These supplements provide me with a foundation of health, as well as daily energy and calm. When I stop taking them, I notice within days my joints feel achy and I have less mental clarity. Watch the video and/or read the blog to learn why that is!
Many people think doTERRA is only an essential oil company, and are surprised to learn the product most people buy every single month is the Lifelong Vitality (LLV) pack. Why? Because it is SUCH an amazing supplement system, and each capsule has essential oils in it.
I have been taking them daily since August 2016. They transformed my energy, mental focus, immune system, skin, hair, nails, and more. My partner Chris also takes them daily, as do many of my friends.
Some important things to remember:
- No magic pill will change everything. It’s part of a lifestyle.
- Food is not what it used to be. Soil has lost a lot of nutritional value. B12 comes from dirt, and is virtually impossible to get from foods aside from nutritional yeast.
- Many vitamins on the market cram in too many vitamins which we pee out or are not good for us.
Got it? Let’s dive in!
Lifelong Vitality Pack: Three bottles:
- Microplex VMz (vitamins and minerals + amazing oils)
- EO-mega (Omega 3s + amazing oils)
- Alpha CRS (antioxidants + amazing oils)
This 2017 Scientific Study on LLV in the Journal of Dietary Supplements shows that LLV has significant positive effects on biochemical indicators of cardiovascular health, antioxidant status, inflammation, and blood glucose regulation.
The participants in the study reported more mental clarity, energy, motivation, control, balance, and happiness, while reporting less back pain, muscle pain, cold and flu incidence, anxiety, frustration, and irritation at the end of the two-month supplementation period.
Let’s go into the benefits of each bottle.
Think of Micro-Plex VMZ as your important vitamins and minerals. It contains 22 essential vitamins and bio-available nutrients. “Essential vitamins” means vitamins that our bodies cannot produce. “Bio-available” means our body can absorb them as though they are food.
The main main vitamins and minerals in Micro-Plex VMZ are:
- Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Vitamin D which help with bone health.
- Vitamins A, C and E which help with healthy immune function and digestion
- B vitamins, which are important for making sure the body’s cells are functioning properly. They help the body convert food into energy (metabolism), create new blood cells, and maintain healthy skin cells, brain cells, and other body tissues
- Selenium, which plays an important role in the health of your immune system. This antioxidant helps lower oxidative stress in your body, which reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. Studies have demonstrated that increased blood levels of selenium are associated with enhanced immune response.
- Copper, which together with iron, enables the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function, and it contributes to iron absorption. Sufficient copper in the diet may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, too.
- Maganese, which is good for bone health, antioxidant, regulates blood sugar, helps metabolize nutrients, can reduce PMS symptoms, and protect the brain from free radicals, helps with collagen production.
- A wholefoods blend of kale, dandelion leaf, kelp and all kinds of greens.
In addition, Micro-Plex VMZ has Folate sourced from a lemon peel which is different than folic acid which is synthetic. Read the difference in this Healthline article.
Folate is the naturally occurring form of vitamin B9. Before entering your bloodstream, your digestive system converts it into the biologically active form of vitamin B9 — 5-MTHF.
Folic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin B9. Your body does not convert it into active vitamin B9 very well, so unmetabolized folic acid may build up in your bloodstream.
So we WANT folate over folic acid. It works better in our body.
The Glyco-Protein Matrix + essential oils puts Micro-Plex VMZ in it’s own category of multi-vitamin
There’s no tummy upset with Micro-Plex VMZ because it includes a tummy tamer essential oil blend of Peppermint, Ginger and Caraway seed. It’s vegan and gluten free. Made with a sodium lauryl sulfate free vegetable capsule
Some more important notes on why Micro-plex VMZ stands apart from other multi-vitamins:
The Glyco-protein matrix helps the body actually absorb the vitamins and minerals (so you don’t pee them out). Your body absorbs over 90% of the vitamins and minerals in Micro-plex VMZ compared to regular multi-vitamins which is on average 7%. How? the minerals are combined with amino acids to create “chelated minerals” which is easier for our body to absorb.
Adding a nutritional yeast (not bread yeast, nutritional yeast is like good bacteria, and is recognized by the body as a dietary protein) helps the body absorb the vitamins. Micro-plex VMZ includes a whole list of enzymes that help us break down the whole food in the supplements as well as foods we eat (protease helps to digests proteins, lactase helps to digest digests lactose, lipase helps to digests fats, amylase digests carbohydrates- how COOL is that?)
Type of Enzyme and what is helps to digest:
See how Micro-Plex VMZ is so much more than a multi-vitamin?
xEO-MEGA + vEO-MEGA – aka brain health
xEO Mega stands for the essential oils and o-megas that are in this capsule.
This is well beyond your typical fish oil soft gel. There’s so much more to it.
Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for brain health, heart health, joint health, mental health, cell growth, and more. They are called “essential” because the body does not produce them, and we must get them from the food we eat. Fish is a great source, however fish is not always the most sustainable choice, or healthy, when you consider pollution.
We need to balance Omega-6 with Omega-3s with a 1-1 ratio. But the average North American gets 20 omega-6’s for every 1 omega-3s. Omega 6’s are pro-inflammatory and omega-3s are anti-inflammatory.
So, xEO-MEGA gets you the omega-3s to help balance this ratio. The omega-3s plus essential oils provide a long list of benefits:
- Promotes heart and circulatory health
- Supports healthy joint function and comfort
- Provides immune-boosting nutrients
- Supports healthy function of the brain, eyes, and nervous system
- Promotes healthy skin
- The use of CPTG® essential oils provides antioxidants, supports healthy cellular responses, healthy immune function, and digestive calming effects.
- Provides a wide range of omega-3 fatty acids including EPA, DHA, ALA, and SDA from marine and plant sources to help maintain a healthy balance of these vital nutrients (vegan options available in the vEO-MEGA)
- The powerful antioxidant carotenoid, astaxanthin provides the body with antioxidants as well as systemic and circulatory benefits
- Provides the body with natural sources of vitamin D and E
- This product has been specially formulated to be used in conjunction with the other products in the Lifelong Vitality Program to provide comprehensive dietary support while promoting vitality and wellness
Marine and plant omega blend: Concentrated, pure fish and echium seed oils providing EPA, DHA, ALA, SDA, and GLA fatty acids
Natural vitamins D and E: xEO Mega® includes 800 IU (international units) of natural vitamin D and 60 IU of natural vitamin E. Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health and growth, and can help promote healthy immune function as well as a healthy response to cellular stress.
Astaxanthin: a powerful antioxidant carotenoid harvested from microalgae. Astaxanthin is coupled with natural vitamin E to provide circulatory and systemic benefits, as well as powerful antioxidants.
EO-Mega and vEO-Mega also contains 900 milligrams – pure, micro-filtered marine lipids, including:
- 300mg EPA 300mg DHA (Eicosapentaenoic acid and Docosahexaenoic acid) 70mg (other Omega 3’s) marine-sourced from microfiltered, certified sustainable, ultra-pure Norwegian sardine, anchovy, and mackerel. Together they have been shown to help in preventing and reversing many conditions related to our immune system and heart. For 12 science-backed benefits of EPA and DHA check this healthline article.
- 70 mg of other omega-3s
- ALA 50mg, SDA 20mg, GLA 16mg sourced from land-based Echium seed oil
- 50 mg – pomegranate seed oil (rare Omega 5’s)
The xEO Mega® formula is encapsulated in convenient, vegetarian-friendly softgels
The vEO-MEGA is the Vegan version of xEO-MEGA
- Replaces the EPA/DHA fish oils with plant-based Flax Seed, Algae, Inca Inchi Seed, Borage Seed, Cranberry seed, Pumpkin seed, Pomegranate seed and Grape seed oils
- Still has all the carotenoid and CPTG benefits
- Only $10 more
EO-MEGA + vEO-MEGA have essential oils!
Both EO-MEGA and vEO-MEGA have Frankincense, Clove Bud, Thyme, Cumin, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway. These oils have so many benefits including lowering inflammation and preventing those gross “fish oil burps” that can happen with other omega supplements. They help the omega absorb into the body, and support digestion.
ALPHA-CRS – the antioxidant support
CRS stands for cellular renewal system. The + stands for upgrades doTERRA made to the product. ALPHA-CRS has four main benefits:
- Antoxidant support
- Increased Energy
- Building Immune System
- Improved mental clarity
What is cellular health?
Cellular health can be an elusive term. Cells are the basic building blocks of all life. Healthy tissues, organs, and organisms depend on cellular reproduction, cells being able to carry out their specialized functions, and produce energy. It’s also super important that cells can perform healthy cell death called apoptosis.
What is apoptosis?
Apoptosis is healthy cell death. Sounds bad, but it’s SUPER important to our health. Why? Because if a cell does not complete it’s life-cycle by dying, it will mutate incorrectly as it reproduces.
What happens as we age?
Our cellular function naturally starts to deteriorate. We start to feel old and tired. We notice a decrease in our energy.
We are bombarded by Free Radicals
What makes the aging process worst is that we are bombarded by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. Think of an atom that has gone to the dark side and is smashing everything it encounters. How? It has an unpaired electron, and then goes and borrows an electron from another molecule, making that molecule unstable. This process of unstable molecules (aka free radicals) causing other molecules to become unstable is called Oxidation. In the same way that metal oxidizes and causes a car to rust, our bodies can rust from the inside out (eek!).
Unfortunately, free radicals cannot be avoided. They are everywhere: in pollution, sunlight, and even produced by the body when we are stressed. Smoking is a huge source of free-radical damage! Three percent of every breath contains free radicals.
Oxidation causes inflammation which causes… more oxidation.
The vicious cycle is oxidation causing inflammation which causes more oxidation, and thus we feel the negative effects of aging. Unfortunately, we cannot escape free-radicals, but there IS something we can do about it: protect our bodies from the inside with antioxidants.
Antioxidants help protect us from Free Radicals
Antioxidants are stable molecules, with one or more electron to share. They are basically the superhero that neutralizes the rogue atom and protects the body from free radicals. Where do we get antioxidants from?
Exogenous: Antioxidants we get from food and supplements
Endogenous: Antioxidants made in the body (they are short lived and we use them quickly in metabolic processes)
So we want to get antioxidants into our bodies… enter ALPHA-CRS
ALPHA-CRS is packed with turbo-charged antioxdants aka polyphenols
Here are some of the AMAZING polyphenols inside ALPHA-CRS. They are all anti-inflammatory, and have a very soothing and neutralizing effect on our bodies. You may notice you feel less physical pain, and more ease in the body. That’s thanks to these polyphenols. There could be a whole blog post written on each one of these polyphenols.
ALPHA-CRS also gives us ENERGY! (Naturally without stimulants, caffeine, or sugar)
The second main benefit of ALPHA-CRS is increasing our energy naturally. The main benefit people report when they start using LLV is energy. The energy Alpha-CRS is natural so you don’t get any jitters or a crash afterwards.
In our cells we have tiny structures called MITOCHONDRIA (remember 8th grade science?), that help produce energy also known as ATP. Well, of course, as we age, our cells produce less mitochondria which means less energy – both mentally and physically.
So, ALPHA-CRS made this amazing Cellular Energy Blend, which is a blend of amino-acids with the following benefits:
- Supports mitochondrial function (More ATP = more energy!)
- Provides important factors of cellular energy and metabolism
- Supports mental clarity and function
What’s in this Cellular energy blend?
- Quercetin (50 mg) – provides antioxidant protection
- Coenzyme Q10 (50 mg) – very important for energy production, and supports heart health
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid (100 mg) – supports the production of ATP, and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to protect your mitochondria
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine (100 mg) – helps shuttle fatty acids into the mitochondria for energy
- Gingko Biloba (40 mg) – helps support mental clarity and function
VOILA! The LLV trifecta!
If you were to try to get all of these amazing vitamins, minerals, omegas, amino acids, and essential oils in other supplements, that give you antioxidant protection, mental clarity, immune function, bone health, stress management, cardiovascular health, healthier hair, skin, and nails, eye, brain, nervous system support, respiratory health, and be gentle on your stomach, AND be non-GMO, gluten free, dairy free, comes in a vegan option, (AND MORE!), it would cost you upwards of $250USD. And if you tried to get all of these from food, it would be upwards of $900.
And, doTERRA is so confident that LLV will meet and exceed your expectations, that they offer to refund you all your money back if you are not fully, completely satisfied with your supplements. Even if you take the entire 30 day supply.
Also, via your doTERRA membership, when you buy LLV, you can add on digestive enzymes (terrazyme), probiotics, the deep blue polyphenols, at almost half price. I’ll have to write another blog post on the benefits of these other supplements. They are also amazing.
Recap of the main LLV benefits
- General wellness and vitality
- Antioxidant and DNA protection
- Energy metabolism
- Bone health
- Immune function
- Stress management
- Cardiovascular health
- Healthy hair, skin, and nails
- Eye, brain, nervous system
- Liver function and digestive health
- Lung and respiratory health
- Gentle on stomach
- Does not contain genetically modified material
Q: How many do I take daily? and when?
A: A full dose is 4 of each bottle, daily. (yes that’s 12 capsules in a day. It seems like a lot at first, but you get used to it.) Work your way up. Start with one of each with your first meal for 3-5 days. Then also take one of each with your second meal for 3-5 days. Then have two of each with your first meal, and see how you feel. That is a half dose, and might be enough, and the bottles will last you 2 months instead of one. I personally take two of each with my first meal, and two of each with my last meal.
Q: I have so much energy, I almost cannot sleep!
A: I have heard this a few times. If this is you, make sure you take your LLV before 2PM.