In alternative health, açaí is all the rage. While relatively new to the American consciousness, açaí has been around for centuries and has helped many people with its healthful qualities. In order to benefit completely from açaí, however, one must truly understand what it is and what it does.
What is Açaí?
Açaí is a distinct purple berry indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. The açaí fruit may be found in some of the large palm trees that grow in the thick forest; these trees can reach as high as 82 feet! Unlike cherries, which grow individually in trees, the açaí berry grows in bunches, more like bananas. One average, each palm tree can yield anywhere from three to eight bunches.
What's so great about açaí?
You might say açaí is fast becoming known as a wonder food for its versatility. Açaí has nutrient properties and is naturally rich in:
Omega fats (the good kind, unlike the saturated fats found in fast food)
vitamins A, B1 and E
The people of the Amazon rainforest use açaí in many different dishes - from drinks and shakes to breakfasts and bars. Brazilians use açaí to flavor meat and fish entrees, too, topping dishes with a pulpy, curd-like substance made from the fruit.
Not only does açaí provide a delicious taste to complement food, it is known around the Amazon for amazing health benefits. Açaí is known to be used for treatment of digestive problems, skin irritation, sexual dysfunction, and even insomnia. The açaí berry is naturally low in sugar, too.
Only in recent years have people in North America discovered how açaí makes them feel energetic and healthy. Take a trip to your favorite smoothie place and you might find açaí as one of the add-in ingredients available to you. Not only are consumers finding the benefits of açaí to their interest, but researchers and the media are amazed by the power of this small berry. NBC's Today did a feature story on açaí in 2004, and more recently researchers at the University of Florida tested the attributes of açaí to discover it actually destroyed cultured leukemia cells!
Will açaí cure cancer? We can't say for certain. All we know is that açaí possesses some very strong health properties that may benefit people in the long run.
Can you eat the berries that make açaí directly?
Strangely enough, no. It is not recommended that one just pluck the berries from the tree and start snacking. The berries are harvested and processed, and the açaí is extracted from the pulp of the berry and sold in stores all over South America. It is said that beverages containing açaí are more popular than milk in the southern hemisphere. That's because South Americans know they are getting a pure, healthy drink that benefits their alertness and well-being, and it gets them through the day.
Does açaí cause any side effects?
Current research indicates no known side effects to taking açaí in any form. Though açaí has been around for ages, it is still quite new to the United States, and no doubt is still being observed by health professionals. However, the testimony of the overall health of the Amazonian people speaks well for this little fruit with big potential.
The healing AMP (Aloe Mucilaginous Polysaccharide) molecules in Aloe benefit every cell, tissue and organ in the body. First and foremost, the product works as a potent anti-inflammatory. By addressing the inflammation throughout the digestive tract, Aloe helps to eliminate both diarrhea and constipation. Aloe acts as an intercellular antioxidant, detoxifying the body naturally, as it rebuilds and repairs the protective mucosa lining throughout the bowel, mending damaged tissue from the mouth to the rectum. Furthermore, Aloe aids digestion, enabling better absorption and assimilation of nutrients from food, and helps to balance and restore proper immune system function. The aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides contain antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties - and all of these benefits contribute to your good health without the dangerous side effects of drugs.
People with all severities of digestive disorders, from mild to severe, use Aloe with great success.
Derived from the root of the plant. Taken orally or applied topically, this herb has been used for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and lymph edema. Clinical studies in lymphedema and varicose veins have revealed efficacy compared to control groups
Over 30 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, and 14 million get them two or more times a month. Unfortunately, most prescription migraine medications have a range of negative side effects and are designed merely to treat the symptoms of a migraine. But if you're like most migraine sufferers, what you really need is something that will prevent your migraines.
Finally there is a safe, effective, and affordable solution. Butterbur is designed to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. In a double-blind placebo controlled study published by the American Academy of Neurology Neurology. 2004 Dec 28, Butterbur was proven to reduce migraine attacks by a significant 50%!
Unlike prescription medications, Butterbur is completely natural and does not produce harmful side effects, or cause any drug interactions with other medications.
Uña de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa), or cat’s claw, has long been used by indigenous healers in the rainforests of the Peruvian Andes and elsewhere in South America. In recent times it has been studied for its ability to support gastrointestinal and immune functions. In the gastrointestinal tract, it has been shown to help control inflammation and microbial balance, and soothe irritated tissue. Research into its ability to support the immune system has shown that it has antioxidant properties, which may support the body’s inhibition of the development of potentially aberrant cells. It can support circulation through the strengthening of capillaries.
Chinese Ginseng is a Panax ginseng, which refers to Asian or Korean ginseng. Traditional Chinese herbology used Panax Ginseng to strengthen digestion and lungs, calm the spirit and increase overall energy. Ginseng has been identified as an adaptogen due to its ability to help the body adapt to various types of stress. Ginseng is called an adaptogen because it is believed to have a normalizing effect on the body irrespective of the state of health or disease.
Cinnamon is one of the hottest products on the market today. New research is constantly released touting the medicinal benefits of this traditional spice. It has been found that Cinnmaon Exract regulates blood sugar levels therfore reducing cravings for dieters. Aromatic and tasty, more and more companies offer cinnamon products. A study published near the end of 2003 sparked a new wave of cinnamon research. Studies have shown cinnamon to be beneficial in supporting health. Our cinnamon product utilizes Cinnulin PF®, a highly concentrated, trademarked raw material using a 20:1 natural extract.
Coconut Oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which help convert fat into energy. It is rich in three fatty acids called lauric, capric and caprylic acids. Unrefined coconut oil supports the thyroid and metabolism, thereby assisting in weight management. It may also promote smooth and supple skin and help support cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range. Coconut oil is one of only two fats that do not become fat inside the body.*
Combining coconut oil with a healthy diet and exercise plan can aid in weight management*
Boosts metabolism, energy and helps promote healthy thyroid function*
Rejuvenates skin, hair and nails*
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Colostrum is truly nature’s perfect immune-enhancing and anti-aging superfood!
The two main groups of components responsible for the beneficial effects of colostrum are immune factors and growth factors. These powerful, all-natural components work in concert to enhance immune system function and support cellular growth and repair.
As we age, our bodies gradually produce less and less of these powerful immune and growth factors that help fight disease, repair body tissue and promote energy and vitality. With the decline of these components over time, we age until we eventually die. Colostrum is the only natural source of these life-supporting immune and growth factors!
The immune factors in colostrum include antibodies that provide immunity from numerous microorganisms. Other immune factors work together to kill bacteria and viruses, regulate the thymus gland, control inflammation, protect against allergic reactions, balance and nourish the immune system.
The growth factors in colostrum are responsible for rebuilding and repairing cellular tissues. These growth factors also help to build lean muscle, increase at metabolism, improve nutrient uptake, improve memory and mood, increase skin elasticity, balance blood sugar levels and increase energy.
Does this all sound too good to be true? Few natural supplements have as much medical research supporting its value as colostrum. There are literally thousands of published clinical and scientific research studies proving the health-benefiting properties of colostrum. Here are just a few of the documented benefits of colostrum:
Enhances overall immune system and helps boost natural resistance to illness and disease
Provides anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection, creating unfavorable conditions for growth of numerous harmful microorganisms including those responsible for common health problems such as colds, influenza, diarrhea, ulcers, gum disease, and yeast infections
Regulates numerous auto-immune conditions including allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease
Improves state of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, colitis, irritable bowel, leaky gut syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and HIV
Helps ward off and fight various types of cancer
Acts as an antioxidant to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals
Binds and transports iron in the body and is beneficial for iron-deficiency anemia
Heals digestive system and enhances nutrient absorption
Helps speed healing of wounds
Enhances lean muscle mass and increases metabolism of body fat
Cordyceps sinensis is generally known as an “adaptogen”, a term which refers to any agent possessing the ability to increase the body’s capacity to adapt to stressful conditions. Because Cordyceps helps increase stamina, energy levels, and endurance, it has become one of the top-selling sports supplements among the worlds' elite competitive athletes*. Summit Health Product’s Super-Potent Full Spectrum Cordyceps capsules are the best and highest quality Cordyceps available today. For the first time ever, Cordyceps has been cultivated in the laboratory which not only matches the chemical analysis of wild Cordyceps, but actually exceeds the potency by a factor of 5… making it the most potent cultivated Cordyceps in the world!
Long known for its medicinal uses, cranberry has more recently enjoyed popularity because of its ability to support a healthy urinary tract. Our cranberry extract utilizes Cran-Max®, the industry's leading source of high quality cranberry products.
Mucuna has been used for generations in India to treat Parkinson's disease. Mucuna pruriens contains L-Dopa. L-dopa is used to make dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality and movement. Mucuna pruriens has antioxidant properties.
Mucuna pruriens is one of the popular medicine of India and it constituent more than 200 indigenous drug formulations. All parts of Mucuna posses valuable medicinal properties. After the discovery that Mucuna seeds contain L-dopa, an anti-parkinson’s disease drug, its demand in international market has increased many fold.
Among its many historical and current uses, feverfew is believed to offer a variety of medicinal benefits including pain relief from arthritis, reduction of menstrual cramping, ability cure asthma, stimulation the appetite, and relieving migraines. Feverfew is also rich in nutrients including Iron, niacin, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
As its name suggests, feverfew has also been used historically to treat and manage fever. Fever few has also been used for relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Recently, researchers are studying feverfew for its ability to prevent severe migraine headaches. Clinical studies have provided preliminary evidence that feverfew may indeed be able to prevent both the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
In Chinese medicine, fo-ti is a longevity tonic that is used for greying hair, premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharge, and erectile dysfunction. Red fo-ti is considered a tonic to increase vitality and energy, strengthen the blood, kidneys and liver. White fo-ti is used for constipation.
There is evidence that fo-ti can lower serum cholesterol, decrease hardening of the arteries, and improve immune function.
Ginko Biloba is the oldest species of tree and has been shown to live for 1,000 years. Currently Ginko is the most widely prescribed herb in Germany. Ginko is most commonly known for being a stimulant of the brain and is often used for age related memory loss and severe conditions such as Alzheimers disease, severely affecting memory and the brain. Studies have shown that Ginko can improve circulation, decreasing the risk of blood clots. Ginko has also been found to relieve fluid retention and minimize breast pain for women experiencing symptoms of PMS. The standard dosage of ginko is 40-80 milligrams standardized.
Korean Ginseng is regarded as an adaptogen, substances that strengthen and normalize body functions, helping the body deal with various forms of stress. Ginseng may shorten the time that it takes to bounce back from illness or surgery, especially for elderly people. Research on Asian ginseng has included the following:
Asian ginseng could be helpful in treating alcohol intoxication. The herb may accomplish this by speeding up the metabolism (break down) of alcohol, thus, allowing it to clear more quickly from the body (lowering blood alcohol content). Animal research also suggests that Asian ginseng may reduce the absorption of alcohol from the stomach.
Individual reports and animal studies indicate that Asian ginseng may slow the progression of Alzheimer's, decrease senility, and improve memory and behavior. Studies of large groups of people are needed.
Several clinical studies support the use of Asian ginseng in the treament and possible prevention of cancer. A study comparing groups of people over time suggests that regular intake of Asian ginseng may reduce the chances of getting various types of cancer, especially lung, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and ovarian. In this particular study, this benefit was not observed for breast, cervical, or bladder cancers. Preliminary results of other research suggest that Asian ginseng may improve treatment of colon cancer in animals. More research is needed.
Asian ginseng has been reported to improve the symptoms of heart disease in humans. Asian ginseng may decrease "bad" cholesterol levels and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol.
Asian ginseng may help improve blood pressure, although it is generally considered that you should avoid this substance if you have hypertension because it can raise blood pressure. In some studies of red Korean (Asian) ginseng, however, high doses of this herb actually lowered blood pressure.
Type 2 diabetes
Although American ginseng has been better researched for this purpose, both types of Panax ginsengs may lower blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.
Asian ginseng is widely believed to be capable of enhancing sexual performance. However, studies in people to investigate this are limited. In animal studies, Asian ginseng has increased sperm production, sexual activity, and sexual performance. A study of 46 men has also shown an increase in sperm count as well as motility. Another study in 60 men found that Asian ginseng increased libido (sexual desire) and decreased erection problems.
Immune system enhancement
Asian ginseng is believed to enhance the immune system, which could, in theory, help the body fight off infection and disease. Several clinical studies report that Asian ginseng can improve immune function.
Two well-designed studies evaluating red Korean (Asian) ginseng suggest that this herb may relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, improving mood (particularly feelings of depression) and sense of well-being. The ginseng product was used in combination with a vitamin and mineral supplement..
Mental performance and mood enhancement
Individuals who use ginseng often report that they feel more alert. Several studies report that Asian ginseng can modestly improve thinking or learning. Early research shows that Asian ginseng may improve performance on such things as mental arithmetic, concentration, memory, and other measures. More research in this area, although not easy to do, would be helpful. Effects have also been reported for the combination use of Asian ginseng with Ginkgo biloba .
Mental performance has been assessed using standardized measurements of reaction time, concentration, learning, math, and logic. Benefits have been seen both in healthy young people and in older ill patients.
There have been quite a few studies using Asian ginseng for athletic performance in humans and laboratory animals. Results have not been consistent, with some studies showing increased strength and endurance, others showing improved agility or reaction time, and still others showing no effect at all. Nevertheless, athletes often take Asian ginseng to increase both endurance and strength. Asian ginseng was also found to decrease fatigue in a study of 332 patients.
In patients with severe chronic respiratory disease (such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis), daily treatment with Asian ginseng improved respiratory function, as evidenced by increased endurance in walking.
Stress and well-being
Asian ginseng has long been valued for its ability to help the body deal with stress. A study of 501 men and women living in Mexico City found significant improvements in quality of life measures (energy, sleep, sex life, personal satisfaction, well-being) in those taking Asian ginseng. Several human studies support the use of Asian ginseng to enhance well-being and increase the overall quality of life.
Graviola tree (Annona muricata), also known as soursop, is found in the Amazon jungle and some of the Caribbean islands. Graviola tree leaves have been used traditionally for their various therapeutic properties. More recent scientific studies suggest that Acetogenins, the active constituents of Graviola, can support healthy cell growth and function. In addition, Graviola has been used for its whole body calming effects and as a supplement to help maintain a positive mood.*
From ancient China to the Boston Tea Party, green tea has played a role in health for a great part of human history. Its healthful attributes were recognized by the Chinese over 4000 years ago when it was used for headache, digestive problems, immune support and lack of energy, among others. This is due in large part to the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, the constituent of green tea that give it its health benefits. Current research has shown green tea to be beneficial in assisting in weight loss, mostly due to its caffeine content. The only drawback to green tea is that to get any sort of therapeutic benefit, one would have to drink nearly ten cups of tea a day. This is why Vitamer is proud to offer Green Tea Extract, 250 mg, providing all the benefits of the beverage in an easy to swallow vegetarian capsule.
Today, many health care professionals use hawthorn to help protect against heart disease and help control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Hawthorn has primarily been studied in people with heart failure (a condition in which the heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood to other organs in the body). Four studies conclude that hawthorn significantly improved heart function. There have found that the herb can improve a heart failure patient's ability to exercise. Patients have reported that hawthorn significantly improved symptoms of the disease (such as shortness of breath and fatigue). One study found that hawthorn extract (900 mg/day) taken for 2 months was as effective as low doses of captropril (a leading heart medication) in improving symptoms of heart failure.
A large study found that a standardized hawthorn supplement was effective in 952 patients with heart failure. The study compared conventional methods of treating heart failure (various medications) with hawthorn alone and in addition to the drugs. After 2 years, the clinical symptoms of heart failure (palpitations, breathing problems, and fatigue) decreased significantly in the patients taking the hawthorn supplement. The patients taking hawthorn also took less medications for their condition.
Animal and laboratory studies demonstrate that this herb has antioxidant properties that help protect against the formation of plaques. The buildup of these fatty materials in the blood vessels is called atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup in the vessels supplying the heart with oxygen-rich blood may cause chest pain (angina) and heart attacks, while plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain may result in stroke.
Hawthorn berry preparations have been shown to combat chest pain (angina), which is caused by low blood flow to the heart. In one early study, 60 angina patients were given either 180 mg/day of hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for 3 weeks. Those who received the hawthorn preparation experienced improved blood flow to the heart and were also able to exercise for longer periods of time without suffering from chest pain.
Studies using rats suggest that a hawthorn tincture (made from the berries) may be a powerful agent for the removal of LDL ("bad") cholesterol from the bloodstream. The tincture of hawthorn berries also reduced the production of cholesterol in the livers of rats fed a high-cholesterol diet. More studies of hawthorn and cholesterol in people are needed.
High blood pressure
Although hawthorn has not been studied specifically in people with high blood pressure, considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb. Studies suggest that hawthorn can be taken safely by people with hypertension who are also taking blood pressure medications.
A hawthorn extract was recently found to be effective for hypertension in patients with type 2 diabetes who were also taking their prescribed medicines. Patients took 1,200 mg hawthorn extract daily or placebo for 16 weeks. Those taking the hawthorn supplement had lower blood pressures than those taking the placebo.
Himalayan Crystal Salt is more than sodium and chloride. Himalayan Crystal Salt can actually be viewed as food. When we speak of salt, we mean salt in its original form: holistic, wholesome, unaltered, natural salt, as it has crystallized in the Earth over millions of years. When we speak of '"table" salt that is sold in the supermarket, we refer to it as sodium chloride with additives, which is what it really is. Natural Himalayan crystal salt contains all the elements of which the human body is comprised. From the periodic table of elements we are familiar with 94 natural elements (stable as well as unstable). Apart from inert gases, all of these elements can be found in crystal salt. Hence, crystal salt contains all natural minerals and trace elements that are found in the human body. We perceive crystal salt as being the totality of all natural elements. This may not be entirely correct according to chemistry, however we will continue to use the term crystal salt in this context. The number of the respective elements contained in the crystal salt is biophysically irrelevant to this study.
For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it "the fifth element" -besides water, earth, air and fire-because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibrational state of the ocean from which we once emerged. This is where we can return to recharge our batteries and regenerate. It was only two hundred and fifty years ago, with the advent of industrialization, that we initiated our disconnection from nature and her ways. Fortunately, we are witnessing a trend to return back to natural, holistic methods for living and caring for our body, including a shift back to utilizing natural salts in this process. People everywhere are reconsidering the healing effects of natural crystal salt. We can find it in skin care lotions and for use as bath salts, and it is even used in inhalation or cleansing treatments for illnesses of the respiratory system and for a variety of other indications.
Both the bark and the fruit from horse chestnut trees are used medicinally to strengthen and tone the circulatory system, especially the venous system. It is used both internally and externally to treat varicose veins, phlebitis, and hemorrhoids. Horse chestnut preparations are particularly effective in treating varicose ulcers. Due to its ability to improve circulation, it is also helpful for the relief of leg cramps. Its bark also has narcotic and fever-reducing properties. A compound known as aescin, which is present in the horse chestnut fruit, is now often added to external creams and preparations used for the treatment of varicose veins, varicose ulcers, bruises, and sports injuries.
Licorice root has been used in both Eastern and Western medicine to treat a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold to liver disease. This herb has long been valued as a demulcent (soothing, coating agent) and expectorant (rids phlegm and mucous from the respiratory tract) and continues to be used by health care professionals today to relieve respiratory ailments (such as allergies, bronchitis, colds, sore throats, and tuberculosis), stomach problems (including heartburn from reflux), inflammatory disorders, skin diseases, stress relief, and liver problems.
Licorice root is often used to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. In fact, health care practitioners in Europe and Japan often prescribe a synthetic form of licorice for stomach ulcers. Although this drug is not available in the United States, many health care providers use deglycyrrhizinated licorice in gastric ulcers (DGL) with positive results. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice is a licorice supplement in which the component glycyrrhizin is removed. Glycyrrhizin has been reported to cause increases in blood pressure.
Stomach ulcers. One animal study recently found that aspirin coated with licorice reduced the Animal studies and early trials in humans support the value number of ulcers in rats by 50%. (High doses of aspirin often cause ulcers in rats). Earlier studies in humans have found that preparations containing glycyrrhizin (an active compound in licorice) may be as effective as leading anti-ulcer medications in relieving pain associated with stomach ulcers and preventing the ulcers from recurring. In one study, licorice root fluid extract was used to treat 100 patients with stomach ulcers (of which 86 had not improved from conventional medication) for 6 weeks. Ninety percent of patients improved; ulcers totally disappeared in 22 of these patients.
Emerging studies are beginning to suggest that licorice may also play a role in the treatment of heart disease. In one recent study, people with high cholesterol experienced a significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglyceride levels after taking licorice root extracts for 1 month. The extract also reduced systolic blood pressure by 10%, although licorice may increase blood pressure in some individuals. These measures returned to their previous, elevated levels when the participants stopped taking the licorice supplements. Earlier studies in mice produced similar results. Licorice root extract reduced the risk of atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries") in these animals.
Preliminary studies also suggest that licorice may play a role in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). One early study of only 3 people with HIV suggested that intravenous glycyrrhizin may prevent replication of HIV, but larger studies have yet to duplicate these findings. A laboratory study found that glycyrrhizin (a component found in licorice) inhibited the growth of Japanese encephalitis virus in test tubes, but further studies in humans are needed to confirm these preliminary findings. Experimental studies also suggest that active compounds in licorice may have estrogen-like effects. It is not clear at this time whether such effects are helpful or harmful to people with breast cancer.
A recent human study found that a preparation of licorice may reduce body fat. Fifteen normal-weight subjects consumed licorice for 2 months (3.5 g a day). Body fat mass was measured before and after treatment. Licorice was able to reduce body fat mass and to suppress the hormone aldosterone. Another study found that a topical preparation of glycyrrhetinic acid (a component of licorice) was able to reduce the thickness of fat on the thigh in human subjects.
Human studies have also found that licorice supplements may act as a "phytoestrogen" in the body, meaning licorice may have effects like that of estrogen. It was found that licorice decreased symptoms of PMS and menopause, including mild depression. Recent laboratory studies found that licorice may also improve memory and cognition.
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) -- the herb, not the white puffy confection roasted over a campfire -- has been used for centuries as both a food and a medicine. The Romans, Chinese, Egyptians, and Syrians used marshmallow as a source of food, while the Arabs made poultices from its leaves and applied them to the skin to reduce inflammation. The root and leaves contain a gummy substance called mucilage. When mixed with water, it forms a slick gel that is used to coat the throat and stomach to reduce irritation, and is applied topically to soothe chapped skin.
Most of its suggested uses come from a long history of use in traditional healing systems.
Common cold/sore throat
Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Milk Thistle, (Silybum marianum) is a spiny leaved plant containing reddish-purple flowers. The seeds of fruits naturally consist of four substances known collectively as silymarin, the most potent of the four being silibin. Milk thistle is widely used for liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. It has been shown to provide long term liver support and may even assist with regeneration of liver cells. Silymarin plays a role in displacing toxins binding to the liver and causing the cells of the liver to regenerate at a faster rate. No alternative medicine has been found that shows similar functions in the body. Milk thistle is very popular among those taking certain medications known to cause liver damage. This higher potency vegetarian capsule allows for greater compliance due to its more concentrated dosage. Milk Thistle 350 mg provides twice the extract as our lower potency product in one capsule.
NAC helps break down mucus. Double-blind research has found that NAC supplements improved symptoms and prevented recurrences in people with chronic bronchitis. NAC may also protect lung tissue through its antioxidant activity.
NAC helps the body synthesize glutathione, an important antioxidant. In animals, the antioxidant activity of NAC protects the liver from the adverse effects of exposure to several toxic chemicals. NAC also protects the body from acetaminophen toxicity and is used at very high levels in hospitals for patients with acetaminophen poisoning. It has also been shown to be effective at treating liver failure from causes other than acetaminophen poisoning (e.g., hepatitis, and other drug toxicity)5 and at preventing kidney damage caused by injections of iopromide, a contrast medium used in people scheduled to undergo computerized tomography (CT) imaging.
Supplementation with NAC has been shown to reduce the proliferation of certain cells lining the colon and may reduce the risk of colon cancer in people with recurrent polyps in the colon.
There have been several case reports of oral NAC producing dramatic improvements in Unverricht-Lundborg disease, an inherited degenerative disorder involving seizures and progressive disability. One study used 3 grams of NAC per day.
Oral supplementation with NAC has been used successfully in two cases to treat a rare syndrome that complicates kidney dialysis This condition, known as pseudoporphyria, has no other known treatment. Controlled clinical trials are needed to confirm these preliminary observations.
People undergoing a certain cardiac procedure (coronary angiography) are at risk of developing kidney damage from the injected dye that is used to visualize the coronary arteries. In a double-blind study, oral administration of NAC reduced by 86% the incidence of kidney damage in people undergoing this procedure. The amount of NAC used in that study was 400 mg twice a day, on the day before and the day of the procedure. Other studies have shown that NAC is protective only when a low dose of dye is used.
Neem oil is an excellent moisturizing oil and contains various compounds that have insecticidal and medicinal properties. It is used in making shampoos, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, mosquito repellants, creams and lotions, pet products like pet shampoo, etc. It also contains vitamin E, other essential amino acids and some percentages of fatty acids. Neem oil is used for treating many skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and skin allergies.
Oregano has been a popular herb in Italian cooking for hundreds of years. Recently, its role as a medicinal herb has come to the forefront of the natural products industry. Useful mostly as an antiviral and antibacterial herb, oregano oil has become widely used to fight off infections and yeast/fungal maladies. This fragrant herb also has a high phenol concentration, giving it exceptional antioxidant capabilities. Oregano is found to be most beneficial when taken as an oil extract. This has led many national brands to put oregano in a gelatin softgel, making the product inaccessible to vegetarians. We are proud to offer oregano oil in a vegetarian liquid filled capsule. This technology makes this preferable form of oregano available to all of our customers.
Native to the Mediterranean, olive leaf is a central medicinal herb in that region's folklore. With the search for alternative medicine becoming more popular, this ancient plant is once again gaining popularity for its medicinal benefits. Used traditionally as an antiviral and antibacterial herb, modern science has revealed a whole new realm of health properties from olive leaf. In addition to being useful in supporting the immune system, some animal studies have shown olive leaf to support healthy blood pressure as well. This is due to the mild vasodilatory and smooth muscle relaxing properties of oleuropein, a potent antioxidant and the active constituent of this promising herb. Summit Health Products is proud to offer 500 mg of olive leaf liquid extract in vegetarian filled capsules.
Used for pain, arthritis, inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers. Preliminary laboratory research examining the properties of pau d'arco is beginning to suggest that the traditional uses may have scientific merit. Such laboratory studies have shown that pau d'arco has pain killing, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-psoriatic, and anti-cancer abilities. Taking this early data, combined with information collected about traditional uses, herbalists may recommend pau d'arco to treat or prevent a number of conditions, including candidiasis (a yeast infection of the vaginal or oral areas), herpes simplex virus, influenza, parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis, bacterial infections such as brucellosis, and inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) or the vagina (vaginitis). Pau d'arco may also reduce inflammation of the joints associated with arthritis.
Paw Paw Cell Reg™ is the result of over 20 years of research by retired Purdue professor Dr. Jerry McLaughlin. In the early 1970’s, Dr. McLaughlin was first tasked to find botanical sources of anti-carcinoma potential, and the focus became that of Asimina Triloba, better known as Paw Paw.
In his research, Dr. McLaughlin found that it was a source of phytochemcals called acetogenins. He and his graduate students isolated over 40 of these acetogenins, and two of them in particular, bullatacin and bullatalicin, showed powerful promise for anti-carcinoma treatment.
A full set of slides narrated by Dr. McLaughlin detailing his work from discovery to trials can be found on the website www.pawpawresearch.com. His work has been the recipient of several awards and countless publications in prestigious journals. He is also in high demand as a public speaker on the topic.
After retiring from Purdue, Dr. McLaughlin served as the Vice President of Research and Development for Nature’s Sunshine, and licensed his methods and formula exclusively to NSP.
Paw Paw Cell Reg™ is covered by several US patents, and the use of paw paw generically for several purposes has been covered by over a dozen patents belonging to Dr. McLaughlin.
Paw Paw is often confused (sometimes intentionally by its competitors) with its cousin graviola. During his research, Dr. McLaughlin tested several brands of graviola that are marketed as “paw paw” or “Brazilian paw paw”. The tests indicated that these graviola products were far inferior to real paw paw. First, the acetogenins found in graviola do not have the potent chemical structure found in the acetogenins in paw paw. Secondly, Dr. McLaughlin found that these products are not standardized—in other words, the amount of acetogenins found bottle-to-bottle, capsule-to-capsule, varied haphazardly. The best graviola product that he tested was found to be only 4% as powerful as paw paw.
Typically Paw Paw Cell Reg™ is used in a program with Immune Stimulator. Protease Plus and Thai-Go™ are also often added. However, these products are normally taken at different times of the day than the Paw Paw Cell Reg™.
Rhodiola is a plant used in traditional medicine in Eastern Europe and Asia to enhance physical and mental performance, stimulate the nervous system, fight depression, and to improve sleep. The antioxidant properties of the flavonoids and organic acids present in rhodiola are said to be responsible for its effects. Experiments demonstrate that rhodiola has cardioprotective and anticancer properties but human data are lacking. Supplementation with rhodiola has been shown to improve physical endurance and mental performance, and to reduce stress-induced fatigue in humans. No serious adverse effects have been reported from the use of rhodiola.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Native Americans used slippery elm in healing salves for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns, and skin inflammation. It was also taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach problems.
Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines; it may also contain antioxidants that can help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions.
It is often suggested for the following conditions:
Gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD)
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Wounds, burns, boils, and other skin conditions (external)
St. John's Wort, Hypericum Perforatum, is an herb consisting of vibrant yellow flowers and branches that tend to grow wild in many areas of the world. This herb is used as a prescription antidepressant in Germany, being prescribed more often than synthetic drugs. St. John's Wort is not as strong as synthetic drugs, but it has the advantage of very minimal side effects for most individuals. Research shows that St. John's Wort can be effective for mild to moderate depression. The active components are found in the bud, flower or leaves of this herb.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a long history of use in promoting healthy digestion, as well as aiding in nausea and morning sickness. It has also been shown to support healthy joints and the soft tissue healing process. Ultimate Ginger Complex® contains supercritical ginger extract and whole ginger powder to provide a full-spectrum botanical with all the traditional benefits of ginger. Since botanical powders may be difficult to digest due to the cellulose fiber naturally found in plants (humans aren't able to digest cellulose), cellulase is added to the formula. Cellulase is a natural enzyme that breaks down cellulose, allowing the actives to be released in the body and result in maximum effectiveness. Standardized rosemary extract is added to provide powerful antioxidant protection. Rosemary extract is standardized to 6% carnosic acid, which has been found to be a powerful inhibitor of lipid peroxidation in microsomal and liposomal systems. Researchers have found that rosemary extract is beneficial in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and in supporting liver health.
Willow bark has been used throughout the centuries in China and Europe, and continues to be used today for the treatment of pain (particularly low back pain and osteoarthritis), headache, and inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendinitis. The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) and is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was used to develop aspirin. White willow appears to be slower than aspirin to achieve any effects, but those effects may last longer.
Medicinal Uses and Indications
Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation, and there is good evidence that it is effective as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects. However, studies have identified several other components of willow bark which have antioxidant, fever-reducing, antiseptic, and immune-boosting properties. Some studies have shown willow is as effective as aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation (but not fever), and at a much lower dose. Researchers theorize that may be due to the other compounds in the herb.
Studies suggest that willow bark may be useful for the following conditions:
Low back pain