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Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrition Supplements: A to C

5-HTP (5-HYDROXY TRYPTOPHAN) – Brain, Sleep, Depression, Appetite

Research confirms 5-HTP helps support proper brain function including improving sleep, dealing with stress and other nuerocognitive performance issues. 5-HTP  helps the brain produce and utilize serotonin, helps combat depression and insomnia, helps stabilizes moods, helps child hyperactivity, may enhance growth hormone release, and even may reduce effects of nicotine. [More about 5-HTP]

A (VITAMIN A) – Immune, Skin, Eye
Vitamin A has been shown to improve immune system function, decreases risk of certain cancers, and improves skin. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient and potent anti-oxidant necessary for growth & repair of body tissues…. [More about Vitamin A]


Acids are any class of compounds sharing certain characteristics including low pH, usually sour tasting, and in pure form usually corrosive. Plant tissue acids (usually in fruits) tend to prevent secretions of fluids and shrink tissue.  [More about Acids]

ACIDOPHILUS (bifidobacterium bifidum) – Cleanse, Anti-Bacteria
Acidophilus works as an intestinal cleanser and helps prevent fungus, diverticulosis, acne, and bad breath. It helps in the absorption of calcium as well as other minerals. Pro/Prebiotics are increasingly recognized as essential daily for proper digestive tract and immune system performance. [More about Acidophilus]

ACETYL-L-CARNITINE – Weight, Heart, Energy

A “free amino acid” which has been found to improve fat metabolism in the heart and other organs and tissues, reduces triglyceride and cholesterol levels, improves heart-muscle tolerance, prevents irregular heartbeat and angina, provides more energy for the heart and helps lower blood pressure. Carnitine also preserves, at least partially, learning and memory from the natural decay occurring with age. [More about Carnitine]

ALLYL SULFIDES – Immune, Cancer

Allyl sulfides help reduce the risk of cancer by limiting the number of cancerous precursors from becoming cancer. Allyl sulfides are found in foods in the onion family and help reduce the production of certain enzymes that convert cancer-causing precursors into their active form. Phytochemicals found in leeks, onions, garlic and chives that help detoxify the body. [More about Allyl Sulfides]


Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) in various concentrations are used in chemical peels. AHAs are water soluble and oily skin generally requires fat soluble Beta Hydroxy Acid. The concentration of AHA determines who can use it. Alpha hydroxy acid products sold to consumers must have a concentration of less than 10%. Trained cosmetologists can use alpha hydroxy acid products that have a concentration of 20% to 30%. These chemical peels give results that are similar to microdermabrasion – erasing fine lines and giving the skin a smoother appearance with 1 to 3 applications. [More about Alpha Hydroxy Acid]


An Omega 3 fatty acid found by a long-term French study to decrease risk of heart attack by more than 30%. Other health benefits are supported by other studies [More about Alpha Linolenic Acid].

ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID (ALA) – Immune, Heart, Brain
The power and benefits of ALA as an essential nutrient continues to be supported by research. ALA is increasingly found in higher dosages in leading nutritional products.This is a most potent antioxidant – it prevents healthy cells from getting damaged by unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. In fact, ALA has proved to be many times more potent than other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E [More about the important antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid]

AMINO ACIDS – Anti-Aging, Cell Turnover, Protein

Nitrogen containing organic acids that make proteins – protein building blocks common in many supplement products and MRPs (Meal Replacement Products) today. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must be consumed from food or supplement sources. Non-essential amino acids can be made by the body from other nutritive compounds. Amino acids are particularly important in biochemistry – they are critical to life, and have many metabolic functions - particularly in building proteins needed by the body for cellular regeneration and health.  [More about Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids]

Aminoguanadine is an exciting new weapon in the armory of anti-aging medicine. It is believed that the cross-linking of the proteins that make up the human body play a role in the human aging process. Cross-linking is medically referred to as Glyco-sylation and it is responsible for many of the problems of old age, including skin aging, senile cataracts, thickening of the arteries, cardiac enlargement, some cancers and damage to the immune system. [More about AminoGuanidine]

AMYLASE – Digestion

Amylase is a digestive enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates to sugar. It is present in human saliva. Alpha amylase is made in the pancreas to hydrolyse starch into disaccharides and trisaccharides that convert to glucose to supply the body with energy. [More about the enzyme Amylase]

ANABOLICs – Growth

Substances that allow conversion of simple nutritive material into complex materials that are part of living tissue during the constructive phase of metabolism. The use of anabolic steroids by athletes has brought these complex compounds to the publics attention. They are very controversial.


Andrographis is widely used in India and other parts of the world for natural cold and flu symptom relief [More about the immune boosting Andrographis].


Substances that neutralize acids on the stomach, esophagus and part of the duodenum.


Substances that destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. The overuse of antibiotics as medication and in food and cleaning products may actually reduce the immune system’s capacity to function at its highest level. [More on Anti-Biotics]


A protein molecule made by the immune system  that is designed to intercept and neutralize invading organisms or other foreign substances.


Substances that interfere with histamine by interfering with histamine receptor sites.

ANTIOXIDANT – Anti-Aging, Immune

Substances that block or inhibit cell oxidative reactions – free radical scavengers. Vitamin C and E are the best known, but some amino acids, enzymes, and minerals also have antioxidant characteristics. The antioxidant power of other nutrient molecules are still being discovered as well as the plant species having the greatest antioxidant properties. [More about the Antioxidants (Anti-oxidants)]

APPLE PECTIN – Cleanse, DeTox, Heart, Immune

Apple Pectin aids in cleansing, sugar processing, preventing cancers, and heart function. It slows absorption of food, is good for diabetics helps removes metals and toxins, can reduces side affects of radiation therapy, lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease, has anti-obesity effects from polyphenols by aiding fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity [More about Apple Pectin]

ARGININE (L-ARGININE) – Immune, Heart, Anti-Aging
Arginine is an amino acid that helps reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Arginine is also vital for the production of protein and can help boost the immune system [MORE]

Argireline is a peptide that helps relax facial muscles and may improve the appearance of skin.


Ashwaganda is the most well known Ayurvedic botanical used for centuries to help brain, immune system, sexual function, anti-aging, mood and other purposes. It  has phytonutrients, aminos and vitamins like choline in it… [MORE]

ASTAXANTHIN – Skin, Immune, Muscles, Eyes, Brain, Heart

Astaxanthin is the most potent anti-aging anti-oxidant carotenoid yet discovered. It is naturally found in krill oil. Our favorite supplier is Cyanotech in Hawaii and 4mg of their astaxanthin softgels were added to a high potency daily serving pack supplement some of OWC’s founders formulated in 2006, the first wide array high potency supplement in the world to offer a therapeutic dose level of astaxanthin. Astaxanthin provides all kinds of benefits including natural skin protection, brain performance benefits, inflammation control, muscle recovery and increased stamina and endurance. Astaxanthin has been shown to have 100-500 times the antioxidant capacity of Vitamin E, ten times the antioxidant capacity of beta-carotene, and anti-inflammatory properties similar to tumeric/curcumin. Many laboratory studies also indicate astaxanthin is a stronger antioxidant than lutein, lycopene and tocotrienols. Current research shows it is beneficial in cardiovascular, immune, anti-inflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases … [MORE]

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) – Muscle, Body

ATP is a cell energy source notably muscle cells. Increases energy and stamina, helps builds muscle density, may increase strength, buffers lactic acid buildup from exercise, delays fatigue, preserves muscle fiber.

B Vitamins – Energy, Immune, Heart

B-vitamins are essential to your health. They are interdependent (co-factors) to achieve a wide variety of metabolic functions and maintain the nervous system. B-vitamins are water soluble and any excess cannot be stored by the body [MORE].

B1 (VITAMIN B-1) (Thiamin) – Energy, Digestion

Thiamin plays a key role in the body’s metabolic cycle for generating energy; aids in the digestion of carbohydrates; essential for the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscles & heart; stabilizes the appetite; promotes growth & good muscle tone. Read more about vitamin B1 and thiamin.

B2 (Riboflavin) – energy, blood metabolism, immune, cell turnover

Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 is essential for blood formation, especially red blood cells, for oxygen trasport, and for other energy and metabolic function. Read more about riboflavin and vitamin B2. Read more about Vitamin B2 – riboflavin.


Niacin improves circulation and reduces the cholesterol level in the blood; maintains the nervous system; helps metabolize protein, sugar & fat; reduces high-blood pressure; increases energy through proper utilization of food; helps maintain healthy skin, tongue & digestive system. Read more about the all important vitamin B3, niacin.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Brain, Immune

B5 is an anti-stress vitamin. It promotes adrenal production, antibody formation, vitamin utilization, aids energy production and is concentrated in organ tissues. B5 is also involved in neurotransmitter production and may help alleviate depression and anxiety. Read more about vitamin B5, pantothenic acid.

B-6 (Pyridoxine)

B6 is necessary for the synthesis & breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of protein; aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism; aids in the formation of antibodies; maintains the central nervous system; aids in the removal of excess fluid of premenstrual women; promotes healthy skin; reduces muscle spasms, leg cramps, hand numbness, nausea & stiffness of hands; helps maintain a proper balance of sodium & phosphorous in the body. Read more about Vitamin B6.


B7 aids in the utilization of protein, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-12, promotes healthy hair.


Folic Acid is necessary for DNA & RNA synthesis, which is essential for the growth and reproduction of all body cells; essential to the formation of red blood cells by its action on the bone marrow; aids in amino-acid metabolism. Folic acid reduces the risk for heart disease by reducing high homocystein levels in the blood. Read more about vitamin B9. Read more about vitamin B9.

B-12 (Cobalamin, Cyanocobalamin, Hydroxylcobalamin, ion exchange resin)

B12 helps in the formation & regeneration of red blood cells, thus helping prevent anemia; B12 is necessary for carbohydrate, fat & protein metabolism; B 12 helps maintains a healthy nervous system; B12 increases energy, and B12 is needed for Calcium absorption. Most people are B12 deficient as they are in Vitamin D and other difficult to get and absorb but essential anti-aging nutrients. It is difficult to get sufficient B12. Injections, sprays or sub-lingual supplements are needed by nearly everyone for optimal B12 levels. B12 along with other B vitamins are natural and healthy energy boosters. Caffeine, the most common drug used in the world today, is addictive and used in place of sufficient natural B vitamins and essential amino acid levels by too many people. Read more about vitamin B12.


Single celled microorganisms, some can cause disease and some help prevent it. Normally present bacteria in the body perform useful functions such as aiding digestion, improving nutrient uptake, and protecting the body from invading harmful organisms. See Probiotic/Prebiotic information herein.


Has antibacterial characteristics known to aid gum healing and controlling infections in the body [MORE].

BETA 1, 3-D-Glucan

Shown to stimulate macrophages that help remove foreign cellular debris. Complex molecules that help rejuvenate immune system. Some of the most potent beta glucan polysaccharides are found in medicinal mushrooms.


A most potent antioxidant used by the body to make Vitamin A. Many researchers assert increasing your beta-carotene intake will protect your health by blocking the growth of malignant cells and helping prevent oxidative stress to tissues, snuffing out free radicals that lead to disease.  [MORE]



Bifidum are probiotic bacteria which favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. People with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, the beneficial flora that normally flourish in the intestinal tract can all too often be destroyed by factors such as stress, antacids, processed food, pesticides, chlorinated drinking water, and high-fat, high-protein diets–and the digestive system’s natural balance is disrupted.  [MORE]


Bioflavonoids are not technically vitamins but sometimes referred to as vitamin P. They are vital in their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries (blood vessels) and to regulate their permeability. They assist Vitamin C in keeping collagen, the intercellular “cement” in healthy condition; are essential for the proper absorption and use of vitamin C; prevent Vitamin C from being destroyed in the body by oxidation; beneficial in hypertension; help hemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues, and build a protective barrier against infections. Quercetin is a very highly concentrated form of bioflavonoids derived from citrus fruits. Biofavonoids are powerful antioxidants. Bioflavonoids are also anti-inflammatory … [MORE]



Boron is a trace mineral that helps maintain healthy bone and joint function. Boron is involved in calcium and magnesium metabolism and, therefore, might prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis. 7- keto


Bromelain is a protein-cleaving enzyme derived from pineapple. Enzymes are complex molecules that catalyze (speed up) chemical reactions within the cell. Bromelain aids in protein digestion … [MORE]

C (Vitamin C – Acsorbic Acid) – Immune, Cell Turnover, Cancer

Vitamin C plays a key role in the immune system and anti-aging arsenal. C is essential for healthy teeth, gums & bones; helps heal wounds, scar tissue, & fractures; prevents scurvy; builds resistance to infection; aids in the prevention & treatment of the common cold; gives strength to blood vessels; aids in the absorption of iron. It is required for the synthesis of collagen, the intercellular “cement” which holds tissues together. Vitamin C is also one of the major antioxidant nutrients. It prevents the conversion of nitrates (from tobacco smoke, smog, bacon, lunch meats, & some vegetables) into cancer-causing substances. High doses used intravenously as part of natural cancer therapy has shown to be very beneficial [MORE].


CALCIUM CITRATE – Growth, Bone, Cancer, Skin

Vital for bones teeth gums and transmission of nerve impulses. Lowers cholesterol and aids heart and circulation. Mineral that prevents cancer and lowers blood pressure. Provides energy and protein structuring of RNA DNA. Activates enzymes and helps keep skin healthy. Taking calcium alone can cause constipation and bloating so many take magnesium along with it. In addition to a whole range of benefits, including maintaining muscle and nerve function and supporting the immune system, magnesium also helps keep things moving along in your intestines at a nice, steady pace.


Supports detoxification to help remove DNA toxins. Glucarate version found in grapefruit, apples, oranges, broccoli and brussel sprouts.

CAPSAICINOIDS – Antioxidants, Stimulant, Cleansing, Pain Relief, Anti-Cancer

Capsaicinoids are  hot pepper’s main active nutritional constituents.  These compounds are responsible for stimulating blood flow, relieves pain, improves cholesterol levels, and protects cells. Read more on capsaicin and other capsaicinoids. MORE on Capsaicinoids.


Organic compounds almost all of plant origin comprise of carbons, hydrogen and oxygen serving as the major source of energy in one’s diet.

CARNITINE (L-CARNITINE) – Brain, Weight, Heart

A “free amino acid” which has been found to improve memory and brain function, fat metabolism in organs and tissues, reduces triglyceride and cholesterol levels, improves heart-muscle tolerance, and helps lower blood pressure …  [MORE]


L-carnosine reduced glycation, a process in which DNA and protein are damaged by glucose. The end products of glycation are highly reactive molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which can further damage proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. The accumulation of AGEs is associated with aging. It is also very critical in cell regeneration and the function of fibroblasts. “Cellular aging” is a key to understanding the power of carnosine as it seems to very much slow down the aging of many cells in our bodies. [MORE]

CAROTENOIDS  - Immune, Anti-Aging

Carotenes are part of the carotenoid family. A class of natural fat-soluble pigments that serve as antioxidants protecting cells and tissues from the damaging effects of free radicals and singlet oxygen. They generally turn into Vitamin A in the body and come in several different forms including alpha, beta and gamma-carotene. Beta Carotene’s are best known. [MORE]

CELLULOSE – Skin, Cleanse, Cancer

Indigestible carb found in outer layer of fruits and vegetables. Good for vericose veins, hemorrhoids, colitis, and removal of cancer causing substances from colon walls. Found in apples, carrots, beets, broccoli green beans whole grains.

CENTROPHENOXINE – Brain, Metabolism

Widely used in Europe to boost brain energy and increase glucose uptake. Treats brain damage caused by alcohol, age, stroke and drugs. Protects against toxic chemicals in the brain. Proven to extend lab rat lives, increase memory and learning.





CHLORELLA – Cleanse, DeTox, Immune, Anti-Aging

Chlorella is really a food – single cell algae – but is it such a common ingredient in supplements and functional foods, and considered by many as a superfood, that we thought we should include it here as well. [MORE]

CHLOROPHYLL – cleanse, antioxidant, anticancer, detox

Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes greens green. That alone should suggest its importance. It is a powerful anticancer and antioxidant that is best known as a blood purifier and red blood cell growth promoter. Chlorophyll is packed with nutritional value. Some of the better known sources include chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass. Learn more about all important chlorophyll.

CHOLINE – Immune, Metabolism, Anti-Aging, Brain

Choline is believed needed by every cell in the body. It is very important in controlling fat & cholesterol buildup in the body; prevents fat from accumulating in the liver; facilitates the movement of fats in the cells; helps regulate the kidneys, liver & gallbladder; important for nerve transmission; and helps improve memory. Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) is the most significant component of lecithin and beneficial in neurological disorders, memory loss and depression. PC is necessary for the body’s natural production of acetycholine, which provides the necessary ‘spark’ to nerve endings throughout the body. It also assists in the absorption of important fat soluble vitamins, A, E, D and K, ensuring the body is able to utilize them to receive the maximum benefits they bring. [MORE]

CHOLINE BITRATRATE – Brain, Body, Immune

Needed for nerve impulse function between brain and nervous system, liver function, lecithin formation, aids fat and colesterol metabolism. Needed for brain function and memory. Aids hormone production. Important for cardiovascular health too.


Part of compounds known as Glycosaminoglycans. Derived from cartilage. Maintains healthy joints. Best if taken with Glucosamine and MSM.


A patented version of the trace mineral chromium. Studies show that this dietary supplement’s benefits include weight loss, lowered serum cholesterol and glucose, fat reduction, and muscle building … [MORE]


Organic acids found in citrus fruits often used to reduce the pH of skin care and cosmetic products to bring them closer to skin’s natural pH levels.


The body makes citrulline from ornithine. Promotes energy and stimulates immune system, detoxes ammonia which can damage cells, and helps fatigue.


Contains ample amounts of Vitamins A and D as well as Omega Fatty Acids supporting heart, tissue and bone health.

COENZYME A – Immune, Energy, Brain, Anti-Aging

Made by body from B5 and is center of 90% of energy production. Likely more valuable than CoQ10. increases energy supports key brain and adrenal compound manufcature. Helps connective tissue and immune system.

COENZYME Q-10 – Brain, Immune, Energy, Heart

Co-Q10 is found in every healthy cell. CoQ10 plays a key role in producing energy in the mitochondria, the part of a cell responsible for the production of energy and has been found to help many diseases as well as generally promote improved health.  [MORE].


The traditional use of coleus forskolin includes blood pressure lowering, respiratory disorders, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, fat loss and immune enhancement. With this herb, your thyroid (“metabolic control central”) is stimulated, thus an increase in energy output during low-calorie intake. Forskolin has been used clinically to treat asthma, allergies and psoriasis. [MORE]


Shown effective against 650 desease causing organisms! Can be taken orally or topically. Heals skin. Kills infections. Aids colds flus any bacteria. Anti fungal too.

COLOSTRUM – Immune, Anti-Aging, Growth

Derived from mammary glands. Protein and growth factors, burns fat, builds muscle, boosts immune system, heals injuries, increases vitality and energy.

COMPLETE PROTEIN – Growth, Cell Turnover

A protein source containing all essential amino acids. Vegans need to be aware that few individual plant sources contain all the essential amino acids and therefore a variety of plant based proteins are probably needed periodically throughout the day for optimal health.


Carbohydrates that have complex characteristics and release sugar slowly into the body as well as provide fiber. Also called polysaccharides.

CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID (CLA) – Weight, Metabolism, Cleanse

CLA is widely used for fat metabolism. ….. and to help achieve a healthy weight. For information on the dangers of obesity and excess weight [CLICK HERE].


Copper is necessary for the absorption & utilization of iron; helps oxidize Vitamin C and works with Vitamin C to form elastin, a chief component of the elastin muscle fibers throughout the body; aids in the formation of red blood cells; helps proper bone formation & maintenance. Copper is basically an essential nutrient and any deficiency may contribute to cellular degeneration. Recent evidence supports copper helps your immune system defend against all manner of biological germs, essentially a component part of your natural anti-bacterial arsenal. MORE …

Co Q10 (COENZYME Q10) – Heart, Cancer, Immune

CoQ10 is an enzyme found in all cells of the body. It is widely recommended to help repair heart damage and to boost the function of the heart, as well as in preventative use to safeguard against heart attacks and valve damage. It is also seriously depleted by the use of anti-cholesterol prescription drugs such as such as lipitor, mevacor, pravachol, zocor, lescor. Depletion of CoQ10 is dangerous to heart muscle and has been shown to cause myocardiopathy. If CoQ10 is lacking, the body’s most important source of cellular energy is depleted [MORE]


CREATINE – Energy, Recovery, Growth

Never take with fruit juices. May have antiaging properties if taken in moderation with complete diet. Extends bodies natural ability to create and break down energy and rebuild it quickly. Used by athletes for accelerating muscle recovery after workouts.

CURCUMIN – Immune, Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory

Tropical root with antioxidant phytochemical, stops precancerous changes within DNA and interferes with enzymes needed for cancer progression. Anti-inflammatory part of Ayurvedic medicine used in Roman and Greek empires too. A study of smokers showed lower mutagens when taking turmeric. Helps prevent toxic compounds from reaching tissues. Contra – anyone on anticoagulants since curcumin acts as blood thinner and stimulates bile secretion [MORE].

CYSTEINE (N-ACETYL CYSTEINE) (NAC) – Immune, Cancer, Heart

Cysteine is a potent antioxidant. NAC inhibits the carcinogens in tobacco smoke. NAC counteracts the excessive generation of free radicals in persons who exercise. NAC inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, thus protecting the heart from CAD. NAC helps to maintain healthy lung function, protects the lungs from free-radical damage and protects against the development of many lung ailments.NAC helps the body synthesize glutathione, a very important universal antioxidant. NAC protects the liver … [MORE]

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