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Supplements – A Comparison of Brands

Ever wonder if you are getting enough vitamins and minerals to sustain basic body function, let alone excelling your health?

In my Holistic Nutrition course, we’ve recently learned about vitamins and minerals, and about the RDI (recommended dietary intake) and RDA (recommended daily allowance) and it got me to thinking …

Do I nourish my body with what I eat or am I lacking?

Lately I’m lacking because I’ve been feeling a little ‘under the weather’ and even took some days off work this week to rest my body.

I am currently using a meal-replacement nutrition system that has been fundamental in kick-starting my AMAZING weight-loss journey … can you say 31 pounds in 4 1/2 months!?

And I recently starting using a supplement system that I earned through my essential oil company (why not – it was free!).

But then I remembered that the company from whom I get my shakes and cleanse products, also has supplements …

So which is better … Isagenix Complete Essentials or doTerra Lifelong Vitality? For ease of specification in my review, I’ll review to Isagenix Complete Essentials as “CE” and doTerra Lifelong Vitality as “LLV”.

Here’s what I found …

LLV’s full dose is 4 capsules each of 3 supplements:

  1. xEO Mega
  2. Alpha CRS+
  3. Microplex VMz

The ‘xEO Mega’ is the essential oil Omega complex (think Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids). The ideal RDI/RDA of Omegas (EPA & DHA) is 1,000 mg (combined). The ‘xEO Mega’ dose of 4 capsules contains 300 mg of each EPA & DHA. So not bad, but more would be better (side note: it’s also better to have more EPA than DHA).

The ‘xEO Mega’ also contains other forms of essential fatty acids, an essential oil blend, and enough of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E to satisfy the minimum RDI/RDA amounts.

The ‘Alpha CRS+’ is the cellular vitality complex (think healthy functioning DNA, cells, brain). Four capsules of ‘Alpha CRS+’ will give your body a great blend of supplements, all of which are not regulated for RDI/RDA, but would be SUPER beneficial for your health.

Some of the contents are Turmeric Root extract (anti-inflammatory), Green Tea Leaf extract (anti-oxidant), and Acetyl-L-Carnitine (neuro-protectant).

The ‘Microplex VMz’ supplement is where the main focus is today. This is the food nutrient complex (think vitamins and minerals). Taking 4 capsules of ‘Microplex VMz’ will provide your body with more than 100% of your RDI/RDA of all vitamins, except for Vitamin K and Choline.

Where this (and many) supplements lack is on the mineral side. Taking 4 capsules of ‘Microplex VMz’ will provide your body with more than 100% of Chromium, Selenium, and Zinc. You will receive 0% of Chlorine, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Sulfur; and you will received around 50% or less of Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, and Manganese.

So on a very-basic-math side, taking the recommended 4 capsules daily of each of these 3 supplements, you will provide your body with an overall-average of 48.66% RDI/RDA of vitamins and minerals.

This is great, especially if you eat crappy food all day, e’ry day!

Now let’s looks at CE:

CE’s full dose is 2 packs of supplements – one pack in the AM and one pack in the PM. This is great because your doses are already separated and prepared for you … no fuss, no muss trying to sort out what you need from 3 different bottles of capsules. Just grab an AM pack and done; grab a PM pack and done!

Taking the full dose (AM pack and PM pack) of CE will provide your body with more than 100% of your RDI/RDA of all vitamins, except for Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Choline.

Looking at the mineral-side, taking the full dose will provide your body with more than 100% of Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Manganese, Selenium, and Zinc. You will receive 0% of Chlorine, Iron, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Sulfur; and you will received 65% – 90% of Calcium and Magnesium.

Again, on a very-basic-math side, taking the recommended AM & PM pack daily, you will provide your body with an overall-average of 88.95% RDI/RDA of vitamins and minerals.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE! It really comes down to a breakdown of how much of what vitamin and mineral you are getting …

  • Vitamin A (RDA 2,330 IU) … LLV = 9,000 IU (386%) … CE = 5,000 IU (215%)
  • Vitamin D (RDA 500 IU) … LLV = 800 IU (320%) … CE = 200 IU (40%)
  • Vitamin E (RDA 22.5 IU) … LLV = 110 IU (489%) … CE = 60 IU (267%)
  • Vitamin K (RDA 90 mcg) … LLV = 20 mcg (22%) … CE = 80 mcg (89%)
  • Vitamin B1 (RDA 1.1 mg) … LLV = 3 mg (273%) … CE = 7.5 mg (682%)
  • Vitamin B2 (RDA 1.1 mg) … LLV = 3 mg (275%) … CE = 8.5 mg (773%)
  • Vitamin B3 (RDA 14 mg) … LLV = 20 mg (143%) … CE = 20 mg (143%)
  • Vitamin B5 (RDA 5 mg) … LLV = 10 mg (200%) … CE = 45 mg (900%)
  • Vitamin B6 (RDA 1.3 mg) … LLV = 3 mg (231%) … CE = 10 mg (769%)
  • Folate (RDA 400 mcg) … LLV = 400 mcg (100%) … CE = 600 mcg (150%)
  • Vitamin B12 (RDA 2.4 mcg) … LLV = 10 mcg (417%) … CE = 30 mcg (1,250%)
  • Biotin (RDA 30 mcg) … LLV = 300 mcg (1,000%) … CE = 500 mcg (1,667%)
  • Choline (RDA 425 mg) … LLV = 0 mcg (0%) … CE = 0 mg (0%)
  • Vitamin C (RDA 75 mg) … LLV = 200 mg (267%) … CE = 120 mg (160%)

So again, each provides benefits. But you have to also factor in your actual diet … are you getting enough vitamins and minerals from actual FOOD? Likely not given the amount of vitamin & mineral loss from when produce is picked, transported, sold, then finally used by us. Even if you buy organic, you’re losing nutrients in the picking, transporting and shelf-time.

Best option for food is to buy LOCAL ORGANIC … like literally GO PICK YOURSELF and then you’ll be guaranteed to get the BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

But if you have to / want to supplement, hopefully this provides you with a bit of ‘food for thought’!

*I have not used CE yet … it’s on my “to buy” list for when I finish LLV
*RDAs listed are for an average ‘healthy’ female
*I represent both Isagenix and doTerra, so this is an unbiased review … but if you want to order from either or both (many other products from both), please reach out to me!
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Avocado Fudge

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!!

It was such a treat to have a 3-day weekend … and to add awesome to that, our instructor postponed our test! It was supposed to be tomorrow, but we still have a TON to learn about Fats, so now we have until Thursday!

This let me get some bookkeeping done with weekend, and a bit of recipe testing, too!

I made my Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, but swapped the regular white sugar for coconut sugar, and swapped the margarine for butter … meh – they are NOT the same!

I also made some Coconut Bars, but instead of bars, I used a mini muffin tin, so I have Coconut Bites! The original recipe calls for strawberry protein powder, but I swapped for the seasonal release of Chocolate Mint. These turned out AWESOME!

Today I tried out an Avocado Fudge recipe. The original calls for 4 scoops vanilla protein powder, but I wanted to try it with our seasonal release of Pumpkin Spice! So I swapped 3 scoops for PS and used 1 scoop vanilla.

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The full recipe was a MAJOR test for my food processor. It made the motor REALLY smell! So next time, will opt for making 2 half batches instead.

Also, the ingredients call for honey, but the recipe didn’t indicate WHERE to add it! So I completely forgot it!! Was a wee bit concerned how sweet these brownies would be, but was delighted that they taste GREAT!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, pitted & peeled
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Add the avocado through salt (let’s say through honey!) to food processor and process until a smooth consistency is reached
  2. Add 1 cup of walnuts and 1 cup of dates; process until smooth
  3. Add 1 cup of walnuts and remaining dates; process until smooth
  4. Add remaining walnuts and pulse to combine
  5. Prepare 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper; fill with mixture
  6. Press firmly with back of spoon; freeze for at least 3 hours (putting in the fridge isn’t enough – needs freezer)
  7. Remove from pan and slice into desired size pieces (I opted for 4 x 6 = 24 pieces)

Will I make this recipe again – yes, ABSOLUTELY!!!

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