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The Shaklee Life Plan
Shaklee’s genius has always been focused upon developing unique products that fulfill an established health need. The Shaklee Promise is that those new products will always contain ingredients supported by significant scientific research, and that will always be formulated from pure and natural raw ingredients. And finally, they will never contain preservatives, synthetic colorings, dyes, scents, or flavors. That is the Shaklee Way.
Shaklee took a dramatic step towards improving and lengthening our “health spans” with the 2015 release of the new
Shaklee Life Plan.
It’s the most comprehensive nutritional system ever devised.
It started with making measurable improvements to 3 different products lines, including
Shaklee 180 Smoothee, and resulted in their “marriage” as the unique new
Shaklee Life Plan.
The first step in this process was the evolution of the
Vitalizer system into the brilliant new Shaklee Life-Strip. To appreciate what an
important step that was, lets first review the
scientific advancements made to one of
Shaklee’s most popular products, the Vivix Anti-aging Tonic.
Vivix is now 30% more powerful!
During the previous 2 years, Shaklee scientists have been working to optimize the combination of polyphenols found in Vivix, to create a new, and more balanced formula.
Earlier studies had already shown that Vivix ingredients protect cellular DNA from oxidative damage, and also blocks the formation of AGE proteins, a toxin that plays a major role in the onset of chronic disease(s).
The newly formulated Vivix is now 30% more effective
at blocking AGE protein formation.
AGE protein formation starts with the cross-linking of simple sugars with cellular proteins, resulting in the formation of rogue molecules known as advanced glycation endproducts (or AGE Proteins). As our cells fill up with these useless junk proteins, cellular function is compromised. AGE Proteins are the toxic by-product of metabolism gone wrong, and promote oxidative damage to proteins, lipids and nucleotides (our cellular DNA). Aging and chronic diseases are strongly associated with oxidative stress and especially with the presence of AGE proteins.
AGEs have been associated with the onset of various neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases.
They are also tied to the onset, and inevitable health declines experienced by diabetics,
which include kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, vision loss, and peripheral neuropathy.
Researchers have found that receptors for AGE proteins on our cell membranes (referred to as RAGEs) enhance cancer cell proliferation, by stimulating the formation of new blood vessels (or angiogenesis) to cancer cells.
All these revelations should make it crystal clear that PREVENTING the formation of AGE proteins protects us from the onset of numerous age-related causes of infirmity and death.
Clinical testing also demonstrated that the new improved Vivix is 40%
more effective than its predecessor at protecting cellular DNA.
This was measured by Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis assays, also known as the Comet assay.
Simply put, DNA is exposed to oxidative stress, and then observed by fluorescence microscopy. Undamaged DNA will look like the head of a comet. (See Left-side of this picture) However, the more damage that occurs to DNA, the smaller the head becomes, and the larger and more diffuse the tail appears. (See R-side of this picture)
Comet testing revealed that DNA, which had first been treated with the new Vivix maintained a bright comet head, with virtually no tail dispersion.
That’s exactly the kind of protection we all require.
Another study by Shaklee scientists revealed that Shaklee customers, who had taken Vivix, along with other Shaklee nutrients for at least five years, experienced a 40% lower rate of telomere shortening than the healthy control group.
This study also revealed an unexpected but delightful result.
Scientists compared Shaklee supplement-users with a group of healthy San Francisco Bay adults (aged 40-80) who were taking no more than three supplements a day. Overall, women had longer telomeres than men in the control group, but this trend was reversed in the Shaklee supplement group.
This is great news for Shaklee husbands. Social Security statistics reveal that, for those who survive their 65th birthday, women typically outlive men by (at least) 3 years. The results from this new study suggest that men, using Shaklee supplements plus Vivix, will significantly lengthen their survival odds.
These are precisely the type of results that encouraged Shaklee to add the improvedVivix to the Shaklee Life- Strip.
Another Amazing Shaklee Study
Shaklee teamed with researchers in the Endocrinology Department of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo to measure the health effects of eating a 910-calorie, high-fat, high-carbohydrate breakfast. (sausage, cheese and fried potatoes)
Half this group received Vivix, the resveratrol and polyphenol supplement. After eating this Burger King-style breakfast, everyone’s blood was tested for the activity of a key genetic molecule called Nrf2. Nrf2 is the coordinator of antioxidant protection within every cell of your body. Nrf2 also choreographs immune response, and enhances cellular detoxification.
Disruption of this enzyme system spells disaster for the body.
After eating this meal, blood testing revealed that Nrf2 activity was immediately depressed in the control group, whereas the Vivix group actually experienced dramatic increases in Nrf2 activity. This is very important, because it helps explain how poor dietary choices dramatically impact our health. They do so by suppressing the body’s natural Nrf2 enzyme defense mechanism. And Vivix was shown to reverse that trend.
More aboutVivix polyphenols
The new Vivix now contains over 15 different powerful polyphenols to protect our health.
Protects the liver and kidney from toxicity, and also expresses powerful
anti-diabetic, anti-oxidative, and anti-viral properties
Suppress the inflammation and joint damage of rheumatoid arthritis
Provides powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-carcinogenic, and
Protects against breast, cervical, prostate, and colon cancers
Resveratrol turns on the SIR1 and Sir2 genes to prolong life
Vivix contains the purest (98 percent) natural form of resveratrol available
The correct dosage of resveratrol in Vivix was guided by the latest scientific studies and emerging research, and was approved by two independent safety experts, and was confirmed again in the FASEB Journal
Vivix also contains no emodin (a harsh laxative contained in other impure resveratrol products)
Look at all the tissues and organ systems this one product protects!
Then, imagine adding all those Vivix benefits to the amazing 80 bio- optimized nutrients contained in the Vitalizer system. Now you can appreciate the excitement at Shaklee as they introduced the second, more powerful version of Vivix into a convenient liguigel capsule format for the new Shaklee Life-Strip.
This way, if you are on the run, you won’t have to tote around a full bottle of Vivix
for daily protection.
Side Note: The number one reason why most people forget to take their Vivix
is because it was buried in their refrigerator.
Now, you can take it ALL with you in one convenient
I believe we are now ready to discuss the amazing new:
Shaklee Life Plan
Dr. Shaklee always stressed that the “core” of every health maintenance program MUST include a high-quality multi-vitamin AND a plant-based source of protein. His earliest legacy products included the peerless Vita-Lea and the original Instant Protein.
In 2007, Vita-Lea evolved into the brilliant Vitalizer system, and has remained the undisputed and most advanced multi-vitamin system on the planet. That is, until now.
The newShaklee Life-Strip is the culmination of almost 60 years of Shaklee health research. The new Life- Strip combines everything from the Vitalizer system, along with a unique spectrum of polyphenols and 26 other antioxidants, to provide us with total health protection.
And, to “top off our tanks”, the new
Life-Strip also includes a daily dose of the new Vivix liguigel, as well as a full gram of pure, ultra-concentrated omega-3 fatty acids (1063 mg!).
Fish-derived Omega-3s are the perfect natural anti-inflammatory,
and are intimately associated with the health and function of the brain, heart, circulatory system, lungs, and the joints of the body.
The new OmegaGuard Plus capsules come in an enteric-coated softgel, to deliver it directly to the small intestine for absorption, while also eliminating any fishy aftertaste. Shaklee also adds a dollop of CoQ10 and Vitamin E to protect
OmegaGuard’s potency while in the softgel.
The new Life-Strip includes an advanced multivitamin that contains over 100% DV (daily value) of all the essential vitamins and minerals (except for calcium). This multi has been shown to dissolve in less than 30 minutes, while enhancing the absorption of folic acid, because of the patented folic acid micro- coating.
The Life-Strip also contains the celebrated B+C Complex for supporting immune function and cellular energy production throughout the day.
The Crown Jewel
Shaklee’s pride and joy has always been their pure soy isolate formulas,
ever since the release of the original Instant Protein in 1961.
The key term here is ISOLATE
The soy bean contains all 9 of the essential amino acids in an almost perfect balance, but they also contain phytic acid, which binds to trace minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc, inhibiting their absorption.
Raw soy beans also contain goitrogenic compounds that suppress thyroid function by interfering with iodine uptake.
As a master herbalist and nutritional expert, Dr. Shaklee was keenly aware of these issues, so he developed an ingenious low-heat, water extraction process to capture all the essential amino acids from soy, while eliminating those other harmful compounds. That is why we can safely enjoy the health and energy provided by Shaklee’s organic, non-GMO soy.
In 1957, scientists at the World Health Organization published a statistical analysis of cancer deaths in 8 countries, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA. Their published findings revealed that the lowest incidences of lung, breast, and urinary tract cancers occurred in Japan.
Thousands of studies followed, exploring the dietary contributors of these phenomena. The majority credit the improved survival rate to diets high in soy and the soy isoflavonoid genistein, because it was found to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.
Other studies revealed that the soy isoflavone daidzein also inhibits cancer cell growth.
More recent studies reveal that the mechanism behind this protection is that isoflavones block estrogen’s ability to stimulate breast cancer development.
Even with all this scientific evidence, there are still those who are terrorized by insidious anti-soy campaigns (man-boobs) sponsored by the industrial meat producers.
It’s the natural evolution of the Shaklee 180 Smoothee and the recently retired
Vitalizing Protein, but with a special twist.
The new Life Shake provides 16 grams of proprietary, Soy-based, non-GMO protein, with the perfect ratio of all 9 essential amino acids, as demonstrated by Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) testing.
There are also 2 new non-soy alternatives, sourced from protein-rich pea protein plus a proprietary blend of organic chia and organic pumpkin protein. PDCAAS testing reveals that it is as perfectly balanced a protein source as soy, and it is ALSO rich in
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the progenitor of all the essential Omega-3 fatty acids.
ALA provides numerous health benefits, including improved metabolism, heart, and brain health.
Both new Life Shakes contain
leucine to help preserve lean muscle mass during weight loss, and to help build muscle mass during exercise.
Also contains a unique combination of pre- and pro-biotics (one billion CFU) to support digestion and overall immune health
Finally, both the soy and non-soy Life Shakes are 100% gluten and lactose free, are low glycemic (low 30s), Kosher, and as always, contain no artificial, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.
The new Shaklee Life Plan is the culmination of 60 years of Shaklee nutritional research. I hope you will find the review of these ingredients as exciting as I did, and I salute your choice to improve your health with Shaklee products!