This product contains over 200 naturally occurring antioxidants, and nearly 5,000 naturally occurring enzymes, including:
Neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid, 400 carotenoids, Ellagitanins, 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.
Flax is one of the richest sources of valuable omega-3 fatty acids, 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. Premium Gold Flax utilizes a patented seed selection and cleaning process that results in a superior flaxseed that remains stable under a wide variety of food processing, distribution, and handling conditions for up to two years after the milling of the seed. The full nutritional value of flaxseed is delivered where it's intended---in the food products you purchase from Baseline Nutritionals. In addition, Premium Gold Flax offers a super fine grind specifically for use in beverages that mixes beautifully and helps give a wonderful creamy texture to your health supplement drink. Benefits of regular flax consumption include:
Brown rice protein is high in cysteine and methionine, but tends to be low in lysine. Yellow pea protein, on the other hand, tends to be low in the sulfur containing amino acids, cysteine and methionine; but is high in lysine. The bottom line is that when used in combination, brown rice protein and yellow pea protein offer a Protein Efficiency Ratio that begins to rival dairy and egg, but without their potential to promote allergic reactions, gas or bloating. The end product is 80% or higher in protein and unlike dairy, whey, soy, or egg proteins, is 100% hypoallergenic. It is highly soluble and mixes easily into water, juice, or foods.
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. The Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) is the measure of actual protein available for the body to use. The PER is connected to the percentage of the protein 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.
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. Bamboo fiber also provides a wonderful, almost milk-like, consistency to the formula.
Stabilized rice bran is one of the world's great superfoods. It's high in fiber, obviously, but also high in protein and is one of the premier sources of antioxidants. Major health components of stabilized rice bran include:
Before we actually get into the details of Activated Barley, we need to look briefly at barley in general.
Research conducted in Canada, the United States, and Australia has shown that barley can play a significant role in lowering blood cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Other studies have shown that non-insulin dependent diabetics (Type II) had improved blood sugar levels as a result of including barley in their diet. It should be noted that barley rates an astoundingly low 27 on the glycemic index. That's 22 percent less than skim milk! And yet which one is banned from the low carb no grain diets?
In addition, barley has high concentrations of tocotrienols, antioxidant compounds that work to suppress the activity of the first rate-limiting enzyme (HMG-CoA Reductase) in the liver, thus reducing cholesterol synthesis. And barley is one of the highest known sources of beta-glucans, carbohydrates (there's that word again) that also provides remarkable system support properties and has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and lipid levels among diabetics in clinical trials.
Historically, barley has been used for thousands of years. The Roman army marched on it. It was the primary staple of their diet. They picked up that trick from the Greek gladiators who trained on it and were known as "barley eaters." (So much for meat being the food of choice for macho men.)
In ancient Rome, a food made from sprouted barley, honey, and colostrum was used to sustain infants whose mother's died in childbirth. In more recent years, the same formula has been used by the UN to prevent starvation in 3rd world countries.
The problem with barley is that it's extremely gelatinous. All attempts to dry it and package it for commercial distribution failed until a company in Sweden figured out a way to use low-temperature steam (produced in a partial vacuum) to take the barley just up to the point of sprouting -- before it turns 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 pearl and not yet expended in the act of sprouting, hence the name “Activated Barley.”
And in fact, this Activated Barley superfood produces some astounding numbers on the Bovis Scale.
If you are not familiar with the Bovis Scale, it was developed by a French physicist and quantifies or measures how positively or negatively charged a substance is. For living organisms, the key reference point on the scale is found at 6,500 Bovis Energy Units. From 0 to 6,500, the charge is in the negative range, or life-detracting, while above the 6,500 point the energy gradually becomes more positive, or life-enhancing.
The desired minimal energy level for humans is found between 8,000 to 10,000 Bovis Energy Units, or slightly positive. The Earth itself creates energy in the 7,000 to 18,000 range. This energy is also referred to as "Biophotons", which are light particles invisible to our eyes. This positive radiation is necessary to the maintenance of life on Earth.
A simple way of describing Bovis Energy Units would be to call them "Bio-Photon-Activating" Energy Units.
Bottom line: This new pre-sprouted ultra-long-chain carbohydrate found in pre-sprouted/Activated barley registers between 100,000 to 320,000 on the Bovis Scale. That is unheard of for food. The only thing I've ever seen higher than that is specially treated water.
Note: While the concept of the Bovis scale is based on sound theory, and the results on the body of the ingestion of high Bovis foods and water is clearly observable, accurate methods for measuring substances on the Bovis scale are in short supply. At this point in time, it is probably best to consider Bovis ratings as general indicators, rather than as accurately verifiable numbers.
The Properties of Activated Barley:
In addition to bringing a wonderfully sweet taste to any superfood formula, wheat sprouts also bring enhanced antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, and coenzymes to the mix. In addition, they offer immune enhancement and detoxifying abilities and are an excellent source of vitamins C and E and protein.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing complete, balanced protein and a wide range of valuable phytonutrients. Spirulina 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 supports your body's natural ability to cleanse itself of some unwanted elements.
The use of algae (and specifically chlorella) by municipal water departments to remove heavy metal ions from wastewater is steadily increasing throughout the world.
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 assist with oxygen-based damage to fats. 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, prunes have the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of any food tested.
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 wonderfully sweet taste to the final mix.
In the past few years, studies of pomegranates have shown components that inhibit 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. According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who drank just 2 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for a week increased antioxidant activity by some 9 percent. Supplementation with pomegranate extract makes sense if you are looking at maintaining a healthy heart, reducing bad cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against free radicals and aging.
Wheatgrass has been called one of nature's finest medicines. It contains chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients that are essential for a healthy body. The benefits of wheatgrass are enormous. These include:
Nopal cactus 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:
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, and are some of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature (over 14 times the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of red raspberries). In addition, recent studies have confirmed that gamma mangostin is a potent COX inhibitor.
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. 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, alleviating erectile dysfunction, and it's also associated with optimizing learning, memory, sleeping, and reducing the aches associated with inflammation and/or rheumatoid arthritis.
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 and macrophage cells in the human body, facilitating the destruction of the invading protein by the macrophage. Among their documented benefits are:
Cordyceps Mushroom has properties similar to those of ginseng and has been used for immune system support and to rebuild the body after strenuous exercise.
Recent research with extracts of cordyceps has yielded a protein-bound polysaccharide with high immunological enhancement. Cordyceps Mushroom is one of the most valued fungi in all Chinese medicine, among the most potent, and is widely employed to support respiratory health, sexual desire, immune system health, by athletes to increase endurance, and for overall immune system support.
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. Camu-Camu also contains bioflavonoids.
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. And, in fact, it has improved with age.
Years ago 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 health 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, 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 Graminex in particular, are backed by mountains of clinical studies -- particularly in terms of its benefits vis-à-vis the prostate.
This is a remarkable superfood ingredient.
Whether in dry-leaf or concentrate form, stevia has the wonderful ability to help the body regulate blood sugar levels. Several researchers have reported that, in these natural forms, stevia seems to correct both high and low blood sugar. Other scientists have stated that stevia appears to lower blood pressure, but does not seem to affect normal blood pressure.
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 oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol, cell membranes, and body tissues. 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:
Consisting of aspirgillus-derived enzymes and charged electrolytes, Digestive Complex is a "green food activator" that increases the bioavailability of any green food supplement by 12 to 49 percent.
Wild crafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or wild" habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It means the plants are uncultivated, and harvesting takes place wherever they may be found. Ethical wild crafting means that the harvesting is done sustainably.