Many vitamins, minerals and herbal products have therapeutic (as well as nutritional) uses. Of course, some are backed by better science than others. Use the search fields at the right to find the vitamins and nutraceuticals you’re looking for… or simply scroll through the pages.
Note: You should always keep your doctor in the loop if you are taking herbal products to treat specific conditions—especially if you are taking prescription drugs! Many of these contain active compounds which could interfere with your medication(s). Remember…
While many of the products you’ll find reviewed here can be described as “all natural”, that does not mean that they can’t, in certain cases, be dangerous.
L-arginine is an amino acid necessary for protein synthesis. We’ve talked a fair bit about arginine on UltimateFatBurner.com over the years, but not because of its potential role in natural male enhancement or to combat erectile dysfunction (E.D.). No, we’ve focused mostly on its role in pre-workout supplements (like Gaspari’s SuperPump or BSN’s NoXplode) although the effect it elicits in these products (i.e., “the pump”) is the same one that may offer some benefit for men suffering from erectile...read more
Chondroitin, or chondroitin sulfate, is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It is part of a large protein molecule known as a proteoglycan, and is a major component of cartilage—the “cushion” between joints. Chondroitin works by holding water and nutrients in cartilage and giving it structure. This is an important property, since cartilage has no blood supply. In other words, chondroitin lubricates joints and maintains healthy cartilage tissue. When cartilage between bones wears away (due to aging, stress or...read more
Potassium iodide (KI) is a salt of the essential mineral iodine. Your body needs iodine to synthesize the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These two hormones are vitally important for normal development, growth and metabolism. T4 and T3 are produced by the thyroid gland: a small, butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck. These hormones are made by specialized structures called “thyroid follicles,” and then released into the bloodstream. KI is used as a nutritional supplement for both humans and animals....read more
Noni is the Hawaiian name for Morinda citrifolia—a traditional medicinal plant grown in the Pacific Islands, and other tropical regions of the world. Historically, parts of the entire plant have been used to treat a variety of ailments, such as malaria, fever, intestinal parasites and infections. Nonetheless, it’s the malodorous fruit that’s driving consumer interest in North America and Europe. Noni fruit (also known to Pacific Islanders as “vomit fruit,” “cheese fruit” and “dog dumpling”) is...read more
Though the element iodine is poisonous in its gaseous state, the iodine ion (iodide) is essential to life. Iodine in foods is converted to iodide in the gastrointestinal tract. In the body, the primary role of iodine involves thyroid function. Iodide is trapped by the thyroid gland, which uses it in the synthesis of the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4). Thyroid hormones regulate body temperature, cell growth, metabolism and the formation of red blood cells, making iodine a mineral of great importance. Iodine deficiency results in enlargement of...read more
Mangosteen is Garcinia mangostana, a fruit-bearing tree native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has been dubbed the “Queen of Fruits,” thanks to its delicately-flavored white pulp, although it’s the surrounding—and inedible—pericarp (i.e., the outer layer) that attracts the most interest from researchers and health-conscious consumers in the West. What’s so interesting about the pericarp? As it turns out, it’s rich in a range of phytochemicals, including a class known as xanthones. Although xanthones are not unique...read more
Goji berries are the fruits of Lycium barbarum—an Asian shrub cultivated for both food and medicine. Also known as “wolfberries,” the tart, orange-red fruits are traditionally eaten fresh or dried; or used to make juice, wine or tea. Goji berries have become quite popular here in the West, thanks to the growing market for novel and exotic “superfruits.” Although the marketing isn’t quite as outrageous as it is for certain other superfruits (notably acai), it can still be tough to sort out the truth about goji...read more
By now you’ve undoubtedly seen a number of ads, “informational” articles and blog posts touting the amazing virtues of the maqui berry. According to “The University of Google,” maqui berry products can miraculously help you shed excess weight and detoxify your body. Radiant health is just a few swallows (and dollars!) away! What’s the truth behind the hype? “Maqui” is Aristotelia chilensis*: an evergreen shrub that produces small, edible dark purple berries. Also known as “Chilean...read more
Bilberry Extract is produced from the fruit of Vaccinium myrtillus—a shrub closely related to blueberry. Bilberries have traditionally been used as both food and medicine: the fresh fruit is commonly made into preserves and pies; while dried preparations and extracts are used as alternative treatments for digestive, circulatory and visual disorders. Like blueberries, bilberries are rich in anthocyanosides—plant pigments responsible for the fruit’s deep blue/violet color. Anthocyanosides belong to a larger class of phytochemicals known...read more
Chlorella is a type of edible algae. It’s a single-celled organism that grows in water and has a high nutritional value. Two species are typically grown for human consumption: Parachlorella beyerinckii (aka Chlorella vulgaris) and Chlorella pyrenoidosa. By the early 1900’s, scientists had recognized chlorella’s potential as a food source. By the 1950’s, many believed that its rapid growth rate might make it a solution to world hunger. However, as rice, soybeans and wheat yields expanded, the idea of marketing chlorella...read more