Sunfood™ Superfoods – Featured Brand

Sunfood SuperfoodsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Sunfood™ Superfoods was born of the belief that diet and nutrition hold the secrets to health, energy and longevity. Since 1995, family operated Sunfood™ has led the charge to discover the science behind the wide ranging powers of diverse, nutritionally rich plant foods to rejuvenate health and wellbeing. Products are manufactured in a 40,000 sf gluten-free facility located in San Diego, California. Sunfood™ partners with farmers worldwide to secure high quality raw materials, as well as support long term, fair-trade sustainable organic farming. Raw materials are held to an exceptionally high standard of acceptance by their internal quality assurance team.

To aid nutrient retention, raw foods are not cooked, baked or roasted but are safely harvested and processed to retain their enzymatic activity and boost nutritional potency without heat or chemicals. Sourced from organic, Non-GMO farms, their non-raw superfoods provide the highest quality superfood nutrition. Packaging is light, moisture and oxygen proof to aid nutrient retention and keep the ingredients fresh and delicious. A superfood is a nutrient-dense, low calorie food that is naturally high in antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients. Superfoods are considered a natural solution for improved energy, immunity, longevity and overall wellbeing.

Professional Supplement Center now offers these and other products from Sunfood™ Superfoods:

Chlorella TabletsChlorella Tablets: Chlorella tablets are processed from pure, gently dried broken cell wall  chlorella powder that is pressed into tablets without the use of binders, fillers and additives. A detoxifying and alkalizing multifaceted potent superfood, chlorella provides protein and an array of vitamins and minerals. Chlorella is grown indoors in a controlled environment and is tested to ensure purity. Gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan formulation.

Maca PowderMaca Powder: Vitamin and mineral rich maca has been utilized traditionally for centuries to enhance strength and endurance. Sunfood’s raw maca powder is sustainably grown at high elevations untouched by pollution, where it is sundried and low temperature processed to retain the quality of its natural nutrients. Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Organic, kosher, gluten-free vegan formulation.

Organic SupergreensOrganic Supergreens: This dynamic, raw whole-food formula provides 19 vegan, organic and wild-crafted green superfoods. An alkalizing and energizing nutritional blend, Organic Supergreens features grasses, dark leafy vegetables, herbs, algae and sea vegetables, as well as enzymes and a probiotic complex, in support of proper digestive health, immune function and overall wellness. Free of gluten, grains, additives, fillers and preservatives, Non-GMO, USDA Certified Organic, vegan formulation.

The Bioactivities of Quercetin

QuercetinJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Widely found in fruits and vegetables, phenolic substances known as flavonoids have antioxidant properties shown to mitigate chronic diseases associated with oxidative stress. Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients that possess a wide spectrum of biological activities believed to influence dysregulated disease processes. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables provide thousands of polyphenols linked to prevention of cancer and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Plant foods are the richest source of bioflavonoids, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and other healthy compounds that exhibit activity against metabolic and inflammatory disorders.

Technically considered a plant pigment and designated a subclass of flavonoids known as flavonols, quercetin is found largely in red and green plant foods, such as onions, cruciferous vegetables, berries, dark cherries, grapes, tea, apples and citrus fruits. It is known for its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, anti-obesity, antihypertensive, anticholesterolemic and vasodilating effects. Quercetin is one of the most widely used essential nutrients known to help prevent metabolic and inflammatory disorders. Quercetin supports overall heath and healthy aging by inhibiting free radicals that damage cell membranes, negatively affect DNA and RNA, increase cell mutations and cause cell death, all underlying causes of age-related disease.

Inflammation: Inflammation has been found to be a risk in the development of many chronic diseases. While acute inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to trauma, injury or infection, low level chronic inflammation can result in autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as a host of other often serious diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, cognitive impairment and cancer. Studies have shown that quercetin metabolites have potent biopotential to inhibit inflammatory mediators behind the development of chronic conditions.

Cardiovascular disease prevention: Diets rich in colorful fruits and vegetables play a major role in healthy cardiovascular function and disease prevention. Because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, flavonols protect LDL cholesterol from free radical damage and may also improve the health of blood vessel walls, lowering the risk of damaging atherosclerosis. Along with other flavonols, quercetin has proven effective in helping to prevent platelet aggregation, a known component of heart disease that contributes to blood clot formation and can lead to strokes.

Weight management: Quercetin specifically inhibits fat accumulation in mature fat cells and simultaneously triggers programmed cell destruction, or apoptosis, in existing fat cells. Quercetin inhibits fat cell production, helping to reduce fat deposits in the body. By minimizing the circulating markers of inflammation that are directly related to obesity, quercetin may also aid healthy weight management.

Allergic conditions: As an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, quercetin helps to naturally lower symptoms related to seasonal and food allergies. When an allergy or sensitivity is detected, the immune system releases chemicals known as histamines, resulting in sneezing,  runny nose, coughing and other uncomfortable allergic symptoms. Quercetin helps to stabilize the release of histamine, reducing symptoms with little or no side effects. As well, quercetin has been known to exhibit antibacterial effects against numerous bacterial strains, particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and dermal systems.

Neurodegenerative disorders: Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are associated with neural-inflammatory processes in the central nervous system. Researchers are studying the potential of flavonoids to modulate neuronal function to guard against age-related neurodegeneration. Due to their beneficial effects on the vascular system and their ability to inhibit oxidative damage, flavonoids may help to limit neurodegeneration, as well as support healthy cognitive performance.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality nutritional supplements in support of overall healthy function:

Quercetin 250 mgQuercetin 250 mg by Vital Nutrients: This potent bioflavonoid formula provides 250 mg of quercetin dihydrate per capsule in support of healthy respiratory and sinus function, as well as inflammatory balance. Free of gluten, wheat, milk, casein, soy, eggs and sugar.

Quercetin Ascorbate...Quercetin Ascorbate Powder by Designs for Health®: This professional powdered formula provides 500 mg of quercetin along with 500 mg of synergistic vitamin C in support of healthy inflammatory and allergic responses and free radical damage protection. Gluten free formulation.

Vitamin C with...Vitamin C with Quercetin by Integrative Therapeutics®: This synergistic formulation combines vitamin C, quercetin and citrus bioflavonoids for powerful antioxidant, immune, and respiratory support. Free of sugar, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Vegan formulation.

References:
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of quercetin and its derivatives. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464617306588
Understanding Inflammation. https://www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/spring-summer-2016/articles/understanding-inflammation
Quercetin, Inflammation and Immunity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808895/
Overviews of Biological Importance of Quercetin: A Bioactive Flavonoid. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5214562/
4 Ways Quercetin Fights Weight Loss. https://vitamindecade.blog/2019/03/19/4-ways-quercetin-fights-weight-loss/

 

Oh, My Aching Joints!

OsteoarthritisJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common progressive and degenerative joint disorder, as well as the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Due to the obesity epidemic and aging of the population, OA is expected to affect one in four adults, or 67 million people, by the year 2030. Arthritis is a term for a diverse group of chronic painful inflammatory conditions that negatively affect joints and surrounding structures. Many factors are involved in the epidemiology or root causes of OA, particularly in the weight bearing joints. These can include genetic predisposition, aging, obesity, muscle weakness and female gender. Additionally, joint injury or deformity, recurring joint movement, overuse such as with sports, or repetitive heavy lifting can repeatedly damage joints, tendons and ligaments and speed cartilage breakdown, resulting in painful movement and other symptoms.

As OA most often affects middle-aged and elderly people, many think of the disease as simply normal “wear and tear” on the joints. This is inaccurate, however, as OA affects not only the joint but also the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. Breakdown of cartilage that normally cushions the ends of bones between the joints occurs over time, as tendons and ligaments deteriorate. Bone spurs may develop on joint edges, accompanied by various degrees of joint lining inflammation. The estimated lifetime risk of symptomatic knee OA is approximately 40 percent in men and 47 percent in women. That risk increases to 60 percent in those who are considered overweight or obese with a BMI greater than 30. Symptomatic OA is generally defined by the presence of joint pain, aching, tenderness, stiffness and mild swelling, as well as loss of flexibility, making movements like walking, climbing stairs and even holding onto objects difficult.

As there are no proven protocols for reversing damage caused by OA, treatment is aimed at reducing joint pain and improving function. Modifying certain risk factors may reduce the risk of OA and may help prevent subsequent pain, stiffness and disability.

Weight maintenance: Carrying extra body weight puts additional pressure on weight bearing joints. Weight loss, if needed, can lessen the stress on the knees, hips and back and help prevent further damage. Metabolically active fat tissue produces cytokines that can cause harmful, painful inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. Maintaining a healthy weight helps to ease symptoms such as pain and swelling.

Exercise: Physical activity is considered one of the most beneficial ways to manage symptoms of OA. Regular gentle exercise such as walking, yoga, tai chi, stretching or swimming can effectively improve balance and strengthen muscles, as well as increase range of motion and reduce pain and stiffness. Exercise can help to prevent muscle weakness and may also improve balance, making one less susceptible to falls and fractures. Physical therapy can be helpful to strengthen muscles and stabilize affected joints. Exercising to the point of pain is not recommended and is an indication that the exercise intensity level needs to be lowered.

Nutrition: Following a balanced, whole food anti-inflammatory diet such as the Mediterranean diet can help to improve OA symptoms. This healthy fiber-rich diet provides immune and health supportive nutrients which mitigate painful inflammation and also keep chronic age-related diseases at bay. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are likely to worsen inflammatory conditions, while foods rich in antioxidants may help reduce inflammation induced cell and tissue damage.

Nutritional Supplements: Glucosamine sulfate provides raw material needed for the maintenance and repair of healthy cartilage and other joint structures. Chondroitin protects the cartilage and attracts fluids that help cushion joints. Botanicals such as ginger, rosemary and turmeric have naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds. Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been consistently shown to have anti-inflammatory activities that have a positive effect on joint swelling and flexibility.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality nutritional supplements in support of overall healthy function:

Advanced Pain...Advanced Pain Formula by Diamond Formulations: Advanced Pain Formula provides specific ingredients that relieve minor aches and pains, support healthy joint function and encourage a normal stress and inflammatory response. Ingredients include magnesium malate, MSM, turmeric, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. Free of wheat, soy, yeast, gluten, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Non-GMO kosher formulation.

Arthroben Unflavored...Arthroben™ Unflavored/Unsweetened by Designs for Health: This powdered formula provides collagen peptides and flavonoids for the dietary management of metabolic processes of osteoarthritis. Specific ingredients help to reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection to support joint health and deliver nutritional building blocks for cartilage, ligaments and skin. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Glucosamine/MSM with...Glucosamine/MSM with Joint Comfort Herbs by Pure Encapsulations®: This formula provides glucosamine sulfate, MSM, ginger and turmeric in support of healthy cartilage formation, as well as joint structure and function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Bone and Joint...Bone and Joint Support by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This comprehensive formula provides quantum-state support for proper joint function and a healthy inflammatory response, as well as healthy bones and joint tissues. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

 

References:
Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920533/
By The Numbers. Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions (AORC). https://www.boneandjointburden.org/docs/By%20The%20Numbers%20-%20Arthritis_4E_Nov%202018%20%282%29.pdf
Osteoarthritis. https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/osteoarthritis/
What is the best diet for osteoarthritis? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322603.php