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Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrition Supplements: H to L

Hesperdin The phytochemical hesperidin is mainly found in citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. The highest concentration of hesperidin can be found in the white parts and pulps of the citrus peels. Hesperidin can also be found in green vegetables. Hesperidin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, vasoprotective and anticarcinogenic and cholesterol lowering actions. Hesperdin can inhibit following enzymes: phospholipase A2, lipoxygenase, HMG-CoA reductase and cyclo-oxygenase. Hesperidin improves the health of capillaries by reducing the capillary permeability. Hesperidin is used to reduce hay fever and other allergic conditions by inhibiting the release of histamine from mast cells. The possible anti-cancer activity of hesperidin could be explained by the inhibition of polyamine synthesis.  A study ‘Hesperidin, a citrus flavonoids, inhibits bone loss and decreases serum and hepatic lipids in ovariectomized mice‘ by Hiroshige Chiba et al (J. Nutrition, June 2003) showed that hesperidin added to the died not only lowered serum and hepatic cholesterol, but also inhibited bone loss by decreasing osteoclast number in ovariectomized mice. The molecular mechanism of the inhibitory effect of hesperidin on bone resorption is not clear.


HGH stands for Human Growth Hormone and is widely misunderstood. People think it has something to do with steroids, drugs, or performance enhancing chemicals. The truth is HGH can provide wonderful benefits – if used in the right ways, and if taken in the right means. As its name implies, HGH is responsible for human growth. It is a naturally occurring chemical produced in the pituitary gland within the brain.  HGH is believed to:

- Increase height
- Increase Muscle
- Reduce Fat
- Strengthen Bones
- Assist with Calcium Retention
- Aid Blood Sugar Control
- Boost the Immune System Hyperzine A

Hyperzine A has shown to help memory. For centuries it has been used in Chinese medicine to help inflammation, fever and blood disorders.

Humic Acid

Research has shown these acids to be a very effective tool for regulating metals in both plants and animals. Learn more about the importance of humic acid to the human diet here.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the human body in high concentrations in the eyes and joints. It is proving to be a potent connective tissue nutrient and increasingly common in skin care products as well as high quality supplements. The FDA has approved some uses for hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is used for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a potent skin moisturizer. There is high interest in using hyaluronic acid for anti-aging benefits. However, there is no clear evidence to support the claim that taking it alone can prevent changes associated with aging.


Hydroxytyrosol is the main polyphenol found in olives. It is why olive leaf extracts are popular in immune boosting supplement and superfood products.

Hydroxytyrosol has the same health promoting properties than other polyphenols: prevention of atherosclerosis, promotion of intestinal and respiratory health and prevention of cancer. Hydroxytyrosol also reduces the oxidative stress caused by smoking.

Some believe Hydroxytyrosol is the antioxidant with the highest free radical scavenging capacity: double that of quercetin and more than 3 times that of epicatechin. Olive processing has as a by product high levels of  hydroxytyrosol used to produce extracts. A 2000 study showed that a low dose of hydroxytyrosol reduces the consequences of smoke-induced oxidative stress in rats indicating this free radical scavenger could appear with increasing frequency in immune boosting and anti-aging supplement formulations.

Indole – 3 – Carbinol (I-3-C or I3C)

A phytochemical or phytonutrient antioxidant, indole-3-carbinol is found in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts. I3C has been shown to fight cancer, regulate hormones, and have other anti-oxidant and health benefits. [MORE].


Inositol is necessary for the formation of lecithin; aids in the breakdown of fats; helps reduce blood cholesterol; helps prevent thinning hair [MORE].


Iodineis necessary for normal physical and mental growth & development, as well as for proper lactation and reproduction. Iodine aids in the development and functioning of the thyroid gland, regulates the body’s production of energy, and helps burn excess fat by stimulating the rate of metabolism. Be aware that a well-functioning thyroid gland is essential to the proper maintinence of human mentality, and the condition of hair, skin & teeth. Additionally, an iodine deficiency causes goiter, and may result in an enlarged thyroid gland, slow mental reaction, dry skin & hair, weight gain, and/or loss of physical & mental vigor.


Important for oxygenation of cells and production of hemoglobin myoglobin (in muscle tissue). Mineral found in largest quanities in the blood. Important for enzymes and growth. Defciciencies can cause hair loss, slowed mental function, fatigue, digestive issues, nervousness, obesity and other problems. Iron is stored so excessive intake can cause free radical leakage and need for more Vit E and contribute to heart problems and even cancer and heart or liver dysfuction.


Isoleucine (Essential Amino Acid) provides ingredients for the manufacturing of other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which are utilized for the production of energy as stimulants to the upper brain to help with increased alertness.

K (K1 plant sourced – esp for addiction)

K prevents bone disorders and promotes healthy liver function, aids infection and cancer prevention and promotes longevity K1 is plant sourced … K3 synthetic and should be avoided. K2 good for heart and bone.  K2 studies found help cancers too and enhance and regulate calcium uptake.


L-Theanine is a unique amino acid found almost exclusively in green tea that exerts beneficial effects on brain metabolism. Theanine induces relaxation without causing drowsiness. Japanese studies support findings that Theanine is a natural relaxant decreasing stress, calms the brain, aids learning, concentration, memory and protects cell nuerons against glutamate induced toxicity a major cause of brain decline.


Lactoferrin is believed to have immune boosting and detox benefits. It is a protein that binds with and regulates iron levels, aids in preventing deseases needing iron to grow, enhances white blood cell function, may help combat infectious and inflammatory conditions and improve intestines.


Lecithin contains choline & inositol which are essential for the breakdown of fats and cholesterol. Lecithin helps prevent arterial congestion, helps distribute bodyweight, increases immunity to viral infections, cleans the liver and purifies the kidneys.


Leucine  is an essential amino acid and provides ingredients for the manufacturing of other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which are utilized for the production of energy as stimulants to the upper brain to help with increased alertness.


Limonene is in citrus fruit essential oils and many other plant species. Industrial limonene is produced by alkali extraction of citrus residues and steam distillation. This distillate contains more than 90% d-limonene. Studies have shown limonenes have anti- cancer effects. Limonen increase the levels of liver enzymes involved in detoxifying carcinogens. The Glutathione S-transferase (GST) is a system which eliminates carcinogens. Limonene seems to promote the GST system in the liver and small bowel, thereby decreasing the damaging effects of carcinogens. Animal studies demonstrated that dietary limonene reduced mammary tumor growth. Limonene is also used as a solvent and cleaner and its use in the natural supplement industry is uncommon but may increase due to anti-cancer and detoxification implications of this nutrient.


Lutein is an antioxidant in the carotenoid family. Lutein is the primary carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula.Lutein may act as a filter to protect the macula from potentially damaging forms of light. Consequently, lutein appears to be associated with protection from age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in older adults) [MORE].


Lycopene  is an important member of the beta-carotene family. It’s also the substance that gives tomatoes their rich red color. Recent research is demonstrating that lycopene is a more powerful antioxidant than ever realized. By neutralizing free-radicals, lycopene has the ability to promote cardiovascular and prostate health, as well as support healthy cholesterol levels and overall immune function. Every second of your life, your body relies on ionic minerals and trace elements to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function. Your brain would not function and your cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance your water pressure to absorb nutrients. The absorption of minerals primarily takes place within the small intestines. As your food passes through, minerals are transferred into the blood stream through the walls of the intestinal tract. This process can only happen if the minerals are ionically charged. As we age or the body suffers from disease, stomach acid declines, making the few minerals still available in our food supply unavailable to our biosystems. LYCOPENE is widely considered a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to neutralize free radicals, especially those derived from oxygen, thereby conferring protection against prostate cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, and associated coronary artery disease. It reduces LDL (low-density lipoprotein) oxidation and helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, preliminary research suggests lycopene may reduce the risk of macular degenerative disease, serum lipid oxidation, and cancers of the lung, bladder, cervix, and skin. The chemical properties of lycopene responsible for these protective actions are well-documented [MORE].


Lysine, another essential amino acid, ensures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen (which makes up bone cartilage & connective tissues); aids in the production of antibodies, hormones & enzymes. Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. A deficiency may result in tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss, anemia & reproductive problems.

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