In a city, we see buildings in various phases of construction. Some have only the foundation. Others have the girders in place. And some are completely finished, so that we can?t see the internal framework. But we know it's there; otherwise, the building couldn?t stand. Our own structural system is no different.
Our structural system consists of bones, muscles, and connective tissue. This system is what gives our body form and the ability to move about. Without it, the body would collapse under its own weight.
The structural system also houses all the other systems of the body and protects them from the outside environment.
The skeleton accounts for only 14 percent of body weight and is made up of 206 bones. The skull is the most protective mechanism in the body. It is supported by the spine, which stands the stresses of bending and stretching while supporting body weight. The skeleton is also the foundation for the muscles.
The muscles comprise about 40 percent of body weight. They convert chemical energy into force and mechanical work. Movement is one of the main functions performed by 620 muscles in the body. They also help maintain proper posture and produce a large portion of body heat.
There are 30 other muscles that perform functions such as moving food through the digestive system, circulating blood, and operating other internal organs.
Connective tissue consists of ligaments and tendons which connect muscles and bones.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, comprising 1.5-2 percent of an adult's body weight. But calcium deficiency in the U.S. is not as rare as might be expected in a modern nation. The Department of Agriculture lists calcium as one of the four nutrients most missing in the American diet.
The body is constantly using calcium from the diet to replace old bone tissue with new tissue. When the calcium supply in the blood is low the body takes calcium from the bones without replacing it, causing them to become weak and porous.
A growing health concern is bones that become weak and soft from calcium and other deficiencies. Such deficiencies can cause bones to break easily, or leave a person with a stooped and shortened stature. It is estimated that 5 million women and 1 million men exhibit some effect of calcium loss from their bones.
Bone loss appears to begin about age 35 and is of special concern to women. Lack of exercise and decreased secretion of the hormone estrogen after menopause have been related to calcium loss. A calcium loss is only visible in X-rays after the loss is acute. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of the mineral content of bone may be gone before the loss can be detected.
Physical activity helps to increase bone volume and density. Weight control can also take some strain off bones and muscles so they can perform better. Of course, the structural system requires a balanced diet with a healthy supply of minerals.
Skeletal Strength (formerly SKL Formula?) is a combination of the vitamins and minerals your skeletal system needs for optimal strength, in a base of herbs that lend nutritional support to the skeletal system.
Skeletal Strength contains calcium, the major mineral needed for healthy bones. Since calcium does not work alone, the formula also includes magnesium, manganese, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and vitamin D. The body uses all of these in forming strong matrices and cartilage.
Coix herb, ma huang herb,
horsetail herb, valerian root, and parsley herb also lend their unique
benefits to the SKL formula. Considering your skeletal system has the
constant task of supporting you, give it what it needs-with Skeletal
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We've long known the advantages of
glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for joint health. Now you can get the
health benefits of all three of these nutreints plus devils's claw herb in
one convenient tablet. EverFlex tablets cost 28% less than purchasing
glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM separately, and you get Devil's Claw for
FREE! Give your joints the one-two-three punch now found in NSP EverFlex.
? Promotes Joint Integrity
? Maximizes Flexibility & Mobility
? Helps Lubricate Joints
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Target Endurance Formula?, developed to target the needs of the muscular system, is based on the concept that true health begins on a cellular level. Keeping the muscular system healthy helps us stay active and ensures proper function of muscles surrounding organs such as the heart, liver, and lungs.
Each of the body's cells contains a tiny engine, called a mitochondrion, which burns nutrients to produce energy. This energy metabolism is particularly important to muscle cells. Target Endurance contains certain essential minerals and vitamins necessary for the mitochondria.
It includes the minerals zinc,
potassium, copper, and calcium in amino acid chelates. The vitamins B6,
B12, and C are added for their importance to muscle function. They are
combined in a whole food herbal base to nutritionally support the
circulatory and nervous systems, in addition to the muscular system.
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Herbal CA? is a
natural source of calcium, the building block of healthy bones. Its
chief herb, alfalfa, contains one of the richest vitamin and mineral
sources of all plants. It also includes oatstraw, horsetail herb,
Irish moss plant, valerian root, and chickweed herb.
Joint Support (formerly JNT-A?)
is rich in easily absorbed botanical sources of calcium, and it
supplies a large amount of nutrients often lacking in the average
American diet. It includes alfalfa herb, called the King of Foods. In
addition it contains bromelain, hydrangea root, yucca root, horsetail
herb, chaparral herb, black cohosh root, catnip herb, yarrow flowers,
capsicum fruit, valerian root, white willow bark, burdock root,
slippery elm bark, and sarsaparilla root.
with Chinese Tonic Herbs. East meets West as Nature's Sunshine
combines the finest source of liquid trace minerals (at least 64) with
time-honored Chinese tonic (adaptogen) herbs. "Light up your energy
system" with minerals (essential to every electrochemical reaction in
the body) and Chinese tonic herbs (balance the body by acting upon all
12 acupuncture meridians and energizing all 5 constitutional types).
Each serving of Mineral-Chi Tonic provides 180 mg of potassium
to support the adrenal glands (180 mg potassium is the same as found
in one medium banana or tomato). Use in combination with other Chinese
products from Nature's Sunshine.
|Mineral Maintenance? is a super
mineral supplement containing 74 trace minerals. Trace minerals can be
the key to proper utilization of essential nutrients by acting as
catalysts to help release energy from food. Because they are naturally
chelated, the minerals in this formula are more readily absorbed by
the body than some mineral supplements.
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|PLS-II? is formulated to provide
nutritional support for the structural system, and serves as a natural
source of vitamins A and E and the mineral calcium. It contains the
finest slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, golden seal root, and
fenugreek seed in preservative-free capsules.
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|Tei Fu? Massage Lotion is a powerful,
deep-penetrating lotion that will soothe away the day's tensions, as
well as relieve tired muscles. The non-greasy formula contains the
volatile oils of wintergreen, menthol, and camphor, plus others, in a
base of safflower oil.
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is designed especially for those who battle to keep their acidity
levels within a normal range. Because Coral Calcium has a natural pH
range of 10-11, it has a natural alkalizing effect on the body, which
can be of great support to those who need to offset acidity levels.
Plus, it provides essential calcium to help maintain bone integrity
|Calcium Plus Vitamin D
supplies nutrients required for both the structural and nervous
systems. Derived from bone meal and combined with other trace minerals
needed by the body, NSP Calcium more easily enters the body to help
replenish bone tissue that is constantly being replaced. Calcium
comprises half of all the minerals in the body, but this still only
represents 2 percent of the body's entire weight.
This formula also contains phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in the body. It works with calcium, and both are commonly found in nature. This formulation provides calcium and phosphorus at a 2:l ratio.
Magnesium is also added in the same 2:1 ratio with calcium. Without these important ratios, the body begins to lose one or more minerals before they can be utilized. Calcium is needed by the immune system. It is also critical to muscle contractions. Phosphorus works synergistically with B vitamins to help maintain a proper fluid balance in the body. Magnesium, often lacking in Western diets, assists in calcium's proper function.
Vitamin D is added to help calcium do its job. At least 400 IU of vitamin D is needed on a daily basis, especially for those not getting enough sunshine (D is the 'sunshine vitamin?).
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Calcium?Magnesium combination recognizes that each of these
minerals depends on the other for proper assimilation in the body.
Calcium is essential to the health of bones, teeth, and muscles, and
it also plays an essential role in blood clotting, nerve conduction,
and many cellular functions. Magnesium activates more than 300 enzymes
in the body and, with calcium, affects nerve and muscle functions.
More than 80 percent of the natural magnesium in grains is lost by
removal of the germ and outer layers, which happens in food
processing. This combination also includes vitamin D, known to work
synergistically with calcium, as well as phosphorus, zinc, copper, and
IF-C? contains 18
herbs: lonicera flowers, scute root, forsythia fruit, platycodon root,
ligusticum rhizome, schizonepeta herb, peony root, chrysanthemum
flowers, gardenia fruit, phellodendron bark, siler root, bupleurum
root, dang gui root, arctium seed, vitex fruit, licorice root,
carthamus flowers, and coptis rhizome.
|Horsetail is high in silica, a major
constituent of the biological cement that holds every part of our body
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|L-Lysine is an amino acid essential to the
proper absorption of calcium and the formation of collagen. Collagen
is necessary to the formation of bone, cartilage, and connective
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|Magnesium assists in the absorption of many
other vitamins and minerals and is essential for the formation of
strong bones and teeth. It also acts as a starter for some of the
chemical reactions in the body and becomes part of some of the complex
molecules that are formed as the body uses food for growth,
maintenance, and repair.
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|White Oak Bark contains high amounts of
calcium and tannin, which makes it an excellent nutritional support
for the structural system.
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|Yucca Root was used as a soap and shampoo by
Native Americans and early American pioneers. It contains calcium,
sodium, B-complex vitamins, and zinc. It also contains small amounts
of iron as well as other vitamins and minerals.
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|Arthritis temporarily relieves pain,
stiffness and inflammation of joints.
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|Exercise aids in providing energy, vitality,
and stamina during aerobic exercise such as tennis, jogging,
racquetball, or exercise workouts.
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Inflammation temporarily relieves general
and localized inflammation with its accompanying heat, swelling,
redness, and pain due to arthritis, rheumatism, minor injuries, or
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|Sciatica is for the temporary relief of
lower back pain due to sciatica or overexertion.
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|Sprains and Pulls is for the temporary
relief of pain, stiffness, and inflammation caused by muscle or tendon
strains and pulls such as tennis elbow, or due to overexertion during
sports activities or workouts.
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