How Many Carotenes We Actually Need

How Many Carotenes We Actually Need

Your body and its delicate biochemical network depend on the nutrients, both identified and unidentified, in food for health and survival, and Carotenoid Complex is formulated using whole-food based ingredients.

Carotenoid supplements that use ingredients from synthetic or non-food sources cannot match the nutritionally diverse advantages of Carotenoid Complex. No other supplement has our unique blend of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.

With NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex, each capsule gives you the power of eating an optimum serving of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables. Whole-food ingredients are nature’s way to provide optimum health. Don’t trust your health, and the health of your loved ones, to anything other than Carotenoid Complex.

Only Carotenoid Complex has these whole-food advantages: 1) Whole-food ingredients deliver micro-nutrients that are found only in food. 2) Whole-food ingredients are what your body absorbs and utilizes best. 3) Whole-food ingredients contain nutrients in a “balance” that the body prefers. 4) Whole-food ingredients are part of the human food chain.

With NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex, each capsule gives you the power of eating an optimum serving of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables. Whole-food ingredients are nature’s way to provide optimum health. Don’t trust your health, and the health of your loved ones, to anything other than Carotenoid Complex.

Healthy Cultures consume the equivalent of 3 Carotenoid Complex capsules daily .

With NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex, each capsule gives you the power of eating an optimum serving of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.
With NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex, each capsule gives you the power of eating an optimum serving of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.

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Clinically Tested & Proven to Boost overall immune function by 37% in just 20 days*

  • Enhances immune response of white blood cell –
    “natural killer” cells and lymphocytes*
  • Reduces oxidation of cholesterol thereby promoting heart health*
  • Boosts antioxidant levels in the blood for long-term cellular protection against free radical damage*
  • *NOTE: measured as an increase in overall lymphocyte proliferation, a recognized standard for measuring immune competence and capacity to respond to an immune challenge.

What kind of colds do you get?

What kind of colds do you get?

I’ve heard you should take Vitamin C and Vitamin A for colds and have always done that. Then one day someone asked, “What kind of colds do you get?”. With a blank stare, I answered, “What are you talking about”?

This person said that you are either a Vitamin A person or a Vitamin C person. My first thought was, “Really, or are you nuts? I don’t remember which”.

We could not resisting trying it out at our next illness. Wow! We did indeed learn which kids and which of us needed which Vitamin to shorten the cold.

If in doubt, we take both vitamin A and C, but we know now know which one is most likely needed.

Those of us with lingering and repeated illness may have just been born needing more of one type. I never tire of the stories of people getting lung cancer but never smoked. The same for those living in Radon or second hand smoke. Some get cancer, while many never do. Perhaps, it might be the lack of Vitamin A.

We are now hearing so much about Measles, yet the World Health Organization states how effective Vitamin A is. Previous generations effectively used Cod Liver Oil daily to receive their Vitamin A.

NeoLife “Water Miscible” Vitamin A is easier digested than water soluble or plain oil forms. This great absorption also helps you get rid of any extra that you may not need.

Measles are easy to get rid of. Vitamin A deficiency is a recognized risk factor for severe measles. Deficiencies are wide spread in the US and around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends administration of an oral dose of 200,000 IU (or 100,000 IU in infants) of vitamin A per day for two days to children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11869601/

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How I Tackled Cat Allergies

How I Tackled Cat Allergies

Cat allergies have always been a problem when someone comes to visit us. Most sufferers take an OTC drug before arriving, then complain of how overly dry their mouth, eyes and nose are.

Then, I read about Vitamin C acting as an antihistamine. Woohoo! The next week I met one of our allergy guests at the door and offered her some Vitamin C. She said she had tried that before, but it didn’t work. However, the trick is to take enough to have the antihistamine action start working. It could take about 2,000 mg or 4 Super C tablets. All we had in the house was ALL-C chewable so I said, “Here, take 4 or 5 of these”.

After several hours I asked how she was doing and, to her surprise she had forgotten about being in an allergy house. Not one sneeze, sniffle, itch or watery eye. Yahoo for Vitamin C.

Taking C daily has been even minimized attacks for many and stops all attacks in some. Others have said they received greater results by taking Super B along with the Vitamin C.

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Vitamin C and Cataracts. Numerous studies have linked vitamin C intake and decreased risk of cataracts. In one study, women taking vitamin C for 10 years or more experienced a 64 percent reduction in the risk of developing nuclear cataracts.

Ref: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323276.php

Ref: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/diet-and-nutrition/vitamin-c

Disinfect Everything With Hydrogen Peroxide

How to Disinfect Everything With Hydrogen Peroxide

The Benefits Of Hydrogen Peroxide 🤔

      My friend has a friend who is married to a doctor. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach, she was using to clean her toilet and counter tops.

This is what she said to her:

‘I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drugstore. What does bleach cost?

My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don’t tell you about peroxide.

Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor’s office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy!

Ask the nurses who work in the doctor’s offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late ’40s? It’s chlorine, folks! And it was used to kill our troops.

Peroxide was invented during WWI.. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals.

Please think about this:

1. Take one capful of hydrogen peroxide (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to 10 minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help get rid of boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

14. Another place it’s great is in the bathroom, if someone has been careless, has peed on the floor around the toilet, and it’s begun to smell of urine. Just put some peroxide in a spray bottle spray. In the blink of an eye all the smell will be gone and the bacteria eliminated!

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I’m glad there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner!

This information really woke me up. I hope you gain something from it, too. 😁

Pass it on! Clorox v/s peroxide VERY interesting and inexpensive. 💥

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Hiking and After School Energy

Hiking and After School Energy

Hiking and After School Energy is a must have so do it the healthy way. Non-GMO energy bars and protein shakes work great. Whether just getting out of school, after school sports or hitting the trails for some hiking. Don’t let dehydration or low blood sugar ruin your day. Our shaker bottles are great for carrying water too!

NATURAL, WHOLESOME SNACKABLE NUTRITION DRINKS & BARS
Provides natural whole grains, nuts and seeds, plus antioxidant nutrients from mixed berries for long-lasting energy and optimal health. Glycemic response controlled to keep blood sugar levels normal and steady. Makes the perfect AM or PM snack for sustained energy or as part of the NeoLife Weight Management Program.

Each Bar contains:
• All 22 amino acids involved in human nutrition
• 10g protein, 5g fiber and 320mg omega-3s from flaxseed
• 170 calories
• 17 vitamins and minerals
• All natural – no artificial anything!

CHOOSE FROM NEOLIFESHAKE AND SPORT PERFORMANCE
Berries n’ Cream, Vanilla and Rich Chocolate. A very delicious and convenient non-GMO shake to help satisfy hunger while giving you lasting energy. Mixes easily water, juice, milk and milk substitutes. NeoLifeShake contains 18 grams high quality protein 5 grams of satisfying fiber. Biologically complete with 22 amino acids and 25 vitamins and minerals.
All natural – no artificial anything, sweeteners, or preservatives added.
Only 140 calories

SPORT PERFORMANCE VANILLA WHEY SHAKE

  • Each serving (in 8 oz. nonfat milk) provides 5.7g BCAAs including 2.7g Leucine for optimal muscle building and retention and 5g Glutamine and Glutamic Acid to support immunity and the integrity of the digestive tract.*
  • Biologically complete protein with all 22 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones and 3 BCAAs – from whey & milk, does not contain soy protein.
  • Exclusive ProtogardTM process uses low temperature blending to maximize nutritional value. Excellent PDCAAS value.
  • No added fructose. Proprietary Honey-Fruit natural sweetener system based on honey and fruit juice powders plus stevia. Provides protein-sparing carbohydrates to provide energy while sparing protein for muscle development.
  • Full spectrum of 25 balanced essential vitamins and minerals with higher amounts of chromium and magnesium to support healthy blood sugar levels and optimal nerve and muscle function.*
  • Includes Multi Enzyme Blend – plant derived enzymes to improve digestibility.*
  • No artificial anything! No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added.

Get the most out of your walking, hiking and sports activities or just feel good all the time. Always be active and be fit, your life depends on it.

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Hiking is great exercise and fun
Hiking is great exercise and fun

Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables

Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables can literally change your life. 

Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables can literally change your life. Carotenoids first took center-stage as protector nutrients in the mid 1970’s when researchers at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified their role in reducing the risk of disease. National Cancer Institute researcher Regina Ziegler went on to reveal its connection to lung cancer prevention in 1986, and then showed a lower risk of cancer in those with the highest dietary intake of fruit and vegetable-derived carotenoids. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and other studies at the time found carotenoids also functioned in heart health and reduced the risk of heart disease. Proof of benefit soon expanded to include eye health and visual acuity and immune function.

Research conducted on NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex has spanned more than 40 years. It started with the first ever proof of bioavailability of whole food-derived carotenoids. USDA researchers went on to reaffirm its bioavailability and then demonstrated its cardio-protective (see chart 6) and cellular protective powers. This was followed by two more studies conducted by the USDA researchers showing Carotenoid Complex’s beneficial effects on immune capacity. In 2001, GNLD researchers reaffirmed bioavailability across an even broader spectrum of dietary carotenoids.

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NeoLife non-GMO Carotenoid 250# fresh produce antioxidants

Evidence supporting the importance of carotenoid intake Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables for health benefits continues to mount. Concern by leading health authorities over insufficient carotenoid consumption has resulted in campaigns to increase awareness for higher levels of carotenoid intake.

HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: A 2004 study conducted by a team at the Harvard Medical School found that men in the top quintile with higher levels of serum carotenoids (including alphacarotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and beta-cryptoxanthin) had a 40% decreased risk of ischemic stroke than those with the lowest serum levels. Similarly, a 2008 study of 559 men showed that increased intake of alpha and beta carotene from carrots equated to a 17% reduction in risk of cardiovascular (CVD) death. Swedish researchers in 2006 correlated consistently lower levels of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta cryptoxanthin with coronary artery disease occurrence. The healthy controls had significantly higher levels of these carotenoids in their blood.

PROSTATE HEALTH: Since the early nineties, scientific research has reported a connection between the carotenoid Lycopene and prostate cancer risk reduction. One study showed that Lycopene (from tomatoes) present in the diet 4 to 5 times per week, attributed to a 25% reduction in prostate cancer risk. The 2-year study found that an 82% increase in blood Lycopene levels corresponded with a 42% decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

IMMUNE HEALTH: Swedish researchers in 2001 observed higher levels of natural killer cells (NK cells) in people with higher levels of these carotenoids, confirming the relationship between dietary carotenoid intake, immune capacity and health.

VISION HEALTH: In a 48-week intervention trial, researchers tested Lutein supplementation for vision protective-function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). They concluded: “Comparing the development of vision measures against the natural loss expected to occur over the course of the 48 weeks, most measures showed reduced decline, and these reductions were significant for normal illumination”.

MENTAL PERFORMANCE: A 2007 French study showed a connection between carotenoids and cognitive performance in a healthy elderly population. Study author Tasnime Akbaraly states “In this study, low levels of specific plasma carotenoids (lycopene and zeaxanthin) were associated to poor cognitive functioning in a highly educated, community-dwelling elderly population”.

INFLAMMATORY HEALTH: A 2005 UK study by Cambridge University researchers showed that study subjects with the highest (top one third) daily intake of beta-cryptoxanthin had only about one-half the risk of developing polyarthritis than those in the bottom one-third. Researchers commented that even modest increases in beta-cryptoxanthin intake were associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

CAROTENOID COMPLEX by NeoLife was the first to offer more than just Beta Carotenoid. Carotenoid Complex offers 15 major carotenes from human foods in the same ratios as nature offers. It’s still made from those foods and Clinically Proven to digest effectively. Clinically Proven to boost human immunity 37% in just 20 days.

Many companies are synthetically making carotenes from petroleum and other non food sources.

ProVitality Box includes Salmon Oil and whole food multi vitamins in a convenient daily packs.
ProVitality Box includes Salmon Oil and whole food multi vitamins in a convenient daily packs.

PRO VITALITY BOX includes Salmon Oil and whole food multi vitamins in a convenient daily packs.

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Flavonoids anti-inflammatory nutrients

Flavonoids

Flavonoids anti-inflammatory nutrients and high flavonoid intake is associated with lower inflammatory burden. In this case it’s the inflammation associated with obesity, but it is safe to say that those same anti-inflammatory benefits apply to all of us; overweight, obese, under weight or otherwise. Everyone can benefits from a daily diet high in whole food flavonoid content. So…..having a plan to assure dietary abundance whole food flavonoids each day would make sense, right? Right! That is not just prudent, but simply smart.

Research links Flavonoids to reduced risks for cancer, heart disease, and other age-related degenerative diseases, as well as antioxidant protection of body fluids such as blood.

The Journal of Nutrition & Diabetes May 2017 issue posted a small but important study appeared in the “Short Communications” section. That study showed evidence that the amount of daily flavonoid intake was inversely associated with the risk of obesity as well as the inflammatory burden associated with obesity. That means when flavonoid intake is high the risk of obesity is lower and the inflammatory burden that obesity puts on the body is also reduced. Not an entirely new discovery, but an important affirmation of the power of flavonoid rich foods.

Antioxidant flavonoids from green tea, kale, cranberries, elderberries, blueberries, red and black grapes, beet root, lemons, oranges and grapefruit in a uniquely concentrated form.
Flavonoid tablets of all classes of flavonoids

Flavonoid Complex™ Tested and proven under United States National Cancer Institute protocols to support immune function. Antioxidant flavonoids from green tea, kale, cranberries, elderberries, blueberries, red and black grapes, beet root, lemons, oranges and grapefruit in a uniquely concentrated form.* #3302 – 60 tablets

Flavonoids are also found in PhytoDefense 

Antioxidant tablets of Carotenoids, Flavonoids and Crucifers
Antioxidant tablets of Carotenoids, Flavonoids and Crucifers

Flavonoids and Polyphenols are found in Tré 

Antioxidant dark berry flavonids and polyphenols
Liquid Tre a Potent combination of the purest extracts of Pomegranate, Acai berry, and Green Tea, Blueberry, Black Currant, Elderberry, Bilberry, Cranberry, Red and White Grape enhanced with resveratrol and alpha-lipoic acid

Tre is: Potent and unique, a combination of the purest extracts of Pomegranate, Acai berry, and Green Tea, Blueberry, Black Currant, Elderberry, Bilberry, Cranberry, Red and White Grape enhanced with resveratrol and alpha-lipoic acid. Tre is sweetened naturally with the nectar from the Agave cactus.

Powerful. With standardized amounts of active ingredients such as punicalagins in Pomegranate and polyphenols in Green Tea, you are assured a powerful measure of the most potent bioactive essence in each serving.

Delicious and concentrated. Tre is not just juice. It is a unique combination of nature’s most health-enhancing ingredients, blended with powerful, anti-aging antioxidants to bring you a pure essence of nature, based on a foundation of science. From the first sip, you will experience the refreshing taste and the invigorating potency of Tre.

Healthy and smart, a revitalizing essence with a low glycemic response.

Yes, you are what you eat BLOG

Yes, Virginia, you are what you eat

you are what you eat

Yes, Virginia, you are what you eat. Plant DNA and animal DNA has always affected our health and DNA in a positive way. So why even bring this up and why is NeoLife so interested in this?

NeoLife Vitamins is a whole food supplement company that wishes to offer the optimal original foods diet found in healthy cultures. Anything more or less could be like adding water to your car’s gasoline. Yes, water is liquid but adding it will affect the the running of the car’s engine because it’s not the same as gas.

The creation of health has not changed but the knowledge of how it takes place is better known than ever before, but often ignored. Adequate sleep and rest, proper water intake, protein, antioxidants and enzymes etc. are so important.

Silent unseen threats are just common place now with the addition of many chemicals and the removal of nutritional components. For many decades this has been studied by NeoLife’s SAB Scientific Adversary Board with renowned pathologist Dr. Authur Furst of Stanford University. Others include the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, USDA, Texas A&M and many others.

We have been told not to be concerned with modification of plants with human genes, animal genes and even insect genes. But recently, a combined analysis of four independent studies involving more than 1,000 human samples and a team of researchers from universities in Hungary, Denmark and the U.S. looked at the assimilation process for GMOs as they are currently consumed throughout the world. They found that we do uptake these foreign genes into our own DNA. Also, they found that eating meats raised on these modified foods passed those genes on to consumers.

Based on this latest analysis of how food genes are transferred from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, it is now apparent that the genes of GMOs pass into the bloodstream whole. Their presence is also associated with major inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, adenoma and colorectal cancer. These GMOs can also alter your friendly gut bacteria proving you are what you eat.

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NeoLife non-GMO Carotenoid 250# fresh produce antioxidants

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Sources for this article include:

http://www.realfarmacy.com

http://www.plosone.org

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://science.naturalnews.com

Visibly Younger Looking Eyes in 30 minutes

Visibly Younger Looking Eyes in 30 minutes

Visibly Younger Looking Eyes in 30 minutes Organically. NeoLife Nutriance introduces Organic Insta-Lift Eye Gel. Its triple acting formula brightens tired eyes, reduces dark circles, reduces puffiness, and improves elasticity and tone to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The unique combination of marine botanicals and phytonutrients and polyphenols work in synergy to provide maximum benefits – you won’t believe your eyes.

INSTA-LIFT EYE GEL Reduce Wrinkles up to 40% in just 30 Minutes! Brightens, De-Puffs & Reduces Crow’s Feet for Visibly Younger Looking Eyes. Insta-Lift Eye Gel brightens tired eyes while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Recommended for all skin types

■ non-GMO organic ingredients.

■ pH 5.3

■ Clinically Tested

■ Paraben Free

■ 100% Vegan

■ No Animal Testing

■ Non-Comedogenic

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Use morning and if needed at night, apply a small amount to the contour of the eyes.

Key Active Ingredients:

• Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) water is the base of the formulation, used to soothe and decongest the skin.

• Chlorella vulgaris extract works together with Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seed and Jania rubens (red seaweed) extracts to boost microcirculation and energize the eye area, helping to reduce dark circles and ease away puffiness and eye bags. – Chlorella vulgaris extract, a microscopic green seaweed rich in amino acids and peptides – Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seed extract rich in polyphenols and minerals – Jania rubens extract, a red seaweed rich in minerals and trace elements with skin protective, moisturizing and brightening properties

• Wrinkle-fighting and hydrating ingredients: – Beech bud extract from the Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica), is packed with polyphenols and amino acids. Beech buds stimulate active cell renewal in the delicate skin area of the eyes. – Alteromonas extract, a marine polysaccharides extract from the plankton of the Iroise Sea, enhances hyaluronic acid production to help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. – Fucus vesiculosus, a brown seaweed with beta-glucans for skin hydration.

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Macular Degeneration can Carotenoids Help

Macular Degeneration can Carotenoids Help

Macular Degeneration can Carotenoids Help? Studies of Carotenoid Complex™ proved that the product is highly bioavailable, reduces oxidation damage to cells by 44% and protects LDL cholesterol in the blood from oxidizing. These findings are important because oxidation contributes to aging, the decline of the immune system, and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases of the eyes and nervous system.  (References)

Available at Carotenoid Complex

NeoLife Carotenoid Complex™ offers an ideal profile of all the carotenoids important for human health. They pioneered supplementation in this area by first developing the testing which made it possible to identify which carotenoids were found in different foods and in the human body. One must be able to identify a compound’s presence in foods if one wishes to make an extract of the substance from the food. This testing revealed vast differences in the quantity of carotenoids in different foods depending upon how they were grown and the variety of plant involved. For example, some spinach had 100 times more lutein than other spinach. GNLD NeoLife chose the richest and purest sources of different carotenoid families to produce a supplement with an ideal profile of carotenoids.

Encapsulation of carotenoids proved to be a particularly complex task. Carotenoids function as protectors against free radical oxygen which is abundantly present in the air we breathe. The GNLD NeoLife scientists developed a technology called the NutriMax process to protect the purity and potency of the carotenoids in foods. The technology involves preparing raw ingredients at low temperatures to prevent nutrient loss and encapsulation in an oxygen-free environment to prevent destruction of the carotenoids. The product was protected by British patent number 2,274,235 in 1996.

Carotenoid Complex™ has antioxidant power of 250 pounds of raw vegetables and fruits which it's made from. Not available in stores.
Antioxidant power of 250 pounds of raw non-GMO vegetables and fruits. Not available in stores.

The next stage in the development of the carotenoid product was testing to see if the supplement was capable of being absorbed and elevating blood levels of carotenoids. The successful conclusion of this study was presented in a poster or highlighted study before the New York Academy of Sciences. United States Depart of Agriculture researchers were present at this meeting and requested samples of the Carotenoid Complex™ to study. Independent research by the USDA revealed the potent beneficial effects of GNLD Neolife Carotenoid Complex™. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1997 reported that Carotenoid Complex™ could boost overall immune function 37% in 20 days. In addition natural killer cells increased in number by 20% in 20 days. Natural killer cells are one of the arms of the body’s immune system which protects us from cancer. USDA researchers also found that Carotenoid Complex™ prevented oxidation of cholesterol in the body and reduced oxidative damage to cells.

The real power of Carotenoid Complex™ was revealed when compared to supplements of Vitamin E and Vitamin C. One Carotenoid Complex™ capsule had the Total Antioxidant Potential (TAP) of 800 IUs of vitamin E or 400 mg of vitamin C. One bottle of Carotenoid Complex™ will deliver the carotenoid power of consuming 250 or more pounds of raw fruits and vegetables since the body only absorbs 5-10% of the carotenoids in raw foods. Another advantage is that the carotenoids are provided in a form which is separated from the sugars which are abundant in many of the fruit sources of carotenoids.

Many years ago Professor Richard W. Young, Ph.D., professor emeritus at UCLA and a member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, wrote me the following in a personal communication, “lutein and zeaxanthin are found in relatively large amounts (in the human retina), concentrated in the yellow spot (macula lutea) directly in the center of the retina, where visual acuity is greatest. This is precisely the region of degeneration and visual loss in AMD (age-related macular degeneration). The xanthophylls appear to have the triple function of (1) absorbing violet/blue light before it can damage the visual cells and retinal pigment epithelium (the cells which deteriorate in AMD), (2) acting as retinal antioxidants, and (3) being situated in just the right place for protection against AMD—front and center in the retina.”

Xanthophylls are the only carotenoids found in the eye lens and macula. Zeaxanthin is found in maize and lutein in corn. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are also very good sources of these carotenoids. Unfortunately, some of the best sources of the xanthophylls are foods like kale and collards which are rarely consumed by most individuals.

Carotenoid Complex eye health
Eye Health

Supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to increase blood levels of the nutrients and also to increase macular pigment optical density where it is not optimal.

One study of healthy women under 75 years of age found that stable intake of lutein plus zeaxanthin was associated with substantially lower odds (about a 40% reduced risk) of developing age-related macular degeneration.

A separate study of 398 women 52-74 years of age found that dietary intake of foods rich in carotenoids reduced the risk of “pigmentary abnormalities” of the eye in a dose related manner– the higher the intake of carotenoid rich and vitamin E rich foods the lower the risk to the eyes. For some reason, in this study intake of foods high in alpha and beta-carotene was more closely associated with reduced risk than was the intake of lutein and zeaxanthin.

References: Jacques PF, The Potential Preventive Effects of Vitamins for Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Int J Vitam Nutr Res, 1999;69(3):198- 205. Schalch, Wolfgang, Carotenoids in the Retina – A Review of Their Possible Role in Preventing or Limiting Damage Caused by Light and Oxygen, Free Radicals and Ageing, Birkhauser Verlag Basel, Switzerland, 1992;280-298. Connolly EE, Nolan JM, et al, Augmentation of macular pigment following supplementation with all three macular carotenoids: an exploratory study, Curr Eye Res, 2010; 35(4): 335-51. Moeller SM, Parekh N, et al, Associations between intermediate age-related macular degeneration and lutein and zeaxanthin in the Carotenoids in Age-related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS): ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative, Arch Opthalmol, 2006; 124(8): 1151-1162. Morris MS, Jacques PF, et al, Intake of zinc and antioxidant micronutrients and early age-related maculopathy lesions, Ophthalmic Epidemiol, 2007; 14(5): 288-98.

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