At The Medicine Store we focus on providing high quality products for our customers. This is why we have chosen a high quality vitamin & supplement line to put our name on. These products are professional grade, meaning they have been tested and we have generate a report to prove that what is listed on the label is truly what’s in the bottle. The products in our store with our logo on them are made by a professional grade company called Wellness Works.
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The Medicine Store carries a wide variety of professional grade vitamins in the store. But we don’t carry every vitamin The Wellness Works brand as to offer, otherwise the pharmacy would be overflowing with vitamins. If you don’t see a vitamin on our shelves that you would like to try. Please don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff members & we can order exactly what you need.
The FDA doesn’t regulate vitamins & supplements so The Medicine Store took that extra step in providing products that are professional grade & bioavailable, which means our vitamins & supplements are already in the absorbable form. This produces superior results, in that these vitamins are already ready to be used by the body and do not have to be converted to another chemical form in order to be absorbed as most vitamins do.
Active Life Nutrient Capsules
Active Life Nutrient Capsules provide vital nutrients for the support of:
- Bone health by providing adequate dietary intake of all of the B vitamins along with vitamin D, boron and zinc.
- Cardiovascular health by providing coenzyme Q10, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins A, C, E mixed carotenoids and a complete B vitamin complex.
- Metabolic functions such as proper blood glucose levels which are supported by vitamins C, E, B6, B12, niacin and biotin as well as chromium, alpha lipoic acid and manganese.
- Anti-aging with the inclusion of vitamins A, C, E, mixed carotenoids, lutein, alpha lipoic acid, lycopene and zeaxanthin.
- Fat metabolism with the addition of choline and inositol, which support fat metabolism and myelin sheath health.
The adrenal glands produce hormones that support the biochemical and physiological mechanisms for dealing with mental and physical stress, and also secrete chemicals involved in nutrient metabolism and energy production. Chronic anxiety, nervous tension, and other types of stress may lead to an excess production of cortisol, a hormone involved in the stress response. Excess intake of stimulants such as caffeine and sugar can exacerbate stress and lead to adrenal “fatigue.” The constant stimulation of the adrenal glands may eventually result in an abnormal stress response, low energy, and poor immune function.
The adrenal glands rely on a variety of nutrients to support their function and produce the hormones that support the response to physical and emotional stress. These include tyrosine, which is required for the production of the adrenal hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). Vitamin B6 helps to protect the body from the negative effects of glucocorticoid hormones such as cortisol. Pantothenic acid and vitamin C have a supporting role in maintaining healthy adrenal gland function. The adaptogenic herbs Rhodiola rosea, Ashwagandha, and Eleuthero as well as the herbs Licorice root, Astragalus, Gotu Kola, and Schizandra all provide a synergistic effect by supporting normal, healthy adrenal function, supporting healthy cortisol and energy levels, managing the negative effects of stress on the body and contributing to an overall feeling of well-being.
As co-enzymes, the B vitamins are essential components in most major metabolic reactions. They play an important role in energy production, including the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. B vitamins are also important for blood cells, hormones, and nervous system function. As water-soluble substances, B vitamins are not generally stored in the body in any appreciable amounts. Thiamin and riboflavin are all essential coenzymes in energy production. Thiamin is converted quickly into thiamin pyrophosphate, which is required for glycolytic and Krebs cycle reactions. Thiamin also appears to be related to nerve impulse transmission. Riboflavin is a component of the coenzymes FAD and FMN, which are intermediates in many redox reactions, including energy production and cellular respiration reactions. Vitamin B-6 is a coenzyme in amino acid metabolism. It is necessary for the metabolism of homocysteine and the conversion of tryptophan into niacin. Vitamin B-6 dependent enzymes are also needed for the biosynthesis of many neurotransmitters, including serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Pantothenic acid is a component of coenzyme A and of phosphopantetheine, and is therefore essential for Krebs cycle operation. Vitamin A (retinol) is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for vision, growth, reproduction, cell division, and the integrity of the immune system. Zinc is an essential trace element involved in most major metabolic pathways. General signs of human zinc deficiency indicate that zinc has important functions in maintaining immune function, reproduction, healthy skin, and growth. Adrenal and spleen glandulars are added too for their supportive roles in stress management and immune health.
Alpha Lipoid Acid 300mg
Alpha-lipoic acid is a nutritional coenzyme that is involved in energy metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, has physiological functions in blood glucose disposal, and is able to scavenge a number of free radicals.
Body cells and tissues are threatened continuously by damage caused by toxic free radicals and reactive oxygen species (e.g., peroxides) which are produced during normal oxygen metabolism, and by toxic agents in the environment. Free radicals, once formed, are capable of disrupting metabolic activity and cell structure. When this occurs, additional free radicals are produced which, in turn, can result in more extensive damage to cells and tissues. The uncontrolled production of free radicals is thought to be a major contributing factor to many degenerative diseases.
Alpha-lipoic acid is unique among biological antioxidants, because it is soluble in both water and lipids. This allows it to neutralize free radicals just about everywhere in the body, inside and outside the cells. Due to its unique sulfur-containing structure, alpha-lipoic acid can scavenge several types of free radicals, such as the highly reactive hydroxyl, and singlet oxygen free radicals. It is also capable of suppressing the generation of free radicals in the first place, since alpha-lipoic acid chelates transition metals, such as iron and copper. Because alpha-lipoic acid is involved in so many different antioxidant functions in virtually all body tissues, it has been called the universal antioxidant. Besides being a universal free radical scavenger, alpha-lipoic acid can also recharge other antioxidant systems throughout the body. As mentioned earlier, it can extend the activity of vitamins C and E. In addition, alpha-lipoic acid can also regenerate glutathione.
Berberine Support with Alpha Lipoid Acid & Grape Seed Extract
Berberine is a naturally occurring alkaloid and a primary constituent of several plants including barberry, goldenseal and phellodendron. Recent studies indicate that berberine is a helpful supplement for maintaining cardiometabolic health and is considered safe and effective. Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism in vitro and in vivo. In vivo and in vitro experiments have also shown blood pressure support and vasorelaxatory effects of berberine. It seems that berberine acts on both the endothelium and the underlying vascular smooth muscle to induce vasorelaxation via multiple cellular mechanisms. Berberine has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to provide antioxidant activity, immune system support and proper microbial balance.
Quatrefolic®, a proprietary ingredient, is the glucosamine salt of (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate. It is structurally analogous to the reduced and active form of folic acid. Because of its active form, Quatrefolic® represents greater stability, higher water solubility and multiple ingredient flexibility when compared to the calcium salt type.
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is the natural form of the potent antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). It supports cardiovascular health through supporting recycling of other antioxidants and through supporting normal blood lipid regulation. R-Lipoic Acid, though is more bioavailable, meaning it will offer better support for normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that supplementation with Alpha Lipoic Acid maypossibly support the body’s ability to facilitate hepatic HDL biosynthesis.
LeucoSelect® PhytosomeTM (Grape Seed Extract) is a proprietary technology consisting of low molecular weight grape seed extract combined with phosphatidylcholine. LeucoSelect® supports cardiovascular health and free radical neutralization in a highly bioavailable complex.
BioDIM® I-3-C Complex Hormonal Balance for Men & Women*
BioDIM® I-3-C Complex is a unique formulation that helps support the normal metabolic pathways of hormones in both men and women. Included in the formulation are diindolylmethane or DIM a plant compound that supports healthy estrogen metabolism in both men and women. Studies have demonstrated that DIM and I-3-C have been found to support normal apoptosis to help the body regulate defective cells. Indole-3-Carbinol (I-3-C) supports cellular health. It has been shown to support a shift in estrogen metabolism towards less estrogenic metabolites, thus reducing the risk of estrogen sensitivities. Because I-3-C helps to maintain healthy hormonal balance for both men and women, it may provide support for the health of the breast, prostate, and other reproductive organs. Indole-3-Carbinol occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, collard greens and kale. Vitamin D3 is essential for the formation, growth, and repair of bones and for normal calcium absorption and immune function. It also supports cellular differentiation and supports normal apoptosis.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells. Defective cells are believed to result from oxidative damage to DNA caused by free radicals. Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals. Calcium D-Glucarate helps to support the glucuronidation detoxification pathway. Glucuronidation enables the body to rid itself of foreign elements including xenoestrogens, pollutants and toxins. It is a process by with glucuronic acid is conjugated to various toxins in the liver so that they can be excreted through the bile or urine. It also removes “used” hormonesand synthetic hormones from the body. Glucuronidation is a major means of converting most drugs, steroids, andmany toxic and “environmental” substances to metabolitesthat can be excreted in the urine or bile.
Green tea extract comes from the tea plant, Camelia sinensis, which is an excellent source of potent polyphenols/bioflavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties. Research has identified the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg) as the most active agent in green tea. HMRlignan, a standardized lignan extract, provides powerful antioxidant protection, helps protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals, and is beneficial in supporting healthy hormonal balance. Trans-Resveratrol is the active form of resveratrol. It is a natural polyphenol with powerful antioxidant activity thatsupports the body’s ability to protect its cells against dangerous free radicals that can contribute to prostate problems. Studies with resveratrol indicate that this polyphenol inhibits the activity of aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.
Bone Health Support with Ipriflavone, Soy & Calcium
The process of building and maintaining bone structure involves numerous biochemical and physiological processes. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are the two primary types of bone cells involved in maintaining skeletal structure. Osteoblasts are responsible for bone mineralization (building new bone). Osteoclasts are responsible for secreting acid and enzymes that helpdissolve “old” bone tissue into calcium and othercomponents, some of which may be reused by the body. This process is known as “resorption.” The balance of building and breaking down bone, involves a complex interplay between various nutrients, hormones, and other biochemicals. Bone Health Support is designed to provide the structural components, as well as help support the complex processes involved in building and maintaining strong, healthy bone structure. This formula provides important structural nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and silica. Other important ingredients such as vitamins D and K help to maintain serum concentrations of calcium and facilitate the production of proteins critical for calcium incorporation into bone. Studies demonstrate the need for the trace mineral boron to support the processes involved in building healthy bone. Ipriflavone, an isoflavone, may inhibit bone resorption and help support healthy bone density. It slows down the action of the osteoclasts, possibly allowing the osteoblasts to build up bone mass.
Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg Long Acting
As coenzymes (biological compounds that help enzymes carry out chemical reactions), B-vitamins are essential nutrients involved in most metabolic reactions. They play an important role in energy production, particularly in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. These essential nutrients are also important for the production of healthy cells, hormones, neurotransmitters and other vital compounds. They are needed for healthy nerve, heart, brain, muscle and other important cell/tissue function. The B-vitamins are water-soluble, and therefore, not stored to any significant extent in the body. This is why we need to ensure adequate intakes of these nutrients on a daily basis. Due to the excess consumption of refined and processed foods, the average person does not consume optimal amounts of these nutrients. Vitamin B-Complex provides high amounts of these essential vitamins. The nutrients are in a sustained released tablet, which binds the nutrients in a special matrix to allow the slow release of B-vitamins over an extended period of time.
Calcium & Magnesium Citrates
The adult human body contains approximately 1,200 g of calcium, about 99% of which is present in the skeleton. Bone is constantly turning over, a continuous process of formation and resorption, carried on by the osteoblasts and osteoclasts bone cells. In children and adolescents, the rate of formation of bone mineral predominates over the rate of resorption. In later life, resorption predominates over formation. Therefore, in normal aging, there is a gradual loss of bone.
Osteoporosis, a condition of reduced bone mineral density that can increase risk of fractures, affects a large proportion of the elderly in developed countries. Caucasian and Asian women typically have low peak bone densities, and therefore, are at the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. It is generally accepted that obtaining enough dietary calcium throughout life can significantly decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis. Among other factors, such as regular exercise, gender and race, calcium supplementation during childhood and adolescence appears to be a prerequisite for maintaining adequate bone density later in life. But even elderly osteoporotic patients can benefit significantly from supplementation with dietary calcium.
Calcium & Magnesium Citrates provides a highly beneficial source of dietary calcium together with other nutrients that assist in the maintenance of healthy bone structure and function. Vitamin D3 effectively raises blood levels of Vitamin D, a nutrient that helps support calcium absorption, and reduces the amount of calcium lost from bone resorption. Vitamin K helps activate specific proteins that bind to calcium and help maintain normal, healthy levels of essential trace mineral required for various hormonal processes that impact bone health and further supports the functions of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D. Betaine hydrochloride is added to the formulation for its ability to help contribute to a lower pH environment which is conducive to calcium absorption.
Calcium & Magnesium Plus with Boron & Vitamin D
The adult human body contains approximately 1,200 g of calcium, about 99% of which is present in the skeleton, and 20-30 g of magnesium with about 60% located in bone. The process of building and maintaining bone structure involves numerous biochemical and physiological processes. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are the two primary types of bone cells involved in maintaining skeletal structure. Osteoblasts are responsible for bone mineralization (building new bone). Osteoclasts are responsible for secreting acid and enzymes that helpdissolve “old” bone tissue into calcium and othercomponents, some of which may be reused by the body. This process is known as “resorption”. In children and adolescents, the rate of formation of bone mineral predominates over the rate of resorption. In later life, resorption predominates over formation. Therefore, in normal aging, there is a gradual loss of bone. It is generally accepted that obtaining enough dietary calcium throughout life can significantly decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis. Among other factors, such as regular exercise, gender, and race, calcium supplementation during childhood and adolescence appears to be a prerequisite for maintaining adequate bone density later in life. But even elderly osteoporotic patients can benefit significantly from supplementation with dietary calcium. Other nutrients like boron, an essential trace mineral, is required for various hormonal process that impact bone health, and helps support the functions of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.
Children’s Chewable Multivitamin with Acidophilus
Numerous studies demonstrate that many American children do not meet the recommended intake for mostvitamins and minerals. Children’s Chewable Multiple Vitamin is designed to help children meet their requirements for essential nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, D3, folate, and B-12. The minerals inChildren’s Chewable Multiple Vitamin are chelated forenhanced absorption. Lactobacillus acidophilus has been added to the product to support GI and immune health. The higher levels of vitamin C and zinc provides added support for the immune system, growth and development as well as antioxidant protection. The sugar alcohol xylitol does not promote tooth decay. In fact the presence of xylitol offers an additional benefit in that xylitol has beenshown to support ear health in children. Children’sChewable Multiple Vitamin is a vegetarian product and appropriate for children utilizing a vegetarian diet.
Children’s Acidophilus Grape Flavor
The average child consumes a diet of highly processed, refined, high fat, high sugar, and low fiber foods that are often deficient in essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, etc.). This type of diet may lead to poor gastrointestinal and immune health. When you combine a poor diet with medications such as antibiotics,the natural balance of “healthy” bacteria becomes compromised. The gastrointestinal tract consists of over 100 trillion bacteria from about 500 different strains. Mostof these bacteria are beneficial “healthy” bacteria thatprovide significant health benefits including suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria, helping support digestion and absorption of essential nutrients, maintaining the overall health of the intestinal tract and supporting healthy immune function. Children’s Acidophilus contains threeof the best probiotic strains for children, in amounts that will help support and nurture healthy digestive and immune system function. The probiotic strains in this supplement were chosen because of their ability to survive the acidic environment of the stomach and shelf stability (does not require refrigeration).
Chromium Picolinate 200 mcg
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that potentiates insulin action and thus influences carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. The biologically active form of chromium, sometimes called glucose tolerance factor(GTF), occurs naturally in brewer’s yeast. GTF has been proposed to be a complex of chromium, nicotinic acid (vitamin B-3), and possibly the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Although many attempts have been made to isolate or synthesize natural GTF, none have been entirely successful. Adequate chromium nutrition is essential for the formation of GTF and subsequent control of blood glucose levels.
Studies have shown that supplemental chromium may be useful for the maintenance of healthy blood sugar. Chromium appears to act by increasing insulin binding, insulin receptor numbers, and rate of insulin receptor phosphorylation. Chromium absorption is typically less than 2% efficient and variable depending on its chemical form. Studies have demonstrated that chromium picolinate has a bioavailability comparable to that of chromium polynicotinate, and higher than that of chromium chloride. Tissues retain anywhere from 2 to 8 times more chromium from chromium picolinate compared to chromium chloride. The typical dietary chromium intake in the U.S. can vary considerably depending on eating habits. Meats and unrefined whole grain cereal products, especially bran, are good sources of chromium. However, most self- selected diets contain less than 50 mcg per day, which is below the minimum of the Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake established by the National Research Council, Food and Nutrition Board. Chromium requirements may be increased with high intake of refined carbohydrates and simple sugars, strenuous physical exercise or work, infection, or physical trauma.
CoEnzyme Q10 100mg
Co-Enzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) is an important rate limiting cofactor in the mitochondrial electron transport chain, the biochemical pathway in cellular respiration from which adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy used by the body, is derived. Since cellular activities are dependent upon energy, co-enzyme Q10 is crucial for the efficient functioning of nearly every cell. In addition to its well-established function as a component of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, co-enzyme Q10 has in recent years acquired increasing attention regarding its antioxidant properties. Co-Enzyme Q10 occurs in all cellular membranes as well as in blood serum and in serum lipoproteins. As a lipid-soluble antioxidant, coenzyme Q10 efficiently protects membrane phospholipids and serum low-density lipoproteins from lipid peroxidation. And, as recent data indicate, it also protects mitochondrial membrane proteins and DNA from free radical induced oxidative damage. These effects of co-enzyme Q10 are independent of those of other antioxidants, such as vitamin E; although co- enzyme Q10 can also extend the functions of vitamin E by regenerating it from its oxidized form. Tissue co-enzyme Q10 levels are regulated through the mevalonate pathway, increasing with various forms of oxidative stress, and decreasing during aging. Related to its antioxidant properties, co-enzyme Q10 is important for normal immune function. This has been shown in a number of experimental and clinical studies.
Healthy people have the ability to synthesize adequate amounts of co-enzyme Q10. According to Dr. Karl Folkers and other researchers, humans can synthesize co- enzyme Q10 from the amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine and mevalonic acid, all of which are abundant in the body. However, the synthesis is a complex process involving 15 separate steps which require many enzymes, nutritional mineral cofactors, and vitamin coenzymes. As a result, the biosynthesis of co-enzyme Q10 in the human body requires a good diet – one that is high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrient factors. Yet, it has been shown by NHANES I and II studies that many Americans do not consume an adequate diet. Rather, for many, dietary intake of water soluble vitamins, vitamin A, and some minerals and trace elements is insufficient. Many of these nutrients are essential for the biosynthesis of co-enzyme Q10. Thus, it is not surprising that the nutritional status of co-enzyme Q10 tends to decline with advancing age. In addition, it has been shown that in disease states, nutrients from food sources may not be readily absorbed or bioavailable. According to Folkers and other experts, co-enzyme Q10 should be considered an essential nutrient, as it is well established that coenzyme Q10 is essential for the health of every cell in the human body.
DHEA Micronized 25 mg
DHEA Dehydroepiandrosterone 50 mg
DHEA is a natural steroid hormone that is synthesized from cholesterol through pregnenolone by the adrenal glands. DHEA acts as an antagonist for glucocorticosteroid hormones and is the parent precursor for other important steroid hormones, such as estradiol and other estrogens, and testosterone. While not a precursor to progesterone, DHEA can indirectly influence progesterone synthesis through a feedback mechanism whereby pregnenolone is converted to progesterone based on DHEA levels. Apart from these functions, DHEA also has important biological functions itself. Recent experimental and human studies show that DHEA is involved in a large variety of physiological processes, including immune function, brain function, bone metabolism, blood lipid metabolism, energy metabolism, the regulation of normal blood sugar and insulin levels, and the maintenance of lean body mass. DHEA and its metabolite DHEA sulfate are present in human adult plasma in concentrations of 0.01-0.02 μM and 5 to 7 μM,respectively. DHEA sulfate levels are low in early childhood, begin to rise after age 7, peak at age 20-24, and then drop at a rate of approximately 20% per decade, until at age 85-90, levels are 10-15% of what they used to be at age 20-30. DHEA levels also decline under a variety of conditions of physiological stress, such as acute and chronic infections, and trauma. Vegetarians have been shown to have decreased DHEA levels as well.
Each capsule of Diet Support delivers 250 mg of (-)hydroxycitric acid from 500 mg of a high-quality, standardized Garcinia cambogia extract. This natural extract comes from a tropical fruit grown in several Asian rain forest areas. Research shows that (-)hydroxycitric acid helps maintain a healthy balance of hepatic lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis, thus preventing excessive conversion of glucose from dietary carbohydrate into body fat. Further, research indicates that (-)hydroxycitric acid plays an important role in the regulation of normal appetite. Unlike many commonly used diet ingredients, (-)hydroxycitric acid is not a central nervous stimulant.
Chromium is also provided at a significant level by Diet Support. This essential trace mineral potentiates insulin action and thus influences carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. In its biologically active form, sometimescalled glucose tolerance factor (GTF) from brewer’syeast, chromium is associated with nicotinic acid (vitamin B-3). Chromium polynicotinate closely resembles thebrewer’s yeast GTF in both biological activity andchemical composition as it also contains chromium associated with nicotinic acid. Chromium polynicotinate is yeast-free and has documented high bioavailability. The typical dietary chromium intake in the U.S. can vary considerably depending on eating habits. Most self- selected diets contain less than 50 mcg per day, which is below the minimum of the Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake established by the National Research Council, Food and Nutrition Board.
Digestive Enzymes with Betaine
The pancreas supplies the major digestive enzymes that catalyze the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein so that the breakdown products can be absorbed in the upper small intestine. Although fat digestion starts in the mouth with salivary lipase, most triglycerides are digested by pancreatic lipase, which is secreted by the exocrine pancreas into the duodenum of the intestine. Pancreatic lipase cleaves triglycerides into monoglycerides and free fatty acids, which are efficiently absorbed in the upper small intestine.
Some carbohydrate digestion takes place in the mouth by salivary amylase, but pancreatic amylase is the major carbohydrate-digesting enzyme. It breaks down starches into maltose and maltotriose, which are further hydrolyzed into glucose by the disaccharidases of the mucosal cells, and then absorbed. Protein digestion is initiated in the stomach by pepsin and hydrochloric acid, which denature and divide large proteins into smaller polypeptides. The addition of betaine in this formulation helps existing stomach acid better digest proteins as they enter the stomach. The pancreatic proteinases, trypsin and chymotrypsin, break down these polypeptides into free amino acids, and di-or tri-peptides, which are directly absorbed by the intestinal mucosa.
Digestive Enzymes with Betaine provides high levels of catalytically active pancreatic enzymes that are specific for fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Bromelain acts to help prevent allergens from crossing the gastrointestinal tract, and assists in the breakdown of large macromolecular protein complexes. This reduces the chance that these complexes will leave the stomach untouched or in large fractions retaining their recognizable antigenic form that could pass through gastric or intestinal lesions thereby inducing an allergenic response.
Digestive Enzymes Vegetarian
The digestion of food involves a complex system of organs, hormones, and enzymes. Many people have difficulty digesting foods, particularly as they age. The incomplete or partial digestion of food can lead to uncomfortable side effects. Many of those side effects are quite clear: intestinal gas, bloating, cramping, heartburn, and diarrhea. However, effects such as overall poor utilization of food and ultimate nutrient deficiencies are not as clear. Digestive Enzymes (Vegetarian) is a comprehensive enzyme formula targeting the complete digestion of food. All 15 enzymes in the formula are derived from non-animal sources making Digestive Enzymes (Vegetarian) suitable for those individuals aspiring to a vegetarian diet. The formulation includes three types of protease enzymes which are active at pH levels of 6.0, 4.5, and 3.0. Also included are amylase, malt diastase, and glucoamylase which aid in the digestion of starches such as pasta and potatoes. Lactase, invertase, and alpha-galactosidase help to digest table sugar and the sugars in vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Cellulase and CereCalase help to break down the cell walls of grains, fruits, and vegetables. Finally, lipase enzyme is included to help with the digestion of fats.
Vitamin D3 1,000 IU
Vitamin D3 5,000 IU
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is anessential vitamin that plays many important roles in the proper functioning of the body. Though classified as a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a key regulatory hormone for calcium and bone metabolism. Adequate vitamin D status is essential for ensuring normal calcium absorption and maintenance of healthy plasma calcium levels. Besides bone support, vitamin D has many other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function and inflammatory support.
Numerous scientists now feel that supplementation with vitamin D at levels greater than previously thought necessary is critical to helping maintain healthy bone remodeling and healthy vitamin D plasma levels.
Even though the human body can manufacture vitamin D under ideal circumstances, there is strong evidence that much of the American population suffers from a deficiency of the nutrient. This means that supplementation may be important.
Essentials MultiVitamin and Mineral Without Iron
Oftentimes it is difficult to meet the recommended daily requirements for all essential nutrients. Taking a comprehensive multivitamin/mineral formula on a daily basis is one way to ensure you receive all of the essential vitamins and minerals that are critical for maintaining health and wellness. Essentials MultiVitamin & Mineral / No Iron provides high potencies of B-complex vitamins to support energy production, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well as the production of healthy new cells, hormones, and other important biochemicals. B- complex vitamins are essential for the health of the cardiovascular and nervous systems and also serve as cofactors for antioxidant production and cell signaling processes. High potencies of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E support immune health, skin and bone health, and provide antioxidant protection. In addition, Essentials MultiVitamin & Mineral / No Iron utilizes chelated minerals, which have greater absorption and bioavailability than non-chelated minerals.
Essentials Plus with Iron
Essentials Plus with Iron uses only the purest, most hypoallergenic ingredients, and contains no yeast, corn, wheat, sugar or other sweeteners, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Every batch is expiration dated to guarantee to provide a minimum of 100% of label claim for all ingredients up to the date printed on the label.
Studies have shown that a high percentage of adults and children in North America and other developed countries consume less than the minimum daily allowance of 10 or more essential nutrients. Adequate amounts and proper balances of these nutrients are need not only for maintaining good health, but also for the dietary management and presentation of chronic disease. Essentials Plus with Iron has been carefully developed to contain potent amounts of essential nutrients, such as beta carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins due to their vital roles in antioxidant protection, energy protection and maintenance of healthy blood cells, nervous system, hormonal balance and more. Minerals and elements are provides in their safest and most bioavailable forms such as amino acid chelates.
Essential Minerals with Trace Elements
Like vitamins, minerals are essential nutrients only obtained from our diet. They play a variety of roles including structural (such as calcium in bones), enzyme reactions (magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions) and synthesis (such as iron’s role in red blood cell production). Although they are essential to health, recent studies conclude that most people fail to meet the recommended requirement for minerals. Therefore, supplementing with all essential minerals in one complete formula ensures adequate daily intake. Essential Minerals utilizes chelated minerals, which have greater absorption and bioavailability than non-chelated minerals. To facilitate absorption, utilization and retention of calcium and phosphorus, vitamin D is added to Essential Minerals. Betaine chloride provides an environment for enhanced absorption of minerals.
Essentials Performance MultiVitamin and Mineral
A multivitamin and mineral formula is “insurance” to helpmeet your daily requirements for essential nutrients. However, most multivitamins lack the important phytochemicals, biomolecules, and enzymes found in food and shown to play important roles in health. Even a healthy intake of fruits and vegetables may not contain the concentration of these compounds found in a supplement. Add to this the stress of everyday life, poor diets, and processed food, and it becomes apparent that a multivitamin/mineral formula combined with a food base is essential.
Eye Health with Lutein and Lycopene
Numerous studies indicate that lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid and other nutrients may be important in preserving and maintaining healthy eyes, especially as we age. Large scale trials are underway to more accurately determine the exact roles that these nutrients play in supporting eye health in general and macular health specifically. Eye Health has been specifically formulated to provide eye structure and function support as well as antioxidant support.
Quercetin and Rutin are antioxidants that help support capillary integrity and work with Vitamin C to decrease bruising of the small capillaries in the eye. Rutin has been associated with maintaining healthy ocular pressure within the eye. Quercetin helps support histamine levels within normal ranges to help maintain eye health. Bilberry helps with the formation and maintenance of connective tissues within the eye, has beneficial effects on microcirculation, assists in strengthening capillaries in the eye and protects the macula. Eyebright is an herb that improves microcirculation to the retina and helps maintain eye moisture and pressure. L-Taurine is essential for maintaining the structural integrity of the retina. If Taurine is depleted, rapid photoreceptor degeneration can result. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are antioxidants that support ocular health by inhibiting free radical reactions in the eye and by supporting the thickness of macular pigment. Lutein is found in high concentrations in the retina and macula of the eye. Lutein also helps protect the lens of the eye from the damaging effects of UV sunlight. Finally, Vitamin B- 12 helps nerve function by supporting the myelin sheath, which insulates nerves such as the optic nerve.
For antioxidant support Eye Health incorporates Alpha Lipoic Acid, an antioxidant that is both fat and water- soluble and can extend the biochemical life of other antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E and L-Glutathione. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that is converted in the body to Vitamin A, which is essential to the protection and function of the retina of the eye. Lycopene is a phytonutrient that has powerful antioxidants to help maintain optimal eye health. L-Glutathione is the key antioxidant in the lens. Its major function is to protect the lens from ultraviolet radiation which over time can cause clouding. The production of Glutathione in the lens declines with age. Vitamins C & E are antioxidants that support circulation and the structures of the eye. Finally, Selenium, Zinc and Riboflavin are nutrients necessary for supporting antioxidants such as glutathione and super oxide dismutase.
Flax Seed Oil
Typical diets in developed countries deliver large amounts of saturated fatty acids and the polyunsaturated omega-6 linoleic and arachidonic acids and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Throughout evolution, humans were accustomed to diets providing roughly equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. However, during the last 200 years, the ration of dietary omega-6:omega:3 fatty acids increased from about 1:1 to 20-25:1. Leading health professionals now recommend ratios between 4:1 and 10:1. A healthy balance of dietary omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids appears to be a prerequisite for normal immune function. Dietary linoleic acid (18:2 omega-6) is a precursor to arachidonic acid (20:4) which in turn is a precursor for pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4, and platelet aggregating thromboxane A2. The omega-3 fatty acid ALA provides a natural counterbalance, because it is metabolized to the long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which serve as precursors for the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins E1 and E3, and decrease the formation of prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2. Among other factors, sufficient dietary levels of ALA and other omega-3 fatty acids are also important for healthy mucous membranes, skin and hair, and serve as precursors for steroid production and hormone synthesis.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin Plus with Vitamin C and Bromelain
Joint disease, mainly osteoarthritis is a potentially debilitating condition that affects the soft tissue matrixthat “cushions” our joints. To help support the structuralintegrity of joint cartilage, glucosamine and chondroitin offer significant benefits. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are both integral components of healthy joint tissue and are the forms that have been used in the major clinical trials. Glucosamine sulfate helps support the production, and limit the breakdown of proteoglycans, a class of compounds that make up the cartilage matrix of joint tissue.
Chondroitin sulfate has been shown to support the structural matrix of joints as well as the production of hyaluronic acid (major component of synovial fluid whichkeeps joints “lubricated” and moving freely).
Chondroitin sulfate may also help limit chondrocytes from producing enzymes and other compounds that stimulate the breakdown of the cartilage matrix of joint tissue. To help support healthy cartilage, manganese and vitamin C are added because they are essential for the production of the collagen matrix that helps support the structural integrity of cartilage.
Glucosamine & MSM (RF)
Glucosamine is a neutrally occurring amino sugar found in glycosaminoglycans, integral components of the proetoglycans found in joint cartilage. Proteoglycans are large carbohydrate rich structures that provide resiliency, load distribution, shock-absorbing, compressive and lubricating properties to joints and connective tissues. The availability of glucosamine is an integral part of the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans that are necessary during the constant remodeling that aging cartilage undergoes. Thus, the maintenance of healthy aging cartilage may be improved with enhanced deposition of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans.
Dietary glucosamine serves as an immediate precursor for glycosaminoglycan synthesis, and also stimulates incorporation of other precursors into the connective tissue matrix. Bioavailability of oral glucosamine sulfate is excellent. It is absorbed intact, and utilized very quickly by all tissues, including connective tissues. Glucosamine sulfate is more efficiently used for connective tissue metabolism than other glucosamine sources, such as cartilage extracts or chondroitin sulfate. In summary, glucosamine sulfate is a well-recognized, highly effective source of glucosamine for glycosaminoglycan and proteoglycan synthesis in all connective tissues, such as cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin, and bone.
MSM, a derivative of DMSO, is a naturally occurring compound of biologically available sulfur, an indispensable element in human nutrition. As part of the amino acids methionine and cysteine, sulfur is required for the structural integrity and function of almost every protein in the body, as well as the glycosaminoglycans of cartilage and other connective tissue. Dietary MSM serves as a versatile donor of metabolically active sulfur for the synthesis of numerous organosulfur compounds and proteins in the body. As such, MSM helps maintain normal immune response, lung function, connective tissue metabolism, and muscle contraction. MSM occurs naturally in a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, milk, and fish. MSM is very well absorbed by the intestinal tract and rapidly distributed within the body.
Green Tea-70 High Concentration EGCG
Green Tea comes from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, which is an excellent source of potent polyphenols (bioflavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties). The four primary polyphenols in Green Tea are epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin and epigallocatechin- 3-gallate (EGCG). Research has identified EGCG as the most active agent in Green Tea. Green Tea-70 is a unique formula in that it contains the highest percentage of EGCG currently in the market. Each 500mg capsule of Green Tea-70 is standardized to contain 70% or 350 mg of EGCG per 500mg capsule. Most other products provide 35-40% EGCG.
EGCG is an important nutrient that supports a wide range of systems in the body. EGCG supports liver health as well as detoxification and elimination functions. Green Tea may increase the activity of antioxidants and detoxifying enzymes within the small intestine, liver and lungs. EGCG helps to support cholesterol levels within normal ranges and balances the ratios of HDL and LDL cholesterol. Research has shown that EGCG supports the activity of B-Cells to produce higher antibody response and immune activity of the T-Cells and macrophages. And numerous studies have demonstrated the ability of EGCG to prevent the proliferation and growth of virus cells.
EGCG is shown to support skin health by recycling aged cells and supporting new cell growth. It offers antioxidant support against the free radicals that attack collagen (theskin’s structural protein) and decreases the activity of theenzyme that breaks down collagen to help keep skin firm and healthy. EGCG may also support metabolism due to its thermogenic effect and helps to maintain normal blood insulin levels. EGCG supports the burning of fats and helps control appetite, which helps to support weight loss and weight management.
Hair, Skin & Nails (RF)
The key to healthy skin, lustrous hair, and strong nails is to build them from the inside out utilizing key nutrients. The Hair, Skin, and Nails (RF), is designed to help support healthy hair, skin, and nails by providing the widest range of essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The body then incorporates these nutrients in a series of complex biochemical and physiological processes which result in healthier hair, skin, and nails. The true strength and quality of the hair, skin, and nails is built from inside the body out.
Hair, Skin, and Nails (RF) helps support the production of specialized proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin: all important structural components. Included in the formulation are vitamin C, copper, and zinc, which are all essential for the synthesis and repair of collagen: important for healthy, strong, vibrant skin. Zinc has been shown to be helpful for cell growth, repair, and function, particularly in the cells of the skin. This formulation is rich in sulfur-containing ingredients, such as MSM, L- cysteine, and methionine; all of which help contribute to the strength and stability of the underlying structure of hair, skin, nails, and other body tissue. Important in the formulation is biotin, one of the B-complex vitamins, essential for the metabolism of fatty acids, nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy hair and soft, moist skin. Hair, Skin, and Nails (RF) contains powerful antioxidants vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium, all of which help protect the skin against harmful UV light damage and other sources of oxidative or free radical damage. Finally, this formulation contains Horsetail extract, which provides silicon, an important structural component of skin, hair, and nails.
Immune Health Support
There are many factors that can challenge a healthy immune system including, stress, exposure to toxic compounds, allergies, bacteria, viruses, irregular sleeping patterns and a poor diet. The immune system is very complicated and is comprised of many highly specialized immune cells, each of which play various roles in maintaining and regulating normal, healthy immune function. Vitamins, such as vitamin C, A B-6, B12 and folic acid and minerals like zinc play an essential role in the immune response and the health of the thymus gland where T lymphocytes mature and become active. Echinacea helps “activate” the immune system andstimulate certain immune cells that are critical to maintaining overall health. It also helps keep the respiratory system healthy when challenged, particularly during winter months. The mushrooms maitake, shiitake, and reishi are rich in polysaccharide compounds known as beta-glucans, which have been shown to stimulate important immune cells. Quercetin is a strong antioxidant and helps provide support for healthy levels of histamine; a chemical involved in cold and allergy-related symptoms. The active compound in goldenseal, berberine, has shown antibiotic and antifungal properties and the sulphur compounds found in garlic have been researched for their immune-supporting properties. Ligustrum is used in traditional Chinese medicine and shown to help support immune function in immune-compromised subjects.
InflamMove is a blend of standardized botanical extracts and enzymes which work together to help support thebody’s natural inflammatory responses. The combinedaction of these ingredients helps support and protect thebody’s connective tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, andcartilage. Featured in the formulation of this product are:
Boswellia serrata extract: Purified oleoresin from the Boswellia serrata tree, native to India, contains boswellic acids, which have been shown to be responsible for the tissue-protective actions of this extract. Boswellic acids appear to act by inhibiting leukotrienes, a class ofmediators of the body’s inflammatory response. Boswellicacids are reported to increase blood supply to joint tissues, thereby preventing decline of cartilage synthesis. The extract from Boswellia serrata resin is standardized to a minimum of 40% boswellic acids.
Turmeric root extract: Curcumin is the yellow pigment contained in turmeric, a popular culinary spice from India. In addition to imparting a characteristic color and flavor to foods, curcumin has potent antioxidant properties and beneficial action on tissue health. Like boswellic acids, curcumin inhibits mediators of the inflammatory response, including thromboxanes and leukotrienes. As an antioxidant, curcumin protects against oxidative damage. Additionally, there is evidence that curcumin maystrengthen the body’s natural anti-inflammatory responses.
Devil’s Claw extract: The tubers of this South Africanplant are rich in iridoid glycosides, in particular harpagosides. The harpagosides benefit connective tissue metabolism by supporting natural immune response to inflammation.
The inclusion of White Willow bark extract, Ginger rhizome extract, and a proprietary enzyme/herbal blend even further enhance the effectiveness of this product in supporting the body’s natural inflammatory responses.
Iron 25mg as Amino Acid Chelate & Gluconate
Iron is one of the most abundant metals in the universe. It is also one of the most useful in biochemical functions. In the human body, iron is present in all cells and has several vital functions-as a carrier of oxygen to the tissues from the lungs in the form of hemoglobin (Hb), as a facilitator of oxygen use and storage in the muscles as myoglobin, as a transport medium for electrons within the cells in the form of cytochromes, and as an integral part of enzyme reactions in various tissues. Too little iron can interfere with these vital functions and lead to morbidity and mortality. Iron plays a role in hundreds of enzymatic reactions including those involving neurotransmitter synthesis, energy production, collagen synthesis, antioxidant support and nitric oxide synthesis.
Low iron levels in the blood are the most common and most prevalent mineral deficiency. Iron deficiency can be a very difficult diagnosis, since the symptoms such as lethargy, tiredness and dizziness, are non-specific and can be found in a variety of ailments. However, people who are most at risk, including menstruating and pregnant women, athletes, and vegetarians may have difficulty getting adequate iron supplies from their food sources alone. Chelated forms of iron have been shown in studies to be better absorbed and lead to higher blood and tissue iron levels without some of the common GI-associated side effects.
Joint Health Support*
Articular cartilage is the smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. Healthy cartilage makes it easier to move by allowing the bones to glide over each other with very little friction. Cartilage is slow to regenerate and despite its toughness, normal wear and tear and inflammation can outpace repair, leading to pain and limited range of motion. Proper nutrition can, however support healthy joint function and several nutrients have been studied for their efficacy. These are included in this Joint Health Support formula. To help support the structural integrity of joint cartilage, glucosamine and chondroitin offer significant benefits. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are both integral components of healthy joint tissue and are the forms that have been used in the major clinical trials. Glucosamine sulfate helps support the production, and limit the breakdown of proteoglycans, a class of compounds that make up the cartilage matrix of joint tissue. Chondroitin sulfate has been shown to support the structural matrix of joints as well as the production of hyaluronic acid (major component of synovial fluid which keeps joints“lubricated” and moving freely).
Chondroitin sulfate may also help limit chondrocytes from producing enzymes and other compounds that stimulate the breakdown of the cartilage matrix of joint tissue. OptiMSM® is the purest and most bioavailable MSM on the market. MSM is a source of the mineral sulfur which plays a significant role in formation and retention of healthy cartilage and other types of connective tissue. MSM may also help support a normal, healthy inflammatory response. Standardized boswellia can effectively inhibit pathways involved in the inflammatory process and support healthy joint function. Herbal preparations of turmeric, quercetin, grape seed extract and ginger contain powerful antioxidants that reduce free radicals that are found in inflamed joints and contribute to cartilage degradation. Other nutrients like vitamin C, manganese and L-proline facilitate cartilage synthesis.
Vitamin K2 (All Natural Source)
Vitamin K was originally discovered as the anti-hemorrhagic factor, but it now encompasses a variety of physiological processes. The major source of vitamin K in most diets is phylloquinone (vitamin K1), which is present in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and kale. Vitamin K2 is present in small amounts in fermented foods, milk products, cheese, and meat, and is synthesized by various human gut microbiota. It is well documented that the Western population obtains insufficient vitamin K from their regular diets, possibly related to poor absorption from these foods.
Beyond blood clotting, the role of vitamin K in osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease is related to calcium utilization. Scientific studies have revealed that vitamin K plays a crucial role in building and maintaining bone health, which is influenced by osteoblasts, osteoclasts, hormones, cytokines and nutritional factors, including vitamin K intake. Inadequate calcium metabolism can result in cardiovascular and bone health problems. The deposition of calcium into arteries is an organized, regulated process similar to bone formation that occurs when other factors are present. Proteins like osteocalcin and matrix Gla protein, which are actively involved in the transport of calcium out of vessel walls, are suspected to have key roles in coronary calcium deposition. The greater the amount of calcification, the greater the likelihood one may develop suboptimal coronary health.
Additionally, research shows under carboxylated osteocalcin and low vitamin K intakes are risk factors for fractures in women. Vitamin K is needed to activate osteocalcin (carboxylated), which functions to take calcium out of the vessels and deposit them into the bones. Therefore, consuming sufficient amounts of dietary calcium is not enough for bone and cardiovascular health; the body needs to distribute and utilize the calcium properly with aid of Vitamin K.
Vitamin K2 (as MK-7) is more bioactive and has proven more effective than vitamin K1 and other menaquinones. MK-7 showed eight times the half-life of vitamin K1 in a 24- hour serum concentration level after 1 mg of each form was ingested. Thus, MK-7 can be administered in low dosages only once a day, typically 1/1000 that of a MK-4 dose. Furthermore, the study showed better utilization and improvedosteocalcin carboxylation for MK-7 after 6 weeks. Numerous studies reveal long-chain menaquinones, such as MK-7 are more effective in supporting arterial health than vitamin K1 menaquinones.
Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is derived from geraniol and farnesol. Geraniol is the primary part of rose oil, palmarosa oil, and citronella oil. Farnesol is present in many essential oils such as citronella, lemon grass, rose, and musk. This natural form of MK-7 has been extensively tested for molecular identity and bioequivalence when compared to MK-7 from fermented soybeans (natto). It is the all-trans form, thus providing a significantly higher purity of the only biologically active form.
The amino acid glutamine plays a key role in the metabolism, structure, and function of the entire gastro- intestinal (GI) tract and its extensive immune system. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in blood, and is a vehicle for nitrogen transport. In muscle, lung and other tissues, glutamine is formed from glutamic acid and ammonia through amino acid breakdown. The GI tract, liver, and immune system use glutamine for the synthesis of nucleotides, proteins, and amino sugars. Glutamine also carries potentially toxic ammonia to the kidneys for excretion, which helps maintain normal acid- base balance.
Many clinical studies support the fact that dietary and endogenous glutamine is crucial in maintaining normal function of the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas. Glutamine helps maintain normal intestinal permeability, mucosal cell regeneration and structure, especially during periods of physiological stress.
The human intestinal tract removes as much as 12-13% of circulating blood glutamine in addition to the glutamine absorbed from dietary origin. Intestinal mucosal cells need glutamine as a nitrogen donor for the biosynthesis of a number of important compounds, including nucleotides needed for cell division, amino sugars for building the glycosaminoglycans of intestinal mucous, and many amino acids that are crucial for protein synthesis. During physiological stress, such as starvation, physical trauma, or surgery, the intestinal tract uses very large amounts of glutamine. This often results in a fall of blood glutamine, and skeletal muscle is broken down to supply more glutamine.
The immune cells of mucosa, mesentery and the liver depend on glutamine as a key nitrogen donor and energy source. During infections of intestinal origin, immunecells need more glutamine and the liver’s glutamineconsumption can rise about ten-fold. Just as in trauma or surgery, a strong immune response can result in lower blood glutamine levels and muscle wasting.
In summary, many clinical studies support the fact that dietary glutamine is crucial in maintaining normal function of the entire gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas. Glutamine helps maintain normal intestinal permeability, mucosal cell regeneration, and structure. At the same time, glutamine supports normal immune function of the gastrointestinal tract and the liver.
Amino acids have many functions in the body. They are the building blocks for all body proteins – structural proteins that build muscle, connective tissues, bones and other structures, and functional proteins in the form of thousands of metabolically active enzymes. Amino acids provide the body with the nitrogen that is essential for growth and maintenance of all tissues and structures. Proteins and amino acids also serve as a source of energy, providing about 4 calories per gram.
Aside from these general functions, individual amino acids also have specific functions in many aspects of human physiology and biochemistry.
Lysine is required for collagen cross-linking. Collagen cross-linking is important for resiliency and elasticity of the collagen and elastin present in all connective tissues and blood vessel walls. During formation of new collagen, fibroblasts secrete immature collagen strands and a vitamin C- and copper-requiring enzyme, lysyl oxidase. Lysyl oxidase oxidizes the free amino group of theimmature collagen’s lysyl side chains. Once oxidized,these lysyl side chains spontaneously engage in various reactions between collagen strands to bring about cross- linking. As a result, a complex network of collagen strands is formed, providing elasticity and resiliency.
Another important role of lysine is its precursor function for L-carnitine. L-carnitine is necessary for fatty acid metabolism and energy production in cardiac and skeletal muscle. It is involved in fatty acid oxidation as part of the carnitine shuttle. L-carnitine shuttles fatty acids from thecytosol (the cell fluid) into the mitochondria (the cell’spowerhouses) for oxidation and energy production.
Dietary lysine is present in the form of proteins, mainly from dairy and animal origin. Vegetarian diets tend to provide little lysine, because vegetable proteins, including legumes, are often low in lysine.
Magnesium Chelate 400 mg
Magnesium plays an essential role in a wide range of fundamental cellular reactions. More than 300 enzymes require magnesium as a cofactor. Complexed with ATP, the main carrier of metabolic energy in the body, magnesium is essential for all biosynthetic processes, glycolysis, formation of c-AMP, energy-dependent membrane transport, trans-mission of genetic code for protein synthesis, and muscle function.
Of the 20-30 grams of total body magnesium, about 40% is located in muscle and other soft tissues, and the remainder in bone. The concentration of intracellular magnesium is carefully regulated, and its alterations can have profound effects on cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology.
Healthy people require about 4.5 mg of dietary magnesium per kg body weight, or 280 mg for a 62 kg female and 350 mg for a 76 kg male. The U.S. RDA is 400 mg/day.
The efficiency of magnesium absorption is a function of dietary intake. At very low intakes (less than 40 mg) 65- 70% of dietary magnesium is absorbed, whereas at high intakes (1,000 mg) less than 15% is absorbed. Most people are expected to absorb about 30-60% at common levels of dietary magnesium. Contrary to common belief, recent studies suggest that magnesium absorption is not affected by calcium or vitamin D, and vice-versa. The kidney plays a critical role in magnesium homeostasis. At average magnesium intakes, the kidneys reabsorb about 95% of the filtered magnesium. Our Magnesium is a glycine/lysine chelate that is a well absorbed and highly tolerated form of magnesium.
Melatonin 3 mg
Melatonin 3 mg with Vitamin B-6
Melatonin is a natural hormone nutrient that is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan by the pineal gland in the back of the brain. Melatonin also occurs in small amounts in a variety of foods. In the body, melatonin appears to regulate sleep/wake cycles, support normal immune function, and protect cells from free radical damage. Most of the research on melatonin has focused on its role in maintaining normal sleep/wake rhythms. The perception of daylight in the eyes is a signal for the pineal gland to inhibit melatonin synthesis andrelease. At night or in the dark, the body’s melatonin production rises. The rise in plasma melatonin is thought to be responsible for bringing on sleep. Nocturnal melatonin production is highest in children and begins to decline from adolescence on until it is virtually absent in the elderly.
Melatonin supports normal immune function by helping maintain the activity of circulating natural killer cells. It also has been found to function as an antagonist for stress- induced immunosuppression.
Melatonin is considered a potent antioxidant that enters all body cells to help prevent free radical damage. In the brain, melatonin is perhaps the most important physiological antioxidant. Due to its lipid and water- soluble properties, it can freely cross the blood-brain barrier. In vitro studies show that melatonin is more effective than glutathione inscavenging toxic hydroxyl radicals, and also more efficient than vitamin E in neutralizing peroxyl radicals which can induce DNA damage. Furthermore, melatonin stimulates the main antioxidant enzyme of the brain, glutathione peroxidase.
Methyl B-12 Lozenges 3,000 mcg
Vitamin B-12 is a member of the B-complex family of water-soluble vitamins. Of the various forms of Vitamin B-12 available, methylcobalain is more bioactive than cyanocobalamin which has to be converted by the liver to the active coenzyme form of methylcobalamin before it can function in the body. Methylcobalamin has numerous functions in the body including stimulating red blood cell production and aiding in the production of normal, healthy myelin which protects the nervous system and supports its function. Methylcobalamin also aids in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine and in supporting healthy homocysteine blood levels. Methylcobalamin is also noted for its ability to donate a methyl group to form SAMe which helps to support healthy brain function and liver detoxification.
Low levels of Vitamin B-12 are often seen in vegetarians as plant foods lack Vitamin B-12. B-12 deficiency is also seen in the elderly as their ability to absorb Vitamin B-12 from food decreases with age. The proper absorption of Vitamin B-12 requires intrinsic factor which is secreted by cells in the stomach. Elderly individuals secrete less intrinsic factor and tend to absorb less Vitamin B-12 from their food as they age. Consuming a sublingual methylcobalamin lozenge helps to avert problems with absorption as the methylcobalamin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream as it dissolves in the mouth. The Methyl B-12 Lozenge provides significant amounts of Vitamin B-12 without the concern for diet and GI absorption. Vitamin B-6 and folic acid work synergistically with methylcobalamin to promote healthy blood homocysteine levels. Biotin, along with Vitamin B- 12, helps support fatty acid, amino acid, and carbohydrate metabolism.
Methylcobalamin B-12 Spray 1000 mcg
Methylcobalamin, Vitamin B-12, is a member of the B- complex family of water-soluble vitamins. Of the various forms of Vitamin B-12 available, methylcobalamin is more bioactive than cyanocobalamin, which has to be converted by the liver to the active coenzyme form of methylcobalamin before it can function in the body. Methylcobalamin has numerous functions in the body including stimulating red blood cell production and aiding in the production of normal, healthy myelin which protects the nervous system and supports its function. Methylcobalamin also aids in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine and in supporting healthy homocysteine blood levels. Methylcobalamin is also noted for its ability to donate a methyl group to form SAMe which helps to support healthy brain function and liver detoxification.
Vitamin B-6, another ingredient of Methylcobalamin B- 12 Spray, is a water soluble vitamin that performs a wide variety of function in the body. Vitamin B-6 is needed for more than 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism. It is essential for red blood cell metabolism and the nervous and immune systems need vitamin B-6 to function efficiently. B-6 is also required for the production of hemoglobin, a protein-based component of red blood cells which is primarily responsible for transferring oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Pyridoxyl-5-Phosphate is the active form of Vitamin B-6 to provide optimal utilization.
Folic Acid is a B-vitamin that is important for cell division and is also needed for protein metabolism and repair of RNA and DNA. Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12 are needed for the formation of red blood cells to help increase capillary blood flow.
Migraine Clear contains the most documented and effective nutraceuticals presently known to help support the vascular system in the brain. These ingredients act synergistically to assist in quenching inflammation and reducing histamine and serotonin induced vasospasm. Migraines and other vascular headaches typically are produced due to vasoconstriction of cerebral blood vessels. When this vasoconstriction occurs, the brain receives less blood flow and therefore less oxygen. The body responds to restore circulation by dilating these constricted vessels leading to a vasodilation headache. This vasodilation response causes congestion, which increases pressure and pain receptor activation. Typical symptoms are a throbbing, congestive headache with light sensitivity, nausea, and occasionally vomiting. Motion typically aggravates the patient. Migraine Clear is designed to maintain optimal circulation to the brain and within the brain, thus, avoiding the vasoconstrictive trigger phase. For best results, Migraine Clear should be taken on a daily basis to best maintain normal brain vascular health.
The unique formulation of Migraine Clear includes riboflavin, a common B vitamin that has been shown to be an effective prophylactic in the prevention of migraines and magnesium which is believed to impact migraines by its vasodilitory, calcium channel blocking, and possible reduction of reperfusion dysfunction activity which may benefit vascular headaches and muscle tension headaches.
Included also is a synergistic collection of herbs including ginger root extract which has been shown to help prevent the vasoconstrictive trigger phase and to inhibit leukotriene and thromboxane synthesis associated with platelet aggregation. Feverfew extract inhibits the release of serotonin from platelets. This results in less vasoconstriction of blood vessels. Feverfew also regulates the production and release of inflammatory compounds. Butterbur has beneficial effects as an antispasmodic on smooth muscle. This effect is beneficial for vascular headaches by normalizing vascular tone and improving circulation. Finally, ginkgo biloba is included which may have benefits for vascular headaches due to its beneficial effects on normalizing smooth muscle vascular tone and overall circulation.
Omega-3 Fish Oil 60 ct.
Omega-3 Fish Oil 120 ct.
The omega-3 fatty acid EPA is the direct precursor for the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins E1 and E3, whereas DHA is of primary importance for the structural integrity of neuronal membranes. DHA is essential for brain and visual development and is vital throughout pregnancy to support fetal brain growth and formation of the retina and visual cortex. As the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, adequate amounts of DHA are needed throughout infancy and adulthood for ongoing optimal function. Low levels of DHA may adversely influence behavior and mental performance, and have been correlated with changes in disposition, memory loss, visual, and other neurological conditions.
Studies have shown that DHA, along with EPA may play an important role in cardiovascular health. One landmark study, the GISSI-Prevenzione Trial, involved over 11,000 people who had already survived myocardial infarction. This was the first large scale trial that showed supplementation of essential fatty acids significantly lowered the risk of death, and that use of this supplement was safe. The exact reasons for such dramatic benefits with respect to heart disease remains unknown, but may be related in part to the ability of fish oil to support healthy inflammatory processes. Some researchers believethat the body’s inflammatory response to certain factors,along with a fatty diet, can increase the amount of plaque in the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. Studies indicate that EPA and DHA can act as precursors for the anti- inflammatory prostaglandins E1 and E3, and decrease the formation of pro-inflammatory prostaglandin E2 and thromboxane A2. Scientists have also suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can have a direct cardiac effect on arrhythmogenesis. Omega-3 fatty acids may be able to modify sodium channels by binding to the channel proteins. This could then help support healthy heart rhythms.
Additionally, our Omega-3 Fish Oil is enteric-coated (HP), significantly reducing the “fishy” taste sometimesassociated with marine lipid supplements.
Studies show that a high percentage of adults and children in North America and other developed countries consume less than the minimum daily allowance of 10 or more essential nutrients. Adequate amounts and proper balance of these nutrients are needed, not only for maintaining good health, but also for the dietary management and prevention of chronic diseases. It is generally accepted that pregnant and breastfeeding women should supplement a healthy diet with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals to ensure adequate intake for both mother and child.
Probiotic Daily Support 5 billion 60 ct.
Probiotic Daily Support 5 billion 120 ct.
Oral supplements of live, beneficial intestinal micro- organisms for nutritional health and well-being are known as probiotics. Probiotic dietary lactobacilli colonize the intestinal tract, depending on the specific bacterium-to- host affinity. Bacteria are continually in competition for colonization space. The original bacterial colonies have an advantage of transient bacteria. Nevertheless, the composition of the intestinal microflora is dynamic and constantly changing.
If harmful microorganisms proliferate, the equilibrium is disturbed, and it becomes difficult even for indigenous bacteria to maintain their necessary territory to colonize the intestine. Antibiotics tend to kill off both beneficial and harmful bacteria, and thus may also disturb the normal, healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms.
When potent probiotic supplements, such as Probiotic Daily Support, are supplied daily, chances are greatly increased for establishing and maintaining a healthy population of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. Once established, a normal intestinal microflora rich in lactobacilli creates acidic conditions that are unfavorable for the settlement of pathogenic microorganisms. The 8 probiotic strains found in Probiotic Daily support are Bioenhanced Acid Resistant Strains, which ensures survivability in both low (acid) and high (alkaline) pH environments. The BEARS strains in this formula are designed to withstand the acid conditions present in the stomach during digestion without the need for enteric coating. The various probiotic strains are manufactured using a patented poly matrix preservation system, to preserve and ensure stability without the need for refrigeration. The prebiotic blend used consists of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) and arabinogalactans that help support the growth of the probiotics.
Probiotics have been shown to exert a beneficial support through modification of the immune system host via the gut environment. Clinical trials also suggest that the exposure to microbes through the gastrointestinal tract powerfully shapes immune function. Lactobacillus rhamnous is one of the most widely studied probiotics, noted and valued for its ability to survive in the harsh conditions of the digestive and urinary tracts. L. rhamnosus is extremely well tolerated by men and women with very rare side effects. Studies have shown that, taken regularly, L. rhamnosus can be an effective supplement in promoting and maintaining digestive tract health.
Probiotic Extra Strength 35 billion
Oral supplements of live, beneficial intestinal micro- organisms for nutritional health and well-being are known as probiotics. Probiotic dietary lactobacilli colonize the intestinal tract. Bacteria are continually in competition for colonization space. The original bacterial colonies have an advantage over transient bacteria. Nevertheless, the composition of the intestinal microflora is dynamic and constantly changing. If harmful microorganisms proliferate, the equilibrium is disturbed, and it becomes difficult even for indigenous bacteria to maintain their necessary territory to colonize the intestine. Antibiotics tend to kill off both beneficial and harmful bacteria, and thus may also disturb the normal, healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms. Various intestinal conditions can compromise the immune system and lower the amounts of healthy intestinal microflora. When potent probiotic supplements are supplied regularly, chances are greatly increased for establishing and maintaining a healthy population of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. Once established, a normal intestinal microflora rich in lactobacilli creates acidic conditions that are unfavorable for the settlement of pathogenic microorganisms.
Probiotics have been shown to exert a beneficial support through modification of the immune system host via the gut environment. Clinical trials also suggest that the exposure to microbes through the gastrointestinal tract powerfully shapes immune function. In particular, lactobacilli are considered to induce reactions involving Th1 cells that benefit allergic diseases. Lactobacillus rhamnosus is one of the most widely studied probiotics, noted and valued for its ability to survive in the harsh conditions of the digestive and urinary tracts. L. rhamnosus is extremely well tolerated by men and women with very rare side effects. Studies have shown that, taken regularly, L. rhamnosus can be an effective supplement in promoting and maintaining digestive tract health.
Extra Strength Probiotic features 8 probiotic strains from Danisco, a world leader in probiotic research and manufacturing. Bioenhanced Acid Resistant Strains (BEARS) ensures survivability in both low (acid) and high (alkaline) pH environments. The BEARS strains in this formula are designed to withstand the acid conditions present in the stomach during digestion without the need for enteric coating. The selected probiotic strains in Extra Strength Probiotic are manufactured using a patented poly matrix preservation system to preserve and ensure stability without the need for refrigeration. Encapsulated with a prebiotic blend consisting of FOS and arabinogalactans, supported growth and viability are insured.
Probiotic Extra Strength DF 52 billion
Oral supplements of live, beneficial intestinal microorganisms for nutritional health and well-being are known as probiotics. Bacteria are continually in competition for colonization space. Therefore, the composition of the intestinal microflora is dynamic and constantly changing. If harmful microorganisms proliferate, the equilibrium is disturbed, and it becomes difficult even for indigenous bacteria to maintain their necessary territory to colonize the intestine. Antibiotics tend to kill off both beneficial and harmful bacteria, and thus may also disturb the normal, healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms. Various intestinal conditions can compromise the immune system and lower the amounts of healthy intestinal microflora. When potent probiotic supplements are supplied regularly, chances are greatly increased for establishing and maintaining a healthy population of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. Besides the 9 different strains of microorganisms, Probiotic Extra Strength DF also contains added fructooligosaccharides (FOS) a soluble fiber and prebiotic that selectively supports the proliferation of intestinal probiotics for digestive tract health. Probiotic Extra Strength DF can be a valuable means of increasing normal gut flora in individuals who are lactose intolerant and can be helpful in normalizing digestion, supporting regularity, and gastrointestinal and neurological support.
The unique Probiotic Extra Strength DF formula features the following microorganism species:
- Lactobacilli (L.acidophilus, L.rhamnosus, L.casei, L. salivarius) are located in the small intestine and produce lactic acid. Many strains of bacteria from the Lactobacillus family have been shown to support regularity, urogenital and vaginal health, production of the lactase enzymes and protect the gut lining from unwanted materials.
- Bifidobacteria (B. lactis, B. breve, B. longum, B. bifidum) are located in the colon and produce lactic and acetic acids, making the gut a very inhospitable place for unwanted materials. Bifidobacteria have been shown to promote regularity, even while traveling abroad.
- Streptococcus thermophilus is also a lactic acidproducer which lines the gut wall to provide a barrier from unwanted materials, promotes regularity and produces the lactase enzyme.
- Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are considered a soluble fiber and pre-biotic, which supports the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract. FOS, as a fiber, increases the bulk in the gut to promote regularity.
Prostate Health Support
In men, conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) are likely to develop with age. In fact, BPH is so common that it has been said all men will have an enlarged prostate if they live long enough. The changes that may occur may lead to increased frequency of urination, disruption of normal urine flow as well as painful urination. The mechanisms leading to BPH involve dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a metabolite of testosterone. DHT is synthesized in the prostate from circulating testosterone by the action of the enzyme 5α- reductase, type 2 and medication designed to inhibit this enzyme are the first line of defense. The synergistic combination of nutrients and herbs in this formula help support the normal, healthy structure and function of the prostate gland because of a similar effect on 5α-reductase.
Saw palmetto has a significant amount of research demonstrating its role in healthy prostate function. Clinical studies have shown Saw Palmetto to help support normal activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme thereby supporting normal, healthy levels of DHT. Saw palmetto also influences the binding of DHT to prostate cells, which helps support normal, healthy prostate cell structure and function. Pygeum contains beta-sitosterol, which has been shown to help support the health of the prostate gland by its effect on the binding of DHT to prostate cells. Studies also show beta-sitosterol supports normal, healthy urine flow. Lycopene has been studied for its role as an antioxidant which is critical for maintaining the health of prostate cells. Nettle root helps support the production of favorable prostaglandins, encouraging a normal, healthy inflammatory response within the prostate. Finally, the epithelial cells of the prostate gland concentrate more zinc than any tissue in the male body. Levels of zinc decrease with age, and normal zinc levels have been shown to help support healthy prostate function.
Red Yeast Rice Plus
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of mortality in the United States. One of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease is elevated total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. There are several categories of prescription drugs that are designed to help lower cholesterol; the most commonly prescribed being the Statin drugs. Statins are effective at lowering total and LDL cholesterol, but they are associated with significant side effects. Many individuals with elevated cholesterol have been able to improve their cardiovascular health through diet, exercise and nutraceutical supplements.
One of the nutraceuticals that has been shown in research studies to support normal LDL and total cholesterol levels is red yeast rice. Red yeast rice is the product of yeast (Monascus purpureus) grown on rice and it contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins that work similar to statin drugs and support the mechanisms that can lead to improved cardiovascular health. Taking red yeast rice for extended periods of time could affect CoQ10 levels because the mechanism of action of red yeast rice and statin medications are similar. It is also important to support healthy liver function when taking red yeast rice or statin medication. Therefore, Red Yeast Rice Plus is combined with CoQ10 as well as compounds like N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and standardized milk thistle. N-acetyl-cysteine plays a critical role in regenerating glutathione, an important antioxidant and detoxing compound found in the liver. Milk thistle has been shown to protect hepatic cells and support healthy liver function and detoxification.
Thyroid Support with Zinc
The thyroid gland produces and secretes thyroid hormones, mostly T4 (inactive) and small amounts of T3 (active). When needed T4 is typically converted in the liver, kidney and other tissues to activate T3. The primary action of thyroid hormone is to raise the body’s metabolicrate — that is, to increase the rate of oxygen consumption and energy expenditure. Thyroid hormone is also essential for normal growth and development in children, interacts with other hormones to modulate carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, and controls other important biological functions.
Thyroid Support with Zinc provides the amino acid tyrosine and the mineral iodine (from kelp) — essential structural components of triiodothyronine (T3). Selenium is included as an essential cofactor for the enzymes that convert inactive T4 (thyroxine) into the active T3 (triiodothyronine). Also included are Ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to support thyroid health, including Commiphora mukul (Gugulipid®) and Bacopa monniera (Bacopin®).
Zinc Lozenges 15 mg
Zinc is an essential trace element involved in most major metabolic pathways. General signs of human zinc deficiency indicate that zinc has important functions in maintaining immune function, reproduction, healthy skin, and growth. Numerous studies support the fundamental role of zinc in normal immune response in humans. Immune cells must be able to rapidly divide in order to respond to daily challenges. Like all rapidly dividing cells, immune cells depend on adequate amounts of dietary zinc. As a cofactor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), zinc can be considered an antioxidant nutrient. Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase the antioxidant activity of SOD, and provide increased free radical protection. Zinc deficiency is associated with increased oxidative damage. Absorption of toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium and lead, is lower in individuals with high zinc status compared to those with low zinc status. The body pool of readily available zinc appears to be small, which renders the body susceptible to deficiency and therefore dependent on a steady dietary supply of bioavailable zinc. While typical zinc intakes in U.S. adults are between 10 and 15 mg per day, which approach RDA, intakes in the elderly are often low. Pregnant women are also at risk for zinc deficiency, since they have a higher requirement for this trace element. Frequently, vegetarians and chronically depressed individuals have been found to have low zinc status.