Acetyl-L-carnitine

A nutrient which has shown exceptional promise for maintaining brain health and preserving memory. Acetyl-L-carnitine is derived from the natural substance L-carnitine. It is structurally similar to the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine and has a similar action in the brain.

Alfalfa

A sweet herb that is reported to clean toxins from the system, lower cholesterol, control bleeding and stimulate the appetite.

Arginine (L-arginine)

An amino acid which has a role in boosting the immune system. Arginine also is suppose to exert a marked effect on several endocrine hormones, thereby playing a role in muscle growth and male fertility.

Ascorbic Acid – Vitamin C

The human body is unable to manufacture its own vitamin C so it has to be obtained by supplementation or through the diet. Marginal deficiency is common, especially in the elderly. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, it also functions in the manufacture of collagen which is the major protein found in the human body.

Bee Propolis

A resinous material that bees make from parts of plants that are rich in bioflavonoids. Propolis is believed to have immune system enhancing properties. (Warning – can cause allergic reaction).

Bilberry

In Europe, bilberry extract has become part of the conventional medical treatment for many eye disorders.

Bioflavonoids

Originally known as Vitamin P. Bioflavonoids have anti-oxidant properties in addition to helping sustain the properties of vitamin C. They come from the leaves, flowers, and stems of plants and at least 500 different bioflavonoids are known. They are believed to strengthen blood vessels and prevent bleeding disorders in addition to having anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral activity.

Biotin

Vitamin H – a water soluble B vitamin which has been linked to the growth of healthy hair and the prevention of graying and baldness. Deficiency symptoms include dermatitis, depression, pain, and weakness. Deficiency can occur when taking antibiotics or sulfonamides.

Blue Cohosh

The root of a perennial wildflower. Used by native Americans and early settlers for the treatment of urinary infections, abdominal cramps, menstrual problems, and uterine diseases. Caution – avoid during pregnancy.

Boron

An important trace mineral useful in the prevention of osteoporosis and arthritis.

Burdock

The root has been used traditionally in the treatment of skin diseases and inflammation due to chronic toxicity (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, rheumatism, gout). Also used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of colds and throat infections.

Calcium

A major constituent of bones and teeth. A constant supply of calcium is required for countless bodily functions, including the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction (including heart beat), energy production, and immune function. Many groups are at risk from marginal calcium deficiency.

L-Carnitine

Essential for the conversion of fat into energy. Symptoms of L-carnitine deficiency (which may be genetic in origin) can include muscle weakness, confusion, and angina. May protect against cardiovascular disease by increasing tolerance to exercise and reducing total blood lipids.

beta-Carotene

Can be converted into vitamin A as needed, but also acts as an anti-oxidant and immune system booster.

Catnip

Anti-diarrheal, anti-spasmodic, carminative, and gentle nerve tonic for release of tension.

Cayenne

Regarded by herbalists as a pure and safe stimulant. Stimulates blood flow to all parts of the body, producing natural warmth. Aids circulation in the elderly.

Chickweed

Ancient English remedy for chronic skin conditions, e.g. boils and painful eruptions. Soothes itchy skin.

Choline

Recently classified as a nutrient essential to life. Choline is a precursor for phospholipids which are the primary constituents of cell membranes, and acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter involved in memory storage and muscle control.

Chromium

Essential to human life. Required for normal glucose metabolism. Deficiency results in a diabetes-like syndrome. Chromium levels decline with age.

Co-Enzyme Q10

Found in all living cells, coenzyme Q10 helps in the production of energy from fats and carbohydrates. Deficiency can occur in older people and those with heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 has been used to aid in the treatment of angina and congestive heart failure.

Corn Syrup Glucose

Glucose rapidly raises blood sugar, stimulating the release of insulin and providing an immediate burst of energy.

Cramp Bark

Acts as an anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant.

Cyanocobalamin (B12)

Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells which transport energy-giving oxygen throughout the body. Also involved in the production of myelin and the association between B12 deficiency and impaired nervous system function is well established.

Cysteine

Amino acid. Major constituent of protein.

Damiana

Stimulating to the central nervous system and reproductive organs.

DHEA

Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone made by the adrenal glands. Production of DHEA peaks about age 25 and then declines. DHEA has complex roles in health and disease, and has been shown to decrease the production of fat.

Dimenhydrinate

OTC motion sickness remedy.

Dong-quai

A mild analgesic, blood purifier and circulatory stimulant.

Echinacea purpurea

A herb with exceptional antimicrobial and antiseptic action. Acts by stimulating the immune system through raising the white blood cell count. Can activate the body’s natural defenses.

Evening Primrose Oil

Rich source of the essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid. Essential fatty acids are transformed into regulatory compounds called prostaglandins which are involved in a host of processes.

Fennel (herb)

An aid to the digestive systemAn anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulent. Can also aid the digestive system.

Feverfew

Key uses are for headaches, fever, and inflammation.

Flax seed oil

Nature’s richest source of omega-3 oils which are essential fatty acids required for countless bodily functions.

Folic Acid

The most under-rated vitamin. It helps manufacture red blood cells and genetic material. All women of childbearing age should get at least 400 mcg per day to help prevent brain and spinal cord defects in newborns. Diets low in folic acid are also linked to high levels of homocysteine, a substance associated with heart disease. Getting enough of this vitamin is the number one reason to take a supplement.

Garlic

The potential power of garlic is legendary – helping to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, reducing blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.

Ginger

A common kitchen spice – may help to prevent motion sickness, fight nausea and diarrhea, and relieve indigestion.

Ginkgo

Shown to suppress blood clotting by inhibiting platelet activation factor. It may help many of the conditions associated with aging: for example, heart disease, impotence, blindness and memory loss.

Ginseng

“The ultimate tonic”. Ginseng may improve stamina, relieve stress, and boost the immune system.

Glucosamine sulfate

Widely used to alleviate joint pain associated with arthritis. Research has shown that it can stimulate the production of substances necessary for proper joint function and repair.

Glycine

Amino acid which is an essential part of red blood cells. Involved in energy production and also utilized by the liver to detoxify chemicals and make them water soluble for excretion.

Goldenseal

Used by native Americans as a treatment for sore throat and digestive complaints.

Gotu Kola

Used since prehistoric times for wound healing and skin conditions, such as cellulite and varicose veins.

Grape seed extract

A rich source of proanthocyanidins. The key use is for antioxidant supplementation. There are extensive reports on the use of the extract in venous and capillary disorders, including varicose veins, capillary fragility (easy bruising), and macular degeneration.

Guarana

Can stimulate the basal metabolic rate, providing energy and assisting weight loss.

Honey

Natural, high energy, soothing, sweetener.

Hops

A long history in herbal healing as a sedative and digestive aid.

Hydroxy-Citric Acid

Thermogenic compound which can improve the conversion of fat into energy.

Inositol

Functions with choline as a primary constituent of cell membranes. A lipotropic – exporting fat from the liver. Required for normal brain, nerve, and muscle function.

Isoleucine

Amino acid needed for hemoglobin formation. Also stabilizes and regulates blood sugar and energy levels.

Kava Kava

Relative of the pepper. Used in Europe for the treatment of anxiety, nervousness, and restlessness.

Kudzu

Rich source of isoflavones. Used for colds and muscular tension.

Lecithin

An important constituent of the cell membrane. Also involved with fat and cholesterol transport, and may help short term memory. (Vitamist Lecithin is derived from vegetable oil, mainly sun flower & corn oil.)

Leucine

Essential amino acid. Stimulates protein synthesis in muscle, and may trigger insulin release.

Licorice root

Used both for flavor and its herbal properties. Often added to mouthwashes to prevent plaque growth and as an anti-inflammatory. Can stimulate mucus production.

Lutein

A powerful carotenoid which is associated with prevention of age related macular degeneration.

Lysine

Essential amino acid that can boost the immune system.

Magnesium

Mineral nutrient. The body contains 20-28 g in bone, muscle and teeth. Essential for normal calcium metabolism, cardiovascular and muscle function.

Magnolia

A warming, sedative herb. Can lower blood pressure and relieve pain.

Ma Huang

Thermogenic, metabolic enhancer. Used in many weight-loss aids.

Manganese

Trace mineral. Required for normal brain and muscle function, building bones and blood clotting.

Marshmallow root

Used in folk medicine to decrease inflammation.

Melatonin

Produced by the pineal gland in the dark, hence its use in promoting sleep and overcoming jet lag. When released into the blood, melatonin helps to coordinate hormonal activity within the nervous system.

Methionine

An essential amino acid. Plays many roles in cellular proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters.

Methylsulfonylmethane

MSM. A naturally occurring organic Sulfur compound found in most unprocessed fresh food. The body needs MSM for healthy cell repair, to enhance its immune system and to resist allergies and parasites.

Niacin/Niacinamide

Vitamin B3. Required for the production of energy from fat, carbohydrate and protein. Severe niacin deficiency can result in a serious disease called pellagra.

Oat

A tranquilizing herb, said to improve athletic performance.

Onion

Closely related to garlic. Has antibiotic properties and is effective against fungi, bacteria, and parasites.

Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5. The name is derived from the Greek for “everywhere” due to its wide distribution. Pivotal role in the production of energy. Has been suggested to increase athletic performance, speed wound healing, and boost the immune system.

Parsley

Used in herbal medicine to help the liver and as an antimicrobial.

Passionflower

Mild sedative and analgesic.

Peppermint

Digestive aid. Can also improve blood flow to the extremities.

Phenylalanine

Essential amino acid. Incorporated into brain proteins, causing claims that it can increase alertness and diminish pain.

Phosphatidylserine

A major phospholipid which help the structure of brain cells. Low levels are associated with impaired mental function.

Phosphorous

Major mineral found in bones and teeth. Second to calcium in abundance in the body. Deficiency results in loss of appetite, weakness and pain.

Potassium

Essential for nerve and muscle function. Helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance within cells.

Proanthocyanidin

A group of plant flavonoids. Obtained from grape seed and pine bark, these compounds are extremely potent anti-oxidants.

Proline

Amino acid. Predominant constituent of collagen (a connective tissue protein).

Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6. Required for the production of amino acids, for the support of a healthy immune system, and for nerve

Red-clover

Antispasmodic and expectorant.

Rose hips

Rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.

Rosemary

An herb. Contains substances which can stimulate the digestive tract and help with fat digestion.

Sage

An herb. Has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Sarsaparilla root

An herb. Used as a tonic by native Americans.

Saw Palmetto berry

The berry of a palm tree. Used as a tonic, and to treat enlarged prostate, and genito-urinary tract imbalances.

Schisandra Berry

Used in Chinese medicine for its liver-protective effects.

Selenium

A key anti-oxidant as part of the powerful enzyme, glutathione peroxidase. Acts against molecules that may cause heart disease and cancer.

Skullcap

An antispasmodic, relaxing, nerve tonic.

Slippery elm bark

A soothing agent for the throat.

Spirulina

A microscopic blue-green alga. Rich source of beta-carotene as well as protein, minerals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Stevia

A plant glycoside.

St. Johns Wort

An effective nerve tonic, useful in cases of anxiety, depression and unrest. Also has antibiotic activity.

Thiamin

Vitamin B1. Essential for energy production by asisting the breakdown of glucose. Severe deficiency results in beriberi.

Threonine

Essential amino acid. In addition to its role as a constituent of protein, threonine may stimulate the thymus gland and support the immune system.

Trace Minerals

A broad range of minerals required in minute quantities for normal functioning of the body. Important in enzymatic reactions.

Valerian root

A valued tranquilizer and calmative.

Valine

Essential amino acid. May be beneficial to the liver, and in the rebuilding of muscle after trauma.

Vanadium

Trace mineral. Deficiency in animals results in slow growth and reproductive difficulties. Some vanadium salts can improve insulin efficiency.

Vitamin A

Required for a healthy immune system, vision, growth, and reproduction.

Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin. Essential for calcium uptake, and therefore required for healthy bones and teeth. Can be converted to calcitrol, a hormone which affects numerous functions in the body.

Vitamin E

Essential nutrient. Best known for its anti-oxidant properties in combating free radicals. Free radical damage has been linked to cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and aging. Vitamin E also plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system. (Vitamist Vitamin E- derived from sun flower seed oil.)

White Oak bark

Herb with astringent and antiseptic properties.

White Willow

Reliever of pain, fever, and inflammation.

Wild Lettuce

Reported to have sedative and painkilling effects.

Wood Betony

Widely used in folk medicine for its astringent properties, and in treating irritations of the throat, mouth, and gums.

Zinc

Essential mineral required for many metabolic processes. Over 100 different enzymes require zinc. Roles include anti-oxidant effects, enhancing of the immune system and aiding wound healing.

Fructose

Sweetener