Advocare Nutrient Glossary E - F

Nutrient Glossary E- F

Echinacea extract – Standardized to phenols. (aerial - Echinacea purpurea): a member of the sunflower family (Compositae or Asteraceae). Nine species are found exclusively in the U.S. and Canada. The genus name is derived from the Greek echinos (hedgehog or sea urchin), referring to the prickly scales of the dried seed head. Echinaecea has a long history of medicinal use, both in the United States and Europe. Much of the research has focused on the use of Echinacea as a non-specific stimulant to the immune defense system. Active constituents include high molecular weight polysaccharides such as hetroxylan and arabinoglactan as well as the lower molecular weight compounds chicoric acid and echinacosides.

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Eleuthero extract – Standardized to eleutherosides. (root - Eleutherococcus senticosus):Also known as Siberian ginseng. A plant indigenous to China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia. One of the first plants known as adaptogens to be studied by the Russian scientist Dr. I. I. Brekhman for its restorative properties. ( See Adaptogens)

Products with a good source of this Nutrient: Nighttime Muscle Recovery, Post Workout Muscle Recovery

Enzyme hydrolyzed whey proteins: Whey protein is a pure, natural, high quality protein from cow's milk. It is a rich source of the essential amino acids needed on a daily basis by the body. Whey protein is an excellent protein choice for individuals of all ages. It provides a number of benefits in areas including sports nutrition, weight management, immune support, bone health, and general wellness. Whey protein provides an excellent source of glutamine and amino acids that are essential for muscle building, enhancing endurance and supporting the immune system. Enzyme hydrolyzed whey proteins have had their molecular chains partially disassembled by enzyme actions as a part of the manufacturing process prior to use as an ingredient. This added manufacturing step greatly facilitates digestion of the whey proteins after consumption, speeding up their availability to the body’s metabolic processes.

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Fiber: Basically the portions of fruits, vegetables, whole grains that the human digestive system cannot break down so they pass through the system. Chemically, fibers are non-digestible carbohydrate and carbohydrate-related substances. Fiber by itself provides no nutrients, but its passage through the digestive tract is greatly beneficial because it helps push along other waste and helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining. Fiber aids regularity, promotes weight management, helps slow glucose absorption from the small intestine, inhibits absorption of cholesterol and bile acid from the small intestine, and is believed to play a role in lowering risk of heart disease.

Fiber blend:

Gums (gum arabic & guar gum) – mostly soluble fiber
Celluloses (cellulose powder & oat bran) – mostly insoluble fiber
Fruit pectins (apple & citrus pectin) – mostly soluble fiber
Psyllium seed – mostly soluble fiber

Figs (fruit - Ficus carica): Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Ficus native to the Mediterranean region and widely cultivated around the world for its edible fruit.

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Flaxseed (seed – Linum usitatissimum): The seed of flax, the source of linseed oil and emollient medicinal preparations. Though the most universal function of flax seed is to produce linseed oil (commonly used in paints, varnishes, linoleums and inks), this tiny seed contains several essential nutrients including calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus and vitamin E. It's also a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. It has a mild nutty flavor and is often used simply sprinkled over hot dishes such as cooked cereal or stir-fries.

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Folic acid: Is a B complex vitamin, which is necessary to optimize physiological function and health. Folic acid is important in the utilization of proteins (amino acids). It is also involved in one carbon metabolism including the methylation of homocysteine to L-methionine and DNA synthesis. Folic acid also plays an important role in pregnancy.

Products with a good source of this Nutrient:Muscle Fuel, V-16 Caffeine Free Energy Drink, Coffeccino Energy Drink, MNS Max Appetite Control Supplement, MNS Max Energy Supplement, Meal Replacement Bars and Meal Replacement Shakes

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS): Refer to short-chain oligosaccharides comprised of D-fructose and D-glucose, containing from three to five monosaccharide units. FOS are resistant to digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They act to stimulate the growth of Bifidobacterium species in the large intestine and thereby facilitate digestion and intestinal function. FOS are marketed in the United States in combination with probiotic bacteria and in some functional food products. They are also referred to as prebiotics.

Products with a good source of this Nutrient: Advocare ProBiotic Restore™

Fructose: A simple sugar found in honey and in the fruit and other parts of plants. It is much sweeter than sucrose (cane sugar). Chemically it is a monosaccharide (see carbohydrate) with the empirical formula C6H12O6. It has the same formula as glucose but differs from it in structure (see isomer). Fructose is often recommended for, and consumed by, people with diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia because it has a very low Glycemic Index (GI 32) relative to sucrose. The low GI is due to the unique and lengthy metabolic pathway of fructose, which involves phosphorylation and a multi-step enzymatic process in the liver.

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