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Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements : The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements (Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A-To-Z Guide to Supplements)

by Phyllis A. Balch, published by 2002-09-30 (Avery)

Buy now from Amazon.com for $11.95
Amazon rating of 5.0 out of 5, Amazon sales rank: 6737

Editor's Review:

Pocket-sized consumer text covers necessary information about selecting and using vitamins, minerals, herbs, and more. Portions were previously published in part one of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd edition.

Reader Reviews:

Simply put, I have used this incredibly thorough book like a health and nutritional "bible". I have studied nutrition and supplements and have found the information presented to be accurate, concise, easy to understand and it covers virtually every topic imaginable. If you have any health concerns, it offers sound natural advice as well as supplemental information, pros and cons and warnings as well (which many books fail to deliver). You will not be disappointed. I would highly recommend this for every family library!I manage "Vitamin" store for a large, "Health" chain. In the past year and a half, I've learned so much about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and food concentrates. I've used amazon.com to buy DOZENS of books that pertain to my job. But you know what? Not a day goes by where I don't pick up this book.

"Prescription for Nutritional Healing" has to be one of the most complete, detailed, and impressive supplemental references out there. The Balch's deserve two thumbs up for this great read!

Just a note: you will see common trends. For almost every ailment, ACES (Vitamin A or Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Selenium) are suggested (like one other reviewer mentioned). These may be mentioned for more than one reason. While ACES tend to be most studied in formal research, they have also shown to be incredibly safe and effective. Whether the suggested supplements are palliative or curative, The Balch's have done their research with overwhelming amounts of reputable sources.

If you like this book, and are interested in anti-aging medicine, I suggest adding "The Super Anti-Oxidants"
(James F. Balch). Also, a very easy read - there is great information on how we age, and what we can do to prevent it.I tried the vitamins and methods mentioned in the book last time i was sick and i felt better in no time, and did not have to make my customary trip to the doctor. I am stoked!This useful guide provides basic information on a wide range of nutritional supplements, incorporating cutting edge findings in the fields of nutrition and supplementation. This updated edition includes information on newer supplements and herbal remedies like MSM, IP6, colostrum, olive leaf extract and saw palmetto.

In Chapter One: Nutrition, Diet and Wellness, the author provides the basics of nutrition, from the 4 basic nutrients to the micronutrients plus guidelines for selecting and preparing foods. This section includes an interesting article on phytochemicals (biologically active substances in plants that give them their color and flavour).

The chapters that follow provides an overview of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and water, explaining their functions in the body and then providing a detailed discussion of the individual vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The chapter on water discusses various types like tap, artesian, bottled, sparkling, distilled and natural spring water.

The chapter on anti-oxidants looks at a wide spectrum of substances, from Alpha-Lipoic Acid to Zinc. The next chapter deals with enzymes, their role in the body and how they interact with foods. This includes a list of commercially available digestive enzymes.

Natural Food Supplements are discussed in detail, from Acidophilus to Yeast; this section includes entries on SAMe, Phosphatidylserine, MSM, Melatonin, Glucosamine, DHEA, CoQ10, Colloidal Silver, Creatine and Pregnenolone, providing the latest information.

The last chapter is devoted to herbs, including essential oils, extracts, teas, tinctures and wines. Here one can find information on anything from Acerola to Yucca, divided into the parts of the plant that is used, its phytochemical and nutrient content, its actions and uses and further comments on the plant.

The valuable and handy guide concludes with a thorough index. Another excellent guide to supplements is Earl Mindell's Supplement Bible. For a more thorough treatment of nutritional healing, I recommend James and Phyllis Balch's extensive work Prescription For Nutritional Healing.it's an astonishingly helpful book. It has so many useful things in it that it's just amazing. I've helped myself deal with more than a few health issues with this book. Highly Reccommended!
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Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements : The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally

The Performance Zone: Your Nutrition Action Plan for Greater Endurance & Sports Performance (Teen Health Series)

PDR for Nutritional Supplements

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