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The Weight is Over

With Slimplicity the Weight is OverSlimplicity adds LunaRich, boosts benefits
The latest LunaRich product is here — just in time for swimsuit season! Reliv’s Slimplicity® meal replacement formula has added LunaRich® soy powder to deliver greater health benefits with each shake.

“Slimplicity shakes not only help people lose weight, they also provide optimal nutrient levels for better overall health,” Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings says. “With the addition of LunaRich, we’ve taken this dual-action approach to a whole new level.”

Weight loss the healthy way
Slimplicity shakes are satisfying, delicious and loaded with the powerful ingredients you need to boost metabolism and charge through your day. A Slimplicity shake contains the right balance of vitamins, minerals and protein to keep your body running in optimal condition.

That’s why people who use Slimplicity feel so much better and can stick to the program. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that quality meal replacement shakes like Slimplicity are an effective approach for losing weight compared with conventional, structured weight-loss diets.

“Dieting should not mean depriving your body of the nutrients it needs to thrive,” Dr. Carl notes. “That’s why all these fad diets simply come and go — many of them sacrifice good health for the sake of temporary weight loss. Real weight loss requires healthy lifestyle changes, and quality nutrition is where it all starts.”

Even better with LunaRich
The bioactive lunasin in LunaRich soy powder increases Slimplicity’s nutritional punch. Lunasin is a naturally occurring peptide largely responsible for many of soy’s health benefits. This includes helping with risk factors associated with weight loss, such as heart health, cholesterol management and overall cellular health.

“The weight loss benefits of soy protein are well documented, and Slimplicity delivers a full 10 grams of soy protein per serving,” Dr. Carl adds. “Now that we’ve increased the lunasin content, you’re getting the very best of soy with every scoop.”

Benefits Booster
Slimplicity is loaded with advanced ingredients to rev up your metabolism, burn fat and keep you feeling fuller, longer. When nutrients like these activate healthy genes, lunasin can work at the epigenetic level to make those genes more readily recognized by the cell, thus increasing healthy outcomes.

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The Truth About Soy

Reliv has the Highest Quality Soy
Exciting new discoveries are revealing soy’s mounting health benefits, and much of the excitement centers around 
lunasin, a naturally occurring soy peptide. Soy’s cholesterol-lowering properties, which are supported by an FDA health claim, can now be attributed to lunasin.

In fact, the American Heart Association, which once petitioned the repeal of the FDA’s health claim, recently invited Dr. Alfredo Galvez, the scientist who discovered lunasin, to present at its national convention.

Lunasin is now one of the most heavily researched and scientifically supported nutritional compounds available today. Since it was discovered in 1996, 50+ published studies have shown its multiple health benefits, including inflammation, improved immunity and overall cellular health.

And for those looking to incorporate more antioxidants in your diet, you’re in luck. Lunasin also demonstrates an ability to:

  • reduce the oxidation of linoleic acid that produces oxygen radicals
  • act like an oxygen radical scavenger
  • reduce oxygen radicals produced by macrophages (highly specialized cells that remove dying or dead cells and cellular debris)


High quality non-GMO soy foods are also an excellent source of protein, and many are also good sources of fiber, potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese. But despite the studies proving its benefits and the positive reaction of the scientific community, myths about soy persist. Let’s take a look at a couple common myths and learn the truth about soy:

Myth #1: Men shouldn’t take soy because it contains estrogen-like properties.

Truth: Soybeans are rich in phytoestrogens, a subclass of a group of antioxidants known as isoflavones. Because the structure of phytoestrogens is similar to the human sex hormone estrogen (found in both men and women), it can sometimes mimic the hormone in animals with estrogen receptors. Phytoestrogens mimicry of estrogen has led some to believe that soy can have a feminizing effect on men. A May 2010 study showed that soy isoflavones “do not exert feminizing effects on men at intake levels equal to and even considerably higher than are typical for Asian males.” The results report: “There is essentially no evidence from the nine identified clinical studies that isoflavones exposure affects circulating estrogen levels in men. Clinical evidence also indicates that isoflavones have no effect on sperm or semen parameters.”

Another study in 2010 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, investigated whether soy has an effect on reproductive hormones in men. The study found conclusively that neither soy foods nor isoflavones supplements alter measures of bioavailable hormone concentrations in men.

Soy has been a dietary staple for many cultures with no significant report of health effects in men. Reliv posts recommended serving sizes on all our products and encourages common sense and moderation to its consumers.

Myth #2: Soy isn’t safe for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Truth: Concerns about the correlation between soy and breast cancer risk are nothing new. Doctors recommending that breast cancer patients limit their soy intake have been waiting for years for conclusive evidence that a link exists. In November 2012, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) published their findings and proclaimed moderate amounts of soy safe for breast cancer patients and survivors. “Determining whether it is safe for breast cancer survivors to eat soy has been one of the big research questions under study and now we know it is safe — the evidence is so consistent,” said AICR Nutrition Advisor Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, an expert on diet and cancer prevention.

The AICR has reported that for all cancers, human studies have shown soy foods do not increase the risk. Overall, the seven recent epidemiologic studies examining soy consumption among breast cancer survivors — in six population studies and one combined analysis — show that consuming moderate amounts of soy foods does not increase a woman’s risk for poorer outcomes.

“These findings are great news for women who want to use soy as a source of protein while cutting back on animal protein such as red and processed meat for better health.” said Bette J. Caan, DrPH.

A Note from Dr. Carl: The Best Soy Available

As you’ve read above, the benefits of soy are undeniable as part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to reduce cholesterol or simply maintain your good health, soy is an effective way to give your body what it needs. That’s why soy has been a central component of Reliv’s approach to nutrition since the very beginning.

And now science has uncovered soy’s secret. The key is lunasin, a naturally occurring soy peptide. Lunasin is the first nutritional component shown to work at the epigenetic level to promote optimal gene expression in cells. In other words, it turns good genes on and bad genes off. And no other supplements available maximize lunasin content like Reliv’s LunaRich® products.

As a soy advocate for over three decades, I have heard the myths about soy repeated time and again. But good science always wins in the end. With lunasin research we now know what makes soy such a nutritional powerhouse, and we have one more reason why Reliv’s unparalleled formulas deliver real results.

To Your Health,

Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

Thank you Dr. Carl for another great article!






Soy Protein, Lunasin and Heart Health

Lunasin LDL Cholesterol Reduction

Soy Protein Findings Regarding Cholesterol

In 1995, a meta-analysis of clinical trials showing a 12.5% reduction of LDL cholesterol when 25 gm soy protein replaces casein protein in diet was used as the basis for the approval of an FDA health claim on soy protein and heart health.

A follow-up 2006 meta-analysis of clinical trials conducted after FDA approval showed that on average, 50 gm soy protein was needed to reduce 3% LDL cholesterol. This American Heart Association commissioned study was the basis for the current petition to repeal the 1999 FDA health claim on soy protein.

A supplementation experiment using LDL-receptor mutant pigs conducted in 2012 has identified the lunasin peptide found in soy protein as the active ingredient responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol and its mechanism of action is by reducing cholesterol biosynthesis in the liver, similar to statin drugs without the side effects. Lunasin was serendipitously discovered in 1996 by Dr. Alfredo Galvez as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Galvez, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Research at the Missouri Plant Science Center and the Lead Scientific Advisor for Soy Labs LLC, working on the development of functional foods and nutraceutical ingredients based on the lunasin peptide. He has a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis, majoring in molecular biology and cytogenetics. He is also a Project Scientist at the Center for Nutritional Genomics, University of California at Davis, working on elucidating the molecular mechanism of lunasin as a peptidomimetic of a human tumor suppressor.

Lunasin Availability

Exciting results and more than 40 peer-reviewed and published studies have documented lunasin’s health LunaRich Soy Powderbenefits. Research by 21 research institutions supported by 27 public and private funding sources has resulted in nine patents.

Partnering with Reliv International, the Missouri Plant Science Center and Soy Labs LunaRich™ soybeans grown exclusively for Reliv marks a huge step forward in nutrition science having 5-10 times more lunasin than any other product. Reliv works only with suppliers who meet very high standards and every ingredient is rigorously tested throughout the production process to ensure safety, purity and potency. Currently, five Reliv products contain LunaRich. Reliv is focused on developing products that bring the latest nutritional research to you.

3 Steps to Building Immunity

LunaRich and Lunasin

The immune system defends your body against bacteria, viruses and other harmful invaders. At full strength, it is an efficient protector against infection and illness. But like all aspects of your health, it takes healthy lifestyle choices to keep your immune system in top shape. Three vital areas in protecting and bolstering immunity are nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.

Immunity-Boosting Nutrients

Lunasin: Clinical studies continue to uncover the many benefits of this remarkable soy peptide. A recent study showed that lunasin boosts innate immunity by stimulating immune cell receptors. (See Dr. Carl Hastings’s message below for details.)

Antioxidants: Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that remove free radicals from the bloodstream. Free radicals can damage DNA and suppress the body’s immune system. A few of the most important immunity-boosting antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene.

Zinc: A review in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal concluded that supplementing with zinc may shorten the duration of the common cold by up to 40%.

Vitamin D: A study at the University of Copenhagen found that vitamin D is needed to trigger the immune system’s killer T cells and that a lack of vitamin D can render these cells inactive.

Probiotics: Fight the flu bug with these friendly bugs! In a Swedish study, a group of employees given a probiotic missed less work due to respiratory or gastrointestinal illness than did employees who didn’t receive the probiotic. Another study showed people taking a probiotic plus vitamins and minerals daily for three months had reduced frequency, duration and severity of cold symptoms.

Get Moving

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found those who exercised the most were least likely to suffer from colds in the winter months. Researchers followed a group of 1,002 healthy adults aged 18 to 85 over a 12-week period during the autumn and winter seasons.

Each participant reported daily any symptom of respiratory illness they experienced (sneezes, coughs, fever, etc.). On average, they reported such symptoms for 13 days in the winter and 8 days in the autumn.

But those who exercised regularly were much less likely to develop a cold, and when they did, it was much less severe. The fittest 25% (those who exercised five or more days a week) had 43% fewer days with symptoms than those in the lowest 25% (one day or less of weekly exercise).

Don’t Stress Out

The negative effects of stress on the immune system have been well-documented. Stress impacts your susceptibility to infection and overall wellness in two important ways:

  1. Weakened Immune System: Chronic stress can raise cortisol levels, making us more vulnerable to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems.
  2. Unhealthy Choices: In stressful situations, we often fail to sleep enough, eat well or exercise, increasing the likelihood of illness.

Lunasin Boosts Immunity… and So Much More

In February, Reliv introduced our exclusive LunaRich® soy powder — a breakthrough ingredient that delivers five to ten times more lunasin than ordinary soy powders. At the time, we were astounded by the amount of research backing lunasin’s wide-ranging benefits, from reducing inflammation to lowering cholesterol. Our excitement has grown exponentially in the nine months since.

Study after study continues to uncover more health benefits of this amazing soy peptide. Because it works at the epigenetic level — at the very root of gene expression and cellular function — lunasin impacts multiple aspects of human health. One of the most recent lunasin studies demonstrated its effectiveness in strengthening the immune system.

Immune cells in your body contain receptors that are genetically primed to respond to germs and other environmental toxins and remove them. If these receptors are slow to respond in your immune cells, your body’s innate defenses do not function properly.

A study conducted at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2012 showed that lunasin can affect this process. Results of the study demonstrated that lunasin works to stimulate immune cell receptors, thus boosting innate immunity — the body’s first line of defense against infections.

Lunasin-packed LunaRich soy powder can be found in several Reliv products including Reliv Now® and Reliv Now® for Kids, daily essential nutritional formulas that combine LunaRich with a host of other immune-boosting ingredients.

Stay tuned… more lunasin and LunaRich research coming soon!

To Your Health,

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

Thank you Dr. Carl for another great article!

Lunasin: The Future of Nutritional Genomics

Reliv LunaRichLunasin – Numerous studies demonstrate lunasin’s superior support through nutritional intake for cancer-preventive effects, cardiovascular health (cholesterol and blood pressure), significant anti-inflammatory properties, anti-aging, and skin health.

Reliv products have 5 to 10 times more Lunasin than any other product with our exclusive LunaRich™ .

Dr. Alfredo Galvez, the Missouri Plant Science Center’s lead scientific advisor, first discovered lunasin during research at UC Berkley to improve the nutritional profile of soy protein. More than 40 peer-reviewed and published studies have documented lunasin’s health benefits. Research by 21 research institutions supported by 27 public and private funding sources has resulted in nine patents.

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Addressing Allergies and Asthma

Reliv Allergy Relief

Asthma and Allergies: An Increasing Problem

• Nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies.

• The incidence of in the United States doubled between 1980 and 2000, with nearly 20 million Americans suffering from asthma.

• More than 30 million Europeans suffer from asthma.

• Australia has one of the highest prevalences of allergic disorders in the developed world.

• Asthma, hay fever, chronic sinusitis and “other allergy” comprise four of the top 10 most common long-term self-reported illnesses in youth aged 12-24 years in Australia, and the prevalence is increasing.

• The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) says the most up-to-date research shows a massive increase in the prevalence of allergic disorders in children.

• A World Allergy Organization global study, “State of the World Allergy Report,” shows allergies and asthma have doubled in many countries in Asia, compared to just a few decades ago.

• You’re at increased risk of allergies if you have family members with asthma or allergies such as hay fever, hives or eczema.

• Having one type of allergic condition makes you more likely to be allergic to something else.

Understanding Asthma and Allergies

Allergies are a result of an immune system gone haywire: The immune system mistakes a typically harmless substance for a harmful invader. Your immune system then makes antibodies against the substance, which launches the release of histamines and other chemicals that cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, itchy and watering eyes, runny nose and other miserable symptoms. Allergies also can cause symptoms that involve your skin or digestive system.

Some of the common allergy culprits are pet dander, dyes, detergents, mold and pollen. Some foods,  insect stings and medications can trigger allergies, too.

While asthma and allergies are separate conditions, they’re related. People who have respiratory allergies are more likely to have asthma, and having asthma increases your risk for developing an allergy.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes airway obstruction. Allergies, smoke and air pollution can trigger asthma and cause the airways to become inflamed. As the airway swells, less air flows to the lungs while mucus production increases. This causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.

Standard allergy and asthma treatments often include steroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, prescription medications or allergy shots. But building your defenses through good nutrition is another option.

Tackling Asthma and Allergies Through Nutrition

Findings published in the journal Thorax show low dietary intake of vitamins A and C may increase the risk of developing asthma. At the same time, a new study from Tanta University in Egypt shows a combination of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin C and zinc may improve symptoms of asthma in children. The researchers note that omega-3s and zinc each have anti-inflammatory effects, while Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, may reduce attacks in the lungs from bacteria, viruses or other sources.

Clearly, supplying your body with optimum nutrition is a key step in keeping your immune system functioning properly to fight the development or symptoms of allergies and asthma.

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s have been shown to benefit the immune system and have a positive effect on allergies as well as asthma. Omega-3s can be found in GlucAffect®ReversAge®, and Reliv Now® for Kids.

Vitamins A, C, E and zinc, enzymes, garlic and cayenne also have been shown to help strengthen the immune system to reduce allergy symptoms. Reliv Now®Reliv Classic® and FibRestore® are good sources of all of these nutrients, plus other beneficial herbs and enzymes.

These nutritional products also contain bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties shown to help manage asthma and other allergy responses.

Probiotics offer another option shown to be effective in decreasing allergy development. Probiotics, also called “friendly bacteria,” are live microorganisms similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. These include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics stimulate the immune system to help your body protect itself. Good sources of probiotics include SoySentials®, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, and ReversAge, which includes both Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus.

High fiber diets also encourage probiotic growth in the digestive tract. FibRestore is loaded with 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber per serving, providing a third of the recommended daily amount.

A Note from Dr. Carl Hastings: Add Nutrition to Your Allergy RX

While the change in seasons is a welcome event for most people, millions of allergy sufferers across the globe view the arrival of spring or autumn with trepidation. Runny noses, itchy eyes, congestion and sneezing make it difficult to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine outside.

The incidence of allergies and asthma is on the rise — a clear sign that our immune systems are under siege. While allergy medications do an excellent job of treating the symptoms, they don’t get at the root of the problem. That’s where a quality nutritional regimen can really make a difference.

Numerous clinical studies around the globe have identified a variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help reduce inflammation associated with allergy and asthma, and support a healthy immune system, which is less likely to “overreact” to environmental allergens.

So this season, when you reach for your allergy medication, consider washing it down with a Reliv shake. Then get out there and enjoy the day!

To Your Health,

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

Healthy Bones And Joints

Reliv Products and Joint Health

In addition to good nutrition, exercise is a vital part of good health. A regular, active lifestyle reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and it helps lower cholesterol and control your weight.

Get Moving for Healthier Joints and Bones

●  Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones weaken and lose density, becoming thin, brittle, and susceptible to fractures.

●  Exercise can help slow the progress of osteoporosis and build strong bone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a program of moderate, regular exercise (three to four times a week) is effective in the prevention and management of osteoporosis.

●  In osteoarthritis, cartilage that normally cushions the joints becomes soft and breaks down, causing bone to rub against bone. The disease most commonly affects hands and weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, feet and back.

●  Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term degenerative disease that results from the body attacking its own joint tissue. Symptoms may include morning stiffness, joint pain or tenderness, and swelling of the joints.

●  Regular exercise can improve the symptoms of back and knee problems by increasing muscle strength and flexibility, as well as reduce the excess body weight that can aggravate bone and joint conditions.

●  Exercise is very important if you have arthritis because it keeps the joints flexible; the muscles around the joints strong; bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy; and reduces pain.

Keep Joints Jumping

Your joints are often the first to remind you that you’re aging. They may become less flexible and more painful. But continuing the right exercises combined with good nutrition can make a significant impact on your joint health — no matter what your age or activity level. Nutritional therapy can also relieve arthritis pain, reduce inflammation and swelling, improve function, and sometimes even repair damage.

Collagen is an essential nutrient in joint health. Collagen is the part of cartilage that gives it shape, flexibility and strength. As we age, we lose the ability to make collagen, which is why we often have stiffness and decreased flexibility in the joints. A key ingredient in Reliv’s Arthaffect® is Arthred®, a patented, predigested collagen powder that aids in manufacturing and repairing connective tissue. A study at Penn State University found collagen hydrolysate improved joint pain, mobility and inflammation in athletes. In addition, vitamin C helps manufacture collagen, a connective tissue protein.

Arthritis causes inflammation around cartilage and joint structures. Several anti-inflammatory ingredients can ease the pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis. These include Boswellia, a well-known herb used in Eastern medicine to help with arthritic and muscle swelling; Ashwagandha, which reduces inflammation and relieves pain; Borage Oil, a powerful anti-inflammatory; and Bioperine, a unique nutrient that helps the body better absorb and use other nutrients. These ingredients can all be found in Arthaffect.

Another powerful nutrient that helps joint pain is Pycnogenol, which can be found in Reliv Now® and GlucAffect®. A study published in the April 2008 edition of Phytotherapy Research shows Pycnogenol reduced osteoarthritis symptoms by 56 percent over three months. Relief was measured in joint pain, stiffness and physical function. Stiffness was reduced by 53 percent and physical function was improved dramatically. Ankle and foot swelling decreased in 79 percent of people taking Pycnogenol.

More amazingly, the benefits of Pycnogenol continue even after people stop taking it. A study in the August 2008 edition of Phytotherapy Research showed no relapse in symptoms even after Pycnogenol was discontinued for two weeks. This suggests that Pycnogenol’s anti-inflammatory properties may actually help joints recover.

Bone Up on Bone Health

Keeping your bones strong is a lifelong endeavor. A new study from Canada found postmenopausal women receiving a combination of the antioxidants vitamins C and E, along with resistance exercise, didn’t have any bone loss during a six-month period, while women receiving a placebo did experience detrimental bone loss. Another way to strengthen bones is with calcium. The average adult consumes only half the recommended daily intake of 1,000-1,300 mg of calcium each day.

When you’re calcium deficient, your bones weaken, which increases the risk of stress fractures, especially if you run or do other impact activities. Calcium is critical for bone formation and strength, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, blood clotting and blood pressure control.

According to a pooled analysis of study data published in the British Medical Journal, daily supplements that combine vitamin D and calcium significantly reduced fractures by 8 percent and hip fractures by 16 percent. This positive effect benefits both men and women of all ages. The nutrients act synergistically: The calcium supports bone formation and repair while vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

Reliv Now® and Reliv Classic® each contain100% of the RDI of calcium and vitamin D.

Nutrition & Exercise: A Winning Combo

By staying active during your “prime,” you’ll be more likely to remain active and healthier as you age. Inactivity starts a domino effect that leads to decreased strength and muscle size, decreased bone mass and density, and less elastic tendons and ligaments. Good nutrition, combined with being active, can delay or even prevent some of these changes.

Reliv products contain high-quality nutrients that work synergistically to provide many benefits for joints and bones. Arthaffect®, for example, helps promote lifelong joint health. The formula combines the best of traditional Eastern herbal therapies with cutting-edge nutrients that have been clinically proven to help repair and rebuild joint tissues.

In addition, FibRestore®, Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® all contain the enzymes bromelain and papain, which help reduce inflammation, plus a host of antioxidants and other nutrients that benefit joints and bones. And Pynogenol®, found in Reliv Now and GlucAffect®, is showing amazing benefits to joint health thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Reliv products offer the ideal support for active lifestyles. I’m so impressed with the number of people who are getting moving through the Team Reliv initiative. This active lifestyle choice combined with Reliv nutrition makes for a winning combination!

To Your Health,

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

Thanks Dr. Carl for another great article!