Life Extension was officially incorporated in 1980, but the founders have been involved in anti-aging research since the 1960's. Their long-range goal is to extend the healthy human lifespan. Life Extension supply only the highest quality nutritional supplements, including minerals, vitamins, herbs and hormones.
Life Extension Complete B-Complex - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Life Extension Complete B-Complex contains potent but safe, and scientifically validated amounts of the B vitamins. Many B vitamins are used in the body individually or in combination with enzymes to help release energy from carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Vitamin B coenzymes are crucial to the metabolic pathways the generate the energy needed by every cell in the body. Because they are codependent in their metabolic activities, a deficiency of one B vitamin can affect optimal functioning of organ systems throughout the body.
This product contains the bioactive forms of the B vitamins for enhanced bioavailability
Vitamin B1 (thiamin)- Plays a central role in the generation of energy from carbohydrates, is involved in RNA and DNA production, and supports nerve function
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin and riboflavin 5'-phosphate) - Is involved in energy production, and must be converted to its active form, riboflavin 5'-phosphate, in order to be utilized by the body
Vitamin B3 (niacin) - Plays an important role in energy transfer reactions in the metabolism of glucose, fat and alcohol, and supports healthy cholesterol production for those already within a normal range.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) - Is involved in the oxidation of fatty acids and carbohydrates
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate) - involved in the metabolism of amino acids and lipids, the synthesis of neurotransmitters and hemoglobin, and in the production of nicotinic acid (vitamin B3). The vitamin plays an important role in maintaining gluconeogenesis (formation of glucose from non-carbohydrate sources, such as amino acids). Pyridoxine must be converted to pyridoxal 5’phosphate (P5P) in the liver to be used by the body.
Biotin - Plays a key role in the metabolism of lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates
Folic Acid - Helps the cells in the body makes and maintain DNA, and aids in maintaining the production of red blood cells (erythropoisis) within normal range.
Methylcobalamin - the active form of vitamin B12 in the central nervous system. The vitamin enhances methylation and acceleration of nerve cell growth and supports healthy homocysteine levels for those whose levels are already within a normal range
Choline Bitartrate - needed for structural integrity and signaling roles for cell membranes, and cholinergic neurotransmission (acetylcholine synthesis). It is a major source for methyl groups and their metabolite (TMG).
Inositol- a key intermediate of secondary messengers and a primary component of cellular membrane phospholipids. Inositol is essential for calcium and insulin signal transduction and serotonin activity modulation.
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)- Acts as an intermediate in the synthesis of folic acid.
Life Extension Questions & Answers
What are Life Extension's quality control standards? Life Extension uses only premium quality vitamins and other ingredients. Their dedication to excellence insists that their nutritional supplements meet the highest standards and criteria. This is why Life Extension insists on purchasing only the highest quality raw material from all over the world, primarily from leading US, Japanese and European sources. Life Extension goes one step further by using advanced analytical methods, such as high-performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, to ensure their products meet label claims for potency and purity. Life Extension tests its raw materials using US Pharmacopeia and other exacting pharmaceutical assay standards.
Why are Life Extension's nutritional supplements more advanced than other dietary supplements? The unique ingredients included in Life Extension's products are often years ahead of the products sold by commercial vitamin companies. Life Extension scientists analyze thousands of scientific studies every week to make sure their health-promoting formulas include the most advanced life extending ingredients in the world. The Foundation interacts with the world's foremost gerontology researchers in order to obtain inside information about antiaging breakthroughs before these findings are published. The Life Extension Foundation funds the most advanced anti-ischemia laboratory in the world, where antioxidant vitamins, hormones, and pharmaceutical agents are used to prevent free radical induced cellular damage.
Are their vitamins natural or synthetic? Life Extensions carries a combination of natural and synthetic vitamins and supplements. Some advertising statements would have us believe that "natural" is better, but natural supplements in some instances contain impurities such as pollen and naturally occurring hormones the can cause problems for some people. Synthetic nutrients are manufactured to be chemically identical (with the exception of vitamin E) to those extracted from natural sources, and are the most pure nutrient vitamins.
What does Life Extension do to ensure the quality of its products? They focus on three specific areas:
Raw Materials: Unlike other supplement companies, the ingredients that go into their supplements are not chosen based on cost. Instead they are chosen based on purity (to ensure contaminants such as microbes and heavy metals comply with regulatory and GMPs requirements), potency, and usage in successful scientific research.
Validation of the Efficacy of Ingredients by Scientific Research: They use ingredients and dosages that accurately replicate the most successful results obtained in scientific studies for maximum efficacy.
Manufacturing: Naturally, they are in strict compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for manufacturing, packaging, and storage.
Does the label accurately list exactly what's in the bottle? Yes. All active ingredients from patented, scientifically validated raw materials as well as final, finished products are verified using advanced analytical methods such as HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography), MS (mass spectrometry), etc., to ensure each and every product accurately meets label claims in strict compliance with their demanding product specifications.
What are the "Other Ingredients" on the label, and why are they important? They are inactive ingredients (excipients) that play a number of critical, essential roles in the manufacturing process including:
Achieving uniform density for accurate dosing
Dispersing the active ingredients evenly throughout a solid tablet, capsule, and softgel
Protecting active ingredients from rapid inactivation due to heat and moisture
Promoting tablet disintegration, as well as capsule and softgel dissolution
Sustaining the release of active ingredients into the body over time
Why do some companies refer to these excipients as a threat to your health? Claiming any product is “pure and free of excipients” can be deceptive advertising, too frequently used to draw attention away from inferior active ingredients! The right inactive ingredients used in the right way do important things … like ensuring that a tablet disintegrates in your GI tract rather than just passing through your system without benefit, or keeping a product from breaking down and being susceptible to microbes. Take Life Extension blueberry extract, for example. It contains AuroraBlue wild-harvested, Alaskan blueberries. To retain their nutritional complexity, these berries are freeze-dried and carefully milled for capsule formulation. But being a whole fruit raw material, it tends to want to reconstitute itself with moisture, which would make it a breeding ground for bacteria. So Life Extension uses a drying excipient to keep the milled blueberry material dry, so it can safely deliver its superior nutritional value compared with other, less costly blueberry extracts in most commercial formulations.
All of the excipients Life Extension uses have earned GRAS (“Generally Regarded As Safe”) status … and are used sparingly. In many cases not using them compromises final product quality! Excipients are used in nutritional supplements to ensure uniform density of complex active materials, to achieve even dispersion of active ingredients, and to promote appropriate disintegration and/or dissolution of active ingredients inside your body…to name but a few of the critical roles played by excipients.
Should I be concerned about the use of stearic acid? Stearic acid functions as a flow agent in the manufacture of quality products, and stearic acid also occurs naturally in the foods you eat. For example, four ounces of dark chocolate contain 3,625 mg of stearic acid; a cup of kidney beans contains 1,655 mg of stearic acid; an ounce of raw ground beef (grass-fed) contains 2,063 mg of stearic acid; and a half pound of lean raw turkey contains 1,642 mg of stearic acid. Even a tablespoon of allspice contains 1,513 mg of stearic acid! Their supplements, on the other hand, typically contain no more than 10 mg per capsule. They always use the lowest level of magnesium stearate possible.
Should I be concerned that products with soybean oil or lecithin are a hidden source of phytoestrogens? While it is true that soy isoflavones are phytoestrogens, the amount of phytoestrogens in soybean oil or soy lecithin is so minute, the USDA lists in foods as having zero value for isoflavones.
Should I be concerned with the usage of genetically modified plants (GMOs)? Soybeans are an example of a crop that has used extensive genetic engineering to increase crop yield. The reality is that soybean oil and soy lecithin are highly processed derivatives of soy … far removed from their soy origin. Genetic modification doesn’t alter the entire plant… only a specific gene. Thus, specific molecules like soy lecithin are the same whether they come from a GMO or non-GMO soy source. However, due to their sensitivity to customer concerns, products with corn and soy-based active ingredients are in process of having the labels updated to list when soy and corn-derived active ingredients have been certified to be from non-GM food crops. As the labels are updated the information will be transferred to the product descriptions on their website and directory. Currently Life Extension already offers several premium quality non-GMO soy isoflavone extract products.
Does the gelatin used in softgels and capsules contain MSG? Gelatin does not contain MSG...but does contain about 0.03 grams of glutamic acid in one softgel. To put this small amount in perspective, a person ingests about 120 times more glutamic acid in a serving of asparagus, cabbage or tomatoes!
What's the difference between tablets, capsules and softgels? Sophisticated products require sophisticated delivery systems. The best companies choose the most effective finished form based on the characteristics of the raw materials, and the desired disintegration or dissolution characteristics of the finished products and the active ingredients.
Why aren't Life Extension products organic? The word "organic" conveys the perception of quality to consumers. But it actually related to foods that are grown rather than products that are formulated. Many of their scientifically validated raw materials are not produced organically. Rather, their mandate include rigorous testing and scrupulous processing. The objective is purity...both in terms of their raw materials and their finished products.
About Life Extension
Life Extension was officially incorporated in 1980, but its founder has been involved in anti-aging research since the 1960s. Life Extension is the largest organization dedicated to investigating every method of extending the healthy human life span. When seeking anti-aging therapies, health and nutrition, Life Extension has reported discoveries in the areas of atherosclerosis and stroke prevention, diabetes, prostate health, hormone replacement therapy, and other health concerns. Life Extension is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose goal is to conquer the aging process within the next decade.
Take 2 capsules daily with food, or as recommended by a healthcare practicioner.
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Life Extension - Complete B-Complex - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Serving Size: 2 Vegetarian Capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving
Thiamine (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCL)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) (as riboflavin and riboflavin 5'-phosphate)
Niacin (as niacinamide and niacin)
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCL and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate)
Folate [from lemon (Citrus limon) extract (peel)]
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)
Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate)
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)
*Daily Value Not Established. †Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Life Extension was officially incorporated in 1980, but the founders have been involved in anti-aging research since the 1960's. Their long-range goal is to extend the healthy human lifespan. Life Extension supply only the highest quality nutritional supplements, including minerals, vitamins, herbs and hormones. 1100 W Commercial Blvd Westbury,
11590 Phone: 1-800-678-8989 http://www.lef.org
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