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Ever hear of “adaptogens”? Herbalists use the word to describe an increasingly popular class of plants that, as the name suggests, help you adapt to physical and mental stress. Ever hear of “adaptogens”? Herbalists use the word to describe an increasingly popular class of plants that, as the name suggests, help you adapt. Adapt to what? “These plants help us to adapt to all forms of physical or mental stress,” says Chris Kilham, aka the “Medicine Hunter,” who travels to the far reaches of the planet in search of novel and indigenous botanicals. “The word ‘adaptogen’ is a natural products–insider [...]
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The following content was provided by Garden of Life: For Garden of Life, being one of the top-selling brands in the Natural Products Industry didn’t come easy—but it’s the only way we know how to do it.  We are obsessed with our ingredients. That may sound odd coming from a supplement company, but it’s a fact. Whether we’re making a vitamin, or a probiotic, or a protein powder, we always start with real foods—we want our products to be the best possible formulas to enhance your health. We’re happy to leave the synthetically created, chemical “breakthroughs” from huge commercial laboratories to the [...]
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Neither fish nor foul, not animal nor even technically a plant, mushrooms occupy a nether-region of life, with tantalizing health benefits such as better athletic performance and even, perhaps, an answer to cancer. Mushrooms are much more than just stir-fry fodder. Mushroom compounds called polysaccharides have been studied for decades for improving immunity. Beta-glucans in mushrooms have been proposed to act as “biological response modifiers,” based on their effects on the immune system. This means that they don’t so much stimulate the immune system as they simply make it work better. Want more mushroom magic? A few years ago a friendly [...]
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Most people turn to calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis down the line. And it’s long been a rule of thumb among supplement makers to have a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. But the research is shifting. Here’s what to know when shopping for a bone-health supplement. Why Bone Health is Important For starters, the skeleton is not like the frame of your house—a bunch of dead wood ​​holding together all those rooms. Bones, hard and strong as they may feel, are actually living, growing organs comprised of a lot of minerals besides calcium. ​​Bones are constantly remodeling, so it’s important to [...]
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Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or low glycemic, we know it can sometimes be difficult to find the right supplement to fit your needs. Over the past couple of decades, supplement companies in the natural foods industry have cleaned up their act, getting rid of most problematic ingredients. “That’s great news for careful eaters and people with food allergies,” says Ron Hunninghake, MD, chief medical officer of the Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s easy to find supplements that complement the many dietary habits or restrictions people have.” Here’s the lowdown on what to look out for—and common pitfalls to avoid. Gluten-free Supplements It’s [...]

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