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5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a metabolite of the amino acid tryptophan. 5-HTP gets converted to the the neurotransmitter serotonin in tbe brain. Serotonin plays a significant role in helping to control mood and a lesser role in supporting sleep as it serves a precursor to melatonin.

7-Keto

7-Keto (7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone) is a metabolite of, rather than a precursor to, DHEA. 7-Keto helps promote fat metabolism by supporting the activity of enzymes involved in the breakdown of fatty acids. 7-keto can be used as part of a weight management program. 7-Keto does not increase DHEA levels in the body.

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Acacia Powder

A type of soluble fiber that comes from the Acacia Senegal tree, acacia powder is made from the gum of the Acacia tree. Supplementing with this powder can support intestinal regularity, as well as act as a prebiotic and support healthy gut flora. You can add this powder to water or juice and consume daily.

Acai

Pronounced Ah-Saw-EE, Acai berry and juices derived from Acai are some of the most popular sources of antioxidants. Not only do they contain antioxidants, they taste great and come in a variety of forms.

Acetic acid

An organic acid that is naturally found in vinegar, apple cider vinegar, pickles and sourdough bread, that can support digestion and blood glucose levels.

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is also known as ALCAR. ALCAR helps support cellular energy metabolism by facilitating the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are used to make ATP (cells main energy molecule). Acetyl-L-Carnitine also donates an acetyl group to help promote the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in normal brain function. It is involved in fat metabolism, helps provide antioxidant support and promotes healthy brain function.

Acidophilus

Acidophilus is a beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and fermented foods such as miso and tempeh. Acidophilus is one of the most commonly used probiotics in dietary supplements and helps support digestive and immune health.

Adrenal glands

Triangle-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys that are responsible for responding to stress, regulating salt and water balance in the body, sexual well-being, energy production and creation of sex and stress response hormones. The outer part of the adrenal gland is called the cortex, and it produces hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone and DHEA. The inner part of the adrenal gland is called the medulla, and it produces epinephrine and nonrepinephrine, also known as adrenaline and nonadrenaline.

Alfalfa

The alfalfa plant is related to the pea family; alfalfa’s name comes from the Arabic word that means ‘father of all foods’. Alfalfa contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as and several minerals including calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron. Alfalfa is a source of chlorophyll and beta carotene, and has been used to stimulate appetite and support overall health in the body.

Algae Based Calcium

This is a plant-sourced calcium derived from algae. Calcium is an essential mineral required for numerous functions in the body. Calcium plays a role in muscle contraction, nerve signal transmission and helping to maintain strong bones and teeth.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant whose extract is typically used topically to soothe and moisturize skin. Taken as an oral supplement, Aloe Vera may support digestive health and regularity.

Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is synthesized by the body, and plays a role in cellular energy production. ALA is also an important antioxidant, but unlike most antioxidants such as Vitamin C (water-soluble) and E (fat-soluble), ALA works in both water and fat soluble compartments of the body. This makes ALA one of the most versatile and important antioxidant compounds in the body.

American Ginseng

Panax ginseng, its formal Latin name, is used to support overall vitality, immunity and longevity. American ginseng contain ginsenosides, said to help maintain healthy blood sugar balances within normal range. American ginseng promotes energy production, and healthy cognitive function.

Amino Acid Complex

If you’re feeling fatigued or worn down after a game, workout or yoga class, Amino Acid Complexes may help put the pep back in your step. A benefit to using amino acid supplements is that the amino acids are easy for your body to absorb.

Amino Acids

Proteins are made up of long chains of building blocks called amino acids. The sequence of amino acids is characteristic to a particular protein and this determines its function. There are twenty-two amino acids required by humans, nine of which are essential and must be consumed in the diet.

Antioxidant

Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that, when found in high amounts in the body can damage important components of the cell. Some antioxidants such as glutathione are made by the body, while others such as vitamins E and C and the mineral selenium must be consumed in the diet.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is metabolized by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and it also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids. Apple Cider Vinegar’s natural acidity helps to stimulate the break down foods and aid in digestion.

Arnica

Arnica is one of the most common acute homeopathic remedies used. It is also used for chronic conditions especially when their onset was triggered by trauma or shock. Arnica has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. It may be taken internally and applied topically.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy, also referred to as essential oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid is an essential water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin C is found in high amounts in citrus fruits, green and red peppers, potatoes and cruciferous vegetables. Vitamin C is an important cofactor in the synthesis of collagen, absorption and utilization of iron and the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Vitamin C is also a key antioxidant and is important for the production of carnitine which plays a major role in the metabolism of fatty acids.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl palmitate is ascorbic acid bound to palmitic acid. This bond creates a lipid, or fat soluble form of vitamin C. Vitamin C is found in high amounts in citrus fruits, green and red peppers, potatoes and cruciferous vegetables. Vitamin C is an important cofactor in the synthesis of collagen, absorption and utilization of iron and the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Vitamin C is also a key antioxidant and is important for the production of carnitine which plays a major role in the metabolism of fatty acids

Ashwagandha

Also known as indian ginseng, ashwagandha is a traditional herb use in ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha may help support energy and vitality.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a red-pink pigment found in various seafoods i.e. salmon, and also in the feathers of flamingos and quails. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that helps support cardiovascular, brain and eye health.

Astragalus Root

Astragalus is an herb native to China that has been used as an adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress and bring the body back to a state of homeostasis. Astragalus can provide immune support due to its flavonoid, fatty acid and trace mineral constituents.

Ayurvedic

Originating in India, Ayurvedic medicine is more than 3,000 years old and is routed in promoting life (ayurd) and knowledge (veda). Ayurvedic treatment focuses on combing the use of herbs, balanced lifestyle, including diet and exercise, and Western medicine.

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B-Complex

B-complex is a family of essential nutrients known as B-vitamins. B-vitamins include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid.

BCAA Complex

BCAA's include the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA's, particularly leucine helps support muscle protein synthesis and aid in muscle growth and recovery.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is known as a source of B vitamins, which are necessary in our bodies for energy production and metabolism. Bee pollen is the food of the young bee. It is approximately 40% protein, containing all twenty-two amino acids, as well as Vitamins such as A, D, E, and minerals such zinc, magnesium and potassium. Bee pollen can support endurance and vitality, making it a great natural source of energy for athletes.

Bee Products

Bee Products are a source of naturally occurring nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Bee Products include bee pollen, Bee Propolis, Bee Pollen Grains, and raw honey.

Beef Protein

Delivers a complete amino acid profile, as well as promotes muscle growth and workout recovery. Beef protein is made from beef and is turned into a powder for supplement use. Beef protein has a high biological value, which helps increase absorption. A great low carb, high protein source of nutrition.

Beta Sitosterol

A plant extract, also known as a phytosterol, is found naturally in some foods including flaxseed, peanuts, olive oil and soy. Beta-sitosterol may help promote prostate health. Beta-sitosterol has a similar chemical structure to cholesterol, and competes with cholesterol for absorption. Beta-sitosterol may help support healthy cholesterol levels. other sources include saw palmetto and nettle root extract.

Beta-Alanine

Beta-alanine is a modified version of the amino acid alanine. Beta-alanine gets converted to carnosine which is used by muscle tissue to reduce the buildup of hydrogen ions. By reducing the accumulation of hydrogen ions, carnosine may help support exercise performance and endurance.

Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is also known as provitamin A. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body and helps provide antioxidant and immune support.

Betaine

A naturally occurring amino acid like compounds that works as a methyl donor. Betaine plays a role in the metabolism of homocysteine and folic acid and as a methyl donor helps support liver detoxification and neurotransmitter synthesis.

Bifido

Bifidobacteria are used as a probiotic to improve intestinal flora balance, inhibit harmful bacteria, promote digestive health and boost immune function.

Bifidobacterium bifidum

The main inhabitant of bacteria found in the large intestine. These bacteria produce numerous specialized acids (short chain fatty acids) that prevent harmful bacteria, yeasts, and viruses from colonizing. They also support the production of B vitamins and support regularity.

Bilberry

A relative to the blueberry and cranberry, Bilberry has been used for centuries medicinally and internally. Bilberry fruit contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, which are plant pigments that have amazing antioxidant properties, as well as containing vitamin C, another excellent antioxidant. Bilberry supplements have been shown to strengthen blood vessels, stabilize collagen tissues, and lower cholesterol levels. Bilberry has become a popular supplement for supporting eye health, due to its rich antioxidant content.

Bioavailability

Nutrient bioavailability is the proportion of a nutrient that is absorbed from the diet and or supplement that is used by the body for a specific biochemical or physiological function.

Bioflavonoids

These are a group of naturally occurring plant compounds that are responsible for protecting your skin and cells against the damaging effects of free radicals. There are approximately 4,000 of these naturally occurring plant metabolites, which can protect skin cells,and promote skin elasticity. Bioflavonoids have the ability to neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals, and stabilizing the damaging molecule. Bioflavonoids include quercetin, rutin and hesperidin.

Biotin

Biotin is a member of the B-complex family of essential vitamins. Biotin is essential for carbohydrate, fat and amino acid metabolism. It is also essential for cellular energy production, and is sometimes used to support skin, hair and nails.

Black Cherry

Black cherries are extracted from the Prunus serotina, and are rich in antioxidants, and contain vitamins C and A as well as minerals including potassium, calcium and iron. There are two types of black cherry supplements; one is derived from the fruit such as black cherry juice or concentrate and the other derived from the bark of the cherry tree.

Black Cohosh

An herb that has been used by Native Americans for more than two hundred years, black cohosh has been discovered to help provide support during menopause.

Black Currant

A plant native to Europe and Asia, black currant extract is derived from black currant fruit or from the oil of black currant seeds. Black currant oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid found to support hormones, as well as skin support. Black currants contain antioxidants vitamins A, C and E, as well as being a source of B-vitamins.

Bone Meal

Bone meal is rich in calcium and phosphorus, both which are integral components of healthy bones and teeth. Bone meal can be used as a mineral supplement to support bone health. It is made from defatted, dried animal bones that are ground into a fine powder. It can be taken in powder, pill or capsule form.

Borage Oil/GLA

Borage Oil is a good source of Omega-6 fatty acids GLA (gamma-linoleic acid) and LA (linoleic acid). GLA may help support hormonal balance. One of the Omega-6 fatty acids, namely GLA, may help provide skin and female health support.

Boron

A vital trace mineral, boron is required for normal growth and health for the body. It is said that boron improves the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium and magnesium. Boron has been shown to be a successful treatment option for those who suffer from arthritis, by increasing calcium’s ability to integrate into the cartilage and bone. Besides boron’s bone building effects, boron also affects various hormones. Boron may help support testosterone levels in males , and estrogen in post-menopausal women.

Brewer's Yeast

Brewer's Yeast is a natural source of B vitamins, which help support nutrient metabolism and energy production. Also contains trace minerals such as chromium and selenium.

Bromelain

Bromelain is an enzyme naturally-occuring in pineapple that helps support protein digestion.

Burdock Root

An herb native to Europe and Asia and is a member of the dandelion family. Burdock root contains small quantities of B vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E and potassium.”. Burdock also contains phytosterols and fatty acids which can support skin health.

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CFU

Colony forming units-which is a way to measure probiotic potency

CLA

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a fatty acid typically found in meat and full fat dairy. CLA as a supplement helps to support lean muscle, loss of body fat and can be used as part of a weight management program.

Calcium

Calcium is an essential mineral found in a variety of foods including milk, cheese and green vegetables. Calcium play a major role in muscle function, nerve signal transmission, blood clotting and healthy bone structure.

Calendula

A homeopathic remedy used for skin irritation, as well as bruises, minor burns and cuts, usually applied topically and found in ointments and creams. The calendula is a flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries.

Carb Blockers

Research suggests that Carb Blockers may neutralize starch-digesting enzymes, decreasing the number of carbohydrate calories absorbed by the body.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are used to make glucose, an essential energy molecule. Glucose can be readily used or stored for future use by the liver and muscle tissue. Carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy.

Carnipure

Carnipure is a brand of L-carnitine and helps support fat metabolism, energy production and exercise recovery.

Carnitine

Carnitine is an amino acid like compound needed for the metabolism of fats into energy. Carnitine helps support the heart, brain health and promotes exercise recovery.

Carnosine

A small molecule composed of the amino acids histidine and alanine, carnosine can help in buffering lactic acid in the body and in improving muscle contractions. This can be extremely beneficial for athletes, or for those who are looking to support their recovery and performance. This nutrient also supports cellular health by scavenging free radicals and reducing glycation, or the cross-linking of proteins with sugar derivatives which can damage cells.

Carotenoid Complex

Carotenoid Complex offers a spectrum of natural carotenoids including betacarotene, lycopene and lutein. Used to provide skin, eye and antioxidant support.

Carotenoids

A class of more than 600 naturally occurring pigments made by plants and algae, carotenoids act as antioxidants in the body, protecting us against cellular damage. Carotenoids are known for their vibrant orange, yellow and red pigments. They cannot be made by the body, diet or supplement is the only way to get them. Some of the more common carotenoids include lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and astaxanthin. These beneficial compounds support eye health, cardiovascular health and skin health.

Carrier Oils

As their name implies, carrier oils “carry” an essential oil to the skin. Carrier oils are used as base oils to dilute essential oils before applying them directly to your skin. Carrier oils are made from the fatty portion of seeds, nuts and kernels, therefore they can go rancid over time.

Casein

Casein is the most abundant protein in milk. Casein has a slow rate of digestion which helps to sustain long periods of an anabolic environment for muscle growth.

Cat's Claw

Also known as uña de gato , is a vine traditionally used in Peru that has been noted for its joint and immune support uses. The alkaloids and antioxidant flavonoids found in the bark and roots of Cats Claw seem to support immune health

Cayenne

Cayenne pepper is a hot chili pepper that originated in Central and South America. It can be added to food for flavor, or used as a supplement to joint and immune health. The active ingredient capsaicin, is found in cayenne and gives the chili its spiciness. The pepper also contains vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E, as well as potassium, manganese and flavonoids which give the chili its antioxidant properties.

Ceylon cinnamon

Also referred to as “true cinnamon” Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. Most cinnamon sold in the U.S. is the cassia verity, which is known as Chinese cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is said to be sweeter and lighter in color than cassia cinnamon, and contains lesser amounts of a plant chemical called coumarin, which acts like a blood thinner. Coumarin has been said to be harmful to the liver and kidneys. Ceylon cinnamon can provide antioxidant support and support glucose metabolism and healthy glucose levels already in the normal range.

Chelated Mineral

A chelated mineral is a mineral that is bound to an amino acid. Minerals bound to organic compounds such as amino acids, are more stable and more bioavailable.

Chia Seed

Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztec and Mayans centuries ago. In fact “chia” in the ancient Mayan word means “strength”. This tiny seed is packed with big health benefits, they are about 14% protein and contain omega 3s, as well as antioxidants and fiber.

Chlorella

Chlorella, an algae that grows in fresh water, has health-promoting nutrients.

Chlorogenic acid

A natural phytochemical or plant compound found in raw green coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant and can be taken in supplement form to support healthy weight management and blood glucose levels.

Chlorophyll

For odor issues ranging from bad breath to other unmentionables, Chlorophyll acts as an “internal deodorant”. Derived from plants, it’s a natural source of important nutrients.

Choline

Choline is not a vitamin by definition however, it is an essential nutrient. Choline and compounds derived from choline are important components of cellular structure and function throughout the body.

Chondroitin

A molecule that occurs naturally in the body, chondroitin is a main component of cartilage and connective tissue which cushion the joints. Chondroitin is made from natural sources, such as shark cartilage. Chondroitin helps to absorb fluid into the connective tissue, as well as helps to repair and grow new cartilage, which keeps the cartilage healthy and strong.

Chromium

Chromium is an essential trace mineral which helps potentiate insulin function. Chromium supports glucose metabolism and may support glucose levels already in the normal range.

Chromium Picolinate

Chromium is an essential trace element that is required for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Chromium Picolinate is a combination of the mineral chromium with the chelator, picolinic acid, which promotes increased absorption. Chromium is often used to support balanced blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon Extract

Not just a spice! Rich in flavor and antioxidants, cinnamon has been said to support heart health, blood sugar regulation and cognitive function. Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called cinnamomum, and has been used for centuries. Research shows that cinnamon may help support glucose levels already in the normal range.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich source of MCT's (medium chain triglycerides). These fats are readily absorbed by the body and serve as a source of energy for body cells.

Cod Liver Oil

One of the most popular supplements is Cod Liver Oil. It can be a source of vitamins A and D and also the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important coenzyme found in every cell in the body. CoQ10 is involved in cellular energy production and also acts as an antioxidant to help protect cells against free radical damage.

Collagen

A protein found in connective tissues that is naturally produced in the body, however as we age our body’s natural ability to produce this protein decreases. This can result in wrinkles, thinning skin, and brittle hair and nails. Collagen is important for strong healthy nails, hair and joints. Collagen can be taken as a supplement in the gelatin form, or applied topically as a cream. Collagen provides a supportive structure for body tissues such as muscles, bones and ligaments. Collagen works with another compound called elastin, to provide firmness to the skin and tissues.

Colloidal Minerals

Derived from clay shale deposits, Colloidal Minerals provide trace minerals such as selenium, chromium and zinc.

Copper

Copper is an essential trace mineral required by the body for several important biochemical processes. Key functions of copper include growth and maintenance of bone, cartilage and other connective tissue. Copper is also required for iron metabolism and the formation of healthy red blood cells.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps, a member of the mushroom family, has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cordyceps is known for its ability to improve energy and stamina which is ideal for athletes and training enthusiasts alike. 

Cortisol

Often referred to as our “stress hormone” cortisol is a glucocorticoid or steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol plays a role in regulating blood pressure, water balance, energy production, blood glucose levels and cytokine production. Cortisol is most commonly known for its role in the body’s “fight or flight” stress response. Having too much cortisol can lead to weight gain, elevated blood pressure, muscle weakness and mood changes. Too little cortisol can lead to adrenal fatigue, muscle loss and overall feelings of fatigue.

Cranberry

Cranberry is a small, evergreen shrub grown throughout North America. Cranberry has a long history of use among Native American Indian tribes.

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate can help increase cellular levels of phosphocreatine (CrP) in cells. Creatine phosphate is a critical component of cellular energy production or ATP. Creatine helps support muscle strength, endurance and exercise performance.

Curcumin

A naturally occurring compound found in the spice turmeric, and a relative of ginger, has been used for centuries to support overall health. Curcumin acts as an antioxidant in the body, helping to neuturalize free radicals and repair damaged cells. This spice can support brain and liver health.

Cysteine

An amino acid, cysteine is used by the body to make glutathione, which acts as the body’s main detoxifying and antioxidant system. When taken internally, cysteine helps to replenish intracellular levels of glutathione, which helps to restore the cell’s ability to fight damage from free radicals.

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D-Ribose

Ribose serves as the carbohydrate backbone of ribonucleic acid/RNA (as ribose) and of deoxyribonucleic acid/DNA (as deoxyribose), both of which are involved in cell growth and function. In addition to its role in genetics, ribose is a major component of the energy molecule known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Ribose is the main molecule in energy recovery, helping to support the synthesis of energy compounds needed by the body for various metabolic processes.

DHA

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an important omega- 3 fatty acid found in cold water fish such as tuna and salmon, as well as algae. DHA is a major structural and functional fat found in the brain and retina and is also a key component of the heart and cardiovascular system. DHA helps promote heart, eye and brain health.

DIM

Diindolymethane, also referred to as DIM, is a plant compound that is found naturally in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. DIM supports healthy estrogen balance in the body, by increasing the “good” estrogen metabolites and by reducing the “bad” estrogen metabolites. DIM supplementation can support hormone balance.

Dandelion Root

Not just a pesky weed in your front lawn, dandelion root is full of vitamins including A, B, C and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc. Dandelion is commonly used to promote fluid balance. The leaves of the herb can also help tosupport digestion, and liver health.

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)

Derived from licorice, DGL can be taken to soothe the stomach lining and digestive tract. DGL is made from licorice that has removed the compound glycyrrhizin. DGL licorice can help increase the production of mucin, the protective coating found in the stomach and intestines.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

A hormone made by the adrenal glands, DHEA is also used to make sex hormones such as androgens and estrogen. DHEA levels peak at age 25, and steadily begin to decline as we age. DHEA can have effects on body composition, and having high levels of DHEA can help the body favor energy utilization. DHEA also acts as an antioxidant, as it prevents increases in oxidative stress and oxidative damage to cells.

Devil's Claw

A traditional African plant, devil’s claw is a desert plant named for the claw-like hooks that cover its fruit. Devil’s claw is most often used to support join health. Root of devil's claw can be found in capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, and topical ointments.

Dopamine

A neurotransmitter that is responsible for dealing with the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine regulates emotional responses and additive behavior; those with lower levels of dopamine are more prone to addiction. Dopamine is a precursor to adrenaline and acts of the sympathetic nervous system; it is responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heart rate and blood pressure.

During/IntraWorkout Formulas

The formulas typically contain BCAA's and other ingredients that may support performance and recovery.

Dysbiosis

Refers to the development of an unhealthy microbiota and a loss of the symbiotic relationship.

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EPA

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is one of the omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in cold water fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. EPA is a precursor to important cell signaling molecules, and helps promote cardiovascular and brain health.

Echinacea

A popular herb used during sniffle season, echinacea is a member of the daisy family and has many immune enhancing and protective benefits. Echinacea contains substances called alkamides, which have beneficial effects on the immune system. Echinacea is most often during times of seasonal challenge. Echinacea may help support processes involved in healthy immune function.

Effervescent

Often found in tablet or powder form, effervescents are designed to break down quickly and create a fizzy or bubbly drink.

Elderberry

Also referred to as sambucus nigra, elderberry is used as an antioxidant to support cardiovascular health and the immune system,. Elderberry contains vitamins A, B and C, as well as amino acids, flavonoids and carotenoids.

Electrolyte

Minerals that are found naturally in your blood and other body fluids, which carry an electric charge. Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the pH of your blood r muscle and nerve function. You naturally lose electrolytes when you sweat, and you must replace them by drinking fluids that contain electrolytes, which does not include water. Common electrolytes are calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Typical exercise does not cause a significant loss of electrolytes, only water. Prolonged intense activity is more likely to cause a loss of electrolytes.

Emulsified

Emulsification is a method of processing food or food particles that allows your body to effectively absorb and use the product. The process involves dissolving a substance into an emulsifying liquid, which increases the surface area it covers, allowing your body to better digest it.

Enzymes/Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes are chemicals that accelerate chemical reactions in the body. Digestive Enzymes help break down food in your digestive system so you can absorb nutrients required for health and wellness. Enzymes may help your digestive system.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are generally obtained through distillation and extraction of a plant source. You can apply them directly to your skin, through diffusers or through inhalation. Essential oils such as tea tree can be used to treat skin problems, such as blemishes and acne, or essential oils such as lavender can be used for aromatherapy. Other uses for essential oils include immune support, digestion, stress reduction and relaxation.

Eubiosis

Refers to a healthy symbiotic relationship between the host and the microbiota. An ideal euobotic state would be 75% beneficial bacteria, 15% "bad" bacteria.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil contains the omega-6 fatty acids linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). These fatty acids play important roles in several biochemical processes in the body. Evening Primrose Oil may help support female health.

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Fenugreek

The leaves can be dried and used as an herb, or the seeds can be ground into a spice, but both variations contain beneficial nutrients such as iron, magnesium, and copper, as well as B6, protein and dietary fiber. Fenugreek may help with blood sugar control and immune support.

Feverfew

An herb traditionally used used for muscle tension and headaches.

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains important omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA help support heart, brain and eye health. Depending on the source, fish oil may also contain naturally-occurring astaxanthin and vitamin D.

Flavonoids

A group of plant compounds which are thought to provide various health benefits. They are found naturally in plants, fruits and vegetables and contain many important antioxidants. Flavonoids provide antioxidants and help support skin and immne health. You can also find flavonoids naturally in red wine and certain teas.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a source of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid and fiber. Flaxseed also contains lignans, naturally-occurring compounds that help support hormone metabolism.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is an essential B-vitamin that is commonly found in leafy green vegetables, beans, nuts and fortified grains. Folic acid is essential for normal cell division.

Forskolin

An herbal extract belonging to the mint family that may support healthy body composition and weight management. Forskolin promotes the production of cellular messengers that play a roled In fat metabolism.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are unstable molecules with an odd number of electrons in their chemical stucture. A balance of free radicals is essential to overall health. The immune system uses free radicals to fight off pathogens, but when present in excess amounts free radicals have the potential to cause a chain reaction that leads to cellular damage.

Fructo-Oligosaccharide

(FOS) are oligosaccharides that occurring naturally in foods such as onions, garlic, chicory and bananas. FOS is non-digestible fiber compounds that act as ‘food’ for your gut flora, and are considered prebiotics. After pre-biotics are consumed they move to the large intestine to stimulate the growth of probiotics in your digestive system.

Fucoxanthin

Derived from brown seaweed, this carotenoid has been studied for its antioxidant and metabolic supporting properties. Weight management benefits are attributed to its ability to help white adipose fat mimic brown fat, which is the type of fat that burns energy rather than stores it.

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GABA

GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the brain that helps promote relaxation and provide stress support.

GLA

GLA (gamma linoleic acid) is an omega-6 fatty acid found certain plant oils such as, evening primrose oil, borage and black currant.

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia contains naturally occurring Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), which may help to suppress appetite and inhibit fat production.

Garlic

An herb that is used widely in cooking, garlic also has medicinal benefits. Garlic belongs to the same class as onions, which fall under the allium family. Garlic use may support healthy blood pressure levels, liver health, and gastrointestinal health. Garlic is rich in sulfur, which gives garlic not only its distinct odor, but also its many health benefits. Garlic has also been show to support cardiovascular health, by preventing our blood vessels from becoming blocked and preventing clots. Garlic naturally contains vitamins C and B6, as well as selenium and manganese.

Ginger

A super food that has a variety of health benefits including stimulating circulation, and the production of digestive juices, as well as helping support healthy bowel movements. Ginger is known most commonly used for gastrointestinal distress. Ginger is great for digestion, as it can be used for nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, while also helping with gas and indigestion. Ginger is high in potassium and manganese which builds resistance to disease, protects lining of the heart, blood vessels and the urinary passages, as well as contains Vitamins. A, C, E, B-complex.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is known for its role in supporting healthy cognitive function. Ginkgo acts as an antioxidant, fighting free radical damage, as well as improving blood circulation by opening up blood vessels, supporting eye, brain and cognitive health. Ginkgo contains flavonoids, which act as plant antioxidants, as well as terpenoids which improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

Ginseng

Panax ginseng is an herb used to promote overall health. Ginseng can support energy and vitality. The name Panax comes from the Greek word meaning “all healing." Ginseng also can promote endurance, mental awareness, balanced energy levels and relax the nervous system. It can increase circulation in the brain, as well as stimulate the immune system.

Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a water-soluble polysaccharide extracted from the tubers (roots) of Konjac. It can be used as a bulking agent to promote the feeling of "fullness" or "satiety", Glucomannan may also slow the absorption of glucose (sugar) and cholesterol from the gut, helping to support cardiovascular health.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is an important component of cartilage. Taking glucosamine as a supplement may help promote joint health and flexibility.

Glutamine

There are 22 amino acids, 10 of which are considered “essential”. But when it comes to exercise recovery, Glutamine is often considered one of the most popular of the 10. That’s because it’s the most abundant amino acid in the body. It helps to sustain mental function and regulate protein synthesis for muscle recovery.

Gluten Free

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found mainly in cereal grains as well as wheat, rye and barely.; The current systems for gluten-free certification require gluten-free products to contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm)

Goat Milk Protein

Delicious and full of protein, Goat Milk has long been known as a great source of natural protein. And now with Goat Milk protein, you can use it as a great tasting milk substitute.

Goji

Considered both a fruit and aan herb, goji berries are native to Asian and European countries. Goji berries contain beta-carotene, antioxidants and vitamin C and A. You can eat goji berries raw, or even try adding them to cereals, yogurts or homemade trail mixes.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC's). OPC's are powerful antioxidants that may help support cardiovascular health.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green coffee bean contains antioxidants including chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid may also help support blood glucose levels already within the normal range.

Green Tea

Made from unfermented leaves, green tea is said to be the tea that contains the highest concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols. The polyphenol EGCG gives green tea its popularity in the health community. These antioxidants help to neutralize free radical damage throughout the body and within the cells. Green tea polyphenol EGCG can also help promote cellular health . Green tea also contains an amino acid named theanine, which can be beneficial for stress by increasing levels of GABA, a calming hormone, and increasing dopamine levels, which is a hormone that is released during pleasure activities.

Green Tea Extract

A more isolated form of green tea, this extract has higher levels of compounds such as polyphenols (EGCG). It is often used for healthy weight management. Green tea extract supports metabolism and promotes cardiovascular health.

Guar Gum

Guar Gum is soluble fiber that is used to help promote regularity and support overall digestive health.

Gymnema Sylvestre

A large plant native to India translates to ‘gu-mar’ meaning “sugar destroying”. Gymnema is used to help maintain healthy blood sugar balances within normal range, and manage sugar cravings.

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Hawthorn Berries

A flowering shrub that is part of the rose family, hawthorn berries are native to northern Europe and is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Hawthorn berries can support cardiovascular health as well as the health of the circulatory system. Hawthorn berries have antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from free radical damage.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is a source of essential fatty acids, omega-6 linoleic acid (LA), and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. Hemp oil can also be used to moisturize the skin and for dryness and itching. With a nutty taste, hemp oil can be used in food or taken as a supplement.

Hemp protein

A fantastic option for someone seeking a high quality, yet vegan protein, Hemp is definitely worth a close look. In addition to providing the protein you need, Hemp is also a good source of essential fatty acids.

Holy Basil

Extremely popular in Ayurveda, holy basil (also known as Tulsi) can be used as an adoptogen tea or supplement to help manage stress and support adrenal gland health. Holy basil has many health benefits including immune support and bad breath. Holy basil has Vitamins C and A, as well as other antioxidants, which can help to combat free radical damage.

Homeopathy

A form of alternative medicine based on the idea of" like cures like". It is safe to use on children, pregnant and nursing woman, adults and pets, and has none of the side effects of many traditional medications. These products are made from natural substances and are FDA regulated. Homeopathic remedies can be used for general colds, ear infections, migraines, asthma, and joint support.

Homocysteine

Homocysteine is a metabolite of the amino acid methionine. Elevated levels of homocysteine may be associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 are essential for the metabolism of homocysteine.

Horny Goat Weed

Also known as Epimedium, is often used to support healthy libido and support sexual wellbeing. The name comes from the story that centuries ago, Chinese goat farmers noticed that when their goat ate the Epimedium plant they noticed an increase in their sexual activity.

Hyaluronic Acid

A naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body, hyaluronic acid is present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells where it provides moisture, firmness and suppleness to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is present in the eyes, as well as joint spaces, and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber.

Hydrolyzed

A process by which a chemical compound is split into smaller units in the presence of water, for example sucrose is split into glucose and fructose.

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IU

Short for international units, IU is a unit of activity or potency of a particular substance. It doesn’t measure the amount but rather the functionality of a substance. This measurement is used for fat soluble vitamins, certain hormones and enzymes.

Indole-3-Carbinol

Derived from the breakdown of compounds found in cruciferous vegetables, I3C molecules can combine with each other to form a number of products to support hormone balance.

Inositol

A naturally occurring nutrient that is used to form phospholipids in the body. It is needed for proper functioning of the brain and cells, as well as for nerve growth and nerve communication, and liver. It also helps to produce lechithin, which is a type of lipid that is responsible for producing cell membranes and increasing absorption of thiamin and Vitamin A in the body.

Iodine

Iodine is an essential trace mineral required for only a single function, the production of thyroid hormones. However, the numerous biological functions that require thyroid hormones, means that iodine plays an important role in a wide range of metabolic and developmental functions in the body.

Iron

Iron is an essential trace mineral required from numerous biological functions. Iron is a component of hemoglobin and therefore essential for the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also involved in cellular energy production and is a component of important antioxidant enzymes.

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Jojoba Oil

ho-ho-ba oil

Pronounced “ho-ho-ba” oil, this liquid is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant, and has many beauty benefits. This oil contains many vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy skin and hair, including Vitamins E and B, as well as copper, zinc, selenium and iodine. You can use the oil as a face moisturizer, hair conditioner, acne gel or even cuticle oil.

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Kava Kava

Kava Kava is an herb that for centuries has been used as a ceremonial drink in the Pacific Islands. In traditional ceremonial uses, kava is most known for its relaxing qualities. Kava Kava can promote relaxation and support emotional well-being. Kava Kava can be taken in pill or capsule form, as well as in a tincture or tea form.

Kefir

The word Kefir originates from the Turkish word “keif” which means “good feeling” and is a thick fermented yogurt-like beverage that is rich in probiotics. Kefir is a cultured milk product that is more tart and sour then yogurt and is usually sold as a drink. Kefir is traditionally made using cow’s milk or goat’s which then adds cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria. The lactic acid bacteria found in kefir turns the lactose from the dairy into lactic acid, yielding a lower lactose content then regular milk. Kefir contains roughly 30 different microorganisms, making it a source of probiotics to support digestive health.

Keratin

A protein that acts as key structural material in making up the outer layer of human skin, hair and nails.

Kimchi

A traditional fermented Korean side dish that is made of various vegetables, including cabbage, onions and carrots, as well as various spices and seasonings. Kimchi is a source of B vitamins, Vitamin A as well as several minerals such as iron, calcium and selenium and can be eaten to support digestion.

Kombucha

Referred to as the "health elixir" in traditional Chinese medicine, it is a fermented tea that is used as a probiotic beverage. Traditionally kombucha is made from fermented black or green teas and naturally contains B vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Kombucha can support digestion, immune health, and the creation of beneficial bacteria.

Konjac Root

Also referred to as glucomannan, konjac root is a water soluble dietary fiber that is considered a “bulking” agent. This provides bulkier stool that allows passage through the colon to be more smooth and require less strain and pressure. This can also support blood glucose levels already in the normal range.

Korean Ginseng

Its scientific name is Panax ginseng, which is the species from which Korean ginseng is produced. The word panax is formed from Greek roots meaning "cure-all,:. Considered an adaptogen herb, Korean ginseng (also known as Asian ginseng) promotes overall vitality and longevity. Korean ginseng helps the body adapt to stress and supports energy production.

Krill Oil

Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans that serve as a food source for larger marine life such as whales, seals and penguins. Krill oil contain the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA as well as the antioxidant carotenoid astaxanthin.

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L-Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid that is used to support the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator which helps promote the relaxation of blood vessels and supports circulation and heart health.

L-Carnitine

L-carnitine is derived from an amino acid and is found in nearly all cells in the body. Carnitine plays a major role in cellular energy production, helps support heart health and may help promote exercise recovery.

L-Cysteine

A sulfur containing non-essential amino acid, cysteine is found naturally in meat, eggs, dairy and wheat germs. Cysteine helps the body make glutathione, one of our body’s main antioxidant enzymes. Gluathione helps to recycle vitamins C and E, providing antioxidant support to the body. N-acetyl-L-cysteine, also known as NAC, is the form of L-cysteine found in many supplements.

L-Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is used by the body to synthesize thyroid hormones, neurotransmitters and the skin pigment melanin.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

A type of beneficial bacteria that lives in our digestive, urinary and genital system. Mainly found in our small intense, supplementing with this strain of bacteria can support digestive health. Women can take lactobacillus to support vaginal and urinary tract health.

Lecithin

A necessary component of every cell in the human body, lecithin protects the integrity of cells and membranes. This phospholipid is produced naturally in major organs including the heart, liver and kidney, but can also be taken as a supplement. Lecithin can support cardiovascular health, and as a source of choline, help provide neurological benefits to the brain and memory.

Lignans

Polyphenols that are found naturally in plants. Lignan precursors are found in food naturally including flax seeds, sesame seeds, legumes as well as fruits and vegetables. Lingans are as source of fiber which support healthy cardiovascular functioning. The fiber found in these lingans also may improve digestive health and blood sugar regulation.

Lutein

Lutein is a carotenoid found in green leafy vegetables, egg yolk and marigold flowers. Lutein is concentrated in the macula, the portion of the retina responsible for central vision. It helps filter blue light which could otherwise damage the delicate structure of the eyes.

Lycopene

Lycopene is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits and vegetables their characteristic color. It is one of the major carotenoids in the diet of North Americans and Europeans.

Lysine

Lysine is an essential amino acid that is required for carnitine synthesis; important for fat metabolism. Lysine is also essential for the production of collagen, a key building block of bone, muscle, tendons and cartilage.

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MCG (micrograms)

One millionth of a gram; 1000 micrograms is equal to 1 milligram

MG (milligram)

One thousandth of a gram; 1000 milligrams is equal to 1 gram

MSM

An abbreviation for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, this organic compound is the third largest nutrient found in the human body. MSM is known for joint support and immune support. MSM may improve joint flexibility, reduce stiffness, pain and swelling and improve circulation. Due to MSM’s sulfur content, this compound acts to improve your body’s ability to make its own antioxidants. The sulfur present in MSM also aids in producing collagen and keratin, both of which are important for healthy hair and nails.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral and cofactor required for hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. These reactions include those that involve cellular energy production , DNA synthesis, nerve impulse conduction and muscle function.

Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium is a mineral that provides support for normal, healthy muscle and nerve function. Magnesium glycinate is made up of magnesium and glycine. This form of magnesium has been chelated, or chemically bound to the glycine to aid in transporting the mineral through the intestinal wall. This produces a more absorbable form of magnesium for supplemental use.

Manganese

Manganese is an essential trace mineral. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and is a component of antioxidant enzymes.

Mangosteen

A tropical fruit that has been popular for centuries in various Asian countries to support overall health. Mangosteen contains a class of naturally occurring polyphenol compounds known as xanthones, which help support cardiovascular health. Mangosteen contains vitamin C, as well as B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and zinc, all which can provide immune support and antioxidant support.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is native to New Zealand, where the bee’s feed off of the Manuka plant. Manuka honey contains a special ingredient, originally named UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) which is a global standard used to measure the strength of Manuka. Manuka can be applied topically as well as used medicinally and taken internally. Manuka honey contains amino acids, and B vitamins, as well as magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain by the pineal gland from the amino acid tryptophan. Melatonin is involved in circadian rhythm (the internal body clock) and regulation of diverse body functions, especially sleep.

Methylcobalamin

Methylcobalamin is an active coenzyme form of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is important for normal healthy cell growth, nerve structure and energy production.

Microbiota

The collection of micro-organism that lives in our body

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle, a plant belonging to the daisy family, is native to the Mediterranean regions and grows in Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. Milk Thistle contains the antioxidant silymarin, which helps protect the liver against free radical damage.

Mineral

Minerals are elements that are made in the Earth that cannot be made by living organisms. Plants get minerals frOm the soil, and most of the minerals in our diet comes from the plants we eat. Some of the more common minerals you will find in supplements include calcium, chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium chloride and zinc.

Molybdenum

Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral. It serves as a cofactor for enzymes involved in sulfur amino acid metabolism, uric acid (antioxidant) production and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Moringa

Native to the Himalayan mountain region of northern India, the leaves of this tree can provide nutritional benefits through ingestion or supplementation for overall health. Moringa contains protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, as well as potassium and calcium. Moringa also contains antioxidants and polyphenols to provide antioxidant support.

Multiminerals

Multi-mineral supplements generally combines a variety of minerals in one convenient formula, as well as trace minerals that are required for normal growth and maintenance of the body and its cellular activity.

Multivitamin

A multi-vitamin contains a combination of minerals, vitamins and nutrients in a supplement form. Multi-vitamin supplements can increase nutrient intake, and support overall health in the body.

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NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine)

NAC is a form of the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine acts as a sulfur donor and plays a role in the synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione.

Neem

Often referred to as the ‘wonder leaf’, contains over 130 different biologically active compounds. Neem is an evergreen tree that grows in the Indian subcontinent. Neem is said to support immune health, as well as skin health. Extract of neem has astringent properties that can be applied topically for skin.

Neurotransmitter

Brain chemicals that transmit signals and information from one nerve cell to another. Adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are all examples of neurotransmitters in the body.

Niacin

Niacin is an essential B-vitamin. It is required for the synthesis of coenzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Niacinamide

A form of Vitamin B3 which your body converts Niacin into Niacinamide. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin, and it tends to be less irritating than Niacin, which can cause skin flushing. Niacinamide does not have the same vaso-dilating, or blood-vessel widening effects that niacin has. Niacinamide help to form coenzymes NAD and NADP in the body, both which support energy production and metabolism.

Nitric Oxide Boosters

One way to help get a bigger “pump” in the gym may be through Nitric Oxide Boosters. They may promote blood flow to working muscles, helping to support your workout.

No Flush Niacin

Niacin, water soluble B vitamin, may cause skin irritation and skin flushing due to its blood vessel widening effects. No flush niacin is slow released version, which preventing the onset of the vaso-dilating skin irritating effects. The body breaks down this version of the vitamin differently, and it enters the blood stream at an extremely slow rate. Flush free niacin may not be as effective in supporting cardiovascular health.

Non GMO

Meaning non-genetically modified. Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance.

Non-Stimulants

Non-stimulants work on neurotransmitters, or chemicals in the brain that transmit nerve impulses. Non-stimulants are often used to deal with attention and hyperactivity.

Nux Vomica

A homeopathic remedy used for digestive discomfort, including nausea and indigestion.

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Oat Bran

Of all the whole grains, Oat Bran is one the highest in soluble fiber. The soluble fiber in Oat Bran helps promote regularity and supports cholesterol levels already in the normal range.

Olive Leaf Extract

The olive tree provides the health benefits of olive leaf extract. Olive leaf extract provides immune support due to the leaves high polyphenol content, which provides antioxidant support. The plant compounds found in this extract also support healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, combat oxidative damage and cognitive support.

Omega-3

Omega- 3 fats include ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Omega-3 fats help to support heart, brain and eye health.

Omega-6

Also referred to as gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is a fatty acid that can support overall health, as well as healthy glucose levels, joint pain, asthma and weight management. GLA is a plant derived fatty acid that is abundant in certain plants such as evening primrose, borage and black currant. GLA may help support health and hormone balance.

Omega-9

Part of the unsaturated fat family, Omega 9 is commonly found in vegetable and animal fats. Omega-9’s are considered to be monounsaturated, and they can be found in canola, sunflower, olive and nut oils. Unlike omega 3’s and Omega 6 fatty acids, omega 9 fatty acids are produced by the body. They may support healthy cholesterol levels.

Oregano

Oregano contains antioxidant compounds that support the body's natural resistance.

Oregano Oil

Derived from the leaves of oregano, and a member of the mint family, oregano oil can be used internally or applied topically. The essential oil of oregano can be used in aromatherapy. Oregano oils contain phenols, which act as antioxidants in the body, helping to scavenge free radicals. Oregano oil can also promote digestion by increasing secretion of digestive juices.

Ornithine

A non essential amino acid, ornithine can support muscle synthesis and weight management. Ornithine is often combined with another amino acid, arginine, to support healthy body composition. Ornithine also aids in removing ammonia from the liver, which can provide health benefits to the liver.

Oscillococcinum

A homeopathic medicine that may help with flu symptoms, Oscilloccinum gives you a different, more natural way to get symptom relief.

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PABA

Abbreviated for para-aminobenzoic acid, is a naturally occurring substance that is found in liver, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and gain. PABA is sometimes called vitamin BX, but it is not an actual vitamin. PABA is most popularly known for its effectiveness in sunscreen when used topically. Taken as a supplement PABA can support healthy skin and hair pigment. PABA can be made naturally in the body by intestinal bacteria.

Paleo

Referring to the Paleolithic era, Paleo is a diet and lifestyle that mimics eating how our ancestors ate. Paleo focuses on whole real foods and tries to avoid processed carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, wheat and grains. Paleo friendly foods include lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass fed meat, as well as occasionally allowing some roots and tubers and raw dairy and grass fed butter.

Pantethine

A derivative of vitamin B5, pantethine plays an important role in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Pantethine is the more active form of pantothenic acid, and is found naturally in broccoli, sunflower seeds and cauliflower. Once ingested pantothenic acid forms pantethine, which is then further converted into co-enzyme A, which plays a role in metabolism.

Pantothenic Acid

Also known as B5, may help support adrenal gland and nervous system functioning. Stemming from the Greek work pantothen, which means “from everywhere”, denotes that small amounts of pantothenic acid can be found in nearly every food we consume. B5 is vital for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as well for the synthesis of Coenzyme A, a vital enzyme in the body that deals with breaking down fatty acids. You can find B5 naturally in whole grains, eggs, meat, avocado, yogurt and legumes.

Papain

Naturally found in the leaves, latex, roots and fruit of the papaya plant, papain enzymes can be used to support the breakdown of proteins and play a role in the digestive process.

Pea Protein

With a great amino acid profile and high Lysine content, Pea Protein deserves a serious look from meat, chicken and fish loving people out there.

Pectin

Pectin is a naturally occurring fiber found in some fruits and vegetables. It helps support digestive health by promoting regularity.

Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylcholine, or PC for short, is a member of the phospholipid family of compounds. PC is a main component of all cell membranes, and is a major supplier of choline in the body, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is necessary for brain and nerve functioning. PC supplementation may support cognitive function.

Phosphatidylserine

A phospholipid, or type of fat, found in cell membranes, with highest concentrations found in the brain. Phosphatidylserine is used to support healthy cognitive function. Phosphatidylserine increases communication between cells in your brain by increasing the number of membrane receptor sites for receiving messages, as well as modulating the fluidity of cell membranes.

Plant Protein

A vegan and vegetation alternative to get protein instead of taking animal protein. Some examples of plant proteins include rice, hemp, and pea protein. Ideal for those who are looking for meat and dairy free protein sources.

Plant Sterols

Naturally occurring substances found in plants, these are present naturally in small amounts in many fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Plant sterols may support cardiovascular healthy, as well as cholesterol and blood lipids (specifically elevated LDL levels). Plant sterols seem to work by their ability to interfere with cholesterol absorption, allowing less cholesterol to pass from your intestines into your bloodstream.

Polyphenols

Chemicals found in plants that have antioxidant properties and can support overall health. Polyphenols can be found in food sources such as apples, berries, cherries, dark chocolate, onions and green tea. Polyphenols can protect cells from free radical damage.

Post-Workout & Recovery

Post-workout and Recovery supplements are formulated to support and replenish the body quickly with protein, carbs and other key nutrients and cofactors.

Potassium

Potassium is an essential mineral found in high amounts in fruits and vegetables. Potassium is critical for normal heart and nerve function, muscle contraction and fluid balance.

Pre-Workout Drinks

Pre-workout formulas in ready-to-drink bottles are a great way to get the energy you need.

Pre-Workout formulas

Pre-Workout formulas can help give you the boost you need to go harder and last longer during your workouts. They can also help you stay focused through your workout.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates and fibers that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics act as food for the microbiota that supports healthy digestion, which includes inulin, oligofructose, fructooligosaccharides, and galactooligosaccharides. Natural sources of prebiotics include chicory root, raw garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichoke, raw bananas, and leeks.

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are a great option for expecting moms. Taking a prenatal vitamin can support a healthy pregnancy. This vitamin is especially important if you are a mom who is vegetarian or vegan, have certain blood disorders, have had bypass surgery or are having twins. Prenatal vitamins often contain additional levels of two critical nutrients for growing babies, folic acid and iron.

Probiotics

Probiotics are "friendly" bacteria that are typically found throughout the digestive system. These bacteria help promote digestive and immune health.

Protein

Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids and are required for hormone, enzyme, antibody, muscle and tissue production. There are 20 different amino acids in total. Protein is also important for transporting molecules within cells and throughout the body. Proteins are also required for structural components of body tissues, such as hair, collagen and muscles. You can get protein from food sources, such a beef, poultry, eggs, nuts or from supplemental forms such as protein powders.

Proteolytic enzymes

Also called protease, are any group of enzymes that function in the body to digest and break down proteins into their amino acid components. Proteolytic enzymes are found in bacteria, certain type of algae and plants. Proteolytic enzymes mainly reside in the digestive tract and when they aren’t being used for digestion, these enzymes can roam through the blood stream assisting in the breakdown of proteins such as fibrin.

Psyllium

Psyllium is a soluble fiber is used primarily as a gentle bulk forming laxative. Psyllium helps promote regularity and supports cholesterol, blood glucose and triglyceride levels already in the normal range.

Pycnogenol®

Pycnogenol® has a unique blend of compounds that help provide antioxidant support, protect collagen and hyaluronic acid, and promote cardiovascular health.

Pyruvate

aPyruvate is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Pyruvate is a byproduct of glucose, which is a main source of energy for the body. Supplementing with pyruvate can enhance the transport of glucose to the muscle cells during exercise, and increase recovery, both which are important for endurance athletes and gym goers alike.

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Quercetin

Quercetin belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals in the body and protect cell membranes. Quercetin is found naturally in apple skins, onions, tea and red wine.

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Raspberry Ketones

A metabolic enhancer and helpful antioxidant, it may help to support weight management.

Red Yeast Rice

Red Yeast rice is made from yeast (Monascus purpureus) grown on rice. It is a dietary staple in some Asian countries. Red Yeast rice is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It helps support cholesterol levels already in the normal range and promotes heart health.

Reishi

A mushroom extract that can support overall health and longevity throughout the body. Reishi can support healthy function of cells, as well as provide immune support and antioxidant support.

Relora

A combination herbal formula made from phellodendron and magnolia, helps mitigate the body’s production of cortisol to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It can also support healthy mood.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found in red grapes, red wine, peanuts and many other foods, resveratrol has demonstrated significant antioxidant properties and helps support cardiovascular health.

Rhodiola Rosea

Categorized as an adaptogen herb, rhodiola is said to support a healthy stress response in the body, specifally with the adrenal glands and central nervous system. There are over 200 species of Rhodiola, and Rhodiola rosea is generally considered preferable, due to the presence of rosavins. Rhodiola promotes overall well-being and energy and immune support.

Riboflavin

Riboflavin is an essential B-vitamin that functions as a coenzyme in reactions that involve cellular energy production.

Ribose

Ribose serves as the carbohydrate backbone of ribonucleic acid/RNA (as ribose) and of deoxyribonucleic acid/DNA (as deoxyribose), both of which are involved in cell growth and function. In addition to its role in genetics, ribose is a major component of the energy molecule known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Ribose is the main molecule in energy recovery, helping to support the synthesis of energy compounds needed by the body for various metabolic processes.

Rice Protein

A friendly less allergenic alternative for protein lovers that is soy, dairy and gluten free, rice protein contains protein and other essential nutrients, and can support healthy weight management, muscle synthesis and exercise

Rose Hips

Rose hips are the seed pods of the rose plant. Rose hips are known for their vitamin C content and can provide immune and antioxidant support helping to fight free radical damage.

Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a milk like secretion made by the worker bees that serves as the sole food for queen bees. When bees are first born they are fed royal jelly directly from the worker bee so they can survive the first few days of life. Imagine. Royal jelly contains a variety of nutrients including calcium, iron, potassium as well as 17 different amino acids, and B Vitamins. Supplementing with royal jelly may provide immune, digestive and energy support, and energy balance.

Rutin

Rutin is a flavonoid found in citrus fruits, apples and berries. It works as an antioxidant within the human body and helps support cardiovascular health.

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SAM-e

S-adenosyl methione (SAMe) is a methyl-group donor involved in the biosynthesis of hormones, neurotransmitters, nucleic acids, proteins, and phospholipids. SAMe may help support mood and joint health.

Saccharomyces Boulardi

Also referred to as S. boulardii for short, is a yeast that acts like a probiotic in the body. It is known to support digestive health and regularity. S boulardii is often used to supplement those who are lactose intolerant and or are experiencing l yeast imbalances.

Safflower Oil

A healthy cooking oil alterative suitable for high heat cooking, safflower oil is extracted from safflower seeds. safflower oil contains monounsaturated fats that may support cardiovascular health.

Saffron Extract

A spice that has been used for centuries, saffron extract may support mood.

Salmon Oil

Salmon oil is rich in the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, as well as the antioxidant astaxanthin. EPA and DHA help support heart, brain and eye health and astaxanthin provides antioxidant support.

Saw Palmetto

A palm like plant with berries, saw palmetto is known for its properties in supporting prostate health..

Schisandra

Adaptogen herb that supports vitality, energy production and central nervous system health

Sea Buckthorn

A tree-like shrub that is native to Asia and Northern Europe, grows in sandy coastal areas, as well as dry mountain riverbeds. Sea buckthorn contains fatty acids (including omega 3, 6, 9 and 7) that can support healthy skin and hair and is often used for cosmetic purpose. Sea buckthorn is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support digestive and circulatory health.

Selenium

Selenium is a trace mineral and is essential for normal development, growth, and metabolism because of its role in the regulation of thyroid hormones. Selenium is also a component of antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase.

Serotonin

Often referred to as our “feel good hormone” serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood support. Serotonin is made in the brain and intestines, which the majority of serotonin, roughly 80-90%, can be produced in the GI tract. Serotonin levels can play a role in sleep, memory, appetite and mood. You can naturally raise serotonin levels through exercise and incorporating foods rich in tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin, such as brown rice, legumes, bananas and protein such as turkey, chicken and fish.

Serrapeptase

A chemical that is isolated from the digestive tract of Japanese silkworms, Serrapeptase acts as a proteolytic enzyme which can support protein digestion.

Short chain fatty acids

Also referred to as SCFA, these are the end products of fermentation of carbohydrates and fibers in the colon. SCFA's include acetic, propionic, and butyric acid and are produced by the guy. Butyrate in particular is the major energy source for colon cells. Natural sources include grass-fed butter, red palm oil, pectin, and oat fiber. SCFA's can support a healthy digestive tract and colon, immune support, and energy production.

Soy Protein

A dry powder protein alternative made from soybeans. Soy protein can be purchased as flavored or plain, and can be used as a meal replacement shake, smoothie or post workout drink. Soy protein consumption may support healthy weight management.

Spirulina

Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae, has been found to have health benefits. It contains naturally occurring nutrients and antioxidants.

St. John's Wort

St John’s Wort is an herb that is used to support mental and emotional well-being as well as provide overall mood support. The naming of this herb comes from its blooming on June 24th, the birthday of John the Baptist, and ‘wort’ is an old English word for plant.

Stevia

Stevia is derived from a plant. Stevia grows mainly in Paraguay and Brazil, where people use the leaves from the stevia bush to sweeten foods and beverages. Stevia has no calories and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. In traditional medicine, the stevia plant may support blood sugar regulation.

Stimulants

Stimulants can be helpful to jolt us into action and alertness so we’re ready to seize the day. One of the most popular stimulants is caffeine. Caffeine may help promote energy and focus.

Stinging Nettle

A plant native to Europe and Asia, stinging nettle has been used to support sinus discomfort, digestive discomfort, skin complaints and joint pain. The prickly plant is often used as a tonic that can act as a natural cleaners. Stinging nettle is available in dried leaves, ointments, tinctures and homeopathic remedies.

Strontium

If you’re concerned about your bone health, you may want to use Strontium, a mineral that may be important to healthy bones.

Sustained Release

A dosage designed to release a supplement or nutrient at a slower rate to maintain a constant level for a specific period of time in the bloodstream

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Tart Cherry

Tart cherries contain antioxidants from five different anthocyanins, or water-soluble flavonoid, and area said to have one of the highest ratings of all fruits and vegetables in recently conducted nutraceutical evaluations and ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Supplementing with tart cherries can provide antioxidant support as well as workout recovery and joint support.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is made from the leaves of the tea tree plant, which is native to Australia. It is most popularly used topically on the skin. Tea tree oil can also be used for aromatherapy.

Testosterone

aA muscle building hormone that is found in men, and small amounts in women , is an endocrine hormone. After the age of 30, our body’s ability to produce this hormone begins to decline. Testosterone plays a role in sperm production, libido, creation of red blood cells, as well as mood support and cognition. Testosterone may play a role in body composition, by supporting lean muscle mass, supporting healthy weight management and increased bone density.

Thermogenic

Meaning fat burning, thermogenic supplements are designed to support weight management. Many thermogenic products contain stimulants that support energy levels and increased blood flow.

Thiamin

Thiamin (vitamin B1) is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is a key nutrient for cellular energy production.

Tocopherol

Commonly called vitamin E, tocopherols are naturally occurring chemical elements. Vitamin E contains ocopherols, with the most common from being called alpha- tocopherol.

Tocotrienol

Tocotrienols are part of the Vitamin E family of compounds. They exist in four different forms; alpha, beta, gamma and delta Tocotrienol. Although found in smaller amounts in the body, Tocotrienols are important antioxidants that help support heart health.

Tonalin

Tonalin is a brand of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) that has been shown to help support an increase in lean body mass and loss of body fat.

Tribulus

A plant native to Europe, Asia and Africa, tribulus is often used as an herbal supplement to support healthy testosterone levels and provide men’s health support. Tribulus can be taken to help preserve lean muscle mass, promote sexual well-being and increase strength and muscle recovery.

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Ubiquinol

Ubiquinol is an active form of Coenzyme Q10. Most of the coenzyme Q10 found throught the body is in the ubquinol form. Ubiquinol is cofactor for the energy producing pathways of cellular metabolism and is a powerful antioxidant.

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Vagus nerve

The tenth cranial nerve that extends from the brain stem to the abdomen which regulates several involuntary and unconscious bodily functions, such as digestion and heart rate. The vagus nerve is known as the “wandering nerve” originating from the word Vagus meaning "wandering" in Latin. This nerve is part of the enteric nervous system, which has been referred to as the second brain. This nerve conveys messages between the brain and gut, with 80-90% of the nerve fibers in the vagus nerve being responsible for communicating the state of your viscera, or internal organs such as the abdomen, up to your brain.

Valerian

This herb is native to Europe and parts of Asia, and the root is used for supplemental purposes. Valerian is used to support calmness as well as promote restful sleep.

Vanadyl Sulfate

Vanadium is a trace mineral that may help promote insulin function and glucose metabolism.

Vegan

A stricter version of the vegetarian diet, vegans don’t eat any animals that have been killed or animal products; no eggs or dairy products, and generally no honey either

Vegetarian

Means a plant based diet generally, there are several kinds of vegetarian diets; lacto-vegetarian- diet excludes meat, poultry or fish, but dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are included. lacto-ovo-vegetarian- diet excludes meat, poultry or fish, but allows dairy products and eggs…ovo-vegetarian- diet excludes meat, poultry, seafood and dairy, but allows eggs

Vitamin A

there are two different form of vitamin A found in the diet; preformed vitamin A, which is found in animal products, and pro-vitamin A which is found in plant based foods. The most common type of pro-vitamin A is beta-carotene. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy skin, hair, teeth, skeletal and soft tissues as well as mucus membranes. Vitamin A can also be referred to as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Beta-carotene also acts as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells from oxidative damage and free radicals.

Vitamin B

A group of 8 different vitamins, B vitamins work together to support cardiovascular and nervous system health, energy levels, metabolism and mood support. B vitamins also help your body make energy from the foods you eat.

Vitamin B-12

Also known as cobalamin, B12 plays a role in the production of myelin sheath, the outer covering of nerves. B12 is required for fatty acid metabolism, energy production, digestion and food absorption. Without adequate amounts of B12, you can feel low on energy, experience mental fatigue, mood changes, and sleep difficulties.

Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)

Also known as riboflavin, B2 isB2 is used for the coenzyme processes in the body. These coenzymes have a vital role in both building protein tissue structures and in the production of energy. Lack of riboflavin results in cracked skin around the mouth and on the lips, and irritation of the eyes.

Vitamin B-6

Vitamin B6 function function in the reactions of amino acids and the overall metabolism of protein; vitamin b6 plays over 100 different functions in your body, from sleep to metabolism. They are required for making neurotransmitters and are important in the activity of the central nervous system.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Also known as thiamin, functions as part of the coenzyme in the body. This enzyme allows energy to be utilized from both glucose and fatty acids. This energy is important for several aspects of growth and metabolism. Proper functioning of the GI tract, central nervous system (CNS), and cardiovascular system are all dependent on B1. When there is not enough thiamin in the body, several problems can occur. The GI tract may have trouble secreting hydrochloric acid and the affected nervous system may cause irritability, unusual tiredness, and diminished reflexes.

Vitamin B3

Also known as niacin, this B vitamin is required for the production of sex and stress related hormones in the adrenal glands. Niacin also helps to support circulation in the body and the cardiovascular system, which may improve blood lipid and blood glucose levels. Severe deficiencies can cause a condition known as pellagra, which is characterized by cracked scaly skin, dementia and diarrhea.

Vitamin C

An antioxidant and water soluble vitamin that is required for skin, bone and connective tissue health, as well as immune support. Vitamin C supports immune health and aids the body in iron absorption. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, an important skin, cell and blood vessel component. Vitamin C may protect cells from damaging free radical. You can get vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, including red and green peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Vitamin C Complex

vitaminVitamin C is generally found in the form of ascorbic acid, however vitamin C complex contains other components of vitamin C.

Vitamin D

You’ve heard that Vitamin D is vital for strong healthy bones. The reason why? Because it helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is also important for immune function.

Vitamin D2

Known as ergocalciferol, is found in plant foods; this form however is quite inactive and requires the passing through the liver or kidney to be assimilated properly in the body.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions as a regulatory steroidal hormone, influencing over 2,000 genes in the body. Vitamin D3 can be made by human skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 can provide support for bone health, immune support, and promote increased absorption of calcium. Vitamin D3 is the preferred form of Vitamin D for the body; it is identical to the type made by the body when exposed to UV sunlight.

Vitamin E

An important vitamin and antioxidant for immune support, is a fat soluble vitamin that may help protect cells against free radical damage. The term vitamin E actually encompasses a group of 8 compounds, called tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E is necessary for structural and functional integrity of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle cells. Vitamin E also assists in the formation of red blood cells.

Vitamin K

A fat soluble vitamin, vitamin k2 is also known as menaquinone. Vitamin k2 can be produced by bacteria in the intestines, and is(k1 is the form generally found in foods) also found naturally in foods such as raw dairy, natto, egg yolks and liver. Vitamin k2 supports healthy bones, cardiovascular health and maintenance of strong bones. Vitamin k is necessary for bone-forming cells, also known as osteoblasts, to activate osteocalcin, which is a protein that helps bind calcium to bones.

Vitamin K2

K2 is required for bone, cardiovascular, skin, brain and prostate health. K2 acts as a co-pilot to other bone building nutrients. Foods that are high in K2 include natto, egg yolk, chicken liver, hard cheese and ground beef.

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Weight Gainers

When you have an incredibly fast metabolism, it can be hard to gain the muscle you want. Weight Gainers may be able to help as they’re packed with calories, carbohydrates and protein. Add a shake or two to your regular diet and exercise routine, and you may have an easier time increasing lean muscle mass.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is a complete protein which means it has all of the amino acids. It also contains branched chained amino acids which are different from other amino acids in their ability to promote muscle growth because they can be metabolized directly into muscle tissue. Whey protein contains a high level of leucine, which promotes the synthesis of muscle protein and muscle growth. Whey protein also contains high levels of the amino acid cysteine which is one of the building blocks of the body’s most important antioxidant, glutathione. Whey protein supports the immune system well by elevating the body’s level of glutathione.

Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey protein concentrate is rich in BCAA’s and glutamine, both which can support improved muscle recovery and muscle building. Whey concentrates tend to have protein content around 80% and naturally have higher amounts of lactose, fat and carbs then whey protein isolates.

Whey Protein Isolate

Whey Protein Isolates contain the highest percentage of whey protein. It is virtually free of lactose, carbohydrates, fat, and cholesterol.

Whole Food Multivitamin

A whole food multi-vitamin takes isolated nutrients and cultures them in a medium to make a more complex and complete multi-vitamin. These whole food compounds may be more easily absorbed by the body. This type of multi-vitamin is whole food based and may help maintain good health.

Witch Hazel

A topical astringent that is made from the bark and leaves of the North-American witch-hazel shrub. The leaves, bark, and twigs of witch hazel are high in tannins, or naturally occurring polyphenols. Witch hazel is most commonly used topically for healthy skin.

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Xylitol

A sugar alcohol, is naturally found in small amount is fruits and vegetables. It is a common ingredient in many sugar free chewing gums, mints and oral care products. Xylitol is similar to sugar regarding sweetness, but contains 40% few calories. Xylitol can be made from tress such a birch, and contains zero fructose. Xylitol is often used to support dental health.

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Yerba Mate Tea

Yerba Mate is a flowering plant whose leaves are traditionally brewed into a stimulating tea, popular throughout the Middle East and South America. Yerba Mate contains naturally occurring caffeine and antioxidants.

Yohimbe

The name of an evergreen tree, the bark of this tree contains a chemical called yohimbine. Yohimbine can support sexual health. It is a vasodilator, which helps to expand blood vessels, allowing for easier blood flood and circulation.

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ZMA

ZMA contains zinc and Magnesium, two essential minerals that may support Post Workout recovery and relaxation.

Zinc

Well over 300 different enzymes in the body depend upon zinc for their ability to carry out various chemical reactions. These enzymes include those involved in immune response, growth and development, nerve function and antioxidant protection.

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