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December 2012 - Print | Index

Thank you for shopping with us and reading our Vitamin Express Report.

Best of Health to you!

  • Favorites 5 great products!
  • Michael's top 10 Choices!
  • Vitamin D3 for Winter Health
  • Umcka Cold Season Boon!
  • Watch for our in-store Double Discount Week last week of December!
  • Link for the quick list- Web specials in company order

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Staff and Owner Favorites!

Here are the other five product choices from Heather at the Fillmore Store. Her first five were in the October VE Report.

  1. Mag C by Intensive Nutrition: A great bioavailable source of both Magnesium and Vitamin C.  The C and Magnesium work together neutralizing the acidity of the C and the C working with the Magnesium in the process of healing tissue and improving flexibility in blood vessels in the heart.
  2. Vitamin D3 2000IU by Herb Express: This one drop a day is a convenient and economical way to get your vitamin D in foggy San Francisco before you run out the door to work.  Researchers are finding out more and more, known for transporting Calcium to the bones, Vitamin D has also been shown to benefit in our body's ability to fight and prevent disease!
  3. Propolis/Astragalus Throat Spray by Eclectic Institute: I like to have this spray in my purse during the winter.  The throat is one of the places the cold can penetrate to spread to the rest of the body.  Just when you feel a sore throat coming on, spray a few times in the back of the throat. It works because of it's high antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as it's ability to sooth and heal!
  4. Slippery Elm lozenges by Thayers: Coming from the inner bark of an elm tree, Slippery Elm is mucilagenous and coats the throat, relieving minor pain and inflammation.  This also can help keep bacteria moving through the body and out, to help prevent further development of the cold.
  5. Electrolyte Hydrator by Vega: I like to take these packets with me on a run for staying hydrated and keeping my energy up.  Only a small amount of water needed to mix.  This product has zero calories, no sugar, and tastes delicious!


Intensive Nutrition

 Mag C

90 Capsules

MSRP $19.21

Our Price $17.30


Vitamin D3 2000iu

Herb Express

Vitamin D3 Liquid


 MSRP $18.90

Our Price $15.10

Propolis Astragalus Throat Spray

Eclectic Institute

Propolis/Astragalus Throat Spray


MSRP $12.10

Our Price $10.90



 Slippery Elm Loz

42 Lozenges

MSRP $5.37

Our Price $4.85

Vega Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator - Lemon Lime, 30.0 Each , Packs


 Electrolyte Hydrator Lemon Lime

30 pk

MSRP $29.99

Our Price $28.50

It's time to give the top ten products of Michael LeVesque, President of Vitamin Express. If only ten products could be sold in our store they would be these:

  1. A multivitamin is the basic necessity of all good nutrition and should include high B-complex and other important nutrients that cover most health requirements for a person who takes only one supplement daily.- Pure Essence Life Essence
  2. A second requirement is a complete chelated mineral and trace mineral formula for energy, immunity, and healthy function of nerves, muscles, bone health, and all the systems within the body.- Source Naturals Life Minerals
  3. A potent non-centrifuged high adhesion probiotic that is a complexed formula that includes its own neo-natent as a nurturing base for growth in the digestive tract to aid digestion, elimination, immunity, and beauty. - Natren Healthy Start System
  4. A complete herbal adaptogenic formula to balance the entire body's endocrine system from herbs that meet the highest standards of quality affecting every level of performance, function and energy.-Euflöura Vital Energetics
  5. A pure product of highest quality that helps maintain proper pH within the body, strengthens immune response, aids development of the musculature, provides growth factors and aids regeneration.- KAL Colostrum NZ
  6. A potent and complete enzyme product that assures proper breakdown of food, aids proper weight maintenance, and replenishes lost enzymes missing in the diet.- Nature's Plus Utra Zyme
  7. A complete amino acid formula that assures proper growth, repair, and function of all muscles, organs (brain, skin, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, etc.) nervous, digestive, and immune systems. - YES Amino Complete
  8. A focus on additional Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin D. - This is the difficult one, perhaps in the near future YES will offer this complex- basically it would be A 10,000iu, D 4,000iu, and E (d-alpha succinate) 300iu. with a recommended 1 to 2 capsules per day. However, out of the many excellent ant-oxidant formulas available I would suggest SuperNutrition Anti-oxidant Power.
  9. A product that provides superb energy, long term health benefits, extra Vitamin C, other anti-oxidants and important anti-methylation nutrients. - Ola Loa Energy (Cran-Raspberry)
  10. A quality bee product combination of royal jelly (providing biopterin for brain function, nutrients for beautiful skin and hair, and sexual vitality), propolis (providing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal protection and pain relief) and bee pollen (providing virtually every known nutrient and micro nutrient including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino  acids). - Y.S. Pure Energy Elixir

natural multi vitamins

Pure Essence

Life Essence Multi

120 tablets

MSRP $44.98

Our Price $40.50


Source Naturals

Life Minerals

120 tablets

MSRP $19.98

Our Price $14.95



Healthy Start DF

3 pce Caps

MSRP $35.95

Our Price $30.55

Vital Energetics


Vital Energetics

4 fl oz/ 120ml

MSRP $47.95

Our Price $36.95

Colostrum NZ 500mg


 Colostrum NZ

120 Caps

MSRP $27.99

Our Price $22.40


Nature's Plus

Ultra Zyme

90 tablets

MSRP $18.65

Our Price $16.80

Amino Complete


Amino Complete

360 Capsules

MSRP $36.79

Our Price $23.90

Energy (Cran-Raspberry)

Ola Loa

Energy Cran/Raspberry

30 Packets

MSRP $34.99

Our Price $31.50

Zoom View - Pure Energy Elixir:65 Royal Jelly (Glass Bottle)

Y.S. Organics

Pure Energy Elixir


MSRP $33.60

Our Price $31.90

Antioxidant Power


Antioxidant Power

60 tablets

MSRP $64.50

Our Price $58.05

The Sunshine Vitamin D3!

First, Vitamin D found itself on the cover of US News & World Report ("The Amazing Vitamin D", Dec. 18, 2006 issue, pp.65, 66). Inside was a two page article on the benefits of Vitamin D, and some of the problems people encounter when there is a deficiency. By the end of the article, it stated "that 2000IUs is a worthy goal for everybody".

Vitamin D deficiency showed up in back pain sufferers, type 2 diabetes, female infertility, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, migraines, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, tooth decay, and obesity. Interestingly, Vitamin D levels decline by up to 50% as part of the aging process.

Then on June 23rd, 2008 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine the lead author Dr. Harald Dobnig, of the Medical University of Graz in Austria said, it's not "ultimate proof" of the harmful effects of too little vitamin D, "But the evidence is just becoming overwhelming at this point." Dr. Dobnig goes on to state, "Physicians should be aware of the widespread problem of low vitamin D status." He bases these statements on his "study showing a significant association between serum (blood) vitamin D levels and risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality,"

Low vitamin D levels have been linked in recent studies to an increased risk of breast, colon and endometrial cancers, and multiple sclerosis. Men with low vitamin D appear to have a higher risk of heart attacks.

Vitamin D is best known for its role in working with calcium to build strong bones. New studies indicate Vitamin D may also reduce cancer risk, prevent tooth loss, help with muscle strength (including our heart muscle), fight infection (such as the flu), prevent the progression and development of multiple sclerosis, improve lung function, protect against rheumatoid arthritis, protect against Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and the list goes on.

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the preferred form of Vitamin D and the form made by animals. Vitamin A, magnesium and strontium compete with Vitamin D for absorption and when supplemented should be taken separately. Vitamin K2 aids absorption.  Vitamin D should be taken with Calcium supplements to improve its bone building ability, and also with Boron, which is essential for the conversion of Vitamin D to its active form.

Basically, our bodies can make vitamin D3 only when our skin is exposed to sunlight under the proper conditions. This production is dependent on the season, where we live and time of day. Also, people with darkly pigmented skin living in northern or southern latitudes have lower synthesis compared to fair skin people. Plus, sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 reduces the production of vitamin D3 by over 95%. During late autumn through winter, little or no vitamin D can be produced by sun exposure at latitudes above 35° north, which runs through the middle of the United States

Old Time TB Remedy to Modern Day Cold Corrective

In 1897 Charles Stevens arrived in South Africa suffering from a serious upper respiratory illness, tuberculosis. A native Zulu healer gave him a decoction of Pelargonium sidoides (Umcka) a unique species of geranium found in South Africa. Stevens fully recovered and returned to England, where he sold the decoction commercially as Stevens Consumption Cure. It was very popular throughout Europe.

In 1920, Adrien Sechehaye, a Swiss missionary doctor used the remedy to treat over 800 patients successfully. As pharmaceutical drugs emerged, Stevens’ remedy was slowly forgotten, only to be rediscovered by European researchers who verified its remarkable abilities. It has been shown clinically to shorten the duration and reduce the severity of symptoms associated with the common cold- congestion, headache, cough, sore throat, hoarseness and minor aches. Even  more important this herb helps to reduce the migration of the cold into bronchitis, tonsillitis and sinusitis. It also reduces those symptoms.

It is widely recommended by doctors and pediatricians because of its high success rate and safety even for very young children over the age of two. In an evaluation study, over 90% of patients and doctors rated Pelrgonium sidoides as an effective remedy for colds and upper respiratory irritations.

If a sore throat is severe, persists more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by a fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.