NATUREAL REVERT 10.0

1. VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN)

About

Vitamin B3 is an essential mineral fundamental to maintaining proper circulation and healthy skin. It aids in the functioning of the nervous system, the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also important in the production of hydrochloric acid for the digestive system.

Type of food/nutrient

Essential vitamin or mineral

Benefits 

+ Supports healthy cholesterol

+ Supports healthy blood sugar

+ May improve cognitive function

Caution

  • High doses of niacin (500 mg daily or more) may lead to liver damage.
  • Niacin can elevate blood sugar levels, especially in diabetic patients.
  • Pregnant women, patients with glaucoma, gout, liver disease or peptic ulcers should consult a physician and use niacin supplements with extreme caution.
  • A flush or red rash with a tingling sensation are common side effects. They are usually temporary and resolve after a few minutes.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • HDL-C: Niacin supplementation is helpful at normalizing blood lipid levels. People with low HDL-C levels (good cholesterol) experience an increase in HDL-C levels, while people with high LDL-C (bad cholesterol) experience a reduction in LDL-C levels.
  • Adiponectin: Patients may experience an increase in circulating adiponectin, especially in the metabolic syndrome. Adiponectin is a signaling molecule that positively influences glucose metabolism and fat loss.
  • Brain Function: Vitamin B12 is essential for brain function. Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins that transfer the food we eat into glucose, which gives us energy. Vitamin B 12 is an essential component that reduce the feeling of fatigue and weakness.

References

  1. https://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com/article/S0021-9150(06)00394-7/fulltext
  2. https://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/article/S0149-2918(14)00180-5/fulltext
  3. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1107579
  4. https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0034-1372600
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11701466
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22969777

2. GLUCOMANNAN

About

Glucomannan is derived from the roots of an Asian plant known as Konjac or elephant yam. It is a water-soluble dietary fiber useful for weight loss and to promote satiety.

Type of food/nutrient

Dietary fiber

Benefits

+ Supports healthy digestion

+ Supports glucose metabolism

+ Supports healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels

+ Supports healthy weight

Caution

  • Glucomannan absorbs up to 50 times its own weight in water. This is a remarkable property, but an extra dose may cause stomach expansion and throat blockage.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Plasma lipids: Glucomannan supplementation is helpful at normalizing blood lipid levels. It binds to bile cholesterol, reducing its rate of reabsorption in the intestines.
  • Glucose levels: It is helpful to maintain healthy levels of glucose in diabetic patients to attain metabolic control of the disease. Thus, it reduces the risk of complications in diabetes mellitus.
  • Weight loss: Glucomannan slows down gastric emptying and promotes satiety for a longer time. It has been found to slow down glucose absorption, improving insulin spikes and reducing the storage of glucose in the form of fat.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3892933/ 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6096282
  3. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e007244
  4. https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/features/alternative-meds-update/consider- glucomannan-for-obesity-treatment/
  5. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/88/4/1167/4650004
  6. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/00346651111151357
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24533610
  8. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ma060230j
  9. http://www.berkeleywellness.com/supplements/other-supplements/article/glucomannan-new-fiber-option
  10. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/glucomannan

3. RASPBERRY KETONE

About

Raspberry ketones give raspberries their red color, and contains up to 200 molecules. It is famous as an edible supplement for weight loss and used for flavoring and aroma in foods and cosmetics.

Type of food/nutrient

Naturally occurring substance

Benefits

+ Increases energy levels

+ Promotes liver health

+ Supports glucose metabolism

+ Supports healthy weight management

Caution

  • The recommended safe zone for using raspberry ketones is up to 400 mg twice a day. A higher dose may cause side effects.
  • A study published in 2015 reported jitteriness and high blood pressure after consuming toxic levels of raspberry ketones.
  • The studies on raspberry ketones are still scarce.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Adiponectin: Patients may experience an increase in circulating adiponectin. This signaling molecule positively influences glucose metabolism, fat metabolism, and fat loss.
  • Body fat: A study performed from 2010 to 2017 showed a significant reduction in body fat after raspberry ketone supplementation compared to non-users.
  • Liver health: By improving obesity and leveling body fat levels, raspberry ketones may also improve liver’s health by reducing fatty liver disease.

References

  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/raspberry-ketones_n_2727943
  2. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775741
  3. https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.30.1_supplement.1165.1
  4. https://www.livescience.com/39972-raspberry-ketone-supplement-facts.html
  5. https://examine.com/supplements/raspberry-ketone/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3639826/
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352364615300493
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/do-raspberry-ketones-work#functions

4. GREEN TEA EXTRACT

About

Powder form of Camellia Sinensis leaves. Green tea and its extract have been found to provide a variety of health benefits including energy production, athletic performance support, healthy weight, mental health and overall immunity.

Type of food/nutrient

Natural active substance

Benefits

+ Fights oxidative stress

+ Supports brain function

+ Supports healthy energy

Caution

  • Not to be consumed by pregnant women or patients with stomach ulcers and GIT distress. Use with caution in cases of metabolic disease.
  • Little is known about the side effects and overdose of green tea extract.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Polyphenol catechins: Green tea contains polyphenol catechins have been found to reduce the risk of cancer in the lungs, ovaries, pancreas, and rectum at a dose of 3 cups a day. It has been found to reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of stroke at a dose of 5 cups a day.
  • Caffeine: Green tea contains significant amounts of caffeine, which promotes fat oxidation and improves cognitive functioning (memory and thinking).

References

  1. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/70/6/1040/4729179
  2. https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/4/2/129/4591621
  3. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0193074
  4. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep12015
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-green-tea-extract#section1
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php
  8. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2018/9105261/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5790015/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/

5. AFRICAN MANGO EXTRACT

About

An herb used as a dietary supplement for variety of purposes i.e., to control blood sugar levels and prevent the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It is available as pills or extracts for medicinal use.

Type of food/nutrient

Natural herb

Benefits

+ Supports weight loss

+ Promotes healthy cholesterol 

+ Supports blood sugar balance   

Caution

  • Excessive use causes headaches and insomnia.
  • It must be used under monitored doses upon consultation.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Lipoproteins: Studies show that African Mango Extracts regulates lipoprotein levels in the blood by speeding up weight loss and reducing body fat percentage and waist measures.
  • Metabolic profile: Supplementation for 10 weeks have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 4.8% and blood glucose levels by 22%. Patients have also experienced a significant weight loss up to 20 pounds of weight and 5 inches of waist circumference.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3506011/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK132337/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1168905/
  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288261150_African_Mango_Irvingia_gabonensis_Extract_for_Weight_Loss_A_Systematic_Review
  5. https://www.lifescienceglobal.com/pms/index.php/jnt/article/view/927
  6. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/african-mango-supplements#1
  7. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/19390211.2012.760508?src=recsys&journalCode=ijds20
  8. https://www.cebm.net/2014/07/can-consumption-african-bush-mango-extracts-help-lose-weight/
  9. https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/health-nutrition-you-asked/african-mango-can-its-seeds-really-help-you-lose-weight
  10. https://www.perfect-supplements.com/african-mango-research/

6. APPLE PECTIN

About

A dietary fiber present in apples. Pectin is present in the tissue and cell walls of this fruit, as well as the skin and nearby pulp. Fresh food is always preferred as an apple pectin source.

Type of food/nutrient

Dietary fiber

Benefits

+ Supports digestion system

+ Supports healthy cholesterol

+ Fights free radicals

+ Promotes colon health

Caution

  • Side effects include stomach distress, bloating and diarrhea.
  • Avoid self-treating behavior and using apple pectin supplements without proper awareness of doses and side effects.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Phytochemicals: Pectin is available in fruits and vegetable, often accompanied by flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic compounds that reduce chronic disease risk. Phytochemicals have been found to display strong antioxidant activity, inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, and other functions
  • Lipid metabolism: Consuming 5 grams of pectin along with 10 grams of polyphenols in apples lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It reduces the incidence of niacin flush, prolongs gastric emptying, and slows down glucose absorption.

References

  1. https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/133/6/1860/4688066
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1081/JFP-200033095
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/
  4. https://www.cell.com/trends/plant-science/fulltext/S1360-1385(18)30018-9
  5. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0204261
  6. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11224-009-9442-z
  7. https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-apple-pectin-89599
  8. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf803547h
  9. https://www.livestrong.com/article/117341-apple-pectin-benefits/
  10. https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/10990023

7. GARCINIA CAMBOGIA 50% STANDARDIZED EXTRACT

About

A tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind. It is rich in hydroxycitric acid, a substance that prevents fat storage and synthesis by inhibiting an enzyme called citrate lyase. It also promotes weight loss by supporting a healthy appetite. 

Type of food/nutrient

Ingredient from a tropical fruit

Benefits

+ Promotes healthy appetite

+ Supports fat loss

+ Supports exercise performance

Caution

  • Diabetes mellitus patients should take these supplements under supervision by their physician.
  • It is a generally safe supplement, but there is not enough data on pregnant and breastfeeding women.
  • It may increase the rate of bleeding in cases of bleeding disorders and after surgery.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Lipid biosynthesis: Hydroxycitric acid in Garcinia cambogia inhibits an enzyme in lipid biosynthesis, called citrate lyase. This enzyme is the link between the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. By inhibiting this enzyme, hydroxycitric acid prevents the transformation of carbohydrates into fatty acids. This results in the reduction of weight and accelerated fat loss after 12-week interventions in humans.
  • Leptin: Garcinia cambogia has been associated with a reduction of visceral fat in humans. This tissue synthesizes leptin, which is why clinical trials have found a significant reduction in leptin levels after using this ingredient.

References

  1. https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-biological-importance-of-garcinia-cambogia-a-review-2155-9600-S5-004.php?aid=62825
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/garcinia-cambogia/
  3. https://tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408398.2010.500551?src=recsys&journalCode=bfsn20
  4. https://www.shape.com/weight-loss/can-hca-help-you-lose-weight
  5. http://www.archivepp.com/article.asp?issn=2045-080X;year=2016;volume=7;issue=5;spage=22;epage=28;aulast=Ab
  6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273153835_A_comprehensive_scientific_overview_of_Garcinia_cambogia
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3424601/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5143754/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010674/
  10. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/188147

8. YOHIMBE STANDARIZED EXTRACT

About

This extract is obtained from the bark of the yohimbe tree, an African evergreen tree. Traditional uses include using it as an aphrodisiac for erectile dysfunction to improve sexual enhancement. It is also used to improve athletic performance.

Type of food/nutrient

Natural active substance

Benefits

+ Supports energy production

+ May enhance libido

+ Supports physical performance

Caution

  • High doses are associated with muscle aches, dizziness, eating and sleeping disturbances.
  • Other side effects reported by the literature include skin flushing, breathing difficulty with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, painful urination, anxiety, agitation and tremors.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Body mass: Studies found a significant increase in muscle mass in professional soccer players who used this supplement for exercise performance. Another study with 20 mg doses administered every day for 20 days reported a reduction in body fat and exercise improvements including bench and leg press, vertical jump, dribble and power test results, and shuttle run.
  • Lipolysis: Yohimbe extract is also a lypolisis booster, especially when administered prior to exercise. Thus, it is associated with improvements in body composition within 21 days.

References

  1. https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-biological-importance-of-garcinia-cambogia-a-review-2155-9600-S5-004.php?aid=62825
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/garcinia-cambogia/
  3. https://tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408398.2010.500551?src=recsys&journalCode=bfsn20
  4. https://www.shape.com/weight-loss/can-hca-help-you-lose-weight
  5. http://www.archivepp.com/article.asp?issn=2045-080X;year=2016;volume=7;issue=5;spage=22;epage=28;aulast=Ab
  6. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273153835_A_comprehensive_scientific_overview_of_Garcinia_cambogia
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3424601/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5143754/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010674/
  10. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/188147

9. FORSKOLIN 20% STANDARDIZED EXTRACT

About

A popular herb made from the root of a plant in the mint family. Some research used as a fat burning supplement. This is mainly a bioactive ingredient used to increase testosterone and protect against cancer and inflammation.

Type of food/nutrient

Naturally occurring herb

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports heart health

+ May promote weight loss

Caution

  • Daily dose should not be higher than 500 mg a day.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • cAMP levels: Studies have found a significant increase in cAMP in patients using these supplements for 12 weeks. The increase has been estimated to be 10% with the recommended dose of 500 mg a day.
  • Enzyme booster: By increasing cAMP levels, Forskolin improves enzymatic activity of the cytochrome P450 and two acetyltransferases in the human liver. It also improves the activity of enzymes in the glucose metabolism, and it is beneficial for patients with glaucoma and heart failure.

References

  1. https://www.livin3.com/forskolin-for-weight-loss
  2. https://elifesciences.org/articles/23001
  3. http://ijpsr.com/bft-article/coleus-forskholii-phytochemical-and-pharmacological-profile/?view=fulltext
  4. https://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/forskolin-as-seen-on-tv
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4663611/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129145/
  7. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/forskolin-review
  8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411014000418
  9. https://examine.com/supplements/coleus-forskohlii/

10. ACAI BERRY FRUIT EXTRACT

About

Acai extract is derived from a fruit categorized as a super food, with known properties to reduce arthritis pain and slow down the aging process. 

Type of food/nutrient

Fruit powder

Benefits

+ Promotes eye health

+ Promotes blood circulation

+ Supports brain health

+ Protects against oxidative stress

+ Antioxidant properties

Caution

  • Not safe for patients with pollen allergies.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Antioxidant activity: Acai berry fruit extract contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants with neuroprotective and cardio-protective effects. They reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease through an inhibition of beta-amyloid plaque formation.
  • Anthocyanin: Recent studies on this substance have revealed that anthocyanin reduces cancer cell growth by apoptosis, reduces the incidence of heart attack, improves visual health, glucose tolerance and lipid profiles.

References

  1. https://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/acai-berry-antioxidant-superfood.php
  2. http://jamescollinsnutrition.com/articles/study-demonstrates-the-brain-health-benefits-of-acai-berries/
  3. https://www.proverbrasil.com.br/news/the-purple-brazilian-acai-berry-has-more-than-5-time-the-antioxidants-of-blueberries
  4. https://healthfully.com/121479-acai-berry-benefits-side.html
  5. https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2010/6/The-Science-Behind-Acai/Page-01
  6. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acai/ataglance.htm
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305576.php
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries
  9. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1109/acai
  10. https://www.webmd.com/diet/acai-berries-and-acai-berry-juice-what-are-the-health-benefits

11. GRAPE SEED EXTRACT

About

A natural extract derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes. They contain active flavonoids, polyphenols, proanthocyanidins, procyanidines, anthocyanins and the stilbene derivative resveratrol. It displays anti-aging, anticarcinogenic, and hepatoprotective effects.

Type of food/nutrient

Seed extract

Benefits

+ Supports lung health

+ Supports cardiovascular system

+ Powerful antioxidant

Caution

  • Not sufficient clinical data

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Radical scavenging: Due to the variety of antioxidants in grape seed extract, it has a potent antioxidant activity, which has been studied and compared to that of vitamin C and quercetin.
  • Obesity: By improving pulmonary function, grape seed extract is helpful to treat obese patients with sleep apnea, hypoventilation syndrome, and other ailments associated to body composition.

References

  1. https://www.cellmolbiol.org/index.php/CMB/article/view/1401
  2. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/467691/
  3. https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12937-016-0218-1
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598067/

12. GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT

About

A natural extract with high content of chlorogenic acids, a substance found in coffee that displays similar effects to caffeine. It is a useful supplement to improve vascular function, blood pressure and body composition in obese and overweight patients.

Type of food/nutrient

Natural extract

Benefits

+ Supports weight loss

+ Supports cardiovascular health

+ Supports blood pressure regulation

Caution

  • The recommended dosage should never be over 600 mg in supplements with 50% chlorogenic acid.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Cardiovascular function: Green Coffee Bean extract improves blood pressure readings and has been found to enhance the activity of pressure-lowering drugs using a dose 480 mg daily for 12 weeks.
  • Weight loss: According to a meta-analysis of various scientific papers, patients experienced weight loss of 11.9 lbs and a reduction of fat mass by 3.6% over the course of 12 weeks.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20871849
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16820341
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18035001
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15785008

 

NATUREAL Body Cleanse

1. PSYLLIUM POWDER

About

A dietary fiber used for medicinal purposes to create a softer consistency and improve bowel movements. 

Type of food/nutrient

Bulk-forming fiber

Benefits

+ Supports digestive system

+ Supports healthy cholesterol

Caution

  • Administer 2 hours before or after another medication with a full glass of water.
  • Excessive doses would cause rectal bleeding and other side effects.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Cholesterol: In 2018, An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition trial reported that patients with high cholesterol levels consumed supplements of 10 g over the course of 3 weeks and experienced a significant drop in bad cholesterol (LDL) and improved balance HDL/LDL.
  • Apo B: As cholesterol levels decrease, Apo B proteins and lipid profile become normalized. The bile acids are absorbed by psyllium husk and eliminated through the feces and harmful lipid particles become decreased.

References

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/psyllium-fiber-regularity-and-healthier-lipid-levels
  2. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/better-psyllium-seed-powder-psyllium-husk- whole-12248.html
  3. https://www.healthyhildegard.com/how-to-take-psyllium-husk-for-weight-loss/
  4. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-56088/psyllium-husk-fibre-oral/details
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/psyllium-health-benefits#heart-health
  6. https://examine.com/supplements/psyllium/
  7. https://www.verywellfit.com/psyllium-for-weight-loss-89128
  8. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/better-psyllium-seed-powder-psyllium-husk- whole-12248.html

2. ACAI BERRY FRUIT EXTRACT

About

Acai extract is derived from a fruit categorized as a super food, with known properties to reduce arthritis pain and slow down the aging process. 

Type of food/nutrient

Fruit powder

Benefits

+ Promotes eye health

+ Promotes blood circulation

+ Supports brain health

+ Protects against oxidative stress

+ Antioxidant properties

Caution

  • Not safe for patients with pollen allergies.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Antioxidant activity: Acai berry fruit extract contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants with neuroprotective and cardio-protective effects. They reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease through a inhibition of beta-amyloid plaque formation.
  • Anthocyanin: Recent studies on this substance have revealed that anthocyanin reduces cancer cell growth by apoptosis, reduces the incidence of heart attack, improves visual health, glucose tolerance and lipid profiles.

References

  1. https://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/acai-berry-antioxidant-superfood.php
  2. http://jamescollinsnutrition.com/articles/study-demonstrates-the-brain-health-benefits-of-acai-berries/
  3. https://www.proverbrasil.com.br/news/the-purple-brazilian-acai-berry-has-more-than-5-time-the-antioxidants-of-blueberries
  4. https://healthfully.com/121479-acai-berry-benefits-side.html
  5. https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2010/6/The-Science-Behind-Acai/Page-01
  6. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acai/ataglance.htm
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305576.php
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries
  9. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1109/acai
  10. https://www.webmd.com/diet/acai-berries-and-acai-berry-juice-what-are-the-health-benefits

3. INULIN

About

A soluble prebiotic fiber obtained by chicory roots. It is widely used to stimulate growth in colon bacteria. It stimulates weight loss, improves gastrointestinal health and helps control diabetes.

Type of food/nutrient

Soluble fiber

Benefits

+ Supports healthy blood sugar 

+ Supports digestive health

+ Encourages healthy appetite

Caution

  • People allergic to ragweed should abstain from using inulin.
  • Large doses of inulin cause bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Hunger levels: Inulin supplementation is a weight-loss aid and 21 grams a day have been found to reduce hunger hormone levels in overweight and obese patients.
  • Insulin resistance: Similar to other types of soluble fiber, human studies on inulin show that it is beneficial in people with insulin resistance and may be helpful to reverse the progression to type 2 diabetes.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690573
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10395607
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25208775
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19386741
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26500686
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3168743/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24688953

4. SLIPPERY ELM BARK

About

It is the inner bark of a tree that is used for medicinal purposes, including colic, hemorrhoids, irritable boweldiseases, bladder and urinary tract infections, healing properties, to prevent and treat cancer and other diseases.

Type of food/nutrient

Tree bark

Benefits

+ Promotes digestive health

+ May reduce occasional heartburn

+ Supports inflammatory response

Caution

  • Not suitable for pregnant and nursing women.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Demulcents: This elm produces a slime-like substance that protects body tissues and the skin. It has soothing properties and improves tissues damage in wounds.
  • Tumor growth: Recent studies on breast cancer show that slippery elm bark inhibits tumor growth. It has been found to significantly improve treatment and quality of life in the studied population of women with breast cancer.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20954962
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6065514/
  3. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/978.html
  4. https://healthybutsmart.com/slippery-elm/

5. ALOE FEROX POWDER 18%

About

A species native to South Africa, Aloe ferox is useful as an antiseptic in the gastrointestinal mucosa. It is very rich in vitamins and has many health properties, including improved intestinal motility and enhanced antioxidant profile.

Type of food/nutrient

Extract from plant leaves

Benefits

+ Promotes digestive health

+ May reduce occasional heartburn

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

Caution

  • Reaching 500 mg a day may trigger hepatotoxicity (acute hepatitis or liver inflammation).

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Bradykinase: It is a great source of vitamin A, C and B12. An enzyme called bradykinase is also obtained through this supplement. It breaks down bradykinin, a cytokine that causes cough in patients who use ACE inhibitor drugs and severe swelling in patients with hereditary angioedema.
  • Inflammation: According to studies, aloe vera species, including aloe ferox, have aloesin derivatives that inhibit an enzyme called COX2. This explains why these supplements have an extensive application in inflammatory disease.

References

  1. http://southafrica.co.za/aloe-ferox-the-african-aloe-vera.html
  2. https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijp.2013.405.415
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18773950
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21637388
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12451482
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23240939
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23132591
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20191055

6. CHLORELLA

About

A unicellular freshwater green algae labeled as a multi-faceted superfood that appears to be a bioavailable  source of iron, Vitamin B-12 and may have other health benefits.

Type of food/nutrient

Unicellular green algae

Benefits

+ Antioxidant properties

+ Supports healthy immune response

+ Supports blood pressure regulation

Caution

  • Chlorella may be infected with viruses, so it must be properly checked before using
  • Always prefer a trustworthy source

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Iron: In pregnant women, Chlorella is known to significantly increase red blood cell count by only having a daily dose of 6 grams to treat anemia. Hemoglobin concentration was significantly increased and they experienced an improvement in high blood pressure as well.
  • mRNA: Chlorella has been found to modulate genomic signals through mRNA in patients with the metabolic syndrome. As a results, the signs of metabolic diseases were significantly improved. This includes insulin signaling and glucose uptake, which explains the reduction in blood pressure.

References

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320067.php
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/chlorella/
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/chlorella
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11347287
  5. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-907/chlorella
  6. https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-13-57
  7. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenrg.2018.00049/full

7. BLACK WALNUT HULLS POWDER

About

The hull that covers the black walnut tree. This kernel contain antioxidants and have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes to decrease inflammation or treat parasitic infections.

Type of food/nutrient

Hulls

Benefits

+ Anti-parasitic properties

+ Antibacterial properties

+ May have anticancer effects

Caution

  • People who are pregnant or nursing should consult a healthcare provider before using.
  • People with any nut or tree nut allergy should refrain from consuming.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Cancer: Substances in black walnut hulls are beneficial for cancer patients, as found in one clinical trial that evaluated the properties of juglone, one of many polyphenols with tumor growth-inhibiting activity.
  • Antioxidants: Black walnut hull powder is rich in fatty acids and gives a smooth appearance to the damaged skin. Moreover, it is also beneficial to improve GIT activities, lipid profiles and neutralize free radicals.

References

  1. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/black-walnut.html
  2. https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-black-walnut-89422
  3. https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/weight-loss-benefits-black- walnut-hull/
  4. https://wellnessmama.com/257/black-walnut-hull-herb-profile/
  5. https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/black-walnut.html
  6. https://www.livestrong.com/article/270375-what-are-the-benefits-of-black-walnut- hull-tincture/
  7. https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/black-walnut-hulls-benefits
  8. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-639/black-walnut
  9. https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/natural-health-guide/benefits/black-walnut

8. GINGER ROOT

About

A form of vegetable widely consumed and known to be beneficial in calming digestion, reducing nausea, treating arthritis, inflammation, diabetes, bacterial infections, and cancer.

Type of food/nutrient

Spice root

Benefits

+ Supports digestion

+ Supports inflammatory response

+ May improve indigestion

Caution

  • Care must be taken when given to children, pregnant and nursing women, bleeding disorders, heart and metabolic disease patients
  • Consider using in moderate amounts

Outcome of Human Studies

  • COX & LOX: Studies since 2016 illustrate the use of ginger root for 30 days up to 3 grams to improve tuberculosis. 69 patients in a study showed through blood tests that their inflammatory factors tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a), ferritin and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in the blood were reduced as balanced by active COX and LOX enzymes in a balanced manner
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis patients felt a great ease and reported lower levels of inflammation when 500 mg of ginger root powder were given thrice a day. Similarly, another study used 700 mg dose in 60 patients and reported significant improvement following supplementation

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/ginger
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-961/ginger
  3. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2095001
  4. https://www.realnatural.org/gingers-many-amazing-medicinal-benefits-exposed-in- recent-research/
  5. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=Ginger
  6. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/2015/142979/
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/

9. HYSSOP LEAF

About

A leaf from the mint family widely used as medicine to relieve intestinal and digestive conditions as well as respiratory problems, gallbladder conditions and loss of appetite.

Type of food/nutrient

Edible plant

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports immune system

+ Supports muscle and joint health

Caution

  • Overdose may cause menstrual disturbances and miscarriages.
  • May trigger seizures in some conditions.
  • Do not administer to children without consulting a healthcare provider.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Caffeic acid: Hyssop leaves contains a lot of tannin and caffeic acid, useful for the removal of parasites and bacteria. This promotes healthy immune response and supports all organs under inflammatory conditions. Trials show a strong anti-HIV activity as well.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Clinical studies show an improvement in muscle tissues quality and reduction of muscle spasms. It has been shown to enhance mobility and increase the amplitude of movement.

References

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-258/hyssop
  2. https://www.drugs.com/npc/hyssop.html
  3. https://www.britannica.com/plant/hyssop
  4. https://www.healthyhildegard.com/hyssop-leaf/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssopus_officinalis
  6. https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/hyssop-herb.html
  7. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/hyssop/profile

10. PAPAYA FRUIT POWDER

About

This is an extract of a very popular fruit that is both rare and exotic. It is high in fiber with powerful antioxidant effects that can help reduce inflammation, fight disease and help benefits.

Type of food/nutrient

Sweet extract

Benefits

+ Promotes healthy inflammatory response

+ Fights free radicals

+ Supports immune function

Caution

  • Not to be used in patients with latex allergies
  • It has an enzyme called chitanases that causes allergy to some individuals.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Papain: This is one of many chemicals present in this fruit powder. Papain has the ability to break fats, proteins and carbohydrates into tender forms. It stimulates digestive juices and displays an antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Carpain: This is another chemical used to kill potentially harmful viruses and parasites for the central nervous system. Carpain functions as antioxidant and has immunity boosting capacity.

References

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275517.php
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-488/papaya
  3. https://www.vinayakcorporation.com/papaya-powder/
  4. https://www.herbalpapaya.com/blogs/papaya/what-to-know-about-our-papaya-seed-powder
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3864643/

11. LYCOPENE 5%

About

A natural substance present in fruits and vegetables, especially in tomatoes. It has been found to lower blood pressure and control heart diseases.

Type of food/nutrient

Antioxidant

Benefits

+ May contribute to stronger bones

+ Supports healthy cholesterol 

+ Fights free radicals

Caution

  • Attention is required when given before or after surgery as it slows down blood clotting
  • Not advisable for children
  • A dose of 120 mg must be taken for only one year as a safe dose.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Plasma: In a study that was carried out for almost 17 years, the authors reported that 12 mg/dL of lycopene is associated with faster healing of hip fractures and protects from bone damage in postmenopausal women.
  • DNA damage: Lycopene prevents DNA damage that occurs in lymphocytes due to oxidation. This was observed in a double blind study lasting a total 26 days.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742263/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-554/lycopene
  4. https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/136/5/1287/4669988
  5. http://lycopene.com/lycopene-benefits/

NATUREAL PROBIOTIC 40 BILLION CFU

1. BIFIDOBACTERIUM LACTIS (BL-04)

About

This bacterial strain is found in the intestines as healthy bacteria. B. lactis has been found to modulate the immune system and improve body defenses against flu, common cold, and other ailments.

Type of food/nutrient

Bacterial strain

Benefits

+ Supports healthy digestion

+ Replenishes gut flora

+ Supports digestive system and nutrient absorption

+ Supports immune system and improves body defenses

Caution

  • Large doses may lead to gastrointestinal problems
  • There is no sufficient information about its use in pregnancy. Avoid using unless recommended by your doctor.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Probiotics: They are friendly bacteria in the human body. B. lactis helps in breaking down foods, absorb and utilize nutrients, and prevent infections in the urinary tract. A study on 69 preterm infants with abnormal bacterial colonization showed that oral application of Bifidobacterium lactis (probiotic) was associated with an enhancement in growth and development. Fecal pH and calprotectin were significantly lower, and the concentrations of IgA, acetate and lactate were 42 and 38% higher.
  • Food allergies: Therapeutic effects are explored in a clinical study with food allergy patients. The authors investigated Treg and Th17 cells levels and their molecular mechanisms in 256 Chinese children using B. lactis. The outcomes showed B. lactis treatment significantly increased the ratio of Treg and Th17 cells and alleviates allergic symptoms.

References

  1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-891/bifidobacteria
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23311932.2018.1452839
  3. https://www.nature.com/articles/pr2008218
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5722804/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2453197/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5029483/
  7. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01570/full
  8. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0164512
  9. https://academic.oup.com/femspd/article/53/1/18/489609
  10. https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/21436726
  11. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/cjidmm/2018/4561038/

2. LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS (LA-14)

About

This bacterial strain is found in the intestines as healthy bacteria. L. acidophilus is consumed in fermented dairy foods and it is a helpful aid in digestion, gastrointestinal and general health.

Type of food/nutrient

Bacterial strain

Benefits

+ Supports healthy digestion

+ May improve symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain and bloating

+ May reduce the symptoms of certain allergies

+ Replenishes gut flora

+ Modulates the central nervous system and may aid in the treatment of depression

+ Modulates the immune system and may aid in the treatment of certain types of cancer

Caution

  • Large doses may lead to gastrointestinal problems

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Lactose: This bacteria breaks down lactose found in milk and other dairy products. This metabolizing process helps to digest lactose in infants and patients with lactose intolerance. That is why there is a reduced incidence of gas, bloating and diarrhea in people with lactose intolerance when they consume fermented dairy foods. 65% adults reported relief in a 2016 study after taking L. acidophilus supplements for 4 weeks. Subjects also reduced in their symptoms of vomiting and cramping.
  • Gut microbes: Several researches have shown significant improvement in IBS with the consumption of this probiotic. Studies revealed that gut microbes helped in the management of bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/lactobacillus-acidophilus
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324194.php
  3. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-76670/lactobacillus-acidophilus-oral/details
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-acidophilus/art-20361967
  5. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=Lactobacillus
  6. https://academic.oup.com/femsle/article/349/2/77/533643
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/lactobacillus-acidophilus
  8. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6204
  9. https://www.verywellhealth.com/acidophilus-and-other-probiotics-88321

3. LACTOBACILLUS PARACASEI (LPC37)

About

This bacterial strain is found in the intestines as healthy bacteria. L. paracasei is consumed in fermented dairy foods and it is a helpful aid in digestion, gastrointestinal and general health.

Type of food/nutrient

Bacterial strain

Benefits

+ Supports immune system

+ Replenishes gut flora

+ Supports vaginal health 

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

Caution

  • Large doses may lead to gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, intestinal bloating, gas, and upset stomach.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Vaginal health: Bacterial conditions in the vagina and urinary passages are successfully treated with L. paracasei supplements. According to studies, women in reproductive age who took 7 days of L. paracasei in the form of oral capsules improved their vaginal health and symptoms in a double blind trial.
  • T cells: Trials have shown that this probiotic is essential in treating the inflammatory diseases through T cells and the immune response they trigger.

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/lactobacillus-paracasei
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3716772/
  3. https://alivebynature.com/the-health-benefits-of-lactobacillus-paracasei/
  4. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep45712
  5. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-27532-9
  6. https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/lactobacillus-paracasei-the- health-benefits-of-probiotics/
  7. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2015.00952/full
  8. https://iai.asm.org/content/75/4/1730

4. LACTOBACILLUS PLANTARUM (LPC-115)

About

This bacterial strain is found in the intestines as healthy bacteria. L. paracasei is consumed in fermented plants and veggies, and they are a helpful aid in gastrointestinal health.

Type of food/nutrient

Bacterial strain

Benefits

+ Maintains intestinal integrity in cases of Crohn’s disease or IBS

+ Replenishes gut flora

+ Supports immune function

+ Promotes digestive health

Caution

  • Patients with a weak immune system may experience side effects as the bacterial strain travels to various internal organs.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Microbiome: L. plantarum improves our gut microbiome, cleanses the gastrointestinal system, and helps us deal with harmful contaminants and toxic microorganisms through the synthesis of fulvic acid.
  • Neurologic disease: In many populations, children with neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders were tested using these probiotics. Digestive complaints were relieved, poor detoxification pathways got amended, and neurologic disease symptoms improved.

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/lactobacillus-plantarum
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4705246/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28271469
  4. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2018/9361614/
  5. https://www.verywellhealth.com/lactobacillus-plantarum-benefits-uses-side- effects-4152035
  6. https://drjockers.com/health-benefits-lactobacillus-plantarum/
  7. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep40128
  8. https://bodyecology.com/articles/lactobacillus_plantarum_benefits.php/

5. MARINE POLYSACCHARIDE COMPLEX (FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDE)

About

A type of prebiotic found in marine algae or seaweeds. They are used as functional ingredients with plenty of health applications often consumed alongside with probiotics to promote their growth.

Type of food/nutrient

Prebiotic polysaccharide

Benefits

+ Prebiotic that promotes probiotic growth and increases the effectivity

+ Supports digestive system and nutrient absorption

+ Supports cardiovascular health

+ Supports healthy immune response

Caution

  • Fructooligosaccharides may cause intestinal discomfort, flatulence and bloating when daily dose is higher than 15 grams.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Immunity booster: Supplementation with prebiotics, including fructooligosaccharides, is associated with a significant improvement in immune response, a reduction in the incidence of degenerative disease, coronary infections and neoplasia. It promotes immune responses while at the same time down regulating allergic reactions.
  • Blood pressure: By improving the absorption of magnesium, fructooligosaccharides from the marine polysaccharide complex may contribute to lower blood pressure and promote significant improvements in cardiovascular health.

References

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/45660703_Prebiotics_from_Marine_Macroalgae_for_Human_and_Animal_Health_Applications
  2. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/14/2/27/pdf
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/fructooligosaccharides
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920542/
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301693191_Fructooligosaccharides_-_type_prebiotic_A_Review

 

NATUREAL REVERT DROPS

1. RASPBERRY KETONE

About

Raspberry ketones give raspberries their red color, and contains up to 200 molecules. It is famous as an edible supplement for weight loss and used for flavoring and aroma in foods and cosmetics.

Type of food/nutrient

Naturally occurring substance

Benefits

+ Increases energy levels

+ Supports liver health

+ Supports glucose metabolism

+ Supports healthy weight management

Caution

  • The recommended safe zone for using raspberry ketones is up to 400 mg twice a day. A higher dose may cause side effects.
  • A study published in 2015 reported jitteriness and high blood pressure after consuming toxic levels of raspberry ketones.
  • The studies on raspberry ketones are still scarce.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Adiponectin: Patients may experience an increase in circulating adiponectin. This signaling molecule positively influences glucose metabolism, fat metabolism, and fat loss.
  • Body fat: A study performed from 2010 to 2017 showed a significant reduction in body fat after raspberry ketone supplementation compared to non-users.
  • Liver health: By improving obesity and leveling body fat levels, raspberry ketones may also improve liver’s health by reducing fatty liver disease.

References

  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/raspberry-ketones_n_2727943
  2. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775741
  3. https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.30.1_supplement.1165.1
  4. https://www.livescience.com/39972-raspberry-ketone-supplement-facts.html
  5. https://examine.com/supplements/raspberry-ketone/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3639826/
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352364615300493
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/do-raspberry-ketones-work#functions

2. AFRICAN MANGO EXTRACT

About

A herb used as dietary supplement for medicinal purposes to control of blood sugar levels and prevent the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. 

Type of food/nutrient

Natural herb

Benefits

+ Supports weight loss

+ Promotes healthy cholesterol 

+ Supports blood sugar balance

Caution

  • Excessive use causes headache and insomnia.
  • It must be used under monitored doses upon consultation.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Lipoproteins: Studies show that African Mango Extracts regulates lipoproteins levels in the blood by speeding up weight loss and reducing body fat percentage and waist measures.
  • Metabolic profile: Supplementation for 10 weeks have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by 4.8% and blood glucose levels by 22%. Patients have also experienced a significant weight loss up to 20 pounds of weight and 5 inches of waist circumference.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3506011/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK132337/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1168905/
  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288261150_African_Mango_Irvingia_gabonensis_Extract_for_Weight_Loss_A_Systematic_Review
  5. https://www.lifescienceglobal.com/pms/index.php/jnt/article/view/927
  6. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/african-mango-supplements#1
  7. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/19390211.2012.760508?src=recsys&journalCode=ijds20
  8. https://www.cebm.net/2014/07/can-consumption-african-bush-mango-extracts-help-lose-weight/
  9. https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/health-nutrition-you-asked/african-mango-can-its-seeds-really-help-you-lose-weight
  10. https://www.perfect-supplements.com/african-mango-research/

3. L-CARNITINE

About

A naturally occurring amino acid commonly used as a supplement to potentiate healthy brain function and speed up weight loss. It is important to provide energy to our cells through the breakdown of fatty acids.

Type of food/nutrient

Amino Acid

Benefits

+ Supports brain health and cognitive function

+ Promotes eye health

+ Supports muscle health

+ Promotes weight loss by promoting oxidation of fatty acids

Caution

  • Excessive use may cause thyroid disorders or make these conditions worse.
  • Reaching toxic levels may lead to kidney failure and cause seizures.
  • Should not be used during pregnancy.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Exercise tolerance: L-Carnitine is a helpful aid for physical performance, and it is known to improve exercise tolerance in patients with angina and other forms of coronary artery disease.
  • Sperm quality: Besides its role in weight loss, L-carnitine improves sperm quality and sperm count in males, contributing with fertility and reproductive health.

References

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1026/l-carnitine
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/l-carnitine
  3. https://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/l-carnitine-good-or-bad-for-your-heart/
  4. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/L-carnitine
  5. https://examine.com/supplements/l-carnitine
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12378044
  7. https://www.rxlist.com/l-carnitine/supplements.htm

4. L-ARGININE

About

An essential nutrient to increase muscle mass and promote healthy structure in different tissues. This amino acid treat and prevent deep scars, promote tissue healing, wear and tear and serious illnesses.

Type of food/nutrient

Amino Acid

Benefits

+ Supports heart health

+ Supports muscle growth

+ Supports lean mass

+ Immunity support

Caution

  • If you are taking multiple medications due to chronic disease, talk to your doctor before considering this supplement.
  • People with schizophrenia should avoid amounts over 30 milligrams daily.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Sexual health: According to research evidence, these supplements help recover reproductive function in cases of erectile dysfunction.
  • Catecholamines and prolatin: L-arginine administration has demonstrated to improve the endothelial functioning. It increases plasma insulin, growth hormone, glucagon, catecholamines and prolactin levels. These hormonal changes promote and increase in nitric oxide (NO) that modulates the function of the skeletal muscle.

References

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/expert- answers/l-arginine/faq-20058052
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/arginine/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17143054
  4. https://www.rxlist.com/l-arginine/supplements.htm
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-l-arginine/art-20364681
  6. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318174.php
  7. https://www.webmd.com/heart/arginine-heart-benefits-and-side-effects#1
  8. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-875/l-arginine

5. TRYPTOPHAN

About

An essential amino acid to create proteins and neurotransmitters. It is only obtained by food intake. It is required for better mental health, quitting addictions and aiding in menstrual problems.

Type of food/nutrient

Amino Acid

Benefits

+ Promotes positive mood

+ Supports healthy sleep cycles

Caution

  • Large doses may cause side effects, such as heartburn, gastric disturbances, headache, eye problems, and musculoskeletal symptoms.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Melatonin: It is an important hormone for our sleeping cycle, and it is synthesized using this amino acid. This, it is recommended to achieve natural sleep, and control stress. Recent data shows that within three months using these supplements is enough to improve the wake up and resting cycles in people with poor sleep.
  • HTP (Serotonin): This neurotransmitter is essential for a number of brain activities like sleep, mood, sexual functioning and behavior. Tryptophan is essential to synthesize this neurotransmitter, and may even improve depression.

References

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-326/l-tryptophan
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/tryptophan
  3. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/L-tryptophan
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tryptophan#section2
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322416.phps
  6. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002332.htm

6. BETA-ALANINE

About

An important amino acid and a building block to create proteins. It is commonly uses in high-intensity exercise to enhance muscle strength and eliminate fatigue.

Type of food/nutrient

Amino Acid

Benefits

+ Supports physical performance 

+ Supports muscle growth

+ Supports weight loss

+ Supports energy production

Caution

  • It may cause a tingling in the skin of the face, neck and hands when doses are over 1000 mg in a single daily dose.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Fat loss: Beta-alanine supplements were given to football players for 10 weeks, and they reported greater lean mass gain and significant fat loss. Body composition improved within the same year after 4 weeks with 2 grams of beta-alanine divided in 4 takes every day.
  • Carnosine: Beta-alanine plays a great role in the synthesis of another amino acid called carnosine. It combines with L-Histidine and plays an important role in our muscle function. Thus, subjects reported an improvement in mental function and physical performance after supplementation.

References

7. CHROMIUM

About

An essential mineral that maintains stable blood sugar levels by enhancing the action of insulin. This can be helpful both for people with diabetes and those with hypoglycemia. It is vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins.

Type of food/nutrient

Essential mineral

Benefits

+ Promotes blood sugar balance

+ Supports lean mass

+ Supports muscle growth

+ Supports healthy cholesterol

Caution

  • Consumption of chromium is associated with a reduction of blood glucose.
  • Some people experience light-headedness or a slight skin rash. If you develop a rash, discontinue use.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Picolinate: In a double-blinded randomized controlled trial, 400 patients with polycystic ovaries were studied to assess the effects of chromium in their condition. The authors reported benefit of chromium picolinate in reducing cysts and regulating menstrual cycle.
  • Glucose: About 85 diabetes mellitus patients were analyzed and given chromium for 6 months in the form of 1000μg capsules. Their body mass index, fasting blood sugar, serum insulin and serum testosterone levels were significantly improved.

References

  1. https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/145/12/2675/4585664
  2. https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-14-14
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/chromium-picolinate
  4. https://obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jog.12907
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4099224/
  6. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/8/1826
  7. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3402/fnr.v60.30298
  8. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317403540_Effects_of_Chromium_on_Human_Body

8. GRAPEFRUIT POWDER

About

An extract that is a rich source of vitamin C and bioflavanoids, which protect the arteries and improve blood circulation. It also contains anticancer properties and cancer-inhibiting compounds.   

Type of food/nutrient

Fruit extract

Benefits

+ Supports weight loss 

+ Promotes skin health

+ Antioxidant properties

Caution

  • Ingesting excessive amounts may alter the breakdown of estrogen and increase blood levels of estrogens in men and women.
  • Consuming large doses every day may increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Weight control: It is very effective in weight control. It appears that energy is increased when it is consumed before meals. Studies also confirm the influence it has on caloric restriction. Almost 85 patients used 127g of the supplement for 12 weeks and experienced improvements in weight, calories, water content, and energy density.
  • Antioxidants: Dietary guidance recommends consumption of a nutrient-dense diet containing a variety of fruits. According to studies, grapefruit enters this category and adds to nutrient-dense diets by providing plenty of antioxidant and many essential nutrients to our diet.

References

  1. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1082013216658368
  2. https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-8-8
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016745/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3589309/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2359690/
  6. http://researcherslinks.com/current-issues/Effect-Grape-Fruit-Albedo-Powder- Physicochemical/24/1/706/html
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280882.php
  8. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0516944

9. EGCG

About

Also known as epigallocatechin gallate, it is a unique compound derived from a plant and has positive impact on health parameters through a reduction in inflammation, weight loss, heart and brain disease.

Type of food/nutrient

Catechin

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Fights oxidative stress

+ Supports brain function

+ Supports healthy energy

Caution

  • It is well tolerated, but doses higher than 1,200 mg in a single dose may trigger nausea.
  • Contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medication less effective.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Catechins: EGCG is abundantly found in green tea. In a review study, the potential benefits were associated to brain permeability and were and their neuroprotective effects. This includes modulation of cell survival and cell cycle genes.
  • Antioxidants: Studies report that EGCG has a strong antioxidant capacity to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. It scavenges free radicals and reduces damage caused by them and other pro-inflammatory chemicals produced in the body, such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17906191
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2903211/
  3. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2017/5615647/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/epigallocatechin-gallate
  5. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00981292
  6. https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2018/04/19/EGCG-warning-EFSA-safety- assessment-suggests-green-tea-supplements-should-come-with-warning
  7. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/egcg-epigallocatechin-gallate
  8. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep45521

10. GLYCYRRHIZIN EXTRACT

About

An excellent aid for digestive system complaints. Oral intake has been found useful in stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach.

Type of food/nutrient

Herbal extract

Benefits

+ Supports immune function

+ Supports digestive system

Caution

  • Long-term use may cause alteration in blood pressure readings, low potassium levels and weakness.
  • Consumption may be associated with a reduction in libido.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Liquorice: The most active component is called liquorice root. It is useful to treat Jaundice, bronchitis and colic through a blend of constituents that include glycyrrhetinic acid, flavonoids, hydroxyl coumarins, and β sitosterol.
  • Biosynthesis: It undergoes a range of corticosteroid-like activities, including inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. 110 case reports reported benefit of Glycyrrhizin Extract to treat viral hepatitis during pregnancy.

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular- biology/glycyrrhizin
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-881/licorice
  3. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/8438101/

11. PANAX GINSENG

About

It is derived from the roots of several plants with active components called ginsenosides, which display anticancer effects. Results of clinical research studies demonstrate its effectiveness for psychological functions as well.

Type of food/nutrient

Herbal nutrient

Benefits

+ Supports brain and cognitive function

+ Promotes positive mood

+ Supports physical performance

Caution

  • Adverse effects are seen on interactions with other drugs. They may be mild and reversible such as euphoria, insomnia, hypertension, and hypotension, but may also cause mastalgia, and vaginal bleeding.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Gerimax: Investigations have shown positive effects on 112 healthy volunteers older than 40 years in a study using 400 mg per day for eight weeks. The study reported better and faster concentration, memory and thinking ability.
  • Ginsenosides: As the active agents, these are also known as triterpene saponins. Their medicinal activity focus on hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, but they also improve phagocytosis, natural killer cell activity, and the production of interferon.

References

  1. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1539.html
  2. https://www.rxlist.com/consumer_panax_ginseng_ginseng_root/drugs-condition.htm
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3861174
  4. https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-ginseng-89219
  5. https://examine.com/supplements/panax-ginseng/
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ginseng-benefits
  7. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1000/panax-ginseng
  8. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-64134/panax-ginseng-oral/details

12. MACA POWDER

About

A medicinal plant-based extract that is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It has been used to improve energy, sex drive, stamina and fertility.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant extract

Benefits

+ Helps relieve symptoms associated with menopause

+ Supports energy production

+ May enhance libido

Caution

  • There is not much toxicological information about maca and no major side effects have been reported.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Goitrogens: These are the substances in Maca powder that helps in normal functioning of the thyroid gland. They are useful to treat various impairments as well. For instance, in a randomized clinical trial of 131 people, users reported better sexual performance in 6 weeks of oral use.
  • Estrogen: During menopause, natural decline in estrogen causes unpleasant symptoms that include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep problems and irritability. All of these signs are alleviated with maca.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-maca-root#section12
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322511.php
  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-555/maca
  4. https://www.floliving.com/maca-hormones/
  5. https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/powders/organic-maca-powder/premium.html
  6. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-maca-powder

13. GRAPESEED PYRUVATE

About

A natural extract with active flavonoids, polyphenols, proanthocyanidins, procyanidines, anthocyanins and the stilbene derivative resveratrol. Its high antioxidant content can help reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow, may protect against oxidative stress, inflammation and tissue damage.

Type of food/nutrient

Seed extract

Benefits

+ Supports heart health

+ Fights free radicals

+ Antioxidant properties

+ Promotes healthy inflammatory response

Caution

  • People allergic to grapes should not use.
  • May interact with drugs, such as, blood thinners, NSAID, heart medicine and cancer treatment.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Radical scavenging: Due to the variety of antioxidants in grape seed extract, it has a potent antioxidant activity, which has been studied and compared to that of vitamin C and quercetin.
  • Obesity: By improving pulmonary function, grapeseed extract is helpful to treat obese patients with sleep apnea, hypoventilation syndrome, and other ailments associated to body composition.

References

  1. https://www.cellmolbiol.org/index.php/CMB/article/view/1401
  2. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/467691/
  3. https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12937-016-0218-1
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598067/

14. GUARANA

About

A Brazilian plant that resembles the human eye. The guarana fruit is popular because of its therapeutic properties that are rich in antioxidants.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant extract

Benefits

+ Promotes digestive health

+ Promotes healthy weight

+ Supports cognitive function

+ Antioxidant properties

Caution

  • Large doses might lead to an increase blood pressure, especially when it is consumed along with a lot of caffeine.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Antioxidants: Guarana has a bundle of compounds loaded with antioxidant properties that includes theobromine, tannins, saponins and catechins. They all result in skin, weight loss and anti-aging benefits, similar to green tea.
  • GIT: May act as a natural tonic to treat chronic diarrhea and constipation. The anti-diarrhea properties in guarana are due to the tannins, or plant-based antioxidants known for their astringency.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/guarana-benefits#section12
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4399916/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-935/guarana
  4. https://www.livescience.com/36119-truth-guarana.html
  5. https://www.rxlist.com/guarana/supplements.htm
  6. https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/11-benefits-guarana/

15. ELEUTHERO (ELEUTHEROCOCCUS SENTICOSUS)

About

It is traditionally used to improve the immune function and as a general stimulant. Also known as Siberian ginseng, it is a herbal remedy found in adaptogens to protect the body from the effects of anxiety, depression and stress.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant extract

Benefits

+ Fights oxidative stress

+ Supports energy production

+ Supports healthy immune system

Caution

  • Large doses might lead to an increase blood pressure, especially when it is consumed along with caffeine.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Hypothalamus: It works as a stimulant for this gland in the brain. Our reaction to stress (adrenals glands), and reproductive functions (testes/ovaries) are all regulated as well. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) is balanced after using this supplement, as shown in randomized clinical trials.
  • Adaptogen: Many studies support its adaptogen nature to help coping with emotional stress, anxiety, and depression. It is also an energy and metabolism booster energy useful to improve physical performance in study participants, who experienced immune-boosting properties and blood sugar regulation as well.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/eleuthero#research
  2. https://examine.com/supplements/eleutherococcus-senticosus/
  3. https://vitalplan.com/ingredients/eleuthero
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30000865
  5. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/ginseng-siberian
  6. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319084.php

16. CAPSICUM

About

It is also known as red pepper, and it is commonly used as medicinal remedies for painful conditions, such as, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain and for digestive problems. 

Type of food/nutrient

Plant

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports immune system

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

 Caution

  • Skin problems (dermatitis) has been reported in new mothers and infants.
  • To avoid excessive bleeding, do not use two weeks before and after surgery.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Phytochemicals: Capsicum has shown to be anti-inflammatory for nerve pain due to the phytochemical constituents that alleviate peripheral pain in Crohn’s disease.
  • Beta-carotenes: The creation of new white blood cells is boosted with this blend of antioxidants and beta-carotenes. It provides the body with additional strength to fight off bacterial and viral infections and guard from ulcers and dyspepsia.

References

  1. https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/13-benefits-capsicum/
  2. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/capsicum.html
  3. https://food.ndtv.com/ingredient/capsicum-700970
  4. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-945/capsicum
  5. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ingredientsprofiles/Capsicum

 

NATUREAL REVERT TEA

1. ANISE

About

A herb from the family of carrots, celery and parsley that produces small yellow and white flowers on stalks that reach a height of 1-2 feet. The essential oil distilled from the seeds known as an anise seed is used as medicine, in the manufacture of flavored liqueurs and in the flavoring of food. 

Type of food/nutrient

Herb

Benefits

+ Supports digestive health

+ Supports healthy immune system

Caution

  • Avoid using if you are allergic to anise or anethole.
  • It has estrogen-mimicking properties that may worsen endometriosis and other hormone-sensitive conditions.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Licorice: Healthcare practitioners tested anise in the form of tea for its clinical benefits. They observed that it reduces the symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other sources of abdominal distention.
  • Phenylpropanoids: Anise helps in removing fungal growth and fight viral infections. Similarly, it displays parasitic and malaria-fighting properties due to its contents in phytoestrogens, which may also alleviate menopausal hot flashes.

References

  1. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-food/what-is-anise/
  2. https://www.drugs.com/npc/anise.html
  3. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-anise-995562
  4. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-582/anise
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/anise

2. BUCKTHORN BERRY

About

A valuable part of a sea plant. Its nutrient composition and physiological characteristics makes it a super food that is used as a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids to improve cholesterol, boost immunity, skin conditions and more.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant

Benefits

+ Fights free radicals

+ Supports immune system

+ Supports cardiovascular system

+ Supports healthy digestion

Caution

  • It is not recommended in cases of bleeding disorders, hypotension, pregnancy and before or after undergoing surgery.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Omega 7: This plant is full of nutritive and restorative properties through its high contents in “MUFA” (or Monounsaturated Fat), especially omega 7 fatty acids. Thus, it promotes healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.
  • LDL: According to one study, men were given 5 grams of the herb every day for four weeks and their blood clotting markers were significantly lower. Similarly, after taking 0.75 ml daily for 30 days patients improved hypertension and dropped their circulating levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sea-buckthorn-oil#section4
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-765/sea-buckthorn
  3. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/buckthorn-berry.html
  4. https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/sea-buckthorn/
  5. https://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/seabuckthorn/
  6. https://sibu.com/sea-buckthorn/
  7. https://www.annmariegianni.com/sea-buckthorn-berries-the-superfood-for-your-face/

3. FENNEL

About

The yellow-green fennel seeds are derived from a bulb-like vegetable containing phytoestrogens, potassium, fiber, and a good range of antioxidants, including two flavonoids, quercetin and rutin, and vitamin C, which means it has anticancer and antimicrobial properties.

Type of food/nutrient

Seed

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports healthy digestion

+ May reduce PMS symptoms

Caution

  • This spice may cause severe allergic reactions in large doses.
  • Should not be consumed along with beta-blocker medications and other high-potassium foods.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Phytonutrients: Its strong antioxidant activity is due to flavonoids and many other phytonutrients consumed by fennel extracts. Research studies show that it reduces inflammation and prevents certain types of cancer.
  • Diaphoretic: Reduction of water retention is achieved through a continuous flushing out of toxins and excessive fluids. This diuretic seed also reduced the risk of urinary tract problems and stimulated perspiration.

References

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284096.php
  2. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-fennel.html
  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-311/fennel
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fennel-and-fennel-seed-benefits
  5. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=23
  6. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/unveiling-the-health-benefits-of-fennel-seeds-1287281

4. MATE

About

It is also known as yerba mate, which is a plant. The leaves of the plant contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant

Benefits

+ Supports weight management

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports immune system

+ Protects against oxidative stress

Caution

  • Large doses may increase the risk of esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and possibly laryngeal or mouth cancer.
  • Should not be used by people who suffer from insomnia.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Xanthines: Yerba mate is a very beneficial source of nutrients. Mate is a stimulant featuring substances such as theobromine, caffeine derivatives, and many antioxidants.
  • Saponins: Mate has this bitter compound called saponin that serves as anti‐inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering substance. It comes along with a large group of antioxidants, which is why it is beneficial for many diseases.

References

  1. https://www.rxlist.com/mate/supplements.htm
  2. https://bebrainfit.com/yerba-mate-benefits/
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-yerba-mate
  4. https://www.khromaherbs.com/blogs/news/yerba-mate-supplement
  5. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-828/yerba-mate
  6. https://examine.com/supplements/yerba-mate/

5. NETTLE

About

A herbaceous perennial plant that offers a variety of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, polyphenols and amino acids. It is an anti-inflammatory that has been used to reduce coughs, nasal congestion, allergies and skin irritations, arthritis and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

Type of food/nutrient

Herb

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Supports bone health

+ Supports skin health

+ Promotes digestive health

Caution

  • It may interact with prescription medications for blood thinners, blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Patients with metabolic diseases should be carefully monitored.

Outcome of Human Studies

  • Detox: Nettle is commonly used to purify and detoxify the body and organs from a wide variety of toxins due to its action as a diuretic. It is also associated with improved function in the lymphatic system.
  • Bone health: Nettle is excellent to strengthen bones by maintaining calcium levels. It improves hormone dysregulation problems, and aids in preventing and treating osteoporosis.

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/stinging-nettle
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-664/stinging-nettle
  3. https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/nettle.aspx
  4. https://www.britannica.com/plant/stinging-nettle
  5. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/stinging-nettle.html

6. ROSEHIP

About

This extract is very special to use in cases of rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also improves joint health and it is associated with a significant reduction of pain and stiffness.

Type of food/nutrient

Plant

Benefits

+ Supports healthy inflammatory response

+ Immunity support

+ Supports skin health

+ Supports joint health

Caution

  • Diarrhea, loose stools and constipation may ensue at doses of 40g a day.

Outcome of Human Studies 

  • Essential fatty acids: Its essential fatty acids promote skin regeneration. This also softens the skin and enhances hydration, especially in eczema. It provides a barrier through emollient status.
  • Beta-carotene: It protects the skin by combining a blend of vitamin A, C and E. These chemical structures are known to promote healing, especially in combination with oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/stinging-nettle
  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-664/stinging-nettle
  3. https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/nettle.aspx
  4. https://www.britannica.com/plant/stinging-nettle
  5. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/stinging-nettle.html