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The Benefits of Purple Potatoes

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Purple sweet potatoes are not only good for giving your taste buds a sweet taste but they also aid in cardiovascular helath. Purple sweet potatoes were originally cultivated around the Central American region. This starch-rich tuber plant is a dicotyledon, belonging to the family of Convolvulaceae, and named botanically as Ipomoea batatas. Purple sweet potatoes have a crunchy, starch-rich flesh that is loaded with a flavonoid pigment of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that are essential for great health within the human body.

Purple sweet potatoes are grown throughout the regions of tropical and warm temperatures. This potato requires efforts of sufficient water and they require little attention for their successful harvest. The tuberous root features an elongated shape with tapered ends that have a smooth outer skin with colors ranges from red, purple, brown, and white. Purple sweet potatoes should not be confused with yams which are another starchy root that is widely grown in the West Africa region. Both of these crops are distinguished because Purple sweet potatoes are dicotyledonous, relatively smaller in size and possess very thin peel. On the other hand yams are monocotyledons, larger, and feature thick, rough, dark brown skin depending upon the cultivar type. Internally purple sweet potatoes have a starchy, sweet flesh which, depending upon the pigment concentration.

Purple sweet potatoes are one of the higher calorie starch foods. The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It’s main quality is a rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The calories content also comes mainly from starch which is a complex carbohydrate. Purple sweet potatoes also have a higher amylose to the amylopectin ratio than regular potatoes. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels slower in comparison to simple fruit sugars therefore, it is recommended as a healthy food item even in if you are suffering from diabetes.

The tuber is also an excellent source of flavonoid compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin-A. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin A is also required for the human body to maintain integrity of the mucus membranes and skin. Vitamin A is also vital nutrient for healthy vision. The consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers within the human body. These tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-1, niacin, as well as riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes for the metabolism to operate functionally.

Purple sweet potato provides good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrates to the metabolism. Purple sweet potato top greens are indeed more nutritious than the tuber itself and they  carry more iron, vitamin C, folates, vitamin K, and potassium but less sodium than its tuber.

Here at NutraCap Labs we carry Purple sweet potatoes as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you formulate your next product for your line with this amazing ingredient. To get the process started visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com

Magnesium Citrate Has Amazing Benefits

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There is not much talk about magnesium however an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important ingredient and the health consequences of deficiency are significant within the human body. One of these reasons could be because magnesium like vitamin D serves so many functions in the body that it is hard to corral. Many researchers have now detected that there are 3,751 magnesium binding sites on human proteins which indicate that the role it plays in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated by previous studies. Magnesium can also be found in more than 300 different enzymes in your body that are responsible for the creation of ATP, proper formation of bones and teeth, blood vessel relaxation, heath muscle health, proper bowel function, and glucose regulation.

Many studies have previously shown magnesium can benefit your blood pressure from rising and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attacks, as well as strokes. One study published looked at a total of seven studies collectively covering more than 250,000 participants using magnesium. The results showed that dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of ischemic strokes. However the role in human health appears to be far more complex than previously thought, and similar to vitamin D the benefits may be more far-reaching than we’ve imagined. So far the health benefits of magnesium so far show benefits including therapeutic benefits for Fibromagilya, Cardiovascular, Aging, Mortality, and Type 2 diabetes.

Magnesium also plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes. This is very important for helping to prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins within the human body. Even glutathione which is your body’s most powerful antioxidant that has been deemed as the master antioxidant requires magnesium for its synthesis to do its job. Chlorophyll is the plant’s version of our hemoglobin as they share a similar structure but have magnesium plugged in the middle rather than iron. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and Swiss chard are excellent sources of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts and seeds, like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Avocados are also a good source and juicing your vegetables is an excellent option to ensure you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet.

In order to ensure you’re getting enough, you first need to be sure you’re eating a good nutrition plan. However there are other factors too, that can make you more prone to magnesium deficiency. One of the major benefits of getting your nutrients from a varied whole food diet is that you will receive all of the nutrients needed for the human body and you cant get too much one needed. Foods in general contain all the cofactors and needed co-nutrients in the proper amounts for optimal health. When you’re using supplements, you need to become a bit more savvy about how nutrients influence and synergistically affect each other.

It’s important to use supplementation to maintain the proper balance between magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.

Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. If you’re K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places. Similarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 can lead to vitamin D toxicity symptoms, which includes inappropriate calcification.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer Magnesium Citrate as one of our premium ingredients. Let us work with you to help you formulate your next product for your line using this ingredient. To get the process started visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com

Mucuna Pruriens And L-Dopamine

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The mucuna pruriens plant is a now what many people consider a fast growing vine and member of the Fabaceae legume family.  This plant is native to various tropical locations in South America, India, Africa and the West Indies part of the world. The seeds or beans are beige, brown or black color and grow inside a 2-3 inch long curved pod that is known to cause irritation to the skin if touched by human beings. The word mucuna comes from the Tupi Amazonian tribe and Portuguese word “mucunán” and the Latin word prurire (pruriens) which makes reference to the itchy substance in the pod hairs that many people are allergic to. This plant is a legume nitrogen fixer; the plant has been used as an experimental cover crop to restore soil fertility that has been destroyed from agricultural use.

Mucuna is one of the highest natural sources of a unique amino acid called L-dopa or better known as (levodopa) which is an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Adequate levels of dopamine are essential for mental functions, sleep, memory, motor skills, muscle coordination as well as the emotional state of a human being. Dopamine is a chemical that is known to calm and relax the nervous system which basically provides a shield and buffer that helps to essentially dope up the body against outside stresses.  This is a hormone that is essentially a feel good hormone and can be naturally stimulated through various activities such as dancing, exercise and pleasurable experiences through sexual acts.  Dopamine may be present in the body but sometimes is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier which is unlike L-dopamine.  Once in the brain, L-dopamine converts into dopamine through a process called decarboxylation.  L-dopamine is metabolized into dopamine through both the heart and brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter without which communication among the nerves within the brain would be impossible. There are several significant diseases of the nervous system associated with low levels or absence of the dopamine hormone.  Using mucuna derived from L-dopamine can be very helpful for any individuals with nerve-anxiety issues, mild to severe neurodegenerative disease or reduced cognitive capacities within the human body.

There are some experts that feel that mucuna is more effective when taken with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which is required for proper production and synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine.  However mucuna pruriens benefits have been successfully achieved in the ancient Ayurveda system without the use of B6 supplementation in the human body.  Additionally, some people believe that combining chlorella which is high in the B6 vitamin with mucuna allows the body to utilize the seed powder more efficiently.  Mucuna powdered extracts should always include at least 15% L-dopa for maximum effectiveness within the human body. The usage of this ingredient and release in L-dopamine can also help with reduction of stress as well as lowering the cortisol hormone in the body.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer Mucuna Pruriens as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you develop your next product with this ingredient for your supplement line. To get the process started log on to our website at www.nutracapusa.com

PQQ Provides Cognitive Benefits

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Many people are not familiar with what PQQ is. Only within the past decade or so is it that scientists have begun to understand what this essential nutrient’s importance is to human life. PQQ is best described as the defender and protector of the body’s energy-generating mitochondria. Based on new research PQQ is now being classified as a highly effective antioxidant, many times more efficient in sustaining mitochrondrial energy production than other commonly used antioxidant compounds. PQQ is also very unique due to its ability to stimulate the growth of fresh, new mitochondria within the human body. Studies of PQQ have also shown its ability to promote improved memory, concentration, and mental alertness especially when taken in combination with coenzyme Q10.

PQQ was discovered in 1979. Until this discovery it was said that the vitamins and minerals list would have shown to be complete as far as investigators were concerned. Once PQQ was discovered investigators then studied this newly-discovered nutrient which is found in many foods such as tofu, green tea and spinach. PQQ would be shown to be essential to good health. However it wasn’t until 2003 that researchers discovered its biochemical role in the lysine degradation process, and proposed it may belong to the B vitamin complex family. Mitochondria are best known as the energy producers of the cells. These cells work much like the engine of a car. These cells in your body make it so everything functions properly.

Proper mitochondrial function is critical for health and life. On the flip side mitochondrial dysfunction plays a significant part in many types of illnesses including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, type 2 diabetes, heart failure, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now many cell biologists believe the quantity and function of mitochondria are key determinants of longevity in human life. So what does PQQ have to do with the mitochondria? The answer to that question is many things. Many studies have found that when mice are deprived of PQQ, they have fewer mitochondria in their tissues of the body. These mice also exhibited stunted growth, compromised immunity, and impaired reproductive capability.

Mitochondria are extremely vulnerable to damage and destruction from free radicals. This is where PQQ comes in and is a super-powerful antioxidant with formidable free-radical scavenging capabilities. It is also an exceptionally stable molecule that is able to do its work successfully without breaking down. PQQ has been shown to be 30 to 5,000 times more efficient in sustaining mitochondrial energy production than the other common antioxidant compounds most people rely on such as ascorbic acid. PQQ is able to perform and stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis which is the growth of fresh, new mitochondria within the human body. This discovery was amazing for individuals of older age who could not perform activities leading to new mitochondria within the human body.

The older we get the more we start to experiencing things like memory loss and cognitive functioning difficulties. This is the result of the increased free radicals and oxidative stress that are taking on our mitochondria. Studies have found that 50% more mitochondrial damage in the brain cells of people over 70 compared to those in middle-aged individuals. When it comes to improving cognitive function and reversing mitochondrial dysfunction, PQQ and CoQ10 could aptly be called the dynamic duo to help reverse any side effects one may be experiencing from declining mitochondria. CoQ10 works to support optimum mitochondrial function while PQQ is busy encouraging the activation of genes that trigger mitochondrial reproduction, protection and repair.

It seems that we are just scratching the surface of the benefits PQQ may provide. In several animal studies PQQ has shown great promise in supporting a reduction of the damage from heart attack, stroke and spinal cord injury. Supplementation with PQQ was associated with a reduced area of cardiac tissue death and improved overall cardiac function. PQQ is being widely used amongst products within the supplementation industry and it will be exciting to see the new breakthroughs of this ingredient.

Here at NutraCap Labs we offer PQQ as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you formulate your next product for your supplement line using this great ingredient. To get the process started today visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com

Change Your Body Composition With 5 HTP

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5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptamine) is also known as serotonin. This ingredient is a neurotransmitter which is synthesized in the body from the amino acid, tryptophan which then converts to 5 HTP. Serotonin is mostly found in the gut, platelets and central nervous system of the human body. In the gut, serotonin controls the movement of the intestines. Some of the serotonin secreted from these specialized gastrointestinal cells move into the blood and is stored in platelets. The rest of the serotonin naturally secreted in the body is found in the neurons of the central nervous system where it acts as a neurotransmitter which regulates things such as mood, sleep and appetite as well as contributing to memory and learning.

The kinds of food we eat affect the levels of 5 HT within the gut. This happens due to the production of serotonin which is solely dependent on the amount of amino acids available. Those foods that contain more tryptophan than leucine and phenylalanine increase the levels of serotonin because tryptophan is used for synthesizing 5 HTP. In the brain, serotonin binds to another subclass of 5 HT receptors in cells that secrete dopamine. This then counters the effects of dopamine which results in the suppression of appetite or will to want to eat. 5 HTP also indirectly controls blood sugar levels and growth by regulating the secretion and release of insulin and insulin-like growth factor. IGF 1 has been shown in many studies to help with reducing body fat and reshaping the body composition with moderate exercise.

5 HTP is widely used to help with obesity or the reduction in body fat. 5 HTP increases production of serotonin. Serotonin levels in the nervous system are essential for so many aspects of our daily lives. Serotonin is responsible for feelings of well-being, satisfaction and for normal sleep patterns. Lower levels of Serotonin have been shown to lead to diseases such as obesity. This is where 5 HTP comes into play by helping to regulate or suppress hormones that help with appetite control. Serotonin also helps play an important role in controlling mood, sleep, appetite, and metabolism. All of these things are vital to living a healthy lifestyle.

Some studies show that the hectic modern lifestyle of stress and bad eating habits lowers serotonin levels in the body. It is known that irritability, aggression, impatience, anxiety and worrying cause the body to release serotonin a rapid pace. When the body releases copious amounts of Serotonin it then needs to be replenished by the body which will from the food you eat. Serotonin can be found in foods such as oats, meat, fish, turkey, chicken, and nuts. It is also mostly found in things that people crave quite often such as chocolate, milk, and yogurt. When people crave foods with lots of fats and crabs this leads to things causing weight gain, depression, headaches, and muscle aches. 5 HTP is a supplement that paid with moderately good eating habits can be shown to be very beneficial in keeping one healthy. The supplement industry is now finding that by adding 5 HTP to amino acid supplements and other products can promote more exercise and a healthier lifestyle.

Here at NutraCap Labs we have 5 HTP as one of our listed ingredients. Let us walk you through how to use 5 HTP in your next product for your supplement line. To get the process started visit www.nutracapusa.com today.

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