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Supplements, Herbs, and Nutrients A-Z: Part 3 (K-N)

Supplements, Herbs, and Nutrients A-Z: Part 3 (K-N)

Here we are continuing our alphabetical tour through the supplements that are available. Some of these you might be familiar with; others you might not know about. Among the benefits to be had with these supplements, you can find reduced inflammation, increased bone density, improved respiratory health, and more. This time we go from K through N.

Krill oil could be called the lesser-known, but just as healthy, version of fish oil. Krill oil contains two healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  It is believed that krill oil might be better absorbed by the body than fish oil. Studies have shown krill oil to be effective at reducing chronic inflammation, such as that associated with arthritis and other joint pain. Other inflammatory diseases can be combated. Krill oil can also regulate blood lipid levels by reducing negative cholesterol levels and raising good cholesterol levels.

Licorice root is a remedy with a few different health benefits. The active ingredient in licorice root is glycyrrhizin, and it could benefit patients of respiratory disease. Licorice root can benefit the cells in the airway leading to the lungs, and improve the effectiveness of certain medications for respiratory disease. Separately, licorice root can be an effective remedy for peptic ulcers. Studies have shown licorice root to have a notable effect in combating peptic ulcers in some people who take it for peptic ulcer disease.

Methionine is an amino acid that works alongside other amino acids, such as taurine and cysteine. It is a contributor to multiple bodily processes. By stimulating the liver, methionine can help remove toxins in the body. Methionine also contributes to healthy bone density and the formation of cartilage. This amino acid works best in the body when in tandem with other amino acids. A healthcare provider should be consulted regarding the use and dosage of methionine, since too much of this amino acid can be detrimental to your health.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the form of the amino acid cysteine, which is used in oral supplements. NAC is a valuable supplement because of the wide range of potential benefits it offers. N-acetylcysteine has been shown to prevent oxidative damage, stabilize blood sugar, and promote a healthy gut. It can also help preserve a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm, making it healthy for fertility. Other benefits include supporting the immune system, and detoxifying the body. 

All these supplements are worth considering in the context of a healthy diet. If any of these interest you, talk to your healthcare provider before adding them to your daily regimen.

* Statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. WonderLabs always recommends reviewing any nutritional supplement changes with your primary medical provider.