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Many people are not aware that one of the healthiest flavonoid compounds found in fruits is Rutin, a tiny flavonoid found in the skin of citrus fruits. It is classified as a “flavonoid glycoside”, which simply means that its a combination of a flavonoid (quercetin) and two sugar molecules.
You may know Quercetin as a well studied flavonoid with many different benefits, including:
Rutin provides the same benefits of quercetin, along with a few other distinct advantages. This is due to the similar molecular structure that Rutin and Quercetin share. We’ll detail those below.
The strangely simple name “rutin” is derived from the herb called “rue”. Before receiving its official name, it was called “Vitamin P” (this was during the 1940’s). However, it isn’t exactly a vitamin. As mentioned above, rutin is a flavonoid with special properties.
Rutin has been used in medicine for thousands of years by many different cultures around the world. Scientific research has concluded that its health benefits come from the ability to help the body more efficiently use certain nutrients, notably Vitamin C and quercetin.
That means that when rutin is taken together with other nutrients, it helps increase their absorption and assimilation throughout the cells of your body. This is an important note, especially in regards to Quercetin absorption.
As an active flavonoid and antioxidant source, rutin has many benefits that quercetin alone doesn't have. This is due to it's altered molecular structure. Read on below.
Typically, quercetin is taken as a gentle and natural antihistamine, you can read more about it here. It is a fantastic ingredient for supporting your sinus and respiratory health.
However, one of the downsides of quercetin is that it is released into your body fairly quickly. This quick release means that it will momentarily increase the amount of quercetin in your blood, but then it will quickly dissipate. Alone, quercetin can only have so much effectiveness.
As a molecular structure, rutin is virtually identical to quercetin, with the exception that rutin includes two sugar molecules (see image below). While two sugar molecules may seem like a small difference, this leads to major benefits.
The additional sugar molecules attached to rutin allow for an an extended release of quercetin into your body. This is due to the fact that your body has to process the extra sugar molecules, which slows down the rate of absorption, and allows you to process the quercetin molecule more efficiently.
This helps to raise your blood levels of quercetin as more of it is absorbed over time.
As a best practice, taking a combination of quercetin and rutin is your best bet if looking to increase overall quercetin levels. We created a combo supplement formula that contains each ingredient called Allurtica, you can learn more about it here.
Cultures before our modern civilizations have used rutin to support the proper functioning of the circulatory system. Researchers suggest that this may be due to its ability to expand blood vessels in your arteries and capillaries (2).
This mode of action can improve your general health in almost every aspect. Proper blood flow is important for overall health because your blood helps to transport necessary nutrients throughout your body.
When your blood vessels are strong, their proper function is restored and you can see improvements in multiple aspects of your health. More specifically, problems such as easily bruising, varicose veins, and/or spider veins should see improvement quickly.
Some anecdotal evidence suggests that rutin can even help with hemorrhoids, which are caused by swollen veins.
The effects of rutin on blood quality may be enforced further due to its ability to help support healthy blood sugar levels (3). Glucose quantity in your blood is directly correlated with harmful fluctuations of insulin levels. It helps to support blood sugar levels within the normal range
Additionally, researchers have done testing with rutin on rats for 45 days. The studies had shown that administering it as a supplement had decreased fasting glucose levels, which means that it may be beneficial for supporting normalized blood sugar levels (4).
New research shows that rutin can play a major role in supporting healthy skin. In a study published in 2016, researchers found that rutin applied via a topical cream increased dermal density, increased skin elasticity, and decreased wrinkles (5).
Rutin's antioxidant activities seem to be the main driving force for these skin health benefits.
Rutin can be found in high amounts in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruits. These happen to be some of the best quality sources because they also contain high amounts of vitamins and phytonutrients.
Rutin works best in combination with antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C because it helps to increase absorption and efficiency, as compared to vitamin C being taken alone.
This healthy compound is also found in high amounts within buckwheat, apples, asparagus and figs. These are excellent sources of rutin as well because they can be eaten in higher amounts than citrus fruits.
Typically, you don’t want to be eating too much acidic food because it can be detrimental to the structure of your teeth. So eating more buckwheat, asparagus and apples can help you get larger amounts of natural food-sourced quercetin.
Rutin can also be found in a few different types of teas. Black tea, green tea and elderflower tea seem to have a significant amount of bioflavonoids. This may be why some people believe that tea is healthier than coffee.
While coffee has its own health benefits, the rutin in tea may make a more significant impact on your immediate well-being. Although tea has caffeine as well, the artery-strengthening abilities of rutin may pair nicely with the blood vessel dilating effect of this stimulant.
A diet rich in all types of flavonoids is essential for the proper functioning of your body’s organs. Rutin may be a particularly special antioxidant due to its many unique properties. It seems that it works best in combination with other flavonoids like quercetin and nutrients like vitamin C.
Look to add foods that are rich in rutin to your diet. If you’d prefer to take it in a supplement form, we offer it in our Allurtica product. This formula was created specifically of those that are struggling with seasonal challenges. It contains both rutin and quercetin.
July 19, 2018 | 0 comments
Vitamin K2 is one of the most important nutrients for your body. It’s crucial for building strong, healthy bones, and for helping to maintain cardiovascular health.
While K2 (also known as menaquinone) is crucial for your health, it can be difficult to get enough of this beneficial nutrient through diet alone.
As a result of this, children and older adults tend to be deficient in vitamin K2, which can be problematic since bone health is such a crucial factor for healthy aging.
While K2 is important, getting the right form of it is important. According to research, MenaQ7® is the best form of K2. With a half-life that is more than 10 times higher than your typical K2 supplement, you can see why it is the preferred source of K2.
We'll dig into more details below.
Vitamin K2 has two main benefits, it helps to build your bones and it helps to support healthy levels of calcium in your arteries. We’ll dig into each benefit below.
Vitamin K2 takes free calcium found in your body and deposits it into your bones. Doing this leads to stronger bones. This action also stimulates osteocalcin activity, a bone building protein hormone. Definitely consider taking vitamin K2 for bone health.
Vitamin K2 also helps to support cardiovascular health. It does this by pulling free calcium out of your blood and utilizing it into your bones. This removal of calcium from your blood reduces your chances of vascular calcification. This also helps to improve arterial elasticity.
As we mentioned above, vitamin K2 has wide ranging benefits for your body. However, getting optimal amounts of K2 can be difficult. Additionally, the form of K2 that you take determines how much your body is able to to absorb.
This leads us to MenaQ7®, the most studied form of vitamin K2. There are two different types of vitamin K2, they are known as MK-4 and MK-7.
The most common form of Vitamin K2 is MK-4, which can be found readily available in supplements and fortified foods.
MK-4 is a less than ideal form of vitamin K2 due to the fact that it has a half-life of 3-6 hours. This leads to poor absorption in your body.
MK-7 (the form that MenaQ7® is in) is the superior form of K2. It has a half life of 72-96 hours. This allows for a slow, steady release of vitamin K2 into your body. Not only does MK-7 have a longer half-life, it is also remains in your blood 9 times longer than MK-4 form!
As we discussed above, MenaQ7 is the best from of vitamin K2. We’ll go over the main benefits of the MK-7 form of k2 below.
MenaQ7® has the highest bio-availability of all forms of vitamin K2. This is due to it’s slow absorption into your body. It allows for a delayed, longtail release of vitamin K2. This leads to greater bioavailability since your body has a longer time to utilize this beneficial nutrient.
MenaQ7® helps to support your bone health by utilizing the calcium found in your blood. It activates this free-calcium and places it in your bones. This results in stronger, healthier bones.
This bone building element is especially important for young children and older adults who are both in need of strong, healthy bones.
MenaQ7® pulls calcium out of your blood stream. This helps to reduce the potential for arterial calcification. Since your arteries have less calcium buildup, this means that they will have improved flexibility, an important health benefit, especially as you age.
MenaQ7® is the only clinically validated form of MK-7. It has been involved in 19+ human studies, all observing proper regulations as well as working under full academic independence. All of the health claims on MK-7 have been verified by in-depth research and clinical trials.
MenaQ7 is completely safe. It has been documented to be safe and effective by the European Food Safety Authority, a UK-based agency that provides independent advice on food safety.
A 3-year research project completed in 2007 showed that 180mcg of vitamin K2 (as MK-7) was enough to improve bone mineral density, bone strength, and cardiovascular health (source).
Therefore, to obtain the benefits of K2, it is recommended that you take 180mcg of K2 (as MK-7) daily.
At Utzy we are working with NattoPharma, the makers of MenaQ7®, to create a premium Vitamin K2 supplement.
We plan on having both a standalone K2 supplement and a K2 + D3 formula.
We are still in development, but we should be releasing our product within the next few months. Stay tuned for our launch!
Could this fat soluble vitamin be the key to your long term health?
For nearly 100 years it’s been known that vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting. Now this nutrient is making waves for its other roles in supporting bone health, preventing dental decay, supporting cardiovascular health and many other new findings [*][*][*][*].
Specifically, the K2 form of Vitamin K is taking the spotlight in much of this research.
Let’s take a deeper look into vitamin K, specifically vitamin K2.
Vitamin K is 1 of the 4 fat soluble vitamins - A, D, E and K. Fat soluble means these vitamins need fat to be absorbed and to be utilized in the body. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in fat tissues and are required for functions in the body involving fat.
Vitamin K is broken down into two different forms - K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is the plant form of vitamin K called phylloquinone. Think of chlorophyll, the pigment that gives green leaves and vegetables their color. Vitamin K1 is mostly commonly found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collards.
Vitamin K2 is found in animal tissue, so it is the animal form of vitamin K and called menaquinone. There are several forms of menaquinone denoted by the length of their prenyl side chains. They are named MK-n, where M means menaquinone, K is for vitamin K and the n is is the number of the prenyl side chains. Examples are MK-4 , MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9.
Digging deep into science and the biochemical reactions of the body, vitamin K2 primary job is to work with compounds called GLA proteins (gamma-linolenic acid). GLA protein is involved in coagulation factors, thus vitamin K2’s role in blood clotting. There is also a GLA protein called osteocalcin that we’ll talk about more in depth later on, but know that you want it in your bones, not your arteries.
Another important GLA protein is 'matrix GLA protein'. It helps to prevent the calcification of the tissues you don’t want calcified (i.e. your arteries), while making sure that your bones and teeth do get calcified (stronger bones).
Also there is the GLA protein called "growth arrest specific protein 6' (GAS6) that is secreted when you’re injured to help with healing.
Vitamin K2 works with all of these different GLA proteins and helps them to function at full capacity.
Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 as an essential component for blood clotting, which is known as coagulation. This initial research was done as a by-product of a study on fat in chicken feed. Yes, you read that right!
A Danish scientist was doing a study on fat, specifically cholesterol, in chicken feed by seeing what happened when you removed fat from their diet completely. The poor fat deprived chickens began to bleed out from their tag sites and other areas. He discovered not only is fat necessary for the chicken health, but vitamin K, which is fat soluble, is needed for blood coagulation.
Somehow the chicken fat study is credited for discovering vitamin K, but the vitamin had appeared in a German scientific journal a bit earlier as Koagulationsvitamin. This is how it came to be known simply as "vitamin K".
Fast forward to 1943 and the same Danish scientist who did the chicken feed fat study, Henrik Dam, and a scientist from Saint Louis University, Edward Adelbert Doisy, won the Nobel Peace Prize for the work they had done on vitamin K, including the discovery that there is both a vitamin K1 and a vitamin K2.
The current recommendations for vitamin K are set at "AI" levels - Adequate Intake. This is the absolute minimum to consume rather than the ideal amount. This "AI" type of recommendation is rolled out when there isn’t sufficient information scientific information to set a RDA - Recommended Dietary Allowance.
Typically this means a couple of things -- deficiency induced studies would be unethical because of severe health complications it would cause, or that science is still exploring this nutrient. Both of these prove true for vitamin K, whether it’s vitamin K1 or vitamin K2.
Current Adequate Intake (AI) vitamin K recommendations for adults are:
It is thought these levels are woefully short of where they need to be. This is because when they were put into place scientists were exclusively looking at vitamin K’s role in blood coagulation by way of liver function.
Now it is known vitamin K plays an important role in many more functions including bone health and teeth health, as well as cardiovascular health.
All of this adds up to the current recommendations falling way short of where they need to be. What we now consider as being high doses may soon considered the norm.
The first sign or symptom of vitamin K deficiency that probably comes to mind is not being able to coagulate your blood well and thus excessive bleeding. This is correct and will show up not only in cases of wounds, but also in the cases of nosebleeds, excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding gums, blood in urine, and even blood in stool [*].
All of these are conditions to speak to your health care provider about because they could all be signs and symptoms of other conditions. If you experience these problems, please get it checked out by your healthcare professional right away.
Other signs and symptoms require a closer look as this is a nutrient needed for long term health. Over time, vitamin K2 deficiencies can lead to serious health conditions.
Yes, vitamin K2 helps in blood clotting, and that’s because of its role in dictating where calcium goes. If it’s not needed for the series of calcium dependent reactions that clot your blood when you get a cut, then it needs to be in your bones creating strong bone mineral density. It’s vitamin K’s job to do that.
Vitamin K takes calcium from the bloodstream and with the help of another fat soluble vitamin, vitamin D, it packs the calcium into your bones by way of bone building protein called osteocalcin.
Having optimal levels of Vitamin K2 and D3 are crucial for maintaining your bone health.
Because of this and the mountain of evidence supporting vitamin K’s role in support bone health, the Ministry of Health in Japan has recommended vitamin K supplementation since 1995.
Stateside, vitamin K supplementation is just beginning to be considered for supporting bone health. Studies are underway to see if it’s effective in support normal bone growth. Specifically, the MK-7 form of K2 is showing great promise in studies [*].
When someone is deficient in vitamin K, high concentrations of osteocalcin - the protein used to build strong bones - are found in arterial tissue and calcium gets packed into arteries instead of bones. This leads to calcification of the arterial walls.
Hardened arteries don't fair well with the constant pumping of the heart. Over time they rupture because they are unable to go with the flow.
What’s more is high levels of osteocalcin are found around the edges of arterial plaques. This is of great concern because arterial plaque buildup can lead to stoppage, a major health concern.
Eating vitamin K rich foods and supplementing with K2 have been found to lower the concentrations of osteocalcin in cardiovascular tissue and increase it in bone tissue - this helps to build strong bones and teeth instead of hardened arteries.
But what about the calcification that has already occurred in the arteries? Can vitamin K2 reverse arterial calcification?
Wow. That’s a great, but seriously loaded, question. Scientists do in fact get fired up about things and this is one of those topics. The studies that have been done on this have had serious flaws in them leading the results to be faulty at best.
For now the answer in theory is "positive", but scientists are still waiting on the results from properly conducted studies to come to a conclusive "yes".
In the meantime, there is no sense in letting improper calcification run rampant in your body or the body of your loved ones. The health benefits of vitamin K, especially when paired with vitamin D, are pronounced.
Eating vitamin K rich foods like leafy green vegetables and taking a quality vitamin K2 supplement paired with vitamin D are recommended ESPECIALLY if you already are experiencing weak bones and rigid arteries.
Vitamin K’s original health benefit of blood clotting is still true and incredibly important. Unless you’re on blood thinning medications, you’re going to want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin K in your diet.
If you’re experiencing any excessive bleeding and wanting the above mentioned health benefits you’re going to want to supplement with vitamin K as well.
For women who are dealing with excessive bleeding during menstruation you’re definitely going to want to eat vitamin K rich foods, take a probiotic supplement to help with the endogenous conversion of vitamin K1 to K2, and to take a vitamin K2 supplement.
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone - plant form) is found in green vegetables, namely green leafy vegetables. Even green tea leaves have some vitamin K1. Dietary sources of vitamin K1 include asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, endive lettuce, green beans, green leaf lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, peas, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens.
Remember that vitamin K1 is turned into vitamin K2 (menaquinone - animal form) by a health gut microflora. This requires both the consumption of vitamin K1 rich foods and a healthy gut bacteria to be present.
Vitamin K2 is made endogenously by animals, so it is found in animal products. It is also found in a couple of fermented foods like natto, a Japanese fermented soybean condiment. It’s also found in dairy products like the very distinct cheeses Swiss Emmental and Norwegian Jarlsberg.
Other dietary sources of vitamin K2 include organ meats and egg yolks.
Vitamin K2 is made endogenously (by the body) by converting vitamin K1 to K2. This process is done via good bacteria found in the body.
This conversion process takes place in the colon which means you’ve got to have a healthy colon, healthy bacteria in your colon, and be eating vitamin K rich foods on a regular basis.
High stress, poor diet, and antibiotics will kill off healthy bacteria in your gut. It’s a great idea for overall health to take a probiotic supplement, specifically one containing at least one Bifidobacteria and one Lactobacilli bacteria.
If you plan on getting your vitamin K intake solely from food, it is recommended that you look into taking a probiotic supplement.
Taking a vitamin K supplement is a great alternative, it makes it easy to get the vitamin K that your body needs.
If you plan on taking a vitamin K supplement, look for a vitamin K2 supplement specifically, not K1. Additionally, look for one that is in the MK-7 form, as it is showing great promise in bone, heart, and dental health.
Additionally, vitamin K needs vitamin D to do its work, make sure your supplement contains both.
If you have a blood clotting disorder and/or are on any medication like Coumadin to prevent blood clots, vitamin K supplementation is not recommended for you. Speak with your primary healthcare provider about dietary vitamin K intake specific to your health.
With so many benefits, it’s highly recommended to start consuming vitamin K rich foods on a regular basis and pick up a vitamin K2 supplement.
If you’re already in the care of a doctor for conditions related to weak bones or hardened arteries, speak with your healthcare provider about ways to incorporate more vitamin K2 into your holistic health care plan - diet, dietary supplements and possibly medication.
Sheila Amir is a health and nutrition writer in love with Durham, North Carolina and the Sheila of NutritionSheila.com. After spending several years as a nutritionist, she turned in her office keys for laptop life to research, write and present while on the go. When she puts the laptop down she's either on her yoga mat or out enjoying life in the Bull City.
You've probably heard about the benefits of bergamot supplements for a while now.
However, it can be a little overwhelming with all of the options out there. Which products are the best, are they safe, etc...
In this article we are going to focus everything you need to know about bergamot supplements.
Bergamot is a small citrus fruit grown in Italy. Aside from supplements, you are most likely familiar with it if you drink Earl Grey tea where its peel is used to add a distinct citrus flavor.
The fruit itself is about the size of an orange and ranges in color from green to yellow depending on how ripe the fruit is. These fruits are sometimes called citron doux - “sweet lemons” - but they are actually a hybrid of lemon and bitter oranges.
Keep in mind, citrus bergamot is more than just a nice flavoring for your tea. It also offers a myriad of health benefits in different doses of its supplement form.
Below we'll dig into the reasons why you should consider supplementing with citrus bergamot.
One thing that many people struggle with is their cholesterol. Statin drugs are a common solution to this problem. This, at first glance, seems great - a drug that will help people with higher cholesterol keep it under control.
However, the reality is far less fantastic than theory. In reality, many people prescribed statin drugs aren’t helped by them. In addition, there are plenty of adverse side effects that a minimum of 18% of people experience. These include a range of effects such as liver damage, negative mood issues, and other health complaints.
The good news, though, is that citrus bergamot might offer some of the same benefits as statin drugs without the side effects. All while being a natural option.
Much like statins, bergamot extract helps to support normal LDL cholesterol - “bad” cholesterol levels. In addition, though, it also raises helps to support “good” cholesterol - HDL cholesterol.
This was proven in study in which Italian researchers gave participants either 500 mg or 1000 mg of bergamot extract daily. A month later, they checked the participants’ cholesterol levels. The LDL cholesterol levels in the 500 mg group fell 24% and 36% in the 1000 mg group. At the same time, HDL levels were assessed, showing a 22% increase in the 500 mg group and a 40% in the 1000 mg group (1).
The study also looked at the cardiovascular risk factor of triglycerides and found the 500 mg group saw a 30% decrease and the 1000 mg group saw a 39% decrease.
Citrus bergamot supplements can also help to support normal blood sugar levels.
To test the theory of it being used to help blood sugar, scientists set to a study on lab rats (1). The study broke the rats into 4 groups. These groups were further broken up in three groups consisting of a 500 mg/day group, a 1000 mg/day group, and a placebo group.
The study first confirmed the results of the other study we looked at regarding LDL and HDL cholesterol. However, it also showed an improvement in blood sugar levels at a decrease of 25.4% in the 1000 mg/day group and a 22.3% decrease in the 500 mg/day group. This was compared to an only 1.5% decrease in the control (placebo) group.
If you struggle with blood sugar fluctuations, consider taking bergamot.
There are other benefits of using bergamot that aren’t as fully explored as the ones we have looked at here. Some of these include a reduction in negative mindset and stress and might even help the body fight off bacterial and fungal infections.
Aside from the supplement form, citrus bergamot can be used as an essential oil for purposes such as helping to heal cold sores and mouth ulcers faster.
The studied amount of bergamot is 500mg taken daily. The form is usually in a powdered extract made from the rind of the fruit. This was what the researchers in Italy used in their seminal studies (2). If you are looking to take a citrus bergamot dietary supplement, make sure it contains at least 500mg of powdered extract.
Taking less than 500mg can lead to reduced effectiveness.
Bergamot is an exciting new dietary supplement innovation. With impressive research behind it, it looks like a great option for those looking for a natural cholesterol support product.
If you’re looking for a premium grade citrus bergamot supplement, check out our Berbercol formula. Formulated with both bergamot extract and berberine, it is a potent natural support for your cholesterol.
Learn more about about our Berbercol product here.
Steven Sanders is a writer and blogger at Nootropic Underground. He lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys spending time with his family and plays baseball in his free time. He can be reached at email@example.com
May 14, 2018 | 0 comments
Magnesium Carbonate is a white, powdery compound found in the mineral Magnesite. It is well known as a health supplement - and with good effect.
The active ingredient in Magnesium Carbonate is simply Magnesium, a vital mineral that plays many important roles in the functioning of our bodies.
You can check out our premium Magnesium Carbonate supplement here.
Lack of Magnesium is a common dietary deficiency in the US, even though it is an essential mineral that your body requires. Researchers estimate that almost half of the US population has a Magnesium deficiency (1).
Magnesium is beneficial in many ways for your body. In fact, it's in every cell in your body! Below are a few of the major benefits of the mineral known as Mg.
Magnesium work to increase your energy levels by activating adenosine triphosphate (known as “ATP”) in the body (source). ATP is the energy currency of the cell, meaning, it’s your body’s primary molecule for storing and transferring energy in cells.
Deficiency in Magnesium leads to less ATP being activated in your body, which leads to less energy overall. Eat magnesium rich foods, or take a magnesium supplement, to make sure you get your daily recommended intake.
Magnesium is important for binding and activating GABA receptors, which helps to produce Serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of well-being and happiness.
Without adequate Magnesium, we are unable to effectively activate GABA receptors. This leads to less Serotonin, which can result in feelings of stress and negative mood.
In addition to calming nerves, Magnesium also helps your muscles to relax.
Magnesium helps to increase Renin and Melatonin production in your body, two crucial hormones that regulate sleep (source).
In addition to that, Magnesium’s calming affects (mentioned in point #2) are beneficial for helping your body to wind down at night. Consider a fizzy magnesium drink before bed!
You could also take a natural sleep aid that contains magnesium, our Stay Asleep nighttime formula is made with chelated magnesium, and is the perfect sleep aid to take before bed!
Magnesium deficiency is quite common in the US. This is due to insufficient magnesium levels in the fruits and vegetables we consume. Getting enough magnesium through diet alone is difficult!
Below is a list of some common deficiency signs.
• Muscle Cramps and Spasms
• Trouble sleeping & fatigue
• Loss of Appetite
• Numbness or tingling
The major side effect of Magnesium Carbonate is that it works as a laxative. In fact, it is one of nature’s best laxatives!
While most people take Magnesium for it’s relaxing benefits, it can also be taken for its laxative affect. For those struggling with constipation, a dose of 500 to 2,000 mg daily is recommended. Start small, and then build up until the desired effect is achieved.
Once you've relieved your occurrence of constipation, bring your daily dosage back to the normal range of 400mg per day.
Besides its laxative effect, Magnesium is deemed as safe to consume (whether through food or supplement form). However, some may experience stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. As always, it is best to consult your doctor before trying a new supplement.
Generally and hour or two before bedtime is the preferred time to take Magnesium. This way you get its relaxing benefits before bedtime, which is perfect for helping you to wind down at night.
If you forget to take magnesium at night – simply take it whenever is most convenient for you, whether that be in the morning, at lunch, or at night. You don’t have to take your supplements with food, but you may want to if taking a supplement on an empty stomach causes you a mild upset.
This is very individual and is something you’d have to try for yourself to see how you react.
Considering all of the important roles that magnesium plays in the body – it’s a good idea to consider taking magnesium supplements regularly and eating magnesium-rich foods.
Magnesium can be sourced through many different foods, below is a list of Magnesium rich foods.
•Most Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, etc…)
•Leafy greens (such as Kale, Baby Spinach, Swiss Chard, etc…)
In addition to food sources, you can ensure adequate Magnesium intake by taking a daily Magnesium supplement. Our U-Mag Lemon Flavored Magnesium Drink is a great way to make sure that you get enough daily Magnesium.
Flavored with Organic Lemon and with 400mg of Magnesium per serving, it’s a great product to consider adding to your daily routine!
Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Crossfit, reading large books, and drinking coffee.
You may have heard of “chelated minerals” and how they are the best mineral supplements to take, but what are they?
While the word “chelate” may sound scary and complex don’t fear!
Chelated minerals are simply minerals that have been bound to an organic molecule.
This is believed to lead to better absorption in the body.
We’ll dive into the technical details below:
Minerals are naturally found in an inorganic state (i.e. they are free of carbon). When an inorganic mineral is combined with an amino acid molecule (think protein), it creates an amino acid chelate.
This process of binding a mineral with an organic molecule is called “chelation” (pronounced ke-lay-shun).
For the purposes of this article, the words “Chelated Mineral” and “Amino Acid Chelate” will be used interchangeably.
Simply stated, chelated minerals are minerals that contain both organic and inorganic molecules that are bound together. Often times, you can find them in high quality multi-vitamins.
This is crucial for absorption, as you’ll see in the video below:
First off, you should know that minerals are involved in numerous different functions in body. For instance, one mineral, Magnesium, is present in every single cell in your body! You can read more about Magnesium here.
Needless to say, minerals are vital nutrients that your body needs for overall health and wellness. Traditionally, you would be able to absorb all of the minerals that your body needs through the foods that you eat. However, with aggressive modern farming practices, minerals have been stripped from the soil.
Here's where chelated mineral supplements come into play.
Amino acid chelates (or chelated minerals) are better utilized by the body because they are better absorbed than inorganic minerals.
Your body absorbs inorganic minerals poorly. Inorganic minerals are the ones found in foods and in cheap mineral supplements.
These inorganic minerals are absorbed poorly because they become bound to other nutrient particles as they move through your digestive system. Once a mineral is bound to other food particles, it is essentially neutralized and is prevented from use by your body. It is then excreted from the body without being used.
In contrast to inorganic minerals, Chelated Minerals are shielded as they travel through your digestion system. This shield, made up of amino acids, allows the minerals to arrive safely in the stomach where they are easily utilized by your body.
Simply put, chelated minerals have increased bio-availability.
This process is detailed more thoroughly in the section below:
When non-chelated minerals enter the body they can easily become sequestered by other nutrients and food particles as they go through the body’s digestive tract.
Once an inorganic mineral is sequestered, it is neutralized and becomes unavailable for use by the body.
Chelated minerals are processed differently by the body. They have a ring-like structure of Amino Acids that surround them. These Amino Acids effectively work as a shield to protect the mineral through the digestion process.
Once the chelated mineral reaches the jejunum (a section of the small intestine), the Amino Acid structure is cleaved off and the mineral is free to be absorbed and used by the many different organs and systems within the body.
This why chelated minerals are considered to be more bio-available (that is, easy to be absorbed and used by your body).
As you can see, Chelated Minerals are a good option for those looking to increase the amount of minerals that their body is able to absorb.
You can find Chelated Minerals in out premium multi-mineral supplement Essentially-U. Take advantage and safe 50% off your first bottle!
Essentially-U is different from other daily multi-nutrients in that it contains both the vitamins AND minerals that your body needs for optimal health.
We source our minerals from Albion®, a trusted mineral supplier located in Utah. We use their TRAACS® (The Real Amino Acid Chelate System) verified minerals. Albion® is the gold standard for Amino Acid Mineral Chelates.
We use Albion TRAACS® chelated minerals in the following Utzy Naturals products:
•Essentially-U (daily multi-nutrient)
•U-Mune (immune support supplement)
•Utzzz’s: Stay Asleep (targeted natural sleep aid)
•Utzzz’s: Fall Asleep (targeted natural sleep aid)
There are no known negative side effects of Chelated minerals. They are similar to regular minerals, which are needed by your body for normal function. There are also no known interactions at this time.
You can find Chelated Minerals in many different forms. Below is an exhaustive list of the chelated minerals that are available:
There are many different types of chelated minerals that are available. The ones widely available are listed below:
In addition to Essential Minerals, various Chelated Trace Minerals are available. See the list below.
There are various different amino acids that chelated minerals can be bound to, the most common amino acids being:
Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. He has a degree is business and has allowed his passion for entrepreneurship flow into researching health topics. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Crossfit, reading large books, and drinking coffee.
You may have heard of Suntheanine® and you may be asking yourself, what is it? Well you’ve come to the right place! Suntheanine® is a branded ingredient made up of an amino acid called L-Theanine.
It is usually used in natural sleep aid supplements.
L-Theanine, also simply called “Theanine”, is almost solely found in green tea leaves. It is known for inducing calming, tranquilizing effects while simultaneously improving mental alertness.
Suntheanine® is a 100% pure form of L-Theanine, and is viewed as being the leading brand for L-Theanine supplementation. It is also the most researched form of L-Theanine, with multiple human clinical trials backing it.
Below, we dig into the data behind this ingredient and whether you should consider taking it.
Suntheanine®, which is produced by Taiyo (a pioneer in green tea research), is manufactured via a enzymatic process that mimics the natural process in green tea leaves resulting in a 100% pure L-isomer-theanine. It’s not an extract of green tea, but rather is a patented enzymatic process that produces pure L-theanine.
This in-depth manufacturing process creates a highly purified L-Theanine ingredient that is more concentrated than what is found in nature. This allows you to take concentrated amounts of L-Theanine without having to drink copious amounts of green tea every day.
Suntheanine stimulates activity in the brain known as Alpha Waves, which are associated with a relaxed, but alert, mental state. Along with increasing Alpha Brain Wave activity, it also helps to reduce Beta Brain Wave activity, which is usually associated with excited/restless mindset (see chart below).
This makes theanine the perfect supplement for those looking to have more of a positive mood mindset along with focused energy. It can be especially helpful as a natural sleep aid, particularly for those who have a hard time "winding down" at night.
Since Suntheanine helps to relax and calm the brain, it is a great substance to take at night to help improve sleep quality.
In a sense, it helps to wind down your brain and prepare you for sleep. With over 1/3 of the US population noting that they don’t get enough sleep at night, l-theanine supplementation looks like a beneficial solution.
The amino acid L-theanine has also been shown to act as an antagonist to caffeine, addressing the “negative” effects such as dizziness, nausea, heart racing, jitters, etc., without negatively impacting the stimulant effect of the caffeine.
L-theanine has been shown to improve focus and concentration of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, hence giving you a focused energy (source).
Additional human clinical research suggests that L-theanine may have application diminishing normal symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), improving learning performance, heightening mental acuity, promoting concentration, and supporting the immune system (source).
Please note that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Suntheanine has GRAS Affirmation (Generally Recognized As Safe) and letter of no objection from the FDA (with no limits on number of dosages by the FDA). It has been used in foods, beverages and supplements around the world since 1994 with no known adverse effect.
It has a track record of safety. Therefore it is a safe ingredient to supplement with.
•Suntheanine has a number of patents. Other generic forms of L-Theanine don’t have similar patents or clinical research on them.
•Most, if not all, of the research on L-theanine was conducted using Suntheanine® brand. As such, it is looked at as the optimal, most well researched form of L-theanine. It is the gold standard for L-Theanine.
•Suntheanine has GRAS Affirmation and FDA letter of No Objection (based on safety and toxicity studies). Other brands use the Suntheanine safety and toxicity data to substantiate their safety (regardless of how their product is made).
•Suntheanine is Non-GMO Project Verified.
If you are interested in trying a Suntheanine product specifically formulated for sleep support, consider our natural sleep aids. Our sleep products are made with branded, premium ingredients like Suntheanine®. They can help to promote a good night's rest.
Use this link to save 50% off your first bottle of our award winning Stay Asleep formula!
Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Crossfit, reading large books, and drinking coffee.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found naturally in fruits and vegetables. It can be recognized as the beautiful silver-purple color that can be seen in onions, which have one of the highest concentrations of quercetin.
This is a completely natural compound that can be isolated for consumption in supplement form. It works as a natural antihistamine by restoring proper function of histamine and its levels within your body. It also helps to support mast cell stabilization.
Besides being a non-drowsy and non habit-forming natural antihistamine, quercetin also offers a wide range of health benefits, including:
Quercetin is known for its ability to stabilize mast cells, which helps to diminish the release of histamine, the compound known to cause hypersensitivity reactions during seasonal changes (1). You can read more about mast cells here and how they impact your health.
Quercetin has also been shown to support immune health by mediating the release of inflammatory compounds including leukotrienes and prostaglandins, chemicals involved in the process of mediating reactions due to immune responses (2, 3).
How it works is that it prevents Histamine H1 Receptor gene expression. This suppresses the protein kinase C’s activation (4).
How you will recognize these modes of action is through feelings of freshness and clarity!
It is a common problem today for people to suffer from excessively irritated lungs and airways. After all, we constantly breath in impure air all of the time (especially if you spend a good amount of your time indoors).
When your respiratory tract is inflamed due to exposure to these environmental factors, your immune system can produce histamine, a reactionary response that can lead to respiratory discomfort.
When supplementing with quercetin, its antihistamine effects can influence cellular enzymes to reduce and block histamine. This stops the downward spiral of histamine-induced irritation that your body could create for itself.
The mechanism of action will present itself as relief from watering eyes, running nose and facial swelling.
In addition to all of this, some animal studies suggest that quercetin can dilate the airway muscles to more easily allow fresh air to flow into your lungs. That also means that polluted toxins can be more easily exhaled and released out of your body. Research suggests that quercetin allows your upper respiratory tract to relax, soothed from constricting inflammation (5).
Since quercetin helps to support the reducation of oxidative stress (6), it can help ensure that your brain is in a non-toxic state. It supports your brain function by making sure that your blood is purified of potentially-damaging free radicals before it reaches your brain.
When administered to mice in a controlled study, quercetin was able to reverse the effects of cognitive decline in these mice (8).
As a flavonoid, quercetin has powerful anti-oxidant activity (9). The mode of action occurs due to flavonoids’ ability to act as antioxidants, which fight the effects of aging and toxicity from our normal daily lives. Free radicals develop in our bodies through everyday living, so adding quercetin's extra antioxidant punch is a great idea!
With free radicals, it’s better to be safe than sorry when considering these disruptive particles that could potentially damage the DNA in your cells. If your body has a high amount of oxidizing free radicals, this puts your cells at risk for mutation. Cellular mutation can potentially lead to negative health conditions.
Thankfully, antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damage by neutralizing their chemical charge so that your body has an easier time eliminating them.
In fact, many medical researchers suggest that high levels of free radicals may be the root cause of the majority of health conditions that we face (10). They seem to be present in almost all health problems, even in acne!
Numerous studies highly suggest that quercetin may be able to support heart health. This is also true for most flavonoids in general (11).
There may be two reasons in particular that they are good for your heart. First of all, quercetin promotes blood flow without increasing blood pressure above normal levels. This action is essential for healthy transport of nutrients throughout your body since blood is responsible for carrying all the vitamins and minerals to the locations that need them.
Secondly, researchers believe that the antioxidant potential of flavonoids may help support normal cholesterol numbers within a healthy range (12).
In studies that involved monitoring the effects that flavonoids had on mice, it seems that quercetin supplementation may have helped to reduce unhealthy weight gain by almost 50%.
Researchers concluded that this may be due to quercetin’s ability to block the production of fat cells and trigger the destruction of existing fat cells to be eliminated from the body (13). More research needs to be done on this topic, but the initial results look promising.
You can tell that a fruit or vegetable contains quercetin if it is pigmented with red, green or purple. As an example, grapes and wine have that deep purple-red color that shows its concentration of quercetin.
From a taste standpoint, you can easily recognize the taste of quercetin by remembering similarities in tastes between grapes, wine and onions. There is that bold, almost metallic flavor to it that matches its aroma.
The best sources of quercetin in food are going to include the ones with those deep pigments. Not only that, the most ideal sources are the ones that you can usually consume a large amount of at once. Therefore, concentration as well as quantity of the actual type of food will determine how much quercetin you are actually receiving.
The best food sources of quercetin are from:
While the above foods are rich in quercetin, concentration of quercetin can vary depending on a few factors, which include:
If you are trying to get more quercetin in your diet, your best bet will be to get it from dark leafy greens like in spring mix and kale. Of course, you can add other quercetin-containing ingredients to make yourself a super healthy flavonoid-rich salad.
While you are eating your quercetin-powered salad, you can drink a glass of green tea with lemon which will give you even more of a boost!
Of course this flavonoid is natural and offers a wide range of wonderful health benefits. However, there are always considerations to be made before supplementing with anything for the long-term. That includes natural products.
It should be noted that inappropriately high doses of quercetin taken through concentrated supplements may put stress on the kidneys. That means that a mild to moderate dose of quercetin is necessary to prevent causing health concerns.
Also consider some potential interactions with other drugs or supplements that you may be taking. Quercetin may cause interactions with blood thinners, corticosteroids and aspirin.
If you are looking for a premium quality Quercetin supplement, check out our Allurtica product. A premium seasonal support formula.
As always, consult your doctor before adding any supplement to your regimen, especially if you are already taking one of these. However, most healthy people should have no problem consuming quercetin from its food sources or via a natural supplement.
Let’s admit it. We’ve all been looking for that miracle herb. The one that has it all. The herb that we can take once a day and know that it is not doing just one thing to help our health, but offers several potential benefits at once.
There is one herb that may provide just that. Let us introduce you to ashwagandha.
As a note, it is pronounced "ash-wah-gond-ah".
Scientifically, Ashwagandha is known as Withania somnifera. However, it's most well known name "ashwagandha" comes from ancient sanskrit and means "smell of the horse". It recieved this name because in ancient times it was believed that you would gain the strength and virility of a stallion if you consumed ashwagandha (1).
Throughout the world it is known as Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, and winter cherry. It belongs to the same family as tomatoes, peppers, and tobacco and is technically a part of the nightshade family.
It is native to India, the Middle East, and Africa. As this herb has become more and more popular it's cultivation has grown. It can now be found growing on farms on most continents thanks in part to its tolerance to drought and high altitudes.
Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in spiritual medicine and Ayurvedic practices.
As you will read below, there are many benefits in taking ashwagandha, which is why it is such a popular supplement (we include it in our award winning sleep aid).
One of the key components of ashwagandha is its adaptogenic content. Adaptogens help to regulate the productions of hormones, specifically cortisol, and how the body responds to them.
Cortisol is what gives our bodies the fight or flight mentality, which is a biological tool we use to overcome a difficult situation; meaning we can either run or stay and fight back. In either case, our bodies are left feeling exhausted and our minds clouded.
Because ashwagandha helps regulate chemicals like cortisol, when a challenge presents itself, the body is more likely to remain level and balanced. This frees up stamina and focus to face our other everyday issues.
By supporting a healthy thyroid and the hormones it produces, ashwagandha may also provide several secondary benefits in the body.
Ashwagandha is often recommended for feelings of stress (2), negative mindset, and for helping to balance mood and behavior. It has also been studied for its potential to support a healthy immune system (3), healthy joints, and overall mobility, as well as healthy male reproduction and DNA synthesis (4).
As it aids with stress, ashwagandha may also be ideal for energy production and a healthy metabolism, which may be useful for individuals looking to support a healthy weight or exercise regimen (5).
As you can see, Ashwagandha is a multi-faceted herb that provides many different benefits. For those looking to promote a more relaxed mental state, trying ashwagandha might be a good option.
We include it in our Stay Asleep nighttime formula which is designed to help your brain relax before bed.
It’s true that this day in age we rarely intake the nutrients our body’s need to stay healthy and balanced. We are the most stressed and overworked generation to date, and it costs us our health.
Stress has huge mental and physical impacts on our bodies, including severe fatigue, weaker immune systems, digestive issues, and weight gain, just to name a few.
A supplement like ashwagandha helps to balance the body and provides support to areas of the body that need it the most. While ashwagandha has been around for centuries and isn’t quite a cure-all miracle, it does cover many bases as far as daily supplements go.
If you are looking for a natural and healthy way to be the best and healthiest version of yourself, a daily dose of ashwagandha could just be the thing you’ve been looking for!
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You may have heard of PharmaGABA® and you may be asking yourself, what is it? Well you’ve come to the right place! PharmaGABA® is a natural form of GABA produced with the help of Lactobacillus hilgardii – a beneficial lactic acid bacteria.
PharmaGABA® has been clinically researched and shown to promote relaxation and feelings of calmness (which makes it a great natural sleep aid).
Additionally, its relaxing qualities help to enhance sleep quality as well as mental focus and concentration. PharmaGABA is also the only natural form of GABA that is available for purchase in supplement form.
You can purchase a high quality sleep aid with PharmaGABA here (and safe 50% on your first bottle).
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GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is naturally occurring amino acid found in the brain. It is one of the major inhibitory neurotransmitters found in the body’s central nervous system. Inhibitory neurotransmitters help to ease stress and calm excited nerves by telling the brain to relax.
Amino acid neurotransmitters are crucial for the function of the central nervous system (CNS); they have quick actions, producing responses within milliseconds. They play an important role in proper overall brain function.
GABA levels can decrease when a person is subjected to stressful conditions. Therefore, supplementation with a safe, clinically proven form of GABA, such as PharmaGABA®, may be beneficial in reestablishing ideal GABA levels.
PharmaGABA® is produced by Pharma Foods International, a company known for producing cutting edge, science-backed ingredients. PharmaGABA® is a natural form of GABA manufactured via a fermentation process that uses Lactobacillus bacteria. This fermentation processes mimics how GABA is processed in the body.
PharmaGABA’s fermentation process uses the same kind of bacteria that is used to ferment vegetables, cheese, and other traditional foods. The bacteria is fed specialized nutrients that help to produce a high level of GABA, which is then concentrated into PharmaGABA through an advanced filtration process.
This process allows PharmaGABA to make the claim that is natural form GABA. Synthetic forms of GABA are produced by using harsh chemicals. The compounds used to make synthetic GABA are regarded as noxious substances and are thus prohibited for use in foods in many countries.
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps to ease stress and calm excited nerves. With PharmaGABA being a natural form of GABA, it is a great option for promoting a calm, empowered feeling.
In addition to that, PharmaGABA is highly regarded for helping to improve sleep quality. By pairing PharmaGABA with other natural sleep aid ingredients, you can help to ease your body into deep sleep (we include it in our award winning Stay Asleep GABA sleep supplement).
PharmaGABA does this by helping to minimize the “noise” in your brain, which helps you to wind down for a full night of sleep
Taking PharmaGABA as a stand-alone product for improved mood is a good option as well.
•PharmaGABA has 8 clinical trials that back it as an effective product, making it the most researched GABA supplement on the market.
•PharmaGABA® is produced naturally with proven safety and efficacy. Synthetic GABA is produced from various toxic chemicals including succinimide, piperylurethan and fuming nitric acid, N-(β-bromoethyl) phthalimide and sodiomalonic ester, and γ-chlorobutyronitrile and potassium phthalimide. These compounds are regarded as noxious substances and thus prohibited to use in foods in many countries.
•PharmaGABA has self-affirmed GRAS Affirmation (Generally Recognized as Safe) and is approved for food use in many countries. PharmaGABA is also Non-GMO.
PharmaGABA® is Self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). Additionally, it is listed in the National Health Product Ingredient Database (NHPD).
PharmaGABA has been used in foods, beverages and supplements for many years with a proven track record of safety.
There have been no reports of any side effects or drug interactions with PharmaGABA® . However, those who are pregnant and children under 6 years old should consult with physicians before use.
At Utzy we have worked with the makers of PharmaGABA to create our Stay Asleep sleep aid with PharmaGABA. We combine PharmaGABA with other natural sleep aiding ingredients to create a powerful nighttime formula that helps you to stay asleep, all night long!
You can learn more about our Stay Asleep here (plus take advantage of our trial offer and save 50% on your first bottle!).
Daniel Powers is a health and fitness enthusiast with a background in the supplement industry. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys Crossfit, reading large books, and drinking coffee.