D (VITAMIN D)
Vitamin D research and literature came to the spotlight in 2010. A vitamin D deficiency is linked to a variety of health conditions from depression to autoimmune disorders, to colds and flu, to cancer, to asthma, to sleep disorders and even cognitive function. Supplemental D is showing many benefits.
D is a cell regulator. A Vitamin D deficiency can cause increased undesirable cell activity like cancer growth and both breast and colon cancer are now found to correlate with D deficiencies. D is fat soluble and has both vitamin and hormone properties. D is needed for growth, calcium absorption, it aids in breast and colon cancer prevention, it enhances immunity, it aids thyroid function, and is essential for good sleep. [MORE]
DHEA supplementation has been shown to improve immune system function, aid in weight reduction (thermogenic), support thyroid function, and enhance memory [MORE].
DI-INDOLYL METHANE (DIM)
DIM helps support weight management and avoiding cancers. Abnormally high estrogen levels in both men and women usually lead to cancer or other illnesses often associated with aging, including prostate disease, breast and uterine cancers, and weight gain. Supplementing the diet with DIM increases the metabolism of estrogen, multiplying the chance for estrogen to be broken down into its beneficial, or “good” estrogen metabolites. [MORE]
DMAE is a highly bioactive nutritional precursor to acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter. DMAE may enhance mental concentration. DMAE helps alleviate behavioral problems and hyperactivity associated with Attention Deficit Disorder. DMAE may help increase attention span, decrease aggression, and improve learning ability [MORE].
E – (Vitamin E – TOCOPHEROL / TOCOTRIENOL)
Vitamin E emains the best known antioxidant to the public along with Vitamin C. Less commonly known is that vitamin E comes in different forms with different strengths and benefits. Tocotrienols which are generally substantially more expensive than the commonly used tocopherol forms of E may be as much as 40 times more potent per milligram than standard alpha-tocopherol for protecting against elevated cholesterol, LDL oxidation, and atherosclerotic plaque formation. Naturally tocotrienols cost substantially more and are found in decent quantity only in premium products. A recent study showed that mice given tocotrienols survived longer than mice given regular vitamin E. [MORE]
Enzymes are critical to your biochemistry. A living organism controls its cellular activity through enzymes. An enzyme is a protein molecule that is a biological catalyst. An important function of enzymes is in the digestive systems of animals. Enzymes such as amylases and proteases break down large molecules (starch or proteins, respectively) into smaller ones, so they can be absorbed by the intestines. Starch molecules, for example, are too large to be absorbed from the intestine, but enzymes hydrolyse the starch chains into smaller molecules such as maltose and eventually glucose, which can then be absorbed. Different enzymes digest different food substances….[MORE].
Epicatechin (a very potent flavanoid molecule in cocao, green tea and other known potent anti-oxidant food sources) is present in many plants. High quantities can be found in cocoa, tea and grapes and is why they are considered super anti-oxidants. Epicatechin is clearly a very strong antioxidant. It has insulin mimic actions, seems to improveheart health and many other benefits. Dr. Norman Hollenberg of Harvard Medical School found that Kuna indians, who live on the San Blas Island Chain in Panama and drink high quantities of cocoa drinks, have a lower risk of stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes compared to the Indians living on the mainland. The high levels of this anti-oxidant in their diet seems to be the only distinguishing factor. Dr. Hollenberg suggests epicatechin be classified as a vitamin verses merely a flavonoid [MORE].
Also known as EGCG and derived from green tea leaves, this is the most potent of the catechins anti-oxidants. Substantial evidence supports EGCG’s anti-cancer and immune boosting properties [MORE].
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be produced by the body from other compounds and must be obtained through food and supplements for optimal health. Many problems are associated with inadequate levels of EFAs including heart disorders, brain performance, behavior, and immune system function [MORE].
FOLIC ACID (B9)
Folic acid helps fight certain cancers and is essential for proper synthesis of RNA and DNA.
Fulvic Acid (brain and metabolic)
Fulvic acid is found in high concentration in healthy soil and is a critical component to plant and animal life. Research is confirming fulvic acid has health benefits and may improve brain function, toxin capacity and metabolic function. Learn more about fulvic acid here.
FOS have been shown to stimulate growth of bifidobacteria. Thus, FOS helps reduce constipation, blood pressure, blood lipids and cholesterol in humans. Unhealthy intestinal flora contributes to nutritional deficiencies and toxic build-up in the body so anything helping protect healthy intestinal flora contributes to overall health. Quality protein or meal replacement supplements should have enzymes, probiotics and soluble dietary fibers like fructooligosaccharide (FOS) that pass through the small intestine into the colon without being digested or absorbed. Once in the colon, FOS selectively supports healthy levels of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria, and other gram-positive, acid-producing bacteria. This in turn creates a slightly acidic environment in the colon that is inhospitable to potentially harmful bacteria and other microorganisms, such as E. coli, and Clostridium species.
GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in your central nervous system. It also regulates muscle tone. Some studies indicate oral GABA supplementation increases production of HGH. It has relaxing, anti-anxiety and anti-convulsive effects due to its capacity to calm the nervous system.
Glutamic acid is an amino acid found in abundance in both plant and animal protein. In humans it is a non-essential amino acid, i.e., the body is capable of producing its own glutamic acid, and is not dependent upon getting glutamic acid from ingested food. Supplementing with glutamic acid in isolated form (manufactured) outside of its natural dosage as part of plant or animal complete proteins can cause problems. The Gluten free movement relates to this [MORE].
Glutamine is the most abundant protein building block amino acid in the body. It is non-essential, meaning your body can make it from other compounds. The body can make enough glutamine for regular needs but extreme stress (after heavy exercise or injury) may increase the need for more glutamine. Most glutamine is stored in muscles followed by the lungs, where much of the glutamine is made.
Glutamine is important for removing excess ammonia (a common waste product in the body). It also helps your immune system function and appears to be needed for normal brain function and digestion.
Research confirms L- Glutamine plays an important role in many bodily functions such as protein synthesis, brain function, intestinal health, blood sugar, and energy levels. It converts more quickly into glucose than other amino acids and therefore helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Because it can pass the blood-brain barrier, it is known as brain fuel. In the brain it is converted to glutamic acid which is essential for cerebral function. Glutamine is found in large amounts in the muscles … [MORE]
Glutathione helps protect against all manner of aging and is the major antioxidant produced by the cell, protecting it from “free radicals.” Glutathione also increases the molecular effectiveness of other anti-oxidants, is both water and fat soluble, and is increasingly being found as a major anti-aging power molecule. It is believed Glutathione does not survive the GI tract and therefor, while increasingly added to advanced medical grade supplements, may not be bio-available orally. It is also believed the body’s capacity to produce glutathione is limited to perhaps 300mg a day. Nutritional IV administration along with B12 is an increasingly available complimentary therapy believed to have substantial and immediate benefits for a wide variety of ailments. [MORE]
Helps trigger the release of oxygen to the energy-requiring, cell-making process; it is important in the manufacturing of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.
Glycyrrhizic acid is derived from licorice root and most commonly used as a natural plant sweetener along with stevia. However, little known are its immune, anti-viral (it has been shown to irreversibly inactivate a herpes virus), anti-inflammatory, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, liver health and other benefits [MORE].
Grape seed extracts are synergistic with vitamin C, that is, it greatly enhance the activity of Vitamin C. In fact, some researchers believe that grape seed extract helps vitamin C enter cells, thus strengthening the cell membranes and protecting the cells from oxidative damage. Grape Seed Extract is a bioflavonoid-rich antioxidant used to fight free radicals, maintain capillary health, enhance the immune system, combat venous and capillary disorders, prevent hardening of the arteries and cancer. It is also used by those suffering from diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Research demonstrates that green tea guards against cardiovascular disease in many ways. Green tea lowers total cholesterol levels and improves the cholesterol profile (the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol), reduces platelet aggregation, and lowers blood pressure. Green tea has been found to be helpful: cancer risk reduction, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, immune function and prostate health. The polyphenols in green tea (ECGCs being the most potent) have also been shown to lessen the risk of cancers, stimulate the production of several immune system cells, and have antibacterial properties. Green tea is a naturally rich food source of antioxidants and as such protects the body from “free radicals.” [MORE]
MOOD ENERGY. BRAIN. Increases alertness, increasess tamina and energy, reduces fatigue, helps headaches. May help cleanse intestinal tract. Contra: no more than 600mg daily and bad if high blood pressure or heart conditions.