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A Word About Whole Food Vitamins

Whole Food Vitamins1By Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Consuming foods in their whole form as nature intended provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that work synergistically to deliver the nutrition our bodies require.  Studies show that most of us do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day to support optimal health.  Much of our diet consists of poor quality processed foods devoid of nutrients. Even when we do eat a largely plant-based diet, unless we are consuming organically grown food, we may still be lacking the nutrients we need based on food grown in depleted soil, long transit times for delivery, overcooking, or stress induced digestive issues. 

Quality whole food-based supplements can improve our chances of getting the nutrients we need to achieve or maintain a better level of wellness.  Given proper nutrition, the human body has the amazing ability to heal itself.  Whole food supplements are made with concentrated foods harvested at the height of nutritional value in order to supply a multitude of the plant’s components. 

A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, a healthy diet and quality whole food supplements can work together to provide optimal nutrition for overall good health.  Here are some to try:

Zyflamend Whole Body by New Chapter – Zyflamend is a premier herbal supplement formulated to balance and promote a natural, healthy, well-functioning inflammation response for whole body wellness.  Non-GMO Verified.

Men’s Synbiotic Nutrients by Newmark –  Men’s Synbiotic Nutrients supplies comprehensive organic whole food vitamins, minerals and herbs specifically targeted to support men’s health.  This foundational supplement provides stress, cardiac, energy, immune, prostate and digestive support with multiple benefits for overall wellness. 

B-Complex by Innate Response Formulas –  B- Complex is a 100% whole food supplement formulated to provide a balanced ratio of B vitamins and their inherent co-factors in their most bioavailable food forms.  Non-GMO Verified. 

Every Woman’s One Daily by New Chapter Every Woman’s One Daily is a whole food formula specifically designed for active women under the age of 40.  Organic herbs and cultured whole food complexed vitamins and minerals work synergistically to promote calcium metabolism, support bone, hormonal and immune health and provide energy and stress support. Also available – Every Woman’s One Daily 40+ specifically formulated for women over 40.  Non-GMO Verified.

C-Complete Powder by Innate Response FormulasC-Complete Powder delivers essential nutrients with a therapeutic blend of rich organic whole food sourced bioflavonoids and vitamin C.  Naturally buffered to be gentle on the stomach, this premier biologically active formula promotes overall wellness and supports a healthy immune response. 

Barlean’s Greens by Barlean’s Organic Oils – Barlean’s Greens are formulated with nature’s most vitalizing plant-based ingredients to create a great-tasting premium superfood.  This product contains an optimal blend of green food concentrates, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, herbal tonics and herbal antioxidants in a 95% organic, gluten-free and non-GMO formula.

Kids Complete Multi-Powder by Innate Response –  Kid’s Complete Multi-Powder is designed with whole food nutrients and bioactive vitamins and minerals to fill in nutritional gaps and support healthy, growing children.  This great tasting formula provides immune supporting nutrients and provides foundational support for healthy development. 

PaleoReds by Designs for Health –  PaleoReds is a high quality, whole food powder formulated with nutritionally dense, brightly colored fruits, vegetables and antioxidant-rich extracts.  With over 70% organic ingredients, this great tasting product combines more than a dozen fruits and vegetables and their phytonutrients to help ward off free radical damage and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. 

Featured Brand: Innate Response Formulas

InnateResponseBy Susan Brown

Innate Response Formulas begin with fresh, whole fruits and vegetables in order to deliver clinically-driven foundational and therapeutic nutrition in a readily available, truly biologically active form that the body naturally recognizes as food.  Innate sources their own raw materials through partner farmers who deliver fresh, raw, chemically-free fruits and vegetables packed with whole food nutrients.  Innate is a truly vertically integrated company where these natural foods are tested, milled, concentrated, dried, blended and tableted in their quality state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. 

All raw materials and every finished product undergoes in-house testing to ensure the purity and potency of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  Additionally, all products are third party tested for pesticides, herbicides, allergens and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium to validate the quality assurance of their in-house laboratory.  Innate Response guarantees their products to deliver the broad-range, high quality synergistic compounds that only whole food phytonutrients can provide. 

Adrenal Response –  This meticulously researched adaptogenic formula contains clinically proven nutrients, herbs, and whole foods to support natural adrenal gland function. This  non-glandular, botanical solution effectively supports a healthy stress response. 

B-Complex –  Derived from 100% whole food, this complex provides a balanced spectrum of all the essential B vitamins in their most bioavailable form. 

Complete Multi-Powder –  This whole food, great tasting, broad spectrum formula provides biologically active forms of vitamins and minerals, a therapeutic dose of CoQ10, plus arabinogalactans , a soluble fiber that supports friendly gastrointestinal microbes to positively impact immune support. 

Kids Complete Multi-Powder –  This unique, naturally flavored synergistic blend of whole food nutrients, bioactive vitamins and minerals, and immune supporting arabinogalactans and beta glucans, is designed to fulfill the developmental needs and support healthy growth and optimal wellness in children.  

Women Over 40 –  This multi-dimensional formula contains nutrients, concentrated adaptogenic herbs, superior foods and powerful antioxidants and is specifically designed to provide unparalleled support for women undergoing menopause. 

Men’s One Daily (Iron Free) –  This select combination of 100% whole food vitamins, minerals, and traditional tonic organic botanicals is designed to support male physiology and strengthen the reproductive and cardiovascular systems.

Fabulously Healthy Skin

Fabulously Healthy Skin imageBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients have the power to give skin a more radiant, healthy, and youthful appearance.  Feeding your skin from the inside to meet its nutritional needs can  make a difference in how your skin looks and feels.  Health experts agree that vitamins and minerals play an essential role in a healthy complexion whether in the form of food, supplements, or beauty products.  A balanced diet will improve skin health just as it improves overall health.  The more healthy foods you consume, the better your skin will look.  The reverse is true as well.  When we don’t pay attention to a healthful diet and we starve our skin of nutrients, skin problems in the form of breakouts, chronic skin conditions, or signs of aging may result . 

When combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can keep your skin looking younger and healthier.  The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggests the following vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support and nourish skin health, whether taken in supplement form, applied directly to the skin, or obtained from the foods we eat.   

  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A is necessary for skin maintenance, including cell building and repair.  Vitamin A is a nutrient proven to revitalize skin by increasing cell turnover, a biological process that replaces older skin cells.  Considered one of the best vitamins for promoting healthy skin, vitamin A may help reduce signs of aging while preventing dry skin and acne.  Vitamin A can be found in foods such as dairy products, eggs, leafy greens, and sweet potatoes, and in many skin lotions and creams as well.  
  • B Complex –  Redness, irritation, dermatitis and pigmentation can all be signs of vitamin B deficiency.  B vitamins are essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.  Vitamin B12 aids in cell reproduction and skin renewal.  B1 boosts circulation, which helps to give skin a healthy glow.  Vitamin B3 boosts hydration, reduces redness, aids in supplying oxygen to the skin, and helps in preventing and improving acne, eczema, and sun damaged, aging skin.  B vitamins can be found in shellfish, beef, cheese and eggs. 
  • Vitamin C –  Considered an all-around anti-ager, vitamin C plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin.  Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength.  As an antioxidant, vitamin C aids in neutralizing free radicals, promotes skin repair and may help reduce damage from sun exposure.  Citrus fruits, peppers and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C.  Vitamin C can also be found in many topical skin care products. 
  • Vitamin E –   Vitamin E helps to keep skin smooth and may help prevent premature aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  This powerful antioxidant aids in skin tissue repair and helps to neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals from too much sun exposure.  Vitamin E helps the skin retain its natural moisturizers, quelling dryness and  keeping skin supple and healthy.  Foods containing vitamin E include tofu, spinach, avocados and nuts. 
  • Probiotics –  Widely known for their beneficial role in gut health, probiotics help maintain a healthy digestive system, which is critical for nutrient absorption.  As more nutrients are digested and absorbed, your skin receives more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that aid in the elimination of free radicals and toxins, which can damage and age skin.  Research indicates that poor intestinal health can exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. 
  • Omega- 3’s – Essential fatty acids are responsible for the cell membranes that act as barriers for harmful pathogens and as the passageway for nutrients and wastes.  Cell membranes hold in water, which helps to keep skin plump and moist.  Omega-3’s offer protection from inflammation, which can harm skin cells.  The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include cold water fish, walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.
  • Water –  A very basic part of any healthy diet, water is essential for skin health and beauty.  Water flushes away toxins, brings nutrients to the cells and supports organ functioning.  Well-hydrated cells are plump, which helps your skin look firmer and smoother. 

OmegaGenics EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics –  This product features a highly concentrated source of health-promoting omega-3 essential fatty acids from cold-water fish.  Each softgel provides a total of 720 mg of EPA and DHA.

PureProbiotic (Allergen Free) by Pure Encapsulations Each capsule of PureProbiotic provides 5 billion CFU of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium breve.

Vitamin A 25,000 IU (A97) by Thorne Research –  High potency vitamin A for maintaining healthy skin and immune system.