A study on soy-based food supplements

A study on soy-based food supplements as medical nutriceutical therapy in reversing lipid abnormalities

was conducted by:

Sison Jorge, MD, Aragon Jimmy, MD, Maliwat Raquel  MD, Yape Myrna, MD

Medical Center Manila, Makati Medical Center, Medical City Philippines


Cardiovascular diseases rank number one in causing death globally.

Lipid abnormalities like high cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and HDL (“good cholesterol”) are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Soy and fibers have been proven to improve lipid abnormalities and therefore, benefit health.


To determine the efficacy and safety of soy based oral food supplements Reliv Now and Fibrestore in the management of lipid abnormalities.

 Study Design

60-day multi-center, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on soy-based food supplements.


Adults (_>18 years old) with lipid abnormalities, which may be any of the following; high cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDL.


Decrease in average cholesterol level after 60 days was seen only in Reliv Now and Fibrestore.

Decrease in LDL level after 60 days was seen only in Reliv Now & Fibrestore.

Triglyceride level was reduced by FibRestore after 60 days.



had greater reduction in fasting

plasma glucose

level after 60 days

Relìv Now


& FibRestore® showed reduction in

blood uric acid

levels after 60 days

Changes in average weight after 60 days

Relìv Now


& FibRestore® showed greater


in cholesterol and triglycerides among



Relìv Now


& FibRestore® showed greater reduction


cholesterol among overweight subjects


Relìv Now

® and FibRestore®:

Reduced average cholesterol by 14%

Reduced average LDL by 18% and 8%, respectively

Reduced average triglycerides by 1.2% and 12.4%,


Reduced average uric acid by 10.4% and 16.7%,


Greater reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides


diabetic or overweight individuals


This study proved that Relìv

® Now and


® are effective food supplements in

correcting lipid abnormalities and hence, may help in lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease.


Holiday Diets

Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

Holiday Diets. Here is a subject we do not want to talk about during this season of Holiday goodies and parties. But it is a subject on our minds as we try to resist those tempting treats of the season. We can start the New Year fresh and work off those holiday pounds. I would like to make it a healthy and safe experience for everyone interested. There are so many diet plans out there that it is hard to choose. For example the hCG diet. Is it safe? Here is what I found.

Weight loss

A controversial usage of hCG is as an adjunct to the British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons‘ ultra-low-calorie weight-loss diet (less than 500 calories). Simeons, while studying pregnant women in India on a calorie-deficient diet, and “fat boys” with pituitary problems (Frölich’s syndrome) treated with low-dose hCG, claimed that both lost fat and not lean (muscle) tissue. He reasoned that hCG must  be programming the hypothalamus to do this in the former cases to protect the developing fetus by promoting mobilization and consumption of abnormal, excessive adipose deposits. Simeons later published a book entitled Pounds and Inches, designed to combat obesity. Simeons, practicing at Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome, Italy, recommended low-dose daily hCG injections (125 IU, or ) in combination with a customized ultra-low-calorie (500 cal/day, high-protein, low-carbohydrate/fat) diet loss of adipose tissue without loss of lean tissue. After Simeons’ death, the diet started to spread to specialized centers and via popularization by people, such as the controversial author Kevin Trudeau, famous for promotion of alternative therapies and treatments.

The controversy proceeds from warnings by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition[22] that hCG is neither safe nor effective as a weight-loss aid.

A meta analysis found that studies supporting hCG for weight loss were of poor methodological quality and concluded that “there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss or fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being”.

 Homeopathic hCG for weight control

Controversy about, and shortages of, injected hCG for weight loss have led to real Internet promotion of “homeopathic hCG” for weight control. The ingredients in these products are often obscure, but if prepared from true hCG via homeopathic dilution, they contain either no hCG at all or only trace amounts.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has stated that over-the-counter products containing hCG are fraudulent and ineffective for weight loss. They are also not protected as homeopathic drugs and are illegal substances. HCG itself is a classified  prescription drug in the United States and it has not been approved for over-the-counter sales by the FDA as a weight loss product or for any other purposes, and therefore neither hCG in its pure form nor any preparations containing hCG can be sold legally in the country except by prescription. In December 2011, FDA and FTC started to take actions to pull unapproved hCG products from the market. In the aftermath, some suppliers started to switch to “hormone-free” versions of their weight loss products, where the hormone is replaced with an unproven mixture of free amino acids.

The weight loss indicated by people on an “hCG diet” may-be attributed entirely to the fact that such diets prescribe a consumption rate of 500-550 calorie per day, or about one-quarter of what is commonly accepted as the daily recommended value for a male adult of average build and activity. Further, double-blind studies noted no decrease in appetite by those taking hCG versus people on placebos and have offered no evidence that people taking hCG are more likely to lose fat than lean tissue. Long-term results caution that unlike people participating in a diet of, such as, 1100 calories per day, those on a 500 calorie per day diet are unlikely to develop more inappropriate eating habits and will gain weight more quickly after the diet has completed.

I have concluded hCG is not safe, and the real reason for the weight loss was the starvation diet of 500-550 calories a day. There is no proof that hCG helps to build lean muscles or get rid of the fat.

Last year I added ProVantage to one of my  Daily shakes and in four months I had lost 30lbs.  It came off slow. As it should. My eating habits are better.

Really a Holiday diet to me is to experience the taste of those goodies that friends and relatives have worked so hard to please us with. Be cautious and don’t over indulge. Savor the flavor and you should be good. Happy Holidays everyone and enjoy.


Joe and Cindy Collins

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Reliv Innergize! and ProVantage

Reliv Innergize! and ProVantage (Photo credit: Reliv International)

Hydration is important to athletic performance. Physical fatigue, muscle cramps and even impaired mental function are caused from dehydration. Studies have shown that the benefits of isotonic sports drinks go beyond simple hydration. American College of Sports Medicine recommends a carbohydrate-based sports beverage throughout strenuous exercise to provide sustained power, replace energy and ensure rapid muscle recovery. Patented Innergize!® performs better than water alone, replacing electrolytes and other key nutrients lost during exercise.

Staying hydrated  this season. How improtant is water? Probably the most important, because there is no meaningful form of life without water. Our body’s dependence on water is reflected in the fact that a person can live many days without food but can’t survive more than three days without water

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