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Vitamin D, LBAM, Green Tea, Sprouts, Discount Code

July 2008 - Print | Index


Our July newsletter spotlights:

  • Thank you and congratulations regarding LBAM
  • Vitamin D linked to longer life
  • Sprouts and their aid to health
  • Green Tea Benefits Update
  • Olive Oil and Ibuprofen
  • Check out the new Super Quarterly Specials
  • See the specials with an extra discount coupon at the end of the newsletter

A Vitamin is a vitamin is a vitamin.
The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
& Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express


The front page of the San Francisco Chronicle Friday June 20th, 2008 gave us all rewarding news: "U.S. officials call off urban aerial spraying for brown apple moth". Thousands of citizens and activist groups led a determined battle against the use of blanket aerial chemical spraying. Please see our Urgent California Newsletter- April 2008 for details behind the proposed spraying and why it was so overwhelmingly opposed and successfully challenged, prompting the Department of Agriculture to institute a safer means to control the little brown apple moth (LBAM). Thank you!

Vitamin D3 again proven to safeguard health!

On June 23rd 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,"
  • Based on 3,258 consecutive patients scheduled for an angiogram - X-ray of arteries -  in Germany between 1997 and 2000.
  • A followup nearly eight years later, 737 people (about 23 per cent) had died, including 463 who died of cardiovascular causes.
  • Low levels of vitamin D were "always significantly associated" with a higher risk of death regardless of signs of congestive heart failure or arterial disease
  • People who had 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in the lower half of the vitamin D range were up to twice as likely to die during the follow-up period compared with those in the highest vitamin D levels.
  • Similar results were found in people with the lowest levels of vitamin D3.
  • Overall, two-thirds of the patients had coronary artery disease.
  • Researchers can't rule out that sicker patients had lower vitamin D levels and, therefore, were already at an increased risk of dying.
  • However, 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.
  • Elderly, nursing home residents and people who work night shifts or spend a lot of time indoors are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency.

Nutritional Sprouts Have an Extra Punch

Years ago a very obese customer said he was going to get healthy and trim. After six months he visited me and had done just that, including his mother, who also was very obese and now looked trim. They looked healthy, vibrant, energetic, happy, and attractive.

Simply, their secret was following a strict diet of eating sprouts. Although they had lost a large amount of weight, their skin remained tight and their complexion clear. They had read and used Ann Wigmore’s book The Sprouting Book, an excellent source of information.

Sprouting has a long history, having been discovered thousands of years ago by the Chinese. It became very popular in the 1960’s, then less popular especially as concerns for safety emerged. Sprouts are safe when using certified organic seeds. Do not use any other form. Most varieties of seeds are safe but some seeds should not be sprouted such as kidney beans and buckwheat.

Sprouts are complete, nutrient-dense foods. Sprouting destroys the seed's natural preservative enzymes that inhibit digestion. Those enzymes are replaced with beneficial enzymes estimated to be up to 100 times stronger than enzymes found in the mature fruit and vegetable.

Some seeds can increase 20 times their original value within a few days of sprouting. Germination of the seed results in a positive change of protein, fat, fiber, sugars, chelation of minerals and the production of Vitamins C, E, beta carotene and B vitamins at the greatest concentration in the plant’s life.

These nutrients aid in building health as well as aiding detoxification, immune function, cellular integrity, and energy. Sprouts uniquely increase the body’s production of anti-oxidant enzymes, such as catalase, SOD (super oxide dismutase), glutathione peroxidase, and methionine reductase.

At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researches found broccoli sprouts have 20 to 50 times more sulforaphne, a natural cancer-fighting compound than in mature broccoli.

Broccoli sprouts appear to be an excellent anti-inflammatory aid. Its enzyme complex helps to reduce blood fats (Triglycerides) into Glyco-proteins (Monosaccarides). Inflammation has its origins in the blood fats and by reducing that level the inflammation is reduced and with that pain is reduced as well. The Enzyme Company has a long history using sprout technology to develop products that aid the production of anti-oxidant enzymes for use in medicine. One of their products is I-Plex, a broccoli sprout tablet with impressive research behind it.

Sprouting is economical with sprouts multiplying 8 to 15 times their weight from seeds. Again, it is important that the seeds are certified organic since organic seeds have a safe record of use. A good source of an inexpensive growing kit is at

More Green Tea Benefits

"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."
- Chinese Proverb

The Chinese have used green tea for at least 4,000 years to treat everything from depression to cancer.  No other beverage appears to have as many health benefits as green tea and the list gets longer all the time.

The latest example is a report from researchers at the Alexandra University in Egypt printed in the Society for General Microbiology meeting 3/08. They found the addition of green tea helped to make antibiotics three times more effective in fighting resistant bacteria. Dr Mervat Kaseem stated that “green tea tested in combination with antibiotics against 28 disease-causing microorganisms enhanced the bacteria-killing activity of the antibiotics in every single case.”

Scientific research is providing a long list of health benefits associated with drinking green tea. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study in 1994 indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. Research at the University of Purdue concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Other studies have shown that it not only inhibits but kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

In the February 2008 issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a French research team reported that women drinking green tea compared to others had fewer plaques in their carotid arteries. The carotids carry blood to the brain. Plaques in these arteries can lead to stroke.

Green tea unlike black tea is processed by steaming thereby preventing the destruction of catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant. Research from the University of Kansas in 1997 determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a potent antioxidant polyphenol found in red wine. Research indicates green tea also lowers total cholesterol levels, and improves the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Due to green tea's ability to destroy bacteria it can help prevent food poisoning, tooth decay and the buildup of plaque. Another interesting finding about green tea is its ability to aid dieters. Green tea does contain caffeine, thought much less than coffee, and is available caffeine-free as well. It is always important to get organic green tea. It is also available in capsule and liquid extract forms.

Olive Oil and Ibuprofen

Dr. Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia tasted freshly pressed olive oil. Feeling a bitterness and burning he had experienced when testing ibuprofen, he felt that there might be a natural analogue of ibuprofen in extra virgin olive oil. Guessing that it could have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen, he tested it, finding a phenolic chemical which his group named oleocanthal.

According to HealthKeepers magazine, "research showed that oleocanthal is even better than ibuprofen at hindering enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. Researchers speculate that the oleocanthal in olive oils may be one reason that Mediterranean diets are so beneficial."

July Specials & Highlighted Products

Jarrow Products

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Jarrow Formulas Green Tea 500mg
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Jarrow Formulas Organic Germanium
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Jarrow Formulas Vitamin D3 2500iu
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NOW Products

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NOW Ascorbyl Palmitate 500mg
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Natural Factors Dr. Murray's Liver Health
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Natural Factors Wild Alaska Salmon Oil
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SuperNutrition Products

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TwinLab Products

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TwinLab Na-PCA + Aloe
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TwinLab GABA Plus
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TwinLab OcuGuard™ Plus with Lutein
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Enter the coupon code 07087OFF when you checkout and receive $7 off any order during July!

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.