I own a health and nutrition business and have taught fitness. When I was first told about Reliv, I was very concerned that it might be a scam and spent three months researching it before I would let my friend talk to me about it, as I was afraid he might be getting himself into something where he might get hurt. Here is what I found.
Reliv is a nutritional supplement which the body interprets as food - what they call optimal nutrition. It is in a powder form, but taken as a liquid, and 98% of it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream within just a few minutes minutes of ingestion when taken correctly. This company holds, I believe, 5 or 6 United States patents on their products, of the 13 that the US patent office has issued on food products in their entire history for all companies combined. Basically, the FDA says that in food supplements, only 30% of what they say on the bottle is in the product actually has to be in the product when sold, and of that, usually only 30% or less is actually absorbed into the body. With a US patent on the product however, that means that 100% of what they say is in the product actually has to be in the product - and you have the added benefit of 98% of that being delivered to the bloodstream within a very short period of time. Additionally, to have that patent, they have to prove that what they have is different and unique from anything else on the market, and they have to prove that it works - although the company itself makes no health claims, because the body is the miracle, and when you deliver optimal nutrition to the body, the body knows itself what to do with that nutrition.
Because of the way it has been developed, with a perfect balance, bioavailability and synergy, and because the body recognizes it as food, and not just as a "salad of vitmins" that someone put together, it has a much better chance of giving the body it's best chance at optimal health. I am not trying to make health claims here - and the company makes no health claims - but when you put the right things into the body, the body knows what to do with it!
The Reliv company - a food science company - is a 20 year old company with an excellent business reputation, and which has never had a lawsuit. They produce high quality products, are listed on the NASDAQ, and have been recognized by major publications such as Fortune, Forbes, Business Week and Success From Home as one of the top 100 best run businesses, and one of the top 100 hot growth companies. They are sold in 15 countries.
I have taken this supplement for a while now with excellent results. Debilitating carpal tunnel and painful joint issues in my left hand have completely disappeared; my husband, who thought he was going to have ANOTHER surgery in his shoulder instead avoided having to have it and is now pain free; my 84 year old mother in law, who had severe arthritis in her hands, is also pain free and her cholesterol has come down 64 points in since November. My son uses this product for his athletic training and has reported increased energy and stamina.
Interestingly enough, while vitamin supplements - even your children's Flinstone vitamins - all have health warnings on them, Reliv products are so safe that they carry no health warnings, are given even to babies in their bottles and in feeding tubes for people in the hospital with no adverse effects.
I've been trying various nutritional supplements for over 35 years, and have never seen anything that has given us the life changing results that these supplements have. If someone is talking to you about them, I hope you will give them your ear and let them connect you to some people who can share their testimonies with you. Doing so, by the way, is the best way you can investigate Reliv, because you are talking to real people, not just some recording or something written on a website, and so you can hear real experiences and ask questions directly from them.
We have been delighted with what these products have done for us and never want to be off them!
By the way, as an FYI, the gentleman who started this company had degrees in bacteriology, and immunology and was confined to a wheelchair because of back injuries incurred when he was shot down at the end of WWII. He was given pain killers and told that he would be in that wheelchair - because of the pain - for the rest of his life. He worked with the World Health Organization in South America during an outbreak of bovine mastitis and while every other scientist was looking at the sick cells to find out how to handle this disease, this doctor took a different view: what makes a healthy cell healthy - and what makes a healthy cell stay healthy. His discoveries led to a complete eradication of bovine mastitis in South America - an accomplishment for which he was widely recognized. From there, he decided that that research about what makes a healthy cell could be applied to humans, and he tried over 800 tries to find the right balance of nutrition to cause the body to regenerate healthy cells before he finally found it. He used it on himself and went from a wheelchair to a walker to two canes to one cane and eventually was able to walk. So unlike so many companies which start with a money making idea and then find a product to fit, this company started with a product that already showed great success before he was convinced to share it with the world and make it into a business. This is why the motto of this company is to "Nourish our World".
There is now a charitible foundation - called the Kalogris Foundation - supported by the distributors of Reliv and by Reliv itself that feeds over 43,000 starving children in third world countries every day.
Scams just don't do that.
If you desire further information or links, you are free to email me.