Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements

An abridged edition of the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, 4th edition, was released earlier this year. This Consumer Edition, is meant for individuals that don’t need all the specialized scientific information contained in the full report. 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, begins with the reasons supplementation is needed. Even though the American Medical Association has now acknowledged that all adults need a supplemental daily multiple vitamin, many are uninformed of this information and the many supplementary scientific studies that uphold the need of supplementation. There is also a rising concern among nutrition experts that the Recommended Dietary Allowances, established during World War II, are now inadequate for the typical adult’s health needs.

The argument for supplementation begins with an understanding of the root cause of most prevalent disease. Dr. McWilliam discusses this root cause being oxidative damage and resulting inflammatory events and shows how this can result in 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 available supplements is established. Dr. McWilliam assembled a panel of 12 leading experts, who have published one or more works on specific daily nutritional intakes and established 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 included 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 added 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 best 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)