If you've been keeping up with me on social media you'll know that I have been trialling Vitabiotics' Wellman Max kit for quite some time now. After taking a 12-week course of their range I can officially say, I have had my opinions changed on multivitamins.
They actually sent me 16-weeks worth of multivitamins, which was bloody excellent as I was only expecting 12. Included in the lil' hamper were some bonus bits - a shampoo, moisturiser and a body wash.
I gave these a couple of tries and whilst they seemed great n all, we all know I'm a fat chemical-phobe - so I gave them to my dad (he gave them a glowing review though).
The Wellman Max
The star of the show here is the Wellman Max.
In fairness, it isn't just a multivitamin and the fact I have branded it as such is doing the kit a disservice. Basically, there's 3 different packs: one is a micronutrient complex, one is an omega 3,6 & 9 complex and one is a potent combo of calcium and Vitamin D3.
So it's multiple vitamins...
Anyway, the good thing about this is that you're getting a massive spectrum of nutrients boxed off properly, everything is dosed correctly and there are elements such as Q10 & carotenoids to help the absorption of the nutrients whilst helping optimise a healthy lifestyle.
It's more than a multivitamin - OKAY?!
My take on multivitamins
Now, it would be fair to say that I am a bit of a multivitamin sceptic - I wrote a whole chapter in my free ebook on why your bog standard multis are a waste of time and effort.
Take a look here if you want.
But basically, the usual multivitamins we get shoved down our throats (you know the ones; The all-in-one solutions in superdrug, at the checkout in the supermarket or protein peddling companies' low-dose efforts) are full to the brim with fillers, they contain poor quality nutrients and they generally just don't work.
This is why I was keen to try Vitabiotics' Wellman Max.
I have heard countless people swear by this stuff and I assumed that there was a reason why they're the UK's leading supplement company. After doing a bit of research I found that their quality of ingredients was far higher of that used in other companies' and dosages were actually beneficial.
You're not getting ripped off.
I am a firm believer in 'you get what you pay for' and that couldn't be truer here.
I'm a pretty healthy bloke normally, so I can't say I was exactly at rock bottom health-wise. This meant my results weren't as drastic as some miracle health transformations you may see floating around the web.
With that being said, I could definitely do with something to fill in any nutritional deficiencies. I tend to eat the same thing every day for about 3 months at a time meaning some form of deficiency is likely to crop up eventually.
What I liked
The packaging is excellent. I don't mean the branding (although that's not too shabby), but the pill trays - is that what they're called? - were laid out perfectly, with each one labelled with a day so you know exactly what pill to take and when.
This saved me from having to lug my geriatric pill case around with me wherever I go.
The results were the biggest thing I liked - obviously.
I have been waking up at 5am for the past few months, right around the time I started taking the wellman max. This meant that when I was going through the initial adjustment period, I was TIRED. Very tired.
The max helped me to battle this to some degree, fighting fatigue with the absolute bevvy of nutrients that it was battering my system with. I genuinely believe that it helped me with this and helped to balance my mood.
Mood swings can be a massive side effect when you change sleeping schedules but I didn't experience snappiness or anything like whatsoever - or at least, no more than usual...
Oh, and I also got to pretend I was Post Malone, popping all these god damn pillies.
What I disliked
I would probably have liked a higher dosage of vitamin D3. I try to take around 10,000 IU's which is massively over the recommended daily intake of 1,000. This is because super-dosing with 10,000 IU's has been shown to be most effective when trying to increase testosterone long term.
The Wellman Max actually comes with 3,500 IU's which is still a pretty hefty chunk, but if they could have upped it to 5,000 that would make it ideal for me.
The next point isn't really what I didn't like, but more of a suggestion.
But in my testosterone-wannabee opinion, an optional adaptogens pill set would be a fantastic addition.
A pill containing 4 or 5 adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwaghanda, Tongkat Ali & Rhodiola Rosea would make the kit the absolute one-stop male vitality pill.
As it stands, I am taking a little break from Adaptogens after my testosterone experiment so if this kit was optional I could just opt out, as could else anyone who didn't fancy it.
Giving the customer this little bit of customisation would make the kit feel a bit more tailored to their needs.
But what do I know, I'm just a fella who writes words on a keyboard.
The multivitamin sceptic has had his horizons broadened. I still hold those beliefs about your average Joes but the Vitabiotics Wellman Max ain't no average Joe.
It's an above average Max.
Okay, I'll see myself out.