Orange Juice as a Super Food

I always thought apple juice was an empty drink with lots of sugar, so I told my kids to drink it rarely and watered it down significantly when they really wanted it.  Now it seems that apple juice may help to  maintain acetylcholine levels, which could help support memory and recall.  So next time I call out the names of each of my four kids before arriving at the appropriate one I will reach for a glass of apple juice.

Orange juice too is now touted as being a super food especially helpful with diminishing inflammation throughout the body.  Besides having good doses of Vitamin C (highest in the pulp), orange juice is a great drink choice for its many health benefits.

If you are going to go nuts and allow your car to swerve into the Fast Food Drive-thru of choice, you better order some orange juice with your meal.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last month says OJ significantly neutralized the proinflammatory effect of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal and also prevented endotoxin increase.   Oranges are nature’s superfoods and are full of flavonoids and phytochemicals as well as vitamin C.

But what about the sugar?   Solution:  Purity Products’ Amazing Oranges!!

What a great way to get the benefits of oranges (plus many the benefits of many other orange fruits/vegetables) without all the sugar in juice.  It’s also very good if you are trying to watch your calories as orange juice can be highly caloric when trying to lose or maintain weight.  It’s a great way to start your day as a morning drink to help wake you up.  I have used it after a workout or before especially if I’m feeling sluggish.  It’s also good as an afternoon “pick me up”, and as everyone here at  Purity Products knows, it really gives you a great sense of vitality and clarity after you have it.  The triple action blend features 3 classes of phytonutrients: Carotenoids, Polyphenols and Bioflavonoids amplified with Vitamins C & D to support healthy energy, endurance, and mental clarity.

– Sabrina Levin

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We interrupt the regularly scheduled Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging post to highlight the increasingly popular Pycnogenol. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Pycnogenol – Clinically Tested Breakthrough from France
The phytonutrients in pine bark have a long tradition of use in “folk medicine.” The French explorer Jacques Cartier was introduced to tea made from boiling pine bark when Native Americans saved most of his crew from death by scurvy during the winter of 1534. In particular, the bark of the French maritime pine tree contains a distinct group of potent health-enhancing phytonutrients. These beneficial compounds, which include procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, are extracted from the bark by an automated, patented, multi-step procedure that avoids the use of potentially toxic solvents. The resulting water extract, patented and available as Pycnogenol, is pure and contains no additives. Because the bark is grown layer by layer over a period of more than 30 years before it is harvested, there are neither seasonal nor annual variations in the composition of its ingredients, in contrast to other herbal extracts. Its purity, potency and consistency is thus unmatched by other phytonutrient-rich extracts. Pycnogenol also has a tremendous amount of published research highlighting its many potential benefits.

The Link between Tree Bark and Human Health
The phytonutrients in Pycnogenol are absorbed into the human bloodstream very rapidly and once there act as a team of very efficient antioxidants. While certain compounds may be absorbed unmodified, several of these nutrients are acted upon by the beneficial bacterial population of the gut and are absorbed into circulation. The antioxidant prowess of Pycnogenol is evident from the fact that the consumption of as little as 50 mg of Pycnogenol three times daily substantially increases the total antioxidant capacity (oxygen radical absorbance capacity; ORAC) of the blood of healthy adults. The measurement of ORAC capacity in human serum is a good indicator of the ability of nutrients to perform antioxidant functions in living systems – meaning the antioxidants are likely to have an effect where they are intended. New research published in BMC Clinical Pharmacology shows that five days of dietary supplementation with 200 mg of Pycnogenol daily will stabilize elevated concentrations of antioxidants in the blood and that this increase in circulating antioxidant capacity can be maintained by continued supplementation with 200 mg daily.1 In addition, research findings published recently in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy demonstrate that consuming 300 mg of Pycnogenol even once produces powerful inhibition of cyclooxygenase enzymes in humans2, supporting our normal inflammatory response and providing yet another explanation for the benefits of Pycnogenol.

Pycnogenol also recycles vitamin C and vitamin E after those vitamins have become loaded with stray electrons, preserving their essential antioxidant functions. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant inside and between cells and in the blood, and vitamin E is the single most important lipid-based antioxidant that is present in every membrane in every cell. The ability of Pycnogenol to recharge these antioxidant vitamins gives you a huge advantage in your battle to control and minimize the effects of free radicals. Research also shows that, in addition to replenishing vitamins C and E, Pycnogenol stimulates the production of antioxidant enzymes in cells themselves, which serves as an important first line of defense for them against free radical attack.

1. Grimm T, Skrabala R, Chovanova Z, Muchova J, Sumegova K, Liptakova A, Durackova Z, Hogger P. Single and multiple dose pharmacokinetics of maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol®) after oral administration to healthy volunteers. BMC Clin Pharmacol 2006;6(1):4. doi:10.1186/1472-6904-6-4 (http://www.

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Exciting News on Perfect Multi Super Greens

Recently, Dr. Jensen at NIS Labs conducted some interesting research on our Perfect Multi Super Greens™ formula in order to learn more about its potent antioxidant action, immune supporting properties, and its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response. For those unfamiliar with the product, Perfect Multi Super Greens™ is our flagship multivitamin formula that combines a number of antioxidant vitamins and minerals with selected plant-based extracts and phytonutrients known to promote a variety of health benefits.
Dr. Jensen selected and performed a series of unique human cell-based in vitro assays to evaluate the specific inflammatory-support and immune modulating effects of the combined blend of vitamins and phytonutrients in Perfect Multi Super Greens™. The research revealed the following:
  • Perfect Multi Super Greens™ provides high amounts of antioxidants capable of entering and protecting live cells under conditions of oxidative stress.
  • The product increased cell viability and vigor by protecting cellular health in both the absence and presence of oxidative stress, reaffirming its potent antioxidant activity.
  • The product reduced the migration of PMN cells towards inflammatory mediators, highlighting Perfect Multi Super Greens’ anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The product inhibited mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation, indicating its potential for modulating the immune response, promoting a healthy immune system.
Together, these findings strongly support that Perfect Multi Super Greens™ has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immuno-modulatory properties. Dr. Jensen was impressed, and so were we!
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New Product Available – FiberBiotics Super Fiber Formula

We’re pleased to announce that FiberBiotics™ Super Fiber Formula is now available.

A new addition to Purity Products’ growing line of digestive health formulas, FiberBiotics™ is a great tasting blend of both soluble and insoluble fiber, a clinically tested probiotic, and a comprehensive phytonutrient blend.

For more info, please read our press release:

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