Natures Sunshine has a reputation for doing rigorous testing to ensure the highest possible assimilation and quality of all their supplements, herbs, and essential oils.
I first learned about Nature's Sunshine a couple decades back, and finally recently began to order, and recommend several of their vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbal formulas, and other products to clients.
I outline my top recommendations, below, and on this itemized list, here.
Watch the short videos shown to learn more about Nature's Sunshine standards of quality. (Just ignore the "Natures Sunshine" sing-song in the beginning and end of the videos!)
I used to believe that if we consumed a healthy diet, we wouldn't need supplements. I now view that as short sighted, and potentially irresponsible! Many people have various conditions that require extra support, and most Americans have several nutrient deficiencies, especially of several important minerals and digestive enzymes.
With increasing levels of stress, electromagnetic frequencies, radiation, and other toxins, ~ supplementation makes sense to ensure we are achieving a high vitality life.
Don wrote a great article here about why supplementing the diet is essential, and why many store bought supplements are of substandard quality, often not worth your money.
Most people are deficient in calcium and magnesium, and/or lack needed enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) to appropriately extract and assimilate nutrients from foods. As we age, we tend to naturally down regulate HCL production.
Too low stomach acid is a common problem, which impairs protein digestion. If you have avoided all animal foods, or have been on a low meat diet for any length of time, or if you have any type of digestive disorder, chances are you will greatly benefit from taking Food Enzymes with meals.
Considering how many people now avoid dairy foods, and how much misinformation has circulated about the importance of getting adequate calcium ~ by both the vegan and Carnivore crowds, and mainstream outlets, it is highly likely that many are deficient in calcium, which performs many important functions with bone health, contraction of the heart muscles, skin health, and much more.
Magnesium is likewise deficient in the soils and water and hence the majority of the population gets inadequate levels of both of these minerals, which work synergistically together, along with phosphorous, Vitamin K2, and D3.
Standard Process Trace Minerals contains co-factors B12, iron, iodine, zinc, manganese, and copper, which supports healthy cellular and glandular functioning, blood, bones, and immune system. For as long as we have tracked our own meals, several minerals always fell short of reaching optimal levels, so I highly recommend mineral and trace mineral supplementation for most people.
Natures Sunshine Food Enzymes, and Natures Sunshine (NS) Calcium Magnesium Synerpro are among my top recommendations. Getting the right Vitamin E supplement, in the right form is also important. The majority of Vitamin E products are either ineffective, or potentially damaging. We recommend either Natures Sunshine Vitamin E with Selenium, or Standard Process Cataplex E.
Taking the right Vitamin E supplement provides several health benefits, including for healthy skin, clearing gut endotoxins, and cardiovascular health.
For those who are having digestive challenges, and/or blood sugar imbalances, I recommend Natures Sunshine Berberine IR™. Diets high in fiber from plant foods like grains, beans, and products made from them increases bacteria in the gut producing endotoxins. Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet is centered around foods that minimizes endotoxin production. There is a video on the Home Page side bar about Berberine for those interested in learning more.
Drinking orange juice, and eating a Carrot Salad (or raw carrot) every day are a couple ways to clear out the endotoxins, but often we need more help. The endotoxins interfere with proper glucose metabolism. Berberine IR has the duo purpose of activating enzymes that support glucose metabolism, and inhibiting the endotoxins from binding to muscle, further supporting proper glucose metabolism.
We also recommend Livton by Standard Process, and possibly Allergy Research Group Ox Bile extract for clients with compromised liver and/or gall bladder function. There are several Western and Chinese herbs which support liver health (such as dandelion) that can be taken in various forms, including made into a tea. Roasted dandelion root makes a great coffee substitute. For therapeutic doses, extracts are more potent. Custom granulated teas are another option that we offer at our local clinic.
The liver is a work horse, and is one of the main organs underlying many health conditions in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) including digestive issues, constipation, IBS, menstrual disorders, migraines, and just feeling crappy.
Natures Sunshine Milk Thistle Combination contains silymarin, the active component of milk thistle, along with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) which boosts glutathione production in the liver, a powerful antioxidant that maintains healthy liver function. Other synergistic ingredients in NS Milk Thistle Combination include Vitamin A (14,000 IU), Vitamin C (480 mg), choline ~ a super important nutrient primarily found in egg yolks and liver, followed by beef ~ inositol, milk thistle seed extract (80% silymarin), NAC, and dandelion root.
For men, zinc is an important mineral, not just for prostate health, but many other functions. Wound healing, cognition, and more. Click here for NS Zinc.
Many women have low iron, yet most supplements are way too difficult on the digestive system. The ONLY iron supplement I can confidently recommend ~ that I am aware of ~ is Natures Sunshine Chelated Iron as it is a great blend of plants and herbs that is easy to digest and absorb.
There are a variety of formulas, including Chinese herbal blends that support female balance, including through menopause. Chinese herbs have a long history of proven effectiveness for treating many conditions, including irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, and menopause.
Natures Sunshine Female Comfort contains raspberry leaves, dong quad root, ginger rhizome, licorice root, black cohosh root, blessed thistle aerial parts, marshmallow root and queen of the meadow leaves. This formula is a safe blend to take to help ease hot flashes and symptoms of menopause.
The pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, along with the liver are part of a biofeedback loop, often referred to as an axis. They work together to help produce and regulate thyroid hormones. You can have symptoms of low thyroid function, yet show in the 'normal' range on a blood test, indicating that one of the other glands on the axis may be over or underperforming.
The thyroid produces many hormones. I discuss common symptoms of under or over active thyroid in Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet (available here on Kindle), and will include a few here:
The diet recommendations in Meats & Sweets supports healthy functioning metabolism and thyroid. Adrenals also get depleted from stressful lifestyles that are not balanced with appropriate self-care: adequate rest, connecting to Nature, grounding, recreation, and play.
For extra support, we use products from both Nature's Sunshine, and Standard Process. I also recommend Natures Sunshine Ashwaganda as an adaptogen herb with many functions, beneficial for men and women.
Natures Sunshine Anxiousless is helpful for taking the edge off of occasional anxiety without causing drowsiness.
Anxiousless is a featured product for November ~ $6 off 90 caps.
Standard Process creates whole foods based vitamins, and grows their own plants and herbs in Wisconsin with the highest possible standards.
While we appreciate their quality, we advise against any supplements with fish oils, soy oil, soybean products, and a few other ingredients.
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Find my NS recommendations linked all together here.
Or reach out to us at our Barefoot Acupuncture Clinic.