UPDATE: I added a spreadsheet comparing Double X and Centrum Silver
Here I am, continuing my MLM reviews series.
Let's get into the nitty gritty of Amway's health products.
They have multi-vitamins and everything. What's so good about them? What's bad about them? Is there a better, cheaper alternative?
Three tablets but only two X's...
Let's look at their flagship product... Double-X. No, it's not the name of a late-night movie, it's the name of their multivitamin.
You're supposed to take all three pills, twice a day. Once in the morning once in the evening. Sounds delish. It is beyond me why they can't just be like Costco and let you take one tablet per day in the morning for all your vitamin needs, but whatever. I'm not Nutrilite.
Alright, so click here for the nutrition facts of Double X. Also, from their description,
Unlike other leading multivitamins, a single serving of DOUBLE X is what you need your vitamin to be - 12 essential vitamins, 10 essential minerals, and 20 plant concentrates, giving you the antioxidant power of tomato, blueberry, broccoli, cranberry, pomegranate, and more. The B vitamins found in the NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Multivitamin unlock the energy in your food, and Double X contains more B6 and B12 vitamins than Centrum® Performance and One-a-Day Active® combined! In a clinical study, NUTRILITE DOUBLE X was shown to improve blood nutrient levels to provide your cells with the energy they need to support a healthy heart, brain, eyes, skin, bones, and immune system.
Hm... do you see a contradiction? In the directions, it says to take the three tablets twice daily... however, it says "a single serving of DOUBLE X is what you need your vitamin to be." So why take it twice daily if a single serving will do the trick? Furthermore, most vitamins I come across are single servings daily. Also, look at the %DV of a single serving. Most of them are well over 100%, so why take it twice? The ones that are less than 100% are ones that you will get regardless unless you eat chalk for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Before that though, we need to look at percentages. Well, according to the US Institute of Medicine, RDA for Vitamin D is 600 IU. Double X provides 200 IU per serving. So you'd actually need 3 servings to get your RDA. Or you can just drink a glass of milk.
Also, RDA for calcium is around 1000 mg/day. Double X provides 375 per serving. A glass of milk will also fill you up with your recommended amount.
Don't worry about biotin, because our body naturally synthesizes it. In fact, the US and Australia don't prescribe a recommended daily intake of biotin.
Iodine? Get some salt. A teaspoon will be fine. Just mix it in with your milk; you won't be able to tell the difference!
Zinc? Well, the RDA for zinc is 8mg/day for women and 11mg/day for men. Double X provides 7.5 mg per serving. So women would be fine with one serving; men could have a fruit or vegetable (zinc is contained in the soil, so different soil types will yield different zinc concentrations regardless of the plant) to satiate that.
Selenium deficiency is rare in healthy humans (even the ones who eat at Burger King every day) so if you eat cereal, meat, eggs, fish, or mushrooms, you're getting selenium.
Copper? The RDA for copper is .9 mg / day, but some people say it goes up to 3 mg / day. The WHO recommends 1.3 mg/day. If it's the former, then one serving of Double X will be fine... the latter? Well, you could take 3 servings of Double X (which could be dangerous seeing as you'll be adding all the other vitamins into your body just for one single vitamin), or you could eat some red meat, or some legumes, or grains... and you'll have your 100% RDA.
Chromium's (not the operating system) RDA is 35 ug in men, and 25 ug in females. One serving of Double X will be fine for this.
Last, but not least, molybdenum. Don't worry about pronouncing it correctly, I don't think I know how to either. We can see that the RDA for molybdenum is a maximum of 50 ug/day. So two servings of Double X! Or... from the same source...
The Total Diet Study, an annual survey of the mineral content in the typical American diet, indicates that the dietary intake of molybdenum averages 76 mcg/day for women and 109 mcg/day for men. Thus, usual molybdenum intakes are well above the RDA for molybdenum.
At which point you may even think this looks delicious
Which means that if molybdenum deficiency is on your list of worries, you should probably reevaluate your priorities and check yourself for starvation.
Conclusion? One serving of Double X should suffice.
Another interesting point of Amway's description of the product--Double X contains more B6 and B12 vitamins than Centrum® Performance and One-a-Day Active® combined!
Well, that's sort of a moot point though. This isn't Centrum Performance, but this is Centrum Silver. It has more than 100% DV of Vitamins B6 and B12. So... having more is not necessarily better, seeing as a large excess of vitamins can be lethal. I prefer to stick to the numbers closest to 100% because I'm not an Olympic athlete.
Now, to tie it all up... the cost. Double X? $75 retail price for 1-2 months of consumption. Let's say 2 months. So average cost of $37.5 / month.
Centrum Silver? Drum roll please... we have a whopping twenty bucks for 220 capsules... That's almost $3 / month. Even if it's two capsules per day, it's $6 / month.
Now, there's one factor that I have not (and, quite frankly, cannot) comment on--and it's quality of ingredients. First of all, we don't know where the vitamins are coming from in Centrum. And even if we did... does it make a difference? A lot of health companies will tout the fact that their vitamins are all natural. Which means that they could add snake venom to the concoction and still not validate any claim. Sounds wonderful! Not saying that Nutrilite does, but seriously, does all-natural mean anything? I like the joke that says, "I used to love going the all natural route, until I read that 90% of all deaths are from natural causes."
Now, before you IBOs start yelling at me, hear me out. I've tried Double X for a long time. I was using Kirkland multivitamin before. Then after a few months of using Double X, I used Kirkland again. To be honest, I felt no difference when taking any multi-vitamin. Probably because I eat a somewhat well-balanced diet.
I often hear people selling vitamins say, "no one has time nowadays to eat a balanced diet, so that's why we need vitamins."
That's actually completely false though. If you're eating something, chances are, it has nutrients. Unless you're a broke college student, like some of my friends, and eat hot pockets for breakfast lunch and dinner, with twinkies and vodka for dessert, you're consuming nutrients. Even if you're eating at Burger King and McDonalds, you're still getting nutrients, even if they taste like garbage.
Just because it isn't a home-cooked meal does not mean it is devoid of nutrients. No, it usually means it's full of saturated fat and preservatives that aren't good for you not because of the lack of nutrients, but because of the calories and salt. In America, you usually don't see many people who have vitamin deficiencies; those are usually in undeveloped counties. However, if you wanna be safe, go for it; take a multi-vitamin. And if you want to take the all-natural route, go for that too! Just know you'll be paying a lot more for that quality. If it's fine with you, then go for it. If not, then you can just take the Centrum or the Kirkland.
By the way, the dude in my signature is a top Amway distributor. I'm not part of Amway in any way, shape, or form, nor am I against Amway's business practices; but I keep the products separate from the business. A product is a product, I honestly don't care who sells it. If it's overpriced, just right, or underpriced, I'll review on it with objective data. Actually, I take that back--I do care who sells it. If it's a dishonest company, I don't care if the product cures cancer, I will never support a company like that. Amway is not a dishonest company though, so they have nothing to worry about.
But keep in mind I'm doing product reviews, as a part of my company reviews. So don't call me anti-Amway or anything. Even if it were Mother-freaking Theresa or Gandhi selling Double X, my review will stay the same. It's called an unbiased approach; try it one day!
Now here's a big question: can you succeed in Amway?
Yes, anyone can succeed in Amway. There is a huge market for super vitamins like Double X and other Amway products. However, success in Amway doesn't have anything to do with the products (though they are important) and more to do with lead flow.
If you don't have a consistent lead flow, how do you expect to enroll people? If you want a clear-cut formula to get leads, click the link below!
UPDATE: Comparison of Double X and Centrum Silver can be found here: Double X vs Centrum Silver
The reader can make his/own judgment as to whether the extra cost is worth it.
Update 2: Many doctors are not exactly up-to-date on what the latest nutrition required by the average human body is. However, if you have a deficiency (e.g. I have a deficiency in Vitamin D), which is found using a blood test, they may prescribe something like 200-300% DV to make up for the deficiency. My own doctor doesn't recommend a multi-vitamin of any kind (besides the Vit. D supplement) so I just choose to change up my diet, trying to eat holistically. Whatever it is, look at the facts and ask yourself if the price is worth it to you.
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