FAQ

The information in this website is meant to help you make informed choices in selecting our products, but neither the information contained herein nor our products are intended as a substitute for any treatment that may be prescribed or recommended by your doctor or healthcare practitioner. If you suspect that you suffer from a medical condition or if pregnant or lactating, you should seek competent medical care without delay. Moreover, individuals with medical concerns should check with their physicians before using these or any dietary supplements.

 

Antioxidant

If I take Solu-C®, do I need to take the antioxidants too?

Vitamin C is one of many Antioxidants. Vitamins A and E are both antioxidants and there are also mineral antioxidants such as zinc, chromium, and selenium and the herb Echinacea. In addition, ginkgo biloba and grapeseed are components of our Antioxidant formulation. This is a powerful mixture of antioxidants all rolled into one great product.

Borage Oil

What is borage oil and what are the nutritional benefits of taking it?

Borage is a plant often used in gardens as a border plant. Some unsaturated fats are required in the diet. These fats are essential for many reasons and are known as “Essential Fatty Acids” or EFAs. Some EFAs are identified as Omega 3 and some are Omega 6. Each is made up of different types of fats or acids, such as, linoleic, gamma-linolenic, alpha-linolenic or oleic acids. Borage oil is part of the Omega 6 group. A deficiency of Omega 6 may result in skin conditions such as eczema, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), inflammation, hypertension, autoimmune disorders and hyperactivity in children. Because oils such as EFAs need to be converted into a substance called prostaglandins that regulate many metabolic functions in the body, and many people have problems with this conversion due to conditions such as allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, chemical exposure or specific nutritional deficiencies, these metabolic blockages may be bypassed by taking supplements of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). Borage oil has the highest concentration of EFA gamma-linolenic acid, higher than evening primrose oil, black current, walnut oil or other oils. Maximum Living’s® Borage Oil also contains two other EFA’sin addition to the gamma-linolenic acid. They are linoleic acid and oleic acid.

CoQ10

What is CoQ10? Who should take it?

CoQ10 is a fat-soluble antioxidant nutrient normally produced by the body. Both age and illness can reduce one’s natural production of CoQ10. After the age of forty, tissue levels of CoQ10 are typically lowered. This supplement may assist in the prevention and treatment of conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, arrhythmia, and rheumatic valvular disease. It may also help reduce angina (heart pain) and increase exercise tolerance. One of the earliest described therapeutic uses of CoQ10 was to help regulate the inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). In addition to the foregoing benefits, CoQ10 is known for a number of other health enhancing attributes. Some of these include assisting with the ease of chronic fatigue and other immune disorders, as well as allergies and environmental illnesses.

Flaxseed Oil

What are flaxseeds and why take it in capsule form?

Flaxseeds are a potent source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). These are fats and oils, the body cannot produce on its own, that are critical to our overall health. One particular EFA, alpha-linolenic acid is known as an Omega-3 fatty acid. It is found in flaxseeds. Also found in flaxseeds are Omega-6 (in the form of linoleic acid) and Omega-9 EFAs. A well-known health benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids is protection against heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also are helpful in combating many other ailments. In addition, flaxseeds provide substances called lignans, which may have beneficial effects on various hormones and may help fight cancer, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Words of caution: Flaxseed oil capsules are generally a safer way to get the benefits provided by flaxseeds. Ground up flaxseeds, unless taken in conjunction with plenty (at least a large glass per tablespoon) of water, can swell up causing blockage in the throat and digestive tract.

Hyssop Cleanse™

Hyssop Cleanse™ contains ingredients derived from Milk.

What are the benefits of Hyssop Cleanse™?

Hyssop has long been recognized for its superb cleansing properties. You will find it in skin care products, shampoo, teas, and even toothpaste. Maximum Living’s® Hyssop Cleanse™ helps keep the intestinal tract and areas around the colon cleansed. Food tends to cling to the walls of our intestinal tract and in time can become putrefied and toxic. This creates a breeding place for bacteria that can spread through the bloodstream to other areas of our system. In diets lacking in fiber, movement of waste is slowed and often we lack enough good bacteria to properly digest food and, as a result, the intestines are not maintained in a healthy state. The hyssop, acidophilus and the many herbs and minerals in this product are formulated to help keep our systems clean and in good working order.

JointAssure® Plus

JointAssure® Plus contains ingredients derived from Shrimp and Crab Shell.

What are the differences in the original JointAssure® and the newer JointAssure® Plus?

The differences are the addition of Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM in JointAssure® Plus. New research extols the benefits of both Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Chondroitin Sulfate can promote hydration, which has been shown to assist with joint mobility. It is the major constituent of cartilage providing structure, holding water and nutrients, which allows other molecules to move through cartilage. In degenerative joint disease where there is a loss of Chondroitin Sulfate, the cartilage begins to erode. By supplementing with it, healing can be promoted in the bones as well as in the cartilage. MSM has been reported to promote healthy bones, teeth and collagen (the protein in connective tissue) and has a positive role in the treatment of inflammatory joint disease. It is a naturally occurring nutrient and sulfur compound. The mineral sulfur is needed for the manufacture of many proteins, including those forming hair, muscles and skin. MSM fulfills a good portion of the body’s need for sulfur. According to Dr. Stanley W. Jacobs, M.D., Oregon Health Sciences University, it is an important nutritional supplement that is both safe and useful.

MineralRich®

What is the best way to take MineralRich®?

1. Take with food in your stomach or at meal time
2. Follow with water as directed. Make sure you have adequate water intake throughout the day.
3. Take any other supplements such as a multi-vitamin separate from your MineralRich dose (example: Take MineralRich morning or mid-day – Take other supplements in the afternoon)
4. If you have a sensitive digestive system, try MineralRich plus Aloe.

Can Diabetics take MineralRich®?

MineralRich® is easily tolerated by diabetics. The fructose and sorbitol have different chemical and biological properties and neither has been shown to raise blood sugar levels.

Do I get enough calcium from MineralRich®, or should I take a separate calcium supplement?

Minerals in liquid form are more absorbable and the calcium in MineralRich® should be adequate at the suggested dosage. Remember calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and about 99% of calcium in the body is found in the bones, where it gives strength to bone tissue. However, if certain health considerations require a larger intake of “free calcium”, that is, not counting the calcium in our bones, then taking 3 to 4 ounces of MineralRich® may be better. If you are going to begin a regimen in which you exceed the standard recommended serving, begin with the recommended 1 ounce, wait a few days and add a second ounce and so on, until your body has adjusted to the larger dose.

What is the difference in the original MineralRich® and MineralRich® plus Aloe?

Basically, the formulation is the same. We wanted to provide a choice to those that requested Aloe Vera and, at the same time continue to offer the often preferred original formula to our customer base. According to research Aloe Vera confers many beneficial effects on the body. These include constituents that may assist with blood circulation which in turn can regulate blood pressure and coagulation issues. One of Aloe’s most popular usages (that makes it attractive to people that prefer it in the original MineralRich® is its role in confronting digestive problems. Aloe Vera has been reported to benefit bowel disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), peptic ulcers and many other types of stomach inflammation. Its healing and soothing properties make it a valuable component worth incorporating as a part of any regimen dealing with digestive complaints.

What precautions are taken to alleviate contamination of MineralRich by heavy metals? The natural mineral deposit source utilized for MineralRich® is a uniquely rich and pure resource that has had heavy metals such as lead, iron, fluoride, aluminum and arsenic naturally precipitated out and immobilized. In addition, our extensive quality control process screens for any adverse contamination.

How much water should I mix with the MineralRich® Concentrate?

It is best to mix 2.5ml or 1/2 tsp with 10-16 ounces of water and at least 8 ounces of juice.  You may also mix it with your favorite smoothie or green drink for an extra boost of energy. MineralRich® Concentrate is a highly concentrated formula and is not intended to be taken directly.

Multi-Enzyme and Enzyme Ease®

What are their differences and do I need to take both?

There are enzymes derived from plant sources and there are enzymes from animal sources. Plant enzymes help predigest food in the stomach before it reaches the intestines. Since cooking foods can destroy important plant enzymes, it is important to eat whole and raw foods and to replace the destroyed plant enzymes by supplementing with a good multi-enzyme formula.

The enzymes in Maximum Living’s® Multi-Enzyme are all plant derived. Essential for proper digestion of food, they should be taken with meals. The enzymes in Maximum Living’s® Enzyme Ease® are primarily proteolytic enzymes that include both plant and animal derived enzymes, sometimes referred to as pancreatic enzymes. Pancreatic enzymes are best taken between meals so they will not be used for digesting food and will go directly into the bloodstream. They have the ability to digest foreign proteins and have been shown to clear out infecting organisms such as viruses, scar tissue and the products of inflammation. Since the source of the enzymes are different in the two products, there should be no problem taking both as recommended above.

OptiMax®

Do the ingredients in OptiMax® correct vision problems?

The ingredients in OptiMax® help support healthy eye function. In this formulation there are powerful antioxidants specifically known for their beneficial impact on eye function. Antioxidants also help fight free radical damage often caused by environmental “insults” that are known to cause damage to our eyes. OptiMax® helps to nutritionally support the health of the lens and retina and may assist in nighttime visual acuity and responsiveness to glare.

Nutrition Bites

Why is there so much controversy over benefits and dangers of soy?

All soy starts out as three plain beans in a pod. It can be eaten raw, soaked, boiled, roasted, fermented, its isoflavones and proteins isolated, its oil extracted, its hulls processed and its seeds ground into flour. Soy is high in nutritional value, a non-animal protein that contains eight essential amino acids, making it the only complete plant protein.

Much of the controversy, or anti-soy research and argument is centered around certain chemical compounds in soy, called isoflavones. They are a branch of a family of chemical compounds called phytochemicals, found in all plants and legumes, including beans, green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange vegetables, and whole grains. A diet rich in a range of phytochemicals is the foundation of a healthy diet. Soy is one of the richest sources of isoflavones.

The isoflavones in soy, plants and legumes, are also, structurally and in appearance, similar to human estrogens. Because the isoflavones in soy have been determined to be effective for many women, some companies have gone to a great deal of effort to optimize soybean isoflavone content. They have done so by genetically engineering the soybean, thus increasing the amounts of isoflavone to a level that far exceeds what a person would normally eat. This has resulted in a number of negative studies on soy isoflavones. Much of the testing has been done with mice, which metabolize soy very differently than do humans. This has yielded dubious, if not erroneous, conclusions about the dangers of soy.

Is the soy in Nutrition Bites GMO or Non-GMO?

Scientific data is conflicting on the long-term health effects of eating GMO (genetically-modified organisms) foods. We use only GMO-FREE soy and grains in our Nutrition Bites.

Are Nutrition Bites gluten-free?

While the Nutrition Bites themselves may not be classified as a gluten product, you should note that we have added a caution on our packages advising the products are manufactured on equipment used to process dairy, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, nutmeg, wheat and shrimp (glucosamine) products. People with allergies, including gluten allergies, should not eat the Nutrition Bites unless they have first sought advice and received a clearance from their primary caregivers.

How are the Nutrition Bites sweetened?

Honey is the primary sweetener. Brown Rice Syrup is added because it absorbs slowly and steadily in the bloodstream. It adds subtle sweetness and a rich flavor some liken to butterscotch. The other sweetener, in a lesser amount, is cane syrup.

Are the Nutrition Bites safe for diabetics?

If diabetics count them as a sugar allowance, they should be safe, however, not without limitations. As with all foods, diabetics must monitor their blood sugar levels.

Are they safe for children?

Yes, and much healthier than a candy bar. They should be limited to 2 or 3 bites daily.

Are the Nutrition Bites considered to be a low glycemic product?

Nutrition Bites were formulated to have a less-than-high glycemic value. However, the glycemic index has not been tested. True low glycemic index products usually require the addition of non-natural ingredients, especially sweeteners/sugars and other synthetics and would not be as nutritious as our Nutrition Bites.

Solu-C®

How much caffeine does the green tea have in the Solu-C® with Green Tea?

There is a minimal amount of caffeine in the green tea used in Solu-C® – about 1.5 – 2.5 mg per 4 capsules.  One cup of green tea (as a beverage) contains at least 20 mg of caffeine.

SweetSleep®

Is it addictive?

Supplements of melatonin taken at night often help with insomnia. It is not addictive.

Where does melatonin come from?

Melatonin is a hormone that is manufactured in the pineal gland from the amino acid tryptophan. Supplements of melatonin are almost always synthetically produced; however, the synthetic molecules are identical to the natural human melatonin.

To date, there have been no long-term studies showing the effects of extended use of melatonin. For this reason, we recommend consulting your physician or primary care person before long term use. Likewise, we do not recommend Sweet Sleep for children without prior discussion with your child’s physician.

Vita-Sprout®

I am concerned about the amount of Vitamin A in Vita-Sprout®. Should I be?

The amount of Vitamin A (retinyl) palmitate in Vita-Sprout® is 5000 IU per four capsules. The remaining 5,000 IU Vitamin A is derived from mixed natural carotenoids, which are non-toxic.

What level of palmitate is considered toxic?

The Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin A palmitate for a normal adult is 5000 IU. Chronic toxicity of Vitamin A has been reported following ingestion of 50,000 IU daily for three months. In general, 5 times the recommended Daily Value of 5000 IU or 25,000 IU would be the upper limit of Vitamin A palmitate, with the following exceptions; (1) pregnant women should not take Vitamin A to exceed 8000 IU daily. More reasonable would be dosages of not more than 2500 IU of Vitamin A palmitate as there have been reported cases of birth defects at the higher dosages; and (2) for infants and patients with renal failure, as little a 4000 IU of Vitamin A palmitate can cause substantial liver damage.

 


*Please note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not intended to replace the advice and counsel of your physician.

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