supplements a-z

Acai

Botanical Information Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) is a palm tree native to Central and South America. It produces a reddish-purple berry that is related to the blueberry and cranberry. Promoted as a “superfood” due to its high antioxidant content and is marketed for weight-loss and anti-aging purposes. It is available as juices, powders, tablets and capsules.Features…

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Amino Acids

The body uses chemical substances called amino acids to build the exact type of protein it needs. There are two types of amino acids: essential and nonessential. While the body must get the essential amino acids from foods, it can manufacture the nonessential amino acids on its own if the diet is lacking them. Of…

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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 herb….

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Astragalus

Botanical Information Native to China, Astragalus has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. A relative of licorice and the pea plant, there are actually over 2,000 species of Astragalus. Teas, capsules and other formulations are made from the plant’s flat, yellowish root. Features & Benefits Used to prevent and treat common colds and…

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Bergamot

Bergamot has a green, light citrus/floral note, fruity and warm. Encouraging and balancing to the spirit, bergamot combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety. Bergamot is reputed to strengthen the immune system. It’s the flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Some authorities recommend bergamot as a treatment for herpes, shingles, eczema and psoriasis, although much…

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