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Facts about multivitamins

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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

cinjoco@hotmail.com

Hydration

Reliv Innergize! and ProVantage

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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

Still think plain water is enough?

 

Innergize! provides your body with the combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids it needs to stay in top form. It’s the perfect complement to your active lifestyle. With Innergize!, you can excel — on or off the playing field!

 

At the gym: Keep yourself running with a bottle of Innergize! on the treadmill to replace electrolytes critical to endurance.

 

On the field: Hit a home run when you fill the water cooler with Innergize! to give the little league team an extra advantage.

In hot weather: Combat dehydration and overheating when you’re mowing the lawn in the summer sun.

For everyday energy: Enjoy Innergize! daily for a refreshing way to keep you going through work and errands all week long. With two delicious options — orange or lemon — there’s a flavor you’re sure to love!

Distinctive, advanced ingredients mean Innergize! Stands out in a crowd of sports beverages.

ChromeMate®: plays a vital role in energy production, muscle development and metabolism.

OptiZinc®: helps repair muscle damage and speed recovery after workouts while strengthening immune system.

L-Carnitine & L-Glutamine: help burn fat, promote lean muscle development and transport fatty acids to release more energy.

Potassium & Sodium: support muscle exertion without cramping and perspiration without salt depletion.

Studies show the ingredients ChromeMate and OptiZinc in Innergize! are more readily absorbed and retained compared to other

chromium and zinc supplements. A patented, advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed to help prevent dehydration and restore energy… you’ll be able to work out longer and more effectively with less fatigue while maintaining your electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants in the form of Vitamins C and Vitamin A — including beta carotene… …it protects cell membranes against damage including protecting skin from environmental stress.

ChromeMate®, the most readily absorbed form of chromium available… …your body will be able to process carbohydrates more efficiently and will receive a boost in energy production, muscle development and fat and cholesterol metabolism.

OptiZinc®, the most readily absorbed form of zinc available… …you’ll receive numerous benefits to your immune system and help in repairing muscle damage, which helps you recover faster after you workout.

L-Carnitine and L-Glutamine… …it helps transport fatty acids to release more energy and promotes lean muscle development.

Balanced level of sodium and potassium which are important cellular electrolytes… …it supports muscle exertion without cramping and perspiration without salt depletion.

Two delicious flavor options…  orange or lemon …there’s a flavor everyone is sure to love!

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

 

 

 

 

vitamin types

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Today I want to take a quick look at vitamin types(i.e.Water-soluble and Fat-soluble), natural foods a widely used terms in food labeling and marketing with a variety of definitions…. , and organic foods=foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as….. I am looking at natural food and organic food as way to look at natural and organic vitamins. I was unable to find information on the subjects except on sites that were trying to sell their products. Not that I do not trust them I just do not want to be biased.

Vitamins

Are an Organic compound required in small amounts in the diet to maintain normal metabolic functions. The term vitamine (1911) was changed to vitamin when it was realized that not all vitamins are amines (i.e., not all contain nitrogen). Many vitamins act as or are converted to coenzymes. They neither provide energy nor are incorporated into tissues. Water-soluble vitamins (vitamin B complex, vitamin C) are excreted quickly. Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K) require bile salts for absorption and are stored in the body. The normal functions of many vitamins are known. Deficiency of specific vitamins can lead to diseases (including beriberi, neural tube defect, pernicious anemia, rickets, and scurvy). Excess amounts, especially of fat-soluble vitamins, can also be dangerous: e.g., too much vitamin A causes liver damage, an effect not seen with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Several vitamins are now known to support the immune system. Most vitamins are adequately supplied by a balanced diet, but people with higher requirements may need supplements.

Natural foods” and “all natural foods” are widely used terms in food labeling and marketing with a variety of definitions, some of which are vague. The term is assumed to imply foods that are minimally processed and do not contain manufactured ingredients, but the lack of standards in some jurisdictions means that the term assures nothing. The term “organic” has similar implications and has an established legal definition in many countries and an international standard. In some places, the term “natural” is defined and enforced. In others, such as the United States, it has no meaning.

“Natural foods” are often assumed to be foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not originally in the food. The terms are often misused on labels and in advertisements.

The international Food and Agriculture Organization‘s Codex Alimentarius does not recognize the term “natural” but does have a standard for organic foods.

Fundamentally, almost all foodstuffs are derived from the natural products of plants and animals and therefore any definition of natural food results in an arbitrary exclusion or inclusion of food ingredients; likewise, since almost all foods are processed in some way, either mechanically, chemically, or by temperature, it is difficult to define which types of food processing is natural.

Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

The weight of the available scientific evidence has not shown a significant difference between organic and more conventionally grown food in terms of safety, nutritional value, or taste.

Identifying organic food

Mixed organic bean sprouts

For more details on on the production of organic food, see Organic farming.

Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food’s total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United States, Canada, and Australia) and any non-organically produced ingredients are subject to various agricultural requirements. Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients. Pesticides are allowed so long as they are not synthetic.

Synthetic:

2 : of, relating to, or produced by chemical synthesis; especially : produced artificially   <synthetic drugs>   <synthetic fibers> something resulting from synthesis rather than occurring naturally; especially:a product (as a drug or plastic) of chemical synthesis.

Definition of SYNTHESIS:

a: the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.
b: the production of a substance by the union of chemical elements, groups, or simpler compounds or by the degradation of a complex compound.
c: the combining of often diverse conceptions into a coherent whole; also: the complex so formed.
In conclusion:
        Vitamin types labeled organic must be free of artificial food additives. Pesticides are allowed so long as they are not synthetic. Natural does not contain any hormones, food colors, antibiotics, flavorings, or sweeteners, that were not originally in the food. These terms are often misused on labels or in advertisements. I believe that  most vitamin products, even those sold in health food stores and/or by distributors, contain synthetic vitamin powders. How else do you get that much nutrition in such a small serving?

the Reliv products I sell

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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!
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