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Shaklee’s Vita-Lea–what so special?

The raw materials of nutritional supplements, whether it can maintain the original natural balance will have to depending on its processing and production processes. Due to manufacturer’s product line features, usually it can revealed from the deployment of multiple vitamin and mineral, let us take a look at Shaklee’s Vita-Lea.

In the processing of multivitamin and mineral, various nutrition gradually fused together until they form a paste, or mixtures. In such, liquids must be removed to produce flakes. Most companies using petroleum products to mashing. Then, they must remove liquid from the pulp into a tablet, here the liquid is alcohol. Normally, when you open a bottle of nutritional supplements which made from alcohol or other petroleum products, you will be able to smell the taste of the oil.

Shaklee only use of pure water to integrate Vita-Lea, when the slurry form a solid tablet, only the water is evaporated, it has no oil or chemical residue can be leave.

What you can do to verify this?

Vita-Lea picture

You just have to heat a nutritional tablet. You will be able to know whether the manufacturer use petroleum products or chemical binders in the manufacturing process. It is advice that you do it outdoors, because if the product processing involves oil (it is likely to involve), after burning the odor will be very pungent and its residue is a cloud of black dirt.

Burning 21

Now, you can do the same test on Shaklee’s Vita-Lea. It odor like charred vegetables and the residue is nothing but a pile of ashes.

Burning vita lea

The integration of multivitamin mineral pulp needs more cost and very time-consuming if using water instead of petroleum products, however, Shaklee insists using only pure water.

Shaklee “Explo-Tab

Some companies produce their so-called “time release” multiple nutritional supplements. They want you to believe that you have achieved something unique and effective. “Time release” multiple nutritional supplements trouble is, many nutrients are early absorbed in the digestive process, but later failed to properly absorb. If the “time release” multiple nutritional supplement failed to correctly release of each nutrient at the appropriate time, then you will lose.

For some nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the “time release” system is indeed very useful. But this system is not suitable for a multivitamin and minerals. What appropriate for this kind of product is called “Explo-Tab“. Shaklee’s Vita-Lea has used this technology for many years and effectively release nutrients.

Cross section view of Vita-Lea's tablet

Cross section view of Vita-Lea’s tablet

Cross section view of other multivitamin's tablet

Cross section view of other multivitamin’s tablet

Shaklee’s “Explo-Tab” technology allow tablet to stay in the digestive system for a while, and then quickly explode to release the nutrition. The following describes the “Explo-Tab” operation. If you cut Vita-Lea’s tablet into very fine shreds and observed under microscope, you will see a small white balls. These fine balls are starch grains. When these starch grains get wet, they will be expansion and forcing the tablets “explosion”, and release nutrition within.

Now, let us do some experiments to see how good the multivitamin dissolve.

(Note: The experiment was conducted with Vita-Lea’s tablet and another brand of multivitamin in tab water, just to show what the “Explo-tab” is) 

Put a tablet of Vita-Lea into a glass of tap water, let it dissolve, you can see the above-mentioned activities. If you want to emulate the situation in the stomach, adding a few drops of vinegar to make it acidic. After a while you will see the “Explo-Tab” decomposition. Now, use another multivitamin to make the same test. You will find that other nutritional tablets may (a) cannot be dissolved, (b)a portion dissolved, or (c) dissolved sometime in the next day, depending on the individual brands.

The ingredients is fully released and dissolved within 5 minutes

The ingredients is fully released and dissolved within 5 minutes

Other multivitamin--the ingredients is not released after 12 minutes, only the outer layer (brown colour)is dissolved.

Other multivitamin–the ingredients is not released after 12 minutes, only the outer layer (brown colour)is dissolved.

It is rarely have multivitamins supplements such as the Shaklee’s Vita-Lea which can completely and timely to decompose and release the nutrition.

Who will benefit from Vita-Lea

  • Women who are trying to conceive
  • Anyone interested in promoting long-term health and vitality
  • Anyone whose day-to-day diet is not always optimal
  • Those who are concerned about providing added support for immune function
  • Those who live an especially stressful lifestyle
  • Anyone who gets sick often
  • Those who feel bad and tired more often than they feel good and alert

For more information regarding Vita-Lea, kindly click here.

What Supplements Are Safe?

Think about the supplements in the grocery stores; they have rows with enticing prices and odd labels. But where do these supplements come from? Who is responsible for the quality control? When it comes to grocery store supplements the answer is more muddled than it should be. Taking a closer look at the companies and what kind of quality control they use is one way to make sure you know what you are buying. Here is yet another great thought provoking message from Dr. Stephen Chaney. (Tips from The Professor: Who’s Testing Your Supplements?)

It’s so tempting…

You’ve been getting your supplements from a company that you know and trust – a company that does clinical studies on their products and performs rigorous quality controls.

You know their products are pure, safe and effective

BUT…

You’re shopping in your favorite drug store or discount store and you see the same supplements for just a couple of dollars!

You can’t help thinking…

“Wow! Here’s the same stuff I’ve been taking for a lot less money”…”Why not save my money?”…”They must have run some quality control tests on their products”…

“After all, how bad can they be?”

The answer is – pretty bad!

The events of 2010 illustrate just how bad.

On March 2nd, 2010 the makers and sellers of fish oil supplements were sued by the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation in California for not telling consumers that their products contained toxic levels of PCBs.

Toxic chemical–PCBs

It is amusing and somewhat scary that the FDA did not initiate this action and force the manufacturers to take their contaminated products off the shelves. Instead an environmental consumers group had to sue them for not including PCBs on the label! They sued them under California proposition 65 which requires a warning label whenever a product contains toxic ingredients.

 The defendants in this lawsuit were Omega Protein, a Houston-based company that is the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil, and the many companies that they produced fish oil for – companies like Rite Aid, CVS, GNC, Now Health Group, Pharmavite, Solgar and Twinlab.

And those aren’t the only ones. The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation only tested 10 omega-3 supplements manufactured by Omega Protein to date and have found PCBs in all of them. They plan to continue testing and to add other companies to the lawsuit if their products are also contaminated.

Even scarier is that many of labels on these products said that the omega-3 supplement was treated to reduce or remove PCBs. As a consumer you were lead to believe that they were safe! The bottom line is that the manufacturer probably didn’t test for PCBs and neither did the companies selling their omega-3 supplements to the consumer. The alternative – that they tested the products, knew that they were contaminated with PCBs and sold them to the public anyway – is even worse.

Salmonella Poisoning

As if that weren’t scary enough the FDA announced a massive recall of products containing textured vegetable protein manufactured by a company called Basic Food Flavors because of salmonella contamination.

The problem is that there are at least 56 different kinds of consumer products containing this company’s textured vegetable protein – including salad dressings, dips, packaged snacks, potato chips and soup mixes (Who knew that salad dressings contained textured vegetable protein?). That means that this recall will be huge. It will affect many foods that most people buy and use every day. Once again, the problem is that neither the manufacturer nor the companies using the textured vegetable protein had run the basic quality control assays that would have detected salmonella contamination.

So what can you do as a consumer? Here are some recommendations:

1) Get your supplements from an established company with a reputation for quality and integrity. It is recommended choosing a company that has been around for a number of years so that you know that their reputation is based on their track record over the years rather than just on hype.

2) Make sure that they run rigorous quality controls on their products. It  is recommended choosing a company that requires pharmaceutical grade quality controls on their products.

3) Make sure that they have published clinical studies on their products that prove both safety and effectiveness. Again it would recommend choosing a company that has many published clinical studies on their products rather than just one or two.

 

Not all supplements are created equal!

Knowing what is in your dietary supplements is just as important as the supplement you take. In the news today there are scares about the safety of many dietary supplements on the store shelves especially with omega-3 fish oils; how do you avoid being caught up in the mayhem?

As the case of fish oil supplements above and other “natural” products have caused many people to stop and wonder what they are buying. The grocery and food store supplements boast low prices but what are you really getting for that lower cost? Mostly nothing at all! The active ingredients in most are of low quality and strength or the pill’s delivery system does not allow it to dissolve in the body properly.

Calcium supplements bought in the store come out looking like they did going in; not one thing was done for your body. Supplements on those shelves do not necessarily do either what they claim or what you think they may do by virtue of their name. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant and you expect that all vitamin E tablets and nutrition would be the same; this could be said with any specific vitamin or mineral. This is just not the case.

The truth is not all supplements are created equal. Quality control and testing are different from company to company. While there are federal and moral standards in place it seems that bad products still get through to store shelves. It seems quality control is not a major priority for most of the companies who sell these products; if they would have tested their products then they would have known of the high levels of PCBs.

It seems that in the fish-oil supplement cases, the manufacturer did NOT test their own products before putting them in their bottles and allowing them to be sold. This begs another question; why has the FDA, who has all the laws in place giving them the power to prevent this from happening, allowed these products to be put on the shelves to begin with?

Shaklee supplement label–you can trust everything write there!

Finding a company who prides themselves upon quality control and testing for their products is the only way to ensure that you are getting and can trust everything printed on the bottle. Companies and products with patents means that no other company can use the exact same ingredients in the exact same concentration or mixture; which means that one product could have better reliability than others that claim either the same thing or something similar.

We see this all the time with generic brands. Using some generic brands of pain relievers and other medications are just fine and as good as the name brand. When dealing with other products however, a lesser company cannot possibly put in all the effective ingredients as the original, especially if that original company has a patent.

What does this mean for Shaklee users? You can be assured that what you see and read on the label is what you get. Shaklee goes to the extreme for quality control and testing, going so far as to bring in third party testing laboratories and getting patents on their products.

“Harmony with nature” for over 50 years

 

There is no other company goes through so much to be so effective. This is second nature to Shaklee; inspired by the founder of the company, Dr. Shaklee, to be in harmony with nature in everything they do. What is even better yet is that they do not stop at one milestone; they keep going and have been doing so for over 50 years.

Dietary supplement safety and environmental protection are the core beliefs behind every Shaklee product. That is why unlike so many other companies, Shaklee offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Bottom line is that you can be comfortable with every Shaklee product you bring into your home to be as effective and powerful as the bottle says. Shaklee has published in many peer reviewed journals and other publications and have been confident enough to send their products to third party testers to be sure of their results. Plus, they do not hesitate to announce it.

Good news should be spread. And Shaklee is the best news of all for those looking for a safe reputable dietary supplement among their other many outstanding products.

Shaklee’s Vita-Lea—What so special?

The raw materials of nutritional supplements, whether it can maintain the original natural balance will have to depending on its processing and production processes. Due to manufacturer’s product line features, usually it can revealed from the deployment of multiple vitamin and mineral, let us take a look at Shaklee’s Vita-Lea.

In the processing of multivitamin and mineral, various nutrition gradually fused together until they form a paste, or mixtures. In such, liquids must be removed to produce flakes. Most companies using petroleum products to mashing. Then, they must remove liquid from the pulp into a tablet, here the liquid is alcohol. Normally, when you open a bottle of nutritional supplements which made from alcohol or other petroleum products, you will be able to smell the taste of the oil.

Shaklee only use of pure water to integrate Vita-Lea, when the slurry form a solid tablet, only the water is evaporated, it has no oil or chemical residue can be leave.

What you can do to verify this?

You just have to heat a nutritional tablet. You will be able to know whether the manufacturer use petroleum products or chemical binders in the manufacturing process. It is advice that you do it outdoors, because if the product processing involves oil (it is likely to involve), after burning the odor will be very pungent and its residue is a cloud of black dirt.

Burning test with a brand of multivitamin in the market, the odor is very pungent and its residue is a cloud of black dirt.

Now, you can do the same test on Shaklee’s Vita-Lea. It odor like charred vegetables and the residue is nothing but a pile of ashes.

Burning test with Vita-Lea tablet, odor like charred vegetables and the residue is a pile of ashes.

The integration of multivitamin mineral pulp needs more cost and very time-consuming if using water instead of petroleum products, however, Shaklee insists using only pure water.

Shaklee “Explo-Tab

Some companies produce their so-called “time release” multiple nutritional supplements. They want you to believe that you have achieved something unique and effective. “Time release” multiple nutritional supplements trouble is, many nutrients are early absorbed in the digestive process, but later failed to properly absorb. If the “time release” multiple nutritional supplement failed to correctly release of each nutrient at the appropriate time, then you will lose.

For some nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, the “time release” system is indeed very useful. But this system is not suitable for a multivitamin and minerals. What appropriate for this kind of product is called “Explo-Tab“. Shaklee’s Vita-Lea has used this technology for many years and effectively release nutrients.

Cross section view of Vita-Lea’s tablet

Cross section view of other multivitamin’s tablet

Shaklee’s “Explo-Tab” technology allow tablet to stay in the digestive system for a while, and then quickly explode to release the nutrition. The following describes the “Explo-Tab” operation. If you cut Vita-Lea’s tablet into very fine shreds and observed under microscope, you will see a small white balls. These fine balls are starch grains. When these starch grains get wet, they will be expansion and forcing the tablets “explosion”, and release nutrition within.

Now, let us do some experiments to see how good the multivitamin dissolve.

(Note: The experiment was conducted with Vita-Lea’s tablet and another brand of multivitamin in tab water, just to show what the “Explo-tab” is) 

Put a tablet of Vita-Lea into a glass of tap water, let it dissolve, you can see the above-mentioned activities. If you want to emulate the situation in the stomach, adding a few drops of vinegar to make it acidic. After a while you will see the “Explo-Tab” decomposition. Now, use another multivitamin to make the same test. You will find that other nutritional tablets may (a) cannot be dissolved, (b)a portion dissolved, or (c) dissolved sometime in the next day, depending on the individual brands.

The ingredients is fully released and dissolved within 5 minutes

Other multivitamin–the ingredients is not released after 12 minutes, only the outer layer (brown colour)is dissolved.

It is rarely have multivitamins supplements such as the Shaklee’s Vita-Lea which can completely and timely to decompose and release the nutrition.

Who will benefit from Vita-Lea

  • Women who are trying to conceive
  • Anyone interested in promoting long-term health and vitality
  • Anyone whose day-to-day diet is not always optimal
  • Those who are concerned about providing added support for immune function
  • Those who live an especially stressful lifestyle
  • Anyone who gets sick often
  • Those who feel bad and tired more often than they feel good and alert

For more information regarding Vita-Lea, kindly click here.

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