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Health Thru Nutrition – Featured Brand

HTNSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

For more than 40 years, Health Thru Nutrition has developed and manufactured science-based nutritional supplements designed for improved wellbeing. A scientific advisory council researches unique raw materials for credible clinical evidence of enhanced bioavailability and concentration. Along with superior delivery methods, these highly effective products are formulated to target specific underlying deficiencies and conditions.

Products are manufactured in compliance with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, assuring quality control, proper raw materials, reliable testing and truth in labeling. In-house and third party testing guarantees quality, purity and stability, as well as confirms the shelf life of nutrients through the expiration date. Additional validation ensures products are free of contaminants, major allergens, solvents, preservatives, heavy metals and genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

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Natural Astaxanthin...Natural Astaxanthin 12 mg AstaZine®: This hypoallergenic formula provides clinically validated astaxanthin as AstaZine®, derived from Certified Organic cultivated microalgae. As a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, this pure and natural astaxanthin protects cellular health, promotes a normal inflammatory response and supports eye, brain, joint, cardiovascular and immune system. Free of gluten, soy, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, and corn. Non-GMO formulation.

Quantum-B ComplexQuantum-B™ Complex: This complete high potency B complex is formulated to provide a full complement of synergistic B vitamins in bioavailable readily absorbable forms. The sustained release caplets provide for optimum balanced round the clock nutrition in support of energy production, brain function and cellular metabolism. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Physician's...Physician’s MultiVitamin Formula: This potent formula provides a blend of 60 vitamins, minerals, botanicals, antioxidants and digestive nutrients in support of full body health and overall healthy function. Free of gluten, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat and peanuts. Non-GMO formulation.

Ocuplex PlusOcuplex® Plus: This all natural eye care formula is designed with specific antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients known to naturally protect eye tissues from sunlight damage, maintain eye and vision health and help reduce the risk of age-related eye disease and vision loss. Free of milk, eggs, fish, shell fish, tree nuts, wheat, soy and peanuts. Non-GMO formulation.

Nutritional support for our furry family members:

DogVites™ Multi...DogVites™ Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Formula: Suitable for dogs of all sizes and ages, these beef flavored chewables provide bioavailable vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides in support of overall health and function. Quality tested to ensure purity, safety and stability. Additive and preservative free, Non-GMO formulation.

DogVites™ CoQ10 30...DogVites™ CoQ10 30 mg: These made in the USA beef flavored chewables for dogs provide 30 mg of bioavailable CoQ10 as ubiquinone per chewtab. A natural antioxidant found in mitochondrial cell membranes, CoQ10 encourages cell growth and aids in cellular energy production for high energy demanding organs, including the heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Tested to ensure purity and potency, as well as the absence of heavy metals and pathogens. Preservative and additive free, Non-GMO formulation.


Fending Off a Gallbladder Attack

Fending Off a Gallbladder attackJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Often overlooked, the gallbladder is a small but important organ. Located beneath the liver, the gallbladder plays a major role in facilitating the digestion of dietary fats. Every day liver cells synthesize and secrete large amounts of bile, comprised of bile acids, cholesterol and other organic molecules, into the small intestine. Bile acids are critical for the digestion and absorption of dietary fats, the elimination of waste products and for the transport and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. While the liver secretes a significant amount of bile acids each day, most are recycled through the bloodstream back to the liver to be reused multiple times during a single digestive phase.

Between meals, or during a fasting state, the gallbladder is tasked with the storage and concentration of bile. When stimulated by hormonal signals, the gallbladder transports and releases bile through the bile duct and into the small intestine to aid in lipid digestion. Although not absolutely necessary for human survival, the gallbladder doesn’t normally cause concern, unless gallstones form and the flow of bile is blocked. A blockage of the bile duct can result in painful inflammation, infection, jaundice and liver damage. While gallstones can take years to form and may remain symptomless, anyone who has ever suffered a gallbladder attack would likely never want to experience another.

A suspected episode of gallbladder attack requires medical attention. When gallstones block the bile duct, surgery to remove the stone(s) or the gallbladder is generally recommended. As well, a gallstone that becomes trapped in the bile duct can sometimes be removed with an endoscope. At times, simple stones may be dissolved with certain medications. The gallbladder may painfully expel a small stone through the bile duct as well. Problems occur when a stone blocks the bile duct and obstructs the flow of bile.

Common Symptoms of gallbladder problems include:

  • Tenderness or severe pain in the upper right or center of the abdomen
  • Sudden, intense abdominal pain lasting several hours or pain that worsens after a heavy meal
  • Pain that may extend beneath the right shoulder blade or to the back
  • Heartburn, indigestion or excessive gas
  • Chills or low-grade to high fever
  • Nausea or vomiting

When gallbladder removal is necessary, the liver will still produce enough bile for normal digestion. Most people adapt well and don’t experience digestive problems after surgery. Dietary medication is generally needed either short or long term. However, many individuals can return to a normal diet within a few months. During the adjustment period, it’s best to avoid high-fat, high-fiber and spicy foods. To support and protect proper gallbladder and overall healthy function, participate in regular physical activity, maintain a healthy weight, eat fresh, nutrient-dense, fiber-filled and antioxidant-rich whole foods, adequately hydrate, reduce refined carbohydrates and avoid unhealthy fried and fatty foods.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of gallbladder health and function:

BilexBilex by Douglas Laboratories®: This high potency formula provides specific ingredients that naturally support healthy digestion, gastrointestinal function, and the assimilation and utilization of nutrients. Ingredients include digestive enzymes, papain, ox bile powder and pancreatin. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring. Non-GMO formulation.

Ichol PlusIchol Plus by Genestra Brands®: This synergistic formula blends lipotropic factors, ox bile and botanicals in support of fat metabolism, assimilation of fat-soluble nutrients, stimulation of bile flow and the removal of toxic and metabolic waste. Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, corn, starch, sodium, sugar, dairy, antimicrobial preservatives and artificial coloring and flavoring.

Stone FreeStone Free™ by Planetary Herbals: This unique botanical blend provides specific herbs traditionally used to support kidney, liver and gallbladder function. The comprehensive ingredients support normal fluid elimination and bile production, as well as aid in the detoxifying process.

Digestion GBDigestion GB by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides ingredients that promote liver and gallbladder health and stimulate the production and secretion of bile acids. Digestive enzymes are included to enhance fat, protein and carbohydrate digestion to complement pancreatic enzyme activity. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

LV-GB ComplexLV-GB Complex by Designs for Health®: This complex is formulated to support healthy liver and gallbladder function with vitamins, botanicals, amino acids and ox bile. Specific ingredients support optimal digestion and assimilation of essential fats and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as promote proper bile flow and elimination of toxins. Gluten free formulation.

Secretion of Bile and the Role of Bile Acids in Digestion:
Your Diet After Gallbladder Removal.
Gallbladder Diet.
Gallbladder Disease.

Progressive Laboratories® – Featured Brand

Progressive LabsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Since 1972 Progressive Laboratories® has developed innovative science-based nutraceuticals to effectively optimize health and address targeted wellness concerns. These unique and efficacious top-of-the-line products are formulated with exact ingredient sources and forms applied in clinical research, providing vital nutritional support. Quality-verified raw ingredients are sourced worldwide and are delivered with detailed Certificates of Analysis from the suppliers. Additional identification and verification ensures purity and proper potency.

Products are manufactured according to strict cGMP manufacturing processes in an FDA registered facility. Numerous certifications, analytical testing and multiple verifications ensure that every professional grade nutraceutical exceeds the highest standards and expectations of nutritionally oriented healthcare practitioners. Synergistic combinations and superior quality translate to clinically measurable improvements and health outcomes.

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Daily ResilienceDaily Resilience®: This unique complex blends biologically active forms of vitamins, minerals and superfoods for a full spectrum of phytonutrients. These synergistic ingredients improve absorption and utilization in support of cellular health and overall healthy function. Contains milk and soy.

Antioxidant...Antioxidant Resilience™: This complex utilizes clinically studied ingredients, including glutathione, SOD and a proprietary blend of high ORAC value superfoods and botanicals, in support of antioxidant protection, detoxification, immune fortification, overall healthy function and healthy aging.

Thyroid ResilienceThyroid Resilience®:This scientifically designed formula provides balanced nutrients specifically selected to support healthy thyroid function, as well as protect the thyroid and other organ systems from oxidative stress and environmental toxicity. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and botanicals.

Womens ResilienceWomen’s Resilience®: This botanical formulation is specifically intended to support women’s vitality and longevity. Ingredients include medicinal mushrooms and standardized cranberry and turmeric extracts, as well as Femina Plus™ for menopausal symptom relief.