If you surf the internet you are bound to have seen advertisements for custom nutritional supplements.
These companies seem to offer a package of specialized nutritional supplement designed to meet your specific requirements and health needs.
From a ‘nutritional support’ point of view the obvious best way to go would be to take nutritional vitamin supplements formulated on the basis of your current health status....however
....there is no evidence that the information that these companies acquire from customers in order to ‘ custom design’ a blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbal extracts, phytonutrients and other specialty supplements, are any more effective than a professional grade, science-based, multi nutrient wellness supplement.
The reality is that to design legitimate custom nutritional supplements the company would literally have to have each individual person come in and complete a series of many blood tests as well as an overall health exam. These tests would then have to be analyzed in a laboratory.
The final price tag on this series of tests has been estimated to be close to US $10,000 per person.
Obviously there is no company that can afford to offer this type of service except perhaps to the extremely rich. NASA (and other research facilities) are working on developing small diagnostic units which work on a simple pin-prick type blood test, that immediately analyze the users’ health status. They actually have working models now.
Eventually this technology will be perfected and the price of a unit will fall to within the reach leading (well funded) supplement companies - they will offer it as a service to their customers which results in the manufacture of custom nutritional supplements.
Customers will likely have a unit couriered to their home and then plug it into the internet where the results are downloaded to the supplement company for analysis.
I expect this scenario to be only a handful of years away and professional sources in the supplement industry agree.
What actually happens with companies offering custom nutritional supplements is they have devised lengthy computer-scored questionnaires with questions about symptoms that could be present if a nutrient deficiency exists. These questions usually request information like:
You simply pick the closest answer for each on the worksheet for your custom nutritional supplements.
A computer, or more likely a person, then tallies your scores and based on this information they assemble a selection of supplements. For example if you said you’re a smoker they’ll make sure that there is a high dose of vitamin C included as smokers are well known for having low vitamin C levels.
Their custom nutritional supplement package generally amounts to a simple (and cheap) multi-vitamin and some low potency specialty supplements; all put into a little plastic pouch and sent to you.
NOTE: I know of one individual whose well known website looks at misleading sites - he undertook a custom nutritional supplement questionnaire twice - once as a young adult and once as an old man.
The result was the SAME in both cases!
The companies behind custom nutritional supplement services do not manufacture the supplements they promote and so have no control over their quality or efficacy.
I’d be surprised if their staff know much about supplements at all and be most surprised if any have qualifications in chemistry or bio-science (which is what is needed to understand and formulate quality, science-based supplements).
The vitamin/mineral, herbal, phytonutrient and other ‘specialty’ nutrients used in custom nutritional supplements are low potency, and most contain insufficient dose amounts. These supplements are not put together by highly qualified bio-scientists. In fact the majority are not much better than mass produced supermarket supplements.
If these companies were to use premium, high potency, high quality supplements there would be little to no profit margin for their services.
Lower quality supplements have low levels of efficacy meaning limited health benefits for the user. You’ll often see the words “blend” or "complex” on the label of these lower quality products – this is a way to disguise low potencies and dose amounts of more important ingredients.
You can spend your supplement budget far more wisely than this.
At this point in time true custom supplements, based on the comprehensive blood tests listed above, don’t exist!
So, what’s the answer ???
The next best thing is a supplement with some of everything to address and correct any and all nutrient imbalances in your body, and to nourish and rejuvenate your organs while strengthening your immune system to guard against disease.
The best multi nutrient supplements target all organs and systems in your body through a wide range of scientifically proven, high potency nutrients:
This must include crucial (and expensive) nutrients which your body produces less and less of as you age. For example L-Gluthathione.
Key ingredients which are susceptible to damage from stomach acid such as Alpha Lipoic acid, DMAE, L-Glutathione, L-Carnosine, N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, Resveratrol, enzymes and so on...
must be protected by enteric coating on a supplement tablet!!
Otherwise it's a waste of money having these important ingredients in a supplement! Be sure to check on this when comparing supplements!
It's the leading Elite grade multi ingredient health / vitamin supplement in the market at this time and it's called 'Total Balance' from the Xtend-Life company in New Zealand. There are 7 different versions in the Total Balance range.
This highly sophisticated formula is the elite of supplements - the most sophisticated supplements that nutritional science, technology and bio-scientists can provide.
Total Balance is an affordable supplement which addresses all the criteria mentioned above.
The Men's and Women's Premium Versions have a whopping 99 and 97 ingredients respectively - which go to work targeting every organ and system in your body, including most importantly, your brain. All ingredients are protected in the stomach by an advanced pharmaceutical grade 'enteric coating' to guarantee maximum bioavailability.
This ensures unbeatable value for money!
Xtend-Life manufactures its own products and controls the manufacturing process through all stages. Only a handful of supplement companies do this and it demonstrates true dedication to quality and YOUR safety.
All raw materials are sourced from GMP registered and audited facilities and each has a certificate of analysis on file confirming its potency. You can request these if you want.
All raw materials are tested prior to manufacture for compliance with certificates of analysis and for microbiological contamination.
Total Balance contains no artificial:
Nor any potential allergenic substances (lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast and so on).
The company uses only standardized herbal extracts! This guarantees consistency in the amount of the active ingredients – the potent parts of herbs you’re paying for.
Many supplements avoid using standardized extracts because they are considerably more expensive!
Every Total Balance version also comes with a 100% unconditional money back guarantee – for a full 12 months! No jumping through hoops. Just a sensible, straightforward guarantee where the manufacturer stands by their product. How refreshing!
My last word regarding the custom nutritional supplement issue is this :
Forget them and consider the Total Balance Range of health supplements. These highly efficious formulas are certainly not a custom supplement but they are the closest thing you’ll get to one at this time.
I'm completely confident in recommending Total Balance to you because it's the supplement my family and I have used since 2000.
You may also like to jump over to my vitamin health supplement comparisons to see how Total Balance DOMINATES other well known, market leading multi ingredient health supplements.