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How supplements can benefit our bodies

Acidophilus Probiotic: The foods we eat today, even yogurt, are often processed to the point that beneficial organisms are destroyed. Our digestive systems rely on some bacteria to help us process and eliminate food. Natural Acidophilus is a special blend of probiotics that help support digestive health and immunity so you can achieve a balanced digestive system and a balanced life.

Andrographis Andrographis: is a traditional wintertime herb that is commonly used in China, India, and various other southeast Asia countries for winter health. Both the fresh and dried leaves, as well as the fresh juice of the whole leaf have been used in a variety of cultures. Known as Chuan Xin Lian in traditional Chinese herbalism, where it is believed to affect the digestive, cardiovascular, and urinary systems. In Sweden, Andrographis has been used for more than 10 years as a primary herb for the winter season. Two tablets, the suggested dose, provides the amount of andrographis found effective in clinical trials. Key constituents thought to be a group of diterpene lactones, including andrographolide, neoandrographolide, deoxyandrographolide, and deoxydidchydroandrographolide.

Calcium plus Vitamin D: 1000mg Supports bone & colon health.

Echinacea and Goldenseal Dietary supplement: Premium formula. Immune support. Certified. Health & longevity through the healing power of nature – that’s what it means to trust the leaf. Echinacea & Goldenseal formula supports the immune system. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Essential Enzymes Enzyme supplement:  Digestive aid. Bio Algin. 1st Place winner 2004 VITY awards. Each vegetarian capsule contains 500 mg of an all – vegetarian, broad spectrum blend of digestive enzymes. Contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, salt, preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)

EGCg (Green Tea Extract) Antioxidant Protection: 400 mg Standardized Extract 40% Catechins / 60% Polyphenols Powerful Free Radical Scavenger NOW® Green Tea Extract offers a convenient way to obtain the active constituents of Green Tea in a concentrated form. Green Tea Extract contains numerous compounds, including Polyphenols and Catechins, that provide potent antioxidant benefits. The free radical scavenging properties of Green Tea Extract act through multiple mechanisms to support overall health and well-being.

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  Alpha-lipoic acid (ala, thioctic acid) is a naturally occurring vitamin-like nutrient that has been intensely investigated as a therapeutic agent for a variety of conditions involving the body’s nervous, cardiovascular, immune, and detoxification systems. it exists as two enantiomers or stereoisomers: r-(+)-lipoic acid (rla) and s-(-)-lipoic acid (sla). it is produced in small amounts in the liver and other body tissues, where it is needed by enzymes to catalyze numerous essential chemical reactions in the body. for instance, ala is essential inside the mitochondria of cells, where it is needed to metabolize glucose and direct calories into energy production.ala is considered to be a multimodal supplement because, aside from its enzymatic role in energy production, it acts by multiple mechanisms and displays diverse pharmacologic and antioxidant properties. recently discovered is ala’s ability to switch the regulation of several genes linked to cell survival, inflammation and oxidative stress. so in addition to its enzymatic role, ala is a powerful antioxidant and performs a number of other vital functions related to its ability to modify the expression of various genes. ala is therefore not so much a direct benefit to cells, but rather an indirect aid that “kick starts” declining function in cells, helping them recover the functions that came more easily and naturally in the young.

Super Lysine: Like all amino acids, lysine functions as a building platform for proteins. Lysine is key in the production of disease fighting antibodies, numerous enzymes, and hormones. Lysine insures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen that makes up bone cartilage and connective tissues. In several studies, Lysine has shown to be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients necessary to reduce viral growth of the herpes virus. A deficiency of Lysine has been found to cause tiredness, lack of concentration, irritability, hair loss, anemia and reproductive problems. It has also been reported that too little lysine in a diet can result in kidney stones.

L-Glutamine Pantothenic acid is a member of the B-vitamin family, and is often referred to as vitamin B-5. Its bioactive form, coenzyme A, plays a role in many processes in the body, including the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, the production of energy, and the synthesis of red blood cells and a key neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.

Magnesium Magnesium is a mineral that is critical for energy production and metabolism, muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission, and bone mineralization. It is a required cofactor for an estimated 300 enzymes. Among the reactions catalyzed by these enzymes are fatty acid synthesis, protein synthesis, and glucose metabolism. Magnesium status is also important for regulation of calcium balance through its effects on the parathyroid gland.*

Milk Thistle Nature’s Way standardized milk thistle is a scientifically and technically advanced herbal extract standardized to 80% silymarin. Nature’s Way Milk Thistle extract supports normal liver function. The active bioflavonoid complex, silymarin and it’s sub-component silibinin, are powerful antioxidants in the liver and exert a protective effect against substances that may be potentially harmful to the liver.*

Omega Combination (Nordic Naturals) Balanced Omega Combination was developed for practicioners who prefer a balanced ratio of Omega-3 (fish oil) to Omega-6 (Organic Evening Primrose oil). Each 500mg capsule contains: Evening Primrose Oil 400 mg GLA 41 mg EPA 18 mg DHA 12 mg Mixed Tocopherols 16 IU (lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate) Produced in an oxygen free environment and is stabilized with our antioxidant blend to deliver industry leading freshness and extended shelf life. All Nordic Naturals Oils are free from environmental toxins. *Meets stringent Norwegian Medicinal and Eurpean Pharmacopoeia Standards for freshness and purity.

Rhodiola Rosea: Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is indigenous to the Arctic and Alpine regions of Europe, Asia and America and has long been used as a tonic by many cultures, including the Ancient Greeks. Rhodiola is generally known as an adaptogen, a term which refers to any agent possessing the ability to increase the body’s capacity to adapt to stressful conditions. This standardized extract of min. 3% Total Rosavins and min. 1% Salidrosides is the highest potency of Rhodiola available.

Rose Hips: Rose hips are taken by many today as a natural way to get vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K, and help to prevent and treat various infections, especially colds and flu. Rose hips are also taken to quicken the healing process for bruises and skin irritations. Inflammation and sore throat can find relief with rose hips, which come in capsule form and are usually taken 3 times daily. Women receive extra benefits from rose hips which help uterine cramps, heavy menstrual flow and some breast disorders.

Valerian: Valerian has been carefully studied for over 100 years and is described in over 650 scientific publications. Plant scientists have identified specific valerian compounds that interact with the human brain in specific ways.

Alkaloids such as actinidine, chatinine, syanthine, valerianine, and valerine have the same function in the human brain as catnip does for cats. If you feel like purring after you take valerian, it was probably due to the alkaloids. In the valerian plant itself, these compounds serve to lure insects to parts of the plant they can’t eat.

Flavanones such as hesperidin, 6-methylapigenin, and linarin lower blood pressure and stop muscle twitches. This indirectly reduces activity in the brain. In the plant itself, the compounds help it deal with drought, and a valerian plant that has been drought-stressed during the summer is more likely to put you to sleep when you use it to make a tea.

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, also known as GABA, is the chief inhibitory compound in the human nervous system. This compound defends the valerian plant in nature from being eaten by goats and sheep. If a goat or a sheep walks into a field of valerian and starts munching away, the GABA in the plant will sedate the animal so that it leaves more valerian plants alone.

Irioids, such as the two valepotriates isovaltrate and valtrate are thought to be more directly responsible for the soporific effects of the plant. These compounds interact with the same receptors in the brain as Librium, Valium, and Lunesta.

Isovaleric acid is the compound that makes you go “phew” or “phooey” when you smell valerian. It’s also the main contributor to the taste of hops used to brew beer. Even though pure isovaleric acid smells something like cheese you left out on the counter for a week or socks you left in your gym bag, it’s used to make many fine perfumes.

Sesquiterpenes in the volatile oil such as acetoxyvalerenic acid, hydroxyvalerenic acid, and valerenic acid also activate GABA receptors in the brain. GABA trips the “off switch” for certain kinds of brain activity. The volatile oil can literally boil away if you make valerian tea with boiling water. Preserving the sesquiterpenes is the reason extracts of valerian usually work better than teas.

Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in many enzymatic functions. Found primarily in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and brain, Zinc also helps support healthy immune system functions and is an important component of bodily antioxidant systems.*


***I found this information back in 2010.  I will update it periodically as I get new and updated information.  ~Alissa

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