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Herbal Diet Supplements - Ingredients and Properties of Vitamins and Natural Remedies - NSP

  • Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is a molecule composed of L-carnitine and acetic acid bound together. L-carnitine is made in the body from the amino acids methionine and lysine. ALC is structurally related to acetylcholine, a major neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) involved in memory and normal brain function. Due to this structural similarity, ALC is predominantly used to treat neurological conditions
  • ALC feeds the mitochondria, the powerhouse of almost all of the body’s cells and facilitates the release of energy from our cells
  • Assists in preventing age-related, oxidative damage effects on the brain’s neurons and has helped those with pain due to peripheral neuropathies
  • It’s neuroprotective factors have demonstrated encouraging results in studies with patients who have neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease, slowing down the progression of these conditions
  • N-acetyl-l-carnitine is found in Natures Sunshine l-Carnitine, Solstic Revive, Nutri-Burn Vanilla, Nutri-Burn Chocolate, Free Amino Acids, Cellular Energy, Garcinia Combination, and Nature’s Hoodia Formula
Nettles-Urtica dioica
  • A leafy plant known as stinging nettles
  • The stinging, spiny hairs on the nettle plant release histamine and formic acid when the plant comes into contact with the skin. However, when they come into contact with an area that is already in pain the chemicals actually decrease the original pain
  • The specific active constituent responsible for nettles’ healing properties has not yet been identified. For that reason the whole plant extract is used as it traditionally has been used for centuries
  • Used for hay fever, urinary problems, BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia or enlarged prostate), and joint pain
  • Nettles is a powerful histamine and is found in Natures Sunshine HistaBlock.
Oregon Grape Root- Berberis aquifolium
  • An evergreen shrub that grows predominantly in Oregon. The root is used medicinally due to its active constituent, berberine
  • Berberine has immune enhancing, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties
  • Berberine is also found in goldenseal root, a more well known and popular medicinal root, which happens to be threatened due to over-harvesting in the wild. Good Elements has decided to use Oregon grape root because of the environmental concerns of over-harvesting goldenseal
  • Oregon grape root has also been used for its anti-diarrhea actions
  • Oregon grape root is found in Nature's Sunshine LBS II (Capsules), Gall Bladder Formula, All Cell Detox, BP-X, LBS II (Vegitabs), Golden Seal, Oregon Grape, and LB-X.
  • An enzyme found in papayas that helps break 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 foods nutritional benefits
  • Papain is found in Nature's Sunshine Food Enzymes, and Papaya Mint.
Passion Flower Extract
  • Found in onions, green and black tea, apples, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • A flavonoid which is a plant pigment that gives many fruits, flowers and vegetables their color
  • Has been shown to act as an anti-histamine substance by stabilizing mast cells thus inhibiting the release of histamine
  • Believed to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Quercetin is a found in Natures Sunshine HistaBlock, Super ORAC Antioxidant, Juniper Berries, and Ho Shou Wu.
Rhodiola- Rhodiola rosea
  • Also known as "golden root," has been used for centuries in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Asia
  • Salidrosides, one of the active constituents in rhodiola, have been shown to affect the central nervous system, enhance physical endurance, improve memory, and improve adrenal function
  • Believed to have properties that improve the ability to adapt to stressors by influencing the levels and activity of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in different structures in the brain
  • It may be that the plant inhibits the breakdown of these chemicals and facilitates the neurotransmitter transport within the brain
  • Has been reported to increase the chemicals that provide energy to the heart muscle and to prevent the depletion of adrenal catecholamines induced by acute stress
  • Rhodiola rosea is found in Nature's Sunshine AdaptaMax.
Skullcap extract
  • A plant native to North America
  • Known for its calming effects on the nervous and musculoskeletal system. It has been used for centuries as a relaxant and as therapy for anxiety, convulsions, and nervous tension
  • Skullcap has been used very effectively for the treatment of muscle spasms, tension headaches, restless leg syndrome, and seizure disorders
  • A blue-green algae considered a naturally occurring multivitamin and mineral substance rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Considered a Green Super Food
  • Believed to stimulate the immune system
  • Spirulina is found in Nature's Sunshine Spirulina, GreenZone Ultimate Powder, GABA Plus, and Super Algae.
  • The predominant amino acid found in green tea and responsible for green tea’s taste
  • Has been shown to promote a sense of relaxation by stimulating the production of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain which influences the levels of serotonin and dopamine, both of which help create a sense of calm
  • GABA is an inhibitory amino acid that calms the nervous system
  • Caffeine decreases GABA which is why we can feel jittery with caffeine intake. Theanine counteracts these negative effects of caffeine by having the opposite effect on GABA
  • Studies have shown theanine to have anti-tumor activity, antioxidant activity, and a positive effect on cholesterol levels
  • Theanine is found in Natures Sunshine Nature’s Cortisol Formula.
Turmeric- Curcuma longa

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