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Facial aging is caused by both internal and external factors.

Skin Support

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When we consider how old we look, we usually focus on facial skin health. As we get older we see the effects of aging most obviously in our faces. We spend millions of dollars on potions and lotions that promise more youthful skin. There are certainly things we can all do to improve the health and appearance of our skin.

In this interview with Tracy Kreider we will explore the factors that contribute to accelerated skin aging. Some things we have no control over, but at the same time there are many things you can do to have healthier skin. We will also discuss Maxi-Skin from Country Life as a product that uses clinically studied ingredients for skin health.

Factors in Aging (the following content provided by Country Life):
There are both internal factors and external factors. Internal factors include our genetics and the natural aging process. Age is the one factor over which you have no control. Genetics, on the other hand, can be influenced by many factors.

Some of the external factors affecting facial aging include sun exposure, smoking, pollution. The shocking news is that skin aging begins in the 20’s. As we age, collagen production starts to decline and eventually hormonal changes will contribute to more challenges. Over time collagen level diminishes, therefore, it’s important to supplement with collagen to support skin, hair, nails, joints and bones health.*

Collagen Loss in Facial Aging
Collagen is a fibrous protein in the dermis that gives structure to the skin and provides the foundation for the retention of elastin. Elastin is a protein that helps tissue maintain shape.

Country Life Maxi-Skin
Maxi-Skin is formulated with the clinically studied ingredient called Verisol. Verisol® is Bioactive Collagen Peptides®. Collagen peptides are short chain peptides derived from collagen protein. These specific optimized peptides) are bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold water. Clinical studies show Verisol® can positively influence dermal skin structures. Don’t forget that collagen is the support structure throughout the body. Collagen also supports skin, hair, nails, joints and bones. Verisol® is clinically shown to:

  • enhance skin elasticity*
  • increase collagen by 60%*
  • reduce depth of eye wrinkles*

Vitamin A

  • Essential for skin cell renewal in the epidermis layer


  • Supports healthy hair, skin and nails

Vitamin C

  • Helps support elastin
  • Required for collagen formation in the dermis layer
  • Essential for the maintenance of connective tissue
  • Protects skin from cell damaging free radicals.

Maxi-Skin is available in 3 different powdered formulas. They all include the clinically studied Verisol® Collagen. End Country Life Content.

PubMedYou can read more about the clinical study using Verisol at PubMed.

Other nutrients that provide additional nutritional support that you might consider:

  • Pycnogenol includes antioxidants called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs).* At 100 mg, it is also shown to support cardiovascular health.*
  • Resveratrol – Supports cardiovascular health*, healthy aging* and supports the body’s antioxidant system
  • Hyaluronic Acid also supports joint lubrication, comfort and mobility.*
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that protects against free radicals.*

About Tracy Kreider
Tracy Kreider is the Senior National Product Educator for Country Life Vitamins. Tracy has a long history in the natural products industry having managed one of Richard’s Whole Foods store chain in Florida. Tracy is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) and is Board Certified with The American Naturopathic Medical Association. She understands the science behind nutrition and she understands the needs of consumers. Tracy spends her time traveling the country giving educational and inspirational seminars to retailers and consumers on behalf of Country Life Vitamins. Country Life has been one of the leading quality supplement manufacturers for over 45 years.


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Glutathione is the critical master antioxidant and liver detox agent.

Liver Support

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Ross PeltonExcitement is growing about the use of glutathione as a critical nutrient for human health. While we have understood much about the importance of glutathione, it has been difficult to deliver as a nutritional supplement by oral delivery. Orally it seems glutathione has not been effective because it does not get into the system through the gut. That has been frustrating for nutritional scientists. It’s hard to study nutrients if they have to be injected. Injections are proving to be an effective way to deliver glutathione but this is not what most of us need. What most of us need is an effective way to get glutathione into the system through supplementation. 

In this interview Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton will discuss the role of glutathione as the body’s master antioxidant. He will explain very clearly why glutathione is a critical liver detox agent. As part of this discussion, Ross will sound the alarm about the toxins in our lives. This can be an overwhelming aspect of this topic. The problem is so pervasive. The positive message that we hear from Ross is that there are effective ways that we can reduce our risk and improve our health and longevity in the process with glutathione.

Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant.” It is used by every cell in the human body, and it’s absolutely vital for hepatic function. Compared to all other organs, glutathione is found at its highest concentrations in the liver. That’s because liver cells rely on antioxidant glutathione during normal detoxification activities.*

This interview has three basic themes which are covered in some detail,

  • We begin our discussion considering the environment of chemical toxicity. Some of these toxins are impossible to avoid. But some other very powerful toxins are readily available to us and consumers use them frequently. Such as tobacco smoke, alcohol, pesticides, weed killers, acetaminophen and so on and on. We have choices about many things we put into our bodies. We reduce exposure when and how we can.
  • The second part of our discussion centers on glutathione. We discuss it’s role in human health as the master antioxidant and preeminent liver detoxifier. There is a lot of interest in creating oral delivery forms of glutathione. As the master antioxidant the effects of low levels of glutathione profound effects on our health and longevity. Conversely higher levels of glutathione are associated with better health, immunity and longevity. One study reported that people taking ME-3 had a remarkable 49% increase in the ratio of reduced to oxidized glutathione.
  • There is also a lot of interest in intravenous delivery and even by suppository. Ross discusses the work of Dr. David Perlmutter who has amazing video of patients with Parkinson Disease (PD) and the before and after effects of intravenous glutathione therapy. CLICK HERE to view these videos. As amazing as that treatment system seems, it is not necessary or even available to the rest of us. 
  • Part 3 of the interview where we discuss a very specific bacteria strain called Lactobacillus Fermentum ME-3. Reg Activ is the supplement that provides ME-3. This is the only bacteria shown to have the effect of producing glutathion in the gut. ME-3 has been studied for years. Ross will discuss some of the results of the clinical studies.

Ross has published a great article on this topic in the Townsend Letter. Here are a few excerpts:

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Glutathione Overview
“Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants in the body. An increasing number of studies link glutathione depletion with an increase in oxidative stress and a greater incidence of disease and accelerated aging. For example, reduced plasma glutathione levels have been shown to represent an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Glutathione depletion has also been shown to be a primary cause of the neurodegeneration that leads to Parkinson’s disease. Similarly, increased oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease has been attributed to decreased levels of glutathione in the brain.

The Benefits of Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3

After discovering that Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 expresses strong antioxidant activity, follow-up studies began to reveal that ME-3 produces a wide range of additional health benefits. ME-3’s multiple benefits fall within four categories: antioxidant activity, immune system support, anti-inflammatory activity, and detoxification. Consequently, scientists have been studying ME-3 for the past 20 years, and its unique health-promoting benefits are summarized below.

  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health: Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 has a beneficial effect on several cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Enhances Detoxification: Glutathione is a critical regulator of detoxification in every cell of the body, but especially in the liver and kidneys. Glutathione detoxifies toxins in food, heavy metals, air pollutants, pharmaceuticals, and a wide range of other toxins.
  • Promotes Liver Health: The liver is the primary organ for detoxification. There are two main phases of detoxification in the liver, which are called Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification pathways. A significant number of free radicals are generated during Phase 1, which can result in liver damage if adequate antioxidants (especially glutathione) are not available to quench them.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 has been shown to significantly inhibit levels of several key inflammatory markers, including glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and interleukin 6 (IL-6).
  • Promotes Healthy Bacterial Balance: ME-3 produces significant amounts of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), hydrogen peroxide, and nitric oxide.37 These postbiotic™ metabolites function in several ways to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and suppress the growth of pathogens, which help maintain a healthy microbiome.
  • Detoxifies Organophosphate Pesticides: Organophosphates were developed in the 1940s as highly toxic biological warfare agents. Today, they are one of the most widely used pesticides worldwide. In addition to being sprayed on agricultural food crops, they occur in many pesticide and insecticide products commonly used on residential lawns and gardens
  • Immune Function: Lymphocytes are a critical component of the immune system. Their primary job is to defend us against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders. When faced with a challenge, the body dramatically increases the production of lymphocytes to fight the infection. Glutathione is required for the production and function of lymphocytes.” End Excerpt. Read the full text here.


RegActiv is a family of 3 products that all contain ME3 bacteria supported by system specific nutrients. You can choose the one that reflects your goals and challenges. There Detox and Liver Health, Immune and Vitality and Cardio Wellness. Remember that RegActiv does not replace a digestive probiotic. Ross recommends Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic and you can listen to our interview where we discuss this unique product. Learn more at the RegActiv – FAQ page.

Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Ross Pelton is the Natural Pharmacist. He received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He also has a PhD in psychology and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). In October 1999, Ross was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is the author of ten books and numerous online health seminars. Ross is currently the scientific director for Essential Formulas. The link to his blog and personal website is



263 – Adrenal Stress and Adaptogenic Herbs – My Interview with Dr. Mary Bove

In this interview Dr. Mary Bove will discuss the role of adaptogenic herbs for stress. Adaptogenic herbs refers to  herbs that support physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis, for example, decreased cellular sensitivity to stress. Herbs have a long history of usage for human health. We now have the opportunity to improve on the historical uses through modern science. We now have the science to explore deeply into the chemistry of herbs and create products that bring out those properties. We now have more and more clinical evidence of the structure/function benefits of herbs. 

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262 – The Future of Liposome Nutrition – My Interview with Emek Blair

Liposomes are basically a nutrient wrapped in a layer of fat (phosphatidylcholine, an important beneficial fat molecule). This is the same way that nutrition is delivered to babies through breast milk. Little fat bubbles fulled with nutrients. Liposomes are sometimes used with drugs to deliver drugs to specific targets in the body. Liposomes are also used to deliver nutrients into the body. Liposomes are better at carrying nutrients into the body and also delivering that nutrient into the cell than powders which make up most tablets and capsules. The phosphatidylcholine part of the liposome is then added as a healthy fat to cell membranes. These are important distinctions in the delivery system that determine how well your supplements are absorbed and utilized.

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261 – Nutrition for Children – My Interview with Neil Levin

What are the Most Important Nutrients for Children’s Health?
While a well-rounded diet and plenty of daily activity are always the best ways to maintain health, supplements are a great way to fill in the gaps until these healthy habits are fully formed. Growing bodies and minds need a vast number of nutrients for optimal development. For children, all nutrients are important in some way, but some are more important than others. It is interesting to note that these are the same nutrients that are also deficient in adults as well. No surprise there.

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260 – The Challenge of Iron Deficiency for Women – My Interview with Dr. Erin Stokes

In this interview with Dr. Stokes, we will discuss in depth the challenges that women face with iron deficiency. It is the number one nutritional deficiency in the world. We will also discuss the newly completed clinical study using Blood Builder. There is a lot of good news to share. So for thirty years, we have had the experience of women to confirm the value and effectiveness of Blood Builder. Now we have clinical evidence. We will also discuss the differences between iron deficiency and anemia. People often confuse the two. This interview will clear that up.

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259 – Probiotics for Vaginal and Urinary Health – My Interview with Anthony Thomas

The probiotic industry has exploded and now we have hundreds of companies putting products into the marketplace that have no real science or benefit. This is a big bandwagon and everyone now has a probiotic. If you are serious about the products you buy, then learn to dig deeper. Ask questions, seek evidence, and figure out what companies and which products you can trust. It’s only hard in the beginning, and as you learn more you will gain confidence. You will make better choices and better choices lead to better outcomes. 

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258 – You Have Three Brains – My Interview with Dr. Karen Jensen, ND

“The human brain has always been a source of fascination. For centuries scientists have been trying to unlock its secrets. This has never been more relevant than today, when more people, young and old, are being diagnosed with brain disorders – such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, learning disorders, and dementias – than ever before.
In her new book, naturopathic doctor Karen Jensen explores the intricate communication network between the heart, the brain, and the gut. An increasing body of research suggests that these three “brains” all work together to determine our mental, emotional, and physical health. These three brains not only influence optimal brain function but the very essence of our identity.

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257 – America’s Emerging Hemp Industry – My Interview with Josh Hendrix

Hemp is an important agricultural commodity around the world. Hemp played an important role in the growth and development of America as well. Until 1937 when the marijuana tax act criminalized all cannabis including industrial hemp. This is a case of throwing the baby out with the bath water. The road back to US hemp production is just gaining traction.

Hemp based products have been available in the US for probably a decade or so. Products like protein rich hemp seed, hemp oil (not to be confused with CDB Oil), hemp fiber for rope and fabrics have come into the marketplace. These products are made from hemp grown in other countries. Canada for example produces industrial hemp. So the challenge of making industrial hemp legal again in the US been formidable but doable. 

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256 – Nutrition for Children – My Interview with Jolie Root

We face a growing challenge with childhood health. It seems that more and more children are experiencing significant health issues more so than in the past. Parents are rightly concerned and always want to do the best for their children. Easier said than done. When we begin to consider the many ways in which children can be adversely affected it can be overwhelming. Perhaps even more daunting is how do we raise healthy children in today’s environment.

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