Total Balance Comparison

Total Balance 'Men's Plus' 

VERSUS 

LifePak 'Prime' version

Quick Facts


GENERAL


The fundamental difference between Total Balance Men’s (Standard Version) and LifePak Prime is that Total Balance Men’s Plus 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 and prostate health. LifePak Prime has added nutrients, but unlike Total Balance Men’s Plus is not targeted specifically for men.


MONTHLY COST

The monthly cost of LifePak Prime is approx 35% more than the full dose of Total Balance Men’s Plus, 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 Plus has almost double the quantity of nutrients than LifePak.

2. If the Vit C, Calcium and Magnesium are excluded Total Balance has over four times the quantity of nutrients.

3. LifePak Prime has a total of 43 ingredients compared with 84 ingredients in Total Balance Men’s Plus.

4. Total Balance Men’s Plus has specific ingredients to target the health of the prostate. 

5. Ingredient contents correct as at Dec 2007


DELIVERY SYSTEM

Total Balance Men's Plus is enteric coated, which enables the release of all the active ingredients in the upper intestine instead of in the stomach. All ingredients are therefore protected against degradation by stomach acids. LifePak does not have this sophisticated delivery system.


VALUE FOR MONEY AND EFFECTIVENESS

LifePak is missing many of the highly active and beneficial ingredients present in Total Balance. It would be expensive for LifePak users to add these missing ingredients to their supplement regime! For example, to purchase just 6 of the missing 40 ingredients ... Reservatrol, L-Carnosine, Beta-Glucan, Tumeric, Zeaxanthin and Policosanol, and to ‘top up’ the L-Glutathione, it would add approximately $92.00 to the monthly cost of LifePak Prime.

TB Men's Plus LifePak Prime
Recommended daily intake per product: 6 tablets/day 2 packets/day
Total capacity and cost per product: 180 tablets - US$73.50 60 packets - US$97.06



Minerals Minerals Minerals
Boron (from 12.3mgs of Boron Citrate) 759mcgs 3mgs
Calcium (100mgs of Cal. Citrate, 70mgs Di. Phosphate) 37.2mgs 1,000mgs
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 500mgs
Manganese (from 6mgs of Manganese Citrate) 1.68mgs 2mgs
Potassium (from 20mgs of Potassium Citrate) 7.23mgs NIL
Selenium (from 224mcgs of L-Selenomethionine) 90mcgs 140mcgs
Silicon NIL 3mgs
Vanadium NIL 20mcgs
Zinc (from 10mgs of Zinc Citrate) 3.21mgs 15mgs
Zinc (from 50mgs of Zinc Aspartate) 9.75mgs NIL
71.02mgs 1,524.46mgs

Notes:

1. LifePak allocates 24mgs to minerals other than Calcium and Magnesium. Total Balance 23.42mgs.

2. All minerals for Total Balance are listed as elementals. An assumption has been made that all minerals listed for LifePak are also elemental, but this may not be the case.

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

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

5. 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 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
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL) 10mgs 7.5mgs
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 10mgs 8.5mgs
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) 24mgs 40mgs
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 300IU
Vitamin K NIL 40mcgs
296.81mgs 596.97mgs

Notes:

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

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

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

4. Total Balance 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 10mgs
L-Methionine 20mgs NIL
L-Proline 100mgs NIL
L-Tyrosine 200mgs NIL
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 35mgs 25mgs
665mgs 35mgs

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. The 10mgs in Lifepak is only a token.

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 25mgs
Hesperidin 94% (from Bitter Orange) (Glycoflavonoids) 80mgs NIL
Myricetin (70% dihydromyricetin) from Wax Myrtle 70mgs NIL
Polyphenol and Flavonoid Blend NIL 200mgs
Quercetin (98%) from Buckwheat 150mgs 50mgs
Rutin (from Blue-Green Algae) 10mgs NIL
Soy Isoflavones 50mgs 5mgs
360mgs 280mgs

Notes:

1. Polyphenols are present in the Green Tea extract in Total Balance.

2. Additional Isoflavones are included in Total Balance 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
Beta-1,3 Glucan (94%) 40mgs NIL
Beta Sitosterol (Phytosterols 95%) 200mgs NIL
Carotenoid Blend NIL 9mgs
Chrysin99% (from Passion Flower) 100mgs NIL
Corn Silk Extract 200mgs NIL
CoQ10 NIL 20mgs
DIM (3,3' Diindoloylmethane) 50mgs NIL
DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) 200mgs NIL
DMG (Dimethylglycine) 25mgs NIL
Inositol (98% Myo-Inositol) 35mgs 10mgs
Lutein (Carotenoid) 5mgs 2mgs
Lycopene (Carotenoid) 10mgs 5mgs
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) 215mgs NIL
Natural Soluble Fibre (from Seaweed) 27mgs NIL
N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine (from marine sources) 90mgs NIL
Glucosamine HCL NIL 200mgs
Phosphatidyl Choline (as Lecithin) 75mgs NIL
Policosanol (60% Octacosanol) from sugar cane 10mgs NIL
Polysaccharides (from Camellia Tea species) 40mgs NIL
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) 50mgs NIL
Trans-Resveratrol (50%) 32mgs NIL
Zeaxanthin (Carotenoid) 2mgs NIL
1,456mgs 278mgs

Notes:

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

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. N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine is a more bio-active form of Glucosamine. It is also enhanced by the presence of MSM.

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

5. TB Men's 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 40mgs
Gotu Kola (10% Asiaticosides) 100mgs NIL
Green Tea (98% Polyphenols & 80% Catechins) 100mgs 67.5mgs
Grape Seed extract (95% Polyphenols) NIL 50mgs
Hawthorne Berry (2% Vitexin Rhamnoside) 100mgs NIL
Mahonia Grape (from Mahonia Aquifolium) 100mgs NIL
Milk Thistle NIL 50mgs
Myrrh (5% Guggulsterones) 50mgs NIL
Olive-Leaf (20% Oleuropein) 100mgs NIL
Saw Palmetto 110mgs NIL
Turmeric (98% Curcumin) 180mgs NIL
1,190mgs 207..5mgs

Notes:

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

2. Total Balance Men's Plus also has Saw Palmetto added for the health of the prostate.



SUMMARY

SUMMARY

TB Men's Plus

LifePak Prime

Active Ingredients

Active Ingredients

Daily (mgs)

Daily (mgs)

With Vit C, Cal and Mag

4,172

2,972

Without Vit C, Cal and Mag

4,064

972

Monthly

Monthly

With Vit C, Cal and Mag

125,160

89,160

Without Vit C, Cal, and Mag

121,920

29,160

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

Yes

No

Cost per day

US$2.38

US$3.23



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 are very cheap (in some cases 1/80th - 1/100th the cost of some ingredients in Total Balance).

Sufficient dose amounts of these minerals are included to meet the needs of most people. 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% Calcium present. The elementals are the actual amounts of the minerals 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 bloodstream.


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 7 different version in the Total Balance range on the xtend-life website you will find detailed explanations on each ingredient, together with relevant clinical data.

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