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Glossary of Terms

Adrenaline - An adrenal hormone that the body produces which speeds up the metabolism rate in order to handle stress properly. Once the stress is over, the process quiets down and the adrenals function normally again.

Amino Acids - Building blocks of protein that are essential for every function in the body. Nonessential amino acids can be produced by the body and essential aminos have to be extracted from foods or supplements.

Antioxidants - Protect our body from the formation of free radicals caused by chemical additives and preservatives in food, UV sunlight, junk foods, overexposure to pollutants, radiation and rancid oils. Vitamin A (from Beta Carotene), C, E and the trace mineral selenium are examples of strong antioxidants.

Bile - Is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile is used to digest fats.

Binders - Compounds that keep the ingredients in a product together.

Brewer's Yeast - Is an excellent source of protein, B vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

Bulking Agent - Helps to absorb toxins in the colon by creating a spongy, gelatinous mass in the bowels. By swelling and absorbing water, it breaks down and moves toxic waste matter stuck in the folds and crevices of the bowel. It helps control harmful bacteria from surviving on human waste.

Carotenoids - Are pigments synthesized by plants that give them their orange, yellow and red colors. Recent research has revealed carotenoid compounds, found in various vegetables and fruits, can destroy free-radical causing agents.

Carminatives - Herbs and spices that warm the body, promote digestion and traditionally have been used as an intestinal tonic.

Certificate Of Analysis - A test that determines the quantity of active ingredients in a product along with the chemical composition and the detection of heavy metals, if present.

Chlorophyll - Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. Scientifically, its molecular structure closely resembles human hemoglobin, the pigment that makes our blood red.

Circadian Rhythm - "Circadian" rhythm is the body's internal clock that signals the release of various hormones at different times of the day.

Detoxification - The process by which the body eliminates toxins.

Fiber - Psyllium, whole grains, vegetables, fruits. Fiber foods have an intestinal cleansing action and improves healthy intestinal flora.

"Flight or Fight" Response - This adrenal action response is the body's reaction to a perceived threat. It is believed to be a carry over from ancient times when human beings had to deal with danger by either staying and fighting or running away.

Fillers - Compounds added to tablets and capsules for shaping and processing purposes.

Free Radicals - Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that accumulate and can do considerable damage to cells.

Glandular Extracts - Minute amounts of raw animal glandulars that become biologically active in the human cell. Each glandular extract enhances the functioning ability of the corresponding human organ or gland. Current research shows that when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and vitamins, glandular therapy can be very useful and safe.

Glucosamine - Is a naturally occurring substance in the body. A component of the muccopolysaccharides and glycoproteins in synovial fluid present in joints, it is necessary for both joint function and repair.

Hormonal System - Hormones are chemical substances secreted by vital organs and circulated throughout the bloodstream to regulate such body functions as insulin production, the menstrual cycle, growth and blood sugar levels.

Lipotropics - Methionine, Choline, Inositol and Betaine are examples of lipotropics. The primary function of lipotropics in the body is to prevent the build up of excess fat in the liver. Lipotropics increase the liver's production of lecithin. Lecithin breaks up cholesterol and moves it through the bloodstream without clogging the arteries. Methionine and choline are also responsible for detoxifying the metabolic waste generated by the breakdown of proteins in the body.

Lymphatic Vessels - The blood and lymph carry toxic substances taken in by food and the natural wastes of the body. Lymphatic vessels drain waste products from tissues.

Neurotransmitters - Chemicals in the brain that assist in the transmission of nerve impulses. Neurotransmitters are responsible for various functioning mechanisms of the body.

Peristalsis - The rhythmic muscular contractions in the bowel that are responsible for the natural evacuation process. The intestines require an adequate amount of bulk in order for peristalsis to occur.

Pineal Gland - The Pineal gland is a pea sized gland located by the base of the brain. It regulates the hypothalamus gland which monitors blood sugar levels by sending messages to the pancreas to release insulin. The Pineal gland influences the functioning of the Thyroid, Thymus and Adrenal glands. It regulates sleep patterns.

Polyphenols - Form pigments of the deep red and blue in various fruits and wines. Studies have shown these polyphenols to help promote cardiovascular health.

Polysaccharides - Chemical compounds that are responsible for the immune enhancing activity.

Proteoglycans - Are joint supporting substances that include glucosamine sulfate. They help inhibit blood vessel formation in joints and regulate enzyme activity on cartilage.

Sustained Release - Provides the release of ingredients over a prolonged period of time and throughout an extended length of the digestive tract.

Soluble Fiber From Psyllium - The husk is composed mostly of a soluble fiber called hemicellulose.The soluble fiber adds bulk to the stomach and absorbs water to form a gel-like substance that stimulates the rhythmic muscular contractions in the colon responsible for the evacuation process.

Synergistic - A balanced blend of herbs and spices that work more effectively when all are combined.

Tonics - Herbs that promote the healthy functions of various systems of the body.

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