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Vitamin D3 Sun or Supplement?

Life Priority Blog, July 25, 2019—Vitamin D3  Sun or Supplement?

We have a love-hate relationship with the sun, don’t we? As much as we may worship the sun for its comforting, life-giving light and warmth, and as much as our world literally revolves around it, we have nonetheless learned to fear its power to harm us—even kill us. Skin cancer is no laughing matter, and we are right to take precautions against excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, the “light” we cannot see.

The paradox of the sun is that, even as it’s burning our skin and setting us up for cancer, it’s also causing something almost magical to happen in that same skin: the synthesis of vitamin D. This formerly rather boring vitamin, which helps build strong bones and teeth and prevents rickets, is rapidly achieving stardom in the nutritional world, as scientists find out more and more about its ability to help prevent cancer and reduce our overall risk for death.

Vitamin D—Sun or Supplement?

Vitamin D is the only nutrient we get from the sun—all the rest must be obtained from food or supplements. Of course, vitamin D can also be obtained from food or supplements, and for many people—mainly shut-ins or those who live in far northern (or far southern) latitudes and who don’t get out much—that is the principal way, or the only way, they get their daily dose.

Actually,  though, it’s not that easy to get adequate vitamin D from food, because so few foods contain appreciable amounts of it. Unless you eat a good deal of fatty fish (such as salmon), fish-liver oils, or fortified milk or cereals, you probably don’t get enough vitamin D, and you should supplement to make up for the deficit.

Information provided for educational purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. Consult your healthcare provider for medical advice. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.





Slowing Up the Aging Process in a Fast-Paced World

In today’s fast-paced lifestyles, most men are faced with increasing mental and physical Greg Royals 1985demands as they age. Personally, I have found that an easy, logical way to slow up my aging process is to keep my body and brain more fit through the use of a few essential supplements with each meal.

I urge all men to consider, at least, the use of the following supplements: a high-quality multi to insure immune support, a potent omega-3 supplement for heart and brain health, specific nutrients that help promote a healthy prostate, and a simple amino sugar (glucosamine) for cartilage health.

I feel that the consistent, daily use of the right nutrients in supplement form (and in adequate amounts!) is one of the most important health decisions that we can make. Based on the past 20 years of being in the dietary supplement industry through my company, Life Priority, and my 16 year career as a pro athlete, I feel strongly that using high-quality supplements is imperative. No matter what you have read or what your doctor, chiropractor, nutritionist, etc. might suggest, your diet is most likely lacking in one or more essential nutrients. You can help yourself feel better and slow up your personal aging process by using high-quality supplements.

I have been involved as a retail customer or a marketer of dietary supplements since 1991. Prior to ’91, I was not aware of the value or importance of getting certain nutrients in my body on a consistent basis. Don’t leave your physical and mental well-being up to anyone else! It’s your life! Your body, including your brain, is aging each day and you can give yourself a better chance at living a healthier (and happier!) life by simply using enough of the right nutrients each day with meals or at bedtime.

Life Priority, Inc., was formed in 1994 to provide customers with time-tested high quality, research-based, scientifically-formulated health and nutritional products. A major life-extension-bookreason that Life Priority was formed was because of the research of 2 scientists who were the co-authors of a NY Times best-seller Life Extension, A Practical Scientific Approach, which was written specifically for doctors. The authors, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, wrote Life Extension do that doctors could understand how using certain nutrients in adequate amounts could slow up the aging process.

Durk and Sandy’s multi-vitamin/mineral formula, One Per Meal Lifeguard, contains 25 different nutrients. Each Lifeguard capsule, meant to be used after meals 3 times per day, contains more than the minimum RDA’s. Three other Life Priority products, Omega-3 Priority, Prostate Priority, and Joint Decision/Total Joint Complex provide specific nutrients not contained in the Lifeguard product but do not contain many essential nutrients for specific areas of the body.

Take the advice of someone who, in 1991 at the age of 42, was enlightened by experts in the dietary supplement industry regarding the aging process–get more essential nutrients in your body each day by using “nutrition that you can feel!”

To Your Health!

Greg Pryor-Life Priority Co-Owner and Customer

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

FDA Structure/Function Claims


Life Priority, since 1994, has undergone two FDA inspections and would love to make you aware of the importance of the FDA and their involvement in the health and nutrition industry. Please see below the current structure/function claims that regulate and support the education of consumers.  We appreciate the ability to support you and your health with scientifically formulated, FDA inspected, health and nutritional products. The most important investment you can make is in your health and well-being.


FDA Supplement Structure Function Claims:

Dietary Supplements 

Structure/function claims have historically appeared on the labels of conventional foods and dietary supplements as well as drugs. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) established some special regulatory requirements and procedures for structure/function claims and two related types of dietary supplement labeling claims, claims of general well-being and claims related to a nutrient deficiency disease. Structure/function claims may describe the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient intended to affect the normal structure or function of the human body, for example, “calcium builds strong bones.” In addition, they may characterize the means by which a nutrient or dietary ingredient acts to maintain such structure or function, for example, “fiber maintains bowel regularity,” or “antioxidants maintain cell integrity.” General well-being claims describe general well-being from consumption of a nutrient or dietary ingredient. Nutrient deficiency disease claims describe a benefit related to a nutrient deficiency disease (like vitamin C and scurvy), but such claims are allowed only if they also say how widespread such a disease is in the United States. These three types of claims are not pre-approved by FDA, but the manufacturer must have substantiation that the claim is truthful and not misleading and must submit a notification with the text of the claim to FDA no later than 30 days after marketing the dietary supplement with the claim. If a dietary supplement label includes such a claim, it must state in a “disclaimer” that FDA has not evaluated the claim. The disclaimer must also state that the dietary supplement product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease,” because only a drug can legally make such a claim. For more information about the difference between structure/function claims and disease claims, see 21 CFR 101.93, entitled “Certain Types of Statements for Dietary Supplements,” and FDA’s January 6, 2000 final rule entitled “Regulations on Statements Made for Dietary Supplements Concerning the Effect of the Product on the Structure or Function of the Body” (65 Fed. Reg. 1000).


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Arginine Improves Blood Flow and Exercise Capacity

Patients with pulmonary hypertension benefit in two ways.

Amino acids perform a dizzying array of functions in the body. They can link together in long chains to form various kinds of proteins, such as enzymes

(acetylcholinesterase, e.g., which breaks down the acetylcholine molecule), hormones (insulin, e.g., which regulates blood glucose levels), or structural proteins (collagen, e.g., which gives strength to skin, cartilage, and bone). They can also be converted to amino acid derivatives, such as serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that is derived from tryptophan.

Arginine helps preserve kidney function, boost the immune system, increase insulin sensitivity, promotes cardiovascular health, and facilitate erections.

Without question, amino acids are vital for normal body functions and good health – either as individual molecules or in the form of proteins (about 20 different amino acids constitute the tens of thousands of different proteins in our bodies). Some amino acids play more prominent roles than others. Consider, for example, the functions that arginine fulfills in the body. Arginine helps, among other things, to preserve kidney function, boost the immune system, increase insulin sensitivity, and promote a healthy cardiovascular system – and it even helps men to achieve and maintain erections.

Arginine Improves Blood Flow

Many of the benefits derived from sufficient arginine intake stem from its ability to generate nitric oxide in the appropriate tissues, aided by an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase. Nitric oxide (NO) is a very small molecule, and it is highly mobile in moving within and between cells. After its synthesis from arginine, NO acts as a signaling molecule that induces a variety of responses in the body. One of the best-characterized functions of NO is to induce smooth muscle cells to relax.

Smooth muscle cells are found in blood vessels throughout the body (excluding the heart). When these cells relax in response to nitric oxide, the blood vessels expand (a process called vasodilation), blood pressure drops, and blood flow is improved. More blood is delivered to the tissues, which are thus better nourished with oxygen, glucose, and whatever else they may need. Collectively, the physical aspects of blood flow are called hemodynamics, and it could be expected that improved hemodynamics would lead to improved exercise capacity. Let us see about that.

Arginine Reduces Pulmonary Blood Pressure

Studies have demonstrated that oral supplementation with arginine offers substantial improvements in hemodynamics in patients with congestive heart failure (a decline in the heart’s ability to pump blood). Recently, the first study to assess the benefits of oral arginine in patients with pulmonary hypertension was performed.1 Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.* This is a serious disease resulting from inadequate oxygen exchange between the lungs and the blood. It generally results in low oxygen levels in the blood.

* The body has two circulatory systems – one for the entire body except the lungs, and one for the lungs. In the latter (the pulmonary system), blood flows from the heart to the lungs to be oxygenated, and then back to the heart to be pumped throughout the rest of the body.

Diseases such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema may impede the flow of air in and out of the lungs (as can obesity), thus making pulmonary hypertension worse over time.

These diseases are greatly aggravated, or caused in the first place, by smoking, which is the equivalent of voluntary self-administration of poison.

Supplementation with arginine offers substantial improvements in blood flow, and thus tissue oxygenation, in patients with congestive heart failure.

In the study, 19 patients (4 men and 15 women, average age 49 years) with clinically diagnosed pulmonary hypertension were evaluated to determine the effect of oral arginine supplementation on blood flow. The patients were given a single dose of arginine (0.5 g per 10 kg of body weight – equivalent to 3.5 g for a 70-kg, or 155-pound, person), and their cardiovascular response was measured over the next two hours.

Modest but significant differences were observed in pulmonary blood pressure, which decreased from 53 to 48 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury, the standard unit of measure for blood pressure). In addition, the researchers observed a 16% decrease, on average, in the resistance to blood flow in the arteries of the lungs. Thus, blood flow was substantially improved. Importantly, no changes in heart rate were detected between the treatment and control groups.

Arginine Increases Exercise Capacity

The same group of patients also participated in a separate study to measure exercise capacity (except for three individuals who could not tolerate the maximum exercise level, so 16 patients were left). For one week, nine patients in the treatment group supplemented their diets with 0.5 g of arginine per 10 kg of body weight three times daily (equivalent to 10.5g/day for a 155-pound person), and the other seven patients took placebo. After one week of this regimen, the researchers measured exercise capacity in all the patients by assessing their performance on a stationary bicycle: the patients pedaled at 55 rpm for one minute, and the work rate was increased incrementally until they reached their maximum exercise capacity.

One week of arginine supplementation increased peak oxygen volume by 8% and exercise capacity by 12%.

One of the measurements used in this study was the volume of oxygen consumed by each patient during a one-minute interval (referred to as the peak oxygen volume). Following arginine supplementation for one week, patients increased their peak oxygen volume by 8%, from 831 to 896 ml/min (milliliters per minute). In addition, the patients’ exercise capacity increased by 12%, meaning that they were capable of cycling at a higher resistance level than those in the control group (in whom both of these experimental measures remained unchanged during the study).

Nitric Oxide Reduces Hypoxic Stress

The results described above – improvements in blood flow, blood pressure, and exercise capacity – are believed to be due to the increased synthesis of nitric oxide brought about by arginine. If NO can help alleviate the problem of inadequate oxygen delivery to the body’s cells because of pulmonary hypertension, could it also help in cases of high-altitude hypoxia?

Hypoxia is a lack of oxygen, a condition that can become severe at very high altitudes. A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland observed that natives of Bolivia and Tibet who live at 3900-4200 meters (12,800-13,800 feet) in the Andes or Himalayas produce higher levels of nitric oxide than Americans who live at low altitudes, near sea level.

2 In fact, the Tibetans have nitric oxide levels approximately twice as high as those of lowland Americans. Not surprisingly, the oxygen saturation of their tissues during physical exercise is correspondingly higher at these elevations than it is in low-dwelling, acclimatized non-natives, such as Europeans and Chinese.

Nitric oxide increases hemoglobin’s oxygen-carrying efficiency, thus increasing oxygen delivery to the body’s cells – further evidence of the value of nitric oxide – and hence of arginine supplementation.

Based on these observations, the researchers decided to investigate whether increasing exposure to nitric oxide improves oxygen uptake by the lungs in individuals with artificially induced hypoxia at sea level. They found that as the amount of nitric oxide in the air breathed by the hypoxic individuals increased, so did oxygen uptake (remember, the level of oxygen in the air didn’t change during the experiment, only the amount of nitric oxide the subjects were exposed to).

The researchers suggested that the nitric oxide interacts with hemoglobin in the red blood cells in such a way as to increase its oxygen-carrying efficiency, thus increasing the amount of oxygen that can be taken up and delivered to the body’s cells. This is further evidence of the value of nitric oxide – and hence of arginine supplementation – for improving oxygenation in cases where that is desirable or necessary.

Why Increased Oxygen Delivery Improves Exercise Capacity

In the absence of oxygen, muscles don’t perform at their optimal capacity. This is well illustrated by the fact that you can sprint (an anaerobic event, i.e., one that does not involve oxygen consumption) for only a few seconds, whereas you can jog (an aerobic event, which does require oxygen) for hours – theoretically, at least, if not in practice.

The difference between these activities has to do with the amount of oxygen available to the muscle cells. During anaerobic events, such as sprinting or weightlifting, you simply can’t breathe fast enough to supply your muscles with all the oxygen they need to produce energy efficiently. During jogging or biking, on the other hand, you can breathe at a rate that supplies adequate oxygen to the muscles and can thus sustain the activity for a long time.

Why is oxygen so important for producing energy? For the same reason that wood can’t burn without oxygen. In our bodies, the substance that is “burned” to produce energy is glucose, a simple sugar. The process, called cellular respiration, occurs slowly and does not produce a flame, but it is otherwise analogous to ordinary combustion, leading ultimately to the end products carbon dioxide and water.

Cellular respiration takes place in our cells’ mitochondria, tiny structures that act as biochemical “powerhouses” for energy generation. The energy produced is stored primarily in the form of molecules of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which subsequently deliver it as needed through their participation in countless biochemical reactions throughout the body.

Actually, glucose can also be “burned” anaerobically (in the absence of oxygen), but this process, called glycolysis, is extremely inefficient by comparison with cellular respiration, producing only 7% as much energy. Now you can see why oxygen is so important: it greatly increases the efficiency by which you can produce energy to power your body.

Clearly, arginine is important for a number of vital body functions.


Nagaya N, Uematsu M, Oya H, et al. Short-term oral administration of L-arginine improves hemodynamics and exercise capacity in patients with precapillary pulmonary hypertension. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2001;163:887-91.

Beall CM, Laskowski D, Strohl KP, et al. Pulmonary nitric oxide in mountain dwellers. Nature 2001;414:411-2.

Information sourced from LEH Magazine . 12/7/2010 editor, Will Block

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For many of us, we use our supplements as a preventative measure to frequent visits to the doctor and/or unnecessary prescription medication! Although there may be a time and place for prescription medications, and we always look to our trusted doctors for support and advice, we continue or diet of healthy foods and supplementation to stay healthy!

Shouldn’t we get the same tax benefit on this preventative care as we on prescription medication?

Current legislation is aiming to do just that! And YOU can get involved too! SaveOurSupplements.org wants to help us tell congress to cover dietary supplements in HSAs and FSAs through “Repeal, Repair and Replace” Efforts to Improve Access and Lower Costs for Americans!

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Life Priority - Eyes on Vitamin D

Do you need Life Priority Vitamin D3?

If you are not already taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, you really need to consider it. The vitamin is so important for multiple body functions and contains many preventative properties. Vitamin D3 is so difficult to come by naturally that we have no choice but to supplement our diets. In the supplement world there can be many gimmicks and low quality products that don’t always get regulated and can’t be trusted, so do your research and find a high grade product.

Life Priority D3 provides 2,000 IUs of Vitamin D per serving. This highly researched, special formulation contains Vitamin D3 which is the most bioavailable form of Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption which aids in muscle and bone functioning, heart functioning, brain health, emotional health, normal cell division, and much more. Vitamin D is only naturally acquired through sunlight exposure and consumption of fish. In today’s society, we are spending less time outdoors and in many populations we are not eating large amounts of fish that would provide us with an adequate Vitamin D dose. If these are both true for you, and you want to reap the benefits Life Priority Vitamin D3 has to offer, then you need supplementation.

Researching the Benefits of Vitamin D for our Bodies

vitamin-d-research-sunlightDo you often think to yourself, “Did I get enough Vitamin D today?” Chances are, no,
you don’t think this. Vitamin D often gets overlooked in our dietary lives. A lot of the time
we are focusing on what will help us lose weight, or what will help us reduce symptoms
of some certain ailment we are facing, but what we don’t know is that research has
shown that Vitamin D can aid in these and much more. Vitamin D can be considered a
multi-tasker with a plethora of benefits for our bodies.

Observational studies have found a link between Vitamin D and mood levels in older
adults. In these studies, it was found that Vitamin D deficiency could be a risk-factor for
depression brought on later in life. Participants who took Vitamin D supplementation
were found to have an increase in their mood levels.

Research has shown that Vitamin D benefits the body’s musculoskeletal functions.
Again, with our Vitamin D deficient lifestyles, people can be more prone to fractures and
muscle weakness. A study found that daily Vitamin D supplementation reduced hip and
non-spinal fractures by 20%. Sufficient Vitamin D levels help with bone mineralization
and keeps them from softening as we get older.

Vitamin D

Another study sought out to find an association between Vitamin D and general
mortality. In the study, populations had their Vitamin D levels checked and were
separated based on their Vitamin D statuses. The population with the higher status
results had lower mortality rates than the population that was considered Vitamin D
deficient. This study’s purpose was to generally associate Vitamin D status levels with
risk factors related to mortality.

Heart Health
The heart “flexes” its muscle with the help of Vitamin D. Over time, like other muscles,
the heart can become weaker and even damaged. That, compounded with a Vitamin D
deficiency can cause problems in the long run. Studies found that men who were
Vitamin D deficient were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack. It’s no surprise here that
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart issues.

Vitamin D

The list can go on and on about what research says about Vitamin D and its
preventative properties, but the benefits outlined are reason enough for you to make
sure that your Vitamin D levels are up to par. In this day and age and with the modern
lifestyles we live, it’s not hard for us to become deficient. Speak to your doctor about
testing and how you can combat Vitamin D deficiency. They may even recommend
changes in diet or Vitamin D supplementation.

What Happened to all the Life Priority Blogs?

What Happened to the Life Priority BlogsAs you’ve probably already noticed, we have removed all of our previous blog entries from The Life Priority Blog! Now, you’re probably asking yourself “Why?”. In response to a recent letter received from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we made the choice to remove all of our blog content while we had a chance to review it.

Due to some highly technical details, known as Structure/Function Claims, it was brought to our attention that the FDA considered some of our blog information and/or website descriptions to make drug related claims at treating specific diseases.

As we’re sure you already know, we always aim to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information possible! So, while we review this content, we made the decision to pull the content to avoid any confusion.

We still have archived versions of all of our previous blogs! So, if you need any information on a specific topic, or really enjoyed one of the blogs, please email us at customerservice@lifepriority.com or call us at 800-787-5438.

For more details, please refer to this Open Letter to Our Customers from Life Priority owners Greg & Michelle Prior!