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The Benefits of Carbohydrate Powder

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Supplementation products have been available for years in every nutrition store across the globe. Products like protein, branch chain amino acids, creatine, and weight gainer products. Now there is a new product to add to this list that comes in the form of carbohydrate powder. This product is derived from new formulations that allow one to ingest carbohydrates at a rapid uptake pace for faster glycogen store and recovery in skeletal muscle tissue. So what do these carbohydrate powders do and how exactly do they work when applied into workout supplementation.

When an athlete is building muscle, a fast combination of a fast acting protein as well as a fast acting carbohydrate should be added to your post workout regimen. This period of time is referred to as the anabolic window. During this time period your body can drastically absorb nutrients like a sponge of water. By in taking a fast carbohydrate this leaves your muscle full and refueled for your next workout the following day. Carbohydrate powders are great because they can fuel the muscle and do it in a sugar free manner. These powders are made with the best formulations to give you a carbohydrate that will aid in muscle recovery without a minor response in insulin activity to help you get bigger and leaner from your workout regimen.

Another aspect that carbohydrate powders directly affect is endurance. Adding these powders during your workout can help to keep you training harder and for longer periods of time. Carbohydrates are mainly designed with complex carbohydrates that actually replenish energy stores faster than simple carbohydrates and give you no dizziness, no bloating, and no crash after the training session. These carbohydrates act fast and give much needed energy during your lowest point of your training session or athletic competition.

Carbohydrate powder can also be used in a variety of daily activities. When the body is craving a snack instead of having simple sugars you can implement a carbohydrate powder into your regiment which will aid in a low glycemic response, cure appetite cravings, and also help with managing weight. Carbohydrate powders can also be using in recipes as well. The tasteless powder can also be used in pancake, cereal, cake, oatmeal, and muffin mixes and makes a great addition to sports energy drinks to help provide hydration and recovery without bloat associated with other products.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer carbohydrate powder blends. With these awesome blends we can leave them unflavored or flavor them with a wide variety of flavors available through our flavoring system. For more on the process please visit www.nutracapusa.com

Milk Thistle The Liver Healer

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Milk Thistle Extract has proven to be very unique in its ability to protect the liver and has no equivalent in the pharmaceutical drug world to date. This ingredient has been so dramatically effective that the treatment has never been disputed, even by the traditional medical community. Milk Thistle Extract is an annual or biennial plant of the Asteraceae family. Milk thistle acts in a similar fashion to detoxify other synthetic chemicals that find their way or are put into our bodies. Some of these chemicals that range from the likes of acetaminophen, external hormones, as well as alcohol, heavy metals, and radiation. Milk thistle Extract was approved in 1986 as a treatment for liver disease and it is widely used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. Milk Thistle extract has also been shown to protect the liver against medications such as acetaminophen, a non-aspirin over the counter pain relievers.

The most notable ingredient, or liver-protecting compound in milk thistle is known as silymarin. This ingredient actually consists of a group of compounds called flavonolignans, helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances by stimulating things such as protein synthesis. This process is done by changing the outside layer of liver cells so that it can prevent certain toxins from getting inside the liver itself. Silymarin also seems to encourage as well as regenerate liver cell growth. This ingredient can reduce inflammation and has potent antioxidant effects that help the liver repair at a more rapid rate than it would on its own. Antioxidants are used though out the body to protect cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Milk Thistle Extract is not actually standardized to an exact amount because it is derived from natural dried plants. Milk Thistle naturally contains about Silymarin which has herb benefits that are used to treat symptoms of adrenal disorders and inflammatory bowel syndrome, and is used to treat psoriasis. Milk thistle also has some estrogen-like effects that may stimulate the flow of breast milk in women who are breast-feeding infants. It may also be used to start late menstrual periods in women who have irregular menstrual cycles or no menstrual cycle at all.

There have also been animal studies as well as one small study in humans showing that milk thistle produced modest reductions in total cholesterol. This herb is a must for cleansing and for anyone with any sort of liver dysfunction or exposure to toxins. A European standardized extract of milk thistle was used in most of the trials.. Those with the mildest form of liver disease appeared to improve the most. Milk thistle was less effective for those with severe liver disease such as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is characterized by scarring and permanent, non-reversible damage to the liver. Once the liver has reached this stage of liver damage it is often very hard to bring it back and most likely a transplant would be needed or death could result.

Here at NutraCap Labs we carry Milk Thistle as one of our ingredients. Visit our website www.nutracapusa.com to get your process started today with your product including this great ingredient.

Ashwagandha The Neuro Herb

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Ashwagandha has become one of the most popular herbs in use in the Western world.  With all that Ashwagandha has to offer the benefits are amazing. Ashwagandha has been used by Ayurveda for thousands of years as a rejuvenation and an adaptogenic herb. This means that it is used to help the body resist things such as physiological and psychological stress. Ashwagandha is used to tone, support, and revitalize many of the human bodily functions. It has been revered over time for its dual capacity to energize and calm simultaneously as well as give a good sense of well-being. Stress can cause fatigue, as well as show symptoms of signs such as agitation and difficulty sleeping.

Ashwagandha helps these symptoms by providing a nourishing, energizing effect that can support a healthy nervous system. When stress doesn’t impact the nervous system as strongly, these particular signs will naturally resolve over time allowing for a calming effect. The quality of ashwagandha makes it a prime supplement to use in the toning and rejuvenation process. In addition to its dual energizing/calming effect, ashwagandha offers a number of benefits such as supporting a healthy immune system, mental calmness, healthy sleep patterns, healthy reproductive systems in both males and females, sustained energy levels, strength, as well as joint support.

Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda to balance things such as vata. Ashwagandha is typically used in excess. Many people recognize ashwagandha particularly for its building, strengthening, and nourishing nature. It is used for the same reasons as listed in the Benefits section above, particularly to support healthy muscles and reproductive systems. Ashwagandha is available in powder and tablet forms, and as a liquid extract. The traditional use is as a powder, mixed with warm milk and honey, and taken before bed helps to foster healthy sleep patterns, reproductive system, and strength. A general dose can be 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon once or twice daily.

Ashwagandha has also shown to give a neurological boost to brain properties to help with issues such as focus and mental well-being. Studies also suggest that Ashwagandha has many anti-cancer properties. Chronic stress puts a high taxation on the body and the mind and Ashwagandha is now helping to regulate the stress put on the mind and the body. Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as Parkinson’s disease have also been shown to have positive effects by using Ashwagandha.

Another notable property of Ashwagandha is its effect of testosterone boosting. Ashwagandha seems to directly increase the luteinizing hormone. Many studies have found that infertile men who are given 5 grams of Ashwagandha for 3 months raise their testosterone levels by 40% on average in comparison to placebo. It also has adaptogenic properties of the herb reduce cortisol which maintains testosterone molecules intact raising free and total Testosterone as well as adding a boost to HDL cholesterol that is the direct precursor to testosterone.

Here at NutraCap Labs we have Ashwagandha available in our vast list of ingredients. Visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com and use Ashwagandha in your next product developed by us.

Whey Protein vs Isolate Protein

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When it comes to protein there are many proteins to choose from. If you are looking for qualities such as digestibility, full spectrum amino acid profiles, ease of mixing and taste, then whey protein is going to be your first choice as it comes with a full load of benefits. When choosing whey protein and isolate protein there several factors to keep in mind to know which one is right for you or your company. All whey protein comes from milk. It is separated from milk during the cheese making process when the milk separates into cheese and liquid whey.

In the liquid state, whey is a mixture of mostly water with some protein, fat, carbohydrates and lactose. Eventually, after enough of those ingredients are removed the remaining product is around 80 percent protein. The 80 percent protein is known as a whey protein concentrate. However if the protein is filtered even more and there is removal of more lactose, carbohydrates and fat this is what creates what we call a whey protein isolate that provides up to 90% protein per every 100 grams. So you basically will get 90 grams of protein per every 100 grams of protein consumed.

Many people are of the opinion that whey protein isolate is the best protein, but this may not be the case. Between the two proteins there are differences in absorption speed and bioavailability as well as one the lactose content. A protein isolate contains almost no lactose but on the flipside the whey concentrate contains a small amount of lactose. For some people proteins like whey concentrate may cause bloating and even gas when it is being digested. If you can consume whey concentrate and you do not get any bloating or digestive issues then you are probably not lactose intolerant. If you do consume whey concentrate and experience some of these issues it’s probably best that you stick with a lactose free protein like an isolate protein.

Let’s say for purposes of this article that you can use either protein, let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two to help you make a better decision with what’s best for you or your company. Whey protein concentrate is the best choice If you are looking for a cheaper whey protein that gives you a good serving of protein with amino acids as well as keeping you healthy and hunger at bay. Whey protein is actually digested a little slower than an isolate in most cases and has a slower uptake in the body. On the other hand, you are engaged in an intense form of physical activity and want to maximize muscle recuperation, an isolate may be a better choice as it is absorbed faster and is easier for the body to break down and use. So what’s the bottom line? If you are just looking for a protein that will work for everyday tasks like getting extra protein or meal replacements to keep hunger at bay whey concentrate is a great choice but if you are an athlete and you are looking to optimize muscle growth as well as protein uptake in the body as well as great digestive properties shoot for isolate.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer both Whey Protein Concentrate as well as Isolate protein. Log on to our website www.nutracapusa.com and get your process started today with either of the two.

The Skinny on Super Fruits and Greens

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One of the latest supplements to hit the market is Super Fruits and Greens. This is a supplement powder used to give you all of your fruits, greens, vitamins, and minerals in a serving or two. Made from vegetables these products are especially beneficial to those who do not like to eat greens on a daily basis.  These products offer you all the vitamins and minerals of a multi but with added nutrients such as probiotics, prebiotics, detoxification nutrients and disease-protective antioxidants in each serving of the product.

Super fruits and greens supplements usually offer a teaspoon or two serving that offers an array of the vital ingredients our body needs every day. These products also help to assist and optimize health and vitality and typically can be bought everywhere.  These products have been shown to help supplement a good healthy diet. Most of these powders come in green powder and are very fine cut, making them easy to digest so they can be added to water, smoothies, juices or any beverage a customer chooses to add them to. Super Fruits and Greens also has a list of long and impressive and include land vegetables and grains such as vitamins, minerals, broccoli, spinach, beetroot, wheatgrass, kelp, spirulina, as well as probiotics and enzymes such as lactobacillus acidophilus and coenzyme Q10.

Some studies have suggested that the ingredient “chlorella” could be effective in fighting diseases and it was found to reduce body-fat percentage and blood-glucose levels and help those suffering from type 2 diabetes, obesity or heart disease. Other research claims that many other ingredients found in Super Fruits and Greens pack vitamins and minerals that are shown to be good antioxidants for the body to help boost immune system properties as well as benefit your overall health.

Super Fruits and Greens contain a bulk of ingredients that should be whole foods and seasonal produce. Incorporating just one serving of Super Fruits and Greens should add daily benefit to your overall health. One serving per day along with a healthy diet can go a long way. There are also many ways you can use this particular product. Typically one can just mix a serving up with water but for those that want to spice things up you can mix it with virtually anything. Some individuals add it to protein shakes, branch chain amino acid formulas, as well as milk and juice.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer all the materials to make the best Super Fruits and Greens products. Get your process started today by visiting www.nutracapusa.com

The Scoop on Maltodextrin

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Maltodextrins are easily digestible carbohydrates made from natural corn starch. The starch is cooked, and then acid as well as enzymes are used to break the starch into smaller polymers so that the body can more easily digest the carbohydrate during the digestive process.

Maltodextrins are not made from or contain malt products. Maltodextrins are polymers of dextrose which could be labeled as glucose polymers on any food, nutrition, or supplement label. Maltodextrins do not contain significant quantities of protein, fat or fiber.

There are also other maltodextrins such as corn-based maltodextrins that are safer for patients or people with diseases since they do not contain proteins from wheat, barley, oats or rye. However, they may cause reactions in people who have allergies to corn substances. Since much corn is either gm corn or gm contaminated maltodextrins may contain gm fragments, unless the product is certified organic by the FDA.

Diabetic’s maltodextrin’s glycemic index is considered to be metabolically equivalent to glucose (dextrose). In other words it is equivalent to sugar but not as sweet. Why is it used? The finished product is much more easily digestible, is a convenient source of energy, contains approximately 4 calories per gram, is cold-water soluble, has low or no sweetness, and also helps in producing many liquid and dried nutritional products.

Maltodextrin is basically glucose without the sugar that comes with other forms of things that have glucose reacting properties.

Most brands of soymilk contain maltodextrins. Even many well known health food soymilk brands also contain them as well. The higher the DE, the greater the extent of starch depolymerization, resulting in a smaller average polymer size. Maltodextrins are excellent solids builders for standard and low-fat products. They are effective spray-drying aids for flavors, fruit juices, and other hard-to-dry products. They also are easily digestible carbohydrates for nutritional beverages. Maltodextrin found in supplements are used for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons being a sweetener and another reason is for carbohydrate powder and mass gainer products.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer the ingredient Maltodextrin. Visit our website online at www.nutracapusa.com and use Maltodextrin to make your next supplement product.

Agmatine Sulfate

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Agmatine Sulfate is a biogenic amine that is derived from the amino acid L-Arginine. This happens by a process called decarboxylation, which is better known as the removal of carboxylic acid group from the amino acid. This results in the compound Agmatine Sulfate which appears to be stored within the neurons of the brain and is released as these neurons become activated. This is a very interesting process and mechanism of storage which has actions and activities that are very different from its predecessor.

This is a promising ingredient in terms of neuropathic pain, stroke protection as well as general cognitive health and a novel neurotransmitter.

The method of action primarily taken by Agmatine Sulfate is by crossing the blood-brain barrier and entering the central nervous system and then binding to the glutamine receptors. Since this is the chief neurotransmitter involved in plasticity and memory function this is what is responsible for a number of the associated cognitive benefits of this ingredient.

Agmatine Sulfate also appears to regulate levels of nitric oxide and also has some analgesic activities, releasing a number of opioid and endorphin chemicals, seeming to have a synergistic effect on many of these chemicals. It is also capable of enhancing the effects of both morphine and fentanyl to increase killing pain, reducing tolerance, and lower addiction habits.

There are a number of benefits associated with Agmatine Sulfate. It seems to do many of the same things Arginine but a greater rate of potency. It has a decidedly nootropic effect and can help people achieve a mental edge, whether in or out of the gym or athletic training.

Agmatine Sulfate supports a healthy mood, has anti-anxiety properties and may also stack well with other supplements such as Aniracetam and other Ampakines. It also acts as an anti-oxidant. Part of these benefits is due to the fact that it helps limit the activity of glutamate and thus, over excitation of the brain. Agmatine Sulfate also prevent s excitotoxicity which can occur when using things like modafinil or other similar nootropic supplements.

There are also a number of athletic effects. This includes enhancing and improving insulin response of the body. This has long been thought to be one of the biggest keys to builder a leaner, harder, and more muscular body.

Agmatine Sulfate has also been said to increase the stimulation of GH and LH hormones which can have a positive effects upon the overall body composition. Due to the regulation of nitric oxide levels in the body, Agmatine Sulfate may also lead to better muscle pumps in weight training athletes.

There are a large number of benefits associated with Agmatine Sulfate. Visit our website www.nutracapusa.com to find out how you can turn Agmatine Sulfate into your next profitable product.

Apple Pectin. What it is and what it does…

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Apple Pectin is an ingredient that may prove the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has some true merit to it. What exactly is pectin? It’s a complex carbohydrate, a soluble fiber found in the walls of plant cells.  The actual amount of pectin found in the cells varies by each plant.

Overall, pectin content is typically higher in legumes and certain fruits. For instance, apple, grapefruit, orange and apricot are known to have high levels of pectin. There are many health benefits associated with pectin including regulating the digestive system, lowering blood pressure, lowering glucose levels, lowering bad cholesterol levels and more.

Apple Pectin shows to be a natural medicinal remedy for digestive orders. Apple Pectin is high in soluble fiber which is used to help regulate bowl movements. It can also help firm stools and reduce inflammation in the bowel system. In addition to helping the digestive system Apple Pectin also has been shown to help with overall heart health.

Glutamine’s Healthy Benefits and More

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What is not to love about glutamine? This ingredient is used in a wide array of supplement formulations on the market. Each time a person goes to the gym they put a pounding on their central nervous system which in turn puts a hurting on one’s immune system. This is especially true for those athletes doing high intensity workouts or those working out with weights as resistance training. When the immune system is lowered there is a much higher risk for infection and disease which could lead one to miss workouts all together.

So what are the benefits of this great supplemental ingredient? Well for starters one study showed oral glutamine administration on long distance runners and rowers during the seven days following exercise compared to a non-exercising control group. This study showed that the subjects exercising showed glutamine levels were decreased by 20%, white blood cells were increased, and there was a decrease in the numbers of lymphocytes. Those exercising individuals who took oral glutamine however showed a better ratio of T-helper/T-suppressor cells and also reported fewer infections as well. From this study it is suggested that supplementing with glutamine after intense exhaustive exercise can enhance the ability of the immune system to deal with the stress of the workout.

Understanding Branch Chain Amino Acids

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BCAA is a simple abbreviation for Branch Chain Amino Acids. These amino acids help to build muscle tissue and affect muscle growth like no other amino acids on the planet. The essential branch chain amino acids are and include leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Your body cannot make these amino acids themselves which is why your diet is so essential.

Most diets consist of foods high in branch chain amino acids which are necessary for the growth of muscle tissue.  Each amino acid performs a specific function in the production of protein synthesis and provides proteins to different parts of the body. BCAAs are critical in muscle development as they provide approximately one-third of the nutrients that muscles use during synthesis. Branch chain amino acids also affect the production of testosterone and the amount of muscle retention one can have during a dieting phase.

Leucine is metabolized through the fat that is located within the body. Leucine dictates insulin performance as well as insulin sensitivity. With Leucine BCAAs can create more fat loss, muscle growth, and also help to prevent diabetes. Leucine acts as a signal within the body to tell it to use more nutrients to help build more protein but on the flipside it must be taken in proportion with the other two essential amino acids in this group.

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