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The Definitive Guide to the Multivitamin Supplement: What Is and Isn’t Worth Your Money and Why

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The Definitive Guide to the Multivitamin Supplement: What Is and Isn’t Worth Your Money and Why

The multivitamin supplement is a staple in many people’s lives, but is it really necessary? Is it even harmful?

 

If you’ve ever been frustrated by trying to find the “best” multivitamin, or if you wonder whether a multivitamin supplement is even worth the money, I understand.

As with most supplements, multivitamins are aggressively overhyped and oversold. Advertisements loudly proclaim that just a few pills per day will ward off disease, optimize hormones, support the gut, enhance cognitive function, and increase energy levels. Some are even bolder, claiming their multivitamins will also help you build muscle, get stronger, and lose fat.

On the other side of the coin, however, are the people claiming that multivitamins are a complete waste of money and offer absolutely no health benefits whatsoever, or are even dangerous to our health.

Well, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Why a Multivitamin Is Great . . . in Theory

Your body needs a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals to carry out the millions of sophisticated functions it performs every day. You want to maintain an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals to support every growth and repair process that occurs.

Ideally, we’d get all of the vitamins and minerals we need from the food we eat. Due to the nature of the average Western diet, however, we tend to be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. 

For example, according to research conducted by scientists at Colorado State University and published in 2005, at least half the US population fails to meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin B-6, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, and zinc, and 33% of the population does not meet the RDA for folate. Research also shows that average vitamin K and vitamin D intake levels may be suboptimal as well.

What to do, then? How can we easily ensure our bodies get enough of all of the essential vitamins and minerals?

Enter the multivitamin supplement.

The idea of taking a supplement that can cover any possible nutritional deficiencies in our diets and mitigate the harmful effects of some of our less-than-healthy habits is a great concept. It would create a “safety buffer” for our health.

That’s the least you should expect from a multivitamin: the right combination of vitamins and minerals and the right dosages. This would at least plug any dietary holes and ensure your body is getting adequate micronutrients.

I think it should do more, though. Namely, there are scores of natural substances that have been scientifically proven to ward off disease and improve health and performance, and I think a multivitamin should include an array of them at clinically effective dosages.

Many companies think differently, though. They would rather play the game I’ve already talked about in detail: spend very little on production, exaggerate and even invent benefit claims, and enjoy the large profit margins.

The bottom line is that most supplement companies are hoping you won’t look into their multivitamins’ ingredients lists, because if you did, you would quickly discover several things…

The Failings of the Average Multivitamin

There are two major reasons why multivitamins in general have been attacked over the years:

Multivitamins are often stuffed with all kinds of micronutrients, regardless of whether we need to supplement with them or not, and in unjustifiably high or low dosages.

If you’re not deficient in the vitamins and minerals contained in the multivitamin, you’re not going to notice anything by supplementing with more. And in many cases, multivitamins are quite high in vitamins and minerals that most people aren’t deficient in and low in what we need.

For example, calcium supplementation is known to be beneficial as individuals with a low dairy and vegetable intake (including vegetarians and vegans who don’t eat additional servings of vegetables to compensate) tend to be somewhat deficient, which only increases in frequency with age.

However, athletes tend to have excess levels of calcium due to high-protein dieting (one scoop of casein protein provides 60% of the RDA!). While this doesn’t pose an acute health risk, excess calcium levels can reduce the absorption of the minerals we care about (zinc and magnesium). Thus, a multivitamin specifically for athletes can safely reduce or even omit calcium.

Furthermore, supplying super-doses of various micronutrients via poorly formulated supplements will not only fail to provide any benefits, it can even be harmful.

For example, vitamin A (retinol) was traditionally added because it is a vitamin, but it was later discovered that high dosages of retinol could actively harm the liver by cutting off the blood supply to its cells.

Due to this, the plant pigment β-carotene is often used instead of retinol because it turns into retinol when needed and thus is safer, but it’s also abundant in most people’s diets. A better option would be carotenoids (plant pigments) that tend to be lacking in the average Western diet, such as the sea-based fucoxanthin, or the egg-based lutein and zeaxanthin.

The vitamin E found in many multivitamins can also be harmful. It’s often surprisingly overdosed on the assumption that including more antioxidants is better and, because it and vitamin C are cheap, both are usually included at very high dosages.

Unfortunately, not all antioxidants are similar, and regular supplementation of vitamin E above 400 IU per day is now suspected to increase the risk of all-cause mortality. More is not always better.

In many cases, supplement companies don’t bother determining optimal dosages of the essential vitamins and minerals for their target publics and simply choose the cheapest forms available. They also may choose needlessly expensive forms that sound nice in marketing copy but don’t confer additional benefits over cheaper forms.

Going the cheap route provides higher profit margins, and going the unnecessarily expensive route adds needless expense to both the manufacturer and customer and results in a product that is ultimately less beneficial than it would be if the manufacturing budget were spent more intelligently.

And while we’re on the subject of forms of vitamins and minerals, let’s look at the controversial subject of natural vs. artificial. 

It’s often assumed the natural forms of vitamins, including whole-food sources, are automatically better than their synthetic counterparts. Some supplement companies even claim that synthetic vitamins are harmful to sell you on their naturally sourced products.

There is some truth to these claims, but they don’t apply equally to all molecules. Not all natural vitamins are better than synthetic forms, and not all synthetic forms are harmful.

There are notable examples of natural vitamins having unique properties that synthetic forms do not, such as vitamin E, and notable examples of synthetic vitamins outperforming the natural ones, such as synthetic folic acid being better absorbed than folate from natural sources.

Supplements that brag about only using only natural vitamins are preying on our tendency to assume they’re automatically healthier or better, and those that also demonize all synthetic vitamins are simply lying and hoping you don’t know any better.

Multivitamins often offer little more than the poorly formulated collection of essential micronutrients.

In some cases, multivitamins include nothing else at all in terms of ingredients, but many multivitamins do include additional substances beyond just vitamins and minerals.

The normal practice, however, is to jam each serving with proprietary blends of as much stuff as possible to create long, “impressive” nutrition facts panel.

These extras are often claimed to do all kinds of things like increase anabolism, optimize hormones, provide the body with vital antioxidants, aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, support the liver, immune system, and bones and joints, improve cognitive abilities, and more.

While all these things sound great, and we’d love to believe they’re true, when you look into the ingredients and dosages, they tell another story—a story you’re well familiar with by now if you follow my work.

In some cases, there’s little or no scientific evidence that such substances can confer the benefits claimed, and in others, there’s good science to support the substances used but the dosages administered in the clinical research were 5, 10, or even 15 to 20 times higher than what’s in the products.

Same old scam.

The truth is for many, multivitamins are just an extremely unscrutinized “faith buy,” which is something that does not have any noticeable benefits over the short term, and if any noticeable benefits do occur over the long term, it’s hard to attribute them to the supplement.

While you know that caffeine works very soon after ingesting it, something like bacopa monnieri has no acute benefits, and you just have to trust that the benefits seen in scientific studies will occur over time.

The collective marketing machine of the supplement industry has done a good job making the multivitamin a staple, both in our diets and in their revenue sources. While people will be very concerned with the benefits of something like a pre-workout drink or sleep supplement, they will take a multivitamin “because it’s a multivitamin” and simply have faith that it will benefit them . . . usually without compelling evidence to prove it.

The Long Multivitamin Story Short

The bottom line is if you eat substantial amount of a wide variety of nutritious foods every day, you may be getting everything you need in the way of vitamins and minerals. But many people aren’t, and supplementation can help provide what’s missing.

Furthermore, a good multivitamin should contain other substances known to improve health and performance that are difficult or basically impossible to get in adequate amounts through diet alone.

While I’ve been able to find multivitamins that accomplish the first goal decently (provide micronutrients), I’ve always been disappointed with the latter aspect (additional benefits) of what’s out there.

Most multivitamins don’t have much in the way of extra worthwhile ingredients, and those that I’ve found that do are stingy in this regard and under-dosed.

What to do, then? Well…

I Couldn’t Find the Multivitamin I Really Wanted…So I Made It

If you start looking at the ingredients lists of various multivitamin supplements on the market, you’ll quickly notice a couple things:

1. Most multivitamin supplements contain little more than vitamins and minerals, which are often improperly dosed–they’re too high in micronutrients we’re not likely to be deficient in and too low in those we are.

This type of formulation isn’t just inefficient and, in some ways, a waste of money–it can be harmful to your health as super-dosing certain types of ingredients like antioxidants sounds good in marketing pieces but doesn’t necessarily confer health benefits.

2. In the cases where additional ingredients are included, they’re often underwhelming. 

Call me cynical but am I supposed to get excited over a 100 mg proprietary blend of fruit and vegetable powders? A few enzymes that may or may not even do anything? Some amino acids, which serve absolutely no purpose in this context? Substances to “detox” my liver?

3. Many multivitamin supplements contain a long list of ingredients that have no research to back the marketing claims.

The supplement industry loves to misuse science to sell and multivitamins, with their long lists of fancy ingredients, are perfect for pseudo-scientific chicanery.

The sad truth is the majority of multivitamins on the market contain little more than a over- and under-dosed vitamins and minerals and a smattering of underdosed, unproven, or ineffective (and often all three!) ingredients thrown in to pad the ingredients list and make you think you’re getting a lot for your money.

While there have been a couple decent multivitamin supplements over the years and I’ve used and recommended them, they always fell short of what I really wanted to see in terms of ingredients and dosages.

Well, thanks to your support of my supplement line, LEGION, I’m finally able to just make the multivitamin I always wished someone else would make: TRIUMPH.

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When I set out to create TRIUMPH, I wanted to focus on several key benefits particularly important to people living an active lifestyle:

  • Improving physical performance of both resistance and endurance training.
  • Improving overall physical health including heart health, blood flow and pressure, cholesterol profile, insulin sensitivity, and more.
  • Improving mental health including memory, cognition, and overall sense of well-being.
  • Alleviating the physical stress caused by regular, intense exercise, including aches, inflammation, and fatigue.
  • Alleviating mental stress that leads to anxiety, depression, and various impairments of physical health.
  • Enhancing immune function to help prevent disease and dysfunction.
  • Increasing longevity and supporting our health as we age.

We then conducted an extensive scientific review of a wide variety of natural molecules known to meet those targets, and we carefully chose a handful that safely deliver consistent results on all four points given above. The result is the most potent multivitamin on the market built specifically for athletes in which every ingredient is backed by sound clinical research and included at clinically effective dosages.

TRIUMPH’s formulation does a lot more than plug potential holes in your diet: its unique combination of clinically effective ingredients improves general health and overall well-being, enhances physical and mental performance, and protects against disease.

Let’s take a look at the formulation, starting with the essential vitamins and minerals. The “needs” dosages below are based on RDA and Adequate Intake numbers established by the Institute of Medicine and are for adults age 18 and older.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A consists of a group of four compounds—retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and several carotenoids—and it’s important for maintaining good vision, immune and reproductive health, and normal function of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

How Much Vitamin A Your Body Needs

Men: 900 mcg per day

Women: 700 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 1,500 IU (900 MCG) OF VITAMIN A (AS CAROTENOIDS) PER SERVING

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps keep the nervous system and blood cells healthy. It is also involved in the production of DNA and in the metabolism of food.

Deficiencies of B12 are rare and tend to occur only in vegan diets where all animal products and B12 supplements are omitted over the course of 2 years or more. We aren’t at all concerned with addressing a deficiency in TRIUMPH but instead are looking for possible extra benefits from this molecule.

How Much Vitamin B12 Your Body Needs

2.4 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 600 MCG OF VITAMIN B12 (AS METHYLCOBALAMIN) PER SERVING

Higher dosages of B12 are associated with improvements in depressive symptoms and are thought to support general cognitive function.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 biological processes in the body, mostly related to the metabolism of food and the production of hormones and red blood cells.

Fat-loss supplements often include vitamin B6 because it’s thought that increasing B6 intake will accelerate the activity of an enzyme related to the production of serotonin and dopamine.

Furthermore, it’s sometimes added to testosterone boosters because it can suppress abnormally elevated levels of the hormone prolactin and thus reverse the decrease in serum testosterone levels this causes.

How Much Vitamin B6 Your Body Needs

1.3 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 30 MG OF VITAMIN B6 (AS PYRODOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE) PER SERVING

In theory, while the serotonin, dopamine, and testosterone mechanisms may offer benefits, they are not yet proven in humans.

We have included additional B6 above the RDA in hopes that these properties, alongside a known yet minor boost in immune function, will occur while staying well below the lowest known case of toxicity reported in the literature (200 mg).

Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H)

Like its other B vitamin brethren, biotin plays an important role in the growth of cells and the metabolism of food.

How Much Biotin Your Body Needs

 30 mcg per day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 300 MCG OF BIOTIN PER SERVING

We’ve included a large dosage of biotin because it’s known to safely improve skin, nail, and hair quality.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Pantothenic acid is a B vitamin that plays an important role in the metabolism of food and the development of the nervous system, certain hormones, red blood cells, and more.

How Much Pantothenic Acid Your Body Needs

5 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 100 MG OF PANTOTHENIC ACID (AS CALCIUM D-PANTOTHENATE) PER SERVING

We’ve included a large dosage of pantothenic acid because it’s theorized that higher levels of B5 intake can improve cellular production of energy with no known toxicity.

Thus, we went with a standard dosage found in most B-vitamin complexes.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Like other water-soluble B vitamins, niacin is essential for the conversion of food into cellular energy.

It also helps improve the cholesterol profile and maintain healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver and nervous system function.

How Much Niacin Your Body Need

Men: 16 mg per day

Women: 14 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 100 MG OF NIACIN (AS INOSITOL HEXANICOTINATE) PER SERVING

We’ve included a large dosage of niacin because of its ability to improve the cholesterol profile while still being safe for long-term consumption.

Folic Acid (Folate)

Folic acid is a B vitamin that is vital for proper fetal development, and that plays an important role in the creation and proper functioning of cells.

How Much Folic Acid Your Body Needs

400 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 200 MCG OF FOLIC ACID PER SERVING

We’ve included half of the RDA of folic acid because, in certain people with a genetically elevated risk for colon cancer, it may act as a co-carcinogen (increasing the efficacy of other carcinogens in the colon).

Simply put, this is a risk we don’t need to take since there are no major known benefits to a larger dosage of folic acid.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Riboflavin is a B vitamin that helps convert food to energy, and helps maintain healthy hair, skin, muscles, eyes, as well as a healthy immune system and brain.

How Much Riboflavin Your Body Needs

Men: 1.3 mg per da

Women: 1.1 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 20 MG OF RIBOFLAVIN PER SERVING

Like with pantothenic acid, we’ve included riboflavin at the standard dosage found in B-vitamin complexes, and similarly, riboflavin has no known toxicity.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin is a B vitamin that helps with the metabolism of food, and which also plays a role in nerve signaling and muscle contraction.

How Much Thiamin Your Body Needs

Men: 1.2 mg per day

Women: 1.1 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 30 MG OF THIAMIN (AS THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE) PER SERVING

Thiamin is another B vitamin that we have included at a level significantly higher than RDA to safely confer all possible benefits of the standard B-vitamin complex.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain healthy tissues, teeth, and gums; promotes wound healing; and boosts the immune system.

How Much Vitamin C Your Body Needs

Men: 90 mg per day

Women: 75 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 90 MG OF VITAMIN C PER SERVING

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a vitamin vital for immune and nervous system function and bone density.

As you may know, our body can’t produce vitamin D without sun exposure. When our skin is exposed to the sun’s UVB rays, they interact with a form of cholesterol in the body to produce vitamin D. The more skin that is exposed to the sun, and the stronger its rays, the more vitamin D you produce.

According to even the most modest estimates–research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011— 8% of Americans are vitamin D deficient, and 25% are considered “at risk” of a deficiency. According to other research, however, deficiency may be as high as 42%.

How Much Vitamin D Your Body Needs

According to the Institute of Medicine, 600 IU per day is adequate for ages 1 to 70 (and 800 IU per day for 71+), but these numbers have been severely criticized by scientists who specialize in vitamin D research. They call attention to the more than 125 peer-reviewed studies that indicate such recommendations are too low and are likely to lead to vitamin D deficiencies.

A committee of the U.S. Endocrine Society recently convened to review the evidence and concluded that 600 to 1,000 IU per day is adequate for ages 1 to 18, and 1,500-2,000 IU per day is adequate for ages 19+.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 2,000 IU OF VITAMIN D (AS D3) PER SERVING

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents cellular damage and helps keep free radicals under control. It works in a cyclical relationship with vitamin C and some other antioxidants, such as carotenoids and alpha-lipoic acid, to reduce oxidative stress within a cell.

Vitamin E has traditionally been supplemented in abnormally high dosages, in part because it was the prototypical “antioxidant” alongside vitamin C. Despite a recommended intake of only 15 mg (around 22 IU), a low dosage is considered to be 200 IU, and 400 to 1,000 IU is commonly used.

These higher dosages have no benefits that are unique to vitamin E (with regard to alpha-tocopherol) and only serve to reduce levels of gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrienol in the body, two forms of vitamin E that do have unique protective properties.

Thus, in a way, superloading alpha-tocopherol can be adverse, and we have included other supplements in TRIUMPH to compensate for the lost antioxidant properties of vitamin E superloading.

This is in line with some epidemiological studies noting increased rates of harm and mortality (in the metabolically unwell) with dosages above 400 IU.

That said, a lot of people still do not get much vitamin E via the diet due to low intakes of eggs and nuts, and thus supplementation is worthwhile. A mild increase above the RDA is beneficial, but more than 400 IU per day is overkill.

How Much Vitamin E Your Body Needs

15 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 50 IU (35 MG) OF VITAMIN E (AS D-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL) PER SERVING

We have slightly more vitamin E than the RDA in TRIUMPH: enough to counter deficiencies and provide a small safety buffer, but not enough to reduce gamma forms or be associated with toxicity.

Vitamin K

Although the chemical symbol for potassium is K, vitamin K isn’t the same. Vitamin K refers to structures known as quinones divided into phylloquinone, or vitamin K1, and a class of menaquinones known as vitamin K2 (designated MK-x).

Their major role in the body was first thought to be simply preventing excessive bleeding, but in the last decade, they have been found to have much wider-reaching effects.

Like vitamin D, vitamin K intake at the RDA is adequate for basic needs but may not be sufficient for optimal levels for health, which may require a dosage still within the safe range but higher than what can be achieved with food.

How Much Vitamin K Your Body Needs 

While vitamin K is recommended at around 100 mcg to prevent excessive bleeding, intakes of up to 1,000 mcg appear to cause dose-dependent benefits related to bone health.

Despite the tenfold increase in dosage, it is still drastically within the safe limit, as a dosage of 45,000 mcg has been used for years without harm.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 500 MCG OF VITAMIN K1 AND 100 MCG OF VITAMIN K2 (AS MK-7) PER SERVING

TRIUMPH includes 500 mcg of vitamin K1 to get most of the requirements for optimal levels out of the way and then adds 100 mcg of the highly bioavailable and readily retained vitamin K2 form known as MK-7. These dosages, plus a healthy diet, can bring you to optimal levels.

Zinc

Zinc is a trace element used in the creation of enzymes, proteins, and cells. It’s also used to release vitamin A from the liver, and it boosts the immune system.

Zinc is known to be required in higher levels by athletes due to excessive sweating, as many dietary minerals are lost through perspiration. Furthermore, preventing a zinc deficiency will prevent the reductions in testosterone and immunity that are sometimes seen during intense exercise.

How Much Zinc Your Body Needs

Men: 11 mg per day

Women: 8 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 30 MG OF ZINC (AS CITRATE) PER SERVING

We dosed our zinc in accordance with the dietary supplement formulation known as ZMA, a popular supplement among athletes. If you take ZMA, you can replace it with TRIUMPH, saving you money and limiting the number of pills you have to take every day.

Furthermore, this dosage confers all the benefits of zinc that daily supplementation can accomplish, while avoiding a dose that could have long term complications.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that, along with calcium, is involved in more than 300 biological processes, including muscle contraction, protein synthesis, nerve function, blood clotting, blood-pressure regulation, and building healthy bones.

How Much Magnesium Your Body Needs

Men: 400 mg per day

Women: 310 mg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 375 MG OF MAGNESIUM (AS GLUCONATE) PER SERVING

Similar to zinc, we have dosed our magnesium so TRIUMPH serves as both a multivitamin as well as a ZMA formulation.

As we have excluded calcium because most athletes using protein supplements and consuming a balanced diet don’t require it, we were able to add significantly more magnesium than most other multivitamins to ensure you reach the RDI when food is also taken into account.

Selenium

Selenium is a trace mineral involved in maintaining reproductive health, metabolizing thyroid hormones, synthesizing DNA, and protecting the body from free radical damage and infection.

How Much Selenium Your Body Needs

55 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 25 MCG OF SELENIUM (AS L-SELENOMETHIONINE) PER SERVING

We’ve included approximately half the RDA of selenium because deficiencies are rare, and general intake is highly variable depending on whole-food intake and quality.

Using high dosages in persons with an already more-than-adequate diet is undesirable, and 25 mg per day is sufficient for health reasons while also avoiding excess intake when diet is considered.

Copper

Copper is a trace mineral used for the creation of red blood cells and cellular energy as well as for immune and nervous system function.

How Much Copper Your Body Needs

900 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 1,000 MCG OF COPPER (AS SULFATE) PER SERVING

We’ve included a slightly higher amount of copper than the RDA in TRIUMPH as chronic zinc supplementation can deplete copper stores over time.

Iodine

Iodine is a trace mineral that the body needs to create thyroid hormones, which control the body’s metabolism, temperature, muscle function, and overall growth and development.

The most common source of iodine is table salt, and when you exclude salt from the diet, the only sources of iodine left become seaweed or animal products that retain iodine they have eaten.

Omission of animal products and table salt from the diet without the intentional consumption of seaweed, sometimes seen in athletes who have been advised to limit their sodium intake, is a common cause of iodine deficiencies.

How Much Iodine Your Body Needs

150 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 225 MCG OF IODINE (AS POTASSIUM IODIDE) PER SERVING

We’ve included a slightly larger amount of iodine than the RDA because it’s lost through sweat.

Chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral known to enhance the actions of insulin in the body, and it appears to be involved in the metabolism of food we eat.

Chromium has historically been associated with being the mineral that regulates glucose metabolism, but there is no evidence that high dosages of chromium enhance insulin receptor signaling any more than other dietary minerals.

Studies superloading 1,000 mcg chromium (as picolinate) are too unreliable in their benefits, and the benefits are too small to suggest that it is beneficial, and there is suspicion that such high levels of an unnecessary mineral could cause genetic damage.

While the genetic damage issue is similarly unreliable, we have decided to not risk such a high dosage (as dosages below 400 mcg do not appear to cause genetic damage).

How Much Chromium Your Body Needs

Men: 35 mcg per day

Women: 25 mcg per day

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 200 MCG OF CHROMIUM (AS PICOLINATE) PER SERVING

In part, we chose 200 mcg because it’s the lowest known effective dosage for chromium (providing a small immunosupportive effect), it’s enough to be sufficient, and it provides some buffer room for additional chromium, which is sometimes included at the RDA in other dietary supplements.

Aged Garlic Extract

Aged garlic extract is an odorless garlic preparation containing high amounts of S-allylcysteine, which is a powerful antioxidant, as well as various sulfide-containing molecules that can improve circulation.

Research shows that supplementation with aged garlic extract . . .

Clinically effective dosages of aged garlic extract range from 600 to 1,200 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 600 MG OF AGED GARLIC EXTRACT PER SERVING

We chose to go with the lower end of the clinically effective range because it confers the desired health benefits while avoiding over-consumption, which can slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding in some people.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is a substance derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes, which have been used in European medicine for thousands of years.

Furthermore, grape seed extract is identical to the pycnogenol supplement, which has been shown to have a variety of health benefits.

Research shows that supplementation with grape seed extract . . .

Clinically effective dosages of grape seed extract range from 75 to 300 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 150 MG OF GRAPE SEED EXTRACT PER SERVING

We chose 150 mg grape seed extract per serving because there are few health benefits conferred by higher dosages but price is significantly impacted.

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine

N-acetyl L-cysteine is a form of the amino acid cysteine, and it has been used in conventional medicine for more than 30 years primarily as a mucolytic (mucus thinner) and a way to increase levels of the important antioxidant glutathione.

Research shows that supplementation with N-acetyl L-cysteine . . .

Clinically effective dosages of N-acetyl L-cysteine range from 200 to 2,400 mg, with lower dosages being used for supporting glutathione (antioxidant enzyme) and higher dosages being used for cognitive disorders.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 250 MG OF N-ACETYL L-CYSTEINE PER SERVING

Olive Leaf Extract

The fruits and seeds of olive trees have been used in European and Middle Eastern medicine for many centuries.

Research shows that supplementation with olive leaf extract improves the cholesterol profile and prevents age-related and oxidative stress-related processes such as osteoporosis.

Clinically effective dosages of olive leaf extract range from 10 to 1,000 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 80 MG OF OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT PER SERVING

Lavender Powder Extract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender powder extract is a substance derived from the lavender plant, whose medicinal uses date back to ancient Greece.

It’s known as a relaxing yet not sedating herb similar to the functions of L-theanine, and it is used to improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

Research shows that supplementation with lavender . . .

Clinically effective dosages of oral lavender powder extract range from 80 to 160 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 160 MG OF LAVENDER POWDER EXTRACT PER SERVING

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola is a plant that grows in cold regions of the world including much of the Arctic, the mountains of Central Asia, North America, and Europe.

Research shows that supplementation with rhodiola . . .

Clinically effective dosages of rhodiola range from 50 to 700 mg, with higher dosages being used for acute benefits and lower dosages for long term (chronic) supplementation.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 100 MG OF RHODIOLA PER SERVING

We chose to go with a lower clinically effective dosage of rhodiola because high amounts are for acute usage, not long-term consumption. Thus, we chose the popular long-term dosage: 100 mg.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa monnieriis an herb native to southern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Bacopa has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat various neurological health disorders and to aid memory.

Research shows that supplementation with bacopa monnieri . . .

Clinically effective dosages of bacopa monnieri range from 250 to 300 mg when the bacoside content is held at 55%, and higher dosages are used if the bacoside content drops.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 330 MG OF BACOPA MONNIERI (50% BACOSIDES) PER SERVING

Ashwagandha Root Extract

Ashwagandha root extract is a substance derived from a plant used in Ayurvedic medicine as an herb.

Research shows that supplementation with ashwagandha root extract . . .

Clinically effective dosages of ashwagandha root extract range from 50 to 500 mg normally, with a few instances of over 5,000 mg being used acutely.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 500 MG OF ASHWAGANDHA ROOT EXTRACT PER SERVING

Terminalia Arjuna (Water Extract)

Terminalia arjuna, commonly referred to as arjuna, is a tree found in India. Its bark is used in Ayurvedic medicine, mainly for preserving heart health.

Research shows that supplementation with arjuna. . .

Clinically effective dosages of arjuna have been noted to be around 500 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 500 MG OF TERMINALIA ARJUNA (WATER EXTRACT) PER SERVING

Cissus

Cissus quadrangularis is a type of vine in the grape family. It’s one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in Thailand, and it is also used in traditional African and Ayurvedic medicine.

Research shows that supplementation with cissus . . .

Clinically effective doses of cissus range from 300 to 600 mg of an extract containing 2.5% ketosteroids

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 31.25 MG (40% KETOSTEROIDS) OF CISSUS PER SERVING

We use a more potent cissus formulation of 40% ketosteroids, meaning the 31.25mg we use is bioequivalent to what has been shown to confer the above health benefits.

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin and found in every cell of the body. It’s used in the production of cellular energy and also functions as an antioxidant.

CoQ10 occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods, but it’s particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney.

Research shows that supplementation with CoQ10 . . .

Clinically effective dosages of CoQ10 range from 50 to 200 mg, with the majority of benefits seen at 90 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 90 MG OF COQ10 PER SERVING

Fucoxanthin

Fucoxanthin is a vitamin A-like molecule known as a carotenoid, and it’s found primarily as the major pigment in types of brown seaweed. The functions of fucoxanthin have been evaluated as a possible explanation for the health properties of seaweed.

Due to vitamin A and other standard carotenoids like β-carotene showing lackluster promise as dietary supplements, we included other carotenoids to round them out.

Research shows that supplementation with fucoxanthin . . .

Clinically effective dosages of fucoxanthin range from 2.4 mg to 8 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 8 MG OF FUCOXANTHIN PER SERVING

Zeaxanthin

Zeaxanthin is one of the most common types of carotenoids found in nature. It’s found in egg yolks as well as a wide variety of plants and fruits, and it gives them their characteristic colors.

Research shows that supplementation with zeaxanthin improves eye function and preserves eye health.

Clinically effective dosages of zeaxanthin range from 4 to 8 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 6 MG OF ZEAXANTHIN PER SERVING

Lutein

Lutein is also a carotenoid and is related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Foods rich in lutein include broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, kiwi fruit, grapes, zucchini, and squash.

Like zeaxanthin, research shows that supplementation with lutein improves eye function and preserves eye health. The two tend to be supplemented alongside each other.

Clinically effective dosages of lutein range from 4 to 8 mg.

TRIUMPH CONTAINS 6 MG OF LUTEIN PER SERVING

The Bottom Line

TRIUMPH contains nothing but natural, safe substances that are 100% scientifically proven to improve health, physical and mental performance, and overall well-being as well as protect against various types of disease. It’s the ultimate multivitamin for athletes who demand the most from their bodies.

While our choice of ingredients alone sets TRIUMPH apart from the rest of the crowd, what proves its superiority is that each ingredient is included at clinically effective dosages.

That means that the dosages of each ingredient in TRIUMPH are based on published scientific research proving health and performance benefits, not the restrictions of razor-thin production budgets or gluttonous profit margins.

When you start comparing actual numbers, you can quickly see that one serving of TRIUMPH contains about two to three times the effective ingredients of our competitors’ products.

While everyone claims to have the best multivitamin on the market, we believe we can back up such a claim with real science and real numbers.

Compare the TRIUMPH formulation to any other multivitamin product on the market, and it’s easy to see how inferior our competition is.

If you want to not only prevent nutrient deficiencies but also have a healthier body that feels good and is more resistant to stress, sickness, and disease . . . and that can train hard without being dragged down by systemic fatigue and overtraining . . . then you want to try TRIUMPH today.

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  • sBaro

    Nice article and very informative as usual Mike!
    Do you have any news on shipping your product here in Europe? (with better shipping cost) I’m very excited to try some of the Legion product!
    Thx Again!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks!

      We ship everywhere but Germany (they’re beyond strict with supplements and love turning stuff away) and I’m working on getting EU distribution set up! I hope to have this going Q1/2 next year.

      • Sven

        Hi Mike, I was going to ask the same. Triumph shipping to Germany? The multivitamin market here has such a bad rep. Be sure to consider that in your marketing here. Please make it widely known when you ship here. Thanks

        • Michael Matthews

          Germany is a huge pain in the ass. They turn away SO many things. We actually stopped shipping to DE for this reason. :/

          • Mark Mahaffy

            Hi again, Mike

            I am on this one as well. I would need a mortgage for shipping costs alone for delivery of your products that I really want to try. This European distribution is taking some time ( last year you said it would be Q1/2 of 2014!! ). Keep up the great work, many other programes require you to be in gym a couple of hours and only allow for eating steamed chicken, broccoli and almonds !!!! Your programe has me out of the gym in less than an hour every day and I can eat normal meals and a variety of food, I love it 🙂

          • Michael Matthews

            Haha yeah Legion is definitely coming to the EU.

            Thanks man! Really glad to hear you’re doing well!

  • Allen

    Mike, you have GOT to stop making such awesome products. *takes out wallet* *throws money at screen*

    • Michael Matthews

      LOL thanks brother. *Grabs mitt to catch it* 😉 More cool stuff to come…

      • Adrian Pollard

        Cake cake cake. Lol. Much deserved Michael

  • Hérico Krzyk Bailas

    Is there any chance of Legion products being available on Vitacost?
    Also, could you say a few words on VitaGYM? the ads are pretty convincing.

    keep up with the good work!

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah I will be pursuing retail soon. Just have to stabilize current online demand as I’ve had trouble just staying in stock.

      I’m not one to bash other products but just compare TRIUMPH to VitaGYM ingredient by ingredient and you’ll see which gives you more for your money…

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  • Bash

    Hey Mike,

    I’ve been a lurker for a while now, and I’ve loved your site and products for a long time, plus I tell everyone to go to your site (my friends call me your fanboy, but idc)

    Anyways I wanted to ask you is it ok to take Creatine with Preworkout? Because I was just reading an article that linked to this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8929583 that says not to take creatine with caffeine. And I like to just take both at the same time, or else I’ll forget to take creatine after working out.

    I’d love to hear what you have to say, Thanks for everything man!
    p.s. please hurry up and get more creatine! I’m going to stock up this time

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! I really appreciate it.

      Good question. We don’t quite know if caffeine actually impairs creatine’s effects but it may. To be safe, just take it with your post-workout meal. It doesn’t confer acute benefits anyway–it just accumulates in your muscles.

      Yeah brother my creatine will be back very soon! I had to come up with a new formulation, which is why it was out of stock for a while. It turns out fenugreek can taste absolutely awful batch to batch and we couldn’t work around it…

      • Nathan Hanak

        Mike, you once did a really extensive article on the different types of protein, dividing up hyrdolized, isolates, etc. and it was and still is my definitive go-to guide. Could you consider writing a similar article on Creatine? I’ve always just been wary of supplementing the stuff due to the “it’s almost steroids!” hype about it and am just in the dark about its dangers, which could be fabricated or based upon the producing brand. Now that I’ve read BLS and seen you suggest it, I’m considering it. You write more informatively and extensively than most fitness writers I know and would love a guide to creatine like you did with protein!

        • Michael Matthews
          • Nathan Hanak

            That’s exactly what I was looking for. It just got lost in this flood of awesome content. Thanks again for being so helpful!

          • Michael Matthews

            No worries! My pleasure!

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  • John

    As I read through the list of ingredients I didn’t see that this has any probiotics. The multivitamin that you have previously suggested(Garden of Life Mens Multi) has probiotics and that was one of the factors which I liked the most about it. Is there a reason that you left probiotics out of the equation for this multi?

    • Michael Matthews

      Yup, I left probiotics out because after really diving into the research, they’re very underwhelming. In fact, it looks like they don’t do much of anything.

      There are a couple strains that will be hitting the market soon that look promising though. I’m holding out…

  • Nathan

    Well after reading this, I can’t really buy any other multivitamin than Triumph

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha an astute observation. 😉

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  • Renier

    pretty good my friend im buying this

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks brother LMK what you think.

  • James

    Sounds like a great product mike!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks brother!

      Ah yeah more obliques should take care of that. I normally don’t recommend side bends but in your case, I think they’ll be beneficial.

  • Juan

    Awesome Mike! I already placed my order after I saw this. However, I see only 1 problem, it might get too expensive (for me and for others) to purchase again.

    I noticed the container holds 240 capsules, and if we were to take a total of 8 caps a day (I think I heard you say 8 on your podcast), that would mean I would be finishing the entire jar in only 1 month.

    The multi-vitamin you’ve recommended before, costs about $45 but will last me 2 months since it’s 4 caps a day (240 caps total). Which is about $22 a month, as opposed to $38 on Triumph.

    So, in 2 months it would be $45 on “Garden if Life” or $76 on Triumph, etc.

    Now, I might just have my info all wrong. So, is it really 8 a day or 4 a day?

    Thanks Mike, and sorry about the long comment.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks brother!

      Yeah 8 per day gives you clinically effective dosages of everything. 4 per day would give benefits but 8 replicates what was seen in research.

      Sure, there are cheaper multis but they don’t have anywhere near as many beneficial ingredients. Just compare formulations.

      You can pay $22 per month to get improper dosages of vitamins and minerals with notable things missing or underdosed such as vitamins D, K1, and K2, plus MAYBE a few underdosed additional ingredients, or you can pay $38 per month to not only get proper amounts of all essential vitamins and minerals but clinically effective dosages of 14 additional molecules proven to improve health and physical and mental performance…

      • D

        Hey Mike, so under Supplement Facts, Serving Size should say 8 pills, not 4, right? I’m just a little confused if it’s 4 pills or 8 pills that gives you 2,000 IU Vitamin D, for example. That label indicates it’s 4 pills, but at the same time says there’s only 30 servings per container, and it looks like a 240 pill bottle. http://legionsupplements.com/products/supplements/triumph/

        • Michael Matthews

          Doh, you’re right. Not sure how that got missed/messed up. I will definitely get fixed for future runs.

          8 pills per day gives you the full clinical dosages of everything, which is what you find on the label.

      • Juan

        Thanks for your reply Mike! There’s no doubt that you create some high quality stuff, so this will be the multi vitamin I choose from now on… when I’m not too low on cash lol.

        • Michael Matthews

          Haha sounds good man! Let me know how you like it.

      • Dean

        Problem is that if someone was to buy your entire line of supplements to get the *max* benefit out of his workouts he could be looking at a 150-200$ a month depending if he orders bulk and where is he located etc. Now add the the gym membership (you need one to follow the bls regime) and the 200g of protein per day which is definitely not cheap at all and you have a good picture of what it takes to bring with you except from your motivation in order to achieve the dream body..

        Or that’s what suggested at least. Lots of people do exceptionally fine by training in parks and doing calisthenics of all sorts, eating properly but not 200g+ of protein a day and taking absolutely no supplements. I think you idealize and emphasize the impact that your supplements have way too much. They are the best the industry has to offer I will agree with that and yes they help to some extent. I also understand the need to monetize your following which you have done with your excellent books that were helpful to so many people including me. But your blog has turned into a marketing galore of “must-have” products and it’s a bit weird for us that follow you from the start.

        That was my 2 cents at least. You have done a great service to the community with your free articles and books. A million thanks for that.

        • Michael Matthews

          Yeah supplements aren’t cheap but fortunately they aren’t necessary, either. They can HELP, but they are NOT vital.

          Eating enough protein is important though. 🙂

          I honestly don’t feel I over-market my products. I just go with the research and explain how the molecules work.

          And I disagree on the point about my blog becoming a supplement promotion machine. I’ve written maybe…3?…articles on supplements in the last few months?

          • Adrian Pollard

            Although I understand were Dean is coming from at the beggining of expense, I can assure you that that thugs in the projects f $!#* that amount of money of real quick. Oh and how about that alcohol or weed habit.
            Finally…what of the information and training people pay $60 on average for that you Mike basically charge for years of truly benificial information packed in 1 book.
            pssssh……. While I can’t afford that right now I will one day.
            my point is, we all have something we spend on that equals up to $200 a month that we don’t have to have. Someone that is dedicated and has made this there life will see that $220 for some of the best advice in the fitness world, a gym membership, and supp a month is nothing compared to all the 1,000$ ‘s you will spend trying elsewhere.
            So as a broke ass myself I can’t come here and say because of my financial situation that your products are over expensive when they are openly broken down enough were one could go check what it would cost to make.
            This is your life and your work. If you are changing lives out here then you, the wife, and that child deserve to be caked up (financially well off) lol.

            Just my 22,000 cents!

          • Great points my man. Thanks for your support. You the man.

    • Kelly

      dang I just bought that but I guess I didn’t look at that part. should have known. I don’t like taking a lot of pills but oh well its on its way now and worth a try. if I notice a difference then its money well spent but you both have great points.

      • Michael Matthews

        Honestly 4 pills per day will give you a lot more than any other multi on the market but 8 per day gives you full clinically effective dosages of everything.

  • Darren

    Mike, this looks like a great product. Currently, I’m supplementing with a lot of these individually and it would be nice to just have everything in one product. One question though. I’ve heard that minerals and vitamins can compete with one another for absorption. For instance, zinc and copper inhibit each other and so do calcium and zinc (not an issue here unless we’re eating dairy products when taking this I’m guessing). It’s one reason I’ve avoided a multivitamin in the past. Is this something to be concerned about?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Yeah that was the idea–a bunch of great products in one. 🙂

      Minerals almost always compete with each other for absorption to some degree, but unless you take a TON of them at once then the mineral loss (ie. not absorbed) is pretty small and you shouldn’t worry about it. You will never 100% prevent a mineral from being absorbed though.

      Usually it is about a gram or so of total bivalent (calcium, iron, zinc, mangesium) at once where we start to be worried a tad, although that is just prudency more than anything and a simple number to remember.

      This is why we are mostly concerned with calcium, since zinc and iron are typically less than 30mg while magnesium is less than 500mg so it is high dose calcium supplements that could bump ya up past that prudent 1g limit.

  • Greg

    Still not available in Canada 🙁

    • Michael Matthews

      We can ship to you!

  • Greg

    As soon as you ship to Toronto Canana, I’ll be a customer

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks brother. We can ship to you. Have you tried buying it on the site?

  • Al

    Any chance of selling these in he UK please? They sound unreal. Nothing like this over here.

    • Michael Matthews

      Yessir working on it!

  • Gentleman Gym

    This looks great!

    I’ve been poring over a spreadsheet, comparing Triumph with my current multivitamin and another contender. So far, Triumph is looking pretty good. Couple of questions:

    I note you say “We dosed our zinc in accordance with the dietary
    supplement formulation known as ZMA, a popular
    supplement among athletes. If you take ZMA, you can
    replace it with TRIUMPH, saving you money and limiting
    the number of pills you have to take every day.” I see your doses for Zinc and Magnesium; but I can’t find a dose for Aspartate in Triumph – is it there? If not, can it really claim to replace ZMA?

    Also, just to check (following a previous comment): the dose quantities on the label are based on a serving size of 4 caps; and you recommend 2 servings (i.e. 8 caps) per day. So you’d be taking, for example, 3000iu Vitamin A per day. Have I got that right?

    Mike, like many others, I love the research you put in and the evidence you offer for your products – thanks for all your hard work!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate the kind words and support.

      Great question with ZMA. Arg I remember going over this but have to dig up my notes on this and get back with you. If I remember correctly, the original formulation used aspartate for chelation, but it’s not necessary for the desired effects and other forms are actually superior, like zinc picolinate and magnesium gluconate. I will check it out again and come back.

      That label image was wrong, actually (the bottle has the correct–the website had an old one). A full serving is 8 caps per day, which provides 3k IU vit A.

      • Gentleman Gym

        Thanks again, for the quick response! Looking forward to your notes about D-aspartate. From my reading of it, the evidence is (as usual) mixed, but there’s at least some evidence to suggest it is active in increasing testosterone (e.g. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19860889 ). Whether it’s enough to make it worthwhile – dunno.

        So, the serving sizes quoted on http://legionsupplements.com/products/supplements/triumph/ (e.g. “TRIUMPH CONTAINS 1,500 IU (900 MCG) OF VITAMIN A (AS CAROTENOIDS) PER SERVING”) are actually half of the daily serving (e.g. “A full serving is 8 caps per day, which provides 3k IU vit A.”)? If that’s the case, it seems like a lot – as a small guy (61kg), I’d be tempted to cut my dose back to 4 caps per day.

        • Michael Matthews

          Hey hey so I checked it out and it’s what I thought–the aspartate just doesn’t matter and there are better chelations of the minerals, which is what we chose.

          Oops sorry. 1500 IU A is the full dosage. Durr.

          • Gentleman Gym

            Awesome – I agree (re dosage). So I’ll probably stick to just the 4 caps once a day – and that’ll have the added benefit of stretching out the supply longer 🙂

            Y’know, I don’t know of any other product where you can put a question on a forum and get a personalised reply from the product designer and CEO of the company within hours. That alone would be enough to persuade me buy the product – never mind the fact that it also seems better than anything else I’ve found out there. My hat off to you, sir!

          • Michael Matthews

            Haha cool brother, sounds good.

            Thanks man I really appreciate that and will always make the time to stay in touch with everyone. I enjoy it.

  • Mick

    Hey Mike, I see you’re coming out with your multi which looks good but i just wanted to get your opinion on how triumph compares to what i’m currently taking which is orange traid rated as one of the top multis, mostly cause of the additional digestion and joint and flex support, you give good advice that’s non biast so i’d like to know thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      OT is an okay product but just look at how many additional ingredients are in Triumph vs OT…

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  • Morgen

    Hi Mike,

    Just bought Triumph! 🙂 The full dose is 8 capsules, but is this the same for everyone, regardless of size/height/gender? I’m 5’3, ~127lbs, female…I’m not going to ‘overload’ my body if I take all eight pills, am I?

    Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! No, you won’t. Let me know how you like it!

  • SouthernBelle0777

    Hi Mike! My daughter is 11 and she’s overweight for her age. She is very active, but she does not eat nutritious, at all. I need to make sure that she’s getting some vitamins and nutrients. Can you please recommend a multivitamin for her? Thank you!

    • Michael Matthews

      You know I’m not sure what to specifically recommend for kids but if you work on changing her eating habits, she should be able to get plenty of nutrition from her food alone…

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  • nikki

    Hi there! Im very interested in losing baby weight and toning up. Im gonna purchase your book and im wondering if these vitamins are ok for a female to take as well. Thanks so much!

  • Ashley

    I am so excited I found your website! I ordered the book but I’ll be reading info on here until it comes in. I really can’t believe how much thorough information is on here, it’s really pretty amazing! I think for my next round of supplements/multi vitamins I’m going to make a switch because you have seriously done your homework and then some. Thank you for not only making awesome products but actually educating your customers about the science behind why you make the products the way you do. I know some people don’t care about all of the scientific info and just want something that works that they don’t have to think about but I am so incredibly excited… my brain is like a sponge right now and I feel like a kid in a candy store with all of your articles and links to more information!!!! 😀 Have an amazing day and thank you again!!!!!

    • Thank you Ashley! I really appreciate it! I think you’re going to love Triumph. It’s the multi I’ve always wanted.

  • sean

    Hey mike im serving in the army in israel and everytime i order your supplements i order it to the states and have it brought in by friends its a huge hassle and stuff keep on getting lost. Do u have shipping opputurnities to Israel?

  • Daniel Caruso

    Hey Mike –

    I love your books, articles, posts, and have all of your products. You are the most knowledgeable person I have come across relating to nutrition, fat loss, muscle growth, and overall well-being.

    I just bought Triumph and 8 pills a day seem to be upsetting my stomach even when eating with meals, so I may cut down to 4 even though a lot of the dosages will be under what was clinically effective. I was wondering if you have come across others that have had this issue and if I should do this?

    Also, I am concerned about the dosages for a lot of these vitamins to be extremely high to where it could cause damage, especially to the liver as it would be overworked. I once took a multivitamin with extreme daily percentages and my doctor told me to avoid these as it’s not good for the liver (I had slightly elevated liver function at the time too and this seemed to be the cause). I am very curious on your thoughts and would love to continue to take this product because the health benefits seem to be fantastic.

    – Dan

    • Thanks Daniel!

      No I haven’t heard of people having GI issues with Triumph but do let me know if cutting back to 4 handles it.

      The vitamins that are highly dosed are water soluble, which means you pee out any excesses, and each highly dosed vitamin has good science supporting its safety and efficacy. Some vitamins confer benefits when you go beyond RDI and some don’t.

      You can read about every single ingredient and dosage here:

      https://legionsupplements.com/products/supplements/triumph/

      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

  • Prasoon

    how would i get it in india?

    • We may be able to ship to you but I’m not sure how reliable that will be…

  • TrollHunters

    HI Mike. Take a look at this!

    Whats a Vitamin D Deficiency?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emjCzaHtSrg

  • Mike,

    The article below covers researching showing that adding 200 mg glutathione makes L-citrulline a more effective NO booster.

    Do you think it’s legit? If so, do you think this is something you may add to Pulse eventually?

    I plan on getting BulkSupplements Pure Glutathione Reduced Powder. ‘Reduced’ is a good thing in this case, right?

    http://www.ergo-log.com/200-mg-glutathione-makes-l-citrulline-a-more-effective-no-booster.html

    Thanks in advance! Success story coming soon!!

    Sean

    • Hm interesting. Haven’t seen this before. I will look into it. Thanks for sharing.

      And awesome man I can’t wait!

  • Dustin

    Hey Mike,

    Is Triumph going to be available early or late September? I’ve got some of your other supplements ready to go, but i’m currently taking GNC vitapacks and they smell like pee. It’s gross.

    • It’ll be available in 2-3 weeks.

      Until then, sorry for the smell. :p

  • Alli

    Hey Mike,

    I am definitely interested in taking triumph! I was wondering however, because Triumph has herbs in it, does it have any drug interactions, for instance with SSRI’s that you are aware of?

    Thanks!

    • Thanks!

      No not that I’m aware of. Only product of mine that has potential implications for SSRI use is Phoenix (due to the 5-HTP).

  • Looks like a good product but no potassium?

  • There is something else about potassium. I went to buy the supplement today because it didn’t seem like I was nearly getting the 4700mg/day you recommend in your book. Turns out the elemental potassium tis only a very small percentage of that, and no dose are allowed to exceed 99mg as mandated by the FDA because more can be dangerous.

    This is what I found here in South Africa too. No supplement dose exceeded 100mg elemental potassium. Then the tablet also contains another form of potassium. In my case potassium amino acid chelate of which there is 400mg. For others it’s something different.

    So I found this link on google:

    http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Nutrition/What-type-of-potassium-supplement/show/1174025

    According to the advice there you should not exceed 1500mg of the any form of potassium, which in my case means I can take up to three tablets. The rest you are supposed to get from your food. But you should not exceed the 99mg dose the FDA mandates? If I want to hit your recommendation I have to take about 9 tablets which seems absurd. And it doesn’t seem like it is recommended.

    Thoughts?

    • Yeah many people just buy bulk powder and dose it themselves.

      If you want more K in your diet, eat more bananas, potato, and spinach.

  • Ryan

    Hi Mike, just wanted to get your honest opinion on how your Triumph compares to Animal Pak, right now I take 2 packs a day which has worked great so I wanted to get your take on how your multi compares to 2 packs a day of Animal Pak other than it being more pills to take than Triumph, thanks

    • Hey Ryan!

      AP has some liver support stuff that mine doesn’t have but you don’t need liver support unless you’re on drugs.

      Triumph, on the other hand, has a LOT of ingredients that AP doesn’t have for improving health and wellbeing.

      I’m biased though. 😉

  • Gustav

    Hi Mike! Is there any risk if I use a multivitamin along + omega 3 (fish oil)??

  • dave

    Finally got round to buying Triumph! I just couldnt say no to 25% off!haha 9month supply lets goooooo lol jsut a quick question. I take Vitamin D at the minute and stopped taking fish oil as i found 2 pills a day actually made my skin oily and break out in spots (atleast i thoguht it did), could this be to a low quality fish oil? (90mg DHA ,530mg EPA,omega 3 760mg)

    Once i start taking triumph is there anything else vitamin/mineral releated you would supplement with? I see you mentioning potassium. I take 2 bananas a day would this cover it?

    • Haha thanks! Let me know how you like it.

      That’s interesting on the fish oil. What brand were you taking?

      2 bananas plus some potassium-rich veggies is good. That’s what I do.

      I also take ginseng and spirulina.

  • Dimitris

    Hi Mike,

    I wanted to comment on common multivitamins and how they compare to Triumph. I took one of the most commonly used multis in the market, namely Centrum and compared the lists of major ingredients. (See attached pic).

    It seems that Triumph is over-dosing some ingredients (Vitamins D,K,B12) to values up to 10x times the RDA (!!) and more or less matches what Centrum provides on others. (Note that Centrum dosage is just one pill per day).

    Triumph has also some a other ingredients for which no RDA is available (Olive leaf extract, grape seed, Lavender etc..).

    So I am struggling a bit too understand what makes Triumph so much superior. In most cases you can see that Centrum is actually closer to the RDA than Triumph is.

    Best,
    Dimitris

  • Hey Mike, I’d love to buy Triumph every month, but unfortunately, I’m a college student with no income. Right now I’m taking a generic multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, spirulina, bacopa, and ashwagandha. Is there anything “essential” included in Triumph you’d recommend people buy as a standalone supplement if they can’t afford Triumph itself?

    • Great choices. I’m a big fan of the garlic extract and it’s cheap, so you might want to add it.

  • Daniel Dixon

    great stuff! I’ve been listening to your videos for sometime now. Just now I need to buy a multi vitamin so the timing is perfect!

    Something that could be great in this article, is an image or table with all the recommended dosages, so we can see everything at once!

    keep the good work!

  • l33za32

    The section on Ashwagandha Root Extract caught my eye – FYI, it seems a couple of the links direct to other supplement sites versus studies.

    • That’s just because the PDF of the paper is hosted on their site.

  • iwannababillionaire

    Hey Matt.
    I was wondering how many grams of fat is required for optimal absorption of triumph(per 4 caps)?

    • 10 to 15 grams or so is fine (for the meal, not for the day of course).

  • Scott

    Hi Mike

    For someone who lives in New Zealand where it’s quite an expensive process (i.e. $45 shipping fees!) to get a bottle of Triumph over here would you recommend something like the Opti-Men Multivitamin from Optimum Nutrition? It seems like it has a decent make up of vitamins and minerals, three pill a day dosage and a mostly reputable brand behind it. It does seem to have a massive dosage of Vit A though, but it’s in Beta-Carotene and Caratenoid form so it should be okay? Just trying to find a good vitamin pill until its a bit easier to get Triumph over here (nudge, nudge).

  • Jon96

    What are your thoughts on dipotassium phosphat.

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