In today’s supplement industry, so many companies use “fillers” or “flow agents” in their products and in most cases, it is unnecessary and lazy product management. The true purpose of using these materials, is to prevent caking or clumping in the product. Often times, a company will use these materials as a filler so, they can “cut” the product. This often makes the customer think they are getting a better value than they really are. We at Z Natural Foods only use these materials in a selected group of our products for the purpose intended and nothing else. We also, use the smallest amount possible in order to get the job done.

The natural material we have chosen to use is maltodextrin produced from non-GMO organic Yuca root (cassava root). This is a starch that acts as a drying agent which helps to prevent the powder from clumping. The act of clumping is a normal occurrence for real, whole, natural food powders. We have gotten many phone calls over the years asking why we decided to use this particular raw material vs others on the market. Maltodextrin from Yuca root is a very clean and safe food with a wonderful history of traditional uses.

The plant contains several physiologically active phytochemicals. It is a rich source of steroidal saponins, and is used commercially as a saponin source. Clinical trials conducted on constituents isolated from Yuca found evidence that the properties found in the root may support a healthy inflammation response. These saponins have been shown to support the destruction of mutated cells as well as supporting healthy liver and kidney function.

Yuca is also a rich source of polyphenolics, including resveratrol and a number of other stilbenes (yucaols A, B, C, D and E). These phenolics have the ability to support a healthy inflammation response. They are inhibitors of the nuclear transcription factor NFkappaB. NFkB stimula synthesis of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), which causes formation of the inflammatory agent nitric oxide. Yuca phenolics are also anti-oxidants and free-radical scavengers, which may aid in suppressing reactive oxygen species that stimulate inflammatory responses.