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Find out the important roles each ingredient plays in Xtend-Life formulations. Use this section to learn more about individual ingredients: their many benefits, ingredient origins and the Xtend-Life products they feature in. All ingredients are listed alphabetically, simply click on an ingredient to learn more.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the human body. Its primary use in the human body is as a precursor in the conversion of tryptophan.
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is chemically classified as a nucleoside triphosphate. Its primary biological use is as a coenzyme.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine occurs naturally in the body within the inner membrane of structurally related to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter.
Alfalfa, known scientifically as Medicago sativa, is a flowering plant in the Fabaceae family, which includes peas.
Aloe vera is a species of plant with very short stems or no stems at all. It can exceed three feet in height and has thick leaves that are green or gray-green in color.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is an organosulfur compound that is biosynthesized by all animals. It is a cofactor in many enzymes and an essential component of aerobic metabolism.
Andrographis is a genus of plants in the acanthus family. The precise number of Andrographis species is difficult to establish, although estimates range from 19 to 44.
Astaxanthin is a type of carotenoid known as a xanthophyll, which is a pigment that gives plants a red-pink color.
Bacopa is a genus of up to 100 aquatic plants, with Bacopa monnieri being one its best known members.
Barley is a species of grass known scientifically as Hordeum vulgare. It is typically cultivated as a cereal crop and is especially popular Tibetan cuisine.
Myricetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid found in berries, fruits, vegetables, herbs, tea and wine. Many in vitro studies have demonstrated the antioxidant properties of Myricetin.
Worker honeybees collect pollen from flowers, which they pack into pellets. They then add honey and other secretions to the pollen, forming a mixture commonly known as bee pollen or bee bread.
Beta carotene is a red-orange pigment found in many plants. Its primary use in plants is to protect them from damage by excessive sunlight.
Glycine betain was first isolated from sugar beets in the 19th century. It was the first betain discovered, although many other betains have been discovered since then.
Bilberry is the common name for several species of plants in the Vaccinium genus, especially V. myrtillus. They are low-growing shrubs that are closely related to blueberries and are often mistaken for blueberries.
Biotin is a coenzyme that is also known by other common names such as coenzyme R, vitamin B7 and vitamin H. It has eight specific forms, but only D-biotin is completely biologically active in humans.
The scientific name for bitter melon is Momordica charantia, which also has other common names such as balsam-pear, bitter gourd and bitter squash.
Black cumin is the common name for Nigella sativa, a flowering annual plant native to southern Asia. It can grow to one foot in height and has thin leaves with delicate flowers.
A trace mineral that plays a role in the prevention of osteoporosis as it reduces calcium loss from bones. It is important in brain function and prostate health.
The Boswellia genus of flowering trees contains four primary species, including B. frereana, B. papyrifera, B. sacra and B. serrata.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in the Bromeliaceae family, which includes the pineapple plant. The term "bromelain" may also refer specifically to two enzymes in this extract rather than the entire extract.
Butcher's broom, known scientifically as Ruscus aculeatus, is a flowering plant that also has many other common names such as box holly, knee holly, kneeholm, jew's myrtle, pettigree and sweet broom.
Calcium is a chemical element with the atomic number 20. It is an essential nutrient for all organisms, primarily for cell signaling and structural components.
Carrageenan is a water soluble sulphated polysaccharide extracted from red seaweed Chrondus crispus for its health benefits
Celery (Apium graveolens) is a member of the Apiaceae family, which also includes carrots and parsley. Celery plants can exceed three feet in height, and the leaves can grow to more than two inches in length.
CMO is an abbreviation for cetyl myristoleate, more formally known as cis-9-cetyl myristoleate. It is chemically classified as an ester, meaning that it is the product of a reaction between an acid and alcohol.
Chaga Mushroom is a parasitic fungus that supports healthy breathing, modulating imbalances in the immune system and helping to manage inflammatory conditions in the lungs
Chamomile is a common name for the plant known scientifically as Matricaria chamomilla and Matricaria recutita. Additional common names for this plant include German chamomile, wild chamomile and scented mayweed.
Chasteberry is a common name for Vitex agnus-castus, a species of flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region. It is also known by other common names such as Abraham’s Balm, Chaste Tree and Monk’s Pepper.
Chitin also has many applications as a health supplement that primarily relate to its role as a dietary fiber. Health supplements typically use chitosan, which is a modified form of chitin with greater bioavailability.
Chlorella is a good source of protein. It is also an abundant source of many vitamins and minerals that provide various health benefits.
Choline bitartrate is choline combined with a salt of tartaric acid. It has a much better absorption rate than pure choline, which is an essential human nutrient.
Chondroitin sulfate is a chain of alternating molecules of glucuronic acid and N-acetylgalactosamine. This chain may contain over 100 molecules of simple sugars, although the specific quantities and positions can vary.
This mineral is now being recognized as important in carbohydrate metabolism. Organic chromium is an active ingredient of a substance called GTF (glucose tolerance factor).
Chrysin is a flavone, which is a class of plant pigment found in many flowering plants. The most significant natural sources of chrysin include flowers in the Passiflora genus, commonly known as passionflowers.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an enzyme known chemically as a 1,4-benzoquinone. The “Q” in the name refers to the quinone chemical group, which are derived from aromatic compounds.
Collagen is the common name for many types of protein that fill the extracellular spaces in connective tissue.
Copper is a component of many proteins in the body, typically metalloenzymes. It is essential for a large number of specific metabolic functions, especially the growth and repair of various tissues.
Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine for lung health, enhanced oxygen utilization and inflammation management
Creatine monohydrate is an organic acid with the chemical formula C4H9N3O2. It is also known by other names such as creatine, methylguanidoacetic acid and N-carbamimidoyl-N-methylglycine.
D-Limonene Limonene is a hydrocarbon chemically classified as a cyclic terpene. Its most common form, or isomer, is d-limonene, which is a colorless liquid at room temperature.
D phenylalanine DPA is an amino acid with many health benefits, the body uses phenylalanine to make chemical messengers
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is also commonly known as cervonic acid. DHA is directly available through the diet, primarily from fish oil and breast milk.
DIM is an abbreviation for 3,3′-diindolylmethane, which is composed of a methane group with two indole groups attached to it. The primary natural source of DIM is the digestion of cruciferous vegetables.
Malic acid is a dicarboxylic acid with the chemical formula C4H6O5, which has two structures known as enantiomers. L-malic acid occurs naturally in all organisms, while D-malic acid must be synthesized in the laboratory.
Phenylalanine is an amino acid with the chemical formula C6H5CH2CH(NH2)COOH. It has two distinct forms known as enantiomers, including L-phenylalanine and D-phenylalanine.
DMG is an abbreviation for dimethylglycine, an amino acid with the chemical formula (CH3)2NCH2COOH. It is derived from glycine, which is one of the 20 amino acids commonly used to synthesize proteins in humans.
Damiana has a long history of use in herbal medicine, especially in Mexico. Damiana is primarily used as an aphrodisiac in traditional herbal medicine.
Dandelion is a common name for any member of the Taraxacum genus, which contains many species. These flowering plants have deep roots and are native to temperate regions throughout the northern hemisphere.
Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is known chemically as all-cis-4,7,10,13,16-docosapentaenoic acid. The structure of DPA is similar to that of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), except that DPA has two more carbon units in its chain.
Dong quai is the common name for Angelica sinensis, an herb in the Apiaceae family. This family contains about 3,700 species, including carrots, celery and parsley.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is also known as icosapentaenoic acid and timnodonic acid. Its chemical structure is 20:5(n-3).
Eleuthero is a common name for Eleutherococcus senticosus, a deciduous, woody shrub that originates from eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Russia.
Epimedium is a genus of flowering plants in the Berberidaceae family, commonly known as the barberry family. It contains over 60 species, of which up to 15 are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Feverfew is the common name for Tanacetum parthenium, a small bush that grows to a height of about 18 inches. This plant is also known by the scientific synonyms Chrysanthemum parthenium and Pyrethrum parthenium.
Folic acid is generally used to synthesize, repair and methylate DNA. It is also used to catalyze many biochemical reactions in the body.
Garcinia Cambogia is also known as Malabar tamarind or Goroka fruit which is often used for culinary purposes in South East Asia. Recently, it has been used in supplements after the discovery of weight management properties.
Ginger is the common name for Zingiber officinale, a flowering plant in the Zingiberaceae family. Other plants in this family include cardamom, galangal and turmeric.
Ginkgo biloba is a tree that is commonly known as just ginkgo and the maidenhair tree. It is considered a living fossil since it is the only tree in its taxonomic division and its fossil record goes back 270 million years.
Beta-glucans are complex sugars known as polysaccharides. They are composed of simple sugars called D-glucose monomers that are linked together by beta-glycosidic bonds.
Glucosamine is a major component of joint cartilage and is also found in the synovial fluid around our joints. It plays a vital role in supporting support cartilage and joint function.
Glutathione is a tripeptide, which is a molecule consisting of three amino acids linked together by chemical bonds. Glutathione benefits include antioxidant support, and the promotion of immune and heart health.
Gotu Kola is used for reducing fatigue, improving memory, venous insufficiency including varicose veins, circulation, wound healing and increasing longevity. Gotu Kola is also used for memory loss and as an aphrodisiac.
Grape juice has been used in herbal medicine for centuries, especially in the Mediterranean region. Resveratrol is a natural phenol concentrated in grape skins that has strong antioxidant properties.
The most common use of grape seed extract is support for the cardiovascular system. It is also useful for maintaining digestive health, age-related conditions and eye health.
Red grape skin extract is very high in resveratrol, which accounts for many of its health benefits. These benefits include supporting heart health, antioxidant support and the body’s ability to manage healthy blood sugar levels.
Coffee has been used in health for centuries due to its stimulating properties, but recent research on the green coffee bean and its chlorogenic acids has resulted in this ingredient being used for weight management.
The New Zealand green-lipped mussel is scientifically known as Perna canaliculus. It also has common names such as the New Zealand mussel, the green-lipped mussel and the greenshell mussel.
Green tea extract is derived from the green leaves of the tea plant, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis. It has been an essential herb in traditional medicine for centuries.
Commiphora wightii is a flowering plant in the Burseraceae family, which is commonly known as the Torchwood family. Common names for Commiphora wightii include Mukul myrrh, guggul and Indian bdellium-tree.
Gymnema is a genus of flowering plants in the Apocynaceae family that contains about 120 species. Gymnema sylvestre is one of the most well-known species in this genus.
Hawthorn is the common name for any member of the Crataegus genus of shrubs and trees. They belong to the rose family and are native to temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cellulase is a collective term for enzymes that break down cellulose, which is a polysaccharide, or complex sugar.
Hesperidin is a chemical that is primarily found in the Rutaceae family of citrus fruits. Its most abundant source is the bitter orange, known scientifically as Citrus aurantium.
Hops are used for restlessness, anxiety, sleep disorders, tension, excitability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Horopito is primarily used as a natural way to target candida symptoms which include yeast infections, fatigue and unexplained weight gain.
The most significant health benefits of horsetail extract are generally due to its high silica content, a compound that is based on silicon.
Huperzine A is an alkaloid derived from Huperzia, a type of moss that grows in China. It is used for age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.
Inositol, known chemically as cyclohexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol, has the chemical formula. The most common of inositol's nine forms, or stereoisomers. in nature is cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-cyclohexanehexol.
Iodine is a trace mineral, most of which is converted into iodide in the body. It aids in the development and functioning of the thyroid gland and is an integral part of thyroxin.
The kiwifruit, known scientifically as Actinidia deliciosa, is a woody vine that is also known by other common names such as kiwi, fuzzy kiwifruit, and Chinese gooseberry.
Kiwifruit originates from China, although its commercial cultivation didn’t begin until the early 20th century in New Zealand.
The L-form of arginine is one of the 20 amino acids that are commonly found in nature. It is classified as a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that the human body can’t manufacture sufficient quantities.
Carnitine is an ammonium compound that's synthesized from the amino acids methionine and lysine, primarily in the liver and kidneys. Plant and animal cells use it to transport fatty acids into the mitochondria to metabolize fats.
Carnosine is known scientifically as beta-alanyl-L-histidine. It is composed of one molecule each of the amino acids histidine and beta-alanine, and is therefore known chemically as a dipeptide.
L-cysteine is an amino acid that is classified as semi-essential in humans, meaning that the body biosynthesizes adequate amounts of it under normal circumstances. The biosynthesis of l-cysteine requires methionine.
L-glutamine is one of the 20 basic amino acids in the human genetic code. It's a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that dietary supplementation of L-glutamine may be required under certain conditions.
Histidine is one of the 23 amino acids used to build proteins in humans, known chemically as proteinogenic amino acids. It uses the codons cytosine-adenine-uracil (CAU) and cytosine-adenine-cytosine (CAC).
L-histidine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it must be obtained through dietary sources. It is also one of the 23 proteinogenic amino acids, which are used to synthesize proteins.
Inosine is a nucleoside, which is one of the basic chemicals used to construct cells. L-inosine is the biologically active form, which has the chemical formula 1,9-dihydro-9-beta-D-ribofuranosyl-6H-purin-6-one.
L-lysine is an essential amino acid for humans, meaning that the body can't synthesize it. It must therefore be obtained in the diet, typically in the form of proteins that contain lysine.
Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it is not able be synthesized in the body. The most common use of L-lysine HCL in dietary supplementation is to aid with the natural recovery of sores.
L-methionine is an essential amino acid in all multi-celled animals. It must be obtained from diet and food sources since it is unable to be biosynthesized in the body.
L-ornithine is an amino acid that’s primarily used in the urea cycle, which eliminates excess nitrogen from the body. It isn’t an essential amino acid in humans, meaning that it can be synthesized in the body.
L-proline is one of the 20 amino acids that are used to synthesize proteins by the human body. This amino acid is encoded in the human genetic code with the codons CCA, CCC, CCG and CCU.
Pyroglutamic acid is a derivative of the amino acids glutamine and glutamic acid. It also known by other names such as pyroglutamate, 5-oxoproline and pidolic acid.
Selenomethionine is an amino acid that contains selenium. It exists in two forms known as enantiomers, including L-selenomethionine and D-selenomethionine.
Taurine is the common name for 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid. It's a common component of animal tissue that comprises up to 0.1 percent of a human's total body weight.
L-threonine is an essential amino acid in humans, meaning that it cannot be synthesized in the body. The chemical formula for L-threonine is HO2CCH(NH2)CH(OH)CH3, and its DNA codons are ACA, ACC, ACG and ACU.
L-tyrosine is an amino acid known chemically as 4-hydroxyphenylalanine. It is one of the 22 amino acids that the human body uses to build proteins.
L-valine is one of the 20 amino acids used to synthesize proteins in the human body, which are chemically known as proteinogenic amino acids. It is named for the valerian plant, from which valine was first derived.
Lecithin is a generic term that applies to any fatty substance composed of fatty acids, phospholipids, triglycerides, glycolipids, glycerol and choline.
A lipase is a type of enzyme that hydrolyzes lipids, meaning that it breaks down fats. These enzymes perform a variety of functions involving the digestion and transportation of dietary lipids.
The best-known use of lithium carbonate in health supplements is the management of moods. It may also help to support metabolic syndrome, retain minerals and manage occasional headaches.
Lutein is a pigment produced by many plants, that also affects the coloration of animals eating those plants. Low levels of lutein produce a yellow color in chicken fat and plant leaves after they lose their chlorophyll in the fall.
Luteolin is a chemical that is classified as a citrus bioflavonoid. It is a yellow crystal in pure form, which is typical for flavonoids. Luteolin has many uses as a health supplement due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a pigment that can be synthesized by plants but not animals. It has a bright red color and is named after the tomato plant, known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum.
The most significant uses of lysozyme in health supplements derives from its ability to help with bladder health, healthy inflammation management and wound repair.
Methylsulfonyl methane (MSM) is also known by other scientific names such as dimethyl sulfone and methyl sulfone. It is an organic compound that contains sulfur, although it is relatively inert by itself.
Magnesium is a mineral necessary for energy metabolism, immune competence, the body's stress response, protein and fat synthesis, neuromuscular transmission.
Magnesium Ascorbate is a non-acidic buffered form of Vitamin C and a source of the essential mineral Magnesium. It is a natural neutral salt has significantly higher gastrointestinal tolerance.
Magnesium is a mineral needed by every cell of your body to help maintain normal cardiovascular, muscle, nerve, bone, and cellular function
Magnesium trisilicate is a compound of magnesium oxide and silicon dioxide with varying proportions of water It occurs in nature as meerschaum, pararepiolite, and repiolite
Mahonia is a genus of evergreen shrubs in the barberry family, known scientifically as Berberidaceae. This genus contains about 70 species, with M. aquifolium being the type species for Mahonia.
Manganese plays an important role in the central nervous system, in fertility, as an antioxidant in the prevention of toxic oxygen forms, and in glucose tolerance.
The mangosteen is a tropical tree known scientifically as Garcinia mangostana. It probably originates from the Indonesian islands, although it now grows throughout Southeast Asia.
Milk thistle is a common name for Silybum marianum, a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It also has many other common names, including Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint Mary's thistle and Scotch thistle.
The primary use of trace minerals is the active site in enzymes that catalyze chemical reactions. These minerals are needed in small amounts because enzymes aren’t consumed during these reactions.
Molybdenum is found in practically all plant and animal tissues. It is a co-factor in the detoxification processes, iron metabolism and the final stages of urine production and it also helps promote normal cell function.
A mushroom is the fruiting body of a fungus, especially when it has a stem, cap and gills. The best-known mushroom is the white mushroom, or Agaricus bisporus, which is widely cultivated as a food crop.
N-acetyl L-cysteine is an amino acid derivative that is also known as N-acetylcysteine, or just acetylcysteine. It is derived from the amino acid L-cysteine, which has the chemical formula C3H7NO2S.
Nattokinase is a fibrinolytic enzyme (able to break up fibrin clots) derived from a Japanese food called natto. Natto is boiled soybeans fermented with the bacteria Bacillus natto, through which process Nattokinase is produced.
Olive trees may be any member of the Olea genus, which contains about 40 species. The most commercially important of these species is Olea europaea, commonly known as the European olive.
P-amino benzoic acid (PABA) is used to synthesize folic acid, which is an essential nutrient. Folic acid is most readily available in leafy green vegetables.
Pancreatin is a mixture of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas, including amylase, lipase and trypsin. It is also commonly known as pancreatic acid, although it isn’t actually an acid.
Papain is an enzyme known scientifically as papaya proteinase I. It is found in the papaya and mountain papaya, which are tropical trees native to Central and South America.
Passionflower is the common name for any member of the Passiflora genus, which contains about 500 species. P. incarnata is one of the most common species of passionflower.
Pectinase is a collective term for enzymes that break down pectin and are as pectic enzymes. Pectinase’s ability to break down pectin provides it with many specific benefits.
Corktree is a common name for Phellodendron amurense, which is a tree in the Rutaceae family. It is native to eastern Asia, especially northern China, Japan and Korea. Corktree has also become naturalized in North America.
Phosphatidyl choline is a collective term for any phospholipid with a choline head group. They are an essential component in cell membranes and serve a variety of other purposes.
Phosphatidyl l-serine, also known as phosphatidylserine, is a chemical classified as a phospholipid. It is a primary component of cell membranes and also plays a key role in apoptosis.
Phytosterols belong to a class of chemicals known as sterols, which contain over 200 identified members. They are structurally similar to cholesterol, although phytosterols are produced by plants.
Pinus massoniana is the scientific name for a species of pine tree. Pine tree bark is commonly used as an antioxidant and supports connective tissues.
Piperine has a long history of use in some types of traditional medicine. Its primary commercial use is in modern herbal medicine and insecticides.
Policosanol is a general term for a mixture of alcohols that are extracted from plant waxes. It typically comes from sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum), although yams and beeswax are also commercial sources of policosanol.
A polysaccharide is a chain of simple sugars linked together with glycosidic bonds. It may be a simple chain, or it may have many branches. Cellulose is a common example of a simple polysaccharide.
Pomegranate extract is used to prevent cancer and as an antiviral and antibacterial. Pomegranate extract has lipophilic antioxidant activity and free radical scavenging capability.
Potassium is a mineral that helps maintain cellular integrity and water balance, nerve transmission and energy metabolism. It is necessary for muscle contraction and nerve impulse conduction.
Potassium Ascorbate is a salt derived from Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C. Potassium ascorbate has benefits of both potassium and vitamin C. These benefits include antioxidant activity, collagen production, healthy circulation and heart health support.
Mineral that may help maintain cellular integrity and water balance, nerve transmission and energy metabolism necessary for muscle contraction
Protease refers to a group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze (breakdown) peptide bonds of proteins. They are also called proteolytic enzymes or proteinases.
Pterocarpus is a genus of pantropical trees in the Fabaceae family. It contains about 35 species, with P. marsupium being one of the most well-known members of this genus
The cultivated plant known scientifically as Cucurbita pepo includes pumpkins and squashes. Pumpkin seed oil is primarily made in central Europe, including Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Slovenia.
Quercetin is the common name for the chemical formally known as 3,3',4',5,7-pentahydroxy-2-phenylchromen-4-one. It is chemically classified as a flavonol, which plants often use as pigments.
Red clover, known scientifically as Trifolium pratense, is a perennial herb that grows to a height of about 2.5 feet. The leaves grow in groups of three on each stem, which is the characteristic trifoliate pattern for clovers.
Reishi mushrooms have been used extensively in Asia as the “mushroom of immortality”. Reishi is known to promote longevity, resist aging, and boost energy.
Rhodiola originates from cold regions of the northern hemisphere, especially North America and Europe. However, Rhodiola also grows as far south as mountainous regions of Appalachia.
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a nucleic acid, along with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The primary difference between RNA and DNA is that RNA is a single-strand molecule folded in on itself.
Rice bran oil is typically used to support heart health, especially cholesterol levels. Additional benefits of rice bran oil include support liver health, menstruation and antioxidant effects.
Rosemary, known scientifically as Rosmarinus officinalis, is a perennial, evergreen shrub. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which also includes mints and many other herbs. It originates from the Mediterranean region.
Rutin is a plant pigment known scientifically as a flavonoid. It is also known by several specific scientific names such as rutoside, sophorin and quercetin-3-O-rutinoside. Rutin is named after Ruta graveolens.
S-Adenosyl methionine is a non-protein compound called a co-substrate. G. L. Cantoni first isolated SAM-e in 1952 from adenosine triphosphate and the amino acid methionine by using a chemical process.
Sarsaparilla is a common name for many plants in the Smilax genus, which contains at least 300 species. It is often used as a general term for Smilax species in the Americas.
Saw palmetto, known scientifically as Serenoa repens, is the only member of the Serenoa genus. It's a small palm with a maximum height of about 10 feet. Saw palmetto typically grows in dense thickets in sandy soil.
Schisandra is a genus of climbing vines in Asia that contains about 25 species. Schisandra chinensis is one of the most well-known of these species and has the common name five-flavor berry.
Serrapeptidase (Serratia Peptidase) is a multi-functional proteolytic enzyme that dissolves non-living tissues such as fibrin, plaque, blood clots, cysts, and inflammation without harming living tissue.
Beta-sitosterol is a phytosterol, which is a sterol produced by plants. It is chemically similar to cholesterol, and the pure form is a waxy, white powder.
Spirulina is a type of bacteria that can perform photosynthesis, which are known scientifically as cyanobacteria. It includes two species in the Arthrospira genus, Arthrospira maxima and Arthrospira platensis.
Stevia is the generic name for a sugar substitute that is derived from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana, a plant commonly known as sweetleaf and sugarleaf.
The common nettle is a flowering herbaceous plant known scientifically as Urtica dioica. It’s found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, primarily in temperate climates.
Strontium is a chemical element with the atomic number 38. It is a soft, reactive metal that quickly turns yellow in the presence of oxygen. Adair Crawford and William Cruickshank discovered strontium in 1790.
Tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant, scientifically known as Camellia sinensis. The tea plant originates from Asia, where it has been used as a beverage and in herbal medicine for thousands of years.
Terminalia is a genus of tropical trees in the Combretaceae family that comprises about 100 species. Its name comes from the Latin word “terminus,” meaning “end,”.
Tocotrienols are members of the vitamin E family. Tocotrienols, like vitamin E, are potent antioxidants against lipid peroxidation. Studies indicate that Tocotrienols are important in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
Trans-resveratrol is a chemical known scientifically as 3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene. It is classified as a stilbenoid, which is a type of phenol. Trans-resveratrol is produced by several species of plants.
Tribulus is believed to be an aphrodisiac. Research suggests that it will increase levels of testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Turkey Tail is a common polypore mushroom with strong immune boosting effects, Turkey Tail can help resist seasonal ailments and support healthy lung function.
Turmeric is an herbaceous plant known scientifically as Curcuma longa. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, which includes ginger. Tumeric has rhizomes rather than true roots.
Ubiquinol should not be confused with the oxidised form of Coenzyme Q10, known as Ubiquinone. Kaneka QH Ubiquinol is the active, non-oxidised form of CoQ10, developed and produced by Kaneka in Japan.
Valeriana is a genus of flowering plant in the Caprifoliaceae family that contains hundreds of species. The most well-known member of this genus is known scientifically as Valeriana officinalis.
Vinpocetine is derived from vincamine, an alkaloid found in the lesser periwinkle plant. This flowering plant originates from central and southern Europe, as well as southwestern Asia.
Carotenoids are a class of red-orange pigments that are primarily produced by photosynthesizing organisms such as green plants.
A vitamin which maintains energy levels and supports brain function (memory). Vitamin B1 aids in digestion. It is necessary for the metabolism of sugar.
Vitamin B12 is necessary for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. It is important to amino acid and fatty acid synthesis and is essential for hemoglobin and nerve cell growth and maintenance.
Vitamin B2 is a vitamin in the B group commonly known as riboflavin. It serves a variety of biochemical roles, especially enzyme reactions that activate other vitamins.
Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide and nicotinic amide, is the biosynthesized form of niacin, commonly known as vitamin B3. Both forms provide the same vitamin functions.
Vitamin B3, also known a nicotinic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays essential roles in energy metabolism in the living cell, DNA repair and many other essential functions.
Vitamin B5 is a vitamin which supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and hemoglobin synthesis. It helps release energy from protein, carbohydrates and fat.
Vitamin B6 supports glycogen and nitrogen metabolism, production and transport of amino acids, production and maintenance of red blood cells and hemoglobin, nerve tissues and antibodies.
Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant water-soluble vitamin. When you are under stress the adrenal glands are known to "gobble up" vitamin C.
Vitamin D3 promotes calcium absorption, building bone mass and preventing bone loss; promoting heart muscle function; protecting against muscle weakness.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant needed for protection against the oxidation of fatty acids and cholesterol, helping to prevent oxidative damage to cell membranes and atherosclerosis.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant as it prevents other fat-soluble vitamins from being destroyed by oxygen and thus acts as a natural preservative.
Vitamin K's job is to put calcium in the right places and keep it from being deposited in the wrong places. The right places are bones and blood, and the wrong places include calcification of the vessels.
Wheat grass is the stalk of the common wheat plant, known scientifically as Triticum aestivum. It is typically sold as a dietary supplement, usually as a juice or powder.
Whey protein is commonly used in nutritional supplements marketed to athletes because it is a nutrient dense protein that helps build muscle mass when combined with exercise
Wild yam is the common name for Dioscorea villosa, a perennial flowering plant that originates from eastern North America. It is a hardy plant to zone 6 and grows abundantly in a wide variety of soil types.
Yucca is a genus of at least 40 plants that are native to hot, arid regions of the American continents. The species Yucca schidigera originates from deserts in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid alcohol commonly found in nature. It plays an important role in the xanthophyll cycle, which is an essential process for photosynthesizing plants.
Zinc is a mineral important in the protection against free radicals, as a cofactor in vision, energy metabolism, amino acid and protein synthesis.
Zinc Aspartate is zinc bound to aspartic acid aspartate It is not harmful Zinc Aspartate provides important protection against free radicals
Zinc orotate is used to treat symptoms of zinc deficiency: osteoporosis, hypogonadism, low testosterone levels, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, atrophy of the thymus, low white blood cell counts, and lowered immunity.
At Xtend-Life, we ensure that only the best goes into our quality skincare. No expense is spared in the sourcing of raw ingredients, and each is carefully selected for maximum skin benefits while keeping in line with our skincare philosophy. We then optimize these ingredients by blending them with complimentary ingredients to ensure optimal synergy within the formulations.
Find out the important roles each ingredient plays in Xtend-Life formulations. Use this section to learn more about individual ingredients: their many benefits, ingredient origins and the Xtend-Life products they feature in. All ingredients are listed alphabetically, simply click on an ingredient to learn more.
AA2G™ ( Ascorbic Acid 2-Glucoside) is a unique form of vitamin C developed by binding glucose to ascorbic acid that helps support the skin’s ability to fight free radicals, leading to younger looking, brighter skin.
BioVera™ Oil is an all-natural, liposoluble plant extract from the aloe vera plant, which has been used for centuries for its skin-friendly qualities
This product takes advantage of fruit acids as well as the texture of dried apple pulp, skin and seeds to gently but effectively exfoliate skin.
Astaxanthin offers a multitude of benefits for the skin, including the ability to help manage the sun’s UV rays.
Avocado’s hydrating properties help support the skin’s ability to manage and cope with healthy levels of the sun’s UV rays.
Axolight is an all-natural product derived from wheat bran that helps support a lighter, brighter complexion.
Babassu is a palm tree native to Brazil that yields fruits similar to coconuts that are harvested for both babassu oil and babassu butter.
Beautify directly targets the skin of the upper eye, supporting healthier skin that’s less likely to sag or show wrinkles.
This whitening peptide derived from soybeans works in two ways to help reduce the look of existing age spots while preventing new dark spots from showing up on skin.
Laminaria Ochroleuca extract, also known as brown seaweed, helps support our hands from oxidative stress caused by overexposure to sunlight.
Cetiol HE is a coconut oil-based polymer that helps support the skin from drying when used in foaming, lathering skin care products.
Cetiol RLF is an all-natural emollient especially formulated for sensitive skin. It is derived from coconut and palm oils.
Native to the Mediterranean region, chufa – also known as tiger nut - was cultivated for more than 3000 years in ancient Egypt for skin health.
CLERILYS W lightens and brightens skin naturally, supporting the reduction of dark spots associated with sun exposure and aging.
Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 is a nano-emulsion that delivers antioxidants coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E to the cells beneath the skin’s surface.
Copherol is a natural form of vitamin E that acts as a powerful antioxidant, supporting the healthy function of collagen and elastin so skin stays taut.
Native to the Amazon rainforest, Cupuacu Butter is a luxurious moisturizer related to the cacao plant.
D-Panthenol is a nutrient from the B vitamin family that helps manage the negative results that stress can have on our skin.
This product improves communication between skin cells, a key element in the process of skin repair and rejuvenation.
Easyliance works to help lighten and brighten the skin, while boosting skin elasticity, resulting in firmer, younger looking skin.
Eyeliss™ is an ingredient manufactured in France that targets puffiness and under eye bags that yielded consistent results leading to a patent on the unique blend.
Grape Seed Oil is a pale green oil that is cold pressed from the seeds of Vitus vinifera grapes, which are widely used in winemaking, especially sauvignon blanc.
Haloxyl may be effective at reducing bags and dark circles under the eyes by more than 60 This is due to its ability to boost blood circulation
Harakeke is the Maori name for New Zealand flax, a luxurious botanical moisturizer that is packed with linoleic acid, which helps seal natural moisture in the skin's natural barrier layer.
Primalhyal 50 is a lightweight form of hydrolysed hyaluronic acid derived from wheat that helps support skin’s moisture levels, helping it look plumper, radiant and more youthful.
Jojoba Oil is an ideal moisturizing treatment to keep skin healthy and happy with less risk of irritation, because it mimics our skin’s natural oils.
Kanapa™ is a unique natural ingredient developed by the scientists at Xtend-Life to support healthy skin and resist the visible signs of skin aging.
Kiwifruit Extract is an elixir of nutrients that helps nourish, support and regenerate, revealing vibrant, refreshed skin.
Licorice root has been used as part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a way to lighten dark spots that appear on the skin.
Lipolami Milk Thistle is rich in silymarin, an antioxidant that can help slow the aging process and turn back the clock by fighting free radicals that attack skin cells.
An extract pressed from a tree fern native to New Zealand, Mamaku gel has been used by the Maori people for centuries to improve the look and feel of skin.
Manuka Honey is a specialized, nutrient-dense honey made by bees collecting nectar from the Manuka plant, a bush that’s native only to New Zealand.
Moringa Oil is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, helping support skin’s ability to manage oxidative stress which accelerates aging.
Derived from olive oil, Olivem 800 is a luxurious moisturizer that is easily absorbed and can effectively hydrate and revitalize parched, tired skin.
In addition to taking on free radicals that result in signs of aging, phytaminol helps maintain the circulation of the skin.
Proteol APL is a foaming anionic surfactant derived from the amino acids found in apple juice.
This fine powder is born from lava stones then used in place of plastic microbeads as an environmentally-friendly alternative.
Shea Butter is a luxurious nut butter that melts at skin temperature, penetrating beneath the skin’s surface to offers the ultimate in hydration.
Swertia Chirata Extract uses the latest in stem cell technology to not only support the regeneration of skin cells, but also to help thicken and strengthen the epidermis for younger looking skin.
The benefits of vitamin E for the health of the skin are well proven Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin E helps combat the damaging effects on your skin of free radicals