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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You... for 45 Wonderful Years!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Lee Swanson
Swanson Health Products Turns 45

Dear Friends,

This month Swanson Health Products is celebrating our 45th year in business, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making it possible. As I look back now, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come since the days when my father founded the company and I was our only paid employee.

Back when it all began, my father made customer service our number-one priority, saying “the satisfaction and goodwill of our customers is our most important asset.” Based on that philosophy, he pledged to provide the world’s finest dietary supplements at the lowest possible prices with honest, outstanding customer service and a 100% unconditional, money-back guarantee.

A lot has changed since then. The Internet has dramatically changed the way people shop, and made the industry more competitive than ever. Other companies have come and gone, merged, consolidated or went out of business, but we’ve been fortunate enough to survive and thrive as an independently owned company. Today we employ more than 450 people and serve millions of customers worldwide, but we’ve never strayed from the fundamental principles instilled by my father back in 1969. And I think that’s the main reason we’re still around.



In honor of the occasion, we’re featuring several 45th Anniversary specials in this month’s catalog and on our website to say “Thank You” for your business and support throughout the years, including 45 cent shipping on all orders over $45. And don’t forget to enter our online sweepstakes, where you can win a $25 or $100 Swanson gift certificate or the Grand Prize, a $500 gift certificate with a 45 Healthy Foods prize pack.

Lee Swanson at Swanson Health Products

Once again, I want to thank all of you for making our first 45 years a great success, and we look forward to serving you with the same commitment to quality, value and exceptional customer service that you’ve come to expect from Swanson.

As always, I wish you the very best of health,



What Most Doctors AREN'T Being Taught!

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Lee Swanson

Dear Friends,

When you go to the doctor, you assume they've been taught everything they need to know in order to keep you and your family healthy. But in today's video, Dr. Michael Greger discusses one of the most important aspects of overall health on which doctors get little to no instruction or training. Dr. Greger also discusses whether or not that might be changing for the better and why. I encourage you to watch the short video and share your comments.


Important Recommendations for Omega-3 Supplements

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Lee Swanson

Dear Friends,

What should you be looking for when buying omega-3 supplements? Dr. Jorn Dyerberg, MD, DMSc, the man credited with discovering omega-3 fatty acids, and we are lucky enough to be able to hear him give his key recommendations in the short video interview I've included below. Here he discusses bioavailability, as well as the differences between different forms of omega-3s. He also has some helpful information on how to take these supplements for maximum nutritional benefit. I invite you to watch the video below and share with your friends and family.


What Are Free Radicals and Why Do I Need to Worry about Oxidation?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Lee Swanson

Dear Friends,

You've probably heard about free radicals and oxidation, but do you really know what they are and how they may be impacting your overall health? In the short video interview below, Dr. Jim Stringham explains how both oxidation and free radicals are related to one another, and he also talks about what you need to know about the antioxidant lutein and how it can help combat free radicals. Watch the video and share your feedback in the comments at the end of this page. 



Interviewer: You mentioned oxidation, free radicals. Explain that. What's going on that 's naturally kind of damaging those tissues that lutein might help with?

Dr. Stringham: So probably the best example of an oxidative process that can do damage at a crucial time period is in utero. You've got the building blocks of development: amino acids, proteins, fats, and oxygen. Oxygen, you need it to live obviously. Unfortunately it also ends up killing us - and we rust. Which is kind of a silly idea, but it's the truth. And so what we're going to do is limit the rusting, slow it down. And you do this, you limit that oxidation with something that can donate an electron basically to these oxygen molecules that are kind of spinning out of control. So the idea is that a free radical oxygen means that it's unbalanced, and so it doesn't have a nice paired balanced electron structure in the outer shell. It loses it for whatever reason: little bit too much energy, too little energy, poof it's gone! And it seeks another electron from often tissue. It can damage the tissue, it can damage the DNA of a particular piece of tissue that it's around. It can exchange electrons from other free radicals. It's nasty what it can do. Well, lutein and other carotenoids, but in this case let's say lutein in the eye, there's a free radical there.

Well it can actually donate an electron to it, quench that free radical so it stabilizes it. And then the magical thing about lutein is that it can regenerate itself. Most carotenoids, for instance lycopene, it quenches the free radical and then it goes away with it. Now lutein is special, because it quenches the free radical, donates, and then it rolls it along its long structure, and then the only reaction is heat - it gives off a little bit of heat, and then it's there to do it again. So potentially it can do it ad infinitum, it can do it forever. So I tell people if you've got some lutein in your retina, it might be from when you were four and your mom made you eat your peas, or something like that. It can last that long, it's super robust. So oxidative damage is at the root of a lot of disease: macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, those kinds of things. You'll probably hear more about it and their relation to lutein in the near future.