Herbal Preparations and Nutritional Supplements
Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera juice is squeezed from the succulent leaves of the aloe vera plant. It is claimed to have many healing properties, and is available in bottles in the refrigerator at natural foods stores.
Blackstrap molasses is a by-product of sugar refining, and is the lowest grade of molasses, with dark color and slightly bitter flavor. It is rich in calcium and iron, among other nutrients. It is available from natural foods stores.
Brewer‘s yeast is a good natural source of B vitamins, protein, and chromium. It comes in a powder form, from natural foods stores. Do not confuse it with other types of yeast.
Chlorophyll liquid is a concentrated form of the substance that gives the green color to plants. It has healing properties and is often used to treat bad breath and body odor. Available from natural foods stores.
Echinacea drops are the liquid form of the immune-boosting herb echinacea. It is thought to be particularly useful at the onset of a cold or other respiratory ailments. Available from natural foods stores or herbal-medicine practitioners.
Ginkgo drops are the liquid form of the herb ginkgo biloba. It is said to stimulate circulation, relieve tinnitus, and aid memory. Available from natural foods stores.
Glucosamine is a substance that the body needs to build and repair cartilage and to maintain healthy joints. As a supplement, it may be useful to athletes or osteoarthritis sufferers. It comes in powder form from natural foods stores.
Guarana powder is made from ground seed of Paullinia cupana, a Brazilian rain—forest tree. It contains some caffeine and therefore has an “energy boost” effect similar to coffee. Available from natural foods stores and some supermarkets.
L-carnitine is an amino acid that helps the body to metabolize fat and utilize it as fuel. It comes in powder form from natural foods stores. Lecithin is a substance that assists in the breakdown of fats and cholesterol. It may help to combat fat—related conditions such as arterial disease and gallstones. Available in granule form from natural foods stores.
Slippery elm powder
Slippery elm powder is a finely ground bark. It is used mainly to soothe inflamed mucous membranes anywhere in the digestive system. Available from natural foods stores.
Protein whey powder
Protein whey powder is a dairy by-product. It is a source of amino acids, which are needed for muscle tissue maintenance. You can buy it as an expensive sports drink powder, which includes other ingredients (such as sugar and flavorings), or as a less expensive, unadorned supplement from health foods stores.
Spirulina powder is made from various types of algae, and has a concentration of many nutrients. It is believed to be a good source of protein, especially for vegetarians, as it contains all the essential amino acids. Available from natural foods stores.
Psyllium husks are a gentle soluble fiber that passes through the body, helping to remove waste. Available from natural foods stores and some supermarkets. Wheat germ is part of the wheat grain, discarded in the processing of white flour. It is very nutritious, rich in vitamin E and B vitamins. Available from natural foods stores and supermarkets.
Wheatgrass is a grass grown from wheat grain and harvested at a particular stage to yield the optimum concentration of nutrients. It is reputed to be an excellent source of vitamins (particularly B, C and E) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron), as well as enzymes, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It must be made into juice to be properly digested.
Wheatgrass juice is the liquified form of wheatgrass. Regular domestic centrifugalare not capable of producing wheatgrass juice, so either seek out a model which is, or purchase from the refrigerator section at health foods stores. It is highly perishable, and must be used within 36 hours of production.