Our Own Top 10 (+1)
With almost 20 year's experience helping literally thousands of people, and using Nature's Sunshine products ourselves, we have combined our favorite products into "Our Family's Top 10" list. We're confident that one or more of these products will help you as they have helped us and so many others!
1. IF Relief
(John's personal favorite)
Being a swimmer, weight lifter, and a triathlete, it isn't uncommon for me to have a pulled muscle, injury, or some other inflammatory ache or pain. IF Relief (the IF stands for "Inflammation Formula") is a staple in our home. IF Relief combines several herbal anti-inflammatories, including mangosteen and tumeric, as well as the natural pain reliever White Willow Bark to take the edge off the pain. It is also a favorite of my elderly mother for relief of various aches and pains.
2. Magnesium Complex
(Roxanne's personal favorite)
Magnesium is used as a muscle relaxer, including some muscles you might not normally think of, like bowel muscles, and even the heart. If at times she feels her heart under stress, she takes Magnesium Complex combined with Hawthorn and feels that it helps calm her rate. The Magnesium Complex combines different forms of bio-available magnesium for excellent absorption. She also feels that it helps relieve chocolate cravings (and who knows--it just might work).
3. Peppermint Oil
(12 year old son's favorite)
Truthfully, everyone in the family enjoys the benefits of Peppermint Oil. A bottle of NSP Peppermint Oil goes with me EVERYWHERE to relieve indigestion for all four of us. This comes in handy more often than we would like. A small amount of this pure, very potent peppermint oil usually helps with acute upset stomach and indigestion. One added benefit: as a heavy coffee drinker, it also is a great breath freshener!
4. Golden Salve
(9 year old daughter's favorite)
When asked, our daughter chose Golden Salve without hesitation. She can be injury-prone, especially when riding her bike. Abrasions and skinned arms/legs/hands are not uncommon, and she uses Golden Salve for the skin-healing properties of several ingredients, including comfrey.
Pictures of my own left hand after a serious bike wreck best illustrate the benefits of this product. The picture on the left is my hand an hour or so after the wreck. I applied Golden Salve, hoping for the best. The picture on the right was taken just ONE day later!
5. Sunshine Heroes Children's Multi-Vitamin
(For the kids, but sometimes their dad sneaks some)
These are the children's favorites--probably because they taste so good. The "gummy" vitamins come in assorted fruit flavors. Note that Nature's Sunshine has a full line of children's products under the "Sunshine Heroes" brand. Usually, the children take the Sunshine Heroes Multi-vitamin along with Elderberry Immune and Calcium Plus D3.
6. Love and Peas
(John's favorite meal replacement)
Whether I'm in training, or simply trying to prevent or control weight gain during the off-season, low-calorie meal replacements come in very handy. Love and Peas is my personal favorite. I mix the gluten-free, allergen-free, certified vegan Pea Protein powder with low-fat milk and have a VERY tasty vanilla-flavored protein drink. Not only that, it can just about take the place of a multi-vitamin, since it gives me 75% of the recommended daily allowance of several vitamins and minerals. As an honorable mention, Roxanne really likes SmartMeal Vanilla and takes it almost daily.
Let's face it...sometimes we all go through stressful times with our nerves on edge. Lately, when those feelings arise, we have been grateful for this relatively new product by Nature's Sunshine. AnxiousLess™ uses a patented plant extract called Zembrin®. About an hour before a situation arises that we anticipate being stressful, we'll take AnxiousLess™ to take the edge off our nerves. It simply makes us calmer. During times of chronic stressful situations, Nature's Sunshine Nutri-Calm® is also a nice beneficial product to help calm my nerves and replace the vitamins/minerals lost under stress.
8. ALJ® Capsules
(also available in Vegitabs & Liquid)
About twice a year, our family gets affected by allergy season. The chemicals in the pool that I swim in year-round often compound the effects. Sometimes, it all simply gets too much for my sinuses, and over the years I have turned to ALJ® multiple times in a day, for a couple of days in a row, to help break up my congestion in the head. I personally use the capsules, but the Vegitabs are just as potent. For children, the liquid may be best. We also keep Tei Fu Essential Oil in the house, as breathing it in from our palms helps ease congestion.
9. Silver Shield®
(also in Gel and Rescue Gel)
We typically keep several forms of this in our home. Silver Shield® liquid is mainly for internal use, so we use it when we are need to prevent or help some type of infection. According to the patent, it was found to kill a number of bacteria and viruses, so we turn to it for a number of various times of sickness. Unlike some silver products, the patented technology in Silver Shield makes it safe to ingest and I don't hesitate to give it to my own children.
Probiotic Eleven® stays in our refrigerator simply because it seems to help so many intestinal issues, including constipation. It would be hard to find another quality product with 11 different strains of helpful intestinal bacteria. In cases of extreme constipation, we turn to Cascara Sagrada or LBS II®, a laxative product which is definitely a favorite of NSP customers worldwide. To help with digestion, we often turn to Proactazyme (a food enzyme that breaks down food in the stomach).
I'm going to add Paw Paw Cell Reg™ as an extra, although it has thankfully not been needed in our home for the last 6 years. We cannot say much due to FDA regulations, but when Roxanne was diagnosed with a serious disease at age 38, it was used for a time as a natural alternative treatment. This product developed by Dr. Jerry McLaughlin at Purdue University is in high-demand worldwide. For more information, I recommend an informational website that does not sell the product, www.pawpawresearch.com.