Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency Review
Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency is a women’s multivitamin that is made by the well-known vitamin company Nature’s Way. This multi claims to offer an ultra-potency blend that “helps to support bone health, daily energy, eye health, heart health, and immune health.”
We decided to take a closer look.
Alive! Once Daily Women’s Multi Vitamin
This multivitamin contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to easily meet women’s daily recommended needs.
Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency has 60 ingredients (woah!) including 22 vitamins and minerals, 12 digestive enzymes, 14 greens, and 12 organically grown mushrooms. Of these ingredients, the supplement offers 100% of your recommended daily values for 20 vitamins and minerals, and 200% (or more) of your recommended daily values for 12 vitamins and minerals.
Note: Multivitamins shouldn’t be seen as replacements for a healthy diet or medication. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before beginning a new fitness, nutritional, and/or supplement routine. Individual needs for vitamins and minerals will vary.
Alive! Daily Ingredients
Below, we highlight some the ingredients in Alive! Once Daily, including the ones we deemed as being particularly important or unique to a women’s multi.
Vitamin D3 1,000 IU
Vitamin D is involved in almost everything we do like building proteins and enzymes, boosting the immune system, and fighting inflammation, all of which are integral to athlete recovery. Because it’s hard to get the right amount from food, you have to get the rest of your daily needs through sun exposure (which is tricky during the winter) and supplementation. Alive! offer 250% of the daily recommended dose.
Biotin 325 Mcg
Let’s be clear. This is a lot of Biotin (108% of your daily values) for a multi. Biotin is good for luscious locks and it has been shown to boost nail health. While good dietary sources of biotin include tomatoes, romaine lettuce, carrots, onions, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, and mushrooms, getting enough may be tough for picky eaters.
Calcium 200 Mg
While 200 Mg is only 20% of our daily values, it’s actually rare to see it in a multivitamin.
If you crave burgers or steak during that time of month, it may be because you’re low in iron. Being low in iron is especially common in women who are PMSing, vegans, vegetarians or premenopausal. For optimal absorption, it’s best to get iron with Vitamin C.
Magnesium 75 Mg
Low levels of calcium and magnesium (which often go hand in hand) are notorious for sparking sugar and salt cravings. Low magnesium levels in particular are known for upping those chocolate cravings. And while a serving of chocolate protein powder is really NBD, a chocolate bar a day may not be.
The mineral tends to be low in older people and anyone under a lot of stress. Which, (hello!) is basically everyone. And because as good as exercise makes us feel, it’s still a stressor, athletes in particular tend to be deficient. Not enough zinc may dull your taste buds, which ups the chances that you’ll add sugar or salt to your food. Plus, the mineral isn’t super easy to find (though it’s in some animal sources like oysters, crab, liver, and dark chicken meat), so getting 15 Mg (or 100% daily values) is a total pro.
Alive! Product Label
Copper 2 Mg
You don’t need much copper. In fact, 2Mg is 100% of your daily values. But because it aids in bone, nerve, and skeletal health, being deficient can lead to things such as fatigue, arthritis, always feeling cold, muscle soreness, joint pain, and stunted growth. Don’t panic, if you eat enough calories a day, you’re probably getting adequate copper.
Orchard Fruits™ & Garden Veggies™ Powder Blend 60 Mg
If you’re wondering what the heck this is, according to the Nature’s Way website it’s a blend of Blueberry, Orange, Carrot, Pomegranate, Plum, Strawberry, Apple, Beet, Pear, Cherry, Tomato, Cauliflower, Raspberry, Banana, Cranberry, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Açaí, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cucumber, Grape, Pea, Spinach. For you, that means a solid dose of phytonutrients. And phytonutrients supplements may be helpfu l for people who don’t get enough fruits and veggies.
Cardio Blend 20 Mg
According to the ingredient list, this cardio blend contains: Hawthorn (berry), Japanese Knotweed (root) standardized to 50% resveratrol (1 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone). While the first two ingredients listed lack research showing that the may affect our cardiovascular health or performance, anytime CoQ10 shows up in a multi we consider it a plus because levels of it decrease as we age.
Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex 20 Mg
The label reads, “from orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine and providing: Hesperidin, Naringin, Narirutin, Eriocitrin, Flavonols and Flavones”. All of which are basically plant compounds that may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (like other phytonutrients).
CranRx® 20 Mg
Wondering what this is? The label says, “Cranberry fruit solids standardized to proanthocyanidins”, which may support urinary health.
Daily Greens™ Blend 20 Mg
This ingredient sounds like something you might order at Juice Press. But it’s actually a blend of Amino Acids, Spirulina, Kelp, Alfalfa (leaf, stem), Barley Grass, Blessed Thistle (stem, leaf, flower), Blue Green Algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), Chlorella, Cilantro (leaf), Dandelion (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Lemongrass, Nettle (leaf), Plantain (leaf), Wheat Grass. Daily Greens™ is part of Drink Daily Greens, another health-focused company. It was tricky to find out much info on this ingredient on either the Drink Daily Greens or Nature’s Way websites, but here is what we know: the product is USDA organic certified, kosher certified, and non-GMO project certified.
Digestive Enzyme Blend 20 Mg
Digestive Enzymes break down the food we eat food into amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol, simple sugars and nucleic acids. This particular digestive enzyme blend contains Concentrated enzyme formula (Protease I, Protease II, Amylase, Lactase, Peptidase, Cellulase, Invertase, Alpha Galactosidase, Lipase), Betaine HCl, Bromelain, and Papain. This ingredient is notable for people who eat high fiber diets, are lactose intolerant, have pancreatic insufficiency, or struggle with indigestion.
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Alive! Once Daily Women’s Multi Vitamin
Hair, Skin & Nails Blend 20 Mg
It’s not surprising to see ingredients promising hair, skin, and nail health in a women’s multi (that’s how a lot of brands differentiate their women’s products). This blend contains Horsetail Grass (aerial parts), MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), Tru-OPCs™ Grape Seed Extract standardized to 65% oligomeric procyanidins (1.3 mg). Horsetail grass is an herbal supplement that is sometimes suggested for brittle nails, but research is lacking. MSM is important in collagen production, which may reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve skin hydration, suggesting that there may be something behind its inclusion.
Other ingredients include:
- Vitamin A 7,500 IU
- Vitamin C 120 Mg
- Vitamin K 100 Mcg
- Thiamin 25 Mg
- Riboflavin 25 Mg
- Niacin 50 Mg
- Vitamin B6 40 Mg
- Folic Acid 800 McG
- Vitamin B12 100 Mcg
- Pantothenic Acid 40 Mg
- Iodine 18mg
- Selenium 250 mcg
- Manganese 5 Mg
- Molybdenum 75 Mcg
- Flax Lignan/Fiber Blend 20 Mg
- Choline 10 Mg
- Inositol 10Mg
- Rutin 5 Mg
- Lutein 500 Mcg
It’s also worth noting that the vitamin contains cellulose, stearic acid, sodium croscarmellose, magnesium stearate, silica, hypromellose, and glycerin which help give the pill it’s shape and flavor, which don’t add nutritional value.
Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency Benefits and Effectiveness
As an active women in my mid-twenties, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest supplements and gadgets to boost my health. But what’s that saying? What’s old is new again. This time around, I decided to try a less expensive product that’s been around for a while: Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency.
At first, I wasn’t impressed. The process of taking the pill isn’t great: it’s large, a little smelly, and made me burp when I took it the first day without food.
When I unscrewed the cap for the first time, I immediately noticed that the pills are large (almost an inch in length). Think the size of your fingertip, pinkie toe, or length of a bottle cap. Seriously, when I poured one into my hand the first morning my roommate exclaimed, “that’s freaking huggggeee”. Good news is that swallowing pills has never been an issue for me, so the size didn’t bother me but it could be for you.
But I wasn’t overwhelmed by the smell of fish, the way I usually am for multivitamins. That’s because Alive! doesn’t contain any Omega 3’s or Omega 6’s which typically have a oceanic scent (I eat a ton of avocados, salmon, and almonds which all contain omega 3’s, so the absence was NBD for me). That said, the pill smells a little like old lettuce (or a garbage disposal that needs to be run)… but more mild. Which I prefer to the scent salmon skin.
And I’ll be honest, they don’t taste great. The first day I took my pill before breakfast and got weird bubbling pill-burps. So after that I took them after eating a collagen protein bar and swallowed them down with my coffee. They didn’t affect my digestive system at all (hoorah!).
What stands out to me the most about Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency is that they didn’t upset my stomach. And that’s saying something because my stomach has reacted poorly to supplements containing iron in the past. Perhaps it’s because the pill only contains 18 Mg of iron (which is 100% of daily values, but still low compared to some multi’s) or perhaps it’s because I took the pill with food to keep the burps at bay. But either way, I was thrilled it didn’t cause a belly-ache.
Alive! Once Daily Ultra Potency
After reading other reviews of the products, I expected Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency to increase my energy levels because one women said, “These may not be fun gummy or chewable vitamins, but the amount of energy they give me is so worth it.” while another noted “ These actually give me energy!”. But, alas, it’s just a daily multivitamin, not a pre-workout or cup of coffee, and I didn’t feel any noteworthy effects. That said, I didn’t feel worse after taking them (and I have with certain multivitamins in the past).
I was also thrilled that I didn’t feel like I was flushing all the nutrients in the pills down the drain. A quick science lesson: When it comes to vitamins, how well we’re able to absorb nutrients, matters a lot. If we can’t absorb the nutrients, we end up flushing them down in a puddle of bright yellow or orange urine. But according to my pee-color, my body may have actually been able to absorb the vitamins in Alive!. That’s because my pee color didn’t change (though, I will admit that the smell did). A few reviews on Amazon mentioned that the pill turned their pee neon yellow, so this may not be the case for you.
A potential downfall of this product is that it includes a few blends of ingredients which are not well researched. However, many products in the supplemental market are not well researched, so this should not come as a surprise.
Alive! Once Daily Women’s Ultra Potency Price
It comes out to about 20 cents a day. $1.40 per week. $6.00 per month. That’s how inexpensive this multivitamin is. Seriously, a $10 bottle offers 50 servings.
I think that this product is a great deal, and it’s among least expensive multivitamins I’ve tried. And it has 60 different ingredients, 32 of which offer 100 to 200 percent recommended daily values. Given the price and ingredient content, I don’t see many drawbacks in incorporating this vitamin into your wellness routine.
The only downsides are the size, taste and smell, which are less-than-pleasant. My recommendation: if you go for this multi, swallow it with a flavored beverage or coffee and eat it with food, as is recommended.It's one of the most well-known women's mulitvitamins on the market. What did we think of Alive! Once Daily from Nature's Way?
High Potency Vitamins/Minerals Tablet
GENERIC NAME(S): Multivitamin,Tx-Iron-Minerals
If your brand of multivitamin contains iron, it is important to keep this product out of reach of children. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years. If overdose does occur, seek immediate medical attention or call a poison control center.
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This medication is a multivitamin product used to treat or prevent vitamin deficiency due to poor diet, certain illnesses, or during pregnancy. Vitamins are important building blocks of the body and help keep you in good health.
How to use High Potency Vitamins/Minerals Tablet
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily or as directed. Follow all directions on the product package, or take as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than the recommended dosage. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach may occur. These effects are usually temporary and may disappear as your body adjusts to this medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has prescribed this drug, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of its ingredients; or to soy/peanut found in some brands; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: use/abuse of alcohol, liver problems, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcer, colitis).
If your brand of multivitamin also contains folic acid, be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia) before taking it. Folic acid may affect certain laboratory tests for vitamin B12 deficiency without treating this anemia. Untreated vitamin B12 deficiency may result in serious nerve problems (e.g., peripheral neuropathy). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug are: other vitamin/nutritional supplements.
If your brand of multivitamin also contains iron, avoid taking this product at the same time as antacids, bisphosphonates (for example, alendronate), levodopa, thyroid medications (for example, levothyroxine), or some antibiotics (for example, tetracyclines, quinolones such as ciprofloxacin). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how long you should wait between doses and for help finding a dosing schedule that will work with all your medications.
If your brand of multivitamin also contains folic acid, be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you take certain anti-seizure drugs (including hydantoins such as phenytoin).
This medication may interfere with certain lab tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
If your doctor has prescribed this medication, do not share it with others.
Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
Some brands may also contain ingredients such as docusate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about the ingredients in your brand.
This product is not a substitute for a proper diet. Remember that it is best to get your vitamins from healthy foods. Maintain a well-balanced diet and follow any dietary guidelines as directed by your doctor.
If you are taking this product on a prescribed schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Find patient medical information for High Potency Vitamins/Minerals Oral on WebMD including its uses, side effects and safety, interactions, pictures, warnings and user ratings. ]]>