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What's your perspective on Animal Pak & Opti-men multi-vitamins?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM
Created June 02, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Here is the list of ingredients of Animal Pak: (go to http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/univ/animalpak.html to see it more neatly displayed)

Amount Per Serving % DV Calories 40
Total Carbohydrates 4g <2%* Dietary Fiber 2g 8%* Protein 6g 12%* Vitamin A (As Carotenoids [??-Carotene, ??-Carotene], Acetate) 9900IU 198% Vitamin C(as Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate) 1g 1667% Vitamin D(as Cholecalciferol) 680IU 170% Vitamin E(as D-??, D-??, D-??, D-?? Tocopherols & Tocotrienols) 300IU 1000% Thiamin(as Mononitrate) 76mg 5067% Riboflavin 76mg 4471% Niacin(as Niacinamide) 82mg 410% Vitamin B6(as Pyridoxine AKG, Pyridoxine HCl) 180mg 9000% Folic Acid 400mcg 100% Vitamin B12(as Methylcobalamin, Cyanocobalamin) 11mcg 185% Biotin 300mcg 100% Pantothenic Acid 76mg 760% Calcium 2g 200% Phosphorus 1330mg 133% Iodine(from Kelp) 150mcg 100% Magnesium(as Oxide) 400mg 100% Zinc(as Oxide) 30mg 200% Selenium(as Sodium Selenite) 50mcg 71% Copper(as Sulfate) 600mcg 30% Manganese(as Sulfate) 5mg 250% Chromium(as Chloride) 60mcg 50% Potassium(as Sulfate) 200mg 6% Amino Acid Complex
Alanine 279mg ** Arginine 1213mg ** Aspartic Acid 498mg ** Cystine 110mg ** Glutamic Acid 653mg ** Glutamine 174mg ** Glycine 180mg ** Histidine 92mg ** Isoleucine (BCAA/EAA) 284mg ** Leucine (BCAA/EAA) 509mg ** Lysine (EAA) 418mg ** Methionine (EAA) 125mg ** Phenylalanine (EAA) 192mg ** Proline 203mg ** Serine 250mg ** Threonine (EAA) 283mg ** Tryptophan (EAA) 81mg ** Tyrosine 164mg ** Valine (BCAA/EAA) 289mg ** Performance Complex Uni-Liver 4080mg ** Carnitine 25mg ** Choline 250mg ** Eleuthero (Root) 1750mg ** Hawthorn (Berry) 250mg ** Inositol 125mg ** Milk Thistle 500mg ** Oriental Ginseng (Root) 250mg ** Para-Aminobenzoic Acid 400mg ** Pyridoxine ??-Ketoglutarate 200mg ** Antioxidant Complex Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 100mg ** Citrus Bioflavonoids 1000mg ** Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) 5mg ** Grapeseed Extract 50mg ** Lutein 1mg ** Lycopene 1mg ** Pine Bark Extract 200mg ** Digestive Enzyme Complex
Bromelain 100mg ** Inulin 250mg ** Lipase 10mg ** Pancreatin 700mg ** Papain 64mg ** VegPeptase 2000 64mg ** * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. ** Daily Value (DV) not established. Other Ingredients:
Dicalcium Phosphate, Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Glucose Polymers, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Arginine ??-Ketoglutarate, Dessicated Argentine Liver (Bovine), Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Choline Bitartrate, Calcium Carbonate, Silicon Dioxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Lecithin (Soy), Carnitine Fumarate, Calcium Citrate, Alfalfa, Rose Hips, Rice Bran, Parsley, Burdock, Pharmaceutical Glaze. Made In A GMP Facility That Uses Milk, Soy, Egg, Peanuts. Ingredient Notes:
VegPeptase 2000 Is An Acid Stable Protease Enzyme Blend Derived From The Fermentation Of Non-GMO, Nature-Identical Strains Of Aspergillus Niger And Bacillus Subtilis.

Any particularly "anti-paleo" ingredients in there?

What's your favorite multi-vitamin of choice with the similar profile?

An interesting (but much weaker) alternative is Opti-Men by Optimum Nutrition: (go to http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/opt/men.html to see it more neatly displayed)

180 Tablets Serving Size3Tablets Servings Per Container60 Amount Per Serving % Daily Value Vitamin A (As CaroCare?? Natural Mixed Carotenoids) 10,000IU 200% Vitamin C (As Ascorbic Acid) 300mg 500% Vitamin D (As Cholecalciferol) 300IU 75% Vitamin E (As D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate) 200IU 665% Vitamin K (As Phytonadione) 75mcg 90% Thiamin (As Thiamin Hydrochloride) 75mg 5,000% Riboflavin 75mg 4,410% Niacin (As Niacinamide) 75mg 375% Vitamin B6 (As Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 50mg 2,500% Folic Acid 600mcg 150% Vitamin B12 (As Cyanocobalamin) 100mcg 1665% Biotin 300mcg 100% Pantothenic Acid (As D-Calcium Pantothenate) 75mg 750% Calcium (As Calcium Carbonate, Citrate) 200mg 20% Iodine (As Kelp) 150mcg 100% Magnesium (As Magnesium Oxide, Aspartate) 100mg 25% Zinc (As Zinc Citrate) 30mg 200% Selenium (As Selenomethionine) 200mcg 285% Copper (As Copper Gluconate) 2mg 100% Manganese (As Manganese Gluconate) 5mg 250% Chromium (As Chromium GTF) 120mcg 100% Molybdenum (As Molybdenum A.A. Chelate) 80mcg 110% Amino Blend 800mg ??? L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, L-Valine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Cystine, L-Lysine, L-Threonine Viri Blend 525mg ??? Saw Palmetto, Powdered (Berries), Damiana, Powdered (Leaf), Korean Ginseng, Powdered (Root), Pygeum Africanum, Powdered (Bark), Ginkgo Biloba, Powdered (Leaf), Raw Oyster Concentrate, Nettles, Powdered (Leaf), Pumpkin Seed Phyto Blend 240mg ??? Citrus Bioflavonoids (Fruit), Deodorized Garlic, Powdered (Bulb), Green Tea Powder, Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera)(Seed)(Standardized To 95% Polyphenols), Blueberry Powder, Cranberry Powder, Wild Yam Powder, Carrot Powder, Papaya Powder, Orange Fruit Powder, Pineapple Powder, Spinach Powder, Elderberry Fruit Powder, Kale Powder, Brussels Sprouts Powder, Broccoli Powder, Apple Fruit Powder, Kiwi Fruit Powder, Grapefruit Powder Enzy Blend 50mg ??? Papain, Bromelain, Alpha Amylase, Lipase Alpha-Lipoic Acid 25mg ??? PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid) 10mg ??? Choline (As Choline Bitartrate) 10mg ??? Inositol 10mg ??? Silica 5mg ??? Boron 2mg ??? Lycopene (As Lyc-O-Mato?? Natura Tomato Lycopene) 500mcg ??? Lutein 500mcg ??? Alpha Carotene 140mcg ??? Vanadium 100mcg ??? Cryptoxanthin 34mcg ??? Zeaxanthin 28mcg ??? ??? Daily Value not established Other Ingredients Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Croscarmellose Sodium (Disintegrant), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pharmaceutical Glaze Allergen Information: Contains Shellfish (Oyster) Ingredients.

PS Please, let's discuss this particular multi, not whether you need multi or not!

Thanks!

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15966 · June 03, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Old time lifters pre-drugs, in the 50s-60s swore by liver tablets and just eating organs generally. The all put focus on muscle meet in American society is one of the things that's missing from every nutrition discussion in all health circles. Not saying muscle meat is bad but that organs are more nutrient dense across the board.

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5242 · June 02, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Agreed on the organ meat. Natures multivitamin.

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385 · June 02, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I was wondering the same thing recently. Online, I have read some people compare it to a cheaper alternative to Mark Sisson's highly touted Damage Control Master Formula. I have not tried either, though. Maybe down the road I will...

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2437 · June 02, 2011 at 11:01 PM

I replaced all of my many vitamins with Now Foods Liver Powder. I notice better gains on that then all the super multis and individual vitamins I was taking (all from quality brands). Eating a lot of offal would be another option.

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15966 · June 03, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Old time lifters pre-drugs, in the 50s-60s swore by liver tablets and just eating organs generally. The all put focus on muscle meet in American society is one of the things that's missing from every nutrition discussion in all health circles. Not saying muscle meat is bad but that organs are more nutrient dense across the board.

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5242 · June 02, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Agreed on the organ meat. Natures multivitamin.

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5242 · June 02, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Sleep lots when it's dark, get plenty of sun, eat liver and other organ meats.

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