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BioGenesis™
Nature-Identical Vitamins and Minerals
Available exclusively in Performance Lab® formulas, BioGenesis™ vitamins and minerals are innovative, enhanced-potency nutrients that are lab-grown using a patented process that replicates nutrient genesis in nature.
In BioGenesis™, single-cell organisms (Lactobacillus probiotics and brewer’s yeast) are seeded with micronutrients in a hydroponic growth medium.
Nature Identical
As the live cells take up and metabolize micronutrients, they divide and thrive – organically growing new vitamins and minerals within a matrix of natural cofactors including:
New Vitamins
High quality proteins (essential and non-essential amino acids)
Complex carbohydrates (beta-1,3-glucans and mannan)
Digestion-supportive probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and dietary fiber
Antioxidants SOD (superoxide dismutase) and glutathione
Because they are grown – not synthesized or isolated – BioGenesis™ vitamins and minerals are nature-identical: Mirroring the exact nutrient-with-cofactors structure found in whole foods.
This familiar structure is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body – making BioGenesis™ nutrients more potent, biologically active and effective than the synthetic and isolated nutrients found in many standard multivitamin products.
Why BioGenesis™?
Peak biological performance depends on adequate intake of essential vitamins and minerals.
The concern: Many aren’t getting the optimal nutrition they need for their bodies and minds to excel.
Part of the issue may be that some foods are less nutrient-dense than they used to be. Recent analyses of 50 years’ worth of agricultural nutrition data reveal a significant decline in some fruit and vegetable vitamins and minerals including protein, calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iron and vitamin C:
Asparagus: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Phosphorus
16.8
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Riboflavin
39.0
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Vitamin C
63.2
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Broccoli: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Iron
26.7
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Riboflavin
37.4
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Calcium
59.9
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Cauliflower: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Riboflavin
37.0
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Phosphorus
37.3
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Iron
58.9
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Honeydew Melon: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Phosphorus
42.6
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Calcium
67.6
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Iron
84.1
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Eggplant: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Phosphorus
45.5
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Calcium
57.3
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Vitamin C
68.9
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Spinach: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Iron
21.7
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Phosphorus
22.8
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Vitamin C
58.7
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Beets: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Riboflavin
20.0
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Calcium
40.8
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Vitamin C
51.1
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Green Peppers: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Phosphorus
26.0
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Vitamin C
27.6
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Riboflavin
57.1
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Tomatoes: Decline in Nutrients Percent Change, 1950 vs 1999
Vitamin C
21.5
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Iron
28.6
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Calcium
57.0
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Nutrient Decline
Suggested contributing factors to nutritional decline in fruits and vegetables include:
  • Soil depletion. Over generations, farming may strip essential nutrients from soil
  • Cultivar selection. Fruit and vegetable varieties may be chosen for their visual appeal and size rather than their nutritional content
  • Hybrid varieties. Fruits and vegetables designed for accelerated growth rate may grow to maturity faster than their ability to absorb nutrients from soil
  • High yield practices. Known as the Dilution Effect: As more vegetables and fruits are grown in a given area, their nutrition levels decline
  • Pesticides and herbicides may both negatively affect fruit and vegetables’ nutritional value, as well as potentially harming the environment
Even after harvest, some food processing methods and cooking techniques may further diminish nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.
As foods become less nutrient-dense, suboptimal nutritional intake becomes more of a concern.
One large survey that tracked the nutrient intake of over 16,000 adults for three years suggests that our diets may not be as nutritionally effective as we would hope, showing that:
  • 34% of adults fail to get enough Vitamin A
  • 25% fail to get enough Vitamin C
  • 70% fail to get enough Vitamin D
  • 60% fail to get enough Vitamin E
  • 38% fail to get enough Calcium
  • 45% fail to get enough Magnesium
This survey’s findings reflect suboptimal nutrient intake that may diminish daily biological performance and set the stage for long-range health concerns.
Why BioGenesis™ was Developed
Performance Lab®‘s parent company Opti–Nutra™ created BioGenesis™ as a direct, efficient method of producing superior-quality vitamins and minerals that more effectively address today’s nutritional shortfalls – and in doing so, restore the healthy biological function that underlies peak human performance.
Additional BioGenesis™ advantages:
Cleaner and Safer
Cleaner and Safer
BioGenesis™ vitamins and minerals require no pesticides or herbicides to produce, and are grown in a sterile laboratory setting that is free of toxins, microbes and contaminants
Better for the Planet
Better for the Planet
BioGenesis™ nutrients have a negligible carbon footprint and environmental impact, especially when compared to factory farming for phytonutrients and strip mining for minerals
No existing vitamin and mineral sources met Performance Lab®‘s quality standards.
That’s why we developed and patented our own innovative method for growing essential vitamins and minerals – a process that is now redefning nutritional efficacy, safety, efficiency and eco-friendliness.
How BioGenesis™ is Made
Performance Lab®‘s patented BioGenesis™ process is akin to a cleaner, more efficient microcosm of farming – all performed in a tightly-controlled, state-of-the-art laboratory setting:
1. Planting
Seed nutrient (as mineral salt) is embedded into a glycoprotein matrix. Glycoprotein is a protein+sugar molecule needed for cellular growth and development.
2. Germination
A growth culture that naturally supplies the seed nutrient is incorporated into the matrix, substituting for plant tissue. BioGenesis™ growth cultures include:
  • Vitamins that grow naturally in probiotics, including Lactobacillus bulgaricus (yogurt culture).
  • Vitamins that grow naturally in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Brewer’s Yeast), Saccharomyces cerevisiae (carrot) and Medicago sativa (alfalfa)
  • Minerals that grow naturally in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
3. Growth
Like plants, the nutrient cultures absorb mineral salts, nutrients and water, which are fed into the system in precise amounts at regular intervals. With these building blocks, the nutrient culture grows – dividing from one cell into two, two into four, and so on.
Because they are grown with natural cofactors, the body can’t tell the difference from BioGenesis™ nutrients and the purest organics growing in pristine nature.
As a result, BioGenesis™ nutrients are highly bioavailable – absorbed rapidly and utilized efficiently to promote peak metabolic performance in nearly every cell in your body.
4. Harvest
When cultures reach maturity, at a specific designated concentration for each vitamin and mineral, the nutrients are collected, washed with purified fresh water, and spray-dried.
Germination Growth
Performance Lab® BioGenesis™ Vitamins and Minerals List
BioGenesis™ Nutrients by Growth Culture Benefits and General Areas of Support Performance Lab® Formulas
Lactobacillus bulgaricus (yogurt culture
probiotic) – Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C Immune, cardiovascular, skin, joints, antioxidant, gums, bones, muscle Whole–Food Multi
Vitamin D3 Immunity, bones, testosterone, cell function Whole–Food Multi
Vitamin E Antioxidant, cardiovascular, hair, skin, nails, tissue repair Whole–Food Multi
Calcium Bones, joints, cardiovascular, muscles, nervous system, hormones Whole–Food Multi
Iron Blood cell formation, oxygen transport, brain chemical synthesis Whole–Food Multi
(Women’s Formula Only)
Iodine Metabolism, thyroid function Whole–Food Multi
Magnesium Energy, cardiovascular, bones, testosterone, muscle relaxation, nervous system, blood sugar Whole–Food Multi, Sleep
Zinc Immune, vision, testosterone, nerves, cell growth Whole–Food Multi
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewer’s yeast)
– Vitamins
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) Nervous system function, energy metabolism Whole–Food Multi
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Red blood cell formation, cell growth, energy, antioxidant Whole–Food Multi
Niacin (as Niacinamide) Circulation, protein and fat metabolism, nervous system, skin Whole–Food Multi
Vitamin B6 Brain chemical synthesis and conversion, immune, blood cell formation, oxygen transport, nervous system, blood sugar, cognitive function Whole–Food Multi
Folate B9 New cell formation, DNA synthesis Whole–Food Multi
Vitamin B12 Energy metabolism, heart health, nervous system, cognitive function Whole–Food Multi
Biotin B7 Hair, skin and nails; energy; blood sugar; cell growth, nervous system Whole–Food Multi
Pantothenic Acid B5 Immune, vision, testosterone, nerves, cell growth Whole–Food Multi
Medicago sativa (alfalfa plant)
Vitamin K1 + K2 Bones, cardiovascular, connective tissue Whole–Food Multi
Daucus sativus (carrot)
Vitamin A (Retinol) Vision, skin, immune, tissue repair, bones, antioxidant Whole–Food Multi
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (brewer’s yeast)
– Minerals
Selenium Immune, antioxidant, thyroid Whole–Food Multi
Strontium Bones, joints Whole–Food Multi
Copper Energy, nerves, connective tissue, cardiovascular, antioxidant, red blood cell formation, vision, immune Whole–Food Multi
Manganese Enzyme cofactor, metabolism, blood sugar, antioxidant, bones Whole–Food Multi
GTF Chromium Metabolism, energy, weight management, blood sugar Whole–Food Multi
Inositol Nervous system, skin, cognition, mood Whole–Food Multi
Molybdenum Enzyme function, metabolism Whole–Food Multi
Vanadium Blood sugar, cardiovascular, bones, muscles Whole–Food Multi
BioGenesis™ vitamins and minerals build the nutritional foundation that enables all Performance Lab® supplements to reach their full potential.
Research
Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan HD. Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999 . J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Dec;23(6):669-82.
Berger S. Nutritional implications of pesticides in foods . Bibl Nutr Dieta. 1980;(29):1-10.
Bakshi A. Potential adverse health effects of genetically modified crops . J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2003 May-Jun;6(3):211-25.
Fletcher R, Fairfield K. (2002). Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults . JAMA. 287(23):3127-3129.
Kobylewski S, Jacobson M. (2010). Food Dyes, A Rainbow of Risks . The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Fulgoni V III, et al. (2011). Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where Do Americans Get Their Nutrients? J Nutr. 2011 Oct; 141(10): 1847–1854.
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