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Jun 20

Nutrisearch Comparative Guide To Nutritional Supplements Consumer Edition Revie

An abridged publication of the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, 4th edition, was out earlier this year. This “Consumer Edition,” is meant for those that don’t need all the specialized scientific information contained in the full edition. As an overview, this handbook contains:

Evaluations of over 1500 US and Canadian supplements
Discussion of 18 critical Health Support Criteria
Graphical results for top-rated 4- and 5-star products
NutriSearch’s Gold Medal of Achievement recipients

At first the author, Dr. Lyle McWilliam, opens with the reason for supplementation. Even though the American Medical Association (AMA) has now acknowledged that all adults need a supplemental daily multiple vitamin, many are ignorant of this piece of evidence and the many additional scientific studies that substantiate the need of supplementation. There is also an increasing worry amongst nutrition experts that the Recommended Dietary Allowances, established during World War II, are now too low for the typical adult’s health needs.

The rationale for supplementation begins with an awareness of the root cause of most major disease. Dr. McWilliam discusses this root cause being oxidative damage and ensuing inflammatory events and documents how this can result in major disease such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and many (if not mostly all) other degenerative conditions.

Given this background, a methodology to rate and score commercially obtainable supplements is established. Dr. McWilliam selected a panel of 12 foremost experts, who have published one or more works on specific daily nutritional intakes and devised a “blended standard” of daily adult requirements to use in evaluating the numerous products available today. Also, 18 crucial Health Support Criteria including Completeness, Potency, Mineral Form, Bioactivity of Vitamin E, Gamma Tocopherol, Antioxidant Support, Bone Health, Heart Health, Liver Health (detoxification), Metabolic Health (glucose control), Ocular Health, Methylation Support, Lipotropic Factors, Inflammation Control, Glycation Control, Bioflavonoid Profile, Phenolic Compounds Profile, and Potential Toxicities are discussed at high level.

Top rated products (Gold Medal awards) are highlighted in two groupings: Single Product and Combination Product. A single product includes a multi-vitamin and mineral, whereas a combination product may include further nutritional elements, e.g., bioflavonoid or phenolic compounds.

The best Single Products were:
USANA Health Sciences (Essentials) – Editor’s Choice
Creating Wellness Alliance (Vitalize Men’s, Women’s and Senior Women’s Gold)
Douglas Laboratories (Ultra Preventive IX, IX with vitamin K, X)
TrueStar Health (TrueBASIC Solo)

The top rated Combination Products were:
USANA Health Sciences (HealthPak 100 US and CA) – Editor’s Choice
Douglas Laboratories (Daily Essentials and Longevity Support Pack)
TrueStar Health (TruBASICS Plus for Men and Women)

We highly recommend this guide for consumers who know the increasing dangers in our environment and who are seeking the best products available. The full edition is recommended for those who need all the scientific details and evidence backing up this report. A children’s multi-vitaman analysis is also obtainable in the “Comparative Guide to Children’s Nutritionals,” which rates over 160 US and CA products.

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