Multi-V is the first multinutrient vitamin that's clinically proven to enhance endurance for athletes such as cyclists and triathletes. The nutrients in Multi-V have been shown to effectively protect athletes from the stresses of exercise and to improve endurance. Multi-V is the only multivitamin that contains Carbogen, a patented enzyme blend that's been shown in clinical studies to improve carbohydrate utilization and increase time to exhaustion significantly. Multi-V is unlike any other multivitamin available thanks to its addition of special ingredients other than vitamins and minerals to address the unique requirements of endurance athletes. In addition to having the highest-quality, most bio-available vitamins and chelated minerals available, this special endurance formula delivers clinically effective doses of enzymes, Iron, Green Tea, Ginkgo Biloba and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Multi-V is also formulated with Ferrochel Iron- a highly bioavailable source of Iron which is non-toxic and does not affect the absorption of minerals, like other Iron sources do. First Endurance is the sole licensee for Carbogen in the endurance sports market. Clinical studies on elite cyclists showed Carbogen breaks down multi-chain carbohydrates into simple glucose. This is important for endurance athletes because glucose is readily accessible and useable for working muscles. What's really unique about Carbogen is that even with this fast breakdown of carbohydrates, there is no effect on insulin. With no insulin spike, your blood sugar remains elevated for many hours so it can fuel working muscles and improve performance. Clinical studies showed that endurance athletes who use Multi-V had a 23% increase in blood glucose levels during high intensity exercise and that they sustained the increase in blood glucose levels for 5 hours, They also had a significant decrease in the accumulation of blood lactate (58% average) and a 43% increase in time to exhaustion, as well as a decreased rate of perceived exertion (RPE).You take 3 tablets of Multi-V with your pre-exercise meal. There are 90 tablets per container. 3 tablets provide you with your %DV of the following fundamental vitamins and minerals (based on a 2000 calorie diet):Vitamin A, 100%; Vitamin C, 670%, Vitamin E, 675%; Vitamin B1, 250%; Vitamin B2, 300%; Vitamin B6, 250%; Folate, 50%; Niacin, 100%; Vitamin B12, 500%; Biotin, 100%; Pantothenic Acid, 200%; Iodine, 100%; Magesium, 65%; Zinc, 200%; Selenium, 200%; Copper, 100%; Manganese, 100%; Chromium, 100%; Molybdenum, 100%; Iron, 100%.
Strengths: Everything a racer needs.
No absurd voodoo claims, its all science and provided links to their studies on their website.
Weaknesses: Cost. All that testing and top-notch stuff costs money. But you get what you pay for.
If I had all the time and money in the world, I could work a full-time job, train and race, and spend time with my family a friends as well as eat a balanced diet with everything I need to recover. Unfortunately- that's make believe land. Not happening. I found my diet needed some help, and I got it through Multi-V. I liked the balance of the vitamins, the science behind what they were doing, the fact it fit in their system and most importantly no contamination, and the testing to prove it (unlike cheepo stuff). You get what you are promised.