When you’re putting together your supplement arsenal, chances are a pre-workout and a protein powder make the list right away. Sure, these are good choices but often it’s the hype or “flash” that pulls you into certain products.
Mention multivitamins/minerals and the reaction is something less than excitement.
That’s too bad because a good multivitamin/mineral formula helps lay the nutritional foundation you build your physique on.
Vitamin and minerals are called micro-nutrients and are defined as the substances your body needs to function normally.
What are my top picks for the best multivitamin for bodybuilding? Let’s find out!
In a Hurry? Here is our top pick:
Quick Answer – The Best Multivitamins For Bodybuilding 2020
- Nutrabio Multisport (Editor’s Choice)
- Universal Nutrition Animal Pak
- Jym Supplement Science Vita
- Beverly International Super Pak
- Myogenix Myovite
- Gat Men’s Multi+ Test
- Evolution Nutrition Vitamode
- Controlled Labs Orange Triad
- Legion Triumph
- Dymatize Complete Multivitamin
Reviews – Top 10 Best Multivitamins For Bodybuilding
1. Nutrabio Multisport (Editor’s Choice)
- Comprehensive Formula
- Exceptional Quality
- Enhanced B Vitamins
- May Not Be Ideal For Anyone That Has A Hard Time Swallowing Pills
NutraBio is one of, if not the top manufacturers in the business.
In fact, NutraBio represents the highest quality, most transparent labeled products on the market.Their MultiSport multivitamin is no exception.
They have a Men’s version and a Women’s version. Both are excellent formulas that have been updated based on new research.
This is a well thought out, high-quality vitamin with increased doses of the B Complex. The B Complex helps convert food into energy and helps the body deal with stress.
I’m a big believer in B vitamins so this is a welcome update to an already great product. This exceptional formula also uses patented minerals.
Finally, it contains Bioperine® Black Pepper which improves the absorption of the nutrients it is combined with.
2. Universal Nutrition Animal Pak
- Well Rounded Combination Of Vitamins, Minerals And Nutrients
- Easy To Carry, Easy To Take
- Hardcore Formula For Bodybuilders And Strength Athletes
- Available In A Powder
- The Amino Acid Complex Is Under-Dosed
- Some Nutrients In The Performance Complex Are Under Dosed
Animal Pak should come as no surprise to any bodybuilder that’s been training for a while.
Animal Pak is a very solid product that has stood the test of time.
This formula is available in packets as well as a powder. That’s a great benefit for anyone that has a hard time with tablets.
One serving (two packets) provides 60 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, and performance-enhancing nutrients, such as liver, carnitine, ginseng, and milk thistle.
3. Jym Supplement Science Vita
- Good Doses Of B Complex Vitamins
- Includes Bioperine Black Pepper For Improved Absorption
- Lacks Four Essential Minerals
This is a comprehensive multivitamin formula with good doses of the B Complex vitamins.
Like NutraBio, Vita Jym includes Bioperine® to improve absorption. This is a 2-tablet per day formula which makes it easier for users who hate swallowing pills.
A downside to Vita Jym is that it does not include the minerals zinc, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. This is based on a claim of interference with other nutrients.
These are essential nutrients, if you choose Vita Jym, you’ll need to buy these minerals separately.
4. Beverly International Super Pak
- High Dose Of B Complex Vitamins
- Complete Formula
- Sustained Release
- Old School Company That Does Not Keep Up With The Latest Nutritional Advancements
- Not Ideal For Anyone That Has A Hard Time Swallowing Pills
Beverly International is an old school company that isn’t known for producing cutting-edge formulas, but they are known for their quality.
Their Super Pack is a somewhat more basic formula than some of the other picks in this guide.
It has an excellent high dose B Complex, and a well dosed mineral profile that’s not lacking anything.
Unlike the products that use Bioperine for enhanced absorption, it relies on old school digestive enzymes only.
A plus is that it’s timed released to allow for slow absorption over several hours.
5. Myogenix Myovite
- The Most Complete Pack Available
- More Than A Multi With Several Extra Blends
- Not Be Ideal For Anyone That Has A Hard Time Swallowing Pills
If Beverly is an old school company with a straight forward multivitamin pack, Myogenix is the exact opposite with their extreme multivitamin pack, Myovite.
This advanced pack has an insane number of nutrients!
One packet gives you vitamins, minerals, probiotics, green foods, a cardiovascular support blend, a performance blend, a liver detox blend and a joint support blend.
Wow, that’s a lot of blends!
Yet it’s lower dosed than many of the products in this guide.
For example, the B Complex vitamins are much lower in this formula than some of the others reviewed. Also, some of the blends are a little under-dosed.
This is bound to happen when a company tries to cram so much into one product, but still it’s a decent multivitamin pack.
6. Gat Men’s Multi+ Test
- Exclusive Test Supporting Formula
- Complete Multi Vitamin
- Dosed Lower Than Comparable Products
GAT has a reputation for making hardcore supplements, especially their pre-workouts.
Their multivitamin is a men’s formula and contains a testosterone enhancing ingredient.
It has a complete vitamin and mineral profile plus Tribulus Terrestris to help enhance test levels.
It’s lower dosed compared to many of the other formulas in this guide. Yet it is a complete formula that can be taken up to twice per day.
7. Evolution Nutrition Vitamode
- Includes An Exclusive Phytonutrient Complex
- Contains Bioperine® For Improved Absorption
- May Be Underdosed For Some Users
Vitamode is a good example of what a basic multivitamin formula looks like.
It has a phytonutrient complex that helps set it apart. Yet it’s generally lower dosed compared to other formulas in this guide.
Some may disagree but the general consensus is that bodybuilders benefit from a well dosed multivitamin/mineral formula.
That being said, some users that choose Vitamode may opt to take two servings a day. Yet, it should be said that Vitamode supplies at least the Daily Allowance or more of all key nutrients.
8. Controlled Labs Orange Triad
- Includes A Joint Support Complex
- Includes Immune Support
- High Quality Ingredients
- A 6 Tablet Serving May Be Too Much For Some Users
- May Be Under-Dosed For Some Users
Many of these products are good, balanced multivitamins that are dosed at reasonable to high levels.
Some of them have high amounts of B Complex vitamins, some not so much.
In an attempt to create market appeal, most manufacturers try to set their product apart by adding something extra.
In the case of Orange Triad by Controlled Labs, there’s the Joint Complex and Flex Complex (which are more joint ingredients). There’s also a Digestion and Immune Complex.
Overall, this is a solid multi with decent dosing throughout.
9. Legion Triumph
- Contains The Adaptogenic & Cognitive Ingredients Ashwagandha, Bacopa, Rhodiola and NAC
- Contains Superior Types Of Vitamin E & B Complex Vitamins
- Contains Garlic
- Garlicy Taste & Odor
Triumph by Legion is another basic multivitamin. It’s not a high dosed formula but it does contain better absorbed methylated forms of B Vitamins.
It also includes a few things you don’t usually see in a multi, such as an adaptogen ashwagandha, the memory enhancer Rhodiola and the antioxidant NAC.
Ashwagandha is an interesting addition. As an adaptogen, it helps the body cope with physical and mental stress.
This is important for bodybuilders because the stress of training can lead to an excessive release of the catabolic hormone cortisol. An adaptogen can help keep the body out of a destructive catabolic state. (4)
10. Dymatize Complete Multivitamin
- High Dosed B Complex Vitamins
- Complete Formula
- Only 2 Tablets Per Day
- Zinc & Magnesium Could Be Dosed Higher
Dymatize, a company that’s well-known for their protein powders, have been making some exciting products over the last year or so.
Their PRE WO has been successful and for good reason, it’s a solid formula.
The same can be said for their Complete Multivitamin. It’s a basic but solid formula.
You won’t find anything “exotic” here, just a well dosed, comprehensive multi that gets the job done.
Buying Guide – How To Choose The Best Multivitamin For Bodybuilding?
If you’re going to get the most out of your multi, you should pick one that uses the most absorbable forms of the nutrients it provides.
For example, methylcobalamin is the best form of Vitamin B12. Patented nutrients such as those used by Nutrabio Multisport ensure premium quality and optimal absorption.
Overall, dosing does not need to be high but should be more than you’d get in one of those drug store once per days.
Of course, a good multi should be complete. That means it should include the water-soluble vitamins C & B Complex, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as all the minerals. These are the micronutrients and are all you really need from your multi.
A formula that adds antioxidants or digestive enzymes is logical because the point is optimal health. The healthier you are, the better progress you can make. (5)
Can’t You Get Everything You Need From Your Diet?
Here’s the old song and dance about not needing a multi as long as you eat a balanced diet. Let’s get real here for a minute, OK?
If you want to get the optimal amount of every nutrient per day, you will need a reference chart of the vitamin and mineral content of every food you plan to eat.
Also, you will need to make sure you are eating enough of those foods every single day.
You’ll also need to make sure your food list provides adequate amounts of all the vitamins and minerals. This means you can’t skip a meal or have a couple of off-days from your diet. The water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body, they must be taken in every day.
If you start missing meals, you start lacking nutrients. While that kind of planning might seem extreme, that is what the mainstream would have you do.
Most bodybuilders plan their meals around the macro-nutrients. The truth is, they do not always eat enough variety to ensure an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals. The answer to this dilemma is simple, consider taking a multi! Why take a chance?
Your Cornerstone Supplement Program
Serious bodybuilders understand the importance of a foundational supplement program. This type of program supports their training philosophy and nutritional regimen.
Cornerstone supplements include a protein powder with both fast and slow digesting proteins. This helps the user maintain the ever-critical anabolic environment.
It should also include a good pre-workout to help you make the most of every training session, creatine, and a good multivitamin. Sure, some bodybuilders would maybe add a joint support formula.
After all, if you lift heavy, your joints take a beating. This is the cornerstone stack that should form your basic program. From here, you can try whatever you want as far as mass builders or fat loss products, but the basics cover your fundamental needs.
What Sets These Multivitamins Apart
When you look at all these multivitamins, the most obvious thing is that many companies try to “spice up” their formula to increase market appeal.
Remember, a multi lacks “flash”.
If you don’t understand the foundational importance of a good multi, chances are you’ll spend your money on more flashy products.
If a pack that’s loaded with extras like performance optimizers gets you to buy a multi, I think that’s great. For the educated consumer, there’s some great basic choices, such as Nutrabio Multisport.
It’s well dosed in the B Complex vitamins, which are water soluble and tend to flush out of our systems fast. Yet they are crucial for stress control and converting food into energy.
Not to mention, NutraBio is a company that oozes quality. They make some of the best products in the business and you can’t go wrong with any product in their line.
Personally, I believe in supplements but opt to use something like Nutrabio Multisport and then create a stack based on my goals.
If I want to train for size for example, I want to get my basic nutritional needs covered and then build from there. This approach makes sense.
It’s an exciting time in the supplement industry right now because there’s quite a few innovative products coming out.
Believe me, the industry has matured by leaps and bounds compared to where it once was.
Clinical studies backing the usefulness of a product are common, prop blends are finally dying, and results are the name of the game.
To Wrap up
Honestly, any vitamin on this list will get the job done.
The only one that requires more from the user is Jym Supplement Science Vita. That’s because it lacks four important minerals that you would have to buy and take separately.
If you can’t handle pills, you have the powdered version of Universal Nutrition Animal Pak.
My pick for the best multivitamin for bodybuilding is Nutrabio Multisport, but there’s a choice that fits the needs and budget of everyone, so that means you can choose the one that’s best for your lifestyle.
When you choose to take care of your health, you’re making the right choice!