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Stevia, Omega-7, Heart Health, Endocrine Disruptors, Discount Coupon Code

January 2009 - Print | Index

Dear Customers,

Happy New Year 2009!

  • Check our Home Page weekly. Your favorite product may be our Extra Super Special!
  • Special discount coupon code!
  • Stevia gets the green light from the FDA
  • Fish Oils and Red Yeast Rice studies confirm heart benefits
  • Spot Light on Omega 7 – the new beauty nutrient
  • Protecting your health from toxic endocrine modifiers
  • Check out the Winter Super Quarterly Specials
  • Some of our Super Specials for January 2009

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.“ – Henri Frederic Amiel

Wishing you the best of health in 2009
The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

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Stevia Given the Green Light by the FDA

Nothing like getting the big companies behind a nutrient -- suddenly it becomes GRAS, i.e. "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The FDA has refused to recognize the benefits of stevia for years as the health food industry fought to have it recognized as a safe alternative to processed cane sugar. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has been using it instead of refined cane sugar.

How did this remarkable change take place? Stevia was front page news in the Wall Street Journal. Coca Cola wants to launch products using stevia as the sweetener. Shortly after the story was printed the FDA issued the ruling. They had pressure from suppliers Cargill and Merisant Company. Looks like now we know who to call to get things accomplished. Thanks!

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Red Yeast Rice Beneficial for the Heart

Studies using large numbers are always estimates and offer interesting statistics, especially when studies are merged together. Keeping in mind that statistics are approximations of the truth, it was still inspiring to see the high numbers reported in a mega study in the China Journal of Medicine (Ong HT, Cheah JS, Chin Med J (Engl), 2008; 121(16): 1588-94.). It involved 11,324 subjects who received modest dosages of omega 3 fatty acids. There was a 45% reduction in sudden death and a 35% reduction involving cardiac death.

A study involving 4,870 subjects found Red yeast rice reduced heart attacks and coronary deaths by 46%. The results were ones we are familiar with in the health food industry. Omega 3 fatty acids and red yeast rice play an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health!

Personally I would add CoQ10, especially the ubiquinol form, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, L-proline, Vitamin C, B12, B6, folic acid, B2 and the minerals- calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the correct ratios, and D-ribose with trimethylglcine. Check out The Sinatra Solution, by Dr. Stephen Sinatra- an excellent book on heart health.

Spotlight on Omega 7 – the New Beauty Nutrient

Out of the shadows of history has emerged the story of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)- Hippophae, translated, means “Shiny Horse”. Legend is that after a successful military campaign, the victorious Greeks were amazed to discover that the deserted and wounded horses of their enemy survived miraculously after taking shelter in a nearby jungle. More shocking than their survival, was that the horses emerged from this area stronger than ever with a striking feature: shiny and radiant hair.

Most people have heard of the essential fatty-acids Omega 3,6,and 9. Omega 3 is found in flax and fish oils, Omega 6 in borage and evening primrose, and Omega 9 in olives. Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) is in Sea Buckthorn. Omega 7 is a naturally occurring component of healthy skin and is a highly effective antioxidant providing strong anti-aging support because of its ability to rein-in free radicals. It is also a strong emollient – a substance that soothes and moisturizes the skin and promotes the regeneration of tissues.

While modern studies report these benefits for the skin, ancient texts also reveal an extensive history of traditional use of sea buckthorn in Tibet & Mongolia for the body’s sensitive internal organs – in particular the mucous membranes that line the stomach/GI tract, upper respiratory tract and vagina. The ability of this botanical to help moisturize and sooth these sensitive internal areas in addition to its external skin benefits has made it a staple of traditional herbal systems.

Sea Buckthorn berries and seeds are also a source of Omega, 3, 6 and 9 – making it the optimal form of essential fatty-acid supplementation. It is one that everyone should consider incorporating into their skin and membrane health routine. It is truly a superfood and great for beautiful hair.

New Chapter Omega 7Modern science has a special technology called Supercritical CO2 extraction, which does not use hexane and other industrial solvents. This system delivers the full spectrum of constituents without any harsh solvent residues. It is important to find Omega 7 that has used this process for extraction. It is gentle with a low heat, low oxygen environment. One excellent source is New Chapter’s Omega 7.

Protecting Health from Toxic Endocrine Modifiers

Years ago Dr. John R. Lee gave a lecture on how the Florida Everglades were being contaminated by chemicals. Frogs, alligators and other amphibians were being born with both sex organs. The cougars that live in the Everglades were no longer fathering cubs. So scientists went to Montana and acquired virile cougars to bring to the area for mating. At first it went well, but after less than a year the cougars soon appeared the same as their other local male cougars: disinterested and lacking virility.

Hormones are regulated by the endocrine system and modern industrial progress has produced a large host of chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system resulting in incomplete sexual development, higher cancer risks, and reduced fertility. The environment has gone from 1 billion pound in 1940 of synthetic chemical production to over 387 billion pounds by 1990 to much higher amounts today.

These chemicals are found in nearly every place inside and outside the home. Many detergents, personal care products, cooking utensils, toys, packaging, and the multitude of chemical sprays used in agriculture are implicated.

Some cases the legislative acts to enhance health have dramatically backfired. One example is the very controversial addition of fluoride to drinking water and tooth pastes for protecting teeth from decay. The facts have now shown that over time several bad effects occur. Most prominent is the development of hip fractures. In New Zealand they were able to find this causal relationship because of their introduction of national dental care and the later onset of an epidemic of hip fractures. Other scientists have shown a relationship to low sperm counts and fertility rates as well as hormone disruption.

One of the most powerful disrupters is the class of Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) which interferes with gene expression and the glandular system. These chemicals can be found in cosmetics, cleaners, paints, pest control products and industrial cleaners. They are a man made chemical that can mimic the female hormone estrogen, and in its more lethal form when it becomes chemically reduced to Nonylphenol (NP) has killed certain fish life after 96 hours of exposure.

Recently bisphenol A was in the news. It is found in many plastics such as reusable water bottles, dental sealants and tin can linings. It is being studied for its ability to affect fetal development and breast cancer.

The most prevalent endocrine disruptor is a class of plastics called PVC (polyvinyl chloride). They contain chemicals called phthalates.  These major endocrine disruptors are found nearly everywhere from the tile floors we walk on to underarm deodorants. These plasticizers are common in plastic bags, inflatable toys, shampoo and many common household items.

The endocrine system is made up of the thyroid, parathyroid glands, the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, the adrenal glands, the ovaries and testis. The stomach, kidney and pancreas are also part of the system. The sexual hormones in particular seem influenced by these chemicals which have harmful estrogenic influences to both sexes creating infertility and cancer.

What you can do:
It seems impossible to completely avoid exposure to these chemicals, though selective buying is essential for clean products. You can get a fair evaluation of these products at or just enter non-toxic products in Google and find a host of choices from household to furniture and bedding. An excellent product link is

Nutritionally there are supplements that aid protection. The most familiar one is DIM (di-indolyl methane) which is present in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It aids in the breakdown of estrogen into beneficial or “good” estrogen metabolites (known as 2-hydoxy estrogens). At the same time , DIM reduces the level of “bad” estrogen metabolites (16-hydoxy estrogens) which can cause unwanted weight gain, and breast, uterine and prostate cancers. It is highly recommended for women on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), or who are at risk for breast cancer.

There are many other nutrients that help protect against environmental toxins; such as, vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E with selenium, zinc, pantothenic acid (B5), thiamine (B1), alfalfa, apple pectin, and alpha lipoic acid. Some of my favorites are N-A-C, (N-acetyl cysteine), antioxidant enzymes such as SOD (super oxide dismutase) and amino acids such as L-Carnosine. Lignans found in flaxseed are potent detoxifiers and the Essiac Formula is truly remarkable. One can also take herbs that strengthen the endocrine system, especially adaptogenic herbs such Ginseng, Suma, and Eleuthero.

Super Specials for January 2009

Seaware + Rosa Mosqueta® Facial Cleansing Cream Aubrey Organics 8 oz. $12.40
Rosa Mosqueta® Night Crème + Alpha Lipoic Acid Aubrey Organics 1 oz. $15.70
Multi-Gel Carlson Laboratories 180 Softgels $26.90
Liquid Cal-Mag Carlson Laboratories 250 Softgels $16.40
Stabilized R-Lipoic Acid 100mg Doctor's Best 60 Vegicaps $23.80
Strontium Bone Maker Doctor's Best 60 VegiCaps $14.70
Artery Advantage Enzymatic Therapy 30 Tabs $11.25
Whole Body Cleanse Enzymatic Therapy 14-day supply $20.95
Healthy Liver Tonic Herb Pharm 1 oz $9.35
Immunattack Herb Pharm 1 oz. $9.35
Calms Forté™ Hyland's 100 tabs $6.60
Calms Forte For Kids Hyland's 125 Tabs $5.20
JarroSil Twin-pack Jarrow Formulas 1 oz. + 1 oz. $22.45
B-Right™ Jarrow Formulas 100 Caps $11.95
Bone-Up™ Jarrow Formulas 240 Caps $19.50
Gastro-pH (Strawberry) Natren 90 wafers $16.15
Healthy Trinity Natren 30 Caps $44.95
C 500mg (Blueberry, Raspberry & Boysenberry) Natural Factors 90 Chews $9.45
C 500mg (Mixed Fruit) Natural Factors 90 Chews $9.45
Alpha Lipoic Acid 200mg Natural Factors 120 Caps $19.90
Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates 900mg Natural Factors 120 Caps $18.95
Lung, Bronchial, Sinus Formula Natural Factors 90 Tabs $15.15
CoQ10 100mg Bonus Pack Natural Factors 60 + 60 Softgels $29.95
RxOmega-3 Factors Natural Factors 120 + 60 Softgels $24.25
Umcka Coldcare Menthol Nature's Way 4 oz $10.50
Umcka™ ColdCare™ Cherry Syrup Nature's Way 4 oz $10.50
Tru-OPCs 75mg Nature's Way 90 Tabs $19.60
Super Thisilyn® Nature's Way 60 VegiCaps $17.50
Ginkgold® Bonus Nature's Way 100+50 Tabs $29.25
Host Defense New Chapter 60 VegiCaps $27.95
Omega 7 New Chapter 30 Softgels $22.45
Zyflamend New Chapter 120 Softgels $35.37
Ultimate Omega (Lemon) Nordic Naturals 120 Softgels $41.60
Ultimate Omega (Lemon) Nordic Naturals 180 Softgels $59.45
GABA 500mg + B-6 2mg NOW 100 Caps $9.10
Ultimate Zinc-C NOW 50 Lozenges $4.95
Ubiquinol 100mg NOW 60 Softgels $33.75
Advanced Nutritional System™ Rainbow Light 180 Tabs $36.95
Just Once® Multivitamin Rainbow Light 120 Tabs $29.95
Advanced Enzyme System™ Rainbow Light 120 Vegicaps $20.95
Red Yeast Rice 600mg Solaray 120 Vegicaps $24.75
Cal-Mag Citrate 2:1 + Vitamin D Solaray 180 Vegicaps $12.40
Calcium Citrate + Vitamin D Solgar 240 Tabs $23.90
VM-75 Solgar 120 Vegicaps $25.80
SAMe 400mg Source Naturals 30 Tabs $27.95
Essential Enzymes™ Source Naturals 120 Vegicaps $13.95
Simply One Woman SuperNutrition 90 Tabs $21.55
Simply One Men SuperNutrition 90 Tabs $21.55
Dibencozide B-12 1000mcg Vitamin Express 60 Caps $10.95
SAMe Kick Start Vitamin Express 60 Caps $13.45
Cal-Mag-Zinc Vitamin Express 100 Tabs $7.35
Special C + ALA YES 90 Vegicaps $10.80
Advanced Gamma E-Complex YES 120 Softgels $17.30
Ulcetrol YES 60 Tabs $16.95


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