PABA

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PABA * Health Benefits An abbreviation for para-aminobenzoic acid, PABA, appears to be a component of folic acid, a member of the B family of vitamins. It plays a role in breaking down and using proteins, and in forming red blood cells. PABA is important for healthy hair and skin. PABA is synthesized naturally in…

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Vitamin B12

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VITAMIN B12 * Health Benefits In 1948, scientists were successful in identifying a nutritional substance in calf’s liver that could prevent pernicious anemia, a potentially deadly disorder that mainly affects older adults. The compound, vitamin B12 (or cobalamin), turned out to be the last vitamin to be discovered. Other groups are also at particular risk…

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Vitamin B5

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Also known as Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid is essential for a number of basic bodily functions -from growth to reproduction. It participates in the continual breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food. This vitamin also produces numerous enzymes and helps maintain precise communication between the central nervous system and the brain. A deficiency of…

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Calcium

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CALCIUM * Health Benefits Most of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, where it is instrumental in keeping them strong. The small amount of calcium circulating in the bloodstream helps to produce the hormones and enzymes that regulate energy release, digestion and metabolism. Calcium also facilitates the movement of nutrients across…

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Probiotics

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Probiotics literally means “for life.” The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganism which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host.” Beneficial bacteria can be found everywhere in the body from the skin to the respiratory tract. However, the majority of the body’s bacteria reside in the digestive tract.…

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Fiber Supplements

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SOLUBLE AND INSOLUBLE FIBER * Most foods contain a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber, which together make up the dietary fiber family. Soluble fibers attract water and form a gel, which slows down digestion. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full, which helps control weight. Slower stomach emptying…

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Essential Fatty Acids

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Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fats that must be consumed through diet because the body is unable to manufacture them on its own. These fats are needed by the body in order to maintain overall health. There are two essential fatty acids for humans, Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid). Omega-3 There are three…

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Digestive Enzymes

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Many nutritionally oriented doctors consider plant-based digestive enzyme products helpful for promoting good digestion and nutrient absorption. The theory is that these plant-based compounds compensate for any disruption in the body’s natural production of digestive enzymes (those crucial molecules designed to break down foods into nutrients that the body can absorb). Digestive enzymes are typically…

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Homeopathic Remedies

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Homeopathy Homeopathic remedies are a system of medicine based on three simple principles: Like cures Like: For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy. Minimal Dose: The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part of the remedy to…

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Valerian

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Botanical  Information Valerian, native to Europe, has been used since the 2nd century for medicinal purposes. The root of the plant is pressed into fresh juice or freeze-dried to form a powder for supplement use. Valerian is sold in extracts or in capsule or tablet form, also as a tea. Features & Benefits There is…

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