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Yin Yang Huo

See Horny Goat Weed.

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Withania somnifera

Also known as Ashwagandha and Indian Ginseng.  An Ayurvedic medicinal plant used to promote longevity and rejuvenation. It contains various bioactive alkaloids and steroidal compounds collectively known as “withanolides.” Withania extracts/components have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, immune-enhancing and/or anti-tumor effects in laboratory...

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Uva Ursi

Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi or “bearberry”) is a shrub used in alternative medicine to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis (bladder inflammation).  Uva ursi is often added to weight loss and “detox” supplements, due to the herb’s diuretic and anti-bacterial effects. See “Uva Ursi Review & Information” for additional...

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White Willow Bark

See Salicin.

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Vitis vinifera

Botanical name for the common grape vine; often applied to grape seed/grape seed extract. May be misspelled “Vitus vinifera.”

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Yohimbe

The bark of Pausinystalia yohimbe, a tree indigenous to Western Africa.  The active ingredient in yohimbe is the alkaloid yohimbine.  Yohimbe bark extracts are often added to fat loss supplements and/or “male” enhancement supplements, although the amount of yohimbine is variable, and often...

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