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Nerium Review – Scam or Legit? Read This Before Joining…

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Nerium reviews are popping up all the time. Some people swear by Nerium, and others call it the “Nerium Scam.”

Is this Nerium business and Nerium skincare a scam or legit?

They make some pretty bold claims.

Here’s my take on it…

Nerium Reviews – Poisonous Plant Ingredients?!

When an ingredient is listed as a “patented ingredient” and it contains a poisonous plant I am concerned. They won’t disclose exactly how much poison and what else is in there. Their eye cream, touted as a 5 minute miracle does indeed flatten out under eye bags. 

However, at what cost to your skin?

Several eye creams can shrink under eye puffiness by the use of caffeine and even have the ingredient that is a component of super glue (acrylate), that just flattens the puffiness for 6-8 hours. 

The thought of combining super glue and a highly poisonous plant extract is very unappealing to me. 

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Have you ever wondered why they tell you to put the face moisturizer on wet skin? To seal in the moisture with the glue LOL. The premise is the same with any kind of occulusion, there are girls who sleep with scotch tape on the wrinkles between the eyes, their forehead and their crows feet. 

Occlusion gives the appearance of less wrinkles because it is kept moist.

Nerium Oleander Leaf  Extract has been reported to create a chronic low level inflammation within the skin.

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When you think of inflammation, you think of red, scaly, irritated skin. However, it can also be invisible showing no overt physical signs of the inflammation.

Their ‘claims’ of instant age reversal are due to low levels of inflammation in the skin which can create a plumper appearance. They look in the mirror after 2 weeks of using Nerium and thinking “Look! My fine lines ARE gone.”

No, your skin is swollen from inflammation that can certainly make your lines look better.  Have you ever had a bad sunburn and your face got all plump? That is a great example of inflammation.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews – Is it Worth the Money?

The problem with Nerium is that it does not penetrate deep enough to ACTUALLY reverse damage. The effect you see is temporary. As in a procedure with a controlled injury, short term inflammation can be healthy and promote healing. However, long term chronic inflammation can lead to serious side effects.  Even with short term use when the inflammation subsides….well, so do those ‘miraculous’ results.

What I hear from the people who have used it is that NeriumAD doesn’t make enough difference in their skin for the price. People say they see a difference at first, but the improvement doesn’t last long.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews…is their product a scam?

I won’t venture that far, but I do think it is harmful. The other downside is that the reps are annoyingly persistent. After the first one gave me a set to try for a week (even though I was concerned about the elusive ingredients and the fact that the bottles were previously used) I tried it on my lower thigh just above the knee and on my shoulders. 

There was no way was I going to risk putting that on my face. 

I developed a nasty rash. 

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She explained it away as a temporary detox. 

Of course I know better because of my profession, but the average innocent customer might believe it and continue use. 

Also, lets talk about the sampling system. 

Nerium Skin Care Reviews – Sampling System

Using a set of full size products to loan to various people is risky. How do they know what the previous prospect did to the product. It could have been left in a hot car, the person could have a contagious disease or infection and contaminated the opening to the dispenser and worse yet they could have injected something to sabotage the product. 

You never know with complete strangers you have prospected off of social media or cornered in a public setting.

The raised, red bumps lasted for approximately 2 years and left scars. Thankfully I own an office full of lasers so it is mostly ok in the end, but I still struggle with the bumps on my shoulders.  Imagine if that had been my face. Imagine a person that was so distraught they sued the distributor and the company. Well, that happens.

Nerium lawsuit http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2017/03/09/nerium-sued-for-causing-chemical-burns/

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Nerium Reviews – My Experience with a Distributor

Like I said, a lot of their distributors are relentless, it is exactly why MLM’s get a bad name. It reaches a point that people start avoiding them because they are worn out with the pushy, high pressure sales pitch. 

I told the distributor that over 30% of people have a reaction to the products, and that is too high of a risk for me to promote to my loyal clients that trust me. The others that don’t have an outward reaction still have the chronic inflammation that is harmful to their skin and maybe their whole system. 

Who knows what daily application of a poison can do to your immune system long term. 

Aside from the fact that I won’t risk harming anyone intentionally, I don’t believe their product is beneficial long term to anyone. Inspite telling her over and over that I wasn’t interested in a product with a toxic active ingredient that causes cell death and inflammation, she still persisted. 

She stalked the girls who worked for me.  She was determined I could be her “unicorn”. 

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She insisted, “There are 2 different types of oleander, one is toxic, the other is not. We use the non toxic one.”

There isn’t a non-toxic one. 

Poison ivy is also natural but I’m not going to recommend it for your skin. It is sad that some of the distributors blindly trust the company and take everything they are told as the absolute truth. Their “truth” is not relevant, just because you believe the earth is flat doesn’t make it so.  You can believe something with all your heart but it can still be a lie. You don’t have to believe in gravity for it to apply to you.   

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Nerium Reviews – Shady Behavior

They refuse to reveal exactly what concentration of nerium oleander is in their products. The FDA has both types of oleander listed in the Poisonous Plant Database and has denied applications of companies trying to use oleander as herbal and dietary supplements.

The company diligently pushes down true Nerium Skin care reviews with a media team so I feel compelled to share my opinion. As a business owner it is always in my best interest not to stir up controversy. 

I don’t express political opinions, I don’t talk trash about competitors, etc. 

Sometimes you have to do the right thing even if it is not in your best interest.

I do feel a need to protect people from unethical, or dangerous situations. I don’t have a problem with companies that don’t have a study on their product. However, it is because I can check their ingredients and those should have studies. Nor do they need to reveal their specific formula. You can tell the ingredients concentration by the order in which they are listed.

At a training session for Nerium’s multi-level marketers the trainers spell it out: “If people are going on the internet to look up negative stuff on Nerium, our positive stuff is going to get pushed down. We want to dominate the first three pages.” – Source sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Nerium Reviews – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf

The second ingredient on the list is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf. I like aloe it is very hydrating and soothing for the skin. Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that can be used on the skin. It has a slippery feel and creates a tightening feeling on the skin as it dries. It makes the skin look plumper and healthier.

Aloe was used 6000 years ago by the Egyptians.

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It has been used for years topically and orally as a folk and traditional remedy for a variety of ailments including:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Dry skin
  • Dandruff
  • Indigestion and other stomach issues
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Burns
  • Sunburn

 

It has anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties. It has not classified as an active anti aging ingredient, though.

It may cause irritation in some people. Some people can be allergic to it since it is a plant extract, but that doesn’t make it a bad ingredient. People who are allergic to garlic, onions and tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe.

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Nerium Reviews – Other Ingredients

The third ingredient, Proprietary Protein, is another mystery. Again, I tried to find out the exact protein source and percentages, but no one will say. There are a variety of emollient and humectant ingredients on the list that are good for conditioning and hydrating the skin.

They are not necessarily active anti aging ingredients but the will make the skin look plumper and moister. 

The last ingredient, Vitamin E, is an active anti aging ingredient, but it is last on the list which tells us there isn’t much in there. Plus, it is the cheaper version which is tocopherol not the tocotrienol.

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Nerium Reviews – Before and After Photos

My pet peeves are Before and After photos that are inaccurate or manipulated. Nerium, the company, doesn’t distribute before and after photos. However, they encourage their Brand Partners to take before and after photos of themselves.

This means zero quality control over the accuracy of these photos.

In the digital age, anyone can use Photoshop, lighting, and makeup to create the effect of fewer wrinkles easily. Nerium reps rely heavily on these dramatic before and after photos to make their sales.

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A real before and after photo has the exact same setting, lighting, camera, angles, pose, facial expression, and focus, with no other treatments or products. Most of the pictures are obviously altered, the resolution is lower so it’s impossible to see if the color change is due to lighting, Photoshop or just a layer of makeup. 

Notice that their eye and lip color is washed out, even their hair is blurred, showing that the photo is washed out, giving the appearance of fewer spots.

Seriously, they insist they pictures are not altered… who has blurry hair and eye balls??

The really crazy ones are the change in grey hair.  In some cases clearly the same person is several years older in the “before” picture than the ‘after’ photo. Nerium doesn’t turn eyebrow hair back to brown, despite the lack of grey hairs in the after photo, “four days later”.

Here is a great article on photo manipulation:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/luke-depron/the-shocking-truth-about-before-and-after-transformation-photos_b_9118552.html

Nerium Reviews – “Brain Pill”

The main active ingredient used in Nerium EHT is a bioactive molecule that has been isolated from coffee using a patented method. Marketing supplements as having the ability to treat, cure, alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent developing diseases is simply not permitted by law. 

But that hasn’t stopped a multitude of Nerium distributors from claiming that its products can treat a host of diseases including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Psoriasis

 

TINA.org has amassed a database of well over 200 instances of inappropriate health claims.

The other main issue with their ingredients blend is that even if all of these ingredients are safe, the effects that they have demonstrated are not in line with what most consumers expect from a nootropic product. Generally, it is though that a nootropic supplement should be able to raise the baseline mental performance levels of normal, healthy adults.

Preventing cognitive decline is important and will inevitably be beneficial for mental performance years down the line, however there will never be any perceptible boost to the users’ current cognitive capacity. This limits the effectiveness of Nerium EHT as a study aid or work performance enhancer.

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The customer reactions to Nerium EHT were not encouraging. Here is a sample of their responses taken from reviews of Nerium EHT found on third-party distributors’ websites:

“I tried taking it every morning with food, like they say, but then by the afternoon I’d start getting woozy and light-headed. Stopped taking it after passing out in a parking lot walking to my car.”

“Caused a reaction in my thyroid that made me feel like I was choking. Didn’t notice any benefits.”

“I guess I was allergic to it or something. After I took it for a couple days my body started getting really sore and my migraines came back with a vengeance. I quit taking it before I noticed any benefits, but the symptoms went away.

Nerium Reviews – Is Nerium a Scam? 

Not the MLM platform that they use to promote it. There are MLM companies that change their comp plan and don’t pay out what is promised, or the owners keep the money and close the company, as well as so many other scenarios. However, it is not a pyramid scheme, those are illegal and you don’t get anything for your investment. 

Here is Nerium’s hard-to-find, U.S. 2013 Income Declaration Almost no distributor actually makes it to a level of true “financial freedom.”

According to Nerium’s own statement, 43 percent of active “brand partners” earned zero commissions, and when you factor in the required purchases to remain eligible for all commissions and bonus it appears that at least 88 percent of distributors are making little to no money on average. The lawsuits within the company framework should be of concern to the consultants. 

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Will the company make it?

Although I don’t use their products, Mary Kay Ash built an empire on that platform. Not just an empire for her family but she empowered millions of women. Mary Kay Ash believed in the courage of each woman to set a goal and achieve it. At the age of 45, she made a list of everything she thought companies she’d worked for had done well, and everything they’d done badly.

She resolved to do everything on the first list, and nothing on the second. 

Thus Mary Kay cosmetics was born. The notion was that women would buy cosmetics wholesale from the company, then set up parties where they’d encourage their friends to buy products or become representatives for the company themselves (if their friends became salespeople, the recruiter made a percentage off that friend’s sales.) 

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She claimed that, “Our company was begun with only one objective: that of giving women the chance to succeed, an opportunity that simply did not exist in the early ’60s… I just couldn’t believe that a woman’s brain was worth 50 cents on the dollar. With all my heart I wanted to change that.”

Nerium Lawsuits

While Nerium has only been in business since 2011, it’s already been involved in at least 20 lawsuits, and in many of those lawsuits Nerium CEO Jeff Olsen is also a party. The allegations in the 20 cases range from product liability, defamation, employment discrimination, trademark infringement to fraud allegations. 

Olsen’s business partner of more than 25 years brought a $21 million lawsuite against Olsen and Nerium alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, and fraud, among other things.

In 2016, a user of Nerium AD, which is marketed as an age-defying night cream, brought a product liability suite against Nerium alleging that the night cream was unsafe, unreasonably dangerous and/or defective.

The lawsuit claims that Nerium should have provided adequate warnings of the possible health consequences of the cream and instructed users to spot test the product before applying it to their face and neck. The case is currently pending in Missouri federal court.

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Nerium Ingredients

Proprietary Protein (Collagen, Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans)- Collagen and Elastin are derived animal tissue frequently bovine sources. It is not shown to have an effect on producing or building collagen or elastin within skin when applied topically. The protein molecules are too big to penetrate the skin but are good water binders. Nerium International will not tell you the source of their protein.

Here are the Nerium Skin Care Ingredients:

  • Glycosaminoglycans are mucopolysaccharides that are unable to penetrate the stratum corneum when topically applied. Hyaluronic acid is part of this ingredient group. Used as moisturizers.
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil – Rice oil- An emollient
  • Stearic Acid – A commonly used emollient that occurs naturally in butter acids, cascarilla bark, and other animal fats and oils.
  • Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol – Fatty Alcohols used as emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners and carruing agents. Made synthecically or can be naturally derived as in coconut fatty alcohol.
  • Glycerin – A humectant, it draws water to the skin.
  • C14-22 Alcohol and C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside – Long chain alcohol emollients.
  • Glyceryl Stearate – A  widely used emulsifying ingredient.
  • Ricinus Communis Seed Oil – Castor oil.
  • Cetyl Alcohol – An emulsifier and emollient.
  • Olus Oil – A vegetable oil.
  • Chondrus Crispus Powder – Carrageenan. A red algae. Used as a thickener.
  • Sodium Borate – A pH adjuster. Can be irritating.
  • Dicaprylyl Ether – An emollient.
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa – A protein. Binds moisture to the skin. It is a film forming agent.
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate – Emulsifier
  • Dimethicone – Silicone. Great as a primer to fill in wrinkles.
  • Sodium PCA – A water binding agent.
  • Proprietary Blend (Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioning agent, Glycerin– a humectant,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate – Wetting, fatting, moisturizing agent,
  • Phenylpropanol – Solvent
  • Parfum – Fragrance
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – A preservative
  • Tocopherol – Vitamin E

 

How I Operate

I don’t pressure clients to buy anything, procedures or products. My clients know if I recommend products, it is based on their wants and needs, not because I have a minimum sales quota I’m desperately trying to reach.

It’s not about the money for true professionals, it’s about client comfort, satisfaction, and results. If I need to recommend a home remedy because a client isn’t able to purchase their ideal skin care regimen, I will.

If they can only afford drug store products I help them find the best that is available for the money. I’ve also recommended specific products from lines I don’t sell if that specific product will work better than something I have on the shelf.

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Nerium Reviews – Conclusion

Some people swear by Nerium, and others have really bad reactions to the Nerium skin care products. Some distributors do well and make money, but most make nothing or close to it.

And with all the lawsuits the company has been up against in such a short amount of time, it’s more than enough to make you think…hmmm.

Mix all of this with adding poisonous ingredients into the stuff, and you can see where I stand with Nerium.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – What are the Benefits of Tocotrienols?

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In this article, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about tocotrienol supplements.

Numerous studies over the past two decades have clearly proven that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E is a top choice for:

  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Heart Health
  • Bone Health
  • Blood Sugar Metabolism
  • Brain Health
  • Cancer
  • Healthy Hair
  • Supports Inflammatory Response
  • Promotes Healthy Immune Response

 

It is worthwhile understanding more about them and how they can improve your health and your skin.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – What’s the Difference?

The vitamin E family consists of four tocotrienols and four tocopherols. D alpha tocopherol is the commonly understood form of vitamin E and has been extensively researched and has its own value to human health.

The difference between tocotrienols and tocopherols is the “tail” on the vitamin E molecule.

Tocopherols have a long saturated tail.

Tocotrienols have a short unsaturated tail.

The unique structure of tocotrienols enables them to do many things that tocopherols cannot do.

This includes:

  • Easier access to cells
  • Better antioxidant function in cells
  • Better ability to move around in cells
  • Activation of a wide variety of gene signals

 

Tocotrienol Supplements – Where Are They Derived From?

Tocotrienols are derived from 3 sources, palm oil, rice bran oil and Annatto. Annatto is the only source that does not contain tochopherol. While alpha tocopherol is found in most multi-vitamins and supplemented in food research says this popular vitamin E interferes with the uptake and function of Tocotrienols.

While tocotrienols made their claim to fame for cardiovascular and nervous system support, their list of benefits keeps growing.

They now join a number of other nutrients as tools to assist in the healthy function of blood sugar and insulin, while also supporting kidney health.

Tocotrienols have immunostimulatory effects and clinical benefits to enhance immune response.

Tocotrienols are a powerfully versatile nutrient.

Your brain has amazing abilities and can heal itself.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Brain Health

That’s not something you’re likely to hear from mainstream medicine — especially if you or a loved one suffer from the effects of stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or another form of dementia.

Sadly most people with brain damage have been deemed “hopeless” by so-called medical experts.

There is nothing hopeless about dementia — no matter what its cause.

With the right nutrients, there are times when brain damage can be reversed.

Tocotrienols significantly reduce the formation of scar tissue in your brain — called white matter lesions- found in stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. This scar tissue is what blocks brain-signal traffic.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Cancer and Anti-aging

Traditional medical establishment was interested only in tocopherols but now they realize that the real anti-aging strength of vitamin E lies in the power of its tocotrienols. They can even cross the protective blood-brain barrier to do their jobs.

These powerful antioxidants also mop up free radicals — biochemical molecules which are linked to cancer and aging.

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When “old” cells stop dividing, they stop creating new cells. These obsolete cells also lose the ability to die off, a condition called cellular senescence. Senescent cells then accumulate in the body, emitting pro-inflammatory chemicals – promoting aging and increasing risk of cancer.

By clearing away senile cells and inducing aging in malignant cells, tocotrienols could stop tumors from growing.

Tocotrienols have also been proven to safeguard against eyesight degeneration and even reverse obesity. Studies show that tocotrienols also help prevent weight gain from high insulin levels.

Tocotrienols are an important anti-aging nutrient because they protect and lengthen your telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that determine each cell’s biological age.

Longer telomeres signify more youthful health.

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Shorter ones signal faster aging and mean that you’re the more prone to chronic diseases and reduced life expectancy.

Tocotrienol Supplements – More Benefits

Tocotrienols also preserve telomerase activity in cells, the enzyme that rebuilds the telomere.   There is now enough scientific evidence to contend that baldness can be at least partly reversed naturally.

Natural strategies for premature baldness or hair loss are not magic bullets.

Rather, they help the body help itself.

In the case of hair loss, nutrition strategies can assist the health of our hair follicles which can affect hormone and enzyme changes that change the dynamic of the hair follicles.

Diabetics have malfunctioning insulin; the longer their blood sugar remains elevated the more likely they are to experience deteriorating kidneys. Diabetics need kidney support and it appears that tocotrienols can help.

Tocotrienols also improved blood glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity.

These are important aspects of metabolism to support optimal blood sugar metabolism.

Tocotrienols offer a safe and effective way to help achieve or maintain healthy cholesterol, while simultaneously protecting your arteries.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Effects on Cholesterol

As research has progressed, scientists showed that tocotrienols were reducing the same enzyme that statins in high doses take a sledgehammer to, essentially clogging up its receptors so that no communication can get through.

By comparison, tocotrienols work more on a consulting basis, gently down-regulating the enzyme as part of a communication strategy.

Of course, tocotrienols have none of the toxic side effects that statins have.  

Scientists from the University of Missouri report that Tocotrienol doses ranging with the optimum dose of 250 mg decreases total cholesterol by 15%, LDL by 18%, and tryglycerides by 14% after only 4 weeks.

While your liver uses this melvalonate pathway to produce LDL cholesterol for your entire body, every cell in your body also uses the same pathway to produce small pieces of cholesterol that are vital for maintaining the health and survival of any cell. In cancer situations, this pathway is hijacked and used by cancer cells to foster their own survival at the expense of your body.

Tocotrienols had a unique ability to differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells and in the case of cancer they could cripple a primary defense system of the cancer. Statins can also kill cancer in a test tube but the dose required to kill cancer in humans kills the human first.

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On the other hand, tocotrienols have demonstrated excellent tumor killing ability, even helping chemo drugs work much better  on resistant forms of cancer. Tocotrienols do not injure the human body. In addition to the cholesterol-lowering properties of tocotrienols scientists were becoming interested in the ability of tocotrienols to positively benefit the health of arteries.

In this case the focus turned primarily to alpha tocotrienol, which demonstrated a high level of antioxidant function. It was first recognized that alpha tocotrienol could prevent free radical damage to LDL cholesterol in humans with high cholesterol. Only damaged (oxidized LDL) can form plaque in the arteries.

Scientists then tested tocotrienols in those who were genetically programmed to develop high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries when eating a high fat diet. When given tocotrienols and a high fat diet they did not develop high cholesterol and the hardening of their arteries was almost completely stopped (98 percent reduction).

Free radical damage in the blood was significantly reduced they had much less thickening of their arteries as well as retaining more elastic properties in their arteries. In order for damaged cholesterol to stick to the lining of your arteries it is engulfed by macrophages (immune cells) that then stick to the endothelial cells that line your arteries.

When endothelial cells become inflamed they project a Velcro-like piece of fly paper on the surface of their cells (adhesion molecules) which then enable the cholesterol-laden macrophages to lock on and start the plaque-forming process.

A study with inflamed human endothelial cells shows that alpha tocotrienol powerfully inhibits this sticking process, turning off the sticky adhesion molecules by turning down the inflammatory gene regulator within the endothelial cell (NF-kappaB). The ability of alpha tocotrienol to regulate the core inflammatory gene signal is highly relevant to human health, since it is now recognized that chronic low-grade activation of NF-kappaB is a primary factor in nearly every disease of aging.

Indeed, researchers soon discovered that alpha tocotrienol, but not d alpha tocopherol, could completely inhibit exitotoxic injury to brain cells (a key feature to most aspects of cognitive decline and memory loss). Numerous review articles tout the broad range of benefits, including the prevention of disease.

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My Favorite Tocotrienol Supplement

A tocotrienol supplement called Sunset provides you and your family with the perfect combination of the highest quality Omega-3s, along with powerful vitamin E -Tocotrienols.

It’s a duo that is unmatched in nutrition.  

Unmatched in quality.

This Superfood is well on its way to becoming a known powerhouse in the health industry today.

Experience a better sleep than ever before.

Experience a better mind.

Once you try Sunset, you’ll never be satisfied with anything less.

Feel the difference, feel the wellness, experience more!

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We have known for years that an adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, is important for expectant mothers. Researchers presenting at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting recently shared data regarding the typical DHA and EPA intake of pregnant women in their diet.

A study of pregnant women revealed that on average they were consuming 30 mg of EPA and 59 mg of DHA naturally in their diet, which falls short of the recommendation listed in the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Sunset includes 500 mg of total omega-3s per serving.

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Benefits of Taking Sunset

Sunset was designed to contain only lipid-soluble elements, maximizing the bio-availability of these nutrients for absorption.

Sunset is a proprietary combination of:

  • Tocotrienols (the most potent form of vitamin E)
  • Omega-3s derived from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (the purest source in the world)
  • Beta Carotene (a natural source of Vitamin A)
  • The Essential Vitamin D

 

The health benefits of tocotrienols, Omega-3, Beta Carotene, and Vitamin D are well documented by medical professionals and researchers. Sunset offers unparalleled nutritional support to the body’s vital systems including cell health and support for the cardiovascular and immune systems.

Comprised of only lipid-soluble nutrients, Sunset is intended for evening use when the body’s lipid activities are at their peak.

Sunset gives the body what it needs when it needs it.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – What is the Best Way to Consume Tocotrienols?

It’s becoming more clear that, at the molecular level, tocotrienols are a much more potent and effective source of Vitamin E. The annatto bush, an oily plant that grows in South America, is the only natural compound in the world that offers pure tocotrienols without the accompanying tocopherols that may limit the benefits.

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Furthermore, annatto tocotrienol has the highest tocotrienol concentrations with 150 – 300 times fewer Tocopherols than rice and palm sources.

Only Sunset contains annatto Tocotrienols, offering the most health benefits.

Other Sunset Ingredients for Health and Wellness

Omega-3’s

Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid required for optimal health. This healthy molecule is found in every cell of the body, particularly in the brain and heart. Because the body doesn’t produce these oils on its own, they must be obtained through dietary consumption.

Delivered from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and other wild fish, Sunset contains extremely high levels of both EFA and DHA forms of Omega-3s.

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Studies show that Omega-3s strongly support the body’s healthy inflammation response, maintaining proper vascularization throughout the body and supporting artery and heart health.

Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)

Beta-carotene is an organic compound found abundantly in plants and vegetables. A member of the carotenoids, it can be metabolized into Vitamin A, yielding many compelling health benefits. These include heart health, cell protection, and heightened immunity.

This essential nutrient is also beneficial in sustaining optical health and brain function. Beta-carotene is lipid-soluble and acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidation damage. With the addition of this powerful compound in Sunset, you’ll be giving your body more of what it needs.

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Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is one of several vitamins required for normal growth and development.This essential nutrient contributes to the absorption of calcium, which is an important process for bone development and strength.

Vitamin D promotes cellular growth, boosts the immune system, and helps support proper inflammatory response. Studies have also shown that Vitamin D assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure and sustaining cardiovascular health.

One unique aspect of Vitamin D is that it can be created by our bodies with the aid of sun exposure. However, studies show an alarming rate of Vitamin D deficiency in the USA. Since most Americans are not producing enough on their own, Vitamin D supplementation can provide the support and protection the body needs from this essential nutrient.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Conclusion

There are a superabundance of extraordinary health benefits from taking tocotrienol supplements.

My favorite tococtrienol supplement is Sunset, which combines tocotrienols from the annatto bush with the purest omega-3’s in the world (from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and other Wild Alaskan Fish), beta-carotene, and the essential vitamin D.

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Chemical Free Sunblock, How to Choose One

Why should you choose a chemical free sunblock? Chemical sunscreen ingredients—often with names ending in -salate or -benzone—can give a better look and feel to sun-care products than physical sunscreens since they tend to sink into skin readily and dry clear. However, the price your skin pays being exposed to them may not be worth it. Conventional sunscreen is loaded with chemicals, well-established carcinogens and oxybenzone (an endocrine disruptor) that may generate free radicals when exposed to ultraviolet light. Some researchers even suspect oxybenzone to be the hidden cause of the increase in melanoma.

 

At one time the only sunscreen ingredient we had available was PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), thankfully they banned it. Another chemical, Oxybenzone, probably the most notorious UV filter, was approved by the FDA way back in 1978. Also referred to as BP3, it’s a member of the phenol family that has become so omnipresent, it’s been estimated that traces can be found in the urine of 96 percent of the U.S. population. In a 2004 study, researchers found that on the first day after applying a sunscreen with oxybenzone, both young men and postmenopausal women experienced a drop of testosterone levels. The current consensus on oxybenzone is that the hormone fluctuations are not clinically significant.

Chemical Free Sunblocks

On the other hand, physical sunscreens can be helpful for anyone with sensitive skin since they’re less likely to exacerbate irritation and redness. If you like the idea of chemical-free sunscreens look for zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide a physical blocker.  The quality of the sunblock you choose matters. Nanoparticles are small enough to penetrate cell membranes, particle must be 50 nanometers or less to penetrate a cell membrane.. Instead of nanoparticles, some sunscreen makers use “micronized” particles—basically, these are just slightly larger than nanoparticles, but still tiny. To be exact, a nanoparticle is less than 100 nanometers in diameter, so micronized zinc oxide or titanium dioxide must be larger than this.

 

My favorite chemical free sunblock

 

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50.

It provides broad-spectrum sun protection 50 from both burning and aging sun rays, it also provides a universal tint that enhances your skin tone and boosts radiance. I like it because it is light and doesn’t look pasty or thick.

It glides on smooth and doesn’t leave behind any oily or white residue. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, the lightweight formula melts into skin, boosting radiance and increasing your skin’s defenses to keep you protected from premature signs of aging and damaging sun rays.  It is a great chemical free sunblock.

Key Ingredients:

  • Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: provide broad-spectrum sun protection to prevent skin from burning and prematurely aging
  • Translucent Color Spheres: provides a universal tint that blends to match all skin tones and repels oil to maintain a shine-free complexion
  • Artemia Salina: boosts your skin’s natural defenses to protect collagen from UV damage.

Allure Best of Beauty 2013 Winner: Best Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41

 

For oil-free sun protection with just a touch of color, our lightly tinted UV Physical is a healthy choice. This chemical free sunblock, a natural mineral sunscreen has antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Water-resistant UV Physical withstands water, humidity and perspiration.

  • 0% transparent zinc oxide, 7.0% titanium dioxide
  • Antioxidant protection combats skin-aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).
  • Lightly-tinted formula
  • Water-resistant (40 minutes)
  • UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, chemical-free and noncomedogenic

 

Fragrance and paraben-free, it provides Skin Cancer

Foundation recommended broad-spectrum protection without irritation. Zinc oxide and titanium shield your face from the suns damaging UVA and UVB rays. This mineral-based sun protection is also effective for use after facial procedures that may leave your skin extra vulnerable. Lightly tinted, you can use it daily with or without additional foundation for wrinkle fighting, dark spot preventing protection. This is a little more makeup like, and great for fair to medium complexions. Water-resistant

 

 

 

BRUSH ON BLOCK

Another one I love to use if I am going to be outside for an extended period of time, I layer this over a liquid sunblock for all day protection. Or just use a light coat for everyday wear. It comes in a convenient, portable applicator. Brush-On Block Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 offers natural dry-mineral sunblock that’s safe for everyone in your active family.

  • Naturally occurring ingredients provide invisible, hypoallergenic, sweat/water-resistant coverage against broad-spectrum rays, including UVA, UVB, and infrared
  • Contains no harsh chemicals to irritate skin, cause breakouts, or clog pores
  • Translucent shade disappears on every skin tone; can be used over or under makeup
  • Active ingredients: titanium dioxide 15%, zinc oxide 12%. Botanical ingredients: green tea leaf extract, safflower seed oil, chamomile extract, and honeysuckle
  • To refill, twist off empty cartridge from bottom and twist on refill (sold separately)
  • 2 grams/0.12 ounces. Measures 5” x 1”

 

 

Last but not least, a drug store option for

chemical free sunblock

Personally I would not put this on my face but it is a great, inexpensive option for your body.

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen

Broad Spectrum SPF 60+

This oil-free sunscreen lotion for sensitive skin goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, and feels ultra light, all while providing superior broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. It’s also formulated with PureScreen® Technology—a blend of 100% naturally sourced sunscreen ingredients—free of fragrance, dyes, oils, and irritating chemical ingredients, so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.  Chemical free sunblock.

  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • PABA-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Oil free
  • Fragrance free
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB

Costs about $10

4 Must Have Qualities Successful People Look For In An Ideal Partner

It is true: You can marry into more money in five minutes than you can make in a lifetime.  But, that can only happen if you are able to attract a wealthy and successful person in your life. Life is full of options and opportunities.  This reigns supreme in the love department, where it seems like there is endless variety, but a lot of dead ends (and there’s probably a good reason for that).

Believe it or not, success plays a huge role in how attractive you are and how attractive someone will be to you — especially when it comes to highly successful people.  Although it is great to identify exactly the type of partner you wish to have, nothing will come true if you don’t become the type of person who would attract that kind of partner. It is especially true when you’re looking for a success-driven partner.

Below is a short list of things that people find attractive as an entrepreneur and in general.

1. Having Your Life Together

Struggling to keep the electricity on because you play more than you work is a sign of immaturity. Skipping a bill because you’d rather play that new video game is irresponsible and a red flag.  The same goes for work: Missing days because you did too many hard drugs or just didn’t feel like it is no excuse, and ultimately, it’s not going to get you anywhere in life.  As an entrepreneur with multiple projects going on that all need close and continuous attention, you cannot afford distractions.

Your chances of dating the next Mark Zuckerburg or Donald Trump are slim if you have too much drama in your life. When successful people look to date, they look to find someone who doesn’t have additional baggage that will hold them back in life.

2. Ambition for Greater Things

The most important quality in a man or woman is ambition. In fact, it’s so important that without it, you’re probably not going to get very far.  Successful people want to see the same ambitious qualities in another person. Why? Because ambition means getting ahead.  Without the drive to be something better or improve your situation, you’ll end up stuck in the same spot for the remainder of life. Successful people find this as a major turn-off and will avoid people without ambition.

A common trait among highly successful people is their goals and aspirations always come first in life. You’re less likely to have petty arguments in a relationship if both parties have big goals and dreams they can work toward. The reason for that is because large goals are going to focus your time and energy on achieving them, rather than finding time to complain and argue.

3. Respect for Money

The person you marry must respect money, and more importantly must encourage you to take advantage of every single opportunity there is in the market place.  Instead of complaining about working too hard, they offer to work an hour or two longer.

The truth is, if you don’t respect money, it’s very unlikely you’ll ever stay in a long relationship with someone who has money, much less have money for yourself.  Wasting money on payday loans and frivolous purchases is a deal breaker. It shows you have no idea how to handle money from meeting a deadline to budgeting.  If you can’t budget for yourself, how are you going to budget for you and someone else? In short, you won’t.

4. Taking Risks

A caveat of life is the sheer risk you take simply by living it. Just walking on the sidewalk could be dangerous at times; you could get mugged, hit by a car or assaulted. Still, there are times you should always take risks.

Taking a calculated risk and attempting to better yourself is a good, attractive quality. It shows confidence and the will to try and better yourself. Sitting at home on a couch with a bag of nacho chips shows quite the opposite.  If you don’t take risks, you’ll never advance anywhere in life.

Those are four qualities successful people are likely to find attractive. Why? Because they took the same advice themselves to get where they are. Even if they had a huge helping hand starting out, they still had to maintain and keep driving forward.

Without these skills and mindsets, you’re likely to find yourself snagging leftovers and people who have made themselves victims. The question, at the moment, would be, do you want to be with someone like you?  If you say no for any reason that relates to the fact that you’re not where you want to be in life, it’s a good time to start thinking about altering your attributes.

Courage

Confidence is attractive, no doubt about it. Someone who knows how to do something well and owns that ability.  Remember that quiet confidence should not to be confused with outright arrogance, which is based in insecurity.  When someone feels the need to boast, they actually lack confidence and subconsciously need to fill that gap in themselves with others’ validation.

However, there’s another related quality that I find even more appealing, courage.

We are all afraid of something. Some of us are afraid of many things, and some fear almost everything.  Courage inspires because we are all afraid.  Courage is daring greatly through vulnerability.  Everyone is on their own journey and the fears they feel are real and valid to them, as are the fears we hang on to and the ones we’ve overcome.

Most people with confidence in something didn’t start with the accompanying skill. Whether it’s learning to try new things or making big-business decisions based on numbers and statistics and logistics and supposed-sure-thing strategies. Either way, it takes guts to go for it; to put ourselves out there subject to “failure.”

Having the courage to try leads to confidence, because it doesn’t matter if we get good at the thing we tried, it’s the trying that matters.

Sadly we live in a “what will they think of me” society.  How many likes did our Facebook status get? How many retweets? Are we being judged for how advanced/basic our yoga practice is? How acclaimed are our kid in school? The list goes on.

Courage doesn’t equal irresponsibility. Sometimes, the greatest courage a person faces is committing to taking responsibility for something greater than themselves, like family and children. Overcoming fears doesn’t mean doing anything overtly dangerous or simply stupid.

Commit to trusting your path, whether you “fail” or “succeed”.  Life really does begin outside our comfort zones.  What’s the worst that could happen? Whatever it is, it’s worth it. (Refer back to being safe and responsible), but as the saying goes: where there is a will there is a way.

Failure isn’t in not succeeding. Failure is in not trying.

 

Unique Habits of Ridiculously Likeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception.

When I speak to smaller audiences, I often ask them to describe the most likeable people they have ever worked with. People inevitably ignore innate characteristics (intelligence, extraversion, attractiveness, and so on) and instead focus on qualities that are completely under people’s control, such as approachability, humility, and positivity.

These qualities, and others like them, describe people who are skilled in emotional intelligence (EQ). Research data from more than a million people shows that people who possess these skills aren’t just highly likeable, they outperform those who don’t by a large margin. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, people with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. I could go on and on.

Being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence. Unlike innate, fixed characteristics, such as your intelligence (IQ), EQ is a flexible skill that you can improve with effort.

To help you improve your EQ, I did some digging to uncover the key behaviors that emotionally intelligent people engage in that make them so likeable.

They are genuine. Being genuine and honest is essential to being likeable. No one likes a fake. People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. It is difficult to like someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel.

Likeable people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. By concentrating on what drives you and makes you happy as an individual, you become a much more interesting person than if you attempt to win people over by making choices that you think will make them like you.

They ask thoughtful questions. The biggest mistake people make when it comes to listening is they’re so focused on what they’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect them that they fail to hear what’s being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost. A simple way to avoid this is to ask a lot of questions. People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening, you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking questions.

They don’t pass judgment. If you want to be likeable you must be open-minded. Being open-minded makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen.

Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace where approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require you believe what they believe or condone their behavior, it simply means you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what makes them tick. Only then can you let them be who they are.

They don’t seek attention. People are averse to those who are desperate for attention. You don’t need to develop a big, extroverted personality to be likeable. Simply being friendly and considerate is all you need to win people over. When you speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, you will notice that people are much more attentive and persuadable than if you try to show them you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what—or how many people—you know.

When you’re being given attention, such as when you’re being recognized for an accomplishment, shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help you get there. This may sound cliché, but if it’s genuine, the fact that you pay attention to others and appreciate their help will show that you’re appreciative and humble—two adjectives that are closely tied to likeability.

They are consistent. Few things make you more unlikeable than when you’re all over the place. When people approach you, they like to know whom they’re dealing with and what sort of response they can expect. To be consistent you must be reliable, and you must ensure that even when your mood goes up and down it doesn’t affect how you treat other people.

They use positive body language. Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice (and making certain they’re positive) will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who’s speaking are all forms of positive body language that high-EQ people use to draw others in. Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation.

It’s true that how you say something can be more important than what you say.

They leave a strong first impression. Research shows most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction. This may sound terrifying, but by knowing this you can take advantage of it to make huge gains in your likeability. First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language. Strong posture, a firm handshake, smiling, and opening your shoulders to the person you are talking to will help ensure that your first impression is a good one.

They greet people by name. Your name is an essential part of your identity, and it feels terrific when people use it. Likeable people make certain they use others’ names every time they see them. You shouldn’t use someone’s name only when you greet him. Research shows that people feel validated when the person they’re speaking with refers to them by name during a conversation.

If you’re great with faces but have trouble with names, have some fun with it and make remembering people’s names a brain exercise. When you meet someone, don’t be afraid to ask her name a second time if you forget it right after you hear it. You’ll need to keep her name handy if you’re going to remember it the next time you see her.

They smile. People naturally (and unconsciously) mirror the body language of the person they’re talking to. If you want people to like you, smile at them during a conversation and they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good as a result.

They know who to touch (and they touch them). When you touch someone during a conversation, you release oxytocin in their brain, a neurotransmitter that makes their brain associate you with trust and a slew of other positive feelings. A simple touch on the shoulder, a hug, or a friendly handshake is all it takes to release oxytocin. Of course, you have to touch the right person in the right way to release oxytocin, as unwanted or inappropriate touching has the opposite effect. Just remember, relationships are built not just from words, but also from general feelings about each other. Touching someone appropriately is a great way to show you care.

They balance passion and fun. People gravitate toward those who are passionate. That said, it’s easy for passionate people to come across as too serious or uninterested because they tend to get absorbed in their work. Likeable people balance their passion with the ability to have fun. At work they are serious, yet friendly. They still get things done because they are socially effective in short amounts of time and they capitalize on valuable social moments. They minimize small talk and gossip and instead focus on having meaningful interactions with their coworkers. They remember what you said to them yesterday or last week, which shows that you’re just as important to them as their work.

Bringing It All Together

Likeable people are invaluable and unique. They network with ease, promote harmony in the workplace, bring out the best in everyone around them, and generally seem to have the most fun. Add these skills to your repertoire and watch your likeability soar!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.