NOTE: All the studies we will review are tagged with citation numbers like this: 
If you “click” on that red number, you will be transported to the actual study. Many of the graphics can also be enlarged by clicking on them.
The Building Blocks of Health
Past issues of the HealthQuest have reviewed nutritional solutions for a variety of different health challenges. All those articles were written with the implied understanding that our readers already maintained a “basic” supplement regimen, hopefully combined with regular exercise, sufficient rest, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in saturated (animal) fats. Sadly, most Americans fail to meet these basic health requirements.
Statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control
Only 27% of adults eat 3 servings of vegetables per day
(while 3-5 are recommended)
Only 13% of students meet the vegetable goal
Only 33% of adults eat 2 servings of fruit per day
(while 2-4 servings are recommended)
Only 32% of students meet the fruit goal
Even worse, these numbers are artificially inflated, because foods like sugared fruit drinks and French Fries are still counted as food “servings”.
Another nutritional issue stems from the fact that industrial farms force-grow our crops, with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on depleted soil. Many fruits are picked green, chilled during storage, and then exposed to ethylene gas to artificially ripen them before sale.
These are among the many reasons why the measured vitamin levels in “conventional” crops continue to decline.
And most alarming, more and more American staple crops are being grown from genetically modified organisms (or GMOs), which have no established track record for their impact on health or their health benefits or pitfalls. European clinical trials that fed animals GMO foods observed that subject deaths went unreported, with damage to their intestinal tracts, and second or even third-generation sterility were reported in their offspring.
All these problems in the food chain, coupled with our questionable dietary habits, emphasize why it’s so critical that we adopt a basic nutrition program,
which will provide all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that we need to maintain proper health. That is why Dr. Shaklee always emphasized that the basic core of a nutritional program is a high-quality multivitamin and a plant-based source of protein. This is why Vita-Lea and the earliest version of his soy-isolate protein formulas were developed, well before 1960. He started by creating the basic nutrition program.
We can rest easy because Shaklee products are produced from non-GMO crops that are completely free from pesticides, heavy metal residue or hundreds of other toxic contaminants. Every product is pure and potent. Their supplements are also guaranteed to be bacteria and virus free. Only Shaklee can truthfully make that promise, because they do routine purity testing of ALL their raw materials, before they ever enter the factory floor.
Considering the endless news reports about product contamination, by even the largest-named manufacturers, why should we place our trust in anyone besides the Shaklee Corporation? To date, they have a 61-year, unblemished reputation for creating amazing products that deliver on their promise.
About Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants
The simple truth is that we MUST have those key nutrients in our bloodstream every day. But, because the food we eat contains less and less of them, the only way we’ll get all those nutrients would be to graze all day, but according to the CDC almost no one is doing that.
The US Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus website contains a list of the 13 “essential” vitamins
and the 15 essential minerals
that are required to sustain life and basic health. I’ll leave it to you to review those 2 websites. The diseases associated with their deficiencies are legend.
Researchers have continued to examine other compounds found in our food, and are producing an ever-growing list of other beneficial substances found in food. They are loosely described as phytonutrients.
These unique compounds help protect plants from attack by germs and viruses, fungi, bugs, and other threats.
In essence, they are the plants own immune system.
While these recently discovered nutrients aren't considered “essential” by the traditional definition, many of them appear to reduce the incidence of the diseases of old age, when we consume more of them in our diet.
Unfortunately, few Americans eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables necessary to claim those health benefits. That is why we need to supplement, to fill in those gaps.
There are thousands of unique phytochemicals, and each one works differently to support our overall health. Here are just a few of their documented properties:
Antioxidant powers — Most phytonutrients have antioxidant activities that protect our cells against oxidative damage, while reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Phytochemicals with antioxidant activity include
Hormonal activities — Isoflavones, found in soy, imitate human estrogen, and help to reduce menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis, and have been shown to reduce the incidence of both uterine and breast cancer.
Stimulation of enzymes — Phytochemicals can also act as enzymes to enhance chemical reactions in our cells. These include the terpenes (lemons, roses, and numerous spices)
and the anthocyanins (citrus fruits and cherries).
Cherry extract has recently been shown to provide significant anti-inflammatory properties which are comparable to ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), without any of their well-known adverse side effects.
Anti-bacterial effect — The phytochemical allicin from garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory agent.
Echinacea contains numerous phenols, which contribute to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Physical actions — Some phytochemicals bind physically to cell membranes, preventing the passage of pathogens into human cells. Proanthocyanidins are responsible for the anti-adhesion properties of cranberry, which reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.
Those are just a few of the reasons why we need to eat all those servings of fruit and veges. Fortunately for us, Shaklee’s raw materials have always been sourced from organically grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, and legumes, and so their supplements have always contained significant amounts of these unique compounds.
This is why Shaklee spent years developing Vitalizer, and the recently new Life Strip.
The Basic Nutrition Program
A basic nutritional program must always include a high-quality multivitamin and a plant-based source of protein. That's why Shaklee has designed 3 basic nutrient programs.
Both of these systems include a daily Life Shake and your selected multivitamin program. The major difference between these 2 programs is that the Life Strip provides a double-dose of omega-3 fatty acids in the OmegaGuard Plus capsules, and includes a month’s supply of the unique Vivix Liguigels.
The recently published Shaklee studies on Vivix make a very compelling argument for its inclusion in the Life Plan, including longer telomeres,
reducing age-related disease by enhancing cytochrome c oxidase and sirtuin (Sir 1-3) and Nrf2 gene expression
and by protecting against age-related macular degeneration and other diseases related to old age.
Ordering the Life Plan as a kit will save you 11 dollars every month, rather than ordering each product separately.
The Vitalizing Plan will save you about 5 dollars each month,
compared to ordering each product separately.
The Essentials Plan
The tier is the Essentials Plan which includes a month’s supply of the premier Vita-Lea and OmegaGuard along with one canister of Life Shake. You will save around 5 dollars a month by purchasing them as a kit, rather than ordering each product separately.
Don’t forget to use the CUSTOMIZE THIS KIT button to select your favorite shake flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and café latte, or summer peach and pumpkin spice when they are in season).
So What’s Next?
Partly that will depend on which basic program you select, as well as your sex and age, and any other specific health challenges that you face. If you suffer from allergies, or you experience recurrent colds, or you have issues with blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or you experience daily stress or fatigue, or perhaps you just bruise easily, then Shaklee has targeted solutions which can help.
Your Shaklee representative can help you determine which additional you might need to add to your basic program, and the Healthy Solutions section of the Member Center website displays solutions for many of those issues.
Let’s review just a few of them:
Defend & Resist
Immune compromise: Our immune system is designed to process everything that attacks us, and then to produce an antibody to defeat it next time it “comes around”.
That’s why we only get chicken pox (a virus) once. Unfortunately, viruses and certain pathologic bacteria do mutate over time, making them resistant to our antibodies and antibiotics. This is why Shaklee created NutriFeron  to supercharge our immune cells. You don’t need to get sick every time a new bug pops up.
You can save over 15 bucks if you purchase the NutriFeron as a 4-pack. 
Occasionally we may be exposed to a newly mutated bug that over-stresses your immune system. That’s when I resort to what I call the Medicine Cabinet. When I feel a cold or flu coming on, I take 6 Defend & Resist Complex  along with 3 Sustained Release Vita-C  and 3 Garlic Complex  every 4 hours, at the first sign of symptoms. It’s rare you will need to take them for more than the first day or 2. Defend & Resist tablets can also be dissolved in hot water to make a delicious tea.
Another alternative to raking the 3 Vita-C tablets is to drink the delightful Vitalized Immunity , a delicious orange effervescent drink that provides a whole extra layer of immuno-protection, by combining 19 vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help strengthen your immunity.
If your basic nutrition program is the Essentials Plan, then you are missing out on Vitalizer’s 26 different added antioxidants, so you may want to consider taking Shaklee’s Immunity Formula I  when you are under attack.
Energy Depletion: Stress, reduced sleep times and poor digestion can all cause energy issues in otherwise healthy individuals. When you are “run down” you can get “run over”. Depending on the cause of your lagging energy level, Shaklee has amazing products to bump it back up.
The first stop should always be Shaklee’s B-Complex , especially if you are a woman. B vitamins are a co-factor in almost every phase of turning blood sugar into cellular energy within the mitochondria.
B vitamins are depleted by stress, sugar and alcohol consumption, and by numerous medications, so adding more B vitamins to your diet should always be your first stop.
If stress or emotional upsets have taken the wind out of your sails, you may want to try Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex . SRC is the only stress product available that does not cause drowsiness.
Another delightful energy-boosting option is available from Shaklee's Energy Chews 
This recent addition to Shaklee's Performance Sports lineup, these delicious chews provide a clean burst of energy to help you get that extra edge when you need it most, whether it's for completing a demanding project deadline, or simply to boost your tennis game.
Energy provides a natural boost by combining a scientific blend of caffeine from natural green tea extract, plus L-tyrosine, L-theanine, B vitamins, and vitamin D to provide a pure burst of healthy energy for that extra “edge” when you need it most.
L-tyrosine is a component of numerous neurotransmitters that manage mood and emotion.
L-theanine, derived from green tea, also causes relaxation and reduces stress.
The extra B vitamins also help to release the energy stored within carbs and protein. This unique combination of pure nutrients (no artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives) is combined to provide a sustained increase in energy with none of the stressful side effects associated with high-caffeine energy drinks.
Digestive or elimination issue: Energy levels often plummet when our digestion is compromised. Depending on your age (over 40?), the first line of defense is Shaklee’s EZ-Gest . This amazing digestive aid provides a full spectrum, plant-based enzyme formula that supports complete digestion of all 3 macronutrients (carbos, proteins and fats), along with many other hard-to-digest sugars (beans, broccoli, certain whole grains, and an alarming number of fruits and vegetables).
For more extreme intestinal issues, Shaklee’s OmegaGuard  is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
If your digestive complaint surfaced after a long period of stress or recent exposure to antibiotics, you will also benefit from taking Shaklee’s new Optiflora® DI  for several months to reassert the normal intestinal flora and the “normal” function of the colon.
You might want to add one-quarter of teaspoon of the Prebiotic Complex powder  to water to wash it down, and as your system adapts to it, work your way up to the full teaspoon over the following week (or so).
If elimination is an issue, you may want to add more fiber and water to your diet. Shaklee has 3 forms of fiber in tablets  and power  format, and the delicious Fiber Advantage bars .
If your diet has been low in fiber, it would be prudent to work the daily dosage up slowly.
Finally, if you are not having at least one productive movement a day, then you may want to take 3 or 4 tablets of Herb-Lax  just before bedtime. Slow transit time permits the intestines more time to absorb toxins, and that can lead to irritable bowel, polyp formation and the eventual decline of colon function.
Those are just a few of the many health challenges that Shaklee has been supporting for the last 62 years. I remember when I was a kid, when my Mom would say that so-and-so had finally discovered his or her “calling”. That’s what Shaklee distributors discover when they take on supporting their friends, family and their community. Sharing Shaklee is a lot more than just another “business model” or “income stream”. It truly is a “calling” in the best sense of the word. I hope you found this newsletter challenging and educational. Here’s to your good health!