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Aloha, I'm a geneticist and I'm tangentially interested in supplements and natural living. I've tried about, erm, a gazillion products and most of them I never re-order. But there are several that I have found to work, and work well. So if you're interested in my opinions, please feel free to peruse my reviews and look for items that I have given four- or five-stars — those are the products that actually work and that I order again and again from iHerb. Mahalo nui loa, and aloha!

My Reviews

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The BEST Zinc Supplement

Posted on Oct 16, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

After trying many different Zinc supplements, I've concluded that Now Foods, Zinc Picolinate is the best available. I've found that Zinc Picolinate is easier on my body than Zinc Gluconate, even at relatively high amounts (like 50-100mg daily), with the only noticeable effect being a transient, vaguely metallic taste in the mouth. Zinc is very important to the healthy functioning of so many bodily organs — the skin, the immune system and the reproductive organs, especially — and it's strangely overlooked by many heal-conscious people; Vegetarians/vegans (like me) often have a diet deficient in Zinc and should consider supplementation. Considering the quality, price, and my experience using this particular product, I'll be re-ordering again and again.

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Helps Joints and Skin

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

I like the formulation containing both Hyaluronic Acid and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, a kind of Sulfur). It's been my experience, after several months, that my back and knee feel much better, and seem to be cracking and aching less than in recent memory. Even better, my skin feels great; It's as though the whole body, inside and out, is being moisturized and lubricated. In general I've had good experiences with Now Foods products, and regarding this specific product, I'm a satisfied customer.

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Convenient and Potent

Posted on Nov 16, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

Barlean's makes dependably great products, and their Olive Leaf formulations are some of the very best available. When I need immune support, I take Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex, and the supplement's high concentration of Oleuropein — the principal active ingredient in Olive Leaf — usually has me soon feeling healthy and rejuvenated. I generally take the liquid version of Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex, but when travelling or simply for the sake of convenience, I like Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex in Softgel formulation. In addition to Olive Leaf's immune-strengthening properties it also seems to lower blood pressure, and even though I'm not hypertensive it makes me feel relaxed and slightly drowsy, which is why I take a larger amount at night, before bed, and relatively little in the morning. Those with delicate circulatory systems may want to closely monitor their blood pressure, or consult with their medical professionals.

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Almost great…

Posted on Feb 11, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

Perhaps I have a different body chemistry than other reviewers, but these wipes are really tough on my hands. If I happen to use a few wipes in a given day, I'll notice that same evening that my hands are chapped and cracked and dry. So if you find yourself in the same situation, stay well moisturized! With that said, the benefits are still so great so as to outweigh the occasional dry hand; Importantly, there is no testing on animals. Additionally, there is no Benzene or Isopropyl Alcohol in this product, either. I think that the packaging could be made better by decreasing the amount of plastic relative to the number of wipes, maybe by increasing the wipe count, which would make it a better value, also.

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It Does Work, but…

Posted on Nov 11, 2012

4 people found the following review helpful

Labrada Nutrition HumanoGrowth does work — at least to some extent — but I think that there are better alternatives. The important ingredients in this product's formulation are essentially the ingredients of raw egg whites: beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin. Beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin contain gamma-Glutamylcysteine, which is a precursor of glutathione. It is formed by gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase and used by glutathione synthetase to form glutathione, something that is crucial to overall health. The only other source of these ingredients — beta-lactoglobulin and serum albumin — is undenatured whey protein. After trying both HumanoGrowth and undenatured whey protein, I prefer the latter; In undenatured whey I'm getting beta-lactoglobulin, serum albumin, and immunomodulators, in addition to a hefty amount of quality protein, all at a comparable price. I probably won't reorder.

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A Great Value

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

When doing laundry, I alternate between Bio Kleen, Laundry Liquid, All Temperature and Method, Laundry Detergent, Free + Clear. Both detergents are great at cleaning filthy laundry without toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances, and neither product is tested on animals. It would seem, however, that Bio Kleen, Laundry Liquid is a much better value (at less than half the price). I appreciate that it's so concentrated — it makes toting the bottle to the laundry much less cumbersome. The suggested use is "Only 1 oz Per Load!", but I always use more, not because it's necessary, but because of my own compulsion to see a lot of sudsing action. In all, I'm a satisfied customer, and I will re-order.

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I'm Very Satisfied

Posted on Feb 03, 2013

3 people found the following review helpful

If you're looking for high-quality poppy seed for baking, look no further. Poppy seed purchased in supermarkets is usually dried-out and stale, not to mention nearly tasteless. Frontier Natural Products, Whole Poppy Seed, on the other hand, is nothing of the kind. Possibly because this product is Non-Irradiated, the aroma is satisfyingly earthy and rich, as poppy seed ought to smell but rarely does. While it's not a complaint, I was surprised to find, on closer inspection, that this is actually a mixture of different varieties of breadseed poppy: there are white seeds, brown seeds and black seeds, which makes me curious about the growing and processing of this product.

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Another Gaia Success

Posted on Aug 21, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

This is yet another Gaia product that I love! In the past, I've been a bit suspicious of herbal tinctures generally, since they seem to vary wildly in constitution and quality. Gaia's Black Walnut tincture is potent, and it tastes rich and surprisingly fresh. If you're looking for Black Walnut to use as part of a parasite cleanse, look no further.

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Probably the Best Laundry Detergent I've Used

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

I've tried so many different laundry detergents, and this is probably the best. Method Free + Clear Laundry Detergent is highly concentrated, so it can be transported in a small bottle, not a huge dispenser or carton. I've found that my laundry sometimes requires more than the prescribed "4 Pumps", but it's great for all different types of fabrics and different color/temperature settings. It does seem a bit expensive at the outset, but the economy becomes obvious when one considers how concentrated the formula is and how many loads are possible with one bottle. Moreover, Method Free + Clear Laundry Detergent becomes even more affordable (and friendly to the environment) when you re-use the bottle and purchase the bagged refill. Importantly, it's not tested on animals and it's biodegradable.

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Quite Simply, THE BEST

Posted on Jan 10, 2014

3 people found the following review helpful

Quite simply, Now Foods, Silica Complex is THE BEST SUPPLEMENT that I have tried for bone, hair, nail and skin health. The source of this product's silica is a herbaceous perennial plant, Equisetum arvense, the field horsetail or common horsetail and, interestingly, horsetail is one of the foremost traditional Germanic remedies for afflictions of the skin, as well as a treatment for gout and rheumatism. After taking this product, I've been absolutely astonished at the difference in my skin: it's smoother and clearer than ever before; My hair and nails grow at a much faster rate, and thicker, too. Bones and teeth seem to benefit from Now Foods, Silica Complex, also; Silica appears to assist in calcium absorbtion, the building of cartilage and of connective tissue, so it may be advisable to take a silica supplement to treat osteoperosis or to assist the healing of broken bones. Others have reported that they are less constipated and that their gastrointestinal systems function with greater regularity while taking this supplement. My recommendation for bone, hair, nail and skin health: Now Foods, Silica Complex as well as Now Foods, Hyaluronic Acid With MSM and, if you think that you may be Biotin-deficient, Now Foods, Biotin.

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Never Leave Home Without It

Posted on Nov 08, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

When I first got this product a few years ago I thought, "Aloha! Where have you been all my life?!" Xylitol is an underappreciated anti-microbial substance (when used properly) so Xlear Xylitol Sinus Nasal Spray is perfect for fighting infections of the nose and sinus. I use it when I find myself in large crowds or when visiting the hospital (great for assuaging MRSA fears), in addition to whenever I'm feeling a little sick. Also, because it's moisturizing, it's great for travelling by air, since the experience of flying is usually arid and filthy. I passed this product on to a member of my family who suffers from Von Willebrand disease which causes, among other things, frequent nosebleeds, especially in dry environments (such as when travelling by air) or when exposed to allergens. Xlear Xylitol Sinus Nasal Spray has been a great success in treating his nosebleeds, and he never flies without it, and neither do I.

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"WOW!"

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

3 people found the following review helpful

I've been taking Now Foods, Maca, for several weeks and "Wow!" is really what I find myself saying all the time. I've been amazed at the pleasant buzz of energy that I get about one-half hour after taking a capsule, a shot of energy that gently tapers off throughout the day. My workout training is better and, in general, I feel better when taking this product. Another pleasant bonus: These capsules smell wonderful, in a fresh, berry-like sort of way. I have tried taking it in the late afternoon and it's not been very successful; I've had trouble falling asleep. I have noticed, also, that if I take Maca continuously for several weeks its efficacy starts to diminish. I think it's best to take it for shorter periods — periods of maybe a few weeks at a time — then to switch to another supplement with similar effects for another period, before returning to Maca.

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