NBA Players Live Longer

The NBA MVP award distinguishes a player as the best/most important athlete in the league over an entire season.  Nearly every recipient of the award since its’ inception (31 of 33) is still alive. The cardiovascular demands of such a performance are unsurpassed in the other major sports of our country.  What’s remarkable  to think of is the fact that an award given out to adult male athletes annually for over sixty years has gone to only two players who are now deceased.  This includes many players in their eighties as well as Bob Cousy who is now in his 90’s.

The enormous staying power of these veterans is augmented by the fact that extremely tall men (well above average height range) do tend to live shorter lives.  This becomes a possible factor when considering the heights of the two deceased recipients of the MVP trophy; Wilt Chamberlain (7’1″) and Mosses Malone (6’10”).  It is important to note that both these men did live into their 60s and are therefore not considered to have lifespans that were significantly shorter than normal, which is 76 years for American males. They also had heart conditions which is a common issue for extremely tall people. This means it can also be said that no MVP winner under 6’10 has ever died, and there many of them left who still lead extremely active lifestyles. 

This is also correlated with a high quality of life on the part of these athletes.  Magic Johnson (3 time MVP) was diagnosed with HIV nearly thirty years ago and is a perfect example of someone who was able to live a healthy life with the virus.  Especially when considering the fact that he was diagnosed in 1991, a time where having it was thought to be an automatic death sentence within a year or two.  Magic has gone on to be a coach, commentator, team president and just about everything else one can imagine a former player doing.  He has also maintained optimal physical condition since retiring from the sport.  A perfect example of elite physical fitness.

Maintaining an active lifestyle, especially in ones teens, twenties and thirties, can contribute to a lifetime of good health.  One important factor of this is regiment. A young person who is physically active is much more likely to be an older person who is the same. 

Benefits of Magnesium

 An average human body contains about 25 grams of magnesium in it.  Slightly more than half of that is contained in the skeleton alone (50%-60%) with the rest contained in muscle, soft tissues, and bodily fluids.  Magnesium and chlorophyll are both amazing detoxifiers in the body; escorting toxins and heavy metals such as mercury and lead from the body.  So its interesting that the root word magnes means magnet or magnetic.  Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body; including some of the most important ones such as regulating heartbeat rhythm.
   Magnesium deficiency, also known as hypomagnesemia (hypo means under/magnes means magnesium/emia means in the blood) causes symptoms and side effects such as muscle aches and spasms, poor digestion, anxiety and trouble sleeping.  The mission of Life Not Labs is to deliver vitamins as they exist in nature.  Magnesium supplementation is very important to us as Organic Chlorella was our founding product and has the highest chlorophyll content of any organism (chlorophyll molecules are centered around magnesium).  Additionally our Chlorella has the highest Organic Certification (California Certified Organic Farmers) to ensure the highest quality available.

Some of the more significant side effects of magnesium feficiency include;

  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Tooth Cavities
  • Impotence
  • Hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Peroxynitrate damage that can lead  to headaches, multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimers
  • Bacterial infections

  Magnesium supplementation is part of our company mission as it supports overall body health.  It is essential to all green foods and is crucial to the process known as photosynthesis.  Magnesium itself is almost as important to the human body as it is to that of a plant. 

Alkaline diet for health

Bones play an important role in maintaining cardiovascular systemic balance.  Blood and fluids must remain slightly alkaline.  Our arterial blood PH needs to stay in a very small range; (7.4 plus minus only .05 ph units).  One main rescue mechanism in maintaining homeostasis is the mineral content of the skeleton itself.  
   Even a slight eccess in acidity over time can lead to significant bone damage. Todays American diet is net acid forming and research suggests that this can lead to significant bone loss.  Modern diets are heavy in protein, fats and carbohydrates while lacking in essential minerals such as iron and magnesium. These pH boosting minerals come from diets rich in fruits vegetables and nuts. 
   Recent research suggests that the modern average American diet can cause enough mineral loss (between ages 20-80) to deplete approximately one half of a females skeletal calcium and at least one third the calcium in a male skeleton. 
The human blood system is both the driver and transporter of life.  Modern diets are causing a major disruption to the average Americans cardiovascular system.  Alkaline diets protect reserves of minerals in the skeleton.  An alkaline diet is rich in alkalizing mineral compounds that counter diet induced metabolic acids; thus relieving the need to draw minerals away from the bones.  Replacing a processed food meal with a salad is a step in the right direction of protecting ones bones.  Our Organic Chlorella Tablets and Organic Spirulina Tablets were chosen as two of our first products as they are Earths two greenest super foods;  high Alkaline daily tablets to help maintain alkalinity in the blood.

Sources: – Acid bodies increase cancer risk – CANCERactive

Murray, Michael T., Lara Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Simon and Schuster, 2005.

The primary function of blood clotting is to stop bleeding from cuts in viens and arteries. The first stage in the life cycle of a clot comes when flowing blood makes contact with certain substances in your skin or blood vessel walls. The blood then signals that there is an emergency. Blood platelets bond to the lining of the break and activate chemicals that attract more platelets and other cells. One can consider the initial blood platelets to arrive at the cut as first responders. While they stick to the edge of the damaged area they also bond to each other.  They additionally change shape to help form a plug that fills in the broken area which eventually stops the bleeding. 

This is the transition into the second stage of a clot.  Another layer of protection is formed by clotting factors which are proteins that signal to each other causing a rapid chain reaction.  This creates a dissolved solid in your blood consisting of long chains of fabrin.  These strands get tangled up with the initial platelets which creates a netting that traps even more particles which creates a more durable clot.  Additionals proteins then offset clotting factors which is the circulatgory systems way of declaring the clot is finished.

Finally, in stage three the skin begins to heal over time which decreases the need for the clot.  The fibrin strands dissolve and your blood takes back the initial platelets and additional components of the clot.

Unfortunately this cycle can happen in areas of the blood system where the clot is not needed.  These are in areas where poor circulation occurs.  If blood is stagnant it will begin this process primarily in the legs in a condition known as DVT (deep vein thrombosis).  A clot can build up in a vein causing serious swelling in superficial veins as well.  These two clots can cause serious pain in swelling with DVT being for more serious as it can lead to a clot breaking off and traveling to the lungs or brain. 

These conditions should be taken into consideration when taking long trips by auto or air.  Periodic movement helps to keep blood from pooling.  The reaction to leg muscle movement works with veins to help pump blood in the veins back towards the heart.  A good jog is the perfect weapon in fighting blood clots; I know this first hand.  Being born with vericose veins has kept me very active throughout my adult life as a way of preventing pain.vb


Vegetable Vitamins

The main reason life not labs was founded was to present consumers with food based alternatives to the 99% of supplements on the market that are sold using synthetic versions of the naturally occurring molecules in each respective vitamin group.All of the Vitamin C in our Multivitamin comes from acerola cherries. This combination of nutrients has never been pulled off in a one a day capsule so we literally had to find the purest, most vitamin rich organic Acerola on earth. We do this because we want to provide the consumer with the actual vitamins that many people think they are getting as a result of being inundated with false advertising. A lot of vitamins and drink mixes claim to have real vitamin C in them while they are in fact using ascorbic acid (and only pictures of fruit on the label). VITUALLY ALL ASCORBIC ACID (AND THUS WHAT IS GENERALLY SOLD AS VITAMIN C) ON THE MARKET IS CORN SUGAR PROCESSED WITH ACETONE.Our vitamin c is from food and not crystyline is structure. They do not look the same and they do not act the same. A lot of the early studies touting the benefits of ascorbic acid had findings praising the antioxidant qualities of the acid. These qualities were only demonstrated in test tubes and could not be substantiated in similar studies within the human body.Here is a rundown comparing specific food based vitamins contained in our Multivitamin verses their synthetic counterparts.Vitamin AWhen considering the uses of vitamin A it is important to consider that in our evolution the most abundant source of this nutrient has been via beta carotene. Our bodies recognize beta carotene as vitamin A and break it down accordingly when needed. This is in direct opposition to synthetic A which is delivered as the A molecule itself and has been known to produce side effects including blurred vision, dizziness and headaches. This is a direct result of not allowing the body to isolate the vitamin as needed. Synthetic vitamin A has even been found to effect to use of other vitamins such as vitamin E in the body.Most synthetic vitamin A is produced using animal and petroleum sources. All of the Vitamin A in Our Multivitamin comes from beta carotene in carrots.B-12Chances are if you go to your medicine cabinet and look at any supplements that contain B vitamins you’ll notice that the B12 portion of the complex is listed as Cyanocobalamin. This means that that particular vitamin was made in a lab using cyanide to help synthesis the real process of constructing B-12 that is constantly taking place in your body. Some synthetic Vitamin B products are 1% as absorbable as their food-based versions. Our multivitamin contains methylcobalamin which is the bioavailable form the human body prefers.Cyanocabalamin itself is lethal is large enough doses and that’s why it can not be used in a b12 shot. Additionally, large scale purchases of Cyanobalamin (found in 99% of B-12 Supplements) must be accompanied by the signing of a legal disclaimers acknowledging the health risks associated with the product.Vitamin CReal vitamin C can only be consumed via food. Any C vitamins found in major vitamin companies actually contain ascorbic acid (synthetic) which is a crystalline molecule and has astoundingly lower absorption rates and anVitamin tioxidant qualities. Ascorbic Acid is made by combining corn sugars with acetone and then eventually isolating these new crystalline in structure synthetic molecules. This is a different molecule than the one originally deemed to be vitamin C that we find in food. In fact some studies have shown antioxidant rates in food-based vitamin C to be more than 15 times greater than those of ascorbic acid.We have chosen Organic Acerola cherries as our source of vitamin C because it has the highest concentration of vitamin C of any fruit. We use the purest most dense organic extract in existence to deliver 100% RDA of vitamin c in each veggie capsule.Vitamin D99% of vitamin D supplements are synthetic and are produced by radiating animal fats in order to stimulate D3 systhesis. In contrast, all of the vitamin D (100%RDA per capsule) in our multivitamin comes from a heavily concentrated Reishi Mushroom Extract. In our opinion this is much healthier than simmering dead animal fat in tanks.Vitamin EVitamin E in food possess strong anti-oxidant effects. Synthetic forms have little or no or effects and are not retained as well. Again, petroleum products are often used to create synthetic vitamin E. Basically, when vitamin E is made in a lab, attempts are being made (using chemicals) at recreating the natural form of E and other compounds are usually produced that the body can not recognize or absorb; some bonds work but most do not, hence the significantly lower absorption rates. 100% of the vitamin E contained in our product comes from plantsIodineAmericans are being constantly hit with abnormal amounts of other elements from the halogen group that exhibit similar properties to iodine but can not take the place of it. Whether it’s fluoride in drinking water or bromine in products containing flour; other elements are being introduced to the body instead of iodine which is something the human body constantly needs in extremely small amounts. Prior to the modern giant drug company era, iodine was a very important supplement for an extremely wide range of benefits including brain function and a healthy metabolism. Even today, the World Health Organization states that a leading cause of mental retardation in babies is due to low iodine levels in the expectant mother. We used organic kelp as our iodine source and each capsule contains 100% of the recommended daily amount of iodine (150mcg).There are no substitutes for real vitamins in food. Synthetic vitamins only benefit the profit margins of giant supplement companies. A two month supply of our Organic Source Multivitamin is offered at a competitive price to leading brand synthetic multivitamins (introductory price of only $19.99 with free shipping). It is also important to note that the capsules we use are also made entirely from vegetable products; this multivitamin is 100% vegan and contains no gelatin.We also consider Chlorella to be the closest thing mother nature creates to a multivitamin. A two gram daily dose of our Organic Chlorella Tablets delivers the majority of your daily recommended amount of vitamins such as A and B-12. But unlike multivitamins you’ll find in stores; these are the actual occurring molecules found in nature. Many of the 100+ nutrients found in chlorella do not even have recommended daily amounts according to the fda. For instance, Chlorella is extremely rich in the essential amino acid arginine and every daily dose of our Organic Chlorella Tablets contain at least 120mg.