Science and Health Today: Why the World Needs Reliv Now + LunaRich X

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We often hear warnings about the dangers of the standard American diet and lifestyle. The increased demands on our time compel us to seek more convenient, fast food options that are often highly processed and low in essential nutrients. We often lament the fact that we don’t have time for physical activity, are stressed out and don’t get enough quality sleep. All of these things lead to weight gain and New Year’s resolutions to lose that weight. Perhaps even a bigger issue is that the standard American diet leaves us with nutrient deficiencies making it even more difficult for our bodies to deal with the stresses of modern life. And this is a lifestyle that is becoming more common around the world, not just in the U.S.

But what about when we do everything right? We eat a balanced diet full of fresh produce, get regular physical activity, manage our stress, practice good sleeping habits and get those 8+ hours in and maintain a healthy weight. Are we doing everything we can for good health and getting all the nutrients we need? Possibly, but this is very dependent on what you’re eating and your individual needs. This can be very difficult to know for sure. There is also a difference between getting just enough of a nutrient and getting the optimal amount.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough of the nutrients you need – supplementation – nutrient insurance for your body. Many health-conscious individuals supplement to fill possible nutrient gaps in their diet in order to maintain an acceptable level of overall health and wellness, in addition to their regular healthy habits. Instead of living with habits that lead to risk of disease, we need to be proactive and practice habits that not only lower our risk for disease, but help us become stronger, more energetic, and feel great so we can enjoy life now.

This is why Reliv has created the Super Pack, a convenient combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X, our Dynamic Duo for optimal health and wellness. Reliv Now contains 25 vitamins and minerals, several herbal sources of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and 7g of soy protein. LunaRich X works at the epigenetic level to reduce cholesterol and promote overall cellular health. The powder format of these products is easier for the body to digest and absorb.

Each of these products alone are great support for overall health and wellness, but together they are even more effective. In a recent swine study (pigs have a similar physiology to that of humans), researchers found that the combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X reduced free fatty acids in the blood, increased the hormones leptin and adiponectin (which play roles in hunger and metabolism) and reduced weight gain.

The following provides a more detailed look at the benefits of supplementing with Reliv Now and LunaRich X – the Reliv Super Pack:

25 Vitamins & Minerals
– are essential to our bodies for normal growth, development and maintenance. For example, Reliv Now contains 200% of the daily value of Vitamin B6, one of the most common vitamins for which Americans are deficient. Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize fats and proteins, is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes, and liver, and supports several organ systems. This nutrient has to be ingested every day because the body doesn’t store it. Whatever isn’t used leaves the body.

Antioxidants – fight off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm the body’s defenses and cause oxidation and damage to our cells and DNA.

Protein – gives us energy, rebuilds and repairs our cells (such as muscle cells), and is part of many different enzymes, antibodies and hormones. It is an important building block for bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and even blood.

Enzymes – are proteins that regulate nearly every chemical reaction in the body. Thousands are made and used by the body every day. In the digestive track they break down fats, carbs and proteins while detoxifying alcohol.

Bioavailability – The powder format of Reliv products gives the body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement. LunaRich, found in many Reliv products, is manufactured in such a way as to leave a protective shell of protease inhibitors intact around the lunasin molecule. These molecules keep proteases (enzymes that break down proteins) from breaking down the lunasin molecule, ensuring it arrives safely to the small intestine. Here the shell is broken and lunasin is readily absorbed. Studies of LunaRich have shown the successful delivery of bioactive lunasin to the blood stream.

Lunasin is a naturally occurring soy peptide and the key to soy’s health-promoting benefits. LunaRich® from Reliv optimizes lunasin content.

You provide your body with all this and more with Reliv’s Super Pack.

 

A Note from Dr. Carl: Make the Super Pack Part of Your New Year’s Resolution for Good Health
Reliv Now has always been a great boost for overall health and wellness, but with the addition of LunaRich and LunaRich X capsules, their synergistic relationship has taken Reliv supplements to the next level. Start your health off right this year and resolve to kick it up a notch with Reliv’s Super Pack.
To your health,

Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

 

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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http://www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/pdf/4Page_%202nd%20Nutrition%20Report_508_032912.pdf
http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/benefits-of-vitamin-b6.aspx
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38222254/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/things-you-need-know-about-antioxidants/#.VnjPavkrI1I
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/major-nutrients-in-food-topic-overview
http://www.webmd.com/men/features/benefits-protein

Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management

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Seven Years of Blood Sugar Management with GlucAffect

This November marks the 7th anniversary of Reliv’s GlucAffect® nutritional supplement launch. GlucAffect was developed to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss, indicators of metabolic syndrome which can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research supports the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formulation.

GlucAffect was studied in an 8-week clinical trial that included 50 overweight participants with moderately elevated fasting blood glucose. Subjects were randomly assigned to either four daily servings of GlucAffect or a placebo meal replacement, and all participants took part in a diet and exercise program. Those who took GlucAffect lowered their fasting glucose by an average of 30%, moving them to healthy blood glucose levels. They also lost an average of 16 pounds. The control group taking the placebo did not experience significant reduction in their blood glucose levels or weight.

The patented GlucAffect formula includes several potent extracts, such as Pycnogenol®, LunaRich® and banaba leaf, which continue to be studied for their health benefits, especially in regards to the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.

Pycnogenola powerful antioxidant that has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, LDL and blood pressure.

A 2015 review in Phytotherapy Research reported that Pycnogenol’s “strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, endothelium-dependent vasodilator activity, and also its anti-thrombotic effects make it appropriate for targeting the multifaceted pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Clinical studies have shown that it can reduce blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensive patients and waist circumference; and improve lipid profile, renal and endothelial functions in metabolic syndrome.”

LunaRichthe most bioactive form of the soy peptide lunasin, which has been shown to improve cholesterol lipid profiles, as well as overall cellular health.

Diabetic individuals are prone to unhealthy cholesterol levels that increase their risk of heart attack or stroke. Lunasin has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood by increasing the receptors that remove LDL from the blood and reducing LDL production in the liver.

Banaba leaf extractcontains a high percentage of corosolic acid, which supports healthy glucose metabolism.

A 2015 study in Biomed Research International showed that banaba leaf extract reduced lipogenesis (the process where simple sugars are converted to fatty acids so they can later be stored as fat), oxidative stress and inflammatory markers. It also suppressed oxidative injury to the liver in rats that were fed excessive amounts of fructose.

A 2012 review in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine stated corosolic acid has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in humans within 60 minutes. Corosolic acid was also found to promote antioxidant activities and to lower lipid levels in the blood. Banaba and corosolic acid benefit many different parts of glucose and lipid metabolism.

 

A Note from Dr. Carl: Good bye to high blood sugar, high LDL, and extra pounds.

Since the completion of its formulation, we’ve been confident in the potential of GlucAffect to help individuals manage their blood sugar, improve their cholesterol and even lose weight. Studies have shown the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formula as well as each of its individual ingredients.

Most importantly, GlucAffect consumers have reported great — even life-changing — results. When used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, GlucAffect can help you take control of your health too. (And it tastes great!)

To your health,

Dr. Carl W. Hastings

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

 

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire

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by Tina Van Horn, Director of Research and Business Development at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company

Register now for Tina’s next live webinar “Keeping Kids Healthy in a Fast Food World” this Wednesday, October 21, at noon Central.

ACUTE INFLAMMATION: THE QUICK FIX

Acute inflammation is your body’s reaction to something foreign, such as viruses, bacteria, allergens and trauma. When the foreign invader is no longer a threat, the inflammatory response should return to its healthy state: ready but not active.

Acute inflammation is an important immune response that protects you from infection and repairs tissues following injury. In most cases it is short-lived because the stimulus that triggered its activation is no longer present. The immune system has done its job of destroying the pathogens and healing the damaged tissues.

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION: THE SLOW BURN

But what happens when the inflammatory stimulus doesn’t go away? Many of the environmental signals that trigger inflammation are less obvious, continuous threats that keep the immune system functioning at a low level for a long period of time. This leads to chronic inflammation — a lowgrade, systemic condition often without any immediate symptoms. Over time, chronic inflammation slowly destroys tissues, leading to cumulative and serious damage. Continue reading “Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire”

Tricks to Keep Treats Healthy this Halloween

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Is the abundance of Halloween treats overflowing from the grocery store isles and into your cart? It can be very tempting when you’re walking past the endless displays of fall-themed sweets. Here are some ways to fight the temptation and come up with your own healthy versions of Halloween-themed treats! Continue reading “Tricks to Keep Treats Healthy this Halloween”

Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health

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October is Children’s Health Month, an observance created to bring national awareness to the health issues children face today. Unfortunately, too many U.S. children suffer from our national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease — problems that used to be very rare in children. Changes in society and poor health habits are increasing children’s risk of disease. Consider these statistics: Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health”

Epigenetics: All in the Family

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by Tina Van Horn, Director of Research & Business Development at SL Technology Inc., a Reliv Company

Nature and Nurture

Everyone has genetic predispositions, those things that “run in the family.” For many this is a list of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Sound familiar? Epigenetics brings a positive perspective to the fear and uncertainty that comes from checking all those boxes on a health history form. We now know that healthy lifestyle choices have the power to influence and even override our faulty genetic codes.

Families pass on both DNA and lifestyle habits that serve as epigenetic signals to that DNA. Nutritional choices, exercise, stress management and environmental exposures all influence whether genes get turned on or remain silent. While epigenetic marks are reversible (e.g. activated genes can be deactivated), healthy habits that start early in life can prevent negative genes from ever being activated in the first place.

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Science & Health Today: Bioavailability Makes Nutrition Count

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Do you ever wonder what nutrients you just ate are doing in your system? Maybe that vitamin C is being used to fight an infection, or hopefully that protein went straight to those abs you’ve been working on all summer. Unfortunately, some of those nutrients may not even enter your system. Just because you ingest a nutrient doesn’t mean it makes it to your bloodstream. Unless nutrients are absorbed, they’re just passing through. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Bioavailability Makes Nutrition Count”

Reliv Webinar: Extinguishing Inflammation

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In case you missed the live presentation, a recording of yesterday’s Reliv health webinar “Extinguishing Inflammation” with host Tina Van Horn is now available online. Click here to view.

Inflammation is a complex physical reaction without a simple solution. Left to smolder within your body, chronic inflammation can spiral out of control, contributing to many of the most common health problems.

Daily nutrition and lifestyle choices can either contribute to or disrupt your body’s inflammatory response. Learn what you need to do today, tomorrow and EVERY DAY to disrupt chronic inflammation and how Reliv nutrition can help you get there.

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LunaRich and the Evolution of Nutrition

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by Tina Van Horn, Director of Research and Business Development at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company

Our Food Is Leaving Us Empty
Food is not what it used to be. Several studies have shown a significant reduction in the micronutrient content of many fruits and vegetables over the course of the 20th century. The average vegetable found in today’s supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in selected minerals than those harvested 50 years ago.

Continue reading “LunaRich and the Evolution of Nutrition”

Life-changing Nutrition: Weight Lost, Youth Regained

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Robin Shelby, Cedarville, Ohio

A friend introduced me to Reliv three years ago. After four months on the products, I went to a routine doctor appointment, and for the first time in 20 years he told me my cholesterol was back within the normal range. That really got me excited! He said to keep doing what I was doing because the results were proof that my health was improving.

I’ve had the same doctor since I was nine years old, and he has seen four generations of my family. My heart-related problems are genetic and I had four stress tests and a heart catheterization by age 35. But that was before Reliv and LunaRich®.

Over the next 18 months on Reliv, my health improved so much that we were both shocked. While I once had trouble walking up a flight of stairs, I’m now out walking six miles without difficulty. High blood pressure, fainting spells and breathing problems are no longer issues — nothing is holding me back! I’ve lost more than 30 pounds by using Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ in the Super Pack. I’m healthier at 46 than I was at 26 and couldn’t have done it without my Reliv.