Natural Health Happenings

Swanson Health Products is Awarded the 2013 Survey Top Rated Catalog/Internet Merchant Based on Customer Satisfaction

Monday, March 4, 2013 by Tara Kessler

For the third time, Swanson Health Products has been awarded a Survey “Top Rated” award based on customer satisfaction. The survey polled over 10,000 e-newsletter subscribers regarding satisfaction with supplement merchants, brands and products. Swanson Health Products received the 2013 award for Top Rated Catalog/Internet Merchant based on the results of the 2013 Vitamin and Supplement Users Survey.

In addition to receiving the top satisfaction rating among catalog/internet merchants, SHP was also the most popular catalog/Internet merchant, receiving ratings from over 1,000 individuals. The survey also reveals that 45.4% of respondents prefer to shop online which is a 2.6 percent increase over last year’s survey.

President of Swanson Health Products, Lee Swanson, shares, “I want to thank you, our valued customers, for making us a three time winner in the annual customer satisfaction survey. We are proud and humbled to be recognized for a third year, and we thank you for your support.” is the USA’s leading provider of independent consumer information and product evaluations for dietary supplements. For more information at regarding the survey, please visit


†Ratings based on results of the 2013 Vitamin and Supplement Users Survey. More information at

Three New Weight Loss Products to Check Out in 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Tara Kessler

If your new year’s resolution involves the words, “go on a diet,” you may have already failed. Diets aren’t designed for long-term weight loss. Weight loss on a diet is entirely possible if you are disciplined and have the willpower to stick with it. However, keeping the weight off isn't probable. A study published by The New England Journal of Medicine shows that after weight loss, the hormones that regulate body weight—and appetite—fluctuate and are the reason there is a high rate of weight regained.

What is an achievable resolution? Resolve to make lasting changes. Lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly (under a doctor’s supervision), selecting healthy, natural foods rather than processed foods, decreasing portion sizes and drinking water instead of soda will help obtain permanent weight loss.

If you are looking to add weight loss support to your lifestyle changes, Swanson Health Products has debuted three "in demand" supplements in the Swanson Best Weight-Control Formulas line:


Swanson Best Weight-Control Formula Ultimate Green Coffee Complex with Green Tea & Raspberry Ketones features the most popular weight loss ingredients of 2013. Green Coffee Complex combines green coffee bean extract, Raziberi-K®, green tea extract and chromium picolinate in an affordable veggie capsule.







 Swanson Best Weight-Control Formula Advantra Z® Bitter Orange Extract is a safe and effective supplement that stimulates metabolic processes, helps to curb appetites and facilitates the uptake of amino acids into muscles. Advantra Z Bitter Orange Extract doesn’t contain ephedrine and doesn’t have adverse effects when combined with caffeine or green tea.








Swanson Best Weight-Control Formula High Linoleic Safflower Oil with Vitamin B6 features a unique balance of essential fatty acids featuring linoleic acid (omega-6) and vitamin B6 for metabolic support.




Vitamin Angels' Precious Cargo Campaign: Why You Should Donate In December

Saturday, December 1, 2012 by Tara Kessler

This December Swanson Health Products is supporting Vitamin Angels' effort to get life saving nutrients to children in underdeveloped countries by sponsoring the Precious Cargo campaign. Many children in the developing world have very little access to healthy foods and often eat the same meal day after day, leaving their bodies deprived of essential micronutrients. Vitamins support overall health and enable children to learn better in school, helping to increasing future economic opportunity and strengthening the community for the long-term.

It can be hard to reach those in need because of geographical hurdles. That's why Swanson Health Products, along with other Precious Cargo sponsors, will collectively match all donations up to $100,000 for the entire month of December. Donations can be made quickly, easily and securely at

The journey of Vitamin Angels' Precious Cargo starts in their warehouses in the US and travels by boat, plane, train, car or foot into isolated villages where their partners in the field await the vitamins for distribution. All donations will have a huge impact, and with the match, it will go twice as far in helping to serve more in need. 

Vitamin Angels is dedicated to reducing child mortality worldwide by advancing availability, access and use of essential micronutrients, especially vitamin A, among at-risk populations. In 2012, Vitamin Angels will reach approximately 25,000,000 children in over 40 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health. Vitamin Angels has received five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator for Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency. To learn more, visit




Why You Should Rotate Shampoo Brands + 7 Natural Hair Treatments for Dry & Damaged Hair

Monday, November 12, 2012 by Tara Kessler

You may be familiar with the old wives tale about rotating shampoo brands periodically because hair gets “used to" one brand and it then becomes ineffective. While we all know that hair is not alive—and cannot remember the last shampoo we used—there is a valid reason for rotating brands.

Shampooing with the same shampoo repeatedly may cause a build-up of residue. This residue can weigh hair down, making it dull and unmanageable. One solution for avoiding residue build-up is to rotate shampoo brands. 

TIP: When deciding on an alternate shampoo, select a shampoo that is made for your hair type and does not contain added parabens, SLSs or phthalates.

Another option for avoiding residue build-up is to use a clarifying shampoo once a week. (A good rule of thumb: clarifying shampoo tends to be clear and if it is cloudy, it’s more emollient.) I have two favorites that are currently in my rotation and are closer to the clear side of the spectrum versus the cloudy side:


Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Shampoo: With Eco Chic Technology, Root 66 Max Volume Shampoo from Giovanni features horsetail extract and silica for volume and strength. It is cruelty free and doesn't contain sodium lauryl sulfate or phthalates. 


Acure Organics Shampoo Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell: Featuring quinoa protein extract, babassu oil and organic argan oil, Acure Organics Pure Mint Shampoo features echinacea stem cells and pure mint. It is safe for color-treated hair and is gluten, sulfate, paraben and phthalate free.

Do you rotate your shampoo? Tell us about your hair care routine in the comments section below.



Store-Bought Shampoo Tip: Check the Labels

Your scalp is part of your body’s dermal system—it can be just as sensitive as your face. Take a few minutes to read the label on your shampoo bottle.

  • Avoid chemicals like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, cocamide DEA, ammonium xylene sulfonate and parabens. With their protein denaturing properties, these ingredients may cause skin irritation and research is now linking these chemicals to things far worse than damaged hair.
  • Look for all natural (and recognizable) ingredients, such as olive oil, coconut oil and menthol.
  • Some manufacturers use Latin or chemical names, so be prepared to do some research to see what the common name is.


Natural Shampoo Tip: Don’t Expect Loads of Lather

Switching from commercial shampoos to all natural versions may be a bit disheartening. The natural version just doesn’t lather up like your old standby. It seems like you have to use twice as much to get a modicum of suds. Don’t hate your new shampoo.

Here’s the deal: shampoos made with natural oils tend to foam less, but they still cleanse the scalp and hair thoroughly. Many commercial shampoos contain those chemicals listed above that (artificially) create bubbles and lather. But remember, those ingredients may do more harm than good. So, embrace the low-suds shampoo!


7 Natural Hair Treatments for Dry & Damaged Hair:

  1. Dull Hair: While your hair is damp, massage in some sour cream or plain yogurt, let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water and shampoo as you normally would. These two dairy products can help reverse hair damage caused by products and pollution.
  2. Itchy, Flaky Scalp: Mix equal parts lemon juice, organic olive oil and water and then massage mixture into your scalp (a slightly dampened scalp is best). Let sit for 20 minutes, rinse out and shampoo. The lemon juice helps get rid of flakes, while the olive helps moisturize the skin underneath.
  3. Limp or Fine Hair: Have fun with this one, but not too much fun. To add body, use beer and its generous supply of yeast to plump up your hair. Mix together half a cup of flat beer with one teaspoon of canola oil and a raw egg, and then apply to damp hair and let sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
  4. Dry, Sun-Damaged Hair: The sun can take a toll on the health and vitality of your hair. Try honey to counteract this: massage warm, organic honey into clean, damp hair and let sit for about 20 minutes. Feel free to add a drop of organic olive oil to make it easier to apply and rinse out. You may also add avocado or egg yolk to the honey to help with extremely damaged hair.
  5. Oily, Greasy Hair: You’ll need an empty salt shaker for this one: pour in one to two tablespoons of cornmeal or cornstarch into the empty shaker and apply to dry hair. Sprinkle it all on, let sit for about 10 minutes and then brush completely out using a paddle hairbrush.
  6. Frizzy Hair: Avocado is great for damaged hair, but it also helps to smooth out frizzy hair. Simply mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair and let sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing clean.
  7. Product Buildup: If you use a lot of product on your hair, chances are you’ve experienced product buildup and its gunky residue. Mix up a thick paste of one to two tablespoons of baking soda with a bit of water, massage into damp hair and let it go to work for about 15 minutes. Rinse clean and shampoo immediately after.


DIY BONUS: Make Your Own Homemade Shampoo

Keep all the natural oils in your hair by using this natural shampoo for normal to dry hair. For oily hair, simply omit the vegetable oil:

Gently stir ingredients together. Do not beat or the mixture will foam. Pour shampoo into a clean plastic or glass container. Shampoo your hair as usual. Rinse with cool water. Makes 8 ounces.