Doctor’s Best FibroBoost is a dietary supplement that contains a unique polyphenol complex from brown algae (ecklonia cava) that promotes well-being and overall health. The supplement is based on the health enhancing benefits of polyphenols and has a powerful antioxidant effects. The main benefits may therefore target heart health, memory function, joint health and the metabolic function, but we will detail the full range of potential benefits in the following sections of the review.
Seanol is a patented extract which features sea-based polyphenols. As opposed to polyphenols obtained from land growing plants which are generally water soluble and break down rapidly in the body when consumed in food, the Seanol polyphenols are hydrophobic. This means they are not water soluble, are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and remain in the body for up to twelve hours before being metabolized and excreted, in this way enhancing their potential health boosting effects.
The formula is produced by Doctor’s Best Vitamins, using highly qualified cGMP manufacturers and raw material ingredients. The company was set up in 1990 and offers more than 200 different formulations.
FibroBoost contains the following ingredients: Ecklonia extract (Seanol), modified cellulose (vegetarian capsule), rice powder, and magnesium stearate (vegetable source)
Polyphenols are chemicals found in plants and are held responsible for a growing number of health benefits. While evidence is being gathered at this point, they have been linked to benefits against some forms of cancer, heart disease, cognitive decline, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Foods rich in polyphenols include berries (raspberries and strawberries especially), red cabbage, red and purple grapes, broccoli, radishes, tea and apples.
Polyphenols are thought to reduce the buildup of fat in the blood vessels, and increase HDL or good cholesterol. Red wine (with some hesitation) as well as green tea may reduce the risk of heart disease. Seanol may potentially maintain the health of the blood vessels by preventing free radicals related attacks on the vessels.
The antioxidant effects of Seanol greatly benefits memory and cognitive function in general, as studies show. Seanol seems to promote healthy levels of Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is essential to control memory and cognition processes.
In relation to joint health, there appears to be a connection between an anti-inflammatory response of the body and polyphenols consumption. Joint inflammation in particular seems to benefit from their effects. Some in vitro studies mentioned by the manufacturer (although not clearly named), showed that Seanol has an influence on biochemical mediators of proteoglycan integrity, which in turn points to maintenance of the structural integrity of healthy joints.
Users should take 1 to 3 capsules per day before meals, and not exceed 6 capsules within a 24 hours time frame. O side effects or precaution warning exist otherwise.
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- The product has been around for more than 10 years, and enjoys great popularity
- The formula is suited for vegan and vegetarian use
- Seanol contains hydrophobic polyphenols that remain in the body longer than water soluble polyphenols
- Other Seanol featuring formulas exist on the market
- There is no scientific evidence supporting the superior effectiveness of Seanol over other polyphenols
Doctor’s Best Vitamins is a reputable brand with a good market history and presence, therefore the formula benefits from the manufacturer’s good name heritage. The fact that the formula has been around for more than a decade is also evidence that demand exists, and that it works, at least for the majority of users. Other formulas featuring Seanol exist, which are similar in price as well, therefore a clear differentiation between these supplements is hard to make.
The number of consumer testimonials is large, so you can also check out previous experiences with the supplement. Still, you should remember that any dietary supplement may have its own set of unwanted side effects and that only a healthcare provider is able to assess suitability.