Comparing 'Total Balance'
And 'Life Extension Mix'™

Trustworthy Nutritional Health Supplement Comparisons

Total Balance Mens Premium vitamin Supplement


Total Balance Men's 'Premium'   (Xtend-Life)



VERSUS

Life Extension Mix vitamin Supplement

Life Extension Mix™    (Life Extension)





QUICK FACTS


FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES

Total Balance Men's Premium is a highly comprehensive multi nutrient health supplement formula for men. This formulation is specifically aimed towards natural balancing of the male hormones; preventing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and addressing and supporting prostate health,. Additionally, the formula provides all the essential and most well researched/established nutrients to target every organ and system in the body to support general health and wellness. Most importantly, it includes all the specialized (expensive), highly effective anti aging nutrients which address all 4 of the primary causes of aging.

Life Extension Mix™ has many of the best 'good general health' nutrients for elite multi nutrient health/vitamin formulas, but non of the key 'anti aging ingredients (EG. L-Glutathione, L-Carnosine, SAMe, L-Methionine, ATP, Alpha Lipoic Acid) and is not targeted specifically for men. It does not address specific/common male health concerns.



LINKS TO PRODUCT PAGES

Total Balance Men's (Premium Version)   (Xtend-Life website)

Life Extension Mix™ (tablets)   (Life Extension website)



INGREDIENT CONTENT AT A GLANCE

1.  Total Balance has almost double the quantity of nutrients than Life Extension Mix™.

2.  This Life Extension formula has a total of 52 ingredients compared with 96 ingredients in the Total Balance men's    formula.

3.  Total Balance Mens Plus has specialized ingredients to target the health of the prostate (Beta Sitosterol,      Isoflavones, Lycopene, Nettle Root, Red Clover, Zinc Acetate, Saw Palmetto) and preventing conversion of      testosterone to estrogen (Chyrsin). The Life Extension formula contains only Lycopene at a very small 3mgs which      is well below the effective dose range established from clinical studies (14-16 mgs).



DELIVERY SYSTEM

Total Balance tablets are ENTERIC COATED which enables the release of all the active ingredients in the upper intestine instead of the stomach.  All ingredients are therefore protected against degradation by stomach acids thereby providing much higher levels of bioavailabilty and synergy.  Life Extension does not have this sophisticated pharmaceutical grade delivery system.



VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVENESS

Life Extension is missing many of the highly active and beneficial ingredients present in Total Balance. It would be expensive for Life Extension Mix™ users to add these missing ingredients to their supplement regime!

For example, to purchase just 6 of the missing 44 ingredients - L-Glutathione, L-Carnosine, Beta-Glucan, Tumeric, Zeaxanthin and Policosanol and to 'top up' the Resveratrol and Zeaxanthin, it would add approximately another $84.00 to the monthly cost of Life Extension.

Total Balance contain 6 excipients (non-active ingredients) and Life Extension contains 5 excipients. These are necessary in manufacturing tablets. These quantities of non-actives are considered very good (ie. very low). Cheaper supplements usually contain excipients close to 50% of the tablet by weight.



MY REVIEWS

Total Balance Mens Premium

Life Extension Mix™(coming soon)



THIS TABLE

Nutritional supplements reviews. This table shows a head to head comparison of two of the market's leading multi ingredient health supplements which I have had numerous requests for. The table below shows the ingredients and amounts in a full daily dose of Xtend-Life's multi-ingredient anti aging health formula - 'Total Balance Mens Premium' and Life Extension's multi ingredient anti aging health formula- 'Life Extension Mix™'.


TB Men's Prem.
Life Extension
Recommended Max. daily intake per product:
7 tablets/day

9 tablets/day
 

 
Total Number of Ingredients
96
52
 
Total cost per product: (1 Month Supply, $US)¹  
$96.50
$98.00²





Minerals
Minerals
Minerals
 
Boron (Total Balance) from 12.3 mgs of Boron Citrate
700 mcgs
-----
Boron (Life Extension) as boron citrate/aspartate/glycinate complex
-----
3 mgs
 
Calcium (Total Balance) as Calcium-D-Gluarate
200 mgs
-----
Calcium (Life Extension) as cal ascorbate, D-calcium pantothenate, Calcium D-Glucarate
-----
218 mgs
 
Chromium (Total Balance) from 323 mcg of Chromium Nicotinate
120 mcgs
-----
Chromium (Life Extension) as Chromium 454? bio-organic yeast extract matrix
-----
500 mcgs
 
Copper (Total Balance) from 2 mgs of Copper Gluconate
200 mcgs
----
Copper ( Life Extension) as copper bisglycinate chelate
-----
1 mg
 
Magnesium (Total Balance) from 70 mgs of Magnesium Citrate
200 mgs
-----
Magnesium (Life Extension) as mag oxide, citrate,glycinate,taurinate,arginate, ascorbate
-----
400 mgs
 
Manganese (Total Balance) from 6 mgs of Manganese Citrate
2.24 mgs
-----
Manganese (Life Extension) as manganese gluconate
-----
1 mgs
 
Potassium (Total Balance) from 20 mgs of Potassium Citrate
100 mgs
-----
Potassium (Life Extension) as potassium chloride
-----
37.4 mgs
 
Selenium (Total Balance) from 224 mcgs of L-Selenomethionine
100 mcgs
-----
Selenium (Life Extension) as 50% Se-Methyl L-Selenocysteine, 25% L-selenomethionine (yeast free) (SelenoPure?), 25% sodium selenate]
-----
200 mcgs
 
Silicon (Total Balance) From 40mgs Horsetail Extract, Equisetum Arvense L.
6 mgs
NIL
MSM (Total Balance) Methylsulfonylmethane
100 mgs
NIL
 
Zinc Citrate (Total Balance) from 10mgs of Zinc Citrate
31.1 mgs
-----
Zinc (Life Extension) as OptiZinc® zinc DL-methionine complex, zinc succinate
-----
35 mgs
 
Zinc Acetate (Total Balance) from mgs of Zinc Acetate
33 mgs
NIL
673.4 mgs
696.1 mgs

Notes:  

1. All mineral totals for both the Total Balance and Life Extension formulas are listed as elementals

2. This Men's Premium version of Total Balance contains extra Zinc from acetate which follows a metabolic pathway directly to    the prostate where it is needed. This is an important 'Male Support' Ingredient missing from Life Extension because it is a    'One Size Fits All' formula and is not targeted specifically at either sex.  




Trace Elements
Trace Elements
Trace Elements
 
Iodine (Total Balance) from 500 mcgs of Potassium Iodide
750 mcgs
-----
Iodine (Life Extension) as Potassium iodide
-----
150 mcgs
 
Rubidium (Total Balance) from 200 mcg Rubidium Chloride
200 mcgs
NIL
 
Molybdenum (Total Balance) from 150 mcg Sodium Molybdate
63 mcg
-----
Molybdenum (Life Extension) as sodium molybdate
-----
125 mcgs
 
Tungsten (Total Balance)from 2 mg Sodium Tungstate
1.67 mgs
NIL
Strontium (Total Balance) from 4 mg Strontium Chloride
2 mgs
NIL
4.7 mgs
0.275 mgs

Notes: 

The additional 5 trace minerals included in the Total Balance Mens Premium formula are important co-factors for the health of the nervous system and bones and to assist in improving the efficacy of other nutrients.

 


Active Enzymes
Active Enzymes
Active Enzymes
 
Amylase (15,000 SKB/g)
30 mgs
NIL
Bromelain (2000 GDU)
50 mgs
15 mgs
NattozimesTM (35,000 FU/g)
50 mgs
NIL
Lipase (8,000 LU/g)
20 mgs
NIL
150 mgs
15 mgs

Notes: 

These enzymes are important co-factors in helping reduce the molecular size of some nutrients to help them to pass through the intestinal wall for better absorption.


Vitamins & Co-Factors
Vits & Co-Factors
Vits & Co-Factors
 
Vitamin A - (Total Balance) 5000 IU's from (Mixed Natural Carotenoids consisting of Alpha-Carotene, Beta-Carotene and Xanthophylls)
5000 IU (3 mgs)
-----
Vitamin A - (Life Extension) as 90% Betatene® D. salina natural beta-carotene with mixed carotenoids and 10% acetate
-----
5000 IU (3 mgs)
 
Biotin
400 mcgs
3000 mcgs
Folic Acid
300 mcgs
800 mcgs
Inositol
110 mgs
250 mgs
PABA (Para-Amino Benzoic Acid)
50 mgs
200 mgs
Tocotrienols - (Total Balance) TOCOMIN(R)Natural Full Spectrum Palm Tocotrienol / Tocopherol Complex
10 mgs
NIL
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL)
10 mgs
125 mgs
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
10 mgs
50 mgs
Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide and Niacin)
28 mgs
190 mgs
Vitamin B5
40 mgs
600 mgs
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL & pyridoxal- 5-Phosphate)
8 mgs
105 mgs
Vitamin B12
25 mcg
600 mcgs
 
Vitamin C (Total Balance) as Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid
220 mgs
-----
Vitamin C (Life Extension) as calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbate, niacinamide ascorbate, and acerola extract)
-----
2000 mgs
Ascorbyl Palmitate (Life Extension) fat-soluble vitamin C
-----
250 mgs
 
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol; Natural)
400 IU (0.01 mgs)
2000 IU (0.49 mgs)
 
Vitamin E (Total Balance) Natural; as Succinate
100 IU (86 mgs)
-----
Vitamin E (Life Extension) as D-alpha tocopheryl succinate
-----
400 IU ( 344 mgs)
 
Vitamin K (Total Balance) as Vitamin K2
180 mcgs
NIL
575.9 mgs
4121.8 mgs

Notes: 

1. For Life Extension Mix™  - 5610 mgs of actives are allocated to all other nutrients after Vitamin C. 

2. For Total Balance   - 5054 mgs are allocated to all other nutrients after Vitamin C. 

3. The vitamins and minerals totals are one of the key facts to consider when comparing elite health/vitamin supplements. Use     this link to read about this topic vitamins and value for money

4. Tocotrienols are a KEY ingredient for elite health formulas. They ensure that the full vitamin E family is represented of which     there are 8 members. Vitamin E is a very important ingredient. It is hard to imagine why a quality supplement like Life     Extension Mix™ would not include a Tocotrienol mix.



Amino Acids
Amino Acids
Amino Acids
 
L-Arginine HCL
90 mgs
NIL
L-Carnosine
150 mgs
NIL
L-Cysteine
50 mgs
NIL
N-Acetyl Cysteine
75 mgs
600 mgs
L-Glutamine
50 mgs
NIL
L-Glutathione (Low molecular weight)
50 mgs
NIL
L-Lysine HCL
165 mgs
NIL
L-Methionine
90 mgs
NIL
L-Ornithine HCL
50 mgs
NIL
L-Proline
50 mgs
NIL
L-Pyroglutamic acid
50 mgs
NIL
L-Taurine
50 mgs
200 mg
L-Tyrosine
100 mgs
-----
N-Acetyl Glucosamine (from marine sources)
80 mgs
NIL
1100 mgs
800 mgs

Notes:  

1. Amino acids are crucial to good health and few people obtain sufficient from diet alone.  Modest supplementation of these    important nutrients is essential.  

2. L-Glutathione is one of the most important nutrients in the body.  It is rarely used in supplements because it is very    expensive (80 times more expensive than Vitamin C) and also because it needs to be released in the upper    intestine, which can only be achieved by enteric coating the tablet.   

3. L-Tyrosine is an important precursor for the manufacture within the body of CoQ10 when combined with other co-factors in    Total Balance.

  


Male Health Support
Male Health Supp.
Male Health Supp.
 
Beta-Sitosterol (95% total sterols)
200 mgs
NIL
Chrysin (99% From Passion Flower - Passiflora incarnata)
100 mgs
NIL
Lycopene (Total Balance - 6% From Tomatoes) (LifeExtension - Lyc-O-Mato®)
15 mgs
3 mgs
Nettle Root Extract (from Urtica dioica L.)
100 mgs
NIL
Red Clover Extract (5% isoflavones; from Trifolium Pratense)
50 mgs
NIL
Saw Palmetto (25% Fatty Acids; From Serenoa repens)
160 mgs
NIL
625 mgs
3 mgs

Notes: 

1. Total Balance contains Beta Sitosterol, Nettle Root Extract, Saw Palmetto and extra Lycopene for the benefit of the prostate.     LifeExtension contains only Lycopene - 3 mg, which is one fifth the amount included in Total Balance and is far below the     14-18 mg present in the diets of the high-quintile of the population, established by epidemiology for reduced risk of a variety     of diseases.

2. Total Balance Mens Premium also contains a specialized high-potency ingredient 'Chrysin' (99%) to help prevent the     conversion of testosterone to estrogen. This is a key ingredient for men's formulas



Flavanoids
Flavanoids
Flavanoids
 
Grape Seed Extract (Total Balance) - 95% Proanthocyanidins; Vitis vinifera
50 mgs
-----
Grape Seed Extract (Life Extension) - Leucoselect® (Seeds) and BioVin® (whole grapes) - both 95% proanthocyanidins)
-----
50 mgs
 
Green Tea (Total Balance) - 98% Polyphenols; 80% Catechins; Camellia Sinensis
100 mgs
-----
Green Tea (Life Extension) - 98% polyphenols; 45% Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
-----
325 mgs
 
Hesperidin (98%; from Bitter Orange)
80 mgs
NIL
Myricetin (70% Dihydromyricetin) from Wax Myrtle - Myrica Cerifera)
70 mgs
NIL
Luteolin (Total Balance) 98%
20 mgs
-----
Luteolin (Life Extension) luteolin, as Pureolin?
-----
8 mgs
Citrus bioflavonoid complex - standardized to 50% total flavonoids
NIL
50 mgs
Rutin (95% from Blue-Green Algae)
10 mgs
NIL
Isoflavones (40% Isoflavones)
50 mgs
NIL
380 mgs
433 mgs



Immunity Stimulating Blend
Immunity
Immunity
 
Aloe Vera Polysaccharides (200:1; from spray-dried Aloe Barbadensis Miller)
50 mgs
NIL
Beta-1,3 Glucan (94%; from Yeast)
50 mgs
NIL
Tea Polysaccharides (25%; from Camellia Tea species)
50 mgs
NIL
150 mgs
NIL

Notes: 

In the Total Balance formula there are a number of the most potent (and expensive) immunity enhancing nutrients such as Beta Glucan, Polysaccarides, Resveratrol and others which are not found in Life Force (other than 3 mgs of Resveratrol). This is an important fact to consider.



Specialty Nutrients
Spec. Nutrients
Spec. Nutrients
 
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan; 99%; from Griffonia simplicifolia)
50 mgs
NIL
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)
6 mgs
NIL
Alpha Lipoic Acid
50 mgs
NIL
Astaxanthin (10%)
40 mgs
NIL
Coenzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinone)
20 mgs
NIL
Choline (as bitartrate)
94 mgs
120 mgs
DMG (Dimethyl Glycine)
90 mgs
NIL
Lutein
50 mgs
15 mgs
Phosphatidyl Choline
100 mgs
150 mgs
Phosphatidyl L-Serine
50 mgs
NIL
Policosanol (from Sugar Cane; 95% total Policosanols; 60% 1-Octacosanol)
10 mgs
NIL
Piperine - ( 95% from Black Pepper)
30 mgs
NIL
 
Resveratrol - (Total Balance) - Natural 50% Trans-Resveratrol)
50 mgs
-----
Resveratrol - (Life Extension) - Trans-Pterostilbene (pure Pterospan? pterostilbene)
-----
0.5 mgs
 
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA)
150 mgs
NIL
SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine)
100 mgs
NIL
TMG (Trimethyl Glycine)
100 mgs
100 mgs
Vinpocetine (96%; from Vinca minor)
2 mgs
NIL
Zeaxanthin (5%; Optisharp™ from Marigold)
10 mgs
0.465 mg
1,002 mgs
386 mgs

Notes:  

1. Resveratrol is an absolutely key ingredient. It's a powerful anti-cancer phytonutrient that works through more than a
   dozen anti-cancer mechanisms
- and is also an important immunity stimulating and anti-aging nutrient. Resveratrol is    a very expensive ingredient. From a 'Value For Money' perspective we can see that Total Balance contains 50 mgs (at 50%    potency) against Life Extension's 0.5 mg (at ?? potency)!

2. When examining 'Value For Money' it should be noted that not all carotenoids are 'equal'.  Some are much more potent than    others which reflects in their cost. For example, Zeaxanthin costs more than 20 times as much as Lutein. Life Extension    Mix ™ contains a measly    0.465 mg of Zeaxanthin and just 4 mg of Lutein compared to Total Balance's 10 mg of    Zeaxanthin and 50mg of Lutein. This is one point which should be considered when examining the 'Value For Money' factor of    these supplements   

3. This Total Balance formula includes the right precursors and cofactors to stimulate the body to create more of its own    Coenzyme Q10. Therefore 20 mgs is ample. Very few supplement formulas are sophisticated enough to do this.

  


Herbal Extracts
Herbal Extracts
Herbal Extracts
 
Acerola Extract - (4:1 (Malpighia punicifolia)
NIL
300 mgs
 
Alfalfa Extract
10 mgs
NIL
 
Bacopa Extract (50% Bacosides; from Bacopa monnieri)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Bilberry Extract - Total Balance (25% Anthocyanins)
40 mgs
-----
Bilberry Extract - Life Extension (25% anthocyanidins)
-----
30 mgs
 
Black Cumin Extract - (from Nigella sativa; 4:1 extract ratio)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Wild Blueberry Extract - (from Vaccinium angustifolium; 130:1 std. anthocyanin extract)
NIL
150 mgs
 
Cocoa Extract (as CocoaGold?; 45% polyphenols)
NIL
67 mg
 
Ginger Extract Total Balance (5% Gingerols; from Zingiber officinale)
50 mgs
-----
Ginger Extract Life Extension (5% Gingerols; ; from Zingiber officinale)
-----
200 mg
 
 
Gingko Biloba (25% Flavonoglycosides; 6% Terpene Lactones)
50 mgs
NIL
 
HiActives - 100% fruit/berry complex (A proprietary blend of concentrated blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, elderberry, persimmon, plum, and cherry powders
NIL
200 mgs
 
Myrrh (5% Guggulsterones)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Olive-Leaf Total Balance (20% Oleuropein; from Olea europaea)
50 mgs
-----
Olive Juice Life Extension (6% hydroxytyrosol (0.75 mg), 3% oleuropein (0.38 mg), 1% tyrosol (0.12 m)
-----
12.5 mgs
 
 
Pine Bark Extract (95% Proanthocyanidins; from Pinus Massoniana)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Pomegranate Extract (Punica granatum; 30% punicalagins
NIL
85 mgs
 
Milk Thistle Extract - Total Balance (85% Silymarins; Silybum marianum)
100 mgs
-----
Milk Thistle Extract - Life Extension (85% silymarins; Silybum marianum)
-----
100 mgs
 
Sesame lignan Extract (Sesamum indicum))
NIL
10 mgs
Turmeric Extract - (98% Curcumin; from Curcuma longa)
50 mgs
NIL
550 mgs
1155 mgs

Notes:  

STANDARDIZED MEDICINAL HERBAL EXTRACTS IN FORMULAS:

  Total Balance = 15    Life Extension = 12




IMPORTANT NOTE:


Life Extension Mix™ includes a LARGE DOSE OF ACEROLA EXTRACT (300 mgs).

Acerola contains 1000 - 2330 mgs of vitamin C per 100 grams, so in this Life Extension formula we are looking at between 3000 - 6990 mgs of vitamin C from Acerola! .

When added together with the 2000 mgs of Vitamin C in the formula there is a
MEGA TOTAL of approximately 5000 - 9000 mgs of VITAMIN C.



Vitamin C is one of the
CHEAPEST INGREDIENTS
used in supplements


Please note that clinical studies have shown that Vitamin C works as a PRO-OXIDANT (opposite of antioxidant) at doses above 400 mgs per day!

Acerola isn't generally used in a multi ingredient health / vitamin supplement due to potential compatibility issues and POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS AT A HIGHER DOSE, such as nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue, insomnia, and sleepiness. Doses greater than 1000 mgs might cause diarrhea. (Dependant on dose, extract ratios and sources).





SUMMARY

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

 

TOTAL BALANCE MEN'S PREMIUM

LIFE EXTENSION MIX™

 

 

 

 

Active Ingredients

Active Ingredients

   

Daily (mgs)

Daily (mgs)

With Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

5,206

7,610

Without Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

4,586

4,992

   

Monthly

Monthly

With Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

156,180

228,300

Without Vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium

137,580

149,760

   
Enteric Coating

Yes

No

   
Cost per day

$3.22

$3.26

   


² Published retail price @ http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01455/Life-Extension-Mix-Tablets.html - Mar,2010

¹ The prices quoted for both supplements in this comparison are based on published retail prices, and do not take into account any loyalty programs, member discounts or any other kinds of discounts that may be offered.

FAQs

Q. Why separate out the Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium?  

A. Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium are very cheap (in some cases 1/80th - 1/100th the cost of some ingredients in Total Balance). 

Supplement manufacturers commonly 'fill up' their formulas with excessive doses of these cheap ingredients, under the guise of 'optimal amounts'.People who use elite grade health supplements are health conscious and are usually taking in reasonable quantities of Vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium in their regular diets. They only need a top up.

These ingredients should therefore be included in sufficient quantities to meet most peoples needs. Separate supplementation for these nutrients is recommended only if a need has been demonstrated. The cost for additional 'top up' supplementation for Vitamin C would be around $1.80.

Q. What are the 'elementals' referred to in the mineral section?  

A. This is an area of confusion with many people.  You cannot have the actual mineral on its own in the supplement.  It must be in another form to ensure it can be absorbed by the body. For example, calcium citrate  only has around 24% of calcium present. The elementals is the actual amount of the mineral provided in the supplement.  Most companies however only list the gross amount of the material used, creating a problem when puting together nutritional supplements reviews.

Q. What is 'Enteric Coating'?  

A. Learn about enteric coating by following this link.  In brief it protects the ingredients as they pass through the stomach and releases them in the upper intestine where most nutrients in the body are then transported into the blood stream.

Q. What ingredients are protected by enteric coating the tablets?  

A. Click here to see a list of some key ingredients which are vulnerable to degradation by stomach acid. The most important ones are L-Glutathione, Resveratrol and L-Carnosine.

Q. What roles do the 44 ingredients that are not in Life Extension Mix play?   

A. If you go to the Ingredients tab on any of the Total Balance product pages on the Xtend-Life website you will find explanations on each ingredient, together with relevant clinical data.

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