Biofilm Detox™

Biofilm Detox™

Product #180

Biofilm Detox™ is a 100% vegetarian FOOD supplement that supplies herbs and enzymes. These natural substances are intended to help the body rid itself of biofilms and other environments that certain pathogenic microorganisms sometimes thrive in.

90 Capsules | $46.98

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Biofilm Detox™  contains no synthetic USP nutrients, but only contains wildcrafted foods, food complexes, food extracts, and food concentrates. Wildcrafted foods are found wild in nature or otherwise grown without the use of pesticides, preservatives, or herbicides.

Biofilm Detox™ naturally contains potassium, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins (including all ten essential amino acids), and protein chaperones as found in the listed foods.

Other ingredients:  Vegetarian Capsule
Suggested use: Serving size or as recommended by your health care professional. Adjust usage according to nutritional lifestyle requirements.

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Choline Complex™

Choline Complex™

Product #235

Choline Complex™ is a 100% vegetarian Food supplement that is intended to supply real food choline.

180 Tablets | $33.98

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Choline is crucial for sustaining life. It modulates the basic signaling processes within cells, is a structured element in membranes, and is vital during critical periods in brain development”. It was discovered in 1862, yet it was not recognized as a required nutrient for humans until 1998.

Choline has several important functions:  it is a source of methyl groups needed to make S-adenosylmethionine, it is a part of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and it is a part of the predominant phospholipids in membranes (phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin).  Betaine, formed from choline, is an important osmolyte in the kidney glomerulus and helps with the reabsorption of water from the kidney tubule.  Although they represent a smaller proportion of the total choline pool, important metabolites of choline include platelet-activating factor, choline plasmalogens, lysophosphatidylcholine, phosphocholine, and glycerophosphocholine” [1].  
 
Regarding Choline, WebMD reports, “Athletes use it for bodybuilding and delaying fatigue in endurance sports” [2].  Low levels of Choline have been found in endurance athletes and supplementation may decrease fatigue during exercise [3].  
 

The official Recommended Daily Intake of Choline is as low as 125 mg per day for infants up to 6 months of age to as high as 550 mg per day for lactating women (the RDI for non-lactating women is 450 mg per day) [1].  The RDI for adult males is 550 mg per day [1].   
Many people simply take choline to feel better. 

Other ingredients: Fatty Acid from Palm Kernel, Silica.
Suggested use: Serving size or as recommended by your health care professional. Adjust usage according to nutritional lifestyle requirements.

References

[1] Zeisel S.  Choline.  In: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 11th ed.  Wolters Kluwer| Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012: 416-426 
[2] WebMD.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-436-CHOLINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=436&activeIngredientName=CHOLINE viewed 07/02/13
[3] Castell LM, Burke LM, Stears SJ, et al. A-Z of nutritional supplements: dietary supplements, sports nutrition foods and ergogenic aids for health and performance. Part 9. Br J Sports Med. 2010;44(8):609-611  

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Vegetarian Adrenal™

Vegetarian Adrenal™

#783

Vegetarian Adrenal is a 100% vegan Food supplement intended to nutritionally support the adrenal glands and help support biochemical imbalances associated with cortisol production. The adrenal glands play a role in energy, stress, mood, and even pain control. The adrenal glands have probably the greatest store of vitamin C in the body. 

90 Capsules | $39.98

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Vegetarian Adrenal is basically Food intended for the adrenal glands (it is not advised if breastfeeding). If additional endocrine support is indicated, consider adding Vegetarian Thyro or Vegetarian Tyrosine.

Acerola Cherry is one of the most vitamin C dense Foods (the adrenal glands tend to store vitamin C in the body [1]) Not only does it have free radical scavenging abilities, it also has been shown to increase the antioxidant abilities of some other foods [2].

Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, is considered to be an herb to help deal with stress.  An animal study, “concluded that ashwagandha possesses adaptogenic, cardiotropic, cardioprotective and anticoagulant properties” [3].

Carob Pod Ceratonia siliqua is a natural Food source high in the amino acid serine (see L-Serine below) [4].  In addition, research has concluded, “The presence of substances with central benzodiazepine activity in carob extracts seems of great importance in view of the possibility to use carob extract as potential natural products with anxiolytic-sedative effects” [5].

Kelp is Food that supplies trace minerals [6], and adrenal glands contain trace minerals.

L- Serine is an non-essential amino acid, that along with some others help produce the “enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the conversion of circulating dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), pregnenolone or 17alpha-hydroxypregenolone to produce the appropriate, active steroid hormone(s): estradiol, testosterone, progesterone, aldosterone or cortisol respectively” [7].  L-serine is known to help restore compromised adrenal function, as well as helping to reduce elevated cortisol levels.

Potassium is found in plants [8]. Potassium is the leading intracellular electrolyte and is necessary for electrolyte balance, stimulating aldersterone for the adrenal glands [8].  The late Dr. Bernard Jensen wrote the following about potassium deficiencies, “The mind becomes chaotic, unpredictable, highly imaginative and unorthodox.  States of mind alternate between joy and melancholy and even excitability…Potassium Must be Supplied in Food Form” [9] (bolding his).

Rice bran is a Food source of B vitamins [7], which are often used for stress, anxiety, and adrenal support.  

Tomato powder contains lycopene in tomato powder.  The powder, which is how it is in Vegetarian Adrenal, appears to be more bioavailable than that in fresh tomatoes, and tomato powder has (by weight) 26-144 times more lycopene than fresh tomatoes [7]. “Among the common dietary carotenoids lycopene has the highest singlet oxygen quenching capacity in vitro. Other outstanding features are its high concentration in… {the} adrenal gland” [10]. Studies suggest it has a variety of protective effects [7].

Vitamin B-5 Pantothenate is “the number one adrenal strengthener” [11]. Severe deficiency of vitamin B-5 causes numbness in toes and painful burning in feet, and can cause anemia, skin problems, and adrenal problems [12].  Because of cortisol’s anti-allergy properties this may be why many advise pantothenate for allergies.  “Synthetic D-pantothenate…is available as a calcium or sodium salt” [12], and is sold in forms such as sodium D-pantothenate or calcium D-pantothenate or sometime just listed as pantothenic acid [13].  Other synthetic “multivitamin preparations commonly contain its…alcohol derivative, panthenol” [12].  “Dexopanthenol is a synthetic form which is not found naturally” [13].  USP pantothenic acid is made by condensing isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde [14].  “Pantothenic acid consists of pantoic acid in amide linkage to beta-alanine”, but vitamin B-5 is not found that way in nature, pantothenate forms are [15].  The vegetarian foods which are highest in pantothenate are nutritional yeast, brown rice, peanuts, and broccoli [12,13,15].  Nutritional yeast and brown rice supply the vitamin B-5 in Vegetarian Adrenal, and are two of the best natural sources of food pantothenate [12,13].

Vitamin B-6  : “An understanding of the various forms [of vitamin B-6] and quantities of these forms in foods is important in the evaluation of the bioavailability and metabolism of vitamin B-6” [16]. One of the forms that vitamin B-6 exists in is the form “5’0-(beta-D-glycopyransosyl) pyridoxine.  To date only plant foods have been found to contain this interesting form of vitamin B-6” [16].  Yeast and rice bran contain more natural food vitamin B-6 than other foods [17].   Reports suggest that food vitamin B-6 is superior to forms [18].  At least one synthetic vitamin B-6 analogue has been found to inhibit natural vitamin B-6 action [19].  Pyridoxine HCL (hydrochloride) which is found in most non-food supplements is made with petroleum ester combined with HCL and processed with formaldehyde [20].  “Disorders treated with (B-6)…include Down’s syndrome, autism, hyperoxaluria, gestational diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, and diabetic neuropathy” [12].  Many problems including anemias, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), PMS, cardiovascular complaints, confusion, depression, irritability, and certain immune problems have responded to vitamin B-6 [21].  A study of healthy elderly individuals found about 1/3 had marginal vitamin B-6 deficiency [21].

Vitamin C in the human body, is found in the greatest abundance in the adrenal glands, which demonstrates that many aspects of adrenal physiology require vitamin C.  Foods generally contain two biologically active forms of vitamin C [12,22,23], yet most synthetic vitamin C only contains isolated ascorbic acid [24,25].  One M.D. writes, “If anything helps you battle the effects of stress, it is vitamin C” [26]; vitamin C “can readily donate electrons to quench a variety of reactive free radical and oxidative species and is easily returned to its reduced state…The vitamin efficiently scavenges hydroxyl, peroxyl, and superoxide radicals, as well as reactive peroxide, singlet oxygen, and hypochlorite species” and protects against lipid and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) peroxidation” [12].

Many people simply take Vegetarian Adrenal as a Food supplement to help them feel better. 

References
[1] Guyton AC, Hall JE. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 9th ed. WB Saunders, Phil., 1996 
[2] Hwang J, Hodis HN, Sevanian A. Soy and alfalfa phytoestrogen extracts become potent low-density lipoprotein antioxidants in the presence of acerola cherry extract. J Agric Food Chem. 2001;49(1):308-314 
 [3] Dhuley JN.  Adaptogenic and cardioprotective action of ashwagandha in rats and frogs. J Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Apr;70(1):57-63
[4] USDA.  Carob Powder. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18 (2005)
[5] Avallone R, Cosenza F, Farina F, Baraldi C, Baraldi M. Extraction and purification from Ceratonia siliqua of compounds acting on central and peripheral benzodiazepine receptors. Fitoterapia. 2002;73(5):390-396
[6] Pederson M. Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs, 3rd ed. Whitman Books, Warsaw (IN), 1998
[7]  Sheldon S, Rorvik D, eds.  PDR for Nutritional Supplements.  Medical Economics, Montvale (NJ), 2001
[8] Whitney EN, Hamilton EMN. Understanding Nutrition, 4ed. West Publishing, New York, 1987
[9] Jensen B.  The Chemistry of Man. Bernard Jensen Enterprises, Escondido (CA), 1983
[10] Gerster H. The potential role of lycopene for human health.  J Am Coll Nutr. 1997;16(2):109-126
[11] Null G.  The Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Health.  Kensington Books, NY, 1998
[12] Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M.  Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 9th ed.  Williams & Wilkins, Balt., 1999
[13] Hendler S, Rorvik D, editors.  PDR for Nutritional Supplements.  Medical Economics, Montvale (NJ), 2001
[14] Vitamin-Mineral Manufacturing Guide Nutrient Empowerment, volume 1.  Nutrition Resource, Lakeport (CA), 1986
[15] Plesofsky-Vig N.  Pantothenic acid and Coenzyme A.  In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 8th ed.  Lea & Febiger, Phil.,1994:395-401
[16] Leklem JE.  Vitamin B6.  In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 8th ed.  Lea & Febiger, Phil.,1994:383-394
[17] Ensminger AH, Ensminger ME, Konlade JE, Robson JRK.  Food & Nutrition Encyclopedia, 2nd ed.  CRC Press, New York, 1993
[18] Thiel R. Natural vitamins may be superior to synthetic ones.  Medical Hypotheses, 2000; 55(6):461-469
[19] Mervyn L. The B Vitamins.  Thorsons, Wellingborough (UK), 1981
[20] Vitamin-Mineral Manufacturing Guide Nutrient Empowerment, volume 1.  Nutrition Resource, Lakeport (CA), 1986
[21] Hendler SS, Rorvik D, eds.  PDR for Nutritional Supplements.  Medical Economics, Montvale (NJ), 2001 
[22] Levine, M, et al.  Vitamin C.  In Present Knowledge in Nutrition, 7th ed.  ILSI Press, Washington, 1996:146-159
[23] Vanderslice JT, Higgs DJ.  Vitamin C content of foods: sample variability.  Am J Clin Nutr, 1991;54(Supp 6):1323S-1327S
[24] The United States Pharmacopeial Convention.  USAN and USP Dictionary of Drug Names.  Mack Printing, Easton (PA),1986
[25] Mangels AR, et al.  The bioavailability to humans of ascorbic acid from oranges, orange juice and cooked broccoli is similar to that of synthetic ascorbic acid.  J Nutr, 1993;123(6):1054-1061
[26] Understanding Vitamins and Minerals.  Rodale Press, Emmaus (PA), 1984

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Other ingredients: Vegetable Lubricant, Silica, Food Glaze.

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CoQ10-Cardio™

CoQ10-Cardio™

#250

Co-Q10 Cardio is a 100% vegan Food supplement that is intended to supply nutrients needed to maintain optimal and support cardio-muscle health. Co-Q10 Cardio supplies plant-source co-enzyme Q10, a nutrient that is important for healthy cardiovascular system function, along with other herbs.

90 Capsules | $23.98

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Vegetarian Thyro™

Vegetarian Thyro™

#796

Vegetarian Thyro is a 100% vegan Food supplement intended to nutritionally support the thyroid and improve metabolism. Vegetarian Thyro is basically Food intended for thyroid gland. If additional endocrine support is indicated, consider adding Vegetarian Adrenal or Vegetarian Tyrosine.

90 Capsules | $28.98

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The thyroid is responsible for hormones that affect mood, improve circulation, increase metabolism, retain calcium, affect cardiovascular health, improve tolerance to temperature fluctuations, minimize body fat, reduce the tendency for obesity, minimize menstrual disturbances, improve energy, reduce the dryness of skin and hair, and reduce premature hair loss. Yet thyroid problems are very common.

Unfortunately, medical interventions are often incomplete as blood tests often do not recognize certain forms of hypothyroidism. 

Furthermore, even when found medically, most medical interventions are limited to the prescribing of synthetic T4 (levothyroxine), which tends to shut the thyroid down, and thus possibly increasing the tendency for osteoporosis, as well as sometimes increasing mood problems and some other symptoms associated with low thyroid function.

Many people simply take Vegetarian Thyro™ as a Food supplement to help them feel better.  

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Diabetes: Types I and II

In the United States, the incidence of diabetes in adults rose by 33% from 1990 to 1998 and still appears to be on the rise.  Obesity is considered one of the major risk factors for diabetes, but that may be more due to dietary choices.

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D Complex™

D Complex™

#281

D Complex is a 100% vegan Food supplement that is intended to supply 100% Food vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of food calcium and even has hormone-like functions within the human body. Vitamin D helps maintain serum calcium and phosphorus concentrations in a range that supports cellular processes, neurological function, and bone ossification.

90 Capsules | $32.98

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In addition to containing 1000 i.u. of vegetarian vitamin D3,  D Complex naturally also provides vitamin D2 as found in shitake mushrooms. Thus, D Complex is more complete and a superior choice of vitamin D. No other product on the market is like D Complex.

Most commercially available sources of what they call vitamin D are made up of unnatural isolates-they are not foods.

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Vegetarian Tryptophan™

Vegetarian Tryptophan™

#797

Vegetarian Tryptophan is a 100% vegetarian Food supplement that supplies tryptophan. Tryptophan is an esstenial amino acid and is needed to make many of the protein structures in the body.

90 Capsules | $38.98

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“L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which must be consumed from food since the body cannot make it using other amino acids. It is present in virtually all plant and animal proteins. Once the body absorbs L-tryptophan, it converts {some of}it into 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and then into the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is primarily the serotonin that does all the wonderful things attributed to L-tryptophan—inducing sleep, reducing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, promoting weight loss and addressing depression.” [1]. Additionally, L-tryptophan is necessary for the production of various protein structures in the body.

“Tryptophan is one of the eight essential amino acids found in the human diet. Essential amino acids are defined as those that cannot be made in the body and therefore must be obtained from food or supplements. (A ninth amino acid, histidine, is sometimes considered essential for children.)…

“A typical diet provides only 1,000 to 1,500 mg/day of tryptophan, yet there is much competition in the body for this scarce tryptophan” [2].

“In any normal diet, animal protein-based or vegetarian, tryptophan is the least plentiful of all 20 food amino acids. Thus, tryptophan is typically outnumbered as much as 9:1 in its competition to secure its transport through the blood-brain barrier into the brain. Eating a high-protein diet in an attempt to increase dietary tryptophan (a typical diet provides only 1-1.5 grams/day) only increases its competition even more” [3].

In the 1980s, “people seeking to lose weight, improve sleep, or alleviate depression used tryptophan to safely increase serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the natural compound that promotes feelings of well-being, satiety, and relaxation” [2].

Although there are animal source of tryptophan, Vegetarian Tryptophan is from plants and is 100% vegan. 

Depression, Autism, Bipolar, Serotonin, & Tryptophan

L-tryptophan depletion seems to be a significant factor demonstrating the link between serotonin and depression. 

“Stress-related mood deterioration and affective disorders, such as depression, are among the leading causes of disease burden throughout the world, and are associated with severe medical consequences and mortality. Research has shown the involvement of dysfunctional brain serotonin (5-HT) biochemistry as a vulnerable biological factor in the onset of mood disturbances. Since the production of brain serotonin is limited by the availability of its plasma dietary amino acid precursor tryptophan, different foods and dietary amino acids that influence tryptophan availability are thought to alter affective behavior by changing brain 5-HT synthesis” [4]. Serotonin is synthesized in the body from the amino acid tryptophan [5].

It tends to be accepted that “impaired serotonin (5-HT) function can lead to clinical depression… The best evidence that 5-HT contributes to the pathophysiology of depression comes from studies of tryptophan depletion, which show that lowering brain 5-HT levels can induce acute symptomatic relapse in recovered depressed patients” [6].  “Amino acid mixtures that lower brain availability of the serotonin (5-HT) precursor tryptophan produce acute depressive relapse in women with a history of major depression…Women with a history of depression showed impaired regulation of brain 5-HT function in response to dieting” [7].

Those with bipolar disorder seem to have lower levels of serotonin [8]. A study involving those with obsessive compulsive disorder found that “[a]fter 5 h of tryptophan depletion, 6 out of 7 patients reported worsening of mood” [9].

Tryptophan depletion seems to increase depression as well as certain facial features associated with autism, like lack of proper emotional expression [10]. L-tryptophan supplementation has been found helpful to improve the mood of people with Hepatitis C [11].

A major study involving alcoholics trying L-tryptophan found that it led to “lower levels of depression” [12]. 

Sleep

Many people have had success with sleep taking L-tryptophan. There are probably several reasons for this. 

“For example, serotonin is the precursor to the sleep hormone, melatonin, making L-tryptophan an effective sleep aid. It has significant sedative- like proper ties, although, unlike other sedatives, it does not appear to impair performance. Specifically, L-tryptophan is not associated with impairment of visuomotor, cognitive or memory performance, nor does it elevate threshold for arousal from sleep” [13].

“Melatonin is a hormone synthesized in the pineal gland from tryptophan. It participates in several biological processes in the human being, such as circadian sleep rhythm, mood, reproductive processes and aging” [14].

 “More than 40 controlled studies have demonstrated L-tryptophan can help induce sleepiness in humans. In younger insomniacs, L-tryptophan is effective in inducing sleep the first night of administration; in more chronic, well-established or more severe insomnias, repeated administration of low doses of L-tryptophan over time may be required for therapeutic improvement.

“Generally, doses of 1 g/d or more are most effective. However, one study in mild insomniacs did report lower doses helped reduce the amount of time it took to fall asleep, with even 1/4 g/d of L-tryptophan increasing stage IV sleep” [13].

One recent study found that taking L-tryptophan increased both serotonin and melatonin and improved nocturnal sleep [15]. Another recent study found for with obsessive compulsive disorder, “Tryptophan depletion induced a worsening of sleep continuity” [16].

Human Growth Hormone, Aging, Obesity, & L-Tryptophan

“For years, many people have been looking for ways to increase their levels of human growth hormone (HGH). The value of increasing HGH can be understood by examining this hormone’s functions, which include maintaining the immune system, stimulating muscle growth through amino acid sparing and promotion of amino acid transport into muscle cells, and burning fat. L-tryptophan is also capable of increasing HGH. This was demonstrated in various human studies in the ’70s.” [13].

“Startling research findings reveal that brain serotonin levels decline sharply in most humans as they age…It was long ago established that tryptophan is the amino acid needed to produce serotonin in the brain…It would appear that serotonin deficiency may play an important role in the record number of Americans suffering from depression, insomnia, and excess weight gain…Recent studies, however, have identified specific age-related mechanisms that cause the degradation of tryptophan in elderly individuals” [2]. Therefore, it appears that supplemental L-tryptophan could be expected to reverse some of these losses of tryptophan and serotonin.

Some have indicated that L-tryptophan may be helpful for weight management and/or appetite control and/or other problems associated with low serotonin levels [e.g. 2,7,13,17]. “Plasma tryptophan ratios are below normal in obese subjects and may decrease with dieting, an effect that may partly be responsible for the high relapse rate after diet-related weight loss (ie, brain serotonin production remains low and stimulates appetite). Obese subjects are often insulin resistant, and diminished insulin action may cause low plasma tryptophan ratios because of the peripheral effects of insulin on amino acid uptake and utilization” [17].

“Serotonin neurons in the brain participate in the control of appetite. In general, serotonin neurons function in neuronal circuits that diminish food intake. Hence, treatments that enhance serotonin function reduce food intake, whereas those that diminish serotonin function stimulate food intake. The synthesis of serotonin in the brain is controlled in part by the availability of its amino acid precursor, L-tryptophan” [17].

Safety

There were some safety concerns about L-tryptophan that perhaps should be addressed here. “In 1989 and 1990, two reports of a new disease labeled eosinophiliamyalgia syndrome (EMS) were published and attributed to ingestion of L-tryptophan… Studies traced more than 95 percent of the cases of EMS to L-tryptophan supplied by Showa Denko K.K. of Japan. Analysis of case-associated lots revealed several chemical impurities. One of these, labeled “peak E”, is an unusual dimeric form of L-tryptophan (1,1’-ethylidenebis[tryptophan]), and its presence is considered to be associated with EMS” [1]. 

The FDA, instead of initially simply placing the blame on the bad batch (or non-L-tryptophan causes for the EMS issues raised), restricted general supplementation with L-tryptophan.

However it needs to be emphasized “that the very tryptophan that the FDA restricted is still used in infant formulas and intravenous feeding solutions. If there were any danger to tryptophan, we would have known about it long ago…For nineteen years, aging Americans have been forced to settle for less-than-optimal tryptophan/serotonin levels in their bodies” [2]—essentially because of unusual FDA restrictions.

It perhaps should be mentioned that an animal study designed to see if supplementation with relatively high levels of L-tryptophan could cause EMS concluded that it did not [18].

Notice the following comment from a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “in our experience, pharmaceutical-grade tryptophan preparations in humans have never been associated with symptoms of EMS, suggesting that pure tryptophan preparations are safe” [19].

Here is what Ernest Hartmann (M.D.) of Tufts University wrote, “My laboratory has done many studies on the sleep inducing effects of tryptophan. The usual human dose is either 1 or 2 g of tryptophan taken at bedtime…I do not believe that the totality of current evidence suggests that people using L-tryptophan in the usual doses for sleep induction need be concerned or need to discontinue the practice” [20].

Tryptophan is a component of proteins, and, as such, has been consumed for thousands of years. It has been consumed in isolated forms for decades and is an essential amino acid.

Those interested in the potential benefits of L-tryptophan supplementation may wish to try Vegetarian Tryptophan.

References                                          

[1] Bruno G. Revisting the Safety, Efficacy of L-Tryptophan: Part II.   April 2, 2007
[2]  Faloon W. The FDAs cruel hoax.  Life Extension.  2008 Apr:14(4):7-11
[3] Dean W, South J, English J.  5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) vs. Prozac (SSRIs). http://intelegen.com/nutrients/5htp_5hydroxytryptophan_vs.htm viewed 12/18/08 
[4] Markus CR.  Dietary Amino Acids and Brain Serotonin Function; Implications for Stress-Related Affective Changes.  Neuromolecular Med. 2008;10(4):247-58
[5] Matthew D.  Proteins and Amino Acids.  In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 10th edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Phil., 2006: 23-61
[6] Cowen PJ.  Serotonin and depression: pathophysiological mechanism or marketing myth?  Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2008 Sep;29(9):433-6
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Detox-N-Cleanse™

Detox-N-Cleanse™

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Detox-N-Cleanse is a 100% vegan Food supplement. Detox-N-Cleanse is a synergestic blend of foods and food extracts intended to help support healthy colon, urinary, metal, and other detoxification. Pollution can be a serious issue, so many naturally-minded individuals are justifiably concerned about detoxification.

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The outside air is polluted, the indoor air is polluted, water is polluted, and the industrialized food supply is polluted with toxins. There are vehicle exhausts, industrial gases, industrial chemicals, chlorinated-fluoridated-plasticized tap water, molds, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, radiation, colorings, perfumes, colognes, medications, printer/copier dusts, paints, carpet out-gassing, cleaning supplies, and a host of other pollutants. Even toys are still found containing toxic chemicals (and even those that have supposedly “safe” materials, like plastic, can still outgas). 

Detoxification from toxins makes a great deal of sense in this chemically-altered modern world.

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Vegetarian Tyrosine is a 100% vegan Food supplement that is intended to supply nutrients needed to provide high quality vegan tyrosine and support factors. 

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Vegetarian Tyrosine™ naturally contains carbohydrates, lipids, proteins (including essential amino acids), as found in Winged Beans Psophocarpus tetragonolobusall the nutrients shown above are contained in beans or a fermented bean extract.

Unlike many so-called “natural” formulas, Vegetarian Tyrosine™ is only comprised of foods and contains no synthetic USP nutrients or isolated mineral salts, but only contains foods and food extracts.

Tyrosine is an amino acid that some have trouble producing and is used by the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Other ingredients:  Vegetarian Capsule
Suggested use: Serving size or as recommended by your health care professional. Adjust usage according to nutritional lifestyle requirements.

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Green Vegetable Alkalizer™

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Green Vegetable Alkalizer is a 100% vegan Food supplement that is intended to supply 100% Food green alkalizing plants. Green vegetables are considered to be a natural cleanser for the digestive system and naturally contain nutrients that protect against free radicals.  

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Chlorophyll naturally contains vitamin K. Green plants naturally contain chlorophyll, potassium, phosphorus, and other nutrients. Green vegetables are considered to be a natural cleanser for the digestive system and naturally contain nutrients that protect against free radicals

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