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Vitamin D & Flu, Estrotone, Skin Optimizer, L-Carnitine

March 2008 - Print | Index


Our March newsletter spotlights:

  • Fighting the flu & more with Vitamin D
  • Carlson Laboratories' new Solar D Gems
  • Jarrow's Skin Optimizer, and a great price on Bone-Up/BioSil Combo-pak
  • NOW's L-Carnitine
  • and New Chapter's Estrotone, with a price Too Low to Show!

Save money and stay healthy,
The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
& Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

Fighting the Flu? Don't Forget Vitamin D!

Vitamin D made national news in 2005 in its role of protecting prisoners from influenza. Since the flu comes around every year, so should a spotlight on the mighty Vitamin D. Vitamin D is the missing link required by our immune system to fight flu viruses without the harm that flu shots may cause and without the uncertainty that the shots may be inadequate.

In February of this year the Washington Post reports, "Seasonal influenza is spreading widely throughout the United States, with nearly half the cases caused by strains of the virus that are not directly covered by this year's flu vaccine." The flu sampling information in the article comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study of Vitamin D continues to reveal a full spectrum of health benefits and functions. Vitamin D is best known for its role in working with calcium to build strong bones. New studies indicate that this vitamin 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. Most importantly, not only are many of us deficient in this essential nutrient -- especially during winter and early spring months -- but we may also need more Vitamin D than currently thought.

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. For more information on Vitamin D, along with current cited studies, please check out: (1.2 MB)

Carlson Laboratories' Solar D Gems

  • the highest potency Natural Vitamin D3 available in 2,000 IU or 4,000 IU
  • Chewable softgel with lemon taste
  • 500mg of Carlson's Finest Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, providing the added health benefits of full spectrum Omega-3s

Carlson is an excellent, family owned company with over forty years in the natural product industry. Carlson Laboratories continues to develop top notch special formulations and offers award-winning Norwegian fish oils, the most complete line of natural vitamin E products in the world, and a full line of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and nutritional supplements.

Staff Pick: Jarrow Formula's New Skin Optimizer

Skin Optimizer™ is an advanced skin care formula with highly effective supporting nutrients. PomGuard™, Hyaluronic Acid and GliSODin® have been shown clinically to enhance skin integrity. Unlike ordinary collagen products, patented BioCell Collagen II® is a rich source of bioavailable hyaluronic acid and supports resistance to environmental factors.

Skin Optimizer™:

  • Helps maintain firm and radiant skin
  • Protects skin from free radical damage
  • Supports healthy skin tone and color

BioSil contains Silicon, a trace mineral required for the formation of healthy connective tissue, bone, skin, hair and nails. It is an essential partner of calcium for bones, glucosamine for joints, and antioxidants for healthier arteries and cardiovascular function. Jarrow's top-selling formula Bone-Up is made with 100% Calcium from microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (MCHA) from Australian Bovine Bone. These two great products are available in a Combo-pak. Buy it today and save!

NOW L-Carnitine

From the A to Z Nutrients guide on our website: Carnitine is known for its ability to increase the utilization of stored body-fat, helping people to slim down and increase lean muscle mass. Most often they also notice a significant increase in energy, partly due to feeling better about their new size and partly due to the energy derived from the better burning of fat. Carnitine also protects heart function, both because the heart uses lipids as the source of most of its energy, and because it helps to reduce blood-levels of fat and triglycerides.

Additional information on Carnitine can be found in the library section of our website, including precautions and interactions, at

NOW L-Carnitine
500mg 60 Caps

$25.99 $20.80

Super Low Price on New Chapter Estrotone

Estrotone® features Black Cohosh, which major clinical trials show to be an important phytoestrogenic balancing tonic. New Chapter's full-spectrum Black Cohosh extract is Potency Assured™ to a minimum of 8% triterpene glycosides. The formulation also includes supercritical extracts of Rosemary and Ginger, which contain many of nature’s most studied and respected anti-aging constituents that inactivate free radicals. As reflected in the USDA Phytochemical Database, constituents in the Rosemary and Ginger extracts, similar to the hormone estrogen, modulate an enzyme called 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO). Recent scientific research suggests that estrogen may promote bone growth by modulating 5-LO, so these extracts may play an important role in supplementing natural estrogen’s bone maintenance capability.

Estrotone® contains the following time-tested herbs, properly extracted and blended in the correct proportions, containing multiple phytoestrogens and phytonutrients that safely promote a woman’s hormonal balance and vitality:

  • EVENING PRIMROSE - A rich source of EFAs valuable in maintaining hormonal health, in their purest, solvent-free supercritical form.
  • SCHIZANDRA - Treasured Oriental fruit aids liver detoxification and traditionally revered for promoting normal fluids for healthy sexual functioning.
  • GINGER - Counters a wide range of inflammatory compounds, offers many anti-aging constituents that inactivate disruptive free radicals.
  • BLACK COHOSH - Europe's most popular phytoestrogenic balancing tonic, fullest spectrum and highest potency available.
  • CHASTE TREE - Scientifically shown to promote hormonal balance, assisting women through all the changes of life.
  • ROSEMARY - Nature's rich source of anti-aging constituents, including phytonutrients that optimize memory.

Thank you and see you in April!

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.