Through the process of enhancing the cells mitochondrial function and allowing the cells to process nutrients more effectively there are numerous other benefits yielded highlighted on this page.
Fatigue and Energy
It turns out that fatigue and aging are both linked to the “powerhouse” of our bodies, the mitochondria – the part of our cells where the air we breathe, and the food we eat are converted into energy. When the mitochondria convert molecules and nutrients into energy, the mitochondria themselves slowly break down, and aren’t repaired. This, in turn, is why we experience tiredness and wear and tear - which is evident in an aging body.
Fatigue is related to the metabolic energy available to an individual and ultimately to the many cells that perform their myriad of functions. The integrity of cell and intracellular membrane structures, especially in the mitochondria, is critical to cell function and energy production [2-3]. V&C Wafers provide cells and mitochondria with the glycophospholipids, other essential lipids and phytonutrients to enhance and replace membrane components needed for maintenance of cell and mitochondrial function. They are also necessary in the production of cellular energy to combat fatigue. Mitochondria are the most important source of cellular energy in our bodies. If their function is impaired, energy available to cells is limited to the Krebs Cycle. There are a number of conditions and substances that can impair mitochondrial function [4-5], but oxidative damage of mitochondrial lipids in membranes are the most counterproductive for healthy cell function. This may result in modification of the electrical potential barrier across the mitochondrial membrane that is essential in the electron transport chain generation of cellular energy molecules.
Study results using Membrane Lipid Replacement (MLR) with these lipids.
Using the Piper Fatigue instrument overall fatigue among participants was reduced within the 3-hour seminar by a mean of 39.6% (p<0.0001). All of the subcategories of fatigue showed significant reductions. Some subjects responded within 15 minutes, and the majority responded within one hour with increased energy and activity and perceived improvements in cognitive function, mental clarity and focus. There were no adverse events from the lipids during the study.
A step beyond anti-oxidants.
All bio-membranes are composed of a varying ratio of proteins and phospholipids. It is the phospholipids that are damaged and change over time (due to free-radical attack & oxidization). Anti-oxidants work to slow down this activity by neutralizing free radicals that damage membranes. However, if damage was already done, then traditional anti-oxidants have little ability to repair that damage. Now, with Vibrant & Clear Wafers, damaged phospholipids in membranes can simply be replaced by vibrant healthy phospholipids. This effectively returns the elasticity of the membranes, all leading to a vibrant and healthy energy.
Clinical trials and pre-clinical experiments, all published in peer reviewed medical journals, have shown the ability to stop and reverse membrane damage. In a study with an advanced-age sample group (average age 70 years), measured by mitochondrial function, using Membrane Lipid Replacement (MLR) for the first time as an all-natural functional food, they were able to restore membrane activity to levels normal for young healthy adults in just 8 weeks.
Brain Health / Cognition
Because the brain uses 20% of the oxygen we take in, phospholipids in the brain are more susceptible to oxidative damage that occurs over time and need to be replaced.
Research has shown that as we age, the amount of phosphatidylserine (PS) in our brain cells begins to decline. While PS is found in dietary sources such as dairy products and organ meats, intake of such products generally decrease as we age. Supplementing dietary intake of PS helps to restore levels of PS in our brain cells. Specifically, PS has been shown to improve memory retention and support mental concentration. Furthermore, PS is the only cognitive health ingredient for which the FDA allows a qualified health claim.*
Many clinical trials conducted on senior citizens show that phosphatidylserine can boost memory and increase recall and improve the learning of new information as well as elevate mood. The news has been published in some of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, with articles and research on PS appearing in journals like Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of Neurology, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Neurobiology of Aging, Clinical Trials Journal and prestigious Journal of Pharmacological Research.
*Food and Drug Administration Summary of Qualified Health Claims Subject to Enforcement Discretion.
Homocysteine & Fasting Insulin Levels
High blood sugar and oxidative damage are cyclical. High blood sugar levels can cause oxidative cellular damage and oxidative damaged cells cannot process glucose as well. NT Factor phospholipids found in our Wafers are now shown to lower fasting insulin levels. (See Study) This may be because many studies show Vibrant & Clear phospholipids replace the lipids in the damaged cells mitochondria thus creating an environment where the body can process glucose as well as other nutrients as it was meant to. Stopping the cycle of glucose caused oxidative damage.
Vibrant & Clear Phospholipids can assist athletes in 5 distinct ways:
1) Increased Natural Energy
2) Increased Alertness
3) Shorter Recovery Times
4) Better Use of Nutrients
5) Reduced Mental Stress
Work and Studying
Phospholipids are especially crucial to the health of both cell membranes and neurotransmitters. Phospholipids replace membrane lipids, and provide a healthy charge to the cell. A phospholipid is itself a conduit for electricity providing the restoration of membrane potential. That is energy! Phospholipids are also important for optimal brain health. They are found in the membranes of brain cells, which helps them communicate and influence receptor function.
For students and working professionals, the reason these phospholipids can be a better choice for performance is threefold. While supplying a natural energy boost and increasing mental clarity, they also avoid the negative effects of caffeine found in coffee and energy drinks.
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