Can We Do Better?
For all the so-called benefits attributed to isolated and
synthetic nutrients and all of the progress we think we have made
in improving the health of the nation, there are many health experts
who say we can do even better. They note that three of four Americans
will develop heart disease and half will die from it. Diabetes is
striking baby boomers with a vengeance. About six percent of our
population presently has diabetes and many gerontologists believe
that percentage will increase significantly as the boomers enter
their fifties and sixties. (And they say that diet and nutrition
will be crucial to helping persons with diabetes maintain their
health and reduce their risk of complications.) Already, some 21
million pre-diabetic Americans experience glucose intolerance, leading
to Syndrome X, a condition characterized by high blood pressure
and obesity. Some 200,000 Americans die every year from high blood
pressure and stroke. One-third of Americans are obese. To get a
better picture of what this means in pure numbers of mortality,
our current health crisis can be computed into airline crashes;
for the number of deaths resulting from heart disease, hypertension,
and diabetes, you would have 3,650 jumbo jet crashes a year, assuming
there are 300 sickly passengers on each jet, 3,000 people a day
dying from heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes alone. Synthetic
or isolated nutrients may be better than nothing, but not good enough.
Adding them to whole food concentrates is better but still not the
way to get our optimal health back.
Can Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula Help?
One of the answers might well be Living Multi Optimal .
Living Multi Optimal vitamin and mineral formulation is Recommended in The Maker's Diet and takes us way past USP, food-based
or even so-called whole food vitamin and mineral products. Living Multi Optimal takes
us back to a more primitive form of nutrition, one paradoxically
far more sophisticated and wondrous in its nutritional offering
and health benefits than your typical multi vitamin. Achieving Maximum
Health With The 3-3-9 Plan
We like to use the 3-3-9 plan to explain some of the functional
aspects of Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula . The key to achieving optimal
health can be accomplished by doing three things:
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Supercharge Cellular Nutrition. As we will
show below, the nutrients in Living Multi Optimal are
far more able to interact at the cellular level to provide body-ready
nutrients where you need them most. Simply forcing larger amounts
of nutrients is not the answer. The answer lies in the delivery
of these nutrients across the cell wall where we need them most.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula Facilitates Detoxification. Living
Multi's homeostatic nutrient complexes aids the
body's detoxifications processes like no other multiple
vitamin and mineral formula, reducing the overall toxic load,
neutralizing subacute microbial infestations, and even aiding
removal of poisons such as xenobiotics and heavy metals from our
internal environment. Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula with it's
naturally occurring blend of probiotics, enzymes and organic acids
enhances the body's elimination of wastes through the normal
elimination channels such as the kidneys and bowels.
- Reduce Oxidative Stress. The free radical
theory of aging, although long taken for granted, is best achieved
through a high intake of antioxidant or free radical fighting
nutrients. Free radical damage or oxidative stress has been implicated
in no less than 60 health disorders. Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula
contains optimal doses of the most effective antioxidants known
to man and yet to be discovered.
By bolstering cellular nutrition, facilitating detoxification and
reducing oxidative stress and damage, we may be able to reduce the
risk factors for three of our most deadly diseases:
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Modify risk factors for Cancer. Now striking
greater than one in three Americans, epidemiological studies indicate
that without a doubt your cancer risk at any age is not fixed.
Your cellular DNA responds to its environment on an immediate
basis. By feeding cells protective nutrients, and detoxifying
the body from harmful fat soluble and other toxins, your risk
can be modified.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula Reduces risk factors for Heart disease. Preventing
the oxidation of cholesterol prevents plaque. Preventing plaque
build-up helps to maintain arterial flexibility and avoid dangerous
blockages. The combination of effective levels of B-6, B-12 and
folic acid, contained in Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula can help
lower elevated homocysteine levels a key to reducing cardiovascular
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Reduce risk factors for Diabetes. Restoring
the body's ability to utilize insulin (insulin sensitivity)
with the mineral- and enzyme-rich homeostatic nutrient complexes
in Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula especially the potent botanicals
such as reishi and other tonic mushrooms, Rhododendron caucasicum
and Caucasian blueberry leaf helps reduce sugar cravings,
thereby lowering blood sugar and preventing diabetic-related syndromes,
including hypertension, obesity, and elevated blood lipids.
We also accomplish nine essential functional health goals with
Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula :
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Modulate Immune System Function. Among the
most important immune modulators in Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula
is the blend of 11 medicinal mushrooms, Rhodendron caucasicum,
and the many immune enhancing compounds created by the probiotic
microorganisms during fermentation. The polysaccharides (including
beta-glucans) in these mushrooms and bacterial cell walls support
the activity of the body's white blood cells (macrophages),
and NK (natural killer) cells increasing natural resistance. The
entire blend provides powerful adaptogenic qualities that allow
the body to more capably handle environmental and psychological
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula Promotes Optimal Digestion and elimination.
As we shall discuss (below), Living Multi's homeostatic
nutrient complexes support the body's digestive processes
with live beneficial probiotics, enzymes and organic acids. This
aids in the body's absorption of nutrients and helps to
reduce symptoms of indigestion such as gas, bloating, heartburn
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Control Blood Sugar. The addition of Caucasian
blueberry and apple skin, as well ionized trace minerals and many
other thousands of phyotchemicals present in the formula promote
optimal blood sugar balance.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula Improves Energy and Performance. The combination
of nutrients present in green foods and medicinal mushrooms as
well as the highly absorbable B-Vitamins and over 80 trace elements
in Living Multi, unlock stored energy in the
body and make it available to us. The digestive, food and metabolic
enzymes contained reduce the amount of energy needed for digestion
thus tapping into a normally unattainable source of energy.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Reduce risk factors of age-related neuro-degeneration.
The powerful antioxidant complexes contained in Living
Multi have been shown to reverse age-related neuro-degeneration
in animals. There is evidence that our ancestors experienced sound
mental and cognitive function even into their old age. Today we
see our elderly suffering up to 15% of their lives robbed of virtually
all brain power.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Reduce risk factors for obesity. Normalizing
blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity and improving glucose
intolerance is perhaps one of the most important factors in reducing
food cravings, thus reducing caloric intake and weight gain. The
Russian botanical Rhododendron caucasicum has been shown in studies
to enhance fat burning and prevent the absorption of excess dietary
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Reduce stress and improve emotional well being.
One particular green grass in the Living Multi
vegetable blend, oat grass, is a nervine tonic, meaning it is
nourishing and strengthening to the nervous system, useful in
nervous exhaustion, stress, and depression, as well as being restorative
to the endocrine, nervous, muscular, skeletal, and immune system.
The blend of 11 tonic mushrooms has been proven to enhance the
body's ability to fight stress.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Lessen allergic responses. By enhancing nutritional
uptake, reducing inflammation, modulating immune function, facilitating
proper detoxification and providing optimal antioxidant protection,
Living Multi reduces the allergic response common
in so many individuals prone to allergy. Many nutrients contained
will also reduce gut hyper-permeability (leaky gut syndrome) which
will greatly lessen the incidence of allergies.
- Garden of Life Living Multi Optimal Formula helps Reduce inflammatory markers. Living
Multi's live probiotic mixture (including HSOs)
along with turmeric and ginger has been shown to reduce inflammation.
Many nutrients in Living Multi including Alpha
Lipoic Acid have been shown to reduce inflammation by quenching
Building on and advancing this knowledge, Garden of Life has uniquely
and naturally complexed each vitamin and mineral in Living
Multi using a wide range of beneficial microorganisms in
a process that lasts 3-6 weeks resulting in a product that is yeast
free. Whereas other so-called whole food vitamin and mineral products
can contain up to 75% yeast, a common allergen, Living Multi
provides enhanced benefits with no drawbacks.
It might surprise readers to learn that few, if any, multiple
vitamin and mineral formulas have ever been clinically studied.
Many epidemiological studies (which are always retrospective) have
been conducted that show us these may work in general. Thus, the
investigational studies that have been underway on Living
Multi would seem to make it the most clinically studied
multiple vitamin and mineral formula today, surpassing even those
from some of the major pharmaceutical companies.
One study now underway is a double-blind, placebo controlled clinical
trial taking place at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
and Health Sciences in collaboration with Arizona State University
in Tempe, Arizona.
From our research and what we've gathered, this will
be the first multi-nutrient study on humans that looks at multi-nutrient
formulas for what they are designed to do," notes co-investigator
Lee B. Dexter, Microbiologist, Food Technologist, Research Scientist
and President of Dexter and Associates, a technology and compliance
consulting firm in Austin, Texas. "If nearly 70 percent of
our country takes a vitamin and mineral or a multi-nutrient of some
kind, it is for two reasons: to increase energy and performance
and prevent diseases that are created by our poor dietary habits,
imbalanced lifestyle and environmental stresses. What was really
shocking to me when we first contemplated the Living Multi
clinical studies, is that when you look at the peer- reviewed publications
that are out there, there is a shocking paucity of studies that
have examined whether multiple vitamin and mineral formulas do what
they're supposed to do. And, so, this is truly a premiere
study. Living Multi - Join the Healthy Living Revolution.
"People take multiple vitamin and mineral formulas
because they believe it's an insurance policy," notes
Living Multi formulator Jordan Rubin, N.M.D.,
C.N.C., author of Patient Heal Thyself . We are setting out to
prove that Living Multi is just that, except,
better than any insurance policy, because it's the insurance
policy that will allow you to not have to use your regular insurance
"Before Formulating this product I decided it was imperative
to subject it to rigorous double blind clinical trials. Many companies
claim that their multiple vitamin mineral accomplishes many things.
However, not one of them have yet to prove it. While good ingredients
combined with a good story are enough for many companies to generate
sales, I believe today's intelligent consumer needs more they
need hard clinical data, and combined with unequalled ingredients
and a great "true" story, that's what we're
going to give them.
Rubin, who also pioneered the use of homeostatic soil organisms,
notes, "We are going to see how the body is really ONE inter-related
system. The problem with many alternative and holistic medicines
is that they often try to fix one system or function instead of
addressing the whole organism and trying to improve the body's
general ability to enhance nutrition and detoxify." "With
Living Multi we want to put the emphasis on the
body and give that body all of the tools it needs to heal itself."