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Specialty Formula - Ocu Complete® with Lutein Caps (60 Count)

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  • Healthy Aging
  • Eye Health and Visual Support
  • Quick Notes:

    • Scientifically formulated broad spectrum blend of synergistic vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and amino acids designed to support eye health.
    • Lutein is a potent antioxidant..

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    Quick Notes:

    • Scientifically formulated broad spectrum blend of synergistic vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and amino acids designed to support eye health.
    • Lutein is a potent antioxidant and carotenoid found in many fruits and vegetables. It is also required by the retina and must be obtained from a healthy balanced diet.
    • Lutein is clinically proven to support eye health. Our standardized extract naturally sourced from the marigold flower.
    • Provides 10,000 mcg (10 mg) per serving of FloraGlo® Lutein -- the dosage found to provide full protection from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts
    • FloraGLO® lutein is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide
    • Several potent antioxidants protect against damage from free radicals.
    • Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy vision, skin, teeth, soft tissue, cellular development, and mucous membranes. Vitamin A is necessary for immune function, bone growth, cellular growth, and development
    • Contains vitamins beneficial to eye health and a combination of powerful antioxidants, such as beta-carotene!
    • Easy-to-swallow capsules!
       

    Overview:

    Our Ocu Complete® Lutein Complex is a comprehensive formula designed to promote optimal eye health. This formulation is available in capsules; lutein – one of the main constituents is derived from marigold flowers.
     

    Lutein:

    Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid (xanthophyll) found primarily in fruits and green leafy vegetables. Corn, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, peas, leeks, collard greens, and egg yolks all contain high concentrations of Lutein. In green plants, xanthophylls act to modulate light energy and serve as non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) agents. Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) is a mechanism employed by plants and algae to protect themselves from the adverse effects of high light intensity.

    When ingested by humans lutein concentrates in the retina. There, it may serve as a photo-protectant from the damaging effects of free radicals produced by blue light. Lutein has been called our “natural sun glasses” due to its ability to protect the eyes against radiation damage 
     

    Research indicates:

    • Primary carotenoid found in the eye
    • Several studies have demonstrated substantial protection against the type of damage that leads to macular degeneration
    • Antioxidant that protects against damage caused by free radicals.
    • Individuals in the top 20% for dietary lutein intake were only half as likely to develop cataracts as those in the lowest 20% of lutein intake
       

    Vitamin A (Beta Carotene):

    Vitamin A is an essential nutrient with multiple functions. Vitamin A is important for growth and development, gene transcription, maintenance of the immune system, bone metabolism, skin health, cellular health, embryonic development, reproduction, and good vision. In the early 1900s scientist discovered vitamin A could prevent night blindness.

    There are several forms of Vitamin A including retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids such as beta carotene. When we consume Beta Carotene, Vitamin A is produced naturally by enzymes in the digestive tract. The fat- soluble Vitamin A is then stored in the liver, where it can remain for long periods of time.

    Vitamin A occurs naturally only in animal products such as liver, kidney, butter, egg yolks, whole milk and fortified skim milk. On the other hand, Beta Carotene is found in yellow fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, apricots, cantaloupe, and in dark leafy vegetables.


    Vitamin B:

    Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) plays a key role in metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.


    Vitamin C:

    Vitamin C is a highly versatile - health promoting nutrient that is active throughout the body. It has many health benefits, but it is best known as a cell protector, immunity booster, and as a powerful antioxidant. Research suggests, Vitamin C works synergistically with other nutrients and should be considered a complex similar to the B vitamin class of compounds. Vitamin C is consumed more rapidly in the body during times of elevated stress. 
     

    Bioflavonoids:

    Research has long suggested that Vitamin C should be considered a complex rather than a single nutrient. Similar to the B complex of vitamins, Vitamin C works synergistically with other nutrients such as bioflavonoids. These compounds are essential for total Vitamin C effectiveness. This formula contains citrus bioflavonoids. These bioflavonoids assist Vitamin C in keeping collagen healthy, are essential for proper absorption of Vitamin C, and prevent Vitamin C from being destroyed in the body by oxidation. Consequently, bioflavonoids improve and prolong the function of Vitamin C. Bioflavonoids also support a wide range of biological functions.
     

    Vitamin E:

    Vitamin E is an essential nutrient and potent fat soluble antioxidant. In the body, it is stored in fat tissue and the liver. Vitamin E occurs as a class of compounds termed, tocotrienols and tocopherols. These tocotrienols and tocopherols have four major forms: alpha, beta, delta, and gamma. Alpha tocopherol is the most common and biologically active form of Vitamin E. 

     

    Zinc:

    Zinc is considered an essential trace mineral; it participates in more than 300 enzymatic functions in the body. Zinc is an important contributor to countless biochemical and physiological processes. Zinc is needed for normal growth and development including cellular division and maintenance of genetic material. It has been shown to help regulate a wide variety of immune function. Zinc has antioxidant properties and is important for proper maintenance of Vitamin E levels in the blood. It also improves the activity of vitamin A. Zinc is a major constituent of the potent antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD). Studies indicate that Zinc may help to control blood sugar levels. Additional studies show that zinc may be an important component of skin health. 
     

    Selenium:

    Selenium is an essential trace mineral and potent antioxidant. Selenium is an important component of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. It helps protect cells against free radicals damage which is produced during normal oxygen metabolism. It works synergistically with Vitamin E to protect cells from free radicals; this combination may support immune and cardiovascular health. Selenium can be toxic at high doses (more than one milligram a day or more than 1000 mcg a day).

    Ingredients

    Anthocyanins

    Ascorbic Acid

    Beta Carotene

    Boswellia Extract (leaf)

    Chromium Chloride

    D-alpha tocopherol succinate

    L-Glutathione

    Lutein

    Quercetin

    Riboflavin or Vitamin B2

    Rutin

    Taurine

    Vitamin A

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin E

    Zinc

    Zinc picolinate

    Suggested Use: Take two capsules twice daily, preferably with morning and evening meals.

    Storage: Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings: This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

    Interactions: • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    • This product contains multiple ingredients. Please refer to the individual vitamin or mineral product page for interaction information. Always consult with your primary care professional before taking any supplement product.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    Disclaimer:

    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    THANKS!
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    2. Layer P, Zinsmeister AR, DiMagno EP. Effects of decreasing intraluminal amylase activity on starch digestion and postprandial gastrointestinal function in humans.Gastroenterology. 1986;91:41,8.

    3. Draeger KE, Vertesy L, Grigoleit HG. Starch blockers. Lancet. 1983;1:354,5.

    4. Summary of clinical study evaluating effectiveness of Phase 2™. Dr. R. Ballerini, Managing Director of Pharmeceutical Development and Service srl. Milano, Italy. On file with manufacturer, Pharmachem Laboratories, Kearny, NJ.

    5. In vivo effectiveness of a starch absorption blocker in a double-blind placebo-controlled study with normal subjects. Joe A. Vinson, PhD, Donna M. Shuta, BS, and Hassan Al Kharrat, MS, Department of Chemistry, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510.

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions - Specialty Products

    • What is Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer?

      Phase 2™ is an amazing, non-stimulant, all-natural nutritional ingredient that is derived from the white kidney bean. It is the first nutritional ingredient that has been clinically and scientifically proven to neutralize starch, which is found in common foods such as potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, corn and crackers.

       

      Phase 2™ is a safe yet powerful nutritional ingredient, clinically studied for its role in reducing the absorption of starch calories. Phase 2™ helps you to enjoy those foods that you love and to participate in special meals containing quantities of starches in excess of your nutritional goals.

    • What role do starchy foods play in weight management?

      During the digestive process, your body converts carbohydrates found in starchy foods (such as potatoes and pasta) into sugars. It digests these starchy carbohydrates with alpha amylase, an enzyme that is produced by the pancreas.

       

      These sugar calories are then used by the body for fuel, with the excess sugar stored for future use, often as fat. Unfortunately, an imbalance between calories eaten and calories burned means that these stored fat supplies can accumulate in the body.

       

    • How does Phase 2® in Calorie Quencher® block starch from being absorbed in the body?

      Phase 2® has been shown to bind with the starch digestion enzyme alpha amylase, neutralizing starch calories and preventing them from turning into glucose (sugar) in the body.

       

    • When should I take Phase 2™?

      Recent research has shown the most optimum time to take Phase 2™ is just before a starch-rich meal, along with 8 oz. of water. However, the studies also showed that Phase 2™ could still provide some of its starch "neutralizing" benefits when taken during, or just after, a starchy meal. One study showed that Phase 2™ is also effective if the capsules are opened and the contents sprinkled right onto food.

       

    • Do we lose nutrients from foods when we take Calorie Quencher®?

      The LipoSan Ultra® in this product is a fat binder so it reduces the amount of fat transported from the small intestine into the blood stream; therefore fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) in foods could have reduced transport from the small intestine into the blood due to less fat to accompany them. This would be true for fat soluble nutrients coming from supplements as well, so it is best to take multi-vitamins separate from Calorie Quencher. The risk of a nutrient deficiency occurring from Calorie Quencher is negligible if the overall diet is plentiful in nutrients and the product is taken as recommended

       

    • Does Phase 2™ cause any toxic side effects?

      A dose equivalent to 74 grams taken daily for 90 days by a 165 lb. person showed no signs of toxicity. Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., announced that a Chronic Toxicity Study (L.D. 50) demonstrated that Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer™, the first standardized white bean extract used in a variety of healthy weight management supplements, is safe and non-toxic.

       

      “Phase 2™ showed no signs of chronic toxicity at doses up to 1.0 gm per kg of body weight for up to 90 days,” said Ramadasan Kuttan, Ph.D., director, Amala Cancer Research Center, Thrissur, India, who conducted the study along with R. C. Srimal, M.D. “The data indicates that administration of Phase 2™ for 90 days did not produce any adverse reaction…” (as determined from a number of different measurements, such as organ weight, necropsy, hematological and biochemical values).

       

    • Does Calorie Quencher® have any side effects?

      Studies show that the side effects of these non-stimulatory ingredients are minimal and most often limited to problems such as gastric irritation, which is often due to taking too high of a dosage. We add fennel seed to our product to minimize gastric irritation naturally.

       

      It is important to note that fat and carbohydrate binding products like Calorie Quencher® should only be taken with meals that are high in carbohydrates and fat and should not be taken with more than two meals per day. It is suggested that multiple vitamins and other dietary supplements be taken at separate meals to decrease the risk of a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency while consuming these types of diet helpers. It should also be stressed that in order to achieve long lasting weight loss, in addition to supplementation, one must improve daily dietary and lifestyle factors.

    • Are there any human studies that prove Phase 2 ™ effectiveness?

      Yes. Human studies indicate that this natural compound has the ability to inhibit starches found in foods from being broken down to simple sugar. This amylase-inhibiting effect causes most starches to pass through the GI tract undigested, thus causing a smaller increase in blood glucose levels within 15 to 80 minutes following the intake of starchy foods. The following describes one of the studies performed on Phase 2.

    • How many grams of fat will be absorbed by a serving size of Chitosan?

      As with many dietary supplements, different people will experience different results depending on a number of factors, including body type, metabolism, and diet. We use the Liposan Ultra brand of Chitosan because studies show that Liposan Ultra binds several times more dietary fat than other leading chitosan brands. In vitro, Liposan Ultra was shown to absorb up to 88 grams of fat, but this doesn't mean it will necessarily have the same effect when ingested by humans. Studies are ongoing.

    • Can I take Chitosan with prescription medications or other supplements, and are there any side effects?

      Since Chitosan binds to fat in the stomach, it is advisable to take it 3-4 hours prior to the ingestion of fat soluble medications or nutrients. If Chitosan is used simultaneously with certain medications, it may block the desired effects of that medication.

      Check with your doctor before mixing Chitosan with prescription medications. If you have questions about taking Chitosan with dietary supplements, check with a certified nutritionist or your local health food store. There are no known side effects associated with Chitosan supplementation.

    • How does Policosanol support heart and cardiovascular health?

      Policosanol can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol production in the liver and increasing the breakdown of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol. It also decreases the stickiness of particles in the blood known as platelets, which might help reduce blood clots.

       

    • What is the alcohol breakdown of Policosanol and where is it sourced?

      Our policosanol contains at least 50% octacosanol, a derivative of sugar cane wax grown in the Suzhoo province of China. It also contains eight other high primary aliphatic alcohols that are included in policosanol as follows:

      - Triacontanol .15-30%
      - Hexacosanol .10-20%
      - Dotriacontanol.0.5-5%
      - Tetracosanol .0.5-5%
      - Heptacosanol.<5%
      - Nonacosanol.<5%
      - Hentriacontanol.<2%

    • How is Policosanol effective without lowering levels of CoQ10?

      The main problem with many cholesterol drugs is that when taken over a long period of time, they begin to lower levels of the important co-enzyme CoQ10. Policosanol has a similar mechanism of action to these drugs without lowering CoQ10 levels.

      Many drugs inhibit the expression of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which is a catalyst in the production of mevalonic acid. Mevalonic acid is then processed by the liver and transformed into cholesterol. So, it would reason, the less HMG-CoA reductase in one’s system, the less mevalonic acid and, hence, less cholesterol. But it is not so simple. HMG-CoA reductase should not be completely eliminated in order to lower cholesterol. Low levels are beneficial to a point, and then can become counterproductive.

      HMG-CoA reductase is also used in the formation of farnesyl diphosphate or FPP.FPP, though used in squalene, another cholesterol precursor, is also used in production of CoQ10.Not enough FPP, and not enough CoQ10 will be produced. This is why some drugs which inhibit HMG-CoA reductase expression have the nasty side effect of lowered CoQ10 levels. Policosanol, on the other hand, inhibits expression by only about 50%, which is not enough to significantly affect production of FPP

    • What are plant sterols?

      Plant sterols (also called phytosterols) are plant lipids present in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Structurally, they are similar to cholesterol except at one position on the sterol side chain. It is thought that phytosterols reduce cholesterol by displacing cholesterol from micelles in the body, thus inhibiting cholesterol absorption.

    • How do Corowise™ plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex impact cholesterol?

      In terms of their molecular structure, plant sterols “look” a lot like cholesterol. When taken before a meal these plant sterols compete with cholesterol during digestion so the body absorbs less dietary cholesterol. The overall effect in clinical studies on Corowise™ has been an average LDL (“bad”) reduction of 8 – 15% with no known adverse side effects.

       

    • What is the breakdown of sterols in the plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex?

      Roughly 40-58% of the sterols consist of sitosterol, 20-28% as camposterol, and 14-23% as stigmasterol

    • Do I need to take another multi, if I’m taking Hair, Skin & Nails Multi?

      Our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi is based on our best-selling Basic Multi® which is a great foundation for nutrition needs. However, in addition to basic nutrients, our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi has added specialty antioxidants for skin and overall cellular health. It also contains silica, MSM and amino acids for collagen support. Collagen is responsible for skin’s resiliency and elasticity, but its production slows as we age.

    • Are your Melatonin products natural or synthetic?

      We use synthetic sources of melatonin. According to the 2001 Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, “melatonin supplements derived from animals [i.e. natural] should be avoided.”

    • What is Bio-Shield Technology™?

      The Bio-Shield Technology™ process not only delivers nutrients exactly where they need to go over a sustained period of time, but also enhances the absorption of the bioactives. Technically speaking, the Bio-Shield Technology™ process is a natural coating that is used to facilitate the absorption of the intact bioavailable anthocyanins and proanthocyanins. This all-natural matrix protects these active ingredients of the fruit by delivering them past the stomach acids and prolonging their stability. Because the Bio-Shield Technology™ product is derived totally from a natural fruit base, it is able to limit the rate of acid degradation of the bioactives while simultaneously assisting with their absorption.

    • What is the source of your lutein?

      Lutein used in all of our products is derived from marigold flowers — they are a source naturally high in lutein

    • What is Lutein?

      Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the only two carotenoids concentrated in the macula of the human eye. The macula is a collection of cells in the back of the eye that convert light into signals the brain can understand. Clinical and animal data indicate that these carotenoids could protect the macula from oxidative or light damage. Epidemiological data has shown that high levels of dietary Lutein and Zeaxanthin intake have been associated with a reduced risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (the number one cause of blindness in North America).

    • What are carotenoids?

      Carotenoids are a family of phytochemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables and leafy green plants. They provide the bright yellow, orange and red pigments to the fruits and vegetables we eat. Of more than 600 known carotenoids in nature, only about 20 are found in human plasma and tissues. The principal carotenoids found in humans are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Researchers are currently studying the many health benefits of these compounds

    • What do lutein and zeaxanthin do?

      The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, concentrate in the macular area of the eye and can protect against oxidative stress.

       

    • If zeaxanthin makes up a large part of the macula, why is it not included in all of your products?

      Though zeaxanthin is a large part of the macula, it is not necessary to consume large amounts of it so long as you consume enough lutein. Our lutein product does contain a small amount of zeaxanthin, but since lutein can be processed into zeaxanthin after consumption, that ingredient has been omitted from the other two products. Most people do not suffer from a zeaxanthin deficiency, but sufficient lutein intake is crucial to maintaining proper levels.

    • How much spinach would I have to eat to get 6 mg of lutein?

      About 2 cups of raw spinach would supply 6 mg of lutein.

    • What is the source of lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein?

      The lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein comes from marigold flowers.

    • In Ocu Complete® with Lutein, how many milligrams of lutein does 10,000 mcg equal?

      There is 10 mg of lutein in 10,000 mcg.

    • Why is your Lutein softgel expensive?

      Lutein used in our products containing FloraGLO® and LuteMax™ 2020 are in the ester-free form. Ester-free may be better absorbed and utilized by the body compared with other brands’ ester form which requires an additional step by the body to break it down and deliver it to necessary tissue. In the human eye lutein is present in the free form. In marigold flowers it is present in the ester form. If you give the body lutein in free form, it gets deposited to the macula of the eye. If you consume lutein in the ester form the body hydrolyzes (or de-esterifies) it, removing the fatty acid attached to the lutein, and then delivers the free form to the eye. Thus, it is easier to give the body the form of lutein it uses. Lutein esters may offer benefit, but it requires the body do more work since it has to convert the ester form to the ester-free form.

    • How much caffeine is in a serving of Green Coffee Bean?

      Very little. There is less than 20 mg of caffeine per capsule. By comparison, a cup of coffee contains 95 mg.

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