Per the the World Food Organization Bioflavonoids have been used in alternative medicine as an aid to enhance the action of vitamin C, to support blood circulation, as an antioxidant, and to treat allergies, viruses, or arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Grape seed extract contains powerful antioxidants and may offer a variety of health benefits.
Contains a variety of antioxidants, which may provide health benefits.
Proponents claim that pine bark extract is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds that block the action of free radicals, activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells. Supporters believe pine bark extract protects against arthritis, complications from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and problems with circulation such as swelling and varicose veins. Other reported benefits include improved memory, fewer effects from stress, better joint flexibility, and decreased inflammation. Some claim that pine bark extract supplements are much more effective in eliminating free radicals than vitamins C and E.
Bilberry is a relative of the blueberry, and its fruit is commonly used to make pies and jams.
It has been used for nearly 1,000 years in traditional European medicine. Bilberry grows in North America, Europe, and northern Asia. Historically, bilberry fruit was used to treat diarrhea, scurvy, and other conditions.
Today, the fruit is used as a folk or traditional remedy for diarrhea, menstrual cramps, eye problems, varicose veins, venous insufficiency (a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart), and other circulatory problems. Bilberry leaf is used for entirely different conditions, including diabetes.
The fruit of the bilberry plant can be eaten or made into extracts. Similarly, the leaves of the bilberry plant can be made into extracts or used to make teas.
is rich with antioxidants which is a wonderful thing.
A great source of antioxidants
Cocoa powder is made when chocolate liquor is pressed to remove three quarters of its cocoa butter.
The remaining cocoa solids are processed to make fine unsweetened cocoa powder.
Guar Gum a natural food thickener, similar to tapioca flour.
It has significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost.
Inulin is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans and is closely related to fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS).
Although they aren’t the same, you will often find them used interchangeably.
These are all starches (carbohydrates), just varying in structure.
Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber.
It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose, which is insoluble.
There is some scientific evidence that drinking green tea can improve thinking skills, enhance metabolism, and might help lower cholesterol and other fats called triglycerides. Green tea consumption might also prevent or delay Parkinson’s disease and possibly help to prevent cancer of the bladder, esophagus, and pancreas. We’d give this ingredient a green but due to caffeine we are keeping it neutral.
Ginseng has been used for improving overall health. It has also been used to strengthen the immune system and help fight off stress and disease. Asian ginseng (from Chinese and Korean sources) has been used to help unclear thinking and a variety of other health benefits.
According to manufacturers’ claims, raspberry ketones regulate the hormone adiponectin, which tends to be present at lower levels in people with obesity than those without it. Some studies show that increasing adiponectin levels may help treat insulin issues such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome by increasing insulin sensitivity.
Soy is the most controversial protein today. Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products. Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens.
Do your research as soy protein has been linked to breast cancer, brain damage, Infant abnormalities, Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones, Immune system impairment, Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Impaired fertility, Danger during pregnancy and nursing.
Soy protein is a protein that is isolated from soybean. It is made from soybean meal that has been dehulled and defatted. Dehulled and defatted soybeans are processed into three kinds of high protein commercial products : soy flour, concentrates, and isolates. Soy protein isolate has been used since 1959 in foods for its functional properties. Recently, soy protein popularity has increased due to its use in health food products, and many countries allow health claims for foods rich in soy protein.
Natural sugar cane is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibers, and phytonutrients that help the body digest the naturally occurring sugars. Because of its name, cane sugar crystals seems like it would be a good choice. But in reality, the only difference in the processes used to produce the wrongly called “evaporated cane juice” and white sugar is that white sugar goes through one processing step more than evaporated cane juice. That’s the only difference. Both types of sugar come from the same crop (unless it’s organic), and they are both about 99 percent sucrose, i.e. empty calories.
Lots of recent hype surrounding coconut oil and powders. Coconut oil supporters claim that this exotic oil can boost metabolism, help you lose weight, and fight infections, and is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease.
Dicalcium phosphate is commonly added to food as a dietary supplement for a source of calcium and phosphorus.
Due to its fairly high concentration of calcium, it should be used with caution by breast feeding mothers and those suffering from lung disease and kidney stones.
Magnesium is an element your body needs to function normally.
Magnesium oxide may be used for different reasons. Some people use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion.
Magnesium oxide also may be used as a laxative for short-term, rapid emptying of the bowel (before surgery, for example).
It should not be used repeatedly. Magnesium oxide also is used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not enough.
Electrolytic iron is a reduced iron that is used in many foods including infant dry cereal.
Electrolytic refers to the process used to fractionate the iron into smaller pieces, making the iron easier to absorb into the body.
Ascorbic acid is another word for Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid works to preserve food.
Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate is a form of vitamin E.
Sodium molybdate is a chemically altered form of the mineral element, sodium.
Sodium is a natural salt and sodium molybdate is used in the food industry as a fertilizer and as a nutritional supplement for health.
Sodium molybdate use in food may have some benefits, as well as some side effects.
Biotin is a water soluble vitamin and another name for vitamin H.
Biotin is associated with many health benefits including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, as well as the production of new cells.
Niacinamide and niacin are slightly varying forms of vitamin B3.
Vitamin B3 is naturally in many foods like fish and green vegetables and is also found in many vitamin B complex supplements.
Zinc oxide is added to many foods as a source of zinc.
Retinyl acetate is one of the principal forms of vitamin A used in nutritional supplements.
a salt of copper used in the prophylaxis and treatment of copper deficiency.
another name for Vit B5
Manganese is a mineral that is found in several foods including nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is considered an essential nutrient, because the body requires it to function properly. People use manganese as medicine. Manganese is used for prevention and treatment of manganese deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough manganese.
Cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D, also called vitamin D3.
Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells.
“Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing.
Folate is found naturally in some foods and folic acid is a manmade form of folate.
Since 1998, folic acid has been added to most enriched bread flours, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products in the U.S. and Canada.
This was done to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly, two birth defects that are caused in part by too little folate in a mother’s body around the time her baby is conceived.
Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.
Thiamine mononitrate is a form of vitamin B1.
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.
Chromium chloride is the naturally occurring trivalent variety of the mineral chromium found in many food types and synthesized supplements.
Most commonly referred to as chromium only, chromium chloride is a human dietary requirement.
Potassium iodine is an organic compound that is commercial sold as white table salt.
Sodium selenite, another name for selenium, is a mineral essential for optimal health, even though your body only needs small amounts.
Sodium selenite is present in plant foods, in some meat and seafood, and in supplements.
Selenium is touted as a treatment for a variety of diseases because it’s an essential component of glutathione, your body’s most potent natural antioxidant.
Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of this vitamin. Most people get enough vitamin B12 from their diet. Vitamin B12 is important to maintain the health of your metabolism, blood cells, and nerves. Serious vitamin B12 deficiency may result in a low number of red blood cells (anemia, stomach problems, and permanent nerve damage.
The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls—way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although salt in moderation has not proven harmful an increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half.
Silicon dioxide, or silica is actually made from fragmented granules of rock and mineral, so basically it is sand.
Companies add silica to shakes to prevent them from clumping together during shipping and processing.
Is it dangerous? Probably not. The mineral actually occurs naturally in all sorts of foods like vegetables and milk.
The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
Just Google the “dangers of Acesulfame Potassium” and your screen will light up! What is it? It is a calorie-free sugar substitute, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K. In the U.S., it is used in such products as candies, baked goods, frozen desserts, and beverages. Here’s the problem it’s highly highly controversial, especially as of late. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Because of such recent controversy towards it’s safety and side effects it’s been banned at leading retailers, the most recent being Whole Foods.
Any product endorsed by a celebrity will gain major attention, and Quick Trim is trying to capiltize on that with the Kardashian sisters. However, just because it’s being promoted by someone in the spotlight, doesn’t mean that the product lives up to the hype that is being thrown at it.
Quick Trim is made with soy protein, which is an immediate red flag based on our review criteria. Scientific research has shown negative issues with soy products, especially in supplements which is why we don’t recommend using such options. The main protein isolate is only 8 grams, which is substandard for optimum health, and that’s just the start.
Acesulfame Potassium – Perhaps one of the most controversial methods of sweetening products is this one, as it has been banned from major health food stores, including Whole Foods. This synthetic sweetener is not favorable for healthy living.
High Fat – Looking at the label, this shake offers 8 grams of protein, and 7 grams of sugar, with an overall calorie count of 110 per serving. This equates to about 25% of the caloric content of the shake is from fat.
Cyanocobalamin– If your vitamin label says cyanocobalamin, it is a cheap, synthetic chemical made in the laboratory that is produced with cyanide. Low-end vitamin manufacturers use this to claim that their product “contains vitamin B-12.” They won’t tell you that this form of B-12 is bound to a toxic cyanide molecule that must then be detoxified from your body by your liver. Curiously, cyanide is a known poison.
Soy – In our opinion, soy is not an ideal protein source, as there are a lot of alternatives out there. Recent studies have linked soy proteins to thyroid issues, food allergies, danger for pregnant or nursing women, immune system problems, and much more.
Even with the celebrity endorsement of the Kardashian’s, this is not the best shake on the market. With less than ideal ingredients, questionable sugar content, and 25% fat calories, this may not be the choice to get you trim.