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FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Functional or nutraceutically based ingredients are foods that have health-promoting or disease-preventing properties beyond the basic function of supplying core nutritional value. These ingredients are nutrient dense, fortified with vitamins, minerals, live cultures, active enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, etc., and they all offer additional benefits to petrochemically derived, or highly processed foods/ ingredients that are currently available.

ASTAXANTHIN

Xanthophyll

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, belonging to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes - it is a colorful, fat/oil-soluble pigment. Astaxanthin can be found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, and crustaceans. Our Astaxanthis is derived from Haematococcus pluvialis (freshwater algae) and contains the highest natural concentration of over 40,000 PPM. Astaxanthin is known to be a powerful antioxidant (550 times more powerful than Vitamin E) and is beneficial in cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Research supports the assumption that it protects body tissues from oxidative damage as well as crossing the blood-brain barrier, which makes it available to the eye, brain and central nervous system.

KRILL OIL

Euphausia superba

Krill oil is made from a species of krill (Euphausia Superba). Krill oil consists of three components: (1) omega-3 fatty acids similar to those of fish oil (2) omega-3 fatty acids attached (conjugated) to phospholipids, mainly phosphatidylcholine (alternatively referred to as marine lecithin) and (3) astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant.

SPROUTED CHIA SEED

Salvia hispanica

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, mostly ALA, it also is a high source of antioxidants and a variety of amino acids and yields 25-30% extractable oil, (α-linolenic acid ALA). It also is a good source of antioxidants.

SPROUTED FLAX SEED

Linum usitatissimum

Flax (linseed) has high nutritional values and large amounts of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

RAW CACAO

Theobroma cacao

Cacao beans constituted both a ritual beverage and a major currency system in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. The cacao bean, is native to the deep tropical region of the Americas and has an extremely high ORAC value – it is considered a Superfood. Cacao has essential fats and minerals; and promotes an increase in neurotransmitters, and improves cardiovascular health.

YERBA MATE

Ilex paraguariensis

 

Yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. These rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment in yerba mate.

RAW AGAVE SYRUP

Agave salmiana

Agave syrup has been marketed as a "healthful" sweetener, but this fact has been the subject of criticism due to its very high fructose (77+%) content (which is even more than high fructose corn syrup in its fructose content by weight) and its potential to lead to insulin resistance and significantly increased triglyceride levels (a risk factor for heart disease). Agave is highly processed and offers an 1.5x sweetness to sucrose for nearly half the amount of carbohydrate calories. Agave is also considered “low glycemic” with a GI of 35.

STEVIA

Stevia rebaudiana

A South American plant-based sweetener that does not affect blood glucose levels. (Recently FDA approved). The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside), which have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar,are heat-stable, pH-stable, and not fermentable. These steviosides have a negligible effect on blood glucose, which makes stevia attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets. Stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, and some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertaste at high concentrations.

GUARANA

Paullinia cupana

Guarana is a climbing plant in the maple family, Sapindaceae, native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana features large leaves and clusters of flowers, and is best known for its fruit, which is about the size of a coffee bean. As a dietary supplement, guarana is an effective stimulant:[1] its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans (about 2 - 4.5% caffeine in guarana seeds compared to 1-2% for coffee beans). As with other plants producing caffeine, the high concentration of caffeine is a defensive toxin that repels herbivores from the berry and its seeds.

GREEN TEA

Camellia sinensis

Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a powerful anti-oxidant, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Green Tea lowers cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) to bad (LDL). Green tea originated in China, but it has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. Green tea has become the raw material for extracts used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items.

INULIN

Inula helenium

Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides (several simple sugars linked together) produced by many plants. It is used as a raw pre-biotic sourced from the production of Agave and Chicory roots and contains a quarter to a third of the food energy of sugar or other carbohydrates and a ninth to a sixth of the food energy of fat. Inulin is increasingly used in processed foods because it has unusually adaptable characteristics.

D-RIBOSE

Pentose monosaccharide

D-Ribose, is an organic compound that occurs in nature – it is helpful for athletic endurance, recovery and increasing muscle mass. D-ribose has also been used to reduce fatigue in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Ribose is an organic compound with the formula C5H10O5; specifically, a pentose monosaccharide (an aldopentose containing five carbon atoms) and a simple sugar.

RED ROOIBOS TEA

Aspalathus linearis

Rooibos is grown in South Africa. It has a high level of antioxidants, no caffeine, and is known to help with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. It is most used to aid in hydration (sport drinks foods).

GINGER

Zingiber officinale

Ginger has been used for centuries - it is believed to stimulate digestion, relieve nausea, including motion sickness, help lower cholesterol, soothe cold symptoms, including respiratory infections, headaches, as well as believing to have anti-cancer properties.

DHA / DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID

Docosahexaenoic Acid

DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Fish oils are rich in DHA - most of the DHA in fish and more complex organisms originates in photosynthetic and heterotrophic micro-algae. DHA is the most abundant essential fatty acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids, PUFAs) in the brain and retina.

SRI LANKA COCONUT

Cocos nucifera

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antibacterial.

PROTEINS

Brown Rice | Pea | Quinoa | Hemp | Algae

Brown Rice and other plant-based proteins are complete proteins containing all essential amino acids and nonessential amino acids. They are hypoallergenic, which makes them suitable for all users. Whey protein is derived from milk and is the most commonly used protein supplement. It contains nonessential and essential amino acids, as well as branch chain amino acids (BCAA).

BOURBON-MADAGASCAR VANILLA

Vanilla planifolia

Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved vanilla. The word vanilla, derived from the diminutive of the Spanish word vaina (vaina itself meaning sheath or pod), simply translates as little pod. Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican people cultivated the vine of the vanilla orchid, called tlilxochitl by the Aztecs, and Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés is credited with introducing both vanilla and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s. Madagascar vanilla, is produced in Madagascar and neighboring islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean, and in Indonesia.

RAW NUTS

Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Brazil etc.

Nuts are rich in protein, high in heart-friendly fats, low in saturated fat and a good source of dietary fiber - other essential nutrients include B&E vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and plant sterols.

JURASSIC SEA SALT

Sodium chloride

Pure Jurassic era Sea Salt (170 Million Years Old) that has more than 54 natural trace minerals essential to human health. Our salt is mined in Utah, and has been buried for 170 Million Years!

RESVERATROL 98% (USDA ORGANIC)

Trihydroxy-trans-stilbene

Resveratrol is a stilbenoid, a type of natural phenol, and a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants in response to injury or when the plant is under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and in other fruits as well as in the roots of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum). Scientifically proven to preserve your youthful radiance. Resveratrol genetically activates cell production, fostering cellular rejuvenation and increased longevity.

 

PURPLE CORN

Maíz morado

Purple corn or purple maize, a variety of zea mays, is a corn originating from the Andes region ofSouth America. The pigment giving purple corn its vivid color derives from an exceptional content of a class of polyphenols called anthocyanins. Cyanidin 3-O-glucoside, also called chrysanthemin, is the major anthocyanin in purple corn kernels, comprising about 73% of all anthocyanins present. Husks of the purple corn plant contain about ten times higher content of anthocyanins than do kernels. Purple corn is under research for its anthocyanins possibly providing health benefits, such as in diabetic neuropathy.

 

HUNZA MULBERRY

Morus nigra. L.

Mulberries from Hunza Valley are known all over the world for their distinctively tangy, rich flavors which are full of complexity. There are 24 species of morus and some 100 known varieties growing worldwide. Mulberries are full of several important vitamins and minerals, (fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron, calcium) the most dominant of which is potassium, which contributes to normal muscle function, normal functioning of the nervous system and maintenance of normal blood pressure.

SACHA INCHI OIL

Plukenetia volubilis

Sacha Inchi or Inca Peanut has been part of the Peruvian food chain for centuries. Rediscovered recently, Sacha Inchi is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and protein. As cold pressed extra virgin oil it contains 50% Omega 3, 35% Omega 6, and 10% Omega 9 oils.

LUCUMA

Pouteria lucuma

Lúcuma (Pouteria lucuma) is a subtropical fruit of Andean origin mostly on Peru. The Lucuma possesses a unique flavor of maple and sweet potato. It is a very nutritious fruit, having high levels of carotene, vitamin B3, and other B vitamins.

CAMU-CAMU

Myrciaria dubia

Camu-Camu is a small bushy river-side tree from the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Peru and Brazil which bears a red/purple cherry like fruit. It is extraordinarily high in vitamin C and contains natural beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamin and the amino acids valine, leucine and serine. The high price of Camu-Camu currently limits demand/ use.

MACA

Lepidium meyenii

Maca is an herbaceous biennial plant or annual plant ᅠnative to the high Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Maca has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries. Maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and includes fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acids, and 19 amino acids.

BAOBAB

Adansonia digitata

Baobab is the common name of a genus (Adansonia) containing eight species of trees, native to Madagascar, mainland Africa and Australia. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years old - the fruit is nutritious having more vitamin C than oranges and exceeding the calcium content of cow's milk. Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp recently achieved FDA GRAS status as a nutritional ingredient.

YAKON

Smallanthus sonchifolius

Yakon is a perennial plant traditionally grown in the northern and central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots Yacon syrup/ powder (Low GI) is derived from the roots of the Yacon plant, and is a good source of antioxidants. The Yacon plant tastes similar to jicama, but is biologically closer to the sunflower family. The component that gives the roots a sweet maple taste is Fructooligosaccharide, or FOS. The roots are made of nearly 50% FOS, and are believed to be the greatest producers of the Saccharide known.

MANUKA HONEY

Leptospermum scoparium

Manuka Honey is sweet, premium medical-grade honey exclusively found in the New Zealand region. It has been discovered that this unique type of honey contains extraordinary healing properties that are capable of treating a wide spectrum of health conditions. Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound -- dihydroxyacetone -- that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. Manuka Honey actually has more healing properties than many antibiotics, and is now being recognized by medical professionals as a viable alternative to conventional forms of medicine.

MANGOSTEEN

Garcinia mangostana

The edible fruit of Garcinia Mangostana, of the family Clusiaceae (Guttiferae), an evergreen tree native to SE Asia. The purple fruit is similar to an orange in size, thickness of the rind, and segmentation. A highly prized tropical fruit with a “sweet-tart” flavor similar to a grape-apple mixture, the Mangosteen is generally cultivated in the West Indies.

SUPER GREENS

Grasses | Algae | Leaf Vegetables

Alkalizing green super-foods like Cereal Grasses, Alfalfa, and Micro-Algae provide a naturally balanced powerhouse of Anti-Oxidants, B-Vitamins, Beta Carotene, Bioflavonoids, Lycopene, Folic Acid, Dietary Fiber, Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), and Omega 3, 6 & 9 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). Alkaline green plant-foods balance acidic pH levels and naturally detoxifies and boosts your immune system.

KLAMATH LAKE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae

Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae is a freshwater species of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are an ancient clade of bacterial microphytes, part of the cyanobacteria phylum. Klamath Blue Green Algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, containing glyco-proteins, vitamins, minerals, simple carbohydrates, lipids and biologically active enzymes. Due to the algae's nutritious soft cell wall, these nutrients are readily available to the body. Concentrated AFA, (Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae - an ancient blue-green microalgae), contains more protein, B12 and chlorophyll than any other food source.

HOODIA GORDONII

Stapelia

Hoodia gordonii is a leafless spiny succulent plant with medicinal uses. It grows naturally in South Africa and Namibia. The use of Hoodia has long been known by the indigenous populations of Southern Africa, who infrequently use these plants for treating indigestion and small infections. However, it is their centuries old use of the meat of the plant to suppress appetite when making long hunting trips in the Kalahari Desert that has stimulated the most interest.

YUMBERRY

Myrica rubra

Yumberries (Yang-Mei fruit) have been grown and enjoyed in China for thousands of years. Yumberries are rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC), which are antioxidants that give the fruit their color. These powerful compounds are known to fight free radicals (OPC is said to fight oxidation 50 times better than vitamin E and 20 times better than vitamin C), reduce blood pressure, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, strengthen cell membranes, reduce cataract risk, and fight inflammation.

NONI BERRY

Morinda citrifolia

Morinda citrifolia (Noni) is a tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends through Southeast Asia and Australasia, and the species is now cultivated throughout the tropics and widely naturalized. Noni fruit powder is high in carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The main micronutrients of noni pulp include vitamin C, niacin (vitamin B3), iron, potassium, vitamin A, calcium, and sodium. Noni fruit contains a number of phytochemicals, including lignans, oligo- and polysaccharides, flavonoids, iridoids, fatty acids, scopoletin, catechin, beta-sitosterol, damnacanthal, and alkaloids.

BILBERRY

Vaccinium myrtillus L.

Bilberry is any of several Eurasian species of low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium (family Ericaceae), bearing edible, nearly black berries. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. Bilberry fruit is smaller than that of the blueberry and similar in taste. Bilberries are darker in color, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of blue. Bilberries are extremely difficult to grow and are thus seldom cultivated - fruits are mostly collected from wild plants in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and parts of England. Bilberries contain high levels of anthocyanin pigments, which have been linked experimentally to lowered risk for several diseases, such as those of the heart and cardiovascular system, eyes and cancer.

MAQUI BERRY

Aristotelia chilensis

Native to the temperate rainforests of Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina, the small evergreen tree, reaches a height of 4-5 meters and produces a fruit that has one of the highest known antioxidant values of all known super-fruits in the world. The whole berry powder has in excess of 6120 umoles of total ORAC value.

ROYAL JELLY

Secreted from the Hypopharynx of worker bees.

Royal jelly is a honeybee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. Royal jelly is collected from each individual queen cell (honeycomb) when the queen larvae are about four days old. Royal jelly has been reported as a possible immunomodulatory agent in Graves' disease, and it has also been reported to stimulate the growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. There is also evidence that it may have some cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and antibiotic effects. Royal jelly contains B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). The overall composition of royal jelly is 67% water, 12.5% crude protein, amino acids, 11% simple sugars (monosaccharides), and 5% fatty acids. It also contains many trace minerals, some enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and trace amounts of vitamin C.

ACEROLA

Malpighia glabra

Acerola (Malpighia glabra), is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. It ranges from southern Texas south through Mexico and the Caribbean to Peru and Bahia in Brazil. Acerola is high in vitamin C content - there is 1677.6 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of Acerola fruit.

ACAI

Euterpe oleracea

Acai is a small, round, black-purple fruit, about 1-inch in diameter, similar in appearance and size to a grape but with less pulp - it is native to Central and South America, from Belize southward to Brazil and Peru, growing mainly in swamps and floodplains. There are claims of increased energy levels, improved sexual performance, improved digestion, detoxification and antioxidant value.

GINSENG

Panax vietnamensis

Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plant with fleshy roots, belonging to the Panax genus in the family Araliaceae. It grows mostly in northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia - typically in cooler climates. It is known as an aphrodisiac, stimulant, and is used in the treatment of type II diabetes, as well as sexual dysfunction in men. The root is most often available in dried form, either whole or powdered.

ENGLISH BLACK MITCHAM PEPPERMINT

Mentha x piperita

Peppermint was first described by Carl Linnaeus from specimens that had been collected in England - first thought to be a species, it is now universally agreed to be a hybrid cross between the watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). Peppermint is sometimes regarded as 'the world's oldest medicine', with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Peppermint has a high menthol content, and is often used as a flavoring, as well as a variety of health conditions, including nausea, indigestion, and cold symptoms.

SAW PALMETTO

Serenoa repens

Saw Palmetto is a small, palm like North American plant. The Saw Palmetto extract comes from berries of small palm trees, and the extracts comprise of different fatty acids and sterols. Native Americans have used the Saw Palmetto berry to treat genital, urinary tract, and reproductive system problems. Saw Palmetto herb extract has been marketed as an aphrodisiac for men and women, and it's also anabolic, and helps build muscle tissues. Saw Palmetto is made up of Fatty acids - Saw Palmetto contains a variety of fatty acids including lauric acid, oleic acid, myristic acid, and palmitic acid, Phytosterols and polysaccharides.

BLUEBERRY

Cyanococcus Vaccinium

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants of the genus Vaccinium with indigo-colored berries - species in the section Cyanococcus are the most common fruits sold as "blueberries" and are native to North America (commercially cultivated highbush blueberries were not introduced into Europe until the 1930s). Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with moderate levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments and various phytochemicals, which are under preliminary research for their potential role in reducing risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. Similar to red grape, blueberries may contain resveratrol.

GOJI BERRY

Lycium barbarum

Goji Berry (also known as Chinese Wolfberry), is a “superfruit” known for its high nutrient value and powerful antioxidant content.