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Nutritional Supplements

  • Spice Up Your Immune System With Oil of Oregano

    by Paula Gallagher | February 9, 2016

    reliance-oregano-oil_2Oregano can  be a tasty addition to a pizza or any Italian dish, but did you know that the oil extracted from this herb can have positive effects on your immune system, too?

    In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, and as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Current healthcare practitioners use oregano extract for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

    Oregano oil has so many benefits that it is probably a good herb to have around the house. Here are a few reasons why.

    Antimicrobial: Oil of oregano contains two phenols called carvacrol and thymol, which have strong antimicrobial properties. A 2004 study demonstrated that oil of oregano showed antibacterial properties against 27 different bacteria (including salmonella, E. coli, and two staphylococcus species, some of the most common bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illnesses) and antiviral properties against the herpes virus (responsible for cold sores, chicken pox, and shingles), as well as antifungal properties against 18 different types of fungus. Read more

  • Washington Capitals Use Micronutrient Testing to Improve Performance

    by Paula Gallagher | January 12, 2016

    joewithpuckEven if you aren't a hockey fan (how could you not be?), you might still know that the Washington Capitals are at the top of their division and are leading the National Hockey League in points.

    They have great players, coaching and development, but Coach Barry Trotz also sees the value of using sport-science as an advantage. When one player was feeling run down, he had a blood analysis done and made adjustments to his diet. When his performance improved based on the results from the blood work, all the Capitals players were asked to do the testing.

    Along with a micronutrient test, which reveals vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormone and adrenal testing where also done. Personalized recommendations were made for each player based on the results. The reasoning for the testing is that stabilized micronutrient and hormonal levels could help the Capitals players recover better after games during a lengthy season and potentially prevent injuries. Read more

  • Soothe Sore Throats with Pathway Zinc Lozenges

    by Paula Gallagher | December 28, 2015

    reliance-zinc-lozengesTrying to fight off a cold? Or have an irritating, persistent cough? The perfect companion to common cold symptoms, Pathway Zinc Lozenges may help relieve coughs and sore throats. Each lozenge contains 15 mg of zinc enhanced with vitamin C, bee propolis and slippery elm bark in a natural lemon flavor. Pathway Zinc Lozenges are best taken at the first sign of a cold and can help soothe a dry and irritated throat and strengthen immune function.

    Zinc: Zinc is an important mineral that is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Clinical studies support the use of zinc supplementation in reducing the duration of the common cold. Zinc lozenges are believed to work by interfering with viral replication and by preventing viruses from penetrating into cells.  Zinc is also an important cofactor for the antioxidant system superoxide dismutase (SOD).  Zinc speeds wound healing and is used for the healing of burns and surgical incisions.  Zinc is also involved in the sensory organs, the eyes, nose and tastebuds. Read more

  • New Research on Supplemental Calcium

    by Paula Gallagher | October 20, 2015

    bone-healthStudies recently published in the the British Medical Journal suggest that taking supplemental calcium does not boost bone density or prevent fractures as people get older.

    In the new studies, scientists in New Zealand looked at the effect of diet and supplements on bone health in people over age 50. The first study found that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking supplements produced small (1%-2%) increases in bone mineral density, and the second found there was no evidence from clinical trials that increasing dietary calcium intake prevented bone breaks.

    The researchers concluded that most people should get enough calcium through a normal diet with the inclusion of dairy products, vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, soy beans, nuts, and anything made with fortified flour. Currently, the US National Osteoporosis Foundation promotes at least 1,200 mg calcium, plus 800-1000 IU of vitamin D daily, as a goal for women age 50 or older. Many also believe that few people can achieve these intakes through dietary means alone, and this is where nutritional supplements may be beneficial. Read more

  • Sinus Survival Sale Thru October 31

    by Paula Gallagher | October 14, 2015

    allergies3Imagine life without headaches, sinus pressure, post-nasal drainage, frequent colds and sinus infections. What if you could  get rid of that irritable, run-down, tired, mental-fog feeling and be alert and invigorated every day?

    The Sinus Survival Program is a Village Green exclusive, created by Dr. Rob Ivker, best-selling author of Sinus Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Colds and Sinusitis.

    For the seasonal sinus and cold sufferer, Sinus Survival offers all-natural products to help with sinus pain, headaches, stuffed-up noses, allergies, colds and sinus infections. When used as a daily preventative measure, Sinus Survival can help to minimize or avoid the cold-to-sinus infection cycle, build your immune system, and support your optimal sinus and health to feel great. Read more

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