The Ultimate Superfood to Maintain Youth and Vitality
We developed Zupafood™ ELITE not only as a general overall health tonic but more specifically to help defy aging with healthier skin (clearer, brighter and more youthful), hair and nails and to also to give you a boost in energy and support brain function.
Instead of having a mid-afternoon cup of coffee or an energy drink, tear open a packet of Zupafood ELITE and give your body some extra nutrients that it will thank you for.
How can Zupafood™ ELITE give these benefits?
We selected the best and most effective natural ingredients available, and combine them to maximize the benefits. These are the steps that our R & D team followed to achieve this:
Firstly we developed a unique superfood blend using a combination of superfood ingredients all harvested in New Zealand. This blend consists of kiwifruit powder, a special extract of kiwifruit, grape seed extract, grape juice powder, red grape skin extract, apple fiber, organic wheat grass and organic barley grass. This gave us the ‘foundation’ for our Zupafood™ range.
Our ELITE product has 10,000 mg per serving packed with valuable nutrients; of which 3,800 mg is this unique blend. This superfood blend is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the nutrients that you will receive. Keep reading to see what really makes Zupafood™ ELITE head and shoulders above all other superfood products.
Kiwifruit has a number of health benefits. Our New Zealand superfood blend contains kiwifruit in two forms. One as a freeze-dried powder and another in the form of a special extract which provides highly concentrated actives, including phenolics and enzymes. We use both of these forms in our Kiwi-Klenz supplement product. You can find more information about this unique and very effective ingredient on the Kiwi-Klenz product page...especially focusing on how it can help support healthy digestion.
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Grape Seed Extract
The grape seed extract used in the Xtend-Life superfood blend is all produced in New Zealand from grapes harvested in the Marlborough area of the South Island. The UV light from the sun is very intense and amongst the strongest in the world (due to the low level of ozone above New Zealand). As a result, nature has adapted the grapes grown in this region to have greater antioxidant concentrations than grapes grown in other parts of the world. This is nature’s way of protecting the grapes. Also, the extraction process used for these grapes uses only water, not ethanol. Ethanol is the method used primarily in other parts of the world, and unlike this unique water extraction process, ethanol extraction destroys some of the valuable elements of the grape seed.
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Red Grape Skin Extract
This is a quite a unique grape skin extract, and it is rarely used in supplements because very little is produced. What makes it different?
This is grown in New Zealand, and the extract is produced from non-fermented grapes. Usually grape skin extract is produced from the skins of grapes that have already been fermented during the process of making of red wine. This means that they have lost their deep purple color and have been bleached white. Ethanol is also used in the extraction process.
The grape skin extract that Xtend-Life uses is from non-fermented grapes and uses a unique water extraction process. Laboratory tests on the extract prove that the extract contains 20 actives while ‘normal’ grape skin extract only has around 4!
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Organic Wheat Grass
Wheat grass contains a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals – including 13 essentials, along with dozens of other trace elements and enzymes. Wheat grass also contains P4D1 – a "gluco-protein" that supports circulation and the immune system.
Wheat grass has been shown to support your body’s natural defenses, balance blood sugar and help maintain liver health and function – just to name a FEW of the amazing benefits!
Please know this: the wheat grass found in the Zupafood™ ELITE formula is certified organic. So you can be certain you’re getting high quality, pure wheat grass for optimal health and wellness! And since our organic wheat grass is gluten-free – it’s safe to take if you have wheat allergies or sensitivities.
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Organic Barley Grass
Barley grass acts as a free radical scavenger that may support circulation and healthy cholesterol levels.
Barley grass also contains an exceptional amount of organic sodium – which helps support joint health and function.
The benefits of spirulina and chlorella are well known, so any superfood product which is also produced for general health should ideally contain these ingredients. In our ELITE formula we have included more than 1,700 mg of spirulina and 500 mg of chlorella in each serving. And we sourced high quality organic forms.
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Chlorella is a natural cleanser for your cells! This can be a real benefit, as it helps support the body’s healthy waste management process.
Chlorella also helps promote healthy gut flora and therefore a healthy digestive system while also helping to increase energy levels and even support your mood!
Our formula contains chlorella vulgaris – a superior form of broken cell wall chlorella – which has been meticulously pulverized and delicately processed to ensure the powerful nutrients in chlorella are digestible and bio-available.
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Spirulina helps support the immune system’s healthy inflammation management processes. Spirulina is a good source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) – which further helps maintain and support a healthy immune system.
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For Additional Energy
Although many of these ingredients above can help with sustained energy throughout the day, we know from experience that a bit of extra help as an energy boost is always welcome. So we included a high quality green tea extract with natural caffeine to help stimulate a mild natural ‘buzz’. Plus, it provides other general health benefits. We include 75 mg of this extract in every serving.
Green Tea Extract
Along with general health benefits, the green tea in our Zupafood™ delivers a natural energy boost. That is because one of the actives in green tea is natural caffeine. However this green tea extract contains a low dose of caffeine that doesn’t cause the “jittery” effects associated with caffeine found in coffee – yet still gives you an energy boost.
Additionally, green tea extract contains the amino acid L-theanine –that helps improve your mood.
Studies show that combining caffeine and L-theanine can have positive, synergistic effects – giving you a mild, natural “buzz” to keep you mentally and physically focused.
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For your Bones
We are aware that many people including men, women and children of all ages may have low levels of calcium. Often they take calcium supplements. The most common option is calcium carbonate, which is basically limestone or chalk. The bio-availability of these supplements is very poor and there may be a risk of a build-up in the cardiovascular system. We have sourced a unique form of plant calcium from marine algae called Aquamin TG, and we include 500 mg in every serving, which has the calcium benefits of eating a cup of raw spinach every day and can help maintain healthy calcium levels in your body.
Aquamin TG Marine Calcium
Aquamin TG is extracted from a marine plant source that is rich in natural calcium, magnesium and 74 other trace minerals including zinc, iron and selenium.
Aquamin TG is produced from the red algae, Lithothamnion species – which is only found in three remote areas around the world. During its growth phase, these algae absorb essential minerals directly from the sea – giving Aquamin TG its unique and potent multi-mineral content.
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What really sets Zupafood™ ELITE apart from any other product in the market today?
Organic Medicinal Mushrooms
Most of us are aware that health benefits can be derived from various forms of mushrooms but are unaware of how great these benefits are.
Researchers at Penn State University think that they have the answer. Many of the benefits of mushrooms may be due to their high concentration of an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine (ERGO) for short. This nutrient has the uncanny ability to penetrate deep into the nucleus of cells to help support healthy cellular function and maintain energy levels within the cell.
What is even more interesting is that according to research by Professor Robert Beelman and his team from Penn State, L-ergothioneine will last MUCH longer in your cells than other nutrients! To put this into perspective consider that the basic vitamins such as A, C and E can last from between 30 seconds and 30 minutes in your cells, the fact that L-ergothioneine will last up to 30 days in your cells is quite exceptional.
Although some of us eat mushrooms as part of our regular diet it is impossible to get all the benefits that this category of food can provide from diet alone. There are simply too many varieties. We wanted to incorporate the benefits of the key varieties of mushrooms into our ELITE product.
So, we went to the world’s experts in cultivating medicinal mushrooms...M2 Mushrooms in San Marcos, California USA. They cultivate and process certified organic mushrooms! We were able to tap into their experts who helped us develop a special unique blend of mushrooms just for Xtend-Life that would help achieve the objectives of our Zupafood™ ELITE.
The results have been better than expected. Details of which mushrooms were selected are in the tables below. We include 400 mg of this special mushroom blend in every serving of Zupafood™ ELITE.
For over 2,000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine tapped into the power of Cordyceps to:
- Increase vitality and energy
- Support healthy blood circulation
- Fight stress
- Support balanced blood pressure
When Olympic athletes revealed that Cordyceps were their “secret weapon” for improving their speed, power and endurance – and winning Gold Medals – the rest of the world started to take note of this mushroom!
Now researchers are continuing to unlock the power of Cordyceps. For example...
A placebo-controlled clinical study of elderly patients experiencing fatigue reported heightened energy level when given Cordyceps. Plus the participants noted a better ability to tolerate cold temperature, had improved sleep, mental clarity and focus.
King Trumpet Mushrooms
King Trumpet contains one of the highest levels of L-ergothioneine
(ERGO) of any mushroom.
Prior to the discovery of L-ergothioneine (ERGO) in mushrooms it was considered that wheat bran was the most potent source... but, King Trumpet mushrooms have many times more ergo antioxidant power.
L-ergothioneine (ERGO) is not only a powerful antioxidant it may also help other antioxidants be more effective as well.
So more L-ergothioneine (ERGO) in your body means more total antioxidant power for healthier cellular function and energy! That’s why we include King Trumpet in every serving of Zupafood™ Elite.
This button mushroom, with a strong almond-like flavor, contains natural chemicals that support healthy blood sugar levels.
New research is coming out that also suggests Agaricus may also support the immune system.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Scientists have found that Lion’s Mane mushrooms may help support and maintain a healthy nervous system as well as healthy brain and neuron function.
What are the compounds found in Lion’s Mane mushrooms? Well two of the most potent ones are Hericenones and Erinacines.
In fact, studies have suggested that Lion’s Mane may help maintain healthy mental function and support cognitive function.
Collagen and Elastin Polypeptides
Whereas the skincare products that we manufacture help stimulate the collagen and elastin production to slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles you really need some additional support from the ‘inside out’ to fight against sagging skin. Normal collagen supplements will give very little benefit as they are not specially formulated to target the skin.
After extensive research we discovered a special form of collagen and elastin polypeptides in France which was developed from marine sources. This ingredient is called Collactive™ and is supported by human clinical studies which show significant benefits to the skin in as little as 30 days. We have included 2,000 mg of Collactive™ in each serving of Zupafood ELITE - the same amount which was used in the studies.
'Collactive' Marine Collagen and Elastin Polypeptides
Collagen is integral to the body’s rejuvenation process. It is essential for skin and hair, and a lack of collagen can often result in limp brittle hair and unhealthy dry skin.
Collagen fibers form 70% of the total proteins found in the dermis. When collagen fibers cross-link – they give skin the tensile strength of steel. Elastin fibers create suppleness and elasticity. Combined, collagen and elastin create the perfect 'dynamic duo' to support smooth, soft, strong and supple skin.
Low levels of collagen or a reduced amount of elastin causes skin to lose strength and flexibility. The result? Wrinkles and skin aging!
Collactive™ is composed of low molecular weight marine collagen and elastin peptides in the same ratio as the dermis in human skin.
Collactive™ combines the two main constituents of the extracellular matrix and has an anti-wrinkle synergic action: elastin fibers give the dermis suppleness that completes collagen fibers tensile strength.
The key benefits include:
- Reinforced skin hydration. A 3 month clinical study involving women over 40 showed Collactive collagen increases the hydration of the epidermis – the layer of the skin that’s more prone to aging!
- Minimized appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They may not completely vanish – but it sure makes those lines harder to see! In a clinical trial there was a reduction in the number of deep wrinkles of 19% in the group taking the oral dose of Collactive compared to the placebo group.
- Supported lifting and firming in mature skin. Collactive collagen and elastin polypeptides support the dermis to lift and tone sagging areas of the skin.
- A protective shield against harsh weather. Trials found that Collactive helped provide protection for the skin against environmental elements.
Other information about Collactive™.
- COLLACTIVE™ was developed with respect for the environment, and the diversity of the marine world.
- COLLACTIVE™ stems from the recovery of natural raw materials.
- COLLACTIVE™ is extracted from by-products generated by activities linked to the marine world and therefore represents sustainable use of marine resources.
- The extraction procedures used during the manufacture of COLLACTIVE™ call on natural reactions without organic solvents.
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No compromises on flavor
Of course it is all very well to have the best possible blend of ‘super’ ingredients...but because it is not practical to put them in capsules (as you would need to take around 20 capsules per day to get optimal amounts of the ingredients) we had to supply it in an easy-to-drink packet which you could mix with water or your favorite beverage. SO... it had to taste good.
Sweetening a superfood naturally is quite easy by using stevia, which is a natural sweetener (we would not use sugar). But, to get an acceptable flavor is not easy...UNLESS an artificial flavor is used. However, we were under strict instructions from our Founder and Chairman Warren Matthews NOT to use anything artificial.
He didn’t care how much extra it cost... but he insisted that we use NATURAL flavors only. So, we had to develop our own special natural flavors using real fruit by spray drying the fruit and concentrating it so we could end up with a great tasting product. After many trials we successfully developed natural flavors for all our Zupafood™ products.
For Zupafood™ ELITE the flavor is Apple…made from real apples!