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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!

IV Vitamin Therapy Shortage and Alternatives

iv vitamin c therapy

Celebrities have been feeling the heat from the public for depleting our nation’s supply of IV vitamins.

Notable names such as Simon Cowell and Madonna have been linked to these nutrient-rich drips that make you feel and look younger. The fad has taken Hollywood by storm and the drips are now becoming popular for their restorative properties including being used as a hangover cure. Pop singer, Rhianna, even went as far as posting a picture getting treatment via her Twitter account.

Rhianna twitter IV Drip Why are people outraged about this IV vitamin therapy?

The companies that supply IV ingredients to hospitals are selling the same ingredients to private clinics. Where the problem lies is that there is no centralized database that can direct these precious treatments to the people that need them most. Hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand and as a result many are at risk, including premature infants who rely on vitamin supplements to keep them alive and healthy.

“It’s appalling that we are sacrificing the health of our babies for beauty, energy, and hangover relief,” clinical pharmacist Steve Plogsted, who chairs the drug-shortage task force of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition told the Washingtonian. “We’ve got babies’ lives hanging in the balance while we’re worried about getting through a hangover.”

According to the “Washingtonian”, at least 15 people have died.

Last week, the manufacturer of the most-used adult and pediatric IV multi-vitamin informed health systems that its product—which contains B and C vitamins, among others—is now in shortage. Medical professionals say that, as a result, intravenous B and C vitamins now may be in danger of also going into shortage. In the 1990s, a multi-vitamin shortage led to a widespread thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficiency that caused several deaths.

Amid this public-health crisis, private clinics around the country are using high doses of intravenous B and C vitamins, and other nutrients that are in shortage, for nonmedical purposes. In some cases, clinics are taking nutrients out of the same limited pool that supplies hospitals and home health-care agencies. In other cases, facilities are injecting clients with nutrients from sources that don’t meet hospital safety standards.

Hospitals are competing with other businesses for the same resources, one such business called Hangover Heaven, is a Las Vegas based company that operates buses equipped with as many as 15 IVs to help people after a long night of binge drinking. The problem isn’t with these businesses or private clinics that offer these expensive treatments, the problem lies with how these valuable resources are distributed.

IV Vitamin Therapy

IVs are typically administered in private clinics or physicians offices for 30 to 60 minutes. Another great way to take high dose vitamin C is LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric supplements. Using liposome encapsulated technology, LivOn Labs’ supplements are able to get straight into your bloodstream without needles.

When all of a nutrient is absorbed into the bloodstream, as in a direct intravenous injection, the bioavailability is 100%. If only a quarter of an ingested nutrient is absorbed, the bioavailability is 25%. Of course, bioavailability also depends on and is limited by other factors such as declining health status, advancing age, and the presence of other substances that compete for absorption.

In one study with non-liposome-encapsulated vitamin C, 19 mg of a 20 mg oral dose entered the bloodstream — a bioavailability of 98%. As the dose size increased beyond 30 mg, the bioavailability decreased drastically. They reported that a dose of 12,000 mg produced a maximum bioavailability of 16%! Liposomal lypo spheric bioavailability

Liposome encapsulation overcomes all these bioavailability and cellular uptake restrictions because liposomes, due to their size and composition, are able to passively absorb through the intestinal wall and through cellular membranes. As a result, liposome-encapsulated nutrients (like Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C) provide a greatly enhanced bioavailability (delivery into the bloodstream) and greatly improved delivery into individual cells.

Pure & Powerful… Lypo-Spheric Supplements

What makes Lypo-Spheric™ products unique? Each Lypo-Spheric™ product is formulated with one goal in mind: to provide you with effective doses of nutrients without the use of binders, fillers, artificial colors or artificial flavors.

The nutrient-filled liposomes in each Lypo-Spheric™ product are small enough – and smart enough – to bypass the body’s restrictive nutrient transport system, and quickly pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Within minutes of taking a Lypo-Spheric™ product, millions of liposomes will start to move from your bloodstream and into your cells – intact, and ready to work.

Our single-dose packaging protects the product from additional oxygen and moisture, which keeps your product fresh.

LivOn Labs’ products are sugar free, caffeine free, dairy free, meat free and gluten free.

We source ingredients from all over the world so we can use high-potency, non-GMO ingredients from natural sources whenever possible. We now guarantee that our Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C, Lypo-Spheric™ R-ALA and Lypo-Spheric™ GSH are 100% non-GMO.

EXTENDING THE SHELF LIFE….

The shelf life on the majority of our nutritional supplements is 12-18 months. To extend the shelf life we recommend refrigeration for maximum effectiveness. Do not freeze or place the products in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Vitamin Supplements, Do We Really Need?

Yes and no… terrible way to start I know but it is true. Vitamin supplements are not a replacement for a well balanced diet, but it acts as an insurance policy.

When you drive your car you may have the mandatory liability insurance (your diet meets the government recommended daily allowance) however you may feel like you need a bit more coverage and protection. This is where full coverage automotive insurance comes in (diet exceeds recommended daily allowance) or you may even have full coverage + Bodily Injury and Property Damage (your diet exceeds recommended daily allowance and you exercise frequently) or…

You can also have full auto coverage + Bodily Injury and Property Damage + Medical Payments (your diet exceeds the recommended daily allowance, you exercise frequently, and you supplement your diet with vitamins).

You as a consumer have the ability to choose your level of coverage and comfort. People buy supplemental insurance for the same reason they buy vitamin supplements, to feel protected. People who buy supplements want to ensure they are receiving the correct nutrients.

In our ever-growing population, our food often doesn’t contain the right level of nutrients that one would expect to find in fresh fruit and vegetables. Many people could benefit from taking a vitamin supplement whether that be a multivitamin or individual vitamins.

Most important vitamin supplements

For example, vitamin C is critical in the production of collagen, which makes up most of our bodies tissues, ligaments, and bone structure. Collagen is important to maintain skin elasticity (youthful skin), as well as help prevent bruising. The research on vitamin C is plentiful, a simple Google search of vitamin c studies brings up over 30,000,000 results (that’s 30 million!).

Easily, the most recognized champion for vitamin C is the late Dr. Linus Pauling. An award winning Chemist and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Dr. Pauling is extensively referenced and quoted by many of today’s experts.

I encourage you to do your own research and learn about the ongoing studies related to supplementing your diet with essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and so forth.   I would also recommend you consult your primary healthcare physician before starting any type of exercise program or supplementation regimen.

Ultimately it is down to the individual to decide whether or not they need to take vitamin supplements; however, if you are willing to pay for additional car insurance to protect your vehicle, shouldn’t you spend a bit more to protect your body?

Dietary Supplement Use Infographic

To get the highest quality supplements visit LivOn Labs. LivOn Labs produces Lypo-Spheric supplements including vitamin C and other essential antioxidants.

About the Author

Felipe Gonzales is a blogger, Social Media Strategist, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, and all around jack of all trades. He is part of the marketing team for LivOn Labs and enjoys playing sports and fitness. He can reached directly at felipe@livonlabs.com or by leaving a comment on this site.

 

5 Reasons Athletes Should Take Vitamin C

Not surprisingly, most athletes are unaware how important vitamin C intake is to performance. Some can get away with poor diets and supplementation for awhile (see NBA Super Star Derrick Rose’s weird eating habits). Lucky for Chicago Bulls fans, he has hired a personal trainer, chef, and is taking that next step to remain a superstar into his late 30’s. A simple search online for athletes’ dietary habits brings up a love for Big Macs, Skittles, Swedish Fish, and beer. Many of the top athletes who consume regular supplements, including vitamin C, and maintain healthy eating patterns, perform at a high level far past their primes. Below are a few examples of athletes who train just as hard in the kitchen as they do on the field or court.

  • Steve Nash – NBA SuperStar
  • Kobe Bryant – NBA SuperStar
  • Joe Namath – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Tony Gonzales – NFL Tight End
  • Billie Jean King – Tennis Player
  • Robert Parish – NBA Hall of Famer

How valuable is proper vitamin C supplementation to athletes?

Here are five reasons you should include high dose vitamin C in your regular supplementation schedule.

  1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, protecting muscle cells from free radical damage, thus enhancing recovery and growth.
  2. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is also involved with amino acid metabolism, especially the formation of Collagen. Collagen is the primary constituent of connective tissue, the stuff that holds your bones and muscles together. This may not seem important, but as you lift heavier weights, the stress you put on your structure becomes tremendous and risk of injury dramatically increases.
  3. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of Iron. Iron is necessary to help Oxygen bind to hemoglobin in blood. Without adequate oxygen transportation in blood, muscles are robbed of precious oxygen and performance is greatly reduced.
  4. Ascorbic acid also assists in the formation and release of steroid hormones, including the anabolic hormone testosterone.
  5. Vitamin C is perhaps the most water soluble vitamin there is. In other words, it diffuses very rapidly in water. Since a muscle cell is mostly water, the more muscular an athlete becomes, the more vitamin C disperses and the lower the concentration of this critical substance becomes in body tissues. So vitamin C requirements are greatly increased for athletes.

What are B Vitamins Good for and What Do They Each Do?

what are b vitamins

We know B vitamins are important but many of us don’t know why. The eight B vitamins are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. Each of these B vitamins is associated with another name which may look familiar if you have spent any time looking over the nutritional facts on your favorite foods and snacks.

Many of us get these important vitamins in our daily diets; however, with complex diets and food restrictions, supplementation may be necessary to ensure you are receiving the proper level of these essential vitamins. Let’s analyze each B vitamin and describe its benefits and common food sources.

What are B Vitamins Good for?

Vitamin Benefits Food Sources
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Helps convert carbohydrates and fat into energy; essential for normal growth and development.  Green peas, beef, liver, pinto beans, spinach, nuts, bananas, and enriched cereals.
 Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Required for the metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins.  Asparagus, okra, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, and fish.
 Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Used for energy metabolism in cells and DNA repair. Produces several stress-related hormones while removing toxins and chemicals from the body.  Chicken, tuna, milk, eggs, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, nuts, avocados, beans, mushrooms
 Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)  Required to sustain life and is critical in the metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins.  Beans, eggs, meat, whole grain cereals.
 Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine and Pyridoxamine)  helps the nervous and immune systems function properly; necessary for overall good health  Green beans, salad greens, wheat germ, and bananas.
 Vitamin B7 (Biotin or Vitamin H)  Used in cell growth; the production of fatty acid; metabolism of fat; plays a role in the Krebs Cycle in which energy is released from food; helps with the transfer of carbon dioxide; helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.  Beans, cauliflower, chocolate, eggs, fish, liver, oatmeal, bananas.
 Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)  Helps the body make healthy new cells; taken before and during pregnancy can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine  Leafy greens such as spinach, dried beans and peas, sunflower seeds, oranges, asparagus
 Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)  Necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells, the maintenance of the nervous system, and the growth and development of children  Animal products such as meat, eggs, dairy products, nutritional yeast, and fortified cereals

As you can see B vitamins are necessary for many important functions in the body. When a supplement is referred to as vitamin B complex, know that this means it has many or all of the B vitamins in its composition.

 

 

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)

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

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.