Get rid of heavy metals in your body

Once called the “poor man’s chelation therapy,” cilantro may help body release built up neurotoxins such as heavy metals. If you’d like to add more cilantro to your diet, try blending up cilantro into smoothies or juices. It also makes for a delicious salsa!

Chlorella is a water-grown algae full of chlorophyll that may also help to reduce heavy metals in the body. However, chlorella may reduce the effectiveness of some medications, so check with your doctor if you’re curious about it.

Infrared Saunas
Unlike regular saunas, infrared saunas raise your core temperature which enhances the metabolic process. By doing so, the sauna has the power to help support natural elimination systems to help release toxins stored in the body.

While avoidance of heavy metals is nearly impossible, there are many things you can do to minimize your risk and further your detox efforts. If you suspect you are frequently exposed to heavy metals in your environment, you should speak with your physician to develop a full detox plan.

Brain detox, eyes,

Brain Detox

Mobilizing Mercury by Boosting Enzymes and Transport Proteins

Now that your glutathione levels are up, you can work on building up the other parts of your glutathione system — specifically, enzymes and transport proteins. Your natural production of these factors can be augmented with superfoods.

Plants contain thousands of natural chemicals (phytochemicals) that help your body to work properly, including production of enzymes and antioxidants. One group of phytochemicals is the polyphenol group, which actually helps activate health-promoting genes.3 Polyphenols are abundant in a wide range of fruits and vegetables.

Sulfur-based phytonutrients are particularly important in supporting your glutathione system, since glutathione is a sulfur-based molecule.  Therefore, you should consume vegetables from the cruciferous family (cabbage, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, radishes, wasabi, etc.), which are rich in sulfur. Fermenting these vegetables is the most nutritious way to consume them.

Garlic is especially powerful, but it’s the oil of the garlic that supports detoxification, not the allicin (which is the compound known for its antimicrobial effect). And you want the smelly kind of garlic — deodorized garlic is useless for detox! Either eat the garlic raw (yes, you have to chew it up), or purchase a garlic oil supplement. Some of the other compounds recommended by Dr. Shade include:

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) extract: An Ayurvedic fruit used extensively in Tibetan medicine, called the “King of Herbs;” it has potent effects on your glutathione system and on expression of other intracellular antioxidants, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD)

Sodium R-lipoic Acid The most bioavailable and active form of alpha-lipoic acid; also good for increasing insulin sensitivity and treating type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and mitochondrial dysfunction

Lumbrokinase : a enzyme derived from earthworms.

Pine Bark Extract One of the most potent polyphenolic antioxidants; has been found to prolong the activity of vitamin C in your body; good as an adjunct to vitamins C, E and lipoic acid.  Your approach with these agents should be to gradually titrate the dose upward to a high therapeutic level, then back it down. It’s best to “pulse” the treatments because your body can’t sustain upregulation for very long. You will be more productive with shorter bursts at an appropriately stout therapeutic dose. This means taking the treatments for a few days, followed by a few days off. Dr. Shade suggests cycling your treatments on the schedule of five days on, two days off (to start), working up to 10 days on, four days off. He instructs, never go more than 10 days on when upregulating your detoxification system.

Ideally, this should be done with the assistance of a healthcare professional trained in heavy metal detoxification who can help you decide on an optimal dose and schedule. If you begin to feel worse, you may be titrating up too quickly.

Capturing and Eliminating Mercury with Intestinal Binders

You do NOT want to mobilize mercury without making sure it has an escape route out of your body!

Once the mercury is in your intestine, you need something to bind it and pull it away from your intestinal wall, and for this we use something called an intestinal binder. Intestinal binders help carry the mobilized toxins out, which prevents them from building up in your bloodstream where they can end up making you sicker.

Binders prevent you from absorbing or reabsorbing the toxic agent, but they also help prevent intestinal inflammation. If your intestine becomes inflamed, the traffic stops because the transport proteins are shut off. That causes toxins to back up into your liver and kidneys, and blood. Removing mercury from your gut will also help prevent dysbiosis, which is at the root of a mind-blowing array of health problems.

Thiol Resins

There are several types of intestinal binders, but only a couple of them work well for grabbing mercury. Dr. Shade’s favorite binder is thiol resin, because it’s the most specific to heavy metals (mercury, lead and arsenic) and produces high rates of excretion. Thiol resins have a powerful attraction for mercury.


Another good binder for heavy metals is chlorella. Dr. Shade suggests working up to 50 to 70 tablets per day, which is a lot of chlorella. Please work up to that level gradually. Other binders you’ll hear about are clay/zeolites, and pectin. For mercury, these bind very weakly, and you would have to take enormous quantities for many years to see any benefit so I don’t recommend them.

If you haven’t yet had your amalgams removed, you may find rinsing with a binding agent helpful. Chlorella, activated charcoal, or N-acetyl cysteine can be prepared as a mouthwash where it binds to the mercury coating your oral epithelium. Levels of mercury can be very high in this rinse — make sure you don’t swallow it.

Beneficial Bacteria

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride believes that one of the most potent detoxifiers of mercury and heavy metals are beneficial bacteria. Their cell membranes tend to bind very effectively to the metals and they are typically excreted in the stool. One of the best ways to provide your body with this resource is with fermented vegetables.

Serrapeptase is an enzyme produced by serratia bacteria living on silkworms. With this enzyme the worms melt a hole out of the cocoon. Unlike other enzymes in the field of biology, Serrapeptase dissolves ‘dead’ tissue like or e.g. not both silk and apparently also fibrinoid layers in the arteries which chemically could be compared to silk.

A special problem in today’s civilized society is occluding processes in the carotid arteries of the neck. Very often we see patients where surgeons were reluctant to operate or to apply drill or laser technology such occluded carotids. The reason for this is the potential risk that off coming debris will be pushed into the smaller cerebral vessels.

We have, therefore started to apply Serrapeptase in cases of severe narrowings of the carotid arteries. Mostly in patients showing severe symptoms due to the narrowing, including amaurosis fugax (intermittent blindness). The therapeutic results are excellent, certainly lifesaving. It is, however, mandatory that the therapy be conducted for a very long time. Even after month 18, after the onset of the therapy, the patients are improving.

I have also found Serrapeptase to be an extraordinary substance for safety removing fibrous blockages from coronary arteries, particularly the carotid arteries found in the neck, which supply blood brain. Serrapeptase is a natural enzyme produced by serratia bacteria living in silkworms. Once the silkworm has completed its transformation into a moth, it uses this substance to “melt” a hole in its cocoon, so that it can escape.

Other Factors to Consider Adding to Your Regimen

In addition to a healthful diet as discussed earlier, the following supplements and other measures will enhance and support your body’s detoxification ability:

A good whole food multivitamin that includes the full spectrum of B vitamins A good mineral supplement (consider Thorne Citramins II, citrated minerals without copper or iron) Fermented foods and probiotics
Astaxanthin, to protect your cell membranes from free radical damage Cilantro Vitamin C, a powerful detox agent
Plenty of fresh, purewater daily Flax seeds (ground) to keep intestines moving Regular exercise
Infrared sauna Address your emotional issues (I recommendEFT) Address malocclusions and cranial trauma

About food combining

There are several food combining systems out there, some more complex than others; but I have found that a few basic rules can make a considerable difference in a person’s health.

I suggest eating fruit on an empty stomach (such as first thing in the morning), and then eating protein and/or complex carbohydrates 30-45 minutes later to balance the blood sugar.

I stress the need for protein at breakfast and lunch.  It is ideal to make lunch the largest meal of the day and eat lighter at dinner.  I encourage only plant proteins at dinner.

Animal protein is better consumed with low starch leafy green vegetables and should not be combined with carbohydrates.  This allows the food to get easily digested and absorbed into the cells.

If foods are not properly combined, they can sit in the stomach, rotting and fermenting for hours.  For example, the stomach needs to secrete acid when consuming animal protein to break it down.  Carbohydrates, on the other hand, need an alkaline environment for digestion.  Mixing the two food groups causes the resulting acid and alkaline components to create a neutral pH, preventing the food from being digested properly.  Unfortunately, this is the typical American diet for three meals a day.  This is just one of the reasons so many are overweight, but undernourished. Our cells are starving for nutrients, but the food we eat often cannot be digested and absorbed properly.  Fruits should be eaten alone because they break down in the stomach in 20-30 minutes whereas other foods take at least 2-3 hours.  If fruit is not eaten alone, it starts to ferment the food mixture, which then cannot break down properly.

A few simple ways to decrease the body’s acidity and create a more alkaline pH are to add fresh lemon juice to drinking water or to mix 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of raw organic honey and warm water, 1-3 times a day.  Vinegar makes people feel better if they generally suffer from a lack of hydrochloric stomach acid.  However, if they have too much stomach acid, they will get acid reflux from the vinegar and honey; a pinch of baking soda on the tongue can instantly neutralize the effect.

In TCM we work to change the diet and lifestyle first, and then focus on herbs and acupuncture.  In centuries past, diet and lifestyle changes may have been enough to establish optimal health.  In today’s toxic world almost everyone needs herbal detoxification.  The most basic herbal formulae to detox the body include plants that address the liver/gallbladder and others that address blood/lymphs and skin.  These herbs are found in most health food stores.

Cleansing Chemical Toxicity

Liver Cleansing

The most popular liver detox herb is milk thistle seed, which I combine with bupleurum, chrysanthemum, coptis, cornus, cypress, dandelion root,dong quai, fennel seed, ginger, green citrus peel, Jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke), jujube, lobelia, licorice root, moutan root bark, Oregon grape root, peppermint, phellodendron bark, rhemannia, scutellaria, Turkey rhubarb, turmeric, white peony root, wild yam rhizome, and uncariae ramulus.

I recommend at least 2-4 oz. of room temperature kombucha tea a day.  Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from the kombucha “mushroom,” a symbiotic culture of yeast, bacteria and other microorganisms.  The culture is placed into a jar with an organic green tea and raw sugar mixture, along with a starter of kombucha tea from the previous batch.

The kombucha culture uses the sweet tea as food.  During the fermentation process it makes many nutritional compounds such as amino acids, antibiotic substances, glucon acid, glucuronic acid, lactic acid and vitamins. This tea has been found to help detoxify toxic chemical residues from liver tissue and from the body.

For more severe cases I will add in homeopathic remedies for liver/gallbladder detox, such as Hepeel by BHI/HEEL or GUNA Liver.  Both of these preparations feature a combination of various homeopathic remedies to be taken sublingually.

If clients have gallbladder pain, or are known to have gallstones, I start them onLi Dan Pian.  This Chinese formula begins to soften and dissolve stones in the liver and gallbladder.  I use Mayway’s Plum Flower brand which contains scutellaria, aucklandia, lysimachia, lonicera, artemesia capillaris, bupleurum, isatis leaf, and rhubarb.

Skin, Blood, Lymph & Cellular Cleansers

If I have a client with any skin problems, lymph issues, or abnormal cell growth like dysplasia, cysts, or tumors, I will add in remedies to detox the blood, lymphatics and skin.  The most popular herb for this is red clover blossoms, which I combine with black walnut hulls, burdock root, calendula flowers, chaparral, cleavers, chrysanthemum flowers, dandelion root, echinacea, elder flowers, forsythia fruit, gentian root, goldenseal root, gotu kola, honeysuckle flowers, licorice root, lyceum, moutan root bark, myrrh, Oregon grape root, pau d’arco, peppermint, pinellia, sarsaparilla, turmeric, white peony root, and yellow dock root. 

For more severe cases I will add combination homeopathics such as Lymphomyosot by BHI/HEEL or GUNA’s Lympho, Cell and Matrix.  These formulae detox the lymphatic system, cells and the matrix (space between cells) respectively.

Exercising on a trampoline or rebounder also helps in detoxifying the body at the lymphatic, cellular and matrix levels. The up and down movements provide a positive benefit to every cell in the body, helping them to eliminate waste and take in nutrients.

Epsom salt baths can be excellent for detoxing the skin, blood, and lymph.  Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, both of which are easily absorbed by the skin.  Magnesium regulates over 325 enzymes in the body; it increases the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to help mitochondria in the cells produce more energy; it relaxes the nerves and muscles and lowers blood pressure; it regulates electrolytes, improves blood circulation, prevents blood clots and protects the elasticity of the arteries; it reduces inflammation; it lowers the negative effects of too much adrenaline (one of our stress hormones); and it helps to produce serotonin (one of the brain’s feel-good chemicals that help us relax.)

  • Sulfates help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, improve the absorption of nutrients, and reduce muscle pain and migraine headaches.
  • Magnesium sulfate also helps support the efficacy of insulin in the tissues and helps to reduce high blood sugar.

I have my clients use a large container of Epsom salts in a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes.  Adding essential oils to the bath can help with detoxification as well as address other health issues. Lavender oil aids in detoxifying; and it also calms the nerves, increases energy, and lifts the spirits.  Chamomile is great for dry skin.  Juniper, eucalyptus, and rosemary are good for muscle aches.  Eucalyptus also helps with respiratory problems.  I recommend about 40 drops of essential oil per bath, added after the tub is filled with water. Be sure to mix them in well.

Skin brushing can also help detoxify the skin, blood, and lymph.  Skin-brushing is done with a dry vegetable bristle skin brush that you can buy at any health food store.  Start with the lymph areas of the armpits; then brush the chest, head, and neck, and up the arms toward the armpit area.  Next brush the lymph areas of the upper thighs, followed by the abdomen, then the feet and up the legs toward the upper thighs.  The upper body is done before the lower; and brush from the extremities toward the lymph areas and the heart.

“Variations on the art of skin brushing have been known for thousands of years. Loofa sponges were used by the Japanese prior to their hot baths and skin-scrapers were used by the Greeks after physical training. Among Native Americans, the Cherokees used dried corncobs, and sand from river bottoms was the choice of the Comanches. Even animals rub themselves vigorously against rough surfaces.”

Hot and cold hydrotherapy helps detoxify the lymphatic system and is also a great natural remedy for pain relief.  Cold water constricts the lymph and blood vessels, and hot water relaxes and expands them. I recommend taking a shower using 30 seconds of hot water on the lymphs or painful areas of the body, then switch to 15 seconds of cold.  Go back and forth between hot and cold 4-6 times.  Always start the process with hot and end with cold.


Many people have heavy metal residues in their tissues which can cause a host of chronic health issues.  I use hair mineral analysis through Analytical Research Labs (ARL) to check for heavy metal toxicity, as well as to gain valuable information on mineral imbalances which can signal endocrine disorders.

There are several heavy metal cleansers and chelators available that contain a blend of natural supplements. Chelation agents bind with heavy metal deposits found in the body and help to remove them through the stool and urine. The most common chelator is EDTA—a synthetic amino acid approved by the FDA to remove lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium.  However, EDTA can interfere with the absorption of important nutrients and cannot be used alone, as it can cause kidney failure when it binds with mercury.

Usually calcium is added to EDTA formulae to ensure that calcium levels do not become too low. Other common chelators include alpha-lipoic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), bentonite clay, bladderwrack, chlorella, cilantro, garlic, Irish moss (carageenan), kelp, L-arginine, L-lysine, L-methionine, N-acetyl cysteine, sodium argenate, spirulina and zeolite. 

Intestinal Cleansing

Intestinal detoxification is something most everyone can use.  A healthy person should have 2-3 bowel movements a day.  Ideally, one should have a separate bowel movement for each meal eaten.  I encourage all of my clients to do an intestinal detox if they are having any kind of digestive problems.  If they have only one bowel movement or less per day, I suggest clients start this program immediately.  I have tried many brands of herbal intestinal cleansers over the years and have stayed with the American Botanical Pharmacy’s (ABP) Intestinal Formula 1 & 2 by Dr. Richard Schulze.

Most intestinal cleansing programs incorporate two different formulae—one that acts as a laxative and another that performs as a clay mask for the inside of the gastro-intestinal tract.  Many laxative formulae contain only harsh cathartic herbs that can cause the intestinal peristalsis to atrophy and can cause dependency on the formula for bowel movement. One of the great things about the ABP program is that the laxative formula is designed for long term use if necessary.

ABP’s Intestinal Formula contains curacao and cape aloe leaf, senna leaves and pods, cascara sagrada aged bark, barberry root bark, ginger rhizome, garlic bulb and African bird pepper.  This lower bowel tonic cleanses and strengthens the whole gastro-intestinal tract.  It stimulates peristalsis and helps the colon to work better by itself over time.

Essential dietary supplement with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties

I was introduced to this amazing dietary supplement that I believed and had researched about its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory power. I vow to maintain a healthy weight and share this information to others. These group of special foods and supplements are put in one powder. Hopefully, this is the only supplement that I would need now and in the future as I live the remaining half of my life.

In addition to our dietary supplement, we can find food, herbs and plants as our friend in fighting inflammation inside our body that is brought about by aging, and toxins inside and outside our body.

Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and other pesticides. Numerous research projects in the U.S. and Europe indicate chlorella can aid the body in breaking down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as mercury, cadmium and lead, DDT and PCB while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties and its ability to remove or neutralize poisonous substances from the body.

Broccoli sprout
Broccoli sprout extract may reduce inflammation and help protect you from ulcers.

Cranberry powder
Cranberry powder reduces your risk of certain chronic diseases. It may also reduce kidney stones and remove unwanted toxins from the body.

Milk thistle extract
Milk thistle’s use in treating liver ailments dates back to the ancient Greeks. This herb has also been used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years.

Bacopa extract
Bacopa is considered in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) medicine to possess adaptogenic, tranquilizing and antioxidant properties. It has been used for centuries to improve memory and learning problems, as well as concentration. Ayurveda uses bacopa as a tonic for the heart and nervous system and as a diuretic, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. In clinical studies, people who consumed Bacopa had a much better ability to retain new information. In one study conducted by the University of Wollongong in Australia, researchers looked at 76 adults between the ages of 40 and 65 years old and found that Bacopa decreased the rate that the adults forgot newly learned information.

Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, hemopoietic and rejuvenating properties. It also appears to be a positive influence on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary and central nervous systems and is an antimicrobial and antioxidant. Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.

Green tea extract
Green tea extract has powerful antioxidants called polyphenols (catechins) and flavonols. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most powerful of these antioxidants. Milligram for milligram, EGCG has 25 to 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and E. A cup of green tea has more antioxidants than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries. Green tea has been shown to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and serum triglyceride levels.

Wild blueberry powder
Wild blueberries are rich in phytonutrients – antioxidants such as anthocyanin – and anti-inflammatories. These natural substances found in fruits and vegetables are believed to support the immune system and promote healthy aging.

Turmeric extract
Turmeric extract is an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. It has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant. In addition, curcumin lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.

Red ginseng
Considered the most effective form of ginseng on the market, red ginseng has health-promoting effects on the human body that range from enhancing the mind to stimulating the libido. Red ginseng may be taken to combat weakness and add extra energy to an athletic performance. Ginsenosides, which are found in red ginseng, are also valued for their ability to boost mental efficiency and relieve mental fatigue. Ginsenosides are believed to work as natural adaptogens in the body, meaning that they allow the body to adapt to stress in a natural manner.

Grape seed extract
It is believed the antioxidants in grape seed extract can improve the health of the cardiovascular and gastric systems, eyes, skin and brain. It can also improve your mental alertness and may help prevent senility.

L-arginine, glycine, lysine, tyrosine, ornithine
These essential amino acids are called essential because they are not produced in our bodies and must be obtained from outside food sources. Amino acids are utilized by every cell in the body for a variety of crucial functions.

Yerba mate
Yerba mate is believed to boost immunity, stimulate focus and clarity, increase physical energy, aid elimination and even fight bad breath.

Researchers determined kudzu may help decrease the frequency, duration and intensity of cluster headaches with minimal side effects and may help manage metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by health problems including excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin resistance.

Fennel is an excellent super-herb that has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel was held in high esteem among the ancient Greeks, who used it to enhance longevity, strength and courage. Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found anethole, a chief constituent of fennel, to block both inflammation and carcinogenesis. Fennel is also used in Ayurveda for its disinfectant and antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera powder
Aloe Vera is one of the most studied plants on the planet. It has been proven to be beneficial in many areas of human health. Aloe Vera cleanses and supports the digestive system, infuses you with energy, supports the immune system and so much more. As Aloe Vera is a cellular regenerator and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects, these properties make aloe vera one of nature’s healthiest products. Being a strong antioxidant, it hunts down free radicals and protects the body.

Aloe polysaccharide concentrate
Aloe concentrate helps to effectively balance and restore proper immune system function. It reduces inflammation, encourages and increases the tissue healing process. Aloe polysaccharides have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-yeast and anti-parasitic properties. Aloe polysaccharide concentrate protects and supports healthy flora in the digestive tract.

Goji berry extract
Goji berry extract is an ancient fruit growing in the wild in the Himalayan regions of Asia.Goji berries have been used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet and India to help protect the liver, improve sexual function and fertility, strengthen the legs, boost immune function, improve circulation and promote longevity. Goji berries have long been revered as a universal tonic for their longevity-enhancing effects. Goji berry may support the health of the eyes, skin and cardiovascular system. The latest scientific research suggests goji berry is a potentially potent antioxidant with immune-enhancing properties.

Acai berry powder
Being rich in antioxidants, acai berry powder helps eliminate several types of toxins from the body and protects cells from being destroyed by free radicals. It keeps you fresh and lively and makes your skin glow. Acai berry powder may help reduce cholesterol and fat in the body and improve the immune system, increase energy and improve blood circulation, digestion and mental health.

Noni juice powder
Noni juice contains a variety of powerful antioxidants that can prevent free radicals from damaging cells. They help various body systems such as the immune, circulatory, digestive, metabolic and nervous system. Antioxidants are also very useful in preventing skin aging and skin damage. For centuries it has also been used for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and as a digestive aid. It is a great source of vitamin C and some B vitamins and other beneficial minerals, contains all of the essential amino acids and is rich in fiber. It helps lower cholesterol and stabilize triglyceride levels.

Ionic minerals
Ionic minerals should be found in the food we eat, but because of fertilizers and pesticides, we may not get the ionic minerals we need. Here are some of the ionic minerals and their benefits:Zinc helps liver function, boosts the immune system and plays a vital role in synthesizing DNA. Calcium is perhaps the most popular ionic mineral. It helps strengthen bones and teeth to prevent osteoporosis and other conditions. It also aids in blood coagulation to prevent vascular system diseases.

Magnesium aids in strengthening bones, helps the metabolism, helps prevent heart disease and safeguards the immune system.Sodium helps regulate blood pressure for a healthier heart. It also helps transmit nerve impulses and provides the needed acid base balance in the body. Iron is second to calcium in importance to the body. It assists in proper hemoglobin production for adequate oxygen supply to the organs. Iron also helps liver function gives the body needed energy.Phosphorous aids in calcium absorption and helps the heart function at maximum levels.

Fulvic minerals
Fulvic acid minerals are a natural detoxifier, aid in the assimilation of nutrients and oxygen into cells and help remove wastes and toxins from cells. They also help recharge cells’ electrical balance and restore the integrity of cell walls.

Crystalline fructose
Crystalline fructose appears naturally in many fruits, vegetables and honey. It wasn’t until the 1990s that crystalline was added to manufactured foods such as beverages as a flavor enhancer. Adding crystalline fructose gives food better taste and texture. Replacing table sugar with crystalline fructose can reduce 20 to 30 calories from a drink.


Citric acid
Citric acid is an organic acid and a natural component of many fruits and fruit juices. It may inhibit kidney stone formation and break up small stones that are beginning to form.

Ascorbic acid
Ascorbic acid has significant antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid is used in the prevention and cure of scurvy, treatment of the common cold, boosting the immune system. An article published in the “Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine” in 2005 states that vitamin C also acts as a potent stimulator of the immune system and helps in the formation and function of your white blood cells.

D-alpha tocopherol
D-alpha tocopherol, also known as vitamin E, is particularly important for protecting cell membranes as well as keeping skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin E protect your cells against the effects of dangerous free radicals.

One or more members of the vitamin E family may also reduce cellular aging, inhibit the potentially damaging peroxynitrite radical, inhibit melanoma (skin cancer) cell growth, prevent abnormal blood clotting, synergize with vitamin A to protect the lungs against pollutants, protect the nervous system and retina.

Retinyl palmitate
Clinical results have shown vitamin A palmitate increases skin composition to increase collagen , DNA, skin thickness and elasticity. It is essential to vision health.

Pyridoxal 5 phospate
P-5-P is essential for healthy amino acid metabolism, neurotransmitter balance, and immune function and is responsible for over 60 enzymatic reactions. P-5-P, is the active or coenzyme form of vitamin B-6. P-5-P contains three natural organic compounds — pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and pyridoxine. Your body requires P-5-P for various functions including muscle growth and repair, neurotransmitter functions and energy matabloism. As a coenzyme, P-5-P also participates in many chemical reactions and catalyzes the conversion of many substances in your body.

Thiamin prevents beriberi and polyneuritis (inflammation of several nerves), promotes growth, prevents oxidation and neutralizes free radicals to help prevent premature aging and senility.

Riboflavin is a well-absorbed, water-soluble vitamin with key role in maintaining health. It produces energy by assisting in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Riboflavin helps ensure proper growth and development of reproductive organs and body tissues such as skin, connective tissue, eyes, mucous membranes, nervous system and the defense system. It also ensures healthy skin, nail and hair growth.

Cholecalcipherol, also known as Vitamin D-3, helps maintain the proper balance of calcium and phosphorus to support bone mineralization, thereby promoting strong bones. Vitamin D also helps absorb phosphorous and magnesium and is most effective when cooperating with other vitamins, minerals and hormones to improve bone mineralization. Recent research suggests vitamin D might play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system and cell formation.

Methylcobalamin can help with sleep problems, vitamin B deficiency disorders and the effects of anemia.


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