AminoActiv Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:51:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BETTER THAN ICE Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:47:47 +0000 Conventional “wisdom” is not always right

For years we’ve been told to apply ice to injured or sore muscles. In fact “RICE” (which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) has long been a staple of first aid training, especially for athletes.

New science suggests ice may not be the best bet

There is mounting evidence, however, that suggests that ice may not be a good treatment for sore or injured muscles or joints. In fact sports medicine expert Dr. Gabe Mirkin, (who originally coined the “RICE” acronym) now warns that ice may do more harm than good.


Recent scientific findings show:

  • Ice can delay healing.
  • Ice can actually increase swelling, possibly worsening the injury.
  • Ice numbs pain, giving a false sense of recovery which may lead to further injury.
  • When muscles, tendons and ligaments are cold, blood flow decreases. This can cause weakness, along with loss of coordination and flexibility.

So what should you use?

AminoAciv® Topical Cream is an effective alternative to ice therapy. This unique cream safely relieves pain from muscle strain, minor injuries, and arthritis, and actually supports rapid healing and recovery.

Don’t freeze it. TREAT it.

Shopping Tips for the Vireo Store Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:55:46 +0000 Special Offer
There are several money-saving possibilities offered at our online store. When purchasing, consider these 6 opportunities:

  1. Volume discounts
  2. Special offers
  3. Shipping charges
  4. Rewards points
  5. Coupons
  6. Economy size options

If your order totals $100-$149, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Greater discounts are available for larger orders as follows:
$150-$299: 15% discount
$ Greater than $300: 20% discount

Vireo runs special promotions which are shown beside the products in the shopping cart. You can also see a listing of the SPECIAL OFFERS on this page.

If your order is less than $40, there is a shipping charge of $7.00. By adding an extra item so that the order equals or exceeds a $40 order total, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING.

Vireo offers coupons throughout the year for different products. This is way to save 15-25% more on your order. For example, if you refer a prospective retailer to us for AminoActiv®, you’ll receive an immediate 15% discount coupon code. That offer is here.

All customers who register at the Vireo online store are automatically enrolled in a REWARDS program. For every item in the store, you will receive reward points that can be redeemed anytime once you reach a minimum of 50 points.

Some of Vireo products are available in multiple sizes to accommodate users who need to re-purchase the same product on a regular basis, such as once per month. For example, there is a 60 count AminoActiv capsule bottle and a 180 count bottle. The 180 count is about 20% less per capsule.


To show you how these suggestions can be put into action, consider the following example:

A shopper wants to buy AminoActiv.

At the store they see that their dog can have safe pain relief too (with CanineActiv®). And the shopper notices a special offer underway–Buy CanineActiv and get 50% discount off any AminoActiv product.

There are 2 choices for AminoActiv, a 60 ct bottle for $25 and a 180 ct bottle for $60. Because of the special offer and the fact that the 180 ct bottle is 20% less than three 60ct bottles, they select the AminoActiv 180 ct bottle and the transaction looks like this:

CanineActiv Large Breed 90ct capsules $36.00
AminoActiv 180 ct capsule bottle $30.00 ($30 savings due to special offer)

But wait, this customer had been searching for AminoActiv at pharmacies near her home and could not locate a local reseller. She goes to our local retailer page and submits a retailer referral for pharmacy where she’d like to buy AminoActiv in the future. Upon submitting the referral info, the shopper receives an immediate coupon for 15%, and then applies it during checkout at the Vireo store to arrive at her final order total:

CanineActiv Large Breed 90ct capsules $36.00
AminoActiv 180 ct capsule bottle $30.00 ($30 savings due to special offer)
Less 15% discount coupon – $ 9.90

This customer saved $39.90. By getting a 180ct bottle of AminoActiv they saved even more compared to buying 3 bottles of 60ct capsules. Also, they earned Rewards points that can be redeemed for more savings for their next order.

We want you to enjoy Vireo products and receive the best value possible as a long-term customer.

Do you have questions or suggestions about the Vireo store? Let us hear from you by contacting us here.

Remember: Vireo offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all products if you are not satisfied for any reason!

Ice Therapy Receiving Cold Reviews Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:12:24 +0000 Athlete_icing_injured_foot-s

For years, common wisdom has told us to apply ice to injuries and sore muscles. The acronym, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), originally coined by Gabe Mirkin, has been a staple of first aid training especially for athletes. With mounting evidence, however, the shift to better therapies for more rapid injury recovery has begun. Dr. Mirkin now warns that ice may do more harm than good.

Here’s a summary of recent scientific findings:

  • Ice can delay healing.
  • Ice can increase swelling, worsening injury.
  • Ice numbs pain, which can give a false sense of health, which may lead to further injury.
  • While muscles are cold, they can be weaker.
  • While muscles are cold, they can be less coordinated.
  • While muscles, ligaments, and tendons are cold, they are less flexible.

Sometimes ice doesn’t even help with pain. One study found that icing torn leg muscles did not aid in pain relief or healing. While ice can sometimes help with reducing swelling, it can hamper blood flow that is vital for healing.

If ice is on the chopping block, and NSAIDs are rife with harmful side effects, what then?

The natural choice is AminoActiv topical cream. AminoActiv is “better than ice.” And for the most powerful relief, users repeatedly report great results when they go the combo route of rubbing in the AminoActiv topical anti-inflammatory cream and taking two 400 mg AminoActiv capsules.

If you have never tried AminoActiv, now is the time. Order a free Athlete Starter Bundle (4 capsule travel packs and 4 topical cream travel packs). Go to

To learn more about why ice is losing favour, visit these links:

AminoActiv…Better than Ice™

Effects of Ibuprofen and NSAIDS on Athletes Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:05:11 +0000 A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that NSAIDs slow down muscle regeneration. A later study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found evidence that this delay could persist for up to four weeks. Additionally, a study published in Germany revealed that NSAIDs are not even that effective for post-workout soreness and pain. Further, Clinical Sports Medicine, the leading textbook on the discipline, firmly argues against NSAID use for athletes.

Scientific studies have long shown the many detrimental effects of NSAIDs, from acute adverse reactions to long-lasting damage to kidneys, liver and other internal organs.

It is now being reported that NSAIDs:

  • Reduce protein synthesis
  • Impede tendon & ligament repair
  • Interfere with bone fracture calcification
  • Increase oxidative stress

AminoActiv, on the other hand, works with the body to help prevent pain before it begins, promotes more rapid recovery from injury, reduces lactic acid buildup and relieves pain and inflammation without hampering muscle and tendon recovery.

And finally, for athletes, AminoActiv’s ability to counteract the buildup of lactic acid is one of its greatest benefits. Lactic acid collects in muscles as a result of intense exertion, which results in stiffness, soreness and muscle fatigue. Less acid buildup equals much faster recovery and ultimately higher performance. Just as importantly, AminoActiv doesn’t simply mask pain – it actually supports the body’s natural healing process.

For articles and studies that further describe the impact of NSAIDs on athletes, click here.

Get Ready for Summer with the Travel Bundle! Wed, 14 May 2014 17:39:33 +0000 TravelBundle

It’s time to go mobile with safe, non-toxic pain relief. Meet the new Travel Bundle, designed to keep you prepared wherever you travel.

The Travel Bundle includes a 6-pack of AminoActiv capsules and a 10-pack of topical cream. Each topical cream pack contains 0.1 oz., and there are 4 capsules per pack in the 10-pack capsule box.


Keep this bundle in your gym bag, handbag, first aid kit, and luggage, and you’ll have the #1 alternative to ibuprofen and NSAIDs at your side for all occasions.

The Travel Bundle is available for the special price of $17 (over 20% savings) until August 31, 2014 at the online store.

Sunburn Pain Relief with AminoActiv Topical Cream Tue, 13 May 2014 20:45:26 +0000 SunWaterWhen you have sunburn, you have inflammation of the skin. That signature lobster color is the result of the body’s inflammatory response. UV rays from the sun can damage molecules in the skin. This causes a reaction of different proteins and enzymes and leads to dilation of the cutaneous blood vessels and recruitment of inflammatory cells. We experience this process as red skin and pain.

For safe, non-toxic relief of sunburn pain, reach for AminoActiv topical cream.

Apply a light layer of AminoActiv topical cream on the sunburned area. Let it soak in on its own. (No one wants or needs a “sunburn massage!”) Do not apply if the skin is blistered or broken–if this has happened, seek medical attention.

Because AminoActiv is safe and non-toxic, feel free to apply more cream as needed.

Here’s what Baylee from Nashville said about her discovery of AminoActiv as a sunburn pain reliever:

“I burned my shoulders while at the park. That evening, my friend, who was an AminoActiv user, applied the topical cream to one shoulder as a test. The next morning the pain had gone away totally, while the other shoulder continued to hurt for a couple of days. I’m now a big fan of AminoActiv, and wish I had tested both shoulders that evening with AminoActiv!”

The topical cream does not include menthol and does not stain clothes. It is not a sunscreen, so don’t try to use it as a preventative, but if you do get into sun trouble, it can help you with that miserable pain.

AminoActiv is sort of like the Swiss Army knife of pain relief. You’ll want to keep it on hand because you never know what sorts of opportunities to use it will pop up. Users report relief from arthritis, muscle soreness, back and joint pain, bug bites, and more. The cream comes in several packaging options, including a tube and handy travel packs.

Please avoid overexposure to the sun, but if it happens, try AminoActiv. And let us know how AminoActiv works for you.

Use coupon code AANOW and receive a 15% discount off AminoActiv topical cream at our online store.


Meet AminoActiv Users, Dipsy & Doodle Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:29:56 +0000 Dipsy & Doodle
AminoActiv gained some new fans at a recent Jeanne Robertson show in Tampa. Anne Pratt and Deb Montye are the mother-daughter clown team, Dipsy & Doodle (respectively). We asked freelance writer, Robin Merrill, to talk with them recently about AminoActiv and their clown business.

RM: Tell me about Dipsy & Doodle!

Doodle: Well, we’re family entertainers. We’ve been in the business for 20-something years. Mom has been in theater her whole life, and she went to an on-camera class, where she met a woman who was a clown. And this is just the way Mom is: she said, “If she can be a clown, I can be a clown.” And the rest is history.

Dipsy: She was a hospital clown and we’re not hospital clowns, ’cause we’d probably give the cardiac people some trouble. And the older I get, the less time I want to spend in hospitals.

Doodle: So she nagged me to death to get me to clown class, and then we started our own business. We do clowning and magic. She does lots of stuff. She’ll be 83 in March, and she’s on no medication. She runs circles around me.

RM: Wow, that’s fantastic! How did you hear about AminoActiv?

Dipsy: We were at a Jeanne Robertson show that was sponsored by AminoActiv.  Mark Faulkner, the president of Vireo Systems, was there and we just got to talking. You’ve got to understand, I was on vitamins back before they could even spell the word, back before chiropractors were around, so I’m always looking for something different and new. So I was talking to Mark, and then I brought some AminoActiv samples home, and I used it, and I liked it. In fact, I just ordered some more today. Mark and I talked for a long time, but we were laughing so hard that we didn’t get much business done.

I’ve been using AminoActiv for my knee. I’m going to have a knee replacement eventually, but so far it doesn’t hurt that bad. But I’ve been using AminoActiv for that, and they also said something about varicose veins so I’m trying AminoActiv there too. I love the stuff. I use both pills and the cream.

Deb has been using it for some muscle pain. She also has some knee pain. She tore her cartilage and that’s healing. My neighbor is in pain all the time, and he couldn’t get any meds for a week and a half, so he was using some of my AminoActiv, and it helped him.

RM: A mother-daughter clown team. What’s that like?

Doodle: Well people like to have us around because we’re so high energy, and we have a good time. We’re always kidding around, but with the two of us, well, we live together and we work together, so we fight like a married couple with no perks.

People can’t believe that’s my mother. People will ask me how my mom’s doing, and I’ll say, “Oh she’s pretty good at nagging me to death so she must be okay.” We have our moments. You know, like mother like daughter—that’s the problem, I’m just like my mother.

RM: What were you doing before you started clowning?

Doodle: It was 1993. I was the manager of a Fashion Bug working 50–60 hour weeks. I would get home tired, and there was no way I felt like clowning, but Mom wanted me to go with her. So I met her after work and it was just the best thing.

Now we do 300 birthday parties a year and we teach workshops. We do lots of face painting. We do a lot of corporate events. Our magic is for age 3 to 103. Sunday we’re going to a country club for customer appreciation, which we’ve been doing for about 10 years.

RM: Tell me about your act.

Dipsy: When Harry Potter first came around, we did a lot of Harry Potter things. I would say, “I’m been to see my favorite magician, and he’s showed me lots of stuff—his name is Larry Potty.” And Deb would say, “Who’s Larry Potty?” And the kids would shout, “No! It’s Harry Potter!”

We teach magic, which helps kids in school. We’ve gotten a lot of letters from kids who now know how to stand up and say something. We had the shyest kids who were too shy to do anything, but by the end of the class, were leading the class.

And you’re always supposed to stay in character. That’s one of the things they drill into you. It would be like doing a dramatic monologue on Broadway and stopping in the middle to yell at someone. You’re supposed to stay in character. But I don’t. When the kids are obnoxious, I reprimand them. We did a party once at a small home. And the one-year-old birthday girl is all dressed up in finery, bouncing on her mother’s lap, and the adults are sitting in chairs in a semicircle around the room. And right down front there are three boys, probably aged 8–10. I was wearing these big clown shoes, and they were fiddling with my shoelaces, and I’m thinking to myself, I’m going fall because of these three wonderful little boys. So in the middle of the show, I stop and say, “Listen. Stop fiddling with my shoes. You’ve got two choices. You can either go to the back of the room or go outside. This is not your birthday party and I don’t want to fall.” So they got up and went outside. Then all the parents stood up and gave me a standing ovation. I said to Deb, what is wrong with this picture?

Another time, we had one of our students with us. His name was Snoozer. He’s 25 now and is a movie director, but back then he was 10, and we were doing a show, and he was helping us, and there was this kid who was heckling the birthday boy. He had glasses, and I didn’t remember his name so out of the blue I said, “Listen Mr. Glasses! This is his birthday party so you be quiet and sit down!” And I heard Snoozer say under his breath, “We’re not getting paid for this one.” Ha! So on the way out, oh, and we did get paid, but on the way out, I apologized to the birthday boy’s mother. I said, “I’m really sorry I reprimanded that young man but he was really very annoying!” And the mother said that was the birthday boy’s brother!

Doodle: (laughing) I knew it was his brother, and I’m listening to my mom say this and I couldn’t believe it. I wanted a big hole to crawl into. But she is a pistol. She was 20 years ahead of her time. Growing up, she had hot pink pants with go-go boots. So she certainly has been one heck of a role model. She is a free spirit, and she tells it like it is.

So anything we promote, we promote big. Like the AminoActiv, I swear by it. I groom dogs, and I am tying to get my friend who helps me to try it. He’s got a bad back. He’s been grooming dogs for 27 years. And it’s not easy getting those big dogs into the tub. That’s how I hurt myself. I had muscle pain in my side and pain in the side of my neck. I have to pick up dogs and put them in the tub, and I was doing it at an angle, and I think I threw myself out. I was taking six ibuprofens every 5-6 hours. Now I take two AminoActiv capsules in the morning and two in the afternoon.

We thank Dipsy and Doodle for the laughs and for supporting AminoActiv. Learn more about Dipsy & Doodle by visiting their website,

AminoActiv Travel Sizes Ready to Go Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:46:30 +0000 A tennis coach told us he puts a topical cream travel pack in each of the first-aid kits he gives to his students. Another AminoActiv user said she wanted her mother to try it, and gave her one of the 4-capsule travel packs. And for some, going anywhere without AminoActiv at their side is out of the question.

Our online store now offers AminoActiv in 5 convenient travel size packages.

AminoActiv .1 oz Cream
Travel Pack – 1 Packcream_samplePrice: $1.10

AminoActiv .1 oz Cream
Travel Pack – 10 Packscream-10packPrice: $10.25

AminoActiv Capsule Travel Pack
4 Count – 1 Packtravel_packPrice: $2.00

AminoActiv Capsule Travel Pack
4 Count – 6 Packstravel-pack-6Price: $11.50

AminoActiv Cream Travel
Jar – .25 Ouncetravel-creamPrice: $2.70

Vireo Systems Introduces New Packaging for AminoActiv Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:32:07 +0000 AminoActiv is rolling out new packaging. There are several reasons for this development. Foremost, we want to emphasize our commitment to educating people who are looking for an alternative to ibuprofen and NSAIDs. The new packaging design will communicate more buyer information that will help people realize the many benefits of avoiding NSAIDs.


We also wanted to give our customers more flexibility with their shopping options. In response to customer feedback, our topical cream will now come in a 2.75 ounce tube. This will make the product more convenient and more portable. We have also responded to user demand with a new 180-count capsule bottle. A larger bottle means less chance of running out of capsules and it will deliver more savings. The180-count bottle is about 20 percent less than three 60-count bottles.

The new topical cream tube and the 60-count capsule bottle will be packaged in boxes ideal for delivering product information to people shopping for a safe alternative to ibuprofen and NSAIDs. Dosage recommendations and suggested applications are printed inside the boxes.

The products themselves have not changed. We have simply made changes in our visual communication and packaging. After seven years, we decided it was time for an updated logo. You’ll notice we have decided to prominently feature the color blue. We hope this will help to reinforce AminoActiv’s trustworthiness and emphasis on safe, meaningful healing of a variety of health conditions.

We continue to work toward providing as many people as possible with safe, non-toxic pain relief. You can see our new products and pricing here.

As always, we look forward to your feedback.

The Pair that Pain Fears Most Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:36:43 +0000 paripain_3
I remember the first time I met
the world’s most obnoxious messenger.
Pain pounded on my door with both fists,
and I realized that I really didn’t like him.
It’s true that sometimes, occasionally,
he has something useful to say. Sometimes,
something is wrong and he saves the day.
But really. I’m not that slow of a learner.
Just the knock on the door will suffice.
I don’t need to invite him in and offer him pie.
Really, I just want to send him away.
And I don’t want him to come back
unless he’s got something new to say.
So imagine my excitement when I learned:
There’s a way to repel the messenger.
You see, I’ve been talking with the neighbors
and seems pain’s particularly offended
by AminoActiv’s incredible pair.
On this street alone we’ve got back strain,
an ankle sprain, and an accountant with shingles.
There’s fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis,
tennis elbow and osteoarthritis.
But when pain knocks on our doors
we’ve been answering with AminoActiv.
Some of us use capsules, some use cream
but when we use both, you can almost see him cringe.
We mean no disrespect, but our days are not his.
So if he knocks with something new, we may lend an ear
but then we’ll send him on his way with a non-toxic cheer.
Cream then capsules or capsules then cream,
that messenger turns on his heels and flees!
This poem was written by Robin Merrill. Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation.