Friday, April 26, 2013

A to Z Challenge: (GNC) Women's Ultra Mega Energy & Metabolism Vitamins

I am not usually a vitamin or supplement blogger, and you won't often find me purporting the use - or maligning it, for that matter - of any particular supplement or pill on this section of the Internet. But, I needed a product that began with W to review, and I am well-versed in this particular product, having taken it daily for the past six months or so, so I'll let this one go. :)

I'll just get right out there and address one issue straight off the bat: I believe some vitamins do work, but the key word here is some. Studies have shown that there are a lot of vitamins and supplements out there that are as effective as a sugar pill, aka, not at all. Others, though, are much more worthy of admiration and consumption. I would like to think that this particular pill falls into the latter category.

There has been a quest happening on my side of the mountain for years: find the perfect once-daily supplement for me. I am overweight, lack the energy I need to perform tasks when I don't sleep well, and am in the bulk of people who don't get every nutrient we need from our diets. (A lot of people don't in today's society - it's just difficult to get all your IUs of all your necessary vitamins without going out and eating one specific food just for its nutritional benefits). So it's not anything that makes me weird: I'm simply in the majority of Americans that are overweight, slow on their feet and lacking in all the vitamins a vegetarian or vegan might get.

I've tried One A Day brand vitamins, and they just didn't work the way I would have liked for them to have worked. I wandered into a GNC one day last October in a search for something to help suppress my appetite, and the saleslady sold me on this multivitamin. I was already taking a chewable, gummy multivitamin, but they talked me out of that and got me here. Just try it, they implored, I promise you'll see what we mean! So I purchased two bottles - buy one get one half off at the time - and schlepped my 180 days of nutritional goodness home with me.

It has been 7 months since, and I can honestly say that while I don't remember to take a vitamin every day, I do take one most mornings, and I can definitely tell when I don't. I begin to feel myself flagging around the 2:30 pm mark normally, but if I take my vitamin on time, that feeling doesn't come. Similarly, if I take this alongside breakfast, I don't get snacky/hungry before my lunch time. If I don't take a pill, though, I get snacky around 10:30 or 11, which is bad news for me! I've started keeping my bottle in my desk drawer at work so I know that at least five days out of each six, I'm getting the nutrition I so desperately need.

Are all vitamins great? Nope, not at all. Will this one work for you? Maybe, maybe not. I will give it my seal of approval, though, as it seems to work great for me. Give it a try if you have a chance to go by yoru local GNC: you might be surprised what it can do for you, too!


  1. I'm going to give this a shot. I start lagging around that time as well and it would be nice not to have to consume more caffeine just to make it through the rest of the day. =)

  2. Well, it's probably for me given my sex. But I'm also a very simple vitamin-taker. Going to try a B-complex soon. Have any ever worked for you?

  3. I can't take that, most likely (those energy and metabolism things tend to interact badly with my meds and give me massive panic attacks) but I really should take more vitamins so I'm sure I have all the things I need, I'm often not good at getting enough calcium in my diet because I'm lactose intolerant....

  4. Hi, Patricia,

    I buy vitamins but most times don't remember to take them and you're right some don't work as well as others.
    Just getting here on the Challenge.

    J.L. Campbell writes Jamaican Kid Lit

  5. Woman take care of so many things but it's also necessary to take care themselves also ..Vitamin is a herbal remedies or also important for woman or also they should have to take the health supplements to her nutritional needs....