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Apr 19, 2012

Is Your Nutrition Getting to You?

MonaVie Presents BioEssence Study at Scientific Conference

On April 25, MonaVie will present a scientific study as part of the American Society for Nutrition at the Experimental Biology Annual Scientific Conference in San Diego. The study, entitled, “Improvement in Skin Carotenoid Levels Assessed by Reflectance Spectroscopy” is an investigation of antioxidant levels in volunteers consuming a novel highly-absorbed antioxidant blend found in MonaVie MX Juice (the full abstract appears below).

MonaVie’s Biophotonic Scanner (coming soon!) uses a technique called “reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy” to rapidly detect carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants in human skin—with no need for blood samples or laboratory analysis. Carotenoid antioxidants have been directly associated with health benefits, including lutein (eye health), lycopene (cardiovascular and prostate health), and beta-carotene (ultraviolet skin protection).

This study measured levels of carotenoid antioxidants in sixty-six healthy volunteers following 2–4 months of two different supplementation regimens. Group A consumed 15mg/day of natural mixed carotenoids in a proprietary blend (the MonaVie nano-emulsion). Group B consumed a higher level (18mg/day) of natural beta-carotene. Group C consumed a placebo containing no carotenoids.

Levels of carotenoid antioxidants were measured at the start of the study (before supplementation) and again after 2 months and 4 months of supplementation. Results showed that the group consuming MonaVie’s proprietary carotenoid nano-emulsion (Group A) had nearly double the absorption and retention of carotenoid antioxidants compared to the group taking a higher level of beta-carotene (Group B). The MonaVie group increased their carotenoids antioxidant scores by 59% compared to an increase of only 37% with beta-carotene alone—suggesting a possible enhancement of absorption, delivery, deposition, or retention in the body.

MonaVie calls this approach to improving absorption and delivery of dietary antioxidants, “BioEssence”—which refers to the process of providing nutrients in optimized forms that the body can utilize more efficiently. Rather than simply giving you “more” of certain nutrients in our nutrition products, MonaVie prefers to provide consumers with “better” versions of important nutrients such as antioxidants. Those “better” versions are more pure, have superior absorption, and are delivered to the body’s tissues (what we call “target tissues”) at an enhanced rate. The main outcome of MonaVie’s BioEssence is that your body is able to more fully benefit from the nutrients that you provide in your daily supplements.

MonaVie is excited to be part of the upcoming Experimental Biology Annual Scientific Conference, but BioEssence is just one of the research studies that will be presented on MonaVie products. Other presentations with cover the weight loss benefits of the MonaVie RVL weight management system and the immune-support benefits of MonaVie (M)mūn Juice, so stayed tuned for more information about those studies.

Improvement in Skin Carotenoid Levels Assessed by Reflectance Spectroscopy

Shawn Talbott PhD, Danyi Quan PhD, Wade Xiong

SupplementWatch, Draper, UT, XEL Pharmaceuticals, Draper, UT, MonaVie, South Jordan, UT

BACKGROUND: Carotenoids have been directly associated with health benefits, including lutein (eye health), lycopene (cardiovascular and prostate health), and beta-carotene (ultraviolet skin protection). Various biophotonic spectroscopy techniques are accurate and noninvasive methods of detecting skin carotenoid levels and assessing change in antioxidant levels over time. OBJECTIVE: We used Reflectance Spectroscopy to measure skin carotenoid levels following two supplementation regimens. METHODS: Sixty-six healthy volunteers were supplemented with: Group A = 15mg/day of mixed carotenoids (9mg beta-carotene, 4mg lycopene, and 2mg lutein in a proprietary nano-emulsion); Group B = 18mg/day of natural beta-carotene; or Group C = placebo containing no carotenoids. Skin carotenoid levels were measured at Baseline and Weeks 8 & 16. RESULTS: Skin carotenoid levels were increased 59% and 57% in Group A, and 37% and 36% in Group B at weeks 8 and 16, respectively, compared to Control. CONCLUSION: These results show, via Reflectance Spectroscopy, that skin carotenoid levels are significantly increased by supplementation with natural beta-carotene (18mg/d) or a proprietary nano-emulsion (15mg/d). The magnitude of skin carotenoid increase was greater with the nano-emulsion, suggesting a possible enhancement of absorption, delivery, deposition, or retention in the body.

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