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A bright red berry, Acerola contains the most potent source of natural vitamin C and
bioflavanoids. Because the body does not store vitamin C, it must be replenished on a
daily basis. The human body does not produce bioflavanoids, so they too must be supplied
by the diet. Bioflavanoids work synergistically with vitamin C to protect and preserve the
structure of capillary blood vessels. They help to promote circulation as well as
stimulate bile production in the liver. The Acerola Berry is also very useful in the colon
where it helps to balance the PH levels to allow for proper colon function.
One of nature’s richest mineral foods, Alfalfa is also a great source of
chlorophyll which acts as a body cleanser and a natural deodorizer. Alfalfa Grass roots go
down as much as 125 feet into the earth thereby absorbing rare trace minerals that most
plants do not have an opportunity to absorb. Alfalfa contains potassium, calcium,
magnesium, phosphorus, 8 essential amino acids, and all known vitamins! Because these
minerals are in a balanced form & very alkaline, they have a neutralizing effect on
the intestinal tract. Alfalfa is high in fiber, allowing it to bind to and neutralize
substances that could be harmful
to the colon.
An extremely powerful antioxidant that is both water and fat soluble which means it can go
anywhere in the body. Helps the body to burn sugar, protects against nerve and eye lens
damage from free radicals and is mostly found in red meat. Alpha-Lipoic Acid must be
supplemented to the diet if red meat consumption is low.
This fiber which also contains apple pectin, is a great source of both soluble and
insoluble fibers. They help to cleanse the intestinal tract by gently sweeping the colon
clean of compacted, putrefying, waste materials, helping to eliminate excess cholesterol
& dietary toxins. Apple Fiber contains soft bulking agents which binds with bile acids
and helps to normalize bowel transit time and regularity. Apple Fiber also helps to block
absorption of toxic heavy metals and dietary carcinogens that get into the food chain and
eventually the body. It helps to slow down the rate by which foods pass through the
intestines, which allows for better nutrient absorption. This process ultimately helps to
stabilize blood sugar levels.
Known to be one of the most potent herbs used to enhance the natural defense mechanism
in the body; Astragalus dates back to over 2000 years! It has commonly been used for
centuries by the Chinese as a tonic herb to increase “Ch’i” or
“energy” in order to combat fatigue. Astragalus helps aid adrenal gland
function, digestion, protect the body against harmful radiation, promote healing, and
strengthen the body’s resistance to dis-ease (not at
“ease”). Astragalus is one of nature’s most powerful adaptogens.
This herb is a powerful lipotropic which helps to mobilize fat stores in the body as
well as helping to prevent the accumulation of fat in an organ and aid in the
detoxification of metabolic wastes and other toxins. Barberry helps to stimulate bile flow
enhancing liver function as well as reducing the fat stored there. It helps to stimulate
internal movement, reduces bronchial constriction, and keeps the blood free of wastes and
One of the most ancient cultivated foods; Barley Grass has been a staple human food for
thousands of years! It is so rich in nutrients that it contains 30 times more Vitamin B1
than milk, 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges, 5 times more iron than spinach, as well as
containing large amounts of beta carotene, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It is a very
alkaline food, which is quite neutralizing to the system. It is rich in natural enzymes
especially S.O.D., which is an antioxidant enzyme that protects cells from free radicals.
Barley Grass provides generous amounts of natural chlorophyll which has a purifying effect
on the body enabling it to eliminate toxins that could lead to dis-ease (not at
Being a complete miracle food from nature, Bee Pollen is 35% protein, contains 18
minerals, 16 vitamins, 19 enzymes & co-enzymes, high amounts of S.O.D.(super oxide
dismutase) which is an antioxidant enzyme that protects cells from free radicals which are
single or groups of atoms that can cause damage to cells, impair the immune system, and
lead to infections and dis-ease (not at “ease”). Free radicals can come from
chemicals, over exposure to the sun, metabolism of stored fat, stress, smoking, etc. Bee
Pollen helps to promote overall healing and increase energy.
Being one of the best known plant sources of easily assimilated iron, Beets also
contain generous amounts of vitamins A, B, C, as well as sodium, potassium, calcium,
choline, phosphorus, and fiber. They help to facilitate digestion, stimulate the
peristaltic activity of the bowels, and strengthen other organs such as the spleen, liver,
gall bladder, and
kidneys. By helping to stimulate the lymphatic system as well, beets help to rebuild
and tone the liver.
A wonderful antioxidant, Bilberry helps to increase microcirculation by stimulating new
capillary formation, strengthening them, and increasing the overall health of the
circulatory system. Bilberry helps to regulate blood sugar levels while helping to inhibit
the growth of fungus, yeast, and bacteria.
The Bio-Chelation technique describes an exclusive process that removes much of the
alcohol used during the menstruum, or soaking phase, and replaces it with vegetable glycerin, yielding extracts that
are either alcohol-free, or have a low alcohol content. In addition, the alcohol used in any Nature's Answer herbal
extract product has the further distinction of being "organic".
A pure piperine extract obtained from black pepper fruits which has been shown to
enhance the bioavailability of various supplements through increased absorption.
An adaptogen, this herb helps to eliminate parasites, balance the thyroid, improve the
function of the kidneys, and absorb water in the intestines in order to produce bulk for
An excellent dietary fatty acid, Borage is used as a tonic for the adrenals by acting
as a restorative agent on the adrenal cortex which helps to revive and renew the adrenal
Comes from a branching tree in India, the purified compound has been used in India for
the treatment of chronic inflammatory arthritis. The boswellic acid in the tree called
titerpenoids help to shrink inflamed tissues.
A major source of sulforaphane, a sulfur containing phytochemicals, (protective food
factors which come from a variety of plant sources and have been found to have powerful
benefits) helps to stimulate the production of enzymes which helps to detoxify the body
and which act as a guard against toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and mutagens, which may
induce chronic dis-ease (not at “ease”).
A natural digestive enzyme that comes from pineapple, helps to break down nutrients for
better digestion and absorption. (Remember the product “Bromo-Seltzer”?) Well
where do you think they got that name from?
Although a native of Europe, Burdock grows abundantly in the United States. Burdock
helps to cleanse and eliminate impurities from the blood, helps to stimulate the immune
system, and is also nature’s natural diuretic which can be very soothing to the
Carnitine is an amino acid which transports fatty acids across the cell membrane into
the mitochondria where they are burned for energy. Carnitine also helps to remove waste
products in the mitochondria. Carnitine is manufactured in the liver and kidneys. It works
to control increases in body fat stores by converting nutrients into energy. It increases
rate of oxidation of fats in the liver, which helps to increase HDL (good cholesterol)
while decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol). Carnitine actually helps to “shuttle”
fat to where it can be burned for energy. Carnitine can help affect athletic performance,
energy levels, as well as the motility of sperm in a positive way.
Carob is an extract from the bean pods of the Carob tree. For centuries it has been
termed “St. Johns Bread” because it was believed to have sustained John the
Baptist in the wilderness. Carob is very rich in many vitamins and minerals; especially
calcium. It is an alkaline food and is quite flavorful.
A major source of carotenoids, which are protective food components; Carrots
contain potent antioxidant activity levels. Carrots are high in beta-carotene which is
needed for tissue maintenance and repair. It is also important in the formation of bones
Cascara Sagrada comes from the bark of a Western American Tree. The bark is stripped in
spring and summer and then left to age for a few years. The early Spanish priests of
California called it their “sacred bark”. Cascara Sagrada helps to encourage
peristalsis; tone relaxed muscles of the digestive system, and cleanses the colon.
CAT'S CLAW (UNA de GATO)
This woody vine which comes from the amazon rain forest has been shown to help reduce
swelling and inflammation of the joints. Peruvians have used this for generations.
Also referred to as Capsicum, Cayenne comes from the pods of red chili peppers. It
helps to increase the power of other herbs when taken together. Cayenne helps to improve
digestion by stimulating the production of gastric juices. It helps to regulate blood
flow, equalize circulation, and strengthen the heart, arteries, capillaries, and nerves.
It is a wonderful general “circulatory system tonic.” Cayenne is high in
vitamins A & C, as well as iron, calcium, and potassium.
A phytonutrient that contains the compound Ellagic Acid which is a phytonutrient that
helps to scavenge free radicals which cause cell membrane damage. This compound interferes
with certain carcinogenic compounds and belongs to the phenol group of healing food
factors which are shown to inhibit the activity of compounds which initiate dis-ease (not
*CITRIN K (garcinia cambogia)
This particular type is a potassium salt of hydroxycitric acid as opposed to a calcium
salt, and is totally water soluble. This “K Factor” plays a major role in
maintaining the body’s fluid balance and heart rate. Potassium also helps to assist
in muscle contractions (which is why a lack of it is usually linked to muscle cramps). It
also helps to regulate the transfer of nutrients to cells, such as oxygen to the brain and
calcium to the nerves. Along with sodium,
potassium helps to regulate the water balance in the body. A pumpkin shaped fruit also
known as the fruit of the Malabor Tamarind, garcinia cambogia has been used in India for
centuries as a filling spice in curries. The rind of this fruit contains high levels of
(-) HCA, Hydroxycitric Acid. With over 15 years of research and study; Hoffman LaRoche the
large pharmaceutical giant, found it acted as an aid to weight loss by enhancing calorie
burning, inhibiting fat and cholesterol accumulation, and controlling the appetite
resulting in a reduced food intake. Garcinia cambogia does all of these things with no
negative effect on the nervous system. It is being used widely in many diet weight loss
Being a very ancient single cell algae, Chlorella was the earth’s first green
plant and the first link in the food chain. Each cell of this plant is self sufficient and
capable of life sustaining functions. Chlorella is 60% protein and contains 8 essential
amino acids, and more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant in nature! Chlorella is
usually “cracked cell” so as to make it very bioavailable. In just one
tablespoon it provides 300% of the RDA for Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, and is quite rich in
beta carotene! Due to it’s rapid growth, and the abundance of nutrients, Chlorella
offers many benefits; protection against toxic pollutants, pesticides, drug chemicals, and
atmospheric radiation; power lines, microwaves, computers, & television.
A rich source of beta-sitosterols which are fatty alcohols which cannot be absorbed by
the body. In the intestines, they combine with secreted cholesterol, form a
crystalline matrix, and are then lost in the feces.
A hydrolyzed collagen which supplies amino acid raw materials needed to repair collagen
and help manufacture chondrocytes. (Cells which manufacture chondrin, which is used to
A wonderful mineral that helps the body utilize insulin properly resulting in
stabilized blood sugar levels. It is difficult to get the proper chromium in the diet due
to the lack of it in the soil and water supply as well as diets that tend to be high in
white flour and sugar. Chromium Picolinate improves the absorption of glucose into the
cells making it more useful for energy. It also helps to increase lean tissue in the body
promoting growth of lean muscle, and helps to normalize fat storage by improving
utilization for energy.
Because it is very similar to the structure of vitamin E, CoQ10 is a powerful
antioxidant/vitamin found in human tissue. It plays an important role in the effectiveness
of the immune system and the aging process. CoQ10 helps to improve the efficiency of
energy production while helping to boost existing immune cell capacities. A deficiency in
this powerful nutrient may cause health problems. Sardines, salmon, and mackerel, are the
best food sources of this amazing nutrient.
Naturally found in red muscle tissue, creatine helps ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the
muscles major energy source) to actually recycle itself. Both during and after workouts
creatine has been shown to help optimize energy turnover in the muscle tissue resulting in
more energy during intense exercise, and faster recovery.
Dandelion is very high in iron, calcium, and potassium. It also helps to cleanse the
blood stream, remove excess fluids, promote digestive regularity, and improve the function
of the pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and bladder. Dandelion helps to stimulate bile
production, which in turn helps with overall liver function.
Essential for maintaining proper functions of the body as well as repairing tissues and
digesting foods, enzymes are found in all living matter, life could not be sustained
without them. Raw foods supply live enzymes to the body while cooked foods have none. Even
though the body manufactures enzymes for digestion, quite often an adequate supply of
enzymes for metabolic processes may be lacking. Supplementing the diet with enzymes could
be beneficial. The enzyme Amylase is found in saliva and breaks down carbohydrates.
Protease is found in stomach juices and helps to break down proteins. Lipase helps to
digest fat. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that works on proteins while Papain breaks
them down into even smaller components. Enzymes can come from plant based sources as well
as animal sources.
This biologically active plant, also known as “Coneflower”, is native to the
United States and was once used by the Indians of the Central Plains. Due to it’s
spine-like appearance, it was named “Echinacea” by German botanist Conrad Moench
in 1774. Echinacea comes from “Echinos”, the Greek word for sea urchin. By the
1800’s Echinacea was extremely powerful in strengthening the immune and lymphatic
systems in the body.
Once used by ancient Greeks and Egyptians, Fenugreek dates back 1000 years. By being
both an emollient and a demulcent, it has been found to help reduce blood glucose levels,
lubricate the stomach, and soothe mucous membranes.
This has been shown to be helpful in reducing inflammation and pain.
An excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids or E.F.A.’s. These fats must be
supplemented by the diet because the body does not manufacture them. E.F.A.’s are
found in high concentrates in the brain, and are necessary for normal brain function. The
most essential of the E.F.A.’s is linoleic acid, which flax is high in. Flax is also
rich in the B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and fiber; both soluble and insoluble.
This helps to keep cholesterol low and remove toxins and heavy metals from the body.
Natural food sources of Omega 3 include; salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines.
Known to be a brain food, Folic Acid is essential in the body for production of
energy and red blood cell formation. It also helps regulate fetal development of nerve
cells which is needed for proper growth and development. Folic Acid helps reduce levels of
homocysteine (an amino acid) in the body. It is now known that homocysteine levels tend to
increase with age and that these high levels contribute to the breakdown of arterial walls
which can lead to heart dis-ease (not at “ease”).
The Chinese name for this herb is Ho-Sho-Wu, and it is one of the Chinese main herbal
tonics. Fo Ti is second only to Ginseng in traditional Chinese usage. Fo Ti helps to
rejuvenate the endocrine gland, which in turn helps to strengthen the body and enhance the
FOS - FRUCTO-OLIGOSACCHARIDES
A preferred food source for friendly intestinal bacteria, FOS comes primarily from;
Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, and soybeans. FOS acts as a strong synergist for the
implantation and growth of friendly bacteria. FOS is a plant sugar which is non-digestible
to humans. FOS passes through the digestive system unchanged until they reach the large
intestine. FOS is also a top rate blood sugar regulator.
Ginger helps in absorbing toxins, cleansing the body, and aids in digestion (helps to
remove gas from the intestinal tract). Ginger helps to alleviate nausea and also aids in
the utilization of other herbs.
This ancient wonder herb has been used in Chinese practices for over 3000 years. It
comes from the oldest living tree that can survive for thousands of years! Gingko Biloba
helps to stimulate cerebral circulation and oxygenation that results in increased clarity,
alertness, memory, and overall brain function. Because it helps to widen blood vessels,
which in turn speeds blood flow into the capillaries, Gingko can help with hearing and
An amino sugar produced by the body necessary for the formulation of synovial
fluid (found in the joints). Glucosamine can help to repair and rebuild damaged cartilage
in the joints.
An amino acid which is of special value due to the supply it gives of creatine which is
essential for muscle function, breaking down glycogen (a stored energy source of glucose)
and freeing energy. It helps to provide antibodies thereby helping the immune system as
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT
A native natural plant product that is an extremely powerful antioxidant, is 50 times
more powerful than vitamin E, and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C! Grape Seed
Extract contains water-soluble flavanoids that become instantly bioavailable in the human
body upon digestion. Due to its potency, Grape Seed helps to reconstruct collagen fibers
in aging or damaged tissue by binding to the collagen fibers resulting in elasticity, and
flexibility. It has been found to cross the blood brain barrier thereby providing
antioxidant protection to the tissues in the central nervous system. Compared to Pine
Bark, Grape Seed contains gallic esters which are the most active antioxidant component of
An extract from the "guggul plant", it has been used in helping to lower
cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Guggulipid? Extract helps to reduce the stickiness of
A stout, large, woody, climbing plant which grows abundantly in central and southern
India. This herb has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels in animal tests.
Used in traditional Chinese practices for thousands of years, Hawthorn is an adaptogen
and circulatory tonic which helps to build heart tone, aid circulation, and keep the heart
muscle strong. Hawthorn has been shown to help aid the body in burning of excess calories.
Holistically Balanced™ is a term used to define a botanical
extract that has been manufactured using a cold-extraction, or Bio-Chelated® process. The resulting botanical extract is
as potent and complete as the plant was in its natural state for maximum bio-availability.
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Also known as “shavegrass”, this herb was used by Native Americans to promote
wound healing. Horsetail contains high concentrates of silica and calcium which help to
promote collagen formation, and strengthen teeth, bones, hair, nail, and skin. Horsetail
also helps to increase calcium absorption.
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A mildly sweet, pleasant tasting plant which is rich in potassium, iron, and dietary
fiber. It is one of the richest sources of FOS (see fructo-oliggosacharides). The
artichoke, along with the tomato, cucumber, and green bean, contains the lowest
concentrates of lead and mercury in comparison to soft vegetables such as lettuce,
parsley, etc. Artichoke also contains the extract cymarin, which is similar to silymarin
(see Milk Thistle), a great protection against liver conditions.
Found in every living cell, with the highest concentration found in the brain, heart,
liver, and kidneys; Lecithin is primarily an emulsifier and a brain tonic. The brain is
actually 30% Lecithin in dry composition! As an emulsifier, Lecithin in the bloodstream
cholesterol from accumulating on the walls of the arteries, and helps to dissolve deposits
that already exist. Lecithin is a bi-polar molecule, one that contains fatty acids on one
end attracting oil, while the other end contains phosphorus and nitrogen to attract water.
It has the ability to keep fat like particles in a clear solution while they journey
through the arteries (a water environment) so they are unable to form dangerous deposits
on the walls of blood vessels. Lecithin also helps to metabolize fat (especially clogging
fat) in the liver and remove fatty liver deposits which in turn lessens the chance of
liver degeneration. Lecithin helps to promote a healthier liver and a more youthful
metabolic process. In the intestinal tract, Lecithin helps with the absorption of fat
soluble nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. As a brain tonic, Lecithin provides
choline which has a prompt effect on the ability of the brain to make an important
chemical for nerve signal transmission which is called acetylcholine. This in turn is able
to cross the blood-brain barrier that has a positive effect on the production of chemical
signals in the brain. The result is improved memory, thinking ability, and muscle control.
In addition to these, the acetylcholine also helps to stimulate peristaltic movement in
the colon that aids colon function.
A popular herb used by the ancient Greeks, Licorice is one of the most widely used
plants in the world. It helps to enhance microcirculation in the lining of the
gastrointestinal tract. Licorice also helps to cleanse the colon, maintain proper blood
sugar balance, balance hormone levels, and fight fatigue by having a positive effect on
adrenal gland function. Licorice’s phytochemical qualities keep cancer cells from
A wonderful amino acid, Lysine helps to improve concentration and mental alertness. It
utilizes fatty acids required in energy production, making it easier to burn fat and build
muscle protein. Lysine helps to repair tissue, maintain nitrogen balance, help calcium
absorption, and is the essential building block for all protein.
Meaning “dancing” in Japanese, Maitake got this name from the villagers who
danced with joy upon discovering this edible, powerful, mushroom. With both the United
States and Japan doing numerous studies and extensive research, this food has been found
to contain a number of healthful properties! Studies have shown this mushroom to be more
powerful than any other in regard to immune system enhancement. Maitake aids in lowering
blood pressure, as well as inhibiting the escalation of blood glucose levels.
This amino acid helps to assist in the breakdown of fats, as well as preventing fat
buildup in the liver and arteries which obstructs blood flow to the brain, heart, and
kidneys. Methionine helps the digestive system interact with other substances to detoxify
harmful agents, and helps prevent brittle hair.
Considered the “Liver Herb”, Milk Thistle contains an active component called
silymarin, which is a powerful flavanoid that helps to protect the liver from damaging
agents such as alcohol, chemical toxins, poisons, and pollutants. This flavanoid
encourages liver cells to regenerate, helps to increase the flow of bile in the liver,
thereby helping to keep the liver healthy and strong. Liver health is essential for
optimal enzyme production and energy.
Also known as bitter gourd, which is indigenous throughout Central and South America.
Momordica is a climbing, smooth, annual vine with yellow flowers. In 1979 Indian
biochemists reported great results when extracts were given to animal and human volunteers
whereby a substantial lowering of blood sugar levels were observed.
NORWEGIAN SEA KELP
This kelp is from the familiar family of brown seaweed that grows in large beds just
below the surface of the water. It draws nutrients only from the sun and water, and when
harvested will grow back within only 10 days. Kelp contains almost every mineral and trace
mineral needed for human existence, as well as vitamins and amino acids. It contains
wonderful radiation protection properties. Being a principle source of iodine, Kelp helps
to promote proper thyroid function, provide energy, and helps to burn food so it is not
stored as fat. It is helpful to the membranes that surround the brain called sensory
nerves, brain tissue, and spinal cord because it promotes needed circulation.
A powerful nutritive, Octacasonal has been shown to help support endurance, brain and
nerve activity, and possibly even fertility.
A South American herb used by the Incas, this herb contains strong, adaptogenic
properties. It helps to guard against intestinal parasites, build up the immune system,
cleanse the blood, as well as helping to improve gastrointestinal utilization of
Commonly known as “friendly intestinal bacteria”, these various strains
fortify the intestinal tract, and break down proteins, fats and starches to make sure
these nutrients are absorbed properly. These probiotics manufacture natural antibiotics
that destroy pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria. Probiotics need to have food to live
and thrive on, because the goal is
to make sure they multiply in your system and act as “the army“. Their preferred
food source is FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides).
PYCNOGENOL (pinebark extract)
A rich source of a bioavailable flavanol: proanthocyanidins, which is found in bark of
the Pinus maritina; a pine tree in Southern France. The extraction procedure was patented
in 1982 by professor Jacques Masquelier, to help fight the harmful biological effects of
free radicals. Pycnogenol? helps to protect brain and nerve tissues, improve circulation,
and reduce inflammation. Because it is able to bond to collagen; it helps to promote skin
elasticity. It is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It is a water soluble nutrient
and is absorbed in about 20 minutes into the bloodstream. The protective effects diminish
after about 72 hours, so it should be taken daily for optimal protection.
Primarily found in fruits and vegetables, pyruvate is a by-product of metabolism.
Pyruvate helps in the transport of glucose into the muscle cells in a process called
glucose extraction. This allows for improved exercise and performance as well as helping
to increase the resting metabolic rate and fat utilization naturally.
A powerful sea vegetable, Red Dulse is rich in boron, calcium, potassium, and
magnesium. It is on of the richest natural sources of iron. Sea vegetables contain more
minerals than land plants. Studies using red marine sea vegetables are quite promising in
regards to helping control and even prevent many viruses.
Originally used in China as a food to “lengthen life” it has been used to
help prevent serious damage to organs and to quicken recovery from dis-ease (not at
“ease”). In Japan it is called “lucky fingers” and has been used there
for 3000 years, while in America it is just being discovered. The Reishi mushroom is
adaptogenic, helps to strengthen the heart, protect the liver, normalize blood pressure,
support adrenal function, and help enhance the immune system by increasing the production
Rice Bran is an excellent food that provides both soluble and insoluble fiber, natural
vitamin E, a full complex of B vitamins, and is a good source of silica (which helps to
keep hair, skin, nails, etc. healthy and strong). Rice Bran helps to regulate blood sugar
levels, lower cholesterol, and remove toxins from the body.
A wonderful circulatory herb which has been shown to be helpful for muscular pain.
A wonderful adaptogen, Rose Hips are extremely high in vitamin C, with all of that
vitamin’s known benefits.
Called the “bee’s milk”, Royal Jelly is a concentrated superfood
responsible for turning an ordinary worker bee into a reproductive dynamo: The Queen Bee!
Royal Jelly is the queen bee’s only source of food that results in her growing 60%
larger and living 5 years, compared to her genetically identical sister bee whose life
span is not even 2 months. This wonderful superfood is loaded with antioxidants, and
contains 18 amino acids, all B complex vitamins (especially B5, pantothenic acid) and is
the only natural source of pure acetylcholine. It helps to promote healing, increase
stamina, and is a complete food.
The defensive toxin in this marine organism has been found to provide relief from
inflammation. These toxins are about 25 times more effective than aspirin and have a
greater lasting effect as well.
In the orient, this powerful mushroom is used as both a food and an agent to enhance
the immune system and the natural protective defenses of the body. It is an
immunostimulant that helps to boost the production of macrophages in your immune system.
Ginseng is immune supportive, helps to detoxify the body of poisons and waste
materials, and to increase energy and endurance. Ginseng contains germanium which helps to
improve oxygen utilization. Ginseng has been used for centuries to balance the body’s
energy by strengthening the adrenal glands and normalizing blood pressure.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK
A powerful nutritive and emollient, this herb possesses great strength and healing
qualities. When in contact with water, mucilage cells of the bark swell and produces a
lubricating emollient that helps to reduce and soothe mucous membranes. Slippery Elm is
also a great source of calcium.
The Chinese were the first to use Soy as a staple part of their diet. They named it
“ta tou” which means “great bean”. It was introduced to Japan around
100 A.D., and then to Europe in 1500 A.D. Soy is an extremely powerful food source
abundantly rich in phytochemicals (isolated compounds derived from plant sources that
provide powerful protective food factors). Soy contains 4 key components: 1) Genistein-
compounds that help to inhibit angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels essential for
tumor growth) 2) Phytic Acids- compounds found to inhibit tumor growth in lab animals. 3)
Isoflavones- compounds similar to natural estrogen that helps to inhibit the production of
excess human estrogen that is known to promote breast cancer. 4) Protease Inhibitors-
compounds that may help block cancer-causing enzymes. When we look at Japan, a country
that is probably the largest consumer of soy, the comparisons of health are astounding! 1)
Japanese people have the longest life span of any nation in the world! 2) American women
are 4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than Japanese women. 3) American men are
5 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than Japanese men. 4) The United States
provides half of the worlds soybeans, making it the largest cash crop. In addition to
that, most of this soy is exported to Japan. Doesn’t this give you some “food
A wonderful source of calcium and iron, Spinach contains large amounts of Lutein, which
is an antioxidant that has been shown to help prevent age related macular degeneration,
(breakdown of tissues relating to vision).
The most nutrient rich of all blue-green algae, Spirulina is 4 billion years old, and
was the first photosynthetic life form on this planet! It helped to create the
earth’s oxygen atmosphere. Spirulina grows wild, however most manufacturers use
Spirulina that is farmed in a controlled environment which helps to secure that it grows
fresh and clean without any toxic invasion. Spirulina contains potent antioxidants and is
rich in the following nutrients:
Beta-Carotene: Spirulina is a potent source of beta-carotene providing 10 times more
than that found in carrots! Beta-carotene yields the most vitamin A which is needed for
growth, tissue healing, repair, etc. It is also a very potent antioxidant that helps to
protect cell membranes and tissue lining from irritating effects of free radicals
(unstable molecules) by neutralizing them. Epidemiological evidence is sufficient to
suggest that foods rich in carotene or vitamin A are associated with a reduced risk of
cancer (as noted by the National Academy of Sciences).
Vitamin B12: Spirulina is a rich source of B12, providing 2 times more than that found
in the liver. It has been called the “spark plug vitamin” of the body due to how
it aids in cell formation, development, growth, and longevity. It is needed for proper
digestion, protein synthesis, and metabolization of carbohydrates. B12 contains an
essential mineral called cobalt which is needed for healthy red blood cells and for
protection against anemia.
Bilirubin: Spirulina contains a pre-digestive bile in the cellular walls. It combines
with lecithin to form liposomes that greatly enhances nutrient absorption by forming a
surfectant around the nutrients, which means there is no surface tension around the
nutrients so they are more easily absorbed in the mucosa layer of the small intestine.
Chlorophyll: Spirulina is 1.1% chlorophyll which helps to purify the lungs, liver, and
colon. It also helps to clean cells and acts as a germicide in the mouth, throat, and
stomach. Chlorophyll is known to help detoxify and deodorize the entire gastrointestinal
G.L.A. (gamma-linoleic acid): Spirulina is high in GLA that is an EFA (essential fatty
acid the same type of oil in the evening primrose plant). GLA is known to be an
anti-inflammatory, helps in the prevention of heart dis-ease, high blood pressure, and
Iron: Spirulina is one of nature’s best natural sources of iron. It is almost 20
times higher than that of other common iron foods. Iron is essential for strong red blood
cells and a healthy immune system.
S.O.D. (super oxide dismutase): S.O.D. is a potent antioxidant enzyme that helps to
protect cellular integrity from free radical attacks while reducing the rate of cell
destruction. S.O.D. also helps to aid the body’s utilization of zinc, copper, and
manganese. It is now known that cellular extracts from cultured blue-green algae help to
protect human T-cells. These compounds are found within the structures of chloroplast
membranes and occur widely in all plants which conduct photosynthesis.
Being 30 times sweeter than sugar but containing no calories, Stevia has been used as a
sweetener in Paraguay for over 1500 years! Stevia does not adversely affect glucose levels
and may be used freely by those who have problems with blood sugar levels. Unlike
artificial sweeteners, the sweet glycosides do not break down in heat that makes Stevia an
excellent sweetener for cooking and baking.
The richest source of a phytochemical called Lycopene, which is a red carotenoid, that
is a powerful antioxidant, up to 10 times more powerful than beta carotene, which
scavenges free radicals, thus inhibiting cellular destruction. Lycopene is a preventive
factor against one of the primary causes of heart dis-ease because it inhibits the
oxidation of LDL cholesterol to its atherogenic form. Studies are now showing that
Lycopene can decrease the risk of getting several types of cancer.
A perennial trailing vine, T. Terrestris is native to India and parts of the African
continent. The T. Tribulus root contains large quantities of potassium. Potassium helps to
regulate the heartbeat, assist in muscle contractions, regulate the transfer of nutrients
to cells such as oxygen to the brain and calcium to the nervous system and helps to
regulate the water balance in the body as well. T. Terrestris has been used by the Chinese
as an aphrodisiac, which has similar properties as those in Ginseng. The ancient Greeks
recognized it as a useful diuretic.
A combination of three ayurvedic herbs: amla (Indian gooseberry), behada, and harada.
All have been found to help lower cholesterol and aid in weight loss.
The phenolics present in this popular spice have been shown to help reduce
A powerful amino acid that plays an important role in adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid
gland functions. Tyrosine helps to fight fatigue, suppress appetite, and reduce body fat.
An adaptogen, and health tonic, this special herb helps with the spleen, liver,
pancreas, small intestine, as well as helping to strengthen the heart muscle. Uva-Ursi is
also a great urinary antiseptic.
This herb helps the body utilize oxygen, stimulate the rate of metabolism, increase
physical endurance and stamina, and helps to improve heart response. Watercress also helps
stop the formation of gas, aids in digestion, and promotes overall healthy kidney
A powerful superfood which contains over 90 minerals, including manganese, calcium,
selenium, and many more, Wheat Grass has a greater percent of protein than eggs. It has a
molecular structure that closely resembles hemoglobin (oxygen carrying protein of red
blood cells) which may be the reason why the chlorophyll it contains is so effective on
the human body, by helping it to detoxify and cleanse. Wheat Grass contains no
“wheat”, it is the young plant which is used before any “gluten” is
formed. Those with wheat allergies have no problem.
WHITE WILLOW BARK
This bark is known as “herbal aspirin” because it contains a chemical called
“salicin” (which eventually became used by the Bayer Company, they made it into
acetylsalicylic acid which is used in Bayer Aspirin).
Wild Yam has many rejuvenating effects. It is a natural source of DHEA, which acts as a
balancer for the glandular systems in the body. It is now being researched extensively,
and new benefits are being discovered.
This contains steroidal saponins that have been shown helpful in flushing excess fluids
out of the system resulting in better flexibility.
Group of vitamins, minerals, enzymes,
phyto-nutrients, and phyto-chemicals that help to protect the body from free radicals that
are a result of pollutants, pesticides, antibiotics, etc.
That which helps to boost, balance, and normalize
functions in the body.
Sometimes referred to as vitamin P, these help
to enhance the absorption of vitamin C. The human body does not produce these so they must
be supplied by the diet. They help to promote circulation, stimulate bile production, and
act with vitamin C to preserve and protect the structure of capillary blood vessels.
Helps to soothe and relieve internal inflammation.
Helps to soothe and soften inflamed tissue.
A single or group of unstable molecules/atoms
that can cause damage to cells that can lead to breakdown and disease. Picture what
happens to an apple when you cut it up and leave it out; it turns brown, practically
“rusts”. Exposure to the oxygen in the air is what caused this to happen. In a
similar way, unstable oxygen molecules in your body are the “free radicals” that
cause your unprotected organs to “rust” and breakdown.
Literally meaning, “plant chemicals”,
phytochemicals are protective food factors derived from a variety of plant sources which
have powerful health benefits. Wherever there is plant life, phytochemicals protect plants
from enemies in the environment like bacteria, viruses, radiation, and even bugs. Research
is now showing that we can benefit from these life-sustaining qualities as well! Plants
have been here much longer than man and know much more about survival. Research indicates
that phytochemicals can provide protection against different cancers.
A product that is strengthening and invigorating.
Vitamins are organic chemicals that are necessary for growth, metabolism, and overall
health and well being. Vitamins originate in food, and are categorized as either fat
(can be stored for long periods of time in the body) or water-soluble (cannot be stored,
must be replenished daily.)
VITAMIN A (Beta Carotene)
This fat-soluble vitamin is essential for cell growth,
development, reproduction, and immunity. It is stored primarily in the liver and is
considered one of the most potent antioxidants.
VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine)
This water-soluble vitamin is beneficial for the nervous
system. It helps to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy.
VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin)
This water-soluble vitamin helps with energy production. It
must be replaced constantly. It is the most common deficiency.
VITAMIN B3 (Niacin)
This water-soluble vitamin is a major player against heart
dis-ease. It helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxine))
This water-soluble vitamin goes through the body in only 8
hours. It is needed for red blood cell production, and cellular growth. It also plays a
key role in the immune system and antibody production.
VITAMIN B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
This water-soluble vitamin is known for the energizing
capabilities it provides. It is essential for nerve tissue, promotes growth, memory, and
regenerates red blood cells.
VITAMIN B15 (Pantothenic Acid)
This water-soluble vitamin helps protect against
cardiovascular dis-ease as well as helping with symptoms of arthritis. It helps encourage
healing, protects the liver and immune system.
This water-soluble vitamin is essential for the metabolism of vitamin C, fat,
and protein. It helps with healthy hair, skin, and nails.
This water-soluble vitamin is essential for the formation of collagen
(exists between cells to hold tissue together). It is necessary for growth and integrity
of bones, blood vessels, teeth, and gums. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has many
powerful properties; immune system enhancement, anti-cancer, prevention of blood clots.
This is a fat-soluble vitamin that the skin can produce on its own when
exposed to direct sunlight. In only 15 minutes a day, your body can manufacture all it
needs. It is not very abundant in food, and is stored in the liver for future use.
This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in many places; the heart, liver,
reproductive organs, fatty tissue, and muscles. It basically works for the nervous system.
It is a potent antioxidant, and helps to combat heart disease, by keeping good cholesterol
(HDL) high, blood thin, and blood pressure low.
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