Keeping Kids Healthy: Building Immunity Through Nutrition

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Ah, the joys of fall — the leaves are turning, the pumpkins are out and the kids are back in school.  During all those back-to-school preparations, did you remember to prepare your child’s immune system? Fall is also the start of cold & flu season and all the sniffling, sneezing and coughing that goes with it, putting our immune systems to the test.

Prevention: The Earlier, the Better
It’s important to remember with children that their immune systems are still developing and are not the same as an adult’s. The immune system strengthens over time. During the first few months of life, an infant relies partly on mother’s antibodies. We see that babies often get infections that are uncommon in adults and react differently to vaccines. It isn’t until a child is about five years old that they are able to make effective antibodies against certain antigens. A child’s immune system won’t resemble an adult’s until he or she reaches puberty.

That’s why it’s so important to teach our kids good habits now that support their developing immune systems and overall health. Continue reading “Keeping Kids Healthy: Building Immunity Through Nutrition”

Why Reliv?

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People become part of Reliv for a lot of reasons: to improve their health, to earn extra money, to enjoy a better lifestyle, to achieve financial independence, even to change the world. That’s the best part about Reliv — you can make it whatever you want it to be. Watch the video above and see for yourself.

So we gotta ask: “What’s your why?” Share your why in the comments below and we’ll enter your name into a drawing to win one of five “Ask me about my story” Reliv t-shirts.

What Reliv Nutrition Means to Me… and Could Mean for You

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by Ryan Montgomery, President

If you’ve been around Reliv, chances are you’ve probably heard my Reliv health story. I was nine years old when Dr. Theodore Kalogris started sending his original formula to our family. There was no can or label, and yes, the powder didn’t dissolve well and usually rested in large clumps at the bottom of my morning OJ. But my parents believed in Dr. Ted and the need for optimal nutrition.

I can honestly say I might have missed my Reliv shakes less than a handful of days over the past 31 years. I don’t know what life would be like without Reliv nutrition. I take almost every product Dr. Carl Hastings has developed. A Reliv shake is the first thing I do in the morning, and last thing I do every night. Continue reading “What Reliv Nutrition Means to Me… and Could Mean for You”

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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Science & Health Today: Inside Reliv’s Lunasin Acquisition

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By now you’ve probably heard the news: Reliv now holds the exclusive rights to the intellectual property behind lunasin! The announcement came on opening night of the Reliv 25 Conference in Orlando. In this installment of Science & Health Today, we examine exactly what that deal means by answering your most frequently asked questions. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Inside Reliv’s Lunasin Acquisition”

Reliv Acquires Exclusive Rights to Superfood Lunasin

Deal positions Reliv as industry leader in emerging field of nutritional epigenetics

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 and was met with the loudest cheers of the weekend.

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 an issued patent 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? Continue reading “Reliv Acquires Exclusive Rights to Superfood Lunasin”

Healthy Energy Shot 24K Now Patented!

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Breakthrough formula becomes ninth Reliv product to earn patent

Opening night at a Reliv conference always generates a special kind of excitement. But tonight’s announcement from Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings that 24K™ has earned a U.S. patent sent its own charge through the big crowd gathered in Orlando! The news was one of several highlights as Reliv kicked off its 25th Anniversary Celebration. Follow the Reliv 25 Conference on Facebook. Continue reading “Healthy Energy Shot 24K Now Patented!”

Dr. Carl Hastings of Reliv Named Top 10 Chief Scientific Officer

ExecRank lists Hastings ninth among more than 5,000 CSOs in the United States

CHESTERFIELD, MO, April 3, 2013 – Reliv International (NASDAQ: RELV) today announced that ExecRank executive ranking service has named Reliv’s Dr. Carl Hastings number nine on their Top Chief Scientific Officers Ranking list for 2012. Hastings joins a top ten of the nation’s leading CSOs, many of them from Fortune 100 companies. According to ExecRank, there are over 5,000 Chief Scientific Officers and C-Level Scientific Executives in the United States and this list represents “the best of the best in their field.” Continue reading “Dr. Carl Hastings of Reliv Named Top 10 Chief Scientific Officer”