CAROTENOIDS: NATURE’S CRAYONS
Sometimes called “nature’s crayons,” carotenoids are a huge family of colourful plant pigments, many of which act as precursors of vitamin A. Carotenoids are responsible for the red in tomatoes, the orange in carrots, and the yellow in squash. They are also present in green plants such as spinach, where they are obscured, or masked, by green chlorophyll. About 600 carotenoids have been identified so far - 50-60 of which appear in our food supply.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES RICH IN CAROTENOIDS
Some carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables include:
|Apricots||Red bell peppers|
|Lettuce (red or green
|Mustard greens||Sweet potatoes|
|Dandelion greens||Turnip greens|
|Pink grapefruit||Yellow bell peppers|
CAROTENOID-HEALTH LINK DISCOVERED
The first clues linking carotenoids and health appeared in the 1970s. Researchers observing populations around the world found that in areas where diets were high in fruits and vegetables, the rates for certain aggressive threats to overall well being were low. Conversely, in populations where fruit and vegetable intake was low, the rates of these conditions were high. These findings spurred many new research efforts focusing on different aspects of the diet/disease equation, including high-fibre versus low-fat consumption, vegetarian versus meat diets, and the intake of specific nutrients found in fruits and vegetables - especially beta-carotene.
HOW DO CAROTENOIDS PROMOTE HEALTH?
Carotenoids are especially important to the health, growth, and longevity of cells. They may protect us in many distinct ways:
- As potent antioxidants, carotenoids shield our cells from free radical-induced oxidative stress, thus preventing the initiation of the chain of cellular events that may lead to major threats to our well being.
- Carotenoids may help prevent some of the free radical damage linked to age-related conditions:
- By interrupting oxidation reactions, as well as stimulating and fortifying immune function, carotenoids maximize the body’s natural defences.
THE NEOLIFE DIFFERENCE IN A CAROTENOID SUPPLEMENT
CAROTENOID COMPLEX: THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
Research shows that fruits and vegetables confer most of the protection in our diets. It also reveals that fruits and vegetables are the food items most often missing from our diets. To help bridge that gap and take advantage of the fact that human-food-chain fruits and vegetables have a built-in long history of safe use, NeoLife set out to identify those fruits and vegetables traditionally eaten by humans that would deliver significant amounts of the different members of the carotenoid family. The result is Carotenoid Complex, the first and only product to deliver the full spectrum of carotenoids in a whole food supplement! Each capsule provides the complete carotenoid value of an optimal serving of a wide variety of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.
LOADS OF KILOGRAMS OF CAROTENOID POWER IN EVERY BOTTLE!
When it comes to delivering pure carotenoid power, Carotenoid Complex puts loads of kilograms in the palm of your hand. To deliver the total carotenoid power in a single bottle of the new Carotenoid Complex, you’d have to eat:
115 kilograms or more of the raw vegetables and fruits it’s made from. Research shows that your body absorbs only 5-10% of the carotenoids in raw vegetables and fruits.
22 kilograms or more of the steamed vegetables and fruits Carotenoid Complex is made from. Research shows food preparation affects carotenoid bioavailability. Steamed fruits and vegetables increase bioavailability up to 30-50%.
8 kilograms or more of steamed and puréed fruits and vegetables (baby food). Steamed and puréed fruits and vegetables have the best bioavailability - up to 70%, which is the method of raw material preparation utilized in Carotenoid Complex.
EXCLUSIVE NUTRIMAX PROCESS
At every stage of production - from raw materials and ingredients processing through encapsulation and packaging - NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex is a study in state-of-the-art technology and quality control. The result? What we call our NutriMax Process delivers the most of the best, in each and every capsule!
- Purity. Carotenoid Complex is manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards. The result is purity you can trust!
- Meticulous Preparation. Our whole-food ingredients are specially prepared and processed at low temperatures to GNLD’s unique specifications to achieve maximum nutritional benefit.
- Oxygen-Free Encapsulation. Our wholesome raw materials are encapsulated in a nitrogen-filled environment to prevent oxidation and maintain high nutrient value.
- 98% Extraction Efficiency of carotenoid compounds from fruits and vegetables.
SO UNIQUE, IT’S PATENTED
Due to the strength of independent research studies and the leading-edge technology that the product represents, NeoLife was able in 1996 to demonstrate to patent examiners in the United Kingdom that Carotenoid Complex is a unique, advanced nutritional supplement. The result was the issuance of British patent no. 2,274,235, protecting Carotenoid Complex from imitation. “This invention is a composition useful as a dietary supplement which provides adequate carotenoid ingestion to persons regardless of the inadequacy of their diets with respect to their vegetable intake,” says the patent. “The composition of this invention not only provides adequate quantities of known carotenoids to the diet, but it additionally provides the natural level of lesser known and even unknown carotenoids so that the ingestion of a full spectrum of carotenoids in naturally balanced proportions is achieved by supplementing the diet with the composition of this invention.”
This patent further validates the importance of the invention of Carotenoid Complex and underscores the uniqueness of the technology it reflects. It is truly the one and only product of its type in the world, and you can be proud that it is a NeoLife exclusive!
REPEATED SCIENTIFIC STUDIES PROVE ITS POWERFUL BENEFITS
Carotenoid Complex is the most thoroughly tested carotenoid supplement on the market. It has been tested in clinical studies by government and university scientists and shown to have amazing health-protecting powers. Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture and several universities have shown that Carotenoid Complex may assist in boosting the immune system, protecting the heart, and defending the cells:
USDA studies proved that Carotenoid Complex can dramatically enhance the immune response of “natural killer” cells and lymphocytes beyond the enhancement obtained with beta-carotene alone. No other carotenoid supplement has this kind of proof! GNLD’s Carotenoid Complex is the only product of its type to be proven effective!
USDA studies proved that Carotenoid Complex can reduce blood lipid oxidation, a benefit that can have a favourable effect on the function of the heart.
USDA studies proved that Carotenoid Complex helps prevent oxidation of cellular lipids, whereas beta-carotene alone does not.
STUDIES BY USDA RESEARCHERS SHOW CAROTENOID COMPLEX BOOSTS IMMUNE POWER
Studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists showed that a carotenoid-deficient diet compromises immune power and that the broad spectrum of carotenoids in Carotenoid Complex could enhance the immune response of otherwise healthy people. The results were presented at the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) meeting in April of 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia and later published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The studies showed that Carotenoid Complex dramatically enhanced both immune cell levels and overall immune cell responsiveness.
First, supplementation with Carotenoid Complex boosted levels of a particular type of white blood cell, lymphocytes, which are the body’s first immunologic line of defense against disease. Supplementation with Carotenoid Complex resulted in natural killer cell levels that were more than 21% above baseline values in just 20 days - more than twice the effect of beta-carotene alone!
Second, Carotenoid Complex reclaimed immune power lost to carotenoid deficiency, and boosted carotenoid levels above baseline (“normal”) levels when compared to diet alone. Supplementation with beta-carotene alone did not provide this benefit.6,7
CAROTENOID COMPLEX PROTECTS YOUR HEART
This study, conducted by researchers from the USDA and the University of California, Davis, showed that Carotenoid Complex protected LDL (so-called “bad” cholesterol) from oxidation. In fact, the concentration of beta-carotene, a compound that indicates absorption of carotenoids, increased five-fold in the LDL of people who supplemented with three capsules of Carotenoid Complex daily for 20 days. This finding is significant because LDL oxidation is believed to be a major initiator of atherosclerosis and heart disease.3
In the study, healthy women were fed a low-carotenoid diet for 100 days. Then, for the remaining 20 days of the study, this diet was supplemented daily with three capsules of Carotenoid Complex. The carotenoid content of the LDL rose dramatically. “The results indicate that increased carotene consumption may have a protective effect against oxidative stress in vivo, suggesting that a low carotene intake may increase the oxidative susceptibility of body lipids,” the researchers concluded.
CAROTENOID COMPLEX DEFENDS YOUR CELLS
Scientists have learned through decades of research that free radicals are a major threat to the health of your cells. Free radicals constantly attack and damage cells. Your body’s best line of defense against free radical damage is powerful antioxidants, such as Carotenoid Complex. Two independent published studies conducted by researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in affiliation with three universities, demonstrated that GNLD International’s Carotenoid Complex, a whole-food dietary supplement made from fruits and vegetables, protected cells from oxidation.4,5.
CAROTENOID COMPLEX PROTECTS CELLULAR LIPIDS AGAINST OXIDATION
Another study, conducted by researchers at Florida International University (Miami), the University of Washington (Seattle), and the USDA’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center (San Francisco), showed that three capsules of Carotenoid Complex per day prevented the oxidation of cellular lipids. Beta-carotene alone (0.5 mg) did not cause a significant decrease in oxidation. In contrast, Carotenoid Complex, a broad-spectrum supplement including alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and zeta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin, and other naturally occurring fruit and vegetable carotenoids, caused a 44% decrease in oxidation. The finding is important because oxidation contributes to the decline of the body’s defence and many aggressive threats to the body’s overall well being.
The study also demonstrated that carotenoids are necessary even when people consume diets plentiful in other antioxidants, including preformed vitamins A, E, and C. The study ran for 120 days, during which time nine healthy young women lived in the metabolic research unit of the USDA’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center, where diet, exercise, and other activities were controlled. The researchers concluded that the findings provide evidence to support the beneficial effects of carotenoids in preventing lipid peroxidation in cells.
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