I hope you had a GREAT 4th of July weekend!
Today's "Melaleuca Monday" post is probably my favorite one yet!
I have an exciting, life changing story to share with you!!!
First, if you are new to the blog, please know that through each Melaleuca Monday post, my intention is to EDUCATE readers on ways to improve and live a healthy lifestyle, NOT to scare. Although, I will say, the research out there about our everyday household products is just plain scary!! If you have never heard of Melaleuca you can read about it here.
Ok, so my friend Jenni, who ironically is the reason we are Melaleuca customers, called me the other day and told me the most amazing success story I have heard yet! I am so excited to share it with you today (with Jenni's permission of course)
First I have to give you a little back story...
So Jenni had fertility issues 10 years ago when trying to get pregnant for the first time. Her OB and fertility specialist diagnosed her with PCOS. (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) This was after a full work up and lots of testing! (bloodwork, routine ultrasounds, physical exams, etc.) For those of you who are unfamiliar with this condition, you can read about it here. Basically, from a fertility standpoint, in layman's terms, PCOS is when a woman does not have regular menstrual cycles and does not ovulate, making it very hard to get pregnant.
So, because of her PCOS, Jenni had to do fertility treatments (major fertility drugs and IUI) to get pregnant with her twins and then another round of fertility drugs after the twins, to get pregnant with her third child. Fast forward to now, (10 years later) she all of the sudden starts having regular menstrual cycles. So she goes back to the same doctor that she saw 10 years ago (her OB) and he checks her out (bloodwork , ultra sounds, etc) and discovers that she is indeed having a regular menstrual cycle and is also now ovulating on her own! He asks her if she is doing anything different i.e. diet change, medications, vitamins, lifestyle changes? A light bulb went off inside her head! She told him that the only thing she could think of that is drastically different in her life from 10 years ago is that within the last year she had removed all of the toxins from her home (replaced name brand cleaners with Melaleuca) AND started taking a multi-vitamin by Melaleuca called "Peak Performance Brain Health for Women". The doctor of course asked what was in the vitamins so she showed him...
THIS IS A PICTURE OF EACH ONE OF THE VITAMIN LABELS THAT SHE IS TAKING.
ALL OF THESE (Acuity AZ, CardiOmega EPA, Cellwise, Florify, Vitality Goldwater Omega 3, ProvexCV, Recover AI, Unforgettables, and Vitality Multi Vitamin & Mineral) MAKE UP THE PEAK PERFORMANCE PACK-BRAIN HEALTH by Melaleuca
Upon review of the ingredients and nutrition facts, his synopsis is that (and I am paraphrasing) 10 years ago her body must have had a generous amount of inflammation somewhere that was triggering an auto-immune disease and causing the PCOS, even though she was tested for auto immune diseases during her fertility struggle 10 years ago and the results were negative! So, the ingredients in the vitamins, most likely the HIGH doses of refined fish oils, recovery AI, vitamin D, and B12 combined with their patented delivery system, cured her auto immune disease and enabled her body to menstruate and ovulate!!!!!! Isn't that amazing!?! Feeling skeptical? Just wait....
So she goes home wondering how this could be true. After ALL the money she and her husband spent 10 years ago on doctors, testing, treatments, etc. how could a few NATURAL vitamins/pills every month fix her problem?!? So, a little skeptical herself, she decides to test it out. The next month she stopped taking the vitamins to see what would happen. That month, after forgoing her dose of the Peak Performance Brain Health pack, she did NOT have a menstrual cycle. The next month, she starting taking the same vitamins again, that month, she had a cycle. She continued taking the vitamins for the next 3 months and continued to menstruate and ovulate each month. (her OB monitored her via ultrasounds)
Amazing right? This is what the Peak Performance Pack-Brain Health Pack looks like...
| Women Men Longevity (50 +)|
And these are the actual pills inside...
One of the reasons these vitamins worked for Jenni is because of the delivery system, as I mentioned above. All of Melaleuca's vitamins have a patented delivery system called "Oligo". You can read more about Oligo here.
By "delivery system" I mean how the nutrients from the vitamin are actually delivered and processed by your body upon taking them. Oligo binds the nutrients from the vitamins to your cells (organic compounds in the body) to mirror the way nutrients are found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods to maximize solubility, i.e. so they are 90-100% absorbed.
Oligo was created to perform "just like nature". Oligo minerals are scientifically proven to provide up to 4 times greater the amount of absorption than the minerals in leading grocery store brands. Also, because the Oligo delivery system is so affective at delivering nutrients to the body, it prevents the production of "free radicals" during digestion. Have you ever read about "free radicals"? When someone first mentioned the term to me, I thought it was made up! I'd never heard of such a thing until I started to research...
According to Rice University...
"Free radicals" are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.
Free radicals thus adversely alter lipids, proteins, and DNA and trigger a number of human diseases.
Here are some articles about Free Radicals....
Production of free radicals in the human body
Free radicals and other ROS are derived either from normal essential metabolic processes in the human body or from external sources such as exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and industrial chemicals.[3
] Free radical formation occurs continuously in the cells as a consequence of both enzymatic and nonenzymatic reactions. Enzymatic reactions, which serve as source of free radicals, include those involved in the respiratory chain, in phagocytosis, in prostaglandin synthesis, and in the cytochrome P-450 system.[7
] Free radicals can also be formed in nonenzymatic reactions of oxygen with organic compounds as well as those initiated by ionizing reactions.
Some internally generated sources of free radicals are[8
This information was found on http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/
- Xanthine oxidase
- Arachidonate pathways
- Ischemia/reperfusion injury
- Some externally generated sources of free radicals are:
- Cigarette smoke
- Environmental pollutants
- Certain drugs, pesticides
- Industrial solvents
So yes, free radicals are very much a real, scientific thing, that we should ALL be concerned about!
Minerals in traditional supplements can trigger massive free radical activity during digestion. These free radicals can actually cancel out the benefits of antioxidants like Vitamin C and E. So not only are you probably not getting all of the nutrients in your name brand vitamins, your vitamin is working against the reason you are taking it! Oligo prevents the spread of free radicals throughout the entire body and has been scientifically proven to preserve antioxidants 5 times better than the leading brand.
Have I lost you yet? Take some time to re-read this information, do a little research, and digest. It may change your life or someone you know who is having health problems.
Just to summarize, in Jenni's case, she was able to counteract her PCOS by taking the Peak Performance Brain Health Vitamins which significantly reduced the inflammation in her body, curing an auto-immune disease, and allowed her body to menstruate and ovulate regularly!
So one of my biggest questions when first learning about the Peak Performance Vitamins and their patented delivery system called Oligo, was how did they (Melaleuca) know that their efforts were going to be fruitful? How did they know their vitamins would protect against free radicals and be more soluble than other vitamins on the market?
In April 2014, Melaleuca commissioned the "Freiburg Study" to determine the impact of Melaleuca's Peak Performance Pack on the human body. The study measured more than 25 key health markers, including difficult-to-obtain data like resistance to induced inflammation, circulating free radicals, mitochondrial free radical activity, and rate of oxygen consumption by blood cells.
They call it the "Freiburg Study" because it was done in Freiburg, Germany. Freiburg is home to one of the oldest and esteemed scientific communities in the world. Rightfully so, Freiburg was the only place in the world containing the specialized instruments, facilities, and expert scientists necessary to evaluate the in-body benefits of the Peak Performance Pack by Melaleuca. Specifically, Melaleuca commissioned THE pioneering researcher who invented the scientific device capable of measuring free radicals in a live human body.
For nearly a century, supplement manufacturers have been saying that the benefits from supplementation are strictly long range—that the true benefits of the nutrition they offer will take years to truly manifest. Melaleuca broke that mold with the Vitality Pack 90-Day Challenge—promising you could feel a difference within 90 days. Now Melaleuca takes that promise where it has never been before. The Freiburg Study shows that many of the incredible benefits of the Peak Performance Pack are measurable in the body in as little as one hour! Think about that! Your health begins to improve within just 60 minutes! And those benefits were found in all participants, no matter their age, fitness level, or relative health.
Some of the key indicators of health measured before and after light exercise included the following:
- Free radical activity
- Blood fat
- Blood pressure
- C-reactive protein
- Heart rate
- Glucose levels
The Freiburg Study showed significant improvements across several key measures within one hour of taking the pack (reduction in free radicals, heart rate doesn’t rise as high during exercise [greater efficiency], improved resistance to inflammation, and significantly reduced glycemic spikes after meals). Even greater improvements were seen after 6 weeks of taking the pack, and the greatest level of improvement was observed after taking the pack for 12 weeks.*
*Keep in mind, Jenni benefited after 1 month
To read all of this information directly from Melaleuca's website click here
Here are the results of the Freiburg Study. I realize you may not be able to see these from a PC but you may have better luck if you zoom in on the images from a cell phone. I'm going to work on replacing these images with better ones soon. For now...
If you have any questions, would like more information about Melaleuca
, are interested in becoming a Melaleuca
customer, or would like to talk to Jenni about her story specifically, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my hope that through this post, Melaleuca
can help at least 1 person combat their auto immune disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chrones, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.), PCOS, or any other unanswered ailment that they have been suffering from!
While Jenni's situation is an amazing discovery, please know that I am not recommending Melaleuca and/or the Peak Performance Pack as a "miracle vitamin" or "cure-all" for health problems! Nor am I a doctor or claim to be!
Although I try to back up each Melaleuca post with scientific research, please consult your doctor before self medicating to check for drug interactions, even with vitamins, and determine if the Peak Performance Pack is right for you!
Remember, when life hands you lemons, turn them into something lovely!
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