Vitamin C (as Calcium Ascorbate)
Calcium Ascorbate is a natural form of Vitamin C; which is more readily absorbed in the blood stream than the other forms of Vitamin C. Importantly, calcium is coupled with Vitamin C to deliver the benefits of both Calcium and Vitamin C. As one of the best known vitamins, Vitamin C is widely used against common colds and a noted free radical scavenger. Calcium Ascorbate replenishes the calcium that is excreted in the urine due to the chelating properties of Vitamin C. Equally important, Vitamin C as calcium ascorbate enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and supports healthy functioning of the immune system to protect the body from disease.
Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits.
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)
Vitamin D is primarily obtained through exposure to sunlight, but our indoor lifestyle and perhaps geographical location has resulted in many people becoming deficient of this nutrient.
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) is best described as a powerful and versatile raw form of Vitamin D as it begins its metabolism pathway in the body as Cholecalciferol.
It also plays a vital part in the body’s absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus, acting to help keep bones and teeth strong. In optimum amounts, it also strengthens the immune system, nervous system, joints and muscles and is even said to positively affect mood.
Vitamin D3 and cancer: two separate studies, one in Australia and the other at the New York University School of Medicine, each describe the potential effects of Vitamin D as a protective factor for skin and breast cancer, especially for young women.
Vitamin E (as D-alpha Tocopheryl Succinate)
Often found as a nutrient in edible oils, Vitamin E is actually a collection of 8 anti-oxidants, of which D-alpha Tocopheryl is the only form of vitamin E that is actively maintained in the human body and it is the form of vitamin E found in the largest quantities in blood and tissues. Alpha Tocopheryl is the form of vitamin E that seems to have the highest nutritional and anti-oxidative significance. Succinate is a substance compounded with Vitamin E to minimize acidity of the product.
The body needs Vitamin E to boost its immune system and helps to expand blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within the vessels. In addition, cells use vitamin E to interact with each other and carry out many important functions.
Vitamin E and liver cancer: Researchers at the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China concluded that Vitamin E intake, either from diet or supplements, may reduce the risk of liver cancer.
Vitamin E can be found in olives.
Thiamine (as Thiamine Mononitrate)
Thiamine or Vitamin B1 is one of the most important members of the B group of vitamins. Thiamine is required for the processing of carbohydrates, fat and protein, using them to create energy. Nerve cells also require Vitamin B1 for normal functioning.
Thiamine plays a role in stimulating mental functioning and also supports the normal functioning of the entire nervous system. As an anti-oxidant, Thiamine guards the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. It also helps to maintain the normal red blood count and improves circulation. Because Thiamine is normally not retained by the body for long periods, it is commonly taken on a daily basis.
Researchers at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2005 reported evidence of prevention of several varieties of cancers by Thiamine. They commented that, "a limited number of animal studies revealed evident relationship between Thiamine deficiency and cancer development".
Thiamine can be found in sunflower seeds.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Similar to Vitamin B1 Thiamine, Vitamin B2 Riboflavin is crucial for metabolizing carbohydrates and turning them into sugar and energy. It is also necessary for the normal growth and development of tissues, such as skin, hair and other connective tissues. Vitamin B2 is also needed for the production of anti-bodies and for optimal functioning of the immune system and in certain circumstances; Vitamin B2 can also offer benefits as an anti-oxidant. For maximum effect, Vitamin B2 works best together with other vitamins from the B complex group.
Riboflavin can be found in dried ancho chilies.
Niacin (as Niacinamide)
Vitamin B3 Niacinamide is a B vitamin that plays a role in at least 50 separate metabolic functions and has the greatest impact when used with other B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, Pantothenic Acid and Biotin). These B vitamins are all critical for the conversion of proteins, carbohydrates and sugars into energy, as well as for the maintenance of healthy tissues and cells, including the potential to influence repair of the DNA component in cells.
Digestion: Vitamin B3 is also a vital component for the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, needed for healthy functioning of the digestive pathway.
Niacin and Cancer: According to a 2003 study by cancer researchers from the Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, "There are various sources of evidence that Niacin status does have an impact on cancer risk, including animal models of leukemogenesis (the creation of leukemia cells) and skin cancer."
Niacin can be found in bran.
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)
Vitamin B6 pyridoxine acts as a coenzyme and just like some of the other B group vitamins, this nutrient plays an important role in the conversion of protein, carbohydrates and sugars into energy. B6 is required in particular for the production of insulin, as well as both red and white blood cells. Pyridoxine is also crucial for maintaining the health of nerve and muscle cells.
B Group Vitamins and Colorectal Cancer: The results of a 2010 study conducted by Norwegian researchers at the Institute of Medicine, University of Bergen reported that, "higher plasma concentrations of vitamins B2 and B6 are associated with a lower colorectal cancer risk".
Vitamin B6 can be found in pistachio nuts.
Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)
An important vitamin for vegans: Vitamin B12 is the collective name for a family of compounds which contain cobalt, known as corrinoids and is a nutrient that helps keep the body's nerve and blood cells healthy as well as supporting nourishment for genetic material in DNA cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia known as megaloblastic anemia that makes people feel tired and weak. Since Vitamin B12 is normally only found in animal products, people who eat little or no animal foods or those who have had intestinal surgery may especially be in need of B12.
(Methylcobalamin is the form of B12 that does not contain Cyanide molecule).
As part of the B-complex vitamins family, Biotin is sometimes known as Vitamin B7 or H. Biotin aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and is essential for the creation of important fatty acids and blood sugar. Biotin may also have an important role in the health of your hair and nails. By taking Biotin as a supplement, it may be possible to naturally stimulate hair and nail growth.
Jump start your healthy weight loss goals: as an essential component of your body’s metabolic processes, Biotin supplement may help the body more efficiently metabolize your healthy eating and exercise plan.
Biotin can be found in swiss chard rainbow.
Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium-D-Pantothenate)
Help may be at hand for Acne sufferers: Pantothenic acid is a vitamin also known as vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 helps the body in absorbing and properly utilizing other vitamins such as B6 and B12. Pantothenic acid is important for our bodies to properly use carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and for maintaining healthy skin. Some acne sufferers have reported very positive and visible relief after taking this vitamin.
Pantothenic Acid can be found in avocados.
Calcium (as Calcium Citrate and Calcium Carbonate)
Are you getting enough calcium? Calcium is thought to be required across all stages of the life cycle for both men and women and understood to be the essential building block for healthy bones and teeth.
So if you drink more than 2 cups of coffee or soda daily, or if your diet is high in sodium you may be missing out on significant amounts of your body’s daily Calcium requirement. It is also believed to have a function in blood clotting and nerve conduction.
According to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, there is preliminary evidence that calcium supplements may help to reduce blood pressure, the risk of colon cancer and relief of PMS symptoms.
Calcium carbonate has the highest percentage of essential calcium while Citrate has somewhat less, making it especially suitable for older people.
Calcium can be found in watercress.
Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide)
Flush and tune up your digestive system; Magnesium oxide can promote healthy bowel function by safely helping to cleanse the entire length of the intestinal tract, unlike enemas that just work on the lower part of the intestinal tract. With the removal of toxic waste material, the health, blood supply and oxygenation of the colon are likely to be enhanced. Since bowel function impacts on so many other parts of the body, you may feel a noticeable change in your overall sense of well-being when your bowel functions, as it should.
Magnesium can be found in figs.
Zinc (as Zinc Picolinate)
Zinc Picolinate is formed by the bonding of Zinc with Picolinic Acid. This special form of Zinc has been used because it provides better absorption by the body than essential zinc to do the work of creating proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.
Adequate amounts of zinc are particularly vital during pregnancy and early childhood when the body needs to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal, may help with Acne and is important for maintaining the senses of taste and smell.
Zinc can be found in watermelon seeds.
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine)
Purify and detoxify with Selenium: according to a 2010 study conducted by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges, trace micro-minerals such as Selenium are involved in several major metabolic pathways as well as anti-oxidant defense systems.
Selenium has been shown to be involved in the prevention of numerous chronic illnesses such as several specific cancers and degenerative diseases. Selenium is nutritionally essential for humans and is a constituent of other substances that play critical roles in thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and protection from oxidative damage and infection. It can also help to eliminate excessive heavy metals from the body, such as mercury.
Selenium can be found in brazil nuts.
Copper (as Copper Glycinate Chelate)
Copper is one of the most abundant trace minerals in the body and functions to help protect the cardiovascular, skeletal and nervous systems. Approximately 50 percent of the body’s total copper content is found in the bones and muscles. Copper is sometimes a component for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis because it helps maintain healthy collagen levels and it may also relieve aching joints as well as minimize loss of bone density.
Copper is also considered to play a key role in the development and maintenance of healthy skin and hair. This is because the body needs copper to produce the skin pigment melanin, which has a part to play in protecting skin from UV radiation.
Copper can be found in cocoa.
Manganese (as Manganese Amino Acid Chelate)
Manganese is a micro-mineral essential for many biochemical processes in the body, including an anti-oxidant function.
It is also said to be an aid for the metabolism of cholesterol, carbohydrates, and protein and is known to also play an important role as an activator of other enzymes. Regarded as contributing to bone formation and development and when taken in the chelate form, it mimics how Manganese is naturally stored in your body, so your system does not have to produce amino acids to process the Manganese.
You may benefit from Manganese chelate if your diet is high in refined foods and if you have a nutrient-depleting stressful lifestyle.
Manganese can be found in saffron.
Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate)
The mineral Chromium is understood to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone important for the metabolism and maintenance of carbohydrate, fat and protein in the body. When chromium is paired with acidic picolinate, the body's ability to absorb the mineral is enhanced.
Chromium picolinate has also been said to be a possible aid to weight loss under certain circumstances by possibly boosting muscle mass and lowering cholesterol.
Chromium can be found in yeast.
Molybdenum (as Molybdenum Nicotinate Glycinate)
Hard to pronounce but easy to see the results; knowledge of the trace element Molybdenum dates back 700 years and is present in very small amounts in the body. It is associated with many important biological processes, possibly including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys and energy production in cells. As an anti-oxidant it is said to prevent cancer by protecting cells from free radicals, the particles contributing to cell damage. Molybdenum has also been claimed to prevent anemia, gout and dental cavities.
Molybdenum can be found in kidney beans.
Potassium (as Potassium Chloride)
Good health in a heartbeat: just as plants thrive on additions of Potassium Chloride, so too can the human body. Potassium is a mineral required for numerous bodily functions, especially the beating of your heart and is used by some as a salt substitute.
Potassium levels can be low as a result of a disease or from taking certain medicines or after a prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting. Potassium chloride is also used to manage low levels of Potassium in the blood (Hypokalemia).
As a chloride compound Potassium may be a better choice than pure potassium because in this form it may be absorbed by the body faster and more easily.
Potassium can be found in bananas.
L-Lysine (as HCl), L-Arginine (as HCl), L-Aspartic Acid, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Alanine, Glycine, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Threonine, L-Ornithine (as HCl), L-Cysteine (as HCl), L-Histidine (as HCl), L-Tyrosine, L-Methionine, L-Proline, Taurine
Proprietary of 19 Amino Acids Blend (from Soy protein)
L-Lysine (as HCl), L-Arginine (as HCl), L-Aspartic
Acid, L-Leucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Serine, L-Valine,
L-Isoleucine, L-Alanine, Glycine, L-Glutamic Acid,
L-Threonine, L-Ornithine (as HCl), L-Cysteine (as HCl),
L-Histidine (as HCl), L-Tyrosine, L-Methionine,
Protein in food consists of amino acids. The quality of that protein is based on the number and types of amino acids it contains. These proteins break down in your digestive system into amino acids which are then absorbed into your bloodstream and into various areas such as building cells that fight infection and protect from infection, as well as strengthening production of hormones and building enzymes that support good digestion. These amino acids are also useful for ensuring skin elasticity and healthy hair.
Amino Acids can be found in soy.
Calm down and chill out naturally; once considered part of the B Vitamin family, Inositol is a naturally occurring anti-oxidant nutrient. Studies suggest that those with low levels of Inositol in their body have a higher chance of suffering depression and mood swings. A low level has also been associated with constipation, so taking extra Inositol could also ease the load on your digestive system. What’s more, the use of Inositol received encouraging results from researchers as a treatment and prevention for certain forms of skin cancer.
Inositol can be found in Persian melon (cantaloupe).
Research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine supports the important roles of the nutrient choline in prevention of breast cancer. It suggests that high intake of Choline may be "a promising strategy" to prevent the development of breast cancer and to manage its development.
Although the body produces a small amount of choline, there may be times when your need for Choline is beyond natural levels of production, such as during pregnancy, during a weight loss program when you may decide to avoid high-Choline foods such as fatty meats and eggs, or if your alcohol consumption is beyond recommended levels.
Choline Bitartrate can be found in eggs.
Boron (as Boron Citrate)
Boost your brain power with Boron Citrate; as a multi-tasking and important trace nutrient, Boron Citrate is primarily known for its role in increasing, maintaining mental functioning and is therefore related to the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease. Additionally, Boron Citrate has been known to help the kidneys to re-absorb excessive, but useful minerals stored in the urine and it also seems to support the body’s efficient use of other minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Boron can be found in hazelnuts.
Lycopene (from natural Tomato extract)
Get the power of red: smoking, eating highly processed foods and having a sedentary, stressful lifestyle are just some of the ways we allow free radicals to damage the cells in our bodies. Free radicals are molecules that attack cells and that can potentially harm a cell’s DNA.
Anti-oxidants can help defend against free radical damage. Derived from tomatoes, Lycopene contains an abundance of anti-oxidant properties. Studies suggest that Lycopene may even have a protective effect against cancer of the lung, stomach and prostate.
Lycopene can be found in tomatoes.
Lutein (from Marigold extract)
Defend your vision: Lutein is one of the carotenoids, the yellow and orange pigments found in many colorful fruits and vegetables including mangoes and corn. As a Marigold extract it functions as an anti-oxidant with effects on the macula of the eye (located behind the retina). It helps to protect the retina from free radical damage and the harmful effects of UV light on the skin. Findings (Aug. 2009) from the Canadian Cancer Registries Epidemiology Research Group provide evidence that a diet rich in beta-carotene and Lutein may play a role in the prevention of certain types of cancer related to the kidneys.
Lutein can be found in marigold.
Vanadium (as Vanadyl Sulfate)
Vanadium is a micro-mineral found in most cells. Vanadyl sulfate is a compounded form of Vanadium and is considered to hold potential for management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, because the mineral mimics the effect of insulin in the body and is said to help balance blood glucose levels.
Vanadium and fish oil: A study conducted in 2011 by researchers at the Department of Pharmacological Technology at Jadavpur University in India affirmed the potential of Vanadium taken together with fish oil for "suppression of mammary tumor growth and cell proliferation".
Vanadium can be found in peppercorns.
Turmeric Root (Curcuma Longa) Extract
Powdered gold: Turmeric root or Curcuma Longa is a small herb native to India. For thousands of years the Curcuma root has been used to create gold-colored Turmeric, the earthy-tasting spice commonly used as an essential ingredient for curry.
Not limited to use in the kitchen, Curcuma longa extract has also been known to have naturally powerful medicinal and health properties.
In a study conducted by Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas, researchers observed anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activities, confirming that Curcuma "holds potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses."
Ginger Root Extract
Ginger up your health with Zingiber: The ancient Ginger (Zingiber officinale) root has strong and warming properties with multiple anti-inflammatory compounds. In Chinese traditional medicine, it is believed to have a safely stimulating effect on the heart, circulation and mood. It is also said to be helpful for people with sluggish circulation. Often used as a mouth freshener, it may also be effective for sore throat relief. The substance known as -gingerol is the main active compound in ginger root and the one that gives ginger its distinctive flavor.
Sipped as a warm beverage when suffering from cold, flu or chest congestion, it is said to encourage healthy perspiration and may assist in bringing down a fever.
Ginger and cancer: Plants of the ginger family have been credited with therapeutic and preventive powers and have been reported to have anti-cancer activity. One study conducted at the University of Minnesota's Hormel Institute suggests consuming ginger may reduce colorectal cancer tumors and aid in cancer prevention and in another study, researchers at the Faculty of Sciences, King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia discovered that ginger extract suppressed the spread of breast cancer cells without significantly affecting normal cells.
Cranberry Fruit Extract
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are the deep red-colored fruit of a plant native to North America. Traditionally, the fruits and leaves were used as relief for wounds, diarrhea and stomach ailments.
Well known for generations as a domestic remedy for urinary tract infections, especially for women, it is considered that the constituents in cranberry called proanthocyanins prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. This is thought to allow urine to rinse away the offending bacteria and bring relief to the symptoms of UTI.
Recent research by School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada found evidence that Cranberry extract can slow certain types of mouth cancers and dental plaque, the cause of gum disease and tooth loss.
A further study by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts reports growing evidence of the cranberry’s potential ability to limit the development and severity of certain cancers and vascular diseases.
Acaí Berry (Cabbage Palm) Fruit Extract
Considered one of the most nutritious vitamin and mineral-packed fruits of the Amazon, the Acaí berry has for generations been known for its gastro-intestinal, anti-oxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rich in antocianine and ferulic acids, these powerful anti-oxidation substances help to guard against cholesterol and damage by free radicals. Did you know that antocianine is the healthy heart substance found in red wine? Acaí has much more antocianine than the red wine grape. With a high fiber content and naturally occurring fats known as lipids, the Acaí berry extract as a dietary supplement can also promote digestive comfort and general well-being.
Goji Berry (Lycium Berry) Fruit Extract
The Goji berry has received a lot of attention recently and for good reason. The Goji’s most supported nutritional attribute is its Vitamin C content, which is considered to be the highest of most naturally-occurring plants.
Native to China and highly regarded for generations by traditional Chinese medicine as a natural health tonic, the Goji berry extract’s predominant characteristic is its sugar molecules known as polysaccharides.
When absorbed by the body, the Goji berry is thought to offer many protective benefits such as decreased risk of colon cancer, improved mineral uptake, stabilization of blood glucose levels, stimulation of the immune system and an anti-oxidant function.
Blueberry Leaf Extract
While the anti-oxidant properties of the blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) fruit are well known, you may be surprised to learn that the blueberry leaf also has potent anti-oxidant properties as well. As the active anti-oxidant ingredient in the Blueberry leaf, Chlorogenic Acid, which is contained within the extract, is considered to have a high capacity to absorb free radicals throughout the body.
Bilberry Fruit Extract
How well can you see in the dark? The Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) as a fruit is a close relative to the well known American huckleberry and blueberry, familiar to the home cook for making jams and pies. During the Second World War, it is believed British Air Force pilots reported that after eating Bilberry jam, they experienced sharper night vision. The active constituents are thought to be anti-oxidants called anthocyanins that may offer particular benefits for eye conditions and to strengthen blood vessels throughout the body.
Raspberry Fruit Extract
In addition to being enjoyed as a delicious fruit and in endless desserts, raspberry has also been used in traditional practices for its health benefits. Rich in vitamins and minerals and an aid in neutralizing as well metabolizing fats, other claimed health benefits that can be derived from raspberry include treatment for anemia, heart disease, respiratory problems such as coughs, colds and flu, sore throats, diarrhea and rashes. There are also claims that its anti-oxidant properties may be beneficial in cancer prevention.
Barberry Root Bark Extract
Pharaoh's friend: As a powerful source of Berberine, the root of the Barberry plant was recognized thousands of years ago by the Egyptians for its overall decongestant benefits and relief of fever.
Since then, the Barberry root has been used as a calming liver tonic by traditional herbalists for jaundice and also for soothing the uncomfortable symptoms of yeast infections.
Berberine in Barberry root extract is also linked with having anti-microbial impact on eye, ear, mouth, nose and throat irritations.
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Rosemary Leaf Extract
The spiky-leafed rosemary plant is commonly found in warm Mediterranean regions. Aside from its culinary uses as an aromatic herb, the anti-oxidants contained in rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are one of its active elements. This may be one of the reasons it was used centuries ago to help keep perishable food items from spoiling and to help fight infection.
The powerful anti-oxidant effect of Rosemary helps to inhibit the action of some micro-organisms and when applied externally, the versatile remedial properties of rosemary can be used as a skin freshening astringent and stimulant.
It has also been suggested by recent studies carried out at College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois and a further investigation in Adelaide Australia, that the anti-oxidant activity of Rosemary may be beneficial for control of a range of cancer types.
A tropical plant from South East Asia, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates) has recently become well known for the subtle lemon flavor it gives to Thai cuisine. As a remedy, it may help you feel revitalized by easing the effects of Jet Lag, can help with headaches, calm emotional tension and other stress-related conditions.
Peppermint Leaf Extract
Known for its fresh, cooling and stimulating taste and aroma, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been cultivated since ancient times with evidence of its use found in a 1000 BC Egyptian tomb.
As a herbal remedy, it has been used as relief for the symptoms of nausea, indigestion, headaches, muscle, nerve pain, and digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Maitake Mushroom Powder
"Maitake" in Japanese literally means "dancing mushroom" and is associated with the joy on discovering its taste and medicinal benefits. Used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine as an anti-oxidant to enhance the immune system, researchers have also indicated that Maitake can regulate blood pressure, glucose and insulin, cholesterol, triglycerides, and may also be useful for weight loss. Japanese researchers at The Kobe Pharmaceutical University indicate that Maitake may have additional potential to decrease the size of lung, liver and breast tumors.
Shiitake Mushroom Powder
Shiitake is a highly-prized mushroom appreciated for its distinctive taste. First cultivated in China Shiitake is now widely known in South East Asia as a rich source of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
The mushroom is also revered in Asian medicine for its health-promoting effects, as a booster for the immune system, for its cholesterol-lowering capacity, as an anti-coagulant and in 2011 was reported by researchers in the University of Texas Medical School to have potential for use as a complementary treatment for surgical cancer patients.
Reishi Mushroom Powder
For overall vitality: Reishi is a red-colored herbal mushroom, the supplement derived from the cap and stem. Reishi's benefits are best explained through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Where Western medicine focuses on the "cure" after the disease has already occurred, TCM focus is on prevention by maintaining the correct balance for the body through diet, exercise and meditation to manage stress.
As well as offering the benefits of a health tonic to help balance the body’s overall functioning, Reishi can be used to help with the symptoms of anxiety and high blood pressure. Reishi has been claimed to enhance the body's immune system and improve blood circulation.
Ganoderma lucidum extracts have also been shown to have anti-tumor properties in a study conducted in October 2006 by the Institute of Chinese Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Cordyceps Sinensis Mushroom Powder
Sometimes referred to as the good "magic mushroom", Cordyceps is a type of medicinal mushroom thought to offer anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Long used in traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that Cordyceps can protect against asthma, depression, diabetes, fatigue and high cholesterol. In fact, a 2005 study reported in the Journal of Medical Microbiology concluded that Cordyceps helped slow the growth and spread of streptococcus bacteria, the bacteria responsible for "Strep Throat".
Trametes Versicolor (Turkey Tails) Powder
Also known as the "Turkey Tails Mushroom", Trametes versicolor is probably the most common fungus in the world and one of the most important therapeutic mushrooms related to anti-aging and a sense of rejuvenation. Turkey Tail mushroom is named for its striking shape and color, which in Asia represent longevity and health.
Trametes versicolor is believed to fortify the immune system against infections and help reduce the side-effects associated with cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
For less serious conditions and with a health maintenance function, the mushroom is thought to support the liver, ease infection in the upper respiratory tract as well as boost overall energy and vitality.
Saw Palmetto Berry Powder
Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the fruit of Serenoa repens, a low-growing palm tree native to the West Indies and the south eastern US. The plant is known to contain flavonoids, plant sterols, fatty acids, and is understood to contain certain sugars, or polysaccharides that have been known to reduce inflammation. Native Americans also used the plant as an antiseptic.
Men’s health: this nutrient is thought to have a corrective effect on testosterone imbalance. It has also been used to treat male urinary tract infections and has also been regarded as a libido booster.
In Europe, Saw Palmetto has been widely used as a beneficial aid in reducing the symptoms associated with enlargement of the prostate, including frequency of urination. It is also thought that the plant contains certain substances that are helpful in managing the progression of prostate cancer cells. In addition, Saw Palmetto has also been associated with supportive treatments against male hair loss.
Women’s health: Saw Palmetto’s activity on testosterone imbalance is also regarded as having beneficial effects for women’s health especially with adult-onset Acne, preservation of female sexual health during menopause as well as minimizing the effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Oregano Leaf Powder
Well known as a fragrant Mediterranean culinary herb seasoning, pure Oregano (origanum vulgare) in the powdered form is also known for its high anti-oxidant properties. The herb is considered to contain 42 times more anti-oxidant properties than apples and 12 times more than oranges. Its active constituent carvacrol has been said to be helpful in the care of prostate cancer, a prominent cause of cancer mortality in American men.
Spanish research conducted in 2004 confirmed that Oregano has "a good anti-oxidant capacity" adding that it is an "alternative for the potential treatment and/or prevention of certain chronic ailments, such as cancer".
Cassia Bark (Cinnamon) Powder
Did you know that Cinnamon can help you to keep your feet warm? In traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Cinnamon is believed to improve energy and circulation, so it may be particularly useful for people who tend to feel warmer in the upper body than in the feet.
Native to China, Sri Lanka and India, Cinnamon helped to launch the ancient spice trade. These days it is commonly used as a food and beverage flavoring. As natural cleansing herb, it also has powerful antiseptic properties and considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Chinese medicine to treat colds, nausea and minor digestive complaints.
Recent studies by the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona expressed optimism about the role of Cinnamon in reducing growth of Melanoma tumors.
Red Wine (Vitis Vinifera) Extract
Everyone has heard of the anti-cancer effects of red wine, but what if you could still safely benefit without worrying about the alcohol content? Resveratrol is a well-known polyphenolic (an anti-oxidant component) compound of red wine. According to the Linus Pauling Institute in Minnesota, people who regularly drink moderate amounts of red wine tend to have 20 percent to 30 percent fewer instances of coronary heart disease.
Black Pepper Fruit Extract
Pepper up for your health! Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is native to India and other southeastern Asian countries. Although black pepper has been used as a strongly flavored spice for centuries, it has also been used traditionally in India to treat digestive and other disorders.
Recent laboratory studies indicate that black pepper may also be beneficial as a laxative and as a general tonic. In clinical trials, inhalation of black pepper extract was reported to have supported the withdrawal symptoms of cigarette smoking.
What gives carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins their bright, attractive colors? Alpha carotene - it contains high levels of Vitamin K for healthy glowing skin and is a powerful plant pigment that also protects the heart and promotes bone strength. Rich in free-radical fighting anti-oxidants, Alpha carotene is also known to support good vision and to maintain a clean and healthy bloodstream.
Alpha Carotene can be found in pumpkins.
Save your sight with Zeaxanthin; it is the dominant component within the central macula located within the retina of the eye. Primarily, Zeaxanthin is a substance that behaves as an anti-oxidant that is found in vegetables such as spinach.
As a nutrient, it plays an essential role in protecting the retina of the eye from the damaging effects of light. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a prevailing cause of vision loss in the elderly.
The 2003 Schepens/Harvard study concluded that Zeaxanthin has a potential to "eventually complement other strategies to improve the treatment of this vision-robbing disease.".
Zeaxanthin can be found in spinach.
Cryptoxanthin, also known as beta-cryptoxanthin is a member of the beta-carotene family that provides color and flavor to fruits and vegetables. Like beta-carotene, Cryptoxanthin is a powerful anti-oxidant that can be transformed by the body into Vitamin A or retinol, which is thought to play a role in maintaining eye health and good vision.
People who regularly drink alcohol or whose intake of fruits and vegetables is low, or who follow a low-fat diet may benefit by Cryptoxanthin.
A report in the January 2004 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention suggested that Cryptoxanthin protects against cancer both by neutralizing free radicals and by stimulating the RB gene that prevents cells from becoming cancerous.
Cryptoxanthin can be found in red paprika.
Spirulina Algae Powder
Super-food plant nourishment from the sea: Spirulina had been known as a food source by the Aztecs and is a blue-green algae rich in raw protein and seven major vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E, naturally containing an abundance of chlorophyll and beta-carotene. It is loaded with calcium and contains all the essential fatty acids and eight amino acids required for complete nutrition. Evidence as recently as 2007 shows further evidence of Spirulina's dynamic anti-oxidant properties and during 2006, researchers at the Faculty of Science in Mansoura Egypt confirmed the potential suppressive activity of Spirulina on liver cancer cells.
Chlorella Algae Powder
Spring-clean and maybe even cancer-proof your body with Chlorella; as a single-cell fresh-water algae, chlorella is among the most persistent forms of life on the planet, almost unchanged for billions of years. Containing more rich, green chlorophyll than just about any other food, it boasts more than 30 vitamins, minerals, massive amounts of protein and essential fatty acids. Yet Chlorella is a gentle alkaline nutrient, useful for balancing your intake of acid/alkaline nutrients.
The benefits of Chlorella are endless. Offering an overall sense of well-being and vitality, Chlorella is absorbed immediately to boost your immune system and is believed to help cleanse environmental toxins from your body and if you trying to manage your cravings for sugar, Chlorella can also help to calm those annoying rushes.
Studies at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology found a strong "functional correlation" between taking Chlorella and the prevention of human cancer.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
Keep your immune system in shape; Green tea extract is derived from green tea leaves of the colorful Camellia (Camellia sinensis) plant, its flower being particularly prized in Japan. As an edible derivative, Green tea extract contains powerful anti-oxidant properties, which are primarily green tea catechins known as GTC that also protect your immune system. Traditionally, Green tea extract has also been associated with cancer care for breast, stomach and skin cancers, and even for sharpening mental alertness and in certain instances, with weight loss.
Chamomile Flower Extract
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a wonderfully versatile and gentle herb used for thousands of years with strains originating in Europe. The benefits of Chamomile have ranged from being enjoyed as a calming herbal beverage at sleep time and in the extract form, a soothing relief for digestive discomfort and when diluted, as a refreshing after-shampoo rinse for extra gloss and shine.
Preliminary research also suggests Chamomile extract with benefits as an anti-inflammatory agent, with cholesterol-lowering properties and even as a mild anti-oxidant.
Milk Thistle Seed Extract
Meet the rock star herbal remedy for a healthy liver: extracts created from the seed of this herb are said to have seriously protective effects on the liver. Other folk uses include cholesterol level reduction, lowering of insulin resistance for type 2 diabetes and cirrhosis and slowing the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer cells.
Although Milk Thistle’s history extends over thousands of years, today it shows promise after clinical studies demonstrated its contribution to healing livers damaged by chronic inflammation and cirrhosis. With environmental toxins all around us, Milk Thistle can help to cleanse and help maintain healthy liver function. Silymarin, derived from the seeds of the milk thistle plant and is believed to be the physiologically active part of the herb.
Dandelion Root Extract
You may wonder how the root of the humble Dandelion weed could possibly have any health benefits? It may surprise you to know that Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is actually a botanical rich in Beta-carotene and Potassium.
In herbal medicine, Dandelion is typically used for its ability to stimulate the appetite, aid digestion and its gentle laxative effect, but that’s not all. Researchers at the Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan were optimistic that Taraxasterol, the essential substance in Taraxacum officinale could be a valuable preventive agent in breast cancer.
Pomegranate Fruit Extract
Detoxify with Pomegranate; the unique chemical composition of the pomegranate makes it exceptionally rich in anti-oxidant tannins and flavonoids - as much as three times higher than red wine or green tea.
Consumed since biblical times, pomegranate contains the anti-oxidant polyphenol, which fights free radicals in the skin for improvements in skin elasticity, the softening of wrinkles and is known to be soothing for sunburned or damaged skin.
It is also very high in lipids, including Pucinic Acid, which supports reduction in swelling after inflammation.
Barley Grass Powder
A nutrition power-house and a rich source of insoluble dietary fiber and renowned as a super-food, Barley Grass bursts with a large variety of vitamins and enzymes extremely high in healthy naturally occurring protein, fatty acids (including alpha-linolenic), iron, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-1 as well as high amounts of other trace minerals such as carotene potassium and bone-strengthening calcium. It also contains high amounts of organic sodium, which may contribute to managing unwanted calcium deposits in the joints.
Apple Pectin Powder
Heard the saying “An apple a day..”? Pectin is a form of cellulose fiber found in the cell walls of apples. Widely known to the home cook as a means of thickening jams and jellies, apple pectin also has important health-promoting properties for the digestive system, not only helping to control the amount of cholesterol absorbed from the diet, but is also known to add important dietary fiber to promote regularity.
Sage Leaf Extract
A pungent, naturally occurring herb common to the Mediterranean region, physicians in ancient Greece are understood to have used it in a diluted form as a disinfectant to clean wounds and ulcers. Sage (Salvia officinalis) today is used as a folk or traditional remedy prepared as a beverage for mouth and throat inflammation, for indigestion and excessive sweating. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that sage’s alternative meaning is "wise" or "knowledgeable", as the herb is also known to improve mood, memory and general mental performance.
Lemon Verbena Extract
The fragrant free-radical scavenger: Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) extract is a gentle, soothing supplement derived from the fragrant lemon-scented spiky-leaf plant. In extract form, its anti-oxidant and detoxification capacity is greatly enhanced. Lemon verbena extract can also relieve a variety of digestive discomforts and is also said to ease the symptoms of cold and flu.
Parsley Leaf Powder
The humble parsley as a vitamin powerhouse: parsley has its origins in the Mediterranean region and is now cultivated the world over as a fresh tasting and mild herb enjoyed in diets world-wide and as a breath freshener.
This simple green herb in a pure, powdered form is a powerhouse of these health giving vitamins: Vitamin C, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium, Folate, Sulphur and Calcium, Provitamin-A, Vitamins-B, E and K, Chlorophyll and Beta-carotene.
As a detoxifying agent, Parsley acts as a catalyst to help your body eliminate harmful toxins such as excess salt and uric acid through the urine. In a study conducted by LKT Laboratories in Minnesota in 1992, the active constituent in parsley, Myristicin, was considered as "being an effective cancer chemopreventive agent in tumors".
Resveratrol (from Japanese Knotweed Root Extract)
Hard to say easy to use; Resveratrol is a natural compound found in grapes, red wine and some berries and known as an powerful anti-oxidant with a long list of health benefits.
Derived from the roots of the Polygonum cuspidatum plant or Japanese knotweed, the dried roots and stems of these plants have long been used in Chinese medicine as a circulatory tonic. Recently, scientists have begun to discover its many cancer-fighting and cardiovascular benefits as well. A February 2013 study conducted at the Department of Internal Medicine, Rabin Medical Center in Israel suggested the preventative effect of Resveratrol on colon cancer cells.
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Discover the well kept secret for relieving the discomfort of varicose veins; the anti-oxidant free-radical potency of the flavonoids Hesperidin comes to us from the inner white peel of citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit. It is believed to protect blood vessels against the damaging effects of free radicals, to also promote cardiovascular fitness and is thought to enhance the uptake of Vitamin C in the body. Additionally, it has been shown to have promising benefits in the treatment of colon cancer.
Hesperidin can be found in lemons.
Rutin is a plant-based flavonoid, a yellow/green colored pigment that in supplement form, contains Quercetin, an anti-oxidant shown to reduce inflammation and offers a range of other health benefits. Rutin supplements are said to help treat certain health conditions by strengthening the blood vessels and is known as a natural remedy for conditions that affect the blood vessels, including hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Some people also use Rutin to relieve arthritis.
Rutin can be found in buckwheat.
Grape Seed Extract
The leaves and fruit of the grape vine have been used in Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean region since ancient times for both the plant’s health promoting benefits in cookery and of course in its fermented form as wine.
High in anti-oxidants, grape seed extract has been used as a traditional remedy for conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
These conditions have included hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation; complications related to diabetes, such as nerve and eye damage; vision problems as well as swelling after an injury or surgery and wound healing.
Most importantly, eating foods with a high anti-oxidant content is believed to protect the body against cancer. In fact, according to August 2012 study by The Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University, grape seed extracts have "great potential in cancer prevention and for promoting overall health".
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Widely known as a potent and effective anti-oxidant, Alpha lipoic acid demonstrates multiple unique properties. It can help the body metabolize glucose, which is useful in managing blood sugar levels. It also recycles Vitamin C and indirectly recycles Vitamin E, providing further anti-oxidant protection, especially for mature brain and nerve tissue. There is also evidence that alpha lipoic acid might also help with age-related skin damage.
Alpha Lipoic Acid can be found in broccoli.
Quercetin (as Dihydrate)
Harness the strength of the oak tree: The name Quercetin is derived from the general Latin name for oak trees, internationally recognized symbol of strength and endurance. Quercetin is a type of plant-based chemical, known as a flavonoid and anti-oxidant that is found in fruit, vegetables and in certain teas and red wines. In addition to its powerful anti-oxidant properties Quercetin is regarded as having noticeable anti-inflammatory properties for asthma and eczema sufferers in particular.
Italian and German scientists in 2012 separately studied the role of Quercetin in management of a certain type leukemia known as CLL and both studies agreed and concluded that their "experimental results are in favor of a potential use of Quercetin in adjuvant chemotherapy in CLL or other types of cancer.".
Quercetin can be found in cherries.
Bromelain (From Pineapple)
Go tropical for your health! Bromelain are a variety of enzymes contained in the juice and stems of pineapples. First isolated in the early 1900’s, Bromelain is believed to help with the breakdown and digestion of protein. The enzyme has also been used in alternative medicine for the relief of chronic varicose veins, hemorrhoids and other vein conditions.
As a well known supplement in Europe, Bromelain has been approved for relief of inflammation and swelling of the nose and sinuses after surgery or injury. European studies suggest that Bromelain may accelerate healing time after sport/physical injury and has also been linked to reduced swelling associated with sprains, strains, bruises, tendonitis as well as other minor muscle injuries.
L-Cysteine Free Base
Need help with after-party fuzziness? L-Cysteine is an amino acid that acts as an anti-oxidant and is said to help the liver and brain metabolize alcohol and detoxify the effects of drugs and cigarette smoke. It is said to also help promote lung health in people with chronic pulmonary disease and some report visible benefits in its role as an enhancer for hair and nail tissue repair.
L-Cysteine can be found in legumes.
Restore your energy and drive with the amino acid N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine; a powerful anti-oxidant. As we age, our bodies become less resistant to the harmful effects of toxins and free radicals that enter our systems. N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine appears to offer the most optimal form of this anti-oxidant helping to maintain cell health in the liver and skin and improving the look and feel of your skin, hair and nails.
It can also be potentially useful for a number of more serious conditions. Research indicates benefits for a wide range of degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease.
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine can be found in grain.
Alfalfa Herb Powder
Rich in protein, Vitamins A, D, E, and K the Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leaf originated in Persia and has been commonly used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
The Alfalfa leaf also contains a wide range of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients including chlorophyll. By releasing the healing power of phytoestrogens, the nutrient can also support female reproductive well-being at each stage of the life cycle. The saponins in Alfalfa can also help to ease blood cholesterol without influencing healthy HDL cholesterol.
When used externally as an anti-bacterial the Alfalfa leaf naturally relieves and soothes minor irritations and may even be suitable for your pet.
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Protect your most important organs with Q10. First discovered by Professor Frederick L. Crane and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Enzyme Institute in 1957 who pioneered research into the anti-oxidant role of the Q10 – Ubiquinone molecule as a free radical scavenger.
Q10 – Ubiquinone is a naturally occurring substance generally found in most eukaryotic cells (cells with a more complex construction and high energy requirements such as the kidneys and in the liver).
Therefore it is typically found in the cells of organs with high energy requirements, such as the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Q10’s main function is to provide the cell with energy.
As a versatile substance, it can also prevent oxidative damage by fighting free radicals. If free radicals cause oxidative damage to cell DNA, the cell may no longer be able to function properly which could ultimately result in damage to these major organs.
Q10– Ubiquinone has also been reported as being applied to a variety of conditions, including stroke, heart disease, gum disease, migraines, Parkinson's disease and cancer. It is also regarded to be modestly effective in lowering high blood pressure under certain circumstances.
Taking Q10 at night may improve the body's ability to use it.
Coenzyme Q10 can be found in peanuts.
Get the glow with l-Glutathione; a protein with a masterful anti-oxidant function derived from the amino acids Cysteine, Glutamic acid, and Glycine, it is one of the most important elements within the body's system that fights free radicals. It is also has a reputed anti-inflammatory effect, considered essential for functioning of the immune system. Enthusiastic users have reported positive benefits for sleeplessness as well as skin conditions such as acne breakouts together with reports of a general improvement in skin tone.
L-Glutathione can be found in asparagus.
Pycnogenol® (Pine Bark Extract)
Give yourself the gift of good health from trees; Pine bark extract is derived from the bark of the maritime pine tree (Pinus Pinaster), which contains naturally occurring chemicals called proanthocyanidins. Pycnogenol® is also the name of a group of compounds that contain proanthocyanidins considered to have powerful anti-oxidant properties that impact positively on all vulnerable cells of the body.
Anti-oxidants found in Pycnogenol® pine bark extract may reduce the destructive power of free radicals. Free radicals are produced as a result of over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation, environmental toxins such as air pollution, eating unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, illness and the effects of chronic stress.
Researchers at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine at California’s Loma Linda University tested the anti-oxidant effect of Pycnogenol® and reported their results as demonstrating that Pycnogenol® "can protect vascular endothelial cells (related to the circulatory system) from injury by free radicals" and went on to comment that "Pycnogenol® may be useful for the prevention of disorders associated with oxidative damage."
Pycnogenol® is a trademark material of Horphag Research Inc.