The Science Behind Lumity
Explained by the founder of Lumity, Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD.
- How is Lumity unique?
- How does lumity help my skin?
- What is special about the ingredients and why are they in a softgel?
- Is lumity a stimulant and how does it give me energy?
- Why are there two different bottles?
- How does lumity help my DNA?
How it works
Lumity is the first ever supplement to address all 9 causes of aging in the body
Years of research have identified 9 processes that together accelerate aging in the body, resulting in wrinkles, decreased hair and nail quality, lower energy levels and poor sleep. Most anti-aging supplements tend to offer infinitesimal quantities of as many different antioxidants as possible, while leaving the majority of the 9 aging processes unaddressed. We have selected an ideal balance of vitamins, minerals and our own proprietary commplexes that act upon not 1, but all 9 aging processes in order to give tangible results.
The 9 causes of aging
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Our flaxseed oil is 68% alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acid, crucial for healthy cell membranes.
Flaxseed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids are vital to the healthy functioning of the body and cannot be synthesized internally. They protect all cell membranes, keeping them efficient at admitting healthy substances while barring damaging ones.
Flaxseed oil is particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. Omega-3 fatty acids have been demonstrated to reduce inflammation in all systems, stabilize sugar levels, lower insulin levels, increase the radiance and elasticity of the skin, add resilience and lubrification to tissues, improve cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and boost the immune system.
Increasing dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids generally decreases inflammation, whereas increasing dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids increases inflammatory markers. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the typical Western diet is about 16:1, yet it is estimated that humans evolved on a diet with an omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of about 1:1. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil is 1:4, which helps redress the balance without the introduction of contaminants, such as heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), often present in fish oils.
The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids are particularly useful in conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, arthritis and skin conditions.
Dry skin, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, aging skin and other conditions always respond to flaxseed's anti-inflammatory and overall skin-healing properties. Flaxseed oil protects and repairs skin, in particular from the harmful effects of the sun that can contribute to skin wrinkling. In cases of acne, the essential fatty acids encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.
The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have also been shown to fortify hair and contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil nourish and strengthen dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.
Alanine defends the youthfulness of the skin by blocking glycation.
Alanine is a non-essential amino acid, which means that it can be synthesised within the body.
However, supplementation has a number of beneficial effects.
Alanine is a powerful antioxidant, a major part of connective tissue, an immune system booster, an important source of energy for muscle and the primary amino acid in sugar metabolism.
Alanine also directly affects levels of carnosine in the body. Carnosine is a unique dipeptide that interferes with the glycation process. Levels of carnosine decline with age and carnosine supplements are not readily absorbed. Alanine supplementation is more effective at upgrading stores of carnosine in the body.
A simple definition of glycation is the cross-linking of proteins and sugars to form non-functioning structures in the body. Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are formed when sugars react with proteins, such as collagen, an essential component of healthy skin, which comprises up to one-third of the body’s proteins and has a slow turnover rate. AGEs threaten healthy skin by increasing collagen breakdown and reducing collagen’s regenerative ability. The result is wrinkling and sagging skin. Carnosine effectively prevents glycation from damaging the structure of skin, thus keeping skin firm, elastic and youthful.
Muscle carnosine content is inversely related to age. After the age of 50, sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass, has been found to affect most people. This reduction in muscle mass is associated with a significant loss of strength, power and the ability to resist fatigue. Alanine can slow down the rate of fatigue during exercise by increasing levels of carnosine in muscle. In the course of exercising, muscles become increasingly acidic, in part due to lactic acid build-up. Higher levels of carnosine can prevent this build-up and help buffer against this acidity, and higher output can be achieved without “feeling the burn,” the result of lactic acid accumulation. Since carnosine acts as a pH buffer, it can also keep on protecting muscle cell membranes from oxidation under the acidic conditions of muscular exertion.
Alanine protects the lean tone of muscles in the body, the youthful, firm appearance of skin and boosts strength and stamina.
Lysine is an essential amino acid, a necessary building block for protein in the body.
Lysine is an essential amino acid that is required for the proper maintenance of many functions in the body.
Lysine is a necessary building block for all body protein and it plays a major role in calcium absorption, immune response and recovery from injuries. It is also instrumental in the body's production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.
With specific regard to rejuvenation, lysine's vital role in maintaining the youthfulness of the skin is of prime interest. It is essential in the production of collagen, which supports the growth, repair and maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and connective tissue. Declining levels of collagen are an important factor in the appearance of wrinkles; lysine sustains youthful levels of collagen in the skin. Lysine is also required to produce elastin, another essential component along with collagen of the extracellular matrix that keeps skin firm, taut and youthful.
Aside from delaying skin aging, lysine may be beneficial in helping ensure heart health because of its ability to inhibit the build-up of plaque on the walls of the arteries that can prevent blood and the nutrients it carries from arriving at their destinations on time. Athletes have commonly used lysine to support muscle gain, recovery and protect the overall health of muscle and bone by improving the body's ability to absorb and use calcium. Taken together with arginine, lysine also stimulates and strengthens the HGH release effect of the latter, optimising the regenerative ability of this hormone in the body.
Lysine has a known anxiolytic action through its effects on serotonin receptors in the intestinal tract. Human studies have confirmed correlations between reduced lysine intake and anxiety. Fortification of grains with lysine for predominantly vegetarian diets has been shown to reduce markers of anxiety, including cortisol levels, and also led to potentiation of benzodiazepine receptors (common targets of anxiolytic drugs such as Xanax and Ativan).
As an essential amino acid, lysine is not produced inside the body, but must be supplied from external sources, such as diet and supplementation. As our diets are frequently deficient, in order to maintain the rejuvenation benefits of lysine, supplementation is beneficial.
Glutamine contributes to building proteins in the body.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body.
It is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid, which means that the body can usually synthesise it except during periods of stress.
In conjunction with cysteine, glutamine supplementation has been shown to enhance glutathione stores. Glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body, is commonly depleted as we age.
Glutamine supplementation has been shown to enhance immune system function and result in a lower level of infection and a shorter hospital stay following surgery, radiation treatment, bone marrow transplantation and injury. Glutamine supplementation has also been shown to reduce the incidence of infections in endurance athletes, who are known to have their immune systems compromised by excessive training.
Glutamine can contribute to the production of other amino acids, glucose, nucleotides, protein and glutathione. It is the principal metabolic fuel for the epithelial cells that line the small intestine (enterocytes) and for certain immune cells, namely lymphocytes, macrophages and fibroblasts.
Together with arginine and lysine, glutamine increases plasma HGH levels by stimulating the anterior pituitary gland. It is an important anti-catabolic agent in muscle, which helps preserve muscle tissue (preventing its breakdown) during and after exercise. The heavier one trains, the greater the stress on the muscle and, therefore, the greater the use of glutamine. Higher levels of intramuscular glutamine help stop the catabolism of branched-chain amino acids, as glutamine can diffuse from the muscle and become a source of glucose in the liver to help maintain blood glucose and liver glycogen levels during periods of stress (e.g., exercise). This is also the role played by alanine, and thus, higher glutamine concentrations might reduce the requirement for alanine synthesis in the muscle and spare the breakdown of muscle tissue during exercise and other periods of catabolic stress.
Glutamine also operates as a nitrogen shuttle, taking up excess ammonia and forming urea. Ammonia, a by-product of normal biochemical reactions in the body, is toxic, thus glutamine serves an important function in helping to convert ammonia into urea, a non-toxic end-product that the body can easily eliminate.
Arginine is an amino acid that plays an important role in the healing of damaged tissues.
Arginine is an amino acid, which plays an important role in the synthesis of proteins and cell division.
Many studies have linked arginine to enhanced immunity, the improved release of the human growth hormone (HGH), greater muscle mass, increased ability to burn fat, rapid healing from injury, increased sexual potency, increased mental alertness, increased bone density and improved removal of ammonia from the body.
Arginine's role in stimulating the body's release of the anti-aging human growth hormone known as HGH is one of its most interesting for rejuvenation. Youthful levels of human growth hormone have been shown to slow down and often reverse the aging process. Falling HGH levels result in added body fat, reduced muscle tissue, slow healing, lack of elasticity in the skin and reduced immune function.
Taken before sleep, arginine maximizes its ability to stimulate the release of HGH. According to the biochemist Mohamed Gad, “The demonstrated anti-aging benefits of l-arginine show promises greater than any pharmaceutical or nutraceutical agent ever previously discovered,” (Source: Journal of Advanced Research (2010) 1, 169–177). Furthermore, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which are expensive and have dangerous side effects, it is a completely natural substance.
The body's ability to synthesise the non-essential amino acids, such as arginine, and to utilise all amino acids can be adversely affected by an individual's advancing age, overall health, the presence of infection, physical trauma, stress and compromised nutrient absorption capacity. Supplementing with arginine can, therefore, significantly improve overall health and wellbeing.
Arginine also facilitates the release of insulin, glucagon, and prolactin. It is the physiological precursor of diverse biological compounds such as nitric oxide, polyamines, proline (essential for the production of collagen), glutamate, creatine (an energy source needed by cells), agmatine and urea (used to remove toxic ammonia from the body). As a booster of immunity, arginine stimulates the thymus and promotes lymphocyte production. This may be an important key for arginine's ability to promote healing of burns and other wounds. Arginine has a positive effect on cerebral as well as systemic circulation.
L-cysteine protects against oxidative stress and damage.
Cysteine is a sulphur-containing amino acid.
It replenishes intracellular levels of the natural antioxidant glutathione, which are depleted by age and illness, helping to restore cells’ ability to fight damage from reactive oxygen species.
Cysteine has been used in medicine for more than 30 years, primarily as a mucolytic (mucous-thinner) inhaled to manage conditions such as cystic fibrosis, in which mucous is abnormally thick and tenacious. Almost 4 decades of use in a variety of clinical conditions have established the safety of cysteine even at high doses.
Cysteine's ability to replenish the intracellular glutathione supply and mitigate oxidative damage is an equally powerful mechanism that protects against DNA damage and cancer development, even in smokers.
Cysteine has also proven effective against seasonal influenza and flu-like illnesses. Influenza is a complex disease with multiple targets, most notably inflicting damage to lung tissue through extreme oxidative stress. The influenza virus causes such intracellular turmoil that the term “cell boiling” has been used to describe the devastation. Prior treatment of cells with cysteine significantly offsets these effects, reducing the oxidative and inflammatory burden within lung tissue.
Cysteine produces numerous beneficial effects in many human tissues both by supporting natural antioxidant systems and by favourably affecting the expression of genes involved in the inflammatory response. Gene expression modifications induced by cysteine may also help reduce the acute oxidant-provoked inflammatory response following exercise, making vigorous activity safer and even more beneficial.
It has also been proven that cysteine blocks glycation and the formation of AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). Studies have shown that cysteine prevents the glycation of collagen proteins, working as a powerful anti-aging element for the skin, by maintaining healthy collagen, which ensures firmness and elasticity.
As well as being a powerful antioxidant that protects against radiation, pollution, ultraviolet light and other causes of increased free radical production, cysteine is a key ingredient of hair and is essential for the growth, maintenance and repair of skin.
Acetyl-l-carnitine helps cells produce energy more efficiently.
Carnitine is an amino acid that has been proven to reverse aging.
It plays a key role in facilitating the delivery of fuel into the mitochondria of cells where it is converted into energy. Mitochondria are the energy-producing organelles in the cell, whose job it is to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of life, by burning fuel in the presence of oxygen. This process inevitably leaves the mitochondria themselves subject to very high levels of damaging free radical attack by reactive oxygen species. Mitochondria lack many of the defence systems found in other parts of the cell, so they decline in number and efficiency with age, leading to a corresponding decline in ATP production. Reduced ATP means less energy to support the vital life-sustaining processes of the body, which can result in the onset of a number of diseases and aging.
Used together with the powerful antioxidants contained in Lumity, carnitine protects against and repairs existing age-induced mitochondrial DNA damage, boosts mitochondrial function and improves energy turnover.
Acetyl-l-carnitine also has the rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant to help prevent brain cells' deterioration. This helps sustain brain function and mental acuity as we age.
Carnitine provides anti-aging benefits by enhancing energy production in the cell, which is needed for cellular repair and eliminating cellular debris. Studies have also shown that carnitine helps prevent muscle loss during illness and also prevents the muscle loss associated with aging, known as sarcopenia.
It improves bone mineral density, is protective of liver function and enhances the immune system, especially under stressful conditions. A natural anti-inflammatory, it also enhances the sensitivity of insulin receptors, helping to decrease blood sugar and circulating levels of insulin.
Coenzyme Q10 carries out a crucial role in the generation of energy in every cell in the body.
Coenzyme q10 is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory produced within the body.
However, levels of coenzyme q10 present in the body fall with age and, because of its importance in sustaining health and energy, supplementation can provide significant tangible benefits.
Coenzyme q10 functions in every cell of the body to produce energy. It is an essential component of healthy mitochondrial function (mitochondria are the energy-producing centers of all cells) as a crucial participant in the chain of metabolic chemical reactions that generate energy within cells. Coenzyme q10 helps produce energy in the mitochondria through the oxidation of fats and sugars. Therefore, it offers enhanced energy levels and greater endurance, as well as a greater ability to lose body fat, while preventing the energy decline seen in aging cells.
Coenzyme q10 also works synergistically with other antioxidants to elevate cellular levels of vitamins C and E and glutathione and to help regulate blood sugar and enhance insulin sensitivity.
The antioxidant nature of coenzyme q10 derives from its energy carrier function. As an energy carrier, it continuously goes through an oxidation-reduction cycle, accepting and giving up electrons. In its reduced form, it can easily give up electrons both to stabilize and thus neutralize free radicals and regenerate other antioxidants. It is particularly effective at protecting the vulnerable mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA from oxidative stress.
A growing body of scientific research links a deficiency of coenzyme q10 to age-related diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In general, coenzymes support enzymes in their various biochemical functions. Coenzyme q10 is found in every cell of the body, but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver and heart.
Studies have confirmed that, due to its fat-soluble nature, the bioavailability of coenzyme q10 is greatly increased by its suspension in oil, such as occurs in a softgel capsule supplement. The suspension of coenzyme q10 in flaxseed oil provided inside Lumity capsules ensures that coenzyme q10 is absorbed directly in the gastrointestinal tract with immediate effect on blood plasma levels.
Turmeric has been used in traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumour, antibacterial and antiviral.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, a spice used in India for thousands of years in cooking and as a medicinal herb.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It also supports the liver and detoxification pathways.
Turmeric has been proven to specifically counteract inflammation more effectively than many drugs, yet it is a natural substance. As inflammation is central to cancer initiation, promotion and metastasis, turmeric is a powerful ally against cancer.
Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. Therefore, while acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body's own tissues.
It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. These include heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.
Curcumin targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level. For example, curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. Turmeric is a sirtuin-activator that switches on healthy genes making normal cells more resilient and killing cancer cells.
Curcumin also boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. Scientists have shown the healing power of curcumin may also be beneficial for treating arthritis, high cholesterol and dementia. Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, it is good for those with chronic conditions involving pain. It has also been linked to improvements in heart disease and depression.
Curcumin is fat-soluble, so in order to facilitate optimum absorption it should be taken in an oil-based formula, such as a softgel capsule. Lumity contains turmeric suspended in flaxseed oil for optimum bioavailability.
Zinc protects cells from oxidative damage and maintains healthy hair, nails and skin.
20% Daily Value
Zinc is an important nutrient in healing mechanisms, healthy growth and development, muscle repair, DNA synthesis, immune function, cell replication, fertility, reproduction, sexual function and protection from free radical damage.
Zinc contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. It is needed by more than 100 enzymes and is thought to be involved in more body functions than any other mineral.
As a water-soluble mineral, zinc is easily depleted from soils by rain and from food by cooking. Refining grains also removes zinc content from cereals and so a vegetarian diet is likely to be deficient as zinc is most successfully absorbed from animal foods where it is bound with proteins. Stress, excess sweat, alcohol, weight loss, injury and surgery all deplete our levels of zinc.
Zinc is critical in chemical detoxification and our ability to handle environmental chemicals and toxins. It helps the liver detoxify alcohols. Zinc is also thought to help the body utilize and maintain levels of vitamin A. Through this action, zinc helps maintain healthy skin cells and generate new skin after injury or surgery. By helping collagen formation, zinc aids in healing wounds and, by regulating the skin’s oil glands, may help improve acne. Zinc also plays a key role in maintaining vision and is present in high concentrations in the eye. It has been shown to be beneficial to vision-related diseases, such as macular degeneration, night blindness and cataracts.
Zinc improves immune resilience by regulating the function of white blood cells. It is involved in the production of T lymphocytes, important agents in cell-mediated immunity, which provokes the death (apoptosis) of virus-infected or cancer cells. Zinc can help curtail the progression of viral flu and cold symptoms, as well as the herpes virus; it also lessens allergies and environmental sensitivities.
Selenium protects cells from oxidative stress.
35% Daily Value
Selenium has a vital role in boosting antioxidant activity in the body and providing protection against free radical damage.
Selenium is a constituent of more than twenty selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and protection from infection. It also contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails.
Selenium functions as a component of glutathione, which accounts for its antioxidant function and its important contribution to the prevention of aging and disease. Selenium and vitamin E work together synergistically in that they carry out antioxidant and immunostimulatory functions better together than individually. They both protect cell membranes and intracellular structural membranes from lipid oxidation. Solidification of tissue membranes occurs through the oxidation of fatty acids; selenium prevents or slows the biochemical aging process of tissue degeneration and hardening - that is, loss of youthful elasticity. This protective function is enhanced by vitamin E.
The antioxidant function of selenium seems to decrease vascular clogging of inflamed artery linings by soothing irritation and binding free radicals; thus, selenium may play a role in reducing or preventing atherosclerosis at its initial biochemical level.
Selenium also helps stimulate antibody formation in response to vaccines. This immunostimulatory effect is also enhanced by vitamin E; research has shown that the presence of these two nutrients can increase antibody formation 20-30 fold.
Selenium protects from the toxic effects of heavy metals and other dangerous substances. People with adequate selenium intake have fewer adverse effects from cigarette smoking, alcohol, oxidised fats, and mercury and cadmium toxicity.
Through its glutathione-boosting properties, selenium aids red blood cell metabolism and has been shown to prevent chromosome damage in tissue cultures.
Selenium plays a role in protein synthesis, growth, development and fertility, especially male fertility. It has been shown to improve sperm production and motility.
Selenium absorption is thought to decrease with aging and so higher quantities may be required as we grow older in order to reap all the protective, anti-aging benefits of this mineral.
Magnesium helps reduce tiredness and fatigue.
15% Daily Value
Magnesium has numerous vital metabolic and structural roles in the body.
It is a component of bones and teeth, contributes to healthy muscle and nervous system function, promotes physical strength and endurance, is a critical mineral required for several hundred enzymatic reactions, assists calcium and potassium uptake, assists glycolysis and aids many biosynthetic processes.
The energy produced in the mitochondria (energy centers) of cells (ATP) must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. Sufficient magnesium is, therefore, essential for youthful energy levels. Magnesium is essential also to the permeability of the mitochondrial membrane and to the transfer and utilisation of energy.
Stress, alcohol, caffeine and sugar all contribute to magnesium loss. It is possible that some of the symptoms related to an alcoholic hangover are in part due to magnesium depletion.
Magnesium is considered the anti-stress mineral. It is a natural tranquilizer, as it functions to relax skeletal muscles as well as smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract. It is considered important in preventing coronary artery spasm, a significant cause of heart attacks.
Magnesium activates enzymes that are important for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It is also needed in DNA production and function. Magnesium modulates the electrical potential across cell membranes, which allows nutrients to pass back and forth. Without the relaxing effects of magnesium, the muscles of blood vessels would contract and peripheral vascular circulation would be compromised, leading to hypertension and further reduction of nutrient delivery to the cell.
By increasing calcium solubility, especially in the urine, magnesium can help prevent kidney stones. Magnesium is also helpful in preventing other tissue and blood vessel calcification (and thereby atherosclerosis), as well as some problems of the teeth, including cavities.
Magnesium has been used successfully to treat the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and water retention have been lessened with magnesium.
The many enzyme systems that require magnesium help restore energy levels and eliminate tiredness and fatigue. Thanks to this function and its nerve and muscle support, magnesium may also be helpful for nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, depression and muscle cramps.
Iodine contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin.
15% Daily Value
Iodine is an essential trace element that is vital for normal growth and development.
Iodine controls the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. It combines with the amino acid tyrosine to create T3 and T4 (triodothyronine and thyroxin), thyroid hormones that influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature. The body maintains its BMR (basal metabolic rate) with the help of these hormones, which also help in protein synthesis.
The basal metabolic rate affects the efficiency and efficacy of many of the body's organ systems and regular processes, including absorption of food, sleep cycles and the transformation of food into usable energy. Iodine thus plays an important role in maintaining optimal energy levels in the body by ensuring the efficient utilization of calories.
If the thyroid gland does not receive sufficient iodine to make hormones, feedback systems in the body cause the thyroid to work harder, which can result in goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland/swollen neck). Low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating, leading to infertility.
Iodine is essential in the formation of healthy skin, teeth and hair. It speeds up hair growth and increases follicle strength. An iodine deficiency can result in hair loss.
Iodine helps in the normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs. A sufficient quantity of iodine in pregnant and breastfeeding women is also essential to the healthy development of the baby. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to high blood pressure during pregnancy for the mother and mental retardation for the baby, as it plays an important role in development of the central nervous system.
Iodine is also a major booster of the immune system. Iodine is itself a scavenger of free radicals, and also stimulates and increases the activity of antioxidants throughout the body to provide a strong defensive measure against various diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Iodine can help eliminate toxins in the body, such as fluoride, lead and mercury. This detoxifying role is very important. Iodine has antibacterial qualities and is also effective at protecting the body against the toxic effects of radiation.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which protects cells from oxidative stress.
30% Daily Value
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin noted for its antioxidant properties.
It protects cell membranes against oxidation, inhibits the coagulation of blood to prevent blood clots and supports healthy red blood cell formation. It is vital for cellular respiration and energy metabolism and the synthesis of DNA and RNA. In addition, it preserves the integrity of lipids and other fat-soluble vitamins, protecting them from oxidation
Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol, meaning ‘to bear children’, which highlights its link to fertility. Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 during experiments on rats in which it was found that a diet devoid of vitamin E rendered the rats infertile. Therefore, the vitamin was so-named tocopherol.
Vitamin E protects fatty acids in the body and prevents the oxidation of some hormones, such as those released from the pituitary and adrenal glands. This property plays a vital role in slowing down aging and tissue degeneration. It also helps heart and muscle cell respiration by improving their functioning with less oxygen and so may help improve stamina and endurance and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Vitamin E reduces platelet aggregation and adhesiveness more so than aspirin, which further reduces risk of artherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E has been shown to provide some protection against cognitive decline and the incidence and progression of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. The brain has a high oxygen consumption rate and abundant polyunsaturated fatty acids in the neuronal cell membranes. Vitamin E’s role in preventing the oxidation of lipids and, therefore, protecting the integrity of cell membranes would explain this hypothesis.
In order to assist with healing and to minimise clotting, vitamin E is a useful nutrient before and after surgery. It significantly assists in the repair of skin lesions, ulcers, burns, abrasions and dry skin, and diminishes the scars caused from injury or surgery. Vitamin E prevents and repairs cell and tissue damage during radiation therapy. It also enhances immunity.
Recent research has shown that the megadoses of vitamin E that have become popular in the last two decades can actually be counter-productive. Such doses, equal or greater to 400IU a day, are related to higher mortality rates. Lumity contains just 9IU of vitamin E, which is wholly beneficial in supporting its antioxidant, immune-stimulating and skin-healing action in the body without any risk of toxicity.
Vitamin D promotes healthy immune function, strong bones and teeth.
150% Daily Value
The body can manufacture vitamin D when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light.
Season, time of day, length of day, cloud cover, smog and skin melanin content are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis. Few food sources provide sufficient vitamin D, so sunlight exposure or supplementation is important. However, low exposure to the sun or exposure exclusively with thick, total sunscreens means that this source of vitamin D can be very low and supplementation is required to provide sufficient vitamin D for all the body's requirements.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for normal growth and development. It is required for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus to support the necessary hardening of bones. Its role in the absorption of calcium is also key for a healthy neuromuscular system, muscle strength, normal blood clotting and heart function.
Vitamins A and D taken together have been shown to reduce the incidence of colds, reduce muscle spasms (especially when related to anxiety states) and ease asthma and arthritis.
Studies have shown that omega fatty acids and Vitamin D are associated with longer, healthier telomeres. With each cell cycle, telomeres, the protective caps at the end of chromosomes, shorten when telomeres become too short, the cell dies.
Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular function, immunity and the reduction of inflammation. Vitamin D modulates many genes which encode proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Many cells have vitamin D receptors.
A growing body of research suggests that vitamin D might play some role in the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer and other medical conditions. A number of studies as well as epidemiologic data suggest that vitamin D status could affect cancer risk.
Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and, therefore, the maintenance of youthful skin.
20% Daily Value
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, an essential nutrient and an excellent antioxidant in the body.
Water-soluble vitamins (vitamins B and C) are not sufficiently stored in the body and, therefore, regular integration is required.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C is important in protecting the body against damage caused by free radicals. It acts as a detoxifier and may reduce the side effects of certain drugs and it may also reduce the toxicity of the heavy metals lead, mercury and arsenic.
Vitamin C is vital in the production and maintenance of collagen, an important structural component of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, teeth and bone. Collagen gives support and shape to the body, helps wounds heal and maintains healthy blood vessels.
Vitamin C aids in the metabolism of tyrosine, folic acid and tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted in the presence of ascorbic acid to serotonin, an important brain chemical. Vitamin C helps folic acid convert to its active form and tyrosine needs vitamin C to form the neurotransmitter substances dopamine and epinephrine. Vitamin C also aids in thyroid hormone production, thus supporting healthy energy-yielding metabolism and reducing tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C also stimulates adrenal function and increases the body's ability to cope with stress.
Vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the immune system by boosting the activity of white blood cells and increasing interferon production, thus helping prevent and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
Vitamin C was first isolated from lemons in 1932. However, the scourge of scurvy, vitamin C deficiency, has been recognized for thousands of years. It was described by Aristotle in 450 B.C. as a syndrome characterized by lack of energy, gum inflammation, tooth decay and bleeding problems. In the 1700s, high percentages of sailors died from scurvy until it was discovered that the juice of lemons could cure and prevent this deadly disease. British navy ships started carrying limes from the West Indies to maintain the sailors health, who became known as "limeys".
Vitamin A is supportive of optimum cellular function and healthy skin.
30% Daily Value
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that carries out many functions in the body.
It is essential for vision, cellular growth and development, reproduction, immune system efficiency, healthy skin, hair, bones, teeth and mucous membranes. Vitamin A also carries out an antioxidant role, helping to reduce cellular, molecular and tissue damage caused by free radicals.
Being a fat-soluble vitamin (like vitamins D, E and K), vitamin A can be stored in the body's fat reserves. It also means that fat is required for its absorption. For this reason, most supplements recommend dosage with a meal. Lumity's ingredients, however, are already suspended in flaxseed oil ready for direct and immediate absorption.
Vitamin A stimulates growth of the base layer of the skin. It helps the cells mature and differentiate normally and gives them structural integrity. In this way, it promotes healthy skin growth, moisture retention, healthy tone and youthfulness.
This function is carried out on the body's external skin and also on the body's inner skin, made up of the mucous linings. By moisturizing and maintaining the structural integrity of the mucous lining cells, which support healthy secretion, vitamin A helps the body fight off infectious agents and environmental pollutants. The epithelial tissues protected include the linings of the lungs, nose, throat, stomach, intestines, vagina, bladder and urinary tract.
Vitamin A, therefore, protects tissues from infection and promotes rapid recovery through its support of healthy skin and mucous lining barriers, as well as through its ability to improve immune resilience, by boosting antibody response and white blood cell function.
Vitamin A helps support healthy vision. It keeps the eyes moist, preventing many conditions such as dry eye syndrome. Vitamin A ensures a healthy retina and prevents night blindness by increasing the adaptability of the human eye to both bright light and darkness. It can significantly cut down the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are commonly associated with aging.
Vitamin A also generates healthy hair. A deficiency may render hair lackluster and dandruff is more likely because of the loss of scalp skin moisture. Vitamin A deficiency can also result in fatigue, insomnia and loss of vitamin C, as well as skin issues.