Vitamins, Minerals, Amino
Acids and other Supplements
These are chemical compounds necessary for normal
growth, health, metabolism and physical well-being. Vitamins provide essential parts of
enzymes and hormones.
lot of minerals are essential parts of enzymes; they participate in many physiological
functions, i.e. oxygen transportation, muscle contractions and nervous system functioning. Minerals are required for growth, maintenance,
repair and health of tissues and bones.
acids: There are 20 essential amino acids necessary for the body to synthesize
proteins. Amino acids are known to play vital
roles in the central nervous system at transmission sites between nerve cells and they
then stimulate the immune system. Nucleic
acids are large molecules encoded in genes and are a part of each living cell, they are no
good taken orally due to the acidic nature of the stomach.
acid) Adenosine functions as an essential part of every living cell, but supplements taken
are useless. Natural sources: All foods
acid) Functions as a building block for all proteins, stimulates human growth hormone. May help with muscle growth increase metabolism,
speeds up wound healing. Natural Sources: Brown rice, carob, chocolate, nuts,
oatmeal, popcorn, raisins, raw cereals, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, whole-wheat
acid) L-cysteine is a protein building block, eliminates some toxic chemicals, it is known
to help build muscle, burns fat, protects against toxins and pollutants. Combats against
arthritis, may participate in some forms of DNA repair.
Natural Sources: Dairy products, eggs, meat, some cereals.
acid) L-Lysine is a protein building block, promotes growth and tissue repair, helps in
production of antibodies, hormones and enzymes. Natural Sources: cheese, eggs,
fish, lima beans, milk, potatoes, soy products, yeast.
acids) Methionine is a protein block, cysteine and taurine may rely on methionine for
synthesis in the body. It has been known to
eliminate fatty substances that may obstruct arteries.
Natural Sources: eggs, fish, meat, milk.
acids) Protein building block. Can induce significance short term increase of blood levels
of nor-epinephrine, dopamine, and epinephrine can be harmful. Natural Sources: Almonds, avocados,
bananas, cheese, lima beans, non fat dried milk, peanuts, pickled herring, pumpkin seeds,
acids) Taurine may be helpful with epilepsy. It
is also a protein building block; helps regulate nervous system and muscle system. Natural Sources: fish, eggs, meat, milk,
not available in plant sources.
acids) Tryptophan is a protein building block; it has been known to be a sleep aid,
anti-depressant, and can suppress the appetite. Natural
Sources: Bananas, cottage cheese, dried dates, fish, meat, milk, peanuts, turkey.
acids) Tyrosine is a protein building block and can also cause a short-term increase in
nor-epinephrine, dopamine, and epinephrine, therefore can be harmful. It has also been known to help with memory,
diminish pain, increase mental alertness, and promote sexual interest and release hormones
that suppress appetite. Natural Sources: Almonds, avocadoes, bananas, cheese, lima
beans, non-fat dried milk, peanuts, pickled herring, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds.
Selected Supplements: These play an important role in human health
and nutrition; they are neither vitamins nor minerals.
Acidophilus: This is
a bacterium found in yogurt, kefir. It has
been known to decrease cholesterol, clear up skin, prevent vaginal yeast infection,
promote digestion of milk products and enhance immunity.
Bee Pollen: Bee
pollen is microscopic male seed in flowering plants.
It is known to be an anti-aging agent, energizer, and bowel regulator, skin
renewal, weight control, stress reliever and may inhibit some cancers.
known as vitamin P, bioflavinoids are brightly colored constituents of pulp/rind of citrus
fruits, green peppers, apricots, cherries, grapes, papaya, tomatoes and broccoli. It also has been known to increase the effect of
vitamin C, prevent hemorrhoids, and working on fragile capillaries and unusual bleeding.
Brewers Yeast: This
is an excellent source of B-vitamins, protein and minerals.
Brewers yeast provides bulk to prevent constipation; it also is a good source of
enzyme producing vitamins.
Gamma Linolenic Acid: This
is found in evening primrose oil. GLA has been known to help inhibit coughing, and acts as
an excellent astringent. It is overall good
to have in ones diet.
Omega-3-Fatty Acids: This
comes from cold-water fish like; cod, tuna, salmon, halibut, shark, mackerel. Omegas help protect against arthritis,
arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, strokes and kidney failure.
Royal Jelly: Royal
Jelly is a milky, white gelatinous substance secreted by the salivary glands of worker
bees to stimulate the growth and development of the queen bee. Royal Jelly has been known to extend ones life
span and treat bone and joint disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. It also contains antibiotic properties.
Spirulina: This a
blue-green algae that grows wild on surface of brackish, alkaline lakes in the tropics.
Spirulina has been known to help with obesity issues; it has been used as a tonic and acts
as an energy booster.
Wheat Germ: This is
the embryo of the wheat grain located at the lower end.
It is derived from both root and shoot. Wheat
germ is an excellent source of calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium, most B-vitamins,
phosphorus and vitamin E.
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