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Several people have asked me for the contents of the Energy Boost formula I
take. The idea behind the Energy Boost is to reverse insulin resistance, help
with tiredness, lack of energy, foggy brain, cravings and weight gain. The ingredients listed below, in one way or another, all play a role in achieving this (a detailed list of the actions of each ingredient is available on request):

Amount per serving
Arginine 500mg
Carnitine (N-acetyl-L-) 500mg
Cysteine (N-Acetyl-L) 500mg
Glycine 500mg
Taurine 500mg
Chromium 200mcg
Selenium 200mcg
Zinc 15mg
Vitamin B1 25mg
Vitamin B2 25mg
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) 25mg
Vitamin B5 (Ca D-pantothenate) 100mg
Vitamin B6 (pyrodoxine) 25mg
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) 200mcg
Biotin 1000mcg
Folic acid 1000mcg
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 500mg
Milk thistle (81.79% silymarins) 515mg
Plus: alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, D-Ribose, purified phylosilicate
clay, inositol, choline, glutamine, the branched chain amino acids: isoleucine,
leucine and valine.

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The Polycystic Ovary (PCO) formula is designed to reduce inflammation and stabilise blood glucose and insulin levels. Although PCO is regarded as a sugar metabolism problem, increasingly studies are finding it’s due to oxidative stress. Both have a role to play, as sugar and foods which convert to glucose are the most oxidising of all ‘foods’. Many of the PCO formula ingredients have other benefits, including:

  • aiding the immune system
  • detoxifying the body
  • lowering cholesterol and triglycerides
  • improving cognition
  • calming and relaxing

Ingredients (contains only the following – no fillers or preservatives):

Aginine; chromium picolinate; B1; milk thistle; cysteine; selenium; B2; glutamine; glycine; taurine; zinc; B3; B5; B6; B12; biotin; choline; folic acid; inositol; D3.

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Having lived with someone who suffered depression for many years, and having researched the subject for a number of years I thought I’d outline here some natural anti-depressants that the body needs.

Tryptophan:

This is the amino acid precursor to serotonin, which is low in depression, insomnia, anxiety, OCD, a slow gut leading to constipation, a stomach in knots, IBS, aches and pains, including fibromyalgia, hot flushes, night sweats, a tight chest and more. It helps stabilise blood sugar as it’s involved with appetite control. Often a sharp drop in blood sugar causes depression/anxiety. This drop can also cause a hot flush. Studies have found tryptophan helps with these. Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin, our sleep hormone, so supplementing with tryptophan helps with insomnia.

Start with 250mg/day about half an hour before bed and away from food containing protein. Tryptophan, arguably the most important of the natural antidepressants, needs an insulin spike to push it into the brain, so take with about 1/4 glass of fruit juice or water and a biscuit. It also needs vitamin B6 and folic acid to convert it into serotonin, so if the tryptophan doesn’t come mixed with B6 and folic acid, take 25mg B6 and 300mcg folic acid with it. Increase the dose slowly in 250mg increments until you find the optimum dose, no need to increase the vitamins. If you find you wake during the night, have another dose ready by your bedside, together with some juice. Take it upon waking, without getting out of bed. You should drop off to sleep soon after. It is safe to go up to 5000mg/day.

Tyrosine:

This is another effective natural antidepressant. It’s the amino acid precursor to dopamine, which is often low in depression. Tyrosine also helps calm the mind down if it’s ‘buzzing’ too much, if thoughts won’t keep still and concentration is difficult.

Begin with 250mg/day in the morning, plus 100mg B3 and 300mcg folic acid for conversion into dopamine. Gradually increase the dose until the optimum is found, no need to increase the vitamins. It is safe to go up to 5000mg/day.

Caution: if more tyrosine is taken than needed symptoms can come back. If this occurs reduce the dose back down until they go.

GABA:

If the depression comes with anxiety and panic, then the amino acid GABA, our most calming neurotransmitter, can be taken as well. Start with 100mg/day, plus 25mg/day vitamin B6, a necessary co-factor. Increase very slowly till the optimum is found. It is safe to go up to 1000mg/day.

Caution: GABA is difficult to administer, as it’s easy to exceed what is needed and then symptoms come back, so increase extremely slowly. It’s far easier to use progesterone instead, as this activates the GABA receptor sites.

Taurine:

Another wonderfully calming amino acid, particularly for the heart. There is more Taurine in the heart than all other aminos combined. It’s a vital component of bile, which is how the liver excretes excess cholesterol, so taking taurine reduces cholesterol levels. In people who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and chronic fatigue the heart rate variability is erratic, taurine helps to calm this. Take 500mg/day, increasing till the optimum is found. Take 25mg of the co-factor vitamin B6 too. It is safe to go up to 5000mg/day.

Progesterone:

This acts as a natural antidepressant as it is a natural monoamine oxidase inhibitor and works by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It also activates the GABA receptor sites making GABA more effective. Use between 100-200mg/day (3-6ml of Natpro). It is easier to use progesterone to increase the effectiveness of GABA than to use GABA alone.

All amino acids and vitamins are sourced from carefully selected organic resources in South Africa.

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Maca is a root-like vegetable shaped much like a radish in appearance. It grows in the mountains of the Andes. Natives use it both as food and medicine.

The Maca plant is packed with natural plant sterols, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Maca does not contain any hormones as such, but its action on the body supports the body’s endocrine system, stimulating the pituitary gland (the body’s master hormone gland) into producing precursor hormones thus helping to balance the adrenals, thyroid and pancreas and so naturally increasing energy and vitality. Having suffered terribly from adrenal exhaustion this interested me and it was for this reason that I first started to look into Maca.
The benefits of Maca are varied:

• Enhances fertility in both men and women
• Improves libido
• Provides an energy boost
• Helps with stress
• Changes hormone levels during menopause
• Help control irregular menstrual bleeding
• Helps with bone regeneration (osteoporosis)
• Increases stamina (so, used by athletes)

I’ll let you do your own research on this amazing plant, but having sourced a raw organic Maca powder, I’ve only just started to use it hoping that it will help with adrenal fatigue. Watch this space and I’ll update readers on any improvements which come my way!

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