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Author: Lyle MacWilliam
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Publisher: Northern Dimensions Publishing (May 1, 2003)
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Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam

Nutritional Supplements. Author: Lyle MacWilliam, BSc, MSc, F. .Author, educator and biochemist, Lyle MacWilliam serves as a scientific consultant and public advocate for the natural healthcare industry. Mr. MacWilliam’s early scientific training led him to the investigation of oxidative stress and the biological properties of antioxidants. An accomplished martial artist, Mr. MacWilliam is passionate about personal fitness and health. He is a contributory writer for Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to the scientific exploration of preventive health and longevity.

- Dr. Denis Waitley, PhD, Bestselling author of The Psychology of Winning. An accomplished martial artist, MacWilliam is passionate about personal fitness and optimal health. He has authored several previous publications comparing the nutritional profiles of Canadian and American dietary supplements. His writing hits hard at today’s lifestyle and dietary patterns and their role in the development of degenerative disease. With a scientifically rigorous, no-nonsense delivery, lightened with a gentle touch of humor, MacWilliam has earned praise across Canada, the . Australia and New Zealand as a sought-after speaker on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle.

The unbiased comprehensive comparison of 1,600 nutritional supplements provides consumers with a reliable guide for choosing the right Vitamins, Anti-Oxidant, and Mineral supplement. This is definitely an indispensable health tool.

We are the publishers of the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements series of books.

Author, educator and biochemist, Lyle MacWilliam consults and advocates for the nutritional supplement industry. He speaks to audiences worldwide about nutrition and lifestyle. MacWilliam is a former Member of the Legislature for British Columbia and Member of the Canadian House of Commons

First and foremost, the author, Lyle MacWilliam was on the advisory board for USANA from 2003 to 2006. Funny enough, both Lyle MacWilliam and USANA tried to keep this under wraps (ie a secret). After all, how else could a relatively inferior supplement (I’m specifically talking about their multi-vitamin) be ranked number 1? And just to be clear, I think TrueStar is far better than a lot of brands.

The findings in The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements is the reason why I recommend the products I do for yeast infections and overall good health. Below is a synopsis of his findings. The AMA recently admitted that everyone on the planet should be taking health supplements to maintain optimum health free from disease.

This guide seeks to educate consumers about the science and value of nutritional supplementation, and to provide them with a simple, reliable tool with which to compare nutritional products. Section I: Aging, Oxidative Stress and Degenerative Disease

Section I of this guide discusses the theories of aging and the intricate links between aging, oxidative stress and degenerative disease. The remarkable protective powers of the endogenous and dietary antioxidants and their role in mitigating the aging process are examined. Five degenerative disease processes are highlighted, including recent scientific evidence supporting the use of nutritional supplementation as a preventive measure.

Section II: Criteria for Advanced Supplementation

Section II reviews the substantial scientific evidence employed in developing the fourteen analytical criteria imbedded in the product-rating methodology used in this comparative guide.

Creation of the Final Product Score, based on these fourteen criteria, has been an evolutionary process. With each edition of this comparative guide, we have built on previous research as newly published scientific findings have become available. The result has been the creation of a robust analytical model, based on the scientific literature and the independent recommendations of our seven cited authorities.

In each of the chapters of Section II, the reader is introduced to one of the fourteen criteria and the scientific evidence supporting its use. For those who find the reading a little technical, we refer you to the highlighted text. For those who wish to explore the science of advanced nutrition, we invite you to "dive in."

Section III: How the Comparisons were Made

Section III provides further explanation of the Final Product Score and introduces the Blended Standard, a nutritional benchmark we have created based on the independent recommendations of seven scientific authorities. A brief biographical background of each of the seven authorities and their specific recommendations for optimal daily nutritional intake is also provided.

The use of the Blended Standard, as a benchmark for optimal nutrition and the foundation for the Final Product Score, is featured. The Final Product Score is described in detail in Chapter 17. This fourteen-point score is the heart of our comparative analysis; it provides a rigorous quantitative evaluation and relative ranking of all products, based on the Blended Standard benchmark.

Section III also provides a summary of the 25 top-rated products, listed according to Final Product Score. From this list, the top six products are profiled. These are products of exceptional standing and merit your serious attention as a consumer. Included is a brief profile of each company, with contact information, company history and general information. Points of interest on product formulations, including a breakout of the individual product criteria ratings and information on manufacturing processes (if available), is also provided.

Section IV: Graphical Comparisons

In Section IV, selected products from companies throughout the United States and Canada are graphically compared to the Blended Standard benchmark. With each graph, we have provided the Final Product Score for that product, illustrated as both a percentage ranking and a five-star rating. This allows easy comparison of relative product ratings.

In writing this comparative guide, over 1,000 American and Canadian nutritional products were initially examined. Over five hundred qualifying products, representing the best in the line-up of more than 210 companies, were further evaluated, and their respective nutrient contents were compared to the selected nutritional standards. Two hundred and thirty-two (232) finalists, representing the top-rated product(s) from each manufacturer, were then selected and compared graphically. (Some companies have more than one product represented, if they market in

Reviews: 7
Steamy Ibis
Lyle McWilliam does the world (certainly North America) a service with this book by discussing multi-vitamins and multi-minerals in detail, creating a clear and easy to understand grading system and then grading every product he can get his hands on.

His explanations of vitamins and how they work and the various studies and understanding of the aging process are excellent and well worth reading for anyone concerned about their health.

I do find that his discussion of Olivol, an extract from olives with a process patented by Usana Incorporated AND including it in his grading criteria does bias him towards the Usana line of products. I still think it is a quibble over the top two or three, which are all excellent products.

What would surprise most people is that the common ones found in grocery stores and drug stores are just not worth taking. It is also the case that most doctors don't have a clue about what constitutes good nutrition and they could benefit immensely from reading this book.

Other interesting information includes which vitamins can be taken to excess and which ones can't (fat soluble versus water soluble vitamins).

All in all an excellent book.
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I don't know if it was the Chicken or the Egg, which came first? Was the book created, in order to tout certain products. Or did certain manufacturers, want someone to come up with a "systematic review" in order to tout their products?
An essential guide for the mysterious world of nutritional supplements, & how to rate the effectiveness of the myriad supply of supplements, and the reputation of the companies that provide them. A must for regular reference in your home library.
I ordered the 3rd edition but it is the 4th edition!
This book is great! It explains: free radicals, antioxidants, oxidative stress, how to choose a supplement and gives you their ratings! Highly recommend it!
This is a great book chocked full of very valuable information about supplements and what they do for the body. It also really opened my eyes to the supplement industry pertaining to the quality of their products. Companies that I thought made good products actually don't. I always wondered why the supplements I took didn't make much difference in the way I felt, now I know why, their junk. I tried one of the top rated products this book recommends and holy cow, it is the only product that I've ever taken that I feel a difference everyday, it's astounding. If you work in the natural health care field as I do, you'll find the information about supplements very valuable as well.
Excellent explanations of body processes and vitamin involvement. However, the rating system for companies that produce vitamins and their products wasn't very helpful. I was unable to find these products in supplement stores and am reluctant to purchase online because returns are more complicated.