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Herbal Nutrition Supplement - Natural Remedy Ingredients and Properties - Natures Sunshine - NSP

Ashwaghanda-Withania somnifera
  • A plant in the pepper family found in India and Africa
  • The root is used medicinally
  • Withanolides, the active constituent in Ashwagandha, have been studied and shown to enhance immune function, inhibit inflammation, improve adrenal function, improve memory, increase stamina, and combat fatigue
  • Traditionally used in many Ayurvedic formulas has been called the Indian ginseng
  • Ashwaghanda is found in Natures Sunshine Joint Health (Ayurvedic) product with nutritional support for the skeletal system.
Bacopa- Bacopa monnieri
  • A plant that grows in marsh areas native to India
  • Used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic to the nervous system
  • Studies have shown bacosides, one of the active constituents in Bacopa, enhance mental function and
    learning ability
  • Research has shown possible increase in acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in memory and cognition. Alzheimer’s disease shows a decrease in the uptake of acetylcholine in the brain’s neuron synapses. Alzheimer’s disease therapy targets this mechanism of action.
  • Bacopa has been shown to have antioxidant effects in the brain and might help protect brain cells
  • Bacopa is found in Nature's Sunshine Ginkgo/Gotu Kola and Mind-Max as “brain food” to improve circulation to the brain.
Bladderwack (Fucus Vesiculosus)
  • An enzyme derived from the pineapple plant that breaks down proteins
  • Acts as anti-inflammatory by breaking down proteins which can be the cause of body pain
  • Assists digestion and increases your body’s absorption of food’ s nutritional benefits
  • Bromelain can help decrease pain associated with inflammation whether it is caused by musculoskeletal injury or congestion causing microorganisms like in sinusitis
  • Bromelain works best when taken one hour from eating/food
  • Acts as a natural blood thinning agent like aspirin to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Warning: Bromelain may act as a blood thinner and little is known about how Bromelain interacts with blood-thinning drugs. For this reason people should avoid concurrent use with blood thinning medication. The use of Bromelain should be avoided prior to surgery
  • Bromelain is found in Natures Sunshine Food Enzymes, HistaBlock, Joint Support, and SnorEase.
  • A trace nutrient found primarily in fruits and vegetables, especially prunes, grapes and raisins, dates, apples, pears, grains and soybeans, almonds and other nuts.
  • Boron may prevent memory loss and be valuable in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been known to relieve the symptoms of arthritis
  • Boron is found in Natures Sunshine Calcium-Magnesium SynerPro, Trace Mineral Maintenance, and Sea Calcium.
Boswellia- Boswellia serrata
  • A resin from a tree found in India
  • Boswellic acids have been shown to have an anti-inflammatory action by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cells in the body called leukotrienes
  • Boswellia has been found to offer similar pain reducing benefits as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but without the harmful side effects. It has been used for both acute and chronic pain conditions
  • Boswellia is found in Natures Sunshine IF Relief, Triple Relief, Joint Health Ayurvedic, and Frankincense.
  • Also known as red pepper, the active ingredient is capsaicin
  • Cayenne has thermogenic properties meaning it increases the body's metabolism of fat tissue by
    generating heat
  • Facilitates absorption of key nutrients
  • May increase body’s production of heat for a short amount of time. May have blood sugar regulating properties by facilitating the break down of carbohydrates after meals
  • Is being studied for treating atherosclerosis / heart disease
  • Helps assimilation of other nutrients and herbs
  • Cayenne is found in Natures Sunshine Capsicum, Capsicum & Garlic w/ Parsley, and Capsicum Extract to stimulate digestion and enhance blood flow.
Cinnamon extract
Citrus bioflavonoids
  • Bioflavonoids are natural substances found in plants, fruits, vegetables, nuts and barks
  • Known for its strong antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties
  • Citrus bioflavonoids are found in citrus fruits such as lemon, oranges, grapefruits. The white part on the peel of citrus fruit is high in bioflavonoids and helps the body absorb the beneficial vitamin C content
  • Bioflavonoids have been used to fight infections, stabilize capillaries and lower cholesterol
  • Sometimes citrus bioflavanoids are called Vitamin P because the body cannot produce them and they must be provided by the diet
  • Citrus bioflavonoids are found in Natures Sunshine Vitamin C Citrus Bioflavonoid, Mega-Chel, and Caprylimune.
  • A green algae considered to be a Super Green Food and one of the most complete single sources for nutrition
  • Extremely high in nutritional value, a great source of protein and naturally occurring amino acids
  • Helps your body detoxify, supports digestive health and freshens breath
  • Chlorella is found in Nature's Sunshine SmartMeal (Vanilla, Chai, Chocolate), GreenZone Ultimate Powder, GreenZone Ultimate Caplets, and Super Algae.
Cordyceps- Cordyceps sinenesis
  • A mushroom found in China, also known as caterpillar fungus, is one of the most valued mushrooms in Chinese medicine
  • Used in ancient China to strengthen the body, for long-term illnesses, and treatment for impotence
  • The polysaccharides found in cordyceps have been shown to stimulate the activity of immune cells
  • Other constituents of cordyceps have been found to enhance oxygen uptake to the heart and brain cells
  • Cordyceps sinenesis gained popularity in 1993 when a group of Chinese runners, previously considered athletically mediocre, took a tonic containing cordyceps and broke nine world records
  • Cordyceps is found in Natures Sunshine Cordyceps (Chinese) and Natures Immune Stimulator.

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