Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Growth, repair, and maintenance of all cells are dependent upon them. Next to water, protein makes up the greatest portion of our body weight. Twenty amino acids are needed to build the various proteins essential for the growth, repair and maintenance of bodily tissues. Eleven of these amino acids can be manufactured by the body and are referred to as non-essential amino acids, while the other nine are called essential amino acids and must come from the diet. The classification of an amino acid as essential or non-essential does not reflect its importance, because all twenty amino acids are necessary for health.
Essential amino acids include isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. Another amino acid, histidine, is considered semi-essential because the body does not always require dietary sources of it. The non-essential amino acids are arginine, alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine. Other amino acids, such as carnitine, are used by the body in ways other than protein-building and are often used therapeutically.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are necessary fats that humans cannot synthesize, and must be obtained through diet. There are two families of EFAs: Omega-3 and Omega-6. EFAs support the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. The human body needs EFAs to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. A primary function of EFAs is the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, and conception. They also play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Essential fatty acids are also needed for proper growth in children, particularly for neural development and maturation of sensory systems.
Trévo™ contains borage seed oil and flaxseed oil, both of which are rich vegetarian sources of these vital essential fatty acids.
The health benefits of fruits from some of the most exotic and far-flung corners of the world have been recognized by different civilizations for many thousands of years. In recent years, a myriad of these exotic fruits have been studied by the scientific community due to their powerful health-giving properties. Trévo™ contains fifteen well-researched exotic fruits including maqui berry, amalaki fruit, schizandra fruit, borojo fruit, goji fruit, noni, mangosteen, acai berry, gac fruit, camu camu, pomegranate, star fruit and acerola cherry.
Free radicals produce harmful oxidation that can damage the membranes of cells. By definition, they are atoms with at least one unpaired electron. A good analogy would be that free radicals represent the criminal element in your body and antioxidants represent the law enforcement element. If left alone, free radicals produce damage and chaos. Daily use of Trévo™ provides your body with high levels of antioxidants from multiple sources to inhibit and slow down this damaging process.
Herbs represent thousands of plants that have traditionally been used by cultures around the world as both medicine and food. In fact, herbs have been used by the Chinese for over 4,000 years to promote health and as healing agents. It has been estimated that as much as 90% of all modern pharmaceutical drugs have been synthesized from herbs. Drugs, however, can produce dangerous side effects, and are typically intended to treat symptoms without addressing their underlying causes. There are no known side effects attributed to the use of herbs. Herbs are nutritional foundation nutrients and good alternative medicine to nourish the body’s deepest and most basic elements.
Medicinal herbs have been used safely and effectively since the time of recorded history for an endless list of reasons from health, healing and weight loss/gain/maintenance to survival and more. Herbs can offer the body nutrients it does not always receive, either from a poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil and air. They are great body balancers that help regulate body functions.
As important as vitamins are, they can do nothing for you without minerals. Vitamins cannot be assimilated without the aid of minerals. Although the body can manufacture a few vitamins, it cannot manufacture a single mineral. All tissue and internal fluids contain varying quantities of minerals. Minerals are constituents of the bones, teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood and nerve cells. They are vital to overall mental and physical well-being. Minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions within the body, including muscle response, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, and the utilization of nutrients in food.
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This scientific analysis is a proven method of measuring the antioxidant capacities of different foods. This antioxidant testing method is so accurate that it has been adopted by the USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging. ORAC scoring measures an antioxidant’s scavenging capacity against free radicals, which have been shown to cause cell damage as well as premature aging of cells, in turn leading to disease. Trévo™ has an extremely highORAC score of over 373,000 per 32 ounce bottle. That is nearly 12,000 per ounce as certified by Brunswick Laboratories.
Polyphenols comprise a set of compound chemicals, including antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols and resveratrol, that are found in many foods – from fruits and vegetables to nuts, cocoa, dark chocolate and even red wine. Each type of polyphenol has specific health benefits that help maintain or improve our body’s overall health and ability to function to its fullest capacity on a daily basis.
Trévo has a high polyphenol content obtained from numerous sources such as grape seed extract, green tea, ellagic acid and many other natural ingredients. Polyphenols have been shown to play a significant role in helping prevent heart disease, heart failure and stroke as well as reducing harmful LDL cholesterol levels.
Besides their impressive nutritional profile, sea vegetables offer other health benefits. For centuries, Oriental medicine has recognized that sea vegetables contribute to general well-being and especially to the health of the endocrine and nervous systems. Over the last few decades, medical researchers have discovered a diet that includes sea vegetables reduces the risk of some diseases and helps the body eliminate dangerous toxins.
In fact, surveys show that people living in areas where sea vegetables are regularly included in the diet tend to live longer, healthier lives. Sea vegetables are an excellent source of the B-vitamins folate, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron and calcium. In addition, sea vegetables contain healthy amounts of lignans, which are plant compounds with amazing cancer-protective properties.
Most of us are familiar with the minerals our bodies need at high levels, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. These minerals, because they are needed by our bodies in significant amounts, are called macrominerals. A number of other minerals, required in much smaller levels by our bodies but no less important to good overall health, are known as trace minerals or microminerals.
Trace minerals are usually found at extraordinarily small levels in our bodies, in the parts per million range. In spite of their relatively low concentrations in the body, scientists are discovering that trace minerals play an increasingly vital role in our health, including bone and joint health as well as cellular energy.
Trévo contains a full complement of essential vitamins, which are nutrients required for vital metabolic reactions in the body. The term “vitamin” does not include other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, essential fatty acids or essential amino acids, nor does it encompass the large number of other nutrients that promote health but which are not essential for life. Vitamins are bio-molecules that act both as catalysts and foundational surfaces in the body’s natural chemical reactions. When acting as a catalyst, vitamins are bound to enzymes and are called co-factors. For example, vitamin K forms part of the protease enzymes involved in bloodclotting.Vitamins also act as co-enzymes to carry chemical groups between enzymes. For example, folic acid carries various forms of the carbon groups methyl, formyl and methylene in the cell. Until the 1900s, vitamins were obtained solely through food intake. Therefore, if the only source of vitamins is food, nutrient-depleted soil can dramatically affect the quality and amount of crucial vitamins available through that food. Additionally, many food sources contain drastically varying ratios of vitamins.
Xanthones are a group of phytonutrients that exhibit powerful antioxidant properties. Xanthones can enhance the immune system and scavenge free radicals, while also benefiting multiple systems in the body. Mangosteen, one of the fabulous exotic fruits in the Trévo formulation, is the single richest natural source of these xanthones discovered to date.