At Life Fitness Academy we are careful about choosing supplements and natural healing remedies. We don’t always get it right, but we find that the majority of supplements on the market are junk, full of synthetic isolates, fillers, binders, and artificial ingredients.

When it comes to essential oils we know there are several companies with high quality products and one that we recommend and sell is Doterra. So how do Doterra’s supplements stack up? Here are some thoughts:

1. xEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We don’t care for the fact that it has carrageenan (thickener with potential to cause stomach lesions) or maltitol (sugar alcohol). We also don’t ever recommend eating squid (calamari) or products from squid as they are full of parasites and cleaners of the ocean (even if the oil is processed for purity). While it mostly has high quality ingredients, we don’t recommend it as a primary way to get omegas. If there was a great need for animal based omega’s we would first lean towards an Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil or Fermented Cod Liver Oil. We do like that it uses essential oils to protect the oil from going rancid as fish oil can go rancid easily. Recommend: NO

2. vEO MEGA Essential Oil Omega Complex – We like this blend of plant based essential fatty acids. It contains some powerhouse oils such as Inca Inchi, Flaxseed oil, Pomegranate oil, and Pumpkinseed oil. Because many of these can go rancid easily, the carotenoids and essential oil blend is vitally important to maintain the freshness of the oils. So we give it two thumbs up–we recommend this! Recommend: YES

3. MICROPLEX MVp Food Nutrient Complex – While we are glad that it is in a whole food base and that it contains some chelated minerals which do enhance bioavailability—the bioavailability is not near as much as whole food and it still starts with a synthetic and/or inorganic rock mineral or vitamin. We would prefer bacteria cultivation supplements over this and we would primarily recommend whole or extracted herbs or a complete whole food supplement such as Kind Organics. An example of herb use might be: yellow dock for iron, oatstraw for calc/mag, chervil or cardamom for zinc, etc). Recommend: NO

4. ALPHA CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex – We like that it mostly has an herbal focus and are ok with its cellular energy blend. We would recommend this if a person is looking for longevity, energy, and vitality. However, we should note that there are other high quality products that might be a better fit, such as Cell Fuzion by Global Healing Center. Recommend: YES

Those are our quick thoughts on Doterra Supplements. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Since this review, Doterra has updated the LLV formula and in the comments below we reviewed these again. Here are some quick thoughts on the updated formula:

Alpha CRS+ – We still like this formula and would recommend it along with others such as Cell Fuzion.

Microplex VMz – This looks to be a good improvement by using the glycoprotein matrix (yeast) to metabolize the nutrients to provide cofactors) and as long as someone is not sensitive to yeast this can be a decent option. We still always recommend whole herbs and/or complete whole food forms, but we could recommend this version depending on the person.

xEO Mega – We don’t care for the maltitol and carrageenan, but it is great that the marine oils are now from clean fish such as anchovy, sardines, and mackerel instead of squid. Let’s say, without the carageenan we would recommend this.

vEO Mega – Just as the earlier review, we still like this and would recommend it as a great plant based, anti-inflammatory oil blend.

It looks like Doterra has done a good job of updating their formulas and we hope they continue to tweak and improve them even more!


Nashville nutrition

The Food, Nutrition, and Supplement Seminar is a chance for both new and existing clients to get more in-depth information than what is available during the workout time. We will bring you the information from our one-on-one wellness consult with Tim Mallon for a reduced rate in a group setting. The seminar will cover a discussion of different types of food and nutrition (food education), keys necessary to consider for health and wellness, recommended supplements, cleanses, and products, and a question/answer time.

Benefits to attendees:
* gain a better scope and perspective for your health journey
* examples of health promoting daily routines
* aid in discerning the root cause(s) of any condition or illness
* information to help “connect the dots” when dealing with confusing health problems journey
* free product giveaways! (several items from the herbs, essential oils, and foods we discuss)

what: Food, Nutrition, and Supplement Seminar
when: 6:30pm-8:30pm Thursday, March 26, 2015
where: Life Fitness Academy Creative Space – 1210 8th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203
cost: $20 if you RSVP by Monday, March 23, 2015 (3/23/15), else $25. You can RSVP online (click on Nutrition Workshop). Contact us if you have any questions.

Thoughts on supplements and their usability in the body

Here at Life Fitness Academy, many of our clients have heard us discuss supplements and so we want to discuss why we recommend only whole food based supplements, if any. It is rare to find high quality supplements among the thousands and thousands of products being offered–and it seems like new products are being added all the time that one might feel the need to review.

One of the reasons we only recommend whole food based supplements is that so many supplements which are isolates or extracts can do more harm than good–or they are chemically synthesized from questionable sources (just study where so much of the ascorbic acid (aka vitamin c) comes from). Ascorbic acid is just one component of vitamin c and is not true vitamin c.

The same is true of minerals. the body doesn’t absorb rocks very well. So many of the calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, or zinc supplements just get flushed down the toilet or built up in the kidneys and eliminative organs of the body–impeding proper elimination. Due to wanting to get a better return on investment many people switch to chelated minerals which have a higher absorption and usability rate (40-60%), but still have the same problems–trying to get the body to use inorganic minerals. The best way to get minerals is to have plants uptake these inorganic minerals which are broken down by fulvic acid, humic acid, and billions and billions of good microbes in healthy soil–and then these minerals are turned into organic acid form and are found in the fruit or vegetable or plant that you consume.

When looking at the mineral size of these organic minerals it is important to note the size. The size of organic acid minerals are so small in microns that they are easily utilized by the cells of the body. However, even comparing fruit to vegetables there is a difference. Due to the perennial nature of trees, they produce a smaller mineral than vegetables which can be grown very quickly and then die. The mineral size in trees that have been around for hundreds and sometimes thousands (ie. olive trees in the mediterranean) of years have more usable minerals when compared to leaf lettuce which took six weeks to grow. This is an important distinction to make. Nonetheless, an overall approach to supplement via organic acid minerals is a much better approach than any rock minerals.

For many clients we recommend that instead of supplementing, they look to see how to increase certain foods high in the needed supplement as a percentage of their diet. So for example, if one was deficient in magnesium, increasing foods high in magnesium–such as raw cacao (mineral from a perennial plant), one of the highest sources of plant magnesium. There is no need to add more food to one’s diet, just increase the percentage of the food that is high in the supplement needed. That way the body is not overtaxed with a greater quantity of food and it can build up a reserve or give a sign that its needs have been met. The body knows what it needs. As another example, if one was looking to supplement potassium, the best way might be to increase as a percentage of the diet the consumption of raw coconut water (mineral from a perennial plant). Only good can be obtained from this method of supplementing. In fact, such good can be done that the body gains enough strength and enough vitality that it may decide to purge and clear of not only toxins and waste, but also minerals which have clogged up organs all over the body–this purging may not be a pleasant experience.

Recognizing the core foundational truths about food and the body and the way they interact is key to pressing forward through times of detoxification (which will occur all life long). Being able to discern whether the body is under distress because of what is being put in it or what is trying to come out is key.

For many clients we recommend looking into using whole herbs to address problems. Not only do herbs offer many vital minerals in whole food form, but they also are a source of many other phytochemicals which have medicinal properties. Many of the issues with modern prescription drugs are the same problems of white sugar versus completely unrefined sugar–it becomes an adulterated, poisonous product when not in whole form. Go enjoy some coca tea but stay away from the cocaine–same plant, very different products!

Thus concludes, thoughts on supplements–for now!

By Tim Mallon