The process by which nutrients are passed through the intestinal
tract into the bloodstream to be used by the body. If nutrients
are not properly absorbed nutritional deficiencies can result.
A neurotransmitter released at autonomic synapses and neuromuscular
junctions, active in the transmission of nerve impulses, and
formed enzymatically in the tissues from choline. See: Phosphatidyl Choline;
The acetyl ester of carnitine, ALC acts as an antioxidant, has
protective effects in the brain, and stimulates hormone (including
testosterone) release. See: Acetyl L-Carnitine
Any class of compounds that share certain basic chemical characteristics.
Acids have low pH, are usually sour to the taste, and in their
organic form, are often corrosive. Found in plant tissues (especially
fruits) tend to prevent the secretion of fluids and shrink tissues.
A term for a substance, usually an herb, that produces suitable
adjustments in the body. Adaptogens tend to normalize body functions,
and when the job is competed, they are eliminated or incorporated
into the body without side effects. Some beneficial adaptogens
include ginseng, ginkgo biloba, echinacea, and goldenseal.
A substance that provokes an allergic reaction.
An inappropriate response by the immune system to a normally
harmless substance. Allergies can effect any of the body's tissue.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
A sulfur bearing phytonutrient with antioxidant properties; amplifies
effects of other antioxidants. It is an insulin potentiator that
may be, in some respects, the very best insulin mimicker. See:
Alpha Lipoic Acid
A degenerative brain disease. See: Ginkgo Biloba
Chemical molecules which combine to form the various proteins.
There are 22 common amino acids. The human body can synthesize
(manufacture) 14 of them. The other 8 must come from the diet
and are therefore called essential amino acids. See: Amino Acid Complex
A toxic metabolic waste product.
Metabolic condition in which new molecules are synthesized (growth).
Exercise without the use of oxygen. A high-intensity, low endurance
activity that requires burst of energy for power or speed.
An androgen (male hormone). Androgens are produced in two sites
in the male body - most originate in the testes, but some potent
male hormones are produced by the adrenal glands, located just
above the kidneys. Androstenedione is a pivotal adrenal steroid
that's actually one step closer to being converted to testosterone
than DHEA. See: AndroPro
A condition in which the blood is low in red cells or in hemoglobin,
resulting in paleness and weakness. See: Iron
Tending to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms, especially
bacteria and fungi; or a substance that has this property. See:
A protein molecule made by the immune system that is designed
to intercept and neutralize a specific invading organism or other
A substance that helps control depression.
A substance that can elicit the formation of an antibody when
introduced into the body.
A substance that interferes with the action of histamines by
binding to histamine receptors in various body tissues (see Histamine).
Any substances that prevent or impede cell oxidation (destruction)
by free radicals, etc. See: Vitamin C;
Destroys or inhibits microorganisms that cause infection.
Used to treat infections caused by viruses. See:
A thickening and hardening of the arteries.
Inflammation of a joint or joints.
The organic acid more commonly known as Vitamin C. A water soluble
vitamin and an antioxidant. Your body cannot store Vitamin C,
so you must supplement it regularly. It is not resistant to heat,
so cooking will destroy it. Vitamin C functions primarily in
the formation of collagen, the chief protein substance of your
body's framework. It also helps in the production of vital body
chemicals. Vitamin C is also a detoxifier (helping cleanse your
body of toxins). See: Vitamin C;
Known by the trade name NutraSweet - an artificial sweetener.
Certain people should avoid products that contain Aspartame.
They are people who cannot metabolize the amino acid Phenylalanine,
which is an ingredient in aspartame; and people who are susceptible
A non-essential amino acid that the body can make from other
sources in sufficient amounts to meet its needs. It is a critical
part of the enzyme in the liver that transfers nitrogen-containing
amino groups, either in building new proteins and amino acids,
or in breaking down proteins and amino acids for energy and detoxifying
the nitrogen in the form of urea.
To absorb and incorporate - to digest.
Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb derived from the root
of the perennial Astragalus Membranaceus. In China, astragalus
enjoyed a long history of use in traditional medicine to strengthen
the Wei Chi or "defensive energy" or as we call it,
the immune system. Regarded as a potent tonic for increasing
energy levels and stimulating the immune system, astragalus has
also been employed effectively as a diuretic, a vasodilator and
as a treatment for respiratory infections. Astragalus has recently
become popular with western herbalist and alternative health
care providers. See: Astragalus
Tightens mucous membranes and skin, reducing secretions and bleeding
The most common form of arteriosclerosis, caused by the accumulation
of fatty deposits in the inner linings of the arteries.
ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)
The body's energy currency - released when fuel molecules are
See: Enada NADH;
Any condition in which the immune system reacts inappropriately
to the body's own tissues and attacks them, causing damage and
interfering with normal functioning.