By Tina Van Horn, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist
You might say that we take prevention personally here at Reliv. That’s because we know chronic diseases are a growing crisis in the United States. Currently, nearly half of the population suffers from at least one chronic disease such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, obesity, arthritis, and Type 2 diabetes. We can do better! So at Reliv corporate headquarters, we started our Fit3* program. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Taking Prevention Personally”→
Rude Awakening: In April 2013 I was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. It totaled my car, and the emergency room doctors were amazed that my neck wasn’t broken. At 73 years of age, they couldn’t believe that I had survived.
Young on the Inside: Another doctor looked at a scan of my neck and told me that I have the bone health of a 35-year-old and he wished he was as healthy as me. I thank God that I survived that accident and know that Reliv played a part.
My Proof: I already had remarkable results on Reliv before my accident, but this is a fantastic example of what an important role prevention has to play. By keeping my body strong with Reliv nutrition for 12 years, I had the best shot possible at a fast recovery. Thanks, Reliv!
Getting the Scoop: I’m a weekend sports anchor at News Channel 9 in Syracuse. At 24, I’m always looking for ways to stay healthy. Unfortunately, busy days can lead to grabbing a quick fast food meal or making dinner late at night.
6-5-4-3-2-1 Plan: I came up with a simple plan to keep on track: 6 glasses of waters a day, 5 LunaRich X Capsules a day, 4 workouts a week, 3 fruits/veggies a day, 2 Reliv shakes a day and 1 treat a day.
New Level of Wellness: My immune system is stronger and I have a great sense of wellbeing and calm, on and off the camera. I’m all about prevention and know that Reliv’s epigenetic nutrition will keep me healthy for years to come.
A dietary supplement is any product containing vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids or enzymes, according to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. Given the broad nature of this definition and vast spectrum of forms in which supplements are available, it isn’t a stretch to say that not all supplements are created equal.
Why is supplementation so important?
As you age, your body goes through major physical transformations and along the way can be introduced to some far-from-healthy environmental factors and unhealthy eating habits. Many people who are moderately health conscious may get the proper amount of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, however, are often underconsumed. Immune systems need all of these nutrient groups. Supplementation helps make sure your immune system has what it needs to function properly and fend off health threats.
Maintaining optimal cell health also requires additional means of absorbing nutrients. Supplementation with beneficial bioactive compounds can provide your cells with nutrition necessary to combat today’s environmental stresses and decrease your risk of chronic disease. Lunasin, for example, is a soy peptide that has been shown to work at the epigenetic level within cells to promote overall cellular health.
The benefits of supplementing are far-reaching. A recent study from The University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology found women in particular receive an energy level benefit following supplementation. Participants of both genders reported a trend toward better sleep, improved mood and emotional state. Supplementation has also been shown to aid in motivation, exercise performance, recovery and the regulation of calories.
Supplements may boost heart health
Heart disease is the country’s number one killer. “Supplements can be very beneficial to heart health,” says Mimi Guarneri, the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California, and the author of The Heart Speaks. Supplementing with these nutritional compounds in particular can benefit your heart:
-Omega 3 fatty acids
-B-complex vitamins (B3, B6, B12, folic acid)
Note: All ingredients listed above can be found in Reliv products.
Supplements may slow a biological effect of aging
In addition to overall cellular health and increased immunity, your body can experience anti-aging benefits from supplements. Another recent study from The Ohio State University found that inflammation can be positively affected by Omega-3 supplementation.
“Inflammation in particular is at the heart of so many health problems,” said Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State and lead author of the study. “Anything that reduces inflammation has a lot of potentially good spinoffs among older adults.”
Additionally, supplementing with Omega-3s garners the potential to lower the risk for “a host of concerns associated with aging,” said Kiecolt-Glaser.
Bottom line: taking supplements, Reliv products in particular, can help you feel healthier, happier and more energetic. It is also a proactive approach to taking control of your own health. So the question is no longer “Why supplement?” but rather “Why wouldn’t you supplement?”
A Note from Dr. Carl: The Best Supplements Around Reliv’s approach to nutrition focuses on bioavailability, that is, how effectively a nutrient is absorbed by the body. Reliv products, chock full of nutrients, come in easily absorbed shakes. While LunaRich soy powder features lunasin, a key peptide in soy, other Reliv products feature a cocktail of nutrients.
For example, Innergize!®is stacked with Vitamins A and C, ChromeMate® and OptiZinc® (the most readily absorbed forms of Chormium and Zinc available), as well as L-Carnitine and L-Glutamine to help transport fatty acids, release more energy, and promote lean muscle development. Cardiosentials has Policosanol, which helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and improve coronary blood flow, as well as CoQ10, which energizes heart function.
If you’re looking for the anti-inflammatory benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, you need look no further than Reliv’s 24K™, GlucAffect®, ReversAge® and Reliv Now® for Kids. People of all ages will benefit, whether they’re children growing strong minds and bodies or adults maintaining their health and longevity. You can optimize your results by adding LunaRich X™—the most pure, concentrated form of lunasin ever produced—to your Reliv regimen. In addition to its own health benefits — from cholesterol reduction to overall cellular health — LunaRich X powers up the benefits you receive from other Reliv products.
We’ve taken people of all ages and from all walks of life into consideration when creating Reliv’s premiere line of supplements. You can feel good inside and out knowing that our ingredients come from the most reputable suppliers and undergo rigorous testing when they first enter our plant, and again at each step in the manufacturing process. And because we own our manufacturing facility, we are able to ensure product purity and potency in every can— guaranteed.
Reliv goes beyond the minimum daily requirements to follow the standard of optimal nutrition, developed by researchers who have shown that higher levels of key nutrients are essential to good health and well-being. We have a seat on the board of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Australian TGA approval and are the first corporate partner of the Missouri Plant Science Center—affiliations of which we are proud!
To your health,
Dr. Carl W. Hastings Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer
It’s an increasingly common comment from your prospects: “Relìv is too expensive.” In this economy, many consumers are trying any way they can to save. So how can you convince them that Relìv is the best value for their money?
2 Bucks 2 Better Health
First, preventive health goes a long way toward keeping healthcare costs controlled in the long run. For example, managing your blood sugar with GlucAffect® costs far less than the long-term costs of complications from uncontrolled diabetes and obesity.
“Relìv’s Essential Nutrition costs about $2.50 per day, less than a daily latte. Which one will do more for your body?” say Presidential Platinum Ambassadors Phil and Betty Wolf.
Trends show many people are supplementing for prevention, to avoid longer term costs of poor health. “Americans are losing confidence in their ability to pay for healthcare,” notes Don Montuori, publisher of Packaged Facts, a market research publication. “Compared to doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs, nutritional supplements can be a bargain.”
You Get What You Pay For
“Many people are shopping at big box stores for their supplements. They’ll shop there until you tell them about the Relìv Difference!” say Phil and Betty. “Relìv was developed to provide the range of nutrients your body needs to do the best possible job — and they are designed to be user-friendly!”
You’ve probably seen so many supplement recalls this past year you can’t remember them all. In fact, the FDA recalled seven dietary supplements in August 2010 alone. Reasons ranged from contamination to mislabeling. The “discount” supplements sold at major retailers are often manufactured in subpar facilities. These cheaper alternatives may contain the wrong ingredients or ingredient amounts different from what is on the label. Unsanitary manufacturing conditions can also lead to contamination.
Relìv’s Commitment to Quality
With the negative publicity about dangerous supplements, how can your prospects be sure Relìv is safe and effective? Relìv owns our manufacturing facility at corporate headquarters, so we control manufacturing conditions, holding them to an even higher standard than what the FDA requires. Relìv goes beyond standard Good Manufacturing Practices outlined for the supplement industry, operating our facility in near-pharmaceutical conditions. All ingredients and finished products are quality tested for purity, potency and accuracy.
“We’ve had opportunities to take shortcuts that might have increased profitability over the years, but that’s not the Relìv way. Our families take these products. We wouldn’t give them anything but the best,” says Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings.
What about the prospects who still aren’t convinced they can afford Relìv? Phil and Betty have a simple answer for them: “If you can’t afford the product, then you need a Relìv business. Become a Distributor and earn enough to pay for your product and more!”