As a Practitioner, I am beyond picky when it comes to the products that I recommend to my clients. There needs to be a high level of purity, quality and what is claimed to be in the product NEEDS to be in there at full strength. So one of the product lines I choose and personally use for my family as well is the Nature’s Sunshine line. They have been in business for 45 years, this is a tough industry and there are a whole mess of different supplement/herbal companies out there, things you want to watch for on the labels is things hidden under “natural flavors” because a whole host of non labeled ingredients are hidden there. Artificial colors & dyes, bad guy sugars like sucralose. You want to choose a supplement/herbal company that offers FULL disclosure on their labels.
Nature’s Sunshine goes to such great lengths to provide you with innovative new products of unrivaled quality, purity, potency and efficacy that telling our unique quality story can be a challenge. That’s why we divided our complex quality and science story into several short and shareable vignettes.
Raw Material Sourcing.
We travel the world to inspect our suppliers’ facilities and processes to ensure the highest quality natural ingredients are harvested and handled to protect key essential nutrients. Then, we verify each ingredient’s true beneficial potential. (click on the link below to watch video clips that will help you to understand better why I hang my hat on their quality)
I’m going to be posting multiple posts working my way through their product line telling you more about the different products.
5-HTP😦click here for product link)
May help regulate appetite, mood and sleep.
Helps the body adapt to stress.
Supports the nervous system.
Provides 35 mg of 5-HTP Power per capsule.
Provides 3 mg vitamin B6 per capsule.
How It Works:
5-Hydroxytryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, mood and sleep. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is converted into serotonin in the body, which may help elevate mood, assist in controlling hunger and promote restful sleep. 5-HTP Power blends three adaptogenic herbs—eleuthero, ashwaganda and suma—with 5-HTP to help the body adjust to changes. It also contains vitamin B6 and zinc, which support the action of 5-HTP.
3 mg vitamin B6 (150% of Daily Value), 3 mg zinc (20% of Daily Value), 5-HTP, eleuthero root, ashwagandha root and suma bark.
Hydroxytryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate our appetite, mood and our sleep. This can be used for helping with depression that involves low serotonin levels. If someone is taking an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), 5-HTP can be useful in helping with the side-effects of discontinuing it as 5-HTP will have a similar effect. NEVER discontinue any SSRI medication all at once & always adjust your dosing while being monitored by your prescribing physician.
Folks that have an O blood type find this works well at raising their dopamine levels, which are usually low when O blood types feel depressed. Understand that for some people who find they crave carbs, low serotonin levels can be the contributing factor, and 5-HTP can help reduce those cravings, it assists with sleep issues too, as 5-HTP is converted to serotonin and when its dark, the pineal gland converts the serotonin into melatonin which is a hormone the body naturally produces to induce feeling sleepy.
5-W: (click here for product link)
Supports the female glandular and reproductive systems.
May help tone and strengthen the uterus.
Is recommended for the last five weeks of pregnancy.
How It Works:
This formula contains natural minerals found in plants, which support vitality and healthy tissue growth. Herbs in this formula help support the female reproductive system by helping to tone the uterus and supporting circulation.
Black cohosh root, squawvine whole plant, dong quai root, butcher’s broom root and red raspberry leaves
This formula should only be used during the last 5 weeks of pregnancy to help induce labor and make childbirth easier. It promotes uterine contractions, tones the uterus and helps improve circulation.
HORMONAL INDUCED HEADACHES:
For gals who struggle with headaches connected with their cycles this formula has proven helpful as well as those vasoconstrictive headaches are typically hormonally induced.
If your headaches are migraine headaches this is not the formula for you, as black cohosh can exacerbate vasodilative migraine headaches. So working with a Doctor of Naturopathy, or Midwife who understands herbs is recommended!
7-KETO: (click here for product link)
Stimulates thyroid production.
Supports weight management goals.
Supports the immune system.
How It Works:
7-Keto is a safe, natural metabolite of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Supplementing with 7-Keto may increase the production of T3, a thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormones play a role in determining the body’s basal metabolic rate. 7-Keto also supports the body’s immune system efforts by enhancing the function of white blood cells. It can also help the body’s efforts to maintain overall health. It is important to note that, unlike other metabolites of DHEA, 7-Keto is not converted to sex hormones (either androgens or estrogens).
7-Keto and chickweed leaf extract.
7-Keto is a trademark of Humanetics Corp., Patent no. 5,296,481.
This supplement stimulates the conversion of T4, which is the inactive form of our thyroid hormone, to T3 which is the active form. So this increases the metabolic rate and causes the body to burn fat at an accelerated rate. Clinical trials also showed this supplement to enhance the immune system, increase energy, and even enhance ones memory. Another benefit is 7-Keto does NOT convert into the sex steroids, of testosterone and estrogen, as does DHEA, so it may provide some of the same benefits as DHEA, but without the hormonal side effects.
This is my go to choice for my ladies who may be rolling into menopause and have begun to pick up some extra pounds as a result, using DHEA if they are already experiencing “hot-flashes”, 7-Keto won’t encourage those, where some gals trying to use DHEA find that it can encourage “hot-flashes.”
ADAPTAMAX: (click here for product link)
Supports the immune system.
Provides energy to overcome stress.
May improve mood.
How It Works:
Adaptogens help the body buffer the effects of stress and adapt to stressful situations. AdaptaMax’s adaptogenic strength comes from rhodiola, eleuthero, Korean ginseng, ashwaganda, rosemary, gynostemma and schizandra. Together these herbs help the body cope with a variety of stressful conditions, including stress on the immune system, fatigue and aging. They fight oxidative cellular damage, energize the body, support positive mood and stimulate the immune system. Other ingredients in this formula include nutrient-rich, immune-supporting herbs like astragalus, reishi mushroom, suma and ginkgo—to fortify the immune system and help protect the body from the consequences of stress. Alfalfa, kelp, chromium and a fruit and vegetable base provide nutrients to nourish the body’s cells. All told, AdaptaMax is a complete, energizing formula.
40 mcg chromium (33% Daily Value), Korean ginseng root extract, rhodiola root extract, eleuthero root, gynostemma whole plant extract, ashwagandha root, schizandra fruit, suma bark, alfalfa aerial parts, astragalus root, kelp leaves and stems, reishi mushroom mycelia, rosemary leaves extract, ginkgo leaves extract, broccoli flowers, carrot root, red beet root, rosemary leaves, tomato fruit, turmeric root, cabbage leaf, grapefruit bioflavonoid, hesperidin and orange bioflavonoid.
(this is a patented formula registered to NSP, so you won’t find this formulation anywhere else)
When you see an herbal product that states it’s an adaptagenic, that means it helps the body deal better with stress. It helps with fatigue, immune weakness, & symptoms of aging brought on by excessive stress. This formula works best with A blood types. Blood type O does better with Suma as their adaptagenic formula. This blend also has antioxidant properties.
- Conditions you may want to use this to support:
- Adrenal exhaustion, weakness or burnout,
- Anxiety (panic attacks),
- Fatigue, Stress (foggy thinking)
ADRENAL SUPPORT: (Click here for product link)
Helps support adrenal function
Supports body’s ability to regulate occasional stress
Supports the glandular and nervous systems
Formulated with a unique adrenal glandular substance plus a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and adaptagens
How It Works:
Certain hormones in the body—called stress hormones—prepare the body to deal with stressful situations by increasing the heart rate and the force of contraction and blood flow to the heart, liver, and to skeletal and adipose tissue. These stress hormones are produced and regulated by the adrenal glands. They also dilate airways to the lungs and increase blood levels of glucose and fatty acids. The adrenal hormones and their functions are linked to virtually all of the body systems. Thus, many physiological processes and bodily functions, including cardiovascular health, sex drive, pH balance, skin conditions, energy levels, mood and overall psychological outlook often correlate to adrenal gland function. Adrenal Support is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and adaptogenic herbs specially formulated to nourish and strengthen the adrenal glands and to promote glandular secretion.
25 mg vitamin C (42% Daily Value), 10 mg thiamin (667% DV), 5 mg riboflavin (294% DV), 5 mg vitamin B6 (250% DV), 45 mg pantothenic acid (450% DV), 10 mg magnesium (3% DV), 5 mg zinc (33% DV), 5 mg potassium, bovine adrenal substance,schisandra fruit, borage seed oil, licorice root and protease blend.
I use this product because it works wonderful for treating adrenal weakness. It helps strengthen the adrenals and increases energy and stamina. It helps to maintain blood sugar levels and blood pressure fluations due to stress.
When someone is struggling with adrenal weakness they usually are dealing with the symptoms of:
- cravings for sweets & alcohol
- poor digestion
- poor bowel movements
I typically only have clients use this product in 3 month increments to rebuild severely depleted adrenals. Afterwards, I switch them to Nervous Fatigue Formula, Suma Combination or Energ-V.
ALFALFA: (click here for product link)
Provides nutrients and trace minerals.
How It Works:
Alfalfa has been cultivated for over 2,000 years as a nutritive food for people and livestock. The Spanish used it for a variety of health issues. Modern herbalists consider it very nutritive and use it to help build the blood. Alfalfa’s roots grow deep, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground’s surface.
Alfalfa aerial parts.
This is one of my favorite go to herbs, this baby right here is the “KING OF HERBS” and has been around and in use since way back when. Alfalfa is a super rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acid and other nutrients especially trace minerals.
The roots grow anywhere from 30-60 feet deep so the plant picks up minerals and water other plants can’t reach.
Because it is rich in trace minerals and amino acids it is a valuable supplement for the pituitary gland and this gland is adversely affected when its running low on trace minerals and amino acids.
- It is a mild blood cleaner
- helpful for arthritis as it’s a natural blood thinner
- it stimulates poor appetite
- morning sickness
- rich breast milk
- natural blood thinner (with out side-effects)
when you mix this in a tea with some red raspberry leaf it’s great for gals with morning sickness. I have my pregnant mom’s taking this in conjunction with liquid chlorophyll throughout their pregnancy and have them discontinue the last month of pregnancy due to the fact that it does thin the blood. But taking after pregnancy also brings in rich mothers milk.
ALGIN: (click here for product link)
Supports the intestinal system.
May absorb heavy metal ions.
Encourages normal elimination
How It Works:
Sodium alginate, an important part of the kelp plant, is mucilaginous and gels in water. Many people use it as a nutritional supplement supportive of the intestinal system. Its bulking action encourages normal eliminative function.
This is another one of my favorites because it falls in the category of “mucilage”, which means it absorbs toxins in our digestive tract. Like Heavy Metals. I always recommend it be used in conjunction with Heavy Metal Detox. (click here for product link)
Conditions I use this for:
- high cholesterol
- heavy metal issues
- radiation sickness
- help to detox from vaccines
One thing to keep in mind is that mucilaginous herbs like align absorbs nutrients too. So make sure there is a window between taking the align and your vitamins/minerals by about 1 hour. Drink LOTS of water as this is a fiber and without enough liquid intake it may cause binding with the colon.
I will post these in sequence and with only 7 products per posting so the post isn’t ridiculous to read through.
I’d highly recommend deciding to work with a practitioner who has a background in herbal, vitamin, mineral support. I am currently accepting new patient’s and you can click on the service portion of my website: www.jodibarnett758.com .
I’d also like to leave you with this; “knowledge is ONLY powerful when we take what we’ve learned and APPLY it in our lives”….
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC