Enhance Metabolic Function with Thrivous Vitality
Longevity and healthy aging may seem like navigating a minefield. Do you feel like you are living life on the edge? Are you waiting for a miniature mine located in some system in your body to implode? Preventative measures support healthy aging on a molecular level.
Supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. However, nature does provide powerful tools to support optimal metabolic functioning for better aging.
Metabolism is the constant chemical dance taking place on a molecular level to transform, store, and burn energy and remove generated byproducts.
“Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transformed from one form to another.” - Natural Law of the Conservation of Energy
We consume (or eat) three forms of energy:
- Carbohydrates (broken down into glucose),
- Proteins (broken down into amino acids), and
- Fats (broken down into glycerol and fatty acids).
The body, however, mostly only burns energy as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Metabolism involves catabolic processes, to break down and convert food to storable and usable energy. And it involves anabolic processes, to generate new cells for growth and maintenance.
The body readily shifts from catabolic and anabolic processing based on available fuel sources and current energy output.
Role of Mitochondria
Mitochondria are tiny organs contained inside a cell. It is in the mitochondria where the body breaks down glucose and fats (with the help of oxygen) into ATP. Mitochondria are like the boiler in a steam engine. They are the energy producers of the cell and are found in almost every cell in the human body.
Some cells (mainly in the brain, heart, and eyes) live and function as long as the body does. But most human cells, especially those in the blood and digestive systems, die and need to be replaced every 3 to 120 days. Roughly 1% of all cells in the human body have to be replaced daily.
For healthy cell turnover, precise DNA replication keeps our bodies on a smooth path for healthy aging, with active mitochondria providing plenty of energy.
Role of Blood Glucose
Red blood cells are one of the few cells in the body lacking mitochondria. However, they are the truckers delivering glucose and fatty acids to the mitochondria to formulate ATP.
Carbohydrates are converted by the body into glucose. Insulin, secreted by the pancreas, facilitates moving glucose across cell walls and into the mitochondria for breakdown.
If blood sugar levels drop too low, it interferes with cognitive functioning since carbohydrates are the fuel used by the nervous system. On the other hand, years of frequent heavy carbohydrate loading may result in high blood sugar levels. When this happens, the body either does not produce enough insulin or becomes insensitive to insulin.
If insulin cannot move glucose into cells, the body turns to fat for fuel. That may sound tempting to only burn fat to increase weight loss, but it is deadly. The body cannot dispose of large amounts of the waste byproduct (ketones) from converting fat to ATP. When ketones build up in the blood, it can lead to a coma and death.
The Intricate Biochemical Dance
Your body works hard to give you what you want when you want it. Unfortunately, the metabolic system is surprisingly delicate.
Free radicals (unstable highly-reactive unbonded molecules) are a natural byproduct of generating ATP. A free radical’s need to stabilize its ion charge creates destructive reactions that can damage DNA. This plays a role in speeding up the aging process.
To improve the life of an engine, you change the oil on time as recommended by the manufacturer. If you do not, the microscopic flecks of metal from the natural wear inside the engine reduce its performance and life.
Attention to diet and exercise changes your oil, so to speak, to reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. For example, blueberries are a functional food proven to offset DNA damage caused by free radicals. Dietary supplements containing anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are preventative tools to promote a longer, healthy life.
Thrivous Vitality Geoprotector
Thrivous Vitality fine-tunes the metabolic system by supporting cell functioning and blood sugar levels with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients.
Berberine Hydrochloride 500mg - with Milk Thistle Fruit Extract 100mg
The chemical compound berberine is found in the roots and stems of various plants, including goldenseal, phellodendron, and bayberry. Studies find a strong and consistent result between berberine use and reduction on both fasting blood glucose and three-month average blood sugar levels as measured by hemoglobin A1C. In addition, berberine studies indicated a notable minor effect on total cholesterol levels.
In a 2017 study involving 80 participants, berberine was shown to significantly lower blood glucose, blood lipids, insulin resistance, and inflammatory markers in one month over the control group using Western methods. A meta-analysis found clinical trials use between 500-1500mg of berberine per day split into three doses.
Adding Milk Thistle (silymarin) in a 1 to 5 ratio was shown to increase berberine’s efficacy in a year-long controlled study of obese patients with type II diabetes. Silymarin increased berberine’s bioavailability and reduced uric acid activity.
Berberine appears safe in this dosage range. However, it may interact with several medications and in high amounts cause gastronomical issues. We recommend seeking advice from your medical practitioner before use.
Blueberry Fruit Extract 1400mg (25% Anthocyanin)
Blueberries are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. A study found consuming blueberries pre-workout may significantly increase cytokines levels to improve the body’s inflammation and immune responses to exercise-induced stress.
Examine.com reports a consistent, notable protection from DNA damage with blueberry supplementation, either eaten as a whole food or as an extract. The reduction in DNA damage appears to be acute, meaning daily doses provide metabolic cleaning power.
In one study, serum antioxidant status was measured after eating a high-fat meal, and measured again one week later after eating the same meal in addition to 100g of freeze-dried blueberry powder. Four hours after consumption, the meal that included blueberries presented up to 15% more serum antioxidants than the original meal.
Suggested dosages range from 500-1000mg of isolated anthocyanin from blueberry extract, or 60-120g of fresh blueberries.
Coenzyme Q10 100mg
Coenzyme Q10 is naturally produced by the body, but production goes down with age. And some people can have a Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. Coenzyme Q10 is stored in the mitochondria, helps generate ATP, and serves as an antioxidant to protect against free radicals produced during ATP production.
Several studies indicate Coenzyme Q10 has a notable ability to reduce lipid peroxidation (especially for polyunsaturated fats). One study found low Coenzyme Q10 levels were associated with high lipid peroxidation. As such, Coenzyme Q10 may help reduce oxidative stress.
The suggested dosage is between 90-200mg.
Thrivous Commitment to Quality
Thrivous is committed to providing the highest quality supplements with the scientific backing you need to make informed decisions regarding healthy aging. We triple-check our raw materials and final products with third-party laboratory identity, potency, and safety testing. In addition, we provide public access to every certificate of analysis (CoA) and quality lab report.
When you use Thrivous supplements, you know exactly what is in them and how they can benefit your goals to lead a long and productive life.
The best way to navigate potential health issues is with healthy living and attention to your metabolic processing markers. Thrivous Vitality supports optimal metabolic functioning for better aging.