What is MSM?

MSM (Methylsulfonulmethane) is a chemical naturally found in plants and animals which can be taken orally or topically for pain management. MSM may work because it supplies sulfur which is used to make other chemicals in the body.

What are the benefits?

MSM is used to treat chronic pain, osteoarthritis, inflammation, and muscles cramps. It has been shown to be effective in treating hemorrhoids, rosacea, and exercise-induced stress. Some people take it to eliminate scar tissues, stretch marks, hair loss, and wrinkles. It is also used for wound healing. Others use MSM to treat snoring, allergies, chronic constipation, PMS, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer.

Are there interactions with food or medications?

None known.

Are there side effects?

Some people may experience nausea, diarrhea, bloating, headache, fatigue, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating. Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a physician before taking MSM.


What is Hyaluronan and where is it found?

Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) is a substance found naturally in the body in cartilage, synovial fluid, the skin and in the eye. It is mainly taken to alleviate joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, since it acts as a cushion and a lubricant. It can be taken orally or injected into the joints directly, as well as used topically.

What are the benefits of Hyaluroan?

Orally, hyaluronan is used to treat osteoarthritis and joint pain and stiffness. Injections of hyaluronan directly into the joints have been shown to supplement the natural synovial fluid in the joint, which helps relieve pain and inflammation. It is also an adjunct during cataract surgery and a treatment to oral mouth sores. Hyaluronan is also used as a lip filler in plastic surgery. Topically, hyaluronan can be used for aging skin and is found in products such as Juvederm. It may also be used for wound healing, burns, skin ulcers and may affect the way the body responds to injury.

Are there interactions with Hyaluronan and food or medications?

None known.

Are there side effects from Hyaluronan?

After an injection, Hyaluronan may cause swelling in the joint and redness or soreness at the injection site. Rarely, it can cause an allergic reaction. Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a physician before taking hyaluronan.


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What is Glutathione and where is it found?
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant involved in many body processes, including tissue building and repair, the production of chemicals and proteins, and stimulating immune response. In fact, glutathione is used in metabolic and biochemical reactions, such as DNA synthesis and repair, enzyme activation, amino acid transport, and prostaglandin synthesis. Therefore, glutathione affects every system in the body, especially the immune system, nervous system, GI system, and lungs. It protects our cells and supports our metabolism. Glutathione is produced naturally by the liver and can be found in fruits, vegetables, and meats.
What are the benefits?
Glutathione is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant. Glutathione is used to treat cataracts and glaucoma, and prevent aging. It is also used to treat and prevent alcoholism, cancer, heart disease, liver disease, memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and to control inflammation and to maintain the immune system. Glutathione is also used to treat male infertility and to help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy.
Are there interactions with food or medications?
None reported.

Are there side effects?
None reported.


What is Berberine and where is it found?

Berberine is a naturally occurring alkaloid chemical found in certain plants, such as goldenseal, goldthread, phellodendron, Oregon grape, and tree tumeric. It has frequently been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicines for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and sedative effects plus its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.
What are the benefits?

Berberine has been shown to be effective in reducing blood sugar levels with people with diabetes and lowering cholesterol levels for those with hypercholesterolemia. Some people also use berberine to treat burns, obesity, diarrhea, congestive heart failure, and osteoporosis.

Are there interactions with food or medications?
Consult a doctor if you are on diabetic or blood lowering medication and want to take berberine. No interactions with food known.

Are there side effects?
It is not safe for newborns or pregnant women since it might cause brain damage to the baby or fetus.


What is L-Theanine and where is it found?

L-theanine is an amino acid commonly found in green tea and in some types of mushrooms. L-theanine can cross the blood-brain barrier and positively affect brain chemistry and modulate mood. Its chemical structure is similar to the amino acid, glutamate, and it acts as a glutamate antagonist to suppress glucocorticoids, which are stress hormones that negatively affect mood and memory.

What are the benefits of L-theanine?

L-theanine is used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure, and it is also used to prevent dementia. L-theanine has also been shown to have immunological effects and boost the body’s response to infection.

L-Theanine also helps reduce alcohol damage to the liver by helping to restore glutathione, which is the liver’s all-purpose antioxidant and detoxifier. Glutathione is also important for cancer patients because a depletion of glutathione may cause chemotherapy toxicity. L-theanine may prevent drug-induced losses of glutathione in some vital organs, such as the heart. Additionally, glutathione may block tumors from getting glutathione, and therefore increase the effective of certain cancer drugs. L-theanine helps restore balance.

Are there interactions with food or medications and L-theanine?

L-theanine may inhibit the stimulating effects of caffeine-containing herbs and supplements.  Consult a doctor before taking it with other drugs or herbs for hypertension.

Are there side effects from L-theanine?

None reported.


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What is ginger and where is it found?

Ginger is an herb with numerous therapeutic qualities including the ability to decrease inflammation. It has antioxidant properties and has been shown to be effective in alleviating gastrointestinal distress. The stem (rhizome) can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as a juice or oil. Not only is ginger used as a medicine, but ginger is also used as a spice and as a flavoring agent in the food and drink industry. Additionally, ginger is often an ingredient in fragrances and cosmetics.
What are the benefits?

Ginger is used to treat morning sickness, motion sickness, dizziness, osteoarthritis, and nausea and vomiting after surgery and from cancer treatment. Ginger is also utilized for decreased appetite, stomach upset, colic, flatulence, and the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Some people take ginger to treat chest and back pain, menstrual pain, muscle soreness, and migraine headaches. Topically, the juice can be used to treat thermal burns while the oil is used as an analgesic.


Are there interactions with food, medications or herbal supplement?

Caution should be taken with medications that slow blood clotting, like warfarin. Additionally, there may be minor interactions with antidiabetes drugs and medications for high blood pressure. Consult with a doctor before starting ginger.


Are there side effects?

Side effects are rare but may include abdominal discomfort, heartburn, diarrhea, mouth irritation, and drowsiness.

Beta Alanine

What is Beta-alanine and where is it found?

Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid which can be made by the body. It is converted into carnosine in the body, which acts as an acid buffer by controlling the pH in cells. A high pH/acid accumulation in cells contributes to fatigue. Carnosine is also an anti-oxidant and anti-aging compound. Decreasing fatigue may contribute to increasing physical performance and exercise capacity.

What are the benefits?

Beta-alanine may improve athletic performance and build lean muscle mass, particularly during weight training and high-intensity exercise because it slows muscle fatigue.  It also may help improve performance and delay muscle fatigue of older adults and therefore decrease injury. Some studies show that beta-alanine may enhance the benefits of creatine combining the two supplements together may increase lean body mass and decrease body fat.

Are there interactions with food, medications or herbal supplement?


Are there side effects?

Side effects are rare, but the most common side effect is parathesia, include flushing and tingling like pins and needles.


What are BCAAs and where are they found?

BCAAs stand for branched-chain amino acids, which include the amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids are essential nutrients found in proteins, such as meat, dairy and legumes.  They are considered “branched-chain” because of their chemical structure. BCAAS appear to stimulate protein synthesis and reduce muscle breakdown. They are unique because they are the only amino acids used directly by the muscle for energy during exercise, and therefore, they can be depleted quickly.

What are the benefits?

BCAAs are used to improve exercise performance and reduce the breakdown of muscles during intense exercise. They are also used to prevent fatigue, decrease muscle soreness, improve concentration, and to treat various medical conditions, such as anorexia, cancer, liver disease, mania, ALS, McArdle’s Disease, spinocerebellar degeneration, tardive dyskinesia, and kidney failure in elderly patients.

Are there interactions with food, medications or herbal supplement?

BCAAs may interact with diabetes medications because they may decrease blood sugar.  They also may interact with Levodopa, steroids, and diazoxide. Consult a physician when taking any of these medications before starting BCAAs.

Are there side effects?

BCAAs have few side effects; sometimes they may cause fatigue or loss of coordination. Consult a doctor before taking BCAAs if you are pregnant, have ALS, or chronic alcoholism. BCAAs should be stopped 2 weeks prior to any scheduled surgery.


What is L-arginine and where is it found?

L-arginine is an amino acid; amino acids are the chemical building blocks of protein. L-arginine is obtained from the diet through red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine. L-arginine is used for heart and blood vessel conditions because it is converted into nitric oxide inside the body, which dilates the blood vessels and causes increased blood flow. Additionally, L-arginine stimulates the release of growth hormone and insulin. It also triggers the body to make protein and is associated with wound healing.

What are the benefits of L-arginine?

L-arginine is used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. It is also taken to improve dementia, erectile dysfunction and male infertility. Some people use L-arginine for preventing the common cold, improving kidney function after a kidney transplant, high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), improving athletic performance, boosting the immune system, and preventing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants. It is also used topically for wound healing and to increase blood flow to the hands and feet.

Additionally, L-arginine can be combined with a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications to treat various conditions. For instance, L-arginine is used along with ibuprofen for migraine headaches. It is also used with conventional chemotherapy drugs to treat breast cancer; with other amino acids for treating weight loss in people with AIDS; and with fish oil and other supplements for reducing infections, improving wound healing, and shortening recovery time after surgery.

Are there interactions between L-arginine and food, medications or herbal supplement?

L-arginine should not be taken with nitrates or anti-hypertensive drugs. Consult a doctor before taking arginine of you are on Viagra. Avoid xylitol, a sugar alcohol when taking arginine.

Are there side effects from taking L-arginine?

L-arginine can cause some side effects such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gout, blood abnormalities, allergies, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure.

Consult a doctor before taking L-arginine if you have allergies, asthma, low blood pressure, or have had a recent heart attack. Stop taking L-arginine 2 weeks before any type of surgery.

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Milk Thistle

What is milk thistle and where is it found?

Milk thistle is a plant native to Mediterranean countries. It is a closely related to the daisy and ragweed. Some people also call it Mary thistle and holy thistle.  Milk thistle contains a flavonoid, called silymarin, which is extracted from the seeds of the plant.  Silymarin appears to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the liver from toxins.

What are the benefits?

Milk thistle is often used to treat liver problems including, cirrhosis, jaundice, and hepatitis.  It has been shown to be effective in treating seasonal allergies and heartburn.  Others take milk thistle to lower cholesterol, to improve diabetic blood sugar levels, and to reduce the rate of cancer cell growth. It is also used for loss of appetite, gallbladder issues, depression, and hangovers.

Are there interactions with food or medications?

Do not take milk thistle if you are allergic to ragweed or plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family, like daisies and chrysanthemums. Consult a doctor before taking milk thistle if you are currently taking drugs broken down by the liver, antipsychotics, phenytoin, halothane, birth control pills, allergy drugs, drugs for high cholesterol, blood thinners, antianxiety drugs and some cancer drugs.

Are there side effects?

Sometimes, milk thistle can cause diarrhea, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite.

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