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Nutritional Supplements

  • Vitamin D Deficiency and Type 2 Diabetes

    by Paula Gallagher | February 24, 2015

    sun-baskingHere's another reason to make sure you are getting enough of the sunshine vitamin. A new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has shown that vitamin D deficiency and type 2 diabetes are linked in that people who do not get enough vitamin D are at higher risk of having diabetes, regardless of their weight.

    The results show that vitamin D levels were more closely linked to blood sugar levels than BMI, according to the study. Whether or not vitamin D played a role in causing diabetes or other disorders that affect the metabolism of glucose is unknown and further studies will need to be done.

    “The major strength of this study is that it compares vitamin D levels in people at a wide range of weights (from lean to morbidly obese subjects) while taking whether they had diabetes into account,” said one of the study’s authors, Mercedes Clemente-Postigo, MSc, of Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga (IBIMA). They also went on to say that, "The study suggests that vitamin D deficiency and obesity interact synergistically to heighten the risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. The average person may be able to reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough outdoor activity." Read more

  • Village Green Welcomes Solgar as a Radio Show Sponsor

    by Paula Gallagher | February 11, 2015

    solgar-logoSolgar is one of the pioneers of the natural supplement industry. Started in 1947, Solgar has always been committed to providing consumers with top-quality, innovative, science-based nutritional supplements to support their total health and well-being. Village Green Apothecary is proud to carry Solgar products at our store, as well as partner with them as a sponsor for our weekly Essentials of Healthy Living radio show.

    Solgar's beliefs and practices mirror those of Village Green's, including offering researched, science-based products and extensive quality control. Their products come in recyclable glass bottles that are non-leaching, non-porous, and odorless.

    Solgar also offers Kosher-certified supplements. Supplements that are kosher have been put through rigorous hygienic controls and are also certified by different kosher agencies. Solgar uses KOF-K Kosher Supervision, an international organization that follows the strictest laws of kosher observance, to certify their products. Read more

  • Healing After Surgery

    by Paula Gallagher | February 10, 2015

    after-surgeryJust recently I received a question about what to take to help speed up healing after surgery. Unfortunately, surgery is sometimes necessary and unavoidable, and undergoing a surgical procedure can trigger a significant amount of stress on the body.

    Research has shown that the gastrointestinal and immune systems become weakened after surgery, leaving the body open to infection, and when you are in the hospital, minimizing the risk of postoperative infection is of the highest concern.

    Thankfully, there are natural approaches that can be taken, both before and after surgery, to speed up healing time, decrease inflammation and pain, and improve the overall quality of life for the recuperating patient. Here are some suggestions.

    Eat Healthy. The quality of food we eat has a significant effect on healing time and inflammation. Poor nutrition, either before or after surgery, has a negative effect on recovery. Avoid refined flours, sugar, red meats, alcohol and coffee, as they can suppress immune system function and promote inflammation. Read more

  • The Pathway Promise: Pure and Reliable Products

    by Paula Gallagher | February 4, 2015

    Brian_CustService_sm-v2Recently four major store chains including GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens were found to be selling mislabeled or adulterated herbal supplements.

    DNA tests found such substances as rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, houseplant, wild carrot and unidentified non-plant material – none of which were mentioned on the label. This is serious because it can pose dangerous health risks to anyone who has an allergy to any of those unlisted ingredients.

    At Village Green Apothecary we take quality seriously. We feel so strongly about the our standards that we have a 100% guarantee for our own line of Pathway dietary supplements. We also handpick the other supplement brands that we carry and work with companies that have the same shared standards for high quality – brands like Metagenics, Thorne, Standard Process Inc., Designs for Health, and Xymogen to name a few.

    The Pathway brand was created 20 years ago because so many of our customers were asking for high-quality supplements that combined our extensive knowledge of healthy living with the finest available ingredients.

    Today there are over 150 Pathway products, each carefully developed by a team of expert pharmacists, nutritionists and clinicians. More importantly, though, these products are YOUR formulas, designed with your health and well-being in mind. Read more

  • Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Joint Pain

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2015

    joggersThe last topic in our pain series is joint pain. Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any part of the body where bones connect. Joint pain is a common complaint, and frequent causes include arthritis, gout, strains, and sprains. Common sites of joint pain include: knee, shoulder, hip, and wrist. In the absence of an injury, pain in one or more of your joints is often caused by inflammation or infection. Persistent pain that may occur after a viral infection requires a doctor's attention. Joint pain symptoms include:

    Pain
    Swelling
    Stiffness
    Warmth in your joints

    Diet and supplements are an integral part of managing joint pain.

    Diet plays a critical role in regulating pain and is the foundation for good health. The foods you eat have the ability to trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals.

    Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers. Click here to learn about what foods to avoid. Read more

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