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BenMy name is Ben Hanson. As the Lead Web Content Specialist (fancy name for "writer") for Swanson Health Products, I get to learn a lot about vitamins and supplements, the different natural health disciplines and overall wellness. I'm not an expert...yet...but I hope to offer some insight into health and nutrition that you can apply in your own life.

When I started at Swanson, I was your average American: more than a little overweight, low energy levels, eating a diet of processed foods and I rarely got enough exercise. My body was craving a change, and working for Swanson gave me the perfect opportunity to learn how to improve my health the right way. If you're looking for a change, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for a vibrant community, I invite you to check out our Facebook page (where I spend a large chunk of my day).

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Win the 45 Healthy Foods Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Ben H

Since 1969, Swanson Health Products has been “Bringing Wellness to the World” and doing so as a locally owned and family run business right here in Fargo, ND.

This July marks our 45th Anniversary, so we thought it was high time for a celebration... which for us Swanson bloggers, Facebookers, Tweeters, Pinners and Instagrammers means GIVEAWAY! More specifically, a Healthy Foods Giveaway!

If you want to skip right to it, click here to enter now for a chance win a HUGE 45 Healthy Foods Prize Pack + a $500 Swanson Shopping Spree. It’s a pretty sweet grand prize, but there are also 25 more prizes being given away and several ways to enter. So go now!


The Grand Prize...

Because the grand prize is so huge (45 of our favorite, hand-selected healthy foods), it was hard to get everything in one nice picture... so here they all are, grouped very nicely by breakfast, lunch, snack, supper and dessert—that's over $400 in healthy foods. Are you salivating yet?

“You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play”

There are a lot of prizes up for grabs and a lot of ways to enter... but you can’t win if you don’t get your entries in on time! Go now to get your name in the drawing.

Good luck to all! Click here to see complete rules for our 45 Healthy Foods Giveaway. 

Is it Time to Consider “Drinking” Your Vitamins?

Monday, June 23, 2014 by Ben H

Pills, powders, tablets, capsules, softgels, veggie caps... if you’re like millions of Americans, this sums up your daily vitamin and supplement routine. If you’re organized, you may even have them all split out into daily servings with the help of a handy pill box to keep your routine consistent. But all that organization and consistency won’t do anything to help your body put all that nutrition to use.


Pills vs. Liquid Vitamins: A Question of Absorption...

So you’ve done all your research, you’ve narrowed down the top vitamins and supplements your body needs to stay active and healthy and you’ve got your pill box all loaded up. Good to go, right? Wrong.

Knowing what to take and when only gets you halfway home, so to speak. The next, equally important question to consider is what form is going to be best for your body. Research has shown that liquid vitamins outperform pills (tablets, capsules, etc.) when it comes to how well your body absorbs the nutrients.

In other words, liquid delivery is often best. It offers you the vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients in a form that your body recognizes and can put to use right away... without a lot of extra work involved (i.e. breaking down the hard, coated tablets of capsules).


America’s Leader in Liquid Vitamins

For over 25 years, Wellesse has been America’s leader in the production of top-quality liquid vitamins, minerals and supplements. Wellesse was founded in the Pacific Northwest and recently joined the Nature’s Way family of dietary supplement brands. Their liquid vitamins are all certified gluten free and are well-suited for all members of your family.


What Makes Wellesse Liquid Vitamins Better?

  1. Flexible serving size (easy to match your doctor’s recommended dose)
  2. Better absorption rates compared to pills
  3. Small, 1-ounce servings are easy to mix with juice, smoothies or other cold beverages


GIVEAWAY—Sponsored by Wellesse®

Follow the directions below to enter to win this 4-pack of liquid vitamins and minerals from Wellesse! We’ll draw 1 winner next Monday at random from all entries received! (If you're reading this post as an email update, please click here.)


Use the widget above or Click here to Enter!

How Webber Naturals Made a Better Fish Oil

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Ben H

Wild Alaskan Salmon OilIf a stranger came up to you on the street and asked “What is the most important supplement I should be taking?” would you have an answer? It’s a tough question, nearly impossible. But over the years, researchers have narrowed down which substances have the greatest potential impact to your health because of the way they play into so many important health concerns.

So, if that stranger asked you the question in a slightly different way, for example “What vitamin or supplement has the greatest impact on your overall health?” you might be able to offer a reasonably helpful answer.

In terms of overall health benefits, research shows that vitamins C and E address the greatest number of health concerns, followed closely by essential fatty acids (EFAs), the omega-3s -6s and -9s most commonly obtained from eating fish or taking fish oil supplements.

Today, we’re going to focus on the fish. Specifically, the new EFA products from Webber Naturals® and how they managed to create a better fish oil supplement by starting with the basics of what makes a good supplement.


It’s All in the Delivery

You may think the delivery method (capsule, softgel, tablet, etc.) is really only a concern with probiotics, but the way fish oil is delivered makes a big difference in efficacy and overall satisfaction. And I’ll prove it two you in two short words: fish burps.

Webber Naturals made a better fish oil supplement by focusing on delivering the essential fatty acids to your system in a way that protects the nutrients inside their softgels, while at the same time providing the most pleasant experience possible (i.e. no aftertaste, no fish burps, etc.).  Let’s take a closer look at the two main differences you will benefit from when you switch to Webber Naturals’ fish oils...

Webber Naturals Omega-3s

Difference #1— No Fishy Aftertaste

Their clear, enteric softgels are the only fish oil softgels on the market that can truly guarantee no fishy burps. Why? Because instead of being coated with a protective layer, the softgel casings themselves feature natural enteric ingredients. An enteric coating can flake, peel, crack or lack complete coverage. That means other brands of fish oil supplements can still result in unwanted fishy burps or aftertaste.

Difference #2— No Harsh Chemicals

Making clear enteric softgels is cleaner, simpler and healthier than traditional enteric coating. Some companies prevent softgel casings from breaking down in the stomach by spraying them with a mixture that includes polymers and harsh chemicals, which may actually be bad for your health—not to mention the environment. Instead, Webber Naturals mixes natural stomach-proof ingredients right into their softgel casings.


GIVEAWAY—Sponsored by Webber Naturals®

The proof is in the pudding, they say, so Webber Naturals wants you to put them to the test. To do so, they’ve provided us with a great 3-pack of their newest EFAs, including their Krill OilWild Alaskan Salmon Oil and their Kid’s Omega-3 softgels to give away! Follow the directions below to enter to win! We’ll draw 1 winner next Monday at random from all entries received! (If you're reading this post as an email update, please click here.)


A Healthy Mother's Day Giveaway

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Ben H

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 11th to be exact), so we thought it’d be a great opportunity to put together a “healthy gift set” for mom! We teamed up with our friends over at Nature’s Way and Enzymatic Therapy, who generously donated five great supplements that can help your mom have the healthiest Mother’s Day yet!

Mother's Day Giveaway

ALIVE Once Daily Women’s Ultra

Alive! Once Daily for WomenNature’s Way Alive! Once Daily Women's Ultra Potency delivers 26 fruits and vegetables, extra B-vitamins for energy, and special nutrients for breast health, urinary health, and hair, skin and nail health. It’s the ultimate whole-food multivitamin for mom!

Packed inside each tablet are 26 fruits and veggies, 23 vitamins and minerals, 14 green foods, 12 varieties of organic mushrooms and 12 specific digestive enzymes to help get the most out of your daily diet. Alive! Once Daily for women is whole body nourishment from plant sources.


ALIVE Once Daily Women’s 50+ Ultra

For moms over the age of 50, this multivitamin and whole food energizer makes a great foundation for her overall nutritional supplementation regimen. It packs in the same 26 great fruits and vegetables as the above Alive! formula, along with the other great energizing whole foods.

The key difference between these two formulas is the addition in this 50+ version of a specialized blend of nutrients that target your mind and cognitive function (something important to us all as we age).


ALIVE Calcium Bone Formula

Give your mom 100% whole food calcium + vitamin C with Nature’s Way Alive! Calcium Bone Formula, a maximum absorption formula. All of the calcium found in this bone health supplement comes from plant sources: red algae that is sustainably harvested from pristine Icelandic waters, organic kale, organic spinach and organic collard greens.

Unlike other bone supplements that deliver calcium obtained from limestone rock or other animal bones, Alive! Whole Food Calcium delivers calcium and 70+ trace minerals in a natural food matrix that may be easier for your body to digest, absorb and utilize. Nutrition from whole foods always makes good sense!


Priimadophilus Optima for WomenPrimadophilus Optima Women’s

Moms everywhere will appreciate a probiotic supplement tailored to their specific needs. Primadophilus Optima Women’s formula features a very specialized ratio of select probiotic strains (90% Lactobacilli / 10% Bifidobacteria) to help balance the microflora of a woman’s vaginal and urinary tracts. The benefits of this formula include...

  • Fortifying and balancing vaginal flora
  • Helping maintain healthy vaginal pH
  • Supporting healthy yeast balance
  • Naturally promoting urinary tract health


Eskimo-3 Double Strength Fish Oil

Fish oil isn’t just for moms, we all know that. So if your healthcare provider is recommending you take a high-strength fish oil, then Eskimo®-3 fish oil 1,000 mg is the product for you. This is one of the world’s most clinically-studied fish oils out there—it’s been the subject of more than 120 scientific reports and has the highest concentration of omega-3 naturally obtainable from fish oil.

Eskimo-3 delivers guaranteed potency, guaranteed purity and guaranteed quality in every bottle of this double-strength fish oil formula. It’s tested for PCBs, heavy metals (including mercury) and other impurities, and it’s naturally stable up to 10 times longer than other leading fish oil supplements.


GIVEAWAY—Sponsored by Nature’s Way® & Enzymatic Therapy®

Follow the directions below to enter to win this 5-pack of healthy gifts for Mom! We’ll draw 1 winner next Monday at random from all entries received! (If you're reading this post as an email update, please click here.)