When I first made a commitment to myself to make fitness a serious focus, I visited GNC
to pick up the basic essentials. Not knowing anything, I walked in completely mesmerized by the epilepsy-inducing product labels claiming to “put on slabs of muscle” or “get you ripped, Shredded
, and redonkulously cut”. Luckily, the sales rep that day recommended that before anything else, I get myself on a solid multi-vitamin
. She ended up selling me a bottle of GNC
’s Mega-Men Sport. I dosed this product twice a day – morning and night – with meals.
So I know you’re thinking “uh Cray, wtf… rating taste on a multi? Noob.” Here’s the deal though, most multi-vitamins
(at least the ones that I have tried) generally have a very rough exterior and a strong mineralized taste. Opti-Men
is a perfect example of this (it’s what I am currently taking), and on occasion the pill will get stuck in my throat, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.
This is not the case with Mega Men. Although it is a slightly bigger pill, Mega Men has a smooth coated exterior and a very nice cocoa flavor. Although these factors are of minimal importance to most people, I wanted to point out that for those individuals who have trouble swallowing pills or are put-off by the gritty texture and taste of most vitamins, MM would be a good option to consider.
Judging the effectiveness of a multi-vitamin
is no simple task in my opinion. Its effects are generally much subtler on the body and less noticeable, making this a difficult category to judge. I will say that I experienced a significant increase in my overall energy levels, especially around the normal 2PM crash hour. Additionally, I am sure taking MM was generally beneficial to my muscle recovery
, immune functionality, and overall state of health.
In terms of ingredient profile, the MM is about what you would expect from a solid multi. It’s not lacking in any department and contains more than enough of the essential vitamins and minerals to meet a person’s daily requirements.
In my opinion, the value of many GNC
products is damaged by their high cost. Luckily, if you time it right, you can avoid this pitfall with the MM Sport. I believe that I initially paid around $36 (after Gold Card discount) for an “extra-large” bottle containing 216 capsules. At 2 capsules per day, this was just over 3 months worth of vitamins and equated to a per day cost of roughly $0.33. Currently, one can purchase 180 caps of MM Sport for $27.19 during Gold Card week, which comes out to be a daily cost of only $0.30.
In comparison, a bottle of 180 Opti-Men
($19.49 on BB.com) will run you a $0.32 per day cost and will last 60 days (recommended dosing of Opti-Men
is 3 pills per day, as opposed to 2 per day for MM). It is worth noting however, that 3 pills of Opti-Men
do provide a higher dosing of certain key vitamins than does MM. 44 “paks” of Animal Pak
will cost you almost $0.82 per day and will only last 22 days, although it is arguable that Animal Pak
is providing much more bang for the buck.
I feel that this is a great option for a men’s multi that often might get discarded as being too expensive because of the brand behind the product. The pricing speaks for itself however, and I know I personally plan on going back to MM Sport once I am finished with my current bottle of Opti-Men