Are Vitamins Really Worth the Investment?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?  I certainly have!  I’ll tell you that there were many years that I didn’t take any vitamins or supplements.  My mother always told me to take calcium in my early 40’s as she was suffering from osteoarthritis.  Wow, have we learned so much about bone health since then!   I tried to incorporate the calcium into my life but it was a struggle.  Then, over time I started to learn that I could not depend on my whole food nutrition to meet my nutritional needs and that it was up to me to determine how and what to incorporate into my daily regimen.  Now that was difficult!

I read up a lot about the daily recommendations and came to realize there were flaws and that they are intended to be minimal requirements not optimal recommendations!    I then slowly incorporated several components from a daily women’s vitamin, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, B-Complex, and Vitamin C, and E.  The one thing that really bothered me was that I didn’t really know if the brands I was selecting were providing the best quality or what I really needed and in the form that my body could actually absorb and utilize.  I also did not like the effort to keep them all in supply.  When ordering on-line there were always sales, and deals, and options, and incentives to buy more.  I would get sidetracked and waste time too!

It wasn’t until I found this health and wellness company and experienced the result of consuming some of their products, that I found the right vitamin solution.  A solution that I know is definitely worth the investment.  

As a matter of fact, I don’t spend nearly the time or the money on my vitamins and supplements anymore.  I love the convenience as they come in a daily AM/PM pack and the fact that I can take them all on an empty stomach because they are pure, clean, of top quality, continuously tested for quality and content so they deliver exactly what they promise.  And unlike most other brands, there are no fillers.

So here are the details!!!!!

When taken daily, Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack gives you the equivalent amount of vitamin C found in eight oranges, the chromium found 10 cups of broccoli, the magnesium in four dark chocolate squares and the biotin in a half cup of almonds.

Each time you take both an AM and PM packet, you will also get:

  • Calcium at the equivalent bone-building daily dose found in three cups of milk and the vitamin D found in eight hard-boiled eggs.
  • Vitamin E — including in its new 21st-century form as tocotrienols, for brain and heart health—at a dosage you’d normally only achieve from eating more than a cup of peanut butter daily.
  • CoQ10 at the equivalent dose of what’s found in 115 ounces of beef.
  • Resveratrol at the equivalent dose of what’s found in more than 100 glasses of red wine (without the extra calories or damage to your liver).
  • Plus, long-chain DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids at the equivalent dose that’s achieved by consuming 6 ounces of wild-caught salmon to meet American Heart Association’s recommendations.

But even solid nutritional supplements come with myths, and we are here to break them down.

Myth: It’s not necessary to supplement for optimal health.

Fact: While a nutrient-dense diet is a key aspect to living a healthy lifestyle, even experts agree that it’s difficult to achieve the recommendations for all vitamins, minerals and bioactive ingredients from food alone. Here are the statistics:

  • Only one in four adults in the U.S. eats five or more fruits and vegetable servings daily (1).
  • Only one in five adults eats the recommended two servings of fish per week (2).
  • The majority of Americans are deficient in vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, calcium and magnesium (3).

Taking Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack removes the guesswork out of making sure you’re covering your necessary nutritional gaps, helping you lead a healthier lifestyle without the overload of calories from trying to get everything from food.

Myth: Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack is just like any everyday multivitamin.

Fact: Most multivitamins give you 100 percent of the recommended daily value established by the Institute of Medicine. But Isagenix focuses on providing you with dosages, delivery formats and forms that are in line with the latest, most advanced nutritional science for leading an active, age-defying lifestyle.

The AM and AM packets are comprised of up to five different products with dosages spread over the course of the day:

  • Essentials for Women™ and Essentials for Men™ – Targeted nutritional support by gender
  • CytoActives™ – Special bioactives (coQ10, vitamin D3, resveratrol and tocotrienols) to support optimal cellular health
  • IsaOmega™ – Maximum-concentration supplement of fish-derived EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids for heart and brain health
  • C-Lyte® – A high-dose vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoid for flexible arteries and blood vessels
  • IsaGenesis® (optional) – To support integrity of telomere length, which is a biomarker for healthy aging.  These are supported by Nobel Prize winning science too!

Myth: Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack is too expensive.

Fact: When you consider how much it would cost to purchase the foods and supplements you need to meet your nutritional goals for the week, Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack starts looking like a deal. Not only are our products affordable, we also source all of our ingredients with high-quality purity standards.

Myth: You get all the nutrition you need from IsaLean® Shake.

Fact: IsaLean Shake is a nutrient-dense meal replacement that’s clinically supported to help with weight loss and muscle maintenance. However, it alone cannot provide all the nutrients and bioactives that your body needs daily for an active, healthy lifestyle.

One of the major reasons the shake isn’t able to supply all your daily recommendations for nutrients and bioactives is because those nutrients can give off a bitter, unappealing flavor.

For a full perspective of all of the nutrition that’s provided by CEDP on a daily basis, refer to the table below:

Nutrient Amount in CEDP for Women and Men Food Equivalent
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 11,666 IU 11,666 IU 5 ¼ whole mangos (2,240 IU/mango)
Vitamin C 666 mg 666 mg 13 oranges (51 mg/small orange)
Calcium 900 mg 800 mg 3 cups milk (305 mg/ glass 1%)
Vitamin D3 5,000 IU 5,000 IU 11 hard boiled eggs (441 IU/ 50 g egg)
Vitamin E (+ tocotrienols) 84 IU 54 IU 1.2 cups peanut butter (4.35 IU/ 2 tbsp)
Vitamin K2 80 mcg 80 mcg 6 chicken breasts (13 mcg/ 3 oz serving)
Thiamin (vitamin B1) 7.5 mg 7.5 mg 9 ½ cups cooked black beans (.4 mg/ ½ cup)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 8.5 mg 8.5 mg 7.7 cups cooked oats (1.1 mg/ 1 cup)
Niacin (vitamin B3) 20 mg 20 mg 6 ¼ cups cooked green peas (3.2 mg/ cup)
Vitamin B6 10 mg 10 mg 25 bananas (.4 mg/ medium banana)
Folic Acid 600 mcg 600 mcg 12 cups raw spinach (58 mcg/ cup)
Vitamin B12 54 mcg 39 mcg 60 oz Swiss cheese (.9 mcg/ 1 oz serving)
Biotin 500 mcg 300 mcg 8 ½ cups almonds (29.4 mcg/ ½ cup)
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 45 mg 10 mg 21 avocados (2.1 mg/ medium avocado)
Iodine 200 mcg 200 mcg 35 oz tuna (17 mcg/ 3 oz serving)
Magnesium 200 mg 200 mg 4 squares dark chocolate (48 mg/ 15 g square)
Zinc 15mg 15 mg 6 cups cooked chickpeas (2.5 mg/ cup)
Selenium 100 mcg 100 mcg 8 ounces shrimp (56 mcg/ 4 oz serving)
Copper 2 mg 2 mg 10 cups kale (.2 mg/ cup)
Manganese 2 mg 2 mg 3.6 cups strawberries (.56 mg/ cup)
Chromium 200 mcg 200 mcg 10 cups broccoli (18.5 mcg/ cup)
Molybdenum 75 mcg 75 mcg ½ cup lentils (148.5 mcg/cup)
Potassium 50 mg 50 mg *Best from foods like banana, potato or avocado
Boron 500 mcg 1 mg *Best from foods like chickpeas, almonds or beans
Vanadium 5 mcg 5 mcg *Best from sunflower seed, peanut or olive oil
CoQ10 100 mg 100 mg 115 ounces beef (2.6 mg/ 3 oz. serving)
Resveratrol 50 mg 50 mg 125 glasses of wine (.03-1.1 mg/ 5 oz. glass)
Omega-3 fatty acids 1200 mg 1200 mg 6 oz of wild salmon (500-1000 mg/ 3 oz. serving)

*Source: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list

References

  1. Krebs-Smith et al. Americans do not meet federal dietary recommendations. J Nutr 2010; 140: 1832-8.
  2. Attitudes and Beliefs About Eating Fish: A National Opinion Survey Conducted for The Center for Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Policy.
  3. Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Dietary magnesium intake in a national sample of US adults. J Nutr. 2003 Sep;133(9):2879-82.

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