L-OptiZinc® 20mg Zinc as Mono-Methionine, not affected by dietary fiber and does not have a negative effect on copper absorption/status.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral required for numerous biochemical and physiological processes in the body. Zinc is important for healthy functioning of all organs. It is essential for more than 30 enzyme reactions that control a variety of functions. Zinc is an important component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a major protective antioxidant enzyme. Zinc-dependent enzymes are involved in growth, immunity, and tissue repair.* Zinc is especially important for healthy functioning of the prostate and the male reproductive system, and for normal, healthy immune function.* L-OptiZinc® is a unique, patented form of methionine-bound zinc which has been shown in numerous studies to be better absorbed, retained longer and be more effective than other forms of zinc.* Features: Provides the trace mineral zinc bound to the amino acid methionine. Studies show L-OptiZinc® is absorbed significantly better than other forms of zinc. The only premium zinc supplement FDA-approved safe for human nutrition. Unlike other forms of zinc absorption of L-OptiZinc® is not affected by dietary fiber and does not have a negative effect on copper absorption/status. Benefits: Better absorption means greater bioavailability and utilization of zinc.* L-OptiZinc® helps support antioxidant defenses by helping to increase the activity of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide L-OptiZinc® help support normal, healthy growth, specifically the release and activity of growth hormone requires zinc*. Studies show zinc is essential for insulin production, therefore is required to support healthy blood glucose levels.* Numerous studies show zinc is required for normal, healthy immune function. L-OptiZinc® being better absorbed and retained by the body longer will have a greater impact on immune function.* Flyer #1 Flyer #2 Supplement Facts L-OptiZinc® Additional 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.
$11.70 - $21.80
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the Human body. It is the main component of all the connective tissue in the body. It makes up the connective tissue of the skin, which gives the skin its firmness, elasticity, and renewal of skin cells. Collagen also the main component in the makeup of hair and nails. The human body is made up of many joints. These joints are essential to movement and our ability to undertake daily tasks. Collagen makes up the connective tissue in the joints; the bones, ligaments, tendons and the skeletal muscles themselves are predominantly made up of collagen. Collagen also is found in the smooth muscle tissues in the body. Such as the blood vessels, digestive tract, heart, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder. Features: Type I Collagen is the most abundant form of Collagen found in the human body. Hydrolyzed form of Collagen; a broken down gelatin that provides your body with easily digestible amino acids and functional peptides (2 or more amino acids bonded together). Type I Collagen is important, particularly in bone, skin, hair, and connective tissue, like ligaments. Type I Collagen is the most important Collagen for hair, skin, and nails, as it makes up 90% of them. Type III Collagen provides tensile strength and integrity for many of the hollow organs in the body that must have tensile strength, and also large blood vessels, both types of tissues that must withstand stretching. Type III Collagen is also found in many other tissues that are associated with Type I Collagen, such as bone, cartilage, dentin, tendons, skin, and other connective tissues. Type III Collagen helps form arterial walls, which is important in cardiovascular health. Other Features: 20g Collagen Peptides per serving Grass-fed bovine collagen Non-GMO Unflavored, Unsweetened Mixes instantly No Gluten, Dairy, or Soy No fillers or Artificial Ingredients Benefits: Helps to strengthen and firm elastin in the dermis layer of skin, providing an anti- aging * Strengthens extracellular matrix and helps to form fibroblast to create new skin * Helps to improve the recovery time in healing wounds, cuts or burns on the skin.* Supports a healthy inflammation response, helping to reduce inflammation in those with autoimmune * Supports joint function and mobility, helping to improve range of motion.* Strengthens connective tissue and helps aid recovery from physical stress or * May help improve overall joint mobility, agility and strength in those with * Helps to fight against free-radical damage in skin, protecting melanocytes which supports an even * Helps to improve digestion by stimulating stomach acids, repairing the lining of the intestinal tract, and also aiding in the absorption of nutrients.* Suggested Use: Add one (1) level scoop to 8-10oz. of chilled water or preferred beverage in a shaker cup and mix for about 5 seconds. Drink and enjoy a shake each day.
$23.28 - $42.18
Product # 624: Zinc Lozenges 15mg Background: Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a major role in growth, reproduction, antioxidant defenses and healthy immune function. Zinc is a critical nutrient for the immune system. The normal, healthy development of immune cells, particularly T-lymphocytes depends upon adequate zinc status. Zinc deficiency has been shown to reduce the physical size of the thymus gland; it is here where T cells mature to become fully functional mature T-lymphocytes. These cells are critical for a healthy immune response. Provided as a lozenge, zinc gluconate has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, as well as reduce antibiotic use in school-age children with a cold.* Features: Provides 15 mg of zinc citrate and gluconate per lozenge. Contains slippery elm and propolis to soothe the throat. Pleasant taste from natural lemon flavor and sorbitol. Benefits: Helps support normal, healthy immune function.* Provides antioxidant support which is essential to immune function.* Studies show a reduction in the severity and duration of the common cold.* Studies also show that prophylactic (preventive) use may reduce the # of colds per year, as well as reduce antibiotic usage.* Slippery elm is a mucilaginous herb that provides soothing support for the mucus lining of the throat and esophagus, both of which may become irritated during a cold/infection.* Warning: Do not exceed 4 lozenges per day or take high amounts (4 or more) for more than 10-14 days as excess zinc may cause a copper deficiency. Taking a multivitamin with copper or a copper supplement containing at least 1-2 mg/day can help reduce this risk LABEL
$8.80 - $13.90
Vita-Min 75- One a Day, Comprehensive Multivitamin Mineral formula w/ Iodine and Betaine HCL - -Iron Free
Oftentimes it is difficult to meet the recommended daily requirements for all essential nutrients. Taking a comprehensive multivitamin mineral formula on a daily basis is one way to ensure you receive all of the essential vitamins and minerals that are critical for maintaining health and wellness. Our Vita-Min 75 is a comprehensive high-potency multivitamin/mineral formula which provides high levels of most essential nutrients including the B-complex vitamins as well as vitamins A, C, D and E. This formula includes patented and trademarked ingredients, all of which are backed by scientific studies demonstrating their efficacy and safety.* Features: Provides all essential vitamin and minerals. High potencies of B-complex vitamins, along with vitamins A, C, D and E. Contains all essential minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Iron Free. Benefits: The high potencies of B-complex vitamins provides support for energy production, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well as the production of healthy new cells, hormones and other important biochemicals. B-complex vitamins are essential for the health of the cardiovascular and nervous systems and also serve as cofactors for antioxidant production and cell signaling processes.* High levels of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E for immune, skin and bone health as well as antioxidant protection.* L-OptiZinc®, the most clinically studied form of zinc available. L-OptiZinc® is the only patented form of methionine-bound zinc, an essential trace mineral required for numerous vital cell functions, including growth and development, healthy skin and nails, reproduction, as well as supporting healthy vision and immune function. L-OptiZinc® is the only zinc compound shown in studies not to deplete the important trace mineral copper, which supports the cardiovascular, skeletal and nervous system.* ChromeMate® is a oxygen-coordinated niacin-bound chromium complex that plays an important role in supporting healthy insulin function, maintenance of healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.* Nutrients which support important biological processes include: iodine and selenium (thyroid function), selenium, manganese, copper and citrus bioflavonoids (antioxidant support), choline and inositol (neurotransmitter synthesis and function), boron (bone health).* Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take one (1) tablet daily, preferably with a meal or as directed by a health care professional. Ingredients:
$18.40 - $44.60
Oftentimes it is difficult to meet the recommended daily requirements for all essential nutrients. Taking a comprehensive multivitamin mineral formula on a daily basis is one way to ensure you receive all of the essential vitamins and minerals that are critical for maintaining health and wellness. Our One-Daily Multivitamin Caps provides all the essential nutrients the body needs in a convenient easy-to-swallow capsule. This formula includes several patented/trademarked ingredients, all of which are backed by scientific studies demonstrating their efficacy and safety. Features: Comprehensive multi-vitamin mineral formula in a convenient one capsule per day dosage. Contains trademarked ingredients: L-OptiZinc® zinc, ChromeMate® chromium, FloraGLO® lutein, Lyc-O-Mato® lycopene and CoQ10. 800 mcg of folic acid. Iron free-appropriate for most healthy adults. Easy to swallow capsule. Great for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets. Vegetarian Gluten free Benefits: Provides all of the B-complex vitamins critical for healthy metabolism, energy production, immune function, cardiovascular and neurological function.* Contains vitamin C an important antioxidant and immune boosting nutrient.* Provides major and trace minerals needed for numerous biological functions. CoQ10 provides antioxidant protection and helps support energy production.* FloraGlo® Lutein is a carotenoid that studies show helps support normal, healthy vision.* Lyc-O-Mato® Lycopene is the most researched form of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps support normal, healthy cell growth.* L-OptiZinc® is the best absorbed and most effective form of zinc available; helps support growth and immune function.* ChromeMate® is a highly bioavailable form of chromium which studies show helps support normal, healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.*
$27.20 - $49.20
Zinc Glycinate Liquid w/ Organic Elderberry, Umckaloabo, Organic Echinacea / Organic Stevia Sweetened
Our gluten-free syrup is safe to enjoy and made with high-quality ingredients, including Zinc, Organic Elderberry Fruit, Echinacea root, Stevia, Vegetable Glycerin, and Elderberry and Blackberry Juice Concentrates. Start with one dose (5 ml) twice a day, and increase up to four times a day if needed. Elderberry refers to the different varieties of the Sambucus tree. The most commonly utilized is Sambucus nigra, which is known as European Elderberry, which is commonly used for cold and flu symptoms. Although the different parts of Elderberry are utilized for different purposes, the berries are typically used for influenza, infections, sciatica, headaches, dental pain, heart pain, and nerve pain. Elderberry contains a high amount of antioxidants, which can support immune system function. It contains Vitamin-C, which is commonly known for its Immune Support. Elderberry also contains various antioxidant Flavonols such as Kaempferol and Quercetin. Quercetin is commonly used as respiratory support when needed. Organic elderberries are a rich source of anthocyanins which have been studied for their immune-enhancing effects. Anthocyanins benefit the immune system by supporting cytokine production. Cytokines are messenger proteins that benefit the immune response. One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took elderberry syrup four times per day, showed symptom improvement in two to four days, compared to the control group, which took seven to eight days to show improvements in symptoms. Zinc glycinate, a highly bioavailable (well absorbing) form of Zinc that is bonded to a molecule of the Amino-Acid, Glycine. This allows the Zinc Molecule to remain intact during digestion, so it does not have to compete with other minerals for absorption. Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a major role in growth, reproduction, antioxidant defenses and healthy immune function. Zinc is a critical nutrient for the immune system. The normal, healthy development of immune cells, particularly T-lymphocytes depends upon adequate zinc status. Zinc deficiency has been shown to reduce the physical size of the thymus gland; it is here where T cells mature to become fully functional mature T-lymphocytes. These cells are critical for a healthy immune response. Helps support normal, healthy immune function.* Provides antioxidant support which is essential to immune function.* Studies show a reduction in the severity and duration of the common cold.* Studies also show that prophylactic (preventive) use may reduce the # of colds per year, as well as reduce antibiotic usage.* Umckaloabo is a flowering South African Native Plant that is used for its roots for medicinal purposes. Research on Umckloabo shows that it reduced Bronchitis symptoms after 7 days of treatment when it was taken within 48 hours of initial Bronchitis symptoms. Umckaloabo has also been shown to reduce pain and difficulty swallowing for individuals experiencing sore throat symptoms. It is believed that the mechanism of action for this herb, is that it may work by killing bacteria and preventing bacteria from attaching themselves to surfaces of the body, and also provide aid for the immune system. Echinacea refers to the nine species of the herbaceous flowering plant, native to North America, commonly also known as Coneflowers. Echinacea Angustfolia is one of the most utilized species of Echinacea as traditional medicine. The root extract of Echinacea Angustfolia contains medicinal purposes to aid the immune system, help optimize blood sugar levels, and the proliferation of cancerous cells. Compared to Echinacea Purpurea, another commonly used species of Echinacea, Echinacea Angustfolia root contains a higher amount of alkylamides. Alkylamides are known to show immunostimulant, analgesic, antioxidant properties. Alklamides found in Echinacea are known to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines caused by Influenza. The Root Extract of Echinacea Angustfolia is rich in phenols and flavonoids that exhibit antioxidant properties to help protect from the harming effects of free radicals. Research on Echinacea has also been shown to increase white blood cell count, which help the body fight off infections. Which may help the body build immunity to infections. Suggested Use: Take 1 Teaspoon (5ml), 2 times daily. Can increase up to 4 times daily when needed. LABEL
Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential to many biological functions. These include immune resistance, digestion, reproduction, physical growth, blood sugar/insulin control, taste, and smell. It is important for the function of over 100 special proteins known as enzymes, which are needed to speed up chemical reactions in the body. Chelated Zinc is a special mineral form that is better absorbed by the digestive tract. Chelation refers to a unique molecular mineral bond that is formed when amino acids are attached to a mineral to speed its transport across the intestinal tract. Our Amino Acid Chelated Zinc 50mg is formulated for optimal absorption to help support the wellbeing of the body.† BENEFITS The body needs zinc to make DNA, RNA, insulin, dozens of enzymatic reactions, and to facilitate immune response and cellular repair and renewal. Chelated zinc may be vitally important for healthy skin, connective tissue, and normal prostate function.† An amino acid-mineral combination will withstand the stomach acid in intact form. This makes it much easier to absorb minerals. Combinations of minerals with other substances like carbonates, sulfates, or chlorides do not stand up to the acid in the stomach. The bonds break apart and the minerals are poorly absorbed. Testing suggests that the chelated minerals are absorbed two to six times better than non-chelated minerals.† When minerals are bound to amino acid chelates, they are carried along through the stomach and small intestine wall, where vitamins and minerals are absorbed through the bloodstream.†
$10.00 - $19.90
The real key to healthy skin, lustrous hair, and strong nails is building them from the inside out using key nutrients. Our Beauty from within formula is designed to help support healthy hair, skin and nails by providing a wide range of essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The body incorporates these nutrients into a series of complex biochemical and physiological processes necessary for building healthy hair, skin and nails. Despite these parts of the body being visible, their strength and quality is built from the inside out. The blood circulates through the body carrying the nutrients and co-factors needed to build, repair and maintain hair, skin and nails.* Features: Contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs, all of which contribute to healthy hair, skin and nails.* Patented L-OptiZinc, the most well researched form of zinc available. OptiMSM®, the highest quality USA manufactured MSM on the market. OptiMSM® is the only USA manufactured MSM with U.S.-based human clinical studies supporting its efficacy and safety. Benefits: Helps support the production of specialized proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin, all important structural components of healthy hair, skin and nails. * Vitamin C along with copper and zinc are essential for the synthesis and repair of collagen, important for healthy, strong, vibrant skin.* Zinc is required for cell growth, repair and function, particularly the cells of the skin. Rich in sulfur-containing ingredients such as MSM, L-cysteine, and methionine, all of which help contribute to the strength and stability of the underlying structure of hair, skin, nails and other body tissue. * Provides a significant amount of biotin, one of the B-complex vitamins, essential for the metabolism of fatty acids, nutrients needed for maintaining healthy hair and soft, moist skin.* Contains powerful antioxidant vitamins C and E, and the mineral selenium, all of which help protect the skin against harmful UV light damage and other sources of oxidative or free radical damage.* Horsetail extract provides silicon an important structural component of skin, hair and nails* Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take three (3) tablets daily at mealtime, or as directed by a health care professional. Ingredients
$22.50 - $37.60
As men age, prostate health oftentimes begins to decline. The changes that may occur may lead to increased frequency of urination, disruption of normal urine flow as well as painful urination. The synergistic combination of nutrients and herbs in this formula help support the normal, healthy structure and function of the prostate gland.* Saw palmetto has a significant amount of research demonstrating its role in healthy prostate function.* Lycopene has been studied for its role as an antioxidant which is critical for maintaining the health of prostate cells. Synergistic ingredients include pygeum, nettle, pumpkin seed oil and zinc, which together help provide support for normal, healthy prostate function.* Features: Saw Palmetto Extract standardized to 85-95% fatty acids and sterols, and made by a European manufacturer to the same specifications as that used in clinical studies. Our Pygeum Extract is made by a European manufacturer to the same specifications as that used in clinical studies. Nettle extract, zinc, pumpkin seed oil and lycopene work synergistically to support prostate health.* Trademarked and patented raw materials: L-OptiZinc® and Lyc-o-mato® lycopene. Benefits: Clinical studies have shown Saw Palmetto to help support normal activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme thereby supporting normal, healthy levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone).* Saw palmetto also influences the binding of DHT to prostate cells, which helps support normal, healthy prostate cell structure and function.* Pygeum contains beta-sitosterol, which has been shown to help support the health of the prostate gland by its affect on the binding of DHT to prostate cells. Studies also show beta-sitosterol supports normal, healthy urine flow.* Studies on lycopene have shown it to be effective at quenching singlet oxygen radicals which are believed to cause damage to healthy prostate cells. Lyc-o-mato® lycopene has been used in several studies demonstrating its effective support for prostate health.* Nettle root helps support the production of favorable prostaglandins, encouraging a normal, healthy inflammatory response within the prostate.* The epithelial cells of the prostate gland concentrate more zinc than any tissue in the male body. Levels of zinc decrease with age, and normal zinc levels have been shown to help support healthy prostate function.* Label Product Highlights #1 Product Highlights #2
$28.90 - $53.90
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. 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ImmunoLYTE Fizz ( 500 mg Proprietary Complex with Arabinogalactan (from Larix laricina) and Beta-Glucan (from Saccharomyces cerevisiae)
Experiencing fatigue during a tough workout or during a day of heat and humidity is our body signaling it may need more electrolytes to help maintain proper fluid balance. Maintaining a proper balance of electrolytes and proper hydration is critically important to our energy levels, as well as physical and mental endurance. Of equal importance: getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and herbs to support a healthy innate immune response. Staying hydrated is not only important for energy and focus but has us better prepared for illness should it arrive. ImmunoLYTE Fizz supports both energy and immune function with a tasty drink we can add to our water and enjoy throughout the day.† Features 1200 mg Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 25 mcg (1000 IU) & Zinc 11 mg. 500 mg Proprietary Complex with Arabinogalactan (from Larix laricina) and Beta-Glucan (from Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to support immune function.† 75 mg Proprietary Herbal Immune Blend with Elderberry Fruit Extract, Ginger Root, Powder, Echinacea Powder, Garlic Bulb Extract for an extra immune boost.† 6 key Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorous, and Manganese) for electrolyte recovery.† B-Complex plus Chromium for energy support.† Also available in great-tasting orange flavor. Free of major food allergens: Contains No sugar, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. Gluten Free, Non GMO and Vegan. Benefits Formulated with efficacious doses of vitamin C, vitamin D3 & zinc for immune support.† A great-tasting way to support hydration for more consistent energy, endurance & recovery.† During daily or distant travel, a convenient way to supplement the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and herbs in two delicious flavors.† LABEL (BERRY) LABEL (ORANGE)
Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential to many biological functions. Zinc, a nutrient found throughout your body, helps your immune system and metabolism function. Zinc is also important to wound healing and your sense of taste and smell. With a varied diet, your body usually gets enough zinc.† Zinc even impacts taste and smell: a zinc deficiency may be noticed by a simple loss of taste and smell. It is important for the function of over 100 special proteins known as enzymes, which are needed to speed up chemical reactions in the body.† Features USDA Organic and VEGAN Certified Whole Food, Non GMO, Simple and Clean Excipients 15 mg of Zinc (from Organic Guava and Zinc Chelate) 200 mg of Organic Whole Food Blend from 16 Fruits, Veggies, Herbs and Mushrooms Contains No dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, peanuts, soy, fish, shellfish, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Benefits The body needs zinc to make DNA, RNA, insulin, dozens of enzymatic reactions, and to facilitate immune response and cellular repair and renewal. Chelated zinc may be vitally important for healthy skin, connective tissue and normal prostate function.† Testing suggests that the chelated minerals are absorbed two to six times better than non-chelated minerals.† Studies also show that prophylactic (preventive) use of zinc lozenges may reduce the number of colds per year, as well as reduce antibiotic usage.† Studies show zinc enhances immune support and may reduce the severity and duration of seasonal disorders. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Oral zinc supplements might benefit people with low levels of zinc. Taken soon after cold symptoms appear, zinc might also shorten the length of a cold.”†