Are Very Questionable
There are two additional beneficial substances in Smarty Pants Adult Complete: Inositol and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Inositol is something that is really cool to have. In studies, this substance has proven that it improves mental health, which includes also being able to cure many unwanted mental states (eases anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
I must add though – I do feel like these amounts of Inositol in Smarty Pants Adult Complete are too small to provide any benefit. This is because the dose is just far too insignificant (like 1000 times off).
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (from Fish Oil) are extremely important for your health. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT (this have been proven in numerous studies) [R, R, R, R, R, R]. Therefore, you should consume them daily, BUT I’m not a fan having those in the multivitamin supplement. Mainly for purity reasons.
Additives = Sugar, Lots of Sugar
There are quite many additives in Smarty Pants Adult Complete. But it all comes down to not how many, but how hazardous they are or might be long-term wise. Out of the best multivitamin supplements, we want them to be as harmless and safe as possible.
Smarty Pants Adult Complete have the following additives: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Gelatin, Pectin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavours and Natural Colours.
Many will try to tell you that Organic Cane Sugar is healthy. And while it has some better qualities than the typical table sugar, because it is processed differently, nothing can be further from the truth! The key thing to keep in mind – Organic Cane Sugar is NOT HEALTHY JUST BECAUSE IT IS ORGANIC. Organic Cane Sugar is still sugar [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R]!
Sugar is not healthy in any organic, non-organic or any other possible form. The consumption of high amounts of sugar is linked to obesity, heart disease, aggressive behavior, hyperactivity, eating disorders, depression, learning difficulties, cancer, diabetes and many, many more adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R, R].
Therefore, having sugar in your multivitamin supplement (and also any supplement that would be worth considering) is madness. Purely insane.
Organic Tapioca Syrup is listed as one of the deceiving names of High Fructose Corn Syrup [R, R, R, R, R, R]. High Fructose Corn Syrup is known to cause incredible amounts of adverse effects (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, cancer promotion, etc.) [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
Needless to say that this is something you don’t want in your multivitamin supplement.
As for Gelatin – it can be looked at from two standpoints. The first one – it is made out of animal (most popular being pig, lamb, chicken, fish, cow) skin, bones, tissue, ligaments, and tendons [R, R, R]. Consuming Gelatin is known to at times cause some unpleasant taste, heaviness in the stomach, as well as bloating and belching [R]. Not cool, right?
Well, on the other hand though, Gelatin is 98-99% protein (basically, because it’s made of those animal parts mentioned). And because of this, Gelatin is full of amino acids (like glycine, proline, alanine, glutamic acid and few other), thus has some awesome health benefits [R, R, R]. For example, it improves joint, gut and skin health, as well as improves cognitive abilities [R, R, R, R].
Pectin (also known as E440) is a substance present in almost all fruits. It is definitely a pretty safe substance to intake as consuming way too much Pectin only causes some bloating, gas, flatulence, as well as at times diarrhea [R, R]. Other than that, it is reported to have cholesterol-lowering effects as well as the inhibiting type of effect on cancer [R, R, R].
Citric Acid (also known as E330) is a substance, which naturally occurs in citrus fruits. It is also present in all living organisms. I mean, we have a lot of it in our bodies, because citric acid is present in every cell of the body. It is essential to health [R, R, R].
In spite of some debate on some induced benefits of citric acid [R, R, R]. Citric acid has shown some potentially dangerous and unwanted qualities. The main issue is that Citric Acid also increases the aluminium absorption rate in the body, which incidentally through our daily diet does find its way into the body [R]. This aluminium then finds its way into the brain, which in essence is extremely bad and is linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other [R, R].
Citric acid is even more dangerous when consumed in excess amounts (just look at the labels of different foods, you’ll find citric acid being an ingredient to very many). It is known to induce radicals, which then attack all molecules in the human body (that includes also DNA) [R, R]. Furthermore, excess use of Citric Acid can cause nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, tooth decay and few other adverse effects [R, R, R, R, R].
Some additional concerns do exist considering the manufacturing process of Citric acid. This is because it is not extracted from citrus fruits (as it may seem), but rather it is made by fermenting Aspergillus niger mold, which not in this case, but potentially can be GMO [R, R].
Regarding these particular ones, we should investigate further. But there is just no point to contact the manufacturer of SmartyPants Adult Complete for ingredient information of Natural Flavours. This is because at this point it is pretty clear that this supplement should not be considered among the best multivitamin supplements anyway.
A rule of thumb here is that, if you don’t know what is in a particular natural or artificial flavor, avoid it.
Natural Colouring (Annatto, Organic Turmeric, Organic Black Carrot Juice Concentrate), much like artificial colouring, is a way to add a specific colour to the consumables of the supplement. Artificial coloring is known to cause hyperactivity, irritability and other unpleasant behaviors in children and large range of different cancers [R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R].
However, just because the color is derived from a natural source does not necessarily mean that it is a safe one. Natural colors of plants like Annatto can have some hardcore side effects [R, R, R, R, R].
Adult Complete Is Just Slightly Better Than Sugar Soaked Candy
Well, would I recommend SmartyPants Adult Complete to a very close friend? No, not even the slightest bit.
This supplement can actually cause way more harm than good.
While most of it’s vitamin forms are very good, there are very little, way too little amounts of those. Vitamin B1 0.08 mg? Vitamin B2 0.26 mg? This is ridiculously low. Yet these are not the only examples.
Out of 12 total minerals (& trace elements), Smarty Pants Adult Complete has 2, of which one is not in the amounts necessary. A proper multivitamin supplement should have most of those 12, not just 2.
Also, Inositol and Omega-3 are not enough in terms of amounts.
And then there is the additive list, which won’t serve you well. Sugar across the board with the risk of High Fructose Corn Syrup being a part of it. “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” claim does not do justice as it might be another General Mills’ Vanilla Chex story. (Long story short, that company claimed to not have High Fructose Corn Syrup in the product, while actually, it did have it, only with a different name [R].)
Well, I wouldn’t take my chances with all the warnings about alternate names of High Fructose Corn Syrup floating around the internet. And yes, there are also some other possible issues in the “additive department”.
There are, however, in existence some great examples of multivitamin supplements that have the power to bring great benefit without the adverse effects on your health.
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