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A nutritious, balanced diet is essential for preventing disease and chronic illness. An “unbalanced“ diet (i.e. one that is lacking sufficient vitamins, minerals and trace elements) is considered a primary risk factor for several chronic disease conditions, and growing evidence suggests that malnutrition is one of the main underlying causes for increased susceptibility to infections. Fortunately, dietary supplements can help fill the gaps in our daily nutritional needs, especially for individuals with a smoking history or other unhealthy lifestyle—several large-scale trials of dietary supplements indicate that these individuals appear to have more to gain or lose from taking dietary supplements, particularly in regards to cancer prevention. Furthermore, as one medical journal article summarized, “Nutrition is the foundation to good health, and dietary supplements may prove to be some of the most powerful medicines ever discovered.“1-4

NSP’s VitaWave liquid multi-vitamin and mineral supplement contains a powerful blend of 17 essential vitamins and minerals, combined with an incredible nutritional arsenal of amino acids, antioxidants, herbs, phytonutrients, and plant-derived trace minerals. VitaWave is ideally suited for those who need help meeting their daily nutritional needs or who have trouble swallowing tablets or capsules. Plus, VitaWave is naturally sweetened with stevia and naturally flavored with blackberry, raspberry, orange and mango fruits. Each serving of VitaWave contains:

Asian ginseng root (Panax ginseng) is an important tonic herb that enhances physical performance, promotes vitality and increases resistance to stress and aging. Laboratory and clinical analyses have confirmed ginseng’s anti-hyperglycemic (the ability to counteract high levels of glucose in the blood), anti-stress and immunomodulatory activities, as well as potential anti-tumor properties.5,6

Damiana leaf (Turnera diffusa) is a tonic herb for the nervous system and has been used for anxiety, mild to moderate depression, fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Damiana’s tonic action is partly due to the constituent, thymol, which acts as a thymoleptic—a substance having a life-enhancing and stimulating action on the body and mind. Damiana also provides diuretic and urinary antiseptic properties. In addition, damiana has a long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac and has been used to treat frigidity in women and male impotence.7-10

Oat straw (Avena sativa) is recommended for general debility and convalescence, and to strengthen a weakened constitution. Oat straw offers mild antidepressant effects, gently increases energy levels, and acts as a restorative nerve tonic for an over-stressed nervous system. Clinical studies show oat straw also stimulates immune function.10-13

Stevia leaves (Stevia rebaudiana) are a natural, unrefined, non-caloric sweetener that can be used by both diabetics and hypoglycemics. Stevia does not affect blood sugar metabolism, nor does it promote the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and yeasts. Preliminary research indicates that stevia may also help reduce blood sugar and blood pressure levels.7,14-17

Saw palmetto fruit (Serenoa repens) has shown remarkable results in the treatment of BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy or enlarged prostate), alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. In fact, saw palmetto has demonstrated nearly a 90% success-rate in clinical trials, typically within a 4- to 6-week period. In addition, saw palmetto contains a variety of phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol, which have been shown to improve immunity and help prevent some types of cancer, including breast cancer.11,18-22

Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) appears to be an effective anti-allergy herb for reducing congestion, coughs, runny noses, sneezing and other respiratory allergy symptoms. Stinging nettle is also reported to be helpful as an expectorant and has been used to treat bronchial and asthmatic conditions, coughs and tuberculosis. In addition, numerous research studies conducted in Germany, Japan, and the United States have substantiated the medicinal value of stinging nettle for treating prostate enlargement (BPH).10,13,14,23-26

Green tea leaf extract (Camellia sinensis) contains many antioxidants whose role in cancer prevention has been supported by numerous epidemiological studies. Japanese studies have confirmed an inverse association between green tea consumption and distal gastric cancer in women, as well as a lower incidence of coronary artery disease—the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. In other words, the higher the green tea consumption, the lower the relative risk of cancer or coronary artery disease.27-30

Bilberry fruit extract (Vaccinium myrtillus) contains anthocyanoside flavonoids (anthocyanins)—potent antioxidants that exhibit a particular affinity for the eye and vascular tissues. Bilberry anthocyanosides have been found to enhance microcirculation to the eyes and strengthen the optical portion of the retina. Clinical studies have credited anthocyanosides with improving visual acuity and eye disorders such as macular degeneration, poor night vision, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Studies have shown that supplementing with standardized bilberry extract can improve visual acuity and the ability to adapt to changes in ambient light, as well as enlarge visual field.31-37

Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from premature aging, disease and decay. Grape seeds contain a class of naturally occurring antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins, which have been shown to help protect the body from sun damage; enhance vision; improve flexibility in joints, arteries and body tissues such as the heart; and improve blood circulation by strengthening capillaries, veins and arteries. Grape seed extract has also been shown to inhibit platelet aggregation (formation of blood clots), which is a risk factor for coronary artery disease.38,39

Amino acid blend– Amino acids are the chemical units or “building blocks“ that make up proteins. They are essential in order for the body to function properly. For example, amino acids are necessary for the formation of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, etc. Amino acids also facilitate the functions of vitamins and minerals. Research indicates that amino acids can enhance certain physiological functions, including brain function (through neurotransmitter stimulation), detoxification of heavy metals, immune response, and modification of free radical activity.40-44

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an important anti-stress antioxidant and vital nutrient for adrenal function. Experimental and clinical evidence suggests that supplemental vitamin C in levels significantly greater than the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) can support adrenal function and decrease high cortisol levels—elevated cortisol levels suppress the immune system. In addition, research indicates that a majority of patients with heart disease (70-80%) exhibit very low blood levels of vitamin C. Furthermore, several studies have shown that vitamin C improves the maintenance of bone mineral density in postmenopausal women.45-51

Alpha-lipoic acid is often referred to as a universal antioxidant. Alpha-lipoic acid is found inside every cell in the body, where it functions as an essential component of energy production. Alpha-lipoic acid neutralizes a wide variety of free radicals, many of which are believed to play a significant role in disease processes such as cancer, cataract formation, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, and various brain and neurological (nerve) disorders—alpha-lipoic acid readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. In addition, alpha-lipoic acid is capable of regenerating other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, thereby prolonging their antioxidant activity. Alpha-lipoic acid may even assist in slowing the aging process.50,52-57

Citrus bioflavonoids are highly-effective antioxidants that prevent free-radical cellular damage to blood vessel walls, reduce the tendency of blood clotting, and inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Multiple research studies confirm a diet high in bioflavonoids contributes to a reduced risk of heart disease. Bioflavonoids also facilitate the absorption and function of vitamin C.49,58,59

Inositol, considered part of the B-vitamin complex, is needed by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine for healthy cognitive and memory function. Inositol is also required for the proper function of the neurotransmitter serotonin—a decrease in brain levels of inositol may induce depression, as shown by low levels of inositol in individuals suffering from depression.58,60

P-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), part of the vitamin B-complex family, functions as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of proteins and in the production of red blood cells. PABA has also been shown to enhance fertility in previously infertile women. In addition, PABA may be helpful in the treatment of skin disorders such as Peyronie’s disease (accumulation of abnormal fibrous tissue in the penis) and scleroderma (an abnormal build-up of tough, scar-like fibrous tissue in the skin).14,61-63

Choline bitartrate is a precursor to acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter believed to facilitate concentration and memory function. Insufficient production and release of acetylcholine is a contributing factor in declining cognitive and memory function associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, researchers have found that choline plays an important role in cardiovascular health. Choline helps to metabolize homocysteine and supplementation with choline has been shown to lower elevated homocysteine levels.14,64-66

Lutein, a carotenoid concentrated in the retina of the eye, acts as a protective pigment and is essential for maintaining human vision. Lutein appears to play a central role in protecting against the development of age-related macular degeneration, and may also help prevent cataracts and glaucoma. Lutein has also been shown to help reduce the risk of various cancers such as ovarian cancer. For example, high plasma lutein is associated with the increased presence of estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells and, consequently, with greater survival rates. Other studies have demonstrated an evident increase in breast cancer risk for decreasing blood levels of lutein, especially in premenopausal women.67-73

Lycopene, a member of the carotenoid family found predominantly in tomatoes, exhibits significant antioxidant activity, as well as anti-cancer and chemopreventive effects against various cancers. Lycopene intake is significantly associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer, as well as significantly and inversely associated with risk for ovarian cancer, predominantly in premenopausal women. An inverse association has also been observed between dietary intake of lycopene and risk of prostate cancer. In addition, lycopene has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease, cortical cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.74-81

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), is one of two forms of vitamin D used for nutritional supplementation. The most important function of vitamin D is to maintain sufficient blood levels of calcium. To this end, vitamin D promotes calcium absorption by stimulating the production of calbindin (a protein necessary for intestinal absorption of calcium), by facilitating calcium transport, and by reducing urinary calcium loss in order to keep calcium in the body and spare calcium stores in the bones. Vitamin D is also required for the proper utilization of magnesium. Recent research shows that low levels of vitamin D contribute to the progression of osteoarthritis. Vitamin D participates in other body functions as well, including normal blood clotting, cardiac function, immune system activity and blood cell formation. In addition, vitamin D is necessary for healthy blood levels of insulin and has been reported to assist the body in processing sugar. It is important to note that bile acid sequesterants—a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that include cholestyramine and colestipol—reduce the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D.14,62,82-85

Folic acid, a B-vitamin, has been shown to provide cardioprotective effects. Most importantly, folic acid decreases blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which can damage the lining of the arteries and contributes to blood clotting. Studies have consistently revealed a correlation between homocysteine levels and the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack. Research suggests that folic acid may be the most important single nutrient in providing protection against homocysteine—researchers estimate that a minimum of 13,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented each year by increasing folic acid intake. It is important to note that B-vitamin deficiencies are a common consequence of the conventional treatments for congestive heart failure (i.e. high-dose diuretic therapy, etc.).14,45,86-93

Dead sea salt & plant-derived trace minerals– The effect of trace minerals on human well-being is enormous—certain trace minerals are considered essential in very small amounts to maintain health and ensure proper functioning of the body. Increasing evidence supports the role of trace minerals in the maintenance of immune function and their causal role in secondary immunodeficiency. In addition, trace minerals are involved in normal skeletal metabolism and the nutritional prevention of osteoporosis. Furthermore, vitamins, trace minerals and a variety of other phytochemicals with antioxidant properties have chemopreventive potential against cancer development.94-99

Boron (from boric acid) appears to increase the amount of calcium absorbed from food and lower the amount excreted by the body. These effects may help to keep bones strong. Recent animal and human studies also suggest that boron may be important for brain function and performance and hormone regulation, as well as prevention of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Boron may also strengthen the immune system, boost energy utilization, and affect cholesterol production.95,100

Other Ingredients: Purified water, natural fruit flavoring (blackberry, raspberry, orange and mango), citric acid, potassium benzoate and potassium sorbate as preservatives, xanthan gum, and natural coloring.

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