Regardless of your attraction or aversion to broccoli, it is definitely in the ranks of the healthiest vegetables. Besides the commonly talked about reasons broccoli is good for your health including the high fiber and nutrient content, researchers have begun identifying potent antioxidants with numerous health benefits.
One particular compound found in broccoli is an antioxidant called sulforaphane and it has been getting a lot of attention due to its positive health effects. In addition to broccoli, sulforaphane is found in other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, kohlrabi, and Brussels sprouts, but the highest concentrations of sulforaphane are found in young broccoli sprouts.40 The levels of sulforaphane found in vegetables decreases significantly when they are cooked. To get the most sulforaphane from your diet, incorporate broccoli sprouts and raw or lightly steamed preparations of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.
Some of the health benefits from sulforaphane were seen at relatively normal dietary intakes of cruciferous vegetables, however many of the positive effects require higher blood levels that would be difficult and impractical to safely obtain from diet alone. Instead, you can increase your daily intake by using sulforaphane-containing supplements such as Pinnaclife ImmuneBoost, Brain Health, and Joint Health. The use of these supplements would also be a great option for picky eaters or those that just do not like the taste of those types of vegetables.
We chose to include sulforaphane in several Pinnaclife Supplements specifically because of some of the documented effects including:
Eye Health Benefits
You may have heard that a daily glass of red wine may offer you some health benefits. While this may be the case, we understand that many people do not wish to consume alcohol and we certainly do not promote daily or excessive consumption of alcohol. However, we do understand that red wine and grapes contain some very important compounds and antioxidants that have been shown to have promising effects against a number of diseases and health conditions.
There have been countless studies published on the benefits seen from compounds found in grapes and red wine, with some of the most promising research being conducted on the antioxidant trans-resveratrol. This is one of the reasons that many of the Pinnaclife Supplements contain trans-resveratrol in the form of grapevine and red wine extract. The grapevine is actually one of the most potent sources of trans-resveratrol, providing an excellent source for supplements since it is not used for food or winemaking.
It is important to note that the negative effects of alcohol greatly outweigh any benefits you might receive from excessive consumption of red wine, so you should never attempt to “supplement” resveratrol by drinking more wine. The use of grapevine and red wine extracts allows us to safely provide you with the most beneficial compounds found in grapevines and red wine without exposing you to the undesirable effects of alcohol.
Trans-resveratrol and Brain Health
While trans-resveratrol has been shown to have significant benefits for a wide variety of health conditions, some of the most recent and exciting research pertains to the role of trans-resveratrol in preventing, slowing, or even treating some brain or neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.
A clinical study (http://gumc.georgetown.edu/news/Resveratrol-Impacts-Alzheimers-Disease-Biomarker) was recently released showing that supplementing with trans-resveratrol had favorable effects in lowering specific biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease, leading researchers to conclude that trans-resveratrol likely plays a role in slowing the progression or even preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, the research indicated that supplementing trans-resveratrol might help shift the balance and prevent the buildup of amyloid-beta protein in the brain.
Other studies have shown that resveratrol helps to facilitate the breakdown of beta-amyloid that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and protects the brain from beta-amyloid toxicity. It has also been shown to have protective effects by regulating several enzymatic pathways in the brain such as neuronal AMP kinases, mitogen-activated protein enzymes (MAP kinases), and SIRT-1.1,2
Other Potential Benefits from Trans-Resveratrol
Many times, several medical conditions exist at the same time in a single patient. That is to say, people who are obese also have an increased risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Someone with diabetes has a much greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disorders. The fact that trans-resveratrol has proven benefits in such a wide variety of these conditions simply highlights the important role that it can play in promoting optimum health and longevity.
We’ve all heard that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but perhaps we need to add a third “food group” into the mix and also aim to eat more spices. As medical professionals are increasingly looking back to natural foods for their healing properties, they are learning that there are quite a few natural spices that contain potent and healing ingredients. Amongst the spices, there is one that seems to stand out the most with regards to its safety and potential to address a wide variety of ailments, and that spice is turmeric.
Turmeric is an Asian spice produced from the Curcuma longa plant, which is closely related to ginger. The plant has yellow/orange rhizomes (like ginger) that are dried and ground to create a fine yellow powder that is most commonly known for its use in curries and other Asian and Indian dishes. Turmeric is also commonly used as a natural yellow food dye in foods like yellow mustard, chicken stock, pickles, and much more. The spice has been used for thousands of years in cooking and medicine and is even considered sacred among many cultures that use it in religious ceremonies and festivals.
Researchers have been looking at turmeric to determine what makes it so special, and have discovered that it contains several phytonutrients and antioxidants with some potent biochemical properties. Perhaps the most important of these compounds is an antioxidant called curcumin. There is a growing body of evidence that shows curcumin exhibits a wide variety of beneficial effects throughout the body. It is most well-known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects but is even being looked at for its ability to boost the immune system, promote good mental health, and protect the brain and heart. This is why we have included curcumin in several of the Pinnaclife Supplements including Joint Health, Mood Support, Sleep Support, and Brain Health.
What the Science Says:
Anti-inflammatory effects:Curcumin is an extremely potent antioxidant that reduces inflammation by preventing oxidative damage and by reducing several pro-inflammatory molecules including TNF-α, COX 1 and 2, α1-acid glycoprotein, and myeloid differentiation protein.1–3 It has been shown to have similar efficacy for pain and inflammation as some NSAIDs, without the increased risk of cardiovascular problems or ulcers. Almost all diseases have an inflammatory component that contributes to many of the symptoms and complications. The fact that curcumin can help address inflammation is likely part of the reason it has been shown to be beneficial in so many disease states.
Cardiovascular Disease: Supplementing with curcumin has been linked to improved cholesterol levels (lower LDL and higher HDL), fewer fatty streak lesions in the aorta, decreased peroxidation of LDL cholesterol, and protection from some cardio-toxic anti-cancer treatments.4 Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties provide additional protection against some of the common causes and complications of cardiovascular disease.
Exercise and Endurance: Curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve recovery time following exercise induced muscle damage.5 The heart is also a muscle, so the benefits seen in muscles during exercise are also likely behind some of the cardio-protective properties seen with curcumin.
Anti-Cancer / Chemoprevention:curcumin has been shown to have protective effects against a number of types of cancers, while also protecting cells from chemical induction of cancers with known carcinogens.6–12 The effects are thought to be from a combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, DNA-protective, and enzyme inducing effects.13
Brain Health / Neurotransmission / Cognition / Stress:Curcumin has been shown to protect against neurological damage from both free radicals and inflammation. It has been shown to modulate levels of various neurotransmitters and to increase levels of an important compound that stimulates neuronal growth called "brain-derived neurotrophic factor."14–18
Immune Health:curcumin has been shown to favorably regulate the activity of immune cells including T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, and natural killer cells. At low doses it was also shown to enhance antibody responses.19
While we know that you can get curcumin by incorporating more turmeric in your diet, you are not likely to gain all of the benefits of curcumin without the use of special dietary supplements. One of the major problems with curcumin is that it does not get absorbed very well from the digestive tract. This means that even when you eat a large amount of turmeric, very little curcumin gets absorbed into your blood stream. This also means that supplements using standard turmeric or extracts are not very good at getting adequate amounts of curcumin to the cells that need it the most.
Pinnaclife supplements incorporate a specially modified type of soluble curcumin that has been shown to be readily absorbed through your digestive tract into the blood stream, delivering the healing properties of curcumin directly to cells throughout your body. This is a distinguishing feature of the Pinnaclife supplements that makes them unique to many other turmeric or curcumin containing supplements on the market. We know that simply adding turmeric into our supplements would not provide you with adequate amounts of curcumin, so we made sure to find an ingredient that would meet your needs and deliver results both safely and affordably.