Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Barlean’s has extended our family to the Philippine Island of Quezon to bring you the absolute best-tasting and most nutritious coconut oil cold pressed fresh for your vibrant health and energy. Our 100% organic, island fresh Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil is hand selected, picked fresh and harvested at the peak of flavor and nutritional value.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/barlean-s-organic-oils.html

References
Barlean’s Organic Oils (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.barleans.com/coconut_oil.asp

 

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NOW Foods Oregano Oil FAQs

Where is your Oregano Oil derived from?

It is derived from Origanum vulgare, which is grown in the eastern Mediterranean region, predominantly in Turkey. It contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano, and is derived from a variety known commonly as “wild oregano”.

Our product is all natural and not genetically modified in any way. NOW Oregano Oil products (also known as Oil of Oregano) are 100% steam distilled without the use of chemicals and GC/IR Verified by qualified analytical chemists.

How do I dilute Oregano Oil?

Because the Oregano Oil is highly concentrated, it should not be used undiluted unless it is being used solely for Aromatherapy (smelling it). Even then, please exercise caution. Although this is a natural product, it is very concentrated.

We recommend the use of a professional aromatherapist or a recipe from a reputable aromatherapy book when using pure essential oils for any other purpose. As a general rule, it is best to dilute essential oils in Olive Oil, Almond Oil or any other food grade carrier oil before using, first mixing thoroughly to match the proportions given by the expert source. NOW Foods does not recommend using essential oils for other than aromatherapy uses.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/oregano-oil.html
References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/

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Healty Recipe: Fruit and Nut Balls

This easy candy recipe is adaptable enough to accommodate other add-ins of your choice, such as cornflakes, rice cereal, or other chopped, dried fruit (e.g. dates) or nuts (e.g. pecans) of your choice.

Makes 18 balls

Ingredients
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Dried Apricots
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Almonds
1/3 cup raisins
5 ounces white chocolate
1/3 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

  1. Chop apricots, almonds and raisins very fine or use a food processor.
  2. Put white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat 15 seconds on medium power; stir. Repeat until almost melted. Remove and stir until last morsels melt. Cool slightly.
  3. Stir in chopped fruit, almonds and coconut into white chocolate.
  4. Form into small balls.
  5. Put the balls on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet; let set 1 to 2 hours. If mixture seems runny at first, chocolate may have been overheated. Wait for mixture to cool and it will hold together more easily to be rolled into balls.
  6. Drizzle balls with additional melted white chocolate.

Nutrition Information per piece:
68 calories
3g fat (2g sat. fat)
2mg cholesterol
10g carbohydrates
1g protein
14mg sodium
1g fiber

References

NOW Foods (n.d.). Fruit and Nut Balls. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Fruits-and-Vegetables/079680.htm

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What's New? Lily Of The Desert

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Lily of the Desert is one of the largest U.S. growers, processors and manufacturers of chemical-free, certified organic aloe vera in the natural products industry. Being vertically integrated allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality control and eliminate third-party pricing. This is unique among aloe vera product companies in the natural products industry. Controlling quality every step of the way allows Lily of the Desert to dictate the industry-leading standards of quality and maintain product integrity from the farm to the bottle.

All Lily of the Desert products originate from mature, organically-grown aloe vera plants, which are grown free of chemicals in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. Once harvested, the aloe leaves are placed in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost, and are then shipped to our state-of-the-art processing facility for precise inspection. Each outgoing batch is scientifically tested to validate quality and product efficacy. Quality is maintained and monitored every step of the way to ensure customers receive the best benefits naturally derived from aloe vera.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/lily-of-the-desert.html

References
 Lily Of The Desert (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Natural Sweetener: NOW Foods Better Stevia

Featured Items

BetterStevia Organic, Better Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener, 75 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Original, BetterStevia Sugar-Free Sweetener, 45 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Coconut, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Cinnamon Vanilla, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Extract Powder, Organic, 4 oz, NOW Foods

Stevia’s recent history

NOW’s founder, Elwood Richard, has believed in the herb Stevia and  its health benefits since the ’70s, when he incorporated Stevia into the  company’s growing line of affordable natural products. Back then he  knew what we all know now – refined sugar isn’t good for the human  body. He added Stevia as a natural alternative to sugar, hoped more  people would use it, and watched sales slowly grow over the years as the  negative aspects of refined sugar continued to come to light. NOW’s  Stevia sales grew steadily until the early ’90s, when an isolated study  (later proven to be severely flawed) showed that Stevia might not be safe  as a food additive. This led to an FDA ban of Stevia in the United States  that was overturned a few years later with the passage of DSHEA, or the  Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act. However, even with the  ban lifted, provisions were kept in place that prohibited the herb from  being sold as a natural sweetener, food or food additive in the U.S.

From 1994 to 2008, Stevia could only be labeled and sold as a dietary  supplement. During this time advances in science and technology  allowed researchers to present more clinically-valid evidence of the  health benefits and safety of Stevia, as well as more thoroughly isolate the  various components responsible for its unique and dynamic sweetening  capabilities. One of these components, Rebaudioside A (or Reb A) from  the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has been standardized and purified over  the years to a point that it was deemed worthy of GRAS (Generally  Regarded As Safe) status as a food additive from the FDA. Researchers  received GRAS status for Reb A in 2008, and since then the race has  been on to develop products utilizing Stevia as a natural sweetener, and  to educate the public about this amazing healthy alternative to refined  sugar and synthetic sweeteners.

Origins of Stevia

While Stevia’s recent history is interesting, the origins of its discovery  and its rise to commercial use are worthy of mention as well. Comprised  of around 240 species of herbs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae),  Stevia can be found growing wild in South America and southwestern  regions of North America. It was first discovered by Spanish scientist  Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), whose surname was used as  the basis for the Latin Stevia. In the late 1800s, Swiss botanist Moisés  Santiago Bertoni, who had immigrated to Paraguay, first documented  Stevia’s use by indigenous tribes of the country, who called it kaa-he-he.  They used it as a flavor enhancer in  their drinks and foods, and would  also chew the dried leaves for their  refreshing taste and sweetness. Bertoni  continued to study the herb until  finally publishing his findings in  1899 and naming the plant Stevia  rebaudiana bertoni. In 1921, American  Trade Commissioner George Brady  presented information on Stevia to  the USDA, calling it “a new plant  with great possibility” for commercial  cultivation, but the idea never gained  enough interest to merit further  experimentation.

Not much was heard of Stevia until  ten years later, when two French  scientists successfully isolated the active  components that give Stevia its sweet  taste: two glycosides named stevioside  and rebaudioside. These isolated  glycosides were not only 300 times  as sweet as sugar, but they were heat-  and pH-stable, and non-fermentable  as well. Just a few years later, during  World War II, Great Britain was  faced with an imminent blockade  of the British Isles by Germany and  began exploring alternative natural  foods they could cultivate to sustain  the population. Stevia was one of the  plants they experimented with, but  the region wasn’t warm or humid  enough to allow for its successful  mass cultivation, and so the British  ultimately abandoned their efforts.

Modern Rediscovery in Janpan

In the early ’70s Stevia saw its first  commercial success in Japan, when  a government ban on carcinogenic  chemical food additives forced  manufacturers to explore natural  alternatives. Southern Japan is warm  and humid enough for Stevia to be  successfully cultivated on an enormous  commercial level, and use of Stevia  as a natural sweetener in food and  beverages exploded. NOW’s founder,  Elwood Richard, heard about Stevia  around this time and was encouraged by its safety and success. By the  1990s, Japan accounted for over 40% of the world’s Stevia consumption.

Today, the advances in our understanding of Stevia have finally  culminated in its approval for use as a commercial natural sweetener in  the U.S. These same advances have helped our in-house research team  in the development of a new proprietary, full-spectrum, enzymaticallytreated Stevia we call Better Stevia™.

 

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Better Stevia. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/better_stevia_health_prof.pdf

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Seasonal Recipes of NOW Foods Essential Oils

 

NOW Foods Essential Oils

View All NOW Foods Essential Oils

Choose a recipe below, and add the NOW essential oils to a diffuser and enjoy!

Autumn Air

8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

6 drops Lime Essential Oil

6 drops Sage Essential Oil

Buttery Pumpkin Spice

1 drop of Cardamom

1 drop of NOW Cinnamon

1 drop of NOW Nutmeg

3 drops of NOW Vanilla

Holiday Cheer

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

6 drops of NOW Rosewood

1 drops of NOW Pine

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Orange

Holiday Eggnog

10 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon

2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

Holiday Wreath & Flowers

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

1 drops of NOW Rosewood

6 drops of NOW Pine Needle

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Lavender

Holly Jolly Holidays

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Clove Bud

2 drops of NOW 2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

4 drops of NOW Lemon

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

5 drops of NOW Balsam Fir Needle

1 drops of NOW Juniperberry

Santa’s Sugar Cookies

2 drops of NOW Tangerine

24 drops of NOW Vanilla

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Ginger

Stroll thru the Orchard

10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

6 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Wintermint Icicles

3 drops of NOW Peppermint

3 drops of NOW Pennyroyal

1 drops of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Tea Tree

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

Gingerbread Aroma

3 drops of NOW Cinnamon

1 drops of NOW Clove

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

2 drops of NOW Vanilla

Cinnamon and Spice

1 drops of NOW Orange

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Clove

5 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

It’s the Holly-Days Again

8 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Cypress

30 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Orange

Cinnamon & Spice & Everything Nice

5 drops of NOW Orange

24 drops of NOW Cinnamon

4 drops of NOW Nutmeg

10 drops of NOW Ginger

Melt My Heart Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Juniperberry

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

1 drop of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Ylang Ylang

Fresh Fallen Snow

1 drop of NOW Wintergreen

20 drops of NOW Pine

60 drops of NOW Grapefruit

Warm Fall Bouquet

12 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

3 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil

2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Seasonal Recipes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Personal-Care/Ingredients-Guide/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes.htm

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Ginseng Energizers in Winter

Herbal tonics have a long history of traditional use for supporting normal energy levels, preserving vitality, and enhancing physical performance. Ginseng, one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, is an herbal adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of stresses. It is a key ingredient in the following ginseng energizers offered by Planetary Herbals.

Full Spectrum™ Ginseng
Full Spectrum™ Ginseng Extract combines a standardized extract of Korean ginseng root, concentrated to 20% ginsenosides, with whole Korean ginseng root. Combining the extract with pure root ensures all the important compounds of ginseng are captured, for a broad range of ginseng activity.

Ginseng Classic™
This formula, formerly known as Four Noble Gentlemen, is one of the classic ginseng energizing formulas of Chinese herbalism (Si Junzi Tang). It was first written about in 1078 A.D., and has remained one of China’s most valued tonic formulas for almost 1,000 years. This dynamic combination reflects the tradition and power of Chinese classic formulas. It combines red Kirin ginseng root with atractylodes root, Poria cocos sclerotium, and licorice root.

Ginseng Elixir™
This classic Chinese formula was described more than 700 years ago (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang). Its combination of energizing and tonifying botanicals has been one of China’s most frequently used compounds for seven centuries. Included are astragalus root, licorice root, molasses, atractylodes root, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome, jujube fruit, dong quai root extract, dong quai root, and ginger root.

Ginseng Revitalizer™
Ginseng Revitalizer™ is based on a classic formula that has been used since 1078 A.D. to support energy levels without the use of stimulants. This dynamic formula combines extracts and whole roots from several varieties of ginseng (Panax, American, and Tienchi) with Eleutherococcus senticosus and a blend of energizing and tonifying botanicals.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Ginseng Energizers. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Healthy Breakfast Tips: Apple Zucchini Flax Pancakes

Featured Items

Organic Flax Seeds, 2 lb, NOW Foods

Beet Sugar 3 lb, NOW Foods

Olive Oil Liquid Extra Virgin, 16 oz, NOW Foods

These are light, airy and delicious!   1/3 cup measure, yields 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups unbleached flour or 1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup milled NOW Real Food® Flax Seed
3 Tbsp. NOW Real Food® Beet Sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg 2 eggs, separated, whites stiffly beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
3 Tbsp. NOW Real Food® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat together egg yokes, milk and oil.
  3. Add liquid to dry and stir only until combined.
  4. Shred apple and zucchini add to batter until combined.
  5. Fold in egg whites. Preheat pan to medium heat and lightly grease.

 

References
Sylvia Finlay. (n.d.). Apple Zucchini Flax Pancakes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Breakfast/M082149.htm

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Cellucor C4 Extreme Powder Best for Pre-Workout!

Harnessing unmatched NO3 technology and premium ingredients such as Creatine Nitrate, C4 Extreme is our advanced pre-workout supplement, possessing the power to ignite your mind, muscles, and workout regimen, workout after workout after workout.

What is NO3? NO3 is Nitrate, an advanced compound that promotes unbelievable muscle pumps and amplifies the power of C4 Extreme. Cellucor is utilizing a unique compound where NO3 is bonded to Creatine to form Creatine Nitrate.

Cellucor C4 Extreme is formulated with key ingredients that will provide more energy to help you get that extra rep, and complete that last set. More reps and more sets are tied to improved strength and endurance.

C4 Extreme has received the highest honors in the supplement industry, including Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year and Best Product Innovation from the top retailers in the world, including VitaSprings.com.

Cellucor THE GREATEST TASTING SUPPLEMENT EVER

C4 Extreme features the best and largest flavor assortment in pre-workout history. Fan favorites such as Icy Blue Razz, Watermelon and Green Apple highlight the ever growing family of C4 Flavors. Because it’s almost impossible to pick just one, try all of our unique flavors!

Cellucor C4 EXTREME ® (A FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE)

I need energy. My workouts are good, sure, but sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes the fear of a mediocre workout keeps me on the couch. Do they make something for this? I hit the supplement store in search. One shiny chrome bottle stands out–it reads, Cellucor C4 Extreme. This pre-workout is unlike anything I’ve seen–no proprietary blends and it’s a reasonable price. I’m sold.

I’m still tired but now I’m excited to see what this supplement can do. I hustle home, change, and pop open my C4. I scoop it in and I’m shocked at how easily it mixes—I hardly had to stir! The flavor? It’s unbelievable! Like a pro, I pound the rest in under 10 seconds and head to the gym. A warming sensation radiates through my body–C4 Extreme is no joke. I am ready to crush.

Today is chest day. I’m giggling as I warm up—the bar feels like a toy and I’m scared I’ll throw it through the ceiling. I’ve never felt so confident, so strong. I’ve never been so focused. Did I say I was tired today? I don’t even remember. I explode through the first set and I’m shocked as I just set a personal record with ease. I want more.

Before I know it, two hours have passed. My training partner gives me an “I’m tired” look, but I talk him into a brutal burn out set. When I’m done, I stand up and look in the mirror. I’m more vascular than a magazine ad, more pumped than I’ve ever seen. My workout partner now begs for an end to this brutal session and this time I oblige. As we head out, I suddenly hear my training partner clear his throat. “I’m trying C4 Extreme tomorrow,” he says, quietly. I grin, thinking of all I just accomplished, and decide to simply state the obvious; “I know.”

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

References Cellucor (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cellucor.com/products/9-c4-extreme

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SweetLeaf: 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener

SweetLeat Natural Sweetener

Award-winning SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener is unique in the marketplace because it’s America’s original stevia-based sweetener.

For natural, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero glycemic  index sweetness, look no further. SweetLeaf™ offers a variety of sweet solutions made from stevia, a naturally sweet plant that is much sweeter than sugar. It is also completely calorie-free, all-natural, and has a zero glycemic index.

SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™, made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor. The drops are available in 17 flavors and come in a convenient dropper bottle. A little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty, value.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/sweetleaf.html

References
 SweetLeaf (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sweetleaf.com/

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