It’s a tough world out there, especially with the holidays approaching. Most of us have highly busy lives and, despite our best efforts to eat healthy, many of our food choices may be less than nutritious. In fact, up to 90 percent of Americans are lacking key nutrients in our diets.
Ensuring we are getting the nourishment needed to support our bodies’ optimal functions can be a challenge, but nutritional supplements can help fill in those gaps. Countless research studies and health experts agree that supplementing with key nutrients, including a multivitamin, adequate vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, provides a good nutritional foundation.
To understand the relationship between supplementation and long-term health, a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
The Landmark Study
Researchers gathered a group of Shaklee long-term (20+ years) multi-supplement users and compared their health to single supplement users and non-supplement users. Results were adjusted to account for a number of potential confounders, including age, sex, education, income, and body mass index (BMI).
Questionnaires, on-site physical examinations, and blood work were used to compare nutritional status, serum biomarkers, and self-assessed health status between the three groups.
The dietary supplements consumed on a daily basis by more than 50 percent of the multi-supplement users included a multivitamin/multimineral, B vitamin complex, vitamins C and E, antioxidants, calcium with vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotic, soy protein, glucosamine and an herbal immune supplement.
Researchers discovered that the overall health of long-term multiple supplement users was dramatically different than that of non-supplement users.
The multiple supplement users had improved levels of important heart-healthy biomarkers, including 33 percent lower triglycerides, 36 percent lower homocysteine, 59 percent lower C-reactive protein levels, along with 11 percent lower cholesterol ratios when compared to the non-supplement users. As expected, the multiple supplement users also had higher blood levels of vitamin A, C, E, D, folate, and iron than non-supplement users.
In most cases, the single supplement users’ health markers fell between these two groups, suggesting that multiple supplementation use was both safe and effective.
The Landmark Study is just one study that illustrates The Shaklee Difference: Safe. Proven. Guaranteed. Here are a few more:
Vivix®: A clinical study showed that Vivix key ingredients blunt the inflammatory response of healthy people to an unhealthy meal, which can lead to cellular aging over time.* A preliminary clinical study showed that people who took Vivix had a 40% lower rate of telomere shortening across the adult age range compared to a healthy control group.*†‡ Telomeres are protective caps of repetitive DNA at the end of chromosomes.
MindWorks®: Key nutrients have been shown in three clinical studies to immediately enhance mental sharpness and support long-term brain health.*
NutriFeron®: Clinically tested natural interferon booster that provides immune support at the cellular level.*
Advanced Joint Health Complex®: Contains a patent-pending, fast-acting form of Boswelia extract shown to improve joint comfort in as few as five days.*
Quality supplements can help fill nutritional gaps left by less than optimal food choices, our overworked bodies, and our environment.
†Shaklee users who took Vivix and other Shaklee supplements for at least five years.
‡Cross-sectional Analysis of Telomere Length in People 33-80 Years of Age: Effects of Dietary Supplementation. Harley CB et al. (2014) 55th Annual Conference, JACN, Vol. 33(5), p 414.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.