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Target Digestive Enzyme for Bloodtype A and AB

Posted on Jan 09, 2013

37 people found the following review helpful

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NOW Super Enzyme contains Betaine Hydrochloride (HCl) and ox bile extract, which are very helpful for people with bloodtype A and AB, who tend to produce less stomach acid and are prone to sluggish liver. It is suitable for people who experience bloating, pain, acid reflux, and food regurgitation with burping, soon after or up to 4 hours after meals. This product works even better if you open up the capsule and mix the content with 1oz (30ml) water and drink it with the meal. Additional tip: this is an excellent fabric stain remover. Wet the area on the fabric that is stained (oil, sauce, sweat, blood, etc), then sprinkle the content of one opened capsule and rub into the stain. Do so on both sides of the fabric of the stain. Proceed to wash the fabric with your usual washer cycle.

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Very Effective Anti-parasite formula

Posted on Jan 09, 2013

28 people found the following review helpful

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It may seem inconvenient to have to take this 3 times a day, half hour before meals, but it is definitely more effective than other formula that go with or after meals. If 3 times is not possible, twice - once upon waking, once just before bedtime, is also effective. This uses the potent fresh green (unripened) black walnut, not dried or ripened black walnut which is not effective. If you start with 0.5 dropper 3 times a day (day 1=1.5 dropper), and increase 0.5 dropper everyday (day 2=2.0dropper, day 3=2.5dropper, etc), you will reach 2dropper 3 times a day on the 10th day (day 10=6dropper). Continue with 6dropper daily until day 14, then rest for one week. Do this for 3-4 cycles if this is your first parasite cleanse. Do 2 cycles once or twice a year thereafter as maintenance. This is assuming you do not experience any uncomfortable effect like headache, nausea or constipation/diarrhea. You can manage the effect by slowing down dosage increase. If you are of a small built, you can keep the maximum dosage at 1dropper 3 times a day. You can add 2 tablet of Nature's Secret Super Cleanse (100% herbal) at bedtime if you do experience constipation. The above suggested dosage consumes 61.5 droppers in 14day. One bottle serves about 74 droppers.

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High-Efficacy Ginkgo

Posted on Mar 26, 2013

15 people found the following review helpful

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Wow, this one is good! I have taken many brands, including NOW Foods, Natural Factors and Doctor's Best. Jarrow Ginkgo is not cheap but it is very potent. Ginkgo is one of the few herbs that has been found to cross the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). You must feel something when you take Ginkgo for the very first time (or after a few months' break). If it does nothing, change. Headaches or dizziness are good symptoms. Cut down by taking on alternate days until the body adjusts itself. Avoid taking in the evening or at night to prevent insomnia. Jarrow Ginkgo helps to chase away mental-fogginess for me. Love what it does for my mental focus like what CoQ10 does for my sports performance. Potent ginkgo may lower blood-pressure in some people. Those with low blood pressure may consider Now Foods Ginkgo with Gotu Kola and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus).

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Magnesium and Potassium Chelates+Taurine

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

15 people found the following review helpful

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Magnesium and Potassium minerals are important for heavy milk drinkers or cheese and meat eaters who do not consume enough vegetables. They are also helpful for people who consume acid-forming diets. The chelated forms ensure therapeutic level of absorption. With the addition of Taurine, I use this formula not only for heart health but for many forms of tension-related complaints - bruxism (teeth-grinding), spastic constipation, menstrual cramps, migraine, busy-leg syndrome (shaking legs while awake; bouts of leg rubbing during sleep), Tourette's syndrome (aka tics), anxiety, insomnia, etc. This is a helpful home first-aid-kit item for, or as prevention against panic attack and monosodium-glutamate (MSG) attack. Medical fields have seen positive potential in Magnesium in clinical trials using intravenous Magnesium for neuro-protection in acute strokes. Start slow with one capsule a day. Observe bowel pattern and add one capsule after a couple of days. Stop at the dosage that provides smooth bowel clearance but not scattered loose stool (body rids excess of what you need). Best to take this Magnesium-Potassium aspartate between meals, in divided doses.

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Gastric Pain

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

15 people found the following review helpful

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Hyaluronic acid is best taken on empty stomach. But gastric pain started to develop after the 3rd day. I stopped and started again, taking only once or twice a week. That bottle dragged on for a long time. I have since moved on to other brands like NOW and NeoCell Collagen with no gastric irritation and fantastic face-firming result.

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Good for Lack-of-tone Colon

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

13 people found the following review helpful

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There are generally 2 classification of constipation - spastic or atonic (lack-of-tone). An individual will tend to be affected by one or the other type, though spells of sickness and medication may switch the cause around. Nature's Secret Super Cleanse is suitable for atonic bowel type, which benefits from "contraction-inducing" herb like cascara sagrada and triphala. Those who experience worse constipation or severe cramps with this formula likely have spastic colon that will do better with water-drawing fiber like inulin (fructooligosaccharides) or magnesium hydroxide, and muscle-relaxing magnesium aspartate/citrate. Individuals who prefer one complete daily bowel clearance instead of 3 (and rumbling all day) can take 2 tablet at bedtime instead of twice a day.

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Simply the Best Raw Coconut Oil

Posted on Jun 05, 2013

13 people found the following review helpful

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Living in the tropics and having tasted fresh coconut right from the tree, this is the best it can get. The taste and aroma is perfect. This oil is too good to be used for cooking. Eat it raw as a butter or health supplement in anti-candida, anti-yeast, anti-parasite, and weight-loss program. This is 100% oil. Artisana produces another coconut butter that includes coconut flesh; it contains 2g of protein and 2g of sugar in one serving. Look for the same product name, without "Extra Virgin". That one is cheaper and even more delicious than this one, ideal for replacing dairy cream in home-made ice-cream!

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100% Barley Grass Juice powder - No Fillers

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

12 people found the following review helpful

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I have used the original Dr Hagiwara barley grass juice powder for over 8 years before switching to Green Magma because the former is not available on iHerb and the latter claims to be using the same original blend. Green Magma did not disappoint initially but some time this year (2012), either the grass quality or content dropped, the product took on a greyish green tone. So I switched to NOW 100% grass juice. I am glad to see rich bright green juice powder bottle after bottle. I hope the standard remains so. BTW, this is barley grass JUICE powder - made from spray-drying the extracted juice of barley grass, without fiber weight. The cheaper barley grass powder includes fiber (that some people like) and makes a gritty suspension.

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Fructose-free, Sucralose-Free, Sugar-alcohol-free Whey Protein

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

11 people found the following review helpful

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It is so hard to find a protein supplement that is soy-free and all the wrong sugar-free. Stevia is the best (at this moment). Take 1-1/2 scoop instead of the recommended 1 scoop to obtain 22.5g protein per serving, and the bottle will provide 30 servings. Different people tolerate different proteins differently. Avoid those with added fiber like inulin, and sugar alcohol like xylitol. This is to avoid extra challenge for the bowel. Protein that is not tolerated well will cause flatulence. Try taking a digestive enzyme at the same time. If it does not help, switch brand or type of protein, e.g. from whey to egg protein. Prolonged protein intolerance is harmful to the gut. This natural double chocolate is real and great tasting. Avoid taking at night to avoid insomnia.

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Excellent Combination of Phytoestrogen Herbs

Posted on Jun 14, 2012

10 people found the following review helpful

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This product sure works! But not in a way suited for me. I rarely stop a product before testing it full-course (or at least finishing the first bottle) but I did after 3 weeks. At first I noticed myself gaining fats in my abdomen and hip. I run and am trim to begin with, so the gain was obvious. The deciding point was when I broke out with the worst acne in years just before my period. I know right away that my estrogen-progesterone ratio is too high (I am taking Vitex, a.k.a. Chaste Tree herb for low progesterone). There are many reasons for undesirable breast sizes, from low fat diet and strenuous exercising, to silica-collagen deficiency and genetic make-up. So if this does not work for you after 3 months, seek another solution not related to phytoestrogen. This product should benefit menopausal women.

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It Used To Be Better

Posted on Oct 08, 2012

9 people found the following review helpful

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I would have rated it 5 stars last year. Sometime this year (2012), the formula changed and the powder is no longer the strong bright green it used to be. It seems the barley grass component has either oxidized or reduced in proportion to brown rice and tapioca starch. I reordered and hope this was just a batch problem but unfortunately the new batch was just the same. I have since switched to NOW 100% Barley Grass Juice powder and true enough, the pure juice powder is rich bright green in color. Without filler starch and brown rice, NOW packaging size has to be kept small to prevent clumping. Price is inevitably higher. But it is well worth!

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Excellent for Actute and Chronic Coughs

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

8 people found the following review helpful

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It contains a good combination of mucilaginous and expectorant herbs. Most importantly, I can quickly feel the anti-spasmodic effect of Black Cherry bark and get relief from whooping cough (which I termed "machine-gun" cough that tickles till you choke). Because of Long pepper and Cassia Twig (cinnamon), those with heat-cough (where you feel heat in your throat or head) may do better with half the dosage. Those with prolonged and lingering cough can also take half the dosage to tone the lung toward full recovery. This formula is too acrid (spicy) and not suitable to be used alone when there is high fever.

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