Natures Sunshine Adrenal Support
Adrenal Support is a nutritional blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs designed to support the adrenal glands. It also contains a unique adrenal glandular substance. This product contains the most bioavailable and biological terrain friendly forms of these vital nutrients. The powdered bovine adrenal gland is from New Zealand animals. The Adrenal glands are responsible, in part, for helping the handling of stress, particularly the inner "wound up" type of stress, as opposed to the agitated outward type of stress which is more likely to be from a stressed nervous system. Fatigue and muscular weakness may also be helped when the adrenal glands are nutritionally supported. The adrenal hormones and their functions are linked to virtually all of the body systems. Thus, many physiological processes and bodily functions, including cardiovascular health, sex drive, pH balance, skin conditions, energy levels, mood and overall psychological outlook often correlate to a weaker adrenal gland function.
Natures Sunshine Thyroid Activator
Thyroid Activator provides herbs that synergistically work to help nourish the thyroid gland. They provide trace amounts of many essential nutrients that may be lacking in the diet, including protein, fatty acids, minerals, alginic acid, amino acids and mineral salts. It is a rich source of organic iodine which nourishes the thyroid gland thus strengthening the functions, improving the thyroxine and other hormonal functions and may help improve sluggish metabolism. Iodine is known to have a central role in thyroid function, as it is a component of the molecular structure of the thyroid hormones and is a regulator of thyroid gland function. The hormones manufactured in the thyroid gland help with regulating oxygen use, controlling basal metabolic rate, assisting with cellular metabolism, growth and development, and controlling body temperature. These hormones may also affect fat metabolism and enhance the secretion of cholesterol in bile, thus helping to maintain blood cholesterol levels.
Natures Sunshine Msm Powder
MSM or methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring organic form of dietary sulphur used by our bodies every day. Sulphur is a major component in many of the body’s proteins, hormones, enzymes and tissues. Odourless and tasteless this natural sulphur compound is found in all living things. MSM’s sulphur is used in the body to support healthy connective tissue and joint function.Even though MSM is found in many foods, including meat, fish, some fruits, vegetables and grains, it is destroyed when foods are cooked. The same thing happens to enzymes which are abundant in raw fruit and vegetables. When substances are destroyed in the cooking and various processes in the food industry, supplements are valuable.
Natures Sunshine Anti-anx
Anti-Anx contains four herbs that have been used traditionally because of their relaxing and nervine properties. It is good to use these even as an occasional therapy when about to embark on a stressful day, such as going to work, knowing that there will be a problem to handle. It can also be taken regularly to help balance the nervous system. A maintenace amount once a day in the morning could be very helpful. For insomnia a larger amount may be helpful taken before bedtime. Restul sleep is important as a sleep full of tossing and turning with wakeful periods is very tiring.
Natures Sunshine Milk Thistle Combination
Milk Thistle Combination was formerly known as LIV-Guard and now has the added benefit of a powerful antioxidant, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC). NAC also enhances the liver's production of glutathione which is needed for dealing with the buidup of toxins and free radicals that occur in the body. This product is designed to help restore and support proper liver function. This product provides the nutrition necessary to assist the liver in its performance, calculated as 500 or more functions, so it is very important to look after our livers. Many have a liver problem without realising it. It may not be a serious liver problem but it may not be coping witht the daily intake of foods, drinks and other things that overburden the liver. Look for signs in the eyes. If they are discoloured at all, and not a nice healthy white, then the liver may need a boost, either in a change of eating and drinking habits, and/or a supplement such as Milk Thistle Combination or Natures Sunshine LIV-A (Liver Cleanse) or even both.
Natures Sunshine Perfect Eyes
Perfect Eyes was formulated with the entire eye health in mind. It supports the circulation to the eye, and without good circulation in the eye region the health of the eye must be affected in one way or another. It also has oxidation in mind as our protective abilities against free radicals can diminish greatly as we get older. Free radical damage is a major concern as it contributes greatly to the degeneration of the eye. Our eyes are constantly exposed to sunlight and artificial lighting, which can generate these free radicals. This also happens when younger of course and many times the nutrition for general eye health is overlooked. The eye pigment also changes as we grow older and leaves the eyes vulnerable to damage.
Natures Sunshine Paw Paw Cell Regulator
Paw Paw Cell-Regulator is not a fruit product but is an extract from the twigs of of the North American paw paw tree since this particular tree contains the most concentrated amount of acetogenins. The twigs are reaped at the best possible time, when they are most biologically active, and the extract is then standardised. The tree is not harmed during harvest and is therefore reusable time and time again.
Natures Sunshine Zambroza
Zambroza was formulated using fruits gathered for their high antoxidant levels, and only the very best were utilised. Zambroza has more than twice the ORAC antioxidant capacity than generally found. Antioxidants scavenge the free radicals that occur in the body as a by-product of energy output or as a result of pollution, tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light and radiation. Bioflavonoids are responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their bright colours. In general the higher the colour the more antioxidants, or a greater type of oxidant is present. In the body bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C absorption and so nutritionally help maintain collagen integrity and capillary walls and the body's defences.
Natures Sunshine Proactazyme Plus
Proactazyme Plus is a good supplement to help people who are eating a diet high in starches and sugars. It also provides the nutrients to help digest fats and proteins, although it may not assist too much with dairy products. It is a good all rounder and easy to take. As we grow older, and even when younger, we can become deficient in enzyme production. If we eat a lot of cooked foods we are eating foods deficient in enzymes as cooking destroys these very necessary elements. Eating raw foods helps a lot as the enzymes are still viable. Many who are deficient in enzymes have a new lease of life once they are able to activate and extract the necessary vitamins and minerals, and digest starches, proteins and fats. To be able to digest and utilise the nutrients necessary for good health is very important, but the effects of not doing so may not be evident at first. It is a shame to eat food and not get the most nutrients possible from it.
Natures Sunshine Magnesium W/Vit B6
Magnesium Complex with B6 combines three magnesium compounds with boron and Vitamin B6 to assist the bioavailability and utilisation of magnesium, which is such an important mineral for skeletal health and the nervous system. Magnesium is an essential mineral with approximately 60% located in the bones along with calcium and phosphorus, while the remainder is found mostly in the soft tissues and body fluid. It is important for muscular relaxation and contraction in skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle and may help with cramping. It is essential for nervous system health.
7-Keto (trade mark) is a safe, natural metabolite of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). It is in a base of Chickweed. which provides nutrition for the urinary and metabolic systems and contains vitamins A , C, some of the B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. 7-Keto provides nutrition for the thyroid and may increase the production of T3, a thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormones play a role in determining the body’s basal metabolic rate. 7-Keto also provides nutrition for the immune system's efforts by enhancing white blood cell function. It can also help the body’s efforts to maintain overall health. Unlike other metabolites of DHEA, 7-Keto is not converted to sex hormones, either androgens or oestrogens. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
Anti-inflam contains herbs that have been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve pain in the muscular-skeletal system caused by inflammation. It may, through its nutritional value, provide temporary relief from the crippling pain of rheumatism, arthritis (osteo), sciatica and lumbago. Black cohosh root has anti-inflammatory and anti rheumatic actions especially if associated with menopause, but also for both sexes and at other age levels. Devil's claw has anti-inflammatory properties and nutrients for the joints. White willow bark is an anti-inflammatory and has nutrients for connective tissues. A mild analgesic. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
Bowel Build contains nutrients that support proper digestive and intestinal function thus promoting healthy, regular elimination of waste from the colon. This is so important to the overall health of the entire systems in the body as each system relies on nutrients to function at their best. If the bowels are clogged so is the whole body and the nutrients are diminished. Naturopaths many times make the bowel health the primary goal in reaching an answer to many other health problems. When this cleanse is accomplished then the recommendation for the other individual complaints is more effective. When the villi in the intestine become clogged with hardened and old mucous, this is when the problems begin. A healthy motion is quite thick, but when the bowel is lined with hardened mucous, which generally is a very deep green, then the motion becomes pencil slim. This is a sign to act towards the bowel health. I have read (in a medical article) that in all cases of bowel surgery the bowel is coated with this hardened mucous. A man named Jason Wynters (author) who went on a bowel cleanse passed an approx 3 foot long hard mucous strap and there are many pictures on the net of the same thing. When Jason completed this cleanse he felt so much healthier. The benefits of this product is not only the cleanse it gives, but also the building of the intestinal system. It also provides the necessary nutrients to strengthen the colon tissue itself, aids digestion in both stomach and bowel, and assists with proper regular bowel movements. A few food items that may clog the bowel are denatured products such as white flour, cheese, chocolate when eaten in large quantities without the presence of roughage at the same time, a diet generally high in low roughage foods. Go for the rough types of bread and lots of fruit and salads, plus cooked vegetables as well. After a good cleanse is established the need to take the recommended amount is lessened with perhaps a daily amount needed of say 2 a day. It depends on the individual problem. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
CC-A is a wonderful nutritional addition to the daily diet in the event of the common cold and allergies and provides nutrients for the immune and circulatory systems. It is a herbal combination for use with the common cold, particulaly when accompanied by chills, fever, headaches, aching muscles and nausea. Taking additional NSP Rosehips, which is high in Vit C and B (in the single herb list) helps as well. The combination of these two products is a favourite for me. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
Burdock is a common, very large weed with giant sized leaves, and the seeds are burrs that cling to clothes. It is a European herb and is used both raw and cooked in the diets of many. A simple herb with good effect and it works via the nutrients for elimination through the colon, kidneys, liver and skin. It is also a good source of viscous fibre, helping to absorb toxins from the digestive and intestinal tract. Burdock can be used as a poultice or a fomentation for various needs, or a hot soak to alleviate tired aching feet. Common names: Bardana, beggar's buttons, bur, burdock, burdock burrs, burrs, burr Seed, cockle buttons, grass burdock, great burdock, hardock, hareburr, hurrburr, lappa, lappa minor, niu bang, personata, thorny burr, turkey Burrseed.
BPX is an excellent nutritional aid for the skin problems many face, including acne, through the action on the eliminative organs, which in turn cleanses the blood. It is important to keep the blood system relatively clean of impurities and environmental toxins so that other systems don't become clogged up as well, such as the skin, thus causing spots to appear, amongst other problems. The body needs clean blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to trillions of cells and BP-X can help this by providing nutrients for the digestive, eliminatiory and immune systems. This formula comprises herbs that stimulate the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, promote urine flow to eliminate toxins through the kidneys, strengthen the immune system and provide antiseptic and laxative benefits. In most cases, internal toxicity manifests itself in the skin and other organs and disturbs normal mood and brain function. When these toxins are removed from the body, other concerns may vanish as the body restores itself. The actions of this herbal formula are complex and varied, and have proven effective over time. Colon cleansing is also enhanced with BP-X. Each nutrient in this exclusive formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
Epilobium parviflorum, (as opposed to Epilobium augustifolium, which provides nutrients for skin disorders amongst other things), has more recently come into the limelight for male problems, as for centuries it was ignored and plants were almost obliterated by neglect. There are no reported side effects and it is most effective in providing the nutrition needed for prostate health, including the size of this gland. If you have already had an operation, Epilobium is a valuable aid for helping the after effects such as burning symptoms, by providing the necessary nutrients and actions to do so. Try this one out for quick relief, and keep some on hand for the next time. If you are over 50 you may feel the need to take a maintenance dose every day. While Epilobium is specific for men it can also be used by women with chronic urinary infections. When all else fails ladies, this could be the one to help you. Common names: Willow herb, hoary willow herb, small-flower hairy willow herb.
Ginkgo, Gotu Kola with Bacopa is a wonderful combination of herbs to provide very necessary nutrients for stress and depressions. I have heard this one called the "happy pill" and have seen the results many times. This may be good for learning abilities. The ingredients increase the circulation to the brain through capillary action, thus improving brain function, memory, concentration, feelings of well being and general happy feelings. When undergoing stress of any description we need extra nutrients to help us through the bad times and even every day life in this hectic world. It also protects the brain from damaging free radicals and is said to increase resistance to aging. Ginkgo Biloba is well know for the assistance to circulation especially to the brain. In fact if you are on drugs to thin the blood you must not take this as well as it is dangerous to combine the two. Gotu kola herb has been called “brain food” by many herbalists. It used to grow wild in some Islands and was eaten casually by many. It has a great effect on the handling of stress. Bacopa is from bacopin, an Ayurvedic compound that stimulates memory through non-specific pathways. Researchers theorize that bacopin allows the body to maintain old neurons and synthesize new neurons more quickly. Bacopin may support memory and may help boost concentration. This formula combines these three in a powerful concentrate. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
Licorice Root is a familiar name as many eat licorice confectionary. It provides nutrients to help that wound up feeling inside, the bottling up of feelings, the innermost stress, the uptight feeling. (as opposed to the outward showing, jittery nerve type stress). I learned to drive stress free after starting a course of this herb on the advice of a naturopath. Before that I was a total mess. This was the first herb in capsule form that I had ever tried. Licorice also comes in tea bag form in supermarkets and makes a delicious naturally sweet drink. The capsule is much stronger however. It is said that it is also used in many food preparations throughout many countries and has done for thousands of years. The cleansing of the villi in the bowel does not necessarily mean that diarrhoea will develop but there may be some changes if the villi need a cleanse. e.g. the motion may stay formed, but may also have some watery substance as well. This is a good thing not bad. “Unclear” voices may also be helped with this herb by its soothing and relaxing effect to the throat area. Common names: Licorice root, licorice, liquorice, sweet root, gan zao.
Liver Cleanse, also known as LIV-A, consists of herbs used historically to cleanse, detoxify and nourish, and provide support to the gastrointestinal tract. They also flush out toxins through the kidneys by increasing the flow of urine. This product may also enhance spleen function. The liver is a major filtering organ and acts along with the kidneys to flush toxins out of the body, along with so many other functions, so it is wise to look after our liver. It supports digestive functions by secreting bile for emulsification of fat, controlling the metabolism of nutrients (including alcohols) and serving as a reservoir for many nutrients and metabolites. The foods and drinks we partake of can add to the burdens put on these detoxifying organs and the addition of raw foods to the diet does actually help to offset anything dietary that may be stressing this important system. Taking drugs and other foreign substances such as many additives, synthetic substances and artificial sweeteners in canned foods and drinks etc also causes great stress. Signs to look for in stress of the liver is murky looking or yellowed whites of the eyes, blurred or weakened vision, yellowed skin, nausea, and even vomiting, especially after eating fats, starches and sugars, and an accompanying headache that is more widespread over the top of the head. The nausea and headache at the same time is common and the liver needs to be relieved of extra dietary burdens at this time. NSP Liver Cleanse may help in this case with its cleansing and relieving action. The herbs in this formula may also help the gall bladder, kidneys and pancreas and some of the single herbs in this combination are listed as useful for the thyroid.
Liquid Chlorophyll is made from the Alfalfa plant. The roots go very deep into the ground, said to be up to 15 to 20m feet, and some say more. These deep roots take up maximum amounts of minerals and so produce a highly nutritive plant, and Nature's Sunshine Products extracts these minerals and the chlorophyll in a highly successful and particular way. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that harnesses the sun's energy in photosynthesis. It is exceedingly good for humans and animals alike. The chlorophyll molecule is chemically similar to human blood, except that its central atom is magnesium, whereas that of human blood is iron. (Discovered by Dr. Richard Willstatter, a German chemist in 1913). Coming in liquid form, it is very easy for the digestion and assimilation. People who do not eat greens or salads in their diet could do very well on this product. It can be taken in higher amounts during times of particular health needs. A mint flavour is added to enhance palatability. If you don't like the taste at first, it may be best to start with one drop in a glass of water increasing drop by drop as the days go by. This will help your taste buds get used to it, and enable the sweeter taste to emerge.
Pau d’Arco bark comes from a tree that grows mainly in Argentina and Brazil, but also in other tropical areas. They are tall trees growing to 30 meters and do not develop any fungus. It is generally known as Taheebo. The tree bark from Brazil is used by Nature's Sunshine Products. The tree bark was traditionally used to promote health and immunity among the Incas, and is also used today by the Indian Callawaya tribe in South America. When harvesting, the bark is stripped by hand in vertical strips form the ground upwards for about 6 to 7 feet only. This leaves enough bark intact to ensure that the tree goes on living. Pau d’Arco contains a chemical called lapachol as a natural organic, yellow crystalline compound. It is thought that this compound may be the substance that provides nutritional support for the immune system. There are many other compounds as well. The product provides nutrients for good all round cleansing of the various systems. Nature's Sunshine products also provides this product in capsule form. 5 capsules are approximately equivalent to 2 cups of the tea.
Rose hips are the seed heads that are left after the rose has withered and fallen off. They become fleshy as they mature in the Autumn and then are harvested and used in supplements, or simply used in the home as a tea, jam, tonic or syrup. Rosehip tea is delicious sweetened with honey. They have been used as a source of nutrition for centuries and "dog rose hips" are said to have been well used during World War 2 because of the excellent Vit C they contain, to help prevent scurvy. They are a recognised source of vitamins B, C, E and K, riboflavin and folate and are regarded as an excellent nutritional supplement. This is my preferred way of taking Vit C as it is balanced in a whole food. Since bleeding gums are said to be a deficiency of Vitamin C this product could help. Rose hips have an astringent action which enables a tightening of tissues, slowing down blood and mucous discharge, and has often been used for gastritis and diarrhoea. The bioflavanoid content increases the absorption of Vit C. Vit C is necessary for the strength of connective tissues, capillaries and veins. This may help to prevent capillary breakage, varicose veins, which include haemorrhoids, and easy bruising.
Recommended on the label: Adults:1 tablet twice daily for a week. Then 2 tablets twice daily for the second week. Gradually increase to 4 tablets with a meal twice daily. Maintain this level for three to four months then gradually taper off in a similar manner. Take with meals. Mega-Chel is NSP's key product for the circulatory system. It contains a large array of nutrients to support the entire circulatory system through generous amounts of 11 essential vitamins and 10 needed minerals. Megachel has a gentle clawing action on the build up in the arteries thus assisting better circulation through these important channels. The use of NSP's Guggul Lipid is a good addition to help with plaque build up. The addition of antioxidants provides the nutrition to help neutralise free radicals, and other ingredients may nutritionally assist in balancing the glandular system. Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition.
White oak bark is rich in tannins, which give it bitter and astringent qualities, and this may have a tightening effect on soft tissue. It has been used for tightening and strengthening blood vessels such as in hemorrhoids and other painful varicose veins, weak bladder control thereby aiding bed wetting or stress incontinence, bleeding gum problems plus fissures and other conditions. It is said that traditional Native American use was for diarrhoea, haemorrhoids and treating wounds. it was listed in the US Pharmacopoeia (1820-1916) as an antiseptic, astringent and tonic. I, and others in my life, have had great personal results with this herb. It is not intended for long term use but rather for "as you need it".