Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha* Botanical Information Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng or Winter Cherry, is a plant in the nightshade family native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East. Traditionally used in ayurvedic medicine, the root of this small shrub is used for a variety of ailments and is considered an adaptogenic…

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Anise Seed

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Anise Seed* “The fisherman’s friend” is possibly best-known for its use in fisherman’s soap. It is said to remove all human scent so that fish will be more apt to bite. It has a warm, sweet licorice aroma, sweeter than fennel. Anise is said to have strong estrogen-mimicking properties. The herbal form is used to increase…

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Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease* This is a progressive degenerative disorder of the brain. Over time, it severely impairs memory and mental functioning. Helpful Supplements Gingko Biloba may help improve memory in some patients by increasing the blood supply to the brain. Its antioxidant properties help keep nerve cells healthy. Huperzine Ahas been shown to improve mental functioning and…

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Allergies

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Allergies* An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a normally innocuous substance that enters the body. Sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are symptoms characteristic of allergic rhinitis. The specific irritants, or allergens, that trigger rhinitis vary from person to person. Seasonal allergies are generally caused by airborne pollens and outdoor…

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Asthma

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Asthma* This chronic breathing disorder and lung disease affects as many as 15 million Americans. In an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes that feed air into the lungs become swollen and constricted, making it difficult to breathe. The narrowing of these airways triggers the release of compounds called histamines and other chemicals into the body.…

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Teas

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Teas* The tea bush known as Camellia sinensis grows in loose, deep, acid soil, at high altitude, with summer and autumn rain, in a little heat and little wind. In these harsh climatic conditions most plants die but the tea bush flourishes fantastically. The finest tea comes from elevations of 900 to 2100 meters. Tea…

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Vitamin D

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VITAMIN D * Health Benefits Vitamin D is called the sunlight vitamin, because the body produces it when the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays strike the skin. It is one of the few vitamins the body manufactures naturally and is technically considered a hormone. Essential for building strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D also helps…

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Vitamin C

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VITAMIN C * Health Benefits In the eighteenth century, seasoned sailors found that by sucking on lemons they could avoid scurvy. When the lemon’s key nutrient was formally identified in 1928, it was named ascorbic acid for its anti-scurvy, or antiscorbutic, action. Today ascorbic acid is widely known as Vitamin C. The health benefits of…

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Silica

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Health Benefits Silicon is not present in the body in large amounts, yet is found in virtually every type of tissue in the body. Do not confuse it with silicone. Silicon is also called silica and is a natural substance while silicone is a man-made industrial polymer used in plastic surgery. Silicon is used to…

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Selenium

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Health Benefits The trace mineral selenium makes its way into our bodies because it is contained in certain foods. Over time, it becomes part of nearly every cell, with particularly high concentrations in the kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, and testes. The most concentrated food source for selenium is the Brazil nut; a single nut contains…

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