Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements
Comparative Guide to
Author: Lyle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc, FP
An accomplished martial artist, Mr. MacWilliam is passionate about personal fitness and health. His research hits hard at today’s lifestyle and dietary patterns and their role in the development of degenerative disease.
Mr. MacWilliam’s scientific, communication, and research skills have been solicited by several nutritional companies and public agencies. He is a contributory writer for Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to the scientific exploration of preventive health and longevity. He has also served as a consultant with Health Canada, Environment Canada, Human Resources Development Canada. and the British Columbia Science Council; he is currently engaged as a scientific consultant for several nutritional manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Mr. MacWilliam is also a member of the Society of Industry Leaders, an international organization dedicated to bringing together authorities from all fields in a global network connecting industry veterans and academia professionals with institutional investors.
A former Canadian Member of Parliament and Member of the Legislative Assembly for British Columbia, Mr. MacWilliam served at the behest of Canada’s federal Minister of Health to help develop a new regulatory framework for natural health products, ensuring Canadians access to safe, effective, and high quality nutritional supplements.
Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements:
Consumer ed. 2011
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Based upon the analytical model used in the 2007 Professional edition and including enhanced Health Support criteria that incorprate the emergent scientific evidence on vitamin D, NutriSearch has reviewed over 1600 products sold throughout the United States and Canada. The 2011 Consumer’s Guide provides a simple, easy-to-understand explanation of the science of supplementation, along with the same detailed product analysis that you find in the Professional edition. Also featured in the 2011 Consumer guide is the NutriSearch Editors Choice Award for product excellence.
For those using the NutriSearch guides to educate and motivate their patients or customers about the value of supplementation, you will find the Consumer’s guide a perfect fit.
NutriSearch’s mission is to provide consumers with scientifically based information about dietary supplements, particularly multiple vitamin and mineral supplements, so they can choose the best supplement for their particular needs.
Included in that mission is the necessity of examining not only the nutrients included in a supplement, but also the balance of those ingredients, manufacturing practices, including testing, and other quality control concerns.
Every few years, we look at the entire marketplace of multiple vitamin and mineral supplements and compare what we find to an independent standard, which we call the Blended Standard. Developed from the published recommendations of twelve recognized nutritional authorities, the Blended Standard provides a baseline against which we measure the products available.
(See “Chapter 8: How the Comparisons Are Made” on page 42 of the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements for full details.)
We believe strongly that quality manufacturing is just as important—maybe even more important—than what’s on the label. That’s where the NutriSearch Medal of Achievement Program comes in. For those products that reach the top, a Five-Star Product Rating, in our initial review of label claims, we invite the manufacturer to “put their money where their mouth is” by proving their product and their quality standards hold up.
If they can demonstrate third-party certification of their Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), they become eligible for a NutriSearch Medal of Achievement. To reach GOLD status, they not only have to demonstrate the highest quality standards, but also subject their product to a third-party, certified analysis of label claim to prove that what’s on the label is also in the bottle. (See “Chapter 10: Medals of Achievement” on page 65 of the guide for details.)
A NutriSearch Medal of Achievement is the consumer’s assurance that a product can demonstrate its superior contents and quality.
Note: This is an independent research about the bioavailability or effectiveness
of most common Nutritional Supplement in the United States & Canada.
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