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OlivinoLife introduces supplement based on Mediterranean Diet

BY Michael Johnsen

DAVIS, Calif. — OlivinoLife on Wednesday launched Olivino, the first Mediterranean Diet supplement, according to the company. Olivino combines non-GMO bioactive ingredients derived from Mediterranean Diet staple foods including olives, grapes and tomatoes.

"The Mediterranean Diet is rich in 'functional' ingredients including plant-based polyphenols and antioxidants from olive pulp, grape seeds and skins, and lycopene, the most powerful antioxidant carotenoid from tomatoes," stated Clare Hasler-Lewis, CEO OlivinoLife. "Most of us don't eat these foods every day, so we developed Olivino to provide the basics of the Mediterranean Diet in a convenient form."

The Mediterranean Diet is the most-researched eating pattern in the world. In 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services identified the Mediterranean Diet as a healthy eating pattern in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, OlivinoLife noted.  In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines renewed its recommendation of the Mediterranean Diet as a premier healthy eating pattern.

Each 2-capsule daily serving of Olivino contains extracts from more than 300 grapes, 30 olives and five large tomatoes. Each serving also includes less than a gram of fiber. The olive extract in Olivino is an exclusive ingredient from selected olives from southern Italy with a very high polyphenol content.
 

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Survey: Weighty Americans seeking fitness, nutrition

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The desire to be in good shape and look good is one of the prime reasons people exercise, but Americans appear to be frustratingly far from their goals. In a new survey on fitness by ReportLinker, a majority of Americans were quick to find flaws in their physique. Just a third of respondents say they believe they’re in good shape, and 42% consider themselves to be too fat.

Despite the obesity epidemic, Americans do say they want to be fit. Three out of four say having a good shape and looking good are particularly important to them, with more than half somewhat agreeing with this statement.

What’s more, 56% of respondents to the ReportLinker survey say they’re concerned they’re not strong or muscular enough. And a significant percentage of Americans – 75% – admit to comparing how they look to others. These respondents are also more likely to think that being in good shape or looking good is important.

As a result, many Americans turn to exercise to get fit. Among those who do exercise, most – especially men – say they prefer to do so outside, rather than hit the gym. On average, Americans say they spend 6.5 hours a week playing sports or working out, but ReportLinker found that four in 10 say they work out between three and five hours per week – only slightly above the recommendations.

Motivation – or lack of it – stands as one of the biggest obstacles to exercising regularly for many Americans. For almost a third of Americans active in sports, motivation comes in the form of friends or exercise buddies.

Setting a goal to improve performance is also motivational. As many as 30% of respondents say they’re more likely to work out if they’re aiming to set a personal record. This is especially true for sports like jogging, where 43% say tracking and improving their own performance is motivational.

For those monitoring their own performances, a smartphone is a useful device to have on hand. Four in 10 people use one while exercising to track their progress, ReportLinker found. And 48% of joggers say they use a smartphone to track miles, while 46% of swimmers say they use one to monitor performance at the pool.

Overall, those who challenge themselves to improve upon their own performances are much more likely to use an app on their smartphones (56%) than those who train with friends (46%).

The survey results also point to a link between exercising and nutrition. More than half of exercisers, including 60% of those who care about their shape and looks, say they’ve changed their eating habits after starting a fitness program. For those who want to get healthy, then, establishing a fitness regimen is a great place to start, and it’s something most regular exercisers probably already know. As ReportLinker found, more than half of those who exercise regularly say their goal is to achieve good health.

The survey conducted by ReportLinker reached 503 online respondents representative of the US population. Interviews were conducted on May, 16 2017.

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PregPrep launches line of supplements to support conception

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — PregPrep in May announced the launch of its doctor-formulated products to support conception across the retail pharmacy channel, including Walgreens and Rite Aid.

“We’re thrilled to be on the shelves of Walgreens and Rite Aid,” stated Marjorie Jaffe Goldner, PregPrep CEO. “PregPrep’s mission is to help women and men be proactive and kick start their conception, and these drug retailers are helping us reach our goals of being accessible to the masses.”

To date, the company has helped thousands of couples nationwide conceive and achieve their dreams of starting a family through affordable over-the counter products. The PregPrep product line Includes the Complete Conception, which contains VitaPrep and FertilPrep, two supplements that work together to provide the essential vitamins a woman needs all in an easy to use, one-month kit. Suggested retail price is $29.99.

Specifically, VitaPrep is a pre-conception vitamin that contains folic acid as well as vitamins D and B12, both of which are designed to support normal ovulation. And FertilPrep contains NAC, mucolytic and an antioxidant. NAC thins cervical mucus, helping facilitate transport of sperm to egg. FertilPrep works to help optimize the quality of cervical mucus to help facilitate conception, reduce free radical oxidation and support natural fertility function. A stand-alone one-month supply retails for a suggested $29.99.

PregPrep also has Male FertilPrep, a $29.99 supplement for him that supports sperm concentration, motility and morphology while promoting ideal conditions for reproductive health using a combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including vitamin C, folate, zinc, selenium, and n-acetyl cysteine.

Rounding out the product lineup are Nausea Relief, a blend of ginger root and lemon work to quell nausea with a pleasant, soothing flavor for $15.99 and Essential Balance Oil, a blend of lavender, bergamot and primrose that eases muscle tension and puts couples in the mood at a suggested retail price of $11.99.
 

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