Vitamins & Supplements

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.

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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.)

 

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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, Prof.is 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.

 

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.)

 

BUSTED: Top 5 Myths of Probiotics!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Ben H

Probiotic Myths

1) Some Probiotic Strains Are Better Than Others

Ultimate 16 Strain Probiotic combination formulaYes and no. The biggest problem is that while probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your intestinal tract, there are trillions of organisms in your intestinal tract and dozens if not hundreds of different strains of good bacteria there as well. As a result, it’s impossible to say for certain which particular probiotic strain is “best” because it varies greatly from one person to the next. What’s ideal for you will be different than what’s ideal for your neighbor, because your two bodies maintain differing levels of those trillions of organisms. This is also a big reason why most people prefer probiotic combination formulas like Dr. Stephen Langer’s Ultimate 16 Strain Probiotic instead of formulas offering just one or two strains of probiotics.

One thing that makes it even more confusing is advertising. Company A may promote a study done on their product suggesting that the single strain they are using is the “most important” or “best strain” compared to any other—this can even confuse the health professionals. Studies are good to show a benefit for a product, but some are designed to show a specific result that virtually any probiotic will offer. When that information isn’t shared (that the one particular study could’ve been done on any strain and likely show the same outcome), it makes the highlighted product look unique and different when in reality it’s unlikely any different than a hundred other strains.

 

2) All Probiotics Need to Be Refrigerated

The need for refridgeration will vary from product to product, so it’s important to pay attention to the label. If it doesn’t say anything about refrigeration, you can assume it’s not needed.

Twenty years ago, it was commonly understood that if the probiotics weren’t refrigerated, there was a good chance that the bacteria would die off. However, technology has been developed that allows today’s probiotics to be stable at room temperature… it’s kind of like suspended animation instead of cold storage.

Unfortunately, that old idea was so prevalent that many people to this day still do not trust a probiotic that wasn’t refrigerated. As a result, some companies continue to offer probiotics that need to be refrigerated, further perpetuating this myth. The simple answer is if the bottle says to refrigerate, then it should be refrigerated; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. At this point it’s entirely personal preference whether or not you choose a probiotic that requires refrigeration.

 

3) If You Can’t Feel Them Working, Probiotics Are Dead

There is an easy way to test the activity of a probiotic when you get it… make a batch of yogurt from one of the pills! There are various recipes online that you can find to make yogurt from a capsule, and it’s the best way to ensure that the bacteria are viable without guessing. Here’s a great vegan yogurt recipe that uses coconut:

 

Vegan Coconut Yogurt RecipeVegan yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 to 1 cup coconut water
  • 16 ounces (453 grams) raw coconut meat
  • Probiotic powder (approximately 2 capsules worth)

Instructions:

  1. Blend the coconut water and coconut meat until smooth.
  2. Add the probiotic powder (simply open the capsules and dump the contents into the blender) and blend briefly.
  3. Pour into a bowl (or jar) big enough to allow a bit of room to expand. Gently place a lid on top and set your coconut yogurt to culture on your counter for 8-16 hours. The longer it cultures, the more yogurt-y it becomes in taste.
  4. When you’re ready to eat it, feel free to sweeten it and/or add extracts like vanilla, fresh fruit, etc.

NOTE: Yogurt will culture faster in warmer weather so the culturing time may vary. If you live in a cooler climate, you may want to use a temperature controlled yogurt maker. Once cultured, this yogurt will keep for up to seven days in a sealed container in the fridge.

Source: kristensraw.com

 

4) Probiotic Supplements Must Be Enteric Coated

There has been a lot of research on this question, and you’d be surprised by the findings: research has shown that probiotics are better without the special coatings.

In nearly all cases, they come in capsules that are designed to withstand stomach acids in order to deliver the probiotics to the right place within your GI tract, but enteric coating is actually not the best solution. And here’s why...

It's kind of an odd statement, since the enteric coating prevents the probiotic capsule from breaking down in the stomach (too soon to be effective). But the enteric coating process requires a lot of heat, and that heat can destroy some of the probiotics before you even get the product.

So if you start with an equal amount of probiotics in two different pills and have one of them enteric coated, the one without the coating will have a better result in the intestinal tract (when taken with food) than the one that's enteric coated. That's the main reason why most of our Swanson Probiotics are not enteric coated unless the strains are more resistant to heat than they are to stomach acid.

 

Swanson Probiotics

5) I Don’t Need Probiotics... I Eat Yogurt

There are a couple things wrong with this assumption. For starters, you need to pay close attention to the nutrition facts label on your yogurt to make sure what you’re eating isn’t loaded up with added sugar. Obviously, a carefully formulated probiotic supplement isn’t going to contain hidden calories like some yogurts do.

Then the question really becomes how much beneficial gut bacteria you are really getting from yogurt. There are a couple of brands that have plunked down quite a bit of money on short studies so they can show some benefits from consumption of their yogurt, but the participants in those studies ate the yogurt a few times each day.

So unless you plan on eating a few cups of yogurt every day, you’re not likely to see the same benefits or gain any sort of regular digestive support. Probiotic supplements, on the other hand, deliver carefully measured daily servings of probiotics in much higher concentrations. If regular maintenance is what you’re after, a high quality probiotic formula may be the better choice.

 

What’s your take? Do you take probiotics on a regular basis? What results have you experienced?