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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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Weight Loss Resolution? Start With This “Metabolic Reset” Package

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Ben H

Is 2014 the year you reach your weight loss goals? If losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2014, we’ve got a great prize package lined up that will help jump start your efforts.

We teamed up with Enzymatic Therapy and Nature’s Way to create a weight loss supplement package focused on long-term weight loss success. Take a look at what’s included...


Metabolic ReSet Weight Loss Shake

chocolate weight loss shakeNo weight loss regimen feels complete without a good shake! Natu...

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Pomegranate Power: Embrace the Super Fruit! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Ben H



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Watch a video on how to open a pomegranate and remove its seeds.
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Pomegranate-banana smoothie Pomegranate cocktail Pomegranate jelly
Pomegranate oatmeal Pomegranate infographic
Curried pomegranate pistachio quinoa Pomegranate ice cream Pomegranate popsicles
Apple pomegranate salad Pomegranate chicken with rosemary potatoes Honey yogurt with pomegranate and pistachios
Try a pomegranate supplement
Pomegranate capsules Pomegranate powder Pomegranate gummies Pomegranate protein shake
Pomegranate juice Pomegranate drink sticks Pomegranate green tea Pomegranate EBoost
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Pomegranate sunflower shampoo Pomegranate deodorant Pomegranate lip balm Pomegranate facial cleanser
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Visit and order pomegranate products
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17 Quotes About Health & Wellness That Will Make You Want to Eat Better, Live Longer & Smile More

Monday, December 23, 2013 by Ben H

Sometimes (especially on Mondays) what we really need is a brilliant author, an Irish proverb or a great figure from American history to snap us out of our malaise and realize that maybe... just maybe...  good health and happiness aren't as complicated as they're made out to be. I promise you, at least one of the following 17 health quotes will feel like a smack to the head when you read it. So read on. Enjoy. Share with others... and tell me in the comments section which one really hit you!



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Chia Seeds & Flaxseeds: The Best Plant-Based Source for These Key Nutrients

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Ben H

Attention vegans and vegetarians: if you’re not incorporating flaxseeds and chia seeds into your daily diet, you’re missing out on nature’s best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids... those healthy fats that support things like cardiovascular health, eye health, brain power, healthy skin, hair and nails and much more.

And here’s another fun fact to consider: your body can’t make omega-3s on its own, so they have to come from the foods you eat every day. You also need an ample supply of...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Try High-Potency Primadophilus® Probiotics

Monday, November 11, 2013 by Ben H

For optimum digestive health and overall immune support, there’s nothing better than a high-quality, high-potency probiotic supplement... and Primadophilus® Optima from Nature’s Way® is one of the best around. The Primadophilus brand is backed by their unrivaled True Guarantee™ that ensures consistent purity, potency and intestinal delivery. Take a look at this three-part guarantee:


True Potency
The potency of CFUs claimed on the label is fully guaranteed until expiration, not just at time of...

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End-Of-The-Year Sweepstakes: Last Chance to Win a $500 Shopping Spree!

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Ben H

Imagine how much you could get... how many vitamins, organic foods, all-natural bath & beauty products, eco-friendly home supplies... Imagine what you could get (for free) if you won a $500 shopping spree at



Just think... there’s already a bunch of ways to save money every day at—guaranteed low prices, Buy-1-Get-1-Free deals, daily specials and weekly promo codes, just to name a few. If you had a free $500 gift certificate, you could do some serious...

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What Vitamin Company Was the First to Be Non-GMO Project Verified? See Their Story

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Ben H

To wrap up Non-GMO Month, we decided to team up with one of the strongest leaders of the non-GMO movement to highlight their efforts... and of course give away some great non-GMO Verified products!

New Chapter has been the leading advocate of the non-GMO cause within the vitamin and supplement industry, and they have long been committed to delivering dietary supplements with nourishment the way nature intended. When the Non-GMO Project declared its mission, New Chapter was the first company to...

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Try the New Organic Herbal Teas from Alvita®

Monday, October 14, 2013 by Ben H

As the days get shorter, nights get cooler and leaves start changing color, it's time to start thinking about the autumn harvest—hay rides, bonfires, fuzzy mittens and a warm cup of soothing tea. Steeped in history (est. 1922), Alvita®  offers more than forty single-ingredient supplement teas, each carefully harvested and placed in earth-friendly, recycled paperboard packages. Alvita selects the highest quality organic, wild-crafted or cultivated botanicals to deliver premium flavor and quality....

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Get Pure Performance with TWINLAB® Non-GMO CleanSeries™ Protein Powders & Sports Nutrition Supplements

Monday, September 16, 2013 by Ben H

Fancy yourself a bit of an expert on protein powders and sports nutrition, do you? Well, TWINLAB® has come out with a new line—their CleanSeries™—of protein powders and performance boosters that are all non-GMO tested, gluten-free and contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. They’re also batch tested for banned substances, keeping you serious athletes in good standing in your competitive fields.



Pure Performance... Made In America

TWINLAB’s CleanSeries represents a new standard in...

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Too Much Mucus? There’s a Product for That!

Monday, September 9, 2013 by Ben H

It’s not springtime, but for many the season doesn’t matter. Some people are just blessed with respiratory challenges that pay no attention to the calendar and run rampant on their own schedules. Thankfully, brands like Enzymatic Therapy have taken the time to address these needs with targeted herbal formulas that work with your body to help you breathe easier and rest more comfortably.


Air Power® (Natural Expectorant)

There’s nothing worse than not being able to breathe clearly or without...

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