Black Currant Seed Oil is a rich source of the essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid

For the month of January, we are featuring 3 Standard Process products: Black Currant Seed Oil, Cataplex B and Cataplex E

Black Currant Seed Oil is a rich source of the essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid.

  • Encourages proper eicosanoid synthesis
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue repair process
  • Supports normal blood flow
  • Supports immune function

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body so they must be obtained through diet. They are needed for regulation cellular processes such as regulation of enzymes, cell signaling pathways, gene expression and oxidation of fats to name a few. They also influence membrane function and integrity, produce hormones and are especially important for making prostaglandins. Black Currant Seed Oil keeps your heart healthy, supports healthy joints and bones, maintains normal nerve functioning and promotes women’s health.

The fatty acids contained in the black currant seed oil may promote arterial health by maintaining healthy lipid levels. Both the GLA and stearic acid found in the black currant seed oil promote normal clotting times to support healthy blood flow.

GLA supports healthy joints by supporting a healthy natural anti-inflammatory response function. GLA is a precursor to an eicosanoid called PGE1, a prostaglandin that regulates the inflammatory response function. Studies have also shown that prostaglandins are involved with the regulation of bone metabolism, EFAs, in particular gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), have been shown to enhance calcium absorption in bone. EPA is an essential fatty acid derivative of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is another EFA present in black currant seed oil.

Current research suggests that maintaining adequate stores of GLA in the body promotes normal transmission of nerve impulses. Fatty acids are also necessary for normal development and brain function. Fatty acid deficiency, specifically GLA deficiency, has been associated with premenstrual syndrome

Cataplex B supports physical and nervous system health.

  • Supports healthy heart electrical conductivity
  • Stimulatory to the metabolic, cardiovascular, and central/peripheral nervous    systems
  • Supports energy production in all cells
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range
  • Contains B-complex vitamins to support healthy muscle action
  • Supports healthy homocysteine levels†

The members of the B-complex family of vitamins work collectively to metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates. They are each singularly responsible for many important physiological processes concerned with both physical and mental health and well-being. Thiamine (vitamin B1), for example, is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugar which the body then oxidizes to produce energy for all the cells. Niacin (vitamin B3) is coenzyme essential for cell respiration, protein and carbohydrate metabolism and lipid synthesis. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) performs many important regulatory tasks inside the body but is main responsibility is to break down and synthesize amino acids. Vitamin B6, also supports the synthesis of neurotransmitters and hemoglobin.

Both Niacin and vitamin B6, play essential roles in nervous system function. Vitamin B6 is an important precursor to many neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. The B vitamins are thought to be the single most important factor in maintaining the health of the nerves.

Cataplex E supports cells and cell processes, as well as healthy thyroid function.

  • Provides antioxidants
  • Supports cell signaling and regulation of gene expression

Large bodies of animal and human research support the idea for the need to increase antioxidants in our daily diet. Both vitamin E and selenium are powerful antioxidants that can help keep the heart lungs and live healthy. Some vitamins and minerals work together to benefit health, Vitamin E is one such vitamin that works synergistically with selenium a trace mineral. While each substances stands fully capable of destroying harmful free radicals on its own, research strongly suggests that selenium and vitamin E share the primary responsibility of preventing lipid oxidation. They also enhance immune function by reducing the formation of free radical and by assisting the antibody production.

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