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Folklore has it that cranberry juice can benefit the urinary tract, and recent research indicates that it can work to maintain urinary tract health. CranVerry™ caplets are made from concentrated cranberry juice, minus the fiber. Unlike cranberry beverages, which generally contain large amounts of processed sugar, CranVerry™ brings you the benefits of cranberries without unnecessary sugar and calories.

Cranberry has long been linked to helping defeat urinary tract infections, and recent research is beginning to bear this out. The urinary tract is subject to several diseases. One of the more common is the creation of kidney stones, or calculi. Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid that is capable of defeating the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.



Cranberries may be a weapon in the war against gum disease. Cranberries are known to inhibit bacteria from "sticking" to the urinary tract wall, this helping prevent urinary tract infections. Now, a study published in the December 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that this "anti-sticking" effect is also active on the gums. Cranberries appear to prevent the bacteria that leads to plaque and gum disease from sticking to the gums.



Also called cystitis & urinary tract infection, is a bacterial infection that causes painful urination and a feeling that the bladder is never completly empty. It also causes fever and lower back pain. Urine from an infected bladder may smell strong and contain tinges of blood. (If you develope any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.)

Bladder infections occur in about 20 percent of women, many of whom suffer chronic, recurring infections. More than 20 percent of women who develope bladder infections have three or more a year.

Because Naturopaths suggest drinking 17 ounces of cranberry juice a day to treat UTI's, and since cranberry is tart and must be sweetened, this means higher calories. AIM Cranverry can help.

·  Cranberry helps deodorize urine. Anyone troubled with incontinence can reduce this problem of embarrassing odor.

·  Cranberry helps treat candida infections & can be taken with garlic, which also helps candida.

·  Take 2 caplets daily.

·  For best absorption and assimilation, take AIM CranVerry™ on an empty stomach.

·  Shelf life is 2 to 3 years, unopened. Store in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate. Keep away from heat and humidity.

  • Concentrated cranberry juice without added sugar
  • 513 mg of dried cranberry concentrate in every caplet

  • Pure juice from cranberries (no fiber included)
  • Most economical way to get the benefits of cranberry juice
  • Residue-free
  • 60-count caplets
  • Coated caplets that won't stick together



Q & A

Can I take AIM CranVerry™ with AIM Barleygreen™ or other AIM products?

We recommend that you do not take cranberry juice with AIM Barleygreen™ because the acidity of the juice could affect the alkalizing substances in AIM Barleygreen™. Some people do take AIM CranVerry™ with AIM Barleygreen™ because some of the AIM Barleygreen™ will be assimilated before the AIM CranVerry™ caplets are completely dissolved. However, AIM CranVerry™ caplets dissolve rapidly, so the acidity of AIM CranVerry™ may still affect the AIM Barleygreen™.

Why doesn't AIM CranVerry™ in a powder or liquid form?

This would be a very bitter tasting product. Remember that most of the cranberry drinks on the market contain considerable amounts of sugar or sweeteners. We do not believe we should add this to the product.

Can I take more than the suggested serving?

You may adjust your servings to your needs. AIM CranVerry™ is a whole food concentrate, so, like cranberries, it is safe.

Can children take it?

Yes, again because it is a safe whole food concentrate; just like drinking cranberry juice!

 

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Vitamin A is an oil-soluble nutrient found preformed in fish liver oil and some other animal products, and as provitamin A (beta carotene) in carrots, broccoli, spinach, and other vegetables.  It is necessary for growth and repair of body tissues, and is especially important for healthy eyes and skin.  It aids in bone and teeth formation, fights bacterial infection, and is essential for a healthy mucous membrane lining, in the stomach, intestines, sinuses, etc.  Signs of deficiency may include: night blindness; rough, dry, scaly skin; increased susceptibility to infections; fatigue, insomnia, depression; loss of smell and appetite; lusterless hair; brittle nails; and inflamed eyelids.  Recommended amounts are:
Infants: 1400-2000 IU
Children: 2000--4000 IU
Adults: 4000-5000 IU
Long-term ingestion of 50,000 or more IU may be toxic.

Acetyl l-Carnitine plays a key role in maintaining normal brain and nerve function during aging. It has been shown to maintain cellular membrane activity, and to restore age related membrane changes. It also is an antioxidant- it scavenges super oxide anion radicals which can otherwise damage membrane lipids.
Acetyl l-carnitine increases cerebral blood flow. It has a major effect on short term memory and it effects major depression and changes in the circadian hormonal rhythms, similar to melatonin.

Acidophilus and other lactic bacteria are one-celled micro-organisms that are essential in the digestive tract, performing many functions necessary to promote immunity and proper nutrition. I consider lactic bacterial products to be the most important products a person can purchase at Vitamin Express! Such bacteria help digestion, produce natural antibiotics, manufacture vital nutrients, regulate elimination and make everything else that one eats absorb better. Acidophilus is my favorite cure-all for balancing digestion, diarrhea, constipation, and I've had great luck with sucking on a capsule for a sore throat or canker sore from acidic food and rancid oils. We have many different products and forms to choose from: powder, tablets, capsules or liquid. (top)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Nutritive herb with high mineral and vitamin content including Vit. K and iron; estrogen precursor for menopause; mild diuretic. (top)

Aloe vera. Applied fresh as a burn and wound remedy, astringent. Fresh peeled leaf inserted as a rectal suppository for hemorrhoids. For chronic constipation with atonic bowel.

Alpha Ketoglutarate (AKG) is an amino acid with important functions in the Krebs Cycle (cell energy production). It increases stamina and recovery time, and reduces the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. It is also a receptor for ammonia, a waste product of protein metabolism. The results are greater mental clarity, and better physical performance! (top)

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a remarkable metabolic antioxidant readily transported through cellular membranes. It also helps recycle other antioxidants! What this means is that when vitamin E quenches lipid peroxidation a vitamin E radical is formed and that radical is reduced back to vitamin E by lipoic acid. It does a similar task with vitamin C, in turn Vitamin C can also reduce vitamin E.  Not only does lipoic acid play a role in lipid (fat) environments, but also in aqueous (water) environments where it can inactivate hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals, singlet oxygen, hypochlorous acid, and nitric oxide. Lipoic acid acts as a catalyst and chelator. In Europe it has been used for detoxification of heavy metal poisoning, possible application in atherosclerosis, side effects of diabetes, oxidative stress, and it may exert a protective effect against the formation of cataracts.

Most recent research now indicates that Lipoic Acid prevents HIV replication. It has the ability to protect the genetic material, DNA, in the cell nucleus and protect NF kappa-B in the cytosol and most important it is able to bolster the cellular glutathione levels in the system and in lymphocytes!  Presently there are several companies that sell lipoic acid. We have sold it for about five years from Cardiovascular Research; now it is also available from MRI, Jarrow, Twin Lab, and others.

For further information, see this interview with Dr. Jim Clark about Alpha Lipoic Acid.
See also MRI's Product Brochure.

Amla is considered a rejuvenator in Ayurvedic medicine.  It is perhaps the richest source of vitamin C found in nature. (top)

Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica) Antispasmodic, for strong menstrual cramps with scanty flow; intestinal colic and poor digestion; stimulating expectorant for coughs.

Anise Seed (Pimpinella anisum) Eases indigestion, flatulence and colic. Antispasmodic and expectorant. (top)

Arginine, evidence suggests, may help turn body fat into muscle, improve immunity to disease, promote healing and combat arthritis. Now considered a nutritionally essential amino acid, L-arginine is used in the body in the construction of important structural proteins and enzymes. It also stimulates the release of insulin, growth hormone and helps produce creatine phosphate, which is a compound required for muscle contraction. The brain has a special need for L-arginine. It is also used by the body to make vasopressin, an antidiuretic hormone which decreases urine volume to maintain fluid. Vasopressin also can enhance memory. L-arginine is a component of the hormones insulin and glucagon, and of collagen, elastin, and hemoglobin.

L-arginine improves T-cell production, and Pearson and Shaw suggest that L-arginine is effective against arthritis which is caused by an inadequate activity of T-suppressor white cells thereby causing the body to attack itself and produce inflammation. They also report L-arginine blocks formation of tumors in mice inoculated with MSV (a cancer-causing virus). Like L-ornithine, L-arginine is helpful in reducing plaque, stimulating wound healing, and helps in the regeneration of the liver. Large quantities of L-arginine may be tolerated differently by different people according to their biochemical individuality. L-Arginine may increase the severity of symptoms in some schizophrenics. In L-lysine-deficient diets, supplemental L-arginine could facilitate a Herpes Simplex flare-up in some individuals. L-arginine-rich foods like chocolate and brazil nuts should also be avoided. (top)

Arnica Flower Linament (Arnica spp.) Topical use for bruises, sprains. strains and other athletic injuries, including swelling. Use on unbroken skin.

Ashwagandha, or Winter Cherry (Withnia somnifera), is a small branching hairy shrub found in the arid wastelands of Himalayan India.  It has adaptogenic properties similar to Chinese ginseng, and it has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac and a rasayana in Ayurveda.  It is particularly rejuvenative to the muscle tissues and sexual fluids.   It also may assist in calming those suffering from chronic exhaustion.  The active constituents are called Withanolides.

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Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism. It helps maintain a healthy nervous system, stabilizes the appetite, and stimulates growth and good muscle tone. It can reduce the negative effects of drinking, by helping to eliminate acetylaldehyde, the major toxic by-product of alcohol ingestion.  Signs of deficiency include: gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, loss of appetite, and heart disorders. 
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 0.3 - 0.5 mg; Children: 0.7-1.2 mg; Men: 1.4 mg; Women: 1.0 mg.   There is no known oral toxicity.

Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) is necessary for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. It helps  form antibodies, red blood cells, and to maintain cell respiration. Signs of deficiency include eye problems, cracks and sores in mouth, dermatitis, retarded growth, and digestive disturbances.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 0.4 - 0.6 mg; Children: 0.8 - 1.4 mg; Men: 1.6 mg; Women: 1.2 mg.   There is no known oral toxicity.

Vitamin B-3 (Niacin, Nicotinic acid, Niacinamide) is necessary for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. It has been used to help bring down cholesterol levels.  It helps to maintain the health of the skin, tongue, and digestive system.  Signs of deficiency include dermatitis, nervous disorders, headaches, insomnia, bad breath, digestive disturbances, and sore mouth and gums. 
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):   Infants: 6 - 8 mg; Children: 9 - 16 mg; Men: 16 mg; Women: 13 mg.  Amounts of 4 grams or more a day (in divided doses) have been used to successfully lower cholesterol; however, this high dose level requires monitoring of liver enzyme levels by a health practitioner.  A temporary side effect of niacin ingestion (but not of niacinamide) is the niacin flush.

Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic acid) participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It aids in the utilization of several vitamins, helps the formation of some fats, and it improves the body's ability to respond to stress.  Signs of deficiency include vomiting, restlessness, increased susceptibility to infection, gastrointestinal disturbances, depression, and fatigue.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 2-3 mg;  Children: 3-7 mg;  Adults: 5-10 mg.    Doses of 10,000-20,000 mg may cause side effects in some persons. (top)

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is necessary for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. It aids in the formation of antibodies, and helps to maintain the balance of sodium and phosphorus. Signs of deficiency include anemia, mouth disorders, nervousness, muscular weakness, dermatitis, dandruff, and water retention.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 0.3-0.6 mg; Children: 0.9-1.8 mg; Men: 2.2 mg; Women: 2 mg.   Doses over 200 mg per day may contribute to a rare nervous condition in some people.

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is essential for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, and for normal formation of blood cells. It also helps maintain the nervous system.  Signs of deficiency include pernicious anemia, brain damage, nervousness, and neuritis.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 0.5 - 1.5 mcg;  Children: 2-3 mcg; Adults: 3 mcg.  There is no known oral toxicity.

Balm of Gilead (Populus spp.) Soothes, disinfects and astringes mucous membranes. Expectorant; anodyne; specific for laryngitis, coughs and sore throat.

Barberry Root (Berberis fendleri) Digestive and appetite stimulant; stimulates bile flow and liver function; refrigerant, reduces fevers; antiseptic. Anti-convulsant.  (top)

BarleyGreen is made from week-old barley "leaves". It's luminous green color testifies to it's high chlorophyll content, and it's loaded with other nutrients including trace minerals, enzymes, beta-carotene, and others. Many people add it to their morning protein drink for an extra lift; others report that it helps to regulate their bowel function, probably due to it's fiber content and the presence of chlorophyll. Another reported use involves taking a packet of BarleyGreen with a packet of Alacer Emergen-C every 2 hours, when flying. It provides antioxidant support, helping to significantly decrease the symptoms of jet-lag.

Bayberry Bark (Myrica cerifera) Astringent, used for bleeding gums and sore throat, diarrhea. G.I. inflammation, post partum hemorrhage; vasodilator of skin and mucous membranes.

BeePollen has been eaten by birds for countless centuries, and just look at the energy those lil' guys have! Many of us have found bee pollen to have a nourishing and energizing effect on humans, as well, though nobody we know has sprouted wings and taken to the sky... yet. One proponent of the "apiary life-style", Royden Brown, claims in his book, Bee Hive Product Bible, to have rejuvenated his body by consuming large amounts of bee pollen and other bee products, such as royal jelly and propolis (see the Immune Topic for a discussion of propolis). Bee Pollen is known to contain B vitamins, trace minerals, and enzymes, as well as other nutritional elements.

Beta-1,3-Glucan See Beta-1,3-Glucan Topic

Bifidus refers to Bifidobacterium, the kind of friendly bacteria that works in the large intestine to keep it healthy.   The large intestine serves as the body’s waste-disposal management system, and it needs specific flora to help it maintain a healthy balance.  These friendly flora live on the intestinal wall, discouraging bad bacteria from taking up residence and helping the large intestine dispose of unused foods.  Besides protecting against harmful bacteria, a good bifidus produces B vitamins that help the body complete the digestive process.

Bioflavonoids are a family of compounds that consist of thousands of plant pigments and active ingredients that provide a variety of benefits.  Citrus bioflavonoids help increase the strength of capillaries, which can correct excessive cell permeability, so they were originally dubbed "Vitamin P".  Signs of deficiency include the tendency to bruise and bleed easily.  There is no RDA.  There are many other bioflavonoids, such as Quercetin, that have other specific effects. (top)

Biotin is necessary for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. It aids in the utilization of other B vitamins. Signs of deficiency include dermatitis, grayish skin color, depression, muscle pain, impairment of fat metabolism, and poor appetite.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health): Infants: 35-50 mcg; Children: 65-200 mcg; Adults:150-300 mcg.  There is no known oral toxicity.

Black Cohosh Root (Cimicifuga racemosa) Anti-spasmodic, used for menstrual cramping, coughs, muscle spasms; emmenagogue; relieves hot flashes in menopausal women; mild sedative.

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) Increases lactation; emmenagogue; carminative, for indigestion and chronic headaches; astringent, for diarrhea and hemorrhage.

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) Uterine tonic, emmenagogue; diuretic; Antispasmodic; diaphoretic; mild expectorant. For use in last trimester only.

Blue Flag Root (Iris versicolor) Liver purgative, blood purifier; cathartic; sialagogue; diuretic. For constipation and biliousness, eruptive skin conditions. Low doses only.

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) Soothes cranky children, sedative, antidepressant, diaphoretic, febrifuge, anti-spasmodic, mild analgesic.

Boldo is an herb that has been used in South America for hundreds of years. If you overeat at any Argentinean restaurant, you will be offered a cup of boldo tea. It promotes fat digestion by stimulating the secretion of bile and helps to neutralize excess acid. Boldo is also used to treat liver, gallbladder and bowel dysfunctions. Other reputed uses are for urogenital inflammations, uric acid elimination, gout, hepatitis, rheumatism, and as an antiseptic.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) For flu symptoms, aches and pains; clears mucous congestion; reduces fevers; muscular rheumatism.

Boron is a trace mineral that reduces the urinary excretion of calcium, especially when magnesium is low. It appears that taking 3 mg. daily has an appreciable affect on calcium absorption in postmenopausal women, reducing calcium loss and bone demineralization. (top)

Boswellia has traditionally been used to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritic conditions in Ayurveda.

Bovine Cartilage Arthritis is characterized as inflammation of the joints, surrounding tendons, ligaments and cartilage. One of the oldest human afflictions, arthritis can affect virtually every part of the body. Two of the most common forms of the disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of joint cartilage. It is characterized by small bony growths, calcium spurs, and occasional soft cysts which appear on the bone and in the joints. Its symptoms include loss of joint motion, stiffness, swelling and pain. An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, according to the Rheumatoid Disease Foundation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own tissue. Although less common than osteoarthritis, it is a very painful joint disease which often results in crippling disabilities for the young and old alike. Rheumatoid arthritis afflicts six million Americans.

In his significant research of the health promoting applications of bovine tracheal cartilage, John F. Prudden, MD, Med.Sc.D., has contributed to the abundant evidence of its anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation is a crucial part of arthritis therapy. Bovine cartilage not only does this, but it also provides healthy biochemical components that the body can utilize in resynthesizing cartilage. Both the oral and injectable forms of bovine tracheal cartilage have been proven effective.

In a 1974 report published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, Dr. Prudden reported the remarkable results he achieved in the treatment of moderate to severe cases of osteoarthritis. His subjects suffered from functional disability ranging from slight to significant, and a majority had noticeable cartilage and bone degeneration. These individuals had lesions visible by x-rays as well as severe symptomology and demonstrated the usual joint degeneration pattern. Over a period of three to eight weeks, these subjects received daily subcutaneous injections of 50cc of a bovine cartilage solution known. (Bovine tracheal cartilage powder has been prepared for human use through rigorous maintenance of its natural components. The -solution was a 5% extract of bovine tracheal cartilage powder preserved with 9% benzyl alcohol.) By the end of the study, of the 28 patients who participated, 19 were classified as "excellent," six were "good," and two noted "some" benefit. (Excellent results were defined as those patients who experienced complete elimination of pain and discomfort. Good results were marked by a decrease in pain and an increase in mobility with some residual discomfort and disability.) No toxicity was reported, and patients' relief lasted an average of 7 months after the study was completed.

Dr. Prudden commented, "These present data appear to be of major significance since it is estimated that 30 million Americans have clinically demonstrable and symptomatic osteoarthritis." he urged that "a material of such great potential benefit to so many millions of people should be made generally available as soon as possible."

Dr. Prudden subsequently tested the effects of oral ingestion of nine grams daily of bovine cartilage, to see if it would produce similar results as the injectable form in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Of 700 cases of osteoarthritis treated with bovine cartilage, 59 percent experienced "excellent" results and 26 percent experienced "good" results for a total amelioration rate of 85 percent. The average length of remission was six to eight weeks. Oral administration is more convenient and less painful than injected treatment, and does not require a doctor to administer it.

According to Dr. Prudden, for ongoing relief, a reduction of the therapeutic dose of 9 grams per day may be possible depending upon the patient's symptoms. A long term, double-blind study conducted in 1987 at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, confirmed Dr Prudence's earlier results. In the 194 participating patients with osteoarthritis, pain scores dropped an average of 50 percent.

In light of the fact that standard treatments with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (SNAILS) do not stop the progression of arthritis and provide only short-term relief, the results achieved with bovine cartilage are indeed encouraging. in addition, NSAIDs have significant side effects such as gastrointestinal upset, headaches and dizziness. Several studies have indicated that NSAIDs use is associated with the acceleration of osteoarthritis and increased joint destruction.

Rheumatoid arthritis has traditionally been seen as a disease that leads inexorably to the degeneration of joints, finally incapacitating the sufferer. Standard treatments provide only short term relief. However, Dr. Prudden has had strikingly, positive results using bovine cartilage in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

In patients suffering from chronic rheumatoid arthritis of the knees, wrists, elbows, hips, hands, and fingers, who had symptoms including swollen and immobile joints, and severe pain and stiffness, Dr. Prudden administered a daily dose of 50cc of subcutaneously injected of bovine cartilage extract. Bovine cartilage is noted not only for its anti-inflammatory effects, but also for its immuno-modulatory properties. It is encouraging affirmation of these properties that out of the nine patients studied, three experienced excellent results and six had good results - 100 percent success rate using bovine cartilage as the sole therapy.

Dr. Prudden has also achieved positive results with the oral administration of bovine cartilage in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Given this rich base of scientific evidence, renewed attention is being directed to Dr. Prudden's work. A non-toxic and powerful agent, bovine tracheal cartilage can provide relief to sufferers of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. As a result of Dr. Prudden's successful and meticulously documented research, bovine cartilage is now available to the public.  (top)

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) Blood cleanser; anti-microbial, used for skin eruptions, dry/scaly skin conditions, cancer. Digestive stimulant. Lowers blood sugar.

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) Muscle relaxant, used for intestinal colic, asthma, painful menses; mild febrifuge.

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Vitamin C is involved in hundreds of roles in the healthy body.  Besides being a primary antioxidant and a crucial support for immune response, it also maintains collagen, helps wounds  and fractures heal, reduces scar tissue, strengthens blood vessels, aids in absorption of iron, and may provide resistance to infections. Signs of deficiency include bleeding gums, swollen or painful joints, slow-healing wounds and fractures, bruising, nosebleeds, and impaired digestion.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 35 mg;  Children: 45-50 mg;  Adults: 60 mg.    Vitamin C is essentially nontoxic, although a large dose can cause diarrhea; 5000-15,000 mg. daily over a prolonged period may have side effects in some persons.

Calcium is widely understood to help the development and maintenance of strong bones, joints, tendons, and teeth.  It also assists normal blood clotting, muscle action, nerve function, and heart function, it helps to regulates acid-base balance and maintain osmotic pressure, and it helps stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid.  Signs of deficiency include tetany, softening bones, back and leg pains, brittle bones, insomnia, irritability, and depression.
     Recommended amounts are infants: 360-540 mg; children: 800-1200 mg; adults: 800 mg, with adult women up to 1500 mg.  Excessive intakes of calcium may have side effects in certain persons.

Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis) Anti-inflammatory; astringent; styptic; anti-fungal; emmenagogue; cholagogue; topically for wounds, ulcers, burns,abscesses.

Carnitine is known for it's ability to increase the utilization of stored body-fat, helping people to slim down and increase lean muscle mass. Most often they also notice a significant increase in energy, partly due to feeling better about their new size and partly due to the energy derived from the better burning of fat. Carnitine is also considered protective of heart function, both because the heart uses lipids as the source of most of it's energy, and because it helps to reduce blood levels of fat and triglycerides.

Cascara Sagrada Bark (Rhamnus purshiana) Laxative, mild liver stimulant; bitter tonic.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) For indigestion, flatulence and colic; mild astringent, specific for childhood diarrhea.

Cayenne (Capsicum spp.) Equalizes circulation; for cold hands and feet; strengthens heart; stimulant; carminative; styptic. Antiseptic, used as gargle for persistent cough.

Cedar Berry (Thuja spp.) Astringent; diuretic; emmenagogue; anthelmintic; expectorant. Has been used to decrease need for insulin therapy.

Chamomile Flower (Matricaria chamomilla) Sedative, carminative, anti-spasmodic, anodyne. Children's herb, especially for fever and restlessness. Mouthwash for gingivitis.

Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castrus) Stimulates and normalizes pituitary function. Used for PMS, menstrual cramps, menopause, post birth control pill rebalancing.

Chick Weed (Stellaria media) Nutritive; restorative demulcent; diuretic; regulates thyroid; high in saponins (increasing cell membrane permeability) and lecithin (emulsifying and mobilizing fat).

Choline is important in normal nerve transmission. Aids metabolism and transport of fats. Helps regulate liver and gallbladder. Signs of deficiency include fatty liver, hemorrhaging kidneys, and high blood pressure. There is no RDA, and there is no known oral toxicity, even with intake as high as 50,000 mg. daily for 1 week - although a side effect of a high choline intake in some people is an unpleasant fishy smell.  The average diet yields 500-900 mg per day.

Chromium helps the cell to handle sugar in the system. It does this by binding the hormone insulin to the cell wall to perform its functions. Insulin is also necessary for normal brain function, wound healing and immune response. Chromium can help maintain alertness after eating, and increase energy and concentration, as well as mood elevation. The Western Journal of Medicine (Jan.'9O ) reported "Supplemental chromium is associated with improvements of risk factors associated with maturity-onset diabetes and cardiovascular diseases." Some symptoms of chromium deficiency are impaired glucose tolerance, impaired growth, decreased fertility and sperm count, and nerve damage.

Cleavers (Gallium aparine) Lymphatic tonic alterative; diuretic. Used for swollen glands, cystitis, ulcers and tumors, skin disorders, painful urination.

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) Soothing expectorant; anti-spasmodic; anti-inflammatory; astringent. Used for irritating coughs, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, throat catarrh, external for sore and ulcers.

Comfrey Leaf (Symphytum officinalis) Speeds healing of sprains, strains, fractures and surface wounds.

CoEnzyme Q-10 is an important vitamin-like nutrient that is of great interest to researchers studying heart disease, aging, cancer, obesity, athletic performance and other problems associated with its deficiency. CoQ-10 resembles vitamin E and vitamin K in chemical structure. It functions biochemically much like vitamin E in that it participates in antioxidant and free radical reactions. However, CoQ-10 has a special biochemical role of major importance, involving the production of energy in cells, including heart cells.
     Coenzyme Q-10 is so ubiquitous that it was first named ubiquinone. Humans can make CoQ-10 out of the other Coenzymes Q-1 to Q-9, or we can absorb it from our food. However, we cannot manufacture CoQ-10 from simple nutrients or CoQ-10's building blocks. As we age, many of us lose our ability to efficiently make CoQ-10 out of the Coenzymes 1 to 9. To make matters worse, foods lose CoQ-10 with processing and storage.
     CoQ-10 supplements are used by millions of persons around the world, but particularly in Japan, for heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system stimulation, life-extension and slowing the aging process, periodontal disease, peptic ulcers, and others. In Japan alone, there are 252 CoQ-10 preparations from 83 companies. Japanese and European physicians are quite aware of the role of this nutrient as an adjunct in treating heart disease.
     Dr. Karl Folkers of the University of Texas at Austin is the "father" of CoQ-10 in the United States. Dr. Folkers also led the research team that discovered vitamin B-12 in 1948, and was the first to synthesize vitamin B-6. In 1973, Dr. Folkers was awarded the Welch Award by the American Chemical Society, and in 1986, he was given its highest award, the Priestley Medal. He has published a four volume set of books on CoQ-10. Topics of future research include lupus, AIDS, diabetes, periodontal disease, candida, Parkinson's, ALS and muscular dystrophy.

Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum) Carminative, eases intestinal griping and diarrhea, especially in children. Appetite stimulant, increases secretion of digestive juices.

Corn Silk (Zea mays) Soothing diuretic, for renal and urinary irritation; used for bedwetting, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis.

Couch Grass (Agropyron repens) Demulcent; anti-microbial; antilithic; for cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, kidney stones and gravel.

Cow Parsnip Root (Heracleum lanatum) Anti-nauseant; stimulant; hypotensive; emmenagogue; anti-spasmodic; carminative. Analgesic for sore teeth and gums.

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) Relaxes muscle tension and spasms, ovarian pain and uterine cramps. Used to prevent threatened miscarriage.

Cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccus) are rich in minerals, including iodine, C, A, B vitamins and organic acids, especially Quinic acid, the precursor to hippuric acid. Hippuric acid increases the acidity of the urine and decreases the alkali, urea and uric acid levels, yet it does not cause acidosis. By lowering the pH, cranberry creates a less favorable environment for bacteria, appearing to prevent bacteria from attaching to the lining of the bladder and the urethra. Cranberries have been used medically for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections, such as bladder and kidney inflammation, painful urination and kidney stones.

Creatine Monohydrate supplements can create more ATP, the molecule that releases the energy for all of our movement, without needing carbohydrates, fats, or oxygen to recharge the ATP. This makes it a source of super fast energy because it does not need to undergo a complicated process to produce energy. It can also lead to the absorption of hydrogen ions released into muscles from lactic acid, which cuts-back the "burn" and reduces exercise fatigue.

Cysteine (NAC), or N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, is an amino acid that acts as an antioxidant and is a component of glutathione, a critical antioxidant. NAC is a more stable form of the amino acid cysteine (which is very unstable and oxidizes readily). Along with glycine and glutamic acid, NAC makes the tripeptide glutathione. Research shows that supplementing with cysteine is dramatically more cost-effective at increasing levels of glutathione than is taking glutathione itself! Additional important points about NAC include:

Safe; no known toxicity.

Less prone to auto-oxidation than cysteine and more biologically active.

Antioxidant that quenches free radicals and would slow down the aging processes due to free radical production.

Anti-mucous in the lungs.

Used to treat excess doses of acetaminophen.

Replenishes glutathione depleted by AIDS virus.

Various beneficial effects in AIDS, including reducing the number of opportunistic infections.

Has shown anti-HIV activity in vitro.

Cell-protective effect when dapsone (which is cytotoxic) is used to treat Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in AIDS.

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Vitamin D assists absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus required for bone formation. It also maintains stable nervous system and normal heart action.  Signs of deficiency include poor bone and tooth formation, softening of bones and teeth, inadequate absorption of calcium, and retention of phosphorus in kidney.  Recommended amount for infants, children, and adults is 400 IU per day.  See updated information at our Vitamin D Topic page.

Dandelion (Taraxacum off.) Blood cleanser; powerful and safe diuretic; for inflammation and congestion of the liver and gall bladder, obstructive jaundice. Mild laxative.

Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridum) Pancreatic tonic, blood sugar regulator, increases endurance

DHEA See DHEA HotTopic

Dill (Anethum graveolens) For flatulence and colic, especially in children; stimulates lactation.

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a natural amino alcohol and a precursor to choline and acetylcholine in the brain. DMAE naturally occurs in fish, especially sardines, herring and anchovies. Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. introduced DMAE in 1957 under the trade name Deaner. DMAE by itself is alkaline and caustic, so only salts and esters of DMAE are used in products. Deaner, a prescription drug, is the p-acetamidobenzoate salt of DMAE. The bitartrate and PABA salts of DMAE, which are available in vitamin stores, have the same active constituents.

     DMAE is reported to elevate mood, increase intelligence, improve memory and learning, and extend lifespan. DMAE also stabilizes lysosome membranes, preventing the uncontrolled leakage of lysosomal enzymes in the cells and the resulting damage of important intracellular organelles. Some researchers suggest that aging may be triggered by leakage of lysosomal enzymes into the cells and surrounding connective tissue as a result of membrane damage. Another theory proposes that aging is due in part to the accumulation of lipofuscin, or age pigment, a yellowish-brown substance that builds up in the skin and brain cells. DMAE can slow the rate of accumulation of lipofuscin and also speed up its removal.
     DMAE and the vitamin choline have similar structures; DMAE is choline with one methyl group removed. Both are reported to increase levels of acetylcholine in the brain, but choline must be processed in the liver first, while DMAE can be transported directly across the blood-brain barrier. This explains why DMAE works more consistently when taken to increase concentration and short-term memory. DMAE supplementation is best started with a small amount and increased gradually. A large dose taken before the body gets used to it could result in a temporary condition of muscle stiffness in the neck and shoulders. This almost never happens at typical doses of DMAE, but as a precaution it's best to increase the dose at weekly intervals.

DMG (n,n-Dimethylglycine) is the active nutrient behind what was called B-15, calcium pangamate, or pangamic acid. It is an intermediary metabolite that is useful in the production of neurotransmitters, hormones, DNA, choline, and methionine. It enhances the immune response system, normalizes blood glucose levels and reduces high blood pressure levels. It enhances oxygen utilization, reduces lactic acid formation, and aids detoxification- improving liver, pancreas, and adrenal function. In 1960 Russia reported DMG benefited people suffering from diabetes, alcoholism, mental disorders, and cardiovascular ailments. Also, DMG enhanced athletic performance, as demonstrated by the Olympics. I have found it to have excellent results for increasing my endurance when exercising, sharpening my vision, stopping allergy reactions, and even stopping headaches in the early stages.

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Female hormone regulator, alleviates cramping and premenstrual distress.

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Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant that protects fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids in the cells from oxidative damage.  It inhibits coagulation of blood by preventing blood clots and is essential in cellular respiration.  Signs of deficiency include the rupture of red blood cells, muscular wasting, or abnormal fat deposits in muscles.
     Vitamin E is found in every cell of the body becoming localized in the cell membrane. There it prevents free radicals from damaging the cell walls. It also prevents cancer, cataracts, and cardiovascular disease. It improves circulation, aids in healing wounds and repairing tissue. It is useful in treating fibrosistic breasts and premenstrual syndrome. Vitamin E protects the structure and function of muscle tissue, Vitamin A, carotene, fatty acids, the pituitary gland, the adrenal gland, capillaries, red blood cells, and sex hormones. It can prevent sterility in males. Vitamin E protects the lungs and blood cells from ozone.
     Vitamin E complex can contain alpha, beta, gamma tocopherols, and tocotrienols. Synthetic E (dl-alpha) has been shown to be as much as 50% less effective than the natural form(D-alpha). There is no upper limit of toxicity for vitamin E, however, if a person is on blood thinning drugs, then vitamin E can make the drugs more effective. It is very important to have your doctor adjust the drug dosage accordingly. Also, it is recommended to avoid vitamin E two weeks prior to surgery. Post surgically it is an aid in healing and the reduction of scar tissue.
     Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 4-6 IU;  Children: 7-12 IU; Men: 15 IU; Women: 12 IU.   Vitamin E is essentially nontoxic; daily doses of  4000-30,000 IU for prolonged periods have produced side effects in some people.
     A good source for current research on Vitamin E is Veris Research Information Service.

Echinacea, also called "purple coneflower" and "Missouri snakeroot", is indigenous to North America, found mainly in the prairies west of the Mississippi River. Long a favored medicinal herb of the Native American Indian, Echinacea was widely used by early medical doctors. It had fallen into dis-use when Dr. Vogel of BioForce fame rediscovered it in the 1950's. Now over 40 pharmaceutical Echinacea preparations are registered for use by European physicians, and the bulk of modern research has originated from Europe. The two main varieties, Echinacea augustifolium and Echinacea purpurea, have similar properties.     
     Echinacea, an alterative herb, is described as the most effective blood and lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom. Alteratives are blood purifiers that gradually and favorably alter the condition of the body, and are used in treating toxicity of the blood, infections, arthritis, cancer and skin eruptions. Alteratives also help the body to assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste products of metabolism. Echinacea is used to neutralize acid conditions in the blood associated with a stagnation of lymphatic fluids.
     Echinacea promotes the production of white blood cells. It also acts as a stimulant, increasing body energy, driving the circulation, breaking up obstructions and warming the body. In times past, Echinacea has been used for treating gangrene, blood poisoning and all chronic and acute bacterial and viral infections, as well as syphilis, gonorrhea, and vaginal infections. Echinacea has also been reported to have given relief in cases of boils, gout, cerebro-spinal meningitis, diphtheria and ulcers. Nowadays many people report it helps prevent and treat colds and flus. It seems to be tolerated in large amounts and is easily eliminated.

Egg Yolk Lecithin containing a special ratio of 7:2:1 of 7 parts neutral lipids, 2 parts Phosphatidyl Choline, and 1 part Phosphatidyl ethanolamine (approximately 6 percent to 7 percent) has demonstrated remarkable effect as a fluidizer of the cell membrane. As cells age the membrane becomes stiff and viruses can intrude into the cell. People using EYL have shown remarkable increases in their abilities to fight off infection. A good source of further information is the Aids Treatment News. John S. James. P.O. Box 411256, San Francisco, CA 94141.

Elder Flower (Sambucus canadensis) Diaphoretic, anti-catarrhal, diuretic, expectorant. For upper respiratory infections, colds, flu, hayfever, sinusitis, fevers.

Elecampane Root (Inula helenium) Expectorant; diaphoretic; anti-bacterial; antitussive; stomachic; for irritating bronchial coughs, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and bronchitic asthma.

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Anti-catarrhal, astringent, anti-inflammatory. Internally for sinusitis, nasal congestion, eye inflammations. Leaf infusion used as an external wash for sore, inflamed eyes.

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False Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium luteum) Reproductive tonic, used for delayed menses, leukorrhea ovarian pain, female infertility, male impotence. Contains estrogen precursors. Eases vomiting in pregnancy (small doses). Helps prevent threatened miscarriage.

Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) Aids digestion; relieves flatulence and colic; expels mucous; increases lactation; aids weight loss; flavoring agent; increases digestibility of other herbs.

Feverfew (Tanacctum parthenium) Anti-inflammatory, used for rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headache relief(long term basis), asthma and bronchitis. Mild febrifuge, especially good for children. Topically to relieve swelling from insect bites.

Figwort (Scrophularia spp.) Internally and topically for eczema, scrofula, cradle cap psoriasis, itching and irritated skin. Avoid in cases of tachycardia.

Folic Acid (Folacin) is important in red blood cell formation.  It aids the metabolism of proteins, and is necessary for growth and division of body cells.   Signs of deficiency include poor growth, gastrointestinal disorders, anemia, and poor memory.  Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 0.03 - 0.045 mg;   Children: 0.1 - 0.4 mg;  Adults: 0.4 mg.  There are no known toxic effects. 

University of Alabama nutritionists have found that precancerous lesions caused by smoking, which inactivates certain vitamins, was significantly reversed with daily supplementation of 10 mg of folic acid and 500 mcg of B12. In THE LANCET, 7/25/87, studies indicated that folate (folic acid) deficiency may have been a cause of neurological degeneration in AIDS patients. Once again the balance of nutrients comes into play. High dosages of folic acid may interfere with dietary zinc absorption indicating that plasma zinc levels should be monitored.  Also, high folic acid levels could mask a vitamin B-12 deficiency.  For this reason, folic acid and B-12 are often taken together.

Fringetree Bark (Chionanthus virginicus) Hepatic, cholagogue; alterative; diuretic. Used for liver problems, gall bladder inflammation and stones. A gentle, effective laxative.

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GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is an amino acid derivative that functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. It is an anti-stress, anti-anxiety, calming and relaxing nutrient. It has been used clinically for depressed sex drive, prostate problems, and a tranquilizer substitute without any addictive qualities. According to American Pharmacy, April 1984, it is the most important neurotransmitter in aiding the control of all convulsive disorders- parkinsonism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Likewise, substances that block GABA's action have convulsant activity.
I find it to be very effective when taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to a stressful event, such as examinations, or interviews. I find myself feeling relaxed, but still able to think clearly and focused.

Gamma Oryzanol was first researched extensively by Japanese scientists, who derived it from rice bran oil. It increased the anabolic efficiency of food, basically increasing mass with less food, possibly by stimulating the pituitary to release growth hormone releasing hormone. There is also some evidence that it helps increase energy levels and overall stamina and that it aids tissue repair.

Garlic (Allium sativum) remedies were first recorded 5000 years ago. The Egyptians prescribed it for high blood pressure, lice, skin troubles, worms, intestinal disorders, ulcers, and respiratory diseases. It is a nutrient rich plant that can be high in selenium, germanium, sulfur containing amino acids and compounds.
     The distinctive odor and taste of garlic are attributed to allicin. It's antibacterial action is equivalent to 1% of penicillin. It has been used for all forms of infections, eye, ear, nose, throat, intestinal, skin, etc. It is effective against 20 varieties of fungi, including Athlete's Foot. It has been used effectively in the treatment of candidiasis and for thrush lesions. It has also been demonstrated to be effective in increasing HDL-cholesterol (the beneficial type) and lowering LDL-cholesterol. It contains anti-coagulant substances that can thin out the blood and help prevent heart disease and strokes, and lower blood pressure. (top)

Gentian Root (Gentiana lutea) Bitter, promotes production of gastric juices and bile. For sluggish digestion, dyspepsia and flatulence. Restores appetite lost during morning sickness.

Germanium was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Kazuhiko Asai, who stated that Germanium was "a health-giving substance - it restores health to those afflicted with disease and sustains health in those who are healthy.... Where body cells lack oxygen, indispensable to life, a gradual decline in function is inevitable and the fire of life will reduce until it is extinguished". Although Germanium has been studied and noted for it's remarkable iummune-boosting, analgesic, anti-tumor, and liver-restoring powers, many of our customers report it's energizing effects as well. This is because it acts at a fundamental level of life function. Dr. Asai suggested that it can, at least partially, substitute for or supplement oxygenation in tissue, because its unique chemical structure strongly attracts and absorbs ("delocalizes") electrons. This facilitates energy generation from high-energy electrons, analogous to the well-understood role of oxygen as an "electron sink" essential for energy-yielding electron transfer processes.  Also see our Germanium Topic for more information.

Ginger Root (Zinziber officinalis) possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune stimulatory properties.  It is used for nausea, motion sickness, and digestive problems.  It helps to break fevers; stimulant; carminative; diaphoretic; aids in utilization of other herbs.

Ginkgo Biloba The Ginkgo is the world's oldest living tree, a species whose existence can be traced back over 200 million years. For this reason the Ginkgo is often referred to as a "living fossil". Even individual trees may live as long as 1,000 years. The Ginkgo is associated with longevity and it has incredible resistance to environmental factors. It also appears that taking a concentrated extract of Ginkgo Biloba leaves may promote longevity and resistance to aging in humans.

Ginkgo's pharmacological activity is due to its high content of terpenes, flavonoids, pro-anthocyanidins and Ginkgo Heterosides (flavoglycosides). A Ginkgo Biloba extract (G.B.E.) has demonstrated remarkable pharmacological action on different parts of the circulatory and nervous system (arteries, capillaries, veins, and heart). Its effects include enhancement of energy, increase of cellular glucose intake, and inhibiting of platelet aggregation. Ginkgo Biloba Extract also promotes radical scavenging activity, increased blood flow to the brain, and improved transmission of nerve signals. In clinical trials, patients with chronic cerebral arterial insufficiency and/or peripheral arterial insufficiency responded favorably to Ginkgo Biloba extract. Furthermore, since G.B.E. improves some aspects of neural transmission, it may be effective in certain cases of senility, including the early stages of Alzheimers's Disease.

Ginkgo Biloba Extract may lessen many common complaints of the geriatric population, such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, depression, short-term memory loss, and intermittent claudication (cramping in the legs caused by poor circulation). By improving neural transmission, Ginkgo Biloba Extract may also improve mental functions in elderly patients displaying signs of senility. This extract may offer significant protective action against development of Alzheimer's Disease and strokes. Future studies may indicate that G.B.E. is of benefit as a vasodilator in cases of angina, as an inotropic agent in congestive heart failure, and as a mood-elevating substance in depression. (top)

Ginseng, American, is considered a threatened species. In 1989, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated ginseng exports from the US had a total worth over $73 million! From a traditional herbalist's point of view, American ginseng is "cooling" compared to the "hotter" energies of its Asian cousin Panax ginseng, probably due to its slightly different range of ginsenosides. Some American herbalists use American ginseng as a stress reducing tonic, whereas the more stimulating Asian variety is employed as an energy tonic. Over 90% of the harvest is exported to the Far East, where it is preferred by Chinese in summer months and is often used for women. The few remaining Americans who already have too much energy and need stress relief also prefer it.

Ginseng, Asian, or Panax ginseng, is the herb of ancient Chinese lore and folk medicine. The Latin name Panax derives from the Greek word panakos meaning "cure-all" or panacea, a testimony to the wondrous reputation this herb had in the mid-1700's when the famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus named the plant.The wild root is virtually extinct in Asia today, with a few kilos of the roots still being found in the wild. These roots command prices of up to $10,000 each on the Hong Kong market. Most Panax ginseng is commercially cultivated in China and Korea, in both red and white forms. White (actually beige or cream colored) is the natural, dried root material, while the "red" is basically the white roots which have been steam-treated. This process engages a preservation process, besides the natural color change. In South Korea, the red is considered higher quality by the Korean government's Office of Monopoly, which controls all processing and export of Red Korean Ginseng.
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consider the Asian ginseng to be an energy tonic, stimulating and heat producing, increasing yang energies. It is employed in a number of degenerative and "wasting" diseases where chi or vital energy is deficient. It is contraindicated in conditions such as colds and flu. The red variety is considered by traditional herbalists to be more potent and stimulating than white. Some scientific tests appear to confirm this notion.
In recent years, many companies have come out with ginsengs that have standardized the amount of ginsenosides, the known active ingredients. Because of this development, an impressive array of research on Asian ginseng has been conducted in Europe, and the results of this research has validated some of the traditional "tonic" reputation of Asian ginseng root. These studies confirm the stress-reducing properties, heightened endurance levels, cardiovascular and other activities of Asian ginseng. (top)

Ginseng, Siberian, or Eleutherococcus senticosus, became famous in the late 1970's because it was reportedly used by Russian Olympic team members and Soviet cosmonauts as part of their daily training regimen. A Soviet scientist, Dr. I.I. Brekhman, did the early research on Siberian ginseng, and it is his work that popularized the term "adaptogen", indicating a substance that tends to restore normal physiological function, whether it is deficient or excessive, and that allows the body as a whole to respond to a non-specific stress (such as over-exercise). Siberian ginseng belongs to the same Araliaceae family as the other ginsengs, but genus Eleutherococcus instead of Panax. It is the premier substance for enhancing physical stamina and endurance.

Glucosamine Sulfate See Glucosamine Topic

Glutamine has many functions in the body. Recently it has been used to help heal leaky-gut syndrome and chronic immune problems, because of it's importance as a fuel in the mitochondria of both the gut lining and other cells in the body. Body-builders use it because it is a primary nutrient for muscle growth. Recovering alcoholics have used L-glutamine for many years as part of a program to help control sugar cravings and for mental clarity. And many healthy people find that L-glutamine gives them similar results. (top)

Golden Rod (Solidago spp.) Anti-inflammatory; urinary antiseptic; diuretic; diaphoretic; expectorant, astringent. For diarrhea and internal hemorrhage. Gargle for laryngitis and pharyngitis.

Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis candensis) Antiseptic, used internally and topically for infection, sore throat, gastritis, ulceration and colitis. Root infusion used as douche for vaginitis. Generally not recommended for long-term use.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) helps improve circulation throughout the body, especially in the brain.  It is used to increase mental stamina, alleviate depression and anxiety, improve memory, promote longevity, increase energy and endurance.  Gotu Kola has also been traditionally used to improve wound healing, nervousness, insomnia, sore throat, venereal disease, urinary tract infections, and nervous system disorders. (top)

Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum) For kidney and urinary infections and stones, prostatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease; painful menses; rheumatism and gout

Green Foods: See Energy Topic

Grindelia Bud/Flower (Grindelia spp.) Expectorant, anti-spasmodic; used for bronchitis, sinus congestion, bladder infections; topically for poison oak and ivy, insect bites.

GTF Chromium is the glucose tolerance factor. Dr. Janice Kelier-Phelps, in her book The Hidden Addiction, states that sugar is connected in every case with addiction. Glucose (blood sugar) is the fuel with which cells produce energy. Poor sugar metabolism results in low energy and the body craving more and more sugar to fill the deficit. The glucose cannot be converted into energy because it is not passing the discriminatory cellular membrane. For this to occur, insulin needs to bind with the cellular membrane and chromium supplies the "spark" to allow this to happen. Poor metabolism is broken if enough chromium is available. I have found it very helpful in keeping moods stable, and reducing my desire for sweets. (top)

Guar Gum is a gel-forming fiber that, according to studies, curbs the appetite naturally, creates greater stability in blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of colon cancer, and lowers blood serum cholesterol levels. It is tasteless, totally non-dependent, and slows down digestive stomach time; non-obese people have the food remain in the stomach for a longer period of time than obese people. I find it helps me to feel energetic throughout the day and improves elimination. It is important to drink extra water. It is available in powder or capsules.

Guggul has been used by Ayurveda to lower cholesterol levels.  It is thought to increase white blood cell count and possesses strong disinfecting properties.  Other uses have included treating the common cold, inflammation associated with arthritis, and various skin, dental, and ophthalmic infections.

Gymnema sylvestre has been used to control diabetes in Ayurveda. It seems to increase insulin production by possibly regenerating the islets of Langerhans and beta cells.

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Hawthorne (Crataegus oxycantha) berries are gathered from the small tree Crataegus laevigata of the family Rosaceae. Also known as Mayblossom and Whitehorn, Hawthorne was known to Dioscorides in the first century A.D., but was not widely used until recent times. The edible berries are often made into marmalade, and herbal preparations made from the flowers, fruits, and leaves are very prominent in contemporary European medicine. Currently about three dozen different preparations containing extracts of Hawthorne are marketed in Germany.
     Hawthorne is described in most modern herbals as a valuable treatment for various heart ailments and circulatory disorders, as well acting as a mild astringent to be used for treating sore throats. Hawthorne is most often used to protect against the beginning stages of heart disease, for mild heart muscle weakness, for pressure and tightness of the chest, and for mild arrhythmia. It is also used as a tonic for an aging heart.
     Standardized extracts improve myocardial and coronary circulation, raising the myocardial tolerance for oxygen deficiency. Hawthorne is also used for hypertension, nervous disorders and insomnia. It may potentiate the action of digitalis, and does potentiate cardiotonic glycosides. Hawthorne should not be used as a substitute for medical care when an "organic cause" for one of the conditions listed is present, so cause should be diagnosed prior to use.

     Modern researchers have revealed some interesting properties of hawthorne and confirmed that hawthorne contains compounds which support the heart and circulatory system. Hawthorne works to dilate the blood vessels, especially the coronary vessels, reducing peripheral resistance and thus lowering blood pressure and reducing the tendency to angina attacks. Though hawthorne's action is not immediate, but develops very slowly, apparently it has a direct effect on the heart itself, especially in cases of heart damage. Its toxicity is low as well, becoming evident only in large doses. It's therefore a relatively harmless heart tonic which apparently yields good results in many conditions where this kind of therapy is required.
     Hawthorne contains leucoanthocyanins, flavonoids, hyperoside, vitexin 2-rhamnoside, glycosylflavones, amines, catechols, phenolcarboxylic acids, triterpene acids, sterols, inositol, PABA, saponins and purines. The main activity of hawthorne is derived from the potent mixture of pigment bioflavonoids, as well as oligomeric procyanidins (dehydrocatechins) that seem to be particularly active. Some of the flavonoid glycosides are thought to work in a similar way to digitoxin, having a vasodilating effect that could be helpful in the treatment of angina. They also produce marked sedative effects which indicate an action on the central nervous system.

Hops Strobile (Humulus lupus) Sedative; hypnotic. Reduces nervous irritability and tension; promotes restful sleep. Astringent, for mucous colitis.

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) Expectorant; used for respiratory congestion.

Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) Stimulant; for flu, fevers, sinus and respiratory congestion. Sialagogue, carminative; mild laxative, diuretic.

Horsetail (Equisetum spp.) High in silica and calcium, strengthens hair, skin and nails. Styptic, diuretic. Helps correct bedwetting in children.

Hyssop (Hyssopsus officinalis) Anti-spasmodic; nervine; expectorant; diaphoretic, sedative, carminative. For chronic congestion.

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Inosine, an amino acid metabolite, has a unique ability to increase ATP production. It is so closely related to ATP structurally that no oxygen is required for this conversion and is the quickest pathway for the cell to get its ATP. It works best when taken on an empty stomach with an electrolyte mixture, such as Alacer's Emergen-C and with Coenzyme-Q10 before exercise. This enhances oxygen transport throughout the system, improving workload efficiency, and prevents any increase in uric acid synthesis.

Inositol is a sugar which is metabolized slowly and without the involvement of insulin. It is involved in the transportation and metabolism of fatty acids and cholesterol, and is necessary for the formation of lecithin and several enzymes. It is found in cell membranes throughout the brain and central nervous system, the muscles, heart tissues, reproductive organs, and bones, and is vital for hair growth. Signs of deficiency include constipation, eczema, hair loss, and high blood cholesterol. There is no RDA, but the average diet yields 1000 mg per day. There is no known toxicity.

 

 

 

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