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Antioxidants

Antioxidants can help to reduce oxidative stress in our bodies, helping to preserve cell integrity and overall health. Without a diet rich in antioxidants, we are more prone to the common chronic diseases that plague modern society.

Antioxidants are molecules that help to prevent damaging oxidation that occurs in our bodies as a result of reactive molecules called free radicals, produced in excess by pollution, radiation, fried/burnt foods, sunlight and some cellular metabolism. Damaging oxidation is called oxidative stress and is associated with illness, premature ageing and general biological stress.    

Supplementing the diet with a high-quality, wide-spectrum antioxidant is considered to be one of the most important things that we can nutritionally take to maintain optimum health. In fact, Patrick Holford says in his book The Optimum Nutrition Bible that, "Since the 1980s more and more research has confirmed that many of the twentieth century's most common diseases are associated with a shortage of antioxidant nutrients, and helped by their supplementation."

AlphaCurcumin Plus: Super-Bioavailable Longvida Curcumin

It’s back, and this time our free-radical “Terminator” is even more efficient.

AlphaCurcumin® Plus is a leading curcumin extract, far more potent than standard curcumin supplements. It has now been relaunched using a proprietary curcumin extract significantly more effective than even the phytosomal curcumin in our previous batch.

The best has just got better!

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alphacurcumin-tumeric-diagram.pngTurmeric is ground from the root of the Curcuma Longa L. plant (see picture below), a member of the ginger family, which grows wild in the Himalayas and across South Asia. This yellow/orange spice plays a central role in the cuisine in those areas, giving the traditional dishes of these regions their characteristic yellow colour. This spice has been a component of the Ayurvedic Medicinal Systems of India, China, Tibet and the Middle East for over 2000 years, and recently has come under intense scrutiny by medical researchers astonished by the healing properties of some of its constituent compounds.

Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid class found in turmeric and gives it its characteristic orange-yellow colour. Only around 2-6% of raw turmeric contains these curcuminoids which are concentrated in the rhizome, with the three primary ones being curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin. These polyphenolic compounds (especially the curcumin)have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (through the down-regulation of NF-kB and COX-2) and anti-pathogenic properties, which give turmeric its health-giving properties. These protective compounds are so effective that they are currently the focus of a huge amount of scientific research.

The main problem with curcumin is that it has very poor oral absorption due to its low water solubility and sensitivity to stomach acids. And the tiny amount that is absorbed is quickly metabolised in a process called glucuronidation which makes it water-soluble and therefore easily for the body to eliminate through the kidneys and bile. As a result, the full benefits of curcumin are not realised — too little is absorbed and it stays in the body too short a time.

A solution to this problem has been found by finely mixing the curcumin with lipids, as curcumin is fat-soluble. This vastly increases absorption by having the lipids carry the curcumin into the body, increasing bioavailability. There are several such methods and technologies, and they vary considerably in their effectiveness.

In the last two generations of our superlative AlphaCurcumin(R) complex, we were using such methods to ensure that our customers always had access to the most bioavailable curcumin. The first generation used a powerful curcumin extract mixed with curcuminoid oils that claimed an increased absorption of 7x or 700%. The second used a proprietary phytosomal phospholipid-curcumin complex with claims of increased absorption by 29x (2900%) or more. We thought this was the ultimate at the time, and then we found Longvida® Optimized Curcumin that blew everything else out of the water. Not only does it have even higher absorption including to the brain, it also stays in the system longer whilst effectively distributing its potency throughout the body.

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When we discovered this new turmeric extract, we just knew we had to update our formula so that AlphaCurcumin Plus could remain the best of the best.

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In our new launch AlphaCurcumin® upgrade, we have swapped out the 2nd generation phytosomal curcumin with a new cutting-edge extract that is significantly more effective — Longvida® Optimized Curcumin.

What is so special about Longvida® Optimized Curcumin?

Normal curcumin extracts rapidly degrade in the stomach and intestines in processes called glucuronidation, a process which makes the curcumin inactive and easier for the body to eliminate through the kidneys and bile. This means that even the highest quality curcumin extracts are inefficiently absorbed into the body and rapidly eliminated — on average half of what is absorbed is gone within 2 or 3 hours. This means less protection over less time.

alphacurcumin-blood-brain-diagram-250.pngLongvida® Optimized Curcumin was developed by neuroscientists at UCLA using a patented* delivery technology called Solid Lipid Curcumin Particle (SLCP) Technology. SLCP™ Technology gently coats the curcumin with a specific combination of lipids to form nano-scale lipid capsules or micelles. These micelles are like tiny solid diving bells that protects the curcumin in its journey into our bodies, allowing it to efficiently pass through cell barriers, including the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, bringing the benefits of curcumin throughout the body. (In fact, this curcumin was specifically developed by the neuroscientists to bring the full benefits of curcumin to the brain.)

This unique structure of the SLCP curcumin means that it is transported through the lymph and not the blood, allowing it to largely bypass liver metabolism and stay in its free unglucuronidated form (unlike its inactive metabolised form). This ability for Longvida® curcumin to stay in the body has been measured at 2.5 to 3.75 times longer than standard curcumin. In other words, Longvida® curcumin is stronger for longer, but also in more places such as the brain.

The SLCP Technology used for this product means that the curcumin stays in its active (unglucuronidated) free-form and this is especially important because it is this lipophilic “free curcumin” that has the ability to pass through the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, bringing the benefits of curcumin to where it is often needed the most. But once the curcumin is metabolised or glucuronidated, that ability is unfortunately lost. So other curcumin brands that do not use SLCP Technology to protect the curcumin, even the phytosomal phospholipid ones, tend to have much higher glucuronidation and a much lower percentage of actual free curcumin, which means that what is absorbed is less active and is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier.

The result is a curcumin extract MANY TIMES more effective than other curcumin brands: 95x more bioavailable than standard 95% curcumin extract using AUC testing method; 67x more bioavailable than the standard using Cmax testing; and 285x more bioavailable than the standard using AUC normalized testing.

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So it is not just absorption that is important, but how much actual "free" curcumin ends up in the body. So brands may claim high absorption, but if they do not deliver free curcumin but some other form such as phospholipid curcumin, they are not as beneficial.

At The Really Healthy Company, we go even further. We add enzymes, quercetin and algae in order to enhance further the anti-inflammatory benefits of this curcumin. And we do so without using unnecessary excipients and fillers. The result is a supplement that is superior to those that contain curcumin alone.

So if you want the optimum benefits of curcumin, AlphaCurcumin® is the one to go for. Nothing else comes close.

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The Really Healthy Company's AlphaCurcumin® Plus brings 250mg of this highly bioavailable Longvida optimised curcumin together with 75mg of Bromelain, 50mg of Quercetin, and a specific blend of enzymes and algae in each vegetarian capsule, further enhancing the curcumin's already magnified beneficial effects. The result is one of the most potent curcumin supplements on the market today.

AlphaCurcumin also contains no added binders, fillers or any other excipients — just the full power of undiluted, leading-edge, natural ingredients.

Ingredients: Longvida® Optimized Curcumin, Vegetable Cellulose (capsule), AlphaBlend (enzyme and algae mix), Quercetin and Bromelain.

Directions: Take 2 capsules a day, preferably at mealtimes, or as directed by your health practitioner. (30 servings per bottle.)

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Contains no excipients such as fillers & anti-coagulants. Vegan product.
Longvida® Optimized Curcumin
250 mg
AlphaBlend®
Klamath Blue Green Algae, Protease (5,000 HUT/g), Amylase (50,000 SKB/g), Lipase (10,000 LU/g)
110 mg
Vegetable Cellulose (capsule shell)96 mg
Quercetin (Quercetin Dihydrate)
50 mg
Bromelain (2,500 GDU/g)
36 mg

Longvida® is a registered trademark of Verdure Sciences, Inc.
*For patents info visit www.vs-corp.com/ip.html

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AlphaGuard Plus: Superlative Antioxidant Complex

AlphaGuard® Plus antioxidant complex is superior to most other full-spectrum antioxidant food supplements on the market.

Burning calories is a natural process of oxidation that releases energy in our bodies. However, oxidation can be destructive when it is excessive and uncontrolled, which can happen with stress (physical and mental), poor diet, toxins and environmental pollutants, too much sun, radiation and illness. When this happens, our cells can become damaged by reactive molecules called free radicals and our energy and vitality deteriorates. Long-term, this can lead to premature ageing and degenerative conditions.

Whilst the body produces some of its own antioxidants, the rest must be obtained through the diet, primarily from fruits and vegetables (especially their skins and pips). However, we live in a world where oxidative stress on our bodies is increasing due to rising pollution and stress loads, whilst dietary levels of antioxidants are decreasing, due to poor diets and the fact that our food is often grown in nutrient-depleted soils. The result can be compromised health.

AlphaGuard® Plus is one of the very best all-in-one antioxidant supplements on the market today, combining many of the most effective antioxidant nutrients and complexes, including Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract, Curcumin Extract, Quercetin, Bilberry Extract, Vitamin E, Alpha lipoic acid, Green tea extract, N-Acetyl cysteine, Zinc, Leutein, Beta-carotene, Lycopene, Zeaxanthin and Selenium. The reason we put such a potent variety of antioxidants into our supplement is that antioxidants work synergistically in the body — their combined benefit far exceeding the benefit we would obtain from taking them separately. And not only that, many of them have their own unique and essential function, so they must all be present for optimum well-being.

This makes AlphaGuard® Plus the ideal food supplement for helping to prevent excessive oxidation in the body.

Directions: Take one or two capsules a day with a meal, or as advised by your healthcare practitioner.

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Contains no excipients such as fillers & anti-coagulants. Vegan product.
Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbate)100 mg
Vegetable Cellulose (capsule)100 mg
Grape Seed Extract (95% OPC)60 mg
AlphaBlend®
(Klamath Blue Green Algae, Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Bioperine)
50 mg
Biocurcumax™ Curcumin Extract (BCM-95™)40 mg
Quercetin40 mg
Bilberry Extract 4:130 mg
Vitamin E (natural - 24IU)20 mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid15 mg
Green Tea Extract (30% polyphenols)15 mg
N-Acetyl Cysteine15 mg
Zinc (citrate)10 mg
Leutein (actual leutein)6 mg
Beta-Carotene (natural)2 mg
Lycopene (actual lycopene)1.25 mg
Zeaxanthin (actual zeaxanthin)500 µg
Selenium (methionine)25 µg

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PRL CoQ10, Premier

Premier CoQ10 from Premier Research Labs is a naturally fermented CoQ10 that contains the more effective trans isomeric form of this vital nutrient for advanced cariovascular, nerve, brain and immune support.

Coenzyme Q-10 is a very powerful antioxidant that plays a vital role in some of the most important biological pathways in the body, including those involved with energy production. It also protects for cell membranes. (For more information on CoQ10, Wikipedia.) This coenzyme , which is also called ubiquinone, is converted in the body to ubiquinol, which is its active biological form. As we age, the ability of the body to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol decreases.

Premier Research Labs' Premier CoQ10 provides a natural fermentation-derived fat-soluble ubiquinone in the trans isomeric form, making it more effective than most other CoQ10 supplements on the market. The manufacture of Premier CoQ10 does not use polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier made from polyethoxylated sorbitan), undesirable flowing agents or other excipients.

Premier Research Labs' Premier CoQ10 is suitable for vegans and contains no magnesium stearate.

Directions: Take 1 capsule, 3 times daily or as directed by a health practitioner.

Ingredients per veg capsuleAmount
Vegan product.
Coenzyme Q10 Ubiquinone100 mg
Q-10 Support Blend
Organic Rice Protein, Organic carrot (root), Mineralised red algae (Lithothamnion sp.)
311 mg

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PRL Green Tea-ND (Fermented Extract)

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Green Tea-ND™ Extract from Premier Research Labs is probiotic fermented liquid green tea extract that allows for rapid cellular delivery of its high content of polyphenol antioxidants.

Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of the green tea plant (Camellia sinensis). The extract contains high quantities of effective polyphenol antioxidants, mostly green tea catechins (GTC). These are not only beneficial in helping to reduce excess oxidation, but have many other health properties that are only now being discovered. (For more information on green tea extract, visit Wikipedia.)

Premier Research Labs' Green Tea-ND is manufactured using state-of-the-art probiotic-generated culture systems, modeled on the human gastro-intestinal tract, that converts plant-based foods to bioactive nutrient forms. The culture systems used in production are inactivated in the final product. When nutrients are made using these probiotic technologies, the resulting food supplement is many times more bioavailable to the body, making such formulations more potent than standard extracts.

Premier Research Labs' Green Tea-ND tests completely negative for pesticides and heavy metals residues, and is suitable for vegans.

Directions: Take ½ teaspoon mixed in ¼ cup water or juice, 2 times daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Shake gently before use.

Servings per bottle: approx. 23 for 58mL and 94 for the 235mL

Ingredients per ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) servingAmount
Vegan product.
Green Tea Liquid Extract
Green Tea (leaf) Extract (Camellia sinensis), Organic Chlorella (whole; broken cell wall) (Chlorella sorokiniana), Organic Cilantro (leaf) (Coriandrum sativum), Organic Parsley (leaf) (Petroselinum crispum), Resveratrol (from Polygonum cuspidatum); fermented in a probiotic culture1
2.2 g
Other ingredients
Purified Water, Organic Alcohol, Organic Molasses
1Probiotic culture inactivated after fermentation; preserved with organic alcohol.

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Pro-Knox: Super Antioxidant

Pro-Knox is a natural low-molecular weight antioxidant complex that has a strong redox potential and more free radical quenching activity and efficiency than Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) alone.

img-antioxidants.gifOxygen is vital to life, but a side-effect of oxygen metabolism can be cellular damage, which over time, can lead to deterioration of the body. Normally these side effects of oxygen metabolism, caused by very reactive intermediary molecules called free radicals, are neutralized by antioxidants -- substances that prevent reactive molecules burning or oxidising other molecules. Some of the antioxidants we need are naturally produced by our bodies, but the rest are sourced from our diets. This is why doctors and nutritionists recommend a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits as these can be good sources of antioxidants. However, chemicals in the environment, stress, poor diets and alcohol can create huge amounts of free radicals and also reduce the dietary antioxidant levels necessary to neutralize them, which can lead to dangerous levels of cellular oxidation.

Pro-Knox is a unique, powerful and natural antioxidant complex formulated with low molecular weight plant extracts to ensure high bioavailability and activity once absorbed in the body. Plant extracts used are rich in vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, quercetin, riboflavin, polyphenols, tannin, flavonoids, glutathion, catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Advantages of taking Pro-Knox over other antioxidant supplements:

  • Pro-Know is extra rich in active antioxidant components
  • It has a strong redox potential and more free radical quenching activity and efficiency than SOD alone
  • Low molecular weight antioxidant (under 5000) so quick and easy absorption
  • Remains active in the blood for up to 24 hours

The final compound of Pro-Knox is obtained through a low-heat process that utilizes far-infrared rays to extract the active, low-molecular weight antioxidants. 

Directions: Take 2 or 3 sachets a day with main meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. This amount can be increased to 8 sachets in total a day for serious support.

Ingredients per 3g sachetAmount
Vegan product.
Fermented soy beans290 mg
Wheat germ250 mg
Green tea150 mg
Beetroot124 mg
Fermented brown rice50 mg
Fermented adlay50 mg
Wheat powder35 mg
Seasame25 mg
Vitamin C23 mg
Acerola1 mg
Yuzu citru junos1 mg
Rosemary1 mg

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