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Nutritional Glossary

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION AND INGREDIENT GLOSSARY

Want to know what “Organic” or “Taro” are? We’ve got the answers here with a list of terms that you’ll find on our website describing many of our products.

  • All-Natural:Made without artificial ingredients or preservatives.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid:Also known as thioctic acid, is a disulfide compound that is a cofactor in vital energy-producing reactions in the body.
  • Batata:A root crop that is a type of sweet potato.
  • Bredmate:The dried cultured wheat flower.
  • Chamomile:A botanical known for it's soothing, gentle and calming effects on the body. Many feel relief of nervous tension from stress. also used as an aid in reducing spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Choline:A semi-essential nutrient which is a component of lecithin (which helps emulsify fats), facilitates the movement of fats into cells and their membranes.
  • Chondroitin:A sugar molecule which decreases the activity of enzymes which break down cartilage in a joint.
  • CoQ10:Co-enzyme Q10 is a vital antioxidant which is said to produce energy in cells, protects tissues - such as the heart and other vital organs - from free radical damage.
  • Edamame:More commonly known as soybeans, the word means “Beans on Branches”. They are an excellent source of complete protein and isoflavones.
  • Flax Seed:Edible plant seeds that are an excellent source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.(also known as Linseed)
  • Ginseng:A chinese herb used to reduce the effects of stress, improve performance, boost energy levels, enhance memory, and stimulate the immune system.
  • Glucosamine:A naturally occuring amino sugar used to create cushioning fluids and tissues around joints.
  • Gluten:A cohesive, elastic protein that is left behind when starch is washed away from wheat flour dough. Gluten is actually made up of different proteins, which when broken down in digestion, form peptides, which are strings of amino acids. These peptides found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats can be harmful to those who suffer from Celiac Disease.
  • GMO:Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms. Genetic Modification is a special set of technologies that alter the genetic makeup of such living organisms as animals, plants, or bacteria. Look for foods listed as Non-GMO
  • Goji Berries:Also known as Wolfberries, they grow on evergreen bushes in China, Mongolia, and the Himalayas of Tibet. They are in the nightshade family, and usually found dried. They are known as a "super food" with the highest amount of antioxidants of any food source known.
  • Gotu Kola:A creeping plant that has been used as a tonic for purification of blood and for promoting healthy skin. It has also been used to aid in restful sleep, treat skin inflammations, as a treatment for high blood pressure.
  • Inositol:A semi-essential nutrient needed for cell growth, healthy nerves, healthy hair and maintaining adequate HDL cholesterol.
  • Kosher Certified:Foods that have a Certification from a Rabbi or Organization that involves examining the ingredients used to make the food, examining the process by which the food is prepared, and periodically inspecting the processing facilities to make sure that kosher standards are maintained.
  • L-Arginine:An essential amino acid that plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones.
  • L-Lysine:L-lysine is protein amino acid. It is classified as an essential amino acid for humans and therefore must be supplied in the diet. Certain proteins, such as those found in meat, poultry and milk are rich in L-lysine.
  • L-Proline:A non-essential amino acid that is synthesized from GLUTAMIC ACID. It is an essential component of COLLAGEN and is important for proper functioning of joints and tendons.
  • L-Tyrosine:A protein amino acid that supports the formation of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Neurotransmitters are important because they carry “messages” from one nerve cell to another thereby playing a vital role in our muscular function.
  • Organic:Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals that can contaminate our water supplies. In the case of livestock, antibiotics and GMO’s are prohibited.
  • Paw Paw:A large, edible berry, with numerous seeds, with a flavor similar to both mango & banana. It has more protein than most fruits.
  • Pepita:Typically refers to roasted pumpkin seeds. The word can refer either to the hulled or un-hulled pumpkin seed kernel.
  • Rhodiola Rosea:(Also known as Golden Root) A plant that is believed to be useful for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness.
  • Sultanas:Raisins made from white seedless grapes of of Turkish, Greek, Iranian, or South African origin.
  • Tamari:Known as the original Japanese Soy Sauce, produced mainly from soybeans.
  • Taro:Extremely nutritious root vegetable, similar to a potato, with easily digestible starch. Has a “nutty” taste when cooked. They are a good source of fiber, contain a high amount of protein, calcium, and phosphorus.
  • Taurine:A sulfur amino acid essential to the proper functioning of the heart and the eyes, also an antioxidant.
  • Valerian:An herb with calming properties, helpful for sleep.
  • Wasabi:Also known as Japanese horseradish, it is a root vegetable that is grated and formed into a paste or powder. Wasabi has a strong, hot flavor which dissipates within a few seconds and leaves no burning aftertaste in one's mouth.
  • Whole Grain:Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, lightly pearled and/or cooked), the food product should deliver approximately the same rich balance of nutrients that are found in the original grain seed.
  • Yuca: A tropical root vegetable which is an excellent source of vitamin C.

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