Total Balance Mens Plus Comparison

Total Balance 'Men's Plus' Version 

VERSUS 

LifePak 'NANO' version

Quick Facts

GENERAL

This comparison includes a month's supply of Xtend-Life’s Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil to better compare with 'LifePak Nano' which includes some Omega 3 Fish Oils. ‘Nano’ is somewhat of a misnomer as the ‘Nano’ technology has only been applied to a couple of the ingredients. The general 'LifePak' tablets have nothing special, but rather they have added a small amount of some of the essential ingredients missing in the other LifePak versions.


MONTHLY COST

The monthly cost of LifePak Nano is approx 65% more than the full dose of Total Balance Men’s (standard version) (2 bottles) plus 1 bottle of Xtend-Life Omega 3 DHA/Esters based on published retail prices, not taking into account loyalty program discounts or any discounts that LifePak may offer, and ignoring the extra cost to ‘upgrade’ LifePak as referred to in ‘Value for Money’ below. 


INGREDIENT CONTENT

1. Total Balance Men's  has almost double the quantity of nutrients than LifePak Nano.

2. If the Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium are excluded Total Balance Men's has over three times the quantity of nutrients. (see the FAQ's section below for a discussion about the inclusion of vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium in health supplements).

3. LifePak Nano has a total of 45 ingredients compared with 86 ingredients in Total Balance Mens.

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


DELIVERY SYSTEM

Total Balance Men's is 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. LifePak Nano does not have this pharmaceutical grade delivery system. 


VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVENESS

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

For example, to purchase just 5 of the missing 41 ingredientsL-Glutathione, L-Carnosine, Beta-Glucan, Tumeric, Zeaxanthin and Policosanol and to ‘top up’ the Reservatrol and Zeaxanthinit would add approximately another $84.00 to the monthly cost of LifePak Nano.


THIS TABLE

This table shows the ingredients and amounts in a full daily dose of Total Balance Men's  and its closest LifePak equivalent (Nano). Because Pharmanex has chosen to incorporate their Omega 3 into Their 'Nano' formula, it is necessary to include Xtend Life's 'Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil' product in this comparison so that we are comparing apples with apples. 

TB Mens Plus LifePak Nano
Recommended daily intake per product:
6 tablets/day

2 packets/day
Total capacity and cost per product: 180 tablets.
US $71.50

Omega 3 DHA/Esters
2 softgels/day
60 softgels - $16.85
Total Cost: $88.35 60 packets. US$146.49


Minerals Minerals Minerals
Boron (from 12.3mgs of Boron Citrate) 759mcgs 3mgs
Calcium (from 100mgs of Calcium Citrate, & 70mgs of DiCalcium Phosphate) 37.2mgs 600mgs
Chromium (from 323mcgs if Chromium Nicotinate) 40mcgs 200mcgs
Copper (from 2mgs of Copper Gluconate) 280mcgs 1000mcgs
Iodine (from 500mcgs of Potassium Iodide) 382mcgs 100mcgs
Magnesium (from 70mgs of Magnesium Citrate) 10.5mgs 300mgs
Manganese (from 6mgs of Manganese Citrate) 1.68mgs 2mgs
Phosphorus NIL 62.5mgs
Potassium (from 20mgs of Potassium Citrate) 7.23mgs NIL
Selenium (from 224mcgs of L-Selenomethionine) 90mcgs 140mcgs
Silicon NIL 10mgs
Vanadium NIL 20mcgs
Zinc (from 10mgs of Zinc Citrate) 3.21mgs 15mgs
Zinc (from 50mgs of Zinc Aspartate) 9.75mgs NIL
71.02mgs 983.97mgs

Notes:

1. All minerals for Total Balance Mens Plus are listed as elementals. An assumption has been made that all minerals listed for LifePak are also elemental, but this is uncertain.

2. Total Balance Mens Plus does not include Vanadium as there is evidence which suggests that this substance can be toxic in the presence of Chromium or Iodine.

3. The Men's version of Total Balance contains extra Zinc from aspartate which follows a metabolic pathway to the prostate.

4. Total Balance does not include Silicon as it could possibly cause metabolism problems with other nutrients present in these formulas. Adequate amounts are normally present in the diet.

Trace Elements Trace Elements Trace Elements
Indium (from 2mg Indium Sulfate) 676mcgs NIL
Lithium (from 319mcg Lithium Carbonate) 60mcgs NIL
Rubidium (from 200mcg Rubidium Chloride) 141mcgs NIL
Molybdenum (from 150mcg Sodium Molybdate) 59.5mcg 75mcgs
Tungsten (from 2mg Sodium Tungstate) 1.11mgs NIL
Strontium (from 4mg Strontium Chloride) 1.32mgs NIL
3.36mgs 0.075mgs

Notes:

The additional 5 trace minerals included in the Total Balance Mens Plus 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 (15,000SKB/g) 30mgs NIL
Bromelain (2000GDU) 30mgs NIL
Enzidase(R) FP Concentrate (400,000HUT) 30mgs NIL
IsolaseTM PRO 30mgs NIL
Lipase (8,000LU/g) 10mgs NIL
130mgs 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 Vitamins & Co-Factors Vitamins & Co-Factors
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) 6mgs NIL
Betaine HCL (Trimethyl Glycine) 70mgs NIL
Beta Carotene - providing 5000IU's (from Algae) 32mgs
Note: LifePak use a combination of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene 15,000IU
Biotin 500mcgs 300mcgs
Folic Acid 300mcgs 600mcgs
PABA (Para-Amino Benzoic Acid) 50mgs NIL
Piperine (95% from Black Pepper) 10mgs NIL
Tocotrienols (TOCOMIN(R)) 10mgs NIL
Tocopherol Blend 50mgs
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL) 10mgs 7.5mgs
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 10mgs 8.5mgs
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) 24mgs 35mgs
Vitamin B5 (Calcium D-Pantothenate) 40mgs 30mgs
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL) 6mgs 10mgs
Vitamin B12 (Diencozide) 10mcg 30mcgs
Vitamin C (as Calcium Ascorbate) 60mgs 500mgs
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 300IU 600IU
Vitamin E (as D-Alpha-Tocopherol Succinate) 100IU 200IU
Vitamin K NIL 40mcgs
296.81mgs 596.97mgs

Notes:

1. For LifePak Nano - 96.97mgs of actives are allocated to all other nutrients after Vitamin C.

2. For Total Balance Mens Plus - 236.81mgs are allocated to all other nutrients after Vitamin C.

3. Xtend-Life considers 15000IU's to be too high a dose of Vitamin A/Beta Carotene.

4. Total Balance Mens Plus incorporates 10mgs of a broad spectrum Tocotrienol to complement the Vitamin E and to increase its potency.

Amino Acids Amino Acids Amino Acids
Acetyl L-Carnitine 100mgs NIL
L-Carnosine 100mgs NIL
L-Glutathione (reduced) 110mgs NIL
L-Methionine 20mgs NIL
L-Proline 100mgs NIL
L-Tyrosine 200mgs NIL
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 35mgs 50mgs
665mgs 50mgs

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.

Flavanoids Flavanoids Flavanoids
Citrus Bioflavonoids NIL 50mgs
Grape seed extract (95% Polyphenols) NIL 25mgs
Green Tea (98% Polyphenols & 80% Catechins) 100mgs 90mgs
Hesperidin 94% (from Bitter Orange) (Glycoflavonoids) 80mgs NIL
Myricetin (70% Dihydromyricetin) from Wax Myrtle 70mgs NIL
Quercetin (98%) from Buckwheat 150mgs 50mgs
Rutin (from Blue-Green Algae) 10mgs NIL
Soy Isoflavones 50mgs NIL
460mgs 215mgs

Notes:

Isoflavones are included in Total Balance Mens Plus because of a general deficiency of this nutrient in adults.

Natural Supplements Natural Supplements Natural Supplements
Alpha Lipoic Acid 50mgs 30mgs
Alpha Carotene NIL 2mgs
Astaxanthin 0.5mgs
Beta-1,3 Glucan (94%) 40mgs
Beta Sitosterol (Phytosterols 95%) 200mgs
Chrysin99% (from Passion Flower) 100mgs
Corn Silk Extract 200mgs
CoQ10 NIL 5mgs
D-Limonene 50mgs
DIM (3,3' Diindoloylmethane) 50mgs
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) 200mgs
DMG (Dimethylglycine) 25mgs
Inositol (98% Myo-Inositol) 35mgs 10mgs
Lutein (Carotenoid) 5mgs 2mgs
Lycopene (Carotenoid) 10mgs 5mgs
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) 215mgs
Natural Soluble Fibre (from Seaweed) 27mgs
N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine (from marine sources) 90mgs
Phosphatidyl Choline (as Lecithin) 75mgs
Policosanol (60% Octacosanol) from sugar cane 10mgs
Polysaccharides (from Camellia Tea species) 40mgs
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA 50mgs
Trans-Resveratrol (50%) 32mgs 5mgs
Zeaxanthin (Carotenoid) 2mgs 0.5mgs
1,456mgs 110mgs

Notes:

1. Total Balance Mens Plus contains a significant number of very potent immune enhancing nutrients such as Beta Glucan, Polysaccarides, Resveratrol and others which are not found in LifePak Nano.

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 version of Total Balance contains Beta Sitosterol, Corn Silk extract and extra Lycopene for the benefit of the prostate.

4. Total Balance Mens Plus also contains Chrysin to help prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.

Herbal Extracts Herbal Extracts Herbal Extracts
Aloe Vera Polysaccharides 200:1 (spray-dried) 50mgs NIL
Bilberry (25% Anthocyanins) 50mgs NIL
Black Cumin (from Nigella Sativa) 100mgs NIL
Ginger (5% Gingerols) 100mgs NIL
Gingko Biloba 25/6 50mgs NIL
Gotu Kola (10% Asiaticosides) 100mgs NIL
Hawthorne Berry (2% Vitexin Rhamnoside) 100mgs NIL
Mahonia Grape (from Mahonia Aquifolium) 100mgs NIL
Myrrh (5% Guggulsterones) 50mgs NIL
Olive-Leaf (20% Oleuropein) 100mgs NIL
Saw Palmetto 110mgs NIL
Turmeric (98% Curcumin) 180mgs NIL
1,190mgs NIL

Notes:

1. The herbal extracts included in Total Balance Mens Plus are specifically designed to complement each other to maximize their individual potencies.

2. Total Balance Mens Plus also has Saw Palmetto added for the health of the prostate.

Marine Lipid Concentrate
Total Omega 3's 880mgs 1,000mgs
(DHA) (500mgs) (400mgs)
(EPA) (220mgs) (600mgs)
krill Oil NIL 100mgs

Notes:

1. The key Omega 3 for brain and cardiovascular health is DHA. It is more easily converted to EPA in the body rather than the other way around. This is because DHA has 22 carbon bonds against 20 carbon bonds in EPA. When it 'drops' 2 carbon bonds it becomes EPA.

2. The Xtend-Life Omega 3 is a molecularly distilled product for maximum purity. 44% of the fish oil content is Omega 3 versus only 30% for the LifePak Nano product.

3. LIfePak's fish oils come from unknown sources although the krill comes from Antarctica. Concerns are being raised about the harvesting of krill due to it potential impact on the ecological systems, particularly the whales who rely on krill as their food source. All oil in Xtend-Life's product is sourced from a sustainable fishery managed by the New Zealand government.

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

TB Mens Plus

LifePak Nano

Active Ingredients

Active Ingredients

Daily (mgs)

Daily (mgs)

With Vit C, Cal and Mag

5,052

2,956

Without Vit C, Cal and Mag

4,944

1,556

Monthly

Monthly

With Vit C, Cal and Mag

151,560

88,680

Without Vit C, Cal, and Mag

148,320

46,680

Enteric Coating (This increases the efficacy of some ingredients manifold)

Yes

No

Cost per day

US$2.95

US$4.88



FAQs


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

A. Most calcium deficiencies are not due so much to lack of calcium intake but rather through loss of calcium being leached from the bones. Total Balance has been designed to help prevent that loss. Calcium and magnesium is very cheap (in some cases 1/80th - 1/100th the cost of some ingredients in Total Balance).

Sufficient amounts of these minerals have been included to meet most peoples needs. Separate supplementation for these minerals is recommended only if a need has been demonstrated. The cost for additional 'top up' supplementation for these three nutrients would range between $1.80 for Vitamin C and around $2.50 per month for Calcium/Magnesium combination.


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.


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. There are a number, but the most important ones are L-Glutathione, Resveratrol and L-Carnosine.


Q. What roles do the ingredients that are not in LifePak 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 detailed explanations on each ingredient, together with relevant clinical data.

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