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The History and Benefits of Eleuthero

// Maxine Fidler, MS, ND

Eleutherococcus senticosus, or Eleuthero, is an adaptogenic herb native to Russia, China, Korea, and Japan.*1 This article highlights some of the benefits associated with eleuthero, as well as its colorful history and adaptogenic qualities.*

Berberine Benefits and Dosing Recommendations

// Sarah Cook, ND

In a broad sense, berberine benefits four areas of human physiology: glucose metabolism, lipid metabolism, gastrointestinal health, and cellular health.* The following is a brief discussion of berberine benefits and the associated dosing recommendations.

Quercetin in Food as Compared to Supplementation

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS and Anne Thiel, ND

Quercetin, one of the most abundant flavonoids found in food, has become perhaps the most studied flavonoid today. This article identifies rich sources of quercetin and determines how much food needs to be consumed to equal the amount received through supplementation. This distinction has implications when looking to select a nutritional supplement.

Glutamine Function and Dosing

// Sarah Cook, ND

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid and dosing varies widely among clinical trials and in clinical practice. This blog post highlights some of the dosing options for glutamine and the function and risks of different dosage protocols.

Zinc Carnosine Benefits and Nutrient Interactions

// Jessica Pizano, MS, CNS

Zinc carnosine is an artificially synthesized form of carnosine originally discovered in Japan and formed by chelating zinc to carnosine in a one-to-one ratio giving it a polymeric structure.1 It is thought that combining zinc with carnosine could possibly provide additional benefits beyond what supplementing zinc might offer. Learn more about Zinc carnosine benefits and nutrient interactions. 

Dosing and Lesser-Known Benefits of CoQ10

// Sarah Cook, ND

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is an endogenously produced, lipid-soluble compound that is concentrated in mitochondrial membranes, plasma membranes, and circulating lipoproteins. CoQ10’s roles as a mitochondrial nutrient and a systemic compound justify its use to replenish known drug-nutrient depletions and to support cardiovascular, neurological, and muscular health.* Further explore the dosing and lesser known benefits of CoQ10. 

Dosing and Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits

// Christy Williamson, MS

Alpha Lipoic Acid, or ALA, is not classified as a vitamin, yet is synthesized by the body and is conditionally essential.  It is perhaps best known to support glucose metabolism.* 1,2,3. As a chiral molecule, it can be found in both isomeric forms (S and R) while the majority of non-specified supplemental forms are a racemic mixture of both. Explore the dosing and benefits of alpha lipoic acid.

What are Adaptogenic Herbs?

// Jennifer Pottruff, DBM, DNM, DO(Spain)

Adaptogenic herbs, also referred to as “adaptogens,” are defined as agents that support the body’s ability to accommodate varying physical and emotional stresses. How many times can you think of a point in your life where you could use that? (for example, stress at work, family stress, and physical stress on your body.) Is this something that could really be out there, easily accessible to us all?

How Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Works

// Corey Schuler, MS, DC, CNS

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family. The purported therapeutic actions of lavender are as a carminative which means it affects gastrointestinal gas production.*  It also affects muscle tension  and mood.* Lavender is thought to dilate capillaries and increase blood circulation via topical application and inhalation.The mechanism of how oral lavender works, however, is a matter of conflict. Read about this conflict and more on how Lavender works.

Chillaxin’ with L-theanine

// Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea at 1-2% of dry weight of tea leaves. It has been shown in several studies to increase GABA activity5, increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor, and induce alpha brain waves thereby facilitating selective attention during the execution of mental tasks.*5 Discover more about L-theanine and dosing here.


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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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