Let me start out by saying that I will frequently drop a recommendation for an ON product, probably more often than I do any other product. I am not a rep for ON, and am not affiliated with the company whatsoever. These recommendations are based solely on the quality of experience I've had with a few...
Let me start out by saying that I will frequently drop a recommendation for an ON product, probably more often than I do any other product. I am not a rep for ON, and am not affiliated with the company whatsoever. These recommendations are based solely on the quality of experience I've had with a few of Optimum's products, and Opti-Men is no exception. This is the only multivitamin I have ever used with consistency, and I have no reason to try anything new. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and Opti-Men certainly ain't broke. Other supps taken at the time were various, as this is a long supply: ON 100% Natural Pro Complex, 100% Natural Whey Gold Standard, AmiNO Energy, Jack3d, MRM Creatine Mono, Oxy Elite Pro... I think that's all. Now let's get to it...
Ingredient Profile: A-
Opti-Men has all the major vitamins and minerals you'd look for in a multi, plus a few extras. Now, you'll have to do your own research regarding the specific impact of all these micronutrients, but potential benefits include: healthy eyesight, healthy skin, stronger teeth and bones, stronger immune response, increased efficiency in DNA synthesis and cell growth, healthier thyroid hormone production, healthier hemoglobin production/oxygen transport efficiency in the blood, and infection prevention. Deficiencies in primary micronutrients can lead to serious health concerns, so Opti-Men covers all the bases. Depending on how rounded your diet is, you may only need 2 pills/day instead of the recommended 3, but this decision is up to you. While taking Opti-Men, I was also using Pro Complex, which contains a number of vitamins and minerals, so I kept my dosage to 2 pills/day. Opti-Men also includes some other substances that have been shown to positively impact health, including a number of plant extracts and other naturally occurring compounds, such as saw palmetto, green tea extract, ginseng, gingko biloba, nettles, garlic, and a number of fruit and vegetable powders. The amino blend is also a nice touch, though I feel it could be a higher amount.
Normally this category wouldn't have much bearing for a pill, but these are pretty formidable. They're not the biggest pills I've ever taken, but they're large and chalky, not smooth like your typical capsule or tablet. They also smell very strong, and you better hope one doesn't stick to your tongue. The oyster extract, combined with some of the other ingredients, create a pretty potent effect. You can smell them on your hand for a good few hours after taking them, even longer if you don't wash your hands.
Either way, I could down all 3 at once fairly easily with a good amount of water. If you have trouble with pills though, these will not be fun. Like I mentioned earlier, you may not even need all 3 to meet your requirements. But in any event, you might benefit from taking a single pill with food in the morning, then another two hours later with a snack, and the third at lunch, or something similar. This might make it less likely that the nutrients would be flushed from your system, although it's a less convenient approach. I can't speak for any added benefit with a staggered dosing protocol.
The most important benefit of this product won't be felt, however it is proven that your body needs and benefits from a healthy supply of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, I will speak more about the extra bonuses of the not-so-main ingredients. These nifty gatherings of powders, extracts, and other compounds provide an excellent supply of antioxidants and vitamin precursors. With the placebo effect in mind, I will also venture to claim that this product provided me with extended natural energy and focus. I was taking the recommended dose of 3 pills/day during college classes, and these effects became apparent to me during a night class I had that went from 6-9PM. I found myself awake and alert, focused on conversation, and able to answer questions clearly and efficiently, without the need for coffee or some other source of energy. The addition of this multivitamin to my daily regimen was really the only change to my routine, so naturally I attributed this increased energy and focus to Opti-Men. This could, however, be misled, but I think it deserves mention (NOTE: this increase in energy and focus was before I started taking OEP). I did not notice any marked increase in mood, although my libido might be a bit stronger when dosing consistently. Overall, vitamins and minerals DO contribute to general health and well-being, and the extra ingredients in Opti-Men provide a variety of benefits, with potential increases to energy and focus. All speculations aside, I have to give effectiveness an A because micronutrients are simply that important.
Side Effects: B+
I couldn't detect any negative side effects aside from bright, blazing, smelly Hulk pee. You MUST drink plenty of water while taking this product to aid absorption, otherwise your body will flush out a lot of it. As long as you stay properly hydrated, and take the pills with food, this shouldn't be much of a problem. There were also no counterindications with any of the supps I mentioned at the beginning of this review.
I got this bottle from Amazon at less than $18 for 180 pills, or a 60 day supply if you take 3/day everyday. To me, this is a more than reasonable price, especially for something that is so important, and packed with so many great ingredients. This is consistently offered with the "subscribe and save" option, which you can cancel at any time to avoid commitments, and it saves you a couple bucks. As long as this product is offered at this price, I will continue to buy it and recommend it.
Everyone should have a multivitamin, no matter your fitness and nutrition goals, or your opinions on supplementation. these micronutrients are just so important for overall health and well-being. From where I'm standing, Opti-Men is one of the best in terms of providing necessary ingredients, with some added bonus as well. I know there are other multis that are probably just as good, but this has suited my needs more than adequately, and I'm sticking with it.
I hope this helps someone make a decision. Any questions, please feel free to reply or PM me. Have a nice day, everyone!
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