Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Facts

Used as a substitute to sugar due to its sweetening ability. Contains several sweetening compounds of which stevoside is the most potent. Has a sweetening effect that is 300 times that of table sugar with near zero calories. Documented ceremonial use by Indians in the 1400s. We have found a special use for it when treating patients with certain digestive problems.

Preferred Supplements

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

*Used as a substitute to sugar due to its sweetening ability.
*contains several sweetening compounds of which stevoside is the most potent.
*Has a sweetening effect that is 300 times that of table sugar with near zero calories .
*Documented ceremonial use by Indians in the 1400s.
*We have found a special use for it when treating patients with certain digestive problems.

Glucosamine Sulfate

* Healthy joint cartilage has high concentrations of glucosamine sulfate.
*Glucosamine sulfate has been shown to stimulate cartilage cell growth.
* Contains sulphur which has long been used as an anti arthritis remedy.
*As a small molecule, glucosamine sulfate gets absorbed very easily into cartilage.
*Has anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects of medications.
*Glucosamine sulfate is the active component within chondroitin sulfate therefore there is no benefit in taking them in combination.

Aloe Vera

* Over 100 different species of aloe including aloe vera.
* Used in ancient times to treat burns.
* Shown to speed up wound healing time and prevent infection.
* If concentrated, the resulting extract known as aloin becomes a powerful laxative containing anthraquinones.
* Another compound of aloe, known as carrisyn, is being investigated for its antiviral properties.
* We find it very useful in combination with chlorophyll when we are treating patients with gastritis or ulcers.

Garlic (Allium Sativum)

* Strong anti-yeast properties.
* When crushed, an enzyme is released which converts alliin to allicin. Allicin is destroyed when exposed to air and is responsible for much of garlic's benefits. Different brands will vary in quality.
* Has been used for thousands of years against cancer. Modern research is presently verifying its anti-tumor properties.
* Has been shown to lower cholesterol and raise HDL.
* Has blood thinning effects which is useful in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.

Suma

* Considered a near panacea in Brazil where it is nicknamed Brazilian Ginseng.
* Classified as an adaptogen for its ability to help the body handle stress.
* Used in fighting infections and cancer.
* Given to burn and trauma victims to help in tissue repair.
* We use it as an adjunct in managing many types of immune system problems. We never use it alone but we recommend one capsule per day in conjunction with other supplements.

Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxycantha)

* berries used primarily but also combined with flowers and leaves
* used as a tonic for the heart
* in Europe, often used in place of or in combination with digitalis
* used to lower blood pressure if taken over a long period of time
* has been used clinically for 100 years with no known side effects
* especially good for palpitations and shortness of breath in cardiac patients
* we recommend a dose of three capsules once per day

Ginko Biloba

* contains vasodilators that increase circulation to the brain
* useful in memory loss and dementia
* leaves are used in a 24 to 1 concentrated extract
* has been used in Chinese medicine for 3000 years
* a single ginko tree can live for many centuries.
* it is the oldest living species of tree, dating back to the age of the dinosaurs
* has also been used to treat asthma, impotence, allergies, and vascular diseases
* standard safe dosage would be 120 mg. per day

Guggal (Commiphora mukul)

* Has been used at least 2500 years ago in India as part of Ayurvedic medicine.
* The tree secretes a gum resin that has cholesterol lowering properties.
* Has been shown to raise HDLs and lower both triglycerides and VLDLs.
* Dosages recommended range from 500 mg. to 1500 mg.

Coenzyme Q10

* Also known as ubiquinone because it is "ubiquitous" and is found in all the tissues of the body.
* Similar in structure to vitamin K and is part of the body's energy system or Krebs cycle.
* CoQ10 levels have been shown to decline with age.
* Deficiencies seen with certain medical conditions including heart disease and periodontal disease.
* Studies have shown positive benefits when taken for ulcers, diabetes and obesity.
* We find it extremely beneficial for angina and it often works better than nitroglycerin.
* Dosages recommended range from 50 mg. to 200 mg.

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

* The seeds are the most commonly used part of the plant.
* Contains a flavonoid known as silymarin that has liver protecting properties.
* Demonstrates good antioxidant properties.
* Has shown to prevent toxic side effects from certain poisons and drug overdoses (e.g. acetaminophen)
* Has been shown useful in treatment of cirrhosis and hepatitis.
* We find it useful in alcoholism, hepatitis, and certain types detoxification problems. Often works better when used in combination with the amino acid methionine.

Quercetin

*A member of the bioflavanoid family which has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-allergic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-clot forming properties .
*Has been shown in many studies to act as an antioxidant.
*The first recognized effects of flavonoids were the ability to strengthen capillaries and participate in collagen formation.
*Protects vitamin C from oxidation. We recommend taking Vitamin C with bioflavanoids on a daily basis.
*We find it useful as a supplement when helping patients to quit smoking.
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Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

*High in vitamin C and bioflavanoids.
*Used primarily in urinary tract infections.
*It makes the walls of the urinary tract slippery, thereby preventing bacteria from adhering to cells.
*The juice can be taken undiluted or as a concentrate in capsule form 300 mg three times per day.

Pycnogenol (Pinus maritima)

*Contains proanthocyanadins, a member of the bioflavanoid family.
*Acts as a strong antioxidant.
*commonly used for joint problems and arthritis.
*We recommend 100 mgs in combination with digestive enzymes taken once per day on an empty stomach.

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

* 64 million doses prescribed for depression by German MDs in 1994.
*The British Medical Journal reported 23 studies last year indicating its effectiveness against mild depression.
*3% concentrated extract is the preferred strength with a dosage of 300 mgs per day.
* In our office, we use St. John's Wort in combination with a Chinese herbal formula called Cerebral Tonic.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

* There are over 80 varieties throughout Asia, Australia, and Hawaii.
* It is mainly used as a carminative (removes gas from the intestinal tract).
* Has blood thinning properties by reducing platelet clumping and may help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
* Studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing nausea and motion sickness.
* Traditionally used for arthritis, toothaches, pain and fevers because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
* We recommend its usage as a tea or two capsules or more as needed.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

* In spring, the leaves are used in salads.
* The juice has been used for liver and skin problems.
* Has been shown in animal studies to relieve joint inflammation.
* Dandelion root is an excellent natural diuretic and has been used to expel kidney stones.
* Combined with the herbs uva ursi and gravel root, we use it for its diuretic properties in dosages of 2 capsules or 20 drops per day.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

* Has a long history of use by aboriginal people of Australia.
* The oil of the tree is extracted from the leaves and branches.
* Has broad antiseptic properties against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
* Used in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and skin products.
* We use it topically for tooth infections and internally by putting 2-3 drops in water.

Vitamin E

* First identified in 1922
* The term" tocopherol" from the Greek "tocos"- offspring, "phero"- to bring forth, alcohol
* Most important sources are vegetable oils, amounts vary depending on refining process
* Protects tissue levels of Co Q 10
* Acts as a blood thinner thereby preventing strokes and heart attacks,
* Avoid during hypertension and prior to surgery
* Effectiveness boosted by taking along with selenium
* Alpha tocopherol is the most active component, mixed tocopherol formula is preferable
* Deficiency related to infertility and muscle degeneration

Germanium

* Is a trace element that is used in the form of an organic salt carboxyethylgermanium sesquioxide.
* Found naturally in high doses within garlic and Siberian ginseng.
* Has several important immune enhancing properties.
* Shown to have broad anti-tumor effects by activating macrophage, killer cells and interferon
* Research has shown positive results with rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and benefits as an antioxidant. We find it useful in supporting the body's immune system when it is fighting viral conditions
* We recommend a dose of 50 mgs.

Fish Oils

* Contains two major types of polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA.
* Inhibit the formation of leukotrienes which are cell metabolites that cause inflammation in the body.
* Useful in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Has been shown to prevent clot formation.
* Shown to improve cholesterol HDL/LDL ratios and lower triglycerides.
* May be useful in any type of inflammatory condition. Some of the conditions being investigated include: arthritis, collitis, asthma, allergies, psoriasis, gout.
* We recommend 1000 mg. per day. Research usually includes doses 2-3 times this amount.

Red Clover (Trifoleum pratense)

* The part used is the blossom.
* Uzarin, an extract of red clover sedates the contraction of smooth muscles and is used in Europe as a treatment for diarrhea.
* Contains an isoflavone known as biochanin A. It has been found to be a carcinogen inhibitor. * In treating cancer, it has commonly been used in conjunction with chaparral. * Antibiotic against several bacterias including tuberculosis.