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Glossary: Oats - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Oats - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
The common oat used in herbal supplements and foods is derived from cultivated sources. For some herbal supplements, the green or rapidly dried aerial parts of the plant are harvested just before reaching full flower.
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Glossary: Magnesium - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Magnesium - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it

Magnesium is an essential mineral to the human body. It is needed for bone, protein, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, activating B vitamins, relaxing muscles, clotting blood, and forming adenosine triphosphate (ATP; the energy the body runs on). The secretion and action of insulin also require magnesium..

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Glossary: Lecithin - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Lecithin - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
When medical researchers use the term "lecithin," they are referring to a purified substance called phosphatidyl choline (PC) that belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids.
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Glossary: Juniper - InsidersHealth.com

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Juniper, an evergreen tree, grows mainly in the plains regions of Europe as well as in other parts of the world. The medicinal portions of the plant are referred to as berries, but they are actually dark blue-black scales from the cones of the tree.
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Glossary: Hops - InsidersHealth.com

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The hops plant, Humulus lupulus, is a climbing plant native to Europe, Asia, and North America. Hops are the cone-like, fruiting bodies (strobiles) of the plant and are typically harvested from cultivated female plants.
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Glossary: Echinacea - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Echinacea - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Echinacea is a wildflower native to North America. While echinacea continues to grow and is harvested from the wild, the majority used for herbal supplements comes from cultivated plants.
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Glossary: Ascorbic Acid - InsidersHealth.com

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Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that has a number of biological functions.
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Glossary: Capsicum - InsidersHealth.com

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Originally from South America, the cayenne plant is now used worldwide as a food and spice. Cayenne is very closely related to bell peppers, jalapenos, paprika, and other similar peppers. The fruit is used medicinally.
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Glossary: Soy - InsidersHealth.com

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Soy, a staple food in many Asian countries, contains valuable constituents, including protein, isoflavones, saponins, and phytosterols. Soy protein provides essential amino acids.
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Glossary: Chamomile - InsidersHealth.com

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Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is native to Europe and western Asia. German chamomile is the most commonly used. The dried and fresh flowers are used medicinally.
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Glossary: Turmeric - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Turmeric - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
The vast majority of turmeric comes from India. Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many curries, giving them color and flavor. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used medicinally.
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Glossary: Antioxidants - InsidersHealth.com

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Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that are created in the body during normal metabolic functions or introduced from the environment. Free radicals are inherently unstable, since they contain "extra" energy.
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Glossary: Potassium - InsidersHealth.com

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Potassium is an essential mineral needed to regulate water balance, levels of acidity, blood pressure, and neuromuscular function. This mineral also plays a critical role in the transmission of electrical impulses in the heart.
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Glossary: Niacin - InsidersHealth.com

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The body uses the water-soluble vitamin B3 in the process of releasing energy from carbohydrates. It is needed to form fat from carbohydrates and to process alcohol.
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Glossary: Lavender - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Lavender - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Eastern European countries, particularly Bulgaria, as well as France, Britain, Australia, and Russia grow large quantities of lavender. The fragrant flowers of lavender are used in the preparation of herbal medicines.
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Glossary: Vitamin K - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Vitamin K - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Vitamin K is needed for proper bone formation and blood clotting. In both cases, vitamin K does this by helping the body transport calcium. Vitamin K is used by doctors when treating an overdose of the drug warfarin.
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Glossary: Iron - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Iron - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Iron is an essential mineral. It is part of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of the blood. Iron-deficient people tire easily in part because their bodies are starved for oxygen.
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Glossary: Flaxseed - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Flaxseed - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Like most vegetable oils, flaxseed oil contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid needed for survival. But unlike most oils, it also contains significant amounts of another essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA).
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Glossary: B Vitamins [B12 (Cobalamin)] - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: B Vitamins [B12 (Cobalamin)] - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Vitamin B12 is is a water-soluble vitamin needed for normal nerve cell activity, DNA replication, and production of the mood-affecting substance SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine).
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Glossary: Dang-Gui - InsidersHealth.com

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Dong quai is a member of the celery family. Greenish-white flowers bloom from May to August, and the plant is typically found growing in damp mountain ravines, meadows, river banks, and coastal areas.
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Glossary: Stevia - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Stevia - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
The stevia plant originally came from the rain forests of Brazil and Paraguay. It is now grown in those areas, as well as in Japan, Korea, Thailand, and China.
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arpnm's comment, January 18, 2012 11:19 AM
great glossary -- thanks!
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Glossary: Carotenes - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Carotenes - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Carotenoids are a highly colored (red, orange, and yellow) group of fat-soluble plant pigments. All organisms, whether bacteria or plants, that rely on the sun for energy contain carotenoids.
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Glossary: Riboflavin - InsidersHealth.com

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Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin needed to process amino acids and fats, activate vitamin B6 and folic acid, and help convert carbohydrates into the fuel the body runs on--adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
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Glossary: Tea [Green] - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Tea [Green] - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
All teas (green, black, and oolong) are derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference is in how the plucked leaves are prepared.
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Glossary: Primrose Oil - InsidersHealth.com

Glossary: Primrose Oil - InsidersHealth.com | Health Glossary | Scoop.it
Evening primrose oil (EPO), comes from the seeds of the evening primrose plant.
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