Natural Health Tips

Hi, I'm Anthony.

I started working for Swanson Health Products as a 24-year-old in the summer of 2007. Growing up, I didn't pay attention to my health other than taking a few sporadic vitamins and occasionally glancing at some food labels. When I applied for a job with Swanson, the only thing I knew about the company was that you could buy vitamins and supplements from them.

After working at Swanson for a few years, I've come to realize how important my health is and how much control I have in maintaining my health. I have made many changes to my daily routines, focusing on improving my diet, incorporating some dietary supplements and moving towards natural products in my home. Here are some my favorite Swanson products:

I've learned a lot about natural health over the last few years and I will continue to learn a lot more in the years ahead. On this blog, I hope to share what I learn with you and hope you will comment on some posts and help me learn even more...or find me on Twitter @SwansonVitamins!

Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway [COMPLETED for 2013!]

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Anthony N.


swanson 30 day healthier holiday giveaway


30 Chances to Win $100 to

We're really excited to be kicking off our Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway! The holidays can get expensive and a bit stressful... so we thought we’d try to ease that stress and create a little fun along the way by offering you 30 chances to win $100 to

The rules are simple. Visit one of our blogger friends' websites that we have listed out below and look for that day’s giveaway to enter. (Hint: each day you’ll look for the same giveaway “widget” ...and we’ve added a special bonus chance to win $100 right here at the bottom of this post—so you know what you should be looking for and how it works.)

Are you new to Swanson? If so, take a look around our site. We sell all kinds of natural health products, like:


Each Giveaway lasts for only 24 hours, so you must visit the website on the day of the giveaway.

  • The Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway kicks off on Monday, November 25th and runs through December 24th.
  • Enter every day! If you miss a day or two, don't worry about it, there are plenty of chances to win.
  • A big thanks to all of the fantastic healthy living bloggers below who chose to participate with us! We encourage you to click around on their blogs and find some healthy recipe inspiration after you have entered the day's giveaway.


#Swanson30DayGiveaway Bloggers


BONUS GIVEAWAY ... and our winner is: Renee P.



Unlucky 13: The Spookiest, Scariest, Spine-Tinglingest Supplements for Halloween Screams

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Anthony N.

I've been working at Swanson Health Products for years and there are a few supplements that no one ever talks about. They're forbidden, if you will.

Purchase them...if you dare.

              dragon's blood - sangre de grado
               killer bee honey
               straight razor shaving razor
               witch hazel
               Devil's Claw
               mugwart moon magic
               butcher's broom
               spider vein cream
               cat's claw
               moster milk
               maca magic
               n.o. xplode
               stinging nettles root

TASTE TEST: Somersault Snack Co. Pacific Sea Salt

Sunday, August 18, 2013 by Anthony N.

swanson taste test

PRODUCT REVIEWED: Somersault Snack Co. Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults

somersaults sea salt snack review

Rachel: Brilliant. Just brilliant. There's no way these are healthy—but they are! Every flavorful bite is a party in my mouth. Enough crunch and salt to satisfy my afternoon snack cravings, that's for sure. These are awesome. I will not be buying these for my family. I will be hoarding them all for myself.

Anthony: I took a bite without knowing what the product actually was. It was delicious. Saltier than I expected and crunchier than I expected. Both good things. I look at the packaging and realize it's a sunflower seed based snack. Now that I read that, I realize it does taste like sunflower seeds. I think even non-sunflowerseed lovers would enjoy this. Such a great way to satisfy a craving for salty and crunchy snacks.  

Nicole: Amazing! These are a super little snack food. The crunch and salt is just right. I love that they use non-GMO ingredients. I could easily eat the entire bag. It’s great that the bag is re-sealable – and very cute!

Jenessa: These were so crunchy, it was hard to hear the other testers talking across the room. Filled with the familiar taste of sunflower seeds and sea salt, I greatly enjoyed these snacks. The packaging is fun and colorful. I will definitely be adding these to my next employee order, even if it means loud snacking at my desk!

Kurt: Amazing! They aren’t overly salty, and the flavor of the sunflower seeds really stands out. They’re dangerously addictive…

Nathan: As a person that eats many times throughout the day I’m always on the search for healthy snacks that can provide me with calories and protein. These bite-size salty snacks come in a great resealable bag for easy on the go portability. The combination of salt, sunflower seeds, and toasted grains make it impossible to just have one or two.

close up somersault sunflower seed snack food

Courtney: These were awesome. You get a little different flavor with each bite. At first they tasted sort of like pretzels (of which I am not a fan) but then you get the sunflower seed flavor and then the sesame seed. They’re crunchy, but with a little chew to them from the seeds. They’re delicious and I can’t wait to try some of the other flavors!

Kaitlin: I think I was the only taste tester who did not like these. I don’t know what it was! The texture was like hay, the taste was like nuts and grass topped with way too much salt! I don’t know. These were definitely a fail for me. But like I said, I’m pretty sure I was the only one who thought that!

Ben: I had NO idea we had these guys... which begs the question how do you all learn about our new products? I guess that’s the point of this new blog post series! Anyway, back to the snacks... these Somersaults are really good. Really crunchy, really good texture. I’m definitely going to order a box of these to keep at my desk.

PURCHASE: Somersault Snack Co. Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults

somersaults pacific sea salt blue bag


TASTE TEST: Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers

Sunday, August 11, 2013 by Anthony N.

swanson taste test

PRODUCT REVIEWED: Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers

back to nature cheddar crackers

Rachel: I don't eat Cheese Nips® because of the god-awful aftertaste. I'm happy to report that the Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers are delicious and didn't leave that sour nips taste behind. I will definitely be including these on my employee order for a great healthy snack for me and my family!

Anthony: These are awesome. Perfect for Cheez-It® (which are obviously better than Cheese Nips®) fans who are looking for a similar product with a better ingredient list. They aren't quite as bright orange (no dyes) and not nearly as greasy as the popular store brand, both of which are plusses for me.

Nicole: These are a great snack cracker – crunchy, salty, and a good mild cheese flavor. They are very similar to Cheez-Its, but less greasy and salty. I would definitely eat them again. The box is good looking and I like that you can see the product through the box. I also love that there is no artificial coloring added. 

back to nature cheddar crackers close up

Jenessa: This brand is awesome—they use recycled packaging and support conservation efforts. Besides that, they make some dang good snacks. These crispy cheddar crackers are so comparable to others out there, but they are made with much better ingredients. They’re crispy, cheesy and have just the right amount of salt. An all-around familiar, delicious taste I’d invite into my home any day!

Kurt: These have a mild cheddar taste which I find refreshing. They’re also far less salty than their conventional counterparts.

Nathan: Although I love crackers, cheddar crackers usually have too much of a salt flavor that leaves me searching for something to drink. The Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers allow the cheddar flavor to be the focus, while not being overpowering.  The crackers contain no artificial flavors, cholesterol, hydrogenated oils or preservatives which makes them good for you while tasting great.

close up of cheddar crackers from back to nature

Courtney: These tasted just like Cheez-Its but were way less greasy. I’ve tried several Back To Nature snacks and they all taste as good or better than the version from the big-name brands – and much better for you, of course.

Kaitlin: As a cheddar cracker addict, I can positively say these Crispy Cheddar Crackers are a delicious alternative to Cheez-It crackers without preservatives or artificial flavors. The smooth cheddar taste is perfectly complemented by the right amount of salt and crunch. And hugely important: the packaging is 100% recycled paperboard!

Ben: These are super awesome snack crackers. I used to love the Cheez-Its like any good young American male, but I haven’t bought a box in many years (trying to avoid the processed foods as best I can). These, however, might have to find their way onto my next employee order. The crackers are crunchy and cheesey, basically nailing the only two requirements of a “Crispy Cheddar Cracker” in my opinion.

PURCHASE: Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers

box of back to nature cheddar crackers