Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
Longitudinal studies have cited nutrition as the #1 cause of poor health.1 Even with the most well-designed and stringent whole food diet, without regular supplementation, issues rooted in nutrition are almost unquestionably resulting in suboptimal levels of health and vitality for each and every one of us. While examining your diet and basing it on the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods should always come first, supplementing improved dietary behaviors with daily use of doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack® (LLV) is one of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to establish a solid nutritional foundation and improve overall well-being.
The Deficiency Dilemma
According to data collected from the 2009–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most regular users of supplements state that they do so to maintain overall health, to sustain bone health, and to support heart health. But what are the most common daily supplements? As of 2012, the National Institutes of Health reported that 31% of American adults take a full spectrum multivitamin/mineral supplement, with an essential fatty acid (EFA) supplement ranking as the most common “specialty supplement” at nearly 20%. Other individual compounds, such as Ginkgo biloba and coenzyme Q10, follow right behind.2 This makes a lot of sense considering that micronutrient deficiencies and omega-3/omega-6 EFA are two of the most glaring issues with the highly-processed contemporary “Western Diet.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as much as 95% of American adults do not meet recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for vitamins D and E, with approximately half of American adults also deficient in magnesium, vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin C.3 Detailed analysis of individual dietary patterns suggests that likely every one of us is deficient in at least one of the micronutrients outlined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.4 Furthermore, and possibly even more alarming, omega-6/omega-3 ratio is typically 16:1 (or more) while recommendations suggest, for optimum health, that we aim for closer to a 1:1 ratio.5 To reach peak health, complementing our diets with high-quality supplements to address nutritional deficiencies is a becoming a reality for most adults.
doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack includes three innovative products specifically developed to be used together as a comprehensive answer to your daily dietary supplement needs.*
Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex
Microplex VMz is a food nutrient complex designed to help you meet your daily vitamin and mineral needs. Encapsulated in sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules and presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix (a process that makes compounds more recognizable and easily absorbable as food nutrients) is a blend of the highest quality vitamins and minerals that are commonly deficient in modern diets. It is recommended that adults take 4 capsules per day, 2 at a time with a morning and evening meal.
xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex
xEO Mega is a proprietary combination of marine- and land-sourced omega fatty acids and CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils to help you meet daily requirements for essential fatty acids and reach that optimal 1:1 omega-3/omega-6 ratio. Each serving (4 softgels) contains 900 milligrams of marine lipids and a blend of 250 mg of plant-sourced fatty acids for a balanced blend of EPA and DHA, 800 IU of natural vitamin D, 60 IU of natural vitamin E, and other compounds to support cardiovascular health, brain function, muscle activity, joint health and mobility, and a variety of other key body functions.* It is recommended that adults take 4 softgels per day, 2 at a time with a morning and evening meal.
Alpha CRS®+ Cellular Vitality Complex
Alpha CRS+ is a proprietary mixture of natural botanical extracts and key metabolic factors to support cellular health and energy.* Polyphenolic compounds such as resveratrol and curcumin, extracts such as Boswellia serrata and Ginkgo biloba, and metabolic factors such as coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid are among the top-selling individual dietary supplements. Contemporary research suggests that they offer a number of benefits in supporting well-being at the most basic level: your cells.* doTERRA has combined the highest quality sources of these powerful compounds, in precise amounts along with the tummy tamer botanical extract blend, in a sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsule to create the perfect cellular health-supporting complement to Microplex VMz and xEOMega.* It is recommended that adults take 4 capsules per day, 2 at a time with a morning and evening meal.
What Makes LLV Different?
Even those who combine healthy diets with regular multivitamin/mineral supplementation often fall short of micronutrient intake guidelines. Not all supplements are created equal, and very few of them have scientific validation. doTERRA aims to develop products based on the most current research and subjects its products to the most stringent scientific evaluations. Human clinical trials represent the gold standard of scientific substantiation. In a published human clinical trial, supplementation with doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack was shown to significantly improve several important biomarkers of cardiovascular and metabolic health.6 Furthermore, study participants reported more mental clarity, energy, happiness, and other subjective measures of well-being. Since the clinical trial, doTERRA has reformulated and improved all three products contained in doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack, with a focus on increasing ingredient quality and evaluating the most current research to optimize component ratios. Further clinical trials on the new formulations are in the planning stages and even better results are expected.
Bioavailability and Chelation
doTERRA is committed to using the most current evidence and best practices to formulate the highest quality products. When it comes to supplements, efficacy comes down to their bioavailability. Dietary supplements, especially multivitamin and mineral complexes, are often provided in forms that are not quickly and readily usable by the body (bioavailability). Furthermore, lower quality supplements often contain excessive binders and fillers to assist with texture or bulking (to make tablets visually appear to offer more than they do), which negatively influences disintegration and absorption. For optimal bioavailability, many of the ingredients contained within doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack (particularly with Microplex VMz) are chelated and full spectrum. Research has shown that this makes ingredients not only more bioavailable, but also more effective at addressing nutrient deficiencies.7
Chelation is a process by which inorganic minerals are bound to organic compounds, usually amino acids, to form complexes that are more stable and easier for the body to digest. Full spectrum ingredients are those which are not single constituent concentrations, but substances provided in their entirety, so natural ratios are not affected. doTERRA’s commitment to the highest quality ingredients and to using the most current research to determine product composition is one of the primary factors in the amazing, clinical trial-supported, health benefits of daily supplementation with doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack.
Another strong consideration with supplement use is digestive discomfort. In fact, one of the most commonly cited reasons as to why people do not take dietary supplements is digestive issues.8 This is the primary reason it is suggested that most supplements be taken along with a meal, but doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack is formulated with both a digestive enzyme blend and a proprietary tummy tamer botanical blend to promote absorption and ease digestive discomfort.
Lastly, the three components of doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack were developed to be taken together as a comprehensive answer to your dietary supplement needs. For instance, the combination of essential fatty acids in xEO Mega will actually support absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins in Microplex VMz. Although they can be combined with other supplements for individual needs, like Mito2Max® Energy & Stamina Complex for those looking for increased energy, doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack provides the foundation to address most contemporary dietary deficiency needs. Two capsules or softgels of each of the three doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack formulas with a morning and evening meal are the perfect complement to your whole food diet to promote energy and lifelong health and vitality.*
The first step toward a lifetime of health and vitality is toward the kitchen, but it isn’t confined to what’s in the refrigerator. There is no easier way to ensure that your cells have the essential nutrients and metabolic factors they need for optimal performance than by daily supplementation with doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack.*
doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.