Monthly Archives: January 2014

Researchers Claim RDA For Vitamin C is Flawed

The controversy over vitamin C and orthomolecular medicine began with the publication of Linus Pauling’s book, “Vitamin C and the Common Cold”. A quarter of a century later the controversy around vitamin C continues.

Steve Hickey, PhD and Hillary Roberts, Phd, pharmacology professors and graduates of the University of Manchester in Britain, are challenging the established Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C, which is 75 and 90 milligrams for males and females respectively. In their book “Ascorbate, The Science of Vitamin C”, Hickey and Roberts point out some biological flaws to justify their attack on the RDA for vitamin C. The rapid elimination of vitamin C was demonstrated graphically; however, the Institute of Medicine (IM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did not account for the half-life of vitamin C. This flawed approach is one of the main contentions that Drs. Hickey and Roberts maintain.

Half Life of Vitamin C

The half life of any substance is the time it takes for half of the substance to be removed from the body. Vitamin C’s half life is quite short, about 30 minutes in blood plasma, a fact that the IM and NIH failed to recognize. NIH researchers established the RDA for vitamin C by conducting a test 12 hours or 24 half life’s after consumption. Due to the short half life of vitamin C, many studies make the conclusion that high-dose supplemental vitamin C is ineffective. Drs. Hickey and Roberts state that due to its rapid deterioration, a very high dose of vitamin C would not achieve the same concentration in the blood serum over time as several administered doses.

Drs. Hickey and Roberts decided to perform an experiment to measure the blood plasma levels of liposomal vitamin C, which was published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. It was titled Pharmacokinetics of oral vitamin C. Their results indicate that, following oral intakes, high blood plasma levels can be achieved with liposomal vitamin C formulations. The results suggest that such levels (400microM/L or above) could be sustained indefinitely with repeated dosing at short intervals (say 5-grams every 4-hours).

RDA for Vitamin C

In the past, Drs. Hickey and Roberts have shaken the foundation and confidence of the IM and NIH for failing to investigate the use of high-dose vitamin C properly. They have repeatedly challenged the RDA for vitamin C on studies using only 15 healthy subjects and single dosages. They also contend that the RDA is intended to set a level of nutrient consumption that would prevent disease, specifically Scurvy, among the vast majority of the population. However their research shows that 35% of the population is in need of more than the RDA including:

  • Smokers ( 50 million)
  • Estrogen and Birth Control Pill Users (13 and 18 million)
  • Diabetics (16 million)
  • Pregnant females (4 million)
  • and even people taking aspirin

Contradictory Data

Drs. Hickey and Roberts confronted the IM and NIH with their own data however they claim the saturation point is reached at a certain concentration of ascorbic acid in blood plasma. They later published a paper in early 2004  showing they had achieved three times greater concentration of vitamin C in the blood circulation than previously thought possible using high-dose vitamin C [Annals Internal Medicine, April 6, 140: 533-37,2004]. A similar published German study also confirms vitamin C supplements can elevate vitamin C concentrations beyond what NIH scientists said was possible. [Archives Biochemistry Biophysics, March 423: 109-15, 2004]. NIH researchers continue to maintain that no more than 200 milligrams of oral vitamin C is required for human health and that a diet which includes the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables would provide adequate vitamin C. But only 9 percent of the US population consumes 5 servings of plant foods daily. The National Cancer Institute has abandoned their 5-a-day recommendation in favor of a 9-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables once they realized five servings did not provide the proper dietary intake of vitamin C and other essential vitamins in the prevention of cancer or heart disease.

Hickey has called for the IM and NIH to retract the current RDA or provide scientific justification for their recommendation.

What do you think? Is the RDA for vitamin C adequate?

For more on the RDA for vitamin C, check out our article about the RDA for Guinea Pigs.

Liposomal Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits and Facts

Here is a quick list of Alpha Lipoic Acid benefits and facts. LivOn Labs has successfully encapsulated Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA) and we are excited to tell you all about it!

  • Also known as: Thioctic acid, Lipoic Acid, LA, ALA
  • ALA was discovered in 1948 and officially named Alpha Lipoic Acid in 1951 by Irwin C. Gunsalus and Lester Reed
  • ALA is naturally synthesized in small amounts by plants and animals, including humans.
  • ALA contains an asymmetric carbon, meaning there are two possible isomers: R-LA and S-LA. Only the R- isomer is endogenously synthesized and bound to protein. R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is considered the most bio-available and biologically active form of ALA in the body
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is a vital cofactor for several important mitochondrial enzyme complexes.
  • The amounts of R-ALA available in dietary supplements are as much as 1,000 times greater than the amounts that could be obtained in the diet.  Animal tissue that includes R-ALA include liver, heart and kidney. Plants with R-ALA include spinach and broccoli, tomatoes, peas and Brussels sprouts.
  • Plasma concentrations of ALA generally peak in an hour or less and decline rapidly.
  • In cells, ALA is quickly reduced to DHLA.
  • ALA functions as an antioxidant.
  • ALA is considered the most important mitochondrial antioxidant given its vital role in mitochondrial electron transport reactions that convert glucose into ATP to produce energy.
  • Recycles other antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Shown to increase natural glutathione synthesis in aged animals.
  • There is no documented “nutrient deficiency” disease associated with ALA.
  • Intravenous ALA is approved for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy in Germany. R-ALA is available by prescription in Germany.  Dosage used in a trial with 1,258 diabetic patients found that a treatment of 600mg/day if IV R-ALA for 3 weeks significantly reduced the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy to a clinically meaningful degree.[1]
  • R-ALA should always be taken on an empty stomach.
  • Most frequently reported side effects of oral ALA supplementation include rashes, hives, itching, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These generally occur when supplementing at doses of 1,200 – 1,800 mg/day.
  • ALA should be taken under the guidance of a physician by anyone taking glucose lowering medication or receiving treatment for under-active or over-active thyroid.
  • ALA should not be taken by children under the age of 18, unless under the care of a physician.
  • “Without ALA, you could not obtain energy from the food you eat, and you could not stay alive.” Burt Berkson, MD, MS, PhD

[1] Ziegler D, Nowak H, Kempler P, Vargha P, Low PA. Treatment of symptomatic diabetic polyneuropathy with the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid: a meta-analysis. Diabet Med. 2004;21(2):114-121.  (PubMed)

Identifying High-Quality Liposomal Supplements

We have spent years researching the best formulation techniques and manufacturing processes for liposome encapsulated supplements. As part of this research, we analyze every liposomal supplement we come across.  This is what we’ve learned so far…

Liposomal Supplements Must Use Phospholipids Suitable for Making Liposomes.

In order to make strong, stable liposomes that can encapsulate nutrients and not “break apart” too easily, it is important to use Phospholipids from highly refined sources that have a natural mix of phospholipids, including a high percentage of Phosphatidylcholine (PC) and Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE).

Some products are made with low-quality soy lecithin, which does not have the proper percentage of PC or PE to make liposomes.  This type of lecithin is typically used as a food additive, and should not be used in liposomal supplements.

We have always found that Phospholipids extracted from non-GMO soy lecithin work the best for high-quality, affordable liposomal supplements.  While a very high intake of unrefined soy ingested as food may contain tiny amounts of undesirable substances, the intake of highly refined and purified phospholipids derived from soy lecithin does not pose such a risk. In fact, we have not found any evidence of anyone being harmed by the regular intake of phospholipids extracted from non-GMO soy lecithin.

 Liposomal Supplements Must Have at Least an Equal Ratio of Phospholipids to Key Nutrients.

We have analyzed many commercial and homemade products, and found that most of them are of poor quality. Some are merely emulsions.  This means the nutrients are simply mixed with a small amount of low quality phospholipids or lecithin, and there are very few liposomes, if any at all.

One indicator of an emulsion is the amount of phospholipids or lecithin in the product.  For proper liposome encapsulation, you must have at least an equal amount of phospholipids and nutrients.  If the phospholipids or lecithin are listed as “Other Ingredients”, it is very likely there is not enough material to create any liposomes, even if the production process is otherwise appropriate.

Some companies choose to make emulsions and call them “Liposomal Supplements” because they are easy and inexpensive to produce.   Whether they believe they have products that are legitimately encapsulated in liposomes is unknown.

If you take an emulsion that contains lecithin and a nutrient like vitamin C, you may see overall good results since both components are excellent supplements individually.  You will not, however, be able to experience the potentially exceptional results offered by products using real Liposome Encapsulation Technology.

Liposomal Supplements Must Be Protected from Oxygen.

Liposomes are a natural fit for water-soluble nutrients that are not otherwise bioavailable.  But the process of making stable, quality liposomes is tricky.  Liposomes are sensitive to things like heat and oxygen.  The inherent stability (and in some cases instability), of the phospholipids and each nutrient also play an important role in the overall stability of liposomal products.  Getting all of these things exactly right, then assuring the liposomes and nutrients remain stable throughout the product’s shelf life is key.

One way to enhance the stability of a liposomal product is through uni-dose packaging.  Many of the liposomal products we have analyzed are stored in jars, plastic bottles, or even capsules within bottles.  Opening the bottle to remove the product exposes the remaining product to heat, light and oxygen.  This can be detrimental to the liposomes, and can cause rapid degradation of the nutrients.

Uni-dose packaging protects the product from oxygen until moments before it’s consumed, keeping it safe and effective throughout the shelf-life of the product.

 Three More Signs of a Low-Quality Liposomal Supplement:

  1. Consistency. If the product is very watery, it is most likely due to an insufficient amount of phospholipids or the use of low quality phospholipids.
  2. Uniformity. If the product separates into layers, it is a strong indicator the liposomal mixture is deteriorating. On the other hand, if there are noticeable lumps or the product feels gritty, it is a sign that the nutrients are coming out of the liposomes and forming crystals.
  3. Size. If the volume of the dosage is too small, there are not enough phospholipids and water to make proper liposomes.  For example, 1,000mg of vitamin C and 1,000mg of phospholipids, along with the necessary amount of water for proper liposome formation, will fill a teaspoon (5mL).  It is not likely this amount of material could fit into one or even two large-sized capsules.

The Bottom Line

There are a plethora of liposomal supplements to choose from.  Some are great, many are not.  The key is finding the liposomal supplements that work best for you – from a company you can trust. LivOn Labs offers a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee so you can try the Lypo-Spheric™ products for yourself.  If you are not satisfied, at any time, return the unused portion – or even the empty carton – and we will refund every penny you paid.

You Asked, We Listened. Introducing Lypo-Spheric B Complex Plus

LivOn Labs is proud to announce Lypo-Spheric™ B Complex Plus. Our new, Ultimate AGE+ Blocking Formula with a new, all natural flavor!

Seeking natural energy production and maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels, customers have requested a Lypo-Spheric™ B Complex for years. What many did not realize is that our AGE Blocker™ is a complete B Complex, just under a different name. We decided to clarify this misconception by updating the name to more accurately describe the product.

We are discontinuing AGE Blocker. Lypo-Spheric™ B Complex Plus will be available to give you the same AGE-blocking benefits at a new lower price.

What has changed, other than the name?

  • Upgraded ingredients and phospholipids to ensure every ingredient is 100% non-GMO.
  • Improved flavor profile with all natural, mixed-fruit flavoring.
  • Increased the amount of B12 (Methylcobalamin) to 50mcg. This helps provide extended energy throughout the day.
  • Removed the Indium, Magnesium, and Manganese.
  • Replaced preservatives Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate with 12% natural grain alcohol – a great, all-natural preservative.
  • New low price of $32.95.
    + Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE)

Deadly Bacteria Threatens Orange Industry Worldwide

Huanglongbing, Asian citrus psyllid, yellow dragon disease and citrus greening are some of the names for the deadly citrus bacteria spread by a tiny, invasive bug from China.

This tiny bug is now responsible for threatening the world’s citrus production from the United States to Mexico, India, Brazil and Africa.

The bacteria were first detected in Broward County, Florida in 1998. Within two years it had spread to 31 counties in Florida. Although the bacteria don’t seem to be harmful to humans, it ruins the look and taste of the orange. In many cases full size oranges stay green and other mature oranges are no bigger than ping-pong balls.  Those in the industry consider these bacteria to be a cancer; causing deformities in the tree roots. The fruit does not mature properly and eventually the trees die.

citrus greening orange

Last year a group of 500 scientists from more than 20 nations gathered in Florida to discuss possible solutions. To date almost $80 million dollars has been spent on research – with no cure in sight to eradicate the deadly bacteria.

One option would be to engineer and plant genetically modified trees resistant to the bacteria. Of course for many consumers, GMOs are a negative!

To stem the problem, many farmers spray the trees. But this comes with a high cost, forcing many farmers out of business. As one farmer said, spraying keeps the bacteria at bay for 30 days, maybe 45 days.In 1995 the average cost to produce an acre of oranges was about $900; today it costs $1800 to produce the same acre of oranges.

At the moment the consumer has yet to feel the full ramifications of this deadly bug in their pocketbook. As with many other consumer products, the supplier hasn’t actually raised the price; they have cut back on the size and amount of juice in the container. Instead of giving you 64 ounces of orange juice, your container now has only 59 ounces of OJ.

At LivOn Labs we offer another suggestion for getting your vitamin C. Our nutritional supplement – Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C. Each packet contains 1,000 mg Vitamin C
and 1,000 mg Essential Phospholipids. Our product is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no artificial colors or flavors.
Most ordinary forms of oral Vitamin C – tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and even the Vitamin C from your diet – are not processed and absorbed efficiently by your body. As a result, much of this Vitamin C is never transferred into your bloodstream and even less of it makes it into your cells where it’s needed most. In fact, when you take 1,000mg or more of regular oral Vitamin C, more than half of it is not absorbed and passed as waste by your body.

LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C encapsulates the C molecules in liposomes made from Essential Phospholipids, which protect the C from destruction by your digestive system. Within minutes of taking Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, liposomes filled with Vitamin C are transported directly into the bloodstream, and into the cells.

Beware of Fake Supplements

beware of fake supplements

In their column, “Health Advice”, Drs. Oz and Roizen, recently discussed “Supplemental Phonies.” The Doctors referenced a study that looked at 44 herbal products, 30 species of herbs and 50 leaf samples. The study concluded that:

  • 59% of the products contained material from plants NOT listed on the label.
  • Just 48% contained what they claimed as the active ingredient.
  • Of the 12 companies researched, only two delivered what they promised on the label without any substitutions.

Study Conclusion

The study used DNA barcoding to conduct a blind test of the authenticity for 44 herbal products representing 12 companies. Their findings were shocking.

“Most of the herbal products tested were of poor quality, including considerable product substitution, contamination and use of fillers. These activities dilute the effectiveness of otherwise useful remedies, lowering the perceived value of all related products because of a lack of consumer confidence in them. We suggest that the herbal industry should embrace DNA barcoding for authenticating herbal products through testing of raw materials used in manufacturing products. The use of an SRM DNA herbal barcode library for testing bulk materials could provide a method for ‘best practices’ in the manufacturing of herbal products. This would provide consumers with safe, high quality herbal products.”

See the abstract of the study

Our Promise to You

As a loyal LivOn Labs’ customer, you can rest assured that all of our high performance dietary supplements meet or exceed industry standards. If an ingredient is printed on our cartons; we guarantee that the unadulterated ingredient is included in the supplement. Furthermore, each and every batch of Lypo-Spheric™ supplements undergoes rigorous laboratory testing before it is ever released to you!

LivOn Labs works hard to ensure our products meet our strict requirements. Our products are all non-GMO, dairy free, vegan, animal cruelty free, sugar free and free of artificial flavoring. We are the supplement of choice for those concerned about their health

Beware of fake supplements!

LivOn Labs High Commission Affiliate Program FAQs

high commission affiliate program

How does the high commission affiliate program work?
LivOn Labs currently has two programs to help businesses and individuals make money. One is our distributor program, which gives you wholesale pricing for our products. This entails ordering bulk amounts of product and handling orders and shipping. This option may not be for everyone despite the higher margins involved. The other program LivOn Labs instituted, is an affiliate program. Our affiliate program allows you to sell LivOn Labs’ products without having to carry inventory risk or maintain a store front.

All you need is a website or a way to share your unique affiliate link (business cards, etc.). Upon signing up, you will receive a unique URL that you can provide to potential customers.

How much commission do I make?
Currently LivOn Labs pays 5-8% commission on sales. The good news is, if you are able to sell consistently LivOn Labs will automatically raise you to the next commission tier until you reach the maximum, which is 8% commission on sales. We have lower commission rates than some programs because we allow you to earn recurring commissions. Unlike other programs, we feel if you sent us a loyal customer, you deserve to be compensated for the life of that customer, as long as they order directly from LivOn Labs.

Do people have to buy the product right away to receive commission?
Our system allows us to track potential customers for 90 days. Therefore if you send us a visitor who checks our website and decides to make a purchase within three months, you are guaranteed to receive commissions on those sales.

Where do I put my unique affiliate link?
When you sign up for our Affiliate program you are given access to your own dashboard. This will show your current commissions, traffic being tracked, how close you are to your next payout, and most importantly, a marketing section (to the left), which will have banner ads you can copy and paste to your website. This will allow your website visitors to click on the banner ad and shop at www.LivOnLabs.com using your unique URL.

How do I sign up?
Signing up is quick and easy. Follow the link below and create your login. You will need basic information such as name, address and social or tax payer identification numbers. After you sign up and are approved (normally within 48 hours) you can begin optimizing your website.

LivOn Labs Affiliate Program Sign Up

What sort of content is not approved for the affiliate program?

Every website is reviewed for content due to federal regulations on the supplement industry. Often times we may approve an account to allow you to view the dashboard however this does not mean you are approved for the program. After a full website review, we will notify you of any issues. The type of content not allowed is any that misrepresents LivOn Labs, make unsubstantiated claims, or we feel does not suit our brand.

Love our Liposomal Supplements? Share it with the World Via Yelp and Google Reviews

Thank you for the Many Wonderful Testimonials!

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Over the last ten years, LivOn Labs has been gratified to hear about your
experiences with our liposomal Lypo-Spheric supplements. We read each and every one of your wonderful stories, however FDA and FTC regulations prohibit us from
sharing most of them with all of you. We rely on you to let others know what
the Lypo-SphericTM supplements can do. The best way to let people know how
Lypo-SphericTM supplements have made a positive impact is to share your
comments on websites like google+ or yelp.

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Vitamin C Expert, Thomas E Levy’s New Book

vitamin c expert book

Depending on where you are this winter, the weather might be frightful but it’s also a great time to curl up and catch up on your reading. Whether you still enjoy the feel of a book or prefer to go digital, check out several insightful books that just might save your life at www.medfoxpub.com

For many years vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas E. Levy has written and lectured extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

Read why Calcium Supplements could be harmful to your health in his newest book, “Death by Calcium”. Want to know ‘A Little Known Genetic Secret’? Read “Primal Panacea” and find out what happened to the ability of humans to synthesize their own vitamin C. All of these books and more are available at MedFoxPub.com…. check it out!

For many years vitamin C expert, Dr. Thomas E. Levy has written and lectured extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. Recently Dr. Levy turned his attention to calcium and calcium supplements. In his newest book, “Death by Calcium”, he acknowledges the importance of vitamin and mineral supplementation but strongly cautions against calcium supplements.

When You Read His Book, You Will Learn Why Dr. Levy Contends That:

  • Women with the highest calcium consumption, regardless of source (diet, supplements), had a death rate two and one-half times higher than the women with lower consumption. This was a prospective study on 61,433 women followed over a 19-year period.
  • Women with osteoporosis do not have a generalized, body-wide deficiency of calcium. Rather, there is a deficiency of calcium in their bones, but the rest of their bodies have a calcium excess.
  • While calcium supplementation alone can increase the calcium density in the bones, it does not decrease the chances of an osteoporotic fracture. It is a cosmetic improvement only, and it further fuels the excess of calcium outside of the bones.
  • Typical American diets supply enough calcium for the needs of the body when blood vitamin D levels are maintained in the proper range.
  • Because of the emphasis on increased calcium intake, the typical osteoporosis patient faces a much higher chance of death from heart attack and stroke than from the consequences of an osteoporotic fracture.
  • All chronic degenerative diseases feature increased levels of calcium inside the cells of the body.

We think the facts that Dr. Levy brings to the reader about calcium supplementation are so important that we have an exclusive offer for you. By special arrangement with the publisher, MedFox Publishing, we would like to offer you the chance to purchase “Death by Calcium” as well as Dr.Levy’s other books, “Primal Panacea”, “Stop America’s #1 Killer” and “Curing the Incurable” with a $10 savings when you spend $45 or more.

This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion. Offer expires 3.31.14. So hurry!