Category Archives: Supplements, Vitamins and Nutrients

Rutin

What is Rutin? Rutin is a bioflavonoid and antioxidant found in a variety of plants including the rind of citrus fruits. What are the health benefits of Rutin? Rutin has a similar chemical composition to quercetin, another bioflavonoid, and has been given attention along with other bioflavonoids for its antioxidant properties’ ability to prevent cancer….

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S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe)

What is S-adenosyl methionine? S-adenosyl methionine, or SAMe, is a compound that derives from the amino acid methionine. SAMe is a dietary supplement that has only been available to American consumers since the 1990s. What are the health benefits of S-adenosyl methionine? As methionine plays a role in producing pleasure-related neurotransmitters such as dopamine and…

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Selenium

What is Selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral, meaning that it is required as a nutrient in small amounts relative to other minerals such as calcium and potassium. Selenium functions as a component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which is a compound with significant antioxidant properties. Selenium’s role in antioxidant functions makes it a key…

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Silica

What is Silica? Silica is a mineral that is prepared from common rocks such as quartz and sandstone and is often used as a remedy in modalities such as homeopathic medicine. Silica tends to be used for healing parts of the body that benefit from the mineral’s innate hardness—such as bones. It is available as…

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Soluble Fiber

What is Soluble Fiber? Fiber is the indigestible portion of plant foods that is crucial for a healthy diet and a person’s proper digestion. Fiber is classified as either insoluble fiber or soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is a form of fiber that doesn’t dissolve in water, passes through the digestive system close to its original…

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Spirulina

What is Spirulina? Spirulina is a single-cell blue-green algae that thrives in warm bodies of fresh water. Spirulina has recently received a lot of attention in health food circles for its high nutritional content. Spirulina has a high concentration of protein, and contains complete strands of essential amino acids like animal sources of protein like…

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Vitamin A

What is Vitamin A? Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble compounds that help form bones, promote eye health and good vision, promote gastrointestinal health, promote healthy skin, and assist the immune system in functioning properly. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to night blindness, a diminished capacity for the body to fight infections, and pneumonia…

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Vitamin B-Complex

What is the Vitamin B-Complex? The vitamin-B complex is a group of eight water-soluble vitamins that help facilitate cell metabolism and the production of energy. The eight vitamins are B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12. These vitamins are crucial for maintaining overall health and…

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Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps to form and maintain collagen, which is the main protein of connective tissue and enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant in that it protects the body from certain forms of oxidative stress, and is also a…

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Vitamin D

What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which in turn helps build the body’s bones and teeth. Because vitamin D is so crucial to the growth of healthy bones, a person will require more of the vitamin as they get older to compensate for…

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