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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of the day to take a multivitamin?

It is important to get into the habit of taking your supplement at the same time each day. It is important to take the supplement with/after food to minimize any modest effects on the stomach or bowel.

Always remember to take your suppƒlement with a drink in order to help it pass easily into your stomach. Water or juice are the best options. Try to avoid taking with caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea as caffeine makes it harder for the body to absorb the vitamins from the supplements. If necessary, take the supplement 30 mins before or after drinking caffeinated beverages.

What are Nutrition Gaps?

Nutritional gaps exist because we eat too many foods that are high in some types of nutrients, whilst not eating enough foods that contain other important nutrients. To learn more about nutrition gaps, please visit What are Nutrition Gaps?

Can I take Centrum® when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Please consult your doctor regarding your intake of supplements.

Is it safe to take Centrum® if I am lactose intolerant?

There is an insignificant amount of lactose in Centrum® derived from the raw materials. It is not added separately to the product therefore Centrum® is suitable for persons who are lactose intolerant. Consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns.

Is the calcium in Centrum® from oyster shells or shellfish?

No, the calcium in Centrum® products is not derived from oyster shells or shellfish.

Does Centrum® contain latex?

No, Centrum® products and containers do not contain latex.

Are Centrum® multivitamins derived from a natural or synthetic source? Which source is more easily absorbed by the body?

Centrum® vitamins are derived from synthetically sourced ingredients. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be "synthetic", derived through chemical processes or "natural", derived directly from plants or other materials, for example, Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate. There is no evidence that the body absorbs vitamins and minerals derived from natural sources more effectively than "synthetic" vitamins and minerals.

I am having difficulty swallowing my Centrum® tablets. What can I do?

You can crush the tablet and then mix the powder in a drink. A pill crusher can be purchased from a local pharmacy. Alternatively, you can cut the tablet in half along the bisect line. Try to cut the tablet evenly, as sharp ends may be difficult to swallow.

I eat well so do I really need to take a multivitamin?

Having a good overall diet may be healthy but it does not ensure you that you are consuming every vital nutrient at the optimal amount. Taking Centrum® multivitamins everyday ensures that you are bridging any nutritional gap in your diet.