Vitamin C- Beyond Immunity

Vitamin C has been known to help support a healthy immune system. This powerful antioxidant does so much more than just fight off colds with both promoting and therapeutic properties.

Vitamin C’s primary purpose in the production of collagen, an important protein of connective tissues. The health-promoting effects include better eyesight, improved cardiovascular health, increased capillary strength, improved structure of connective tissues and appearance of skin, and a stronger immune system.

An increased amount of Vitamin C is  required for therapeutic effects   to help prevent chronic disease,  than the amount of Vitamin C required for prevention of scurvy. Observational prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials from the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University report on the Vitamin C treatment of heart disease, cancer, cataracts and many more diseases.

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Herbs 101: Natural Digestion

There are a variety of herbs which support digestion. The different healing properties allow for nature to aide in the digestive process of elimination.

Cascara Sagrada
Cascara Sagrada was first used by the Native American and US Colonizers as a laxative. The dried bark of the cascara plant assists in elimination.
Licroice Root
The compound of Glycyrrhizin found in Licorice root is antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The liquorice plant is a legume, native to southern Europe, India and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds. The word liquorice / licorice is derived (via the Old French licoresse) has been shown to have anti-ulcer and laxative properties.
Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum)
Cayenne Pepper is a phenomenal digestive aide rich source of potassium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene, B-complexes, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C. It is great for the stomach and the intestinal tract. It stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination. Rebuilding the tissue in the stomach, facilitating healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers.
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Universal Greens:

Universal Greens contains a wide variety of nutrients from many natural sources. Here is more in-depth detail of a few of the top ingredients in Universal Greens:

Barley Grass:

Research has shown that the fiber in barley can reduce total cholesterol and “bad” low-density lipo-protein. Barley also seems to slow stomach emptying, resulting in a curbed appetite and stable blood sugar. High in Vitamins A, B, C, E and K and other nutrients such as Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Lecithin, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid Amino Acids, Trace Elements, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

Carrot Powder:

Carrot powder is one of the most concentrated ingredients in Universal Greens due to the high nutritional content in carrots. Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A. Studies have shown that carrots may play a role in the prevention of certain cancers such as lung, breast and colon cancer. Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing toxins from the body, resulting in a cleansed system. The high level of beta-carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to cell damage and slows the aging of cells, prolonging good cell health. Carrots also contain alpha-carotene and lutein which have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Read more about the health benefit of carrots here.

Wheat Grass:

Wheat grass contains large amounts of chlorophyll which can benefit the body in many ways. It can stimulate the thyroid gland, stimulate metabolism, reduces over-acidity in your blood, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants that enter your body. Wheat grass also contains high amounts of chlorophyll which may oxygenate your blood, improving a whole array of health symptoms such as poor mental health, low energy, poor skin tone, and general discomfort. Learn more about the benefits of wheat grass.


Alfalfa Leaf:

Alfalfa contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals. It also contains saponins which combine to cholesterol to keep it from being absorbed into the body. Alfalfa also seems to have a wide range of other effects and benefits on the body including, but not limited to, alkalizing your body, improving liver function, supporting healthy blood sugar levels, improving bowel movement, and improving digestion. Read more about the benefits of alfalfa.

Tomato Powder:

Tomatoes contain flavonoids which contribute to the circulatory system and cell function.  Tomatoes also contain lycopene which can contribute to healthy skin by protecting your skin from UV rays and preventing early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene also improves bone mass which can prevent/fight osteoporosis. Tomatoes also provide a good source of chromium which can help regulate blood sugar. Read more about tomatoes here.

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