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Additional information about herbs & supplements may be found in Nature’s Sunshine Products.

 

Allantoin is an isolated ingredient derived from the oxidation of uric acid.  It promotes healthy growth of tissues, soothes & speeds the healing of irritated tissues, stimulates the body’s healing mechanisms, is helpful for acne and softens the skin (in the Herbal Trim).

 

Ayurveda, Sanskrit for “The Science of Life”, is one of the world’s oldest recorded systems of natural health preserved through the ages on scrolls and manuscripts.  The Ayurvedic view of physical and mental well-being…a healthy way of living, has experienced a renewed interest as people take a proactive approach to their personal health.  Nature’s Sunshine authentic formula, developed in concert with Indian Ayurvedic masters with herbs direct from India, is true to their philosophy of restoring balance to the body.

 

Citric Acid is produced naturally by fermentation of mold and yeast.  It is an acidic substance that provides a tart flavor in many liquid products.  It may also increase product stability.  Is an antioxidant.  Krebs Cycle is also known as the citric acid cycle. Is in the Herbal Trim.

 

Collagen, Solubleis from a bovine source.  It is a protein that contains hydroxyproline.  This ingredient provides nutrients the body uses to restore healthy tissues.  (is in the Herbal Trim)

 

Elastin is a protein derived from bovine ligaments.  This protein helps skin maintain its elasticity.

 

Enzymes are some of the most remarkable organic compounds known to man.  Complex proteins by nature, they have the ability to catalyze necessary chemical reactions in the body.  Digestive enzymes are especially important because they break down food into components the body can use for nourishment.  Each type of food molecule requires a particular type of enzyme.  When those enzymes are missing, certain foods cannot be properly digested.  Some studies suggest that approximately 20 million Americans could benefit from enzyme digestive support.  Unfortunately, enzymes have a lot of enemies.  The cooking process destroys or changes natural enzymes needed to properly digest food, as does long-term food storage.  Improper diet, stress & aging can also affect enzyme levels.  Lack of enzymes can lead to consequent lack of nutrients available to the body.  NSP offers a full range of enzyme products to activate your digestive system & ensure that your body gets all it can from the foods you eat.

 

L. Reuteri, Lactobacillus Reuteri, is naturally found in the intestinal flora of humans & other animals & is the most well-documented & clinically studied probiotic available.  It strengthens the body’s natural defenses against invaders & helps to maintain equilibrium in the gastrointestinal tract while helping other friendly strains repopulate the gut.  This probiotic strain secretes reuterin, a substance with beneficial properties to help suppress the growth of unfriendly microorganisms in the gut.  Taken with Probiotic Eleven or with Bifidophilus, it will accelerate the growth of other beneficial strains & help soothe the bowel.  Due to the prolific nature of this strain & its ability to remain intact through the acid of the stomach, only 100 million organisms per day are needed for maximum benefit, plus…it does not require refrigeration & is excellent for travel!

 

Superoxide Dismutase ~ SOD is a natural part of the body's detoxification system.  It is present in every cell in the body and is part of immune response and cell maintenance.  Not only does this enzyme play an important role in neutralizing superoxide radicals into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, it may help prevent age-related decline and maintain neurological health.  It is commonly injected locally in joints for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.  This use has been very effective for joint ailments in horses.  SOD plays an important role in the immune response by protecting leukocytes and macrophages.  In doing so, SOD prevents the damage to these cells. SOD supplementation has been shown to stimulate innate immunity by triggering the production of immune factors.  SOD supports the structural and respiratory systems and is a superb antioxidant.

 

Very little information exists on the oral uses of SOD.  We know that it is partially digested by acids in the stomach, and that enteric-coated SOD capsules are not well absorbed either. This led many to conclude that SOD, while beneficial in the body, could not be administered orally.  When SOD was bound to a protein complex, it was not only protected through the stomach but it was also absorbed in the small intestine through M-cells found in the Peyer's patches which are part of the lymphatic (immune) system.  This complex is called glisodin and it is made from a proprietary mixture of melon extract (SOD) and wheat extract (gliadin). This protein complex allows the SOD to be effectively absorbed.  Other SOD preparations are poorly absorbed even if they are not destroyed in the stomach acid.  The combination of SOD with gliadin clearly separates NSP SOD from competitors.

 

Stevia is a natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners; it is approximately 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar, virtually calorie-free, does not affect blood sugar metabolism (may even help with diabetics), inhibits the growth of plaque in the mouth & prevents tooth decay and is great for baking/cooking (no bitter aftertaste either).

 

 

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