I’ll be the first to admit it. Although I know how important it is to augment my healthy diet with a daily multivitamin, in the midst of the morning chaos, I often forget.
It’s not that the bottle is hidden away somewhere (that’s it, right there next to the cinnamon). It’s not that I have anything against taking vitamins (I don’t). And it’s definitely not because my diet is so complete that vitamins would provide no benefit!
I suspect it’s just because, other than during pregnancy, I’ve never made a regular habit of it.
About weeks ago, after participating in a Twitter chat (if you’ve never been part of a Twitter chat, you’re missing out on a whole lot of fun) hosted by FitFluential and GNC, I got to re-thinking the whole vitamin idea. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea just to ‘fill in the nutritional cracks’, so to speak.
I visited my local GNC store to ask for advice. The sales clerk (so friendly and helpful) pointed me in the direction of the Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak.
Thirty days of prepackaged supplements including;
- 2 multivitamins ‘specially formulated for active women’ (“featuring B-vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production”)
- calcium (650 mg)
- conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, 1000 mg; “a naturally occurring healthy fatty acid“)
- 2 energy enhancer tablets (“helps to enhance metabolism, burn calories and boost energy levels“)
I happily left with my purchase and started taking them the next morning.
A few days later, I received an email from GNC asking me if I’d like to try the very same product and report on it to my readers. I told them I’d just purchased a box, but they insisted on treating me to a second month (as well as a gargantuan tub of chocolate whey protein powder, which I will review soon!). Thanks so much GNC!
What I liked:
- having (almost) all the supplements I need in one package
- feeling more energetic within about a week of starting them (my group fitness participants took note almost immediately and wanted to know ‘what I was on’)
- being forced to drink a very large glass of water with breakfast (they are large pills and I find it challenging to swallow them)
- their name; I feel strong and athletic just taking something with the words ‘ultra’ and ‘mega’ and ‘active’ in it’s name
What I’d like to see:
- the addition of an Omega-3 fatty acid to the mix; I still need to remember to take this on the side. While GNC has another women’s Vitapak that does include Omega-3′s it doesn’t have the fat burners that the Ultra Mega Active pack does. I’m greedy, I want it all
- a little ‘tear here’ spot on the package; I cannot open it without scissors. I have 3 young children and my kitchen scissors are rarely in the kitchen
- instructions as to when to take each supplement. The sales clerk told me to take one of the multivitamins at breakfast and the other later in the day, but I’m curious about the best time to take the other two. For example, I’ve heard differing opinions about the best time to take calcium supplements.
And two words of caution if you’re new to taking high quality vitamins or vitamins with energy enhancers;
- your pee will be yellower than normal (I took a picture to illustrate this point, but decided that you really didn’t need to see it). If you’re like me, this will make you think that you’re not drinking enough and up your water intake, thereby making you get up more frequently through the night to visit the bathroom
- the main ingredient in the energy enhancers is tea (178.2 mg of caffeine per two tablets). If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you might want to scale back your regular coffee or tea intake. It took me three days to figure out why I was still wide awake at bedtime and ditch my second espresso of the day. Now I’m golden.
I have another week’s supply left in the first box, then I’ll be opening box number two. I think this is a product I’ll be taking for a long time to come (unless they come up with a new package of vitamins that includes both energy enhancers AND Omega 3′s!).
Do you take vitamins daily?
Which ones do you take?
Disclaimer: GNC Canada provided me with a month’s worth of their Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak supplements and I thank them. All comments and opinions expressed in this review are my own. NB. Since writing this post I have become an Affiliate Marketer for GNC. Purchases made through this website will result in my receiving a commission from them. For more information, please see my Privacy and Disclosure Policy.