Vitamins

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5 HTP

For improved mood and sleep.  It helps to convert tryptophan to serotonin, which helps to increase the amount of serotonin available to the body, increased serotonin levels produce positive effects on emotional well being, appetite regulation, melatonin production and maintaining a healthy sleep cycle.  increased serotonin levels produce positive effects on

  • emotional well being,
  • appetite regulation
  • melatonin production
  • maintaining a healthy sleep cycle

ADRESET

For those who are ‘stressed and tired’.  Is designed to build resilience and enhance stamina for those feeling weak and fatigued due to stress.  Features concentrated adaptogens, including ginseng root, cordyceps and rhodiola extracts. Promotes vitality, immune function and overall well-being along with healthy hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis function for enhanced ability to adapt to stress and enhanced mental clarity.

 

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID (ALA)

Lipoic acid is a versatile antioxidant known for its ability to protect the brain and nerve cells from free radicals and heavy metals that promote cognitive and neurodegenerative diseases. Lipoic acid is known as the “captain of the antioxidants” due to its ability to recycle and recharge other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Numerous studies have shown that lipoic acid can balance blood sugar and repair nerves damaged by diabetes. Additionally, this powerful anti-aging nutrient has been shown to mimic some of the effects of caloric restriction, the only proven method of extending health span and lifespan. It does so by protecting the mitochondria against free radical damage. Due to its action on the mitochondria it can revive damaged cells, especially those found in nerves and in the liver.

 

AOR ZYMES

Enzymes are as essential to life as food and water, yet they remains one of the most underappreciated factors in the field of clinical nutrition. They are the catalysts that facilitate the breakdown of food into nutrients and other particles that are absorbed by, and excreted from, our bodies. Those who wish to support their digestive system, improve overall gut health and energy, boost immunity and alleviate uncomfortable digestive symptoms such as gas and bloating can benefit from enzyme supplementation.

 B-COMPLEX

The vitamin B family is a group of eight vitamins that have  many essential roles in the body including energy production, mood regulation, nerve function support and offsetting the effects of stress.

B vitamins are water soluble, and as a result they are easily lost from the body through urine and sweat. This, along with other factors such as a modern diet high in processed foods, makes it easy to become deficient in B-vitamins.  Additionally, certain groups such as vegans, vegetarians and the elderly are at greater risk for becoming deficient. Deficiency can lead to numerous health issues including blood sugar imbalances, neurological disorders, anemia and depression.

BIO-AE-MULSION FORTE (VITAMIN A drops)

This product is emulsified mechanically so that you can absorb large amounts of this Vitamin without the toxic side effects of regular Vitamin A because this product by-passes the liver and its circulation and is absorbed directly into the lymphatic system. If someone is coming down with a cold or flu take eight to ten drops, three times a day for a couple of days and for the most part you will never become symptomatic. Bio-AE-Mulsion Forte will, in most cases, knock the cold or flu right out. Important for vitamin D absorption.

BONE BASICS (Calcium)

Bone Basics is more than just a calcium supplement for bone health. It is a complete bone-building formulation that includes nutrients which are fundamental for maintaining mineral balance in the bone matrix and for supporting healthy joints. Bone Basics is unique because it serves not only to reduce bone loss but to maintain or even increase bone growth.

The key ingredient is microcrystalline hydroxyapatite complex (MCHC). The calcium in MCHC is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream than typical calcium supplements, which allows it to be better taken up into the bones, rather than being deposited in arteries or other soft tissues, which can happen with lower quality calcium supplements.

  • Increases calcium absorption
  • Stimulates bone growth
  • Demonstrated to produce smaller blood calcium spikes than other types of supplemental calcium
  • Effective sources of nutrients in research-based doses and forms

CANDIBACTIN AR

This is a blend of concentrated essential oils and herbal extracts from the aromatic mint family in a formula designed to support intestinal microbial balance and proper digestion. It also helps encourage a healthy environment in the intestinal and respiratory tracts, supports healthy digestive function, and may provide indirect support for intestinal mucosal integrity.

CANDIBACTIN BR

This formula features high quality extracts and crude herbs including berberine-containing plants that support healthy immune and detoxification function. It encourages a healthy intestinal environment and supports the detoxification function of the liver and gallbladder. Promotes a balanced digestive tract.

COQ10 (Ubiquinol form preferred)

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like nutrient that helps produce energy in all cells of the body. It does so by supporting mitochondrial function, and is in fact one of the most important and modifiable factors in the production of ATP (cellular energy) in the mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction and CoQ10 deficiencies have been implicated in many conditions such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular problems, neurodegenerative diseases and more. CoQ10 is also noted for its powerful antioxidant activity, and even “recharges” other antioxidants by keeping them in their reduced active states. Doctors have been recommending CoQ10 to patients on standard heart medications for the last four decades, as statin medications are known to reduce CoQ10 levels in the body.

The aging and elderly would greatly benefit from adding CoQ10 to their diet. Those dealing with cardiovascular issues or taking statin medications should speak to their doctor about supplementing with CoQ10. Athletes or those dealing with fatigue would also benefit from CoQ10 to boost energy levels.

DIM

Promotes healthy estrogen metabolism and helps to regulate periods, detoxify the liver of harmful estrogen and prevent abnormal cell growth. Supports Detoxification, especially of environmental estrogens stored in the body. Supportive role in stimulating natural detoxification enzymes and supporting normal hormone metabolism. Favorably modulates estrogen metabolism and induces liver detoxification enzymes to help neutralize potentially harmful estrogen metabolites and xenoestrogens (potentially toxic, estrogen-like environmental chemicals).

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GROWTH HORMONE SUPPORT

Growth Hormone Support is a blend of ingredients to promote healthy growth hormone production. Growth Hormone Support may also enhance healthy muscle protein synthesis, muscle recovery and lean muscle mass for athletes.

  • Supports healthy growth hormone levels
  • Helps moderate the breakdown of muscle tissue
  • Encouraged to be taken one hour before physical activity or bedtime
  • Made with hypoallergenic, vegan ingredients

HAIR SKIN & NAILS

Supports skin resiliency and helps counter the effects of oxidative stress. Provides key building blocks and nutrients to support skin elasticity and hydration, healthy hair, and nail strength and thickness. Contains Vitamin C, zinc, copper, manganese and silica for integral collagen and keratin cofactors, promoting skin elasticity.

  • Supports healthy hair, skin and nails
  • May help moderate the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes
  • Made with hypoallergenic ingredients

IODORAL

Is a high potency iodine/potassium iodide supplement. Iodine is an essential element whose main function is the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, but also other organs in the body that have need of it too. Several studies have demonstrated a relationship between low iodine intake and fibrocystic disease of the breast in women, leading to the conclusion that a minimum amount of iodine helps control and prevent fibrocystic disease of the breast.

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MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is an essential element that has been shown to be involved in over 500 important reactions in the body. Testing has revealed that 70% of North Americans are magnesium deficient. Testing is complicated and expensive and only provides a snapshot of the magnesium levels at that particular moment. Instead we can get clear indicators of requirements through the signs and symptoms the body produces.

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body. It can help protect against metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes and may help address individual components of metabolic syndrome such as low HDL and elevated blood pressure. It acts through numerous mechanisms to protect the cardiovascular system, such as preventing arrhythmia, improving congestive heart failure outcomes, and reducing inflammation.

It could hold benefits for optimizing memory during aging and has been found to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Intravenous magnesium can effectively relieve symptoms of acute migraine and is crucial for healthy, strong bones.

Magnesium Glycinate

  • this form is highly absorbable into the cells, targets the tissues of the body
  • aids in headaches, migraines, muscle cramping and spasms
  • helps with relaxation and mood, depression and insomnia
  • gentle with less chance of affecting the bowels

Magnesium Oxide or Citrate

  • both forms are good for patients that experience constipation
  • helps to draw water to the bowel to loosen stools
  • non habit forming

MULTIVITAMIN

Multivitamins have become increasingly important with the degradation of the food supply and standard North American diet. Like anything else, as the body ages and is exposed to the wear-and-tear of everyday life it begins to ‘rust’. This rust is in the form of oxidation or free-radical damage; it effects our enzymes, cell membranes and even our DNA. This rusting as it progresses impacts:

  • organ function
  • promotes cancer growth
  • damages cellular repair mechanisms

This is a comprehensive, highly concentrated, vitamin, mineral, trace element supplement containing more than 30 essential nutrients. Even those that eat a good variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds and oils, may still need to supplement, as science is showing that foods do not have the same nutrient content as the used to due to current farming methods.

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and plant phytochemicals have powerful impacts on many of the biochemical pathways that go awry in disease processes such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It works to reduce inflammation, inhibit free radicals, prevent glycation reactions, help remove toxins from the body, increase natural antioxidant status, interfere with the proliferation of undesirable cell lines, optimize glucose metabolism, support healthy methylation reactions, and boost the circulatory system.

This multivitamin contains only the purest, most hypoallergenic ingredients and contains no yeast, corn, wheat, sugar or other sweeteners, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

MYOMIN

This herbal supplement is for males that can not tolerate other estrogen blockers or prefer to go a more natural route.  It is designed to prevent conversion of Testosterone into Estrogen, which occurs more as men age contributing to weight gain and lethargy.  It contains Chinese herbs Astragalus membranaceus, Curcuma zedoaria, and Cyperus rotundus.

OMEGA 3

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for maintaining cell structure, fluidity, and cellular health and must be consumed in balance with pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, which is abundant in our North American diet. One of the most important properties of omega-3 fats is that they are a source of the essential long chain fatty acids EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA have different but very important roles in heart, brain and eye health. EPA is the anti-inflammatory omega-3, known for downregulating the cytokines which contribute to chronic inflammation, heart disease, neurological diseases and joint pain. In clinical studies, supplementing with EPA was also associated with optimal mental health. To maximize EPA and DHA in the body, both fats should be consumed in their ‘converted’ forms, such as in fish or microalgae oil, as the body is inefficient at converting plant based omega-3 fats into the longer chain EPA and DHA.

The numerous health benefits of Omega-3’s indicate that this essential fat should be a part of every supplement regime as numerous studies have shown that the omega-3 status in North Americans is considerably low, especially in vegans and vegetarians.

ORTHO ADAPT

Ortho•Adapt is a premium anti-stress formula, containing adrenal gland extract, adaptogenic botanicals ashwagandha, Rhodiola, licorice and Siberian ginseng, and vitamins C and B5. Adrenal gland extract provides a time-tested way of providing key factors directly to the adrenal glands (a.k.a. the “anti-stress” glands) in a way that single nutrients and botanicals cannot. Improved energy and better stress coping abilities.

  • Helps Your Body Cope With Stress
  • Mobilizes internal energy stores
  • Reduces the impact of stressful conditions
  • Activates whole-body defenses
  • Prevents the body from overreacting to a stressor

ORTHO-MINERALS

Every cell in the body requires minerals. Mineral depletion may be the biggest cause of poor health, illness, and premature aging facing a substantial percentage of the population. The amounts of minerals in typical multivitamin/multimineral formulations are inadequate; for many people, a separate multimineral formula like Ortho Minerals is the best solution.

Extra mineral supplementation is especially important for athletes, people with tight muscles, osteoporosis and those undergoing chelation therapy.

ORTHO SLEEP

Did you know that irregular sleep patterns are being called the new silent killer, being as detrimental to health as stress and poor diet? Studies show that those who chronically get less sleep than the “golden” 7-8 hours are at a higher risk for a number of diseases, are prone to weight gain, and are less able to deal with the effects of stress. People suffering from insomnia spend less time in deeper levels of sleep, wake up more often, and experience a reduction in REM sleep. In addition to stress, insomnia can be caused by a variety of other factors, including anxiety, poor diet, or a disruption of the body’s internal clock – such as jet lag, all-night study sessions, or changing work hours.

Ortho Sleep is perfect for those who have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling rested upon waking. Ortho•Sleep may help in cases of jet-lag, shift work or insomnia. If you have used the individual ingredients found in the formula with no success, Ortho Sleep may offer a more powerful natural solution.

PHYTO C

Phyto C is a natural solution for those who are concerned about abnormal and unhealthy cell growth, those who want to detoxify excess heavy metals in their body or those who wish to boost their immunity.

Phyto C is formulated with inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), also known as phytate, and vitamin C. Due to its strong binding affinity, it is a potent chelator. Chelators can bind to heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury and cadmium which we absorb from our environment, and remove them from the body before they can contribute to abnormal cell growth and disease. Studies have also shown that IP6 helps boosts immunity and regulates the activity and production of abnormal cells.

Used here at True Balance to lower Ferritin (Iron) levels in patients.  Higher than Normal ferritin levels are frequently seen in males.  We’ve seen this supplement help to bring these levels into the Normal range.

POTASSIUM

Research suggests that adequate potassium intake may support healthy blood flow and cardiovascular health.  It is vital for those on low calorie or low carbohydrate diets, as they may cause increased excretion or potassium, which can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and constipation.  It plays important roles in muscle function, mood, cranial vessel comfort and maintaining acid/alkaline balance.

Aspartate or aspartic acid is a naturally-occurring amino acid plays a role in the production of ATP, the body’s energy source. Potassium is an essential electrolyte involved in both electrical and cellular functions that assist in the regulation of the body’s acid-base balance and the proper functioning of nerve cells, which is essential for the transmission of neurochemical messages.

Studies with this combination have involved over 3000 human subjects, and it was shown that 65-91% of chronic fatigue sufferers taking fully-reacted magnesium and potassium aspartates, experienced clear-cut alleviation of their symptoms within 5 to 10 days. Potassium is also an important electrolyte, and several studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of potassium aspartate on sports performance.

Chronic fatigue sufferers and overreached or over-trained athletes can benefit greatly from the support provided by AOR Magnesium/Potassium Aspartates.

PS (PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE) CAPS

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a phospholipid that is a structural component of cell membranes throughout the body, but is most concentrated in the brain and cerebral cortex. Research has demonstrated that supplemental PS possesses the ability to enhance cognitive function, specifically improving learning and concentration. Clinical trials have also shown PS to be effective in other forms of cognitive dysfunction such as age-associated memory impairment, and to improve mental stamina in high-end athletes.

Additionally, there is evidence that phosphatidylserine can significantly reduce levels of the hormone cortisol, which is released by the body in response to stress. Research has focused on the connection between lower cortisol levels and elevated mood.

Middle-aged and elderly people, and those with cognitive impairments, may benefit from phosphatidylserine’s memory-enhancing and brain-protecting powers. It can also support athletes and those under stress by reducing cortisol levels. Memory, learning, concentration and overall cognitive stamina can be improved by its use.

PROBIOTICS

Humans are full of bacteria (known as microflora) that live naturally and synergistically inside the body. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help to balance the intestinal microflora and promote optimal gut health. Certain strains improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and block harmful bacteria from colonizing the gastrointestinal tract. They have also been shown to enhance immune function, which is closely associated with gut health. They do so in a number of  different ways, from reducing infections to reducing seasonal allergy symptoms to protecting against toxins and carcinogens.

Those who have taken antibiotics, people who suffer from various infections of the digestive tract, ranging from the stomach to the urinary tract, those with intestinal issues, or those looking to boost their immunity can benefit from Probiotics.

SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII

Saccharomyces boulardii is a beneficial, non-pathogenic, non-colonizing species of yeast. It has been clinically recognized for its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile infection, which can result from antibiotic use, hospitalization or traveling abroad. Saccharomyces boulardii significantly reduces both the risk and the duration of diarrhea. It has also been used to treat acute diarrhea and gastroenteritis in children with good results.

AOR’s Saccharomyces Boulardii is an excellent companion for those traveling abroad to reduce the risk of Traveler’s diarrhea, is helpful for those experiencing antibiotic-associated diarrhea or acute diarrhea, or for anyone who has been hospitalized and treated with antibiotics.

 TRUE CALM (SERENAGEN)

Is an herbal management formula targeting individuals who are “stressed and wired”. It improves mood, mental function, cognitive processes, the cardiovascular system, the liver, and tolerance to change. It also maintains equilibrium between body systems and promotes sense of inner calm.

UTI CLEANSE

The majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by E. coli bacteria, which attach themselves to the residues of d-mannose that are found on the receptors of urinary tract cells. Supplemental d-mannose, a sugar residue, provides an alternate binding site for the bacteria, which can then be flushed out. D-Mannose has earned the enviable reputation of being able to provide relief from UTIs with exceptional speed, often in as little as 24-48 hours in many cases.

UTI Cleanse now with Cranberry contains D-mannose combined with cranberry juice extract which can be used in high doses to treat UTIs caused by E. coli without the continued use of antibiotics. It can also be used in lower doses to prevent their recurrence. UTI Cleanse now with Cranberry, a natural antiseptic, provides a small amount of cranberry with a large dose of D-mannose.

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VITAMIN B12 (Methylcobalamin)

Methylcobalamin is the active, coenzyme form of vitamin B12. Cyanocobalamin, the most common form of supplemental B12, must be converted first into hydroxocobalamin, and then into adenosylcobalamin, which is finally converted into methylcobalamin. Since cyanocobalamin has to undergo this extensive conversion process, supplementation with methylcobalamin is preferable, and it is also the specific form of B12 shown to support the brain and nervous system. In humans, supplementation with high doses of methylcobalamin has been shown to provide neurological support in people with degenerative nerve conditions such as Bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and degenerative spinal conditions. Methylcobalamin may also help normalize sleep-wake cycles, providing a better quality sleep for some.

An highdose of Methylcobalamin supports the healthy structure and functioning of the brain and nervous system. Studies show that a person may not have optimal methylcobalamin for proper neurological function, even when vitamin B12 intake and status is normal.

Helps to decrease Homocysteine levels, an amino acid formed when the body breaks down protein, which is considered to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is the most popular vitamin and antioxidant. The body cannot make its own, so getting enough vitamin C from the diet is essential. Vitamin C is sometimes considered the “go-to” supplement as it has a wide range of benefits in the body. It is most commonly used to strengthen immunity and prevent the cold and flu, but it also improves wound healing time, boosts immunity, and promotes healthy, youthful skin, strong bones and clear blood vessels. Interestingly, the only species that cannot produce their own vitamin C are also the only species who develop atherosclerosis, ie. hardening of the arteries. This suggests a clear role for vitamin C in cardiovascular health.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, protecting the body from disease and aging and even helping recycle other antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, glutathione and lipoic acid, making them more effective. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine effects, vitamin C is also effective for allergy relief, and at high doses it can act as a gentle laxative for occasional constipation. Vitamin C is needed for the synthesis of adrenal hormones, making it an important nutrient for combating the negative effects of stress.

VITAMIN D3 (Available in both Drops or Capsules)

Is so important for the body it is now considered by many a hormone instead of a vitamin, known to affect the expression of at least 2000 genes. Research has shown a 50-70% reduction in risk of breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer with Vitamin D use, as well as heart disease.

Improves brain and heart function, increase life expectancy by up to 5 years, improves mood and immunity. Improves thyroid function, insulin sensitivity and can decrease symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SADD).

Capsules are better absorbed with a meal containing fat.

VITAMIN E

Vitamin E is primarily an antioxidant and is one of five members of the body’s antioxidant network. It is often used to help keep skin healthy and youthful, protecting it against UV damage and helping to heal wounds. Vitamin E also has many benefits for heart health. Vitamin E is not just one molecule, but a complex of eight different “vitamers” (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols). The benefits of all 8 members of the vitamin E family cannot be ignored. For example, gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrienol may be involved in helping to regulate blood pressure. In addition, people with low gamma-tocopherol have been found to have a higher incidence of prostate problems and cognitive decline.

ZINC COPPER BALANCE

Supports healthy skin, immunity and prostate health. Best known for its pivotal role in the immune system and is a key factor in the healing of the digestive lining, which in many people is damaged and “leaky”

A natural substance known to control DHT, which can lead to hairloss and male patterned balding

Unbalanced zinc supplementation is common, which may lead to secondary copper deficiency by competing for absorption and interfering with its metabolism. An excessive ratio of zinc to copper has a negative impact on cardiovascular and skeletal health.

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