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These are the 5-Star rated multivitamins in the 2014 5th 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 1,300 multivitamins in North America earned this honor.
Rejuvenation Science Maximum Vitality®, 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.
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.
2014 5-Star Rating x 1000
Value Index = ------------------------------------
(Compliance Factor x Price/Month)
|Brand||Product||2014||Compliance Factor||Price/Month||Value Index|
|5-Star Rating||(# Pills/ Day)|
|Rejuvenation Science||Maximum Vitality||5||2||$35.98||69|
|Maximum Vitality ESP||5||4||$38.98||32|
|Blueberry Health Sciences||Essentials Premium||5||7||$170.00^||4|
|DaVinci Labs of Vermont||Spectra Infinite Nutrition||5||1+||$216.33*||23|
|Douglas Labs||Ultra Preventive (EZ)||5||8||$69.20||9|
|Ultra Preventive IX||5||7||$76.30||9|
|Ultra Preventive X tablets||5||8||$71.30||9|
|Ultra Preventive X capsules||5||8||$54.40**||11|
|Food Science of Vermont||Ultimate Care||5||8||$56.40||11|
|JD Premium||MVX Daily||5||8||$112.00^||6|
|Life Extension||Mix (tablets)||5||9||$84.00*||7|
|Super Nutrition||Super Immune Multivitamin||5||8||$106.00^||6|
|TrueStar Health||TrueBASICS Solo||5||6||$99.90^||8|
|USANA||Life Sciences Essentials||5||8||$53.57*||12|
Based on information posted on the manufacturers' websites on 4/01/14.
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+ 1 scoop
* prorated to a 30-day supply
** providing 1/2 the dose of UPX tablets
^ two bottles provides a 30-day supply