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Except for the vitamin D derived from a small amount of fish oil, SupraCaps are essentially vegetarian. SupraCaps contain 29 high-potency and high-quality vitamins and minerals, 10 standardized fruit and herb extracts, plus lutein, lycopene, alpha-lipoic acid, CoQ10, quercetin, and vinpocetine. All nutrients are at meaningful amounts. This formula is designed for people who want to experience the pinnacle of nutritional supplements.

Please go to our FAQs (above right tab) and read SupraCaps - Why are they so helpful? to get an understanding on why SupraCaps form such a solid and complete nutritional foundation for preventive medicine. Research supports the role the ingredients in SupraCaps play in preventing and treating numerous health conditions.

BESIDES VITAMINS AND MINERALS, SUPRACAPS CONTAINS THESE IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS:

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is a unique antioxidant, being both water- and fat-soluble. It is part of two multi-enzyme complexes: PDH (pyruvate dehydrogenase) and alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase. These enzymes are part of the Krebs cycle (actually, PDH connects glycolysis with the Krebs cycle), and are thus essential in the conversion of food into energy. Lipoic acid has a sparing action on other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, CoQ10, and glutathione. Like milk thistle (silymarin), lipoic acid has liver-protective properties. An older name for lipoic acid is thioctic acid. (R)-Lipoic acid is considered to be a more biologically active form.

Bilberry: The European bilberry is related to the North American blueberry. Bilberry fruit contains anthocyanosides, caffeic acid (chlorogenic acid), flavonoids, and tannins. Bilberry also has antioxidant properties. Most recent research shows that bilberry fruit may not improve night vision, but does show improvements in pupillary dynamics. Bilberry leaf may be helpful with diabetes.

Citrus Bioflavonoids: There are several thousand kinds of bioflavonoids found throughout the plant kingdom. They are part of the polyphenol family. Citrus fruits contain at least four bioflavonoids. At one time they were unofficially called vitamin P, because they reduced capillary fragility and permeability. Bioflavonoids usually have antioxidant properties. They also seem to work well with vitamin C. Rutin is metabolized to quercetin (listed separately, because it may be responsible for rutin’s benefits). The quercitrin found in citrus is related to quercetin. Avoid supplements that list bioflavonoids on the label, but do not list a standardized percentage. These often will only contain about 5% active bioflavonoids. Quality products will contain 40% to 50% total bioflavonoids.

CoQ10: There are many metabolic pathways in the body. One is the electron transport chain, where CoQ10 facilitates electron flow. The electron transport chain enables oxidative phosphorylation, which produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP), often described as the energy currency of the body. CoQ10 is also a fat-soluble antioxidant. Another name for coenzyme Q is ubiquinone, because it is a quinone (a chemical class that also includes vitamins E and K), and it is ubiquitous (it is found in almost all animal cells). Many statin-class cholesterol lowering drugs reduce the body’s production of CoQ10, and therefore increase the need for its supplementation. Like vitamin E, CoQ10 is fat-soluble and should be taken with food. Even though ubiquinone is an antioxidant, it is in an oxidized state. The reduced form of CoQ10 is called ubiquinol, and it has greater antioxidant properties.

Ginger: Ginger root (rhizome) is often used as a spice in many parts of the world, especially Asia. Active ingredients include aryl alkanes (gingerols, shogaols), gingerdiols, and volatile oils (zingiberone, bisabolene, camphene, geraniol, linalool, borneol). Ginger is beneficial for the GI tract, being particularly helpful with nausea. Ginger is used to treat indigestion and flatulence, and it has a broad range of action against intestinal parasites. Ginger also has antioxidant properties. Turmeric, another traditional spice, belongs to the ginger family.

Ginkgo: Ginkgo is the oldest living tree species. It is native to China, Japan, and Korea, but is also found throughout Europe and North America. It is often used as an ornamental tree. Active ingredients include flavonoids, biflavonoides, and proanthocyanidins. Ginkgo leaves are the source used in supplements. Ginkgo has antioxidant properties. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) is among the leading prescription medicines in both Germany and France, and worldwide, millions of prescriptions are written for it annually.

Grape Seed: Grapes are native to southern Europe and western Asia, but are cultivated in many temperate regions around the world. Grape Seed Extract (GSE), along with a pine bark extract (pycnogenols), contains oligomer proanthocyanidins (OPCs), sometimes called procyanidolic oligomers. Besides OPCs, grape seeds contain catechins, ellagic acid, fruit acids (citric, malic, oxalic, succinic, tartaric), and resveratrol. GSE has antioxidant properties, and works with vitamin C in connective tissue maintenance. OPCs have been researched since the 1950s by Jack Masquelier, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Bordeaux, France.

Green Tea: Tea drinking has a long history, going back about 5,000 years. Camellia sinensis, as a tea, is available as white, green, oolong, and black. Tea goes from white to black depending on the amount of processing it goes through (steaming and fermentation). Asians are noted for their consumption of green tea, averaging about 3 cups daily. Most research has been done on green tea, but all forms have beneficial properties. Green tea contains many polyphenols, flavonoids (quercetin), purine alkaloids, triterpene saponins, chlorogenic acid, and catechins, especially (-)epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Green tea catechins are synergistic with vitamins E and C. Depending on how it is tested, EGCG is 20 to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing pro-oxidants and free radicals.

Lutein: Lutein is a xanthophyll, a member of the carotenoid family. It is a primary carotenoid found in the macula, the central area of the retina. Lutein is most beneficial for vision. It may act as a filter to protect the macula from some damaging forms of light (blue and near-ultraviolet).

Lycopene: Lycopene is a member of the carotenoid family. (Other commonly supplemented carotenoids include beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin). It forms the red pigment found in tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, guava, paprika, and pink grapefruit. Lycopene seems to have the strongest antioxidant properties of all the carotenoids studied to date.

Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is native to Europe. It contains three powerful liver-protective agents. They are silybin, silydianin, and silychristin, and are usually collectively referred to as silymarin. Also present are flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, and quercetin. The effects of silymarin are well researched, showing protection against such hepato-toxins as alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, pesticides, heavy metals, and acetaminophen overdose. Not only can silymarin protect liver cells, it can regenerate already damaged ones. Additionally, silymarin was shown to increase liver, stomach, and intestinal glutathione, a powerful antioxidant.

Pomegranate: The pomegranate is a type of fruit native to northern India, northern Africa, and the Caucasian Mountains. It has been used extensively in the folk medicine of many cultures. Pomegranate juice contains several different types of phytochemicals, including polyphenols, such as anthocyanidins (delphinidin, cyanidin, pelargonidin) and hydrolyzable tannins (punicalin, pedunculagin, punicalagin, gallagic acid, ellagic acid). The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the hydrolyzable tannins called punicosides (punicalagins A and B), which have free-radical scavenging properties. Punicalagins are absorbed into the human body and may have dietary value as antioxidants. Pomegranate juice contains more polyphenols than blueberry, cranberry, green tea, orange juice, or red wine. Research shows that pomegranate juice can be effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation (oxLDL), macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Tannins, such as punicalagins, have been identified as the primary components responsible for the reduction of oxidative stress which led to these risk factors. Pomegranate has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE).

Quercetin: Quercetin is classified as a bioflavonoid. It can be formed from rutin when the carbohydrate component of rutin (rutinose) is removed. Quercetin is not soluble in water. Combining with bromelain, an enzyme from pineapples, may increase its absorption. Rutin is more soluble.

Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol called phytoalexin. Phytoalexins are compounds produced by a plant’s defense system against stress caused by environmental conditions, insect infestations, and disease. Resveratrol exists in both the cis and trans stereoisomer forms. Grapes contain mostly the trans form, while Polygonum cuspidatum contains both forms. Resveratrol has slight estrogenic activity. It also has antioxidant properties. Lower doses may be better for anti-aging effects, and higher doses for anti-cancer effects.

Turmeric: Turmeric (also spelled tumeric) is a member of the ginger family. It contains a variety of bioactive substances called curcuminoids. The most active component is curcumin, an orange-yellow volatile oil that includes three curcuminoids: turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberone. Turmeric has good antioxidant activity, comparing well with vitamin C, vitamin E, and superoxide dismutase.

Vinpocetine: Vinpocetine is a synthetic derivative of apovincamine, a compound found in the periwinkle plant, Vinca minor. Vinpocetine’s memory effects may be due to indirect or direct cholinergic activity, augmented norepinephrine effects on cortical cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), and increased turnover of brain catecholamines. Orally, vinpocetine is used for enhancing memory, improving cerebral blood flow, improving cerebral oxygen and glucose utilization, protecting against age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, treating cerebrovascular disease, preventing post-stroke morbidity and mortality, decreasing stroke risk, treating menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), seizure disorders, and preventing motion sickness.


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