A Few of Our Favorite Things
Vitazan Berry Nutraceuticals
One of the newest products to hit our shelves this winter has become a fast favorite for many
reasons. Vitazan has created something similar to a greens powder but, in berry form. The product is a nutritional powerhouse which offers the most complete nutritional support for immune system function available to Canadian consumers. 1 portion per day will lay the foundation for great health and fill in the nutritional gaps of even the most balanced of diets.
Why we love it: You may have tried some of the greens or fruit based powders on the market (we have) and while they may provide great health benefits they are frankly disgusting! This one is full bodied, flavorful and has a hint of sweetness provided by the addition of stevia leaf. You can drink it as a warm tea (we prefer it this way) or throw it in a fruit smoothie, or simply mix it in water. It has 9 different berries and 17 nutraceutical extracts including EGCG which is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, Hibiscus which has excellent antihypertensive effects, Grape Seed Extract which contains proanthocyanidins that bond with collagen strenghtening connective tissue including the eyes! It also contains a large amount of Sea-Buckthorn which is beneficial for so many things from cholesterol reduction to treating stomach and intestinal diseases to preventing infections, improving sight, and slowing the aging process. This product really gives you a big bang for your buck and is a great pill free addition to your routine!
Natural Factors DGL
DGL stands for Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root Extract and you can now see why we prefer the abbreviation. Licorice Root has been scientifically backed as an anti-ulcer compound proven to be more effective than over the counter antacids in in both short-term treatment and maintenance therapy of gastric and duodenal ulcers. It is also the go-to remedy in the alternative health field for heartburn and indigestion.
Why we love it: DGL is an extract from a part of the licorice root that contains no glycyrrhizin which is the component in whole licorice root that can raise blood pressure and cause other side effects. Therefore this is an alternative to antacids that is safe for even those who have hypertension. Unlike antacids which actually inhibit acid production in your stomach (therefore only alleviating the symptom) DGL actually promotes the healing of the digestive tract and stomach lining. The flavonoids in DGL inhibit the growth of the bacterium H.pylori which is believed to play a role in causing some stomach ulcers and chronic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). DGL comes in a chewable tablet as saliva enhances the effects of DGL's natural compounds...chewing it can be rather gross so we've brought in the chocolate coconut variety which is more palatable.
Vitazan Travelers' Probiotic
Who doesn't love vacationing to exotic destinations as an escape from the cold winter months?
Unfortunately being exposed to unfamiliar bacteria in food and water supplies abroad can make your digestive system pretty unhappy. Vitazan has come up with a product that offers a solution to travellers' sickness which include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and bloating.
Why we love it: It contains all the probiotic strains in a therapeutic dose to populate the intestines, crowd out bad bacteria and neutralize their toxins. It is enteric coated so it will not be broken down by the stomach so that 100% of the benefits are delivered straight to where they're needed. Also the product is shelf stable for 30 days which means you need not fret about refrigeration during your getaway! We recommend all travelers take it as a safeguard because let's face it you'd rather be on the beach than on the toilet!