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What Is Nutrilite?

 
Nutrilite is a brand of vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements used for general nutrition, heart health, weight management and children’s nutrition. Access Business Group, a branch of Alticor, manufactures Nutrilite and Amway distributes and sells the Nutrilite supplements. This brand is also known as Nutriway in several international markets.

History

Carl Rehnborg founded Nutrilite in 1934. Rehnborg spent time in China in 1920, and while in China, he started supplementing his diet with nutritional elements missing in the typical Chinese diet. Back in the United States, he developed a formulation that contained alfalfa, watercress and parsley. Rehnborg introduced the first Nutrilite product in 1943. In 2001, five Nutrilite products received for the first time certification by NSF International. In 2007, Nutrilite introduced the Simply Nutrilite line featuring health bars, antioxidants and vitamin supplements.

Manufacturing

Nutrilite claims to harvest and process all plants used in the Nutrilite supplements on organic farms either owned by Nutrilite or independently operated. Nutrilite uses farming techniques based on soil solarization, pest management and sustainable agricultural production systems. These farms located in California and Washington State, Brazil and Mexico add up to over 6,311 acres. Nutrilite also purports to have specific manufacturing principles that assure quality products. These principles include minimum time between harvesting and dehydrating, special concentration processes, appropriate testing, exact measurement, uniform blending and careful treatment of tablets.

Nutrilite Products

You can divide Nutrilite products into three branches: vitamins and dietary supplements, sport and energy, and weight management. Nutrilite vitamins include phytonutrients, vitamin C and D, calcium, brain health omega, antioxidants, ginseng, dandelion, valerian and B complex. Nutrilite sport and energy and weight management products include various protein shakes, energy bars, recovery drinks and whey protein. Nutrilite weight management products include shakes, meal bar packs, carbohydrate blockers, powder fiber, brownies and other tools including plan management journals, DVDs and glucose health supplements.

Nutrilite and specific ailments

Nutrilite purports to have supplements that you can use to manage certain types of diseases. For example, Nutrilite recommends the protein powder for diabetes, omega-3 and garlic heart care for high blood pressure, iron-folic tablets for anemia, Siberian ginseng for stress, bone health for osteoporosis, glucosamine for ostetoarthritis and parselenium-E for acne.

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 By The Cooper Institute
Magnesium is essential to good health. The fourth most abundant mineral in our body, about fifty to sixty percent of the body’s magnesium is found in our bones, with the balance in our muscle and other soft tissues. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, regulates heart rhythm, supports a healthy immune system and keep bones strong. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is involved in energy metabolism.

The daily recommended intake for magnesium is 400 mg for men 19 to 30 years of age and 420 mg for men over 30 years of age; 310 mg for women 19 to 30 years of age and 320 mg for women over 30 years of age. Cooper Clinic routinely tests magnesium levels as part of the blood profile in the comprehensive physical. A normal blood plasma level is 1.8 to 2.4 mg/dL.

Foods that are naturally high in fiber generally have decent levels of magnesium. Dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, whole grains, vegetables (especially broccoli, squash, and green leafy vegetables), seeds and nuts (especially almonds and cashews). Other sources include dairy products, meats, chocolate and coffee. Per 3 ½ ounce serving, Kelp provides 760 mg magnesium, while almonds and cashews have approximately 270 mg, and pecans and English walnuts around 135 mg.

The health status of our digestive system and kidneys influences our magnesium level. Primarily absorbed in the small intestine, magnesium is then transported through the blood to cells and tissues. Our kidneys excrete magnesium, so in instances where kidney health is impaired, too much magnesium may be expelled. In general, healthy individuals absorb about one-third to one-half of the magnesium ingested. Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal disorders can impair absorption of magnesium.

Older adults are at increased risk for magnesium deficiency. In addition to consuming less magnesium than younger adults, magnesium absorption decreases and renal excretion of magnesium increases in older adults. Seniors are also more likely to take drugs that interact negatively with magnesium. Magnesium supplements should not be taken at the same time as tetracycline or thyroid hormones – take either two hours before or after the medication.

Early signs of magnesium deficiency could include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, insomnia and weakness. Later signs may include numbness, tingling, personality changes, muscle contractions, cramps, seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Because these symptoms are so broad, a magnesium deficiency can sometimes go undetected as physicians eliminate other issues.

Magnesium supplements combine magnesium with another substance such as a salt. Magnesium supplements include carbonate, chloride, gluconate, glycinate, hydroxide, oxide, silicate, stearate and sulfate. Epsom salts, often used to sooth a variety of skin conditions, is actually magnesium sulfate. Elemental magnesium refers to the amount of magnesium in each compound, and the amount of elemental magnesium in a compound and its bioavailability influence the effective of the magnesium supplement. Bioavailability is the amount of magnesium that is ultimately absorbed and useable by our body. In a more bioavailable form of magnesium, it is not unusual to find that four or more tablets are required to get to 500 mg of magnesium.

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Nutritional Magnesium Association
http://www.nutritionalmagnesium.org/

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/magnesium

NUTRILITE® Cal Mag D

Adequate calcium and vitamin D throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. NUTRILITE® Cal Mag D provides the proper ratio of three sources of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, which encourages maximum absorption potential in the body. You’ll get calcium equivalent to 20 oz. of milk! No added artificial colors or preservatives.

*Regular exercise and a healthy diet with enough calcium and vitamin D helps individuals maintain good bone health and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Benefits
  • Supports bone strength. The 20 mg of vitamin C promotes collagen formation for strong bones.
  • Helps your body absorb calcium. The 100 IU of vitamin D and 100 mg of magnesium aid calcium absorption for healthy teeth and bones.
  • Aids in building and maintaining healthy bones. Key essential minerals copper (0.66 mg), zinc (5 mg), and manganese (0.83 mg) support the formation and maintenance of bones.

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Nutrilite a Premium Product

The Nutrilite brand has been around for a long time, since 1934. It focuses on using phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, in its natural form, from the plants. The plant concentrates come from its own farm, which are certified organic farms of over 6,400 acres. The parent company, Amway Global, takes care to ensure that premium ingredients are only used.

For Amway, owning and maintaining all of the farms means that the company is able to control the manufacturing of the products more so than normal. This ensures a premium product with the best ingredients. No chemicals are used on the plants, nor are synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. The soil is replenished rather than depleted. And only environmentally friendly methods are used to control weeds and insects.

Furthermore, Amway goes to extremes to include the best professionals when formulated the organic supplements. The Nutrilite Health Institute is a band of experts, more than 100 scientists, who are involved in the clinical research and product development. Research is led the Scientific Advisory Board which is a 10 member board of leading scientists from around the world with experience in health, nutrition and even genetics. Current members of the board include:

Sam Rehnborg, Ph.D.
Junshi Chen, M.D.
Ruth DeBush, Ph.D., R.D.
Stephen Fortmann, M.D.
Z.C. Ho, M.D., Ph.D.
Kenneth S. Kornman, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Hoyoku Nishini, M.D.
Artemis Simopoulos, M.D.
Thomas J. Slaga, Ph.D.
Young-Joon Surh, Ph.D.

With the experience of this board and the dedication to the Nutrilite brand by Amway Global, you can feel confident that you are going to get a high quality product. And Amway Global is so confident that it stands behind its Nutrilite line with a 180 day money back guarantee.

So why are phytonutrients so important? First, are you eating in full color at every meal? Most people do not. You should be getting phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals from five color categories: Red, Yellow/Orange, Green, Blue/Purple, and White. Phytonutrients provide antioxidant protection and many other health benefits. It’s hard to get them even if you tried. By the time you bring home your fruits and vegetables from the market, they sat for days in transit and on the shelf. Phytonutrients start to die off once harvested. Therefore, supplementation with an exceptionally high product is necessary for maintaining good health.

Let’s see which color foods have which phytonutrients (don’t worry about remembering the names of the phytonutrients, just know why that are important).
1) White foods contain quercetin and allicin – maintains healthy bones, circulatory health, and supports arterial function.
2) Green foods contain isoflavones, isothiocyanate, EGCG, and lutein/zeaxanthin which supports the liver, cells, lungs and arterial function.
3) Orange/Yellow foods contain alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, hesperidin, beta cryptoxanthin which support eye health, immune function, skin hydration, growth and development.
4) Red foods contain lycopene and ellagic acid which is important in prostate health and cell health.
5) Blue/Purple foods contain resveratrol and anythocanidins which supports cognitive health, heart health, arterial function and antioxidant protection.

Nutrilite has many products for all your needs. But one of the top products is Nutrilite’s Double X, which contains phytonutrients from all of the above categories. Double X is not synthetic (many products are made in a lab and are not made from real plants). It’s derived from plants and fruits such as acerola cherries, red apples, cranberries, pomegranate, tomato, lemons, mandarin oranges, asparagus, basil, broccoli, kale, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, watercress, blueberries, grapes, plums, and horseradish and more. In addition to the vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient products for women, men and kids, there are products for weight management and sports nutrition. The sports products are specifically formulated to provide the athlete with energy, strength, hydration, quick recovery and support to help you get the most out of your training. Whether you are in track, football, basketball, baseball or any sport, Nutrilite sport nutrition products will take your performance to the next level.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what the brand Nutrilite, Amway’s practices, you can feel confident in using this line. Amway’s new spokesperson, Kurt Warner, started with Nutrilite’s supplements and immediately reported feeling better and sleeping better. So if an NFL Superstar like Kurt Warner is getting results from the brand, then so can others.

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Three NUTRILITE Supplements Earn Highest Sports Certification in North America NSF Certification Addresses Athletes’ Fear of Unknowingly Testing Positive for Banned Substances

From PRNewswire

Amway North America today announced that three premier, foundational products under its NUTRILITE brand have received sports certification from the leading product safety and banned substances testing body for elite athletes. NUTRILITE Daily Multivitamin, Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, and DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient, the brand’s three most popular supplements in this market, will carry the certification.

“Amway takes great pride in the tremendous quality and efficacy of our NUTRILITE products,” says Jori Hartwig, Vice President of Marketing for Amway North America. “We are very pleased to have completed the NSF Certified for Sport program as one more way to demonstrate the high caliber of our NUTRILITE brand for our Independent Business Owners and the athletes, runners and other health conscious individuals they serve.” NSF International’s Certified for Sport program reduces the risk that a dietary or sports supplement contains banned substances. Recognized by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association, National Football League (NFL), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the PGA, the NSF Certification program responds to the growing demands by athletes, coaches, team owners and others concerned about finding banned substances in sports nutrition products. However, prudent athletes will always run any medications or supplements by their doctor or trainer before using.

To earn certification, the three NUTRILITE products were evaluated by NSF International to verify that the information appearing on the label matched the content of the product and that no banned substances were present. To meet these requirements, the three evaluated NUTRILITE products may now bear the NSF Certified for Sport® Mark to show athletes, coaches, and consumers that a dietary supplement or sports nutrition product meets NSF International’s stringent criteria. The NUTRILITE information also is listed on the NSF Website. Ongoing monitoring verifies continued compliance with NSF’s certification requirements.

Ongoing monitoring verifies continued compliance with NSF’s certification requirements.
“NUTRILITE Daily Multivitamin, Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, and DOUBLE X Multivitamin have been reviewed, tested and certified by NSF’s Certified for Sport program,” says Edward Wyszumiala, General Manager of NSF International’s Dietary Supplement Certification Programs. “By obtaining NSF Certified for Sport for these products, Amway has achieved a major milestone and continues to demonstrate its commitment to excellence for its Independent Business Owners and their consumers.” ABOUT NSF INTERNATIONAL: NSF International, an independent organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org).
Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF’s a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Part of NSF’s Health Sciences Division, NSF’s Dietary Supplement Certification program verifies that what is on the label is in the bottle and that the product does not contain undeclared ingredients or contaminants. NSF’s Certified for Sport program builds on this dietary supplement certification program by including screening that verifies the product does not contain banned or prohibited substances.
ABOUT NUTRILITE: NUTRILITE (www.amway.com/nutrilite) exclusively from Amway is the world’s leading brand of vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements (based on 2009 sales). Amway is so committed to total quality control of its plant concentrates from seed to tablet, it offers the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on its own certified organic farms.
All three supplements are available in a complete pack called Perfect Pack for Your Health
NUTRILITE Organic farms are located in California, Washington, Mexico, and Brazil.

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Got Allergies????? Take Nutrilite ClearGuard Anti-Allergy Supplement

NUTRILITE ClearGuard Anti-Allergy Supplement

Nutrilite Health Institute clinical trial shows that ClearGuard™ dietary supplement helps support clear nasal passages. 

 Study at a Glance

Goal: Recent surveys conducted in the United States reveal that a significant proportion of the population have utilized botanical products for the treatment of nasal allergy symptoms, although there have been relatively few controlled clinical trials to support their use.

In a recent pilot randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial published in Nutrition Journal, July 14, 2008, however, a combination of three botanical ingredients—Spanish needles, cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), and acerola (Malpighia glabra)— the three active ingredients found in NUTRILITE™ ClearGuard dietary supplement, were studied to determine their effectiveness at reducing nasal allergy symptoms as compared to loratadine (Claritin™).

Results: The three active ingredients found in NUTRILITE™ ClearGuard dietary supplement, were shown to be safe and effective at reducing nasal symptoms. Their symptom-reducing action was comparable to the positive control treatment loratadine (Claritin™).

Conclusion: NUTRILITE ClearGuard offers allergy symptom relief comparable to loratadine.
For more information, please refer to the Nutrilite ClearGuard™ clinical research summary.

Get your life back, with NUTRILITE® ClearGuard™ Dietary Supplement. This new, all-natural formula works in just three days – or less. It clears stuffy noses and helps balance histamine production, so you can tackle all your tasks, tissue-free. CLEARGUARD is a synergistic combination of premium plant concentrates: acerola cherry, cinnamon, and Spanish needles.
 
Benefits

  • Helps balance histamine release and clears stuffy noses in three days or less
  • All-natural, kosher and halal-certified
  • No added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives 
Benefits of ClearGuard In this video, you will find out how Nutrilite® ClearGuard™ works to stabilize histamine production to support nasal comfort.

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Study: Walking can enlarge part of brain linked to memory

By Nick Katsarelas

A landmark study is reporting that walking can enlarge a part of the brain tied to memory.

The study is good news to people aged 55 and older. This is the age at which the hippocampus, a part of the brain linked to memory, begins to shrink. It’s known that the hippocampus shrinks 1 to 2 percent a year with advancing age, contributing to memory loss and dementia risk.

In the study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120 healthy but sedentary men and women (average age, mid-60s), were randomly assigned to one of two groups: the first walked 40 minutes a day, three days a week. The other participated in less aerobic exercises, like yoga and resistance training with bands.

After a year, brain scans showed that among the walkers, the hippocampus had increased in volume by about 2 percent on average; in the others, it had declined by about 1.4 percent.

So if you want to improve your memory, it sounds like you need two things: NUTRILITE® MEMORY BUILDERTM with Ginkgo, which supports your memory, learning, concentration, and endurance.

And a good pair of shoes.

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The 5 Most Popular Supplements

 By Lisa Moran, Prevention
 
What supplements are inside your medicine cabinet? The most popular products today are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and CoQ10, according to a new survey of over 6,000 serious supplement users from ConsumerLab.com, which conducts independent evaluations of health and nutrition products. The most surprising result? “We’ve been able to see how the popularity of vitamin D has shot up over the past two years,” says Tod Cooperman, M.D., president of ConsumerLab.com. “More and more information has been coming out about the benefits of vitamin D beyond bone health.” Read on to find out whether you should be getting a daily dose of these popular pills too.

1. FISH OIL

A whopping 76% of those surveyed regularly take a fish oil supplement containing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, which is why research has linked them to health benefits related to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and even cancer risk, to name a few. “There’s been so much good evidence about the benefits of these omega-3 fatty acids,” says Cooperman. “There’s very little downside to taking a fish oil supplement.”

Is it right for you? There is no official daily recommendation from the FDA or the Institute of Medicine for a daily amount of these particular fatty acids. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from a fish oil supplement.

2. MULTIVITAMINS

While many people still take a multivitamin as a daily insurance policy against potential diet deficiencies, their use has declined in recent years from 74% in 2008 to 70% in 2010, according to the ConsumerLab.com survey. “Multivitamins have been notching down a bit,” says Cooperman. “It’s often better to focus in on the specific supplements that you really need, rather than take a [scattered] shotgun approach.”

Is it right for you? There’s generally no harm in taking a multivitamin, though if you eat a varied diet, you may not need one. A note of caution: ConsumerLab.com has found in the past that not all multivitamin labels list the most up-to-date daily value information for certain nutrients. Look up the IOM’s most recent nutrient recommendations and compare the amounts recommended for your age and gender to what’s in your multi, says Cooperman.

3. VITAMIN D

Over half (56%) of those surveyed in ConsumerLab.com’s report take vitamin D regularly (up from 48% in 2009 and 37% in 2008), with more women than men popping this supplement. Vitamin’s D’s surge in popularity is due to the increasing number of studies pointing to its health benefits: Not only is it essential in helping your body absorb calcium, but it may also ward off breast, colorectal, ovarian, and other cancers. Research also suggests that it may play a role in regulating immunity, relieving backaches, lowering diabetes risk, and even fighting depression.

Is it right for you? The IOM recommends that adults 70 and younger get 600 IU of vitamin D daily. Many Americans get this amount from food and sunlight (your body can make the vitamin with 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure.) While certain people (who may be low in D, due to side effects of medications, such as acid reducers that inhibit vitamin absorption) may require higher doses, the IOM stressed the dangers of doses that are too high (above 4000 IU). If you take a multivitamin, factor in the amount of vitamin D you may already be getting.

4. CALCIUM

Calcium supplementation is on the rise, used by over half (55%) of the survey respondents. While calcium is known for building strong bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis (which is likely why more women than men reported taking this supplement), it may also lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and help keep blood pressure in check. Other research has suggested it can soothe PMS symptoms and rev weight loss, and it may help prevent colon cancer.

Is it right for you? It can be difficult to get all the calcium you need from food sources such as low-fat dairy and leafy greens, and multivitamins often provide only 25 to 45% of the daily recommended amount. In particular, many women fall short of the recommended levels of calcium—1,000 mg a day for women 50 and younger, and 1,200 mg a day for those 51 and over. What’s more, certain medications, including antibiotics and antacids, can deplete your calcium levels. (It’s important to note, however, that calcium can interfere with other mineral absorption, such as iron, so if you take both supplements, be sure to take them at different times.) If you have kidney disease, heart problems, or gastrointestinal issues such as chronic constipation, talk to your doctor, since additional calcium may not be recommended for you.

5. COENZYME Q10

This antioxidant, known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone, is taken by over half (55%) of respondents—and was more likely to be used by men than women. It’s made naturally in the body (in your heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys), and experts believe the supplement works by improving energy production in cells, especially those that keep your heart functioning. In fact, CoQ10 has been proven to help treat heart conditions such as congestive heart failure and may be useful in treating hypertension.

Is it right for you? Like many other antioxidants, CoQ10 is found in certain foods, but certain drugs, such as statins (taken to lower cholesterol), may deplete your body’s natural stores. If you’re on statins, it’s worth asking your doctor if taking a supplement of 60 to 100 mg up to 3 times a day might be right for you. Since CoQ10 can interact with certain medications (it can blunt the effects of blood-thinning drugs, for example), talk to your doctor before taking it.

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Nutrilite Nutritional Supplements "The Proven Leader"

 

We invented multis.

That was in 1934. Our mulitvitamin-multimineral supplement was the first ever in North America. So was our kids’ multi in 1950. That makes us the only supplement company that has offered high-quality vitamins continuously for nearly 70 years.

We “discovered” phytonutrients.

Right from the beginning we knew there was more to good nutrition than vitamins and minerals. We figured plants had other nutrients important to us. So, we put alfalfa concentrate in our first multi. It was a crazy idea back in ’34, but we were right. It’s no different today. When it comes to phytonutrients, we still lead the way. NUTRILITE DOUBLE X®, our premier multi, has concentrates from 16 natural sources – more types of phytonutrients than other leading brands.

We’re committed to research.

Our research studies on nutrition and phytonutrients have been published in highly respected professional journals since 1953. Our reputation continues to grow today through groundbreaking research, ever-improving facilities, and our professional relationships.

For example, we are currently collaborating with California State Polytechnic University. We also maintain technical research relationships with 75 universities and institutions around the world, including Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Yonsie University in Korea, and The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, DC.

To learn more about phytonutrients, we recently invested $1 million in research equipment and acquired one of the largest herb farms in the U.S. – Trout Lake Farm in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. And of course we’re working to improve existing varieties of plants and even developing new ones. Look for some innovative herb-based products in the works! To sum up, we grow lots of plants, but the grass under our feet isn’t one of them.

We set the industry standard for quality.

Everybody talks about quality assurance, but we “live” quality assurance. Our scientists conduct about 400,000 product evaluations every year. Every batch of DOUBLE X is subjected to 900 quality checks for purity and potency. Other supplements must pass 300 quality tests – that’s on every batch. And it’s done by voluntarily following many of the FDA standards for pharmaceutical companies. (They’re called Good Manufacturing Practices, GMPs, and many supplement manufacturers don’t bother with them.) We’re so adamant about quality, we believe all supplement companies should follow GMPs. That’s why we’re making recommendations on new governmental guidelines for our industry. It’s just the right thing to do.

We grow organic.

Surprisingly, we’re the only global supplement company that grows, harvests, and processes many of the plants we use in our supplements on our own certified-organic farms. And with four farms, that’s no easy task. (The ladybugs shown here are part of our organic pest control system.) Local agencies do the certifying for organic farms in their jurisdiction, so the standards are different on different farms. For example, the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certifies our flagship farm in Lakeview and their standards are some of the toughest in the country. It takes time, effort and money to meet all the strict standards set by several different agencies. But it’s worthwhile. Organic farming is better for the environment than traditional farming. And it’s the best way we know to grow and harvest the plants we use.

At Nutrilite, we lead the way. And the facts prove it.

 Nutrilite – “Best of Nature and Best of Science.”

1. No 1 Food supplement company in the world started in 1934.
2. Global turnover is more than $3 billion.
3. Ronaldhino, Sanya Richards, Adam Gilchrist are brand ambassadors.
4. Sponsor of AC Milan football team.
5. Produces supplements on their own certified organic farms.
6. More than 200 products world-wide. More than 10 billion Nutrilite tablets, capsules and softgels are produced each year. 
 
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The Top 10 Supplements for Men

Your drugstore carries thousands of bottles of colored pills. These are the ones you actually need.

The greatest moment in the history of supplements came on September 1, 1998. That’s when a sportswriter challenged Sammy Sosa on how he could compete with the androstenedione-assisted Mark McGwire. In reply, Sosa uncorked a shocker: He owed it all — wink — to Flintstones vitamins. Coincidence or not, after Sosa bunny-hopped and blew a kiss to the pill makers, the market soared, with $17 billion in sales in 2000.

So that you spend your share wisely, we asked shrewd judges of vitamin talent to name a supplement all-star team for men. Judge your strengths and weaknesses, and pencil in a lineup that will work for you.

BORON TO PROTECT YOUR PROSTATE
Men with the highest boron intakes are 65 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than men with lower levels, studies show. American men have one of the lowest boron intakes in the world.

How much? 3 milligrams (mg) a day. It doesn’t just fight cancer: USDA researchers found that this is the best dosage to improve memory and concentration.

Tip: It’s not in every store, but Nutrilite carries it. If you can’t find it, eat raisins and almonds.

CALCIUM TO LOSE WEIGHT AND STRENGTHEN BONES
Most men don’t get the recommended 1,000 mg of calcium a day (a cup of milk has 300). Men with the highest calcium intakes weigh less on average than men consuming less calcium.

How much? Aim for 1,200 mg calcium citrate — half in the morning, half at night, to maximize absorption. Avoid coral calcium, which can be full of impurities.

Tip: If you already eat three servings of dairy a day, you won’t need the excess calcium. There’s a risk you may exceed the maximum intake of 2,500 mg.   Cal Mag-D

CHROMIUM TO WARD OFF DIABETES
You may know it as a muscle-building supplement, but if you’re overweight or diabetes runs in your family, “taking chromium is one of the best things you can do to help keep insulin levels where they belong,” says Richard Anderson, Ph.D., a researcher with the USDA. Chromium improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin, making it easier to keep blood-sugar levels under control.

How much? 35 micrograms (mcg) a day. Check the label for “chromium picolinate,” the form that studies have found to be the most effective.

Tip: If you already are diabetic, ask your doctor if you should take 200 mcg, Anderson says.

COENZYME Q10 TO BOOST ENERGY
Your body produces coenzyme Q10; it helps cells manage your body’s energy supply. But as you get older, production decreases. The only way to get back up to youthful levels is by taking a supplement. Recent studies suggest that coenzyme Q10 may fight cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease, and may thin the blood to help prevent heart disease. Q10 is also packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants, which can slow the signs of aging.

How much? Researchers recommend 100 mg a day. You won’t find Q10 in a multivitamin or get any useful quantity from food.

Tip: If you’re taking statins, which can reduce Q10, consider upping your intake to 200 mg.

CREATINE TO BOOST MUSCLE AND MEMORY
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin found that men taking creatine for just 2 to 3 months increased their maximum bench presses by an average of 15 pounds and their squats by 21 pounds. Australian researchers say memory and intelligence test scores improved after just 6 weeks of creatine use.

How much? 5 grams (g) a day, mixed with whey in a protein shake for maximum benefit.

Tip: Some men don’t respond to creatine by itself. Mixing it with large amounts of sugar can help turn nonresponders into responders.

FOLIC ACID TO CUT ALZHEIMER’S RISK
Folic acid helps prevent clogged arteries and improves bloodflow to the brain by keeping down levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that increases your risk of blood clots. High homocysteine levels are associated with early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, such as dementia and memory loss. Researchers in Sweden found that Alzheimer’s patients are more likely to have folic acid deficiencies.

How much? 500 mcg a day, which could help lower homocysteine levels by 18 percent or more. Food sources include citrus fruit, beans, and fortified breads and cereals.

Tip: Certain heartburn medications, such as Tagamet, can deplete levels of folic acid.

GLUCOSAMINE TO GREASE YOUR JOINTS
You don’t have the same amount of cartilage in your joints that you had at 19 — maybe you’ve noticed. To reverse the damage and actually rebuild cartilage, take glucosamine, made from the shells of crabs and lobsters. In a 3-year study of 200 people with joint problems published in the Lancet, glucosamine reduced joint pain and stiffness by up to 25 percent and helped prevent the progression of osteoarthritis in the knees. The British Journal of Sports Medicine says that 88 percent of people with joint problems reported less pain after 12 weeks of treatment.

How much? 1,500 mg a day. Brands that combine glucosamine with chondroitin are fine.

Tip: Rubbing a cream made with glucosamine on a sore joint may relieve pain, according to an Australian study.

OMEGA-3S TO PROTECT YOUR HEART
Omega-3 fatty acids keep blood pressure and triglyceride levels low and the heart beating regularly. They make blood slicker, reducing the risk of clots and blocked arteries. Studies show that men with the highest omega-3 levels have the lowest risk of dying of heart disease.

How much? For healthy guys, 1,000 mg a day. Those with heart problems may need 2,000 to 4,000 mg. But check with your doctor — too much can increase your risk of catching a cold.

Tip: Our favorite is Nutrilite Ocean Essentials Balanced Health, an especially pure brand that comes in gelcaps, so you’re not popping pills all day. Take omega-3s with meals.

SELENIUM TO FIGHT OFF CANCER
“No other single nutrient appears to prevent cancer more effectively than selenium,” says Gerald F. Combs, Ph.D., director of the USDA’s Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. It basically forces cancer cells to self-destruct. Combs’s studies have linked increased selenium consumption to a decreased risk of cancers of the prostate, colon, and lungs, among others.

How much? 200 mcg a day — more when you’re sick. Research on mice, done at the University of North Carolina, suggests that low levels of selenium may make it easier for viruses to mutate, worsening symptoms of the flu.

VITAMIN E TO SLOW THE EFFECTS OF AGING
This is one of the most potent antioxidants. “Vitamin E may help reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, heart disease, cancer, even Alzheimer’s disease,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Tufts University. Bonus: Studies show it also reduces muscle damage after exercise.

How much? Up to 400 international units (IU) a day, since most people get just a fraction of that from their diets. (A typical multivitamin has 45 IU.) You can also increase your intake by eating more nuts and oils.

Tip: Buy natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) rather than synthetic (dl-alpha tocopherol), which is harder for the body to put to use.

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Working It: Sneak in a Workout on the Job

by Julie Smith

Do you ever feel that if you don’t have a full hour to devote to working out, why bother?

I’ll admit it, I often fall into this camp, but I’m hoping to makeover my attitude. One of my resolutions for 2011 is to incorporate some easy changes into my workday routine that will hopefully add up to not only fitness gains, but increased productivity as well.

Here are four ways I’m planning to change and the potential benefits of doing so if you’re also inclined to pursue better health on the job:

My chair: Inspired by one of my co-workers, I’ll swap my standard-issue desk chair for something a little less stable. While sitting on a stability ball at the office might raise some eyebrows, it will also strengthen your abs and improve your posture, plus it’s a relatively easy swap to make.

My parking routine: We all do it. Circle the lot for the best possible spot, hoping to snag a coveted front-row space. No more. The extra steps (and calories burned) from parking a little farther away will more than make up for trudging across the slushy mess that is a Michigan parking lot in winter.

My hydration station: Currently, I refuel my coffee cup and water glass at the closest available stations. Starting now, I’ll be switching it up and seeking water coolers and coffeepots that require me to travel a bit farther. Quick mini-walks throughout the day will help me burn calories and stay energized throughout the afternoon. I’m going to stock up on NUTRILITE® Twist Tubes in Strawberry Kiwi flavor for Immunity to make me want to keep refilling my water glass, and sneak in some tasty immunity-boosting antioxidants while I’m at it!

My flexibility: This one has nothing to do with my schedule or how I deal with people, I promise! I’ll be aiming to take short stretching breaks every hour or so. Sitting statically at your desk has been shown to increase your risk for conditions such as carpal tunnel and can wreak havoc on your bones, joints, and muscles. By simply taking a few minutes at my desk to engage in light stretching, I’m hoping to avoid problems associated with a desk job.

How will you sneak it in Today?

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