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FAQ

What are Voluntastrols?

 A new approach to improving mood and brain health

 Looking for that mood booster and brain support?

 Indications you may benefit from Voluntastrols:

  • Low mood/Lack of focus 
  • Mental Fatigue/Brain Fog and/or stress and anxiety
  • Poor cognitive function/memory loss 
  • Cognitive decline associated with aging 
  • General mental well being and energy
  • Brain health
  • The relief of inflammation
  • Neurological dysfunction and symptoms resulting from brain injury, e.g. concussion or brain injury/stroke
  • Neurological symptoms associated with adverse drug effects 

  Voluntatsrols maintain and support:

  • Better clarity/reduced brain fog/ mental fatigue
  • Support for migraines/headaches
  • A positive mood and outlook 
  • Renewed interest and engagement with life 
  • Increased emotional resistance
  • Increased energy levels 
  • Mental agility and clarity
  • Cognitive function 
  • Maintenance of healthy brain function 
  • Support during recovery from a brain injury 
  • Diminished brain resilience

 How they work:

The actives in the Voluntastrols capsules are key extracts (phytonutrients) that should be found in or obtained from our everyday foods in large amounts every day.

A very interesting point to note is that whilst we encourage eating 5 + or 7+ a day we do not note the type or quality of the foods to be eaten. Modern cropping and mass production of foods we now eat have seen a huge drop in nutritional content. The use of glyphosates, pesticides and fungicides as well as GMO developed foods have resulted in our bodies being void of the key phytonutrients we need to live well and keep inflammation in check as we age and participate in the chaos of everyday life. Recovery and brain resilience is now at an all time low, mood and depression is affecting someone close to us every day.

The active phytonutrients in the Voluntastrols capsules provide some of these key nutrients giving support to our overloaded brains and support a more optimal environment for healing and functioning as we get through our busy days feeling brighter, less brain fog and more focus.

 The aging brain

Those senior moments… forgetting where you put your car keys etc are all part of the aging brain and the overall effects of years of chronic inflammation. These moments creep in slowly without us noticing how many times in a day or a week we might be confused with why we are standing in the kitchen or what we were going to do next. Being caught unsure with what to say or did you forget the words, maybe your mind just went blank?

Getting older is inevitable but aging is not. What we and society think of as aging, poor memory, low mood/depression, brain fog/fatigue and aches and pains, is actually abnormal aging. It does not have to be this way.

 Mood and depression

We know chronic inflammation is now recognised as a risk for mental health disorders. A large number of those with depression show high levels of circulating inflammatory markers which shows the link.

We know inflammation fuels depression/low mood. We also know many modern foods/sugars/gluten etc play a key role in gastrointestinal inflammation, impacting on the microbiome in the gut then these raised inflammatory markers drive a leaky blood brain barrier which then allows “rogue” molecules to influence brain function. This has been shown to be linked to anxiety, depression/ low mood and memory loss.

Inflammation is the bodies response to stress be it from diet, lifestyle, environment or trauma. The active phytomolecules in Voluntatsrols not only help to normalise, or reduce, the consequences of the negative impact of inflammation on brain structures and function but also perform a key role in the modulation of the inflammatory response, thus allowing more chance of preventing the chronic inflammation from occurring in the first place.

Voluntastrols play a key role in preventing, mitigating and balancing such chronic inflammatory conditions including depression/low mood and memory loss.

Voluntastrols support the protection of nerves, especially in times of stress overload and chaos, allowing them to function more normally for longer rather than suffering toxic calcium overload and nerve death

Supporting improved brain resilience, reduced brain fog and mental fatigue, with improved mood and clarity as it supports the bodies natural mechanisms for preventing and ameliorating inflammation in the brain.

 Concussion/head injury and stroke

Brain injury in any form, be it a diagnosed single concussion or a simple deceleration/acceleration resulting in torsion/movement of the brain in the skull, will initiate a neuroinflammatory cascade leading to nerve damage with some impact on cognition/mood/memory and other physical or social areas of function.

Headache and dizziness are common, with brain fog with possible memory and concentration issues. We know that single or multiple or even ongoing mild issues can lead or result in some nerve degeneration and issues with chronic inflammation.

The active phytomolecules in Voluntatsrols have a wide range of activity such as the halting of the neuroinflammatory cascade as a result of injury” as well as the modulation of the signaling pathways involved in protein folding/misfolding (memory loss), supporting the mitochondria and enhancing nerve function and nerve regeneration.

Some of the actives in Voluntatsrols have been shown to have a stronger neuroprotective action than many anti oxidant vitamins.

 More on Voluntastrols….

Innovation by design. A revolutionary natural approach to supporting and maintaining the good health of the brain and its functions.

​Current scientific research into psychiatry, neurology and cognition is increasingly showing that a range of phyto-nutrients play an important role in modulating the health and functioning of your brain, including the improvement of mood, energy, cognition and maintenance of brain health.

​Developed inline with the latest scientific research into mood disorders, causes of depression, and maintenance of brain health, Voluntastrols (pronounced Vol-un-ta-strols) are a complex of specific botanical extracts providing a unique and powerful formula unlike anything else.

 How do you pronounce Voluntastrols?

Vol-un-ta-strols

 What are the ingredients in Voluntastrols? (NZ)

Voluntastrols contain specific botanical extracts from:

  •  Theobroma cacao (Cacao)
  •  Citrus bioflavonoids (extracted from Citrus reticulata, Citrus aurantiifolia, Citrus sinensis, Citrus limon)
  •  Chamomila matricaria (German chamomile).

These are blended together to provide a unique and powerful formula in a vegetarian capsule. Polyphenols being extracted from everyday foods.

 Where are Voluntastrols made?

For the New Zealand market, they are made in New Zealand, in Australia they are made in Australia and are registered with the Australian TGA, Health Canada and the Taiwanese FDA.

 What is the Recommended Dosage?

The recommended daily dose is 2 capsules taken 30 minutes before breakfast or, depending on your health concern, as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.

 Dosing

The adult dose is two capsules taken on an empty stomach, preferably, either at night before bed or first thing in the morning.

At times, such as a severe concussion/low mood/migraines we may suggest starting on two capsules twice daily for 4-6 weeks then reducing to two capsules at night ongoing or as guided by your practitioner.

Bedtime dosing is great to support the upregulation of the glymphatic system.

Smokers are advised to take an extra capsule ie 3 together as smoking increases the excretion of the actives from the body.

Typically children 6-12yrs would take half the adult dose or as guided by the practitioner.

 I eat a healthy organic diet, can’t I just get these extracts from the food I eat?

We specifically extract at a molecular level based on our in-house lab work. Typically a super-critical fluid is used to extract the exact molecules we require.

These molecules form part of the plants own immune system. They are produced through the secondary plant metabolite (SPM) pathway. They can be specifically elicited by a single fungal protease, or a viral or bacterial attack to the plant. This triggers an immune response, dramatically increasing the level of SPM. When agrochemicals are used, there is no elicitation. (It is important to note that ‘organic’ does not necessarily mean the absence of a fungicide, as there are certain fungicides licensed for organic use.)

​In addition, due to selected breeding programs, GM development, and the use of chemical or mechanical pest control, and monoculture production techniques, these levels of secondary plant metabolites are significantly reduced (often not produced) in modern varieties.

​The taste characteristics of SPM are often seen as undesirable because they taint the taste (including bitterness) and many processes have been developed to specifically remove them from our food, such as ion exchange resins or membrane separation technologies, or simply bred out. This has all led to a dramatic reduction of secondary plant metabolites in the food (organic or otherwise) that we consume.

​In summary, it is very difficult to find varieties that are grown in a way, and produced or processed commercially, that are genetically diverse and that contain these characteristics.  One cannot simply turn up to the supermarket and obtain an orange (even an organic one) that would contain the same characteristics as the extracts contained in our capsules.

 I take prescription medications – can I take Voluntastrols as well?

Voluntastrols contain extracts from everyday foods that do not have contraindications. Prescription medicines may have contraindications and the prescribing doctor or manufacturer should be consulted to determine if the medication is contraindicated with any of the food sources contained in Voluntastrols. If these foods can be consumed whilst on the medication, then so too can the Voluntastrols.

Not suitable for those taking L Dopa (Parkinson’s Medication), or any medication for seizures/epilepsy.

Anyone on Blood pressure medication should be monitored as there may be a slight change in blood pressure.

Those with borderline low blood pressure err on side of caution when starting Voluntastrols.

 Can I take Voluntastrols while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Due to the complexity of determining otherwise, we recommend caution by pregnant women and breastfeeding women.  Consult your health care provider or practitioner.

 Can I take Voluntastrols with high or low blood pressure?

Research indicates that the botanical extracts or polyphenols in Voluntastrols play a role in lowering blood pressure. Therefore, we recommend caution and monitoring by those with low blood pressure or by those on high blood pressure medication.

 I cannot swallow capsules; can I break them open and take as a powder?

Yes, you can open the capsules and take the contents which  are very bitter tasting. Because Voluntastrols are best taken before food/on an empty stomach, we suggest adding the contents of the capsules to a small quantity of food/yoghurt.

 You say take Voluntastrols on an empty stomach why is that?

Absorption of these neuro phyto-actives is considered to be more optimal when taken away from food and or other supplements.  When you take them on an empty stomach they are not competing for absorption with other nutrients from foods/supplements. This gives them the best chance to be fully utilised by your body.

 It says on the bottle to take in the morning, but my practitioner says to take it at night.

Voluntastrols may be taken in the morning or at night, we suggest the night time as this is best to support the glymphatic system which is most active at night during sleep.

 I have just had surgery and had a general anaesthetic.  Can Voluntastrols help with the foggy head and headaches I get while recovering?

Because Voluntastrols work with the upregulation of the glymphatic system and modulation of membrane potential of the neurons in the mitochondria of the brain there may be improvements of fatigue and brain fog after general anaesthetic. Best taken at night before bed in this case.

 Are there any side effects from taking Voluntastrols?

As Voluntastrols are basically food extracts we do not see any or much in the line of side effects at all. There is the potential for a slight reduction in blood pressure so if you have borderline low blood pressure, or are on medication for high blood pressure, you should monitor it and use caution when first starting.

 I have been taking Voluntastrols for 2 months now as I had a concussion.  When can I stop taking them?

We would advise to continue taking the Voluntastrols, two capsules at night before bed, ongoing for best results and support with brain healing and improved brain resilience following a concussion/brain injury. Concussions, if not treated properly, can lead to the development of neurodegeneration, so it is best to keep going with them.  Contact your practitioner to help support you during this time of recovery.

 How long until I notice a difference in my symptoms?

Results have shown that most people see benefits quite quickly.  Often the best results require other supplement support i.e. magnesium, collagen, probiotics, and vagal tone optimization.  At times a variation of the daily dosing may be needed, discuss progress and dosing with you practitioner.

 Can I get Voluntastrols from my diet?

The neuro phyto-actives in Voluntastrols have become largely deficient in the modern food supply due to monocultures, pesticides, fungicides, pre- and post-harvest techniques, spraying and GMO with modern processing techniques.  Whilst eating a wide range of fresh organic foods is strongly encouraged, the quantity of phyto-actives in commercially available or home grown foods is not at a sufficient or consistent level, nor will it contain the same characteristics as the extracts contained in Voluntastrols.

 How does it help with concussion/head injuries?

In the brain there is a part of the lymphatic system called the glymphatic system.  This is a very important waste clearance system being a network of vessels that clear waste from the central nervous system, mostly during sleep. The channels that remove this waste are peri vascular (if there is inflammation present these channels are squeezed tight reducing fluid flowing out).  Head injuries greatly impair this glymphatic flow and so it is vital to keep this functioning optimally.  Supplementation of Voluntastrols supports recovery from brain injury as it may reduce neuro-inflammation and support the effective functioning of the glymphatic system. Also supports the nerves functioning and supports improved functioning.

 I had a lot of concussions when I played sport in my earlier years, is it still beneficial for me to take Voluntastrols now?

Yes, repeated head trauma, even moderate concussions can lead to a development of neurodegeneration if not supported/treated appropriately. Voluntastrols support recovery and healing with new and old injuries.

 Is it helpful for menopausal symptoms?

When you are menopausal your hormones are out of balance causing a cascade of reactions that results in inflammation of the body.  Voluntastrols may reduce inflammation in the brain which help with the symptoms of migraines, brain fog and fatigue.

The polyphenols present in the Voluntastrols have been shown to be supportive for more balanced hormone levels and menopause symptoms.

 Why is supplementation more important as we age?

Modern day environmental exposure to pollutants, combined with major changes in our food supply and lifestyle practices have an impact on our body’s ability to absorb and utilise nutrients.  The hypothalamus is a very important part of the brain that links the nervous system with the endocrine system.  It is responsible for releasing hormones and maintaining homeostasis (balance) in the whole body. If the hypothalamus, (like all systems of the body), doesn’t receive the correct nutrients it cannot work optimally and will wind down its output to protect itself.  These deficiencies can create or allow an environment that facilitates a misfolding of proteins that are a common presentation in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and the aging brain.  Voluntastrols have been shown to be beneficial by providing the body with nutrients that protects the brain from these disorders and help support healthy brain aging.

 How does it help with low mood and anxiety?

Chronic inflammation is now increasingly recognised as a risk factor and a key aspect in the progression of mental health disorders. A study done with patients suffering depression showed concentrations of two pro inflammatory markers CRP and IL6 were up by 50%.  

 How does it help with mental illness?

It decreases and regulates neuro-inflammation associated with mental illness, such as depression, low mood and cognitive decline and supports hippocampal functioning leading to elevated BDNF levels.

 What is BDNF and how do Voluntastrols help?

Voluntastrols help to support BDNF levels, which stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor so they can help to support the survival of existing neurons and encouraging new growth and differentiation of neurons.  Low levels of BDNF are linked with Alzheimer’s, accelerated aging, poor neural development, neurotransmitter dysfunction, obesity, depression, and cognitive decline.

 How does having amalgam fillings affect my health?

The mercury found in amalgam fillings has an effect on brain neurons causing the nerve endings to die back, blocking nutrients from absorbing properly in our bodies.  Voluntastrols contain beneficial nutrients to support healthy brain function.

 How long do I need to take it?

Best results have been seen with long term/ongoing daily dosing, as the effects are cumulative in the body, especially the brain. The neuro phyto-actives both regulate and modulate acute and chronic inflammation, helping with the effects of brain injury, concussion, headaches, mood, sleep quality, memory and cognition.

 Can I take Voluntastrols while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Due to the complexity of determining otherwise, we recommend caution by pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Consult your health care provider or practitioner before starting.

 Can I take Voluntastrols with high or low blood pressure?

Research indicates that the botanical extracts in Voluntastrols play a role in lowering blood pressure. Therefore, we recommend caution and monitoring by those with low blood pressure or by those on high blood pressure medication.

 I cannot swallow capsules; can I break them open and take as a powder?

Yes, you can open the capsules and take them. They taste very bitter, so try a small amount first to see if it is palatable. The capsule contents can be added to a smoothie. Because Voluntastrols are best taken before food, using a small quantity of smoothie is preferable. If adding with water, they may not dissolve completely, so it will be a bit grainy.

 You say take Voluntastrols on an empty stomach why is that?

Absorption of these neuro phyto-actives is considered to be more optimal when taken away from food and or other supplements. When you take them on an empty stomach they are not competing for absorption with other nutrients from foods/supplements. This gives them the best chance to be fully utilised by your body.

 It says on the bottle to take in the morning, but my practitioner says to take it at night. What should I do?

We suggest to take Voluntastrols at night if you have had a concussion, or a history of them as they work with the glymphatic system in the brain that helps reduce inflammation and clear cell debris. The glymphatic system is only active at night when you sleep. At times when needed, dosing twice a day (before breakfast and at bedtime) may be suggested for a period of time.

 I have just had surgery and had a general anaesthetic. Can Voluntastrols help with the foggy head and headaches I get while recovering?

Because Voluntastrols work with the upregulation of the glymphatic system and modulation of membrane potential of the neurons in the mitochondria of the brain there may be improvements of fatigue and brain fog after general anaesthetic.

 Are there any side effects from taking Voluntastrols?

There is the potential for a slight reduction in blood pressure so if you have borderline low blood pressure, or are on medication for high blood pressure, you should monitor it and use caution when first starting.

 I have been taking Voluntastrols for 2 months now as I had a concussion. When can I stop taking them?

Voluntastrols work better the longer you take them as they have an accumulative affect in the body. Concussions, if not treated properly, can lead to the development of neurodegeneration, so it is best to keep going with them. Contact your practitioner to help support you during this time of recovery.

 How long until I notice a difference in my symptoms?

Results have shown that most people see benefits quite quickly. Often the best results require other supplement support i.e. magnesium, collagen, probiotics, and vagal tone optimization. At times a variation of the daily dosing may be needed, discuss progress with you practitioner.

 Can I get Voluntastrols from my diet?

The neuro phyto-actives in Voluntastrols have become largely deficient in the modern food supply due to monocultures, pesticides, fungicides, pre- and post-harvest techniques, and modern processing techniques. Whilst eating a wide range of fresh organic foods is strongly encouraged, the quantity of phyto-actives in commercially available or home grown foods is not at a sufficient or consistent level, nor will it contain the same characteristics as the extracts contained in Voluntastrols.

 How does it help with concussion/head injuries?

In the brain there is a part of the lymphatic system called the glymphatic system. This is a very important waste clearance system for metabolic wastes and damaged cells from injuries in the brain. The channels that remove this waste sit on top of veins, but if there is inflammation present these channels are squeezed tight reducing fluid flowing out. Head injuries greatly impair this glymphatic flow and so it is vital to keep this functioning optimally. Supplementation of Voluntastrols supports recovery from brain injury as it may reduce neuro-inflammation and support the effective functioning of the glymphatic system.

 I had a lot of concussions when I played sport in my earlier years, is it still beneficial for me to take Voluntastrols now?

Yes, repeated head trauma, even moderate concussions can lead to a development of neurodegeneration if not treated appropriately.

 Is it helpful for menopausal symptoms?

When you are menopausal your hormones are out of balance causing a cascade of reactions that ends in inflammation of the body. Voluntastrols may reduce inflammation in the brain which help with the symptoms of migraines, brain fog and fatigue.

 Why is supplementation more important as we age?

Modern day environmental exposure to pollutants, combined with major changes in our food supply and lifestyle practices have an impact on our body’s ability to absorb and utilise nutrients. The hypothalamus is a very important part of the brain that links the nervous system with the endocrine system. It is responsible for releasing hormones and maintaining homeostasis (balance) in the whole body. If the hypothalamus, (like all systems of the body), doesn’t receive the correct nutrients it cannot work optimally and will wind down its output to protect itself. These deficiencies can create a misfolding of proteins that are a common presentation in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Voluntastrols have been shown to be beneficial by providing the body with nutrients that protects the brain from these disorders and help support healthy brain aging.

How does it help with low mood and anxiety?

Chronic inflammation is now increasingly recognised as a risk factor and a key aspect in the progression of mental health disorders. A study done with patients suffering depression showed concentrations of two pro inflammatory markers CRP and IL6 were up by 50%.

 How does it help with mental illness?

It decreases and regulates neuro-inflammation associated with mental illness, such as depression, low mood and cognitive decline and supports hippocampal functioning leading to elevated BDNF levels

 What is BDNF and how do Voluntastrols help?

Voluntastrols help to activate BDNF, which stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor so they can help to support the survival of existing neurons and encouraging new growth and differentiation of neurons. Low levels of BDNF are linked with Alzheimer’s, accelerated aging, poor neural development, neurotransmitter dysfunction, obesity, depression, and cognitive decline.

 How does having amalgam fillings affect my health?

The mercury found in amalgam fillings has an effect on brain neurons causing the nerve endings to die back, blocking nutrients from absorbing properly in our bodies. Voluntastrols contain beneficial nutrients to support healthy brain function.

 Dosing - how much should I take?

If you have suffered a concussion it is best to take two capsules at night to help with cell debris clearance in the glymphatic system, as is the glymphatic system is only active during sleep. May increase to twice daily (before breakfast and at bedtime) for 4-6 weeks for severe concussion/brain injury.

If you have low mood or anxiety take two capsules in the morning on an empty stomach. Increase dose by one capsule at night if a smoker as chemicals in cigarettes upregulate excretion. It is best to seek advice from your practitioner or health care provider to discuss the dose to suit you

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