Today, I am going to review the Performance Lab® Whole-Food Multi’s for men and women. These multivitamin/mineral supplements are part of a new brand of supplements called Performance Lab® – designed by Opti Nutra Advanced Nutraceuticals.
This multivitamin is by far the best multivitamin supplement I’ve used… and I’ve tried several brands of multivitamins over the last few years.
Including some of the well-known raw- and whole-food multivitamins available at the local vitamin shop, Whole Foods stores and online.
But why would you even need a multivitamin if you eat your vegetables, don’t smoke, keep your alcohol consumption down, avoid junk and processed food, and exercise several times a week?
Does this picture of a healthy-lifestyle really need to take vitamins?
Unfortunately, I’ve found we don’t have much of a choice if we want to live and feel our best every day.
We need a multivitamin to restore and maintain our brain and body for peak performance.
Study after study both in the USA and worldwide has shown most of us are not getting enough micronutrients from our diet for optimal health. We don’t eat enough fruit and get only a fraction of recommended servings of vegetables.
To make matters worse, our food is grown on nutrient-depleted soil. Genetically-modified (GMOs) foods grow so fast they can’t draw in enough of the nutrients we need from the already depleted soil.
The nutrients that do make it into our fruits and vegetables lose nutrients during transport, storage, processing, and cooking.
Even young people, with a higher metabolism and food consumption than the average 50 – 70-year-old, have a 99% chance of not getting the nutrients they need.
So, if we are serious and committed to our health, we need to supplement extra vitamin and minerals. However, choosing the right multivitamin supplement is not so easy.
In fact, most of what you’ll find on supermarket, drugstore, and even vitamin shop shelves are useless. Some are actually toxic and dangerous to use.
In this review, I’ll share why the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi is your best choice when selecting a daily multivitamin.
I’ve only been using it for a month (at the time of writing this review) and can feel the difference. Spare a couple of minutes, and you’ll learn why and how it works so well.
Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi Ingredients
Most large supplement manufacturers use cheaper synthetic vitamins and minerals in their multivitamins that your body does not recognize as ‘food’.
These synthetic vitamins and minerals are ‘isolated’ and do not include the other cofactors and enzymes normally paired with nutrients in food.
Your body either expels them as unwanted toxins, or these imposters attach to receptors required by genuine vitamins and minerals for various actions in your body.
Performance Lab, on the other hand, uses their own proprietary BioGenesis™ system to grow ‘nature-identical’ vitamins and minerals. Unlike isolated vitamins and minerals, these nutrients go straight into cells and tissues as needed.
Another advantage to using this nature-identical multivitamin is you get precisely calibrated dosages of each nutrient. Instead of the megadoses often found in other multi’s.
Unnaturally excessive amounts are used in some multivitamins because the idea is to provide high doses of each nutrient with the hope that at least some of each nutrient will reach your cells.
The Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi doesn’t need megadoses because every nature-identical nutrient molecule in this supplement is recognized by your body’s cells and used.
Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi’s are available with formulas optimized for men’s and women’s unique needs; including gender-specific hormonal support.
Here’s a full list of the vitamins and minerals in Performance Lab’s Whole-Food Multi with a summary of what each does in your body and brain.
Here is the list of ingredients in the Performance Lab Multi:
|Performance Lab’s BioGenesis Nutrients||Benefits and Areas of Support in Your Body and Brain|
|1000 IU Vitamin A||Long-term potentiation and memory, vision, skin, immune system, protein synthesis, tissue repair, bones, antioxidant|
|60 mg Vitamin C||Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), myelin, neurotransmitters, immune system, cardiovascular, skin, joints, antioxidant, gums, bones, muscle|
|1000 IU Vitamin D3||Neurotransmitters, gene expression, neuroplasticity, immunity, bones, testosterone, cell function, protein synthesis|
|30 IU Vitamin E||Antioxidant, cardiovascular, hair, skin, nails, tissue repair|
|100 mcg Vitamin K1 & K2||Myelin, neurons, glial cells, bones, cardiovascular, connective tissue|
|8 mg Vitamin B1||Acetylcholine, adenosine triphosphate (ATP)|
|4 mg Vitamin B2||Neurotransmitters, red blood cell formation, cell growth, energy metabolism, antioxidant|
|20 mg Vitamin B3||Neurotransmitters, BDNF, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), circulation, protein and fat metabolism, skin|
|20 mg Vitamin B5||Neurotransmitters, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), hormone production, cardiovascular|
|4 mg Vitamin B6||Neurotransmitters, immune system, blood cell formation, oxygen transport, blood sugar, cognitive function|
|300 mcg Vitamin B7||Neurotransmitters, myelin, white blood cell development, DNA, hair, skin, nails, blood sugar, energy|
|400 mcg Vitamin B9||DNA, RNA, gene expression, amino acid synthesis, neurotransmitters, new cell formation|
|50 mcg Vitamin B12||DNA, RNA, neurotransmitters, myelin, red blood cell formation, energy metabolism, heart health, cognitive function|
|18 mg Calcium (21 mg women’s multi)||Bones, joints, cardiovascular, muscles, hormones, brain cell signaling|
|8 mg Iron (women’s multi)||Blood cell formation, DNA, oxygen transport, neurotransmitters, myelin|
|150 mcg Iodine||Thyroid hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolism|
|17 mg Magnesium (21 mg women’s multi)||Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), DNA, RNA, ion channels, neuroplasticity, cardiovascular, bones, testosterone, muscle relaxation, nervous system, blood sugar|
|22.5 mg Zinc (10 mg women’s multi)||Protein synthesis, cell signaling, gene transcription, neurotransmitter transport, DNA, methylation, immune system, vision, testosterone, neurons, cell growth|
|125 mcg Selenium||Neurotransmitters, thyroid, immune system, antioxidant|
|1.5 mg Copper||Red blood cell formation, neurotransmitters, myelin, blood vessel formation, neuron and glial cell respiration, antioxidants, energy, connective tissue, cardiovascular, vision, immune system|
|2 mg Manganese||Bones, metabolism, blood sugar, calcium absorption, neurons, glial cells, enzyme cofactor, weight management|
|120 mcg Chromium||Neurotransmitters, metabolism, energy, weight management, blood sugar|
|75 mcg Molybdenum||Enzyme cofactor, metabolism|
|150 mcg Strontium||Bones, joints|
|25 mg Inositol||Neurotransmitters, brain cell signaling, skin|
|10 mcg Vanadium||Blood sugar, cardiovascular, bones, muscles, enzymes, growth factor|
|4 mg Boron (1 mg women’s multi)||Bones, hormones, antioxidant, neurotransmitters, joints, connective tissue|
The amount of each ingredient listed on the label is for Performance Lab’s recommended 4 capsules per day.
You can safely take up to 6 capsules per day if your body and circumstances require additional nutrition.
2-3 capsules in the morning and 2-3 capsules in the evening ensures you have adequate levels of each nutrient in your body throughout your day.
Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi Ingredient Review
The nature-identical nutrients used in Performance Lab’s Whole-Food Multi supply vitamins and minerals with their natural cofactors for better bioavailability and activity.
Because Whole-Food Multi BioGenesis™ nutrients are lab-grown in a yeast culture, you never get exposed to GMO’s, pesticides, or herbicides. It’s clean, pure nutrition with no surprises.
One thing I immediately noticed on the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi label is the complete absence of “other ingredients”. This is the cleanest multivitamin label I’ve ever seen.
One of my pet-peeves is dietary supplement labels sporting a “Proprietary Formula” instead of disclosing exactly how much of each ingredient they are using in their formula.
Or a fairy dusting of tiny amounts of an herb or nutrient that’s completely useless. But looks good… to uninformed consumers. Some even include whole food powders that manufacturers use to make their multivitamin look more like a “Raw Food” supplement. The truth is it’s just a filler used to top-off the capsule, and look good on the label.
With the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi, the label clearly lists the name and amount of each ingredient.
Meaning you know what and how much more of a vitamin or mineral you may need to add if you are dealing with a unique health condition.
You may notice some Performance Lab nutrients dosed lower than some other multivitamins.
Some nutrients are precisely-dosed at the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI). And some a little higher or lower than the RDI.
Opti Nutra calculated the dosages used in this Whole-Food Multi based on the synergy of how these nutrients support and work with others in this formula.
Each ingredient in the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi works in harmony with the rest, and considers your body’s ability to naturally produce specific proteins, enzymes, amino acids, hormones, and neurotransmitters.
The goal with this multivitamin formula is to optimize and maintain the natural balance. Rather than artificially boosting certain functions that could eventually lead to severe health consequences.
The intent with this multi is to ensure your body and brain get optimal amounts of each vitamin and mineral. The nutrients you need to maintain peak performance all day.
The Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi is the nutritional base or starting point for the rest of the Performance Lab supplement line as well.
It works perfectly in tandem with the Performance Lab formulas for Energy, Mind, Sleep, Vision, and Prebiotic, all of which I now use in addition to the Multi, and will be reviewed separately in the coming weeks.
Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi Review of Effects
I’ve known that I’ve needed and have been using a multivitamin/mineral supplement for years.
As I gained more experience and knowledge about what my body and brain needed, I adjusted and got a higher quality raw-food supplement. Thinking this was as good as it could get.
Then I tried the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi for men. Much to my surprise, fell in love with a multivitamin. I never realized before how much a multivitamin could affect the way I feel.
I take 2-capsules in the morning along with the rest of my supplement stack. Then I take another 2-capsules in the evening.
I’ve noticed a difference since I replaced my previous multivitamin with the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi for Men. It feels cleaner, I feel good, productivity has increased, my mood is better, and I sleep better.
The Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi is the best multivitamin I have ever used.
It is the best all-natural multivitamin supplement for whole-body and brain optimization. It makes an excellent base for the rest of my supplement stack.
I absolutely give it a 5 out of 5 rating.
Opti Nutra claims that the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi are “vitamin and mineral essentials for healthy biological performance”.
Instead of worrying about every single thing I eat every day; this multivitamin ensures I get precisely the right amount of every nutrient my body and brain require.
All the ingredients are grown in their BioGenesis™ facility in an environmentally-controlled and sealed lab. This ensures each nutrient is free of allergens, GMOs, microbes, pesticides, and herbicides.
The capsules are Plantcaps® which are made from tapioca. Not a semi-synthetic polymer derived from wood pulp like other veggie capsules.
The capsules are even infused with a prebiotic to improve digestion. No other supplement line uses these truly 100% natural Plantcaps capsules… that I’m aware of.
Finished batches are tested again to confirm potency, purity, and bio-activity by a 3rd-party testing lab. All their packaging uses recycled material and is biodegradable.
This is by far my favorite multivitamin. I use it twice a day, so I always feel good and can perform at my best.
Visit PerformanceLab.com to get this multivitamin and experience its life-changing effects for yourself.
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