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  • Beta Carotene Patented Betatene®, 100% Natural Mixed carotenoids (Dunaliella Salina) Micro Algae-Anti-Oxidant-AlchePharma

    Beta Carotene Patented Betatene®, 100% Natural Mixed carotenoids (Dunaliella Salina) Micro Algae

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      Background: Beta-carotene is a red-orange colored phytochemical found in high amounts in various fruits and vegetables (i.e. carrots and sweet potatoes).  Beta-carotene is known as provitamin A.  Provitamin A, unlike preformed vitamin A (retinol) must be converted into vitamin A before it can be used as vitamin A by the body.  In addition to its role as a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant.  Our natural beta-carotene is from patented Betatene®.  Betatene is derived from the nutrient-rich sea algae, dunaliella salina, which delivers a concentrated mix of naturally-occurring carotenoids, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.     Features: Betatene® brand natural mixed carotenoids. Includes naturally-occurring beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein. Provides 25,000 IU beta-carotene per serving. Easy-to swallow softgel.   Benefits: Serves as a precursor to vitamin A which is essential for normal, healthy vision,  immune function, skin health and normal cell growth.* Beta-carotene provides antioxidant protection helping to neutralize free radicals.* Carotenoids alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein provide synergistic benefits such as antioxidant protection, as well as support of skin and eye health.*   Ingredients   Betatene® Betatene—Australia’s Own Natural Beta-Carotene  Monday, September 11th, 2017 Betatene Australia’s Own Natural Beta Carotene Natural pink lagoons found in Australia contain an important health ingredient produced by algae, dunaliella salina. This article discusses the health benefits of algae beta-carotene and shows how betatene® from BASF can be incorporated into effective consumer solutions. By Dr Kai Lin Ek and Dr Ute Obermueller Jevic, scientific marketing managers, BASF Nutrition and Health Betatene—Australia’s Own Natural Beta Carotene 1 With a growing appreciation globally for products that are ‘natural’ and ‘Australian’, BASF’s natural beta-carotene can well and truly meet this demand. This naturally occurring beta-carotene is derived from algae, Dunaliella salina, grown in open-air seawater lagoons at two BASF sites—in Whyalla (South Australia) and in Hutt Lagoon (Western Australia). In these lagoons, Dunaliella salina is exposed to the full brunt of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation and has evolved a special mechanism for defending itself from the radiation’s damaging effects. As a protective mechanism to UV stress, the algae produces carotenoids, predominantly beta-carotene, which is then stored in lipid droplets within the algaes’ chloroplasts. WHAT IS BETA-CAROTENE? Beta-carotene is a naturally occurring, red-orange pigment found abundantly in foods like carrots, pumpkins as well as sweet potatoes and is the best known pro-vitamin A of all carotenoids. It is also traditionally considered to be the most important carotenoid in the human diet. Beta-carotene can act as a filter of UV light, is an antioxidant and a modulator of cell growth that helps protect the body against the most common non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. DELVING DEEPER INTO BETA-CAROTENE FROM ALGAE ‘Natural’ beta-carotene, such as that found in many fruits and vegetables or grown from algae contains a different mix of isomers compared to those produced synthetically. Specifically, algae-based beta-carotene contains almost equal amounts of trans and cis geometrical isomers of beta-carotene, and in particular the 9-cis isomer. In contrast, beta-carotene from synthesis or fermentation only contains trans isomers. Isomers refer to molecules that have the same formula but a different shape, thus resulting in different properties. The cis isomers of beta-carotene occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and algae; they can be formed during food preparation upon heating; during storage of supplements and during digestion in the human body. Considerable amounts of cis-isomers of beta-carotene are also present in various human and animal tissues. Observations support the suggestion that beta-carotene isomers may possess isomer-specific biological actions. All-trans and 9-cis beta-carotene, in particular, have received the most attention because both are involved in gene regulation. While all-trans isomers have a higher potency in terms of vitamin-A activity, 9-cis beta-carotene appears to have better antioxidant activity and specific benefits in heart, eye, and skin. 9-CIS BETA-CAROTENE FOR SUPERIOR ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY Studies from bench-top and animal experiments indicate 9-cis beta-carotene may be a better antioxidant than the all-trans isomer. In a human trial with asthma patients, supplementation with algae beta-carotene helped to prevent post-exercise symptoms. Antioxidant benefits of 9-cis beta-carotene were also shown in humans, although not yet in direct comparison with all-trans beta-carotene. Thirty-four patients received a week of oral supplementation with a placebo or 64 mg/day beta-carotene. All patients given placebo showed a significant post-exercise reduction of more than 15 percent in their forced expiratory volume in one second. Of the 38 patients who received a daily dose of 64 mg of beta-carotene for one week, 53 percent were protected against exercise-induced airway symptoms. The authors concluded that the results indicate that a daily dose of beta-carotene from an algae source exerts protection in some patients, most probably through antioxidant effects. NUTRITIONAL SOLUTION FOR SUN PROTECTION Betatene Nutritional Solution For Sun Protection UV radiation exerts a number of detrimental effects to human skin. The most familiar one is an acute sunburn reaction, which is a reddening (erythema) and swelling (edema) of the skin developing within minutes or hours after excessive exposure to sunlight and tanning beds. Chronic exposure to UV radiation causes long-term skin damage like skin cancer and premature skin ageing. While skin cancer is mainly due to exposure to UVB light (290-320 nm), exposure to UVA light (320-400 nm) leads to premature skin ageing, which manifests as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and, in severe cases, precancerous lesions. UVA is less potent than UVB in causing acute skin responses but penetrates to the middle skin layer (dermis) and causes damage to the area where new skin cells are created. Avoiding too much sun exposure and topical application of sunscreens prior to exposure represent the established strategies for protection against sunburn and skin damage. In recent years, however, providing additional nutritional protection of the skin has been discussed and among the substances that are being suggested for such a nutritional approach is beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a potent biological antioxidant. It is a strong singlet oxygen quencher in in vitro studies and experiments in animal models indicate that beta-carotene may provide skin photo protection in vivo. UVB induced skin erythema is due to the formation of reactive oxygen species in irradiated skin and the antioxidative nature of beta-carotene is able to stop free radicals that otherwise would damage DNA, proteins and lipids. Studies show that oral intake beta-carotene accumulates in the skin and in addition to antioxidative effects has other photo-protective effects in high concentrations by absorbing and/or reflecting visible and UV light. In a meta-analysis by Kopcke et al. (2008), the authors looked at human supplementation studies on dietary protection against sunburn using beta-carotene. The authors concluded the following: · Photo-protection induced by oral beta-carotene supplementation is always present homogenously in the whole skin compared to topical application which requires re-application and the worry of “missing a spot”; · Protection using dietary supplementation of beta-carotene required a minimum of 10 weeks of supplementation and for every additional month of supplementation, the degree of protection increased; · Nutritional supplementation is complementary to topical application of sunscreens for photo-protection and should be combined. Notably, three of the seven studies highlighted in the meta-analysis used algae beta-carotene, and these studies showed the strongest results favouring the use of beta-carotene supplementation over a placebo in sunburn prevention. OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS—HEART HEALTH AND EYE HEALTH Atherosclerosis is a condition in most cardiovascular diseases, where the walls of the arteries become thick and stiff because of fatty deposit accumulation. In experimental and clinical studies, algae source 9-cis beta-carotene had positive effects on heart health. In arterial walls, it can inhibit the formation of foam cells from macrophages, which is a key process in atherosclerosis. This was shown in an experimental study in mice using beta-carotene with 50 percent all-trans and 50 percent 9-cis isomers. Feeding algae extract increased beta-carotene levels in plasma and macrophages (both all-trans and 9-cis isomers) and it inhibited formation of pro-atherogenic foam cells. In the same study, pure 9-cis beta-carotene as well as an extract of algae powder inhibited foam cell formation while pure all-trans beta-carotene failed to have an effect. Other carotenoids present in the algae extract including phytoene and phytofluene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and alpha-carotene were tested in comparison but were not as effective as 9-cis betacarotene or the algae extract. In another mice study, researchers found that a diet containing natural carotenoids, rich in 9-cis beta-carotene, had the potential to inhibit atherosclerosis progression, particularly in a high-fat diet regime. In patients with cardiovascular disease, 9-cis betacarotene in combination with drug therapy improved HDL-cholesterol levels. This was observed by Shaish et al. (2006) where 20 fibrate-treated men with plasma HDL-cholesterol levels below 40 mg/dl were given 60 mg beta-carotene/day, containing all-trans and 9-cis betacarotene at a one to one ratio. The results show that a combination treatment of fibrate plus 9-cis beta-carotene amplifies the effect of the drug on HDL-cholesterol levels. Several studies have suggested that 9-cis beta-carotene, as a precursor of 9-cis-retinal and all-trans-retinal, could also have therapeutic applications in vision loss. In patients with retinitis pigmentosa, the leading cause of incurable inherited blindness in the developed world, algae source 9-cis beta-carotene improved eye (retina) function which was shown in a clinical trial by Rotenstreich et al. (2013). The authors concluded that 9-cis beta-carotene may represent a new therapeutic approach for some patients with retinitis pigmentosa. This finding is consistent with recent reports of significant functional and structural improvements after treatment in mouse-model experimental studies. For retinal dystrophy leading to night blindness, in another small human trial by Rotenstreich et al. (2010) there was an improvement in visual function and structure after supplementation of 60mg/day algae beta-carotene containing an equal ratio of trans to cis isomers for 90 days. All of the subjects showed significant improvements in peripheral visual field and a highly significant improvement in rod cell recovery rates. While the precise mechanism of the observed beneficial effect has not yet been established, it indicates potential for algae beta-carotene therapy in yet another area of eye health. BETATENE—BASF’S TRULY NATURAL MIXED CAROTENOIDS Sourced from marine algae and grown in saltwater lagoons in Australia, the carotenoids are harvested free of chemical solvents, and are carefully extracted and formulated using natural plant oils. Betatene is cultivated using the most natural manufacturing process of a beta-carotene without human interference on its carotenoid profile or mix. Betatene provides a unique blend of carotenoids similar to that found in fruits and vegetables. While beta-carotene is the dominant carotenoid, also naturally present are alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and crytoxanthin. Approved in all major markets and meeting all standards, Betatene contains up to 90 percent beta-carotene and thereof 37 percent 9-cis beta-carotene (best ratio 63:37). It is available as cold water dispersible (CWD) powders for beverage applications, oily dispersions for application in food and soft capsules as well as direct compressible (DC) powders for tablet and hard gelatin capsule applications. In addition, Betatene is also safe for use as a colour in many foods, and has shown excellent stability in target food and beverage applications. With decades of use history, proven science-based findings and produced under BASF’s highest quality standards, this well-known natural ingredient with its wide spectrum of health benefits can bring better well-being and improve health of consumers all over the world.

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    $16.95

  • All Season Support (Formerly Aller-7) Proprietary Allergy Formula-Allergy-AlchePharma

    All Season Support (Formerly Aller-7) Proprietary Allergy Formula

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    26 in stock

      Background:   Over 30 million Americans are affected by seasonal discomfort of the respiratory system. This is primarily caused by the hypersensitivity of the immune system toward environmental allergens such as pollen, animal dander, dust and mold. The key to solving the hypersensitivity is to deactivate or reduce the body’s over-reaction to the foreign compounds before significant discomfort arises. All Season Support is a powerful and comprehensive blend of nutrients and botanicals that is capable of helping to normalize the body’s response to environmental “debris”. * This response involves helping to support the normal, healthy release of bio-chemicals that cause inflammation, and other symptoms associated with exposure to environmental allergens. *   Features:   All Season Support has Seasonal Seven Comfort Blend (660 mg) *, a proprietary blend of Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract, Chebulic Myrobalan, (Terminalia chebula) Fruit Extract, Beleric Myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica) Fruit Extract, Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) Root, Ginger Root, Reishi Mushroom, Black Pepper Fruit Contains 1500 mg /serving of OptiMSM™, the purest MSM All Season Support features Stinging Nettle (200 mg), Quercetin (300 mg) and Bromelain (25 mg). All Season Support also contains Vitamin C (100mg), Turmeric (50 mg), Ginger (35 mg) and Feverfew (25 mg). All Season Support is a formula with over 10 years of proven VitaBerry® Organic Fruit** Blend (**Organic Strawberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Tart Cherry, Organic Pomegranate and Organic )     Benefits:   All Season Support supports normal respiratory function in the presence of airborne allergens. * All Season Support promotes clear airway passages and supports normal, healthy * Helps to maintain a normal, healthy immune response. * VitaBerry® Organic Fruit Blend provides highly concentrated phytonutrients, a high ORAC Value and is Certified Organic. * Bromelain helps supports a normal, healthy response to * Quercetin has been shown to support the normal, healthy release of histamine.* Stinging nettles helps stabilize the release of histamine from mast cells and supports the normal, healthy production of prostaglandins; hormone-like compounds involved in *   LABEL

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    $37.90  - $68.20

  • Ginkgo Biloba 60 mg- European Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B-Memory-AlchePharma

    Ginkgo Biloba 60 mg- European Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B

    7 in stock

    Ginkgo biloba has been studied for many years, with research demonstrating its powerful antioxidant potential as well as its ability to support circulation, thereby improving glucose and oxygen transport, particularly to the brain.  Our Ginkgo biloba is a European standardized ginkgo from a world leader in the manufacturing of European extracts used in clinical studies.  European herbs are manufactured to the same standards as over-the-counter drugs in the USA.  More importantly, the herb must demonstrate efficacy and safety before it can be sold to the public.  The two active ingredients that provide the most significant health benefits are the flavoneglycosides and terpene lactones, both of which our ginkgo is consistently standardized for.*   Features: Manufactured by a world leader in European standardized herbs. Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B. Made to the same specifications as material used in clinical studies Tested for ginkgolic acid, which is a contaminant naturally occurring in ginkgo.  It is potentially harmful in large amounts.  Our material is required to test below 5 ppm.   Benefits: Active ingredients are powerful antioxidants which help protect healthy brain cells against free radical damage.* Effectively supports healthy circulation by promoting the stable activity of platelet-activating factor; an important mechanism involved in normal, healthy blood clotting.* By supporting circulation, ginkgo helps promote the delivery of oxygen and other essential nutrients, particularly to the brain.* Ginkgo has been studied extensively to support brain health.  It is important to note that these studies used European standardized extracts.  Using non-standardized ginkgo will not produce the same effects.* More than 120 clinical studies have been published on standardized ginkgo biloba extract, most of which demonstrated benefits for brain, cardiovascular and neurological health.  Studies also show ginkgo promotes antioxidant protection.* Label

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    $12.40  - $24.95

  • Ginkgo Biloba 120mg- European Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B-AlchePharma

    Ginkgo Biloba 120mg- European Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B

    17 in stock

    Background: Ginkgo biloba has been studied for many years, with research demonstrating its powerful antioxidant potential as well as its ability to support circulation, thereby improving glucose and oxygen transport, particularly to the brain.  Our Ginkgo biloba is a European standardized ginkgo from a world leader in the manufacturing of European extracts used in clinical studies.  European herbs are manufactured to the same standards as over-the-counter drugs in the USA.  More importantly, the herb must demonstrate efficacy and safety before it can be sold to the public.  The two active ingredients that provide the most significant health benefits are the flavoneglycosides and terpene lactones, both of which our ginkgo is consistently standardized for.*   Features: Manufactured by a world leader in European standardized herbs. Standardized to 24% Flavonglycosides, 6% Terpene Lactones, 0.8% Ginkgolide B. Made to the same specifications as material used in clinical studies Tested for ginkgolic acid, which is a contaminant naturally occurring in ginkgo.  It is potentially harmful in large amounts.  Our material is required to test below 5 ppm.   Benefits: Active ingredients are powerful antioxidants which help protect healthy brain cells against free radical damage.* Effectively supports healthy circulation by promoting the stable activity of platelet-activating factor; an important mechanism involved in normal, healthy blood clotting.* By supporting circulation, ginkgo helps promote the delivery of oxygen and other essential nutrients, particularly to the brain.* Ginkgo has been studied extensively to support brain health.  It is important to note that these studies used European standardized extracts.  Using non-standardized ginkgo will not produce the same effects.* More than 120 clinical studies have been published on standardized ginkgo biloba extract, most of which demonstrated benefits for brain, cardiovascular and neurological health.  Studies also show ginkgo promotes antioxidant protection.*     Suggested Use: As a Dietary Supplement, adults take one(1) vegetarian capsule daily with meals, or directed by a health care professional.   Ingredients

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    $17.80  - $32.40

  • LUTEIN 20 MG ( crystalline free lutein ) w/ Zeaxanthin and Bilberry - naturally-sourced lutein FloraGlo®-Vision-AlchePharma

    LUTEIN 20 MG ( crystalline free lutein ) w/ Zeaxanthin and Bilberry - naturally-sourced lutein FloraGlo®

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    22 in stock

    The macula is a portion of the retina responsible for central and fine vision. The macula pigments are predominantly composed of three carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin. FloraGlo® is a natural source of both lutein and zeaxanthin; mesozeaxanthin is generated from lutein and zeaxanthin within the retina. The dual nature of these plant pigments as blue-light filters and antioxidants has been extensively researched. Numerous studies support their safety and efficacy in supporting healthy vision.† Bilberry is added to provide synergistic benefits such as antioxidant and structural support.†   Features Contains the patented and trademarked FloraGLO® lutein extracted from marigolds. FloraGlo® is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin and provides ratios similar to those found in green vegetables. Bilberry extract is included for its synergistic effects. Gluten-free   Benefits Lutein is a member of the carotenoid family. It accumulates in the macula portion of the retina and helps filter blue light thereby protecting the macula; part of the eye responsible for focus and fine vision.† This protection has been shown to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.† Zeaxanthin is another important carotenoid that is chemically similar to lutein and works synergistically with lutein to help reduce the risk for macular degeneration.† Bilberry contains anthocyanosides, which provide antioxidant protection and help support normal, healthy eye structure. Bilberry helps protect the integrity of the small blood vessels that supply the eyes.† FloraGLO® FloraGLO® Lutein FOR Eye Health (by Kemin) Your eyesight is precious and indispensable. It allows you to see your loved ones, visualize ideas and enjoy every moment to the fullest. But as you age, your visual health may naturally decline. Various eye conditions, including cataracts or age related macular degeneration (AMD) may also appear overtime due to family history or environmental factors. FloraGLO® Lutein is a natural ingredient for vision supplements. Backed by over 20 years of research, it's one of the safest, most trusted lutein brands. FloraGLO Lutein is an extract from marigold flowers, providing the same absorbable form of lutein found in common foods, such as kale, spinich, corn and peppers. How DOES FLORAGLO LUTEIN BENEFIT EYE HEALTH? FloraGLO Lutein is scientifically proven to protect our eyes from visible light, known as blue light. It is most widely known for eye health due to a groundbreaking study known as the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) – a study which used FloraGLO Lutein. As the number one researched lutein brand worldwide, FloraGLO Lutein has an unsurpassed reputation for trust and performance in the market. From Flower to Formula Kemin uses only the best growing and harvesting practices to cultivate its elite dietary ingredients. Our proprietary lutein manufacturing process has been developed and refined over the last 20 years. Our marigold flowers are grown in India, meticulously handpicked, and extracted resulting in marigold oleoresin which is shipped to Kemin headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa where it is further processes into unesterified (free) FloraGLO Lutein. Each step of the manufacturing process is carefully controlled to ensure a quality naturally-sourced lutein. Kemin’s Commitment To FloraGLO Lutein Science FloraGLO was the first lutein brand introduced into the global marketplace and has maintained its status as the gold standard for over two decades. FloraGLO was the chosen lutein ingredient in the largest lutein supplementation trial to date, the prestigious Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) by the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute. Science backed, not borrowed The efficacy of FloraGLO Lutein is unparalleled, as compared with other lutein brands and as demonstrated in human clinical trials time and time again. The global vitamin and dietary supplement market relies on clinical evidence in order to differentiate products in the marketplace. It's critical for manufacturers to formulate with ingredients that have clinical evidence to substantiate health benefits, which is why so many choose FloraGLO. Superior absorption and bioavailability FloraGLO Lutein is clinically-tested to increase and maintain MPOD (the measurement of macular pigment density in the macula.) FloraGLO Lutein is the same free-form found in common fruits and vegetables. Because it is free form, it is more easily absorbed by the body. FloraGLO Lutein in powder form is produced with DSM’s Actilease ® microencapsulation technology, a proprietary process that combines superior bioavailabity, excellent stability and very low extrusion losses - providing lower overages and smaller tablets. Not all lutein is the same Researchers, eye care professionals and leading supplement manufacturers from around the globe rely on the consistent quality, safety and proven efficacy profile of FloraGLO Lutein. LABEL VIDEOS  

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    $17.90  - $64.50

  • Last stock! Vision Support- w/ Patented FloraGLO®, Betatene® & L-OptiZinc® ( Professional Formula )-Vision-AlchePharma

    Vision Support- w/ Patented FloraGLO®, Betatene® & L-OptiZinc® ( Professional Formula )

    3 in stock

    Background: The visual system is a complex system that depends upon various nutrients and cofactors to support the numerous biochemical and physiological processes needed for healthy vision.  The eyes are consistently exposed to oxygen and light.  This exposure can lead to an increase in free radical damage.  Our Vision Support formula provides antioxidant vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts to help combat free radical damage and help support healthy vision.*  Beta-carotene, despite being an antioxidant, is also a precursor to vitamin A which is the most important nutrient for the processes involved in the visual cycle.  Zinc and selenium are critical nutrient antioxidants, and along with vitamin C help neutralize free radicals that may cause oxidative damage to the eyes.*  FloraGlo® lutein which also contains zeaxanthin helps filter damaging blue light before it gets to the macula portion of the retina.*  Macular degeneration is a leading cause of age-related blindness.  This comprehensive eye formula is a great way to protect your vision.*   Features: Contains the patented and trademarked FloraGLO™ lutein extracted from marigolds. Bilberry extract standardized to 25% anthocyanosides. We use a European phytopharmaceutical company to ensure the highest quality bilberry, with consistent standardization, and a full-spectrum of naturally occurring compounds. Vitamin C, selenium, quercetin, taurine and bioflavonoids provide antioxidant support.* Trademarked L-Optizinc® needed for healthy vision and antioxidant support.* Patented Betatene® mixed carotenoids provides beta-carotene, a pre-cursor to vitamin A and other carotenoids which support healthy vision.*   Benefits: FloraGlo® is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin and provides ratios similar to those found in green vegetables. Bilberry standardized to 25% Anthocyanosides. We use a European phytopharmaceutical company to ensure the highest quality Bilberry with consistent standardization and a full-spectrum of naturally occurring compounds. Lycopene and mixed carotenoids are known as powerful antioxidants. Betatene® also contains beta-carotene a pre-cursor to vitamin A, essential for normal, healthy vision.* Vitamin C, selenium, bioflavonoids, and quercetin have been added to make this formula complete. They provide antioxidant support as well as support for the structure of the eyes and supporting blood vessels.* L-OptiZinc® brand zinc is the best absorbed form of zinc and is essential for the signals involved in the visual cycle as well as the complex vitamin A-dependent visual pathways.*   Ingredients FloraGLO® - Lutein (Blue Light) Fight Blue Light. Naturally. Do your eyes feel tired, dry or irritated after long periods on your phone or computer? These are common symptoms of short-term digital eye strain, which can be attributed to blue light damage. Blue light is the most harmful light to our eyes and we're exposed to it every day in the forms of sunlight, artificial light and digital devices.1,2 While it's impossible to completely avoid exposure to blue light, there are ways to protect your eyes today and maintain healthy vision for a lifetime.  What is blue light? Blue light is a component of visible light and we are exposed to it without realizing it. Blue light is not easily filtered by our eyes and overexposure can negatively impact vision.3,4 Nearly every source of light—whether natural or artificial —emits blue light.1,2,5 Your eyes are exposed to it all day long, both indoors and out. Some blue light is healthy, but overexposure can lead to long-term damage. A significant source of blue light is everyday technology, including phones, TVs, tablets and computers. As the use of these devices increases, the risk to our eyes increases too.1,2   There's hope - fight blue light with lutein Look for supplements containing FloraGLO Lutein -- the brand most recommended by eye doctors.19 Found naturally in certain fruits and vegetables, lutein and zeaxanthin are the ONLY nutrients deposited specifically into the eyes to help filter harmful blue light.11-13 The human body doesn't naturally produce lutein or zeaxanthin so it's important to get these nutrients through supplements and foods.14 Studies suggest that healthy adults need 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin each day.16,17 The majority of the population gets only 1-2 mg lutein from diet alone.18 Taking a daily vitamin with lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect your eyes.  How can you get 10mg lutein? Getting enough lutein from food alone can be difficult. FloraGLO Lutein makes it easy: the natural, plant-based ingredient sourced from marigold flowers formulates into a variety of supplement forms and functional foods.  Look for supplements with FloraGLO Lutein Look for FloraGLO Lutein on the label of eye health vitamins and supplements to protect your eyes for years to come.   Want to learn more about FloraGLO Lutein? Read more here about the number one doctor recommended lutein brand or fill out this form to get in touch with a Kemin representative. References available upon request. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Certain statements may not be applicable in all geographical regions. Product labeling and associated claims may differ based upon government requirements. Betatene® Betatene®—Australia’s Own Natural Beta-Carotene  Monday, September 11th, 2017 Betatene Australia’s Own Natural Beta Carotene Natural pink lagoons found in Australia contain an important health ingredient produced by algae, dunaliella salina. This article discusses the health benefits of algae beta-carotene and shows how betatene® from BASF can be incorporated into effective consumer solutions. By Dr Kai Lin Ek and Dr Ute Obermueller Jevic, scientific marketing managers, BASF Nutrition and Health Betatene—Australia’s Own Natural Beta Carotene 1 With a growing appreciation globally for products that are ‘natural’ and ‘Australian’, BASF’s natural beta-carotene can well and truly meet this demand. This naturally occurring beta-carotene is derived from algae, Dunaliella salina, grown in open-air seawater lagoons at two BASF sites—in Whyalla (South Australia) and in Hutt Lagoon (Western Australia). In these lagoons, Dunaliella salina is exposed to the full brunt of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation and has evolved a special mechanism for defending itself from the radiation’s damaging effects. As a protective mechanism to UV stress, the algae produces carotenoids, predominantly beta-carotene, which is then stored in lipid droplets within the algaes’ chloroplasts. WHAT IS BETA-CAROTENE? Beta-carotene is a naturally occurring, red-orange pigment found abundantly in foods like carrots, pumpkins as well as sweet potatoes and is the best known pro-vitamin A of all carotenoids. It is also traditionally considered to be the most important carotenoid in the human diet. Beta-carotene can act as a filter of UV light, is an antioxidant and a modulator of cell growth that helps protect the body against the most common non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. DELVING DEEPER INTO BETA-CAROTENE FROM ALGAE ‘Natural’ beta-carotene, such as that found in many fruits and vegetables or grown from algae contains a different mix of isomers compared to those produced synthetically. Specifically, algae-based beta-carotene contains almost equal amounts of trans and cis geometrical isomers of beta-carotene, and in particular the 9-cis isomer. In contrast, beta-carotene from synthesis or fermentation only contains trans isomers. Isomers refer to molecules that have the same formula but a different shape, thus resulting in different properties. The cis isomers of beta-carotene occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and algae; they can be formed during food preparation upon heating; during storage of supplements and during digestion in the human body. Considerable amounts of cis-isomers of beta-carotene are also present in various human and animal tissues. Observations support the suggestion that beta-carotene isomers may possess isomer-specific biological actions. All-trans and 9-cis beta-carotene, in particular, have received the most attention because both are involved in gene regulation. While all-trans isomers have a higher potency in terms of vitamin-A activity, 9-cis beta-carotene appears to have better antioxidant activity and specific benefits in heart, eye, and skin. 9-CIS BETA-CAROTENE FOR SUPERIOR ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY Studies from bench-top and animal experiments indicate 9-cis beta-carotene may be a better antioxidant than the all-trans isomer. In a human trial with asthma patients, supplementation with algae beta-carotene helped to prevent post-exercise symptoms. Antioxidant benefits of 9-cis beta-carotene were also shown in humans, although not yet in direct comparison with all-trans beta-carotene. Thirty-four patients received a week of oral supplementation with a placebo or 64 mg/day beta-carotene. All patients given placebo showed a significant post-exercise reduction of more than 15 percent in their forced expiratory volume in one second. Of the 38 patients who received a daily dose of 64 mg of beta-carotene for one week, 53 percent were protected against exercise-induced airway symptoms. The authors concluded that the results indicate that a daily dose of beta-carotene from an algae source exerts protection in some patients, most probably through antioxidant effects. NUTRITIONAL SOLUTION FOR SUN PROTECTION Betatene Nutritional Solution For Sun Protection UV radiation exerts a number of detrimental effects to human skin. The most familiar one is an acute sunburn reaction, which is a reddening (erythema) and swelling (edema) of the skin developing within minutes or hours after excessive exposure to sunlight and tanning beds. Chronic exposure to UV radiation causes long-term skin damage like skin cancer and premature skin ageing. While skin cancer is mainly due to exposure to UVB light (290-320 nm), exposure to UVA light (320-400 nm) leads to premature skin ageing, which manifests as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and, in severe cases, precancerous lesions. UVA is less potent than UVB in causing acute skin responses but penetrates to the middle skin layer (dermis) and causes damage to the area where new skin cells are created. Avoiding too much sun exposure and topical application of sunscreens prior to exposure represent the established strategies for protection against sunburn and skin damage. In recent years, however, providing additional nutritional protection of the skin has been discussed and among the substances that are being suggested for such a nutritional approach is beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a potent biological antioxidant. It is a strong singlet oxygen quencher in in vitro studies and experiments in animal models indicate that beta-carotene may provide skin photo protection in vivo. UVB induced skin erythema is due to the formation of reactive oxygen species in irradiated skin and the antioxidative nature of beta-carotene is able to stop free radicals that otherwise would damage DNA, proteins and lipids. Studies show that oral intake beta-carotene accumulates in the skin and in addition to antioxidative effects has other photo-protective effects in high concentrations by absorbing and/or reflecting visible and UV light. In a meta-analysis by Kopcke et al. (2008), the authors looked at human supplementation studies on dietary protection against sunburn using beta-carotene. The authors concluded the following: · Photo-protection induced by oral beta-carotene supplementation is always present homogenously in the whole skin compared to topical application which requires re-application and the worry of “missing a spot”; · Protection using dietary supplementation of beta-carotene required a minimum of 10 weeks of supplementation and for every additional month of supplementation, the degree of protection increased; · Nutritional supplementation is complementary to topical application of sunscreens for photo-protection and should be combined. Notably, three of the seven studies highlighted in the meta-analysis used algae beta-carotene, and these studies showed the strongest results favouring the use of beta-carotene supplementation over a placebo in sunburn prevention. OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS—HEART HEALTH AND EYE HEALTH Atherosclerosis is a condition in most cardiovascular diseases, where the walls of the arteries become thick and stiff because of fatty deposit accumulation. In experimental and clinical studies, algae source 9-cis beta-carotene had positive effects on heart health. In arterial walls, it can inhibit the formation of foam cells from macrophages, which is a key process in atherosclerosis. This was shown in an experimental study in mice using beta-carotene with 50 percent all-trans and 50 percent 9-cis isomers. Feeding algae extract increased beta-carotene levels in plasma and macrophages (both all-trans and 9-cis isomers) and it inhibited formation of pro-atherogenic foam cells. In the same study, pure 9-cis beta-carotene as well as an extract of algae powder inhibited foam cell formation while pure all-trans beta-carotene failed to have an effect. Other carotenoids present in the algae extract including phytoene and phytofluene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and alpha-carotene were tested in comparison but were not as effective as 9-cis betacarotene or the algae extract. In another mice study, researchers found that a diet containing natural carotenoids, rich in 9-cis beta-carotene, had the potential to inhibit atherosclerosis progression, particularly in a high-fat diet regime. In patients with cardiovascular disease, 9-cis betacarotene in combination with drug therapy improved HDL-cholesterol levels. This was observed by Shaish et al. (2006) where 20 fibrate-treated men with plasma HDL-cholesterol levels below 40 mg/dl were given 60 mg beta-carotene/day, containing all-trans and 9-cis betacarotene at a one to one ratio. The results show that a combination treatment of fibrate plus 9-cis beta-carotene amplifies the effect of the drug on HDL-cholesterol levels. Several studies have suggested that 9-cis beta-carotene, as a precursor of 9-cis-retinal and all-trans-retinal, could also have therapeutic applications in vision loss. In patients with retinitis pigmentosa, the leading cause of incurable inherited blindness in the developed world, algae source 9-cis beta-carotene improved eye (retina) function which was shown in a clinical trial by Rotenstreich et al. (2013). The authors concluded that 9-cis beta-carotene may represent a new therapeutic approach for some patients with retinitis pigmentosa. This finding is consistent with recent reports of significant functional and structural improvements after treatment in mouse-model experimental studies. For retinal dystrophy leading to night blindness, in another small human trial by Rotenstreich et al. (2010) there was an improvement in visual function and structure after supplementation of 60mg/day algae beta-carotene containing an equal ratio of trans to cis isomers for 90 days. All of the subjects showed significant improvements in peripheral visual field and a highly significant improvement in rod cell recovery rates. While the precise mechanism of the observed beneficial effect has not yet been established, it indicates potential for algae beta-carotene therapy in yet another area of eye health. BETATENE—BASF’S TRULY NATURAL MIXED CAROTENOIDS Sourced from marine algae and grown in saltwater lagoons in Australia, the carotenoids are harvested free of chemical solvents, and are carefully extracted and formulated using natural plant oils. Betatene is cultivated using the most natural manufacturing process of a beta-carotene without human interference on its carotenoid profile or mix. Betatene provides a unique blend of carotenoids similar to that found in fruits and vegetables. While beta-carotene is the dominant carotenoid, also naturally present are alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and crytoxanthin. Approved in all major markets and meeting all standards, Betatene contains up to 90 percent beta-carotene and thereof 37 percent 9-cis beta-carotene (best ratio 63:37). It is available as cold water dispersible (CWD) powders for beverage applications, oily dispersions for application in food and soft capsules as well as direct compressible (DC) powders for tablet and hard gelatin capsule applications. In addition, Betatene is also safe for use as a colour in many foods, and has shown excellent stability in target food and beverage applications. With decades of use history, proven science-based findings and produced under BASF’s highest quality standards, this well-known natural ingredient with its wide spectrum of health benefits can bring better well-being and improve health of consumers all over the world. L-OptiZinc® L-OptiZinc® is a unique mineral chelate that pairs zinc with the amino acid L-methionine. Research studies show that L-OptiZinc® is better absorbed than other forms of zinc and that plasma levels remain higher compared to other zinc forms. Zinc is an essential mineral involved in many cellular functions including muscle function, aging, skin and immune health. ELEMENTAL ZINC FROM L-OPTIZINC® 20% COMPLEX OF ZINC AND METHIONINE 1:1 BETTER ABSORPTION THAN ZINC OXIDE 24% BETTER RETENTION THAN ZINC OXIDE 21% WHY L-OPTIZINC® L-OptiZinc® is zinc mono-L-methionine with superior absorption, retention and antioxidant and cell protectant properties compared to other forms of zinc tested. L-OptiZinc® is 1:1 complex of zinc and methionine, an amino acid that is well-absorbed by the body. L-OptiZinc® offers benefits for dietary supplements and food and beverages. Superior absorption and retention Superior antioxidant properties Superior cellular protection Multiple health benefits — from immune function to skin health SUPERIOR PROTECTION FROM A SUPERIOR ZINC Zinc Methionine is Better Absorbed and Retained Longer in Tissue Then Other Popular Zinc Supplements Tested L-OptiZinc®'s superior absorption and retention over other forms of zinc may help increase its health-promoting benefits as these benefits are highly dependent on the amount of zinc that actually is absorbed and utlized by the body. Preclinical research shows that L-OptiZinc® has superior antioxidant properties to several other forms of zinc.

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  • Last stock! Goldenseal Root 250mg (Organic Hydrastis canadensis) • 60ct Veg Caps-Herbs-AlchePharma

    Goldenseal Root 250mg (Organic Hydrastis canadensis) • 60ct Veg Caps

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    Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), a perennial herb member to the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family. Goldenseal is native to Canada (Quebec, Canada), and Eastern United States, (Ohio River Valley, West Virginia, the mountains of North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and north New England and Upstate New York). Native Americans have traditionally used Goldenseal (Root & Rhizomes) extensively, for skin disorders, ulcers, fevers, internal inflammatory conditions, canker sores and stomach issues. Wild living Goldenseal has been considered as endangered due to overharvesting. Regardless of Goldenseal being rare in the wild, it is commercially grown in abundance.   The key constituents of Goldenseal found in the Root & Rhizomes of the plant are the Isoquinoline Alkaloids (Protoberberines): Berberine, Hydrastine, Berberastine, Hydrastinine, Canadine, Canalidine, Phytosterin, Albumin, Chlorogenic acid, Potassium. These Isoquinoline Alkaloids are found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal has shown to work synergistically when taken with supplemental Berberine, to have a more pronounced anti-viral effect and enhance its antibacterial activity. Providing Immune support [1,2]. Goldenseal contains the naturally occurring Isoquinoline Alkaloid, Berberine. Berberine is well known for its various benefits and uses. Benefits of Berberine in Goldenseal have been shown to aid in regulating cholesterol levels, regulation & lowering of blood sugar/glucose levels, lowering blood pressure, and preventing E. Coli from binding to Urinary Tract walls, which may be helpful in Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) [3].  Goldenseal is commonly combined with Echinacea to provide synergistic immune support. Goldenseal has been found to be helpful in digestive disorders, by soothing inflammation in the digestive tract, soothing acidity related to heartburn & acid reflux, which may help with ulcers. Anti-bacterial properties of Goldenseal have also been used help reduce gas & bloating from bad bacteria in the gut.   Suggested Use: Take 1 cap, 1-3 times per day or more often when in need, or as directed by a health care professional. References 1. Cecil CE, Davis JM, Cech NB, Laster SM. Inhibition of H1N1 influenza A virus growth and induction of inflammatory mediators by the isoquinoline alkaloid berberine and extracts of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Int Immunopharmacol. 2011 Nov;11(11):1706-14. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2011.06.002. Epub 2011 Jun 16. PMID: 21683808. 2. Ettefagh KA, Burns JT, Junio HA, Kaatz GW, Cech NB. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis L.) extracts synergistically enhance the antibacterial activity of berberine via efflux pump inhibition. Planta Med. 2011 May;77(8):835-40. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1250606. Epub 2010 Dec 14. PMID: 21157683; PMCID: PMC3100400. 3. Abidi P, Chen W, Kraemer FB, Li H, Liu J. The medicinal plant goldenseal is a natural LDL-lowering agent with multiple bioactive components and new action mechanisms. J Lipid Res. 2006 Oct;47(10):2134-47. doi: 10.1194/jlr.M600195-JLR200. Epub 2006 Aug 2. PMID: 16885565. LABEL

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    Neem Capsules 500mg (Organic Azadirachta Indica) - 90 Veggie Caps

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    Azadirachta Indica, commonly known as Neem or Indian Lilac, is a type of Evergreen Tree native to India and Myanmar. Neem bark, leaves, and seeds are traditionally used in Ayurvedic Medicine for various purposes, such as Urinary Tract Infection, indigestion, diabetes, cough, asthma, help with inflammation and pain. Neem has been shown to be helpful in inflammatory skin conditions like acne, due to its antimicrobial properties against acne causing microbes, and anti-inflammatory properties. Neem has been shown to be a strong beneficial antioxidant.  May be helpful in the use of healing ulcers in the digestive tract by means of possibly inhibiting the secretion of gastic acids. Neem has been commonly used in the application of aiding with gingivitis and helping fight plaque buildup in studies. Neem has shown to aid in Liver health & function by helping lower liver enzymes, during a study where induced hepatoxicity from acetaminophen helped reduce liver necrosis and liver enzyme markers. Blood sugar lowering (hypoglycemic) benefits have been observed with the use of Neem leaf extract and seed oil, which may be beneficial to maintaining optimal blood sugar levels. Nimbidin found in Neem has been shown to have an effect on blood vessels, and cause them to dilate, which may help with lowering blood pressure and support overall cardiovascular health.   Suggested Use: Take 1 cap, 1-2 times per day or as directed by a health care professional. LABEL

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    Neem Tincture ( Organic Neem Herb Concentrate, Azadirachta indica ) Professional 1:3 HSR

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    AlchePharma's Profesional Neem tincture utilizes an Organic Neem Herbal concentrate with an Herb Strength Ratio of 1:3 yielding an Herb Weight Equivalence of 333mg per 1 ml. . .   Label  

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    Fish Oil - Tryglyceride Form (Lemon Flavor)

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    Orzax Fish Oil contains 1200 mg fish oil, 780 mg omega-3, 384 mg EPA, and 252 mg DHA in each serving in triglyceride form. Supports heart health Supports nerve health Supports eye health Supports brain function Supports joint health Ingredients: Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA (Eicosopentatonic Acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). Suggested Usage: As a dietary supplement, take two (2) softgels daily, or as recommended by a healthcare professional. Softgels should be swallowed with a sufficient amount of water without crushing or chewing.

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  • Last stock! Lutein, Double Strength 20 mg Veg Capsules-Antioxidants-AlchePharma

    Lutein, Double Strength 20 mg Veg Capsules

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    Product Color: Red 20 mg of Free Lutein from Lutein Esters Promotes Macular Health* Free Radical Protection* Lutein is an orange-red carotenoid pigment produced by plants and is present in the diet in colorful fruits and vegetables. In the body, Lutein is one of the predominant pigments concentrated in the macula, a specialized area of the eye that is responsible for central vision.* In addition, it is known to be deposited in the skin.* Lutein's functional role in these vulnerable tissues is to protect against sunlight-induced free radical production.* This product is naturally derived from marigold flowers. This double strength product has twice the Free Lutein (20 mg) as in our regular strength product (10 mg). Natural color variation may occur in this product. Supplement Facts: Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 Veg Capsule Servings Per Container: 90 Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value Lutein (Free Lutein)(from Lutein Esters)(from Marigold Flowers Extract) (Tagetes erecta) 20 mg *Daily Value not established. *Daily Value not established. Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Beet Powder and Ascorbyl Palmitate. Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish or shellfish ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens. Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. May cause a harmless coloration of the skin, which is reversible upon discontinuation of supplementation. This double strength product has twice the Free Lutein (20 mg) as in our regular strength product (10 mg). Natural color variation may occur in this product. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Family owned since 1968. Suggested Usage: Take 1 capsule daily with a fat-containing meal. Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

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  • Last stock! Bilberry Complex Veg Capsules-Herbs-AlchePharma

    Bilberry Complex Veg Capsules

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    Product Color: Green 80 mg Standardized Extract With Beta-Carotene & Riboflavin Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is the fruit of a small shrub related to blueberry growing in cool, temperate climates. It has been used by herbalists for centuries and modern scientific studies have indicated that bilberry possesses powerful free radical scavenging properties.* NOW® Bilberry Complex is a standardized bilberry extract with 25% anthocyanins and is completed with carrot powder and citrus bioflavonoids. Natural color variation may occur in this product. Supplement Facts: Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 Veg Capsule Servings Per Container: 50 Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value Vitamin A (100% as Beta-Carotene) 3,000 mcg 333% Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) 10 mg 769% Bilberry Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus)(Fruit) (min. 25% Total Anthocyanidins) 80 mg †Daily Value not established. Carrot Powder 300 mg †Daily Value not established. Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex 100 mg †Daily Value not established. †Daily Value not established. Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (cellulose capsule), Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Microcrystalline Cellulose and Silicon Dioxide. Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nut or sesame ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens. Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. Natural color variation may occur in this product. Made and quality tested in the USA with globally sourced ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Family owned since 1968. Suggested Usage: Take 1 capsule 2 to 3 times daily with food. Store in a cool, dry place after opening.

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