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Why Iridoids?

Why Iridoids?

Iridoids provides a healthier lifestyle for everyone. Not just people in their mid 40s and over. Iridoids can be provided for all types of peoples, that benefit the overall health of any individual. I have been drinking TruAge Max and Tahitian Noni Juice for 2 month and I can already feel the benefits and the power that Iridoids have on my body. I started becoming passionate about my health and fitness since I moved to Korea. To keep fit everyday is very difficult for me because how exhausted I become after my workouts. However Rapid Fuel has invigorated me when I needed it the most; during my workout sessions. I’ve tried taking what professional body builders take but the “after-effects” of the energy boosters that is provided in the current market seems to have its downside. After taking the energy boosters, I feel down. I literally crash hard after my work out. During the time I started taking Rapid Fuel and drinking only a cup of Noni Juice a day; I have more energy now to work out and also feel a sense of liveliness and purity. Coffee still does its trick when I am sleepy but I reduced the amounts of coffee I drink and increased the amount of intake of Iridoids. Taking little baby steps to provide a healthier life and a more enriched life with Iridoids.


The Benefits of Iridoids

Benefits of Iridoids

Iridoids are associated with a wide range of health benefits. They provide support against a broad range of physical, chemical, or biological stressors. They have a normalising effect on the human body that targets imbalances without affecting properly functioning systems. And they do all this without producing toxic side effects. Now let’s have a look at specific benefits: 

Several iridoids have been found to protect the nervous system against a number of environmental and chemical stressors such as pesticides, or heavy metals found – for example – in amalgam tooth fillings. Studies have also found iridoids to have memory enhancing effects. 

Anticancer and anti-tumour
Asperulosidic acid, extracted from dried morinda or noni fruit, has been reported to inhibit the formation of melanoma (skin cancer) cells. Aucubin, a newly discovered iridoid, displays significant anti-tumour effects on cell cultures of leukemia, breast colon, lung, skin, nose and throat cancers. 

Until very recently, noni seeds were deemed worthless and were discarded during the production process of noni fruit juice and noni oil. A recent Japanese study suggests that the iridoid americanin in noni seed may have a role as a useful ingredient in cosmetics for skin-whitening and/or wrinkle-prevention because its ability to enhance the production of elastin, one of the most important skin proteins, responsible for dewy, youthful skin. 

Several iridoids have been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties both when applied topically and when taken orally. 

One of the most powerful properties of iridoids is their antioxidant power, which is believed to be much greater than those of more “traditional” plant antioxidants such as flavonoids or polyphenols from plant sources such as citrus fruits and green tea. The gentian plant family has been shown to have some of the highest concentration of iridoids. Noni fruit has been identified as one of the best sources of simple and complex iridoids. 

Other iridoids from the same plant family, possess such strong natural antibacterial activity that makes them comparable to antibiotic drugs. 

Liver Protection
Iridoids have been used to help patients recover from drug and alcohol liver damage, with an efficacy comparable to milk thistle. 

A large number of studies have reported the antiviral activity of iridoids, including pronounced antiviral activity against encephalitis causing viruses as well as against herpes simplex type 1 viruses 

Cardiovascular Protection
Oleacein and oleuropein, two iridoids present in olive oil, have been found to have powerful cardioprotective properties. Those consuming olive oil tend to have less abdominal and hepatic fat deposition, as well as less fat deposition in heart and liver tissue, less and less cardiac stiffness. They also show better resilience against stress, and tend to suffer less from cholesterol problems and hypertension. Iridoids in olive oil have been shown to protect the heart and the arteries from the detrimental effects of toxicity generated by stress. 

Blood Sugar Control 
Iridoids also seem to protect the pancreas, which is useful for diabetic patients. Iridoid isolates from different plants have been found to have blood sugar control properties comparable to diabetic drugs. 

Protection of the Arteries

A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology showed iridoids to prevent the furrying up of the arteries and to have effective cholesterol lowering properties comparable to those of statins (atorvastatin). 

Science is only starting to realise of the huge bioactive potential of iridoid compounds. The anti-allergic properties of iridoids seem to stem from their to inhibit histamine release, making them “natural anti-histamine” treatments. They are also able to dampen down the inflammation that tends to accompany allergic reactions, making them an ideal natural remedy for those suffering from all kinds of allergies. 


Introduction to Iridoids!

What are iridoids?

Iridoids are a class of phytonutrients characterised by their strong, bitter taste, developed by plants as a powerful line of defence against herbivorous animals.

Many of these plants have some common properties:

  •  they are well-known by the local inhabitants
  •  they have been used since many hundred / thousand years in traditional/folk medicine
  •  they usually they can tolerate harsh conditions (mechanical impacts, droughts etc.)
  •  they have few side effects (if any) when ingested
  •  they are widespread (many grow as weeds).

Medicinal plants are those that have been used traditionally to treat specific conditions and ailments, or to simply maintain or optimise health. Many of today’s pharmaceutical drugs have been inspired by the properties of medicinal plants. Iridoids are produced by medicinal plants as a defense mechanism against animals or against infection by microorganisms that threaten their livelihood.
Just like a human being has thousands of different cellular and hormonal activities occurring at any given time to attempt to adapt to our foods, drinks, air, stress, etc., medicinal plants have the same innate intelligence. They create these iridoids to fight off anything attempting to damage the plant. Imagine you were a fruit growing from a tree. If you had to endure bugs, weather, etc. you would learn to adapt and create defense mechanisms to survive those conditions. Iridoids are the plant’s response to the “stressful environment” that surounds them. From an evolutionary medicine point of view, this ability to adapt to their environment is the source of the adaptogenic properties by iridoids, i.e. when humans or animals consume iridoids they “feel better”. This “feel good” factor is based upon a number of healthful properties possessed by iridoids and iridoid-containing plants.

Although iridoids are relatively new to science, it is already known that they share some characteristics with other plant-sourced compounds like flavonoids or polyphenols, e.g. they all have strong antioxidant properties. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts that is being explored in laboratories worldwide, is the fact that one single plant can contain more than one iridoid, and that combinations of iridoids, as well as combinations of iridoids and other phytonutrients, such as antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenols , tend to work in synergy, i.e. they “combine forces”, i.e. each of the contributing synergistically towards improving your health and wellbeing.