Q & A with Dr. Carl Hastings and Dr. Alfredo Galvez

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When you’re interested in nutrition and giving your body the best nutrients available, you can have a lot of questions. We passed along our most frequently asked LunaRich questions to Dr. Carl Hastings and Dr. Alfredo Galvez and compiled their answers here. Continue reading “Q & A with Dr. Carl Hastings and Dr. Alfredo Galvez”

IBS Awareness and the Fiber Connection

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FibrestoreAsMuchAsAlthough the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are unknown, the symptoms and side effects have become all too familiar for many. IBS, which affects mostly younger women, can cause abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhea and misery for an estimated 58 million Americans. Between 7 and 10 percent of people in the world have IBS, but many don’t see a doctor about their symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at the potential causes and signs of IBS. Continue reading “IBS Awareness and the Fiber Connection”

A Closer Look at Eye Health

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VisionHealth-web (1)Every day starts the same. You wake up, open your eyes, look at your bedroom ceiling and start your day. Your morning routine might be repetitious, but the gift of eyesight should not be taken for granted. Your eyes cannot properly function if denied the proper nutrients. Understanding how your eyes work and remain healthy is crucial in maintaining both eye health and overall wellness. Continue reading “A Closer Look at Eye Health”

Give Thanks to Your Heart with a Healthy Resolve

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We often take for granted just how much our hearts do for us. Pumping blood to our entire body and getting rid of its waste, our hearts have earned the right to be treated like royalty. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America. Regardless of genetics, family history or previous lifestyle habits, the fact is that heart disease is in no way inevitable. In recognition of American Heart Month, celebrate all that your heart does for you by implementing these healthy tips into your daily routine. Continue reading “Give Thanks to Your Heart with a Healthy Resolve”

A Holly Jolly Holiday: Beating the Winter Blues

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The holidays are a time to reflect on the good things in our lives, but the stress of the season can take a toll on morale. It doesn’t help that we have fewer hours of sunlight to make us feel invigorated. If you get the holiday blues, Reliv’s optimal nutrition can help by providing the right balance of ingredients to help improve your mood. Continue reading “A Holly Jolly Holiday: Beating the Winter Blues”

Science & Health Today: Getting to Know Now

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Reliv Now® delivers a complete, balanced array of soy protein, vitamins, minerals and super-powered antioxidants in one powerful shake. Reliv Now even features a new and improved creamy vanilla flavor that blends wonderfully in smoothies! You may already know that Reliv Now is good for you, but let’s take a closer look at just two key ingredients and what they do.  Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Getting to Know Now”

Study Shows Potential Health Benefits of Reliv Now + LunaRich X

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University of Missouri animal study points to support for weight loss, heart health and metabolic wellness

The evidence of the benefits of a lunasin-based supplement program continues to roll in. A recent study of pigs supplemented daily with Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ for eight weeks showed significant improvement in key biomarkers associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health. Continue reading “Study Shows Potential Health Benefits of Reliv Now + LunaRich X”

Lunasin Delivers Large Opportunities

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Did you hear the news?

Reliv now holds the exclusive rights to lunasin! The announcement came on opening night of the Reliv 25 Conference in Orlando, just hours after the deal was finalized.

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The basics: Reliv International has entered into an exclusive license for the intellectual property of Soy Labs, LLC related to the nutritional ingredient lunasin. The license covers two issued patents and several patent applications related to lunasin and soy-related peptides, proprietary information and manufacturing processes. Further, the arrangement allows certain Soy Labs employees to join the Reliv corporate staff.

So what does this mean?

“This is a major step for Reliv and elevates our company to a unique status in the nutrition industry,” said President Ryan Montgomery. “For the first time we have the rights to an ingredient in its entirety, from the extraction process to the patented mechanisms of action within the body. And lunasin isn’t just any ingredient; it’s the world’s first epigenetic superfood.”

Lunasin is the first nutritional compound identified to affect gene expression and promote optimal health at the epigenetic level. “We’ve always endeavored to remain on the cutting edge of nutrition science in formulating our products at Reliv. And with the acquisition of lunasin, we are now leading the industry in the budding field of nutritional epigenetics,” Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings said.

“New research shows that through nutrition people can influence which genes are expressed,” he added. “Reliv is committed to building on this emerging science and developing nutritional solutions that help people take control of their health.”

‘Tremendous Opportunity’

Reliv’s ownership of lunasin stems from a joint research and development partnership formed in August 2011 among Reliv, Soy Labs and the Missouri Plant Science Center. That partnership resulted in the creation of LunaRich® soy powder and LunaRich X™, Reliv-exclusive products made from non-GMO soybean varieties with the highest concentration of bioactive lunasin and manufactured using proprietary technologies that maintain the lunasin’s bioactivity.

“Acquiring lunasin not only gives us direct control over the entire LunaRich X production process and technologies, it also opens up opportunities for further research and development with lunasin and other plant-based ingredients,” Dr. Carl said. “We’re beyond excited about what this will mean for Reliv consumers around the globe.”

“Epigenetics has hit the mainstream, and we believe nutritional epigenetics will soon follow,” Ryan added. “Reliv is the only company talking about it because, right now, we’re the only company who can. We believe lunasin positions our company and our Distributors to take full advantage of a tremendous growth opportunity.”

Science & Health Today: Q&A with Dr. Alfredo Galvez

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You’ve got LunaRich® questions, Dr. Galvez has answers. Below are his responses to some of your most common inquiries.

Dr. Alfredo Galvez is a renowned research scientist at the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis and lead scientific advisor at SL Technologies, a Reliv subsidiary. Dr. Galvez first discovered lunasin in 1996 during research at UC Berkley to improve the nutritional profile of soy protein.

How does lunasin know which genes to turn on and off?

The lunasin peptide and its functional homologs in other seeds are found naturally only in the storage cells of developing seeds. Lunasin binds to specific histones (packaging material of DNA), allowing the storage cells to replicate its DNA without undergoing cell division. In the process the storage cells enlarge and, after repeated cycles, grow big enough to store the carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients needed by the plant embryo to germinate and grow into a seedling. This functional role of lunasin in seed development is conserved in nature.

For tens of thousands of years of human evolution, seed proteins have been the major source of protein and nourishment of humans foraging for plants and cultivating crops for food. My working hypothesis is that lunasin, with its histone-binding properties, has co-evolved with the human genome to optimize the epigenetic regulation of genes important for human fitness and survival. This proposed model of adaptive evolution through epigenetic control of gene regulation provides an explanation as to why lunasin has targeted and highly coordinated effects on gene expression to improve health and to provide protection from adverse environmental conditions.

In other words, lunasin exists in nature and provide health benefits for a reason and NOT by chance. And always remember that before there were drugs, there was food.

There are other nutrients that also work at the epigenetic level. What do we mean when we say lunasin is the first nutritional compound identified to do so?

Other food nutrients identified that work at the epigenetic level include resveratrol from red grapes/wine, sulforaphanes from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and EGCG from green tea, among others. The epigenetic mechanism of action of lunasin was first described in 1998 to explain how lunasin can inhibit gene expression of unhealthy genes. A patent disclosure filed by UC Berkeley in 1998 was published in 2001. The epigenetic mechanism of action for these other food nutrients were described and published after 2001, making lunasin the first nutritional ingredient identified to work at the epigenetic level.

What is research showing about our ability to pass epigenetic traits on to our children?

Ongoing research seeks to prove that epigenetic marks laid down in a person’s lifetime can be passed on to subsequent generations in a process called transgenerational inheritance. This phenomenon has already been observed in plants and lower forms of animals such as fruit flies, nematodes and mice through the process of paramutation and genomic imprinting.  Research is also seeking to better define epigenetic “windows of opportunity” with regards to transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic marks, including key developmental phases such as pre-conception, pregnancy, infancy and adolescence.

Can people with a soy allergy take LunaRich X™?

Studies done in Europe on people with soy allergies have shown that the soy albumin fraction in which lunasin is found does not cause allergic reactions. However, we cannot generalize for all soy allergy sufferers, so caution should still be practiced when taking LunaRich X. A quick way to determine if one is allergic to LunaRich X is to put a small portion under the tongue and monitor for any allergic reaction such as itching and swelling. As always, we recommend you consult your physician if you have any history of food allergies before you start any supplement regimen.

We know from wonderful stories that Reliv LunaRich products provide results at any age, but why does Reliv nutrition and LunaRich become even more important as our bodies age?

The sooner people consume high-quality nutrition like Reliv, the better. But it’s never too late. The epigenome changes as a person grows older and gets exposed to different environments and lifestyles. Some of these epigenetic changes may lead to predisposition to serious health problems. Reliv nutrition and LunaRich can help in preventing and even reversing some of these aberrant epigenetic marks and protect cells from further damage as our bodies age.

Why can’t I just eat soy beans (edamame), tofu, soy milk, and other soy products to get my lunasin? Why do I need your products? What’s the difference?

Not all soy preparations contain effective levels of bioactive lunasin. In fact some may contain lunasin that when ingested becomes inactivated and non-functional. Each serving of LunaRich soy powder and LunaRich X contains the equivalent amount of bioactive lunasin that can be found 25 grams of high-quality, industry-standard soy protein isolate, the daily amount identified by the Food and Drug Administration to help reduce the risk of heart disease. This means that you are assured of getting a healthy amount of bioactive lunasin in your body when you consume Reliv’s LunaRich products.

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