Glossary

Adaptogen

An adaptogen is an herb or naturally derived substance that helps the body modulate or “adapt” to stress, supporting a normalizing effect on the body.

ATP

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a naturally occurring chemical molecule found in all living cells. ATP is the main energetic currency within cells and necessary for all cells to live and function. ATP is produced in the mitochondria of cells.

Antioxidant

An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that often produces free radicals, which can lead to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms. Antioxidants like vitamin C can terminate these chain reactions.

Amino acid

Amino acids are the components that help make up proteins. In turn, proteins are the primary building blocks needed to ultimately grow and maintain the body and all its many functions – from building and maintaining healthy muscles, nerves, skin, teeth, bones and much more, to helping generate the energy to ensure that all these things function properly.

Cortisol

Cortisol is your body’s “fight-or-flight” hormone, made by your adrenal glands. It manages your blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep/wake cycle, and more. It plays an important role in your body’s natural function, but in many individuals under constant stress (i.e. most people in today’s world), it can derail your body’s primary functions of weight control, sleep, and heart health. 

Dairy

You will never find dairy used in our products. Dairy products include cow’s milk, cheese, yoghurt, and sour cream, among other products. Close to 30 million American adults have some degree of lactose intolerance, meaning that consumption of dairy would give them bloating, diarrhea, and other unpleasant adverse effects. We eliminate dairy from our products to give these 30 million adults comfort in knowing that they can take our products safely.

Endocannabinoid

Endocannabinoids (endogenous cannabinoids) are a type of neurotransmitter made by the body, and are part of a larger system known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The endocannabinoid system acts like an internal balancing mechanism, constantly keeping a vast range of bodily functions in equilibrium. The body produces endocannabinoids that modulate various biological processes throughout the body, giving wide-ranging effects on everything from fertility to pain.

GABA

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major calming brain chemical or neurotransmitter. Its primary role is to reduce neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.

Gluten

You will never find gluten in our products. Gluten is a complex mixture of proteins – glutenins and gliadins – present in cereal grains, particularly varieties and derivatives of wheat (e.g., durum, spelt, semolina, rye, barley, triticale, etc.). It is the substance responsible for giving dough its elastic texture. Consumption of gluten elicits severe autoimmune reactions in people with celiac disease.

GMO

You will never find GMOs in our products. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Such manipulations can include any combination of plant, animal, bacteria, and/or virus genes to produce organisms that do not occur in nature or that can be achieved through traditional cross breeding methods.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.

Jujube Fruit

Jujube (Ziziphus jujube) is a shrub-like tree, the fruit of which has been used in Asian cuisine and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for gastrointestinal and digestive support, and for calming and sedation.

Lectins

You will never find lectins in our products. Lectins are proteins naturally found in plants. The role of lectins is to protect the plant as it grows. Some foods that are relatively high in lectins include beans, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, fruits, and wheat and other grains. Lectins typically do not have much nutritional value when consumed in foods. That said, some lectins may promote inflammatory responses in sensitive or susceptible individuals. As such, it is advised that susceptible individuals avoid or greatly reduce their intake of high-lectin foods and/or dietary supplements containing high-lectin foods.

Magnesium Bisglycinate

Magnesium bisglycinate is a dietary supplement form of magnesium that binds the mineral to the amino acid glycine. Magnesium bisglycinate has demonstrated greater absorption of magnesium by the body than other forms of magnesium dietary supplements.

Magnesium Stearate

You will never find magnesium stearate in our products. Magnesium stearate is a white water-insoluble powder made of magnesium and the saturated fat, stearic acid. It is a common additive in processed foods, drugs, and dietary supplements. Magnesium stearate powder is very fine and slippery. Consequently, it serves as a good lubricant or “flow agent” in the manufacturing of dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals by helping the active ingredients “flow” through the machinery more easily during production. Although magnesium is part of the compound, magnesium stearate itself has minimal nutritional value.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone made by your own pineal gland, a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up.

Prebiotic

A substance, typically in the form of a dietary fiber, that when consumed--either in food or as a dietary supplement--promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Probiotic

A substance, comprised of or containing one or more microorganisms, that when consumed--either in food or as a dietary supplement--helps maintain or restore beneficial bacteria to that environment.

Shellac

You will never find shellac in our products. Quite different from the varnish-like substance used in woodworking projects, this shellac is a resinous substance secreted by the insect, Laccifer lacca, that is used in the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries for its clear-coating and adhesive properties. Essentially it is what gives some medicinal tablets their shiny look.