Designing a Super Food Formula
Because of the number of powerful, proven ingredients in my ultimate "superfood" formula, this report contains references to over 80 scientific studies. It could easily have contained five times that many. I spent almost 15 years, developing and playing with it. It was originally designed for my personal use--for myself and my wife Kristen. As I explained when I first created it, I never intended to sell it to the public since the formula I had in mind was too expensive. The idea was to develop a product that would serve as the cornerstone of my own health and nutrition program. However, three things changed.
- Thanks to the creation of Baseline Nutritionals, I have an outlet for this formula that sells direct to the public so that I can offer the formula at a price much closer to its actual cost, which means it can be affordable for anyone -- anyone, that is, who wants the best that money can buy.
- Thanks to my work with Baseline Nutritionals, I have manufacturers and ingredient suppliers in place that I work closely with and to whom I provide significant amounts of business each month--who are, therefore, more than happy to grant me price concessions even on smaller runs of the product. This helps keep the price down on such a "specialized" superfood formula.
- Taste has never been that big a deal to me when it comes to health and nutrition. (Anyone who has tasted my blood cleansing formula can tell you how true that is.) If something works and provides the health benefits I'm looking for, I don't really care what it tastes like. For me, personally, taste is a secondary issue. But in the real world, most people don't feel the same way. In the real world, taste and smell matter. The problem is that when you mix a number of superfood ingredients together, their tastes don't necessarily mix (think pickles and chocolate ice cream). Fortunately, after years of developing and tweaking this formula, I've actually got it so that it tastes great, mixes beautifully, and has a rich color -- all with no concessions to the actual efficacy of the final formula.
What It's Not
If you search under "superfood" on the internet, you will come up with many "hits."
Some sites will tell you that superfoods are replacements for multivitamin pills. That's not what I was after. I wasn't looking for something to replace a daily multivitamin. The simple fact is that most people who are interested in alternative health already take some form of daily multivitamin. So the idea that you need to pack your superfood with vitamin isolates so that it has mega doses of every vitamin and mineral under the sun is, essentially, a meaningless exercise. And as for those formulas that try and do it without pumping their formula up with isolates and just use natural ingredients, the numbers simply aren't there. It's virtually impossible to get the numbers of many vitamins (such as vitamin C) and minerals (such as calcium) up to "significant" levels without using some isolates. But the bottom line on this issue is: why duplicate a vitamin pill?
Some sites tell you that a product consisting entirely of one ingredient such as bee pollen or spirulina or soluble rice bran or Tahitian noni are superfoods. The problem is that no matter how great one ingredient is, it can't possibly give you everything you need. It may have some of everything like bee pollen and spirulina, but there are key phytochemicals that are only found at meaningful levels in certain types of food. For example, spirulina is a great source of chlorophyll, but it contains almost no ellagitannins. For those, you have to turn to berries or pomegranates. Single ingredients may be "super ingredients," but by themselves they do not qualify as "superfoods." In the end, if you want a true superfood, you have to blend ingredients.
Some sites will tell you that everything you need is contained in green foods and a few vegetables--so all you need to do is blend those and you'll get what you need. Not true. Again, no ellagitannins. No DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. No monosaccharides and polysaccharides. The bottom line is that you have no choice; if you want a real superfood, you must blend your formula across "families" of ingredients.
And then you will find some sites that promote formulas that use massive amounts of dairy proteins and/or soy proteins based on the idea that superfoods are supposed to provide mega quantities of protein to build muscle and organs. And yes, adequate protein is vital if the superfood is to serve as a true long-term meal replacement. But what are you trying to create--a protein supplement or a superfood formula? They're different animals. Also, there are far better ways to go than using proteins that most people are allergic to and have a hard time digesting. (Just think of all the gas you've had if you've ever used a soy protein supplement.)
What I Wanted My Superfood to Provide
So exactly what was I trying to create? What is it that I was trying to accomplish with his superfood?
Well first of all, I avoided the two things most formulators do and that were mentioned above.
- I absolutely wanted the formula to have a good complement of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, but I wasn't worried about the 100% of all your daily needs thing. My intention was that this superfood formula be only one of several meals you eat during the day, and I assumed that you would continue to take whatever multivitamin you were already taking. That would allow me to focus on the things that were more important to me -- and that aren't being provided by other meals or supplements.
- And second, I wanted the formula to contain enough protein so that you could truly live on it. But I wasn't designing a protein supplement for bodybuilders or seniors (I ended up designing that later), and I didn't want people to suffer from severe gas or allergies so I wanted the protein to be as hypoallergenic as possible.
- In addition, I also wanted the superfood to provide significant soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep your intestinal tract clean and reduce blood pressure and the incidence of heart disease and colon cancer.
- I knew that omega-3 fatty acids were essential. As I've explained in Lessons from the Miracle Doctors and many newsletters, I consider the high consumption of plastic fats and the imbalance in the diet of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids to be the single biggest causative factor in most of the ill health we are now seeing in the industrialized world. It was imperative that this formula help correct that imbalance.
- As for carbohydrates, they are essential for good health, and yet short chain carbs and sugars probably qualify as the second biggest causative factor of ill health. On the other hand, ultra-long chain carbohydrates (ULCs) may be one of the single best foods you can consume to optimize your health and provide sustained energy throughout the day. The formula had to contain a significant amount of ULCs.
- And then there are the phytochemicals. To me, this was the most important aspect of his formula--its raison d'être. All of the things mentioned above are merely the base of the formula, the infrastructure on which its true value is built. It's the individual miracle phytochemicals, antioxidants, and enzymes that most people don't get at all in their diets -- or at most get one or two a day. The purpose of my superfood formula is to work as an optimized carrier for meaningful doses of the most powerful healing phytochemicals we know today. We're talking about ellagitannins, mucopolysaccharides, xeronine, and xanthones, acemannan, and astaxanthin for starters. Quite literally, we're talking about several hundred specialized antioxidants inherent in the high powered ingredients themselves. It is in these phytochemicals that provide the primary value of this formula. And it was imperative to me that every one of these ingredients be included in "true" amounts -- no pixie dust allowed.
Quality Ingredient Control
There is a phrase used in the formulation trade, "pixie dust," that refers to the practice of using such tiny amounts of an ingredient in a formula that the ingredient adds nothing to the value of the formula other than the fact that you can list it on the label. You see evidence of this when you look at a label and see vegetable or fruit powders added at 5 and 10 mg each. What possible value is there in 5 or 10 thousandths of a gram of dried broccoli? Or you'll see CoQ10 at 10 mg, when it takes 100 mg to make a difference. The bottom line is that I've never used, and never will use, pixie dust in any formula that carries my name on the label. Do it once and all your credibility is gone. Also, as I've has stated over the years, all formulas that carry my name are initially designed primarily for my own personal use, and for Kristen. Pixie dust makes no sense.
That's why I proudly list the precise amount of every ingredient in this formula.
And let's talk briefly about ingredient sourcing. Over the years, I've developed some of the greatest raw, organic, and wild crafted ingredient sources in the world. This, as much as anything, accounts for the reputation my formulas have and why knockoffs always come up short. But when designing the superfood formula, there were requirements above and beyond just basic quality. I had to deal with issues such as taste and shelf life. To get exactly what I needed, I had to hunt down what, in some cases, was the only source in the world of the exact ingredient I needed. And that search has never ended. I still keep looking for higher quality versions of the ingredients--anything to make the formula ever better. And that's why over the last 10 years you might have noticed little tweaks to the ingredients on the label.
Putting the Formula Pieces in Place
As mentioned above, what made it all come together is that I was finally able to get a formula that not only provided all of the health benefits I was looking for, but also offered great taste, smell, color, texture, and mixability -- and that was easily digested. A rare combination that took 15 years to achieve. This formula has now been available for just over a decade and is generally regarded as the best formula of its kind in the world. It's not inexpensive, but as is true with most of life, you get what you pay for.
Let's now take a detailed look at every ingredient in the formula.
Every Ingredient in the Superfood Formula (Based on a 24 g serving)
Premium Gold Flax -- 4,997 mg
Flaxseed is one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), with 57% of its fat being omega-3's -- the equivalent of a 10 oz serving of fresh wild salmon in every 10 grams. The problem with using pre-ground flax, however, is that it normally begins to oxidize and go rancid within minutes of being ground and exposed to oxygen and light. As it turns out, though, one of the primary triggers for rancidity in flax is the presence of dark flax seeds. Because golden flax has no dark seeds, ground flax made from golden flax is stable for almost 2 years, without having to reduce the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the flax (the solution employed when brown flax is used). In addition, using a super fine grind specifically for use in beverages means that the ground flax will mix beautifully in liquids and help give a wonderful creamy texture to the drink. Benefits of regular flax consumption include:
- Nine major studies have reported that ALA levels are inversely correlated with primary cardiovascular events. The results are persuasive because most of these studies gathered data from large sample populations and/or over multiple years.1
- Studies have shown that an ALA-rich diet is associated with a reduced risk of plaque in the carotid arteries. Not surprisingly, then, a case-control study of middle-aged men found that ALA was associated with a 28-37% decrease in the risk of stroke.2
- Several studies, including the National NHLBI Family Heart Study, have found that dietary ALA is associated with a lower prevalence of hypertension and lower systolic blood pressure.3, 4, 5
- In clinical studies, omega-3's have been shown to dissolve tumors, with over 1000 documented cases of successful cancer treatment--although the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA appear to work better in this regard.6
- Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of lignans, a type of beneficial phytoestrogen--more than three times higher than chia seeds and eight times higher than sesame seeds. (Note: flaxseed oil does not contain lignans, only the flax meal with the fiber.) These lignans have anti-tumor properties,7 and studies have shown that they might provide anywhere from a 42-71% reduced risk of breast cancer mortality.8, 9
- Flaxseed contains approximately 28% soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, with about 30-40% of the total being soluble. Research has shown that fiber lowers cholesterol, modulates glucose, improves gastro-intestinal function, and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Sufficient fiber in the diet is vital to good health. The average American only consumes about 8.75 grams of fiber per day, but to prevent colon and breast cancer and aid in the prevention of heart disease, you need between 25-30 grams of fiber a day.
- And finally, since flaxseed contains all of the essential amino acids, it is a good source of complete protein.
Rice Protein - 2,501 mg
Brown rice protein is an excellent source of vegan, hypo-allergenic protein (unlike dairy, egg, and soy proteins). In addition, brown rice is a complete protein, with one of the highest Protein Efficiency Ratios known--virtually matching whey, even for bodybuilders.10 The Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) is the measure of protein available for the body to use. The PER is connected to the percentage of the protein in a food that is actually digested by the body. With rice protein, after 4 hours, better than 80% of the protein has been digested, compared to only about 57% for soy. The problem with rice protein, however, is that even though its taste is mild, it can tend to add a chalky consistency to anything it is added to. For that reason we blended it with Yellow Pea Protein.
Yellow Pea Protein - 2,501 mg
Pea protein is the perfect complement to rice protein for several reasons. First, it offers an improved amino acid profile. Like rice protein, it contains all nine essential amino acids, but is especially high in lysine, the amino acid that rice protein is most deficient in. The bottom line is that when used in combination, rice protein and yellow pea protein offer a superior Protein Efficiency Ratio that rivals dairy and egg -- but without their potential to promote allergic reactions. In addition, the texture of pea protein helps smooth out the "chalkiness" of rice protein.
Bamboo Fiber - 2,436 mg
Bamboo fiber represents a "new" type of dietary fiber derived from the fiber-rich parts of bamboo plants. It consists of more than 90% water insoluble fiber that cannot be broken down by the human body, so it bulks in the stomach, removes undesired metabolic by-products and shortens intestinal transit time. It also provides a wonderful, almost milk-like, consistency to the formula.
Rice Bran Solubles -- 1,999 mg
Stabilized rice bran solubles qualify as one of the world's great superfoods. They are high in fiber, obviously, but also high in protein and are one of the premier sources of antioxidants -- containing over 100 of them. Major health components of stabilized rice bran include:
- Hypoallergenic protein with all nine essential amino acids.
- Rich in E complex vitamins (contains the highest natural source of tocopherols and tocotrienols in nature). Studies have shown that tocotrienols play a role in helping with cancer, bone resorption, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurological diseases at both preclinical and clinical levels.11
- Rich in B complex vitamins.
- IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate), which may protect against prostate cancer.12
- The only source of gamma-oryzanol in nature. Gamma-oryzanol is a powerful antioxidant that has demonstrated cholesterol lowering abilities.13
- Minerals (including high amounts of potassium, magnesium and manganese) and trace minerals.
- Polyphenols, phytosterols, and sterolins (high quantities of Beta-sitosterol and Beta-sitosterolin).
- Mixed carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Dimethylglycine (DMG).
- Trimethylglycine (TMG).
- Lecithin (phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl serine).
- Ferulic acid.
- Squalene, which may be responsible for disrupting the DNA synthesis sequence that causes cancer cells to grow.14
- Alpha lipoic acid, which has been used to treat everything from diabetes, to prevention of vascular disease, hypertension, and inflammation.15
Activated Barley - 1,750 mg
A company in Sweden, Nutritech International AB, figured out a way to use low-temperature steam (produced in a partial vacuum) to take barley seeds just up to the point of sprouting -- before they turn gelatinous, but after the point where all the proteins and carbohydrates have been converted, and at a temperature low enough so that no enzymes are damaged. This turns out to be a remarkably interesting point for food. It's like the food is placed in a state of suspended animation at the point where all of the energy of the grain has been marshaled to sprout the seed -- and not yet expended in the act of sprouting. The result is a brand new superfood, called Activated Barley (or aktivated barley in Europe), with unbelievable properties.
- Like regular barley, activated barley ranks incredibly low on the glycemic index. It has a rating of 25 on the glycemic index scale and is classified as a low GI food. It does even better on the glycemic load scale with a rating of 11 for one cup of barley.
- It has all of the nutritional value of barley -- high levels of tocotrienols and beta glucans. In fact, pre-sprouting increases beta glucan levels by some 94% according to tests performed by AnalyCen in Sweden.
- It contains 1,000s of active enzymes.
- It is an ultra-long-chain carbohydrate that takes up to 4 hours to break down in the digestive tract -- thus providing a slow, sustained release of energy and insulin.
- Because the release is so slow, it actually lowers the body's insulin response.
- It provides over 400% more energy per calorie than any other food calorie known. (Despite what the FDA may tell you, not all calories are created equal.) As it turns out, there are two different ways to test for caloric value. The traditional way is by burning the product to determine the energy released. This is the FDA approved standard. However, a more meaningful test is to measure the metabolic calorie value -- that is: how much energy the BODY can use or produce from the food in question. For Activated Barley, the metabolic calorie value is 400% higher than a standard calorie such as fat.
- And studies have shown it can help lower cholesterol levels.16
Wheat Sprout Powder - 1,250 mg
In addition to bringing a wonderful sweet taste to the formula, wheat sprouts contain a very high level of organic phosphates and a powerful cocktail of different molecules17 such as enzymes, coenzymes, reducing glycosides, and polyphenols.18 In addition, they offer immune enhancement and detoxifying abilities and are an excellent source of vitamins C and E and protein. Studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of wheat sprouts are able to protect DNA against free-radicals mediated oxidative damage, thus inhibiting the progression of various cancers.19, 20
Spirulina Powder - 1,250 mg
Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing complete, balanced protein and a wide range of valuable nutrients. It is approximately 70% easily digestible protein and contains 18 out of 22 amino acids, including all of the essential amino acids, making it a great vegetarian source of complete protein. Even better, spirulina protein is 95% digestible compared to meat sources, which may be only 20% digestible. In addition, spirulina is an excellent source of B vitamins, vitamin E, highly bioavailable iron, and 14 naturally chelated minerals and numerous trace elements. Studies have shown that it not only helps lower blood fat levels, but is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.21 It also protects stem cells in the brain and, in fact, encourages their proliferation.22 And the antioxidants in spirulina have been shown to protect every cell in the body from free radical induced cell death.23
Chlorella Powder - 1,205 mg
In addition to being a great source of protein and all round nutrition, chlorella also has some very specialized benefits.
- Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and pesticides. Numerous research projects in the U.S. and Europe indicate that chlorella can aid the body in breaking down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as mercury, cadmium, and lead, DDT and PCB while boosting the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties - its ability to remove or neutralize poisonous substances from the body.24, 25, 26
- Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it possesses. Chlorella contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant. This makes chlorella great for blood cleansing and a great stimulator for the production of red blood cells in the body. It also inhibits the growth of both Candida27 and cancer.28
- Chlorella stimulates the activity of macrophages, NK cells, and T-cells by increasing interferon levels, thus enhancing the immune system's ability to combat foreign invaders whether they are viruses, bacteria, chemicals, or foreign proteins.29
- Chlorella is alkaline and helps balance your body's pH.
- Studies have shown that chlorella tends to normalize blood sugar in cases of hypoglycemia.30
Prune Powder - 1,200 mg
Prunes have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These damage-preventing substances are particularly effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical called the superoxide anion radical, and they have also been shown to help prevent oxygen-based damage to fats.31 Since our cell membranes, brain cells, and molecules such as cholesterol are largely composed of fats, preventing free radical damage to fats is a significant benefit. In fact, in a study out of Tufts University, prunes score among the highest in antioxidants that likely slow the aging process.32
Carrot Juice Powder - 900 mg
It is not an accident that carotenoids and carrots share the same root name. Carrot juice powder contains over 400 known carotenoids, in addition to offering one of the highest sources of true beta-carotene. And, of course, it adds a wonderful sweet taste to the final mix.
A 10 year study on coronary heart disease (CHD) found that foods with deeper shades of orange and yellow were protective against CHD--and carrots were determined to be the most protective of all, being associated with a 32% reduced risk of CHD.33 And it turns out that the health benefits of carrots are not limited to carotenoids. In addition, recent research has discovered a major class of phytonutrients in carrots called polyacetylenes (also found in American ginseng) that inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.34
Pomegranate Powder -- 276 mg
In the past few years, studies of pomegranates have shown components that inhibit skin cancer, breast cancer, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis. Pomegranate juice is an antioxidant powerhouse, packed with both the polyphenols that have made red wine and green tea famous and the ellagitannins that have made red raspberries one of the hottest food items in the anti-cancer arsenal. According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who drink just 2 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for a week increase antioxidant activity by some 9 percent. Supplementation with pomegranate extract makes sense if you are looking at cancer prevention,35 maintaining heart health,36 reducing bad cholesterol,37 lowering blood pressure,38 and protecting against free radicals and aging.
Wheatgrass Juice Powder -- 250 mg
Wheatgrass has been called one of nature's finest medicines. It contains chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins and nutrients that are essential for optimal health. The benefits of wheatgrass are enormous. These include correcting blood sugar imbalances, purifying the blood, enhancing hemoglobin production, neutralizing toxins, purifying the liver, and removing heavy metals from the body. Ultimately, though, the primary benefits of wheat grass juice are found in its ability to promote the growth of new blood cells and its ability to soothe and rebuild the intestinal tract.
A 2007 study found that wheatgrass juice taken during chemotherapy reduced the tendency of the chemotherapy to suppress the production of blood cells without diminishing the efficacy of the chemotherapy.39 In a similar vein, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that wheatgrass juice is an effective alternative to blood transfusions in terminally ill cancer patients.40 And a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology found that treatment with wheatgrass juice for ulcerative colitis was associated with significant reductions in overall disease activity and rectal bleeding.41
Nopal Opuntia -- 250 mg
Nopal is native to the southwestern desert regions of the United States and Mexico and has a whole range of health benefits (all proven in numerous studies, both animal and human). These include the ability to:
- Lower blood sugar levels by blocking absorption of sugar in the intestinal tract.42
- Lower overall cholesterol levels, improve the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides by preventing the conversion of blood sugar into fat and by eliminating excess bile acids, which would ultimately be converted into cholesterol.43
- Induce weight-loss by curbing appetite and facilitating the breakdown and excretion of fat.44
- Support the liver and pancreas as demonstrated by improved liver function and increased insulin production over time.45
Mangosteen Hull Powder -- 250 mg
Mangosteen contains a unique group of antioxidants called xanthones. Xanthones, particularly beta and gamma mangostin, work to maintain the immune system, support cardiovascular health, optimize joint flexibility, are naturally antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory, and are some of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature (over 14 times the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of red raspberries).46 In addition, recent studies have confirmed that gamma mangostin is a potent COX inhibitor, an important factor in reducing inflammation, pain, and fever. And a number of studies have demonstrated a pronounced ability to suppress tumor growth in breast cancer, prostate cancer, glioblastoma, and colon cancer patients.47
Noni Powder 5:1 -- 250 mg
The active biochemical in noni powder, proxeronine, is readily converted in the body to xeronine, an alkaloid, which is present, and necessary, in virtually every cell in the body. Raising the levels of xeronine to optimum levels can produce profound health effects, and noni appears unique in its ability to accomplish this.48 It also appears unique in its ability to trigger the release of nitric oxide from the body's cells. Nitric oxide is a key component in optimizing blood pressure,49 alleviating erectile dysfunction, and in fighting viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, and tumors. It's also associated with optimizing learning, memory, sleeping, and reducing the pain associated with inflammation and/or rheumatoid arthritis.50
Aloe Vera Powder 200:1 -- 250 mg
Aloe vera is an amazing mixture of more than 200 constituents, including polysaccharides, enzymes, glycoproteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The active polysaccharide fractions in aloe are called galacto-mannans or beta-glucomannans (also known as acemannans). These polysaccharides have been shown in laboratory studies to act as a bridge between foreign proteins (such as virus particles) and macrophage cells in the human body, facilitating the destruction of the invading protein by the macrophage. Among its documented benefits, aloe can:
- Make cells more resistant to viruses and pathogenic bacteria, by incorporating themselves into cell walls.51
- Improve overall cellular metabolism and functioning.
- Reduce inflammation.52
- Provide critical lubrication of joints and work as an anti-inflammatory; helping to prevent arthritis and to heal it once it has developed.53
- Aid in the absorption of water, minerals, and nutrients in the GI tract.
- Reduce pain.
- Improve vascular flow.
- Reduce scarring.54
- Improve macrophage activity as much as tenfold.55
- Enhance macrophage effectiveness in modulating the entire immune system.56
- Enhance macrophage effectiveness in stimulating, producing, and releasing antibodies.56
- Increase the body's own production of interferon, interleukins.
- Increase the number of antibody forming T-cells in the spleen.
- Increase the number and activity of killer T-cell and increase monocyte activity.56
- Fight fungal infections, such as: athlete's foot, ringworm, pruritus ani and vulvae, balnea, essential pruritus, Candida, and vaginal yeast infections.57
- Help heal athletic injuries such as: muscle cramps, sprains, strains, bruises, swelling, soreness, tendonitis, and bursitis.
- Soothe and promote the healing of intestinal disorders such as: indigestion, heartburn, hyper-acidity, peptic and duodenal ulcers, colitis, and hemorrhoids.
- Promote the healing of kidney disorders.
- Help with diabetes.
- Kill parasites such as: pinworms and threadworms.
- Speed wound healing by as much as 35%.54
- Reduce allergic reactions.
- Stimulate bone marrow activity.
- Stimulate fibroblasts to release collagen and elastin to make new tissue.54
Cordyceps Sinensis -- 199 mg
Cordyceps has properties similar to those of ginseng and has been used to strengthen and rebuild the body after exhaustion or long-term illness. It has also been used traditionally for impotence, neurasthenia, and backache. Recent research with extracts of cordyceps has yielded a protein-bound polysaccharide with high oral activity against tumors, as well as immunological enhancement.58 Cordyceps is widely employed to treat upper respiratory problems59 and the concomitant hypoxia.60 It has also been used to treat impotence,61 by athletes to increase endurance,62 and as an immunomodulator.63
Camu Camu -- 149 mg
Camu-camu is the single most concentrated source of Vitamin C found in nature, containing 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange.64 Camu-camu also contains thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin and is rich in bioflavonoids.
Cerniton/Graminex® Flower Pollen Extract -- 127 mg
Years ago, bee pollen was "the" superfood in the alternative health industry -- and for good reason. But over time, it was replaced by the next "hot" thing and the next hot thing after that. The simple truth, though, is that pollen still ranks as probably the single greatest superfood ingredient yet discovered. Just because something is old doesn't make it out of date. When I hiked the 212 miles of the John Muir Trail a number of years ago, bee pollen was my primary energy food. It sustained me as I hiked a pass a day, ranging from 10,000 to 14,500 feet in altitude.
Again, keep in mind that just because other superfoods have since come along (spirulina, chlorella, rice bran, noni, mangosteen, etc.) it doesn't lessen the value of the original great superfood. It's still number one. And, in fact, it has improved with age.
Back when I first used it, it was available only in the form of fresh bee pollen. Flower pollen extract, though, which wasn't even possible until advanced manufacturing methods were invented, is a much, much more powerful supplement than the original.
Its first advantage is that unlike bee pollen, flower pollen is remarkably clean (containing no bee parts or dirt) and is therefore close to allergy free.
It is also far more digestible. It is harvested directly from the flower, totally bypassing the bees. In addition, unlike bee pollen, which contains the whole pollen grain, Cerniton Graminex is an extract of the actual nutritive heart of the pollen -- eliminating the hard to digest and allergy causing outer pollen husk. Graminex flower pollen extract contains virtually every single known compound necessary for life, including: vitamins, amino acids, nucleic acids, minerals, long chain alcohols, unsaturated fatty acids, prostaglandin precursors, and plant hormones -- not to mention several thousand enzymes.
Because it has been around so long, flower pollen, and Cerniton/Graminex in particular, are backed by mountains of clinical studies. My medical library has over 400 pages of clinical study data supporting Graminex flower pollen extract -- related to just its benefits vis-à-vis the prostate. But, Graminex has also been shown to be effective against, cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, is also a powerful antimicrobial agent, protects the liver, and is a powerful antioxidant.65
This is a remarkable superfood ingredient.
Stevia Extract 98% Reb A - 5 mg
Whether in dry-leaf or concentrate form, stevia has the wonderful ability to help the body regulate blood sugar. Several researchers have reported that, in these natural forms, stevia seems to correct both high and low blood sugar--primarily as a result of its ability to re-vitalize beta cells in the pancreas.66, 67 Other scientists have stated that stevia appears to lower blood pressure, but does not seem to affect normal blood pressure.68
Astaxanthin -- 5 mg
The astaxanthin molecule is similar to beta-carotene, but all evidence indicates that it is a far more powerful biological antioxidant. Astaxanthin exhibits strong free radical scavenging activity and protects against lipid peroxidation and the oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol, cell membranes, and body tissues.69 It is extremely powerful at even very low levels. A normal supplemental dose is just 4 mg a day. And finally, astaxanthin has been the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications. Some of the findings include:
- Astaxanthin increases strength and endurance (2 - 8 times greater increase over baseline verses placebo in human clinical study).70
- At higher doses astaxanthin alleviates symptoms in patients with H. pylori (pre-ulcer indigestion).71
- Astaxanthin protects cells and mitochondrial membranes from oxidative damage.72
- It boosts the immune system by increasing the number of antibody-producing cells.73
- It prevents the initiation of cancer cells in the tongue, oral cavity, large bowel, bladder, uterus, and breast.74
- It alleviates stress and may assist the body in dealing with neurodegenerative conditions such as AMD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS.75
- It protects the eyes76 and skin77 from UV A and B damage by quenching singlet and triplet oxygen.
- It reduces the number of new abnormal cells in the liver.78
- And maybe most important of all, astaxanthin has been shown to protect the cardiovascular system.79, 80
Incidentally, 5 mg may not sound like a lot, but it's actually 125% of the standard daily dose. Astaxanthin is very potent.
Digestive Complex - 2 mg
Consisting of aspergillus-derived enzymes and charged electrolytes, this blend is a "green food activator" that increases the bioavailability of any green food supplement by 12 to 49 percent.
A question sure to come up is how this formula relates to the Accelerator™ meal replacement. And the answer is that although they share some ingredients in common, they have two entirely different purposes.
Accelerator™ is specifically designed to provide sustained energy throughout the day and to support a weight-loss program by incorporating herbs that minimize the glycemic response.
Private Reserve Superfood, on the other hand, was formulated to promote overall health and longevity. It was designed to be the ultimate superfood formula.
And yes, the two can be used together -- either blended in the same smoothie, or as part of a weight-loss program that makes use of one large Accelerator™ shake a day, supported by a scoop of Superfood mixed in juice or a smoothie each day.
This superfood formula is not a vitamin pill. It is not a protein supplement. Yes, it absolutely can be used as a full meal replacement, but the real reason you want to use it is that it contains over 200 naturally occurring antioxidants, and nearly 5,000 naturally occurring enzymes, including:
Neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid, 400 Carotenoids, Ellagitannins, Xanthones, Gamma mangostin, Preoexeronine, Acemannan, Cycloartenol, Cycloartanol, Cycloeucalenol, 24-Methylenecycloartanol, ß-Sitosterol, 24-Methylcholesterol, ß-Sitostenol, Stigmasterol, Stigmastenol, Campesterol, a-Tocopherol, ß-Tocopherol, g-Tocopherol, d-Tocopherol, a-Tocotrienol, ß-Tocotrienol, g-Tocotrienol, d-Tecotrienol, Furulic acid, a-Lipoic, Methyl ferulate, Coumaric acid, Sinapic acid, Isovitexin, a-Carotene, ß-Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthine, Proanthocyanidins, Campesterol, Stigmasterol, Avinasterol, Acylsterol glucoside, Oligoglycosyleterol, Monoglycosylsterol, and Methylsterol.
As mentioned at the top of this report, the report itself references over 80 scientific studies in support of the ingredients used in the formula--and it could have easily been five times that many. And remember, every ingredient is present in meaningful amounts as supported by those studies. No pixie dust ingredients are used in this formula. This truly is an elite formula, and not everyone is looking for that. It is designed for those who want the best and the most powerful superfood that money can buy…who want what Kristen and I use in our daily health regimen. If that's what you're looking for, then you'll love Private Reserve.
(Originally published 08/01/2004. Updated 12/17/2014.)
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