Salvestrol Platinum 2000 (90 Capsules)
|Amount per Capsule:|
|Citrus bioflavonoids (Citrus reticulata, Citrus aurantiifolia, Citrus sinensis, Citrus limon [fruit])||75 mg|
|Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera [seed])||75 mg (5:1, QCE 375 mg)|
|Winter squash (Cucurbita maxima [fruit])||75 mg (5:1, QCE 375 mg)|
Quantity Crude Equivalent (QCE)
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, these substances are chemically unrelated but nevertheless confer their benefits in a similar manner by reacting with a particular enzyme. This enzyme converts salvestrols into a form that is toxic to malfunctioning cells but because it is only present in sick cells salvestrols do not harm healthy cells.
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 in many foods. 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 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.
The Effect of Food Production
But the most exciting discovery was the fact which led the scientists to unravel the true mysteries of salvestrols: these substances are produced by plants to protect themselves from pests and disease. However, the use of many modern fungicides and crop protection chemicals means that plants which are not organically grown do not express high concentrations of salvestrols because they are not exposed to the attacks that cause them to be produced at such levels! About 100 years ago, before the advent of such crop enhancing methods, we would have consumed a lot more salvestrols, naturally.
What's in the capsules?
Salvestrol capsules consist of fruit and vegetable powder as follows: 300 mg of mixed citrus standardized to 25% citrus bioflavonoids expressed as polyphenols, 75mg of dried pumpkin (winter squash), and 75mg of grape seed extract (please note that this extract is not derived from grapefruit seed or grape skin). None of the contents have been genetically modified or treated with pesticides or anti-fungal agents. Salvestrols are encased in vegetable capsules containing a citrus background filler. The quantity of magnesium stearate used in the encapsulation process is very small and is vegetable quality specifically designed for use in the manufacture of food products.