Monthly Archives: August 2013

Natural Vitamin C vs. Synthetic Vitamin C -What’s the Difference?

Most commonly, vitamin C is ingested as ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate; however, the active agent in ALL forms of vitamin C is ascorbate anion. This is important to note since virtually all of the clinical and laboratory outcomes of vitamin C reported over the last century come from ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate.

As new research becomes available more people are beginning to realize the enormous utility of vitamin C and are looking for ways to supplement it on a regular basis. Of course this attracts businesses that have become increasingly negligent of the claims they are making regarding vitamin c products.

Deceptive Marketing

Common deceitful vitamin C labels are “natural vitamin C” and “vitamin C complex.” Labels such as these confuse consumers and lead to misinformation that affects everyone. Let’s clear these misconceptions up now. Many of these companies that produce vitamin C products have even asserted that ascorbic acid is not really vitamin C! This isn’t even the worst part; people actually believe these claims. Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi discovered vitamin C and asserted that what he had in fact discovered was ascorbic acid and nothing more.

Instead, supplement makers are using deceptive practices by claiming that vitamin C is of little use if it is not ingested in a “natural” form. Additionally, they attempt to discredit many pure vitamin C supplements as being synthetic; therefore’ inferior vitamin C products. Renowned vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas E. Levy said that

“Vitamin C, or ascorbate, can be synthesized or it can be isolated from natural sources. As long as the purification processes are not flawed, the final products are absolutely identical. However, the fears that many people have today (often justifiably) about impure products of all varieties are played upon by these companies in their attempt to sell their “natural, vitamin C complex” product in the place of pure vitamin C supplements. – NaturalHealth365.com

Marketing is extremely powerful; it even has the ability to determine presidential elections. Many of these supplement companies are using sophisticated marketing strategies to take advantage of a growing segment of health conscious consumers. By muddying the waters they are able to grab a piece of the pie.

What about “vitamin C complex”

Vitamin C complex supplements often contain a number of antioxidants, think multivitamin. These products are absolutely fine and do provide a valuable service however they are needlessly expensive when marketed in the “complex” form. Traditional vitamin C is relatively cheap therefore the premium you are paying, is for their marketing budget rather than their research and development.

A Better Alternative

Although vitamin C complex and traditional vitamin C have their place in the ascorbic acid market, a better alternative to paying a premium for vitamin C complex would be to purchase liposomal supplements. Vitamin C expert Dr. Thomas E. Levy describes Liposomal vitamin C as:

“Tiny particles of vitamin C coated with phospholipids create molecules of vitamin C coated with a substance similar to the cell membranes. Thus those coated vitamin C molecules can slip into the cells easily. The encapsulation also avoids diarrhea thresholds of normal oral C.”

Liposomal supplements are a more efficient delivery mechanism. Mainly because liposomes are smart enough and strong enough to bypass the bodies normal digestive system to enter directly into the bloodstream ensuring a higher quality product. You can purchase Liposomal Vitamin C directly from LivOn Labs or you can purchase it through one of their many online retailers.

Resource: “The Marketing Myth of “Vitamin C Complex” by Dr. Thomas E. Levy written for www.naturalhealth365.com (August 22, 2013)

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Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C — the Perfect Vitamin C Delivery

Thousands of published studies report the dramatic, unparalleled abilities of high-dose vitamin C. So the question is not whether you need it, but rather, “how can I get effective amounts into my bloodstream?”
Before now, there were two basic options:

  1. Costly intravenous (IV) infusion, or…
  2. Take much more than your digestive system could process in order to “push” as much into the bloodstream as possible; then endure resultant consequences such as upset stomach, cramps and diarrhea.

Now you can take what you need and know virtually all that you take will get to where you need it.
Recently, Dr. Steve Hickey was able to achieve vitamin C blood levels nearly 200% more than the National Institutes of Health thought theoretically possible by mouth — using Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C. (A copy of the study is available upon request)

Gram for gram, Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C can:

  • protect your cells from the damage caused by free-radicals,
  • support your immune system,
  • help your bones utilize calcium,
  • and support optimal health for your heart, brain, glands, eyes and more.

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

The Power of Lypo-Spheric™ Nutrient Delivery Technology

For years researchers have known about the “GI Barrier.” It restricts and sometimes prevents bio-availability of several powerful nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin B-12, glutathione (GSH) and others.

Liposomal lypo spheric bioavailabilityHere are some examples of how impenetrable the “GI Barrier” can be… To get 2,000 mgs of vitamin C into the bloodstream using traditional forms of vitamin C one would have to take a 16,000 mg dose — that’s 32 (500 mg) tablets! Because the “GI Barrier’s” restrictiveness increases geometrically with dose size, getting much more than 2,000 mgs into the bloodstream  from a single oral dose is virtually impossible.

For other nutrients, such as GSH and B-12, the “GI Barrier” prevents passage of nearly all of the ingested supplement into the bloodstream.
Now there’s a proven, oral delivery system so advanced that it can carry nearly 100% of any supplement through the digestive system and directly into the bloodstream. By employing powerful Liposomal Encapsulation Technology (LET), LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric™ supplements have “raised the bar” on bio-availability standards through the roof.
Our “Smart” Lyposomal Nano-Spheres® (tiny essential phospholipid “bubbles”) function like “smart” bombs. They protect and deliver virtually all of the nutrients they carry and deliver them to the parts of the body that need them.

In addition, each uni-dose of our Lypo-Spheric™ supplements is individually sealed in its own packet — protected from the elements that could degrade the supplement before you use it.

Electron  microscopy showing Vitamin C encapsulated in bilayer liposomes. Liposomes provide up to 800% more bioavailability than traditional forms of vitamin C.

Electron  microscopy showing Vitamin C encapsulated in bilayer liposomes. Liposomes provide up to 800% more bioavailability than traditional forms of vitamin C.

Lypo-Spheric™ Supplements offer the massive health and anti-aging benefits of phosphatidylcholine
Even without their encapsulated nutrients, the  liposomes used to make Lypo-Spheric™ supplements offer substantial benefits.
Lypo-Spheric™ liposomes are made from polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PPC) — an essential phospholipid containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and choline. These nutrients are essential for the health and longevity of every cell in the body.

Thousands of published studies demonstrate that PPC, among many other things, can help:

  • Protect cell membranes damaged by free-radicals in the blood, blood vessels, liver, heart, lungs,  pancreas, brain and more
  • Support blood flow and circulation
  • Support liver and kidney function
  • Support pancreatic function
  • Support heart function
  • Support immunity
  • Support memory
  • Support libido and sexual function

Simple Recipes for the Busy Professionals

What’s For Dinner?

Whether you are cooking for a family, for two or for one… by the end of the day, figuring out a healthy, tasty dinner meal is a challenge!

Tonight’s Dinner is a “Sexy” Egg! Why do I call it a “Sexy Egg?” Because it sounds interesting and what guy can turn down anything with the word “sexy” in it?

Portions are based on a meal for two hungry adults; adjust accordingly for kids or more adults.

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon of milk (I usually just pour in a “dash” of milk or soymilk… your choice)

dash of salt and pepper

one tablespoon olive oil

one half chopped onion

8-10 medium size mushrooms

one half pepper

2/3 cup of spinach or broccoli

one half cup of peas (optional)

other options:

–          2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

–          slice of  smoked salmon or lox (cut into tiny pieces)

Directions

Beat the eggs well, add in the milk or soymilk; salt and pepper.

Heat a large frying pan with the tablespoon of oil. Sautee the onion, mushrooms and pepper in the oil. Once the veggies are soft, add in the remaining veggies. Now cover with the eggs. (If you decide  to include feta cheese, salmon or lox – make sure they are stirred into the egg batter.)

Place the pan into an oven that has been preheated to 375F. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. When the edges are lightly browned and the top is firm, dinner is ready!

I usually cut up pieces of pita bread, warm and serve with the “Sexy Egg”.

A plate of grapes and some cookies will finish this meal off.  Or try the very easy “cool” lemon ice recipe below.

 

A “Cool” Dessert – Lemon Ice Recipe*

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

2 cups lemon juice

Lemon slices

Fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions

In a large saucepan over low heat, cook and stir sugar and water until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice.

Pour into a freezer container. Freeze for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes, or until mixture becomes slushy. Garnish servings with lemon slice and mint if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

*From “Taste of Home”

Timed (sustained) Release Vitamin

With rare exceptions, the human being, primates and the guinea pig are the only animals that don’t make vitamin C in their liver all day. We humans must depend on certain foods or supplements to get an adequate supply of vitamin C and it is, therefore, spotty at best. Vitamin C is water soluble and doesn’t stay in our system very long; the body uses what it needs and discards the rest. Most of each day (and all night) we are deficient!

A severe deficiency leads to death; remember the early sailors that went months with no C at all. British doctor Lind surmised that lack of vitamin C was the problem. Limes were required on board the ships and scurvy disappeared. To this day, British sailors are called Limees.

Matthias Rath, M.D. surmised that without a 24 hour constant level of vitamin C in our bodies we will all suffer some mild degree of scurvy. Scurvy causes one to bleed-to-death from the “inside.” High pressure arteries, especially the coronary arteries, begin to leak and our wonderful built-in repair system puts a Band-Aid on the tiny leak. The Band-Aid is made of cholesterol and calcium and is called plaque. As plaque builds up over the years, it begins to clog and narrow our arteries and we call it Heart Disease, the number one killer.

Why-people-get-heart-attacks“Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks, but People Do,” by Dr Rath, was written in 2003 and explains in scientific terms just how this happens; especially see pages 68–69. In this age of gene manipulation, scientists were able to turn off the gene (GLO) that makes vitamin C in the liver of a mouse. The mouse began to develop scurvy and its cholesterol skyrocketed. High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, but the consequence! The conclusion is: take a timed-release vitamin C every day.

My own personal testimony is appropriate at this point. Thirty five years ago I suffered with several colds, soar throats and flu every fall and winter. So, I attended a Prevention Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia put on by doctors for doctors. My father was a doctor. The lecture that changed my life (health) was presented by Emanual Cheraskin, M.D. and (you guessed it) he proved, with the use of a then newly perfected electron microscope, that timed release vitamin C will greatly boost ones immune system. I haven’t had a cold or flu since.

As an unexpected bonus, during the 35 years, my arteries have been scurvy free and I should have no plaque (heart disease)? You guessed it; I had a Coronary Calcium Scan (plaque scan) last June and got a perfect score of ZERO – no plaque, zilch, nada …

My doctor ridicules me. He won’t read a book by Doctor Rath or Doctor Levy or Doctor Cheraskin, but he will listen to a pharmaceutical salesman all day. So, I read him the famous quote from Arthur Schopenhauer, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” I’m just a country boy going through life, but I’m already in stage three – I’m living proof!

Thanks to Marshall Keen for providing this article.

*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.

How Do You Use Your C?

Last month we asked, “How Do You Use Your C?” The answers were gratifying!

One of our long-time users of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C successfully helped moles on her skin.*

Another valued customer sings the praises of LivOn’s C because he attests that it supported the reduction of his tumors.* Next birthday he celebrates 80 years and is still mowing his own lawn!

Clearing some debris without gloves, his wife was bitten by a “Black Widow” spider. You guessed it; Vitamin C saved the day!*

An Athens, Georgia CPA almost lost a beloved pet in October 2012. Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C helped when the vet couldn’t. Two months ago this 16 year old had sneezing fits. Today, a daily dose of LivOn Labs’ vitamin C makes her a happy cat!

A loyal customer used LivOn’s Vitamin C to help reduce internal scar tissue. “Now it’s gone for good. Awesome stuff.”

Thanks to all of you who shared your “Vitamin C” experiences. Our top five winners who shared the tips above will all receive a $10 Gift Certificate for the LivOn Lypo-Spheric products of their choice.

*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.

Boost Cellular Levels with GSH

Boosting cellular levels of GSH can provide you with a host of benefits, including:

  • Promotes detoxification of harmful toxins*
  • Helps protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals*
  • Recycles vital antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E*
  • Supports a healthy immune system*
  • Supports a healthy liver*
  • Improves overall feelings of well-being*

LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric GSH is

  • ✓ Up to 98% Bioavailable
  • ✓ 100% non-GMO
  • ✓ Gluten-Free

Intravenous injections of GSH can cost as much as $900 per injection, and require trained medical staff to administer the injection. A packet of LivOn Labs’ GSH costs less than $2!

Why Do You Need Glutathione?

Every cell in the body needs GSH. In fact, when a cell loses its GSH, it dies! Researchers report that physical and emotional stress, pathogens, toxins, free-radicals and aging – all of these factors, separately and together – can significantly reduce and even totally deplete intracellular levels of GSH.

The Lypo-Spheric GSH Difference

Typical oral GSH supplements encounter one major problem: digestive juices destroy glutathione. Until recently, the answer has been to take GSH precursor supplements or go to a medical office for painful, expensive intravenous injections of GSH.

GSH precursor supplements – the ones that are merely GSH building blocks – depend on cells to reconstruct GSH once the building blocks arrive in the body. Truth is, reconstruction is not guaranteed. This process requires circumstances and energy that are often lacking in the cells and tissues that are deficient in GSH.

The liposomes in Lypo-Spheric GSH are made from phospholipids high in PC, PE and PI. They are strong enough and smart enough to protect GSH from digestive juices and slip right into the bloodstream. From there, the liposome takes the GSH right into the cell where it’s needed the most.

*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.

Quick Simple Dinner Recipes

What’s For Dinner?

Whether you are cooking for a family, for two or for one… by the end of the day, figuring out a healthy, tasty dinner meal is a challenge!

Multi-Task! That’s my secret.

For me this means make a meal tonight and cook extras for tomorrow’s dinner. If you are lucky, you might have enough for lunch!

1. Pasta, Rice, Couscous or Quinoa …  

       Pick one for the base of your “starter” meal.

       Cook up enough for tonight and 50% more for tomorrow.

       Tonight:  go simple with a ready made tomato sauce, or jazz it up with roasted vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplant), cheese, maybe some leftover cut up chicken.     Start with a salad and dinner is ready.

Remember to leave the extra 50% plain and refrigerate.

2. Tomorrow Night’s Dinner – A One Bowl Meal!

This can be fun – add your choice of chopped veggies, fruit and nuts to last night’s extra pasta, rice, couscous or quinoa. You will be pleasantly surprised at how tasty a mix of veggies and fruit can be!

Pick at least 3 of the following; use your imagination and add other items leftover in the refrigerator.

  • steamed cut up broccoli
  • steamed carrots and/or peas
  • shredded carrots
  • peppers
  • feta cheese
  • olives
  • cut up tomatoes
  • chopped up celery

If you or your family are adventurous; include one or more of the following in your “One Bowl Meal”

  • cucumbers
  • a cut up apple
  • a cut up orange
  • chopped nuts
  • grapes

Stir it all together and add some dressing. You can use a prepared dressing: Italian, Caesar, your choice. But if you feel adventurous, make your own dressing. It’s just a matter of experimenting. Start with a small amount of apple cider vinegar, then add in a small amount of mayonnaise (or olive oil) and a squeeze of mustard and a  tablespoon of honey. A pinch of salt, pepper and cut up basil or parsley. Remember: Always start with a little, it’s easier to add more then to try and remove too much. Combine the homemade dressing ingredients together in a jar. Shake well and taste. Pour into the base ingredient (pasta, rice, couscous, quinoa) and your  veggies/fruit/nuts. Stir well and enjoy!

If you are lucky, there just might be enough left from your One Bowl Dinner for tomorrow’s workplace lunch!

 

Your Just Desserts:

When the weather is too hot, too wet or too cold, baking up cookies for now and for later is part of my “Multi-Tasking”. These cookies are easy to make and freeze very well. Best of all, they include ingredients that are good for you!

oatmeal-cookies

Oatmeal Cookies*

2 cups flour (you can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour; or a mix of both)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon (not recommended with chocolate chips)

5 tbsp butter or margarine at room temperature

one half cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

scant cup of white sugar

scant cup of brown sugar

3 cups of oats

1 cup of bran flakes

1 cup of raisins or 1 cup of chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease your baking sheets.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon)
  3. Cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs. Add applesauce and vanilla extract. Carefully add in the flour, oats and bran flakes. Add the raisins or chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoons onto the baking sheets. Bake 9-12 minutes. Cookies will be light brown at the edges; but not dark and golden like other cookies.

*Adapted from “Food Fit”

Direct ingestion of GSH (Glutathione) and Liposomal Technology

liposome diagram

This diagram of a liposome cutaway shows how the tails of phospholipids turn inward to form a bi layer membrane, and in so doing encapsulate a therapeutic agent.

Young, normally functioning cells produce their own GSH. As we age or cells become diseased, the production of this essential molecule decreases and can even stop. Also, as cells are subjected to more and more oxidative stresses such as free radicals, toxins, and pathogenic attacks the cell’s normal production process is unable to keep up with the need. At this point, GSH supplementation becomes important.

Until recently, the only way to boost GSh levels was by intravenous injection or by ingestion of precursors (raw materials the body can use to build the GSH molecule).  This is because GSH cannot survive the human digestive process. Juices in the stomach break the GSH molecule into three different components. Since the monitoring of GSH blood levels after ingestion of glutathione-rich foods does not show a signifcant change in GSH blood levels,  one can deduce that the dismantled GSH is not reassembled from the pieces after entering the bloodstream.

Revolutionary liposomal technology allows direct oral ingestion of intact GSH molecules

The essential phospholipids used in liposomal vitamin C encase GSH in submicroscopic bubbles that are impervious to digestive juices. They are able to pass through the stomach and into the small intestine where they easily pass through the intestinal wall with their unaltered GSH. No other delivery system can transport more non-degraded, bio-available GSH into your system.

This technology is so poweful Robert D. Milne, MD has written an entire book about Liposomal Encapsulation Technology. To read more about this amazing technology buy Liposomal Encapsulation Technology.