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The Challengers' Supplement Program

By JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFI

In The Ultimate Weight Solution, Dr. Phil says that if you are overweight, then you are malnourished by definition, because so many of the foods you are choosing are nutritionally bankrupt. This bold statement is backed up repeatedly in the scientific literature, most recently in the June 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A recent study reported there showed that most Americans weren't even getting the Recommended Daily Intake1 (RDI)* of vitamins and minerals, much less the optimal levels of them, and that this suboptimal intake of vitamins and minerals is a risk factor for many chronic diseases (heart, diabetes, cancer, etc.). A summary of current research clearly shows that those who don't supplement with a high quality multivitamin/mineral and antioxidant formula are at risk for deficiencies.**


Think of supplementation with high quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids as your daily health insurance. Make sure that the supplements you take are from a reputable, high quality company. Your body can only use what it absorbs so you want to make sure that the company you choose starts with the best raw ingredients and then combines them in forms that your body can use most effectively. Here is what the Ultimate Weight Loss Challengers are taking from Designs for Health.

At Breakfast

1 Twice Daily Multi
1 B Supreme
1 Omega Synergy Marine
2-3 Osteoforce***

At Dinner
1 Twice Daily Multi
1 Omega Synergy Marine
2-3 Osteoforce***

In addition to the Twice Daily Multi, I also put the challengers on B Supreme. The B vitamins help the body handle stress. Most of us are under more stress than our bodies ideally were designed to handle due to lack of sleep, overworking, missing meals, sugar and caffeine, etc. B vitamins are a great way to give your body some additional support WHILE you are working on your healthy lifestyle.

The challengers are on a high quality fish oil blend supplement, Omega Synergy Marine. Fish oils have a lot of fantastic benefits for your heart, brain and joints. You need to ensure that you are getting a high quality brand here as these can be rancid or contain PCBs and heavy metals, thus turning them into a health risk instead of a health benefit. And finally, the challengers are on OsteoForce, a multi-mineral bone support formula. Vitamins don't work without minerals and getting enough of our macrominerals, calcium and magnesium, along with other bone supporting nutrients like Vitamin D and Boron, are critical for long-term bone health.

* RDI is the recommended amount to avoid diseases of deficiency like scurvy or pellagra, NOT the amount needed for optimal health and to avoid the major diseases of aging like heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and diabetes.

** Medical professionals and health care practitioners looking for more information on the research supporting the above program can contact Designs for Health support and technical department at 800-847-8302 x 105 or via the Web site, www.designsforhealth.com.

Women should take 3 OsteoForce twice a day, men should take 2 OsteoForce twice a day

Special thanks to Designs for Health for supplying the Ultimate Weight Loss Challengers with their daily supplement program.

Disclaimer: All information and answers are given for educational purposes only. Your individual needs may vary. Always consult with your physician before starting or changing your nutrition or any supplement program.