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Vitamin C is an essential, water-soluble vitamin best-sourced in fruits (orange, grapefruit, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe) and vegetables (red pepper, green pepper, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower). A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C plays a key role in immune function, protein metabolism, and collagen production.
Butterbur or Petasites hybridus is a perennial, flowering, wetland plant in the Aster or Asteraceae family. Native to Europe, it was named for its large leaves once used to wrap butter in warm summer months. In the Middle Ages, Butterbur was prescribed to plague victims, while in the 17th century, it was administered to ease cough and asthma. Leaves, roots and rhizomes have anti-inflammatory properties and are used in the treatment of migraines, allergic rhinitis, stomach issues and urinary tract infections.
Bromelain also known as Pineapple Extract is a group of enzymes found in the stem, fruit and juice of the pineapple plant, Ananas comosus. Native to the Americas, it has been used medicinally by Central and South Americans for centuries. Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties are used in the treatment of pain and swelling, osteoarthritis, cancer, digestive issues, and topically for burns.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that naturally live in the human body. They typically include strains from the common bacteria groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, as well as the yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii. Found naturally in fermented foods (kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, miso and sauerkraut) and dairy (yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese), probiotics are part of the microbiome or the healthy community of organisms that keep the body healthy.
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