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St. John's Wort, MSM, Copenhagen, Monthly Specials, Coupon Code

November 2008 - Print | Index

Dear Customers,

Our November 2008 newsletter spotlights:

  • Web site updates
  • Saint John’s Wort & Major Depression
  • MSM – high dosage results
  • Health in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Check out the Fall Super Quarterly Specials
  • Check out our monthly specials from NOW, Jarrow, YES, SuperNutrition, Natural Factors and Twin Lab
  • Use our extra discount coupon code for your order!

Bits of Humor: “It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like.” -- Jackie Mason

Best of Health to you!
The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

Web site Update

Our web site has once again improved, offering a new, simplified way to navigate through product categories, a new information search feature, and articles about exciting new products on the home page. Please let us know what you think. Happy Shopping and the Best of Health!

Saint John’s Wort Proves Worthy: From Mild to Major Depression

Saint John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a perennial herb that is in the news again. Newsweek ran an article in August, 2002 about Saint John’s Wort enhancing mood and reducing depression.

Recent news from the Cochrane Systematic Review is that the extracts are effective in reducing the symptoms of major depressive disorders. The review, performed by scientists from the University Medical Center Freiburg and the Technical University of Munich, examined previous trials with over 5,000 patients who had symptoms of major depression.

St. John's Wort extracts were found to be as effective as standard antidepressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but with fewer bad effects. Patient compliance was higher as a result with 76% fewer patients stopping than patients taking tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants, and 47% lower than those taking SSRIs.

People taking Saint John’s Wort extract showed an improvement in mood and the ability to carry out their daily routine, reducing symptoms of depression such as sadness, hopelessness, exhaustion, worthlessness, and poor sleep.

Clinical trials verify Saint John’s Wort’s usefulness, for example, compared to various prescription antidepressants (imipramine, amitriptyline and maprotiline). At the same time Saint John’s Wort delivered similar improvement as the prescription antidepressants but fewer bad effects. The effects of other prescription drugs might be significantly compromised necessitating a check with a health care provider when using Saint John’s Wort.

Another medical use reported in a study by G. Lavie, et al. in Transfusion. 35(5):392-400, 1995, reported the extract hypericin from Saint John’s Wort can rapidly resolve hepatitis B by utilizing singlet oxygen free radicals to inhibit the virus that causes hepatitis. Some clinical studies have demonstrated that only a few doses of hypericin are required to achieve rapid resolution of hepatitis B.

Saint John’s Wort also aided people trying to quit smoking. In 2003 M. A. Catania, et al., reported in Psychopharmacology, 2003, that in nicotine-addicted mice Saint John’s Wort was found to reduce irritability and other signs of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Interestingly, when St. John’s Wort first appeared in the news in 2002 there was a dramatic increase of sales and with it Saint John’s Wort’s added potent anti-viral benefits reduced colds and flu problems during the year. As a result the sales of Echinacea greatly declined.

Saint John’s Wort is available as capsules, or liquid extracts and usually sold as a standardized extract.

The Marvels of MSM: High Dosage gets remarkable results

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms. We obtain it in certain foods such as cruciferous vegetables, seafood, fruit, milk and meat. Sulfur is vital to health. What’s interesting is that when we take amounts higher than those in a regular diet, many significant health benefits occur.

Daily dietary supplementation can begin at 250mg and reach as high 6000mg. One would think there would be toxicity at such high levels. However, even at such high amounts, it remains so low in toxicity that MSM is compared to water.

The research of Stanley W. Jacob, MD and Robert Herschler of the Department of Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University, who discovered MSM, found that it clinically aided relief of allergies, parasitic conditions and even snoring, while helping lung function and elimination.

Further research indicates many other applications, such as protection against skin conditions like psoriasis, wounds, rosacea, sunburn and even tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

What has made MSM most popular is its effectiveness in helping arthritis sufferers by reducing pain, supporting connective tissue and aiding flexibility, as found by R. Lawrence. Methylsulfonylmethane (M.S.M.). “A double-blind study of its use in degenerative arthritis” International Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine. 1(1):50, 1998. Frequently one finds MSM alongside the popular glucosamine and chondroitin in formulas for joint health.

Other researchers report benefits for helping hair and nail growth and skin elasticity to eliminating leg cramps, and helping Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as reported by Jacob Stanley in his book, The Miracle of MSM, Berkeley Books 1999.

MSM is part of the molecular structure of the sulfur bearing amino acids methionine, cysteine and taurine. It is necessary in the production of coenzyme A for energy production and the production of the important antioxidant glutathione.

Since MSM delivers these benefits only when there is more than what is needed in the diet to accomplish its required biological tasks, it is useful to supplement with it. MSM Health benefits begin to be noticed after several days of use and most researchers recommend doses of 250 - 750 mg per day. It also comes in powder form which many people prefer for its convenience. It easily dissolves in water and is nearly tasteless.

Health in Copenhagen -- October 2008

Being in Copenhagen, Denmark is a real treat. My wife and I wanted to visit the country with the highest "happiness factor", determined by economists, sociologists, and psychologists. We were not disappointed.

The city has fresh air, fresh food, and fresh faces. As we ate in restaurants, buffets, shopped in food markets and grocery stores, we saw one common bond - health and friendliness.

Exercise appeared in the multitude of people of all ages riding bicycles. Traffic is managed with special bicycle lanes and bicycle traffic lights. People appear trim and walking everywhere, especially in the City Center along the "walking streets".

Food is non-GMO (not genetically modified) and very plentiful with places to eat everywhere. Even at the baggage pick-up in the modern airport was a food market and a place to eat.

Socialized medicine is a way of life and, if one had an accident or emergency ending up with a hospital visit, there would be no charge, even for visitors.
Taxes are high but returned in services of education, health care, and housing benefits.

The favorite tea served in restaurants here is green tea and peppermint. In the home, it's chamomile, a wonderful herb that relaxes and protects one's health in the cold winter months of December and January.

A favorite candy in Copenhagen is also revealing, a mildly sweet yet salty licorice. This is a great herb that balances other foods and herbs, while providing benefits to overall health.

So here we are in Copenhagen, a city with a cosmopolitan flavor, filled with lovely residents and clean air. It is also the home of the Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park in the city center and inspiration for Disneyland.
The most interesting side facet for me was a visit to a health store by the central train station called " Helesmin", where to my amazement, there were vitamin bottles displayed in round towers stacked up to the ceiling.



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MSRP $18.00 Our Price $12.60 SPECIAL $11.70

YES L-Carnitine 500mg
L-Carnitine 500mg
180 Caps $76.60 $39.95


Jarrow Formulas JarroSil
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Buy One, Get One Free!
MSRP $49.90 SALE $21.20

Jarrow Formulas Pomegranate, Grape & Blueberry
Pomegranate, Grape & Blueberry
12 fluid oz.
MSRP $19.95 Reg. $16.95
SALE $14.95


Natural Factors

Natural Factors Turmeric & Bromelain
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90 Caps $21.95 $15.85

Natural Factors Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates 900mg
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120 Caps $29.99 $17.95

Natural Factors PGX DailyPGX Daily will change your life, even if you don’t! Years of research involving thousands of participants have shown that taking PGX with food can reduce a meal’s glycemic index by up to 50%. Regulating blood sugar is a key factor in many health conditions, including weight gain. Incorporating PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels into your diet can help you lose weight safely and gradually, even if you are not yet ready to make other positive diet and lifestyle changes at first. Naturally, the beneficial effects of PGX will be enhanced by a healthy diet and exercise, leading to incredible results. 120 softgels MSRP $39.95 SALE $29.95


SuperNutrition Men's Blend
Men’s Blend 180 tablets
(with or without iron)
MSRP $42.95 SALE $34.35

SuperNutrition Women's Blend
Women’s Blend 180 tablets
with or without iron)
MSRP $39.95 SALE $31.35


TwinLab Blood Pressure Success
Blood Pressure Success
60 Tabs MSRP $32.99 SALE $22.95

TwinLab Bone Support With Ostivone
Bone Support with Ostivone
MSRP $25.95 SALE $18.15


NOW Instant Energy B-12
Instant Energy B-12
75 Packets
MSRP $13.99 Reg. $11.20
SALE $8.40

NOW Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract 60mg
90 Vcaps
MSRP $13.99 Reg. $11.20
SALE $8.40

Enter the coupon code 3CP6VQ when you checkout and receive 11% off any order during November!

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.