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Facts about multivitamins

Après breakfast choice

Après breakfast choice (Photo credit: Gino)

Is it beneficial to take a multivitamin everyday? What are some facts about multivitamins?

According to the British Journal of Nutrition there has been a series of studies  of the effects of multivitamin supplements on mood and cognitive function.

Healthy men, women and children, taking commercially available vitamins and mineral supplements, were monitored for 4 to 12 weeks.  Their cognitive performance through tasks requiring memory, attention, accuracy and/or multitasking were tested.

Their finding indicates that vitamin and mineral supplementation improved cognitive performance after only a few weeks.

High doses of B-complex showed men improved their performance with cognitive tasks. Women taking multivitamin/mineral supplements had increased accuracy and speed with multitasking. There was an increased accuracy in attention-based activities in children ages 8 to 14.

This article below really tells us the facts about multivitamins. It is true that supplementing with just one vitamin or mineral, when we really do not know which we are truly lacking ,is not helpful.  Where as a multivitamin covers all the bases.

Multivitamin supplements boost brain function, say UK researchers.

I find in my life taking a  multivimamin is beneficial. I feel more alert, have better energy, and just feel healthier all around. The facts are that multivitamins are good for me!

Let me know what facts about multivitamins is your favorite!

good reading

Cindy Collins



Healthy Diet

Fresh vegetables are important components of a...

Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eating a healthy diet may add years to your life.  women who ate the most fruits vegetables,beans and whole grains were 17% less likely to die during the course of the study than those who ate the smallest amount of those. That is 28% less likely to die from heart disease or stroke. Other parts of the healthy diet included fish, poultry an

Reliv Now with lunaRich

Reliv Now with lunaRich (Photo credit: Reliv International)

d legumes.

Women who had a “Western” eating pattern which includes red and processed meats, sweets, French fries and refined grains like white bread, were 21% more likely to die during the 18-year study period than the women who avoided those foods and followed a healthier eating style.

It’s not about one specific food or vitamin. It’s about providing your body with a steady variety of nutrients essential to your health. The study, (reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association,) underscores the importance of healthy overall eating patterns.

If you’re not sure if your eating habits are  perfect,  you may want to consider adding a backup plan  — like Reliv Classic® or Reliv Now®.  Every Reliv product is precisely formulated to deliver optimal levels of the essential vitamins, minerals, protein and phytonutrients necessary to support overall wellbeing.  These powerhouse nutritional supplements take the guesswork out of good nutrition. And that can mean a longer, healthier life.


CardioSentials gives you a nutritional solution for total heart health. The revolutionary formula has been clinically shown to improve cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose levels. Phytosterols moderate cholesterol levels; policosanol improves coronary blood flow; and an array of potent antioxidants protect arterial walls. CardioSentials; take it to heart.

Plant Sterol Concentrate (Phytosterols) 1500 mg

are steroid compounds similar to cholesterol which occur in plants. Free phytosterols extracted from oils are insoluble in water, relatively insoluble in oil, and soluble in alcohols. Phytosterol enriched foods and dietary supplements have been marketed for decades. Despite well documented cholesterol lowering effect no evidence of any beneficial effect on CVD or overall mortality exists and a meta-analysis published in 2012 suggests that there is no effect.

The ability of phytosterols to reduce cholesterol levels was first demonstrated in humans in 1953. They were subsequently marketed as a pharmaceutical under the name Cytellin as a treatment for elevated cholesterol from 1954-1982.

Phytosterols may inhibit lung, stomach, ovarian and breast cancers. It increases antioxidant enzyme activity.

Phytosterol have a long history of safe use dating back to Cytellin, the pharmaceutical preparation of phytosterols marketed in the U.S from 1954-1982. Phytosterol esters have generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status in the US. Phytosterol containing functional foods were subject to post-launch monitoring after being introduced to the E.U market in 2000 and no unpredicted side-effects were reported.

Psyllium Husk (Plantago ovata) 100 mg

is the common name used for several members of the plant genus Plantago whose seeds are used commercially for the production of mucilage.

Psyllium is mainly used as a dietary fiber, which is not absorbed by the small intestine. The purely mechanical action of psyllium mucilage absorbs excess water while stimulating normal bowel elimination. Although its main use has been as a laxative, it is more appropriately termed a true dietary fiber and as such can help reduce the symptoms of both constipation and mild diarrhea. The laxative properties of psyllium are attributed to the fiber absorbing water and subsequently softening the stool. At the same time, this added bulk causes the stool to be better formed, which can reduce symptoms of diarrhea.

Beta Glucan 486 mg

are polysaccharides of D-glucose monomers linked by β-glycosidic bonds. β-glucans are a diverse group of molecules that can vary with respect to molecular mass, solubility, viscosity, and three-dimensional configuration. They occur most commonly as cellulose in plants, the bran of cereal grains, the cell wall of baker’s yeast, certain fungi, mushrooms and bacteria. Some forms of beta glucans are useful in human nutrition as texturing agents and as soluble fiber supplements, but can be problematic in the process of brewing.

β-glucans are known as “biological response modifiers” because of their ability to activate the immune system.

Several health claims requests were submitted to the EFSA NDA Panel (Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies), related to the role of β-glucans in “maintenance of normal blood cholesterol concentrations and maintenance or achievement of a normal body weight“. In July 2009, the Scientific Committee issued the following statements:[6]

  • On the basis of the data available, the Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of beta-glucans and the reduction of blood cholesterol concentrations.
  • The following wording reflects the scientific evidence: “Regular consumption of beta-glucans contributes to maintenance of normal blood cholesterol concentrations“. In order to bear the claim, foods should provide at least 3 g/d of beta-glucans from oats, oat bran, barley, barley bran, or from mixtures of non-processed or minimally processed beta-glucans in one or more servings. The target population is adults with normal or mildly elevated blood cholesterol concentrations.
  • On the basis of the data available the Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of beta-glucans and the maintenance or achievement of a normal body weight.

Pantethine 360 mg

is a dimeric form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Pantethine is available as a dietary supplement because of evidence of its health benefits. In multiple clinical trials of patients with elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol were decreased by 12%, triglycerides decreased by 18%, and HDL cholesterol was increased by 9%.

Gugulipid 2.5% (Commiphora mukul) 350 mg

Gugulipid is a standardized extract of the gum resin from Commiphora mukul (2.5% Guggulsterones Z&E), and has been used to help support the maintenance of healthy levels of cholesterol and blood serum lipids.

Potassium D-Glucarate 200 mg

Potassium d-glucarate is a natural compound found in the body that helps cells to detoxify by enhancing the cell’s ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients. It also has been shown to help enzymes activate nerve transmission, and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.

Magnesium Salvianolate 60% 150 mg

Magnesium is an essential mineral for human nutrition. It is necessary in the formation of bones and teeth and assists with absorption of calcium and potassium. It helps muscles contract and relax, while producing and transporting energy within the body. According to a study published in the journal, Neuron, the nutritional supplement magnesium can help boost an individual’s brain power by enhancing short and long-term memory as well as the ability to learn.

(Dansheng (Salvia miltiorrhiza))

also known as red sage, Chinese sage, tan shen, or danshen, is a perennial plant in the genus Salvia, highly valued for its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Native to China and Japan, it grows at 90 to 1,200 m (300 to 3,900 ft) elevation, preferring grassy places in forests, hillsides, and along stream banks. The specific epithet miltiorrhiza means “red juice extracted from a root”.

Artichoke Extract (Cynara scolymus) 100 mg

The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a perennial thistle of the genus Cynara originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. An aid to digestion, strengthening of the liver function and gall bladder function, and raising of the HDL/LDL ratio. This reduces cholesterol levels, which diminishes the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease,reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and having a hypolipidemic influence, lowering blood cholesterol. Artichoke leaf extract has proved helpful for patients with functional dyspepsia, and may ameliorate symptoms of IBS.

Optiberry® 100 mg

Derived from a unique blend of wild blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, wild bilberry, elderberry and raspberry extracts, OptiBerry® contains standardized levels of anthocyanins formulated and tested to supply whole body antioxidant support.

Coenzyme Q 10 50 mg

also known as ubiquinone, ubidecarenone, coenzyme Q, and abbreviated at times to CoQ10 /ˌkoʊ ˌkjuː ˈtɛn/, CoQ, Q10, or Q, is a 1,4-benzoquinone, where Q refers to the quinone chemical group, and 10 refers to the number of isoprenylchemical subunits in its tail.

This oil-soluble, vitamin-like substance is present in most eukaryotic cells, primarily in the mitochondria. It is a component of the electron transport chain and participates in aerobic cellular respiration, generating energy in the form of ATP. Ninety-five percent of the human body’s energy is generated this way. Therefore, those organs with the highest energy requirements—such as the heart, liver and kidney—have the highest CoQ10 concentrations.There are three redox states of coenzyme Q10: fully oxidized (ubiquinone), semiquinone (ubisemiquinone), and fully reduced (ubiquinol). The capacity of this molecule to exist in a completely oxidized form and a completely reduced form enables it to perform its functions in the electron transport chain and as an antioxidant respectively.

Protykin® RSV-5000 25 mg (Polygonum cuspidatum extract)

is a large, herbaceous perennial plant, native to eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe the species is very successful and has been classified as an invasive species in several countries. Methanol extracts of the roots of Polygonum cuspidatum (Polygonaceae), traditionally used in Korea to maintain oral health, were shown to reduce the viability of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus as well as inhibit sucrose-dependent adherence, water-insoluble glucan formation, glycolytic acid production and acid tolerance. The authors suggested that inhibitory effects may be mediated by the presence of alkaloids, phenolics, sterols, and terpenes in the extract. Both Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed are important concentrated sources of resveratrol and its glucoside piceid, replacing grape byproducts. Many large supplement sources of resveratrol now use Japanese knotweed and use its scientific name in the supplement labels. The plant is useful because of its year-round growth and robustness in different climates.

Policosanol 20 mg (Saccharum officinarium extract)

Policosanol consists of numerous long-chained, fatty alcohols extracted from the plant, Saccharum officinarum, (sugar cane) and beeswax. The predominant alcohol in policosanol, octacosanol, has been previously shown to lower total cholesterol levels and LDL levels

Chromium 10 mcg (ChromeMate® brand of Niacin bound chromium)

ChromeMate® contains a unique patented niacin-bound chromium complex.  Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works to support healthy blood glucose levels already within a normal range and plays an important role in the proper utilization of protein, fats and carbohydrates.**  Independent studies show that ChromeMate® provides greater biological activity than other chromium supplements.

Proven Effective: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, participants taking CardioSentials significantly reduced total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as increased HDL (good) cholesterol and lowered blood glucose levels.

*These statements has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any disease.

the Reliv products I sell

Reliv Now for Kids

Reliv Now for Kids (Photo credit: Reliv International)

I started this blog because I was receiving constant questions about the ingredients in the Reliv products I sell. Things like “I read you can get too much vitamin ***. There seems to be too much in your product.” or ” I heard that **** can cause cancer.” or “Don’t you think ***** will do the same thing and it’s cheaper?” On and on it goes. In today’s world everyone has their own education on the things they want to do and use. With the internet and television we have the opportunity to learn new things everyday. We also have the opportunity to help others learn. Therefore with this blog I am learning great things about the products I sell and hopefully helping others to learn also.

I have discovered that there are a lot of great supplements out there. From my research I have not found one that is as complete as Reliv. The Reliv “NOW” and CLASSIC” are stand on their own products, which deliver complete nutrition when taken as directed. Our bodies need complete nutrition to help to stay on our ‘feet’. excuse the pun 😉 . Reliv gives you that complete nutrition. They have blended the nutrients synergistic so that each vitamin and nutrient has the helper vitamins/nutrients it needs to help them do their jobs as they are ment to do.
With the addition of LunaRich to the Now and Soy Sentails, they have only made great products even better. Today they announced the third product to receive the LunaRich “Kids Now” What a wonderful advance!
Reliv I Love you! I love the Reliv products I sell!

More on ProVantage

Performance Nutrition:


Most of us don’t come close to consuming the nutrients we need to keep our bodies performing at their peak. ProVantage meets the nutritional needs of physically active people to improve performance, endurance, recovery and repair. Packed with 13 grams of muscle-building soy protein, and a host of advanced ingredients, like Tonalin®, MCTs, Creatine, CoQ10 and supercharged amino acids, ProVantage marks a major advancement in the science of sports nutrition. It’s the edge you’ve been looking for.

ProVantage Works

Unlike most protein powders, ProVantage gives me protein, plus the perfect formulation of key muscle-building ingredients. By adding ProVantage to my routine, I’ve gained 40 pounds of lean muscle!” ~ Jason Arntz, Grand Rapids, MI

 It’s time to get out and get fit. Reliv has the products to help you get the best results from your workout. In the  blog I have covered the  propiertary blend of ProVantage.

ProVantage Proprietary  Amino Acid Blend 694 mg *


Side Effects;

Should you worry about L-Glutamine side effects? In short No. studies have shown it to have no adverse side effects. Also Glutamine occurs naturally in your body, it has no health risks. However too much is never good with many supplements. Taking excessive of amounts of L-Glutamine has led to upset stomachs, so you should follow recommended dosages.

Benefits of L-Glutamine;

  1. Prevent muscles from being eaten up, in order to provide glutamine to other cells in your body.
  2. Helps maintain cell volume and hydration, making wounds and burns heal faster.
  3. replenishing glutamine during workouts.
  4. Helps you produce growth hormones.
  5. May increase immune system.
  6. It has the ability to repair a “leaky gut” by maintaining the structural integrity of the bowls.
  7. It can even cure ulcers.

L-Arginine Base:

 L-arginine is a chemical building block called “an amino acid.”  It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. L-arginine is found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine.

Possibly effective for…

  • Improving recovery after surgery. Taking L-arginine with ribonucleic acid (RNA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) before surgery or afterwards seems to help reduce the recovery time, reduce the number of infections, and improve wound healing after surgery.
  • Congestive heart failure. Taking L-arginine along with usual treatment seems to help eliminate extra fluids that are a problem in congestive heart failure.  But taking L-arginine doesn’t always improve exercise tolerance or quality of life.  L-arginine should not be used instead of the usual treatments ordered by a healthcare provider.
  • Chest pain associated with coronary artery disease (angina pectoris). Taking L-arginine seems to decrease symptoms and improve exercise tolerance and quality of life in people with angina. But L-arginine doesn’t seem to improve the disease itself.
  • Bladder inflammation. Taking L-arginine seems to improve symptoms, but it may take up to three months of treatment to see improvement.
  • Wasting and weight loss in people with HIV/AIDS, when used with hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) and glutamine. This combination seems to increase body weight, particularly lean body mass, and improve the immune system.
  • Preventing loss of effect of nitroglycerin in people with angina pectoris.
  • Problems with erections of the penis (erectile dysfunction).
  • Improving kidney function in kidney transplant patients taking cyclosporine.
  • Preventing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants.
  • Cramping pain and weakness in the legs associated with blocked arteries (intermittent claudication).

Are there safety concerns?

L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately by mouth short-term. It can cause some side effects such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gout, blood abnormalities, allergies, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately short-term in pregnancy. Not enough is known about using L-arginine long-term in pregnancy or during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used by mouth in premature infants in appropriate doses. When used in high doses, L-arginine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Doses that are too high can cause serious side effects including death in children.
Allergies or asthma: L-arginine can cause an allergic response or make swelling in the airways worse. If you decide to take L-arginine, use it with caution.
Herpes: There is a concern that L-arginine might make herpes worse. There is some evidence that L-arginine is needed for the herpes virus to multiply.
Low blood pressure: L-arginine might lower blood pressure. This could be a problem if you already have low blood pressure.
Recent heart attack: There is a concern that L-arginine might increase the risk of death after a heart attack, especially in older people. If you have had a heart attack recently, don’t take L-arginine.
Surgery: L-arginine might affect blood pressure. There is a concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop taking L-arginine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


As a food additive, L-Leucine has E number E641 and is classified as a flavor enhancer. Leucine is the only dietary amino acid that has the capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.  As a dietary supplement, leucine has been found to slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing the synthesis of muscle proteins.

L-Lysine HCL:

It is an essential amino acid, which means that the human body cannot synthesize it. As an essential amino acid, lysine is not synthesized in animals, hence it must be ingested as lysine or lysine-containing proteins. In plants and bacteria, it is synthesized from aspartic acid (aspartate). The nutritional requirement per day, in milligrams of lysine per kilogram of body weight, is: infants (3–4 months) 103, children (2 years) 64, older children (10–12 years) 60 to 44, adults 12. For a 70 kg adult, 12 milligrams of lysine per kilogram of body weight is 0.84 grams of lysine. Good sources of lysine are foods rich in protein such as soy, as well as meat (specifically red meat, lamb, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly Parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), and eggs.


Alanine is a nonessential amino acid, meaning it can be manufactured by the human body, and does not need to be obtained directly through the diet. Alanine is found in a wide variety of foods, but is particularly concentrated in meats.

Good sources of alanine include

  • Animal sources: meat, seafood, caseinate, dairy products, eggs, fish, gelatin, lactalbumin
  • Vegetarian sources: beans, nuts, seeds, soy, whey, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bran, corn, legumes, whole grains.

Link to hypertension

An international study led by Imperial College London found a correlation between high levels of alanine and higher blood pressure, energy intake, cholesterol levels, and body mass index.

(S)-Alanine (left) and (R)-alanine (right) in zwitterionic form at neutral pH

 Link to Diabetes

Alterations in the alanine cycle that increase the levels of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is linked to the development of type II diabetes. With an elevated level of ALT the risk of developing type II diabetes increases.


an organic compound , is the smallest of the 20 amino acids commonly found in proteins. Other markets for USP grade glycine include its use an additive in pet food and animal feed. For humans, glycine is sold as a sweetener/taste enhancer. Food supplements and protein drinks contain glycine. Certain drug formulations include glycine to improve gastric absorption of the drug.

L-Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate:

is a non essential amino acid produced in the body. Has strong healing properties. Protects muscles and tissues from break down. Improves muscle mass, and is known to regulate liver function.

In general this proprietay blend seams safe. there are procautions however for those who have health issues already; they should have their Doctors look over the products and follow his/her advice. As should everyone.

Bless you all and get Fit

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Spotlight on Supplements | Reliv Blog#more-33392

Supplements are a great way to keep our bones  and teeth strong. Our eyes sparkly and bright. our skin clear and beautiful. Our minds alert and active; and so much more.  We take vitamin C to chase away colds. Vitamin D to keep our bones strong and healthy. Once you begin to take supplements then you wonder “am I taking the right amount?” or “am  I taking  the right combination?’ Those were questions I asked myself.  And I found the answer!

More people than ever are turning to supplements as part of a healthier lifestyle.  About 65% in 2009 said they used supplements. And more physicians are also paying attention thanks to clinical and observational studies showing the effectiveness of supplements.

Many of my own friends and family take some sort of supplement every day;  wether it be a single capsule or a hand full of vitamins. I have been there and admit I thought they were working well. That is until I started taking/drinking Reliv shakes everyday.  Within that first 30 days, I noticed  that I wasn’t coughing in the mornings as I had for years. Also, I wasn’t constantly wiping at my watery eyes.  Other things I noticed were : I wasn’t tried all the time; my muscles stopped hurting, and I just felt healthier all around.

Supplements have been around for a long time. They are finally getting some recognition from the medical world. As an example: from the Reliv Blog:

William Cooper, MD, spoke at the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus in Washington, DC, about the importance of using dietary supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle. As a heart surgeon, he encouraged a focus on preventative health. “There are simple things that all of us can do every day to better our health,” he said, “and that includes taking dietary supplements.” 

Dr. Cooper said he personally takes supplements every day and recommends them to his patients for good heart health. He believes they can make a big difference in overall wellness, along with a healthy diet and exercise.

Stephen Pfeifer, MD, a family practice physician and a member of the Reliv Scientific Advisory Board, agrees with this preventative approach. “An investment in quality nutrition will have a far greater outcome on healthcare costs than using the money on disease treatment. Consumers and doctors alike now have a better understanding of how important nutrition is to overall health. In addition, the clinical studies that support the effectiveness of nutritional supplements are fueling awareness about their benefits.”

More than half the population including medical professionals recognizes the need for supplemental nutrition. I can Help you get started email me at cinjoco@hotmail.com


You can read more about supplements on the Reliv blog at the link below.

Spotlight on Supplements | Reliv Blog#more-33392.

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