Chromium Picolinate


What is chromium?
Chromium is a trace element. It is known to enhance the effectiveness of insulin,
which is a hormone involved in the metabolism and storage of carbohydrates,
protein and fat in the body. Chromium is the active ingredient in glucose
tolerance factor (GTF), which is a dietary factor that has been shown to improve
impaired glucose tolerance in rats.

Where is chromium found?
Chromium is widely distributed in the food supply, but the content of the mineral
in food is altered by agriculture and manufacturing practices and therefore most
foods provide only small amounts. It is found canned foods, meats and animal
fats, fish, brown sugar, coffee, tea, calf liver, whole wheat bread, rye bread,
some spices, and brewer’s yeast. Cooking in stainless-steel cookware increases
the chromium content in food.

What are the benefits of chromium?
Chromium is used to improve blood sugar balance and glycemic control in
diabetes. It is also used to treat pre-diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome),
and decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Some people take
chromium to increase muscle mass and lose weight. It is also used to increase
athletic performance and increase energy.

Are there interactions between chromium and  medications?
Antacids, corticosteroids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors alter stomach
acidity and may impair chromium absorption. Additionally, chromium may
enhance the effects of beta-blockers, corticosteroids, NSAIDS, prostaglandin
inhibitors, nicotinic acid and insulin.

Are there side effects from chromium?


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What is carnitine?
Carnitine is a compound biosynthesized from the amino acids lysine and
methionine. It is needed for the transport of fatty acids into the
mitochondria in order to generate and produce energy. It also acts like an
antioxidant and helps protect the body against free radicals.

Where is carnitine  found?
The highest concentrations of carnitine are found in red meat and dairy
products. It is also found in nuts, seeds, legumes, some fruits and
vegetables, cereals, brewer’s yeast, and carob.

What are the benefits of carnitine?
Carnitine is effective in improving the red blood cell count and hemoglobin
during hemodialysis in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). It is also been
used to improve symptoms associated with angina, CHF (congestive heart
failure), MIs (myocardial infarctions), infertility in men, and low birth
weight infants. Carnitine is also used to decrease fatigue and to treat
symptoms of hyperthyroidism. It is often taken to improve athletic
performance and is used as a weight loss supplement; however, there is
no consistent evidence to show that it works. Some studies show carnitine
reduces fat mass and increases muscle mass, which may contribute to
weight loss in some people.

Are there interactions between carnitine and  food, herbs or other supplements?
None known

Are there interactions between carnitine and  other medications?
Carnitine changes the effectiveness of Sintrom (acenocoumarol), thyroid
hormone and warfarin. Be cautious and talk to a doctor before starting carnitine
while on one of these medications.

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What is Calcium?
Calcium is a mineral that is essential for living organisms. It is a structural
element in bones and shells and it serves as a necessary messenger in cell
physiology. For example, calcium is involved in muscle contraction, the electrical
conduction of the heart, and neurotransmitter release. Calcium combines with
phosphate to form hydroxylapatite, which is what is found in bones and teeth.

Where is Calcium found?
Calcium can be found in dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Other
good sources are seaweeds (kelp, wakame, hijiki), almonds, hazelnuts, sesame,
pistachio, blackstrap molasses, beans, figs, quinoa, okra, rutabaga, broccoli,
dandelion leaves, kale, fish with soft bones (canned salmon and sardines), and
fortified products like certain brands of orange juice.

Calcium is also sold in supplements. When taking calcium pills, no more than
600mg should be taken at a time for ideal absorption, and therefore the pills
should be taken throughout the day. Some of the different forms of calcium
supplements are: calcium carbonate (most common and least expensive),
calcium citrate, calcium phosphate (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite), coral
calcium, calcium lactate and calcium chelates.

What are the benefits of Calcium?
Calcium is used to prevent and treat hypocalcemia, osteoporosis, and rickets. It
is also effective in treating hyperkalemia (high potassium levels), renal failure,
and dyspepsia (calcium carbonate is used as an antacid). Calcium is also used to
treat hyperparathyroidism and to decrease PMS symptoms. For some, it reduces
the risk of colorectal cancer, fluorosis, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension,
stroke, pre-eclampsia, and weight loss.

Are there interactions between Calcium and  food, herbs or other supplements?
Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium, whereas many fibers decrease
calcium absorption. Calcium supplements may decrease the absorption of dietary
iron, zinc and magnesium. High levels of caffeine and high levels of sodium
increase calcium excretion and may be linked to bone loss.


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Vitamin C-1000

Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that
cannot be made or stored by the human body. It is an essential nutrient
that acts as an antioxidant, and therefore blocks some damage caused by
free radicals, which may cause conditions such as cancer, heart disease,
and arthritis. It also plays a role in immune function. Vitamin C is
important in many enzymatic reactions, and it is a cofactor for the
synthesis of many important biochemicals. It is needed for the growth
and repair of body tissues and is needed to make collagen, which
comprises the skin and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also needed for wound
healing and bone and teeth maintenance.

Where is Vitamin C  found?
It is found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially guava, red pepper,
kiwi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papayas, strawberries, oranges, kale,
spinach, tomatoes and mango. It is also found in some cuts of meat, such
as liver.

What are the benefits of  Vitamin C?
Ensuring adequate vitamin C prevents and treats scurvy. Additionally,
taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C per 30mg iron increases iron
absorption. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing age-related
macular degeneration, albuminuria, atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial
disease, cancer, common cold, erythema, gallbladder disease,
hypertension, lead toxicity, and improved physical performance and

Are there interactions between Vitamin C and  food, herbs or other supplements?
Some data shows that vitamin C increases serum chromium absorption. It
also increases iron absorption. High doses of vitamin C have been shown
to decrease serum copper levels. Other evidence suggests that vitamin
B12 is destroyed by vitamin C supplements, so supplements should be
taken at least 2 hours after meals.



What is bromelain?
Bromelain is an extract from the stem and juice of pineapples. It is a mixture of
proteases/proteolytic enzymes, which are enzymes that digests protein. It is
used to treat a number of conditions due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Where is bromelain found?
It is a supplement that comes from pineapples. It is available in tablets and

What are the benefits of bromelain?
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, bromelain is frequently used after an
injury or surgery to reduce swelling. It may reduce swelling, bruising, healing
time and pain after surgery; it also decreases inflammation in minor muscle
injuries, sprains, and strains. Bromelain may also be effect in treating treat
ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and muscle soreness after vigorous exercise. It is also
used to help treat sinusitis. Some studies show it may be useful in debridement,
which is a process that removes dead tissue from the skin.

Are there interactions with bromelain and medications or foods?
Do not take bromelain with other anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications.
Additionally, it may increase risk of bleeding during surgery and should be
stopped 2 weeks prior to any scheduled surgical procedure. Bromelain should not
be taken with soybeans or potatoes, since they are inhibitors of proteolytic
enzymes and may inhibit bromelain activity.

Are there side effects from bromelain?
Some people report mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Do not take bromelain if
you are allergic to pineapples, wheat, celery, carrot, fennel, papain, or grass



What is astaxanthin and where is it found?
Astaxanthin is a reddish carotenoid pigment found in microalgae, salmon, trout,
red sea bream, shrimp, lobster, fish eggs, and many bird species. It is a powerful
antioxidant very similar in structure to beta-carotene. It may stimulate immunity
and protect cells from damage therefore and may be beneficial for
cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative disease.

What are the benefits of astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is used to treat age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s
disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, cancer and hyperlipidemia. It is also used
to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, exercise-induced muscle soreness, rheumatoid
arthritis, and menopausal symptoms. Topically it is used for sunburn and
wrinkled skin.

Are there interactions between astaxanthin and food or medications?
Be careful taking astaxanthin with other carotenoids because it may decrease

Are there side effects from astaxanthin?
None reported

Sleeping and Exercise

Exercise Your Way to Better Sleep

One third of all Americans suffer from insomnia, which is defined as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of issues including anxiety, stress and depression, and lack of sleep can cause a whole host of health issues. Recent research over the last 10 years  has shown that exercise can help reduce insomnia. A study at Rush University showed that women who exercised were less depressed and reported that their sleep changed from poor to good.  Exercise can be performed at any time of day to improve sleep, even right before bedtime. So put away your sleeping pills and melatonin and get active. It will not just help your body, but your mind and sleeping habits as well!



What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb that contains chemicals used to
decrease stress, reduce inflammation, decrease blood pressure, calm the
brain, and affect immune function.

Where is ashwagandha found?
Ashwagandha is a type of plant whose berries and roots are used to make
medicine. It is sold in supplemental form only, both orally and topically.

What are the benefits of ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha has many uses. As a tonic, it is used to increase both
longevity and general health. Additionally, it is used to treat arthritis and
decrease inflammation. It is considered an “adaptogen,” which helps
increase resistance to environmental stress. It is also taken to decrease
anxiety, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, and it is taken to help with symptoms
of GI disease, diabetes and epilepsy. Some people take ashwagandha to
improve sexual function, menstrual issues, and treat infertility. Others use
ashwagandha to improve thinking ability. It is also used topically to treat
wounds and backaches.

Are there interactions with ashwaganha food, herbs or other supplements?
Ashwagandha should not be taken with other herbs that have sedative
properties, such as valerian and St John’s wort.

Ashwagandha should not be taken during pregnancy. People with autoimmune
diseases or peptic ulcer disease should not take it. Additionally, ashwagandha
should be stopped two weeks before any type of surgery.



What is 5-HTP and where is it found?

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a byproduct from the amino acid, tryptophan. It
is naturally produced from tryptophan in the body as the body makes serotonin.
It is also found in various plants, including the seeds of a West African plant
called griffonia simplicifolia. However, the amount of 5-HTP in foods is
insignificant, so 5-HTP is sold as an over-the-counter supplement.

What are the benefits  of 5-HTP?

5-HTP has been shown to be effective as an antidepressant. It may also be
effective as a treatment for fibromyalgia and its symptoms, such as pain,
morning stiffness, and sleeplessness. Some people take 5-HTP to treat sleep
disorders, anxiety, migraines, tension headaches, and PMS. Others take 5-HTP as
an appetite suppressant and use it to aid in weight loss.

Are there interactions with 5-HTP and food or medications?
5-HTP should not be taken with MAOI or SSRI antidepressants. It should also be
avoided if taking carbidopa, demerol, tramadol or pentazocine.

Are there side effects from 5-HTP?

5-HTP may cause heartburn, stomach pain, flatulence, nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea and anorexia. There is some concern, though it is unclear, that 5-HTP
may cause eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), which is condition that
presents with muscle tenderness and blood abnormalities. However, this is
controversial and some research suggests EMS may have been caused by a
contaminant in the supplement rather than the 5-HTP itself. If you decide to take
5-HTP, it is very important that you buy a trusted, reputable brand that will be
free of any impurities or contaminants.