Category Archives: Vitamin Supplements

Vitamin Supplements and Living with HIV/AIDS

Most people living with HIV/AIDS are interested in learning more about what vitamin supplements might be useful in building their immune system and increasing their general health. And individuals who are taking and HIV medications are typically good consumers of health-related information.

So how about taking natural vitamin supplements in addition to an antiviral regimen? Is it worth the time and expense to include various available dietary supplements? As with any additional nutrients that someone may take it is especially important for anyone with immune issues to do their research.

One online authority on HIV/AIDS health information is The Body. The Body is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. But TheBody.com knows what they are talking about and have demonstrated over the years that it is important to learn everything possible.

Recently they included an article titled An Introduction to Dietary Supplement for People Living With HIV/AIDS. It is a well thought-out description of how supplements can be useful in promoting healthy living. We encourage everyone to check out this valuable information.

They recommend the following dietary supplements to be considered (click on the supplement name for more information from www.thebody.com):

Dietary Supplement Recommended in The Body article Shaklee Product Link
Alpha-Lipoic Acid Glucose Regulation Complex*
Calcium and Vitamin D Chewable Cal Mag Plus OsteoMatrix Vita-Lea Ocean Wonders Liqui-Lea Plus Iron Vita-Lea Gold Vitamin K Formula Vita-Lea without Iron Formula Vitalizer Vita-Lea Gold without Vitamin K Formula Vita-Lea with Iron Formula Vitalizer Gold Vitalizer + Iron Vita-D3 Vita-E Complex Plus Selenium
Carnitine Carnitine is not included in any Shaklee Products
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) CoQHeart
Vitamin B1 Vitalizer Vitalizer + Iron Vitalizer Gold
Zinc Zinc Complex Chewable Cal Mag Plus Immunity Formula I Defend & Resist Complex Glucose Regulation Complex* OsteoMatrix

Each of these suggestions are included in Shaklee Products, with the exception of Carnitine. The link to the Shaklee Product is included above for you to check out further. These supplements are also available from many sources and we recommend you check out the best source for your own needs.

We agree with the information provided by The Body – you should always check with your health care team (physician, pharmacist, nutritionist, etc.) when making decisions on what to include in your regimen. But we think it is important to check out the natural dietary supplements to see what can work for you.

Let us know if you have other information – or comments – in the section below.

Introducing Shaklee New Products

Shaklee announced at the recent 2010 Global Conference four new products. Check out what is new.

Shaklee Fiber Advantage Bar

A delicious, chewy blend of fruits, veggies and whole grains in every bite.

fiber 100% natural and 100% delicious. Shaklee Fiber Advantage Bars have everything your taste buds crave. Delicious apples, dates and whole grain rolled oats packed into each scrumptiously chewy, cinnamony bar. The best part? You get 8 grams of healthy soluble, insoluble and prebiotic fiber to help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Great healthy snack for the whole family. Gluten Free, Star K and Low glycemic.

Cholesterol Reduction Complex

Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Good news for 1 in 3 American adults who have high cholesterol, there’s a way to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol naturally! Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex is a proprietary formulation with clinically proven ingredients that help prevent the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol. It’s made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols, which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables and grains, and these ingredients have been shown in more than 80 clinical studies to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol levels. cholesterol

Get Clean Water Filter

365 Days of Cleaner, Healthier Water

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A fresh take on healthier water, Get Clean Water is a new multipatented water filtration system. Unlike other water pitchers, Get Clean Water uses a solid block of carbon to clean your water, reducing some pretty nasty contaminants—including up to 99 percent of lead.1Get Clean Water is the first pitcher to use a refillable carbon-block filter system so there’s less plastic to throw away. And it filters 80 gallons of water per filter—twice as much as Brita® and PUR®.2Cleaner, healthier water and a cleaner, healthier planet?We can all drink to that!Beats Leading Brands!Certified to reduce lead (Brita® and PUR® are not!3)Certified to filter 80 gallons—twice as much as Brita® and PUR®2First-ever pitcher with refillable carbon-block filter systemThe Smart Choice!Costs only pennies a gallonFirst automatic pitcher meter that shows gallons filteredHealthy great-tasting water

Vita-D3™

Here Comes the Sun

Add some sunshine to your day with Vita-D3™! Recent research shows that vitamin D—the “sunshine vitamin”—offers a multitude of benefits including supporting healthy heart function, immune and bone health. But, depending on where you live, the time of year, and your skin color—you may be among the many Americans who aren’t getting enough of this essential nutrient. Boost your level of vitamin D with Shaklee Vita-D3. The perfect choice for overall health and well-being, Vita-D3 provides 1,000 IU of high potency vitamin D3 to help your body thrive! vita

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Consumer Reports on Supplements Consumers Should Avoid

In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, they review supplements that consumers should avoid. This is good information for everyone interested in taking vitamin supplements and other natural products to improve their health.

Click here to view their Press Release.

What does this mean for people taking vitamin supplements?  It means that you need to be informed. While you need to subscribe to Consumer Reports to get the information we encourage everyone to check it out. Consumer Reports is a valuable resource for information on many products and services. And nothing is more important than your health. Knowledge is power here.

As an Independent Shaklee Distributor we actively promote many natural products that we feel can make your life healthier. In checking the ingredients for Shaklee products we could not find any of the items singled out by Consumer Reports to be in any of the Shaklee products.  We will be getting more information and posting it here for a full story.

Shaklee promotes the Shaklee Difference – which means that the company takes this type of information seriously and only produces supplements that are healthy to take. Of course you will want to review the product labels and pay particular attention to the correct recommended dosage.

We also agree with Consumer Reports that you should consult your doctor about any supplement you decide to take and get their opinion as well. That’s their job to know what is good for you.

Let us know if you find anything in your Shaklee products that make you question their value. We will research the answer and report back on what we find.

Vitamin D Deficiency Affects Billion Plus – Are You One Of Them?

Source: Singularity Hub

Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the last few years you know that vitamin D is a vital component of human health. Vitamin D is crucial for proper bone growth and maintenance, and a deficiency in vitamin D results in an increased risk of osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, and several other bad things. But ask yourself this: when is the last time you had your vitamin D level measured, and what are you doing to make sure that your body has enough of this important vitamin?

If you are like most people in the world, you have absolutely no clue if you are getting enough vitamin D. With some estimates placing as many as 1 in 3 of the world’s 6 billion people deficient in vitamin D (and even higher for those in industrialized nations) don’t you think it is time that you stopped ignoring the issue and started taking personal responsibility for it? After all, you do want to make it to the Singularity…don’t you?

 

Even with vitamin D fortified foods such as milk it is extremely difficult to obtain enough of the vitamin through diet alone. Nearly all of a person’s vitamin D is obtained when sunlight hits our skin and induces its creation within our bodies. Stay out of the sun (or wear sunscreen when you are in the sun) and your body isn’t getting any vitamin D. Take a worldwide culture that is increasingly couped up in sun starved indoor work environments and combine this with a phobia of skin cancer that causes most of us to wear sun screen whenever we do actually go outside, and you have the perfect storm for a worldwide epidemic in vitamin D deficiency.

It sounds bad – and it is. Vitamin D joins obesity, type 2 diabetes, and several other epidemics that are entirely created by poor lifestyle choices. Want to avoid vitamin D deficiency? Simple: get in the sun! It is generally agreed that only 10 minutes per day of quality sun exposure is more than enough exposure to ensure proper vitamin D production within our bodies. It really is that simple, but for whatever reason at least a billion people across the globe are likely failing to do this. Don’t be one of them!

In recent years there has been an avalanche of hype about the health benefits of vitamin D. Freaks are coming out of the woodwork to tell us that vitamin D, resveratrol, and a host of other chemicals will bring us unimaginable benefits to longevity and health. I wish it were true, but sadly it is my opinion that vitamin D really isn’t that special of a chemical after all. It is not the presence of vitamin D that makes you healthier. Rather it is the absence of vitamin D that makes you sicker! As soon as we lock ourselves in sun deprived homes and offices and slap on the sun screen we are opening ourselves to a man-made epidemic of increased susceptibility to cancer, type 2 diabetes, bone disease, and a long list of other problems. Helping your body to accumulate its evolutionarily natural level of vitamin D within the body isn’t going to make you any healthier than you are supposed to be. It merely allows your body to operate at the health profile that it is already designed for.

The first thing to do if you care about your vitamin D level is to go to your doctor and have your vitamin D level tested. A simple, cheap blood test accurately determines whether you are within the optimal range or not. If you are like most people in industrialized nations, you will find that you are either somewhat deficient or severely deficient in this crucial vitamin. In a recent test with my own doctor, I was shocked to learn that I was deficient in spite of several hundred IU of vitamin D that I was already receiving from my daily vitamin regimen. Apparently I am indoors blogging even more than I had realized! The obvious solution is to get more sunlight. If you work indoors like me all day and find it difficult to get enough sunlight, then do what I do and take a daily vitamin D pill (I now take 2000 IU per day and my vitamin D now measures normal). The pills are cheap and effective, but of course talk to your doctor before taking them.

If you really want to know all of the details about vitamin D – its chemical profile, metabolic function within the body, and much more, I encourage you to read one of the web’s definitive papers on the topic written by Michael F. Holick titled “The Vitamin D Epidemic and its Health Consequences“. For those that want a less intense look at vitamin D, below are a few of the more interesting factoids about vitamin D (based on a Natural News interview with Holick) that you don’t want to miss:

  • The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don’t generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.
  • A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.
  • The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.
  • People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 – 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That’s why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men — it’s a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.
  • Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.
  • Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation andsunlight exposure to rebuild the body’s bones and nervous system.
  • Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreenproducts actually cause disease — by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.

Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:

  • Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption.
  • Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.
  • “Rickets” is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.
  • Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.
  • Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes schizophrenia.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.
  • Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
  • Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% – 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week.
  • Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.

Healthy Nutrition

“Your are what you eat” is a well used line. But it is also true. In a time of record levels of obesity in American it is important that we understand what we eat impacts how we feel.

Healthy nutrition means that we eat what is good for us. Of course we know that we need to limit the number of calories we eat every day – that is the most important factor in healthy weight management. But it is just as important that we understand what it is that we are eating.

What kinds of nutrients are important for our health? There are several that are found to be helpful, including:

  1. Antioxidants
  2. Vitamins and Vitamin Supplements
  3. Anti Aging Supplements
  4. Vitamins and supplements for bone health, liver health, blood sugar, prostrate, and even the digestive system
  5. Immune Support Supplements

These nutritional supplements are well known to help each of live a healthier life. But of course I am not a medical expert and this advice is only to give you more information and ideas on how to live a better life. You should check out more information to see what is right for you. You can do that by checking out Healthy Nutrition on my Shaklee Independent Distributor site.

You can also learn more about all of the Healthy Nutrition products available. Shaklee researches each and every one of the products they offer and have been in business for over 50 years now. So they know as much as anyone about what works.

Get started today. Learn more about how to live a healthier live.

Good luck in your quest for healthier living.