Yesterday’s JAMA study showing a decreased incidence of cancer among older men taking a daily multivitamin (Centrum Silver) is certainly good news. Centrum Silver has been tested many times by ConsumerLab.com and passed each time. The formula in Centrum Silver has been recommended by ConsumerLab.com due to its conservative levels of vitamins and minerals—intended to help seniors meet daily nutrient requirements but not exceed tolerable intake levels which raise toxicity risks. As with most things, moderation has generally been found to be the best approach when using supplements.
In ConsumerLab.com’s most recent testing of multivitamins, Centrum Silver and four other senior multivitamins, all with the identical vitamin/mineral formula, passed testing. This is impressive, considering that 34 percent of the multivitamins selected for testing in this review failed to meet quality criteria for their contents, labeling, and/or ability to properly break apart in solution. However, the other Centrum Silver-like products all cost significantly lessthan Centrum Silver—only 3 or 4 cents per day compared to 11 cents for Centrum Silver.
The less expensive products were from Costco (Kirkland brand), Dollar General (DG Health brand), Sam’s Club (formerly Member’s Mark brand), and Walmart (Equate brand).