Which is the best multivitamin in Australia?
The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam 2009 Australia & New Zealand Edition has been written to help people sort through the maze of nutritional supplements available in the market.
Mr MacWilliam is a biochemist, educator, author and President of NutriSearch Corp of Canada. He is passionate about natural health and fitness and consults with governments and industry on standards and regulations for natural health products.
The Comparative Guide ranks every brand of multivitamin by awarding it a score out of 5. First a Blended Standard is established using the published recommendations of 12 independent, leading authorities in nutritional science. These are the recommended daily intakes deemed essential for optimal health. Against this ideal formula, each product is evaluated against 18 health support criteria:
3. Mineral Forms
4. Bioactivity of Vitamin E
5. Gamma Tocopherol – the mix of Vitamin E as found in nature.
6. Antioxidant Support
7. Bone Health
8. Heart Health
9. Liver Health
10. Metabolic Health (glucose control)
11. Ocular Health
12. Methylation Support
13. Lipotropic Factors
14. Inflammation Control
15. Glycation Control
16. Bioflavonoid Profile
17. Phenolic Compounds Profile
18. Potential Toxicities
Once the Health Support Profile has been created for each product it is given a rating of 1 to 5 stars.
Below is a chart showing the star scores for some of the most popular retail brands of multivitamins available in Australia.