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Bioactives - Nature’s healing compounds

Bioactives are natural compounds found in plants, animals, and other organisms that have beneficial effects on human health. These compounds are typically active at very low concentrations, meaning they can have powerful effects on the body. Bioactives have been used for centuries to treat various ailments and have recently gained attention for their potential to improve overall wellness and address chronic health conditions.

Bioactives are found in a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. They can also be extracted from natural sources such as herbs and spices. Common bioactives include antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

These compounds have a wide range of health benefits. They can help to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, boost the immune system, protect against heart disease, and even reduce the risk of certain cancers. Bioactives can also help to improve skin health, increase energy levels, and support cognitive function. Additionally, they can support weight loss and help to maintain a healthy body weight.

The compounds found in bioactives are essential for overall health and wellness. They can help to protect against disease and provide numerous health benefits. For those looking to improve their health, incorporating foods rich in bioactives into their diet is a great place to start. Alternatively, you can take bioactives in supplement form.

Here are some bioactives and their benefits

PLANT EXTRACT: Curcuma longa rhizome (Turmeric) extract


Anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant

Relieves symptoms of mild arthritis/ osteoarthritis

Relieves mild joint pain and inflammation

Helps maintain a healthy cholesterol and blood lipids

PLANT EXTRACT: Boswellia serrata (gum resin) extract


Boswellia serrata is otherwise known as Frankincense and has been used traditionally as an incense. It has also many traditional ayurvedic uses to treat inflammatory conditions.

Research has shown that Boswellia works in synergy with curcumin to reduce pain and inflammation better than if they were taken alone.

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Relieves symptoms of mild arthritis/ osteoarthritis

  • Relieves mild joint pain and inflammation

  • Helps maintain a healthy cholesterol and blood lipids

PLANT EXTRACT: Vitis vinifera (grape seed) extract


Grape seed extract contains bioactive compounds called procyanidins. These polyphenol molecules are responsible for the purple colour in grapes. They have potent antioxidant activity.

Procyanidins support collagen production as they are a linker for the collagen molecule! This aids in improving skin, hair and nail quality – giving you that young glow!

  • Potent antioxidant

  • Emerging research shows it aids reducing stress and mild anxiety

  • Supports collagen production for better skin, hair and nails!

  • Works in synergy with resveratrol by increasing it's bioavailability.

PLANT EXTRACT: Withania somnifera root (ashwagandha) extract


Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress and improve sleep quality.

Modern science has revealed that the active compounds in ashwagandha are called withanolides and are considered adaptogens. They protect the body from outside stressors such as environmental, emotional or physical stress.

  • Adaptogen - helps the body adapt to stress

  • Improves energy levels and stamina

  • Reduces brain fog

  • Improves sleep quality

PLANT EXTRACT: Reynoutria japonica root (resveratrol) extract


Resveratrol is a well-known molecule found in the skin of red wine grapes. It is famous as it was found in mice models to reverse the signs of ageing. Human clinical trials have not been able to prove this theory yet.

However, this polyphenol molecule is an antioxidant and therefore has scientifically proven health benefits.

Resveratrol usually has poor bioavailability, but when combined with piperine and grapeseed, it naturally increases the absorption substantially.

  • Antioxidant - reduces free radical damage in body cells

  • We source our resveratrol from a plant native to Japan.

  • The trans structure of resveratrol is the most active in the body

  • In plants, resveratrol is synthesised to protect against mechanical damage, fungal infections and UV damage.

PLANT EXTRACT: Piper nigrum (black pepper) extract


Black pepper has been used traditionally in Indian cooking whenever combined with turmeric to help with absorption. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Piperine has been shown in scientific studies to improve the absorbption of curcumin and resveratrol. It does this by inhibiting an enzyme that metabolises those molecules into inactive compounds.

  • Increases the absorption of curcumin by 20 times

  • Increases the absorption of resveratrol by 15 times

STMNA Bioactives makes an amazing bioactive capsule containing all of these compunds in one, making sure that you get the multiple benefits of each of the bioactives mentioned. The will soon be available on my website but if you're impatient and want to get started, you can find them here

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