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SuperNutrition, Wellness, Bone Strong, Vitamin D

January 2007 - Print | Index

The new year is here, and many of us have no doubt resolved to live healthier, happier, fuller lives. While Vitamin Express isn't exactly in the Happiness business, we are in the health business, and we have some good news about some great products that we think will put a little "pep in your step" and help you start the new year focused and energized.

Super Deals on SuperNutrition

In 1977, SuperNutrition opened its doors and started offering a range of orthomolecular vitamin formulations that are some of the best in the industry. In honor of their 30th anniversary, they are offering discounts of 20-35% off their entire product line throughout the year, and we are pleased to pass those savings on to our customers. Here are the products that are on sale this month (while supplies last):

  • Antioxidant Power: a comprehensive 2000mg antioxidant formula that contains a balanced blend of FDA-recognized antioxidants, antioxidant nutrients, antioxidant stimulators, phyto-antioxidants and homocysteine-reducing vitamins. Both the 30 tab and 60 tab sizes are on sale at 20% off.
  • Men's Blend: Created especially for the rigorous physical and mental demands on today's man, the Men's Blend combines the most complete and effective men's daily multi-vitamin, multi-mineral formula with a powerful array of greenfoods, wellness herbs and a special herbal blend carefully formulated to support men's chemistry. Available as regular (in 90 tabs or 180 tabs) or iron-free formula (in 90 tabs or 180 tabs), all 20% off.
  • Women's Blend: a comprehensive daily vitamin, mineral, superfood and herb formula, created especially for the needs of women. Not only is the Women's Blend more complete than any other women's daily formula, but the Women's Blend contains elements never before combined in one easily-digested daily vitamin. Available as regular (in 90 tabs or 180 tabs) or iron-free formula (in 90 tabs or 180 tabs), all at an exceptional 35% off!

The SuperNutrition products that are on sale will change each month, so if you see something you like, be sure to stock up!

Wellness in '07

Source Naturals' Wellness Formula is a powerful combination of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins and special ingredients, which has proven to be a leading immune system defense formula. A megapotency of vitamin C, plus echinacea, goldenseal, astragalus, propolis and garlic, have made Wellness Formula a welcome companion in the cold-weather battle. We are offering the Wellness Formula 90 Tabs and Wellness Formula 180 Tabs at a whopping 50% off their regular prices, a deal that you simply won't find anywhere else!

Important Vitamin D Update

Vitamin D recently 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". The online version of the magazine also has a recent article about the link between Vitamin D deficiency and Multiple Sclerosis. This article contains links to other informative material about Vitamin D. In 1999, we posted an in-depth article on Vitamin D by Daniel Milosevich, CN. At that time, researchers were stating that 6000IUs of Vitamin D was within reason for the general population.

These articles give a great overview of Vitamin D and its importance to health. For example, 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 the aging process.

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the preferred form of Vitamin D and the form made by animals. D2 (ergocalciferol) is a vegetarian form made by plants that many people also use and Doctors often prescribe. Both forms will work. However, one of the most important considerations when taking Vitamin D is that Vitamin A interferes with Vitamin D -- especially D2 -- in its ability to increase bone calcium levels.

Vitamin A has relentlessly been reduced in supplements because it appeared to cause bone loss in certain situations. What really appears to be the issue is the proper timing of taking vitamin A, which in itself is an amazingly necessary and important nutrient. Therefore, Vitamin A should probably be separated from Vitamin D supplementation.

Likewise, Magnesium and Strontium also compete with Vitamin D for 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.

A new product that seems to put this all together is BoneStrong from Aurora Research, an excellent formula shown to increase bone mass by 173%, and without the negative side-effects of its pharmaceutical drug competitor. The packaging on the product is excellent: one capsule AM and one capsule PM in a blister pack that is marked accordingly. If bone loss is an issue for you, ask your health professional about adding 1,000 or 2,000IU of VItamin D at bedtime to the PM BoneStrong supplement. We sell a Vitamin D3 supplement from Carlson Laboratories. One tiny softgel gives you 2000IU of Vitamin D, currently on sale at 30% off!

Excessive amounts of Vitamin D can be toxic (diarrhea, muscle weakness, headaches, nausea), but the symptoms usually disappear after excessive doses are discontinued. Doctors often prescribe 5,000IU to 50,000IU of D2 for rickets and up to 200,000IU for Hypoparathyroidism. Vitamin D3 was previously believed to be toxic at doses greater than 1,000IU, but recent studies refute this, showing it safe initially at 4,000IU, then at 10,000IU and most recent studies indicate that not until 40,000IU were taken did calcification occur.

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.