My husband has been taking a daily multivitamin and multimineral supplement every day for the past 30 years. He is not real fussy about what he takes, he will take whatever I happen to buy for him, so I am the person who reads labels and compares the prices.
When shopping at Fred Meyer, I used one of their two for one coupons to purchase two bottles of Kroger One Daily Men’s Health Formula. These bottles contained 100 tablets and retailed for only $4.49, and with the coupon I purchased two bottles for the same low price. The One-A-Day brand sold for $9.99 per 100 tablets.
I spent at least 10 minutes in the store aisle comparing ingredients, and the Kroger brand seemed to sound very similar to the One-A-Day Men’s Health Formula. In fact, the Kroger product read “Compare to ingredients of One-A-Day Men’s Health Formula”.
Both products claimed to have ingredients that will support prostate health, support normal blood pressure, boost your energy and protect your cells. In looking at the actual ingredients, I found very little difference between them. The two products contain the same vitamins and minerals, but the amounts do vary slightly in a few areas.
I did notice that both formulas use ingredients that I consider inferior, however. Both versions use calcium carbonate and I feel that calcium citrate is a form that is better absorbed by the body since it requires less stomach acid to do so. Both product contain vitamin D in its artificial state, not all natural vitamin D3. When looking for a natural form of vitamin D, look for d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, not dl-alpha-tocopherol-acetate. Likewise the magnesium in both is in oxide form, rather than citrate or an amino acid.
Clearly I feel there are better, how be it more expensive multiple vitamins for men on the market, but if I were on a tight budget I would personally purchase the Kroger brand over the One-A-Day version simply for the savings alone.
The break down of the two products claims is that the lycopene, selenium, vitamin E and zinc help support a healthy prostate. Vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc promote healthy eyes. Blood pressure is supported by calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Vitamins B6, biotin, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and thiamin give the body energy and help increase the metabolism, and last vitamins B6, B12, C, E, and folic acid help promote a healthy heart.
To be completely honest, no matter which brand of multivitamins and minerals my husband takes, I fail to see much of a difference in his eyes or energy levels. Each year when he visits his eye doctor, his eyes get slightly worse. He is tired all the time and heads to bed two hours before I do every evening. It is clear to me that while taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement is a good idea, I don’t think we have yet found the one that is right for him.