Powerful new multivitamin goes far beyond any one-a-day

Daily Basics Plus (120-day supply)

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1 Bottle
$89.97

A simple way to get solid daily support

My new Daily Basics Plus is a low-cost multivitamin that goes far beyond any one-a-day to deliver all the nutrients your body needs. Daily Basics Plus packs an impressive blend of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the forms your body can easily absorb.  That means it goes to work immediately, helping you look and feel your best. 

 

Daily Basics Plus goes to work from day one…

  • Kicking energy production into high gear—infusing every cell in your body with the B-vitamins they need to keep you feeling vibrant, energized and on the go.
     
  • Fighting the aging process and protecting every cell in your body with Spectra® Blend—a proprietary boost of more than 31 fruit, herb and vegetable concentrates and extracts.
  • Ensuring your body can fight off today’s scariest health dangers with the immune-boosting power of elemin™—a unique assembly of more than 70 plant-based trace minerals, naturally purified over the course of 70 million years.
  • Sharpening your memory, focus, concentration and recall with the help of inositol and choline. Boosting production of brain chemicals and helping to balance mood.

 

A good-value multivitamin that’s easy to take

Adding Daily Basics Plus to your daily regimen isn’t just about feeling your best. It’s knowing that you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs for optimal function and total body wellness.

In just four pills a day, new Daily Basics Plus is a low-cost multivitamin that’s easy to take. For about $1 a day—just $29.99 a month—you can feel the Daily Basics Plus difference for yourself. You’ll have the energy you need to keep up with the grandkids, anti-aging protection you can feel with each passing day, total body immune support you can rely on, year-round, and so much more.

 

Extraordinary health starts with essential vitamins and minerals

New Daily Basics Plus gives you total support with essential nutrients that nourish every cell in your body, starting with the full B-vitamin family.

The B vitamins play a cardinal role in protecting nerves and producing neurotransmitters and other brain chemicals associated with memory, focus, concentration and recall. You also get choline and inositol, both are found and used in abundance in the areas of the brain most closely associated with memory, focus and a balanced mood.

Plus, you get vitamins A, C, and E to fight free radicals and keep your immune system strong, And 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 and calcium carbonate in highly absorbable forms for healthy bones. Click here to see all the essential vitamins and minerals you get in Daily Basics Plus.

 

Harmful free radicals don’t stand a chance against this antioxidant cocktail

The true secret weapon of Daily Basics Plus is a proprietary blend of 31 fruit, herb, spice, and vegetable concentrates and extracts, called Spectra® Blend. This ground-breaking antioxidant powerhouse out-performs tomatoes, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries—even pomegranates.

Spectra Blend delivers targeted antioxidant protection against all five of today’s most harmful free radicals. That means unmatched immune supportboundless energy…and the anti—aging protection you need to feel younger with each passing day.

 

Super bioavailable trace minerals protect you from the toughest health dangers

I have always been a big believer in the importance of trace minerals. So of course, I’ve included trace minerals in Daily Basics Plus.

Don’t let the words “trace minerals” fool you…these powerful compounds can help ensure you’re ready to take on even the toughest health dangers. Trace minerals provide the essential nutrients we need for metabolic function such as growth and development and immune health.

Unlike most trace minerals, the special Senonian® Trace Minerals I’ve included in Daily Basics Plus are cold-water extracted from a protected ancient peat (plant) deposit laid down during the Cretaceous period nearly 70 million years ago. The minerals are then concentrated and dried through a proprietary process that gives you over 70 plant-based, small particle minerals in a 100% water-soluble, super bioavailable form. Most other trace minerals are hydrophobic, which results in lower bioavailability.

Daily Basics Plus

4 tablets (Daily Amount) gives you…

Vitamin A (as mixed carotenoids, retinyl palmitate) : 10,000 IU, 200%

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) : 500 mg, 833%

Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) : 1,000 IU, 250%

Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) : 200 IU, 667%

Thiamine (as mononitrate) : 50 mg, 3333%

Riboflavin
(as riboflavin, riboflavin-5-phosphate) : 50 mg, 2941%

Niacin (as niacinamide, niacin) : 125 mg, 625%

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl, pyridoxine-5-phosphate) : 110 mg, 5500%

Folic Acid: 400 mcg, 100%

Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) : 100 mcg, 1667%

Biotin : 300 mcg, 100%

Pantothenic Acid (as calcium pantothenate) : 150 mg, 1500%

Calcium (as carbonate from eggshell) : 300 mg, 30%

Iodine (from kelp) : 100 mcg, 67%

Magnesium (as oxide) : 150 mg, 38%

Zinc (as chelate) : 20 mg, 133%

Selenium (as glycinate) : 200 mcg, 286%

Copper (as chelate) : 2 mg, 100%

Manganese (as aspartate) : 2 mg, 100%

Chromium (as polynicotinate) : 200 mcg, 167%

Molybdenum (as chelate) : 100 mcg, 133%

Potassium (as aspartate, phosphate): 100 mg, 3%

Choline (as bitartrate) : 100 mg *

Inositol : 100 mg *

Spectra™ Total ORAC Blend‡ 75 mg *
Broccoli Sprout Concentrate, Onion Extract (bulb), Tomato Concentrate, Broccoli Concentrate, Carrot Concentrate, Spinach Concentrate, Kale Concentrate, Brussels Sprout Concentrate, Green Coffee Extract (fruit), Acerola Extract (fruit), Camu Camu Concentrate, Quercetin, Acai Concentrate, Mangosteen Concentrate, Green Tea Extract (leaf), Apple Extract (fruit), Elderberry Concentrate, Black Soybean Hull Extract, Blue Corn Extract (seed), Turmeric Extract (rhizome), Garlic Concentrate, Basil Concentrate, Oregano Concentrate, Cinnamon Concentrate, Black Currant Extract (fruit), Blueberry Extract (fruit), Sweet Cherry Concentrate, Blackberry Concentrate, Chokeberry Concentrate, Raspberry Concentrate, Bilberry Extract (fruit)

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine : 50 mg *

Turmeric Extract (root) : 50 mg *

Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA) 30 mg *

Silica (as silicon dioxide) : 30 mg *

elemin® Senonian Trace Minerals♦ (from peat) : 25 mg *

Resveratrol (from Japanese knotweed root) : 10 mg *

Mixed Tocopherols (from soy) : 10 mg *

Alpha Lipoic Acid : 10 mg *

Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) : 10 mg *

Lutein (from marigold flower) : 2 mg *

Mixed Tocotrienols (from palm) : 2 mg *

Lycopene (from tomato fruit) : 1 mg *

Boron (as chelate) : 1 mg *

Vanadium (as chelate) : 150 mcg *

Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, glycerin, maltodextrin CONTAINS: EGG, SOY


Note: Pregnant or lactating women should consult a health care professional before taking this product.
Keep out of reach of children.

*Daily Value (DV) not established.

Recommended Dose: Take 4 tablets daily, 2 with breakfast and 2 with lunch or dinner.

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Vitamin A

  • This fat-soluble vitamin is essential for the proper formation and maintenance of cell membranes, reproductive function, vision, and bone formation.  Vitamin A also stimulates immune function, and is needed for proper formation of growth hormone
  • Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that the body converts into vitamin A.  Beta carotene is a potent immune-system booster and a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent LDL oxidation.  This maintains arterial health and functioning.  Beta-carotene also stimulates immunity by increasing receptors for T-helper and natural killer cells.
  • Healthy individuals supplemented with an antioxidant cocktail (vitamin C, E and beta carotene) showed an increased resistance to LDL cholesterol oxidation.

Vitamin C

  • This water-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant that supports the immune system, capillary strength, and the production of collagen.  Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of L-carnitine, a nutrient required by the heart and other muscles to metabolize fat, and PGE-1, a prostaglandin that prevents platelets from sticking together. 
  • Vitamins C helps to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage. Low levels of vitamin C are associated with increased levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which can have detrimental effects on the heart. Lack of vitamin C is also linked to arterial wall damage.
  • Vitamin C aids in the production of anti-stress hormones, which is critical for brain health. It also helps combat stress as it is important in the synthesis of adrenal hormones. Vitamin C is quickly depleted from the adrenal glands in times of stress.  Stress has been implicated in higher levels of cortisol.
  • Vitamin C is also involved in the production of several neurotransmitters, including serotonin, acetylcholine, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Because of this, vitamin C supports optimal cognitive functioning.
  • Supplementation with vitamins C and E is associated with healthy blood vessels as suggested in a recent, long-term study.
  • A controlled trial found that Vitamin C helps reduce lipid peroxide levels and oxidative stress.
  • Healthy individuals supplemented with an antioxidant cocktail (vitamin C, E and beta carotene) showed an increased resistance to LDL cholesterol oxidation.

Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D is a unique nutrient in that it is the only vitamin that can be synthesized in the body.  The body generates vitamin D in the skin when it is exposed to UV light.  However, in conditions where sunlight is insufficient, such as during the winter and in northern areas, the body must acquire it through the diet.
  • Vitamin D3 (the form in this product) has been found to be 2 to 3 times more effective in increasing blood levels of 25(OH)D (circulating levels of vitamin D) than the equivalent dose of vitamin D2.

Bone Health

  • Vitamin D’s most important role is maintaining blood levels of calcium, which it accomplishes by increasing absorption of calcium from food and reducing calcium excretion.  Both effects keep calcium in the body and thereby spare the calcium stored in the bones.  Vitamin D also helps regulate phosphorous and magnesium metabolism. 
  • Vitamin D plays a crucial role in maintaining bone density and strength by aiding in the absorption of calcium and reducing the loss of calcium in the urine.
  • Vitamin D helps regulate phosphorous and magnesium metabolism, aiding in bone health.
  • Research shows that bone density is increased when Vitamin D supplements are taken in conjunction with calcium.
  • In one study, healthy women ages 58-67 were given Vitamin D as well as 1,000 mg calcium carbonate. After two years bone mass density of the lumbar spine increased 1.6% compared to placebo.  
  • In a study in Boston, where sunlight is reduced during the winter months, postmenopausal women supplementing with calcium and Vitamin D experienced a net increase in spinal bone mass while the placebo group showed no change.

Physical ability

  • A randomized, placebo controlled study of ninety-six subjects found that supplementation with 400 IU Vitamin D plus 800 mg of calcium per day for nine months improved gait speed and body sway.
  • Analysis of a previously conducted randomized clinical trial on one hundred twenty-four nursing home residents receiving Vitamin D supplementation found that those receiving 800 IU per day for 5 months had better physical health by exhibiting.
  • A literature review found that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and lower grip strength.
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with muscle weakness and pain in both adults and children.

Brain Health

  • Having adequate levels of vitamin D is associated with better cognitive performance and health in a recent observational trial. In the study, which followed 3,113 European men aged between 40 and 79, researchers found that higher blood levels of vitamin D were associated with better performance in tests of attention and speed of information processing. The association was even stronger for men over the age of 60.

Metabolism

  • Vitamin D is needed to help the body process sugar, and assists in other metabolic processes.
  • A population based cross-sectional study involving 834 men and 820 women found an inverse relationship between Vitamin D levels and risk of Metabolic Syndrome.
  • A study found that 500 mg calcium citrate and 700 IU Vitamin D daily for 3 years attenuated increases in glycemia and insulin resistance that occur over time.

Colon Health

  • Women showed improved colorectal health following supplementation with 1,000 mg elemental calcium and 400 IU of Vitamin D.

Cell Health

  • Follow-up from a longitudinal study of 14,916 men found a relationship between levels of Vitamin D and cellular health.
  • A 4-year, population-based, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial with 1179 postmenopausal women found that those taking 1400-1500 mg calcium and 1100 IU Vitamin D per day had superior cellular health than those taking placebo.

Immune Health

  • Vitamin D plays a role in immunity and blood cell formation.
  • Vitamin D increases the activity of natural killer cells and T cells, supporting the immune system.
  • Research has shown that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D are less likely to have symptoms of poor immune health.

Vitamin E

  • This fat soluble vitamin supports healthy heart functioning by promoting proper blood flow and inhibiting lipid peroxidation. Vitamins E have been shown to help protect LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage.
  • Vitamin E also provides antioxidant protection of cell membranes. 
  • Supplementation with vitamins C and E is associated with healthy blood vessels as suggested in a recent, long term study.
  • Healthy individuals supplemented with an antioxidant cocktail (vitamin C, E and beta carotene) showed an increased resistance to LDL cholesterol oxidation.

Thiamine

  • Thiamine is a water-soluble nutrient also known as vitamin B-1 that serves as a critical cofactor in carbohydrate metabolism.  Thiamine plays a key role in generating energy in the cells.
  • About half of the body’s thiamine stores are found in the skeletal muscles, with the remainder being found in the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain.
  • Supplemental thiamine may help enhance energy levels, promote brain function and a positive mood, and support cardiovascular health.

Riboflavin

  • Also known as vitamin B-2, riboflavin, like other members of the B-vitamins, is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in energy production within the cells.
  • Riboflavin is also necessary for the formation of visual pigments and the maintenance of mucous membranes and epithelial cells.
  • Riboflavin as a water-soluble nutrient is not stored in the body so must be replenished every day.  In addition, it is necessary for the metabolism of other B-vitamins. For this reason, it is important to take it along with the entire B-complex family.

Niacin

  • Niacin is sometimes referred to as vitamin B-3 and is involved in many processes in the body, including energy production, synthesis of fatty acids, cholesterol and steroids, nerve signals, and gene expression and maintenance.
  • Meats, poultry, fish and cereal grains are the best dietary sources of niacin.
  • Niacin also helps to support cardiovascular health.

Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B-6 is involved in over 100 different enzymatic reactions in the body mostly involving the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat.
  • B-6 is also important for neural functioning and cognitive development.  It is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, and is required for the production of serotonin and dopamine—neurotransmitters associated with mood and motivation.
  • One of the main roles B-6 plays is in the methylation of homocysteine, an amino acid negatively associated with cardiovascular health.  A recent controlled study found that supplementing with B-6, folic acid and B-12 helped to promote normal homocysteine levels.

 

Folic Acid

  • Folic acid is involved with the proper synthesis of RNA and DNA, the nucleic acids that maintain our genetic codes and insure healthy cell division. It also plays a role in energy production and protein metabolism for the formation of red blood cells, and is essential for fetal nerve development.
  • Folic acid is also one of the body’s most important methylating agents and is especially important for the methylation of homocysteine.
  • Folic acid supplementation as low as 100 mcg per day has been shown to promote normal homocysteine levels in healthy female volunteers.  
  • A recent controlled study found that supplementing with B-6, folic acid and B-12 helped to promote normal homocysteine levels.
  • A 2000 clinical trial suggests that supplementing with folic acid and B-12 supports normal endothelial function, most likely by promoting normal homocysteine levels.
  • Folic acid supplementation is associated with improved vascular function independent of its affect on homocysteine.
  • New research suggests that maintaining normal homocysteine levels is also associated with maintaining strong bones as you age.

Vitamin B12

  • Vitamin B-12 works very closely with folic acid in the synthesis of RNA and DNA and the maintenance of genes.
  • B-12 is also important for the maintenance of the nervous system, and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids and energy-producing processes in the body.
  • Vitamin B12 is essential for brain and central nervous system functioning.
  • Not all people seem to get enough vitamin B-12, especially vegetarians and the elderly.  It is estimated that 10-15 % of those over 60 may be deficient in B-12 primarily due to decreased absorption because of poor gastric function.
  • Like folic acid and B-6, vitamin B-12 is one of the body’s most important nutrients that ensures homocysteine is methylated to methionine to help promote normal homocysteine levels.
  • A recent controlled study suggest that supplementing with B-6, folic acid and B-12 helps to promote normal homocysteine levels.
  • A 2000 clinical trial suggests that supplementing with folic acid and B-12 supports normal endothelial function, most likely by promoting normal homocysteine levels.

Biotin

  • Biotin is a B-vitamin that acts as a coenzyme during the metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, is required for DNA replication, and influences gene transcription.   It also has antioxidant effects in the body and helps to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.

Pantothenic Acid

  • Many members of the vitamin B family are necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. B vitamins are rapidly depleted when the body is working to overcome stress, and allowing the body’s stores to become low can actually exacerbate stress. This is particularly true of pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), which plays an important role in adrenal function. 
  • Pantothenic acid is also necessary for the production of energy and the synthesis of fatty acids, phospholipids, cholesterol, steroid hormones, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Calcium

  • Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it comprises 99% of bones and teeth.  The remaining free calcium is found in the blood and in the cells.  If calcium levels in the blood drop and are not replenished, the body will take calcium from the bones.
  • Calcium is vital for proper growth and development. It plays an active role in bone development and metabolism, and epidemiological research indicates that those with habitually high intakes of calcium have better bone strength than those whose calcium intake is low.
  • Calcium supplements alone and with other minerals and vitamin D can help increase bone mineral density levels. 7
  • The timing of calcium administration may play a role in bone health. One study indicated that supplementing with divided doses of calcium (one at 9am and another at 9 pm) suppressed bone resorption during both day and night in early menopausal women.

Eggshell Calcium

  • Egg shell calcium in a unique source of calcium carbonate that demonstrates higher bioavailability than regular calcium carbonate. Derived purely from chicken egg shells, this form of calcium may also be more digestible and has a high retention in the body.
  • Calcium carbonate is equally bioavailable as other forms of calcium (ascorbate, aspartate gluconolactate, citromalate, chloride, lactate, acetate, and citrate) when taken with food.
  • Egg shell calcium contains trace amount of naturally occurring, low molecular weight proteins that may enhance the absorption of calcium across the intestinal wall, according to preliminary cell line studies.
  • A 12 month clinical study in healthy, postmenopausal women suggest that egg shell calcium helps build bone and reduce bone loss.40  In the study, those taking egg shell calcium increased bone mineral density levels in the hip bone. Participants were also taking vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals.
  • ESM Technologies is trying to reduce environmental impact by finding additional value in eggshells left over from the egg products industry. This year in the United States over 600,000 tons of eggshells where disposed of, mainly in landfills. ESM’s patented technologies make it possible to use these eggshells to improve our health, reduce waste and improve our environment; the only byproduct of their 100 percent natural manufacturing process is steam.
  • Eggshell calcium is 100% domestic/Made in the U.S.A.
  • Eggshell calcium provides a pure, all natural source of calcium.  Eggshell calcium has been found to be 50 times lower than Prop 65 lead level limits when tested at the full DV for calcium (1 g/d).  Ultra-pure eggshell calcium is lower in heavy metals than any other natural calcium source.

Iodine

  • Iodine is a trace element necessary for the proper function of the thyroid gland.  Thyroid hormones, which actually contain iodine, promote normal development and metabolism.
  • The iodine in Daily Basics Plus comes from kelp, a sea vegetable that has been consumed for thousands of years.
  • Iodine deficiency may have negative impacts upon mental functioning and performance.

Magnesium

  • Magnesium mediates muscle relaxation and proper heart muscle function, and serves as a cofactor in the production of energy.  Magnesium supports optimal cardiovascular and heart health. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to support healthy levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • The synthesis and consumption of ATP is directly linked to magnesium. Magnesium-linked ATP processes are involved in DNA and RNA synthesis, glycolysis, intracellular mineral transport, blood vessel tone, and the regeneration of ATP.
  • Studies indicate that magnesium depletion has a directly negative impact upon skeletal metabolism and bone growth.  Magnesium also helps regulate the absorption of nutrients across the cell membranes, including potassium, which may be central to muscle contractions and nerve conduction.
  • A large US survey indicates that magnesium intake is lower than recommended for most Americans.
  • Epidemiological studies suggests that high dietary intake of magnesium is associated with healthy blood pressure.
  • It has been suggested that magnesium may affect blood pressure through its effects on the secretion of adrenal hormones, which cause an increase in sodium excretion.  This results in less water retention.  Less body water reduces the volume of blood pumping through the cardiovascular system, which reduces blood pressure.
  • Magnesium is often called “endothelial-cell friendly,” meaning that it helps keep the lining of the arteries smooth and elastic; qualities that go hand-in-hand with normal blood pressure. 

Zinc

  • Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 200 different enzymatic reactions, mostly involving the structure of the body. It primarily functions as a coenzyme in protein metabolism, energy production, the formation of “zinc fingers” which interact with DNA and our genes, and protecting cell membranes from oxidative stress.
  • Zinc is vital for growth and development, reproduction, dark vision adaptation, insulin release, and several immune defenses.  Zinc is thought to help support prostate and eye health as these structures both contain high levels of zinc.
  • Zinc is not an antioxidant in a traditional sense, but rather may have antioxidant-type properties by its ability to stabilize cell structures.  Among other functions, zinc is important for proper immunity and white blood cell function, especially T-lymphocytes and macrophages. 

Selenium

  • Selenium is a vital trace mineral necessary for normal immune function, the regulation of free radicals, and the development of thyroid hormones.  Selenium is also necessary for a variety of the body’s house-keeping functions that maintain normal cell growth. 
  • Selenium functions chiefly as a component of glutathione peroxidase, the enzyme that creates glutathione, one of the body’s premier endogenous antioxidants. Glutathione levels impact immune system activity, including that of macrophages, phagocytes and lymphocytes.
  • Maintaining adequate intakes of selenium may support cardiovascular health. A recent meta-analysis found that people with the highest intakes of selenium had better cardiovascular health.

Copper

  • Copper is required for normal infant development, red and white blood cell maturation, iron transport, bone strength, brain development and immune function.  It is also a cofactor for superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of several important antioxidant enzymes in the body.

Manganese

  • Manganese is a trace mineral that serves as an important cofactor for the enzymes that build glycosaminoglycans, the mucopolysaccharides found in connective tissue, the myelin sheath of nerves, and various blood clotting factors.
  • Manganese is also an important antioxidant as it is part of manganese superoxide dismutase, the principal antioxidant enzyme of the mitochondria.

Chromium

  • Chromium is best known for its role in potentiating the activity of insulin and regulating glucose and energy production. Chromium is an element found in food that is essential for protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
  • Chromium helps increase insulin sensitivity by increasing the number of binding sites on cells for insulin.  This allows for better transport of glucose (already bound to the insulin) into our cells for energy and/or storage.
  • Research supports the positive effects of chromium supplementation for promoting insulin sensitivity in overweight people.  In one study, dieting women given 200 mcg chromium polynicotinate experienced improved insulin sensitivity.
  • Chromium increases insulin sensitivity by increasing the number of binding sites on cells for insulin.  This allows for better transport of glucose (already bound to the insulin) into our cells for energy and/or storage.

Molybdenum

  • Molybdenum participates as a cofactor in several enzymatic reactions in the body that are involved in the break down of substances, such as amino acids, for the building of newer substances, such as protein and carbohydrates. 
  • Molybdenum is a necessary cofactor for several detoxification enzymes, including those that detoxify alcohol.

Potassium

  • Potassium regulates blood pressure and the fluid balance in the body. It also plays a role in the conduction of nerve impulses and muscle contractions.  The sodium-potassium exchange across the cell membranes generates the electrical potential that aids the conduction of nerve impulses. When potassium leaves the cell, it changes the membrane potential and allows the nerve impulse to progress. This electrical potential gradient helps generate muscle contractions and regulates the heartbeat.
  • Potassium is very important in cellular biochemical reactions and energy metabolism; it participates in the synthesis of protein from amino acids in the cell.
  • Potassium also functions in carbohydrate metabolism; it is active in glycogen and glucose metabolism, converting glucose to glycogen that can be stored in the liver for future energy. Potassium is important for normal growth and for building muscle.

Choline

  • Choline is used to make the brain chemical acetylcholine, which is essential for memory.
  • Choline is also necessary for healthy cell structures.  It helps to form phosphatidylcholine, the primary phospholipid of cell membranes.

Inositol

  • Inositol is highly concentrated in the heart and brain, including areas associated with memory.  It also serves as a cofactor for serotonin, the neurotransmitter involved with mood regulation.
  • Recent research suggests that inositol is effective in supporting optimal mood.

Spectra™ Blend

  • The Spectra Blend contains 5 different blends of fruit and vegetable concentrates/extracts, in addition to spices and nutrients (31 total) that have been specifically developed to maximize their potential antioxidant activity against a variety of free radicals.
    • *ORAC Blend: Broccoli Sprout Concentrate, Onion Extract, Tomato Concentrate, Broccoli Concentrate, Carrot Concentrate, Spinach Concentrate, Kale Concentrate, Brussels Sprout Concentrate;
    • *NORAC Blend: Green Coffee Extract, Acerola Extract, Camu Camu Concentrate, Quercetin, Acai Concentrate, Mangosteen Concentrate;
    • *SORAC Blend: Green Tea Extract, Apple Extract, Elderberry Concentrate, Black Soybean Hull Extract, Blue Corn Extract;
    • *HORAC Blend: Turmeric Extract, Garlic Concentrate, Basil Concentrate, Oregano Concentrate, Cinnamon Concentrate;
    • *SOAC Blend: Blackcurrant Extract, Blueberry Extract, Sweet Cherry Concentrate, Acai Concentrate, Blackberry Concentrate, Chokeberry Concentrate, Raspberry Concentrate, Bilberry Extract.

Total ORAC Testing

  • There are 5 major free radicals that affect our bodies: peroyxl, hydroxyl, superoxide, singlet oxygen and peroxynitrite. ORAC, or Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity testing has been available for many years (Dr. Williams first wrote about it in 1999), however the test was limited to measuring the scavenging capacity of a food against the peroxyl radical. Today, state-of-the-art testing—called Total ORAC—now makes it possible to test the antioxidant capacity of a food/product against all five major free radicals. Total ORAC gives a more complete picture of the potential health benefits of a given product.
  • Peroxyl radicals are formed within the delicate fatty acids that make up cell membranes, creating damaging breaks in the cell membrane. Without sufficient antioxidants to neutralize this radical, it can eventually trigger the collapse of the cell membrane which causes the cell to die. Peroxyl radicals are responsible for the oxidation of cell membranes and other lipids in the body, such as cholesterol.
  • The hydroxyl radical is the most toxic free radical found in the body. Heavy metals, like iron or mercury are often responsible for the formation of the hydroxyl radical, but they are also formed during exercise. The hydroxyl radical is so dangerous because it is extremely reactive – usually lasting only thousandths of a second before stealing a hydrogen atom from whatever it touches first. This may not seem like it could do much damage, but there isn’t a single area in the cell that can afford to lose a hydrogen atom. And, hydroxyl radicals typically travel in packs – you never fight just one. Rather, there are usually millions of hydroxyl molecules at once. Hydroxyl radicals, which cannot be eliminated by the body’s own endogenous antioxidants, are linked with DNA damage.
  • Superoxide is an oxygen molecule with an extra electron. It is the most common free radical in the body, and is formed in the mitochondria during the body’s processing of oxygen to create energy (ATP). On its own, superoxide isn’t particularly damaging. However, it can trigger a dangerous chain reaction. It is the main source for the generation of the free radical hydrogen peroxide, and also reacts with heavy metals in the body, activating their ability to create the toxic hydroxyl radical. This free radical can not only prematurely kill the cell (attacking its membranes), but possibly create deviant cells which could multiply out of control (by attacking chromosomes). By neutralizing superoxide, antioxidants also prevent the formation of hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl free radicals which contribute to lipid and DNA damage.
  • Peroxynitrite is a short-lived oxidant species produced by the reaction of nitric oxide and superoxide. It contributes to the breakdown of vital proteins such as collagen (found in bones, skin, connective tissue and blood vessels), and affects many cellular constituents including lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides.
  • The singlet oxygen free radical is formed under several conditions. If regular oxygen is exposed to radiation in the form of sunlight, the chemical bonds between the two oxygen molecules break, making it very hazardous to your health. Singlet oxygen is a mutated form of oxygen that negatively affects the joints and skin, but its most damaging affects occurs in the eyes, where it can damage the lens and/or the retina. It can also contribute to cholesterol problems and cardiovascular problems.
  • This proprietary blend of 31 fruit, vegetable, and herb extracts and concentrates provides 3,000 Total ORAC units.
  • Total ORAC scores as reported by USDA for a typical serving of common foods:

N-Acetyl Cysteine

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a specially modified form of the dietary amino acid Cysteine.  NAC is a powerful antioxidant that promotes optimal immune system functioning. 
  • NAC is a precursor to glutathione and has been found to increase glutathione levels.  Glutathione has been recognized as an extremely important compound in the body as one of the most powerful and important detoxifying compounds.  It is also considered the body’s premier antioxidant.
  • Glutathione is commonly referred to as the “universal” antioxidant as it is common to all animals, plants, and microorganisms. Found throughout the body in its reduced form, glutathione is one of the most abundant water-soluble antioxidants.  Glutathione’s high electron-donating capacity to neutralize free radicals makes it the body’s most potent antioxidant that is crucial to the mitochondria.  By maintaining sufficient levels of glutathione, the body is armed with its greatest defense against the oxidative stress we encounter from within as well as from external sources.  Glutathione plays a major role in keeping the aging process under control.

Turmeric

  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used as a traditional medicine, spice and coloring agent for thousands of years. Native to India and South-East Asia, turmeric has been used traditionally to alleviate aches and pains, and as a Qi stimulant.
  • Best known as a spice that gives a distinctive flavor and yellow color to curry powder and mustard, turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has long been used for healing in India.  Turmeric contains curcumin, a constituent believed to have antioxidant properties.  
  • Curcumin has been shown to be an effective antioxidant, scavenging various free radicals, including hydroxyl radicals, hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, nitric oxide and those that cause lipid peroxidation.
  • Dr. Williams has been writing about the health benefits of turmeric for over 10 years. Turmeric’s antioxidant properties touch almost every part of the body.

PABA

  • Para amino benzoic acid is a component of folic acid, a member of the B family of vitamins.  It plays a role in protein metabolism, intestinal health, and in the formation of red blood cells.  PABA is important for healthy hair and pigmentation.

Silica

  • Silica supports healthy bones, hair, skin, connective tissue, arteries, eyes, and nails.  Animal studies indicate that silicon supplementation may support bone formation by supporting the cross links between collagen during bone growth. Trace Minerals (Elemin™)
  • Although trace minerals are only needed in small amounts, they play a key role in the body.  They support heart health, immunity, and growth and development.
  • Nearly all of these minerals function as coenzymes, which are substances that work in tandem with enzymes to speed up chemical reactions in the body.
  • Intensive farming practices have depleted elements and minerals from the soil, degrading the nutritional value of our plant and food supply.  As a consequence, our mineral intakes are a fraction of the total we used to have. 

  • Many commercial mineral supplements are sourced from sea beds, rock or salt, and they are usually comprised of very large molecules that are difficult for the body to digest (200-10,000 times larger than plant-derived minerals).  Many only provide a small fraction of the elements and minerals important for overall well-being.
  • Elemin™ senonian trace minerals is a proprietary complex of more than 70 plant-based trace minerals.  Elemin is cold-water extracted from a protected ancient peat (plant) deposit laid down during the Cretaceous period nearly 70 million years ago. 
  • The minerals are then concentrated and dried via a proprietary process that gives the final product more than 70 plant-based, small particle minerals in water-soluble (bioavailable) powder.  Many other trace minerals are hydrophobic (water-repelling), which can result in lower bioavailability.
  • Elemin plant-based minerals are naturally chelated through plant root uptake and “digestion”, unlike many other trace minerals available.
  • Elemin includes, but is not limited to: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Strontium, Potassium, Chromium, Manganese, Boron, Zinc, Selenium, Vanadium, Molybdenum, Beryllium, Bismuth, Bromine, Cadmium, Cerium, Cesium, Chloride, Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Fluoride, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Hafnium, Holmium, Indium, Iodine, Lanthanum, Lutetium, Neodymium, Nickel, Niobium, Phosphorous, Praseodymium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Samarium, Scandium, Silicon, Silver, Tantalum, Terbium, Zirconium.

Resveratrol (from Japanese Knotweed)

  • Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skins of red grapes, peanuts, raspberries, and mulberries, in addition to the root of Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum).
  • In plants, resveratrol is synthesized as a defense mechanism to help protect it from invading fungus.
  • Preliminary cell and animal research suggests that resveratrol may support the cardiovascular system, brain function, and normal cell replication, all by alleviating oxidative stress.
  • Because resveratrol is found in the skins of grapes, only red wine contains it.  It is theorized that the health benefits of drinking red wine in moderation are partly attributable to resveratrol.

Mixed Tocopherols

  • The vitamin E family is actually composed of 8 different antioxidants.  Half are called tocopherols, of which alpha tocopherol is the primary form maintained in the body. The other tocopherols, including gamma and delta, are present in foods and are gaining attention in the scientific community for their antioxidant properties.
  • Approximately 65 to 70% of the total dietary intake of tocopherols is gamma tocopherol, coming from nut, seed and soybean oils. Despite this, gamma tocopherol is still only found in small amounts in the blood.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

  • Both water and fat-soluble, ALA can enter all parts of a cell to neutralize free radicals.  ALA can cross the blood brain barrier, and has been shown to reduce the accumulation of damaging free radicals within the brain.
  • ALA interacts synergistically with vitamins C, E and glutathione, and helps to restore and regenerate them.

Coenzyme Q-10

  • CoQ10 is an antioxidant that helps produce cellular energy and may stimulate the immune system.  Without adequate levels of CoQ10, the body cannot maintain normal levels of activity or ward off illnesses properly.
  • Every human cell, with the exception of red blood cells, contains mitochondria—the cells’ energy factories.  There are approximately ten trillion mitochondria in the body, with the heart, brain and liver containing the most.  It is their job to make ATP—the body’s active, readily available form of energy—from the food we eat.   This vital role they play in cell metabolism and in energy production occurs through processes called the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain.
  • The electron transport chain is a series of oxidation-reduction (REDOX) chemical reactions that allow the mitochondria to transform the food you eat into energy (ATP). The electrons need ubiquinone (oxidized CoQ10) to make their way down the electron transport chain or ATP production stops – causing a decrease in energy, an increase in free radicals.
  • As we age, the levels of CoQ10 in our body decrease.  This may be due to decreased production, an insufficiency in the diet, or the cumulative effects of stress and illness. 

Lutein

  • Lutein is a carotenoid present in a wide variety of plant foods, with leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, turnip greens and collards containing the highest levels.  Green peas, summer squash and broccoli also contain appreciable amounts, as well as egg yolks. One serving of leafy, green vegetables supplies approximately 1 mg of lutein, in addition to other healthful nutrients. 
  • Lutein helps support eye health, being uniquely concentrated in the macular portion of the retina.  Lutein (and zeaxanthin) is also found in the eye lens, and in parts of the outer membranes of eye rod cells that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are prone to oxidation.
  • Lutein functions in two main ways:  as an antioxidant and as a filter for high-energy short-wave blue light from visible light. Lutein is more potent than beta carotene in its ability to filter blue light.
  • Recent epidemiological studies suggest that lutein plays a protective role against oxidative stress (free radical stress) in the epithelium and cortex of the human lens.
  • The eyes of the elderly, smokers, blue-eyed individuals, and post-menopausal women can have reduced lutein.
  • An observational study suggests that higher blood levels of lutein are associated with healthy arteries.
  • Lutein has been shown to accumulate in human skin after oral ingestion, with emerging research suggesting that lutein may play several important roles in protecting the skin from UV-generated free radicals.

 

Mixed Tocotrienols

  • When scientists first analyzed vitamin E in the 1950s, they discovered 8 distinct fractions, which they called tocopherols.  What they didn’t realize was that half of the fractions weren’t tocopherols at all!  Today we know that vitamin E is composed of 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols.
  • As members of the vitamin E family, tocotrienols are potent antioxidants that primarily serve to protect the lipid parts of the cells, such as cell membranes, from oxidation caused by free radicals. Tocotrienols also appear to support neurovascular function.

Lycopene

  • An antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system and healthy eyes, lycopene is deposited in the liver, lungs, prostate gland, colon and skin.  Its concentration in body tissues tends to be higher than all other carotenoids.
  • Lycopene is one of the most effective quenchers of free radicals found in the body. However, lycopene levels decreases with age.
  • In a European trial, lycopene increased natural killer cell activity by 28% in 12 weeks. This activity is an important component of immune health.

Boron

  • Boron is a trace mineral that is highly concentrated in bones and is necessary for calcium and magnesium metabolism.  Research demonstrates the use of boron aids in calcium absorption and bone strength.
  • Another study demonstrated the influence of low boron and magnesium intake on bone health, concluding that deficiencies in these minerals adversely affect bone metabolism.

Vanadium

  • Vanadium is a highly bioactive trace mineral found in mushrooms, shellfish, various spices, beer, and wine.   It functions to promote healthy blood sugar levels and normal insulin sensitivity.
  • Vanadium works with the insulin already present in the blood to help promote the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Vanadium is believed to perform this function by inhibiting the enzyme protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP), which regulates transfer signals involved with insulin activity.

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