Nutrition Intelligence – Glossary – Antioxidants, Vitamins, Phytochemicals

Glossary of Terms you may find useful. Got something you can add? Just post a comment with the details.

A

Antioxidants Group of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phyto-nutrients, phyto-chemicals) which help protect your body from free radicals (caused by normal body functions, aging, pollutants, pesticides, antibiotic use and other factors).

Adaptogen – That which helps boost, balance and normalize functions in your body.

B

Bioflavanoids – Sometimes referred to as Vitamin P, these help to enhance the absorption of Vitamin C. The human body does not produce these so they must be supplied by your diet. They help to promote circulation, stimulate bile production, and act with Vitamin C to preserve and protect the structure of capillary blood vessels.

D

Demulcent – Helps to soothe and relieve internal inflammation.

E

Emollient – Helps to soothe and soften inflamed tissue

F

Free Radicals – A single or group of unstable molecules/atoms that can cause damage to cells, leading to breakdown and disease. Visualize and apple – when you cut it and leave the cut surface exposed to air.It turns brown, almost like it’s rusting. Oxidization has occurred. In a similar way unstable oxygen molecules in your body are the free radicals that cause your unprotected organs to “rust” and breakdown.

P

Phytochemicals – Literally meaning “plant chemicals”, phytochemicals are protective food factors derived from a variety of plant sources. Phtyochemicals have powerful health benefits. Whenever there is plant life, phytochemicals protect plants from attack by their enemies in the environment, like bacteria, viruses, radiation and insects. Research is now showing that we can benefit from these life-sustaining qualities as well. Good news for us. Plants have been in existence much longer than man and know much more about survival. Research indicates that phytochemicals can provide protection against some types of cancer.

T

Tonic – A product that is strengthening and invigorating.

V

Vitamins really deserve there own glossary! Vitamins are organic chemicals that are necessary for growth, metabolism, and overall health and well-being. Vitamins originate in food, and are categorized as either fat soluble (meaning they can be stored in the body for long periods of time) OR water soluble (these pass easily through our bodies, cannot be stored, must be replenished daily).

Vitamin A – Also known as Beta Carotene, a fat-soluble vitamin essential for cell growth, development, reproduction, and immunity. It is stored primarily in the liver and is considered one of the most potent antioxidants.

Vitamin B1 – Also known as Thiamine, a water-soluble vitamin, beneficial to the nervous system. It helps to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy.

Vitamin B2 – Also known as Riboflavin, a water-soluble vitamin which helps with energy production. It must be replaced constantly. It is the most common deficiency.

Vitamin B3 – Also known as Niacin, a water-soluble vitamin, a major player against heart disease. It helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Vitamin B6 – Also known as Pyridoxine, this water-soluble vitamin goes through the body in only 8 hours. It is needed for red-blood cell production and cellular growth. It also plays a key role in the immune system and antibody production.

Vitamin B12 – Also known as Cyanocobalamin, a water-soluble vitamin known for its energizing capabilities. It is essential for nerve tissue, promotes growth, memory and regenerates red blood cells.

Vitamin B15 – Also known as Pantothenic Acid, this water-soluble vitamin helps protect against cardiovascular disease as ell as helping with symptoms of arthritis. It helps encourage healing, protects the liver and immune system.

Biotin -This water-soluble vitamin is essential for the metabolism of vitamin C, fat and protein. It helps with healthy hair, skin and nails.

Vitamin C – This water-soluble vitamin is essential for formation of collagen (exists between cells to hold tissue together). It is necessary for growth and integrity of bones, blood vessels, teeth and gums. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has many powerful properties; anti-cancer, prevention of blood clots.

Vitamin D – This is a fat-soluble vitamin that the skin can produce on its own when exposed to direct sunlight. In only 15 minutes a day, your body can manufacture all it needs. It is not very abundant in food, and is stored in the liver for future use.

Vitamin E – This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in many places; the heart, liver, reproductive organs, fatty tissue, and muscles. It basically works for the nervous system. It is a potent antioxidant, and helps to combat heart disease, by keeping good cholesterol (HDL) high, blood thin and blood pressure low.


Nutrition Intelligence – The Wrap Up – Get Total Nutrition

Well, it’s very difficult to end this series as there is still so much to say. However, I’ve made a decision to wrap it up here because I need to tell you what product can provide you with all the elements you need every day. It sure can be overwhelming, trying to figure out how to consume all the right nutrition.

How about one product to provide it all? Yep, one product! Simple and easy to consume…

The product is called Nn Total Nutrition – they don’t call it partial nutrition, it’s TOTAL.


It contains:-

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Cleansing & Detoxification herbs
  • Fibre
  • EFAs (essential fatty acids)
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Immune Boosters
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Alkaline Promoters
  • Phyto-estrogen
  • Cardiovascular protectors
  • Brain Foods
  • Bone Builders

In all, it has 79 ingredients, as listed below.

What have you eaten
so far today?

Compare it with what you intake with just one packet of Nn Total Nutrition!

Each packet of Nn Total Nutrition contains more than 70 naturally-derived ingredients as listed below:

Acerola Berry Juice Powder 30.4mg
Alfalfa Juice Powder 70.4mg
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 2.4mg
Apple Fiber (pectin/cellulose) 200mg
Astragalus Membranaceus 10.4mg
Barley Juice Powder 70.4mg
Beta Sitosterol 10.4mg
Bilberry (std. ext. 25%) 2.4mg
Biotin 60mcg
Boron (as citrate & gluconate) 0.4mg
Brown Rice Bran (source of tocotrienols) 70.4mg
Burdock Root Powder 5.6mg
Calcium (carbonate, citrate, malate) 100mg
Carob 70.4mg
Chlorella (cracked cell-wall) 60mg
Chromium Picolinate 52 mcg
Copper (as gluconate) 0.8mg
CoQ10 200mcg
Dairy Free Probiotics:
Bifidobacterium Bifidus
Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
Lactospore (B.coagulans)
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Dandelion Root Powder 7.2mg
Earthrise Spirulina 280mg
Echinacea Angustifolia (std. ext.) 5.6mg
Flax Seed Meal (source of Lignans) 70.4mg
Fo Ti Powder (Ho Shou Wu) 7.2mg
Folic Acid 80mcg
FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) 52mg
Ginger Root Powder 5.6mg
Ginkgo Biloba (std. ext. 24% 6%) 2.4mg
Grape Seed (std. ext. 90%) 2.4mg
Hawthorn Berry (std. ext. 4:1) 7.2mg
Horsetail (std. ext. source of silica) 2.4mg
Iodine (as kelp) 30.4mcg
Iron (organically bound) 1.6mg
Japanese Green Tea (source of catechins) 2.4mg
Jerusalem Artichoke Powder 150.4mg
Licorice Root Powder 20mg
Magnesium (as citrate) 52mg
Maitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Manganese (chelated) 0.8mg
Milk Thistle (std. Ext. 80%) 7.2mg
Molybdenum (as molybdate) 16mcg
Natural Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) 40 IU
Niacin 4.0mg
Norwegian Sea Kelp 2.4mg
Oat Bran Concentrate (source of beta-glucans) 20mg
Octacosanol 160mcg
Pau D’arco Powder 7.2mg
Phosphorus 10.4mg
Plant Based Digestive Enzymes
(Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase,
Lactase, Bromelain, Papain)
16mg
Potassium (as citrate) 75.2mg
Pycnogenol® (Pine Bark ext.) 2.4mg
Red Beet Juice Powder 26.4mg
Red Dulse Powder 7.2mg
Reishi Mushroom 5.6mg
Royal Jelly (6%10H2DA) 10.4mg
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 16mcg
Shiitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Siberian Ginseng Root 16mg
Silica 5.6mg
Slippery Elm Bark 5.6mg
Soy Lecithin
(oil free/95% phosphatides)
280mg
Soy Protein Concentrate 9.6g
Spinach Powder 20mg
Vanadium 10.4mcg
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 1000 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 1.6mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.8mg
Vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 0.8mg
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 4.0mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 2.4mg
Vitamin C (buffered) 52mg
Vitamin D 80 IU
Wheat Grass Juice Powder 70.4mg
Wild Imported Rose Hips 26.4mg
Zinc (organically bound) 3.2mg

In a base of: Tomato Powder, Tangerine Bioflavonoids, Cherry Juice Powder, Broccoli Powder, Kale Powder, Carrot Powder, Levulose, Natural Vanilla

Natural Goodness
The processing methods used for Total Nutrition ensure that fragile nutrients like enzymes, vitamins and phyto-nutrients stay intact and active. All-natural, it is free of animal products, artificial preservatives, colourings, flavourings, chemical additives, stabilisers, fillers, binders, and contains no added salt. It is suitable for vegetarians and those who react adversely to yeast, milk, wheat, corn or egg.

Nn Total Nutrition is manufactured under the license of Tishcon Corp, New York, USA, a 100% in-house manufacturer of vitamins and health products established in 1977 and reknowned for its expertise in Chewable Multi-vitamin, Timed Release and Bio-enhanced formulations.
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Nutrition Intelligence – Alkaline Promoters – Is Your Body Acidic? – Part 12

Your body is alkaline by design. We require an alkaline pH balance to function properly. Your body has reserves of alkaline minerals (e.g. calcium) to help maintain the correct pH balance.

When we consume acid forming foods (Click here to download your free chart) our body needs to compensate by borrowing from our alkaline reserves.  This can mean your reserve of calcium can be depleted.  That’s right, your body will actually take calcium from your bones!  If this cycle keeps happening it can lead to osteporosis (a weakened bone structure).

New Aging Theory

Overly acidic body condition will eventually lead to your body breaking down, beyond repair. This is the basis of a new theory on the aging process, that associates aging and degenerative diseases with accumulation of acid waste products in the body.

When acid wastes enter the blood circulation, the blood, in attempting to maintain the correct pH, will store acid wastes in various parts of the body.  Over time these wastes will overburden your system. In an attempt to remedy the situation, your body will retain water to dilute the acid waste, causing increased bodyweight.

We need help to maintain the correct pH. Why because we are eating acid forming foods daily. Also, emotional and physical stress, such as anger, anxiety, insufficient sleep and stress itself can contribute to an overly acidic body.


Nutrition Intelligence – Essential Amino Acids – Part 11

Oh dear, we’re back on the acids! Not dangerous ones or illegal ones. Essential ones. Essential Amino Acids, the building blocks of life itself. That’s essential! Proteins could not exist without the proper combination of amino acids.

It is protein that provides the cellular structure for all living things. Proteins are the most abundant cellular components, including enzymes, antibodies, hormones, transport molecules and muscle tissue and play a key role in nearly every biological system. In it’s various forms, protein participates in the vital chemical processes that support life.

Amino acids can be classified as:-

  • Essential – required in the normal diet as your body can’t produce enough for normal bodily functions.
  • Non-essential – meaning produced in the body, not required to be supplied in your diet.

Amino acids are involved in a variety of important roles in every part of your body. Every bodily system requires amino acids to function, your immune system, digestive system, metabolism, detoxification and glucose balance. Your central nervous system, for example, cannot function without amino acids which act as neurotransmitters, or precursors to neurotransmitters.

Amino acids play a vital role by allowing dietary nutrients to be assimilated by your body.


Nutrition Intelligence – What’s Essential, What’s Fatty & Acid? – EFA – Part 10

What the heck are EFAs? I thought fats were bad, and acids were downright dangerous! Well, they’re called essential because they are vital to the healthy function of every cell. Chances are that you have been unknowingly eliminating these from your diet.

If you are like most people you’ve probably spent the last decade cutting down on fat. Sure, studies linked a high-fat diet to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. However, in our attempts to eat the right foods we have reduced our consumption of the good fats, namely EFAs which are cruicial to good health.


EfAs are the main structural parts of every cell membrane in the body and is necessary for both healthy cell function and for the regulators that control your body’s well-being. They are needed to regulate the proper fluidity and flexibility of cell walls, which keeps beneficial substances within our cells and harmful substances out. There are 2 major series of EFAs – Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Your body uses EFAs to produce prostaglandin that is so vital to sustain life. Prostaglandin works like a localized tissue hormone-like system and works hand-in-hand with hormones to carry out regulatory activities. Prostaglandin imbalances can lead to the loss of your body’s ability to protect itself. For instance, certain prostaglandins control the secretion of a protective stomach coating, preventing your digestive acids from acting on the walls of your stomach.

EFAs and prostaglandins are crucial to proper functioning of the immune system. Anything hampering this regulatory system results in a weakened immune system, setting the stage for immune related disorders.


Nutrition Intelligence – Be Kind To Your Colon – Part 9

We take it for granted. We ignore it’s needs. We take antibiotics which wreak havoc with it’s flora. What am I taking about? Your colon, and it’s trillions of beneficial bacteria.


Our gastrointestinal tract is home to a thriving community of good, and bad bacteria. We couldn’t manage without them (particularly the good ones). Our intestinal flora perform countless health-enhancing tasks, like:-

  • Producing organic acids to maintain the healthy pH in your colon
  • Producing enzymes and B vitamins for digestive health and nutrient absorption.
  • Creating a barrier to unfriendly organisms and crowding out bad bacteria.
  • Protecting us from cancer by:-
    • Having the ability to bind and deactivate cancer causing substances in our food (like pyrolysates and N-nitrosamines which result from cooking meat at high temperatures)
    • Keeping the population of bad bacteria in check. An overgrowth of bad bacteria has a detrimental effect on hormones, causing an oversupply which causes excess hormones to absorbed into the bloodstream. Problems associated with excess hormones include, fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prostate enlargement and breast, ovary, uterus and prostate cancer.

    Your Colon

To avoid these potentially nasty problems we need to be kind to our colons and supplement our diets with friendly bacteria. These are called prebiotics.


Nutrition Intelligence – The Truth About Your Colon (Fiber & You) – Part 8

It’s not something we talk about. Generally we don’t even want to think about what’s going on inside there. Unless we have a problem. Even then we find it embarrassing.

Recognizing your colon as a major organ which affects the way you feel every day is a step towards improving your life.

Your Colon

The old saying is “death begins in the colon” is literally true. However, I recommend you turn this into a more positive “health begins in the colon”.

Our colon’s function is to act as your body’s sewage system. Effectively eliminating dangerous toxins. Problems occur when this process becomes inefficient, then retained waste leads to re-absorption of toxins into your bloodstream.

Are laxatives the answer? Absolutely not. These may seem like an easy fix. They are not. You can become dependent on them, and over time your colon’s normal ability to naturally eliminate waste will be permanently destroyed. Laxatives should be considered only a very temporary solution to a specific problem.

What your body needs is fiber (or fibre depending on where on the plant you live). Fiber is a safe and natural way of enhancing your body’s ability to rid itself of wastes and toxins.

Fiber acts as:-

  • A Bulking agent – fiber absorbs water in your digestive tract, bulking out the waste matter and allowing it to pass through more easily. This reduces the transit time, therefore reducing your exposure to toxins in the waste. Think of a sponge soaking up the toxins. Studies have confirmed a link between having enough fiber in your diet and a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
  • A Cleansing agent – fiber helps to cleanse the colon by gently sweeping the colon clean of compacted, putrefying, waste materials and helping to eliminate excess cholesterol and dietary toxins. Think of a brush physically cleaning your colon.
  • Fiber also helps normalize blood sugar levels.

The aim of the game is cleansing, detoxifying and improving transit time.

The issue with our modern diet is that it is severely low on fiber. Processed food, refined carbohydrates like bread, biscuits, pastas, soft drinks and polished rice are almost devoid of fiber and nutrients.

As a consequence we suffer conditions like:-

  • constipation
  • hemorrhoids
  • varicose veins
  • headaches
  • digestive problems
  • fatigue/chronic tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • insulin resistance, and eventually diabetes
  • increased risk of cancer

Where can you get high quality fiber? Eat a diet which includes high fiber fresh fruits and vegetables. Supplement your diet with high fiber.


Chlorella

Corn Fiber Plus

Stabilized Rice Bran


Nutrition Intelligence – Detoxify or Die? – Part 7

We are suffering from an overload of toxins, exceeding your body’s capacity to cleanse and detoxify itself properly. We need help! Your body is crying out for assistance in detoxifying itself. Heed the call and do something about it.

So give your body a chance to repair itself.

An overload of toxins means we have trouble eliminating enough waste products. Accumulating these toxic wastes means our bodies suffer inflammation and irritation of our organs and cells, impairing healthy body function at a cellular and organ level. Our systems are impaired causing allergies, skin problems, obesity, headaches, fatigue, poor concentration and memory, arthritis, cancer and generally lowered immune capability.

Our bodies need optimal conditions to function properly.

We deserve it!

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Nutrition Intelligence – Are You Really What You Eat? – Part 6

The saying goes “You are what you eat”. Is this true? NO. Why not? You are only what you can digest and absorb.

What does that mean? The food we eat is made out of large complex molecules which can’t possibly enter our bloodstream and cells. Therefore they must be broken down into much smaller units before your body can use it. This process is done by digestive enzymes.

An abundance of digestive enzymes is needed to assist in digestion, assimilation and utilization of the nutrients found in food and in the elimination of waste.

Enzymes in food are destroyed by heating, processing, freezing, preservatives and other chemical additives. As you age your natural supply of enzymes is depleted. Stress also contributes to enzyme depletion. So supplementing your diet with enzymes is important to allow proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

What are the consequences of a shortage of enzymes? Well, believe it or not you can become overweight. One of the major causes of obesity is poor nutrition. When absorption is poor your simply don’t get the nutrients you need. Your body’s deep, silent hunger for healthier nutrition is expressed as a desire for more food. Craving for food when you have already eaten sufficient is an indication of your body crying out for nourishment. If you mistakenly eat low nutrient, high calorie food your body will continue to crave for nutrients, while storing the excess calories as fat. One way of curbing cravings is supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes.

Food allergies are often the result of poor digestion. When food is not completely digested, larger than normal food particles are absorbed into the circulation. When these incompletely digested pieces of food molecules enter the blood stream, they are recognized by the immune system as foreign. When the immune system launches an attack, your body experiences a food related allergic reaction.

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Nutrition Intelligence – Your Immune System – Part 5

Our immune system is constantly on alert, watching over us to protect us against the many enemies that may threaten our health. Bacteria, viruses, foreign proteins, toxins, mutated cells and cancerous cells are examples.

Before we even show any signs of ill heath, our immune system will launch an attack if there is an invasion. If our immune system is successful at curbing the problem, you may not even know much about it. You may simply experience a day when you felt a bit “off” and not exhibit any obvious symptoms of infection.

A weakened immune system reduces our ability to resist infections and makes it more likely that we will experience allergies and autoimmune disorders. Most debilitating diseases do not manifest symptoms until it’s too late.

Nature has equipped us with built-in defense, which is very important to overcome infections, our wonderful immune system. A strong immune system is still our best defense. It’s our duty to do all we can to support and boost it and make it strong.


Nutrition Intelligence – Free Radicals & Antioxidants – Part 4

Antioxidants have become part of our vocabulary in the last 10 years. Before that they were little known, understood or appreciated. Even today you will find pockets of people who do not believe in the benefits. Oh well, their loss!

To fully understand the role of antioxidants you need to know about free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules which “steal” parts of our cells to stabilize themselves. This means our cells become damaged:-

  • Free radicals damage cell membranes and disrupt their function in transporting nutrients, water and oxygen into your cells and in removing wastes from the cell. Cellular function becomes sluggish.
  • Our cells genetic material can be damaged, causing the cell’s ability to replenish and repair itself to be impaired.
  • Your immune cells can be attacked, rendering them incapable of defending your body from infections.
  • Free radicals also oxidize LDL (Bad cholesterol) causing arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).
  • Oxidization of proteins and lipids in the body cause a build up of lipofuscin. Accumulations of lipofuscin can accelerate the aging process and damage your organs. Lipofuscin can be observed in the form of visible age spots.
  • Free radicals are also the cause of AGE – Advanced Glycation End-Products – The accumulation of AGE is the main cause of visible premature aging, like wrinkles and brown spots on the skin.

Sources of free radicals are:-

  • Normal bodily functions, like breathing and energy production
  • Toxins from environmental pollution in the air, water, cooking processes and our food
  • Electro magnetic radiation – from TV, computers, ovens, refrigerators and other electrical equipment.
  • UV radiation – from sunlight and fluorescent lamps.
  • Stress factors, like work stress, infections, trauma. Aging itself accelerates the body’s production of Free Radicals.

Since, it’s very difficult to avoid most of the factors which generate free radicals our only option is to ensure we get a regular supply of antioxidants to minimize their effects.

Symptoms of free radical damage are:-

  • Premature aging signs such as age spots, wrinkles, sagging of the skin
  • Degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, cancer, vision problems, cataracts etc.

Antioxidants are compounds found in nature (food) which disarm free radicals in your body. They are a complex group of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phyto-nutrients, and phyto-chemicals that help protect your body from free radical damage.


Nutrition Intelligence – Vitamins, Minerals & Trace Minerals – Part 3

Common signs of deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are:-

  • Chronic Tiredness
  • Anemia
  • Poor Concentration
  • Poor Memory
  • Lack of General Wellbeing
  • Lowered Resistance to Infections



Nutrition Intelligence – Vitamins, Minerals & Trace Minerals – Part 2

Are you getting enough? Here are a few reasons why we have difficulty getting sufficient vitamins, minerals and trace minerals from our normal diets:-

  • The plants (fruits and vegetables) that we are eating are now grown over and over in the same soil year after year. The soil has long been depleted of nutritional content; therefore the nutritional value of the crop grown in the soil is also depleted. In an attempt to improve the crop, man-made chemicals are added as fertilizer to make the plants grow faster. However, these are not the minerals required by your body.
  • Food processing such as cooking, heating, freezing, adding preservatives and other chemical additives destroys vital vitamins, minerals and trace minerals, hence putting a further strain on our wellbeing.
  • Food refining, e.g. to make white rice, white flour, and white sugar removes more than 90% of the nutrients.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and processed foods interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Tea and coffee, for instance, reduces the absorption rate of iron and vitamin Bs by more than 70%. Since these are vital to the production of red blood cells which transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, excess consumption of tea and coffee leaves us constantly tired and drained of energy.
  • Stress puts an extra load on the body and increases the need for larger amounts of nutrients. Conditions of stress are produced by drugs, certain prescriptive medications, chemicals, infections, noise, excessive tiredness, psychological upsets, anxiety, resentments and a whole host of other factors.



Nutrition Intelligence – Vitamins, Minerals & Trace Minerals – Part 1

Vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are the basic essentials for good health and peak energy.

With the exception of some Vitamin Bs and Vitamin D, they are not made in the body, and therefore must be obtained from our food and drinks. They are mutually dependent upon each other for proper utilization. Importantly, a lack of one of these vitamins can cause a lack of other vitamins as well. We are complicated!

These nutrients assist in the formation of hormones, blood cells, nervous system, chemical and genetic material. They are needed for all the chemical reactions in the body. Without these vital elements, many of these essential reactions would slow down or cease, and the body would fail to function.

Put simply, if our organs are not getting the nutrients they need, they simply go into a slow process of degeneration.