First of all, if you are taking COMPLETE, you don’t need to take ESSENTIAL-1 and if you take ESSENTIAL-1, you don’t need to take COMPLETE. In other words, because they are both stand alone multi-vitamin-mineral formulas, you simply choose the one formula that meets your needs. As I will describe this weekend, COMPLETE is a five-capsule daily multivitamin providing far higher levels of vitamins and minerals than we can fit in the single daily capsule of ESSSENTIAL-1. One capsule is a serious limitation, but ESSENTIAL-1 is as good as it gets for a single capsule daily multivitamin. I do not take ESSENTIAL-1 because I choose to take a higher potency daily multivitamin, but there are many people who can’t afford COMPLETE, but still want its purity and gentleness or who simply prefer to take only one single pill as their daily multivitamin, which by the way, is why products like Centrum, Theragran, One-a-Day, etc are by far the top selling multivitamins in America. This is my brand new alternative to those products. At a minimum, a single pill can never provide the Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Calcium that I choose to take on a daily basis, since those are each one or two pills just on their own. I often refer to COMPLETE as being more than a half-a-dozen separate formulas in a single daily packet, since it contains the equivalent of a separate Vitamin C, Gamma/Alpha Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B-Complex, Biotin, Calcium, Magnesium and more.
Since I am aware that many folks prefer a single pill daily multivitamin, I put my personal preferences aside and created ESSENTIAL-1 as the best choice and a pure, gentle, easy-to-swallow alternative to the other single-pill multivitamin formulas. ESSENTIAL-1 is 100% additive-free and provides more than two dozen nutrients in each small, easy-to-swallow capsule that are present at levels many times higher than the leading single tablet multivitamins. It also contains ingredients like Zeaxanthin and Gamma Tocopherol not present in any of the leading brands. Some folks will choose ESSENTIAL-1 because they can’t afford to invest as much as COMPLETE requires in their daily multivitamin and some folks prefer its simple one-capsule convenience. As I have said before, no single one-per day pill can deliver the levels of vitamins and minerals the science requires, but ESSENTIAL-1 comes closer to any other product and does so in a pure, simple, easy-to-swallow capsule. I have already seen my friends and family fall in love with the simplicity of ESSENTIAL-1 and they also then can add things like their CoQ10, Healthy Hair Skin and Nails, Omega-3, Circulation, Joint, etc. ESSENTIAL-1 or COMPLETE…The Choice is Yours. If you take extra Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin E, etc, then COMPLETE is a bargain. If not, then ESSENTIAL-1 is a great start.
As far as what I take on a daily basis, I always take one of my COMPLETE family (LIFE Rx) of formulas. I also add a few dozen capsules of separates every day, which relates to how I have eaten during that day, since I supplement to complement my diet. For example, if I eat a good amount of fish, I take fewer Omega 3s. If I eat lots of fiber, I take less Fibermucil. If I eat lots of cruciferous veggies, then I take less Cruciferous Veggie Extracts, etc, etc. All of the members of my multivitamin family of formulas have the same basic structure and the more complex formulas simply contain more separate and specialty ingredients.
In fact, I am in the process of reformulating all the multivitamins in both of these families with the COMPLETE and COMPLETE-100 already finished. The COMPLETE and LIFE Rx families of formulas will contain essentially the same levels of vitamins and minerals and their differences will be found in the other specialty ingredients that are added. A perfect example of this is the new COMPLETE-100 at HSN, which contains the same vitamins and minerals as COMPLETE – plus five of the most popular and important specialty ingredients. In the case of COMPLETE-100, the specialty ingredient additions are CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol, EGCG and Pomegranate (100 mgs of each ingredient added) – plus extra Lutein, Lycopene and Zeaxanthin. For me, the one thing that never changes is that I take one of my COMPLETE family of formulas as my nutritional foundation everyday and then I add varying daily levels of my specialty formulas based upon how I eat. I generally take at least one of virtually all my key specialty products on a daily basis, but I just vary the amount based upon my diet.
Getting ready for the live remote, so I will answer some other questions very quickly…
The PC granules cannot go in a capsule, since they are too sticky and waxy. The other option is my PC softgel capsules which offer the same PC, but just at a lower level of potency given its liquid form.
Although many folks would like me to offer it, SAM-e (s-adenosyl-methionine) is not something I offer, since the science and the research has not been convincing to me. Just because a product will sell does not mean I should make it. Until I am more convinced of the benefits of SAM-e, I will not be making it. I am sorry.
As far as opening a store in or near our factory, it is something we have considered, but it is not a simple decision here in Nevada and we have thus far chosen to focus on making our products at that location rather than selling them directly there, since the local regulations are not that simple.
Personally, I take 1,000 to 2,000 mgs of Vitamin C on a normal day. Dr. Linus Pauling was a brilliant man, but I do not agree fully with his recommendation to consume exceptionally high levels of Vitamin C daily (greater than 10,000 mgs daily). I prefer to consume balanced levels of many natural protective compounds (emulating a balanced diet) rather than “putting my eggs in one basket” and taking Vitamin C at such a level that it really becomes nothing more than a drug and in my mind and a potential source of dietary imbalance. My approach has always been more moderate and balanced – just as I desire my diet and my life to be.
I am not aware of soluble fiber blocking the absorption of fish oil or vitamin E, which are both fat- and oil-based. If that was the case, your doctor just discovered the magic weightloss tool, since whenever we ate fatty food, we would just have to eat soluble fiber to block its absorption. Sadly, to my knowledge it does not work that way.
Thanks and sorry if all the information above was typed too quickly and was not sufficiently clear.
Best of health and see you soon.