by Tina Van Horn Research and Business Development Coordinator SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company
Nutritional epigenetics may offer potential for you to look as good as you feel
Who is your Super You?
Does your Super You have more energy? run faster? look younger?
Is your Super You less stressed? more focused?
Is your Super You improving upon your family’s health history?
Regardless of your definition, nutritional epigenetics is providing solutions to help you achieve Super You status. Dietary compounds that work at the epigenetic level have the ability to improve the function of many types of cells in the body. Epigenetic researchers continue to identify nutritional compounds that promote wellness, optimize health and interfere with the aging process at the cellular and molecular levels. Continue reading “Optimal Health Inside & Out”→
by Ryan Schmidt
President & CEO of SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company
As an entrepreneur, I understand the need to innovate. My 20+ years in the nutrition industry have taught me that market leaders must innovate or be consumed by the global marketplace. I’ve also learned that innovation is not the result of chance; it is the result of action.
Creating an Innovation Engine
In 2001 I partnered with Dr. Alfredo Galvez to expand his work with the lunasin peptide he discovered in 1996. In 2005 I founded Soy Labs, LLC and assembled a team which included Dr. Galvez to focus on commercializing lunasin-based ingredients. Collaboration is key to long-term business success, so I sought out business and research partners that allowed Soy Labs to leverage creativity, experience and resources and innovate more quickly.
Adopting the open innovation model allowed Soy Labs to draw on the knowledge of outside researchers and move forward with lunasin technology. This access to external resources inspired us to partner with the University of Missouri, the state of Missouri and federal government to create the Missouri Plant Science Center in 2010. The MPSC was a critical component to further our research, refine our processes and firmly establish Soy Labs as an “innovation engine.” Continue reading “The Perfect Opportunity”→
By Tina Van Horn, Research and Businss Development Coordinator, SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company
The right nutrition and lifestyle choices during all stages of life can have a profound influence on your good health. When it comes to developing healthy habits, “The sooner the better — but it’s never too late!”
Have questions about epigenetics? You’re not alone! Discussions about epigenetics are likely to generate more questions than answers. In this emerging science researchers are pushing forward to find answers to the unlimited questions naturally generated by a new field of study. But while you wait for answers to all the “What ifs,” you can stay ahead of the curve by getting to know the basic principles of epigenetics.
The Epigenome: Your Health’s ‘Comfy Sweater’ Epigenetics is based on the understanding that the epigenome is programmed through a lifetime of experiences. Epigenetic influences have subtle, cumulative effects that may be difficult to measure in the short term because they are so understated. The genome (DNA) that you are born with is static, like a straight jacket that you must conform to. You can fight it all you want, but it’s not going to give. Your epigenome, on the other hand, is flexible — more like a comfy sweater. You can move around in it, stretch it, change its shape and… if you damage it, you might be able to fix it!
Your epigenome changes as you age and interact with the environment. These environmental interactions begin prior to conception and continue through the entire life cycle.
Researchers agree the epigenome is most susceptible to environmental influences during specific developmental periods in life, including the prenatal period, infancy, puberty and maturity. How and when genes are activated (or inactivated) can have a profound effect on human development and healthy aging. If epigenetic modifications occur at crucial stages of life, they can potentially change behavior, wellness and disease susceptibility.
Early Influences on Your Lifetime of Wellness Exposure to severe conditions during prenatal development and adolescence can result in epigenetic changes that persist later in life and increase the risk for health problems. It is no surprise that a number of epidemiological studies associate adverse environmental conditions early in life with risk for developing disease in adulthood. Research links many chronic health conditions in adulthood with persistent agitations or influences during early-life nutrition.
Cells divide rapidly in the early growth stages of prenatal development and infancy. It is during this cell division that epigenetic changes are applied. Inherent epigenetic programming instructs stem cells to develop specialized functions which determine the type of cell it becomes (skin, blood, muscle, etc.). Maternal nutrition also provides epigenetic instruction during pregnancy and starts to establish positive and negative marks on an otherwise relatively blank epigenome. It is these marks that begin to “program” how your genes will express themselves as you age.
Physical growth and sexual maturity during adolescence provide another critical period for epigenetic influence. The epigenetic inheritance of future generations may be the most susceptible as eggs and sperm are developing and may be imprinted by epigenetic events. Trans-generational epigenetics is a rapidly evolving research area that is reinforcing the importance of the nutrition and lifestyle choices of teens and young adults.
Undoing the Damage For those who have reached maturity, there is still good news. Your comfy sweater of an epigenome is still pliable, which allows some epigenetic modifications to be reversed. Meaning, you might be able to undo some of the damage from poor dietary and lifestyle choices made early in life.
The potential ability for dietary compounds to reactivate epigenetically silenced genes in damaged cells may hold the key to disease prevention and therapy.
Other compounds such as resveratrol, vitamin D and niacin, among others, have also been recognized for their positive effects on epigenetic health.
Some epigenetic modifications appear to be more permanent than others, suggesting that reversing these marks requires subtle, consistent intervention to promote optimal cell functioning. But even these stubborn marks may fade over time and be replaced by healthy gene expression through positive epigenetic influences.
You Have the Power As the field of epigenetics matures, research will identify specific diet-gene interactions that will allow you to combine what you know about your individual genetic identity and life stage with specific dietary interventions to reduce susceptibility to age-related health conditions. Much more research is needed, however, before nutritional epigenetics can be positioned for personalized dietary intervention.
In the meantime, a proactive approach to general well-being through proper nutrition and supplementation, physical activity and stress reduction are the first steps toward a lifetime of epigenetic wellness. No matter what your age, you have the power to influence your body’s epigenetic instruction. The sooner, the better — but it’s never too late.
Reliv Now® has a new and improved flavor and it’s time to celebrate! We’re always looking for fun and tasty new ideas for smoothies, so send us your best recipes and we’ll share them! Do you prefer to use fruit, milk or something more exotic? Have you made a PB&J smoothie that tastes incredible?
Our Pinterest Board “Shake It Up” has some great ideas to get you started.
We received many submission and selected our favorites to share below. First place was awarded a personal blender with a travel lid, and 2nd and 3rd place were awarded smoothie recipe books for more fun in the kitchen! Thank you to everyone who entered!
First Place (personal blender winner) Get the Day Started Smoothie by Emily Soen of Jackson, MS ¾ cup frozen pineapple & mango chunks, slightly thawed
1 cup fresh spinach
¾ cup water
2-3 oz tofu, firm or silken
1 scoop Reliv Now
Place all ingredients into a blender and enjoy! You will be feeling amazing while all your coworkers are going for that mid-morning cup of joe. Spinach is a very mild-tasting green with a very high nutrition punch, so the other flavors conceal it well. You can play with this recipe to fit your preferences – if you like your smoothies thicker, add more banana or tofu, if you love mango flavor, use only mango chunks, etc.
Second Place (recipe book winner) Take Me to the Islands Smoothie by Suzanne Siadat of Gilbert, AZ 1 handful of kale
1 cup of pineapple
1 handful of walnuts
½ scoop Reliv Now
Desired amount of water or coconut milk
Third Place (recipe book winner)
Kathleen’s (pictured) Vanilla Bean by Maureen Shepherd of Ashburn, VA 1 scoop of Reliv Now for Kids® in vanilla or Reliv Now with the new creamy flavor
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
2 scoops of Vanilla Bean ice cream or yogurt
Splash of milk or water or nonfat vanilla creamer
2 LunaRich X capsules, opened and sprinkled in
Blend, then top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with a pinch of GlucAffect® with LunaRich or Reliv Now for Kids in chocolate flavor.
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”→