Finding the best vitamin supplement that money can buy was no easy task. Please bear with me as I give you some background about how I found these.
First, you probably know by now that it is not a question of, "Should I use a supplement?" but the question is, "Which supplement should I use?" Of course this is because the soil does not contain the nutrients it once used to, people are in a hurry and don't eat as well as they would like, and research is showing the importance of a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants being needed to actually help each other work!
I knew I wanted the best vitamin supplement because I wanted a better quality of life than that of my parents. My father began losing his memory at age 60, after his heart attack. He weighed about 150 pounds, so was not overweight. When he passed away at age 80, he had Alzheimer's and had no short term memory for the past 15 years of his life. My mother had peripheral vascular disease.
I tell you this because we all want to live our "golden years" with a high quality of life, not without memory or the the lack of function in one's legs. When I ran into information about one of the best vitamin supplements, I jumped on this right away. In late January, 2013, I began researching to find the very best supplement. Through my years of research of vitamin supplements, I at least had a knowledge base so was not starting from square one!
I utilized Lyle MacWilliam's Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements because I wanted an independent authority on supplements. He and his team examined over 2,000 nutritional supplements throughout the US and Canada and included 1,612 of these products, which represented 394 manufacturers. MacWilliam's ranked the products on a 5 star basis, ranging from 0 to 5 stars in 1/2 star increments. I researched the five manufacturers that earned 5 stars. There were two of these that were award winners, one of which won my favor.
Douglas Labs and USANA were the award winners. I went with USANA for several reasons. First, you must be a health care practitioner to purchase through Douglas Labs. Second, USANA uses their own labs for over 90% of their manufacturing. Yes, these are Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamins! Third, USANA supplements can be purchased retail, with 10% off or you can become a wellness consultant with them and earn an extra income and enjoy 20% off. They also provide you your own website for free and offer, after using an auto-ship, a personalized HealthPack that is based on your unique health needs. They have a wealth of information! If you are interested, click the link above, then go to the top and click on "shop now" so that you can preview these pharmaceutical-grade supplements. You may also want to look at the "Science" tab as well. Hopefully, my days of research may end up saving you time! If you are interested in a Health Assessment, here is a link for it as well.
Now here is the interesting point. Early on, I began researching vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and their effects on the body and how each is responsible for a much larger chance of a great quality of life. I wasn't even looking, necessarily for the best vitamin supplement. Every time I ran into an article about how to prevent this and that disease with this or that vitamin, mineral (specific forms of these!), and antioxidant, I would jot down the list of ingredients. Believe it or not, this supplement had all of these ingredients . . . and in the correct form!
Here is a picture of the supplements that my Health Assessment recommended that I choose from to build my Health Pack. This is what I purchase for a person over 45. Of course there are other supplements for specific needs, for instance, supplements for men and those under 50, which have similar, but not exact, ingredients.
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If you truly want to make your body more healthy, which in turn, allows your body to fend off many chronic and degenerative diseases, including aging, I would begin using USANA CellSentials™ Pack as the "hub of your wheel."
Why do I say this? Because if you have other diseases that run in your family, it would be wise to add other supplements specific to the degenerative disease you are trying to avoid. Add these to the CellSentials™ Pack, which will then be the base for your road to health. Truly, CellSentials™ Pack is the best vitamin supplement you can find.
One other suggestion. No matter what supplement you take, add a very good, high grade Omega 3 fish oil capsule to your diet, three times per day!
However, my last point is this:CellSentials™, as with their other USANA Supplements, contain the Omega 3 fish oil, and many other capsules, so you are NOT having to purchase extras! Economics was a big player in my decision to go with USANA.