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Choosing The Right Vitamin Supplement

Choosing The Right Vitamin SupplementMillions of people take daily vitamin supplements to encourage good health. With all the different kinds of vitamins, minerals and herbs flooding the market these days, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to choose.

The first thing you need to know is that vitamin supplements are not a replacement for eating healthy, vitamin rich whole foods. Food contains the nutrients your body needs in their very purest form, and interact with each other and your body in a way supplements cannot. However, taking vitamin supplements in addition to eating a vitamin-rich diet can be a great way to stay healthy and protect against damage from harmful free radicals.

Choosing The Right Vitamin Supplement

When shopping for vitamin supplements, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  1. Always read the label.Reading labels is a wise practice you should do every time you shop for supplements. Labels can tell you more about dosages, ingredients, safety precautions, and other important information.
  2. Choose a reputable manufacturer.Always choose products with “USP” on the label. “USP” is the abbreviation for the U.S. Pharmacopeia and the inclusion on the label means the product has been tested and checked for quality and safety.
  3. Check the Date.Expired vitamins can lose their potency. Always make sure there is an expiration date printed on the bottle, and never purchase or use expired supplements.
  4. Avoid Giant Doses.Do not choose supplements that offer extremely high doses of a particular vitamin or vitamins. Too much of anything can be harmful, sometimes even fatal.
  5. Store Safely. Always keep your vitamins out of the reach of children. Store in a cool, dark, dry place as heat and humidity can affect the integrity of the vitamins.
  6. Always Do Your Homework. Research is always a good idea before deciding to take vitamin supplements. Consult with your doctor. Perform some Internet searches or visit your local library. There is a wealth of resources available for you on the topic of vitamin supplements and the benefits they offer.

WOW!! SPORTS NUTRITION PHENOMENOM!!

Dean Smith Rows to new World and American Record

Dean Smith set new US and World records at the World Indoor Rowing Championship, hosted by the CRASH-B Sprints that took place on February 17, 2013 at the Agganis Arena in Boston. Over 2,200 athletes raced from more than a dozen countries, with competitors ranging in age from 14 to 95. Dean’s world record time in the 2000 meter row was 8:10.5. Just Google Dean Smith Rowing to see how he has been keeping active.

Dean, a former world- class runner is used to being on the winner’s podium. Previously in Masters Track & Field he won World championship gold medals in Hanover, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden for the 800 meter run, as well as several national championships. Bad knees brought an end to Dean’s running a few years ago, so he was delighted to find a new sport in which to compete. He joined the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club when he moved to Lone Tree, Colorado seven years ago. Since then he has won NINE World Championships in sculls on the water in Zagreb, Croatia, Vienna, Austria, Birmingham, England and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Dean is a young 86.

He attributes his edge for success to using Shaklee Sports Products.

Dr. Steve Chaney, Alzheimers, Dementia and B Vitamins

Dr. Steve Chaney

B Vitamins, Dementia & Alzheimers

Dr. Chaney is an active cancer researcher and Professor of Bio-Chemistry and Nutrition at UNC Medical Schoool.

“As we age there is perhaps nothing more frightening than the thought of losing our mind.

We can cope with lots of physical infirmities, but it is our memories and our cognition that make us who we are.

So what can we do to keep our mind in tip top shape as we age?

I’m going to start by talking about the importance of one B vitamin, folic acid, in maintaining our mental acuity as we age.

But, good health is seldom determined by one nutrient alone, so I’m going to end this discussion by
describing a holistic approach for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Two recent articles have emphasized the importance of folic acid in preventing cognitive decline.

The first was a cross-sectional study of folate status and cognitive function in 1,033 non-demented older patients, ages 60-90 (de Lau et al, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 86: 728-734, 2007). The researchers measured blood levels of folic acid and did extensive cognitive tests on the subjects.

The results were fairly clear-cut. Those people with the highest levels of folic acid were the least likely to suffer from loss of cognitive function or psychomotor speed (reaction time).

But, cross-sectional studies are not the gold-standard placebo controlled clinical trial, which is why the second study is so important.

In this study, 818 middle aged subjects (ages 55-70) with normal vitamin B12 levels (the importance of this will become apparent in a minute) were given either 800 ug of folic acid or a placebo daily and followed for 3 years (Durga et al, Lancet, 369: 208-216, 2007).

At the end of 3 years, the subjects receiving the folic acid supplement did significantly better than the placebo group on several measures of cognitive function.

So you might be thinking that you should rush right out and buy a folic acid supplement.

Not so fast. You need to hear the rest of the story.

Vitamin B12 is also essential for cognitive function, and, with consumption of red meat declining, many older Americans are becoming deficient in B12.

B12 deficiency has two symptoms:

The first to appear is anemia. It is what usually brings the patient to their doctors office, and at this stage the B12 deficiency is easily reversible.

However, if the B12 deficiency is left untreated, the patient will eventually develop dementia that is not reversible.

The problem is that folate supplementation can mask the early, easily reversible, symptoms of B12 deficiency.

So that brings us to the third clinical study (Morris et al, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., 85: 193-200, 2007).

This study was a cross-sectional study looking at vitamin B12 status, folic acid status and cognitive function. When they looked at those subjects in the study with low vitamin B12 status, the ones who also had high blood folate levels actually faired poorer on cognitive tests than those with low blood folate levels.

So now you’re probably thinking that you should rush out and buy a B complex supplement providing both folic acid and vitamin B12.

Wrong again!

Some older Americans develop an inability to produce something called intrinsic factor that is required for the rapid absorption of vitamin B12 in the intestine. Those people cannot get enough vitamin B12 from their food, and for them a standard vitamin B12 supplement is of little use. Knowing this, you might now feel that there is no effective way to make absolutely sure that you are getting enough B vitamins to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

But, you’d be wrong again.

There is a second, intrinsic factor-independent pathway for absorbing vitamin B12 that is present throughout the entire length of the digestive tract.

So what you want to look for is a sustained release B complex that releases its B12 a little bit at a time throughout the digestive tract.

And since not all companies make their supplements according to pharmaceutical standards, you would want to make sure that this sustained release B complex had been shown in a clinical trial to deliver at least as much B12 to the blood stream as an immediate release B complex in individuals with normal levels of intrinsic factor.

Finally, now that you know what to look for in a B complex supplement, let me remind you that mental acuity is not just dependent on two B vitamins.

Recent studies have shown that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, maintaining ideal body weight and exercising regularly all help us to keep our brains functioning as they should as we age.

A holistic approach to health is always best.

To Your Health!

Dr. Stephen G Chantey

P.S. The Sustained Release B + C in Shaklee’s Vitalizer continuously releases small amounts of the B vitamins and Vitamin C during the 12 hours that it takes to pass through the small intestine.

Clinical studies have shown that his results in up to a 200% increase in blood levels of some B Vitamins and that blood levels of Vitamin B12 are equal to or greater than the same amount of B12 in the immediate release B-Complex Supplement.

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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.

10 Best Shaklee Products for Young Entrepreneurs

The Shaklee Product line of natural vitamin supplements, green products for the home, weight management, and healthy beauty appeals to all ages. But for young entrepreneurs there are some products that can be particularly attractive.

What are the best products for young people to promote?

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition.

Shaklee Sports Nutrition products have been powering many of the world’s elite athletes to remarkable achievements for decades with several revolutionary formulas. Shaklee Physique® and Shaklee Performance® provide athletes with energy, hydration, and muscle recovery and growth.

Energy Chews

Energy.

Healthy Energy plus Smart Focus. Energy Chews are packed with a whole lot of healthy attitude, the kind that gets your body moving, sharpens your mind and improves your mood. And all Shaklee products are from natural ingredients and a good way to make it through the day.

Stress Relief

Stress Relief.

Stress Relief Complex helps relax the body and mind, and promotes alertness while enhancing the body’s ability to adapt to everyday stress with all natural ingredients.

Children's Health

Children’s Health.

Shakleekids provides a wide variety of the world’s best children’s supplements. If you or anyone you know has growing youngsters, they will appreciate these products, such as Incredivites and Mighty Smart, made from super-safe ingredients that bring out the best in your kids.

Immune Support

Immune Support.

Your body works hard to keep you healthy but the daily bombardment from environmental irritants and airborne pollutants can unbalance your immune system. Nutriferon is a clinically tested, natural interferon booster and is important to people of all ages.

Multi-vitamin Supplements

Multivitamin Supplements.

The Vita-Lea formula provides 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Taken daily, Vita-Lea promotes overall health and wellness and supports long-term colon, heart, and eye health, and strengthens the immune system. Multivitamin supplements are important for young people too.

Cinch Weight Management

Cinch Weight Management.

Losing weight can be important for anyone who has a few too many pounds. Many young people are struggling with their weight. Cinch provides a sensible, natural program that can make it easier to manage. Being overweight is one of the most important controllable factors in long-term healthy living.

Clean Products

Clean Products for a Healthy Home.

Shaklee Get Clean Products are safe for you, your home, and the planet. As everyone gets more environmentally conscious, using products that are green can be difficult to find, but Shaklee makes it easy. Basic H® has been around since 1960, and was one of the first environmentally safe household cleaners on the market. Today, millions of bottles later, it’s more loved than ever.

Enfusselle Sun Screen

Enfuselle® SPF 30 Sunscreen for Body.

Sunscreen is important for active people of all ages. This natural formula is designed for all skin types, waterproof, and oil-free. Premature skin aging can be a direct result of too much sun so everyone needs protection.

Vivix Anti-Aging Formula

Vivix Anti-Aging Formula.

Why is an anti-aging formula important to young people? Because everyone knows older people who want to live a longer, healthier life. This revolutionary breakthrough in cellular anti-aging has been shown in laboratory studies to positively impact the four key mechanisms of cellular aging.

These Shaklee products are valuable to people young and old, but for a young entrepreneur who is interested in building a successful Shaklee business these 10 items can be the most valuable when talking with their friends and family. For living a healthy life, you can never start too young!

How Does a Young Entrepreneur Get Started?

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10 Reasons Why Young Entrepreneurs Can be Successful in Building a Shaklee Business

Children’s Health – Did you know?

Did You Know?

• Children eat nearly twice as many calories (770) at restaurants as they do during a meal at home (420).

• According to a national study, 92% of elementary schools do not provide daily physical education classes for all students throughout the entire school year.

• The typical American child spends about 44.5 hours per week using media outside of school.

• At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week is the recommended minimum. However, nearly 23 percent of children and nearly 40 percent of adults get no free-time physical activity at all.

• Studies have shown that, between 1977 and 1996, portion sizes and corresponding calories per serving grew markedly in the United States. One study of portion sizes for typical items showed that:

• Salty snacks increased from 132 calories to 225 calories.
• Soft drinks increased from 144 calories to 193 calories.
• French fries increased from 188 calories to 256 calories.
• Hamburgers increased from 389 calories to 486 calories.

Learn more about the world’s best childrens’ supplements from Shaklee.

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.