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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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