CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Reliv International, Inc. (Nasdaq: RELV), an international manufacturer and
network marketer of nutritional supplements and other food technology
products, today announced the release of Arthaffect(R), a patented nutritional
supplement that offers a naturally effective alternative for supporting
healthy joint function, in Mexico on October 22, 2002.
Arthaffect(R), a simple to use powdered supplement, delivers more than 20
nutrients hailed by researchers worldwide for their effectiveness in reducing
pain and inflammation and promoting repair of damaged joint tissues. Key
among those ingredients is patented Arthred(R), a predigested collagen powder
clinically proven to aid the manufacture and repair of connective tissue.
Reliv's announcement comes on the heels of a new survey announced by the
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows one in three US
adults suffers from arthritis or other chronic joint problems. The new
estimate is 63 percent higher than a 1997 estimate that said about one in five
US adults had chronic joint problems.
"Aging baby boomers account for some of the increase, but more and more
joint problems can be blamed on lifestyle choices," explains Reliv's Vice
President and Arthaffect(R) developer Dr. Carl W. Hastings. "Obesity,
unhealthy diets and lack of exercise are all big contributors to joint disease
Reliv introduced Arthaffect(R) in October 1996 and received a patent from
the United States Patent and Trademark Office in January 2001.
Arthaffect(R), which is a top 5 seller for the company, is available
solely through independent Reliv Distributors. In addition to Mexico,
Arthaffect(R) is also available in the United States and the Philippines, and,
under the name A-Affect(R) in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Reliv International, Inc., based in suburban St. Louis (USA), manufactures
and distributes several lines of food products, including nutritional and
fiber supplements, diet management products, functional foods, sports drink
mixes and premium skin care products. Reliv International's common stock
trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol RELV.