Choosing Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral Products
As a health conscious individual, a recreational triathlete and a former healthcare professional, I am often asked for my opinions relating to nutritional supplements – particularly multivitamin and multi-mineral products. I have been able to establish some credibility amongst my peers as I have managed to transform my own health and have been able to maintain my goal weight and endurance fitness for close to a decade.
It is my belief that supplementation, alongside a healthy diet is essential to maintain optimum health. Setting any scientific research to one side for a moment, I personally believe that my sleep patterns, rate of recovery after exercise, immune system and alertness are all positively impacted by using multivitamins and multi-minerals. I have taken them religiously since May 2006 and anticipate I will continue using them for the rest of my life!
Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral Products – A World of Choice
This article isn’t about trying to convince you to take nutritional supplements. This is a decision that you are able to make for yourself. My decision to use supplements is based on research and experience, but I also know people who appear to be very healthy and do not use supplements. Instead, I have written this article for anyone who wishes to use a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral product but is unsure which one to use. Let’s face it, there are so many different products out there and the choice can be overwhelming!
I would like to first address a personal bugbear of mine! You need to take care how you interpret the marketing messages that some companies use to promote their products. A popular multivitamin and multi-mineral manufacturer uses the slogan “the world’s number 1 multivitamin*”. However, the star references a footnote on the website which clarifies that they are the world number 1 based on worldwide sales! That doesn’t necessarily mean the product is the best in terms of quality. Perhaps it is just their marketing that is the best!
Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral Products – Finding the Balance Between Quality and Cost
There are multivitamin and multi-mineral products ranging from very cheap to very expensive, but what is it that dictates the price? Is the extra money always worth spending, or are the products similar? Do you really get what you pay for?
These are some of the questions that people seem to want the answers to. The important thing to note is that quality varies massively! In most countries, nutritional supplement manufacturers are required to adhere to food grade standards rather than pharmaceutical grade standards. I am sure you can appreciate that there is a vast difference in hygiene and quality between a street food vendor and a Michelin star restaurant! Both of these must also adhere to food grade standards!
A small number of companies adhere to pharmaceutical grade standards, which for me is a basic requirement when selecting products that I have chosen to take to improve my health. As you can imagine, these products tend to be more expensive, but I decided back in May 2006 that this was a price I was willing to pay. Your priorities may be different, in which case I would probably recommend going with a more well-known brand or one that someone you trust has experience using. Ask them how they have felt since using the products. If they haven’t noticed any changes then this may indicate that the product is not of a particularly good standard.
Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral Products – Further Tools for Comparison
If, like me, you believe that product quality is of the utmost importance then I recommend reading the ‘NutriSeach Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements’. This guide compares over 1500 products (including the world’s number 1 multivitamin based on worldwide sales!). It uses a blended standard, which was devised to aggregate the advice and information given by 12 leading independent nutritional authorities. Each supplement is measured against the blended standard which evaluates the quality and potency of the products.
After evaluation, each product is awarded a star rating, where 5 stars are awarded to products which possess health support characteristics that are superior to the majority of products on the market. Can you guess how many stars the world’s number 1 multivitamin achieved? In the latest edition of the guide they received just 1 star!
Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral Products – Best of the Best
In summary, there are a very small number of products which achieved both 5 stars and a Gold Standard in the fifth edition of the NutriSeach Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements. Two of these products are manufactured by the same company, Usana Health Sciences. As a result, USANA was named as the editor’s choice in the fifth edition of the guide.
To learn more about Usana Health Sciences and the USANA product that I personally use, please click the link below: