Supplements

Xtend-life's Total Balance

My summary

The Total Balance supplements from Xtend-Life are the most comprehensive foundational supplements I have ever seen. They do separate products for men and women with the premium versions including 98 (!!) natural bio-active vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants & herbs.

You can see the Total Balance range here

Why I like it

This supplement contains more than any other supplement I've ever seen. It's definitely wrong to call this a multivitamin - it contains so much more that just vitamins.

You can think of this product as taking their 'multi-xtra' to the next level. Here they include an amino acid blend, an eye health blend, hormonal support, an immunity stimulating blend and an enzyme blend. It's worth going to the product page to read through the ingredients. Like their other supplements, Xtend-Life place a big emphasis on the ingredients being in bioavailable forms. With vitamin E for example, you don't just get Alpha-Tocopherol, which is what most supplements contain for vitamin E, but you get a balance of both Tocopherols and Tocotrienols in their natural forms. Studies suggest Tocotrienols may help support things such as healthy cholesterol levels, CoQ10 levels, healthy levels of triglycerides and healthy inflammation management in the body.

The eye health blend for example contains zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, lutein, rutin and anthocyanins from bilberry extract. Again, these are things you just don't find in a standard multivitamin.

Because there is so much packed into this supplement the recommended dose is 7 tablets per day. It's just impossible to squeeze all the ingredients into fewer tablets. This brings up the point of cost. If you take the full dose it becomes quite expensive. But then you have a few things to consider. First is how much it costs to get all these ingredients individually. That works out a lot more expensive, plus it's difficult to find some of these ingredients in these natural or active forms. You could also consider taking half the dose. Aside from cost, another benefit of having all the ingredients rolled into one product is that you don't consume the unnecessary fillers, binding agents or capsules that you would if you were taking all these ingredients as separate supplements. It's also just a lot more practical to have one supplement instead of many!

An enteric coating process is used on the tablets to protect some of the more delicate nutrients from stomach acids so that they can then be released in the upper intestine - where they are able to be absorbed.

The Mens and Womens Options

Although they also do a unisex one (good if you're sharing with a partner for example) here are the four specific male/female ones they do. I'll give you the links rather than explain all the differences.

Total Balance Mens

Total Balance Womens

Total Balance Mens Premium

Total Balance Womens Premium

And here is what it contains...

Because there are differences between the four options above I've chosen here to show the ingredients from the Total Balance Men's Premium.

Vitamin A (from Natural Mixed Carotenoids)

5000 IU

Vitamin C (from 183.5 mg of Calcium Ascorbate, 200 mg of Potassium Ascorbate and 42.5 mg of Ascorbyl Palmitate

280mg

Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)

500 IU

Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate from vegetable oils & Tocotrienol/Tocopherol Complex (from African Oil Palm)) (1 mg = 1.21 IU)

102 IU

Vitamin K (as Menaquinone-4)

180 mcg

Thiamin (from 13.7 mg of Thiamin HCl)

12 mg

Riboflavin (from 19.7 mg of Riboflavin-5-Phosphate)

10 mg

Niacin (from 14.1 mg of Nicotinic Acid & 14.1 mg of Niacinamide)

26 mg

Vitamin B6 (from 11.8 mg of Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)

8 mg

Folic Acid

323 mcg

Vitamin B12 (as Cobamamide)

25 mcg

Biotin

400 mcg

Pantothenic Acid (from 45.6 mg of Calcium Pantothenate)

41 mg

Calcium (from 100 mg of Red Algae (Lithothamnium species), 183.5 mg of Calcium Ascorbate, 90 mg of Dicalcium Phosphate, 60 mg of Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate, and 45.6 mg of Calcium Pantothenate)

80 mg

Phosphorus (from Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate, Riboflavin-5-Phosphate and Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate)

30 mg

Iodine (from 198 mcg Potassium Iodide)

150 mcg

Magnesium (from 200 mg of Aquamin Magnesium™ (Magnesium Hydroxide from Sea Water), 102 mg of Magnesium Stearate and 60 mg of Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate)

70 mg

Zinc (from 33.4 mg of Zinc Acetate Dihydrate and 31.6 mg of Zinc Citrate)

19 mg

Selenium (from 265 mcg of L-Selenomethionine)

100 mcg

Copper (from 1.5 mg of Copper Gluconate)

0.2 mg

Manganese (from 8 mg of Manganese Citrate)

2 mg

Chromium (from 901 mcg of Chromium Picolinate)

106 mcg

Molybdenum (from 641 mcg of Molybdenum Glycinate)

64 mcg

Potassium (from 200 mg of Potassium Ascorbate, 100 mg of Tripotassium Citrate and 0.198 mg of Potassium Iodide)

71 mg

RNA (Ribonucleic Acid from Yeast)

150 mg

Green Tea Extract (from Camellia sinensis Leaf) (providing 80 mg of Catechins)

100 mg

Milk Thistle Extract (from Silybum marianum Seed) (providing 80 mg of Silymarins)

100 mg

MSM (Methylsulfonyl Methane)

100 mg

Betain HCL

98 mg

Choline Bitartrate

93 mg

DMG HCL

90 mg

N-Acetyl Glucosamine

79 mg

Hesperidin (from Citrus aurantium (Bitter Orange) Fruit)

74 mg

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine

74 mg

Horsetail Extract (from Equisetum arvense Stem & Leaf)

60 mg

Inositol (from Inositol and Calcium Magnesium Inositol Hexaphosphate)

59 mg

SAMe (from 96 mg S-Adenosylmethionine Tosylate)

51 mg

Bacopa Extract (from Bacopa monnieri Leaf) (providing 15 mg of Bacosides)

50 mg

Ginger Extract (from Zingiber officinale Root) (providing 2.5mg of Gingerols)

50 mg

Ginkgo Extract (from Ginkgo Biloba Leaf) (providing 11 mg of Ginkgo Flavonoglycosides & 2.7 mg of Terpene Lactones)

50 mg

Guggul Gum Extract (from Commiphora mukul Gum Exudate) (providing 1.25 mg of Guggulsterones)

50 mg

Masson Pine Extract (from Pinus massoniana Bark)

50 mg

Nigella (Black Cumin) Extract (from Nigella sativa Seed) (equivalent to 200 mg of Black Cumin Seed)

50 mg

PABA (p-Aminobenzoic Acid)

50 mg

Turmeric Extract (from Curcuma longa Root) (providing 47.5 mg of Curcuminoids)

50 mg

Alpha Lipoic Acid

49 mg

Myricetin (from 70 mg of Myrica cerifera (Bayberry) Leaf Extract)

49 mg

Grape Seed Extract (from Vitis vinifera species) (providing at least 450 mg/g Phenolics)

30 mg

Mineral Sea Salts (providing trace elements including Strontium, Tungsten and Rubidium)

30 mg

Piperine (from 30 mg of Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Extract)

28 mg

Phosphatidyl Choline (from 125 mg of Sunflower Seed Lecithin)

25 mg

Trans-Resveratrol (from 50 mg of Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) Root Extract)

25 mg

Isoflavones (from 50 mg of Soybean Extract)

20 mg

Coenzyme Q10

19 mg

Luteolin (from Japanese Sophora Bud & Flower)

18 mg

Alfalfa Extract (from Medicago sativa Leaf & Stem) (equivalent to 120 mg of Fresh Alfalfa)

10 mg

Phosphatidyl L-Serine (from 50 mg of Sunflower)

10 mg

Policosanol (from 8.8 mg of Sugar Cane Extract)

8 mg

Red Clover Extract (from Trifolium pratense Aerial Parts) (providing 2.8 mg of Isoflavones)

7 mg

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate from Yeast)

5 mg

Tocotrienol/Tocopherol Complex (EVNolMax® from African Oil Palm)

1.9 mg

Boron (from 13 mg of Boron Citrate)

600 mcg

Amino Acid Blend

938 mg

L-Lysine HCL

162.86 mg

L-Carnosine

148.50 mg

L-Tyrosine

100.98 mg

L-Arginine HCl

89.64 mg

L-Methionine

89.28 mg

L-Proline

49.79 mg

L-Pyroglutamic Acid

49.79 mg

L-Cysteine

49.79 mg

L-Glutamine49.64 mg

L-Ornithine HCl

49.54 mg

Taurine

49.25 mg

Reduced Glutathione

49.00 mg

Male Health Support Blend

586 mg

Phytosterols (from 200 mg Soybean Extract)

190 mg

Saw Palmetto Extract (from Serenoa repens Fruit) (providing 40 mg of Fatty Acids)

160 mg

Stinging Nettle Extract (from Urticae dioica Root)

100 mg

Chrysin (from Oroxylum indicum Bark Extract)

99 mg

Zinc Acetate Dihydrate

33 mg

Lycopene (from Tomato Extract)

4.5 mg

Enzyme Blend

150 mg

Bromelain (from Pineapple Stem)

50 mg

Nattozimes Protease (from fermentation of Aspergillus oryzae & Aspergillus melleus)

50 mg

Amylase (from fermentation of Aspergillus oryzae)

30 mg

Lipase (from fermentation of Aspergillus niger)

20 mg

Immunity Stimulating Blend

147 mg

Aloe Vera (from Aloe barbadensis Leaf Powder) (equivalent to 10,000 mg of Aloe Leaf)

50 mg

Olive Leaf Extract (from Olea europaea Leaf) (providing 7.5 mg of Oleuropein)

50 mg

Beta Glucan (from Yeast)

35 mg

Tea Polysaccharides (from 50 mg of Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract)

12 mg

Eye Health Blend

53 mg

Bilberry Extract (from Vaccinum myrtillus Fruit) (providing 10 mg of Anthocyanins)

40 mg

Rutin (from Japanese Sophora Bud)

9 mg

Lutein (from 50 mg of Aztec Marigold Flower Extract)

2.5 mg

Astaxanthin (from 26.6 mg of Haematococcus pluvialis)

800 mcg

Zeaxanthin (from 10 mg of Aztec Marigold Flower)

475 mcg

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