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1.Nutritional Support (General)
There are two main ways to use vitamins and mineral supplements: "megadose" and nutritional therapy. The�megadose approach involves�taking supplements at doses far above nutritional needs�in hopes of�producing a specific medical benefit.�This technique�essentially uses nutrients as natural drugs. The individual supplement articles in this encyclope...
Score: 99%
 
2.Immune Support
The body must contend with constant attacks by microscopic organisms. In order to defend against this onslaught, it deploys a wide range of defenses that together are called the immune system. People with diseases that cause immune deficiency, such as /tnp/pg000123 doc 21381 AIDS , fall victim to infectious microorganisms that a healthy person coul...
Score: 96%
 
3.General Wellness
It is one of the cardinal principles of natural medicine that treatment should aim not only to treat illness but also to enhance wellness. According to this ideal, a proper course of treatment should improve your sense of general well-being, enhance your immunity to illness, raise your physical stamina, and increase mental alertness, as well as res...
Score: 94%
 
4.Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a mixture of different isomers, or chemical forms, of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid a type of fat that your body needs for optimum health. Based on preliminary evidence, CLA has been promoted as a "fat-burning" supplement and as a treatment for diabetes. However, there is little evidence t...
Score: 93%
 
5.Lycopene
Lycopene is a powerful /tnp/pg001664 doc 21907 antioxidant found in tomatoes and pink grapefruit. Like the better-known supplement /tnp/pg000311 21547 doc beta-carotene , lycopene belongs to the family of chemicals known as /epnat/herb_supp/carotenoids 104659 doc carotenoids . As an antioxidant, it is about twice as powerful as beta-carotene. Lycop...
Score: 92%
 
6.Folate
Folate, a B vitamin, plays a critical role in many biological processes. It participates in the crucial biological process known as methylation and plays an important role in cell division: without sufficient amounts of folate, cells cannot divide properly. Adequate folate intake can reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent serious birth defect...
Score: 87%
 
7.Fish Oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, one of the two main classes of essential fatty acids. ( /tnp/pg000358 21587 doc Omega-6 fatty acids are the other main type.) Essential fatty acids are special fats that the body needs for optimum health. Interest in the potential therapeutic benefits of omega-3 fatty acids began when studies of the Inuit (Esk...
Score: 84%
 
8.Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is one of the two main types of essential fatty acids . These are "good" fats that are as necessary for your health as vitamins. Specifically, GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. (For more information on the other major category of essential fatty acids, omega-3, see the article on /tnp/pg000504 doc 21684 fish oil .) Th...
Score: 83%
 
9.Weight Loss Aids
Losing weight can be a lifelong challenge. Researchers who study obesity consider it a chronic health condition that must be managed much like high blood pressure or high cholesterol. That means there's no easy cure. Losing just 5% to 10% of your total weight can lower /tnp/pg000596 doc 21725 blood pressure , improve /tnp/pg000293 doc 22378 cholest...
Score: 81%
 
10.Isoflavones
Isoflavones are water-soluble chemicals found in many plants. In this article, we will discuss a group of isoflavones that are phytoestrogens, meaning that they cause effects in the body somewhat similar to those of estrogen. The most investigated phytoestrogen isoflavones, /tnp/pg000614 21734 doc genistein and daidzein, are found both in /tnp/pg00...
Score: 78%
 

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