Herbs and Supplements

  • Focus On: Vitamin C

    What it is:

    Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that our body needs to function properly. The body does not make this vitamin, so it must be consumed through food or supplements. Since the 1700s, it has been known as the “antiscorbutic factor” due to its ability to prevent scurvy.

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    What it is, why we need it, and where to find it
  • Focus On: Vitamin E

    WHAT IT IS: Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that contain antioxidant properties. Two of the compounds are tocopherols and tocotrienols. With many forms of vitamin E, the alpha-tocopherol is considered the only form that meets human requirements—but avoid the synthetic version.

    What it is, why you need it, and where to find it.
  • What’s the Buzz?

    The human race will die within four years if the bee population dies—fact or fiction? Considering bees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of growing things, this statement seems to lean toward fact. And since bee pollen is this month’s superfood, we’d better be sure bees stick around!

    Origin of bee pollen

    Why bee pollen has earned its superfood rank
    By Amy Vergin
  • Medicinal Mushrooms

    Medicinal mushrooms have an uncanny “intelligence” within the body, seeming to sense areas that are toxic, stressed, injured, or damaged and focus their healing potency where it is needed most. Certain species of mushrooms have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Today there are over 270 different varieties with scientifically documented healing properties.

    An introduction to nature’s smartest healers
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • Licorice Extract

    Whether you love or hate licorice, clinical studies have shown that licorice extract is a powerful and effective natural medicine, and especially good at maintaining healthy gastric mucosa (the lining of the stomach).

  • Focus On: Garlic

    WHAT IT IS: Garlic is an herb that is best known to flavor food, but it also produces allicin, the bioactive compound that gives garlic its strong scent. This herb is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy free radicals, and is also considered unique for its high level of sulfur.

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    Find out why garlic is so tasty and beneficial to your health!
  • Food Matters: The Flavor of Health

    As a Natural Solutions reader, you may already know the golden rule for a healthy diet: eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, and grains (as close to nature as possible) and enjoy whatever other foods you like—just not too much (and if it is highly processed, eat even less).

    The Heart Healthy Power of Herbs and Spices
    by Rob Leighton
  • Focus On: CoQ10/Ubiquinol

    WHAT it is: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), or its active form, ubiquinol, helps produce energy at the cellular level as it resides in the mitochondria. CoQ10 is an enzyme belonging to the quinone family; it is not a vitamin since the body is able to produce CoQ10 on its own with proper nutrition.

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  • Cacao Craze

    Nestled among the flora of steamy equatorial forests across the world, the Theobroma cacao tree can be found sprouting leathery, seemingly useless pods. However, inside these red, brown, or green football-shaped pods are precious cacao beans full of flavanoids and antioxidant polyphenols.

    Crack open the pod of powerful antioxidants
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Focus On: Enzymes

    WHAT are they? Enzymes are the energizers of life—they’re catalysts for energy released within the body. In addition to affecting energy, enzymes also regulate biochemical reactions that take place within the body. There are three types of enzymes: digestive, metabolic, and food.