Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A precursor)
Vitamin A is part of a family of compounds including retinol, retinal and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, also known as pro-vitamin A, can be converted into vitamin A when additional levels are required. Vitamin A helps to promote healthy body.
Vitamin C is found in peppers (sweet, green, red, hot red and green chili), citrus fruits and Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, mustard greens, broccoli, spinach, guava, kiwi fruit, currants and strawberries. Nuts and grains contain small amounts of vitamin C. It is important to note that cooking destroys vitamin C activity.
Vitamin C provides antioxidant benefits to the body. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C helps to maintain healthy body. The body does not manufacture vitamin C on its own, nor does it store it. Therefore, Vitamin C must be acquired through diet and supplementation.
The most valuable sources of dietary vitamin E include vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, avocados and wheat germ. Safflower oil contains large amounts of vitamin E and there are trace amounts in corn oil and soybean oil. Vitamin E protects the body from oxidation, a normal ageing process by which oxygen breaks down the body’s tissues. It works to neutralize free radicals, which are naturally occurring unstable molecules that can damage the body’s healthy molecules by taking electrons from other cells in order to balance themselves. Vitamin E acts to Selenium. Selenium is an important micronutrient. Selenium and vitamin E, another antioxidant, are synergists, meaning they each improve the efficiency of the other. Moreover, selenium promotes the body’s production of glutathione peroxidase, the body’s antioxidant. Selenium is an essential trace mineral that works closely with vitamin E to provide the body with antioxidant protection from free radicals. Selenium protects the body from free radicals in two ways: It is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes, and it supports the body’s manufacture of its own natural antioxidant, glutathione.
Bilberry extract is derived from the leaves and berry like fruit of a common European shrub closely related to the blueberry. Extracts of the ripe berry are known to contain flavonoid pigments known as anthocyanins. They act as antioxidants. Many of the bioflavonoids in bilberry have antioxidant effects, and promote healthy body.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract has been used for centuries in India and China. A number of beneficial health effects are related to regular consumption of green tea and dried/powdered extracts of green tea. The active components in green tea are a family of polyphenols (catechins) and flavonols, which possess potent antioxidant activity.
Ginkgo Biloba supports blood circulation.
Milk Thistle is used to promote liver health. It contains some of the good liver-supporting substances known. Milk thistle protects against free radicals by acting as an antioxidant, protecting the liver, as well as supporting the normal production of new liver cells.