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5-Star Multivitamin Comparison

Comparison of 5-Star Rated Multivitamins
 . . . in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam

These are the 5-Star rated multivitamins in the 2007 4th edition of the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam.  He set the 5-Star bar very high, using the Blended Nutritional Standard constructed by employing 18 comparative criteria across 48 ingredients, based on the independent recommendations of 12 nutritional authorities. Below are all quality products having earned the top 5-star rating.  Only these few multivitamins out of 1,600 multivitamins in the U.S. and Canada earned this honor. 

Quality Ingredients

Rejuvenation Science Maximum Vitalityģ, as well as the other 5-Star rated multivitamins, use the most bioactive ingredients in the standard multivitamin components, such as the methylcobalamin form of Vitamin B-12, the D-3 form of Vitamin D, and a mix of various forms of minerals utilizing the amino acid chelate or Krebs cycle form of the mineral for greater bioavailability.  Maximum Vitality includes efficacious quantities of expensive ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, alpha- and r-lipoic acid, the gamma and tocotrienol forms of vitamin E, lutein, lycopene and proanthocyanidins from grape seed.


With the lowest price per month among all 5-star top-rated multivitamins, your patients will be pleased with your choice of Maximum Vitality.  The Value Index factors quality, price, and compliance.  It is computed as the 5-Star Rating X 1000, divided by the cost per month X the Compliance Factor, which is the number of pills per day.  Higher quality will raise the value index; higher price will lower the value index; higher compliance as measured by fewer pills per day will raise the value index.


Compliance is perhaps the most critical confounding factor.  For if the patient is required to follow too difficult a dosing protocol, and ends up not taking their multivitamin, then no matter how high the quality, the unused supplements provide no value.  Maximum Vitality provides the greatest ease of compliance with a dose of only 2 tablets per day.

Value Index

Each multivitamin has established its 5-star quality level in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements.  Here is the Value Index, where a higher number represents greater value.  It compares value of these 5-Star rated multivitamins as measured by monthly cost, and compliance represented by the manufacturers recommendation for the daily dose.

                                               2007 5-Star Rating x 1000

                 Value Index =      ------------------------------------

                                         (Compliance Factor x Price/Month)


Manufacturer Product   2007
5-Star Rating
Compliance Factor
(# Pills/ Day)
Price/Month Value Index
Rejuvenation Science Maximum Vitality 5.0 2 $32.98 76
Allergy Research Group Wholly Immune 5.0 + $186.30 27
Colgan Institute Menís Pak 5.0 13^ C$123.90 4
  Menís 50+ Pak 5.0 16^ C$216.90 2
  Sports Pak 5.0 22^ $154.90 2
  Womenís 50+ Pak 5.0 20^ $154.90 2
  Womenís Active Pak 5.0 19^ $156.90 2
  Womenís Pak 5.0 14^ $131.90 3
Creating Wellness Alliance Vitalize Men's & Women's (discontinued) 5.0      
  Vitalize Senior Woman's Gold Formula 5.0 8 66.00* 11
Douglas Labs Ultra Preventive IX 5.0 7 $62.70 11
  Ultra Preventive X 5.0 8 $61.50 10
  Longevity Support Pack 5.0 10 $134.00 4
  Essential 4 Nutrition Pack 5.0 8 $87.20 7
Healthwize Vital Nutrients 5.0 12 $79.95 5
Lee Swanson Signature Line Longevital 5.0 14 $36.99 10
Life Extension Mix (tablets) 5.0 9 $98.00* 7
Life Extension Mix (capsules) 5.0 14 $110.00* 4
Ortho Molecular Alpha Base Ultimate Pak 5.0 16 $111.20 3
TruStar Health TruBASIC (discontinued) 5.0      
  TruBASIC Plus for Men 5.0 6 $78.95 11
  TruBASIC Plus for Women 5.0 7 $78.95 9
USANA Essentials 5.0 8 $47.94** 12
  HealthPak 100 5.0 12 $128.40** 3
VitaCost NSI Synergy Menís Version 2 5.0 6 $99.99 8
  Synergy Max 5.0 28 $399.95 0.4
  Synergy Ultra 5.0 22 $259.95 0.9
Vitamin Research Products Optimum 18 (discontinued) 5.0      

Based on information posted on the manufacturers' websites on 7/20/09.

Product and manufacturers names are trademarks of the respective manufacturers.

+ 1 scoop

* 35 day supply

** 28 day supply

^ estimate based upon number of pills prior to reformulation





Maximum Vitalityģ


2007 Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements

Intro Sale $19.95


Value Index