Glossary of Ingredients
Curcumin is an extract from the Indian spice turmeric. Curcumin is a natural compound that absorbs well in fats. It may have antioxidant activity and reduce inflammation. It may also prevent toxicity of the liver and kidneys when harmful drugs have been given and have protective properties in the circulatory system. Many studies of the bowel, breast, pancreas and liver focus on the health benefits of curcumin.
Green Tea’s biochemical properties can be divided into four aspects: antioxidant, anticarcinogen, anti-inflammatory and anti-radiation. Green Tea’s most active natural chemicals are called polyphenols, which mainly consist of catechins (3-flavanols). Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the flavanol that is found in high quantities and many studies of the bowel, prostate, pancreas and liver focus on its effects.
Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid found in tomato and other red, orange and pink fruit and vegetables. Mediterranean diets are high in lycopene and it absorbs well in the body because oils, including olive oil are in plentiful supply.
Pomegranate’s bright pink seeds are rich in nutrients. Pomegranate may have antioxidant and anti-heart disease properties thanks to the presence of vitamin C and multiple polyphenols, such as tannins, flavonols, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Pomegranate is well studied with regard to prostate health.
Selenium is an essential mineral micronutrient in humans. People on cholesterol lowering drugs or those with compromised intestinal absorption are at risk of not absorbing enough selenium. It is well studied in regards to pancreatic health but supplements should be avoided by people with normal levels of selenium and men with prostate health concerns.
- Selenium contributes to the normal function of the immune system+
- Selenium contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress+
Vitamin B1 or thiamine is an essential B vitamin required for the breakdown of sugars and amino acids. It is a water soluble vitamin which is found naturally in green vegetables. Absorption of thiamine is inhibited by alcohol consumption and by folic acid deficiency. Studies have focused on using thiamine to benefit the health of the liver.
Vitamin D is a vitamin with hormonal action that is fat soluble if sourced through the diet. It can also be made in the body by the action of sunlight on human skin. Vitamin D deficiency is still common and it is regularly prescribed as a supplement. Vitamin D is well studied in bone, bowel, breast and liver health.
- Vitamin D contributes to normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus+
- Vitamin D contributes to normal blood calcium levels+
- Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system+
- Vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division+
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which is found in plant based oils. It has antioxidant effects and stops fats becoming harmful when they are processed by the body. It also has a role in the nervous system. Vitamin E can be prescribed as a supplement when the liver or pancreas cause malabsorption of fat or vitamin E.
Zinc is a mineral that has to be sourced through diet. It affects the human body through cell division, making of proteins and growth and also has a variety of reproductive and immunologic functions. Zinc deficiency is associated with a large number of health problems and many studies of breast health in particular suggest zinc may be important.
- Zinc contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress+
- Zinc has a role in the process of cell division+
- Zinc contributes to normal DNA synthesis+
- Zinc contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism+
- Zinc contributes to normal metabolism of fatty acids+
+denotes claims adopted from the EU Register on nutrition and health claims