Mega Men 50 Plus is a multivitamin manufactured by GNC. It ranks 40 out of 46 multivitamins and earned an overall thumbs-down recommendation based on seven factors including nutrition label transparency, ingredients, dosing, claims, research rating, and ranking.

Thumbs-down

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down recommendation. This recommendation is based on the criteria listed below. To earn an overall thumbs-up recommendation, a product must earn a thumbs-up in at least four of the seven areas below. Click on a graded area for an in-depth analysis.

Graded Area Thumb Up or Down
Effectiveness Rating
Ingredients
Ingredient Dosing
Claims
Research Rating
Nutrition Label Transparency
Ranking Within Category
Overall Recommendation

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Table of Contents

  1. Simple Report
  2. Detailed Report
  3. Ranking Within Category
  4. Summary
  5. Comments

Mega Men 50 Plus Simple Report

  • Product Name: Mega Men 50 Plus
  • Manufacturer: GNC
  • Manufacturer Website: GNC's Homepage
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  • Supplement Category: Multivitamins
  • Serving Size: 2 capsules
  • Effectiveness Rating: 1.77 out of 3
  • Number of Ingredients: 45
  • Research Rating: 22 (above 60 indicates sufficient research)
  • Nutrition Label Transparency Score: 78%
  • Ranking within Multivitamins: 40 out of 46 (bottom third within category)
  • Ranking within all Supplement Products: 3,329 out of 3,640 (bottom third of all products)
  • Similarity Index: Mega Men 50 Plus shares at least 75% of its ingredient profile with one other product

Similarity Index

Mega Men 50 Plus shares at least 75% of its ingredient profile with one other product.

The Similarity Index is a measure of how closely one product matches another in terms of ingredients. A Similarity Index of 100% means the two products are made up the same ingredients. A Similarity Index of 75% means the products share 75% of their ingredients. The table below lists the products Mega Men 50 Plus shares its ingredient lineup with. Click on a product to see a side by side comparison of both products' ingredients.

Read more: What is the similarity index?

Matching Product Name Product Type Similarity Index
1. Womens Multivitamin 50 Plus by GNC Multivitamins 75%

Mega Men 50 Plus Detailed Report

The detailed report provides an in-depth analysis of the product's rating. In addition to showing ratings for each area, this report also provides the required criteria for a thumbs-up in each section.

Effectiveness Rating

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-up in this category because its effectiveness rating is 1.77. A product's effectiveness rating must be at least 1.5 to receive a thumbs-up in this area. This effectiveness rating means Mega Men 50 Plus is made up of a mix of both high and low-quality ingredients and may lead to some positive results.

This category illustrates how well a product works based on what the research says about its ingredients. Researchers conduct studies on supplement ingredients to gauge effectiveness. The database grades products on how effective their ingredients are. The effectiveness rating of supplement products is evaluated on a 3 point scale: 3.0 is the most effective, 1.0 is the least effective.

Ingredients

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because it contains 0% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients. A product must contain at least 75% extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category rates a product's ingredient makeup. A product should contain mostly extremely and/or moderately effective ingredients with little or no ineffective ones. The database categorizes ingredients as extremely, moderately, or ineffective based on conclusions from research articles.

Mega Men 50 Plus contains:

  • total ingredients: 45

The following table lists all ingredients found in this product as well as their effectiveness ratings and amounts (if listed).

Ingredient Effectiveness Rating
Stinging Nettle Root Amount not listed. 3 out of 3
Folic Acid 400mcg 3 out of 3
Alpha Lipoic Acid 25mg 3 out of 3
Biotin 300mcg 3 out of 3
Grape Seed Extract 1mg 3 out of 3
Turmeric 500mcg 2.7 out of 3
Cranberry Extract Amount not listed. 2.6 out of 3
Bacopa Monnieri Amount not listed. 2.5 out of 3
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 50mg 2.3 out of 3
Selenium 200mcg 2 out of 3
Resveratrol 1mg 1.9 out of 3
Zinc 25mg 1.8 out of 3
Astaxanthin 50mcg 1.7 out of 3
Vitamin D3 40mcg 1.6 out of 3
Arginine 100mg 1.6 out of 3
Phosphatidylserine Amount not listed. 1.6 out of 3
Magnesium 100mg 1.6 out of 3
Vitamin B6 50mg 1.5 out of 3
Vitamin E 20.1mg 1.4 out of 3
Boron 2mg 1.3 out of 3
Vitamin C 300mcg 1.3 out of 3
Choline Bitartrate 10mg 1.3 out of 3
Calcium 200mg 1.3 out of 3
Ginkgo Biloba Amount not listed. 1 out of 3
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 50mg 1 out of 3
Niacin 50mg 1 out of 3
Vanadyl Sulfate 10mcg 1 out of 3
Vitamin B12 50mcg 1 out of 3
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 50mg 1 out of 3
Vanadyl Sulfate Amount not listed. 1 out of 3
Vitamin K 80mcg 1 out of 3
Vitamin A* not rated
Iodine* not rated
Copper* not rated
Manganese* not rated
Inositol* not rated
Saw Palmetto* not rated
Pumpkin Extract* not rated
Silicon Dioxide* not rated
Lutein* not rated
Stannous Chloride* not rated
Nickel* not rated
Lycopene* not rated
Zeaxanthin* not rated
Beta-Cryptoxanthin* not rated
Product Effectiveness Rating 1.77

* These ingredients are not included in the Supplement Database.

Note: These ingredients are accurate as of March 29, 2021.

Ingredient Articles

Ingredient Dosing

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because 14% of its ingredients are dosed within the effective range. Seventy-five (75)% of product's ingredients must be dosed within the effective range to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

This category compares a product's ingredient dosing to effective doses found in research articles and doses used in other products. When researchers study the efficacy of supplement ingredients, they use specific doses. Manufacturers should create products with ingredient doses that fall within established effective ranges.

Mega Men 50 Plus Dosing Compared to Research

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Mega Men 50 Plus to amounts used in research articles. The first column contains the name of the ingredient as well as the amount. The second column contains the range of effective doses for that ingredient. Note: not all ingredients in the database contain dosing information; only ingredients with scientific dosing information are included in this analysis.

A green checkmark is shown if the ingredient amount falls within the effective range.

A down arrow is shown if an ingredient amount is lower than the effective range.

Ingredient & Amount Effective Range
Vitamin D3 40mcg 80mcg
Vitamin B6 50mg 20mg
Arginine 100mg 500mg
Boron 2mg 10mg
Resveratrol 1mg 150mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 0.025g 1.2g - 1.8g
Turmeric 0.0005g 0.5g - 2g

Mega Men 50 Plus Dosing Compared to Other Products

This section is a comparison of ingredient doses found in Mega Men 50 Plus to amounts used in other products. The first column displays the ingredient and amount. The second column displays the average amount of the ingredient found across all products in the database. The final column displays the range found across all products in the database.

An orange up or down arrow is shown if the ingredient amount is higher or lower than the average.

An equal sign is shown if the ingredient amount is equal to the average.

Ingredient & Amount Average Range
Vitamin A 2.25mg 12.58mg 0.03mg - 720mg
Vitamin C 0g 0.25g 0g - 3g
Vitamin D3 0.04mg 2.36mg 0mg - 268mg
Vitamin E 20.1mg 31.28mg 0mg - 330mg
Vitamin K 0.08mg 0.14mg 0.01mg - 1mg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 50mg 13.14mg 0.17mg - 250mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 50mg 7.32mg 0.12mg - 100mg
Vitamin B6 0.05g 0.02g 0g - 1.7g
Folic Acid 0.4mg 0.99mg 0.02mg - 100mg
Vitamin B12 0g 0.03g 0g - 15g
Biotin 0.3mg 10.06mg 0mg - 333mg
Iodine 0.15mg 2.52mg 0.01mg - 100mg
Magnesium 0.1g 0.12g 0g - 1g
Zinc 0.03g 0.03g 0g - 3.12g
Selenium 200mcg 90mcg 0mcg - 400mcg
Copper 2mg 1.42mg 0mg - 4mg
Manganese 2mg 2.38mg 0.32mg - 15mg
Niacin 50mg 27.08mg 0mg - 400mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) 50mg 25.08mg 0mg - 500mg
Calcium 0.2g 0.11g 0g - 2.25g
Choline Bitartrate 0.01g 0.46g 0g - 2.5g
Inositol 0.01g 0.26g 0g - 2g
Grape Seed Extract 1mg 134.38mg 1mg - 600mg
Arginine 0.1g 1g 0.01g - 6g
Silicon Dioxide 4mg 3.56mg 2mg - 4mg
Boron 2mg 31.68mg 0.03mg - 200mg
Resveratrol 1mg 68.07mg 0.01mg - 500mg
Vanadyl Sulfate 0 6.87mg 0.01mg - 50mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 25mg 105.02mg 1mg - 500mg
Lutein 2mg 16.23mg 0.5mg - 200mg
Lycopene 1mg 1.25mg 0.6mg - 3mg
Turmeric 0g 0.26g 0g - 1.4g
Zeaxanthin 0.4mg 2.79mg 0.13mg - 26mg
Astaxanthin 0.05mg 22.24mg 0.05mg - 250mg
Beta-Cryptoxanthin 0.01mg 2.01mg 0.01mg - 10mg

Claims

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because 58% of its claims are rated as either extremely or moderately effective. Seventy-five (75)% of a product's claims must be rated as extremely or moderately effective to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

The product’s effectiveness rating is an overall picture of how well a product does or doesn't work. Individual studies research an ingredient's effects on certain claims. For example: does creatine monohydrate increase strength, or does beta alanine improve running performance?

The Supplement Database compiles the conclusions of these studies, and based on a product's ingredient makeup, calculates how well a product does on various claims. The claims below are organized by effectiveness (extremely, moderately, ineffective).

Research Rating

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because its research rating is 22. A product's research rating must be at least 60 to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

A research rating of 22 means there is an insufficient amount of research on the product's ingredients to ensure its effectiveness rating is valid.

The research rating is a measure of how much research has been conducted on a product's ingredient makeup. Manufacturers often rely on ingredients without adequate research backing. They may do this to compete with other products that are already using poorly researched ingredients. They may also only use a very small amount of cherry-picked research as a poor justification to use certain ingredients.

The amount of research contained in the database on a product's ingredients determines its research rating. Products with higher ratings are made up of thoroughly researched ingredients.

Nutrition Label and Ingredient Transparency

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because it discloses 78% of its ingredient amounts. A product must disclose all ingredient amounts to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Nutrition label transparency refers to how many ingredients are listed with amounts on the product label. Many supplement manufacturers hide ingredient amounts under the guise of great-sounding proprietary blends such as "Maximum Muscular Size Enhancer" or "Anabolic Cell Strength Matrix."

When manufacturers use proprietary blends, they can hide ingredient amounts making it difficult for consumers to know whether a product is effective.

Mega Men 50 Plus contains:

  • total ingredients: 45
  • ingredients with amounts listed: 35
  • ingredients without amounts listed: 10
  • percent of ingredient amounts disclosed: 78%

Product Label

The label below was generated from the information contained in the database about the product's ingredients and amounts. Actual product labels may differ in appearance.

Mega Men 50 Plus by GNC Product Label

Ranking Within Category

Mega Men 50 Plus earned a thumbs-down in this category because it ranks 40 out of 46 in the category (bottom third). A product must be ranked in the top two-thirds of its category to receive a thumbs-up in this area.

Mega Men 50 Plus ranks 40 out of 46 in the Multivitamins category and 3,329 out of 3,640 in the entire database. The table below lists comparisons with similarly ranked . Click on a link for an in-depth comparison between the two.

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Mega Men 50 Plus vs Other GNC Multivitamins

Manufacturers often create multiple products within the same category. These products are sometimes similar but marketed to different consumers with varying prices. The following table allows you to compare Mega Men 50 Plus against its sister products; products manufactured by GNC within the multivitamins category.

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Summary

Graded Area Reason
Effectiveness Rating rating is greater or equal to the required 1.5
Ingredients less than 75% of ingredients are rated as effective
Ingredient Dosing less than 75% of ingredients are dosed properly
Claims less than 75% of claims are rated as effective
Research Rating research rating is lower than the required 60
Nutrition Label Transparency does not disclose all ingredient amounts on label
Ranking Within Category ranks in the bottom third of category
Overall Recommendation received a thumbs down in the majority of areas

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