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Highlighting Vitamin D!

Did you know that Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin?

That’s because it’s made in your skin when exposed to sunlight. Every cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D. This vitamin is involved in many processes. One important function is that our immune systems need vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses! Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular  function, and reduction of inflammation. Naturally Botanicals - Vitamin D - Sunshine

You can also get Vitamin D through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood. 

Now, in spite of those methods, Vitamin D deficiency is considered to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Some of the most common symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, impaired wound healing, muscle pain and hair loss.

 

Vitamin D is considered to be absolutely essential for good health. So what is it?

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3, has several important functions. Regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function are super-important functions of this vitamin. Getting enough vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, mood regulation, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. There’s that immune support again! 

There are two forms of vitamin D in the diet: 
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol): found in some mushrooms.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol): found in oily fish, fish liver oil and egg yolks.
D3 is considered to be the more powerful of the two types, and raises blood levels of vitamin D almost twice as much as D2. (1) (2)
 
Food sources of Vitamin D
Interestingly enough,  very few foods naturally contain Vitamin D Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that Vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain Vitamin D include:
salmon
sardines
egg yolk
shrimp
milk (fortified)
cereal (fortified)
yogurt (fortified)
orange juice (fortified)
 
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Taking Vitamin D supplements can help as it can be hard to get enough Vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone. 
 
One supplement that many of our clients prefer is D3-5000 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs). It's a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

 

D3-5000 | High-Potency Vitamin D Supplement
by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

Designed for Energy, Nerve Support, and Immune System Support.
D3-5000 is a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

D3-5000 | High-Potency Vitamin D Supplement
by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

Designed for Energy, Nerve Support, and Immune System Support.
D3-5000 is a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

Vitamin D is also known to:
•   Support skeletal development
•   Support bone mineralization
•   Regulate Calcium homeostasis
•   Enhance Calcium absorption
•   Help regulate immune system macrophage cells
•   Enhance positive effect to support mood.

D3-5000 is designed to support indications of poor bone health, inflammation, immune system imbalance, and low mood.
 

Take a look at other immune support supplements on our website:

Micellized D3 1200 *Higher Potency* - 1 fl oz by NuMedica
Zinc Lozenges by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 
Attack by Professional Botanicals
Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals
Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals

 

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
  https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/immunell-by-dna-labs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Healthy Aging!

Aging is simply the natural progression of life….and our bodies just need some extra support to keep them supple, healthy, and vital. So, we can get the most out of life.

Taking popular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs can help support our joints…. lutein to support eye health…. and collagen to help our skin.

You might think you need good genes to live longer.

But genes are only part of the equation for most of us, says Dr. Thomas Perls, an aging expert and director of the New England Centenarian Study at the Boston University School of Medicine. Naturally Botanicals - Healthy Aging 2

“Research shows that genes account for less than one-third of your chances of surviving to age 85. The vast majority of variation in how old we live to be is due to our health behaviors,” Perls says. “Our genes could get most of us close to the remarkable age of 90 if we lead a healthy lifestyle.” 
 
Want the secret to living a longer and healthier life?

Well, try following the advice we’ve all heard for years: eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and stay away from bad habits. Add in our science-based and therapeutic-grade supplements and you’ve got a winning combo. We can’t guarantee anything but we’ll surely cheer you on. 

People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. 
But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. As we get older, we may begin to need fewer calories, but we need just as many nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs into a small number of calories. As always, we really believe in “eating the rainbow," so choose fruits and vegetables with vibrant colors; other options include whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice; seafood, lean meats, poultry, and eggs; and beans, nuts, and seeds. 

Many nutrients needed by the body such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber can be obtained through food, although the quantities obtained might not be enough for your body. In that case, supplements can help! 

Change up your exercise routine! 
Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Doing them all will give you more benefits, reduce boredom, and cut your risk of injury. Exercise benefits more than just your body! Try activities like walking, biking, yoga, or tai chi to enhance your mood, energy levels, and overall emotional well-being. Whatever you love to do, go out and do it.

 

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Supplements to power up your healthy aging routine include:

Age Rejuve by by Professional Botanicals
Estro Pro Cream by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Mental Clarity+ by Professional Botanicals
Menopause by Professional Botanicals
Collagenell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
DHEA 25 by NuMedica  

N-25 Prostate Energizer Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Collagen!

What do you know about collagen?

You probably know that it helps your skin. We hear about it all the time but what is it all about? 

Collagen isn’t just for skin health.

As it turns out, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s about a third of your body’s protein composition, especially type 1 collagen. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It's also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth.          Naturally Botanicals - Collgen

All collagen starts off as procollagen. Your body makes procollagen by combining two amino acids: glycine and proline. Over time, however, the production of this protein slows down.  

Some foods, such as bone broth, contain collagen. It’s also found in the connective tissues of animals which means that foods such as chicken skin, pork skin, beef, and fish are sources of collagen.

Give your body a boost! 
You may want to help your body get the collagen you need by adding a collagen supplement to your daily routine. One in particular that we’re really proud to have in our store is Collagenell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs). It’s designed to support healthy bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. 

That sounds like a pretty good idea as bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments provide the structural framework for your body. When these tissues are not optimal, your ability to be active can be reduced. 

Collagenell provides nutrients, herbs, and specialty ingredients specific to bone, joint, tendon and ligament health: 

Immune Support – Helps support the healing process: 
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin B6


Antioxidant - Helps the body process free radicals that naturally occur during injury and repair:
Vitamin A 
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Thiamin
Vitamin B6
Manganese
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Hesperidin
Rutin
Beef Liver


Anti-Inflammatory:
Horsetail
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Calcium
Magnesium


  Tendon, Ligament, and Bone Nutrients:
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Hesperidin
Rutin
Manganese
Collagen
Green Pea
Horsetail

You may want to use Collagenell for  muscle overuse and tension, and tendon and ligament support. It's made in the USA and manufactured to FDA compliance standards in a GMP certified facility.
 
Visit our Healthy Aging category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

 
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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Understanding your Blood Pressure

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk for serious health problems, including stroke and heart attack.


Blood pressure. What exactly does that mean?
Blood pressure is how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries when your heart pumps blood. Arteries are the tubes that carry blood away from your heart. Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.Naturally Botanicals - Blood Pressure

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so it’s sometimes called a “silent killer.” The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.

Inquiring minds want to know.  What do those blood pressure numbers mean?
A blood pressure test measures how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your body. Blood pressure is measured with 2 numbers. The first number is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number is the pressure in your arteries between beats, when your heart relaxes.

When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that's your systolic blood pressure, or the top number in the sequence.

The diastolic reading, or the bottom number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen.

Your numbers may be "120 over 80" or written as 120/80.

We know that when we get our blood pressure checked, it goes like this. But, did you know specifically what they’re looking (or listening) for?
The small gauge on the device is attached to an inflatable cuff. The cuff goes around your upper arm.
Then they’ll use a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through your artery. The cuff gets inflated to a pressure higher than your systolic blood pressure, and then it tightens around your arm. Then it gets released. As the cuff deflates, the first sound that's heard through the stethoscope is the systolic blood pressure. It sounds like a whooshing noise. The point where this noise goes away marks the diastolic blood pressure.

A normal systolic pressure is below 120.
A normal diastolic blood pressure is lower than 80. 

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 What can you do to help out your body?

Some ways to help your body with your blood pressure include eating healthy, getting or staying active, watching your weight, and adding supplements to your daily routine.

Watching your sodium intake and eating more potassium may also help lower your blood pressure. Good sources of potassium include potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, beans, and yogurt.  Eating foods that are low in saturated fat and sodium (salt) is also a plus.
Getting regular physical activity can lower your risk of high blood pressure. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate activity, like walking fast, dancing, riding a bike, swimming and aerobics.

Watch your weight by eating healthy and getting active.

Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Work on managing your stress.
Managing stress can help prevent and control high blood pressure. Deep breathing and meditation are good • ways to relax and manage stress.
Work on quitting smoking as smoking damages your heart and blood vessels.

Adding supplements like the all-natural Pressu Norm formula by Professional Botanicals, where you’ll find herbs like Yarrow Flower and Valerian Root, which support your body without the negative side effects that come from using products with harmful or toxic ingredients.

More supplements to boost your heart and circulatory health include:

 Water Balance by Professional Botanicals
 Intra-Mag 500 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
 Potassium by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
N-2 Heart Energizer Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
 Cardio + CoQ by Professional Botanicals
Circ-Q by Professional Botanicals

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.





Power Up Your Immune System Health Routine!

Every year the same routine.

Your kids come home from school with a cold. One coworker is sick with the flu; another is coughing and sneezing. Your neighbors at theFirst Friday events are all talking about how that nasty virus is "going around." You’re just working hard trying to stay away from them, washing your hands even more than usual, and being careful to not get exposed.

In reality, just because you are exposed to a virus, doesn’t mean you are going to get sick or catch a cold or the flu. However, if your immune system is weakened or not running at its peak, then it is much easier for the viruses to have access, take hold and cause illness. Going to the doctor and getting a prescription  for an antibiotic doesn‘t really solve the problem as the common cold and the flu are caused by viruses and not bacteria, and antibiotics don’t work on viruses. 

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The most common infectious disease in the United States?
The cold!

Just being around people who are coughing and sneezing, or being  outside in the cold weather, are not necessarily the ways in which we catch a cold. Did you know that the cold virus stays alive for hours on inanimate objects, such as pens, door knobs, keyboards, etc? We are more susceptible to catching a cold or getting the flu when the virus gets past our compromised immune systems and takes hold. We catch a cold or get the flu due to a weakened immune system, not just because we came in contact with someone who was sick. 

Common contributing factors to a weakened immune system:
Poor diet; not enough fruits and vegetables
Emotional stressors in your life
Eating too much sugar and too many grains
Not getting enough rest and sleep
Any combination of the above

Some tips that are surprisingly simple & natural that you can do to help reduce your risk:

Adjust your diet
Increase your intake of whole fruits, vegetables and Superfoods which are loaded with food-based vitamins, minerals and antioxidants offering natural immune boosting properties. Try adding more garlic and mushrooms (reishi, shiitake, and maitake) to your diet. Mushrooms contain beta-glucans and beta-glucans have natural immune-enhancing properties. (1)   Also, increase herbs and spices, such as turmeric (curcumin), oregano, cinnamon, and cloves, which have high ORAC scores and are known to support the immune system. Fermented foods (raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut) are rich in probiotics (friendly bacteria). Scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health. Try to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners or processed foods. 


Reduce your sugar intake.

Reduce your sugar intake
Sugar is particularly stressful to your immune system. Consider cutting down on fruit juices, which are loaded with sugar. Substituting with sugar-free is not a healthy replacement as your body can’t process these chemicals. Artificial sugar substitutes are not only very harmful to the immune system, but also harmful to the organs and the body in general. Natural sweeteners, such as stevia and agave make great alternatives.

Get Some Restful & Restorative Sleep
Your immune system operates most effectively when your body is well-rested. Although our busy lifestyles dictate otherwise, research indicates that the body requires a minimum of eight hours of deep sleep each night. It's during this deep sleep phase that the body restores itself, hence the term “restorative sleep.” Make sure you're getting enough deep, restful, restorative sleep. The more rest and sleep your body gets, the faster your body will recover.

Get Regular, Moderate Exercise
Regular exercise is known to increase the body’s resistance to illness. There is evidence that regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system. In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50%. And, in the event they did catch a cold, their symptoms were much less severe than among those who did not exercise. Be mindful not to over-exercise when you are sick. This puts additional and unnecessary strain on the body’s immune system.

Emotional Stressors
The demands and the effects of our busy lifestyles are not always favorable. They put undue stress on our bodies and our immune systems. Find ways to remove or minimize these stressors. Develop healthful living habits. Schedule a few minutes of personal quiet time each day. Many people have found stress-relieving benefits from meditating.

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Adding Supplements to Your Daily Routine
Vitamin C is a well-known as a very potent antioxidant.
Citrus Bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of Vitamin C helping fight harmful pathogens.
Rose Hips are one of the best sources of Vitamin C, which boost the body's immune system.
Propolis is a bee resin and one of the most powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobials.
Zinc is a well-known immune boosting mineral.
Herbs – Many herbs have been used with proven immune boosting and antimicrobial results.

 

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Supplements to power up your immune health routine include:

First Response by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Co-Resist by Professional Botanicals
Immune Response Pack by Professional Botanicals
N-17 IMMUTEC by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Znac (Zinc + Vitamins A & C) by Professional Botanicals
Viral Aid by Professional Botanicals

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Heart Healthy, Heart Happy

Set Yourself Up to Succeed
You can work on reducing your cardiovascular disease risk with lifestyle changes.

While a healthy lifestyle won’t eliminate cardiovascular disease risk altogether, it can lower your heart disease risk substantially.  Getting your body in shape through physical activity and healthier eating will help reduce cardiovascular disease risk by reducing your unhealthy cholesterol (LDL) and lowering your risk of diabetes and obesity. Naturally-Botanicals-Heart-Health-2020-1

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Ways that may help lower your risk include:

Watching your weight.

Quitting smoking and staying away from secondhand smoke.

Controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drinking in moderation.

Getting active and eating healthy.


It may seem simple...

For the most part, lifestyle plays a huge role in keeping the heart healthy and reducing cardiovascular disease risks. Many of these suggestions are probably familiar to most people. 

Managing your stress levels
Eating fruits, vegetables, and foods low in fat and cholesterol — maintaining a mostly plant-based diet
Becoming active (at least 30 minutes per day) and either maintaining your current weight or losing weight if you are overweight.
Monitoring your blood pressure. If it’s high, work on getting it under control.
Screening your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If your numbers have increased, you may be able to reverse the trend.

The earlier heart problems are detected, the better the chance you can begin treatment before any long-term damage has occurred.

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Heart-healthy items include high-fiber foods (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and certain fats (like the fats in olive oil and fish).  

Visit our Heart & Circulatory Health page to check out our all natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements 
supporting cardiovascular, circulatory, and heart health.


Recipes you might like to try:

Lentil Soup (1)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced
2 medium stalks celery, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basiln
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups dry lentils
1 can (14½ ounces) crushed tomatoes 
2 cups vegetable broth
6½ cups water

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and

1. onions; cook and stir until the onion is tender. Stir in garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in lentils and tomatoes, then add the vegetable broth and water.

3. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour or until lentils are tender. 

Caribbean Casserole (2)
This tropical-inspired dish is gently spiced for a rich flavor.
 1 medium onion, chopped 
½ green pepper, diced 
1 tablespoon canola oil 
1 14½-ounce can stewed tomatoes 
1 16-ounce can black beans (or beans of your choice) 
1 teaspoon oregano leaves 
½ teaspoon garlic powder 
1½ cups instant brown rice, uncooked 

1. Saute onion and green pepper in canola oil, in a large pan, until tender. Do not brown.

2. Add tomatoes, beans (include liquid from both), oregano, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.


Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn) (3)

1 C carrots, cut into long, thin strips
2 C bean sprouts 
2 C cucumber, seeded and cut into long, thin strips
1 C minced scallions 
½ C chopped fresh cilantro 
¼ C chopped fresh mint 
8 rice paper wrappers


1. Toss first six ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Soak one rice paper wrapper in warm water until soft (1 to 2 minutes). Shake off excess water.
3. Place vegetable filling off-center on rice paper, and fold like an egg roll (tuck in the sides to keep the filling inside).
4. Repeat with remaining vegetable filling and rice paper wrappers.
5. Once you have assembled all of the spring rolls, serve immediately.


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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




A Key to Winter Health

A key to winter health is a strong immune system.

The days are getting a bit longer but it's still winter until March 19. If you can't wait, you can call it spring on March 1 and let your friends know that, meteorologically speaking, you are correct!

Your immune system doesn't have its own calendar so it relies on your help to keep it primed and ready to fight off those germs that want to get and stay close to you. With a product like First Response.  Designed to support your immune system at the first sign of illness.Naturally_Botanicals_Carlsbad_CA_Vitamin_&_supplements_store_Immune_Support_1


Nobody wants to be sick. 
Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential to your good health and wellbeing. Even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses, especially in the winter months. 

Your immune system is an amazing protection mechanism. 
It's designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, and parasites that would love to invade your body. Your immune system works around the clock in thousands of different ways, protecting the body from these constant microscopic invaders, and it does its work largely unnoticed. We usually only think about our immune system is when it fails for some reason and we feel under the weather or just plain sick. 

 

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Our formulas contain a blend of tried & trusted substances that have had clinically-proven results. By taking science-based formulations, you can help provide support to your immune system and your immune health. That's where First Response comes in!
 
First Response (formerly First Sign and Respiratory Respond) by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) contains nutrients, herbs and glandular ingredients that are specific to supporting a healthy immune system.

Immune Support: 
Vitamin C
Vitamin B6
Zinc
Selenium
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea


Antimicrobial:
Vitamin C 
Zinc
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea

L-Lysine


White Blood Cell Support:
Thymus Gland Substance
Vitamin C
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea
 
Keep First Response in your medicine cabinet or travel bag. Use this high-impact formula at the first sign of illness! Made in the USA and manufactured to FDA compliance standards in a GMP certified facility.
 
Visit our Immune Health category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your immune health.

Some of our products in the Immune health category include:
Attack by Professional Botanicals
Respiratory Energizer by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
D-8 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
D-104 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Esterified C 1000 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Zinc

We all know that our bodies need vitamins and minerals. But what are they, really?

 Vitamins and minerals are essential substances that our bodies need to develop and function normally. You’ve heard of Vitamin A, C, D, E, and K, and the B vitamins (thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxal (B6), cobalamin (B12), biotin (B7 or Vitamin H) and folate/folic acid (B7). Numbering among those minerals that are essential for health we’ve got calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, sulfur, cobalt, copper, fluoride, manganese, and selenium. Naturally Botanicals - Zinc 1 Minerals


Some vitamins and minerals get all the love from advertisements, the press, websites, and your neighbors and friends. We hear about Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and the always-popular B vitamins. Then, of course, you’ve got minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron getting all the airtime. Well, today we’re talking about Zinc. It may be the last in the minerals alphabetically, but it’s certainly not the least! 

Ok, what’s the story on Zinc?
Did you know that iron is the most abundant trace mineral your body? It is. And Zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body. It's present in every one of your cells. (1)

In addition to being a mineral, Zinc is also an "essential trace element." That means that very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. For your entire life, zinc plays a big role in your development and growth.

It is found in cells and all your tissues. It helps your immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It assists in growing and dividing cells throughout the body (cell division), as well as helping to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell. 
Zinc helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. It is also involved with triggering over 100 distinct internal enzymes required for many metabolic actions.

Zinc not only promotes a normal response to inflammation, it acts like an antioxidant within the body, helping to fight free radical damage and slow the aging process. 

As an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it, you have to get a constant supply through your diet. And, since your body doesn’t store excess zinc, you have to eat it regularly. Common dietary sources of zinc include red meat, poultry, and fish. 



How many functions does Zinc have?
A lot! It’s estimated that zinc is involved in 300 enzymatic reactions in the body most of which involve the immune system and repair of body tissues. Many enzymes depend on zinc in order to function, including those involved in processing DNA, detoxifying alcohol, and carrying carbon dioxide in the blood. Zinc is essential for normal cell functioning, nerve signaling, and for the body to protect itself against infection or disease. In addition, it affects the lifecycle and communications of cells. In order to simply burn fat, carbohydrates and metabolize protein you need healthy zinc levels. Zinc is important for chemical detoxification, growth, development, immune function and sexual function. Zinc is involved in every enzymatic reaction in the brain. Zinc is found in its highest concentrations in your ears and your eyes!

Zinc deficiency may cause short stature, reduced ability to taste food, and the inability of testes and ovaries to function properly.

 

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Foods highest in zinc include:
Shellfish: Oysters, crab, mussels, lobster and clams
Meat: Beef, pork, lamb and bison
Poultry: Turkey and chicken
Fish: Flounder, sardines, salmon and sole
Legumes: Chickpeas, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, etc.
Nuts and seeds: Pumpkin seeds, cashews, hemp seeds, etc.
Dairy products: Milk, yogurt and cheese
Eggs
Whole grains: Oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.


Fruits and veggies that are rich in zinc include:

Avocado
Spinach
Edamame
Pomegranate
Mushrooms
Berries
Peas
Dried Figs
Dried Apricots

it is said that phytochemicals from colorful vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods also have anti-microbial and immune-boosting effects. Maintaining an adequate amount of zinc status may limit the decline in immune function that often occurs with age.

Supplements are another way to get more zinc.   In supplements, Zinc may be found as zinc gluconate, zinc acetate, zinc sulfate, zinc picolinate, zinc orotate, and zinc citrate. 

Zinc may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Increasing Immunity and Fighting Colds
• Balancing Hormones for Women & Men
• Helping to Fight Diabetes
• Maintaining Heart Health by Supporting Blood Vessels
• Preventing Diarrhea
• Aiding in Nutrient Absorption and Digestion
• Supporting Liver Health
• Helping with Muscle Growth and Repair
• Accelerating Wound Healing
• Promoting Healthy Skin & Hair
• Keeping Your Cells Healthy

Get your zinc on!

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Zinc, please visit these links:
ZNAC by Professional Botanicals
Zinc Lozenges by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Cal Mag Cystals by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Andro-Plex by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Multi Plus by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
TS-100 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Detoxification - Keeping Your Body Happy

Your body is your friend.

It does a lot for you. A lot. Now you already know this but sometimes we all need reminding. As we’ve mentioned, detoxification is a lovely way for your body to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew.

Your body goes through a lot of wear and tear, both inside and outside. It’s important to ensure that you take care of it of in order to compensate for this. Imagine your body is similar to a car’s engine. You take your car in for service to have to have the oil changed, get a new air filter, put air in the tires, etc. Your body needs that, too. Maybe not the air in the tires part, but you get the picture. It’s a great idea to detoxify your body in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well-being. 


Besides the fact that detoxifying your body may help you avoid health problems, there are also a variety of benefits that it can have on your body. It has been advocated by medical specialists that detoxifying your body will improve your levels of physical fitness and promote youthfulness. Participating in a regular detox program may also improve the appearance of your skin and give you more energy and vitality. (Sounds pretty good, right?)


Your body has natural methods of detoxification.

Your liver is the principle organ of detoxification, assisted by the kidneys and intestines. Individual cells get detoxified in the lymph and circulatory system.  Toxins can be excreted from the body by your kidneys, bowels, skin, and lungs. Your whole system works together to make this happen. However, only when these organs are healthy, can they effectively eliminate unwanted substances. 


During the course of your life you ingest a variety of foods; some of which are healthy and some of which may not be so healthy. To tell you the truth, not all of this food is successfully absorbed by the body as nutrients and not all of it is discharged out of the body as waste product. There are always remnants and these remnants become toxins that are left in the bowel and colon of the body. Over a long period of time, this may have some adverse effects on the body if these toxins are not removed. 


To add to this, there’s a common misconception about detoxing that the colon is the most important organ to “cleanse” and the only one that matters. Your skin is your largest organ which also makes it your largest organ of elimination. And don’t forget that your liver, kidneys, lymph system etc. also need detoxing. When toxins can’t be eliminated efficiently, the body will also store them in fat cells, joints, muscles, arteries, liver and other organs.

A build-up of toxins in your body may cause:
Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
Back pain
Bad breath (halitosis)
Breast soreness
Brittle hair and nails
Foul-smelling gas (belching and flatulence)
Constipation
Diarrhea
Fatigue
Frequent congestion (colds, flu, viruses)
Indigestion
Intolerance to fatty foods
Low energy or loss of vitality for no apparent reason
Migratory aches and pains
Sluggish or irregular bowel movements
Swelling of legs
Vaginal infections
Skin problems: rashes, boils, pimples, acne

Your body has natural methods of detoxification that are working for you 24/7. Your system is at your service, even when you're sleeping. Help your body help itself!


Some suggestions on how to achieve that:

Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods. Foods rich in vitamin C, cilantro, kale, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, garlic and onions, flax and chia seeds, and water or vegetable juice have also been shown to help detoxify the body. Along these lines, you may want to consider reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods in addition to decreasing your intake of salt.

Drinking more water not only helps you quench your thirst, it regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption, and detoxifies your body by removing waste.  Regarding the removing waste part, water transports these waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating. The takeaway - staying properly hydrated is important for detoxification.


Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by excess free radicals and other toxins that increase your risk of disease. Antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, lycopene, and lutein.


Eating foods high in prebiotics is another way to assist your body. We’ve all been hearing about prebiotics. There’s a reason for that. Gut health is important for keeping your detoxification system healthy. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and excretion system that protects your gut and body from harmful toxins. Helping your gut stay healthy starts with prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut called probiotics. With prebiotics, your good bacteria are able to produce nutrients called short-chain fatty acids that are beneficial for health.


Eating foods rich in prebiotics can help keep your immune and detoxification systems healthy. Good food sources of prebiotics include tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats.


Getting, or staying, active with regular exercise. 
Key Guidelines for Adults, as outlined in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, recommends that adults should move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none. For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week.

Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits. (1)

Let us help you, too.
We offer a number of excellent products in our Detoxification category. Some are designed to support your body's ability to remove harmful toxins at the cellular level, others to cleanse and stimulate the liver, and more to maintain a healthy pH and electrolyte balance. The goal is to replace built-up toxins with needed vitamins, nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and probiotics. That's a great goal!

Like our other products, these are FDA monitored, manufactured to meet or exceed GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification, and are independently tested several times throughout the manufacturing process for purity and efficacy. So, you can buy your supplements with confidence, knowing you are buying the very best. It's quality you can trust!

Naturally Botanicals has a unique detoxification program designed to help rid your body of stored toxins in the liver, kidneys, stomach, skin and intestines, as well as detoxify the blood and lymph systems. Our Prep Tonic Detox Pack is a convenient and easy to use 10-day mild, yet comprehensive detoxification program helping support a complete cleanse of the body including the liver, kidneys, colon and lymphatic system. It contains 7 different formulas, digestive enzymes, probiotics, essential vitamins and minerals, galactomannan, acidophilus, and several herbal systemic cleansers and detoxifies.

Any steps you take to help your body are excellent ones! The main point to remember is that detoxifying the body is not something to be done occasionally, but something to be done on a regular basis. There's a lot to gain from detoxifying your body and absolutely nothing to lose.


In addition to Prep Tonic Detox Pack, take a look at:
Chlorodex by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/chlorodex-by-dna-labs

Mineral Complex by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/mineral-complex-by-professional-botanicals

pH Balance by Professional Botanicals 
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/ph-balance-by-professional-botanicals

D-147 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-147-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

D-97 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-97-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

PAU D' ARCO by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/pau-d-arco-by-dna-labs

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Benefits of Detoxification

Welcome to after-the-holiday-season!  

Detoxifying yourself is a good way to start the new year.  Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world, detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out.  

Detoxification is our featured category this month, and Elmnex, designed as nutritional support for internal cleansing, is our featured product.

Planning for a healthy (or healthier) New Year?

It's said that creating space allows for new things to come in. Think of it like trying to add something to a drawer or closet that's already stuffed to capacity. Perhaps that won't work as well as you'd like it to. We think that creating some healthy space in our bodies for all the new year has to offer is a pretty good idea.  

Using a detoxification product may be helpful for those suffering from many chronic diseases and conditions, including:

•       Allergies
Asthma
Headaches 
Heart Disease
High Cholesterol 
Digestive Disorders 

 

Detox can also be used as a beneficial preventative measure and as a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease.

Our featured product, Elmnex, by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), 
was designed with GI health nutrients as nutritional support for internal cleansing. It works to support the function of the GI tract which is to process the foods we eat, absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes. When the by-products of normal process and toxins from our environment are not eliminated properly, the function of the GI tract can be less than optimal. This may result in symptoms such as feeling full throughout the body, irregular bathroom habits, and generally feeling “off.”
 

Our featured product, Elmnex, by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs),
was designed with GI health nutrients as nutritional support for internal cleansing. It works to support the function of the GI tract which is to process the foods we eat, absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes. When the by-products of normal process and toxins from our environment are not eliminated properly, the function of the GI tract can be less than optimal. This may result in symptoms such as feeling full throughout the body, irregular bathroom habits, and generally feeling “off.”

We offer a diverse selection of products in our Detoxification category. They have been created to support Detoxification and Cellular Health. Many have been designed to support your body's ability to remove harmful toxins at the cellular level, cleanse and stimulate the liver, maintain a healthy pH and electrolyte balance, or replace built-up toxins with needed vitamins, nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and probiotics.

 

In addition to Elmnex, take a look at:

Prep Tonic Detox Pack by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/prep-tonic-detox-pack-by-professional-botanicals

Nutri-Min 72 by DNA Labs
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/nutri-min-72-by-dna-labs

D-146 Homeopathic by DNA Labs
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-146-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

Cell Detox by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/cell-detox-by-professional-botanicals

Lymph Detox by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/lymph-detox-by-professional-botanicals

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Is Stress Making You Stress?

Is stress affecting your health? Is it affecting your quality of life? 


IS STRESS AFFECTING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE?

It might be! Listen closely and you may hear your body talking to you. You’ll get your own private message because everybody (and every body!) responds to stress differently.

If you pay attention you will notice the early warning signs.  The signs may be subtle and you may even be too stressed out to notice them, or they may be glaringly obvious.  Either way, when you’re feeling overwhelmed and things aren’t going your way, or you feel unable to control yourself from emotional outbursts, these may be your early warning signs.  

Do you use food, candy and/or alcohol to de-stress? Are you annoyed, cranky, suffering headaches, have a stiff neck, muscle tension, and/or clenching your teeth?  By noticing your responses and reactions during stressful times, you can monitor yourself, make healthier choices and reduce the effects upon your mental, emotional and physical health, potentially avoiding long-term and chronic illness.

What is Stress?

Stress is a natural response produced by the release of adrenaline in the body. In ancient times this process was very useful.  When you were being chased by a tiger or a bear, that extra shot of adrenaline was necessary to help you speed up your body functions to enable yourself to run faster or jump higher allowing you to escape and ultimately save your life. Seems like that would work in your favor, right?

These days, and in short bursts, an adrenaline release may be beneficial to help conquer a fear, produce extra endurance or motivation.  Any tigers or bears we might be dealing with that may cause bad stress could include worrying about money, relationships, jobs or health, last-minute work projects, or bad news. This kind of stress can produce chronic and long-term health issues, and according to the American Health Institute, if left unchecked, can even lead to death.

 

Early Warning Signs of Stress:
Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain
Upset stomach
Dry mouth
Chest pains, rapid heartbeat
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Fatigue
Loss of appetite or overeating “comfort foods”
Increased frequency of colds
Lack of concentration or focus
Memory problems or forgetfulness
Jitters
Irritability
Short temper
Anxiety


According to 2014 research by the American Psychological Association and the American Institute of Stress, these are the 7 top causes of stress in the United States:

Cause                                   Factors
1. Job Pressure                  Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload
2. Money                               Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses
3. Health                               Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness
4. Relationships                Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness
5. Poor Nutrition              Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars
6. Media Overload           Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking
7. Sleep Deprivation       Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones
 

Some Stress Statistics:

Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress         77%
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress                                           73%
Feel they are living with extreme stress                                                                                             33%
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years                                                              48%
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress                                                      76%
Reported lying awake at night due to stress                                                                                   48%
 
People who cited physical symptoms experienced the following:
Fatigue                                   51%
Headache                             44%
Upset Stomach                  34%
Muscle Tension                  30%
Change in Appetite          23%
Teeth grinding                   17%
Change in sex drive         15%
Feeling dizzy                      13%
 

If you’d like to use an online tool to check out your stress levels, click here to go to the Stress Calculator provided by The University of Maryland.

The products in our Stress & Sleep Remedies category have been created to support your nervous system upset and stress indications. Many have been designed to support your body's stress-fighting ability, others to nutritionally-support your adrenal glands, and others to help support deep and restful sleep which will help you awaken refreshed and energized.

Visit our Immune Health category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your immune health.

The Proprietary Blend in Immunell contains:
•  Echinacea, European Elder, Nutmeg, Parsley, Butternut, Catmint and Licorice – these herbs have historically been used to support health immune functions
•  Bone Marrow, Thymus Substance, Placenta Substance, Lymph Substance, Adrenal Substance, Spleen Substance – these glandulars help support the body’s own glands in providing support to the immune system
•  Rutin and Bioflavonoids – these two powerful antioxidants assist in proper immune system functions

 


Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Tips to Boost Your Immune System!

BEAT THE COLD AND FLU SEASON…BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!
The Key to Winter Health: A Strong Immune System

No one wants to be sick, and with the demands of our busy lifestyles today, few of us can afford to miss even one day of work. Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential to good health and wellbeing. Even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses, especially in the winter months.

Your immune system is an amazing protection mechanism.

It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, and parasites that would love to invade your body. Your immune system works around the clock in thousands of different ways, protecting the body from these constant microscopic invaders, and it does its work largely unnoticed. The immune system is complex, intricate and interesting. One thing that causes us to really notice our immune system is when it fails for some reason; when we feel under the weather, or sick. We also notice it when it does something that has a side effect that we can see or feel. 

What your immune system does for you.

  • Each day you inhale thousands of germs (bacteria and viruses) that are floating in the air. Your immune system deals with all of them without a problem. Occasionally a germ gets past the immune system and you catch a cold, get the flu or worse. A cold or flu is a visible sign that your immune system failed to stop the germ. The fact that you get over the cold or flu is a visible sign that your immune system was able to eliminate the invader after learning about it. If your immune system did nothing, you would never get over a cold or anything else.
  • When a virus or bacteria (also known generically as a germ) invades your body and reproduces, it normally causes problems. Generally, the germ's presence produces some side effect that makes you sick. For example, the strep throat bacteria (Streptococcus) releases a toxin that causes inflammation in your throat.
  • Some bacteria are benign or beneficial (for example, we all have millions of bacteria in our intestines and they help digest food), but many are harmful once they get into the body or the bloodstream. Viral and bacterial infections are by far the most common causes of illness for most people. They cause things like colds, influenza, measles, mumps, etc.
  • Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential. Not only are there serious diseases that can result from a malfunction of the immune system, but even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses.

There have been many claims over the years about the latest wonder ingredient that will boost the immune system singlehandedly. Avoid the hype and stick to a formula that contains a blend of tried and trusted substances that have had clinically proven results. By taking science-based formulations, you can provide support to your immune system and your immune health.

Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals is a formula that supports the body’s healthy cell production, maintains its immune system and supports optimum utilization of nutrients. Our bodies constantly rebuild themselves from the inside out. To successfully do this, our cells and systems have to function properly. Immu Cell supports your body’s ability to maintain proper cell health.

Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals contains ingredients that support the body’s maintenance of cells’ stability and immune system function. Our bodies are constantly bombarded with attacks from pathogens and impurities that would leave us depleted and exhausted. Immu Guard supports the body’s ability to properly utilize nutrients that improve its defense system.

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) is designed to support a healthy immune system. The immune system’s primary function is to protect the body against pathogens and toxins. Nutrient deficiency is a common cause of low immune function. Immunell works to help you find relief from indications including susceptibility to illness, slow healing, and poor inflammatory response.

The Proprietary Blend in Immunell contains:
•  Echinacea, European Elder, Nutmeg, Parsley, Butternut, Catmint and Licorice – these herbs have historically been used to support health immune functions
•  Bone Marrow, Thymus Substance, Placenta Substance, Lymph Substance, Adrenal Substance, Spleen Substance – these glandulars help support the body’s own glands in providing support to the immune system
•  Rutin and Bioflavonoids – these two powerful antioxidants assist in proper immune system functions

Check out all of our powerful all- natural immune support formulas.

Tips to help protect your immune system

  1. Wash your hands frequently and cook meats thoroughly
  2. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat
  3. Drink adequate water
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Maintain a healthy weight
  6. Control your blood pressure
  7. Get adequate sleep
  8. Don’t smoke
  9. Drink alcohol in moderation
  10. Get regular medical screening tests for your age 



Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Kelp - A Centuries-Old Superfood!

Seaweed? Kelp? Is that good for you? Well, lots of people sure think it is!

Kelp, a type of seaweed, is full of nutrients that are considered to be beneficial to your health. It grows in underwater forests in shallow, nutrient-rich saltwater, near coastal fronts around the world. This type of sea algae is a natural source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Naturally Botanicals - Kelp 2

People have been harvesting and gathering seaweed for centuries. Some people are just becoming aware of its reported incredible value for our health while others made it a part of their typical diet. It’s used in many Asian cuisines so you may have had the opportunity to enjoy it in dishes or as a side dish. Kelp can be eaten raw, cooked, or powdered.

Large brown algae seaweeds make up the order Laminariales and is thought to have appeared in the Miocene Epoch about 5 to 23 million years ago. There are approximately 30 varieties included under the general classification of kelp. In most varieties, the body is made of flat, leaf-like structures known as blades. Blades come out of long “stem” structures called stipes. Finally, the “holdfast” serves as the roots of kelp, anchoring it to the ocean floor.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) say that seaweed such as kelp is one of the best natural food sources of iodine, an essential component in thyroid hormone production. (1)

Kelp is now being considered a superfood as it is rich in minerals and vitamins. Sea kelp is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, and E, as well as minerals including zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, and calcium.

Kelp is naturally high in antioxidants, including carotenoids, flavonoids, and alkaloids, which help to fight against disease-causing free radicals. In terms of nutrition, kelp contains dietary fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids. It is a rich source of vitamin B1, riboflavin, vitamin B3, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin K. The mineral wealth in it also includes sodium, boron, and manganese. Antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals like manganese and zinc, help to combat oxidative stress and may offer benefits to cardiovascular health.

Naturally Botanicals - Kelp 1Kelp offers different nutrients than what you'd find in land vegetables because it absorbs many of the minerals from seawater and sea soil in which it grows. Because kelp’s nutrients come in a natural form, they are easily absorbed and used by the body. Kelp is also a great salt substitute. Kelp is low in fat and calories.

The benefits of these vitamins and nutrients are substantial. B vitamins, in particular, are essential for cellular metabolism and providing your body with energy. According to UCSF Medical Center, kelp has more calcium than many vegetables, including kale and collard greens. Calcium is important to maintain strong bones and optimal muscle function. (2)

Kelp is the largest source of iodine, which makes it the number one herb for supplementing iodine. Iodine is critical in supporting the hormones that are made in the thyroid gland. It is also a key component in regulating the thyroid to produce healthy hair, skin, and nails. It is essential for bone health, brain metabolism, and our energy levels. 

Kelp also produces a compound called sodium alginate. This is used as a thickener in many foods including ice cream and salad dressing.

Kelp may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Boosting immune health
• Promoting hydration
• Reducing swelling and water retention 
• Strengthening the bones
• Treating thyroid disorders
• Improving metabolism
• Treating poor digestion and circulation
• Inflammation
• Arthritis
• Maintaining pH Balance
• Reducing nodules
• Promoting urination

 
If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Kelp, please visit these links: 
Green Complex by Professional Botanicals
Multi Plus by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Thyroid 3 by Professional Botanicals
Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals

Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals
Power Greens Premium Berry by NuMedica


Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.





Burdock Root

Have you ever had gobo? It’s a pretty tasty root that’s used in Japanese cuisine. It’s actually the root of the Burdock, a flowering plant that has been used by various cultures around the world for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties. Most of the benefits are in its roots. Naturally Botanicals-Arctium Lappa-Burdock 1

 

The Iroquois tribe of North America, as well as other Native American groups, dried and preserved burdock for food during the winter. In China, burdock is traditionally used to help ease inflammation, as well as promote urination and clear toxic heat. Inside your body and out, it’s considered to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Traditionally, herbalists all over the world use burdock root as a blood purifier.

Burdock root (genus Arctium) is part of the Asteraceae (daisy) family that’s native to Northern Asia and Europe. It was introduced in America during the 1600s by English settlers. The Burdock plant is also related to the Dandelion and Echinacea families.


The generic name arctium is derived from the Greek word for bear or arktos and the species name, lappa, is from the Latin word lappare which means "to seize." The fruit (bur) is thought to resemble a big, fuzzy bear and will grab on to anything in the vicinity in order to spread its seed. Its common name is most likely derived from a combination of burr and dock, because of the large leaves which vaguely resemble docks. Of the four species of Arctium, only greater burdock (A. lappa) and lesser burdock (A. minus) cultivated for their herbal parts.

 

Burdock root is a thin, brown-skinned root vegetable that typically grows to be more than two feet in length. Burdock contains many vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, polyacetylenes, essential oils, trace minerals, amino acids, sugars, and starches. Low in calories and high in fiber, it’s also full of calcium, chlorogenic acid, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, potassium, and resin.


Burdock is considered to possess anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties as well as being diaphorhetic (promoting perspiration),  a mild diuretic, a mild laxative, an alterative (by definition - tending to restore to normal health,) and a cholagogue (stimulating the flow of bile from the liver). The benefits of burdock extend to many different body systems including digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, glandular and immune systems.

In a paper posted in 2010 in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, it’s stated that research has shown that burdock root contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. (1)

 

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Burdock root is a powerhouse when it comes to the nutrition profile. According to USDA (2) it provides energy, carbohydrate, protein, and fiber. Amongst minerals, it contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. It is a good source of vitamins that include vitamin C, B vitamins, choline, vitamin E and vitamin K.

 

 

 

 

It also provides amino acids that include the following:
Aspartic acid
Glutamic acid
Arginine
Proline
Lysine

Burdock Root may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Mild laxative
• Mild diuretic
• Removing excess water weight
• Helping improve skin conditions
• Useful for cellular regeneration
• Boosting the immune system
• Aiding digestive problems
• Strengthening the Lymphatic System
• Help lowering blood sugar
• Arthritis
• Removing toxins
• Reducing swelling of joints

Interesting Fact
Would you believe that the inspiration for Velcro actually came from the burdock burr? In 1941, the inventor, a Swiss engineer named Georges de Mestral, went for a walk in the woods and wondered if the burrs that clung to his trousers and dog could be turned into something useful. After nearly eight years of research, de Mestral successfully reproduced the natural attachment with two strips of fabric, one with thousands of tiny hooks and another with thousands of tiny loops. He named his invention Velcro and formally patented it in 1955. (3)


If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Burdock Root, please visit these links:
Cell Detox by Professional Botanicals
Lymph Detox by Professional Botanicals
pH Balance by Professional Botanicals
Serrapeptase + Prozyme by Professional Botanicals
Water Balance by Professional Botanicals


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Valerian Root

Valerian is an herb that’s native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Valerian root, which has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries, is derived from valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. Naturally Botanicals-Valerian Root - Valeriana officinalis 2

The origins of the name of Valerian root is one of our favorites. It’s considered to be derived from the personal name “Valeria” and the Latin verb “valere” (to be strong, healthy). As you probably know, we’re fans of strong and healthy! 

Since ancient times Valerian has been used for medicinal purposes as an herb. It has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia.

The Chinese, Romans, Greeks, and Indians used it as a mild sedative. The Persians and Chinese have also reported having made a natural medicine to treat wounds – using the plant as an antiseptic. Other cultures used it as a treatment for conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorder, anxiety, headaches, asthma, migraine, joint pain, menopause, and hot flashes.

The most famous usage of valerian was during the First and Second World Wars. It was used not only for soldiers but also for the people affected by the war. People used Valerian specifically for the treatment of shell shock and nervous stress. 

Most of the valerian used in medicine is grown on farms and cultivated for this purpose. The valerian plant is a perennial that can reach a height of 4 feet and features sweetly scented pink, white or purple flowers.

The root is where the dense concentration of active ingredients and medicinal components are located, so the small rootlets or the large rhizome itself is harvested. Although it has been in use for thousands of years, valerian root is now known to contain high levels of alkaloids, flavanones, and sesquiterpenes, along with other active ingredients and volatile compounds.

One of the flavonoids, called linarin, has sedative effects. Valerian root extract causes sedation because it increases the level of GABA in the brain. GABA or Gamma-aminobutyric acid is essentially a neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Valerian also contains a compound called valerenic acid which inhibits the enzymes which destroy GABA. 

There are many active phytochemicals found within this plant. It also has a high
nutrient content in the roots as well as the stems and leaves of Valerian. Some of the nutrients found in Valerian root include Calcium, Choline, Essential fatty acids, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and CValerian is famous for its anxiolytic, sedative, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, anti-diuretic, anti-thrombotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Valerian root has been known to have a positive effect on heart health. It can strengthen blood vessels, improve its elasticity, and stabilize blood pressure. Its anti-thrombotic effect helps to prevent blood clots as well.

Naturally Botanicals-Valerian Root - Valeriana officinalis 1Valerian root has also been shown to relieve pain. This, combined with the sedative effect, makes it effective in relieving headaches (especially stress headaches,) migraines, arthritis and muscle pain.

In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.

 

 

 

Valerian Root may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:

•  Treating Insomnia
•  Increasing quality and duration of sleep
•  Reducing anxiety
•  Treating panic attacks
•  Relieving headaches
        •  Maintaining heart health
•  Helping to provide a soothing effect on the central nervous system
•  Help lower blood pressure
        •  Improving stress

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Valerian Root please visit these links:

Cal/Mg Plus Boron by Professional Botanicals
Cardio + CoQ by Professional Botanicals
Pressu Norm by Professional Botanicals
Relaxall by Professional Botanicals
Sleep Eaze by Professional Botanicals
Total Comfort by Professional Botanicals
Tense-X by Professional Botanicals
Tranquinell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 


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Hawthorn Berry

Ever heard of the hawthorn berry? Or maybe the “heart herb?” It’s not as well-known as other berries like blue, black and straw, however, hawthorn has been used as a digestive aid in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and Native American tribes not only enjoyed eating them but they used hawthorn to treat heart troubles and gastrointestinal complaints. 

So how did the hawthorn become “the heart herb?” It’s because of its various cardio-protective abilities. Various cultures have used Hawthorn berry for centuries as a natural remedy for all kinds of serious heart concerns. These include angina, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, irregular heartbeat, and even congestive heart failure.

Hawthorn fruit comes in the form of little red berries. Dried haws or berries, green stems, flowers, and leaves are the parts of the plants that are used. Occasionally the bark has been used as herbal medicine.

Why are hawthorn berries considered to be so medicinal? One reason may be their numerous flavonoids. Flavonoids are potent antioxidants known to effectively decrease inflammation while boosting immune function. The leaves, flowers, and berries of hawthorn contain an abundance of phytonutrients (antioxidants). The phytonutrients of the hawthorn plant appear to be the key to the way it helps your heart. It's thought to be particularly valuable in the early stages of heart disease, from improving blood flow to the blood vessels around your heart and brain, to increasing tolerance to the heart muscle due to a lack of oxygen.

The Latin name Crataegus, for the hawthorn tree or shrub is from the Greek kratos "strength" and akis "sharp", referring to the thorns of some species. The name haw, originally an Old English term for hedge, applies to the fruit. Crataegus is a large genus of plants that belong to the rose family (Rosaceae). In addition to being known as hawthorn, it is called mayblossom, hedgethorn, maybush, mayflower, and whitethorn.

“Hawthorn has been shown to improve heart function, shortness of breath, palpitations, and exercise tolerance in people with heart failure. Hawthorn is a fruit extract that has been used as a digestive aid in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Scientists think that hawthorn extract causes dilation of the smooth muscle that lines coronary arteries, thereby increasing blood flow to the heart. Hawthorn is also thought to increase heart muscle contraction, heart rate, nerve transmission, and heart muscle irritability.” (1)

"The journal, American Family Physician suggests that hawthorn can enhance a person’s ability to exercise following heart failure. It can also improve symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath. (2)

Hawthorn berry is considered to have antioxidant, astringent, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, carminative, diuretic, sedative, stimulant, and vasodilator properties.

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The hawthorn herb is loaded with health beneficial compounds. These compounds have been shown to really boost heart health. Here are just some of the many chemical compounds and nutrients found in Hawthorn: Flavonoids, Quercetin, Rutin, Choline, Acetylcholine, Chlorogenic acid, Caffeic acid, Vitamins B1, B2 and C, Iron, Calcium and Phosphorus.



Hawthorn Berry may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:

  • Ailments related to the heart and blood vessels
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Helping to relieve anxiety
  • Interacting with gut flora to improve digestion. 
  • Assisting the digestive process
  • Helping with constipation, bloating and cramping.
  • Eliminating intestinal infections
  • Helping to reduce itching on healing wounds or from other skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
  • Lowering Cholesterol levels
  • Increasing energy or alertness
  • Antioxidative benefits
  • Improving memory

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Hawthorn Berry, please visit these links: 
Pressu Norm by Professional Botanicals
Cardio+CoQ by Professional Botanicals
Sugar Metabolizer by Professional Botanicals

Interesting fact:
There’s an old saying in Scotland: "Ne'er cast a cloot til Mey's oot."
(Meaning, don't start removing layers of clothing before the summer has fully arrived and the Mayflowers (hawthorn blossoms) are in full bloom.)


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Cloves

Do you love gingerbread or pumpkin pie? Spiced apple cider?  Or chai tea? An ingredient these all share is clove. Cloves have a unique flavor which can be best described as is fruity, crisp and rather bitter. The distinctive flavor is mainly because of the eugenol content found in the essential oil.Naturally Botanicals - Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum 1

What exactly is a clove? It's an unopened bud of the pink flowers of the evergreen clove tree. Their name comes from the Latin word “clavus,” which means “nail.” Why nail? A dried clove features a head with tapered stem, resembling a nail. Cloves are pink when fresh, however, they are almost always used once they have dried and turned brown.

The Latin name for cloves is Syzygium aromaticum. They are in the Myrtaceae, or myrtle family.

Myrtle, bay rum tree, clove, guava, allspice, and eucalyptus are some notable members of this group. All species are woody, contain essential oils, and have flower parts in multiples of four or five.

Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia. Both cloves and clove oil have been used in Asian cooking for over 2,000 years. Arab traders introduced cloves to Europe in the fourth century, and their pungent flavor was used in the Middle Ages to mask the sour or bitter taste of poorly preserved foods. Today, most cloves are grown in Zanzibar, in Eastern Africa.

The Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 years as a fragrance and spice. Cloves were brought to the Han dynasty of China from Indonesia as early as 200 BC. Back then, people would hold cloves in their mouths to improve breath odor during audiences with their emperor. The oldest recorded medical use of cloves, as early as 240 BC, comes from China, where it was used as a remedy for many different ailments, including diarrhea and hernia. It has been used traditionally to prevent nausea, for bad digestion, enhance blood circulation, to relieve hiccups and enhance liver function. And has long been considered to be useful for infections of both bacterial and viral nature.

Clove oil is widely used in aromatherapy. Clove oil is also be used for the artificial production of vanillin, the substance that gives the flavor of vanilla. The ancient Persians supposedly used clove oil as a love potion. Essential oils are obtained from the leaves, stems and flower buds of the clove-tree by steam distillation. The clove oil is a pale yellow liquid with a strong and spicy aroma.

With its long history, cloves have been considered anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They also contain anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties. Medicinally, the most studied compound found in cloves is eugenol. Eugenol is the primary component of clove's volatile oils. It functions as an anti-inflammatory substance. Clove also contains a variety of flavonoids, including kaempferol (also present in high levels in cruciferous vegetables), and rhamnetin (a metabolite, an antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory agent). Both contribute to clove's anti-inflammatory (and antioxidant) properties.

Naturally Botanicals - Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum 2Clove's unsurpassed level of antioxidants includes a number of different antioxidant compounds. These include two very well-researched antioxidants, anthocyanins, and quercetin. Although most spices are excellent sources of antioxidants, cloves rank as the richest source of them all. Chemical analysis shows that cloves have at least 36 different ingredients, the most important being an essential oil called eugenol. Cloves also contain a variety of flavonoids which contribute to clove's abundant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Cloves contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are an excellent source of manganese, as well as dietary fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, the nutrients found in cloves include carbohydrates, protein, energy, and dietary fiber. Minerals in cloves include potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. The vitamins found in them include vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and niacin. They also contain phosphorus, iron, zinc, thiamin, and riboflavin.

Cloves may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:

  • Better Digestion
  • Regulating Blood Sugar
  • Liver Protection
  • Diabetes Control
  • Bone Preservation
  • Promoting Youthful Skin
  • Immunity Booster
  • Supporting Headache Relief
  • Oral Health

 

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Cloves, please visit these links:

Liver Detox by Professional Botanicals

Liver Detox  + Silymarin by Professional Botanicals

 

An interesting story - Clove oil was considered to be one of the main essential oils that protected people from getting the bubonic plague in Europe. A group of robbers was caught by the king and he asked them why they weren’t ill or dead from the plague exposure. They said it was because they covered themselves with this protective blend of oils (“thieves oil”), which included clove.

 

 

 

 


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Garlic

Whether you consider it to be a stinking rose or the nectar of the gods, garlic has been around forever. It was traditionally used for health purposes by people in many parts of the world, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Japanese, and Native Americans.

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Many cultures considered garlic a cure-all. In ancient and medieval times, it was revered for its medicinal properties and was carried as a charm against vampires and other evils. In traditional, homeopathic medicine, garlic is valued for its antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiparasitic properties.

Garlic is used in many cuisines around the world. It has been used for centuries by many ethnicities. It was rare for garlic to be used in traditional English cuisine (though it is said to have been grown in England before 1548) and has been a much more common ingredient in Mediterranean Europe.

When the English came to America, they brought their anti-garlic attitude with them. It took almost 3 centuries for this attitude to change, though garlic was used as a folk medicine. By about 1940, America had embraced garlic, recognizing its value as not only a minor seasoning, but as a major ingredient in recipes.

Garlic is a plant in the Allium (onion) family. Its Latin name is Allium sativum. Garlic is a perennial plant of the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), a class of bulb-shaped plants, which include chives, leeks, onions, and scallions. Lilies are also part of this family. Garlic grows underneath the soil in the form of a bulb. This bulb has long green shoots that come out from the top while its roots extend downward. It’s believed that the word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning "spear leek."

What is usually referred to as a “head of garlic” is, in botanical terms, a bulb, i. e., a sub­terranean reserve structure derived from a cluster of leaves. The single leaves are known as “cloves of garlic.” (1)

The use of garlic in China dates back thousands of years. It was consumed by ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, sailors, and rural classes (Virgil, Eclogues ii. 11), and, according to Pliny the Elder (Natural History xix. 32), by the African peasantry. 

"The magic – and magical potency – of garlic was recognized, it seems, from the moment of its emergence into European culture. In his encyclopedic Natural History (XIX. 101), Pliny the Elder (died 79 CE) noted that “whenever they take an oath, the Egyptians swear by garlic and onions as though they were gods.” Why garlic and onions were granted this honor rather than, say, saffron, is not disclosed. In any event, the ancient Egyptians seem to have held garlic in high repute, for it made its way into Tutankhamen’s tomb." (2)

Garlic contains countless vital nutrients — flavonoids, oligosaccharides, amino acids, allicin and high levels of sulfur, to name a few.  Garlic is particularly high in certain sulfur compounds that are believed to be responsible for its scent and taste, as well as for positive effects on human health.  

Garlic is incredibly nutritious. It contains Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, and fiber, as well as calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1.

These are just some of the top nutrients found in garlic. Garlic also contains alliin and allicin, When you bite into fresh garlic -- or cut it or crush it -- it develops a component called allicin from the precursor component alliin. Allicin has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Allicin also makes garlic smell. 

Naturally Botanicals-Allium sativum-Garlic 2In 2016, world production of garlic was 26.6 million tons, with China accounting for 80% of the total. India was the second largest producer. The United States – ranked 10th in global production of garlic – grows less than 1% of China's production. Much of the garlic production in the United States is centered in Gilroy, CA, the self-proclaimed "Garlic Capital of the World."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:

 

  • Reducing Colds and Infections
  • Controlling Blood Pressure
  • Lowering Cholesterol Levels
  • Detoxifying Heavy Metals
  • Improving Bone Health
  • Improving Muscle Function
  • Assisting your Athletic Performance 
  • Regulating Blood Sugar Levels
  • Encouraging Circulation
  • Antioxidative Benefits

 

Is garlic ice cream a thing? Yes, it is! Many people love it. 

https://www.thespruceeats.com/gilroy-garlic-ice-cream-recipe-101385

 

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Garlic, please visit these links:

Pressu Norm by Professional Botanicals

Metal Detox by Professional Botanicals

Attack by Professional Botanicals

Cranberry Complex by Professional Botanicals

Candida-X2 by Professional Botanicals

 


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Ginger Root

We’ll just say it up front and get it over with. We love ginger!!! Ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger candy,Naturally Botanicals-Ginger-Zingiber officinale gingersnaps, gari (sushi ginger), and hot or cold ginger tea.

Ginger is one of the most widely consumed aromatic spices on the planet. In addition to ginger tasting great, it has some excellent medicinal properties. It was originally a plant that thrived in the southern parts of Asia, where it was used as both a medicine and a spice since ancient times. The plant is primarily grown for its rhizome or root; other parts of the plant may also be consumed as a type of vegetable, or used as a seasoning.

Ginger is a very common ingredient in many types of cuisine. It is used to add a little spiciness to soups and stews, or other foods. It can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, pickled or candied. 

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a member of the Zingiberaceae family. (Say that 3 times fast!) That’s a family of flowering plants made up of about 1600 known species of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes (mass of roots) found throughout tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Ginger is valued for its flavor and the age-old medicinal effects of its roots. Turmeric, cardamom, and galangal are also members of the Zingiberaceae family.

Ancient Sanskrit, Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Arabic texts discussed the use of ginger for health-related purposes. In Asian medicine, dried ginger root has been used for thousands of years to treat stomachache, diarrhea, and nausea and other gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, loose stools, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting, and for treatment of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Ginger has also been known to be effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps and migraine headache.

Ginger is considered to be a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-nausea agent.

Naturally Botanicals-Ginger-Zingiber officinale 2Ginger grows in sub-tropical, volcanic soils in the southern hemispheres. Native to southeastern Asia, ginger has been renowned for centuries in many areas throughout the world. It has long been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. After the ancient Romans imported ginger from China almost two thousand years ago, its popularity in Europe remained centered in the Mediterranean region until the Middle Ages when its use spread throughout other countries. Although it was a very expensive spice, owing to the fact that it had to be imported from Asia, it was still in great demand. In an attempt to make it more available, Spanish explorers introduced ginger to the West Indies, Mexico, and South America. In the 16th century, these areas began exporting the precious herb back to Europe. Today, the top commercial producers of ginger include Jamaica, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia.

The volatile oils in dried rhizome of ginger, including gingerols (the major pungent compounds present in the rhizomes), shogaols (imparting the characteristic pungent taste to dried ginger) zingiberene (contributing to the herb’s aroma) and bisabolene (a natural chemical compound which is present in the essential oils) are considered to be responsible for the healing abilities of ginger.

Raw ginger is composed of 79% water, 18% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and 1% fat. It contains moderate amounts of Vitamin B6 and dietary minerals magnesium and manganese.

Ginger Root may be used as a treatment for following health benefits

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stomachache
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Migraines
  • Motion Sickness
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Heartburn

These chewy ginger cookies sound fabulous. They feature fresh, powdered AND crystallized ginger for a triple kick.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chewy-ginger-cookies

 

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Ginger Root, please visit these links:

Inf-X by Professional Botanicals

Female Gland Balance by Professional Botanicals

Menopause by Professional Botanicals

Di-Aide Enzymes by Professional Botanicals

InVert by Professional Botanicals



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Licorice Root

When you think about licorice do you think about candy? Most likely! But did you know that licoriceNaturally Botanicals-Glycyrrhiza glabra-Licorice Root 1 was used centuries ago in Greece, China, and Egypt for stomach inflammation and upper respiratory problems. Early Egyptians loved licorice root. They used it in tea as a cure for everything! Licorice was later imported to China where it became an important herb in Chinese medicinal tradition. Today, people still use licorice root to help with digestive problems, menopausal symptoms, coughs, and bacterial and viral infections. 

The word “licorice” refers to the root of a plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra, from which a sweet flavor can be extracted. That’s why it’s been used in candies and as a sweetener. Licorice is harvested from the plants’ roots and underground stems. Most licorice root grows in Greece, Turkey, and Asia.

Naturally Botanicals-Glycyrrhiza glabra-Licorice Root 2Licorice, interestingly enough, is a member of the legume family. A legume is a plant in the family Fabaceae; these are mostly herbs but include also shrubs and trees. A legume is a simple, dry fruit contained within a shed or a pod. Legumes you know and love include peas, chickpeas, lentils, carob, soybeans, peanuts, black beans, and black-eyed peas. 

In its centuries-long use, licorice root has been known to provide support for heartburn, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, PMS and pain relief. The active ingredients in licorice include glycyrrhizin and flavonoids. Glycyrrhizin is an anti-inflammatory and antiviral substance, while the flavonoids are potent antioxidants, which help protect liver cells.

The chemicals contained in licorice are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers. Licorice is considered to have immune-boosting properties. It’s also a demulcent (soothing) herb. 

It has also been known to help the body more efficiently regulate cortisol. Licorice is considered to be an adaptogen herb. Adaptogens are natural substances that work with a person’s body and help them adapt; most notably, to stress.

Glabridin (Glab), an isoflavonoid of Glycyrrhiza glabra roots, has been associated with a wide range of biological properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, regulation of energy metabolism, estrogenic, neuroprotective, anti-osteoporotic, and skin-whitening. (1)

 Isoflavonoids belong to a group of compounds called flavonoids, or bioflavonoids, that occur naturally in plants where they serve various functions, for example as the pigments that give flowers and fruits their color. The main plant source of isoflavonoids is legumes, such as various kinds of peas and beans.

Licorice root may be used as a treatment for following health benefits:

  • Heartburn and acid reflux including nausea, indigestion and stomach pain. 
  • Leaky Gut 
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Immune system support
  • Cough/sore throat
  • PMS/Menopause
  • Pain relief
  • Skin Problems 
  • Stress Relief
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis

Licorice is also used to flavor foods and beverages. That being said, Anise oil is often used instead of licorice root to flavor licorice candy because it has the characteristic smell and taste of "black licorice."

 


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