NOW Foods True Calm to Support Good Mood

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True Calm Amino Acid 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

True Calm Amino Acid 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

NOW Foods True Calm is an effective combination supplement that incorporates the latest amino acid and neurotransmitter research into one easy-to-use formula. True Calm includes cerebral nutrients like GABA, an amino acid that supports the down regulation of overstimulated nerve cells. It is synergistically blended with vitamins, herbs and other amino acids to support relaxation and a balanced mood.

NOW Foods True Calm Features:

Amino Acid Blend
Temporary Relief of Mental Stress
Supports Relaxed Mood

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/true-calm-amino-acid-now.html

References
NOW Foods True Calm (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/True-Calm-90-Veg-Capsules.htm

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Smart and Beautiful with Queen Helene

Queen Helene® brand has been a leader in quality and beauty products for professional and personal use since 1930. Queen Helene’s products are inspired by nature’s finest ingredients because they are safer, and often more effective, than harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives. Queen Helene is proud to have created a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are still passed on from generation to generation.

Queen Helene uses natural elements like cocoa butter that are rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties to moisturize, soften and nurture your skin and hair. Queen Helene uses pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension. Many of our products take advantage of the unique qualities of nature’s finest ingredients to keep you looking your best.

For over 80 years, Queen Helene’s commitment to excellence has made many of our products among the leaders in the personal care category, and Queen Helene is proud to continue their dedication to providing the most effective products your body needs from head to toe.

References

Queen Helene (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.queenhelene.com/about.php

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NOW Foods True Calm to Support Good Mood

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True Calm Amino Acid 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

True Calm Amino Acid 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

NOW Foods True Calm is an effective combination supplement that incorporates the latest amino acid and neurotransmitter research into one easy-to-use formula. True Calm includes cerebral nutrients like GABA, an amino acid that supports the down regulation of overstimulated nerve cells. It is synergistically blended with vitamins, herbs and other amino acids to support relaxation and a balanced mood.

NOW Foods True Calm Features:

Amino Acid Blend
Temporary Relief of Mental Stress
Supports Relaxed Mood

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/true-calm-amino-acid-now.html

References
NOW Foods True Calm (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/True-Calm-90-Veg-Capsules.htm

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Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA for Pregnancy & Lactation

A woman’s demand for the omega-3 DHA increases during pregnancy and lactation, as the fetus uses omega-3s for its nervous system development. Omega-3s are also used to make breast milk, and provide important mood and nerve support for mothers. Third-party tested for purity, Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that both mother and baby receive the daily recommended intake of this fundamental nutrient. And in response to concerns in medical and scientific literature about the prevalence of vitamin D3 deficiency in the United States, and to recommendations that higher intakes of vitamin D3 are necessary, Nordic Naturals have also added 400 I.U. vitamin D3 to each serving. The unflavored soft gels are perfect for even the most sensitive palate, and are half the size of standard soft gels, making them easier to swallow.

Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA is the ideal supplement before, during, and after pregnancy, providing safe and effective omega-3 nutrition for both moms and babies. With 450 mg DHA per serving, Prenatal DHA generously fulfills international recommendations for daily DHA intake. Plus, Nordic Naturals have added 400 I.U. of natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), for strong bones and mood support.

Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA Features:

- Smaller soft gels are easier to swallow (500 mg)

- Supports brain and visual function in developing babies

- Provides mood and nerve support for mothers

- Unflavored, for the sensitive palates of pregnant women

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/nordic-naturals.html

References
Nordic Naturals (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nordicnaturals.com/

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Quality of Life

Many nutritional supplement companies today claim to be based in science, yet few define what that really means. Quality of Life Labs has a very simple, yet exacting, scientific standard: 100 percent of the ingredients used in its formulas are backed by human clinical studies and are delivered in doses consistent with the supporting research.

In practical application, this means that even if an ingredient has great supporting test tube and animal studies, Quality of Life will not use it unless it has also been the subject of positive human clinical research. Why? Many times ingredients that perform well in a laboratory setting do not hold up under the scrutiny of human clinical studies. Being dedicated to making products that work means being dedicated to human clinical research—no ifs, ands or buts.

Quality of Life Company History

In 1977, Steve Yamada founded Maypro as a distributor of top-quality nutraceuticals and fine chemicals to the United States. Over the years, Maypro introduced many of today’s specialty blockbuster ingredients—such as CoQ10, glucosamine, chondroitin and alpha lipoic acid—to the American marketplace.

Kinoko 750 100ccIn the late 1990s, Yamada became particularly excited by AHCC, a hybridized medicinal mushroom extract backed by dozens of studies published in peer-reviewed journals. At the time, however, few companies were willing to risk launching a brand-new, proprietary product that consumers had never heard of.

In 1998, Yamada established Quality of Life Labs to provide American consumers with access to AHCC and other life-changing nutraceutical ingredients. For 15 years, Quality of Life has been the leader in bringing clinically backed ingredients from all over the world in finished product form to the U.S. market. Even though today Quality of Life operates as an independent company, its relationship with Maypro provides it access to unique, proprietary and science-backed ingredients.

Quality of Life Products

Quality of Life offers a full line of highly innovative, clinically supported nutritional supplements. Its commitment to scientific innovation is underscored by the fact that Quality of Life is the only company in the industry to have won the prestigious Nutracon NutrAward for top evidence-based product of the year three times:

AHCC® hybridized medicinal mushroom extract, the world’s most researched specialty immune supplement (2002).

Oligonol®, the first commercially produced low-molecular-weight polyphenol, with documented anti-aging effects (2007).

VitaPQQ 100ccVitaPQQ™, the first dietary supplement ever to feature the newly discovered vitamin PQQ, which preserves mitochondrial function (2010).

Other clinically supported products in the Quality of Life line include: Allerfin™, BoneCal™, Branched Chain Oligonol (BCO)®, Cardionase™, CardioChol®, CognI•Q™, CoQ10-SR™, Deodorex®, Genisol®, ImmunoComplex®, Peptisol™, ProbioPure™, ProstaCell®, Resveratrol-SR and Pure Balance™ Serotonin.

References

Quality of Life (2013). Retrieved from http://blog.qualityoflife.net/209/quality-of-life-the-mission-is-in-the-name

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Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

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Cholesterol Kick-Start, 60 Capsules, 10 Day Results

Cholesterol Kick-Start, 60 Capsules, 10 Day Results

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

While most people resort to taking dietary supplements to lower high cholesterol, natural methods are being pushed and highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists to maintain and improve one’s well-being.

Granted that these supplements and medications work well with your body, doing it the natural way has a lot of other benefits other than cutting off fat deposits running (and blocking) through your veins. As the old Appeal to Nature argument goes, “A thing is good because it’s natural.”

Interested in starting to go all natural? Here are some tips:

Know your food

Take the good ol’ doctor’s advice, “watch what you eat” in order to significantly drop your cholesterol rate. But this does not suggest you to stop enjoying food. Remember, eating right is very different from eating less, that’s why upsetting your appetite for you to eat less or worse, not eating at all won’t do any good. The key here is balanced diet and knowing the nutrition facts of your food (e.g. saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates, etc.)

Separate the Good from the Bad

Eating wisely is just like choosing what is right from wrong. Consuming food with high fatty content reduces High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) AKA good cholesterol in your body, so it’s better to go for white or lean over red and bloody. You may also consider eating fish as substitute for meat. As for cooking, use olive oil or sunflower oil instead of regular palm and coconut oil, as the latter two contains higher saturated fat. It is better to go for baked, steamed, stewed or poached food instead of fried. Eat more fibrous grub such as fruits, veggies, oats, and nuts, while cut down a couple of notches on food with high calories and carbs.

Rock Your Body

Car is to fuel as body is to food. Thus, the logical thing to do is to use that fuel, or as the analogy goes, burn it. And by burning it, not just by simply go through with your day. Watching TV or sitting on the same office chair for 8 straight hours won’t do the job. Do more dynamic physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging, sports or aerobics to release that pent-up energy. A good 45-minute cardio a day is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol in your body.

A Little Booze Is Not That Bad

As long as you don’t abuse alcohol by going on a binge drinking spree, then you’re fine. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of red wine daily reduces the risks of heart-related diseases. Resveratol, polyphenol and flavanoids are anti-oxidants found in wine grapes raises the levels of HDL in your body, while protecting the lining of your heart’s blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. Same goes beer drinkers. Beer, particularly dark beer, has antioxidants that relatively provide the same benefits as that of wine.

Kick your Smoking Habit

Cigarette and other tobacco products contain free-radicals that cause the constriction of blood vessels and damage to the arteries’ lining. These effects inevitably lead to build-up of HDL and other fatty substances on the artery walls. Kicking the habit improves blood circulation as the carbon monoxide level in your body drops significantly, while long term benefits include avoiding risks of acquiring heart diseases.

Dodge Stress

As the song goes, “Relax!” Stress comes in many forms, and it’s going to get you whether you like it or not. Stress imposes the increase of cholesterol level in your body by triggering chemical imbalance and the release of fatty substance. For most people, breathing exercises and yoga are the best counteractions for stress. Although, techniques to alleviate stress may still vary, depending on the person’s character and preferences in handling stress.

Natural Supplements

Aside from taking prescribed supplements, natural supplements such as garlic cloves, barley, green tea, oats and artichoke are still considered far more effective and safer. Most of these traditional supplements have the same benefits for lowering your cholesterol level.

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New Chapter Bone Strength Take Care Works Well

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Bone Strength Take Care, 120 Tablets, New Chapter

Bone Strength Take Care, 120 Tablets, New Chapter

Bone Strength Take Care Tiny Tabs, 240 Tiny Tablets, New Chapter

Bone Strength Take Care Tiny Tabs, 240 Tiny Tablets, New Chapter

New Chapter Bone Strength Take Care

- Bone Health & Calcium: Plant vs. Rock?
Many people think that all calcium supplements are created equal. The truth is that the most common form of calcium supplement today is derived from limestone or rock. We don’t eat rocks as part of our balanced diet, so why would we choose to supplement our bone health nutritional needs with limestone?

Our bodies understand and seek whole food sources of nutrition. That’s why New Chapter formulated Bone Strength Take Care with a whole-food plant source of calcium, magnesium, and other important trace minerals.

The calcium complex in Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a specific plant form called Lithothamnion Calcareum, sustainably harvested from pristine shores along the Icelandic coastline. Much like organic vegetables, this sea plant is allowed to mature naturally and then sustainably harvested to deliver its optimal nutritional value.

Calcium must be completely dissolved in order to be absorbed. The plant-based calcium found in Bone Strength Take Care grows in a honeycomb structure and is extremely porous, which dramatically increases the calcium’s surface area. Stomach acid can then come into greater contact with the calcium, making it easy to dissolve. Calcium carbonate sourced from limestone has a much smaller, rocky surface area and is more difficult to dissolve.

- The Calcium Paradox: Concerns with Heart Health
According to the National Institutes of Health, many people don’t get enough calcium from their diet, suggesting supplementation as an alternative to meet their daily required intake. Despite this dietary deficit, emerging research suggests that isolated calcium supplementation can increase cardiovascular risk.

Calcium supplementation alone is risky because calcium requires other nutrients to be properly utilized. The “calcium paradox” holds that without adequate Vitamin K, calcium will not be deposited in the bones where it is required for maintaining bone strength, but rather in the arteries and soft tissues where it can cause stiffening. It is therefore crucial that an effective bone health supplement be formulated with the necessary nutrients and minerals to ensure the optimal utilization of calcium.

New Chapter Bone Strength Take Care Features:

- The Whole-Food Difference
Calcium must be completely dissolved in order to be absorbed. Bone Strength Take Care is different. Plant-sourced, it delivers whole-food calcium, magnesium and 72 other trace minerals in a natural honey comb structure with an open surface area that is easy to digest and utlize. Calcium carbonate sourced from limestone has a much smaller, rocky surface area and is more difficult to dissolve.

- Sustainabily Sourced
The calcium complex in Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a natural plant form called Lithothamnion, sustainably harvested from pristine shores along the Icelandic coastline. Much like organic vegetables, this sea plant is allowed to mature naturally and then sustainably harvested to deliver its optimal nutritional value.

- Whole-Food Calcium
While most calcium supplements are derived from rocks, plant-sourced Bone Strength Take Care Tiny Tabs delivers bone-strengthening calcium your body recognizes as food.

- Bone-Health Complex
Provides key nutrients—including Whole-Food Vitamin D3—that help the body effectively utilize calcium, promote bone creation, and foster optimal bone health.

- Bones Not Arteries
Formulated with TargetCal®, featuring Natural Vitamin K2, which directs calcium to the bones, where you need it, and keeps it out of the arteries where you don’t.   Promotes Joint Health Our whole-food calcium, magnesium and 72 trace mineral complex has also been shown to promote joint health, flexibility, and movement.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/new-chapter.html

References
New Chapter (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.newchapter.com

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Navitas Naturals Goji Berries

Goji berries have been enjoyed for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Navitas Naturals Goji Berries can be eaten by the handful, and they provide a superfruit boost to oatmeal, cookies, trail mix and more. A surprisingly strong source of protein, goji berries also contain a wealth of antioxidants and over 20 vitamins and minerals.

Vitality Superfruit
The goji berry, also known as the wolfberry, has been cherished throughout Asia as one of the most nutrient-rich foods for thousands of years. Several accounts have been documented throughout time heralding the health benefits of the berry. Only recently have Western cultures discovered the remarkable nutritional profile of this tasty little berry.

Product of China
Navitas Naturals Goji Berries grow in the lush, fertile valleys of the Ningxia Province in China. Small purple flowers growing along thorny bushes of the Lycium barbarum plant blossom into delicate small orange-red fruits. When the berries on the vine ripen during the warm summer months, they’re hand harvested and dehydrated at low temperatures for maximum nutrient preservation. Our goji berries are certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw.

Macronutrient Balance
Navitas Naturals Goji Berries provide a number of important macronutrients including carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and soluble fiber. There’s even more to this sweet little red berry including 18 amino acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and more than 20 other trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin (B2). Ounce-for-ounce, goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and more iron than soybeans and spinach.

A Delicate Sweetness
Cultures with a long history of traditional goji use prepared a soup or porridge by blending the berries with rice, meat and vegetables. Navitas Naturals Goji Berries have an exceptionally pleasant chewy texture and an outstanding flavor that’s somewhere between a dried cherry, raisin and cranberry – but the taste is uniquely its own. They’re perfect for snacking straight out of the bag, but don’t stop there! Goji berries are also a healthy choice to add into oatmeal, cookies, cereal and trail mix. In Asia, the berries are commonly soaked in water to create a nutritious tea.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/navitas-naturals.html

References
Navitas Naturals. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://navitasnaturals.com/

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BSN SYNTHA-6 Protein Powder Recipe

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • 2/3 scoop of BSN SYNTHA-6™ Orange Smoothie Whey
  • 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I recommend SILK brand because it’s less calories.
  • 1/2 cup of crushed ice
  • 2 tbsp Walden Farms Marshmallow Dip (Calorie and Sugar free). It makes the shake “frothier”. You can omit this step if you prefer. Other thickening options would be 2 TBSP of non fat Greek Yogurt, Xantham Gum or Glucomannan.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS FOR BSN SYNTHA-6 Protein Powder RECIPE
  1. Pour unsweetened vanilla almond milk into blender jar.
  2. Add crushed ice
  3. Add 2/3 scoop of SYNTHA-6™ Orange Smoothie Whey
  4. Add Walden Farms Marshmallow Dip
  5. Add vanilla extract
  6. Blend until desired texture is achieved.

Enjoy!

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/bsn.html

References
BSN (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bsnonline.net/

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Avoid These, Prevent Heartburn

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Digest-Rite, 90 Capsules, Newton-Everett

Digest-Rite, 90 Capsules, Newton-Everett

Gastro-pH, Natural Strawberry Flavor, 90 Wafers, Natren

Gastro-pH, Natural Strawberry Flavor, 90 Wafers, Natren

Last week, we talked about things that can be eaten by people suffering from acid reflux or GERD. Now, let us go into things that must NOT be eaten to ensure digestive health and avoid symptoms of this condition.

• Meat
Meat such as chicken nuggets and buffalo wings can cause and worsen acid reflux conditions, which in turn leads to heartburn and other indigestion conditions.

• Spicy food
Hot spices such as chili and pepper can contribute to the causes of acid reflux and the similar symptoms of heartburn. Some people suffering from acid reflux with heartburn symptoms also claim that their condition worsens when eating food with onion, garlic and ginger. It is advised that foods containing these are to be consumed in the minimum only.

• Tea, coffee and chocolate
These three beverages have millions of fans all over the world. Tea drinkers, coffee addicts and chocoholics may want to slow down their addiction if they want to lessen their acid reflux problems. This is because chocolate, tea and coffee naturally contain theobromine which relaxes the esophagus’ lower region which contains the sphincter muscle. When this area is relaxed overly, acid flows back to the food pipe. Dark chocolate is a better alternative, or the three foodstuff mentioned may be consumed but in moderation.

• Fatty and fried food
Food that is fried and fatty is a big no-no for acid reflux sufferers. Fatty and fried food causes the process of digestion to slow down. Food stays in the stomach for an unnecessary prolonged period of time. Because of this, pressure increases inside the stomach, forcing the food to re-enter the food pipe, resulting in acid reflux.

• Dairy Products
Most dairy products are not really advised for people suffering from acid reflux. This is true especially for products like cheese, sour cream, ice cream and yogurt. The habit of drinking milk before sleeping, especially after a huge meal, is not really advisable. In fact, it can worsen the symptoms of acid reflux. Other sweet foodstuff like brownies, butter cookies and doughnuts may also increase your acid reflux problems.

• Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits contain citrus acid which aggravates the symptoms of acid reflux. Included in this classification are tomatoes, oranges, cranberries and grapes which have high citrus acid content. These fruits are also said to make the lower opening of the esophagus relaxed overly, which results in the acid to flow back to the food pipe.

• Alcoholic beverages
Anything with an alcoholic content is a surefire way of worsening your acid reflux condition. Alcohol decreases the pace of digestion and relaxes the esophagus’ sphincter muscles, hence resulting in acid to climb up the esophagus. Another vice, smoking also causes acid reflux, so it is definitely advised for people suffering from acid reflux to quit smoking.

For relief from symptoms of heartburn, GERD, and other digestive disorders, VitaSprings.com has a wide array of tested and proven solutions like Gastro-pH, Digest-Rite, and Reflux-Away.

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