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Episode 171: Using the New On Guard+ Tablets

In this episode we sit down to Jen Shaw to talk about what you can do to support your immune system every day with the new On Guard+ Chewable Tablets. We'll discuss why these tablets are so exciting, how they are different from other On Guard products, and some of her favorite things about them.


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doTERRA: Your immune system can be threatened at any time, which means that it is so important to make sure you're doing all that you can to support your immune system every day. And today, we'll talk about a few more things you can include into your routine to make sure you're doing just that.

Welcome back to Essential Oil Solutions with doTERRA, the podcast where you'll hear exciting, useful, and simple everyday uses for essential oils from experts in the field. If you like what you hear today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen. We always appreciate hearing from you.

Today, we're excited to talk to Jen Shaw all about how you can support your immune system using the new On Guard+ Chewable Tablets and more. Jennifer, thank you so much for being here with us today.

Jen Shaw: Oh, it's my pleasure!

doTERRA: This is a topic that I am very excited to talk about. This is one of the most exciting new product releases for me. So in your opinion, why is the release of the new On Guard+ tablet so exciting?

Jen: OK, when they announced this product at Convention, I was like through the moon with excitement, because prior to this product, we definitely struggled in our home with a good option that we trusted, as far as supplementation goes, to get some of these essential nutrients, to really just give our immune system the support that it needed.

And doTERRA is so incredible at this. They are always ahead of the curve. They see a need, and they find a way to fill that need with a product that I love and trust.

And they did exactly that with the On Guard+ Chewable Tablets. So we needed something to supplement our D3, our vitamin C, and our zinc. And this new product makes it so easy. Whenever possible, we use doTERRA’s because of the sourcing, because of the quality, because of the science behind it. It's just—the quality is unmatched, and these tablets just really filled such a void in our home. Not to mention they are actually delicious.

doTERRA: Absolutely! So you mentioned a few things. These tablets are the On Guard+ tablets. What is the plus part? What are the extras that you're getting?

Jen: Yeah, good question. And I think, you know, we know the On Guard line. We know the On Guard oil and it's such an incredible oil. It's something many of us have leaned into for so many uses in our home. I mean, there's On Guard in—I can confidently say—every room of my house, right? It's like, it's literally from the bathroom to the kitchen to the living room, there's On Guard in some way, shape, or form in every room.

So when we look at the On Guard line, when it says On Guard, that means that it has the basic On Guard oils in there that we all know, love, and trust, which are the Wild Orange, the Clove, the Cinnamon, the Eucalyptus, the Rosemary.

Vitamin D

The plus means that there's an added bonus, and this product comes with four added bonuses, which is pretty exciting. So the first of the added bonuses is our vitamin D, and 70 percent of the US population is vitamin D insufficient. For some of us, this is really easily remedied by stepping outside daily in the Sun for about 20 minutes without wearing any SPF.

However, in the winter months, there's really interesting research out there that’s shown that living above about the thirty-five-degree latitude line, it runs through the southern border of Tennessee and Nevada, so a little lower than most people would think. People are actually unable to get enough vitamin D because of the strength or lack of strength of the UVB rays. So even if you're getting sunshine up in New York, where I grew up, in the winter months, you're still not getting the needed amount of vitamin D.

And this is often why we see an influx of like not feeling so well in the winter months, the colder months. This could be one of the things that people are doing—is just that insufficient amount of vitamin D. And there's clear scientific evidence that 600 IUs of vitamin D a day can help support the immune system. And I love that each of the On Guard+ Chewable Tabs has about 75% of the daily value, just in one chewable tabs. So that's just one of the pluses, and we still have three more.

Vitamin C

So we have vitamin C, and this happens to be the fourth leading nutritional deficiency in the US. So only one in 10 Americans get adequate vitamin C from their diet.

doTERRA: Wow!

Jen: This staggering statistic, right?

doTERRA: Yeah!

Jen: So when we look at that and we say, “OK, am I lucky enough to be one of those 10?” Let's just go with the chance that you're probably not, and we need to supplement that, right? I will say one of my favorite fruits is passion fruit, and it's one of the highest fruits in vitamin C. So I'm probably good, but I'm going to still supplement anyway.

So the supplementation here is absolutely key, and a preventative dose is only 150 mg a day, which is just what happens to be found in the On Guard+ Chewable Tablets. It's like they did their homework before they made these, not surprising, right?


So then we have zinc, and the body is actually unable to store zinc, so other nutrients, the body can hang onto and store. But with zinc, you have to have a continuous, regular supply of zinc to support the immune system and to support the body. Zinc deficiencies range, depending on what you're reading, from 31 to 70%, depending on the area and the research. But just one of these tablets is giving you your daily dose of zinc so that you know you're meeting that supplemental need.


And lastly is a lesser-known item that rounds out the four pluses that come with these chewable tablets is our beta-glucan. And this has so many benefits, but it's really specifically added to support our immune system here. It has other benefits in other forms in other products, such as our protein powder. But a clinical dose is 30 mg, and it's exactly what is in these tablets. So you're getting the On Guard line that is designed to help support your immune system with four pluses of the D, the C, the zinc and the beta-glucan. So pretty incredible pluses, I'd say.

​​​​​​​doTERRA: Yes, that is all so fantastic, and it's always so reassuring to look at something like this and just be able to see the research and the thought that went into it and know that it was formulated in a way that's going to be beneficial to your body.

Jen: Yeah, absolutely. And that's where doTERRA, you know, when they come out with a new product, I know that they're not throwing spaghetti at the wall, seeing if something sticks. I know they have done their research. Their team of scientists have really dived into “why are we making this product in the first place?” And then from there they say, “How can we do it in the best way possible?”

And you can really see that in the way that they make these products. No sugar added. They're vegetarian friendly, and that's huge for so many people. They really take the big picture into play when they make these products, and I love it. So grateful for the team of scientists we have.

doTERRA: Yes, now you mentioned that On Guard as a blend that, you know, we know and love. It's been around for a long time. We've had the On Guard Softgels. Now how are these tablets different from those On Guard Softgels, and how do you use them in conjunction with the rest of the amazing On Guard products?

Jen: Such a good question, yes. So when we look at the baseline of what is in On Guard, we mentioned it earlier. It's the Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary. Now the plus, the softgels plus, is two other products: Oregano and Melissa. Now both of these are—I like to kind of call them like the special forces, like they're the backup for those other oils that are just going to support our immune system in an incredible way. But the Oregano and Melissa come in with like a little added punch to just give your body that extra that it needs to keep your immune system strong. So I personally take On Guard+, the softgels, every single day. I take them in the morning with my Lifelong Vitality Pack. It is just part of my routine.

Now when I'm traveling or I'm out and about and, you know, really wanting to make sure my immune system staying strong, I add in another one or two of those softgels. So on days, a couple of days before I fly, the days I'm flying, I take those softgels with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, right? And I really make sure that my immune system has that backup.

And now I've been doing the same thing with the On Guard+ Chewable Tablets. So I take one a day and then when I'm traveling, I lean into taking anywhere from one to three of those on those days, just to give my immune system that extra backup. So these two are actually wonderful for working in partnership because the On Guard+ Softgels are really there to focus on the essential oils’ powers, like that's where doTERRA came from. Our passion is the essential oils. We want to have that backing of those essential oils that create the antioxidants in our bodies, they support the immune system, they do all the beautiful things that we want those essential oils to do. We're leaning into the On Guard+ Softgels for those.

And when we want the nutritional supplementation of the D, C, zinc, and beta-glucan, we're leaning into the On Guard+ Chewable Tablets, which I think we should all be taking both of these on a daily basis, coupled with our Lifelong Vitality Pack. And we're going to be meeting so many of our nutritional needs. We are just—you have to eat 36 apples today to get the same nutritional value as in 1950, one apple, one apple in 1950, 36 apples today.

We need to supplement, and doTERRA makes that so easy. So I think coupling these On Guard products with the other, you know, the hand soap, the On Guard hand sanitizer, you have the concentrate cleaner, the laundry soap, the OG laundry soap. You have so many amazing products, like I failed to mention the toothpaste yet, which is funny because that is like I can never live without that toothpaste, the mouthwash, and the coupling of those two products, the softgels and the On Guard+ gives us the oils and the nutritional value that we need to really feel supported and have our immune systems functioning optimally.

doTERRA: I love all of that advice, and I think you are so right. Taking advantage of the whole line is what's really going to help us and make sure that we are doing everything we can.

Jen: Yeah, I think a lot of times people are like, “I just want one thing to fix this, this goal.” And I often talk about this when people come to me about getting fit. It's like, they're like, “OK, what do I do with my workouts? What do I need to eat?”

And I'm like, “OK, we need to take a step back. How much are you sleeping? What are you doing in the morning when you wake up? How much water are you drinking?” Like, we need to take a step back and look at all of the little things that compound to make a big difference. And the On Guard line does that for us and for our immune system, for our families, for our homes. When we compound the benefit of all of these products from the On Guard family, we are making a substantial impact on ourselves, our homes and our families. And it's such an incredible line.

doTERRA: Absolutely. Jennifer, before we end today, I have to ask you, what is your favorite thing about the On Guard+ tablets?

Jen: So obviously, I love the nutritional benefits and the nerdy science stuff, right? But I'm going to have to honestly say my favorite part is they taste delicious. I struggle to not just eat them like candy, so I absolutely love leaning into them, using them daily. And I love how great they taste.

doTERRA: Well, I absolutely agree with you. They taste fantastic. Jennifer, it has been so wonderful to talk to you today and learn from you and get some advice on how to use these new On Guard+ Chewable Tablets.

Jen: Oh, pleasure has been all mine. Thank you so much for having me! And guys, go take your On Guard tablets. They will keep you healthy.

doTERRA: Thanks for joining us and congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle with essential oils. If you liked what you heard today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen. Also, if you want to try any of the products you learned about, go to or find a Wellness Advocate near you to place an order today.

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