An abridged publication of the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, 4th edition, was released 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 guide contains:
Ratings for 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 argument for supplementation. Even though the American Medical Association (AMA) has now acknowledged that all adults require a supplemental daily multiple vitamin, many are unaware of this information and the many supplementary scientific reports that substantiate the need of supplementation. There is also an increasing fear among nutrition authorities that the Recommended Dietary Allowances, established during World War II, are now too low for the average adult's health needs.
The justification for supplementation begins with an understanding of the root cause of most prevalent disease. Dr. McWilliam discusses this root cause being oxidative damage and ensuing inflammatory events and documents how this can lead to major disease such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and many (if not mostly all) other degenerative conditions.
With this in mind, a methodology to rate and score commercially offered supplements is established. Dr. McWilliam uses a panel of 12 top experts, who have published one or more works on needed daily nutritional intakes and established a "blended standard" of daily adult requirements to use in evaluating the many products available today. In addition, 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 included at high level.
Top rated products (gold Medal awards) are highlighted in two categories: Single Product and Combination Product. A single product includes a multi-vitamin and mineral, whereas a combination product may include added nutritional elements, e.g., bioflavonoid or phenolic compounds.
The top rated 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 advocate this guide for consumers who appreciate the mounting dangers in our surroundings and who are seeking the best products on the market. The full edition is recommended for those who need all the scientific details and evidence backing up this report. A children's multi-vitaman evaluation is also available in the "Comparative Guide to Children's Nutritionals," which compares over 160 US and CA products.
Jim Green has studied natural healing and suppmentation for over 25 years and assists his clients in selecting the best nutritional supplements for their specific individual needs.