Recently I tried Runner’s Daily Complete multivitamins for about a week. My first impression when I read the instructions was, “I’m supposed to take 1 pill, 3 times a day? That’s crazy for a vitamin.” But then I really read through what is in these pills… and it actually makes sense. In fact, I could probably reduce the overall amount of pills I pop if I replaced them with the Runner’s Daily Complete pills.
I take a lot of pills each day… Let’s break it down, shall we?
- Calcium – for strong bones
- Vitamin D – to help my body absorb calcium
- Grapeseed – to aid in bruise healing
- Biotin – to help my hair and nails grow
- Probiotic – to help my troubled gut
- Digestive Enzymes – to help my troubled gut
- Vitamin C – because my ophthalmologist said to after eye surgery
- Woman-specific multivitamin – to help fill in any holes in my diet
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory
- Glucosamine, Chondroiton, MSM – to help my joints
- Fish oil – for Omega 3′s
I take these at different times throughout the day, so it doesn’t feel like a ton of drugs. But it does kind of add up when listed out.
Now let’s look at what is in the Runner’s Daily Complete: (I copied these directly from their site and they all link directly to the explanation of why that ingredient is beneficial.)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic Acid
Pretty much everything I take in a variety of pills is available in Runner’s Daily Complete, with the exception of my probiotic/digestive enzyme. Although, the Runner’s Daily Complete have a lot of items that are beneficial for digestive health (seeing as how a lot of runner’s have GI issues.)
The pills have a 3-prong approach as to why they are unique for runners:
- Nutrition: most Americans could probably benefit from a multivitamin, especially if they follow the SAD. But as runners, we tend to lose other nutrients and minerals through exercising that need to be replaced.
- Performance: a blend of herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc. that are used to help athletes maintain their energy levels, especially in light of the potential depletion we face from our fitness endeavors.
- Protection: several ingredients are included to help protect joints and reduce inflammation that builds from repeated stress to the body.
There are a lot more B vitamins in these than what I usually take, that’s to aid in the energy aspect to help improve your performance. It also aids in giving you neon yellow pee… at least, that’s something that I get from taking a lot of B vitamins!
Overall, I did feel a little more energized while taking these. Whether that was a placebo effect or not, I can’t say. It would probably be prudent to do a longer test to decide more definitively.
A 1-month supply of Runner’s Daily Complete is $34.95. But they also have a special delivery program where you get a 2-month supply every 2-months and that price is just $59.95. (prices as of publishing this in September 2011) I am very intrigued to try taking these for several months and eliminating most of my other supplements to see how it goes. If I do that, I will post a full report!