Note: EZPZK is the base for ReaLife+TM
Abundant scientific and clinical literature indicates that dietary supplements can play an important role in promoting health and reducing disease. The general public has embraced dietary supplements as an integral part of their daily health program. National surveys report that approximately one-half of adult Americans use supplements on a daily basis1. Supplement usage increases with age, income, and education and is more common among women than men. Supplements are also widely consumed by healthcare professionals. Female physicians use supplements at rates equal to those of females in the general population. The Council for Responsible Nutrition reports that 44% of cardiologists, 38% of nurses, 60% of dieticians, and 47% of pharmacy students routinely take supplements2. Multivitamin/mineral supplements are the most widely used. One survey conducted by the National Nutritional Foods Association reported that the overwhelming majority of respondents expect to receive information about supplement use from their pharmacists (84%) and physicians (80%). Healthcare providers should be informed about what supplements their patients are taking so as to prevent drug-nutrient interactions and potential toxic levels of some nutrients, and ensure proper balanced nutritional intake.
Nutritional inadequacies are unfortunately a common occurrence in the U.S. and other industrialized nations because of diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in energy-dense, processed foods3. In addition to encouraging healthier food choices, supplementation is recommended when an individual’s dietary nutrient intake is inadequate or unbalanced. Levels of nutrient intake at or slightly above the official Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) may be adequate to help individuals achieve a more complete and balanced intake of vitamins, minerals and trace elements4. However, higher doses in excess of the RDAs may be needed to meet individual requirements that vary with age, level of physical activity, stress, genetic factors, medication usage, toxic burdens, or disease5. While RDA levels of intake may prevent overt nutrient deficiencies, chronic nutrient insufficiencies may result in altered metabolic activities that lead to physiologic dysfunction associated with many common health problems encountered today6. Ensuring increased amounts of vitamins and minerals may assist more optimal functioning of interrelated enzyme systems, cellular energy metabolism, hormonal regulation, and detoxification pathways that are critical to maintaining health7
This study of EZPAK Nutraceuticals was designed as a random selection of 250 patients from a pool of 1400 (200 given EZPAK and 50 control). The patients had a medical history taken and a physical examination preformed that included serum levels to serve as a base line. Following the data pooling an additional statistician evaluated and correlated the results. The construction of the study was to measure the capability of EZPAK Nutraceuticals to increase the serum levels in the study group at the end of three months.
This study consisted of an initial serum draw and subsequent draws at 1 month, 2 months and 3 months. Vitamins tested included A, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D. Minerals were Calcium and Iron. IGF1 and FT3 were included to assess any increase in growth hormone and thyroid function.
Method of Study
In the first phase, each of the patients was randomly assigned to the study after appropriate approval was granted. A complete medical and surgical history was obtained at the time of the study and all of the necessary supporting laboratory data was obtained to assess the current serum levels.
Analysis of Data
The patient population ranged in age from 26 to 75 with a mean age of 49.7years. The average of the females was 48.8 years while the males were 51.2 years. There were 117 females in the study as compared to 133 males.
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2Frank E, Bendich A, Denniston M. Use of vitamin-mineral supplements by female physicians in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72:969-975.
3American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 88, No. 2, 578S-581S, August 2008
4§ 101.54 Nutrient content claims for “good source,” “high,” “more,” and “high potency.”
5Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Intakes for Individuals, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies, 2009
6Vitamin D2 treatment for vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency for up to 6 years.
Pietras SM, Obayan BK, Cai MH, Holick MF. PMID: 19858440
7U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22, 2009.