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About jcurtinca

Hi, we are John and Nathalie, Independent Reliv Distributors and live in Menifee, CA. Our passion is all about helping others by providing cutting-edge Reliv nutritional products and a business opportunity that offers financial and family freedom.

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Reliv Now and LunaRich X Study

The evidence of the benefits of a lunasin-based supplement program continues to roll in. A University of Missouri study of pigs supplemented daily with Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ for eight weeks showed significant improvement in key biomarkers associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health.

“While this was a small animal study and only a preliminary step in demonstrating the efficacy of this supplement regimen, the dramatic results are remarkable,” said Dr. Alfredo Galvez, Chief Scientific Advisor at SL Technology Inc., a Reliv subsidiary. “Most exciting of all is that there currently exist no effective treatments for improving key biomarkers measured in the study, namely circulating free fatty acids and the hormones leptin and adiponectin.”

Study Results
Test subjects recorded a decrease in weight gain and a 65% reduction in free fatty acid (FFA) levels, a biomarker associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. While previous experiments had demonstrated LunaRich X’s ability to lower LDL cholesterol, FFA levels remained relatively unchanged with LunaRich X supplementation alone. Only when combined with Reliv Now did researchers see a significant reduction in FFA levels.

The decrease in FFA levels was accompanied by coordinate increases in plasma levels of the hormones leptin (+64%) and adiponectin (+60%). Leptin signals the brain when the body had enough food, producing the feeling of fullness. Adiponectin (ADP) is a hormone from fat cells that controls energy metabolism, increases insulin sensitivity and supports weight loss. The two hormones perform complementary actions and can have additive effects on weight management.

A four-week washout period followed the eight weeks of supplementation. During these four weeks, test subjects maintained the same diet and activity levels but no longer received the combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X. At the end of this washout period, key biomarkers measured in the study — FFA, leptin and adiponectin levels — returned at or near pre-study levels. Conclusion: The combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X was responsible for the marked improvement in metabolic and cardiovascular health indicators.

Exciting Possibilities
“The physiology of pigs is very similar to our own, especially in liver function, so the results do suggest the potential for significant human health benefits,” said Reliv Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings. “When you combine these results with the health benefits reported by Reliv consumers and the body of research already surrounding lunasin, it’s hard not to get excited about the possibilities. The next step is to conduct human clinical trials, which we are actively pursuing.”

Study Methods
Over an eight-week period researchers fed obese pigs an otherwise soy-free diet that included daily servings of Reliv Now and LunaRich X. Blood draws were taken at 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 24 hours after ingestion to test the bioavailability of the lunasin. Weight and blood draws were taken at pre-treatment, at 4 weeks, 6 weeks and 8 weeks after treatment had begun. At the end of 8 weeks, an additional 4 weeks washout period followed without treatment. Weight and blood draws were also taken at the end of washout period (12 weeks).

Lunasin Powers Up Other Nutrients
In addition to its own benefits, lunasin increases the benefits of other bioactive nutrients in two ways:

Synergism: Lunasin works in conjunction with other nutrients, each with its own effect on genes and physiological pathways. Many health problems are caused by multiple pathways and their interactions. If you disrupt these pathways with different bioactive nutrients, you can produce a more effective means of prevention.

Increased potency: Lunasin can also increase the potency or efficacy of other bioactive nutrients. For example, some nutrients are activators of important genes involved in maintaining health. Once these genes are activated, lunasin has the ability to further increase their expression by making them more readily recognized by the cell.

“My working hypothesis to explain the increased levels of leptin and adiponectin in this study is that bioactive ingredients in Reliv Now activate the leptin and adiponectin genes and lunasin then increases the expression of the activated genes,” Dr. Galvez says. “But more research is required to determine which nutrients are doing what.”

Great article and awesome results Reliv!

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The Power of the Pomegranate

The power of the pomegranates

Throughout history, pomegranates have inspired artists, writers and countless cultures as a symbol of good fortune. Recently, clinical studies have revealed what good fortune this juicy, crowned fruit can offer you in addition to its unique and sweet taste. As it turns out, this tree-grown treat is one of the best fruits out there for you! Punicalagins, compounds found only in pomegranates, are to thank for many of the fruit’s powerful health benefits, especially its heart benefits. Punicalagins have been shown to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure.

Possibilities with Pomegranate
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients fit for healthy eating. So, what sets the pomegranate apart from any other fruit? Pomegranates have some of the best health boosting nutrients out there all packed into one little fruit. In addition to heart benefits, pomegranates offer several other benefits as well:

  • Cancer Prevention: Multiple studies have shown pomegranates have slowed the progression and reduced the chances of breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and leukemia in lab animals. Research is continuing in hopes for similar results in humans.
  • Clean Teeth: Pomegranate juice contains polyphenolic flavonoids, which contain antibacterial properties. These flavonoids have been shown to have the same benefits for your teeth as prescription mouthwash.
  • Controlled Cholesterol: This fruit has paraoxonase, a group of enzymes in our bodies that help prevent LDL “bad” cholesterol build-up in our arteries. This is one of the best ways to protect your heart! Keep control of cholesterol with any one of Reliv’s seven LunaRich products.
  • Avoiding Arthritis: Pomegranates also have anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to protect joints from the painful effects of arthritis. Try Arthaffect® for additional joint health benefits!
  • Full on Fiber: Pomegranates are packed with fiber; one fruit contains enough to fulfill a quarter of your daily recommended intake. Because of this, they make you feel full and keep you from over-eating. Include FibRestore® to reach your daily recommended amount of fiber.
  • Skin Health: Pomegranates contain antioxidants including ellagic acid which prevent damage to your skin by UV rays.

Tis the Season
Only in season between September and January, you may want to tag pomegranates or pomegranate juice on your next grocery list. Between their incredible historical influence and their multiple health benefits, pomegranates are your fall and winter seasons’ answer to finding a healthy snack and avoiding holiday sweets.

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http://pomegranates.org/index.php?c=3

http://www.southernliving.com/healthy-living/mind-body/pomgranates-health-00417000069886/

http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/pomegranate-power-surprising-superfood

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/dietandnutrition/ellagic-acid

Getting to Know Now: Cutting-Edge Nutrition

Reliv Now Cutting Edge Nutritin

Reliv Now® delivers a complete, balanced array of soy protein, vitamins, minerals and super-powered antioxidants in one powerful shake. Reliv Now even features a new and improved creamy vanilla flavor that blends wonderfully in smoothies! You may already know that Reliv Now is good for you, but let’s take a closer look at just two key ingredients and what they do.

LunaRich
Scientists have pin-pointed lunasin, a naturally-occurring soy peptide, as the component responsible for many of soy’s documented health benefits. Lunasin works at the epigenetic level within your cells to support cholesterol management, inflammation reduction, antioxidant benefits, improved immunity and overall cellular health. LunaRich from Reliv contains many times more lunasin than any other soy powder.

Research continues to identify additional lunasin benefits. A recent study of pigs supplemented daily with Reliv Now and LunaRich X™ for eight weeks showed significant improvement in key biomarkers associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health.  What makes this study particularly exciting is that there currently exist no effective treatments for improving key biomarkers measured in the study, namely circulating free fatty acids and the hormones leptin and adiponectin.  View the study.

So why take LunaRich products instead of other soy formulations? LunaRich products deliver more bioactive lunasin, and only Reliv has them.

Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol® is a French maritime pine bark extract and a key ingredient in Reliv Now. Pycnogenol provides a distinctive blend of natural and powerful antioxidants. It relaxes arteries to improve blood flow and blood pressure, effectively making the heart’s job easier. Pycnogenol also wards off stress, prevents damage to the skin from UV rays and supports healthy joint mobility and flexibility, among other benefits. Learn more about Pycnogenol.

Recently, Pycnogenol was even shown to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold when taken with Vitamin C and zinc, which are also ingredients in Reliv Now. View the study.

Why use Reliv Now instead of multivitamins?
Reliv Now is so much more than a department store multivitamin. In addition to an optimal blend of vitamins and minerals, Reliv Now contains a proprietary blend of enzymes and herbs, seven grams of soy protein and cutting-edge ingredients like LunaRich and Pycnogenol. It offers the most effective possible nutrient levels without saturated fats, trans fats or artificial preservatives.

Plus, Reliv Now comes in the form of shakes that are easily absorbed by your body. That’s called bioavailability, a key component in Reliv’s approach to nutrition. Together with Reliv’s uncompromising commitment to quality, you can rest assured you’re getting the safest, most effective daily nutritional supplement on the market.

A Note from Dr. Carl:
Reliv Now and LunaRich X — Reliv’s Dynamic Duo
Taking care of our health through nutrition is by no means a new idea. We all know to include the proper nutrients in our daily diets to improve our health and overall quality of life. But new discoveries are showing that nutrition plays an even bigger role than we first thought.

Reliv Now is designed to offer the most advanced daily nutritional supplement available anywhere. LunaRich X meanwhile is the most concentrated form of lunasin ever produced. Both products were built on cutting-edge research in nutrition science, and together they create a potent combination for optimal health.

A recent study at the University of Missouri demonstrated these products’ combined ability to support weight loss, heart health and metabolic wellness. More importantly, Reliv consumers everywhere are reporting remarkable results on these products, from cholesterol reduction and weight loss to increased energy and stronger immunity.

So if you’re looking to start a Reliv supplement regimen, I encourage you to include Reliv Now and LunaRich X. If you’re already taking these products, I can’t wait to hear your results.

To your health,
Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Reliv Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

Thanks Reliv and Dr. Carl for a informative article!

 

We’re Nuts for Healthy Snacks

Healthy Nuts

An Easy Nut to Crack

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy snack, look no further than nuts! Cashews, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts — they all contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients that can help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease, so it’s good to incorporate nuts into your diet.

We’ve all got our favorites, but you don’t have to worry about restricting your nut intake to only certain kinds; almost every type of nut has nutritional benefits. Eating nuts has also been shown to reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause heart attacks. If you want to improve the lining of your arteries and entire circulatory system, nosh on some nuts!

Reasons to Come Out of Your Shell

Besides all the heart and cholesterol benefits, nuts provide additional benefits:

  • Lung Cancer Prevention: a diet rich in pistachios may help prevent lung cancer because of its healthy supply of gamma-tocopherol, a type of Vitamin E that protects against cancer.
  • Prostate Cancer Prevention: Brazil nuts contain a lot of selenium, which has been linked to prevention of advanced prostate cancer.
  • Weight Maintenance: Because nuts make you feel fuller longer and are metabolized slowly because of their fiber content, you’ll be less likely to cave to food cravings.

New information about the health benefits of nuts continues to be released, and many studies are underway that will tell us more about the elements of these small health wonders.

We’re Nuts for Nuts!

Although each nut has its own special mix of nutrients, most of them contain:

  • Unsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol. Nuts can be a healthy snack for those already fighting heart disease.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (also found in 24K®, GlucAffect® with LunaRich, ReversAge® and Reliv Now® for Kids with LunaRich) that help regulate your heart beat and prevent dangerous rhythms that can lead to a heart attack. Nuts are the best plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Fiber (found in six Reliv products) that helps lower cholesterol and makes you feel full. It has also been shown to play a role in diabetes prevention.
  • Vitamin E which helps keep the blood in your arteries from getting stopped by plaques.
  • Plant sterols that occur naturally in nuts and can also help lower your cholesterol.
  • L-arginine (also found in ProVantage® with LunaRich and ReversAge®) that helps keep your artery walls flexible and less prone to clots.

Keep in Mind

Nuts contain a lot of fat (up to 80% of a nut is fat), so eat them in moderation. Use them as a substitute in your diet for the saturated fats found in meat, eggs and dairy products. A handful (1.5 oz or 42.5 grams) per day of most nuts may reduce your risk of heart disease. To gain the heart benefit, you must also cut back on dairy and meat products by replacing a normal serving with a handful of nuts.

You won’t be doing any favors by over-consuming nuts, especially if you eat them in addition to whole meals of other foods that contain saturated fats. If you replace a meat or dairy product with nuts, you’re on your way to a healthy weight.

Although they’re tasty, avoid chocolate-covered, sugar-coated and salty nuts if you’re looking for a health benefit. These should be considered the same as candy and eaten as a rare treat.

Nut oils contain both saturated and unsaturated fats and although they have omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, they don’t have the fiber found in whole nuts. If fiber is your goal, stick to the source.

Thanks Reliv for another great article!

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/healthy-nuts-health-benefits-cashews-walnuts-peanuts-almonds_n_3187731.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-and-nutrition/0406/why-you-should-go-nuts-for-nuts.aspx#/slide-1

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nuts/HB00085

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-nuts

Vietnam Vet Won’t Be Without LunaRich X

By Robyn Mohs, Helena, MT.

As I was telling someone about Reliv, she mentioned her husband, Bob, a Vietnam Veteran who came back with Agent Orange poisoning from the war. He was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Purple Heart for wounds received.

Vietnam Vet and Agent OrangeHis health had been deteriorating over the years and he suffers from a multitude of health problems. He has a service dog, Ozzie, because he’s nearly blind.

The first day Bob took two capsules of LunaRich X. He called the next day to say that he had slept for seven hours, which hadn’t happened in a very long time. Not long after his headaches eased and he was able to breathe clearly on walks with his dog.

His health continued to improve that first month, so he started taking four capsules a day. He then called to say that he put on his own shoes for the first time in a very long time.

On my next visit, Bob stood up from his recliner to show me he could touch his toes. Before Reliv, he couldn’t even reach his knees. It was more exciting that he could fluidly stand up on his own! He recently had his blood work done through the VA, and his anemia of 20 years was no longer a concern and his liver and kidney function had improved.

Bob ran out of capsules and stopped taking LunaRich X for a few weeks, only to see health problems return. He contacted me to say that he wanted more LunaRich X — immediately! He’ll never be without it again!

Bob thank you for your service. The life-changing results with LunaRich keep pouring in!!!

 

Lunasin and the Epigenetic Mechanism of Action

Dr Galvez the discoverer of lunasinDr. Alfredo Galvez, the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics at University of California – Davis shows how lunasin the world’s first epigenetic superfood affects multiple genes in multiple pathways versus cancer drugs in the slideshare presentation below.

 

What makes lunasin different from drugs in affecting chronic diseases? 

“Drugs target specific physiological pathways and specific genes in the body, treating the symptoms instead of treating the underlying causes of chronic diseases. Lunasin, as a bioactive dietary nutrient, in combination with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle affect multiple pathways and multiple genes to more effectively promote health and protect the body from chronic diseases.”

How can nutrition promote optimal functioning of the epigenome and limit environmental damage?

“The epigenome changes as we age and as we interact with our environment. Nutrition plays a big part in changing the epigenome because the chemical compounds that attaches and modifies the epigenome can be derived from dietary sources. Unhealthy foods and eating habits will result in changes in the epigenome of different cells and can turn on or off genes that predispose individuals to chronic diseases.”

“However, unlike changes to the genome (mutations) that are permanent, unwanted changes to the epigenome due to bad diet and damaging environmental conditions, such as smoking, chronic stress and sedentary lifestyle, can be reversed so as to promote optimal functioning of the cell. Current research is now revealing that good nutrition and supplementation with natural bioactive agents have the ability to promote changes to the epigenome that could lead to healthier cells and bodies.”

How does lunasin turn on health-promoting genes?

“Lunasin can turn on and increase the expression of health-promoting genes, such as those involved with cancer prevention, by enhancing the acetylation of Lysine 16 in histone H4 [1]. H4-Lysine 16 acetylation is the epigenetic mark associated with the opening up of condensed chromatin (DNA + histones) to allow easier access of the cellular transcription machinery to activate and increase gene expression. Loss of H4-Lysine 16 acetylation has been shown to be a common hallmark of human cancer cells [2].”

How does lunasin turn off disease-causing genes?

“Lunasin can turn off disease-causing genes by binding and inhibiting the specific acetylation of Lysine 14 in histone H3 by the histone acetylase enzyme, PCAF [1]. H3 acetylation, which includes H3-lysine 14 acetylation, is an epigenetic mark required to activate genes involved in cholesterol biosynthesis, inflammation, hormone response and cancer formation. By impeding the expression of these genes, lunasin can help prevent formation of chronic diseases.”

Learn more about lunasin and the epigenetic revolution.

References:

1. Galvez, A.F., et al., Nutrition and Cancer, 2011. 63:623-36.
2. Fraga, M.F., et al., Nature Genetics, 2005. 37(4):391-400.
3. Galvez, A. Circulation Research, 2012. 126: p. A10693.

5 Stress Management Tips from Around the World

Around the World Tips on Handling Stress

Pools are closing and leaves are falling: it’s Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Get back to work!” Many of us are dreading packing away our swimsuit for another three seasons and hauling out the cardigans and massive coats. For many, the transition from lounging in a lawn chair to climbing into an office chair is a bumpy one and only increases the already demanding stressors of daily life. But people from all over the globe have a few suggestions on how to jump back into work stress-free. Join us on a hassle-free trip around the world and learn how other cultures practice relaxation.

Se Détendre “Relax”
In France, it is a common habit to come home from work and enjoy what the French call a “Petit Apertif.” They often enjoy a glass of wine and maybe a side of cashews to take a moment and reflect on the day’s activities.

Work is tough. When you leave work, leave the work and fully engage in your life. Go home and take a walk, read a book, or whatever it takes to teach your body that the work is done and it’s time for you. Be sure to turn it into a habit and before you know it, you’ll walk into the house shutting out all the day’s stress behind you.

новый старт “Fresh Start”
Russia knows just how to melt away the stress off your “to do” list. After clocking out, many Russians head straight for the “banya” (sauna) for a tranquil stop to sweat away their full day of tension.

Researchers at Yale University have proven that the billowing steam from your bathroom actually creates emotional warmth that calms your mood and sheds the stress. So, tomorrow morning, take 10 minutes to fog up the bathroom mirror and start your day prepared for anything.

After your long, hot shower, grab a quick and healthy shot of 24K® for an added bit of energy, focus and stress relief. Reliv is proud to offer the only energy drink that addresses the entire fatigue cycle, including stress relief through natural ingredients. Our 24K includes Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s theta waves, increases endorphins and reduces anxiety. It also contains Valerian Root Extract which provides energy without jitters.

นวด “Massage”
Need an excuse to get that massage? In Thailand, massages are for more than occasional spa days; they are an art form to be regularly enjoyed.

Working out painful knots in your neck and back feels great, but it does more than loosen you up. A proper massage with enough pressure actually releases a natural antidepressant chemical in your brain called serotonin. So, don’t wait for the next spa day; go knead out that unneeded tension and relax.

If you just can’t shake that ache, even with a good massage, add some Arthaffect® to your daily routine and ease joint discomfort or overall stiffness.

Te en paus! “Take a Break!”
In Sweden, you will find many employees off to a local coffee shop or talking in the break room with a few co-workers. The Swedish call this coffee break “fika,” and make it a priority.

Researchers at MIT have found that employees who mingle with fellow colleagues are actually 10-15% more productive than those who don’t. So, don’t glue yourself to your desk. Get up and chat by the break room or share a Reliv shake. Not only will your boss love the improvements in your work, but your work day won’t drag on and, who knows, you might just be ready to get back to work.

Looking for a new way to share your Reliv story? Share a shake with colleagues and tell them about the preventative health and good nutrition they’re getting. Let them see the list of ingredients on the product label and they’ll be impressed with all the vitamins and nutrients.

浸泡双脚 “Soak Your Feet”
What with walking and jogging on top of day to day chores, we give our feet an excessive workout. But just like you and I, they get overworked and exhausted. It’s time to learn from the women of China and give our feet the much earned reward they call, “zu yu.” Many Chinese women will slip out a bowl of hot water and dip their feet in up to their ankles.

At the end of the day, grab a book and a bowl of hot water, slip your feet in, and give yourself the well-deserved relief from your full day of work. Throw in a handful of Epsom salts and 2 spoonful’s of baking soda for the best relief. Flower petals and lavender oil will leave your feel feeling and smelling fresh.

Whatever you do to manage stress, take time this fall to try a new method of easing tension and reconnecting with your serene self. Take time to rest, get enough sleep and consume healthy food to prepare your body for the changing of the seasons. Making Reliv products a part of your regimen will give your body the boost it needs to manage stress and rebuild through optimal nutrition.

Thanks Reliv for some great stress relief tips!

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http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20645790_3,00.html

http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/serotonin

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435/DSECTION=stress-relief

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