Enzogenol® is a highly effective mixture of natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant compounds extracted from the bark of New Zealand grown Pinus radiata trees using a proprietary, internationally patented, eco friendly and solvent free water-only extraction method. It is a blend of antioxidants including oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), catechins, quercetin, taxifolin, piceatannol, fruit acids and many other natural active ingredients .
A number of in-house and independent studies on Enzogenol® have demonstrated its numerous health benefits. This list is too lengthy to fully detail here but here are a few examples: it has been used extensively for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s); vascular, skin and eye health; cardiovascular disease; and neurological health. On request, we can provide links to a number of these studies and their findings. Some case studies are provided in the following link: Enzogenol Case Studies Brochure®.
The most dramatic observation is the ability to lengthen telomeres (in a rat model) by over 40%! The following link describes this study…View YouTube video on this telomere lengthening clinical study.
Resveratrol is unique amongst antioxidants because it can safely cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect the brain and nervous system. There is extensive research on this ingredient and many of its effects are similar to Enzogenol which further strengthens the potency and benefit of this formula. Too numerous to list here, we reference two studies that pertain to Integra’s focus on healthy aging and age related conditions; Resveratrol and diabetes: from animal to human studies and Resveratrol Prevents Age-Related Memory and Mood Dysfunction with Increased Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Microvasculature, and Reduced Glial Activation
Pterostilbene is referred to as a methylated Resveratrol compound that is similar to and supports the benefits of Resveratrol and has a higher bioavailability and a longer period of activation in the body. It occurs naturally in blueberries and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a “blood tonic”. Pterostilbene is well studied and some references can be found at the following link and include studies on its anti-aging properties: Pterostilbene References
Quercetin is a flavonoid commonly found in fruits and vegetables and it impacts many of the factors and conditions associated with aging. As with each of our ingredients, it is supported by abundant research and it is known to address:
- Cardiovascular health (encourages blood flow and inhibits LDL oxidation)
- Can diminish levels of stress (controls chronic levels of elevated cortisol)
- Allergies, asthma and hay fever (moderates histamine release)
- Targets and combats many types of cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- Blood pressure (stabilizes systolic, diastolic and average arterial pressure)
- Respiratory health
- Interstitial cystitis
Green Tea (50 % EGCG) and its primary active constituent, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), favorably alters pathways underlying pathological processes such as:
- Cardiovascular disease – vascular protective effect: it has an impact on multiple mechanisms including antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antithrombogenic, antiproliferative and lipid-lowering effects and activates endothelial nitric oxide synthase in cells lining blood vessels, or endothelial cells)
- Diabetes – improves glucose control and insulin sensitivity
- Cancer – inhibits a growth factor receptor called HER2, which is present in excess in about 30% of breast cancers
- Obesity – long term consumption of green tea is associated with a lower percentage of total body fat, smaller waist circumference, and decreased waist to hip ratio
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases – research demonstrates a neuroprotective effect in animal models
For more information, we have a number of resources including the following link: Green Tea – Protection From DNA Damage
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, related to beta-carotene, lutein, and canthaxanthin, and works in several unique ways. Although most other antioxidants are depleted after they’ve transferred their free electrons, astaxanthin has a massive surplus, allowing it to remain “active” far longer.
Also, it can quench a number of free radicals at any given time by forming an electron cloud around the molecule. This is known as the electron dislocation resonance. When free radicals try to steal electrons from the astaxanthin molecule, they’re simply absorbed into and neutralized by this electron cloud all at once.
Research has demonstrated that is reduces oxidative damage to DNA by 40% (even at low doses). Again, the benefits are far too numerous to list here: a more complete summary can be found in this link: Medical Research on Astaxanthin
Lecithin contains fatty acids that can activate gene controlling receptors (PPAR Gamma – peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors). Once activated, these receptors play a major role in energy balance and metabolic function. Amongst its many health benefits, of note are the following: it improves cholesterol levels, benefits the brain, improves immunity and protects the liver. It also improves absorption of the other ingredients.