What You Should Know
Solaray Spectro is a multivitamin designed for dieters who need more than the average, over the counter, supplement. According to the product description from Solaray, Spectro is just as important as protein and creatine to the athlete. While we doubt this particular multivitamin offers similar support as these dietary aids, we have no doubt that the athlete and bodybuilder need more support than the average dieter.
The product label lists all ingredients in the formula. At first glance, the ingredients are similar to those included in your average multivitamin, but then the bottom of the ingredient list changes things up a bit. We find digestive enzymes, a diuretic and a natural laxative in the supplement as well.
List of Ingredients
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Potassium, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, PABA, Lecithin, Bioflavonoid Concentrate, Rutin Concentrate, Hespiridin Concentrate, Pectin, Boron, Spirulina, Alfalfa Juice, Carrot and Yam Concentrate, Barley Grass, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera Gel Concentrate, Parsley Leaf, Pancreatin, Diastase, Papain, Ox Bile Extract, Glutamic Acid HCL, Propolis, Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin Capsule, Eleuthero Root, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Whole Rice Concentrate, Alfalfa Leaf, Montmorillonite Clay, Soybean Oil, And Mixed Tocopherol Concentrate (Soy).
There is no doubt the athlete and bodybuilder need a bit more vitamin support than the dieter, but the support they need is not necessarily represented in Solaray Spectro. The supplement starts out strong, offering high doses of all the right vitamins and minerals to support muscle growth and recovery. There is a strong antioxidant panel to reduce the effects of free radicals, commonly elevated after intense exercise. But, that is where the support stops.
Aloe vera is a natural laxative. We could support the use of a laxative if high levels of calcium were included in Spectro without magnesium. Calcium tends to cause constipation and magnesium counteracts that effect, but this supplement contains enough magnesium to stop constipation. Aloe vera is commonly used to ease stomach discomfort, but we cannot ignore the laxative effect.
Parsley leaf is a diuretic. Diuretics push extra water out of the body causing dehydration, in some cases. If the bodybuilder is taking creatine, the use of a diuretic could counteract muscle hydration. Creatine causes the muscle to hold onto water.
- All ingredients for Solaray Spectro are listed online.
- The supplement is available from the manufacturer and outside vitamin retailers.
- Offers an impressive vitamin profile.
- Contains a natural laxative.
- Contains a diuretic.
- Not designed for the average dieter.
- May cause increased bowel movements and dehydration.
We would love to support this strong vitamin, but as it stands, the laxative and diuretic qualities are not what the dieter, athlete or bodybuilder need in a multivitamin.