Total Balance Takes On Life Force

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Total Balance Men's: 'Premium' Version - From Xtend-Life

VERSUS

Life Force Multiple: 'No Iron' version - From Source Naturals



Quick Facts


GENERAL

The fundamental difference between these Total Balance and Life Force formulas is that Total Balance is aimed towards natural balancing of hormones and preventing the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, whilst at the same time providing all the essential nutrients for general health and well being while also targeting prostate health. Life Force has added nutrients, but unlike the Total Balance formula is not targeted specifically for men.



LINKS TO PRODUCT PAGES

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

Life Force Multiple   (Source Naturals website)



INGREDIENT CONTENT AT A GLANCE

1.  Total Balance has just over double the quantity of nutrients than Life Force.

2.  The Life Force formula has a total of 47 ingredients compared with 96 ingredients in Total Balance.

3.  Total Balance Mens Plus has specific ingredients to target the health of the prostate.

4. Ingredient contents correct as at:  Jan, 2011



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 Force does not have this sophisticated pharmaceutical grade delivery system.



VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVENESS

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

For example, to purchase just 5 of the missing 49 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 Force.

Both supplements contain 6 excipients (non-active ingredients) which assist in manufacturing the tablet.



MY REVIEWS

Total Balance Mens Premium

Life Force Multiple (No Iron)



THIS TABLE

nutrition supplements reviews - This table shows the ingredients and amounts in a full daily dose of Total Balance Mens Premium and its closest Source Naturals equivalent - Life Force Multiple (No Iron version).


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

4 tablets/day
 

 
Total Number of Ingredients
96
47
 
Total cost per product: (1 Month Supply, $US)  
$96.50
$44.50¹





Minerals
Minerals
Minerals
 
Boron (from 12.3 mgs of Boron Citrate)
700 mcgs
4 mgs
 
Calcium (Total Balance) as Calcium-D-Gluarate
200 mgs
-----
Calcium (Life Force) as calcium carbonate, malate, chelate, & citrate
-----
200 mgs
 
Chromium (from 323 mcgs if Chromium Nicotinate)
120 mcgs
200 mcgs
Copper (from 2 mgs of Copper Gluconate)
200 mcgs
2 mgs
Magnesium (from 70 mgs of Magnesium Citrate)
200 mgs
200 mgs
Manganese (from 6 mgs of Manganese Citrate)
2.24 mgs
6 mgs
Potassium (from 20 mgs of Potassium Citrate)
100 mgs
100 mgs
Selenium (from 224 mcgs of L-Selenomethionine)
100 mcgs
200 mcgs
Silicon (From 40mgs Horsetail Extract, Equisetum Arvense L.)
6 mgs
NIL
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
100 mgs
50 mgs
Zinc Citrate (from 10mgs of Zinc Citrate)
31.1 mgs
30 mgs
Zinc Acetate (from mgs of Zinc Acetate)
33 mgs
NIL
673.4 mgs
592.4 mgs

Notes:  

1. All mineral totals for Total Balance are listed as elementals.  An assumption has been made that all minerals listed for    Life Force are also elemental, but this is uncertain.  

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.  




Trace Elements
Trace Elements
Trace Elements
 
Iodine (from 500 mcgs of Potassium Iodide)
750 mcgs
200 mcgs
Rubidium (from 200 mcg Rubidium Chloride)
200 mcgs
NIL
Molybdenum (from 150 mcg Sodium Molybdate)
63 mcg
200 mcgs
Tungsten (from 2 mg Sodium Tungstate)
1.67 mgs
NIL
Strontium (from 4 mg Strontium Chloride)
2 mgs
NIL
67.6 mgs
0.400 mgs

Notes: 

The additional 6 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
NIL
NattozimesTM (35,000 FU/g)
50 mgs
NIL
Lipase (8,000 LU/g)
20 mgs
NIL
150 mgs
NIL

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)
3 mgs
-----
Vitamin A - (Life Force) 25,000 IU's (Beta-carotene 20,000 IU's & palmitate 5000 IU's)
-----
15 mgs
 
Biotin
400 mcgs
300 mcgs
Folic Acid
300 mcgs
800 mcgs
Inositol (as Hexaphosphate & Myo-Inositol; from Rice Bran)
110 mgs
100 mgs
PABA (Para-Amino Benzoic Acid)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Tocotrienols - (Total Balance) TOCOMIN(R)Natural Full Spectrum Palm Tocotrienol / Tocopherol Complex (oil) 30% min
10 mgs
-----
Tocotrienols - (Life Force) TOCOMAX(R)Natural Full Spectrum Palm Tocotrienol / Tocopherol Complex (powder) 20% min
-----
20 mgs
 
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL)
10 mgs
100 mgs
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
10 mgs
100 mgs
Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide and Niacin)
28 mgs
100 mgs
Vitamin B5 (Calcium D-Pantothenate)
40 mgs
110 mgs
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL & pyridoxal- 5-Phosphate)
8 mgs
100 mgs
Vitamin B12 (Dibencozide)
25 mcg
400 mcgs
Vitamin C (as Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid)
220 mgs
1000 mgs
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol; Natural)
400 IU (0.01 mgs)
200 IU (0.005 mgs)
Vitamin E (Natural; as Succinate)
100 IU (86 mgs)
400 IU (344 mgs)
 
Vitamin K (Total Balance) as Vitamin K2
180 mcgs
-----
Vitamin K (Life Force) as Vitamin K1
-----
200 mcgs
575.9 mgs
1990.5 mgs

Notes: 

1. For Life Force  - 2763 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 vitamin totals are one of the key facts to consider when comparing elite supplements. Use this link to read about this    topic vitamins and value for money



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
200 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
NIL
 
L-Tyrosine (Total Balance)
100 mgs
-----
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (Life Force)
-----
50 mgs
 
N-Acetyl Glucosamine (from marine sources)
80 mgs
NIL
1100 mgs
250 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)   (Life Force - NB)
15 mgs
6 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
6 mgs

Notes: 

NB. = Company would not divulge the potency

1. Total Balance contains Beta Sitosterol, Nettle Root Extract, Saw Palmetto and extra Lycopene for the benefit of the prostate.    Life Force contains only Lycopene (6 mg), less than half the amount included in Total Balance

2. Total Balance Mens Plus also contains a specialized ingredient 'Chrysin' 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 Force) - Proanthodyn™ - NB
-----
60 mgs
 
Green Tea (Total Balance) - 98% Polyphenols; 80% Catechins; Camellia Sinensis
100 mgs
-----
Green Tea (Life Force) - 95% polyphenols, 35% EGCG
-----
50 mgs
 
Hesperidin (98%; from Bitter Orange)
80 mgs
NIL
Myricetin (70% Dihydromyricetin) from Wax Myrtle - Myrica Cerifera)
70 mgs
NIL
Luteolin (98%)
20 mgs
NIL
Quercetin - NB
NIL
50 mgs
Rutin (95% from Blue-Green Algae)
10 mgs
10 mgs
Isoflavones (40% Isoflavones)
50 mgs
NIL
380 mgs
170 mgs

Notes: 

NB. = Company would not divulge the potency

'Quercetin' is a well known bioflavonoid. I asked the research team at Xtend-life why their Total Balance formulas don't contain Quercetin. They replied that the 1st to 5th generation Total Balance formulas contained Quercetin - but the latest generation formulas do not as it is unnecessary due to the large network of phytonutrients already present.



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. 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
80 mgs
Astaxanthin (10%)
40 mgs
0.200 mgs
Coenzyme Q-10 (Ubiquinone)
20 mgs
40 mgs
DMAE - Dimethyl-aminoethanol (as bitartrate)
NIL
60 mgs
Choline (as bitartrate)
94 mgs
100 mgs
DMG (Dimethyl Glycine)
90 mgs
NIL
Lutein
50 mgs
4 mgs
Phosphatidyl Choline (as Lecithin)
100 mgs
100 mgs
Phosphatidyl L-Serine
50 mgs
NIL
Policosanol (from Sugar Cane; 95% total Policosanols; 60% 1-Octacosanol)
10 mgs
NIL
 
Piperine - (Total Balance) 95% from Black Pepper)
30 mgs
-----
Piperine - (Life Force) Black Pepper Fruit Extract ??% (Bioperine®)
-----
6 mgs
 
Resveratrol - (Total Balance - Natural 50% Trans-Resveratrol)
50 mgs
NIL
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA)
150 mgs
NIL
SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine)
100 mgs
NIL
TMG (Trimethyl Glycine)
100 mgs
NIL
Vinpocetine (96%; from Vinca minor)
2 mgs
NIL
Zeaxanthin (5%; Optisharp; from Marigold)
10 mgs
NIL
1,002 mgs
390 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 nutrient.

2. 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.  

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
 
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 Force - NB
-----
20 mgs
 
Black Cumin Extract - (from Nigella sativa; 4:1 extract ratio)
50 mgs
NIL
Ginger Extract (5% Gingerols; from Zingiber officinale)
50 mgs
NIL
 
Gingko Biloba - Total Balance (25% Flavonoglycosides; 6% Terpene Lactones)
50 mgs
-----
Gingko Biloba - Life Force (24%, 50:1 Extract)
-----
40 mgs
 
Hawthorne Berry Extract (4:1)
NIL
50 mgs
Myrrh (5% Guggulsterones)
50 mgs
NIL
Olive-Leaf (20% Oleuropein; from Olea europaea)
50 mgs
NIL
Pine Bark Extract (95% Proanthocyanidins; from Pinus Massoniana)
50 mgs
NIL
Silymarin (Milk Thistle) Extract (85% Silymarins; from Silybum marianum)
100 mgs
144 mgs
 
Turmeric Extract - Total Balance (98% Curcumin; from Curcuma longa)
50 mgs
-----
Turmeric Extract - Life Force (95%)
-----
50 mgs
550 mgs
364 mgs

Notes:  

NB. = Company would not divulge the potency or standardization details

1. One of Life Force's greatest weaknesses is the low number of medicinal herbal extracts it contains.

2. The large number of medicinal herbal extracts included in Total Balance are specifically designed to complement each other to maximize their individual potencies.


SUMMARY

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

 

TOTAL BALANCE MEN'S PREMIUM

LIFE FORCE (No Iron)

 

 

 

 

Active Ingredients

Active Ingredients

   

Daily (mgs)

Daily (mgs)

With Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

5,206

3,763

Without Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

4,586

2,363

   

Monthly

Monthly

With Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium

156,180

112,890

Without Vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium

137,580

70,890

   
Enteric Coating (Increases the efficacy of some ingredients manifold)

Yes

No

   
Cost per day

$3.22

$1.48

   


¹ Published retail price @ http://www.vitaminlife.com/ 120 tablets, No-Iron formula, Feb,2010


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 ingredients that are not in Life Force 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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