It was time to replenish the multi-vitamins
, and usually I would go straight for the best deal on GNC
, Orange Triad
,or Animal Pak
, but I received an promotional e-mail introducing Armor-V from Muscle Pharm
and the profile looked pretty good, with a few things setting it apart from the others, so I gave it shot.
VALUE-(7/10) This is one thing that is hard to rate with this product. I paid $30 for a 30 serving bottle($1/day). Already, this is more expensive than most multi's out there, but as I said, it does have ingredients that set it apart from most. There are two dosing options. The standard, 6 pills, once a day. And, the intense training dose, 6 pills, two times a day($2/day.Yikes!) I must admit, I had a little buyer's remorse. Not because of the quality of product, but at $1-$2 a day, this was not gonna be a long term option for me. If Armor-V fit my personal budget for a multi, I could rate it 9 or 10 in value.
INGREDIENTS- The ingredient profile was impressive. All major vitamins and minerals are included, however, I noticed to be comparable to other quality multis the "intense training" dose would be reqired. There is an Omega 3-6-9 Complex including ALA and Fish Oil
. There is an antioxidant
blend that includes trans-resveratrol,lutein, and lycopene. A detox blend with Milk Thistle
seed and saw palmetto berries is also in there. A pro-biotic and immune enhancer is also part of the profile. Armor-V did fall short IMO, by not including a joint complex. There is no glucosamine or chondroitin, which really would have made this product complete. Alot of multi's don't have joint support, but I feel it would have made this the most well rounded multi out there. The main components that set this apart from other multi's is that it has a green complex and a fruit and vegitable blend. The list of ingredients is too extensive to list, but I feel they are very important, and do very well in filling gaps in your daily nutrition.
EFFECTIVENESS-(9/10) It is hard to determine the effectiveness of a multi vitamin. I did not notice any dramatic increase in energy or overall well being, but I didn't really expect to. However, there were days when I would take a second, 6 pill dose in the afternoon, and it did seem to help with that mid afternoon lethargy that is sometimes common.
TASTE- (10/10) Not usually that relevant in vitamins, but they are small capsules, so they are easily swallowed, and do not cause the "herbal" tasting burbs that some others do.
OVERALL-(8/10) If is wasn't for the price, and lack of joint support, I would have given Armor-V a 10. I think it is a great product, and if it fits your budget, I would definitely recommend it. At the current price point, it is too expensive for me, but if I find a BOGO or other good sale, I will jump on it.