Within the last year, I started to take daily multivitamins again. (Somehow I had stopped for a year or so after my stock from the MA products ran out.) The first place I went to look for multivitamins was my local Shoppers Drug Mart (Walmart is a good choice too), and since then, I’ve been purchasing all my multivitamins from Shoppers.
Here is a list of the multivitamin brands that I’ve tried to date. I thought I’d do a blog post about it since I like to switch my multivitamins up every time the bottle is finished (to make sure that I get a range of vitamins from different sources and so that my body doesn’t get used to the same brand). [Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this blog post.]
I also like how Shoppers Drug Mart always has one or two brands of multivitamins on sale. I always go for the discounted ones since the brands go on sale on a rotational basis anyway. (I love trying out new things and blogging about it, so why not do so with multivitamins? Haha.)
(I used to love the chewable multivitamin from Jamieson [I used to buy these in stock whenever they were on sale], but somehow I didn’t find these at Shoppers anymore. Had they discontinued them?) This is also what started me on trying different multivitamin brands since the one I used to like wasn’t available anymore.
1) The first one I tried was the “Nature’s Way Alive! Women’s Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Gummies“. It had 60 gummies in a bottle. I had never tried gummies before as multivitamins and thought it would be a good idea to try something new. However, upon getting these, I realized that the vitamin and mineral content in these is a lot less when compared to the tablet ones. The taste of the gummies is like a candy. You also have to chew two a day since one gummy doesn’t contain enough of the supplements as a single tablet would.
Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan of these and don’t recommend them. I’d rather take one tablet than two gummies. However, I do understand that some people might prefer these if they don’t like swallowing tablets/aren’t able to do so.
2) The second brand I tried was the “Centrum Forte Essentials Adults Complete Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement“. It had 100 tablets in a bottle. I quite liked this one. The multivitamin was in tablet form and contained a lot of minerals that are essential plus lutein and lycopene as well. The size of the tablet wasn’t too big and was easy to swallow. I also felt better physically with these tablet forms than the gummy ones. I would buy this brand again.
3) After the Centrum ran out, I tried the “Women’s Most Complete Multi” from Webber Naturals. This one was unique because it was entirely vegetarian with “55 essential nutrients with real food extracts”. It was “high absorption, easy-swallow, one-per-day vegetarian capsules.” There were 90 capsules in the bottle.
These were indeed very easy to swallow, and I liked that it was entirely meat free. However, I wasn’t a vegetarian so I wasn’t sure if I really needed these vegetarian capsules. I would still get these again though (when they’re on sale).
4) The next brand I tried was the “Spectrum for Women” from the Life brand (exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart). This had 22 vitamins and minerals plus lutein, lycopene and beta-carotene with 90 tablets in the bottle. These tablets were similar to the Centrum brand, but the size of the tablet was slightly larger which made it a little bit more difficult to swallow. When comparing this to the Centrum brand, I would choose the Centrum over this Life brand.
So far my favourites are the Centrum brand (for easy-to-swallow tablets and good range of nutrients) as well as the Webber Naturals vegetarian capsules (easy to swallow and made from real food extracts).
I will keep updating this blog post as I continue to try different brands of multivitamins! If you have any multivitamins you personally recommend, please let me know in the comments. 🙂
Important disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or dietitian or medical professional and have no background in medicine whatsoever. Please don’t use this blog post as a reference for what multivitamins you should buy for yourself. I am only sharing what I bought as a consumer and what I experienced from using these products. This is also not a sponsored post as I bought all of these multivitamins myself for personal consumption. Please consult a medical professional for what your body needs.