Performance Lab® recommends Whole-Food Multi as a starting point for overall nutritional health, to be followed with targeted human upgrades using other Performance Lab® formulas
Your body needs good quality nutrients to function at its peak. Ordinarily, the food we get from the groceries should be enough to provide us with all the nutrients we need to remain healthy. However, modern-day agricultural and food handling practices mean that we no longer get all the vitamins and minerals we need to be in top shape.
Enter Performance Lab Whole-food Multi. This is a multivitamin supplement from Opti-Nutra. It’s claimed to deliver a top-quality supply of BioGenesis vitamins and minerals which are designed to be just the way Mother Nature intended them to be.
But just how effective is this supplement? What makes it different from just any other cheaply priced product out there in the world? Is it worth investing in?
Stick around to find out as we respond to all the questions you might have about this relatively popular whole-food supplement.
Performance Labs Whole-Food Multi Overview
One thing you need to know is that this formula is available in two slightly different compositions i.e. one for men and one for women.
We’ll talk about the differences between those two compositions in a few. But for now, let’s deal with the elephant in the room.
What makes this multivitamin different from any other supplement you might have tried before?
The answer to that question lies in the quality of ingredients used. Indeed, the product is made using vitamins and minerals that have been grown on cultures and under precise lab conditions.
This ensures that all its ingredients are not only highly effective but also capable of replicating the exact nutrient structure of the plants our forefathers used to farm and eat.
In general, all the nutrients that make up this product are known as NutriGenesis nutrients (formerly BioGenesis). So, what exactly is NutriGenesis?
NutriGenesis (or Biogenesis)
This is a patented method of growing food in controlled environments that’s used by the Performance Lab team.
Simply put, to nurture high-quality vitamins and minerals, the Performance Lab experts typically seed single-cell organisms (e.g. brewer’s yeast and probiotics) inside a hydroponic environment.
As the single-cell organisms grow, they naturally reproduce new cells effectively leading to the production of new amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. What’s more, all those micronutrients are harnessed within a matrix of cofactors among them:
- Digestion-supportive probiotics
- Complex carbohydrates
And the best part is…because all these nutrients come with co-factor structures, they are easily recognized and absorbed by the body.
That explains why NutriGenesis nutrients would beat synthetic or isolated nutrient forms in terms of quality and effectiveness – any day!
Men's Supplement Facts
Women's Supplement Facts
The whole-food multivitamin features a rather long list of ingredients. We, however, couldn’t help but notice that the ingredients are used in minimal dosages.
I mean, we have all grown up believing that the more the merrier.
So, we wanted to find out why the Opti-Nutra team decided to “under-dose” such key ingredients. The answer was simple.
Since each one of the ingredients is produced through the NutriGenesis process, almost everything that’s in this product is absorbed in the body and used to improve your health. Other cheaply-made products use generic ingredients majority of which are excreted as they are not easily absorbed in the body.
With that clarification, here’s the list of ingredients that make up this supplement.
- Vitamins A, C, D3, E, K1 + K2, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12
- Iron (women formula only)
As you can see, this entire list of ingredients is made up of nothing other than high-quality, natural ingredients that your body needs. There are no fillers here.
Most low-quality multivitamins feature all manner of fillers for example magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, rice hulls, etc.
You see, the problem with fillers is that they are of no value to you. They are only used by unscrupulous manufacturers to merely fill the caps.
So, the fact that the Whole-food Multi doesn’t contain those goes a long way to confirm just how serious the Opti-Nutra team is about quality.
Men vs Women Formula: What’s the Difference?
As you know, men and women have different nutritional needs. Therefore, this multivitamin has two formulas each one tweaked to suit the needs of a particular gender.
We took a closer look at each one of them and these are some of the interesting differences we could note.
The women’s formula contains 8mg iron but the men’s formula has 0mg of the mineral. What informed this decision?
Well, it’s a fact that women need more iron because they lose blood every month during their period. Plus, after reaching menopause, even more iron is lost.
That’s probably why the female-specific formula had to have iron.
The men’s formula doesn’t have it because men don’t menstruate and can typically meet their daily iron intake through a healthy diet.
The formula designed for men contains 3mg more Boron than the one meant for women. Again, this is something that piqued our curiosity.
According to a 2015 study appearing in the IMCJ journal, a healthy intake of boron can increase the production of testosterone in the body.
The lead researchers from that particular reported that a 6mg to 10mg of intake of boron can increase testosterone levels by close to 25 percent.
However, the Performance Lab formula contains 4mg of Boron which we can attribute to the product’s high bioavailability and the fact that we naturally get a bit of Boron from the food we eat. We’re talking about prunes, avocados, raisins, dried apricots, etc.
Yet another difference between these two formulas is that the one meant for male consumers has 22.5mg of zinc while the one for females has 10mg of it. Why the difference? You might be wondering.
Again, it boils down to the role of zinc in the body. So far, zinc is closely associated with testosterone production. Therefore, men naturally need a bit more of it than women.
That said, everyone needs a bit of it in their diet. That’s because other than testosterone production, it plays a key role in immunity support, nerve, and cell growth.
While the formula in the pink-labeled (or is it purple) bottle contains 21mg of magnesium, the one in the blue labeled bottle features 17mg of the mineral.
The key role of magnesium in the body is to support estrogen clearance. As a man, you need a bit of this mineral in your body to keep your estrogen levels low (effectively creating more room for testosterone to take over).
Naturally, women need a bit more magnesium than men as they have more estrogen. Excess conditions of estrogen have in the past been hypothesized to increase the risk of fibroid formation. So magnesium supplementation can probably help lower such risks.
We all need this important mineral in our bodies. But research further points out that women need calcium more than men do.
In a past publication in the WebMD, Dr. Robert P. Heaney warned that 85% of postmenopausal women don’t get as much calcium as they need.
This is probably the deficit this multi-vitamin seeks to cater for by providing 21mg calcium in the women’s formula while the men’s formula has 18mg of it.
6. The Vitamins
There’s twice as much vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) in the women’s formula as in the men’s formula. On the other hand, you’ll get a double supply of vitamin B1 if you go for the blue-labeled bottle than if you settle for the pink one.
The reasoning behind that is quite simple actually. Women, particularly those in the child-bearing age, need lots of Folic Acid to promote the healthy development of the unborn babies.
Likewise, the vitamin is important for keeping post-menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes in control.
As for vitamin B1 (thiamin), this is an important tool in energy production in the body. And since men need more energy per day, this is probably why their formula has lots of thiamin in it.
Potential Benefits of the Whole-Food Multi Formula
Each of the ingredients in the caps has a role to play. And as you can imagine, the product has numerous effects ranging from ones related to virility to others linked to physical energy.
Another thing, this product contains Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). If you’re biohacker, chances are that you know that this is also categorized as a nootropic compound.
This, therefore, explains why the multi-vitamin formula is linked to nootropic-like effects such as better mental focus and alertness.
Last but definitely not least, with copper and zinc forming part of its list of ingredients, this product has the potential to improve eye health and vision in general.
Having taken a closer look at its formula, this seems like a really well-made nutritional product. What’s more, the team behind it seems passionate about what they do and have a proven track record.
So, if you’re looking for a multi-vitamin supplement that gives you more bang for your bucks, we’d highly recommend trying the Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi formula.