Natural Products Expo West 2015 Part TwoMarch 26, 2015 Written by JP [Font too small?]
In some ways, Natural Products Expo West is like a gigantic “candy store” for those of us who are passionate or, maybe, too passionate about natural health. There’s a seemingly endless array of brand new extracts and technologies with all of the bells and whistles that compete for attention. Because of this, some supplements containing time honored, well established ingredients are often overlooked. They’re simply not exciting or novel enough to make a splash. The truth is, just like many other industries, natural product buyers and sellers are susceptible to gimmicks and trends. The key, as a researcher and consumer, is not to fall prey to the flavors of the moment or unsubstantiated hype. Instead, it’s important to look for genuine substance in product formulations and to reward manufacturers who provide well crafted wares.
Super Sprout is an example of a unique line of whole food extracts. This Australian company offers a line of non-GMO fruit, sprout and vegetable powders. The additive-free, 100% pure powders are prepared using a proprietary freeze dried extraction process which concentrates and retains antioxidants, nutrients and other biologically active compounds including enzymes. In addition to popular extracts such as beetroot, blueberry, carrot and strawberry, they also feature whole apple, lemon and ginger root. But, the star of their current roster is an organic broccoli sprout extract. What sets it apart from other broccoli sprout supplements is its documented glucoraphanin and myrosinase content. Myrosinase is an enzyme that converts glucoraphanin into sulforaphane – a potent antioxidant with chemoprotective properties. This is encouraging because recent studies indicate that active sulforaphane shows promise in diseases ranging from autism to prostate cancer.
Generally speaking, anti-aging skincare products tend to be very expensive and of questionable merit. Verisol, a collagen-based supplement, bucks this stereotype. A one month supply of this clinically validated product can cost as little as $10 or less for a month’s supply. “Bioactive Collagen Peptides”, the principal ingredient in Verisol, is responsible for reducing the appearance of wrinkles by boosting levels of key skin proteins (elastin and pro collagen type I). The dosage used in a successful trial appearing in the February 2014 edition of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology was 2.5 grams daily. Verisol is available in chewable, powder and tablet forms. Also, it’s possible that Verisol may have other connective tissue benefits. For instance, BioCell Collagen, another patented extract, has been shown to improve arthritic symptoms, recovery from exercise and skin appearance. In short, when a supplement supports connective tissue in one area of the body, it often does so in other sites as well.
In the past, I’ve written about research on blackcurrants in relation to ocular health. Vision Spark, is a tasty supplement containing a potent blend of anthocyanins (50 mg) and polyphenols (90 mg) derived from New Zealand blackcurrants. The liquid formula is rounded out with 100 mg of active Q10 (aka ubiquinol) and 60 mg of Vitamin C. Recent trials reveal that blackcurrant extracts and CoQ10 may benefit retinal function, lower intraocular pressure in cases of glaucoma and protect against age related macular degeneration (ARMD).
A high quality fish oil supplement is a good adjunct to Vision Spark and most wellness routines. At this year’s Expo West, I tried Barlean’s Lemon Zest Omega Swirl – a genuinely good tasting fish oil that is easily digested and well absorbed. It’s not specifically intended to support eye function and health, but there is a considerable amount of research showing that omega-3 fats do just that. It doesn’t matter whether you need help with dryness caused by prolonged computer use or if you’re at high risk for ARMD. Fish oil is one of my top supplemental recommendations and Barlean’s Lemon Zest Omega Swirl is another fine addition to their stellar line of products.
Disclaimer: For the sake of full disclosure, I want to clearly state that I was not compensated or paid in any way for my review of the previously mentioned products. I tried all of the aforementioned supplements by accepting samples that were widely distributed on the convention show floor. My primary objective in sharing these reviews is to spread the word about potentially beneficial products to all those who did not attend Natural Products Expo West 2015.
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To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Absorption and Chemopreventive Targets of Sulforaphane in Humans … (link)
Study 2 – A Phase II Study of Sulforaphane-Rich Broccoli Sprout Extracts in Men … (link)
Study 3 – Sulforaphane Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) … (link)
Study 4 – Oral Intake of Specific Bioactive Collagen Peptides Reduces Skin … (link)
Study 5 – Effects of BioCell Collagen® on Connective Tissue Protection and … (link)
Study 6 – Ingestion of BioCell Collagen, A Novel Hydrolyzed Chicken Sternal … (link)
Study 7 – Black Currant Anthocyanins Normalized Abnormal Levels of Serum … (link)
Study 8 – Effects of Black Currant Anthocyanins on Intraocular Pressure in Healthy … (link)
Study 9 – Improvement of Visual Functions and Fundus Alterations in Early Age- … (link)
Study 10 – Oral Omega-3 Fatty Acids Treatment in Computer Vision Syndrome … (link)
Higher Serum Omega-3’s May Lower AMD/ARMD Risk
Source: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 28;55(3):2010-9. (link)
Tags: Broccoli, Eye Health, Skin Care
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