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Multivitamin Comparison – From Empty Air to Boosting Health

Author: Daniel Tolmieprepare-medically-multivitamins

Multivitamins – who uses them?  Well, you probably do, Americans spend $4,000,000,000 a year on multivitamins alone.  70 % Australians are no less keen on them, spending a tiny $2,300,000,000, and yes … that is a ton of zeros!!

Who needs them?  Well the number of people that can say that every day they honestly eat a well-balanced diet of containing lots of fruits, nuts and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, along with chicken and fish is not just low, it is merely non-existent.  Of the people who think they are doing well, most do not realize the sheer quantities that have to be consumed to maintain that ‘well-balanced diet’.

Okay, so almost everyone needs a multivitamin, but which one to choose?  Having 30,000+ vitamins on the market presents so much choice it normally is a case of finding the bottle you think looks the nicest … or the cheapest.  After all, a vitamin is a vitamin right?

Fortunately, 7 Canadian and American biochemists have come to rescue us from our ignorance.  They looked at and compared what is in each of these multivitamins by separating and measuring each ingredient – that is, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other components.

They put together the ‘perfect’ multivitamin, which actually does not exist as some vitamins needs to be taken separately and it would be the size of large chestnut, and rather difficult to swallow!

They examined how absorbable the vitamins were, whether they were in the right amounts/form and the variety of vitamins and minerals.  Also looked at was having the vitamins in the right combinations for the body’s needs.  The score was how close each one was to that perfect multivitamin out of 100%.

In order of importance;

Nutritional Supplements                             %

USANA Health Sciences Essentials……………………………….. 73.7

Solgar Omnium ……………………………………………….. 56.5

Thorne Research Al’s Formula ………………………………….. 46.9

Clinicians Vitamin and Mineral Boost……………………………. 45.1

NFS Nutraceuticals Ultimate Sports Multi ……………………….. 44.5

Thorne Research Basic Nutrients V ……………………………… 44.4

Thorne Research Basic Nutrients III ……………………………. 38.7

Solgar VM-2000……………………………………………….. 37.9

Pharmanex Lifepak ……………………………………………. 28.1

Amway NutriWay Double X ………………………………………. 27.3

GNC LiveWell Women’s Ultra Mega ……………………………….. 26.1

Pharmanex Lifepak Women ………………………………………. 25.6

BioCeuticals Multi Essentials …………………………………. 25.3

Pharmalliance OxiChel…………………………………………. 24.8

Neways Orachel ………………………………………………. 24.1

Solgar Formula VM-75 …………………………………………. 23.1

Radiance Multi-Power …………………………………………. 22.6

Nutra Life Active Men’s Multi………………………………….. 22.3

GNC LiveWell Mega Men ………………………………………… 21.2

Pharmanex Lifepak Prime ………………………………………. 21.0

Nature’s Sunshine Supplemental Vitamins & Minerals……………….. 20.6

Thompson’s Multifort …………………………………………. 17.5

Nature’s Way Mega Multi ………………………………………. 17.1

Thompson’s Immunofort ………………………………………… 16.9

Nutra Life Active Women’s Multi Plus …………………………… 16.4

Eagle Tresos B PluSe …………………………………………. 16.4

Nature’s Way Women’s Energy Mega Multivitamin……………………. 16.4

Pharm-a-Care Women’s Mega Strength MultiVitamins ………………… 16.4

Bioglan Women’s Complete Multi Compex     ………………………… 16.4

Pretorius Women’s Live Better Multi Vitamin & Mineral ……………. 16.3

Kordel’s Men’s Multi (without Iron) ……………………………. 15.4

Nutrition Care Formula SF88 …………………………………… 15.1

Blackmores Women’s Vitality Multi ……………………………… 14.1

Metagenics Multigenics ……………………………………….. 14.1

Red Seal Women’s Multi………………………………………… 14.0

Nature’s Own Daily Multi Peak Performance ………………………. 14.0

Mannatech GlycoLEAN Catalyst ………………………………….. 13.9

Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Women’s Multi Vitamin with Selenium … 13.7

Nature’s Sunshine Mega-Chel …………………………………… 13.5

Metagenics Multigenics Phyto Plus ……………………………… 13.5

Blackmores Women’s Multi & Evening Primrose Oil …………………. 13.4

Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Fifty Plus Multi Vitamins …………. 13.4

Blackmores Sustained Release Women’s Multi Vitamins & Minerals ……. 13.3

Natural Nutrition Mega Potency Men’s Multi Vitamin with Selenium ….. 13.3

Red Seal Men’s Multi …………………………………………. 13.3

Pharm-a-Care Men’s Mega Strength Multi-Vitamin ………………….. 11.7

Bioglan Men’s Complete Multi Complex …………………………… 11.6

Nature’s Way Men’s Energy Mega Multi-Vitamin Iron-Free …………… 11.6

Blackmores Sustained Release Multi Vitamins and Minerals …………. 11.5

Swisse Women’s Ultivite Formula 1 ……………………………… 11.5

Pluravit Time-Release Multi …………………………………… 11.5

Thompson’s Men’s Multi with Antioxidants ……………………….. 11.3

Herbs of Gold Executive Multi Vitamin & Mineral …………………. 11.1

Golden Glow Senior’s One-A-Day Multi …………………………… 11.1

Swisse Women’s Ultivite No Iron or Iodine ………………………. 10.9

Swisse Men’s Ultivite Formula 1 ……………………………….. 10.8

Blackmores Sustained Release Multi Vitamins & Minerals + Selenium …. 10.7

Melaleuca Vitality for Women ………………………………….. 10.6

Reliv Now …………………………………………………… 10.4

Nature’s Own Multivitamin Plus Omega 3 Fish Oil ………………….  9.1

Avon VitAdvance Women’s Complete II …………………………….  9.1

Good Health Men’s Multi-Plus …………………………………..  9.1

Pharma Foods Pharma Day with Selenium …………………………..  8.7

Herbalife Formula 3 …………………………………………..  8.7

Kordel’s Women’s Multi Plus EPO ………………………………..  8.6

Cenovis Mega Multi ……………………………………………  8.4

Thompson’s Femmefort ………………………………………….  8.3

Microgenics Mega Multivitamin ………………………………….  8.0

Melaleuca Vitality for Men …………………………………….  7.5

Reliv Classic ………………………………………………..  7.5

Nutrition Care Formula 33SE ……………………………………  7.4

Microgenics Women’s Pro Active Multi Vitamin …………………….  6.8

Golden Glow Super One-A-Day ……………………………………  6.7

Herron Clinical Nutrition Men’s Multi-Vitamin & Minerals ………….  6.2

Blackmores Men’s Performance Multi ……………………………..  6.2

Good Health Women’s Multi-Plus …………………………………  6.0

Vitaplex Professional One a Day Multivitamin …………………….  5.0

New Vision Essential Vitamins ………………………………….  4.7

Centrum Select 50+ ……………………………………………  4.3

Amway NutriWay Daily ………………………………………….  4.2

Microgenics Men’s Essential Multivitamin ………………………..  4.1

Myadec Gold A-Z Guard …………………………………………  4.0

Red Seal Total Multi with Minerals ……………………………..  3.9

Centrum Complete from A to Zinc ………………………………..  3.9

Cenovis 50+ Multi …………………………………………….  3.8

Guardian Women’s Multi Vitamins & Minerals……………………….  3.6

Herron Clinical Nutrition One-a-Day Women’s Multi-Vitamns & Minerals .  3.6

Cenovis Multivitamin and Minerals……………………………….  3.4

Amcal One-A-Day……………………………………………….  3.3

Berocca Performance …………………………………………..  3.2

Healtheries Women’s Multi (AU) …………………………………  3.2

Cenovis Women’s Multi …………………………………………  3.1

Nature’s Own Daily Multi Essentials …………………………….  3.1

Pluravit Women ……………………………………………….  3.1

Golden Glow Women’s One-a-Day Multi …………………………….  3.1

Blackmores Multi + Gingko for 55+ ………………………………  3.0

Pluravit 50 Plus ……………………………………………..  3.0

Healtheries Women’s Multi (NZ) …………………………………  2.7

Hivita LiquiVita ……………………………………………..  2.6

Red Seal One-a-Day Multi & Minerals …………………………….  2.6

Amcal Multivitamin & Mineral Effervescent………………………..  2.6

Golden Glow Men’s One-a-Day Multi ………………………………  2.5

Bioglan Daily Plus Max ………………………………………..  2.5

Cenovis Men’s Multi …………………………………………..  2.5

Myadec Multivitamins and Minerals ………………………………  2.4

Nature’s Own Multivitamin & Mineral …………………………….  2.4

Herron Clinical Nutrition All-in-One Multi-Vitamin & Mineral ………  2.1

Guardian Multi Vitamins & Minerals Hi Potency ……………………  2.1

Advocare Macro-Mineral Complex …………………………………  1.1

A staggering 50 out of the total 110 multivitamins did not even reach 10% and only the top 11 multivitamins were above 25% of what the human body needs on a daily basis.

The popular supermarket brands all featured below 10% possibly due to being forced to compete on price with other supermarkets.  The downside for you, means the product you take every day is a hugely inferior supplement.

In other words, you get what you pay for.  In some cases ignorance is bliss, in others it is a big wakeup call.  My father has taken supplements for many years before and after he developed cancer and never once questioned the quality of what he was consuming.   After reading this, he too, wondered why he ever thought not to research something so important to his health, when he did such a great job of researching anything else that he bought.

My advice, choose a multivitamin that is backed by a great company with a good reputation and do not just buy any old vitamin because of the price.  You would be better off spending the money on something else.

Men’s Weight Loss Quiz

Author: Deidra Garciafruit_veggie_image

1. Beverages can cause you to gain weight.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Many men don’t realize that beverages are often loaded with empty calories. Even fortified waters can contain as many calories as a can of soda. In fact, a recent study found that most men don’t accommodate for these extra calories with their meals.  A better bet is to stick to drinking plenty of water, as it keeps your system well-hydrated, helps food break down easier and doesn’t pack on the pounds.

2. Fasting is a good way to drop a few pounds.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: By skipping meals and then playing catch-up, you could end up promoting more fat storage and lowering your metabolism due to fluctuating insulin and blood sugar levels.  You also lose more than fat when you don’t eat…you lose muscle and tissue mass. A better bet is to follow a moderate diet and continue to exercise regularly.

3. Eating more produce reduces the pounds.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: This seems like it should go without saying, but most men don’t get their allotted five servings a day. In addition to containing vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and protein, fruits and vegetables are a low-calorie option that can help you lose weight and improve health tremendously. A few ideas for consuming more are eating a vegetarian meal at least once a week, keeping fresh produce on hand for snacks (even canned vegetables and fruits are valuable as long as they don’t contain heavy syrup or preservatives), and adding more to salads, sandwiches and as side dishes..

4. Drinking a lot of water causes you to lose weight.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Water is key to fending of dehydration and it helps the body processes. It even helps provide a “full” feeling. But drinking water does not burn off calories, and drinking an excessive amount of water can also add to temporary water weight and make you feel bloated.

5. You need to exercise as well as diet to lose weight.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Many men think if they eat right they can skip exercising altogether. Or vice versa. Wrong. If you are actively looking to lose weight, you are going to have to regularly exercise as well as follow a nutritious diet. Exercising 3-4 times a week not only improves cardiovascular and overall health, it also helps you burn calories as you build muscle.

6. You can keep your weight down by skipping meals.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Although experts are divided on how many meals you should eat (3 moderate meals, or several small ones throughout the day), mealtimes need to be kept at the same time every day so your body knows when to feel hungry. Skipping meals can cause you to overeat at the next meal as your body tries to make up for the meal that was missed.

7. Diets that focus on adding or removing only one type of food are the most effective.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Many fad diets rely on eating a large quantity of or removing one substance or food from your diet (for example: low-carb diet, the cabbage diet, etc.). But the fact is that eating too much of one thing can cause you to miss out on valuable nutrients in other foods (how many fruits contain protein?). And your body needs many components to function well (carbs provide energy, etc.). Instead of drastically cutting or adding an ingredient, try reducing “bad” foods and eating moderate servings of more varied foods.

8. You can still snack and eat your favorite foods as you diet.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: The reason many men fail at weight management is because they try to deprive themselves of their favorite foods…which may not be the healthiest. Unfortunately, when deprived like this, many guys tend to overeat or binge at the slightest waver of willpower. There’s no need to give up desserts or less-than-healthy options…just eat them in small servings and restrict them to only once or twice a week. Even restaurant meals and fast food options can be conquered if you keep the portions small (take half home as leftovers) and you’re aware of what exactly you are consuming, nutrition-wise.

9. How you eat is just as important as what you eat.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Ever wolf down a huge plate of food and then realize that you weren’t even that hungry to begin with? This happens more frequently than most men think. Men who overeat tend to eat very quickly. This does not allow your stomach time to process food and does not allow your brain time to realize you’ve had enough. A better option is to take your time as you eat: you’ll be able to recognize when you fill full (and then stop) and it will also help with digestion. Not to mention that you’ll be able to savor the flavors much better this way!

10. Nutritional supplements don’t help you lose weight.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: While you cannot rely on a nutritional supplement for all of your dietary needs, they can help you attain significant weigh loss results when coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Just make sure they contain high concentrations of natural ingredients from a trusted source.

11. You always gain weight when you quit smoking.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Although some men gain weight when they quit, the benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh the risk of putting on a few pounds. And you can avoid that altogether by avoiding snacking on fattening foods. Instead, keep healthier options available (such as veggies, fruit or even sugar-less gum) for when a craving occurs. Exercise can also work out anxiety.

ANSWER KEY:

9 – 11 correct: Fitness guru

6 – 8 correct:     A healthy mind set

3 – 5 correct:     Need some coaching

0 – 2 correct:     Get off the couch!