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Salvestrol

Salvestrol Platinum 2000

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What are Salvestrols?
Salvestrols are plant derived compounds (phytonutrients) essential for wellbeing that cannot be made in the body and must therefore be supplied through our diet. As a group, they are chemically unrelated substances except for the similar manner in which they confer their benefits, that is, as a result of their action with a particular enzyme. This enzyme is present only in malfunctioning cells and when it encounters a salvestrol it converts it into a form which is toxic to the sick cell. Because the enzyme is not present in healthy cells the Salvestrols exert no ill effects on them.

The Discovery of Salvestrols.
The scientists in the UK who discovered Salvestrols — led by Gerry Potter (Professor of Medicinal Chemistry) and Dan Burke (Emeritus Professor of Pharmaceutical Metabolism and former head of the School of Pharmacy) — were developing synthetic pharmaceutical products that use this method to combat disease when they realised that similarly structured compounds were naturally present at low concentrations in many foods. But on further investigation they were surprised to learn that foods which should have been rich in these essential compounds actually showed low concentrations or were in fact devoid of them. The researchers soon realised that this wasn’t because the plants couldn’t produce these compounds but that modern food selection and production methods were removing them from the diet.

The Effect of Food Processing.
One reason for the disappearance of salvestrols in the diet is that that they all have a bitter taste. As a result of the modern trend toward sweet flavours, plant sources that would normally be rich in salvestrols are shunned as sweeter tasting varieties are bred or selected to suit modern tastes. Furthermore, the trend towards producing foods without adding sugars or sweeteners is also causing salvestrols to be removed by manufacturing processes that filter out bitter substances so that the finished product will taste sweeter.

Each capsule contains:
Citrus reticulata (100:1): 15mg
Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry): 21mg

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