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New Every Day CBD Sales

CBD is something that rarely goes on sale, but we have been working out a deal with our main CBD company, Green Gorilla, to be able to offer an ongoing sale for two of their products that we can pass on to our customers.

The first is the one I’m most excited about- a 25% off discount on their 1500mg bottle of CBD. The reason I’m so glad that we were able to get that size bottle on discount is that it is a higher potency bottle, and because of that, it’s on the pricey side. Still, we have many customers with more extreme pain or anxiety who have really found benefit from taking a higher dose of CBD, but because it’s a higher dose bottle, it’s more expensive. This sale makes us really happy to be able to pass on this discount so it’s more affordable, particularly for people who need a higher amount of CBD.

With our 1500mg bottle of CBD from Green Gorilla, each pump of CBD oil contains 10mg of CBD, and a bottle contains 150 pumps. For people who need higher amounts of CBD for relief, it’s a great product since it’s so concentrated, though we do have a number of people who are using it for a more standard 20mg dose of CBD. With the 1500mg bottle only 2 pumps are needed to get 20mg, so the bottle would contain 75 20 mg servings, which for most people would last two and a half months.

The regular price for the 1500mg bottle of our Green Gorilla CBD is $149.99, but with this new discount, it takes $37.50 off the list price, bringing the 1500mg size down to $112.49- still a bit expensive, but it works out to be significantly more economical if it’s something you’re using on a regular basis when compared to lower potency bottles. For example, our 600mg bottle of CBD works out to be $2.83 for one 20mg serving (that’s the regular price, not including senior or newsletter discounts), whereas the new sale price on our 1500mg bottle works out to be just $1.50 per 20mg serving, plus the bottle lasts a lot longer.

Our Green Gorilla CBD is one of the only USDA Certified Organic CBD products available in the United States, and it’s also guaranteed to be THC free, and Green Gorilla (as well as all of the CBD products we sell) regularly undergoes third party testing on each of their products to guarantee that what it says on the label is what it really is. A recent study found that 70% of CBD sold online did not match up with what it said on the label when tested, which just shows how important it is to make sure you’re using a quality product. The market is absolutely flooded with CBD as it grows in popularity, and unfortunately many of those products (as determined by research) are not legitimate.

The other CBD product we’ve been able to get a discount that we can pass on is on our new Green Gorilla CBD Gummies. We still recommend liquids as the best way to take CBD, since CBD as an ingredient is difficult for the body to absorb, and liquids are better absorbed since they are first absorbed through the soft tissues in the mouth before being swallowed and digested. Gummies, however, and very convenient and are great for “on the go” for relief while you’re out and about. We have a number of customers who keep a bottle of our CBD gummies in their desks at work to help with stress and anxiety during the day. Our Green Gorilla CBD Gummies are now also on 25% every day sale. Stop in the store and ask to try a sample if you’d never had them! They’re made with entirely organic ingredients, and are vegan and THC-free.

Stop by the store at 7228 W. College Drive in Palos Heights for more information. We also are happy to ship bottles to anywhere in the continental US- shipping for one bottle is $3.50. Call the store to order at 708-448-9114.

New Heart Health Research

 I’ve come across a couple new heart health studies that I wanted to share. Heart health isn’t a “trending” subject when it comes to supplements, but is really important when you consider that heart disease still remains the number one cause of death in the United States. Below are two supplements that are not traditionally thought of as things for heart health, but that have been researched lately with interesting results.

Beets and beet juice have been popular lately, and a new study confirms their benefits for heart health and increasing blood flow. The study followed people with something called reduced ejection fraction, which means that the heart isn’t contracting effectively and is not providing enough oxygen rich blood to the body. It’s a condition often seen with heart failure and can impact activity since your heart literally is not working to circulate enough oxygen needed for body and brain function.

In the study, the people using the beet juice supplement had significant increases in oxygen uptake during exercise and they were able to exercise longer and remain more active. Frequently athletes will take beet juice supplements for this reason, though the benefits can be seen for most adults, particularly older adults or people with heart issues. The nice thing about supplementing with a beet juice supplement is that there are no negative side effects. Beets are also a fantastic antioxidant

Another study on calcium found that people with lower levels of calcium in the blood had increased rates of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal in 90 percent of cases and the majority of people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest had no history of heart disease or other high risk warning signs.

Calcium is a tricky thing since it’s necessary for the body, but too much can also be a problem. Calcium supplements should always be taken in divided doses of no more than 500mg at a time, since that is all the body can absorb at once. Also, not all calcium supplements are created equal, so be sure you’re taking a well absorbing form.

 

Natural Help for Perimenopause and Hormone Balance

This month I wanted to write about a supplement that Sarah at the store uses and loves- DIM + CDG by Jarrow. That’s a lot of letter abbreviations, but they stand for Diindolylmethane, an extract from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, and Calcium D-Glucarate a nutrient found in fruit. So I guess it’s definitely easier to just use the letters.

DIM + CDG is an amazing supplement to help with hormone balance, specifically that it helps your body to be able to balance its own hormones correctly. It can be helpful for women of all ages with hormone related issues, but Sarah has found that it really helps her with regulating her emotions during perimenopause- she actually calls it her “anti-crazy pill”. Jarrow was out of stock of it for a while due to manufacturing issues, and during that time that she didn’t take it, she said she could really feel a difference.

She has said that for her, during perimenopause, she has been feeling “irrationally emotional”, some days going back and forth between crying and laughing and then crying again. She says she sees a huge difference between the times she has been using the supplement and the times when she hasn’t.

DIM, or diindolylmethane, is a supplement that can help the body to balance its own hormones better. It’s not a hormone supplement, but rather, it helps the body to balance the natural estrogens that can form in women’s bodies to achieve better hormone balance and to reduce the negative effects of hormone imbalance so common in perimenopause and menopause. One of the ways those hormone imbalances manifest themselves is in mood swings, which are extremely common in women in the throes or perimenopause.

This supplement by Jarrow is so nice in part because it combines DIM’s hormone balancing action with a supplement called CDG, which actually works as a sort of hormone cleanse, detoxing the body from negative forms of estrogen and working to remove excess estrogens from the body. It’s due to these actions that CDG has been found to be able to reduce the risk of hormone related cancers. GDC and DIM also have a synergistic effect on women’s hormones, working together to be more effective than either product taken alone.

Sarah says she felt like she could feel the DIM + CDG working from within the first week, though each woman’s experience may be slightly different due to their own unique hormone makeup. Still, it’s a supplement that we definitely recommend for hormone related issues for women of all ages, since I think everyone would benefit from a little hormone balance. Plus they’re in easy to swallow capsules that are in a one-a-day formula. Also this month our Jarrow DIM + CDG will be on sale for 25% off, so it’s a great time to try it to see if it works for you!

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Common Questions About CBD

CBD has become so popular lately, and we’ve received many questions about it, so I wanted to address some of those here. CBD is a great supplement with many different benefits, the most common of which are its benefits to helping with pain reduction and anxiety, though benefits are also being researched for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, depression, insomnia, and many more.

Is CBD the same as marijuana?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant extract known as a phytocannabinoid that is found in both marijuana and hemp. Hemp derived CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that it won’t make you feel “high” or out of it, but it can be of benefit to many people since it is very effective for treating pain (from all causes) and anxiety. Hemp derived CBD is now legal in all 50 states since the 2018 US Farm Bill was put into effect.

Does CBD contain THC? My job requires drug testing.

THC is the compound in marijuana that confers the “high” that the plant is known for. Even though hemp based CBD is not made from marijuana, hemp plants naturally do have trace amounts of THC. To be sold legally in the United States, CBD from hemp cannot contain more than .3% THC. That amount isn’t enough for a person to feel a “high”, but it may be enough to show up on a drug test. If a person is consuming CBD with any amount of THC in it, there is no way to be certain that they won’t have a problem if they needed a drug test for whatever reason.

That being said, there is CBD available that is guaranteed to contain zero THC. At Pass Health Foods we have many CBD products available that contain no THC. If this is an important issue for you, be sure that the CBD you’re using does not contain any THC. Small amounts of THC in a CBD product does not mean that it’s a bad product necessarily, but it is important to know exactly what you’re taking. For example, CBD extracts known as “whole plant” extracts will almost always contain CBD because it is a natural part of the hemp plant, even though it is in small amounts.

There was a television news story just recently about a woman who lost her job because she was taking a CBD product that contained small amounts of THC, which just reiterates the importance of knowing exactly what you’re taking. Personally, I feel like using a zero-THC product is a good decision, since it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Is CBD regulated by the FDA?

Natural products and supplements, like CBD, are regulated by the FDA differently than prescription drugs. CBD is approved as an ingredient to be sold, but individual bottles and products are not specifically tested by the FDA. Because of this, it’s even more important to make sure you’re getting a reputable product sold by a reputable store. When it comes down to it, anyone could put something in a bottle and say it’s CBD. If people started to get sick from taking it, the FDA would probably step in, but otherwise, there would be no way to know that that specific product was fake (other than it not working). In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 70 percent of CBD sold online did not match the concentrations printed on the labels.

One of the ways to protect yourself against issues of quality when it comes to CBD is to look for brands that do something called “third party testing”, which means that they formulate their product but then send it away to be tested by a laboratory not connected to their brand to confirm the ingredients and that what it says on the label is really true. Every CBD product we carry at Pass Health Foods is third party tested to confirm potency and purity.

What is the best way to take CBD?

CBD is available in many different forms from liquids, gummies, and pills to even foods and drinks infused with CBD. The very best way to take CBD is in a liquid extract; the reason is that CBD is difficult for the body to absorb, and liquids are able to be absorbed so much better. When you take a liquid CBD supplement, it’s recommended that you put it under your tongue for about a minute (longer is even better, but you don’t need to be ridiculous about it). Holding the CBD in your mouth helps the CBD to begin to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the soft tissues in the mouth (similar to if you’ve ever taken a sublingual vitamin). After holding it under your tongue, swish it around your mouth (further enhancing absorption) before swallowing it.

Taking CBD in this way allows your body to absorb it the best it possibly can. Also, liquids are fast acting, with the benefits generally being felt within 20 minutes, which can be extremely helpful is you need relief right away. Gummies are convenient especially for on the go or for people who can’t take liquids for whatever reason, and can be effective, but I would definitely say that liquids are best when it comes to CBD.

Many people worry that a liquid will taste terrible, and to be honest, some do. I’ve tried many different brands of CBD and some are absolutely awful tasting, which can make it difficult to take on a regular basis. The difference in taste from brand to brand comes from a variety of factors, including what carrier oil it’s mixed with and if it’s a whole plant extract, which can be more bitter tasting.

We have several extremely high quality CBD liquids at the store that are great tasting without any bitterness or awfulness. The CBD we most recommend is by a company called Green Gorilla, which I believe has the cleanest, best quality CBD around. They’re USDA Certified Organic (which is incredibly rare when it comes to CBD) and do third party testing on each batch of CBD they make. They also make really nice tasting CBD liquids, making them easy to take.

How much CBD should I take?

First, I’d like to explain about how CBD is sold in regards to potency, since it’s unlike any other supplement. For example, if you wanted to buy Vitamin C, it would say 500mg on the bottle whether it had 30 pills or 500. CBD is not that way, it is measured by how much is in the entire bottle, which can often be confusing. What really matters is the strength of CBD per serving, which varies. We carry CBD in a variety of strengths, the most common being 10 or 20 milligrams of CBD per serving. A 10 milligram dose is on the low side, but can often be enough for someone just experiencing mild pain or anxiety. For people experiencing more severe issues, often a low dose isn’t enough.

The amount of CBD needed for each person if different, depending on the problems they’re experiencing in addition to their individual physiological makeup. In our experience, most people have good results with a 20mg. dose of CBD, though we do have a number of people who use higher amounts to help with more extreme pain. CBD is very safe to take, even in extremely high doses, though there’s no sense in taking a higher dose if a low dose does the trick. That is another nice thing about liquids, with a liquid it is very easy to lower or raise the amount of CBD you take at one time, and also that the benefit is felt quickly, so it is easy to determine if you may need more to help with your individual needs.

I’ve written about some of the more common questions above, but please stop in the store if you have any other questions that we could help you with. Also, all of our health articles are archived on our website at passhealthfoods.com, including many different ones on CBD, its benefits, and how it works. We also have copies available at the store of a wide variety of articles on CBD, so feel free to stop in for more information at 7228 W. College Drive in Palos Heights.

Other articles on our website:

The Science of CBD: How it Works, and Why

CBD: An Overview

The Science of CBD: How it Works, and Why

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is an interesting supplement, which has such a wide range of benefits. Many people ask, since it is strange how a supplement can help such very different, unrelated conditions, how that can be so, and how exactly does CBD work in the body- so that’s the subject of this article.

CBD is a compound known as a cannabinoid that is present in both medical marijuana and the hemp plant. Medical marijuana contains two main compounds or cannabinoids- THC, the part of the marijuana plant that has a psychoactive or “mind-altering” response, responsible for the “high” felt from marijuana; and CBD, the part of the plant that confers the majority of the researched benefits of medical marijuana for pain relief, anxiety, and more.

Interestingly, it’s actually the THC that is generally thought to be the cause of the negative effects associated with marijuana use- impaired memory, paranoia, and possible addictive qualities, whereas CBD is the part of the plant most associated with the benefits of pain relief and soothing anxiety, among others.

Medical marijuana currently requires a prescription in Illinois, but CBD sourced from hemp plants are now legal in all 50 states. Research comparing CBD sourced from both hemp and marijuana have found similar effectiveness regardless of the source of the CBD, which is good news for the majority of us who do not have a prescription for medical marijuana, but still want to experience the many benefits that come with CBD.

The reason CBD is helpful for so many separate and unassociated conditions is actually because it has been discovered that our body has an entire system of receptors called the endocannabinoid system. This system in the body was discovered only recently, in 1992, when researchers were trying to determine how and why marijuana, or cannabis, was able to affect the body so much.

The scientists found that our body has receptors for these compounds known as cannabinoids throughout our body but particularly concentrated in the brain and nervous system, and that our body actually produces its own versions of these compounds very similar to those found in both marijuana and hemp. The researches named this body system the endocannabinoid system- “endo” meaning inside the body, and “cannabinoid” named after cannabis (the scientific name for the plant family that encompasses both marijuana and hemp).

It’s extremely interesting to study, since we have a whole system in our bodies that many people have never heard of, which is active in every human (and actually all mammals) on the planet from before birth until the end of our lives.

Our body naturally products these compounds in response to stress and inflammation, but just like many other substances that the body produces, Vitamin D for example, can have great benefit when used as a supplement.

So to summarize, the reason that CBD works so well in the body and for so many different conditions or reasons, is that our bodies naturally have receptors throughout the body that CBD can bind to, like a key  to a lock, that are able to confer benefits to many different parts of the body. This is the reason that people feel benefits for pain and inflammation reduction after using CBD, as well as reduction in stress and anxiety is because that is what those receptors were made to do. The main purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to bring the body back into balance, reducing those overactive responses (to pain, or anxiety, or what have you) and bringing the back (or at least closer) to how it is meant to be running.

We have many articles on our website on the many benefits of CBD. See an overview of the CBD information we have on our website below:

CBD: An Overview

See a collection of the CBD Products we have available at the store at the link below. We offer both local delivery as well as shipping anywhere in the continental US. Call the store at 708-448-9114 if you would like to place an order and have it shipped. The product listing below is not a complete listing of the CBD products we carry, but is a collection of our top selling and most recommended CBD products.

CBD PRODUCT CATALOG

CBD: An Overview

At Pass Health Foods, we are extremely knowledgeable about CBD and its many benefits. We’ve written many articles on CBD about different aspects of its benefits as well as just additional information about CBD itself and how it works.

We wanted to have a place to put links to all our CBD articles for easy reference. Please see the links below for specific articles, and as always, please feel free to stop by the store for further, individualized attention.

What is CBD

The Many Benefits of Hemp Derived CBD Oil

Why Certified Organic CBD is So Important

Our CBD Product Recommendations

Natural Help for Anxiety: CBD and Theanine

CBD for Pets: Natural Pet Care

See a collection of the CBD Products we have available at the store at the link below. We offer both local delivery as well as shipping anywhere in the continental US. Call the store at 708-448-9114 if you would like to place an order and have it shipped. The product listing below is not a complete listing of the CBD products we carry, but is a collection of our top selling and most recommended CBD products.

CBD Product Catalog

Our CBD Product Recommendations

I know I’ve written about CBD numerous times now, so I hope I don’t sound like a broken record. This article on our website has a good overview of information about CBD: CBD Spotlight.

New research is coming out all the time on the many benefits of hemp derived CBD. CBD or cannabidiol, is a beneficial compound naturally found in both hemp and medical marijuana. The CBD found in hemp is a legal alternative to medical marijuana that has impressive benefits for pain (from all causes), anxiety, and a long list of other issues from epilepsy to neurodegenerative diseases, and more, without the “high” that comes from marijuana.

We have so many people who have come back to the store saying what a difference they’ve seen after taking CBD. I would say that it’s one supplement more than any other where people have gone out of their way to come back to tell us how great it is and how much it has helped them, both for pain and anxiety, and even sleep.

The interesting thing is that we even have people who’s doctors have prescribed them medical marijuana who prefer to take our CBD, since they don’t want to feel “out of it” or “high”, but need pain relief so they can function in their everyday lives. It’s important to make sure you’re getting a quality product, however, since now it seems like everyone and their brother is selling CBD, and they’re not always reputable companies. There’s even a tobacco store by my house that it always advertising how they have CBD, and I just laugh to myself, thinking how that would probably be the last place I’d recommend if a person was looking for CBD.

My favorite brand of CBD is from the brand Green Gorilla, which specializes in fast absorbing liquid CBD (you can read more about Green Gorilla on our website). As much as I love that type of CBD, I wanted to highlight a few other types and brands of CBD that we would also recommend, for people who prefer not take liquid CBD.

The first I’m excited about are brand new CBD gummies by Green Gorilla. They have been working on making an entirely organic gummy with zero THC for a while, and as I type this they’ve promised that the gummies should be ready any day now. CBD in gummies (they look like little gummy bears) are a great alternative way to take CBD that’s especially handy for effective pain or anxiety relief on the go, whenever it’s needed.

Even though I’d generally recommend liquid CBD first, it’s not really practical when you’re out and about. CBD gummies are also helpful for use in the office or even at school for stressful situations or anxiety since they just look like candy (and you won’t have to explain to other people what you’re taking). We have a number of customers who have used our CBD gummies for their high school students suffering from anxiety at school who have seen a real difference for their kids in coping and just having an easier time of it.

Social anxiety has become extremely common among school age children and teenagers, affecting both mental health and wellbeing. CBD is safe for both children and adults and can help to make life easier by helping a person to feel more calm without the feeling of being drugged or “out of it” that is common with many pharmaceuticals for anxiety.

CBD gummies are also very effective for pain, and we have quite a few customers who like how convenient they are, and pleasant tasting. One type we’ve carried for a while now, CBD gummies by CBD Living, is a favorite of one of the parents of a college student who works at the store. She is a cancer survivor with rheumatoid arthritis and loves the gummies by CBD Living in particular, saying how much they help with the pain she experiences. She says that CBD works better than her prescription RA medicine and works very well to reduce swelling.

Something else new we have at the store this month, and something a little different when it comes to CBD, are new CBD infused flavored olive oils. These oils are made by a local company (we always like to support local businesses) called True Horizons that have made a CBD oil that can be used on foods or even cooked with, without losing any of the benefits of the CBD oil. Even better, these CBD infused oils are made with organic ingredients and premium olive oil and have been independently tested to ensure they contain zero THC. I’ve been using their lemon flavored CBD olive oil, and it’s really nice on salad or to sautee veggies. We also have several other flavors at the store including basil, rosemary, and garlic.

Last, I wanted to mention our CBD blends by Irwin Naturals. We brought them in a couple months ago and are now hearing back fantastic reviews from our customers who have been using them. The unique thing about these Irwin CBD blends is that they’ve taken herbal blends that they’ve formulated that we’ve had at the store for a while now, blends that have been shown to work really well on their own, and then have added CBD to them, which only increases their benefits and effectiveness.

My favorite is their CBD + Power to Sleep. Their original Power to Sleep is a supplement I personally have used and loved for a long time, so I was excited when they came out with this new blend adding CBD to an already effective formula. I’ve tried it and I feel like they’ve made a great product even better. I’m not the only one who likes it- we’ve heard amazing testimonials back from customers who have tried it for helping to combat insomnia, who’ve found that it really does work.

One customer in particular, a wonderful lady who is always trying to do everything she can to help her family, has a husband who has been dealing with awful sleep problems- to the point that he was actually taking a prescription of Xanax plus a dose of Nyquill every night to help him sleep!  She started giving him our new CBD + Power to Sleep after we recommended it for how well it worked for sleep. She said that from the first night she gave it to him, he has slept better than he had in ages. The first time he tried it he woke up the next morning after sleeping a full eight hours saying, “What did you give me?!”   It really does work. If you have trouble sleeping, I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.

Irwin has several other effective CBD blends, but I’ll just mention one more- their CBD + Sunny Mood. Sunny Mood is a great herbal formula for boosting mood and helping with mild depression. It’s a supplement that my family has personal experience with on how well it works- my husband used it a little over a year ago after he had a death of a close family member at a time when he was already having stressful issues at work. He felt like taking the Sunny Mood made a huge difference and definitely helped him to cope with things a little better. The addition of CBD to a formula like this that already works amazingly makes a great blend even better, since CBD works so well for stress and anxiety.

We have a lot of choices when it comes to CBD at the store, and are very careful about what products we decide to carry, making sure to carry only those CBD products we feel are truly the “best of the best”. New research has found that only about 30 percent of commercial CBD products are accurately labeled. That just shows why it’s so important to buy CBD from a reputable store with trusted brands.

We’ve been working with several of our CBD companies to be able to have many of our CBD on sale during the month of April. All of our Green Gorilla Organic CBD products, our True Horizons CBD Infused Olive Oils, and our Irwin Naturals CBD Blends will be on sale this April for 20% off. CBD is something that rarely goes on sale (unfortunately) so be sure to take advantage of this great deal! 

New Favorites! New Probiotics & Collagen Peptide Powder

We have two new products this month that I wanted to highlight since they’re both fantastic and a great value (and are both on sale this month).

The first are a new line of shelf stable probiotics by Nature’s Plus. They have both men’s and women’s formulas at a potency of 60 billion per capsule- the highest shelf stable potency we’ve found. They’re amazing probiotics, and they’re also a really good value- much less expensive than others we’d found previously. Also, we have them on sale for 20% off for the month of March, so it’s an even better deal!  They also have a great kid’s shelf stable probiotic that we would recommend that has a 7 billion per capsule potency- again, the highest potency we’ve seen for a kid’s shelf stable probiotic, and for a great price. We’d definitely recommend trying them!

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The next product I wanted to mention is a new Collagen Peptide Powder by Nature’s Plus. I’ve written about collagen previously (here’s the link) and how its beneficial for so many things including joints, bones, digestion, and skin. Out body’s collagen production starts to slow after age 18, and lack of collagen is easily seen in our skin as we age, but the effects are just as pronounced inside out bodies.

The trouble with collagen is that there are several different types, with different benefits for each. Most collagen supplements focus on just one type, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but just would only have that one benefit rather than the full spectrum of benefits.

The nice (and unique) thing about this new collagen peptide supplement is that it contains all the major forms of collagen, so  you’re getting all the benefits collagen has, not just one. Previously you had to take bone broth to get the full spectrum and full benefits of all the types of collagen, and while I do like bone broth, sometimes you don’t want to drink a cup of chicken or beef broth every day. This new collagen peptide powder by Nature’s Plus is especially nice since it’s completely tasteless in a glass of water. It can also be easily added to foods or smoothies. This collagen from Nature’s Plus uses collagen from the best possible sources- grass fed beef, sustainably caught fish, and cage free chicken. The collagen is also in a hydrolyzed form, which means that the particles are broken down into small “peptides” that are easy to digest and absorb, since as with all supplements, the thing that matters is what your body is actually absorbing that makes the difference.

Both the new collagen peptide powder and the new shelf stable probiotics by Nature’s Plus are on sale for 20% off, so it’s a great time to try them, and I just want to reiterate that both of these products are such a good value, even if they weren’t on sale. Be sure to check them out!

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The Many Scientifically Researched Benefits of Black Seed Oil

I wanted to write about Black Seed Oil, also known as Black Cumin Seed Oil, since it has been gaining in popularity, though it seems to have a vagueness that surrounds it as to what it actually does.

Most articles on black seed oil seem to say that it’s “cures everything”, a claim that always makes me extremely skeptical since it brings to mind the unscrupulous snake oil salesmen of the last century.

The more I looked into black seed oil, however, I found that there has been study after study done on its benefits, with great results. Research has found it to have beneficial effects on so many different aspects of health, including metabolic syndrome (a condition characterized by excess weight and high blood sugar), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, respiratory health, skin conditions, and more. It’s impressive due to the sheer volume of studies that have been done that have shown benefit for so many vastly different things.

Here’s a link to a review on Black Seed Oil studies.

This is another review on the researched benefits of black cumin seeds.

One of my favorite benefits for black seed oil is its effect on the immune system. One of black seed oil’s natural compounds is thymoquinone, a potent immune booster that strengthens and activates the immune system’s T-cells (the white blood cells that help to identify harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses). Research has shown black seed to have antibacterial and antiviral effects against a number of infectious diseases including strep and h. pylori bacteria and viruses like hepatitis and even HIV. That isn’t to say that black seed oil is necessarily a cure-all for those conditions, but that it has been found to have beneficial antibacterial and antiviral effects against those diseases.

In addition to immune boosting effects, black seed oil has further benefits to the respiratory system itself, including being extremely helpful for asthma patients. In one study, people with asthma used black seed oil daily for three months and experienced impressive benefits in respiratory functioning and a reduction in asthma symptoms.

The interesting thing about black seed oil is that it does not just seem to have immune boosting effects, but rather has shown to have an immune modulating activity- boosting the immune system when needed, but also helping to calm down the excessive immune response seen in autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. One placebo controlled study on rheumatoid arthritis found that women who took black seed twice daily for a month found a reduction in their symptoms of RA.

Black seed oil also appears to have protective effects for a number of the body’s different systems and organs, reducing destructive, toxic effects on the brain, liver, lungs cardiovascular system, and the digestive tract. This article has more in-depth information on the significant protection black seed has from toxic damage from a variety of sources (scroll down to about halfway through to read more about black seed oil’s beneficial protective effects).

Black seed oil can also have beneficial effects on eczema and psoriasis and for those conditions can be taken both internally and used topically for relief.

I feel like I’ve gone on and on already about the benefits of black seed oil, but in truth, there are so many more and I’ve only mentioned a few. Black seed oil has a long history of use for a variety of ailments. It is native to the Middle East and Africa, and has been mentioned in both the Old Testament and the Quran. The prophet Muhammad is even quoted as saying, “Use the Black Seed for indeed, it is a cure for all diseases except death.” Suffice it to say that it has a long history of impressive benefits and use- even back to the time of the Egyptians!

The black seed oil we recommend is by a company called Talya. As many of you know, we’re particular about the brands and products we carry. We chose this brand of black seed oil specifically since it has the highest amount of the beneficial active ingredients in black seed oil and is unrefined and cold pressed. Also, Talya does third party testing on each batch of black seed oil for potency and to make sure that it is free from pesticides, herbicides, as well as other chemicals and contaminants. Talya’s black seed oil meets France’s standards for “Eco Certification” and is in the process of undergoing organic certification processes by the USDA.

The recommended dosages for black seed oil is one teaspoon twice daily for preventative health or two teaspoons twice daily, up to as much as six teaspoons a day (in divided doses) for acute needs or for recovering from an illness.

Black seed oil should be taken with food to help absorption and it’s also important to shake the bottle vigorously before using it, since its beneficial compounds can separate when the bottle sits.

We will have a representative in the store on Saturday, March 9th from 10-2 to offer samples of our Talya black seed oil and to offer further information. Be sure to stop by!

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A New Fish Oil + Lutein for Kids to Protect the Eyes from Electronic Devices

We’ve written about fish oil many times before, especially on how great it is for kids.

I’ve read a few new studies lately that have made me want to highlight it again, plus we’ve just found a new fish oil for kids by Barleans that has added lutein, which is the first kid’s product I’ve ever seen combining the two nutrients.

The benefits of omega 3 fish oil for kids are many, with a whole list of researched and documented benefits including better performance at school- especially reading scores, better impulse control and behavior, and even a new study that reported that kids who took omega 3 fish oil slept better at night than those who didn’t.

In addition, supplementation of omega 3 fish oil for kids is especially important since omega 3s must be obtained either through diet or supplements since the body cannot make the nutrient itself. Many adults eat fatty fish multiple times a week, but it’s extremely rare for that to be the case with kids (and if you’re the rare person whose child is eating salmon four times a week, I definitely commend you!), so in most cases, supplementation of omega 3 fish oil is necessary.

Fish oil as a kid’s supplement is something that has been around for many years, but the fantastic addition of lutein can really make a difference in kid’s health.

Many adults take lutein to protect and preserve their vision, but new research is highlighting the importance of lutein  (a nutrient related to vitamin A) to protect children’s eyesight against strain and damage from exposure to blue light from electronic devices like phones and tablets.

Research suggests that continued exposure to blue light from electronic devices can lead to damage in the cells in the retina, damage that is most often manifests over the years as macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is something usually seen in older adults, and is the leading cause of vision loss as we age. Scientists are now speculating that the ubiquitous use of electronic devices among children (now starting at younger and younger ages) may, as time passes, cause vision problems earlier than ever seen before.

This unique new kid’s fish oil and lutein combination we’re recommending by Barleans is called Omega Pals Hooty Fruity Tangerine Fish Oil + Eye Nutrition, which is kind of a mouthful. It combines not only omega 3 fish oil with lutein, but also has added zeaxanthin and astaxanthin, two other eye nutrients that work with lutein to further protect the eyes- particularly the retina and the macula, the two parts of the eye crucial to sharp, clear vision where damage is most often seen over time.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that these kid’s fish oils by Barleans are absolutely delicious. Most parents laugh at the idea of trying to get their kids to take liquid fish oil, but Barleans has found a way to make a flavored fish oil that is not at all fishy tasting, but also one that is made in a way that keeps it from being oily- it’s more of a creamy or custardy consistency, with a nice orange flavor. I have given my daughter the kid’s liquid fish oils from Barleans since she was about two years old, and she absolutely loves the taste. I even have a picture from years ago, when she was in her highchair and had somehow gotten a hold of the Barleans liquid fish oil I had on the table (it was a lemon cream flavor that they had at the time), and she  had grabbed the bottle and was literally pouring it into her mouth since she liked the taste so much!

The nice thing is that there is no downside to supplementation with lutein and eye supplements for kids, only benefits. There is no conclusive proof that has shown that years of exposure to electronic devices, beginning in childhood, will absolutely cause eye damage and degeneration. That’s because this has never happened before. Children growing up now are the first generation to be exposed to electronic devices practically since birth. The light now coming from computers, phones, and tablets is something different than any of us grew up with.

If thirty or forty years from now all those kids who were using electronic devices so much as kids grow up to have perfect eyes, well that would be wonderful, but the possible (and exceedingly likely) alternative- an entire generation of adults who will grow up to have vision problems like macular degeneration, appearing earlier and younger than ever before, is something to be prevented if at all possible.

Macular degeneration, as many adults know, is something that cannot be treated. There is no way to reverse it, but it can be prevented or slowed by proper nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin which help to protect the eyes against damage.

This new product by Barleans containing both fish oil and eye supplements for kids is something that can make a real difference for kids, both for their health now as well as eye health long term.

Stop by the store for more information and so we can help you further!

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Barlean’s Omega Pals Hooty Fruity Tangerine Fish Oil + Eye Nutrition:

  • For children ages 1 year+

  • Made with Barlean’s ultra-purified, Fresh Catch® fish oil

  • Contains Lutemax 2020® Lutein & Zeaxanthin plus Astaxanthin to protect eyes from digital device use*

  • 500mg Omega-3 EPA & DHA per serving

  • Sweet taste and creamy texture

  • Emulsified for 3X better absorption

  • Non-GMO, gluten Free, sugar free, dairy free

  • No artificial flavors or colors

  • No fish burps!