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Epidemic- High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes

April 2007 - Print | Index

While US citizens are suffering from epidemic levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and unhealthy cholesterol levels, the US government is not developing a nutritional program aimed at reducing this epidemic. Wealth and economic influence seems blind to legislative action to end the dramatic downward spiral in the nation's health through the use of nutritional supplementation. Instead the government endorses expensive drugs that mean further problems.

Meanwhile, business and government in China have a very different orientation. Jarrow Formulas, one of our favorite suppliers, has signed an agreement to be a major supplier of nutritional supplements to CareNet China -- the only company authorized by the Chinese government to grant certification for Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs) in China. CareNet China recognizes the benefits of nutritional supplements, and says "...there will be a huge demand for quality supplements because of China's aging population."

When will our insurance providers and legislators wake up to the fact that our environment -- including what we eat -- determines the development and maintenance of our health? When will they evaluate -- without bias -- the need for a national nutritional counsel under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture? When will the health of the nation become as important as the wealth? An epidemic of malnutrition is so vast that it must be now!

In this issue:

  • Products from Jarrow, new and old
  • Fish-oil Omega products from Nordic Naturals
  • The Fiber35 Diet from Renew Life
  • Amino Acids from NOW® Foods
  • New products from Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals
  • TwinLab Products
  • 30th Anniversary deals from SuperNutrition

We have also published a new Quarterly Flyer, containing products on sale for April through June. Check it out here. (PDF file, 163 kilobytes).

Stress, Pain & Diet-aids from Jarrow

Sugar has always been a quest for humans, as it offers us one of the most immediate forms of energy. It became an even greater necessity when we homo sapiens lost our ability to produce our own Vitamin C internally like most other mammals. Vitamin C in nature is usually found where sweetness abides, such as berries and succulent fruits, filled not only with Vitamin C, but also large quantities of bioflavonoids.

But in modern times sweetness comes at a price. Manufacturing processes produce pure sugar without any nutritive value, and our over-consumption of it has led to all kinds of imbalances. The results are mood swings, general depression, cravings, poor eating habits and unclear thinking, which in turn has led to the use of dangerous sugar substitutes. What we put in our bodies today determines how we feel tomorrow, and likewise the day after that, and so on for the rest of our lives. Fortunately, we always can change.

Diabetes is now the sixth most common cause of death. It is a growing epidemic affecting at least 7% of the U.S. population. The primary problem is managing the glycemic (sugar) levels over time. Other major factors are obesity, hypertension, cigarette smoking, and elevated levels of cholesterol. All of these are also associated with high levels of stress. So the simple solution is quit your job, move to a small farm, eat only organic foods, get rest and exercise, and meditate.

That's not possible? Then Jarrow offers some helpful alternatives: Glucose Optimizer, Pressure Optimizer, Cholestame to help your body adapt to the stresses and dietary short-comings of modern life; Pain Relief to soothe the aches and pains of regular exercise; and GPLC to help protect your heart as you chart a course to a new, healthier lifestyle.

Part of our reality is our outlook on the world. With positive thought we give some measure of improvement to our world, and by thinking negatively we can also destroy it. All the more reason to look seriously at our intake of refined sugar and eliminate it. Instead, we should be giving our bodies the natural sugars from fruit and vegetables that it truly craves. So next time buy apples or grapes, and keep them around as your snack food.

  • Cholestame®: a comprehensive combination of nutrients that influence cholesterol metabolism. Polymethoxylated flavonoids support cardiovascular health. PomGuard™ supports blood pressure and cardiovascular function. Artichoke leaf extract and the vitamin B5 coenzyme pantethine support liver health, bile production and cholesterol clearance. Theaflavin and grape seed extract influence cholesterol absorption during digestion and protect low-density lipoproteins from oxidative damage. Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that supports cholesterol metabolism. Sesamin, a lignan from sesame seeds, has been shown to conserve the body's supply of gamma tocopherol and to activate fatty acid-oxidizing enzymes for improved fat metabolism.
  • Glucose Optimizer: a comprehensive combination of nutrients that improve glucose metabolism and antioxidant protection: Alpha lipoic acid facilitates reduction of blood glucose and supports general metabolism by its effects on energy production; Glucosol™ contains colosolic acid, an activator of glucose transport; Green Tea Extract (45% OPCs) is added to support strength of capillaries and other blood vessels; Magnesium is involved in metabolism of glucose and energy production reactions involving ATP.
  • Pressure Optimizer: supports healthy blood pressure for those already within normal range. AmealPeptide™ is a patented extract of hydrolyzed casein which contains two tripeptides (Valyl-Prolyl-Proline, Isoleucyl- Prolyl-Proline) clinically studied for their effect on blood pressure. Co Q-10 supports heart function as a component of the electron transport system and as an antioxidant protects mitochondrial membranes and cholesterol from oxidation. Theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid), a unique amino acid found in green tea, is known to promote a state of alert relaxation (Suntheanine®). Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels.
  • GPLC: a powerful scavenger against superoxide radicals and it protects against lipid peroxidation. It assists energy production by facilitating the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria and, likewise, the removal of waste substances. GPLC contributes to muscle function by compensating for reduced oxygen availability during exercise and it provides powerful support for peripheral arterial blood flow. Under reduced oxygen conditions, GPLC also promotes proper carbohydrate metabolism and reduces the buildup of lactic acid.
  • Pain Relief: a propietary blend of botanicals which have been formulated to provide temporary relief from minor everyday aches and pains. Ideal for relieving the discomforts associated with the menstrual cycle, soothes temporary aches associated with the normal aging process, and provides temporary relief from pain and stiffness following rigorous exercise.

Fish-oil Omegas and DHA from Nordic Naturals

DHA supports mood, memory, and neurological function. Nordic Naturals' DHA contains added strawberry flavor for great taste and a delicious way to ensure adequate intake of this essential brain nutrient.

Ultimate Omega contains 70% pure Omega-3, and is purified through molecular distillation to ensure the absence of impurities including PCBs and heavy metals. See our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes) for special pricing information.

Omega Woman is an exceptional product recommended by doctors and health care practitioners as part of a regime to ease hormonal symptoms such as PMS, mood swings, and related skin afflictions. It is comprised of GLA from Evening Primrose Oil, as well as DHA and EPA from cold water arctic fish for their synergistic attributes. This formula is for all women, from puberty through menopause and beyond.

Fiber35 Diet from Renew Life

In recent decades, America's hunger for processed food filled with refined sugars and harmful trans-fats has almost completely stripped our diet of what is quite possibly the most beneficial nutrient on the planet. In her new book The Fiber35 Diet author Brenda Watson shows you how to to lose weight and maintain optimal health by taking advantage of the extraordinary health benefits of fiber.

The Fiber35 Diet corrects one of the most dangerous falsehoods of our time -- that carbohydrates are bad -- and shows you how getting 35 grams of fiber a day is the key to preventing disease and keeping off the pounds for life. Based only on scientifically verified techniques clinically proven to help you lose weight, The Fiber35 Diet includes:

  • Straighforward, easy-to-understand concepts that have been researched in detail and clinically proven.
  • A personalized weight-loss formula based on how many pounds you want to lose.
  • Recommendations about dietary supplements and nutritious food choices.
  • Healthful and fiber-rich recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  • A comprehensive strength and cardio training program designed to help you maintain your ideal body weight.

The Fiber35 Diet is a revolutionary new way of eating that will help you take charge of your health and change your life forever.

In addition to the book, Vitamin Express also carries the full line of new Fiber35 Diet products which include:

  • Sprinkle Fiber: an extremely popular product that is made from 100% acacia, a natural soluble fiber. It dissolves completely in liquids, and can be added to soft foods without altering the original texture or flavor.
  • Fruit & Veggie Fiber: a nutrient-dense formula made with more that 25 different fruits and vegetables. Each serving provides a 50/50 blend of soluble and insoluble fiber, and contains the proprietary PhytoSorb™ blend of herbs and cellulase for healthy digestion.
  • ColonFit Capsules: support for healthy bowel function with a unique blend of natural ingredients that promote healthy bowel elimination while cleansing the colon.
  • FitSmart Shakes: a nutrient-rich meal supplement that you can enjoy with or between meals for a great-tasting energy boost. Each serving contains 20 grams of whey protein, 10 grams of natural acacia fiber, and only contains 165 calories. Available in Chocolate Creme, Old-Fashioned Vanilla and Strawberry Dream flavors.
  • FitSmart Bars: a nutritionally balanced snack bar with 10 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. Beneficial whey protein and natural acacia fiber work together to help curb hunger cravings and leave you feeling satisfied between meals. Available in Chocolate Chunk, Cranberry Apple and Lemon Poppy flavors.
  • FitSmart Chews: two grams of 100% natual acacia fiber in each bite-size wafer offer a convenient way to get your fiber on-the-go.

Check out these great products for a convenient way to start eating right!

NOW's Amino Acids

  • L-Arginine: a prime stimulant of growth hormone release, increasing muscle tone and reducing fat.
  • L-Carnitine: helps regulate fat metabolism and helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • L-Lysine: an essential building-block of all proteins, and an aid to bone growth and hormone, collagen and enzyme production.
  • L-Taurine: necessary for the normal health and development of the central nervous system, and helps regulate electrolytes in the cells.
  • L-Tyrosine: important to brain function, helping reduce depression, headaches, food cravings and anxiety.

Source Naturals & Planetary Herbals

Source Naturals is the company that provides us with another very popular amino acid: L-Tryptophan. L-Tryptophan helps support relaxation, restful sleep, and feeling better. It plays a part in the synthesis of both melatonin and serotonin, hormones involved with mood and stress response. L-Tryptophan also supports immune functions because it is the body's precursor to the kynurenines that regulate immunity. If needed, l-tryptophan converts to niacin in the body, which supports circulation, a healthy nervous system, the metabolism of food, and the production of hydrochloric acid for the digestive system. We currently offer an absolutely unbeatable price on Source Naturals' 500mg L-Tryptophan. See our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes) for pricing information.

Source Naturals has recently introduced a Men's Formula and Women's Formula that are based on their popular Life Force Multiple. Each one is specially formulated to meet the unique needs of men and women, and are designed for men and women of all ages. Life Force Multiples deliver targeted nutrition to your key body systems. When these systems are Bio-Aligned™, you experience enhanced energy to meet the hectic pace and constant demands of your busy life.

Planetary Herbals -- a subsidiary of Source Naturals -- offers a purely herbal remedy to help combat stress. Stress Free™ is a unique combination of calmatives, nervines and tonifiers. This three-step approach helps to provide internal support against external stresses.


  • DMAE-H3 is a concentrated solution of the PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) salt of DMAE stabilized with benzoic acid. DMAE (dimehtylaminoethanol) by itself is alkaline and caustic. Therefore, only salts and esters of DMAE are used. DMAE naturally occurs as liquid in its concentrated form. DMAE naturally occurs in fish.
  • Gaba-Plus™ is a high potency, scientifically formulated and synergistic combination of the amino acid derivative GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), with Inositol and the vitamin Niacinamide.
  • OcuGuard™ Caps are an advanced vitamin and antioxidant nutritional supplement specifically formulated for the eyes. Each easy-to-swallow OcuGuard capsule provides a special combination of micronutrients the eyes may require, including zinc from zinc picolinate (a chelated form of zinc that is easy for the body to absorb and use), natural vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), selenium, and much more. These are nutrients which many people may not get enough of in their regular diet, and which more and more scientific and medical research suggests contribute to proper ocular nutrition.
  • Na-PCA with Aloe Vera is a pH-balanced, concentrated solution of the sodium salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (the natural moisturizing factor found in human skin), combined with the highest quality aloe vera gel. Na-PCA is synthesized from glutamic acid, a nonessential amino acid. The skin contains natural moisturizers, the most important being Na-PCA. Old skin contains only about half the amount of Natural PCA as that found in young skin. The ability of skin to hold moisture is directly related to its Na-PCA content. It is water, and not oil, that keeps skin soft and supple. Na-PCA pulls water out of the air, moisturizing the skin, improving its appearance, and giving it a moist and youthful glow.
  • Alvita Valerian-Mint Tea: also referred to as "All-Heal" during the Middle Ages in Britain, valerian has been used for millenia for its soothing, beneficial effects. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a universally-loved and widely-used flavoring with many therapeutic properties. Together, they make a delicious, calming tea.

SuperNutrition's 30th Anniversary Sale!

Lots of products from SuperNutrition are on sale this month. You're bound to find something you like!

Complete Multi-Mineral Calcium Blend is more than just a calcium supplement. It is a full-spectrum, high-potency multi-mineral formula containing all the essential minerals (except phosphorus, which is easily met in the average diet). It also includes Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Boron, all of which improve calcium metabolism and are necessary for strong bones. Available in 90 Tabs, with iron and without, both 20% off.

Simply One Men is the world's best and highest potency one-tablet-per-day multivitamin for men. It provides a rich source of vitamins, essential minerals and antioxidants, including Calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Beta-Carotene and the B-Complex vitamins, in just one tablet daily. Available in 30 Tab and 90 Tab sizes, both 20% off.

Simply One Women also provides a rich source of vitamins, essential minerals and antioxidants, and includes an herbal blend with Vitex, Dong Quai and Red Clover to support a balanced female system, all in just one tablet daily. Available in 30 Tab and 90 Tab sizes, both 20% off.

Simply One Prenatal gives you the best possible nutritional support for your baby's health. It provides the most generous potency of vitamins, essential minerals and antioxidants in any prenatal one-per-day vitamin. It supplies 225 mcg of Chromium, 210 mg of Calcium, 120 IU of Vitamin E, 150 mg of Vitamin C, 10,000 IU of Beta-Carotene, 225 mcg of Selenium and the entire vitamin B-Complex. Available in a 90 Tab size, 20% off.

Simply One for Everyone is available in 30 Tab and 90 Tab sizes, both 20% off.

The Opti-Pack multi -- one of our customers' favorites -- is on sale for 35% off! See our Quarterly Flyer (PDF file, 163 kilobytes) for pricing information.

The BEST of health to you!
Michael LeVesque, President

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.