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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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.




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)

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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.

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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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Carotenoid Complex™ according to numerous studies have linked carotenoids—yellow, orange, red, and green pigments in fruits and vegetables—to reduced risks for cancer and heart disease, enhanced immunity, and tissue protection. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of carotenoids, but most people do not eat the 5-13 daily servings recommended for optimal health. NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex™ is a whole-food supplement whose benefits have been demonstrated in human studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university researchers. Each capsule provides the complete carotenoid value of an optimal serving of a wide variety of carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables. NeoLife products use only GMO-free ingredients.

Why Carotenoid Phytonutrients?

Research links diets abundant in carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables with reduced risk for developing cancer, heart disease, and age-related degenerative diseases of the eyes and nervous system.

Carotenoids boost immunity, helping the body to defend itself against illness and disease.

Carotenoids promote health in ways distinct from the actions of other dietary factors.

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Broad-spectrum, lipid-soluble nutrient supplementation. More than just beta-carotene, Carotenoid Complex™ provides a variety of carotenoid “family members” as they naturally occur in the human food chain in fruits and vegetables. Research continues to show that individual carotenoids play different and specific roles as part of the body’s complex defense system against illness and disease.*

Whole-food ingredients. Our exclusive blend of carotenoid-rich extracts and concentrates is derived from whole tomatoes, carrots, spinach, red bell peppers, strawberries, apricots, and peaches.

15 powerful carotenoid family members. Our unique formula has been tested and shown to deliver alpha-, beta-, cis-beta-, gamma-, and zeta-carotene, lycopene, cislycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha- and beta-cryptoxanthin, violaxanthin, canthaxanthin, capsanthin, and cryptocapsin.

Exclusive NutriMax Process®. Advanced technology yields a 98% extraction efficiency. Also includes low-temperature processing and oxygen-free encapsulation to guarantee high potency of lipid-soluble carotenoid nutrients.*

More antioxidant power than vitamins C and E! One capsule of Carotenoid Complex equals the antioxidant power of 800 IU’s of vitamin E, or 400 mgs. of vitamin C.

Natural base of pure olive oil. Part of the human food chain, olive oil promotes ingredient stability and helps optimize carotenoid absorption. Contains pure lecithin from soybeans. Lecithin helps maximize stability of carotenoid nutrients and aids their dispersion during digestion. No artificial anything. Contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. Low sodium.

Convenient serving. Each capsule provides the complete carotenoid value of an optimal serving of a wide variety of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables — just one more way to help you meet the recommended dietary intake of 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Hundreds of Pounds of Carotenoid Power in Every Bottle!

When it comes to delivering pure carotenoid power, Carotenoid Complex puts hundreds of pounds 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: 250 pounds 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. 50 pounds 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 30-50%. 18 pounds 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.

Carotenoid Complex™ Is USDA Tested

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists conducted clinical research studies on Carotenoid Complex, NeoLife’s exclusive broad-spectrum carotenoid supplement from whole foods, and published their findings in peer reviewed scientific journals. The USDA studies showed that Carotenoid Complex™: Dramatically enhanced the immune response of white blood cells — “natural killer” cells and lymphocytes — greater than responses obtained at baseline and with beta-carotene supplementation alone.* Reduced blood lipid oxidation, an event that may contribute to atherosclerosis, the arterial blockage that can lead to heart disease and stroke.* Prevented the oxidation of cellular lipids, whereas supplementation with beta-carotene alone did not. Oxidation can contribute to the development of cancer and other diseases.*

Carotenoids contribute to antioxidant activity in cellular lipids, support normal cellular growth and renewal, and assist healthy levels of immune cell activity. Carotenoids promote cardiovascular health, including support for a healthy antioxidant response to LDL cholesterol.*

Food Derived Carotenoids Protect Against Lung Cancer

Food Derived Carotenoids Protect Against Lung Cancer

Food Derived Carotenoids Protect Against Lung Cancer. It is well known that carotenoids promote the body’s ability to defend against essentially all forms of cancer. You can find compelling evidence in the form of strong references that support that throughout peer-reviewed scientific/medical literature. A new study published by researchers from Montreal University in the journal Frontiers in Oncology reinforces that point by showing that combinations of dietary carotenoids derived from food provide a 25-35% protective factor against lung cancer.

Now, before I go any further let me start by saying that the single greatest cause of lung cancer is smoking. So if you smoke, stopping will be your strongest cancer prevention step.

That said, this study points out that smoker or not carotenoids offer protection to delicate lung tissue. It shows that those in the top 33% of food-based carotenoid consumers received a 25-35% risk reduction for lung cancer compared to the others in the group; irrespective of age, gender or smoking status. That makes this a powerful message for everyone! (For heavy smoking females vitamin C seemed to provide added protection as well.)

The study also found that higher intake of food-based carotenoids equated to lowered cell development sub-forms of cancer, including squamous cell, small cell and adenocarcinoma cell growth.

Here are my key takeaways:

1. Dietary abundance of food-derived carotenoids is a strong health protector; for cancer, but other chronic diseases as well. We should all make getting them a priority every day.

2. A diversity of food-derived carotenoids is hugely important. In this study they looked at 4 that work in synergy with each other; alpha and beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin and lycopene.

3. You can only get food-derived carotenoids from food. So eating lots of carotenoid-rich foods is important.

4. If you have trouble consuming an abundance of carotenoid -rich foods each day, try supplementing to fill your whole food-carotenoid gap.

So, eat smart every day and consume a lot of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables. And if you can’t do that make sure to fill your whole food-carotenoid gap with superior quality supplements….or better yet, do both. I do.

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