Zipvit Project ZV Sports Multivitamin for men  £9.99

7/10

A one-stop pill pop for all the vitamins and minerals you know you should ingest, and maybe some you didn't know about

Weight 80g   Contact  www.zipvitsport.co.uk, www.i-ride.co.uk

by Dan Joyce   May 2, 2012  

Zipvit ZV sports multivitamins

This Zipvit Sports Multivitamin Formula for Men has an important caveat on the 60-tablet bottle: 'Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet'. Quite.

I took two of these bright blue, liquorice comfit sized, yeasty smelling tablets every day, as directed, and noticed exactly no difference in my general health or cycling performance. I guess the rationale behind multivitamins is that they're health insurance in case something is missing from your diet. But then you'd be better off sorting your diet out first. That's true whatever your diet is – for the record, mine's vegetarian with very little dairy.

Having said that, if you are going to take a multivitamin, you may as well take one that ticks all the boxes. This does. It's not just iron and A, C and E. It contains, for example, 100% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D, 5000% (!) of your RDA of B12, and 150% of your RDA of zinc. It even has 40% of your RDA of calcium, plus a host of things that there aren't RDAs for, including citrus bioflavinoids and ginseng. There are 40 nutrients and antioxidants all told.

Given that you're not, for example, going to poison yourself with vitamin D, given the amount in each dose, the only disadvantages I can see from taking these tablets are: one, the £9.99 per month cost; and two, the possibility that you might subconsciously (or consciously) neglect your diet, having guaranteed an intake of certain vitamins and minerals.

Whether you want diet insurance from supplements like these, only you can answer. Like any insurance, you never really know if you'll collect. If you are in the market for multivitamins, however, Zipvit's Formula for Men is as complete as they come. There is a Multivitamin Formula for Women, in case you were wondering. It's the same price but the mix is slightly different – more iron, for example.

Verdict

A one-stop pill pop for all the vitamins and minerals you know you should ingest, and maybe some you didn't know about.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Zipvit Project ZV Sports Multivitamin for men

Size tested: 60 tablets

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Zipvit say:

Zipvit Sports Multivitamin is an advanced multivitamin tablet specially developed for male athlete's training to excel in endurance sports, the comprehensive formula helps to maintain optimum nutrient levels.

Project ZV™ Multivitamin is considered the most effective formula for athletes in training.

40 nutrients and antioxidants to support performance in sport

Contains specific micronutrients to support training and fitness

All round balanced multivitamin support

Supplies key minerals

Contains a premium blend of antioxidants

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

L-ARGININE 20mg

L-TYROSINE 50mg

L-LYSINE 20mg

L-CARNITINE 50mg

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID 25mg

CO-ENZYME Q10 10mg

CITRUS BIOFLAVINOIDS 10mg

VITAMIN A 700g (88% RDA)

VITAMIN C 60mg (75%)

VITAMIN D 5g (100%)

VITAMIN E (NATURAL) 50iu (670%)

THIAMIN (VITAMIN B1) 12.5mg (1090%)

RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2) 12.5mg (992%)

NIACIN (VITAMIN B3) 25.5mg (156%)

VITAMIN B6 12.5mg (714%)

VITAMIN B12 62.5mg (750%)

FOLIC ACID 200g (200%)

VITAMIN K 25g (33%)

BIOTIN 150g (100%)

PANTOTHENIC ACID 50mg (832%)

IRON 6mg (42%)

MAGNESIUM 50mg (17%)

ZINC 15mg (150%)

IODINE 150g (100%)

MANGANESE 1.5mg (75%)

COPPER 250g (25%)

SELENIUM 80g (144%)

CALCIUM 306mg (40%)

PHOSPHORUS 140mg (20%)

CHOLINE 25mg

POTASSIUM 25mg

LYCOPENE 3.3mg

GINKGO BILOBA 20mg

LUTEIN 4mg

BORON 500g

MOLYBDENUM 25g (50%)

CHROMIUM 100g (160%)

INOSITOL 12.5mg

POLYPHENOLS 12mg

GINSENG 50mg

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

I didn't notice any difference. Maybe my diet's okay.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Saves taking lots of different tablets - if you were going to do so.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Smells awful. Big pill.

Did you enjoy using the product? No.

Would you consider buying the product? No.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? To someone wanting a complete multivitamin (and more) tablet, yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 65kg

I usually ride: Ridgeback Solo World fixed wheel  My best bike is: Planet X Pro Carbon Track (with front brake)

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,