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Biotin

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Biotin

Biotin also known as vitamin H is a water-soluble B-vitamin, specifically referred to as vitamin B-7. Biotin serves as a coenzyme in the human body, which means it assists in carrying out necessary biochemical processes like carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly.

Our body needs biotin to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails, and it’s found in many cosmetic products for hair and skin. Because it is water soluble the body does not store it.

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Country of Origin: China

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Magnesium

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Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral and a cofactor for hundreds of enzymes. Foods that contain fiber, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains, are the best sources of magnesium. Green vegetables contain magnesium because the nutrient is a component of chlorophyll, the molecule which gives plants their green color.

Magnesium is involved in many physiologic pathways, including energy production, nucleic acid and protein synthesis, ion transport, cell signaling, and has structural functions. Magnesium plays important roles in the structure and the function of the human body. The adult human body contains about 25 grams of magnesium. Over 60% of all the magnesium in the body is found in the skeleton, about 27% is found in muscle, 6% to 7% is found in other cells, and less than 1% is found outside of cells.

The metabolism of carbohydrates and fats to produce energy requires numerous magnesium-dependent chemical reactions. Magnesium is required by the adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-synthesizing protein in mitochondria. ATP, the molecule that provides energy for almost all metabolic processes, exists primarily as a complex with magnesium (MgATP). Magnesium is required for a number of steps during synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA), and proteins.

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Country of Origin: Japan

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Pycnogenol (French Maritime Pine Bark)

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Pycnogenol (French Maritime Pine Bark)

Pycnogenol is a pine bark extract known as a powerful antioxidant with the ability to relieve inflammation, and to improve the immune and circulatory system. The first known reference to pine bark as a therapeutic application was by Hippocrates in the 4th Century B.C. He noted that pine bark could be used as a way to reduce inflammation. In 1479 Miners from Switzerland in his book Thesaurus Medicaminum said that pine bark was useful in healing wounds. Around the same time a German naturalist, Hieronymus Boch said that pine bark made a good topical remedy for many skin disorders.

As an antioxidant, pycnogenol can help reduce cell damage. It may promote a healthy circulatory system by influencing the production of endothelial nitric oxide. Pycnogenol can reduce inflammation by regulating the immune system. By binding to collagen and elastin, it could help protect skin, organs, connective tissue, and arteries.

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Solubilized Keratin (Cynatine HNS)

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Solubilized Keratin – Cynatine HNS

Cynatine HNS has soluble keratin protein, which makes up the skin’s outer layer, nails and hair, and also complements collagen. Skin, hair, and fingernails all have one commonality: collagen. Collagen protein is the primary mortar between the bricks (cells) of skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, digestive tract, heart, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder. Collagen peptides turn on fibroblasts, rebuilding the skins shape and structure. Cynatine is capable of binding with the nails and providing improved strength, elasticity and moisture retention. Cynatine HNS supplements the body with bioavailable keratin which aids in protecting and repairing damaged Hair, Nails and Skin.

Cynatine reduces fine lines and wrinkles through its zinc and copper complexes bound to proteins. Cynatine promotes firmness and elasticity in skin by improving the protein structure and improving moisture retention. Cynatine reduces redness from inflammation or sensitive skin by blocking PGE2 production. Cynatine improves the brightness and radiance of skin through its natural antioxidant properties and its ability to promote SOD and glutathione production.

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Country of Origin: USA

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettle Leaf Extract

Nettle is a common name for any of the 30-45 species of flowering plants of the genus Urtica. It is an herbaceous plant that belongs to the family of Urticaceae. It contains a variety of nutrients and bioactive compounds. The following compounds are contained in the plant polysaccharides, vitamin C, and carotene, beta-sitosterol, and flavonoids, quercetin, rutin, kaempferol and beta-sterol. Its great nutritional value makes it commonly used as a vegetable green, juice, or tea. Nettle plant also contains up to 20 mineral salts including calcium, potassium, silicon, and nitrates. Nettle was used for various functions in traditional medicine such as treatment of various genitourinary dysfunctions such as nocturia, frequency, dysuria, urinary retention, irritable bladder, and infections.

The leaves of the plant are rich in flavonoid, phenolic compounds, organic acids, vitamins and minerals.  Additionally, they contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The vitamin composition is varied from fat-soluble vitamins to water-soluble such as vitamin C and B. These aid nettles in exhibiting various pharmacologic effects such as antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, immunostimulatory, anti-infectious, hypotensive, anti-ulcer properties.

Additionally, research shows that nettle has antioxidant activity. It decreases lipid peroxidation and increases the activity of the antioxidant defense system, thus playing a crucial role in preventing hepatotoxicity.  The fact that nettle is rich in iron and vitamin C promotes healthy blood circulation and overall cardiovascular health. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron that helps in the alleviation of anemia and fatigue (What Are the Benefits and Uses of Nettle? n.d.). Also contains potassium that relaxes arteries and other blood vessels thus lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.

An aqueous extract of nettle leaves and roots has demonstrated a healthy inflammation response activity. Nettle contains biologically active compounds that may help reduce inflammation responses.  This effect is associated with the inhibition of the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathway as well as inhibition of cytokine production.  Scientific research has also demonstrated nettles ability to de-escalate inflammatory response processes, through various mechanisms whose end result is the reduced synthesis of lipid mediators and proinflammatory cytokines. The healthy inflammatory response effect of nettle leaves makes it a useful agent in acute symptoms.

Flavonoids are involved in the inhibition of platelet aggregation. Flavonoids also modulate the immune system.Quercetin-3-O-rutindside; kaempherol-3-O-rutinoside and isorhamnetin-3-O-glucoside present in the aerial parts of the nettle plant contribute to the immunomodulatory effect.

Nettle also helps in body detoxification through its dieresis action. As such, nettle is used in irrigation therapy for lower urinary tract. It helps flush out toxic chemicals and excess liquids from the body. Ability to cleanse and dispel toxins helps in treating of urinary tract infections.  On the other hand, experiments on mice and rats have shown the analgesic property. At a dose of 1200mg/kg, the aqueous extract of nettle leaves causes a greater resistance to pain. Nettle can also be used topically to relieve pain in the joints.

Studies have also proven that nettle limits and regulate the amount of testosterone produced by the body. This action is proved by nettles positive effect on the prostatic tissue which helps in the prevention of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Although physical contact with the plant can cause an allergic reaction, nettle ironically alleviates allergic reactions. Ingestion of nettle tea, for instance, deactivates the body’s response to allergens by binding with the body’s histamine receptors.  This has wide application for instance in the treatment of inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose.

Nettle can be used as an extract or in powder or capsule form. It has a low risk of toxicity. Although various in vitro studies have elicited the healthy inflammatory response and immune modulating property of stinging nettle, further studies are necessary to further confirm on the clinical utility of this plant in alleviating the adverse effects of the various other related conditions.

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AOAC International: Making Supplements Safer through Better Testing

AOAC International: Making Supplements Safer through Better Testing

When purchasing a new supplement from an unfamiliar company, there are two assumptions you should never make: that it’s safe and that it’s effective.

While there are plenty of conscientious, ethical supplement companies out there, there are a few bad eggs too. These companies enter the industry with dollar signs on their mind and little regard for customer safety.

Unfortunately, that means if you buy a supplement on a whim, you could end up taking something that hasn’t been properly tested for safety and effectiveness. Even supplement companies that aren’t intentionally trying to mislead consumers unknowingly test their products’ safety with methods that don’t produce accurate results.

To protect consumers like you from poorly tested supplements, there’s been a strong push in recent decades to create official methods for testing the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients that end up in your supplements. At the forefront of that push is AOAC International.

What is AOAC International?

AOAC International is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1884. Back then, it was known as the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, and its primary purpose was to create standardized testing methods for agricultural fertilizers. But over the years, it’s expanded its focus from fertilizers to foods, drugs, supplements and more.

Today, AOAC International provides an important service to the supplement industry and consumers. It identifies the best possible methods for testing supplement ingredients and publishes these methods so supplement companies can use them. Testing methods that receive the AOAC stamp of approval become an “Official Method of Analysis” and are added to the organization’s book of testing standards, the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International.

When a testing method receives “Official Method of Analysis” status, it becomes a gold standard that supplement companies can confidently use to gauge the safety and effectiveness of their product. But establishing an official method for a supplement ingredient isn’t an easy process. It requires a huge commitment of time and energy from stakeholders in government, academia, the supplement industry and the public. 

The Official Method Process

AOAC starts the process by asking stakeholders to submit ingredients that they believe most need an official testing method. The AOAC prioritizes these submissions based on factors like available funding, the ingredient’s market share, the existence of testing methods to choose from, and the number of current or future National Institute of Health studies in the works for the ingredient.

Next, AOAC works with panels of stakeholders to determine what specifications a testing method needs to meet to make that testing method accurate and consistent. They want to make sure it will work under different conditions in different laboratories. These specifications are called standard method performance requirements (SMPRs). AOAC International then asks people to submit possible testing methods, and an expert panel of scientists reviews the submissions to determine which methods meet the SMPRs best.

Once these experts choose a testing method that best meets the SMPRs, it becomes a “first action” official method. That means the testing method has the AOAC’s approval and can be used confidently by supplement companies. But the expert panel still monitors a “first action” official method for a while to see how it performs in other tests and other laboratories. If the method’s consistently successful after two years of use, it’s promoted to a “final action” official method. If it’s not consistent, it’s tweaked a bit before it’s finalized.

Do Supplement Companies Use AOAC Methods?

Right now, there’s no law requiring supplement companies to use AOAC testing methods, or any other official testing methods for that matter. Companies can establish their own internal methods for testing the quality, efficacy and safety of their products. But there are plenty of benefits to following AOAC methods.

Companies who use AOAC methods know their product is safe, because it was tested appropriately. They also have to worry less about regulatory action from the FDA. If the FDA audits them, they can show that they use AOAC methods, which is much easier than proving that their internal testing method works. But the biggest benefit for companies using AOAC testing methods is the message they send to their customers—they prove that they’re committed to being credible, conscientious, transparent and safe.

Wondering whether your supplements use AOAC testing methods? There’s only one way to know for sure—ask. Supplement companies don’t usually mention the AOAC on their labels, so reach out to the customer service team to find out how they test the quality and safety of their supplements.

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United States Pharmacopeia Ingredient Testing

United States Pharmacopeia Ingredient Testing

Surprises are fun when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. But when it comes to the medicines and supplements you put in your body daily, surprises are a lot less appealing. You want to know exactly what you’re taking and more importantly, that it’s safe and effective. Luckily, the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is there to make sure what you see on the labels of your medications and supplements is what you get.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a scientific nonprofit that was founded in 1820 to establish quality standards for medicine, supplements and food ingredients. Every year, the USP publishes The United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP-NF), a book of standards for drugs and supplements.

The USP-NF contains individual guides for a variety of drug and supplement ingredients. These guides are called monographs, and they include information on everything from how the ingredient should be packaged, stored and labeled, to how to test the ingredient to make sure it complies with USP Standards.

The supplement testing guidelines outlined in USP-NF monographs tell supplement manufacturers exactly how to test their ingredients in four key areas (also known as the four P’s): positive identity (the product is what it says it is); potency (the product contains the dosage it says it does); purity (the product doesn’t contain impurities or contaminants); and performance (the product will dissolve and be absorbed by your body). If manufacturers follow these testing guidelines and their ingredient passes each test, they can be confident that their product meets the USP’s standards for safety and effectiveness.

In addition to the USP-NF, the USP also creates a USP reference standard, or physical standard. This is a verified sample of an ingredient that meets USP standards. It comes in a small vial and allows manufacturers to perform comparison testing, so they can ensure that they performed the tests correctly and that their ingredient is up to par.

Although drug companies are required by law to meet the quality standards set by the USP, supplement companies aren’t. Supplement companies can establish their own internal testing methods for quality and safety. Of course, many supplement companies choose to meet USP standards anyway.

Some supplement companies that follow USP standards mention the USP on their label, but many don’t. That’s because, if they do, there’s a chance the FDA will follow up with regulatory action—in some cases even when the company is meeting these standards. As a result, a lot of companies play it safe, and leave these three letters off their label even if they’re doing their best to follow USP guidelines.

If you’re wondering whether your supplements meet USP guidelines, contact the company and ask what standards they follow to guarantee the safety and quality of their products.

USP is considered the highest standard in testing methods.   We at Buried Treasure, were applicable, test  our ingredients against these gold standard monographs.  Our source ingredients come from all over the world and they must meet our highest standards.   We search out ingredients that are tested and verified by USP.

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Hyaluronic Acid

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Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, is a natural compound found in skin that has many important functions; including holding in moisture, providing cushioning, aiding in tissue repair, holding together the skin structural components collagen and elastin, and helping create a protective barrier against microorganisms. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated.  

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Not only does Hyaluronic Acid help skin retain natural levels of hydration, but it also helps protect against moisture loss so skin is left looking plump, smooth, and supple all day. 

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Rutin

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Rutin

Apart from vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables also contain other healthy compounds known as flavonoids. Rutin is one such compound. Rutin refers to a bioflavonoid (plant pigment) that is found in certain fruits and vegetables such as, buckwheat bran, tea, green tea, asparagus, figs, black peel and apple peal. Rutin is multifunctional in nature. Traditionally, rutin has been used in the maintenance of adequate circulation. Rutin plays a role in the reduction of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol hence maintaining a healthy circulatory system function. It also maintains blood vessel health and function. It supports the integrity and flexibility of the capillary walls especially in the eye and helps to prevent the formation of blood clots.  

Rutin also strengthens the lining of blood vessels in the body thus preventing their collapse or probability of bleeding.  This is because it contains a group of flavonoid chemicals known as oxerutins. According to the “Journal of Clinical Investigation” rutin blocks an enzyme involved in clot formation thus blocking clot formation in both arteries and veins.  It also, inhibits platelet aggregation and thins the blood thus improving circulation. Rutin promotes vascular health by increasing the elasticity of arterial wall thus promoting increased blood flow and thus improved vascular health.  

Rutin is also crucial due to its cardio-protective function. Rutin protects LDL against oxidation. It contains Quercetin that confers its anti-oxidant properties.  These protect the body cells from damage by free radicals that induce reversible cell injury that might ultimately lead to cell death and hence defective health.  

Rutin also maintains healthy eye function by inhibiting aldolase reductase activity that is present in the eye. It helps convert glucose into sugar alcohol known as sorbitol. When excessive sorbitol is trapped in the eye and nerve cells it can damage the eye. Thus the fact that rutin prevents the intracellular accumulation of sorbitol is therapeutic to the eye. Its combination with vitamin C further potentiates its action in the maintenance of healthy eye health and function 

Rutin’s antioxidant properties support cellular structure and function.  Rutin scavenges on free radicals that damage cells in the body and neutralizes them. This also helps in cardiac function as free radicals LDL cholesterol in plaques that can interfere with the integrity of blood vessel walls through hardening.   Additionally, it helps maintain the body levels of reduced glutathione that further helps in antioxidation. Rutin also assists in a healthy inflammatory response in combination with the ability to minimize oxidative stress makes it beneficial in relieving pain. Flavonoids that come from rutin relieve swelling, aching and pain from inflamed vessels.  

Rutin is also important for maintaining a healthy skin. It is involved in the production of collagen the skins main building blocks.  The fact that It also plays a key role in ensuring that the body utilizes vitamin C more efficiently further helps nourish the skin.  As such, it   consumption of rutin ensures that the skin is continuously renewed to give it a youthful look. 

Rutin plays a key metabolic function for optimal body functioning. First, it protects against fat accumulation in the liver according to a study by the “Journal of Food Science” issued in March 2011 to provide an optimal metabolic function. Rutin also maintains levels of blood glucose.  It has an effect in decreasing fasting glucose hence a role in the protection against hyperglycemia. 

Therefore, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is crucial initiative for promoting a good health. According to public health studies the average American fails to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables getting only up to three servings per day which is way below the normal range of five to thirteen servings daily. 

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Bromelain

Bromelain Bromelain refers to a general name for the family of sulfhydryl-containing proteolytic enzymes derived from the pineapple plant.

Bromelain

Bromelain refers to a general name for the family of sulfhydryl-containing proteolytic enzymes derived from the pineapple plant.  Being a pineapple extract, it is obtained from the fruit or stem of the pineapple plant. Typically, bromelain refers to the “stem bromelain.” It encompasses a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes whose mechanism of action is the hydrolysis of glycosidic linkages in glycoprotein. It is a mixture of various thiol endopeptidases, and other non-protein components such as glucosidase, phosphatase, peroxidase, cellulose, escharase and several other protease inhibitors.  However, it is the proteolytic factors that mainly confer its therapeutic functions. Its ability to get absorbed without losing its proteolytic activity or producing any major side effects contributes to its effectiveness as a therapeutic agent.

Bromelain also exhibits proteolytic activity. Its role as an active protein-digesting enzyme enables the body to absorb nutrients more effectively thus helping in the treatment of digestive disorders. However, research shows that the pharmacologic activity of bromelain depends not only on the proteolytic properties but also non-protein factors

Bromelain supports wound healing by reducing the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines that may cause damage to the gut lining.  It facilitates skin debridement that accelerates the wound healing process. This helps in its function at healing tissues. In addition, it is a natural alternative to synthetic analgesics. Apart from being efficacious, it is safe showing zero undesired side-effects. Its role in the relaxation and soothing of tense inflamed muscles and connective tissues has seen its use as a meat tenderizer as well.

The recommended daily allowance can reach up to 12mg/day without causing major side effects. Pineapples are one of the richest sources of bromelain. Notably, bromelain concentration is high in pineapple stem, compared to the fruit part. Although bromelain’s mode of action is not properly understood, its wide range of therapeutic benefits makes it an important molecule in the health field.