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Nutritional deficiency is almost impossible to avoid in these modern times. With our busy lifestyle, the ever-tempting convenience of fast food, it is now very difficult to enjoy excellent daily nutrition. Nutritional supplements work by complementing your diet to make sure you get the right nutrients that you need. These supplements can also help boost our immune system. The stronger your immune system, the more resistant your body can be against disease. They are also useful in dealing with toxins which we take in everyday from the air we breath to the water we drink! There is a lot you can do to help yourself. to begin with, try and reduce the amount of refined and processed foods in your diet. Whenever possible, eat organic produce. Remember, it's never too late to exercise!! Start off slowly, don't over do it! Execise can, amongst other benefits bring about a tremendous sense of well being as well as helping you cope better with stress. Once the foundation has been laid for a healthier life you may no doubt wish to compliment it with nutritional supplementation, but how? Which ones should I take? Which ones are needed?

Unfortunately as we grow older, our ability to produce optimal levels of nutrients is generally compromised and falls into decline, that is why it is a good idea initially to supplement with high quality multi mineral and multi vitamin products. Although this represents an excellent starting point for health maintenance, you will from time to time require further amounts of various supplements in order to help the body deal with those 'extra' demands which may be brought about through such things as stress (emotional and physical) Joint 'wear and tear' worsened through injury or periods of ill health and illness etc. It is difficult to know what to take and therefore the following list has been provided in order to offer a little help.

4-Androstenediol - Converted to testosterone in the liver albeit via a separate enzymatic process than Androstenedoine and may be converted as much as three times more effectively. While Androstenedione does exhibit androgenic properties (conversion into DHT and estrogen), 4-Androstenediol is exceptionally anabolic.

5-Hydroxy Tryptophan 5-HTTP - Is an amino acid that converts in the brain into a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is an important brain chemical involved in mood, behavior, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin is known as 5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptamine, and is found in many places in the body particularly the brain, gastrointestinal system, and blood cells.

Acetyl L-Carnitine - Is needed in the process of moving fatty acids into the cell for energy production. This amino acid is a substrate(key) that helps to move fatty acids out of the blood stream and into the cell for breakdown and lipolysis. The more carnitine the more FA transported the more fat breakdown.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) - Increases the body's utilization of blood glucose, enhances the uptake of glucose into muscle cells promoting cell volumizing, and provides protection for healthy cells from free radicals.

Amino Acids - The basic building blocks of protein in order to maintain and support healthy body tissue. There are two types of amino acids: essential amino acids and nonessential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured in the body (you get them by eating foods that contain protein), and nonessential amino acids are manufactured within the body by combining two or more essential amino acids. However, adequate amounts of dietary protein are needed to form all 22 amino acids, if you don't get enough protein your body won't have the 9 essential amino acids it needs to make up the other 13 nonessential amino acids. For a more detailed 'overview' of each amino acid, please see here

Amylase - Breaks down carbohydrates, and helps digest protein.

Apple Pectin - Removes unwanted toxins and helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Barley Grass - Heals stomach and duodenum disorders and pancreatitis and is ideal anti-inflammatory substance.

B Complex Please see here

Beta Carotene - Beta-carotene is a substance from plants that the body converts into vitamin A. It also acts as an antioxidant and an immune system booster.

Betaine Hydrochloride - Improves digestion of foods (helps increase stomach acid production and is also helpful in reducing blood levels of homocystein which is associated with heart disease.

Bilberry Extract - Is a powerful antioxidant and free radical, scavenging anthocyanins to help support micro-circulation and general eye health as well as varicose veins and circulation disorders.

Biotin - Metabolizes fats, proteins and carbohydrates, helps in the transfer of carbon dioxide and assists in various metabolic chemical conversions.

Borage Oil - Borage Oil is the richest source of the nutritionally important Omega-6 fatty acid GLA. Clinical research shows that Borage Oil helps maintain healthy moisturized skin and joint flexibility.

Boron - A naturally produced mineral for steroid replacement for the growing process.

Bromelain - Is an enzyme derived from pineapple juice which has been gaining increased popularity over the past several years for its powerful anti-inflammatory and protein-digesting properties. Bromelain works well in reducing pain and inflammation without the gastrointestinal distress associated with many over the counter pain relievers.

Calcium - Principal mineral of bones and teeth; also involved in muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure, and immune defense.

Calcium Citrate - Calcium is a mineral that is found naturally in foods. Calcium is necessary for many normal functions of your body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals (such as phosphate) and aid in their removal from the body.

Cayenne Pepper - Is helpful as a general stimulant for the digestive system, as well as the circulatory system. Studies have revealed that Cayenne Pepper reduces the risk for developing Atherosclerosis by contributing to the reduction of blood cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels. It has also demonstrated the ability to reduce inappropriate blood clotting. Cultures consuming large amounts of Cayenne Pepper have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Chamomile Extract - It is used internally and externally for its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and mild sedative properties. It is used to treat digestive ills ranging from ulcers, upset stomach, nausea, gas, constipation, diarrhea, to hemorrhoids.

Chlorella - Chlorella contains chlorophyll, which helps speed the cleansing of the bloodstream. Chlorella is also very high in DNA and RNA, and has been found to protect against the affects of ultraviolet radiation.

Chlorophyll - Absorbs photons and transfers light sources into energy.

Choline Bitartrate (Choline) - Is a vitamin very important in controlling fat & cholesterol buildup in the body. Choline prevents fat from accumulating in the liver, facilitates the movement of fat in the cells, helps regulate the kidneys, liver & gallbladder, and is also important for proper nerve transmission that improves memory. Choline deficiency symptoms may result in Cirrhosis and fatty degeneration of the liver, hardening of the arteries, heart problems, high blood pressure, and/or hemorrhaging kidneys.

Chromium - Required for the release of energy from glucose.

Citrus Bioflavonoids - Strengthens capillary walls, which help prevent spider veins, varicose veins, and hemorrhages and bruises.

Co-Enzyme Q-10 - CoQ10 boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. It is believed that the beneficial effect of CoQ10 in the prevention and treatment of heart disease is due to its ability to improve energy production in cells, inhibit blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant.

Copper - Helps the absorption and use of iron in the body.

Creatine - Bodies naturally make the compound, which is used to supply energy to our muscles. It is produced in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys, and is transported to the body's muscles through the bloodstream. Once it reaches the muscles, it is converted into phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate). This high-powered metabolite is used to regenerate the muscles' ultimate energy source ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

Echinacea - Used for colic, colds, flu, and infections, to help reduce the symptoms and help heal the body's immune functions.

Evening Primrose Oil - Evening primrose Oil (EPO), EPO has been shown to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions eg.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - has been shown to eradicate swollen abdomen and breast discomfort as well as reducing irritability and depression.
Eczema and other skin disorders - available on prescription for eczema Psoriasis may be helped by EPO and Fish Oils.
Cholesterol and Blood Pressure - has been shown to reduce high serum cholesterol and blood pressure, but may take several weeks or longer to achieve.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - sufferers have discontinued use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after supplementation, but it is more effective when taken in conjunction with fish oils.

Fish Oils - Fish oils are derived from the fat of deep-sea, cold water fish and are a natural source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Omega-3 is an important nutrient for maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. Fish Oils themselves are said to contribute to healthy heart function and joint flexibility as well as supporting brain, nerve, and visual function.

Folic Acid - Is one of the B-vitamins (See B Complex)

GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) - Is a powerful amino acid that is classified as a nearuotransmitter, which means it helps nerve impulses cross the synapses (gaps) and communicate better. GABA has a great number of positive effects on the nervous system. GABA stimulates the production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

Ginkgo Biloba - Studies show that it can improve brain and memory function by enhancing oxygenation, support the heart and maintain healthy blood circulation, and help preserve general vitality and health.

Glucosamine Sulphate - Glucosamine sulphate is the most preferred form of glucosamine and is typically used to help alleviate the pain and symptoms resulting from osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. Glucosamine also helps in the repair and treatment of damaged arthritic joints, and replenishes synovial fluids. It is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and is important in the formation and development of skin, eyes, bones, tendons, nails, ligaments, and parts of the heart.

Glutamic Acid - Metabolizes fats, sugars, and detoxifies ammonia. It is also the only compound that regulates brain activity.

Guarana - Used as a natural energy booster. Due to the fact that its caffeine is released much more slowly, it is not quick to absorb and, therefore, provides longer stimulation. It decreases fatigue, and increases mental alertness and physical endurance.

Inositol - Is one of the B-vitamins (See B Complex)

Iodine - Its usage is linked to a wide range of benefits including thyroid function support, metabolism regulation, boosting energy levels, assisting detoxification, improving immunity, and many other health functions. Because of its antiseptic properties, it is also used effectively to purify water for drinking.

Iron - Helps carry oxygen within the body's blood stream, and makes it available for energy production as part of the cells' metabolic machinery.

L-Aspartic Acid - Aspartic acid, also known as L-aspartate or Asparaginic acid, is found primarily in sugar cane and molasses and is believed to help promote a robust metabolism and is generally used to help treat fatigue and depression.

L-Tryptophan - An essential precursor to a number of neurotransmitters in the brain. As such, L-Tryptophan is the only substance that can be converted into serotonin. Studies suggest that L-Tryptophan plays a significant role in balancing mood and sleep patterns.

Magnesium - Helps bone mineralization, the building of protein, enzyme action, normal muscular contraction, nerve impulse transmission, maintenance of teeth, and functioning of immune system.

Manganese - Manganese is an essential trace mineral necessary in all life forms. Manganese activates enzyme systems involved in protein and energy metabolism, and is directly involved in connective tissue and bone formation, insulin action, and cholesterol synthesis. Manganese is also vital in the bio-synthesis of collagen as it helps activate key enzymes in the formation of collagen.

Melatonin - Among its key roles, melatonin controls the body's circadian rhythm, an internal 24-hour time-keeping system that plays an important role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. In addition to its hormone actions, melatonin also has strong antioxidant properties and preliminary evidence suggests that it may help strengthen the immune system.

Molybdenum - It is considered a trace element because of the relatively minute quantity that is essential in the diet. No clinical deficiency has been recognized due to it's more than adequate presence in the average diet. Molybdenum is thought to be an antioxidant and helps your body to break down harmful substances, which are used to preserve food. It is an essential component of enzyme systems.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - A well-known supplement used for helping numerous conditions including pain, inflammation, allergies, arthritis and in maintaining normal levels of keratin in hair, skin and nails. MSM is claimed to have remarkable pain-relief power owing to the fact that it's a relative of DMSO, another more well-known sulfur compound that's long been said to relieve pain. Until recently there have only been few studies on MSM, and a lot of the reports on the benefits of MSM supplement had been anecdotal. However, there have been new findings that MSM supplements are indeed beneficial, particularly in arthritis and seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Potassium - An electrolyte that maintains normal fluid and electrolyte balance; assist in nerve impulse transmission and muscle contractions.

Pycnogenol - Pycnogenol is important to brain function, not only because it protects blood vessels, but also because it is only of the few dietary antioxidants that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells. the blood-brain barrier protects the brain from compounds that normally circulate in the blood.

Psyllium Husk Fiber - Effectively promotes bowel movements.

Rose Hips - Rose hips are a potent source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, pectin, beta-carotene and bio-flavinoids. As a result, rose hips exert a strong antioxidant effect, helping to maintain a healthy immune system and various organs and tissues. Rose hips are rich in pectin - a special kind of fiber that supports healthy blood cholesterol, blood pressure, digestive efficiency, heart health and overall wellness.

Rutin - Rutin is a member of bioflavonoids (bioavailable flavonoids, vitamin P), a class of water-soluble plant pigments with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Because Rutin improves capillary integrity by working synergistically with vitamin C, thus protecting and preserving the permeability and strength of those capillaries, this operation is said to be of great benefit for capillary fragility (characterized by easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins).

Selenium - Selenium is a trace mineral essential to human health. It is an active component of glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of hydroperoxides. It can also help against the toxicity from mercury, cadmium and silver. Some studies suggest that selenium may reduce the incidence of cancer and cataracts.

St. John's Wort Extract - Has been widely used to support conditions of anxiety, depression, infection, and minor injuries, as well as ear infections.

Valerian Root Extract - Valerian Root has been used as a sleep aid for over 1,000 years. It's ability to help relax the central nervous system, promote feelings of calm, decrease levels of anxiety and stress, and enhance sleep are known to millions the world over. Valerian is not known to cause morning grogginess and is non-addictive.

Vanadium - Necessary for growth and bone development and also for normal reproduction.

Vitamin K - Participates in the synthesis of blood-clotting proteins and bone proteins that regulate blood calcium.

White Willow Bark - Known as the "natural aspirin" because salilan has anti-inflammatory effects and is used to make aspirin. The idea is that white willow bark will help with headaches, minor aches and pains, as well as arthritis.

Yohimbe Bark Extract - The herb is widely used as a natural energy stimulant used for weight loss. It acts as a natural stimulant and is beneficial in helping reduce blood pressure and increasing circulation.

Zinc - Involved in making genetic material and proteins, immune reactions, and wound healing.

Zinc Picolinate - Zinc Picolinate is as essential mineral that plays an important role in many enzymatic functions. Found primarily in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and brain, Zinc also helps support healthy immune system functions and is an important component of bodily antioxidant systems.

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