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  • 4 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk...Naturally

    by Paula Gallagher | October 6, 2015

    women-exerciseOne in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime, and of those, less than 15% are due to family history. Most breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and lifestyle.

    There isn't much that can be done about family history or aging, but there are ways you can reduce breast cancer risk. Here are four ways you can help protect yourself, your friends, and your family members.

    1. Reduce your estrogen load: The Women’s Health Initiative Study published in 2002 confirmed that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases our risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 26%. There are supplements that can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. Natural, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is another option that helps some safely women address hot flashes, night sweats, and the other symptoms of menopause. Read more

  • NEW: Pathway Women's Hormone Balancer

    by Paula Gallagher | October 5, 2015

    womens-hormone-balancerBloating, cramping, and irritable? These may be be signs of estrogen imbalance. Pathway Women's Hormone Balancer is an herbal and nutritional product designed to promote hormonal balance, optimization of estrogen fractions, and proper elimination of excess hormones while supplying antioxidant protection. Women's Hormone Balancer is formulated to protect women from health problems related to excess estrogen in the body, and may help reduce PMS or perimenopausal symptoms. B-vitamins, including NatureFolate, a proprietary blend of active, naturally-occurring isomers, are included to promote proper cell differentiation and help reduce the potential of cervical dysplasia.

    The ingredients In Pathway Women's Hormone Balancer were carefully selected based on their synergy and effectiveness. Here are some of the ingredients and how they can help. Read more

  • SophytoPRO® Store Demo: Friday, October 2

    by Paula Gallagher | September 30, 2015

    sophtyoproIf you missed the store demo we had in August about SophytoPro®'s skin care line, come by Village Green Apothecary this Friday, October 2 to learn more.

    SophytoPRO® is a gluten-free, whole-food-based skin care line and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin's natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Like many of our top-quality practitioner brand supplements, SophytoPRO®  can be purchased only through medical and healthcare professionals, and stores like Village Green, where we have experts on staff. To learn more about SophytoPRO®, come visit us on Friday, October 2, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm for a store demo on these skin care products.

  • Dinner Tonight: Harvest Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | September 29, 2015

    butternut-squashFall is officially here. Which means pumpkins, squash and other seasonal gourds are in abundance. My favorite is the butternut squash. Like its name suggests, it has a creamy, nutty flavor. This salad combines butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, collards and hemp hearts for a hearty fall recipe that can be served as a side or on its own.

    Not only is butternut squash tasty, it is also healthy, with plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and manganese. Its bright orange hue also signals high levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps ward off diseases while supporting a healthy immune system and glowing skin.

    Pomegranates are a superfood and studies have shown positive effects in preventing tumor growth, as well cutting down the risk of breast cancer. Antioxidants in pomegranates can also help to reduce the effects of aging, lower cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Read more

  • Orange Is the New Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention

    by Neal Barnard, MD | September 28, 2015

    orange-is-new-pinkDaily Beta-Carotene Intake Reduces Breast Cancer Risk by 19%

    Want to reduce your risk of breast cancer? Walk past the pink balloons, wrist bands, and packaged treats at the grocery store and head straight to the produce aisle. Orange is the new pink.

    Research shows women who consume 3 to 6 mg of beta-carotene – the amount you’ll find in six baby carrots, half a sweet potato, or one cup of mashed pumpkin – each day slash their risk of breast cancer by about 19%. Leafy greens count, too. One cup of steamed spinach, kale, and mustard greens provide at least 10 mg of beta-carotene, twice the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine to mitigate breast cancer risk.

    If you don’t have a beta-carotene chart handy, then simply reach for foods with bright green, red, or orange hue.

    Here are some seasonal options to get you started: Read more

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