(also spelt as schizandra)
has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years.
adaptogen, schizandra is a potent general tonic, decreasing fatigue,
enhancing physical performance, and promoting endurance. The berry
counters stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones in the blood.
Additionally, schizandra offers great benefits for athletes. In human
studies, schizandra berry and its extracts have improved performance among
long-distance runners, skiers and gymnasts. For this reason, schizandra
berry is often found on the training tables of Chinese athletes.
Schizandra also offers special benefits for the mind. Several human
studies show that schizandra extract improves concentration, coordination
and endurance. Schizandra helps to prevent mental fatigue and increases
accuracy and quality of work. In various human clinical studies with
doctors, students, soldiers and other groups, schizandra demonstrated
superior mind-sharpening powers.
As if all these benefits were insufficient, schizandra also offers
first-rate liver-protective benefits. Schizandra helps in the treatment of
hepatitis, as noted in over 500 cases. In fact, an antihepatitis drug was
developed from Schisandrin C.
Roseais, a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses.
It is thought to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance
immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight
reduction, increase sexual function and improve energy levels. It has long
been known as a potent adaptogen.
Rhodiola has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77
A.D., the Greek physician, Dioscorides, documented the medical
applications of the plant, which he then called rodia riza in his classic
medical text De Materia Medica. The Vikings depended on the herb to
enhance their physical strength and endurance, while Chinese emperors sent
expeditions to Siberia to bring back "the golden root" for medicinal
preparations. The people of central Asia considered a tea brewed from
Rhodiola rosea to be the most effective treatment for cold and flu.
Mongolian physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer.
Research on Rhodiola rosea and other medicinal herbs was part of the
Soviet Union's great push to compete with the West in military
development, the arms race, space exploration, Olympic sports, science,
medicine, and industry. It is a popular plant in traditional medical
systems in Eastern Europe and Asia, with a reputation for stimulating the
nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance,
eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness.
In just the past few years, ongoing research has revealed even more
diverse benefits of rhodiola. These include protecting the nervous system
against oxidative stress, enhancing healthy sleep, lifting depressed mood,
relieving anxiety, and maintaining blood sugar within a healthy range.
Recent research confirms that rhodiola has potent antioxidant effects that
protect nervous system cells. A study at the Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear
Medicine in China showed that salidroside, an active constituent found in
rhodiola, protects human neuron cells from oxidative stress in several
ways, including inducing several antioxidant enzymes. By protecting cells
of the nervous system against oxidative stress-induced cell death,
salidroside could be used “for treating or preventing neurodegenerative
disease implicated with oxidative stress,” the scientists noted.
Ginseng (Asian Ginseng) is one of the most highly regarded of herbal
medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation
for being able to promote health, general body vigor, to prolong life and
treat many ailments including depression, diabetes, fatigue, ageing,
inflammations, internal degeneration, nausea, tumors, pulmonary problems,
dyspepsia, vomiting, nervousness, stress, and ulcers.
Asian Ginseng is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in
the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being
able to promote health, general body vigor, to prolong life and treat many
ailments including depression, diabetes, fatigue, ageing, inflammations,
internal degeneration, nausea, tumors, pulmonary problems, dyspepsia,
vomiting, nervousness, stress, and ulcers..
Ginseng has been used to both stimulate and relax the nervous system. It
increases capillary circulation in the brain and decreases the effects of
stress. Though there are many kinds of ginsengs in the world but they
cannot rival Asian Ginseng in ingredients and medicinal effects. It
contains as many as 29 different ginsenosides while the others contains
Asian Ginseng contains anti-aging substances such as anti-oxidants and
insulin-like substances, which are not found in any other type of ginseng.
Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a member of the mint, or Labiatae, family.
Also known as “Tulsi” or “The Incomparable One,” holy basil is one of the
most sacred plants in India.
Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant with demonstrated antibacterial,
antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, holy
basil has been used to treat a variety of conditions - everything from the
common cold to bronchitis to fever to certain digestive complaints,
Although many of these treatments are still unproven by conventional
testing, modern science is now taking a closer look at this fascinating
herb. In the past decade, a number of scientific studies have focused on
the effects of holy basil. Some investigations have shown great promise,
suggesting holy basil may indeed prove effective in those customary uses.
But science has even looked beyond the traditional scope, studying the
herb for its therapeutic potential in cancer, specifically as an adjuvant
to radiation therapy, and even for its stabilizing effects in diabetes.
The most compelling data, however, suggests that holy basil possesses its
greatest potential in the areas of stress relief and relaxation. Multiple
scientific studies examining this property of Holy Basil have found that
supplementation with various extracts of holy basil decrease stress
hormone levels, corticosterone in particular.
Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides)
known as maral root, Rhaponticum carthamoides is an herbaceous perennial
that grows between 4,500-6,000 feet above sea level. The plant can be
found growing wild in Southern Siberia, Kazakhstan, the Altai region, and
Western Sayani. Rhaponticum is also cultivated throughout Russia and
Eastern Europe. Rhaponticum derives its traditional name, maral root from
the maral deer who feed on it. As a traditional remedy, Rhaponticum has
been used to allay fatigue, treat impotence, speed up recovery from
illness, and improve mood in cases of mild depression.
Modern research conducted in Russia and Eastern Europe indicates that
maral root may indeed exert a beneficial effect cases of impotence,
improve memory and learning, increase working capacity of tired skeletal
muscles, and possess anabolic and adaptogenic properties.
Rhaponticum carthamoides contains a number of antioxidant flavonoids and
natural sterols, including a substance called 20-Hydroxyecdysone, which
has been shown to increase protein production at the cellular level, and
in turn enhance the production of muscle tissue. Research conducted in
Russia shows that extracts of Rhaponticum can significantly increase
muscle mass, while decreasing body fat in athletes who use it while
exercising. Research also shows that Rhaponticum extract can help to
increase work capacity and endurance, while reducing mental and physical
Additional scientific studies performed on Rhaponticum have shown this
herb improves overall physical performance, and shortens recovery time
after an intense workout. Observations of the influence of Rhaponticum on
the cardiovascular system have shown that its ability to increase physical
work capacity is partially due to its ability to improve food supply to
the muscles and brain.
is the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant and is an adaptogenic
famous for longevity, endurance, and fertility. Known for its ability to
support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as a kind
of "Incan superfood" for thousands of years.
Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of
environmental estrogens, most people's hormones are a bit out of whack.
Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which
are the "master glands" of the body. These glands actually regulate the
other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal,
thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.
Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen
which means that it responds to different bodies' needs individually. If
you're producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the
production downward. However, if you're producing too little, it'll
regulate the production upward.
Hormones regulate many things including mood, growth, sexual development,
and tissue function. Hormones also play a role in many diseases, like
cancer and depression.
Maca has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems
including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Maca is also a fertility
enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function,
especially in men. For this reason, it's earned the nickname "nature's
Mushrooms. Long a symbol of longevity in Asia because of their
health-promoting properties, shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally
by the Chinese for more than 6,000 years.
Although immune system support has often received much of the spotlight in
shiitake mushroom research, recent study results involving support of the
cardiovascular system have caught the attention of many researchers. In
particular, recent studies have shown the ability of shiitake mushrooms to
help protect us against cardiovascular diseases (including
atherosclerosis) by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining
of our blood vessels.
Studies in animals have found antitumor, cholesterol-lowering, and
virus-inhibiting effects in compounds in shiitake mushrooms.
Several potential cancer-fighting substances have been found in shiitake
mushrooms, and purified forms of these compounds are being studied as
treatment for stomach and colorectal cancer.
A compound found in shiitake mushrooms, called lentinan is believed to
stop or slow tumor growth. Another component, an activated
hexose-containing compound (also known as 1,3-beta glucan), is also said
to reduce tumor activity and lessen the side effects of cancer treatment.
The mushrooms also contain the compound eritadenine, which is thought to
lower cholesterol by blocking the way cholesterol is absorbed into the
Hops is famous for being the herb that gives beer its bitter-aromatic
flavor, the fact is this calming botanical has been used for centuries to
relieve occasional sleeplessness and to ease nervous tension.
Hops' calming effects are useful for those who suffer from stress and
anxiety. It is useful for digestive disorders which are aggravated by
stress. Hops extract is also beneficial as an anti-inflammatory. It can be
used to soothe conditions such as arthritis. It is also an effective
anti-spasmodic, which makes it a useful treatment for conditions such as
irritable bowel syndrome. It is effective on infections, as it has
anti-bacterial properties and can be used to ease the pain of infections
in the bladder and urinary tract. Hops can stimulate the digestive system
and is useful for treating indigestion and encouraging the production of
stomach acid. Hops can help to detoxify the system by encouraging the body
to eliminate waste products.
The good news: Chlorella is an astounding package of complete nutrition,
which is probably why it is often referred to as nature's multivitamin.
Chlorella... The bad news: Unprocessed chlorella is useless as it is
completely indigestible by humans, due to the fact that we simply do not
have the enzymes to break down its outer cell wall. This form of chlorella
simply passes through the body without any beneficial effect.
Chlorella... The GREAT news: There is a manufacturing processes that
produces a form of chlorella known as 'Broken Cell Wall chlorella'. This
process makes the chlorella biologically available to the body.
Naturally, we only use 'Broken Cell Wall chlorella'.
Chlorella is a potent detoxifier, because it is rich in chlorophyll. When
chlorella is taken into your body, it will bind to lingering heavy metals,
chemicals and pesticides found in your digestive tract and move them
swiftly out of the body. A very unusual feature of chlorella is that while
it removes toxins it will not bind to or remove beneficial minerals like
calcium, magnesium, or zinc. Think about that for a moment. Nature has
provided us with a single-celled organism that apparently knows which
metals belong in your body and which toxic chemicals need to be removed.
If chlorella were a pharmaceutical drug, imagine how many billions in
profits it would generate. Chlorella has been shown to reduce body-fat
percentage and blood-glucose levels and help those suffering from Type 2
diabetes, obesity or heart disease. Its other benefits include boosting
energy, aiding digestion and fighting depression.
Fruit & Veggie Blend
all know that while fruits and vegetables are good for us, most of us do
not regularly consume enough of either. While according to the latest
government research, adults need between seven and thirteen servings per
day of fruits and vegetables, the majority of us do not even come close to
consuming anywhere near those amounts. For fruit, a serving is equal to
one cup of cut-up fruit, one piece of whole fruit like a small apple or
peach, half a cup of dried fruits like apricots or eight ounces of 100
percent fruit juice. For vegetables, the equivalent is one cup of veggies,
eight ounces of vegetable juice or two cups of leafy greens such as
spinach. Our fruit and veggie blend is a unique, synergistic blend of
polyphenols and phytonutrients from over 40 different fruits and vegetable
Ionic Trace Minerals
Ionic Trace Minerals, the most bioavailable form of needed trace minerals,
provides 70 charged trace minerals that are ready for absorption. Ionic
minerals are easily and quickly absorbed and taken into the cells that
line the intestinal tract. These minerals may be readily employed in the
body’s many physiologic activities, including nutrient transport, enzyme
reactions, metabolism help and immune system support. Ionic minerals also
play an important role in supporting a healthy pH balance.
Trimethylglycine (TMG) is also called glycine betaine. TMG is a
vitamin-like substance and is a methyl donor, chemically speaking,
although it also has other beneficial effects.
While plenty of TMG is made in a healthy body, many people do not make
enough TMG today. The reason appears to be the presence of certain toxic
metals. In addition, stress, infections, inflammation and other disease
conditions may use up what the body makes, so more is needed.
Health benefits of TMG include, prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,
improves Athletic Performance by improving the body's Energy levels,
increasing Stamina and improving the body's utilization of Oxygen.
Increases the body's Energy levels and assists the Liver's efficiency in
metabolizing Fatty Acids. TMG detoxifies and stimulates the Liver.
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is present in all body tissues.
Copper Gluconate is a readily absorbable form of copper.
Copper is one of the most important blood antioxidants and prevents the
rancidity of poly-unsaturated fatty acids. It also helps keep cell
membranes healthy and is active in the storage and release of iron to form
hemoglobin for red blood cells. Copper is also considered part of a group
of energy nutrients. These also include B1, B2, B3, B5, iron, and
magnesium. These nutrients are needed by our bodies to convert glucose
within cells into energy. In addition, copper gluconate is required for
producing the protective myelin sheath around the nerves. It may also act
as an immune system booster, and help keep nerves and bones healthy.
Other potential benefits of copper gluconate include: helping with high
cholesterol, osteoporosis, wound healing, benign prostatic hyperplasia,
cardiac arrhythmia, hypoglycaemia, peripheral vascular disease,
osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Taurine and Tyrosine
Taurine is a semi-essential amino acid that plays a specialized role as an
ion and pH buffer in the heart, skeletal muscles and central nervous
system. Commonly found in a variety of meats, dairy products and eggs, the
amino acid Taurine can be obtained from the diet in minimal amounts.
Unfortunately, physical activity depletes our Taurine reserves faster than
most people can produce it. As a result, vegetarians, athletes and
individuals lacking meat in their diets are at the greatest risk for
Tyrosine is an amino acid that your body produces from phenylalanine
(another type of amino acid). Also found in a number of foods (including
meat, fish, eggs, dairy, eggs, nuts, legumes, and oats).
Tyrosine is essential to your body's production of melanin (a type of
pigment) and several key brain chemicals (including dopamine and
norepinephrine). Tyrosine also plays an important role in the function of
the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands, which are involved in
producing and regulating your hormones.
NOTE: We use these two amino acids in our formula as our own product
testing has shown that in the quantities we use, they increase the
effectiveness of our adaptogenic ingredients.
Vitamin A: "Vitamin A" is the blanket term for retinoids,
biologically-active compounds that occur naturally in both plant and
Vitamin A does much more than help you see in the dark. Vitamin A is
essential for normal growth, bone development, and reproduction. It is
used to help maintain healthy skin and mucous membranes, like the ones
that line the nose and mouth. This helps protect against infections in the
respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It stimulates the production
and activity of white blood cells, takes part in remodeling bone, helps
maintain the health of endothelial cells (those lining the body’s interior
surfaces), and regulates cell growth and division.
The vitamin A that comes from animal sources is fat-soluble, and in the
form of retinoic acid, retinal and retinol. Because these retinoids are
very bioavailable and stored in our tissues, too much animal-derived
vitamin A can build up in the body and become toxic.
The vitamin A in fruits and vegetables is in the form of "provitamin A"
-vitamin A precursors also known as carotenoids.
NOTE: We do NOT use animal sourced Vitamin A, instead we use plant sourced
B Complex Vitamins: All
B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose),
which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B
complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex
vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They are also
critical to the proper functioning of the nervous system.
All B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning that the body does not store
B1 (Thiamine): Vitamin B1’s primary purposes are metabolizing
carbohydrates, facilitating the release of energy from food, and assisting
cardiac and nervous system functions. It’s also been shown to strengthen
the immune system, reduce stress and neutralize free radicals.
B2 (Riboflavin): Vitamin B2, riboflavin, packs a serious punch in terms of
its benefits. It plays an essential role in energy production by helping
us metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and in the formation of
red-blood cells and antibodies. In addition, it ensures proper development
of our reproductive organs, tissues, eyes, nervous system, and mucous
membranes; regulates thyroid activity; strengthens our antibodies;
prevents acne; protects the digestive tract; and helps treat
nervous-system conditions such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and
B3 (Niacin): Vitamin B3, is especially helpful in improving circulation
and lowering LDL cholesterol while raising levels of good (HDL)
cholesterol. Niacin is necessary for the formation of red blood cells, and
helps maintain healthy blood pressure and blood triglyceride levels. It
also supports the central nervous system, and high doses have been known
to regulate mood. Finally, it keeps the stomach and intestinal tract
working smoothly and, like its brethren, assists our bodies in
metabolizing carbs, protein, and fat.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Vitamin B5 is a master synthesizer; it facilitates
the formation of fats, proteins, amino acids, and antibiotics. Doctors
have touted its ability to keep the human heart ticking steadily, and to
sustain healthy blood pressure levels. B5 also enhances our immune system
and our physical stamina, spurs DNA reproduction, and keeps the hormones
that cause stress and anxiety in check. But perhaps its best-known
function of all is its contribution to skin health, particularly in
warding off signs of early aging.
B6 (Pyridoxine): The superstar of the B complex, vitamin B6 supports more
bodily functions than any other vitamin. Acting as a coenzyme for a number
of systems, it’s what enables our bodies to metabolize amino acids, most
notably in the intestines. Without it, serotonin, dopamine, and
adrenaline, among other chemicals, could not form. When taken in
conjunction with vitamins B9 and B12, it reduces levels of the amino acid
homocysteine, which contributes to heart disease and stroke. It’s also
used for the treatment of sideroblast anemia and even PMS.
B12 (Cobalamin): Cobalamin is an effective treatment for high levels of
homocysteine, the amino acid whose buildup can cause heart disease. It
helps red blood cells form and regenerate, and aids our bodies in
manufacturing DNA and RNA. It’s also reputed to combat male infertility,
pernicious anemia, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome,
among other conditions. And on the neurological front, it’s been shown to
fight sleep disorders, memory loss, and depression.
NOTE: Cyanocobalamin and Methylcobalamin are two forms of Cobalamin
available for use in nutritional supplements. The most common form used by
manufacturers is the inexpensive synthetic Cyanocobalamin, as it is far
cheaper (20 times cheaper) than the naturally occurring Methylcobalamin.
We do NOT use Cyanocobalamin due to the fact that as the name implies,
cyanocobalamin contains a cyanide molecule, that the body needs to remove
and then eliminate to convert the cyanocobalamin into methylcobalamin.
Methylcobalamin is the specific form of B12 needed for nervous system
health. Indications of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system
might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning
sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes. Because of
methylcobalamin's importance in nervous system health, it is also an
important nutrient for vision. In fact, continued visual work (like work
on a computer) often leads to a reduction in something called 'visual
accommodation'. Methylcobalamin can significantly improve visual
accommodation, while cyanocobalamin appears to be ineffective.
Vitamin D: There's overwhelming evidence that vitamin D is a key
player in your overall health. This is understandable when you consider
that it is not "just" a vitamin; it's actually a neuroregulatory steroidal
hormone that influences nearly 3,000 different genes in your body.
Receptors that respond to the vitamin have been found in almost every type
of human cell, from your brain to your bones.
Did you know there are two types of vitamin D, and they are NOT
Drisdol is a synthetic form of vitamin D2, which is made by irradiating
fungus and plant matter.
The natural form is D3, which is found in foods and also the type produced
by your body in response to exposure to sunlight.
NOTE: We do NOT use D2.