Overview  |  Vitamins  |  Minerals  |  Beneficial Substances  |  Additives  |  Conclusions  |

In this Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review, we take a truly in-depth look at the supplement.

We take a look at all of the vitamins and minerals, their forms and that, how effective they are. We also examine their amounts and that if they’re sufficient to actually improve health.

And after that, we also look at the additives, which most other reviews neglect, yet they do matter greatly.

Ultimately, I’m extremely confident that there are none other review that’s as comprehensive on this particular supplement as this one.

So, let’s dive right in.

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus: Quick Overview

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus can generally considered as quite a popular multivitamin supplement. Many people recognize the brand and trust it.

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus ReviewAt the time when I first published this article, it was also one of the best sellers in category “Multivitamin Supplements” on Amazon.

As regards to claims regarding the supplement – they’re pretty bold and straight forward.

The manufacturer indirectly implies that the supplement provides higher doses of Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and D.

And they claim their supplement to be “backed by over 35 years of nutritional science to bring you the most complete multivitamin“.[1]

Other than that, they claim it to be non-GMO and Gluten Free verified.

But is it actually good for you?

*If you’re interested in a less scientific, all ingredient-considered content and more interested in the highlights and interesting facts on the supplement, while also giving you the essential information, take a look at this article.*

Vitamin & Mineral Amounts & Efficiency

Vitamins: Great Variety, Little Dependability 

In the infographic a little below and to the right you can see all of the vitamins that this thing has. The only one really missing is Choline.

So, vitamin diversity wise it’s pretty okay. But that’s about it.

Looking at the actual vitamin forms and amounts, it’s evident – the actual state of those is not that great.

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review Infographic – Vitamins

Only some of the forms are the best available. And other than Vitamin D, K and partly also Vitamin A, there is too little of everything.

Vitamin A overall is in a rather good shape.

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus comes with a preformed form of Vitamin A and with 2 forms of Carotenoids (Beta-Carotene and Lutein).

Both forms of this vitamin are very desirable for the full benefit.[2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Vitamin B1 here is not the most beneficial form of the vitamin. There clearly is a more beneficial one.[11] [12] [13] [14] Other than that, this form of Vitamin B1 is quite okay for consumption, kind of a standard when it comes to the forms of this vitamin.[15] [16] [17]

Whereas, Vitamin B2 in this supplement is available in the free form. This is one of the best forms for intake available.[18] [19] [20] Also Vitamin B3 is in great shape.[21] [22] [23] [24]

As for Vitamin B5 the label indicates Calcium Pantothenate. However, just from the name itself it’s impossible to say if it’s the “D” form or the “L” form of Calcium Pantothenate.

The difference is huge.

Calcium D Pantothenate is the form we want in our supplement. The “L” form, on the other hand, is something that we definitely don’t want as it’s only half as available to our bodies as the “D” form.[25] [26] [27] [28] [29]

As this is not indicated on the label, I do suspect that it’s actually the worst of the both.

Well, why else would they not indicate it?

Vitamin B6 is in a form that can not be considered as the most effective one.[30] [31] [32] [33] Whereas, the form of Vitamin B7 is the most bioavailable one.[34] [35]

Then again Vitamin B9 is in the form of Folic Acid, which is one of the most ineffective forms for this vitamin.[36] [37] [38] [39]

Vitamin B12 is in form that is not the best, yet an okay and still very beneficial form.[40] [41] [42]

Vitamin C in Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is present in the synthetic form. It is the most common one in supplements. Nevertheless, in studies it have shown to be as effective as its natural counterpart.[43] [44] [45]

Vitamin D3 and Kare in the best forms for each respective vitamin.[46] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51]

As for Vitamin E, There are 8 natural Vitamin E forms that are important for well-being.[52] [53] [54]

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus have neither one of those.

It has a synthetic form of one of the most common Vitamin E forms, which is known to be at least twice as ineffective as its natural equivalent.[55] [56]

Minerals: Superficially More, But In Essence Less

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus contains 11 of the essential minerals. As well as 4 other elements.

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review Infographic – MineralsSee them below and to the right in the infographic.

Superficially seems okay, but in reality that is not the case at all.

Calcium though possibly available in multiple forms, neither one of those are the best option for supplementation.[57] [58] [59]

Iodine is in a form that is the best for absorbtion in the body.[60] [61] [62]

Whereas, Magnesium in Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is the worst possible option of many.[63] [64] [65] [66]

The Zinc form is very similar to Magnesium – one of the worst possible options.[67] [68]

Selenium is also not in a form you should aim to have in your multivitamin supplement.[69] [70] [71] [72]

Copper in the supplement is in one of the worst forms out there.[73] [74] There would definitely be a room for improvement.

Manganese is both the most commonly used form in supplements and the most poorly absorbed one.[75] [76]

Chromium gives some light, this one is the most desirable form.[77] [78] [79]

Molybdenum is present in a form that is quite average for absortion. There are many much, much better forms for intake.[80] [81]

Potassium is in general really well absorbed, therefore the actual form of it does not matter that much.[82]

Other than that, you should never supplement more than 100 mg of Potassium daily, unless you’re under strict doctor’s supervision.

This is because it is pretty easy to develop serious and life-threatening illnesses, if you over do it with Potassium. Furthermore, you are by far more than likely to have your Potassium-needs met just through your diet alone.[83] [84] [85] [86] [87] [88] [89]

Thus, in my opinion it’s perfectly fine as well to not have any Potassium in your multivitamin supplement.

As for Vanadium, the form is among the less effective ones.[90] [91] [92] [93] But that’s not it.

This form of Vanadium has higher toxicity than any other form. It is even suggested to possibly cause cancer.[94] [95]

Therefore, I would recommend avoiding this form of Vanadium.

Phosphorus, Chloride and Silicon – in essence all are fine to have in a supplement. However, you’re paying for nothing as these you don’t really need in the supplement. You will acquire enough of them through your diet.[96]

Avoid Nickel In SupplementsI would suggest avoiding supplementing with Nickel entirely.

This is for at least five reasons.[97] [98] [99] [100] [101] [102] [103]

First, it is extremely rare to be nickel deficient. Second, it’s very easy to overdose (for example, just by living in industrial areas and inhaling that stuff). Third, every fifth to tenth person is sensitive to nickel. Fourth, any amount you’ll ever need, you will be able to acquire through food. And fifth, it is straight out toxic in excessive amounts.

Therefore, supplementing with Nickel is not only useless, but potentially very, very dangerous.

Other Beneficial Substances Are Scarce

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus contains only one additional beneficial substance: Lycopene.

Tomatoes Are Abundant In LycopeneThis is yet another multivitamin supplement, which is labeled as “supplement for men” based on the fact that it has Lycopene in it (well, every other nutrient in it is as much needed for men as for women). But this is completely unreasonable as it does also greatly benefit women.[104] [105] [106] [107] [108] [109]

Nevertheless, Lycopene is incredibly potent as an antioxidant, it protects DNA, prevents and slows down various types of cancer, improves heart and skin health and has other benefits.[110][111] [112] [113] [114] [115][116] [117] [118] [119] In essence, Lycopene is extremely beneficial to have.

Additives Are Crazy Abundant In This One

The list of additives for Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a pretty long one. Here’s all of them:

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Modified Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, BHT, Blue 2 Lake, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Magnesium Stearate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Polydextrose, Red 40 Lake, Sodium Ascorbate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Yellow 6 Lake.

19 additives total.


That can’t be good.

Microcrystalline Cellulose is one of the safest additives out there. In big amounts however, it can cause some bloating, constipation or diarrhoea.[120] [121] [122] [123] [124] [125]

CornstarchCornstarch is starch derived from corn (simple enough) primarely used as a thickening agent. In low amounts it probably won’t affect you that much, but large quantities can affect you adversely pretty hard. I mean, if you fill a pool with it combined with moisture of the body, it turns solid enough to walk across it, it’s pretty amazing in a negative way![126] [127] [128] [129] [130] [131] [132] [133] [134]

This is what cornstarch does to the body. Therefore it can cause some serious (and I mean serious) digestive problems. Corn starch can also cause mineral deficiencies, as well as addiction and other adverse effects.[135] [136] [137] [138] [139] [140] [141] [142] [143]

I would strongly advise to steer clear of the substance known as Corn Starch.[144]

Modified Corn Starch is essentially Corn Starch that have been chemically altered in order for it to provide certain functions in the supplement.[145] [146] [147] [148] [149]

There isn’t much available on the adverse effects[150] of Modified Corn Starch, but in essence it is only a variation of Corn Starch. That alteration process is also probably (to put it mildly) not on the healthy side.

So better avoid it. Even more so when there is no affirmation it being GMO-free .

Don’t get me wrong, Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus does assert that it is GMO-free, but I would still recommend not having any Modified Corn Starch in any of your foods, not just supplements.[151] [152]

Maltodextrin. It can be used as a filler, thickening agent, binding agent, preservative, sweetener and there are few other options. But in essence it is a sugar – a carbohydrate with zero nutritional value and it raises the blood sugar levels like mad (much faster than table sugar).[153] [154] [155] [156] [157]

Maltodextrin in Essence is SugarYet, sugar in any form is known to be the main cause of obesity, heart disease, eating disorders, cancer, diabetes, depression, aggressive behaviour, learning difficulties, hyperactivity and many, many more adverse effects.[158] [159] [160] [161] [162] [163] [164]

Maltodextrin can also have other hazardous effects on your body, for example it can cause sudden headache, difficulty breathing, itching, bloating, diarrhea, rash, it can potentially increase your susceptibility to diseases, as well as have a list of other unwanted effects.[165] [166] [167] [168] [169] [170]

Other than that, Maltodextrin presumably more often than not is made out of GMO corn and can also be used to hide some potentially more dangerous additives.[171] [172] [173] [174]

Crospovidone (also known as E1202) is the insoluble relative of polyvinylpyrrolidone. It is commonly used either as a binder or for better tabled disintegration.[175] [176] [177]

Supposedly, because of the fact that Crospovidone is insoluble it is completely excreted from the body and therefore is safe for long-term use.[178]

BHT is the abbreviation for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. It is a substance primarily used for preventing oils from oxidation and becoming rancid.[179]

All in all, there is a pretty huge uncertainty regarding this substance in the industry. Some tests and studies suggest that it helps to prevent cancer, others state the exact opposite. Some tests and studies state that it has particular beneficial effects, yet some state the exact opposite concerning those same effects. There is more evidence suggesting it being okay in small amounts though.[180] [181] [182] [183] [184] [185] [186] [187] [188] [189] [190] [191] [192] [193] [194]Artificial Colours is Something To Definitely Avoid

Either way, not enough research to have definite conclusions does not imply being safe. So it’s better to avoid.

Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake and Yellow 6 Lake are artificial colours. However, artificial colouring is not something you would want in you supplement. These colours are known to cause hyperactivity, irritability and other unpleasant behaviour in children and large range of different cancers.[195] [196] [197] [198] [199] [200] [201] [202]

Gelatin is not the most apetazing substance, yet it is indeed very beneficial for the body. It contains such amino acids as glycine, alanine, proline, valine, hydroxyproline, as well as few other.[203] [204] And all of these are really important and beneficial for the body.[205] [206] [207] [208] [209]

Gelatin is Most Commonly Produced From Animal Parts of PigsTherefore, benefits of Gelatin by far outweigh any possible side effects, such as unpleasant taste, bloating, heartburn, belching or heaviness in the stomach.[210]

Hydrogenated Palm Oil being a hydrogenated oil is something that everyone should quit using. This is because these oils damage cells (that includes scarring arteries), causes ADHD, diabetes, obesity, increases inflammation, in general interrupts normal brain function and has numerous other adverse effects.[211] [212] [213] [214] [215] [216]

In fact, hydrogenated oils are among the most harmful additives there is to any food. Period.[217] [218]

Therefore, I strongly suggest to not consume them ever. They are as bad as High Fructose Corn Syrup, possibly even worse.

Hypromellose is short for Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (also known as E464). This substance is one of the safest additives out there.[219] [220] [221] [222]

Some even claim that Hypromellose is slightly beneficial.[223] Nevertheless, at worst and when taken in huge amounts this substance will either cause no adverse effects or you might encounter some constipation, diarrhoea or simple bloating.[224] [225]

Magnesium Stearate is a pretty controversial additive, the internet for the most part have deemed it harmful, therefore avoidable.[226] [227] [228] [229] [230] [231] [232] [233]

But this is not the whole truth.

Magnesium Stearate is All Good in Terms of SafetyWhen you actually take a closer look and dissect everything that is thrown at Magnesium Stearate, I have to agree with the minority of professionals, who believe it to be harmless. Not that they suggest to consume it solely and in big amounts, but in the amounts that we have it in the supplements it poses no threat to our well-being whatsoever.[234] [235] [236] [237] [238]

In fact, it’s physically impossible to consume Magnesium Stearate in amounts that would be toxic just by consuming supplements. Basically, even if you would eat tablets containing the typical amount of Magnesium Stearate all day non-stop, it still wouldn’t cut it.[239] [240]

Medium-Chain Triglycerides basically are a variation of fats that are healthy and can be immediatly used by the body (it does not necessarily need extra energy to convert these into something useable).[241] [242] [243] [244]

They either will have no side effects or they on rare cases could induce the following side effects: upset stomach and diarrhea, as well as nausea and vomitting.[245] [246] [247]

Medium Chain Triglycerides can Be Abundantly Found in Coconut OilOther than that, it is extremely beneficial to consume Medium-Chain Triglycerides, because they provide many benefits to health. These include, but are not limited to lower cholesterol levels, improved brain function, boosted energy levels and improved weight management.[248] [249] [250] [251] [252] [253] [254] [255]

Polydextrose is a low calorie carbohydrate, which is made from glucose and sorbitol.[256] [257] [258]

All in all, studies pretty much show that there isn’t a health concern with Polydextrose. Supposedly, it’s quite beneficial. Sure, it can cause diarroea or bloating, if consumed in big amounts, but that’s about it.[259] [260] [261] [262] [263] [264] [265]

Sodium Ascorbate and Tocopherols are very beneficial when used as active ingredients. Nevertheless, their harmless when used as additives.[266] [267] [268] [269] [270] [271] [272]

TalcTalc or Talcum Powder. There has been a long debate, whether any kind of use or consumption of Talc causes various carcers.

From what I can tell, it is probably a potent cancer inducer still. Furthermore, there are no convincing evidence that it is in no way related to cancer. Thus, I highly recommend not to consume it and to avoid it in general, not just in supplements and food.[273] [274] [275] [276] [277] [278] [279] [280] [281] [282] [283] [284] [285] [286]

Titanium Dioxide is a substance not only used as food additive in foods and supplements to attain white colour, but also it’s used in paint and all kinds of other stuff, especially sweets.[287] [288] [289]

All in all though, Titanium dioxide supposedly is not bad or harmful. Well, at least the Titanium Dioxide, which consists of regular particles.[290] [291] [292]

There is another form of the sustance: nanoparticles. There is no way of telling which form of Titanium Dioxide is in any product as labeling of it does not necessarily differ. But nanoparticles of Titanium Dioxide are the second most produced nanomaterial out there. So you can be pretty sure that most stuff does or at least may possibly contain these nanoparticles of Titanium Dioxide.[293] [294]

Titanium Dioxide is Extremely Common in Sweets That Are In White ColorThe problem with nanoparticles is that they penetrate intestinal walls and then from there they can move to any part of the body. Which in essence is extremely bad. These particles then can cause immense damage to any and all parts not only of the body, but also the brain. Just a few examples of the possible effects are lung damage, mitochondrial damage, as well as flat out brain damage.[295] [296] [297] [298] [299] [300] [301] [302]

Well, all in all this additive list of Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a pretty impressive one, don’t you think?

Not in a good way though.

Conclusions On The Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus

Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus Review – Just Say No To The SupplementCentrum Silver Men 50 Plus is a supplement to avoid.

There are some massive red-flags as regards to additives. And also the nutrient forms and amounts are not in the most desirable shape.

I mean, essentially Centrum Silver Men 50 Plus will by no means help you to be healthier and live longer. In fact, exactly the opposite, it will most likely get you in the grave sooner.

You can’t consume this stuff, if you want to be healthy.

Other than that, if a great multivitamin is what you are looking for, please be sure to check out this guide.

If you liked the article, please leave us a comment below – even one sentence helps! And consider including your Twitter handle so I can thank you personally!

A note, a question or your personal view on the supplement – all are truly welcome. And sharing will always be sincerely appreciated.

Have An Awesome Day!

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  • Don Nicholas

    January 15, 2018 - 17:00

    Wow, I’m 64 and I’ve been taking this for years. I think it’s past time for a change. What would you recommend for a man my age? Is the same true for the women? What would you recommend for them? My wife and I both take supplements. I’ll be checking back here for sure.

    • Matiss

      January 20, 2018 - 11:27

      Hey, Don!

      I’m really sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner. There has been a lot on my plate lately.

      I do believe that it is never too late for a change. Our bodies have an incredible ability of self healing once we provide it with the nutrients (vitamins, minerals & trace elements) and substances (typically at least Inositol) needed.

      I would definitely recommend either Multithera 1 Capsule Formula (Plus Vitamin K) or Nature’s Way Alive! Max6 Daily (No addded Iron) both for you and your lady!
      Any other option that will appear in the section “Approved and Recommended” in the future also will be a very good choice.

      A thing to note, just so that you know. There is really no difference between the nutrients and substances needed for men and women daily. They are all the same. The only slight difference may be that scientifically (from what I’ve heard) women actually need slightly less of the same that men does (in terms of the amounts). But for them taking the same supplements as men won’t hurt in any way and might even be slightly more beneficial. However, don’t get me wrong – more is not always better.

      Not rarely you’ll see supplements labeled as either for men or women. But the only actual difference will be in regards to what I relate as the “Other Beneficial Substances”. For example, a typical supplement for men will include Lycopene as one of the Other Beneficial Substances. The women equivalent of the supplement won’t have that. But this is and could be even considered paradoxical as Lycopene is also very beneficial to women.

      Also all women supplements typically include Iron in them, which is okay for menstruating women, but not okay for women after menopause. Furthermore, additional Iron in supplements should only be taken by menstruating women, because for everyone else taking additional Iron can turn out to be toxic (I will be publishing an article on this in few weeks of time).

      Have a Great Day, Don!

  • Alex

    December 22, 2017 - 10:15

    As I get older, I care more and more about my health. Without good health, you cannot enjoy life. These vitamins looked like a great option for me, but I am now reconsidering my options because of your review.

    I have a question though. If you do not recommend this, then what would you encourage to get? Thank you in advance and I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Matiss

      December 23, 2017 - 22:03

      Hey, Alex!

      Multithera 1 Capsule Formula (Plus Vitamin K) is the option I recommend for everyone. It’s definitely one of the best options out there.

      For now it is the only multivitamin that can be found in the section “Approved & Recommended” in the main menu above. But this will change and there will be more multivitamin supplements evaluated and recognised as the best to intake. Cause they are rare but still out there.

      At any given time just refer to any of the multivitamin supplements that will be listed in the section “Approved & Recommended”. Only the best multivitamin supplements that are capable of actually improving overall health and brain performance will be listed there. 🙂

      I too wish you a wonderful day! And Merry Christmas!

  • Al

    December 3, 2017 - 21:35

    Woah! I was about to buy this for my father! I’m glad you made this post! It was quite informative I had to skim through a bunch of it though as I’m a bit pressed for time today I’ll have to revisit later to get more information on each component! I also like ken’s comment above however I think he does have a great point there too.

    • Matiss

      December 4, 2017 - 12:40

      Hey, Al!

      I’m really glad you found it helpful!

      And yes, I do also believe Ken has a great point. To answer his questions, earlier I did post a response. Be sure to check it out!

      And if you ever need anything, just let me know. I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

      Have a great one!

  • LaVerne

    December 3, 2017 - 21:29

    Interesting article. You have provided a lot of great information here. There is a lot to think about and consider when buying vitamins.

    • Matiss

      December 4, 2017 - 12:20

      Hey, LaVerne!

      I do hope that this article was helpful to you! And yes, there really is quite a lot to consider, when buying vitamins.

      And thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate that. 🙂

      Have a great day, LaVerne!

  • Ken

    December 3, 2017 - 20:29

    Interesting information. I would recommend that you put in a section on why we should listen to you. What is your expertise. Why should we believe you over the MD’s that help formulate the product? Do you have any case study to back up your claims? These are just some thoughts that I have when I read any review of a product.
    Best to you . . .

    • Matiss

      December 4, 2017 - 12:15

      Hey, Ken!

      These are some very good and point on questions. 🙂

      All of my expertise is purely passion driven. I don’t have an MD to splurge with, that’s true. But there is and will be no review you’ll ever have to take my word for.

      What I mean is, this is the reason why I provide references so extensively. Literally, every claim or statement that I make is either backed up by science in various case studies, or asserted and affirmed by people who have MDs in the field, or provided by trustable as well as most of the time authority websites of the field. I also tend to provide numerous sources for the same claim or statement to ensure not just for you guys, but also for myself that the information that I give is correct.

      At all times you have the opportunity to check any of the references simply by clicking on the number in the squared brackets either at the end of a sentence or a paragraph. Or you can also see the full reference list at the end of the article.

      I do appreciate your input, Ken! If you have anything else on your mind, just let me know and I’ll be more than delighted to help you out!

      Have a great day!

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