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By Nader Qudimat / Sep 1, 2017

You're wasting your money on multivitamins. 

You are, aren't you?

Why else would you be here?

Okay maybe you don't know what to pick and you need to get the best quality multivitamin so you can get the most out of your training.

It doesn't make sense to continue training like a beast, and not get the most out of minerals and vitamins.

You want to maximize your results, right?​

We lifters are not like average Joes. 

Multivitamins from a local pharmacy or grocery store may not be enough for us and even if they did seem like they were made for athletes, the ingredients are not always naturally sourced. ​

What Are Multivitamins?

Before we even get into any details of what you should be taking, it's super important to understand what a multivitamin is and why you should bother taking them. 

Multivitamins are supplements that aid your nutritional intake, they are like an insurance policy.

Do You Even Need Them?

You don't really need them, but if you're training intense, and even if your diet is in check, you may be missing a vitamin or a mineral.

Now which vitamins / minerals you need are impossible to tell without a blood test.

So if you can't be bothered to check with a doctor, these multivitamins listed are of high quality and should benefit you in the long run.​

And actually you may not even need a multivitamin at all as research has found that most people are only deficient in vitamin B6, iron and vitamin D. ​

That conclusion was drawn based on the general population, not on athletes and bodybuilders. ​

But if you're deficient with vitamin D, you may make the mistake of purchasing vitamin D2, a micronutrient that decreases 25(OH)D3.

The same thing applies with magnesium and other forms of vitamins, you do not want to get the cheap form as they are poorly absorbed and you will just be disposing it down the toilet.​

Now you may be worried about your diet and you'd rather supplement with a multivitamin to ensure you're not missing anything. 

That's fine, but we always recommend getting a blood test done every few months to ensure you're not throwing money down the drain (or toilet in this case).​

Remember a multivitamin can not replace real food. (Check out these protein powders or mass gainers)

Personally, I'd rather have cheap insurance and spend 0.20 cents per day to make sure I am not missing anything.

Stack these with pre workouts and protein powders, you'll be set to make gains this year...​

So here, we'll list the best multivitamins that we've found....

Top 10 Multivitamins For Bodybuilding 

10. Triumph by Legion Supplements

Ingredients:

  • 1500 IU Vitamin A
  • 90mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D, E, K1, K2, B6, B12 and more...
  • Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Citrate, Potassium and more...
  • 500mg Ashwagandha Root
  • 250mg N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 
  • And much more...

Triumph is one of the popular multivitamins selling on Amazon...

It's no wonder because it contains literally every vitamin, mineral and even some herbs for added benefits.

The herbs included range from ashwagandha root (stress and testosterone benefits) to N-Acetyl L-Cysteine for liver health.

The magnesium and zinc forms are very bioavailable, and are the better sources of the minerals.

So no matter what your goal is or lifestyle for that matter, Triumph is a great all-round multivitamin.

9. Vita JYM by JYM

Ingredients:

  • 10,000 IU Vitamin A
  • 250mg Vitamin C
  • 400 IU Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K, B6, B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron, Iodine, Copper...
  • And much more...

Vita JYM keeps it simple by providing naturally sourced vitamins from A to Z.

It is unique however as it doesn't contain Zinc.

Jim Stoppani states that Zinc can inhibit the uptake of amino acids and protein.

Something we bro's would not want. Right?​

Though we can't find anything on Jim's claims for amino uptakes, we think it's because he makes these claims so he can sell his ZMA product. 

Doesn't matter though, this multi is still solid and you most likely don't need every single mineral and vitamin anyway.​

The forms of vitamins are completely natural so you know you're getting as close to natural food as possible with Vita JYM.

There's even 5mg of BioPerine to enhance absorption and bioavailability of all the vitamins in here. ​

8. VitaMode by EVLUTION NUTRITION

Ingredients:

  • 10,000 IU Vitamin A
  • 500mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D, K, B's and more...
  • Zinc Citrate and other minerals..
  • Super green blend 
  • And much more...

Multivitamins come by the hundreds. 

When a new one comes out, no one cares.

But this one is not only relatively new to the category, it's one of the best sellers. 

It's a good sign right?

VitaMode contains all the vitamins you could ask for and more. 

It has naturally sourced vitamins and the minerals are highly absorbable as well.

It also has a green complex containing Phyto Nutrients, and the other blends are included for digestion aid and to enhance absorption of all the nutrients included here. ​

Vitamin K and D are in high levels here to ensure you're getting the most for your joint and bone health. 

Overall this multivitamin is simple and effective looking and should further enhance your nutrition as well as your training.​

7. Armor-V by Muscle Pharm

Ingredients:

  • 6,250 IU Vitamin A
  • 235mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K2, B's, E, and more...
  • Zinc Picolinate, Magnesium Citrate and more...
  • Blends of Superfood, Antioxidants, Probiotics and more...

Muscle Pharm, unlike most companies, uses high quality ingredients for their supplements. 

And the same can be said for their multivitamin.

If you want quality but an affordable option, you can't go wrong with Armor-V.

This multi-V has your basic vitamins, from A to all the B's, to ​K2 and more. 

It also contains a very bioavailable form of Zinc and magnesium so you know your body will get the most out of the minerals here. ​

They took it even further by having a super food (proprietary) blend, containing everything from spinach powder to lemon bioflavonoids. 

Armor-V also includes a 700mg Omega complex, containing everything from flax seed to omega 3's. 

The other blends, which ranges from a digestion to a detoxifying blend, are also decent.​

No matter how hard you're training, you know you'll be getting the most out of your nutrition with the help of this multi-V. 

6. Vita Freak by Pharma Freak

Ingredients:

  • 5000 IU Vitamin A
  • 250mg Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E, B's, and more...
  • Zinc Acetate, Magnesium Citrate and more minerals...
  • 1g Amino Acids
  • 195mg Antioxidant Blend
  • 100mg Immune Support Complex
  • 50mg Detox Blend
  • And much more...

Vita Freak is literally our kind of multivitamin. 

It has a long list of ingredients, mostly in prop blends but are great nevertheless.

The digestive blend and the added Bioperine should help enhance the bioavailablity of all of these ingredients so you know they aren't going to waste (down the toilet in this case!).

It has the best of both worlds, greens and vitamins.

Like most multivitamins listed here, it does not have Iron either.

The downside of this multivitamin is the artificial coloring used for the pills.

Other than that, this is a near-perfect multi-v that is worth checking out. ​

5. Orange Triad by Controlled Labs

Ingredients:

  • 10,000 IU Vitamin A
  • 250mg Vitamin C
  • 400 IU Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K, B6, B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron, Iodine, Copper...
  • And much more...

Orange Triad, like Animal Pak, is the ultimate and complete multivitamin. 

The only thing is that it doesn't contain as much as Animal Pak but it makes it much cheaper and affordable in the long run.

Despite it's lower cost per serving, the quality used in Orange Triad is way up there as most of the vitamins are made from natural sources.​

It has all the vitamins as well as a flex complex for joint health and a digestive blend for digestion aid.

Just like Animal Pak, it does not contain iron. 

4. Performance Pro-Pack by Cutler Nutrition

Ingredients:

  • 800mg Joint Health Blend
  • 1g Fish Oil and Omega 3's
  • 400mg Energy Blend
  • 500mg Super Green Blend
  • Zinc, Magnesium and more...

We usually don't care much for brands that are named after bodybuilders as they are usually over-hyped and under-dosed.

But Cutler has made the cut to our top 10 list here...

Cutlers' Performance Pro-Pack ​is a complete multivitamin that has everything from the basic vitamins, to super green ingredients and even a stimulant blend. 

So if you're on a stim-break and do not want to consume 300mg+ of caffeine​ for energy, you'll enjoy Pro-Pack as it has a nice balance of stimulants. 

The super green ingredients range from avocado to coconut powder so you're sure to benefit from naturally sourced super-foods​ in these pills. 

You can customize and take only the vitamins you require as each pill is defined by its color.

But the downside of this is that they use coloring for the pills, though at least it's not as much as what we see in pre-workouts and powdered based supplements. ​

3. Machine Greens + Multi by MTS Nutrition

Ingredients:

  • 760 IU Vitamin A
  • 247mg Vitamin C
  • 3.0mg Iron
  • 12IU Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B's, Magnesium and more...
  • 4g Green Balance Blend
  • 200mg Super Fruit Blend
  • 100mg Milk Thistle
  • 65mg Choline Bitartrate 
  • And much more...

The problem with most multivitamins, is that the sources and dosages are unreal for the human body. 

We're not designed nor evolved to handle such enormous amounts of vitamins at once.

Nor are we suppose to digest individual dosages of them.

So here we have a solution by the Machine himself (Marc Lobliner), and it's a complete all-in-one solution.

This is probably the only multivitamins that combines full dosages of greens that will benefit your training and nutrition to a whole new level.

It has a lot of veggies, ​fruits and vitamins so you are sure to absorb everything like your body was made to.

The best part about this super nutrient multi-v is that it doesn't have any artificial colors or flavors. ​

This is usually the same price as any other multi-vitamin and the formula is full of quality and premium ingredients.

Try it and you should feel a difference...​

2. Animal Pak by Universal Nutrition

Ingredients:

  • 6g Protein 
  • 9,900 IU Vitamin A
  • 1g Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D, E, B6, B12 and more...
  • Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide and more...
  • Amino Acids
  • Antioxidant Complex
  • And much more...

If there was a Gold Standard for multivitamins, it would be Animal Pak.

It has won the Award of Excellence by Bodybuilding.com many times over and it's constantly referred as being simply the best multivitamin for bodybuilders and athletes alike.

The formula is overwhelming and packed with goodies by containing B-Vitamin variations, amino acids, digestive enzymes and even a solid antioxidant blend.

If you're training at an intense level, there's no doubt you'd look at this as an option.

Animal Pak is made for animals like us.

Now you won't turn into a beast overnight with the help of this multivitamin.

Multivitamins are suppose to help you fill the empty gaps you may be missing already or need more of.

So unlike a pre workout, you're not suppose to "feel" anything besides normal and performing at your very best. ​

So knowing this, you should still try Animal Pak. If you're a beginner or have a near-perfect diet, you'll probably get more than enough by taking this 4-5 times a week.

You'll also save money as this isn't the most affordable multi-v.

The neat thing about this multivitamin is that it comes in either powder or pill form.​

1. Opti-Men By Optimum Nutrition

Ingredients:

  • 10,000 IU Vitamin A
  • 300mg Vitamin C
  • 1500 IU Vitamin D
  • Magnesium, Zinc, calcium, and more...
  • 1g Amino Blend
  • 100mg Phyto Blend
  • 50mg Herb Blend
  • 50mg Enyzme blend
  • 25mg ALA
  • And more....

Optimum Nutrition has had their protein powder, Gold Whey Standard as the best selling protein for the longest time. 

If you're ever in need of a protein powder, you'd likely be recommended Gold Standard. ​

So their multivitamin has to be way up in the rankings right?

Absolutely.

Their multivitamin doesn't just have all the vitamins and minerals, it also includes amino acids, herbs and an enyzme blend to ensure you're getting the most out of your multi-V.

No matter how hyped or great the next new multivitamin might be, Opti-Men will always be recommended.

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