I have taken multivitamins off and on ever since I was a teenager. I am 27 now. The general consensus in the overall collective nutritional science community on the world wide web indicates that multivitamin use is either hit or miss, providing a placebo effect where users may feel like they are reaping benefits even when they are not.
A multivitamin contains a wide spectrum of micronutrients necessary for the body but usually condensed into a pill or two (or more).
I have used at least 12 bottles of Legion Triumph in the last two years. Click the highlighted link to check out what Triumph is all about (free advertising for you, Legion; your lucky day). I am not affiliated with the company in any way. I saw it advertised sometime back in 2015 and wanted to check it out. I finally did so in January of 2017.
Triumph is probably the most expensive multivitamin out there, or at least one of them (I know more expensive options have to exist, by guess). Look, I get it, raw materials that go into vitamins like this can get costly if the sources are expensive and the vitamin quality is high enough. One bottle of Triumph is $40 and it is a 30-day supply, which you might as well describe as a one month supply. There are 240 capsules per bottle, so if you take the recommended serving then you are taking a whopping eight capsules per day, which is pretty wild. The company markets to athletes, so if you are already used to taking a multitude of supplements, it probably isn’t that big of a deal.
The micronutrient profile is fine, but for the price one is paying, a couple of things stick out to me:
1.) Zinc. I remember when Triumph was a few dollars cheaper. When I reached out to their customer service squad (which is excellent, by the way) inquiring why the price had gone up, they reasoned with me by telling me that the source materials that go into the multivitamin have increased over time due to market changes. Understandable, whether true or not. I believe that excuse, because inflation is a thing. Anyway, while I see that the micronutrient sources feature high quality minerals/material, I noticed that the form of zinc that is in Triumph is the citrate form. The citrate form is much better than, say, oxide, which is cheap and useless, but a better form would be picolinate. Zinc picolinate is the best form of zinc, period. Citrate is run-of-the-mill and middle of the pack as far as absorption goes. Now, I’m not a chemist and you can go ahead and write off my cheap opinion as being nothing more than unfounded bloviation, but it disappoints me to pay $40 bucks for a bottle of Triumph when one of the ingredients is lesser quality compared to the rest in the bottle. Triumph contains 30mg of zinc, which is excellent.
2.) Magnesium. Why cheapen out and only include 375mg of magnesium when the RDA is 400mg? It is said that the average American does not get enough magnesium from their diet alone. 375mg is close to 400mg, sure, but why not just add an extra 25mg to hit the mark? Zinc and magnesium can counteract one another in high enough doses, but correct me if I’m wrong: I believe the overall dose required (collectively) to to negate one another would be around 800mg, which is far off the mark here. Sure, you could easily obtain the extra 25mg from things like almonds and spinach along with the trace amounts in coffee and chocolate, but not everyone is consuming that much every day. Regardless, I’m probably just sounding whiny here and making a poor point just to make a poor point, not to mention that, again, this multivitamin is marketed towards athletes who are assumed to already be eating a quite healthy diet which may lend itself to more magnesium from whole foods, but still… another qualm I have is that the form of magnesium is magnesium gluconate. Again, much like zinc citrate, it is a much cheaper form of magnesium where a chelated magnesium such as magnesium glycinate would be preferred for absorption purposes.
NOW Foods zinc picolinate and Doctor’s Best chelated magnesium glycinate are the two best forms of zinc and magnesium on the market (respectively), in my limited opinion.
As stated, I have used at least 12 bottles, maybe more, of Triumph over the past two years. I lead an active lifestyle and eat an OK diet full of mostly whole foods, but it could be better, which is why I sought out Triumph in the first place, in order to correct potential micronutritient deficiencies.
Now, onto the bread and butter of the review: did I feel any tangible effects from Triumph?
It would be truly unfair to say yes or no, overall, because you don’t really ‘feel’ multivitamins working, and the best test is to take one for a consistent time period (which I have done so, once taking Triumph every day for over six months).
I suffer from dealing with a ton of canker sores. Sometimes, they get so bad that I will get six to eight of them in my mouth at one time. It sucks, because both eating and talking becomes painful. My go-to for eliminating canker sores quickly is by applying alum directly onto them. What about preventing them, though? I’ve heard a variety of potential causes for canker sores: stress, stomach acid, spicy food (coinciding with the stomach acid theory), digestive issues and micronutrient deficiencies. Well, I do deal with a lot of stress and love spicy food, so maybe that is the name of the game here. I have read a great deal about vitamin B12 (thankfully, unlike for zinc and magnesium, Triumph did not cheapen out here, and it uses the highest form of B12 — methylcobalamin). Every time I have taken Triumph, the amount of canker sores I get are drastically reduced, so that is all swell and good, but whenever I have used a high quality vitamin B complex in the past, I have experienced reduced canker sores as well, and even a high quality B complex is much cheaper than Triumph.
Asides from the reduction of canker sores, I cannot pinpoint how I have benefitted from Triumph. I did not feel that I recovered from muscle soreness any faster than before nor did I feel I experienced any benefits as it pertains to my immune system by taking Triumph. Actually, even while taking Triumph I still dealt with undue fatigue, a sinus infection, strep throat and a horde of other colds/sicknesses.
Overall, Triumph has a solid micronutrient/mineral profile, but its high price point kills it, for me. If I ‘felt’ more from it, or at least felt like some benefits were reaped from its usage, I would defend the pricey nature of the product, but as it is, I do not recommend it.
Value: 3/5 — A great micronutrient/mineral profile is weighed down by a budget killing price point.
Price: 1/5 — $40 for a one month supply featuring 8 pills per serving is a killer.
Quality: 4/5 — The micronutrient/mineral profile is phenomenal. Asides from a couple of issues I have with Triumph, Legion uses the highest quality materials in its multvitamin. Bravo.
Overall: 2.5/5 — Legion is a solid company with a great customer service team, but this multivitamin costs too much in juxtaposition to the lack of benefits gleaned from this multvitamin for it to be a consistently used, viable option as a supplement. Stick to a whole foods diet, which is much cheaper. If your life involves being on the go constantly, plan your meals ahead of time; it is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t doable.