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Protecting Vision As We Age

Protecting Vision As We Age

Each of our five senses – touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight – is a precious gift that helps us experience the joys of life. When asked which sense we would be most afraid to lose, however, the majority of people immediately say “sight.” Sight allows us to take in the beauty and colour of our surrounding world.

For many Canadians, the risk of losing their sight is all too high. One threat is age-related macular degeneration or AMD. In more recent years though, with our increase in screen-time, our ocular health has been put further into jeopardy. Protective measures need to be taken.

AMD is a condition of the eye that can affect us as we age. Age-related degeneration or damage to the retina can result in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula). Macular degeneration can make reading, watching television or recognizing faces difficult, often leaving only enough peripheral vision to conduct basic activities of daily life. AMD is the number one cause of vision loss in Canada, affecting over one million Canadians and over one-third of the population between 55 and 74.1

Our vision is affected now more than ever in our highly digital age. People of all ages are looking to prevent potential oxidative damage to our eyes, due to the influx in screen-time and blue light exposure we are all experiencing.

Compared to decades ago, the amount of time spent in front of screens has grown exponentially! Beyond accelerated deterioration of ocular health, increased screen time can also can to poor sleep, insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, poor stress regulation, depression and suicide. We have developed a relationship with technology that resembles substance dependant behaviours!2

Vision impairment may be only the tip of the iceberg, but is an element we have control over that will have a trickle down effect. Nowadays our lives revolve around screens, so aside from reducing time spent on devices, what else can we do to mitigate the effects of our digital lives?

Reducing Our Risk of Vision Loss
Avoid smoking, reduce exposure to pollution, lower stress levels, and wear UV protective sunglasses and blue light blocking glasses. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help too.

Lifestyle
According to the Computer Vision Syndrome Questionnaire evaluated in January 2021, e-learning has contributed to an increase in ocular problems in children. Digital Eye Strain (DES) can appear in children and adults alike in the form of dry eyes, itching, watering, blurring of vision and headaches, due to the increase in digital device use.3

A few ways to protect eyesight include blue light blocking glasses, taking regular screen breaks, reducing overall time, using the one-two-ten distance rule and implementing the 20/20/20 rule. The one-two-ten rule dictates that handheld devices should be no closer or further away than 1 foot, desktops and laptops 2 feet away and televisions at a distance of 10 feet. The minimum distance should always be an arms length away. This is to reduce the disparity between viewing distance and convergence.

Similarly, the 20/20/20 rule states that every 20 minutes, take a break to look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This exercises the eyes to shift and focus, reducing the occurrence of screen related eye strain.4 Preventative lifestyle changes can play a large part in maintaining ocular health as we age.

Supplementation
Studies on antioxidants have shown that a specific combination can reduce incidence of AMD in high risk patients by an incredible 25%. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), the largest eye nutrition study ever conducted, supports the use of vitamin and antioxidant supplements for prevention.

An Age-Related Disease Study (AREDS) Formula
AREDS closely followed 4,500 participants with varying stages of AMD. The results showed that the AREDS formulation, while not a cure for AMD, played a key role in helping people at high risk of developing advanced AMD maintain what remained of their vision. The daily dose of vitamins and minerals evaluated was beta carotene (25,000 IU), vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 IU), zinc (80 mg) and copper (2 mg).

In the years following the breakthrough AREDS study, follow-up studies aimed to replicate the impressive results of the AREDS guidelines with an even safer formula.

The follow-up study, known as AREDS2, completed in 2013, found that the benefits of the original AREDS formula could be achieved without beta carotene and with a lower level of zinc. The new formula added a combination of two powerful, natural marigold-source antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin (10 mg and 2 mg per day, respectively).

Health First Vision Supreme is based on the AREDS2 research, as well as the Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial (LAST). LAST proved that lutein supplementation, alone or paired with other nutrients, improves visual function. Vision Supreme exceeds the requirement for lutein and zeaxanthin, without the use of beta carotene and with a reduced level of zinc.

Benefits of the Vision Supreme formula:

  • Helping to maintain eyesight and support eye health in conditions associated with sunlight damage, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Helping to slow the progression of disorders of the eye, such as diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
  • May help to support ocular health specifically in those that are exposed to blue light from electronics.

Vision Supreme contains preventative doses of vitamin C, vitamin E and copper, as well as a powerful dose of natural antioxidants, bilberry and goji berry, which have been shown to prevent dry eyes and eye fatigue, and improve visual function.

If you are serious about preserving your vision, take preventative action right away by reducing screen time whenever possible, practicing the 20/20/20 rule and supplementing with Health First’s Vision Supreme. Vision Supreme is the clear choice as Canada’s best clinically-proven eye supplement!

Available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules.

Dealing With Dry Eyes

Dealing With Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome is a multifactorial disease in which there is an imbalance in the tear system accompanied by ocular symptoms. NutraSea Dry Eye helps improve symptoms of dry eye syndrome including support for proper tear function.

We use our eyes all day, every day. From the moment we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed. So, when dry eyes arise, they can wreak havoc fast by making simple activities quite challenging such as using a computer or driving a car.

What causes dry eye?

Dry eye syndrome prevalence is estimated to be 25% in Canada – that’s over 9.2 million people! Dry eyes can occur when an imbalance in the tear system accompanied by ocular symptoms. From aging and allergies to certain medications and medical conditions, a variety of factors can contribute to dry eyes. And while the odd instance of dry eye may not be too bothersome, chronic dry eye or dry eye syndrome can be quite difficult to manage.

Risk factors for dry eye include:

  • Age, gender and race
  • Gland dysfunction
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Androgen deficiency
  • Computer use
  • Contact lens wear
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Certain environmental conditions (such as pollution, low humidity, and sick building syndrome)
  • Certain medications

Some common dry eye symptoms include:

  • Dry or painful sensations in your eyes
  • Redness or irritation
  • Additional sensitivity to light
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Blurred vision

What about omega-3s for dry eyes?

The National Dry Eye Disease Guidelines for Canadian Optometrists lists omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA and omega-6 GLA as a long-term management strategy for chronic dry eye syndrome.

Why NutraSea Dry Eye?

Available in both liquid and soft gel form, NutraSea Dry Eye Targeted Omega-3 is formulated to help relieve and improve dry eye symptoms, including support for proper tear function. Speak to your optometrist about your eye health. NutraSea Dry Eye provides 1500 mg of EPA+DHA and 150 mg of GLA in just one teaspoon a day in a delicious citrus flavour, or four soft gels a day in a delicious fresh mint flavour.

NutraSea Dry Eye is recommended for:

  • Source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of good health.
  • Helps relieve and improve symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome.
  • Helps provide relief/improve symptoms of dry eye syndrome including support for proper tear function (decreased rate of tear evaporation and increase in tear secretion).
  • Helps support proper tear function in persons with Dry Eye Syndrome.
  • Helps decrease the rate of tear evaporation in persons with Dry Eye Syndrome.
  • Helps increase tear secretion in persons with Dry Eye Syndrome.

It is important to speak to your optometrist about your eyes and determine the best management strategy for your individual needs.

NutraSea Dry Eye is PureCheck third party tested assuring it has been independently tested for quality, purity, and label claims. In addition, NutraSea Dry Eye is Friend of the Sea certified and a 1% For the Planet member. NutraSea Dry Eye 200ml liquid is Non-GMO Project verified as well.

 

Not All Bacteria is Bad

Not All Bacteria is Bad

Today, bacteria have become synonymous with illness and something we need to kill off. While that may be true for some pathogenic bacteria, germs, or viruses, it’s not the case with probiotics. According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.

Our microbiomes are full of bacteria that are rich in diversity, and through research, we know that they play key roles in functions such as improving motility, synthesizing key compounds like B-vitamins and short chain fatty acids, supporting a good balance of gut flora, and supporting our immunity.[1] In fact, digestion, your gut bacteria and the integrity of your gut lining strongly affect your overall health. Good digestive health is essential for many things, including nutrient absorption[2], immune function[3], detoxification[4] and chemical and hormone production.[5]

Market research shows a growing demand for shelf stable probiotics[6], clinical proof, doctor recommendations[7] and reassurances that products being purchased are worth the expense.[8] Renew Life® is meeting these demands with a brand-new line up of shelf stable probiotics. They use world class strains backed by clinical research that are quality, purity and potency guaranteed through expiration and have a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Here are some of the benefits of the Renew Life® line up pf probiotics.

Multiple Potencies

An assortment of probiotic potencies from 2 billion to 100 billion CFU per serving helps to meet a wide range of individual needs. All Renew Life® formulas are potency guaranteed through expiration.

The Right Strains

Renew Life® uses world class strains that are formulated by microbiologists and researchers and backed by science. To support their claims, Renew Life® uses clinically studied strains at clinical levels.

Made for You!

Renew Life® probiotic formulas make it easy to choose the right one for your individual needs.

Daily Digestive Wellness

Ultimate Flora® 30 Billion Daily Care™ Probiotic and Ultimate Flora® 50 Billion Extra Care™ Probiotic are shelf-stable 12-strain probiotic formulas that help reduce functional gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, flatulence and abdominal pain. They reduce the risk of developing upper-respiratory tract illness in physically active adults and support digestive health.

Women’s Digestive Wellness

Ultimate Flora® 25 Billion Women’s Daily Care™ Probiotic and Ultimate Flora® 50 Billion Women’s Extra Care™ Probiotic are shelf-stable 12-strain probiotic formulas that contain probiotic strains that are scientifically proven and backed by 25 years of clinical research in feminine health. They help maintain, promote and support healthy vaginal pH/yeast/urinary tract/vaginal flora and feminine health and help promote regularity by reducing constipation.

Targeted Digestive Health

Ultimate Flora® 80 Billion Colon Care™ Probiotic is a shelf-stable 12-strain probiotic formula that helps reduce functional gastrointestinal symptoms such as regurgitation, abdominal pain, nausea, gurgling, constipation and flatulence and helps to accelerate intestinal transit time. 

Ultimate Flora® 100 Billion Ultimate Care™ Probiotic is a shelf-stable 12-strain probiotic formula that helps to manage and/or reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and may increase immune response time following oral vaccination in adults.

Ultimate Flora® 10 Billion Everyday Immune Probiotic is a shelf-stable 12-strain probiotic formula that helps support immune, digestive and respiratory health. It also contains Vitamin C and Zinc.

Kids Digestive Wellness

Kids Ultimate Flora Probiotic is a refrigerated berry flavoured chewable probiotic formulated with 10 billion active cultures from 9 probiotic strains to help support kids’ intestinal and gastrointestinal health.

FloraBABY™ Probiotic is a shelf-stable clinically studied probiotic formula that contains 2 billion active cultures per scoop from 5 different strains that helps support intestinal & gastrointestinal health in infants & children. It is a flavourless powder that can be mixed into warm or cool drinks such as infant formula, water, juice, or milk and can be taken as early as one day old. It is being used in over 63 hospitals across Canada on their NICU wards.

Kids Daily Boost Probiotic is a shelf-stable fruit punch flavoured fast-melting powdered probiotic that contains 10 billion active cultures from 2 clinically studied probiotic strains to help support intestinal, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract health of kids.

Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Formulas*

Money Back Guarantee
Renew Life® stands behind the quality and efficacy of their premium probiotics with a 60-day money back guarantee.** Why not give them a try?

* Except FloraBABY and Kids Ultimate Flora Probiotic

A Multitude of Reasons for a Multivitamin!

A Multitude of Reasons for a Multivitamin!

Multivitamins are an insurance policy for your health! And having one that works for the whole family is key in these busy times.

As parents, we want to make sure that our whole family is getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for healthy functioning. While we’d like this to first come from the food we eat, sometimes we have picky eaters or nutrition just falls short! And it’s important to have a back-up plan in place!

The best nutrition comes from a diet that is full of plant foods. When we are able to eat a nutrient-rich and colourful diet, we’re in pretty good shape! We’re getting antioxidants from red and purple plants, prebiotics and probiotics from fibrous and fermented foods, and our vitamins A, B, C, and D from dark leafy greens, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, and whole grains. There are so many ways to combine whole foods to make delicious and nutritious meals!

But things don’t always go according to plan, do they?

There are a number of reasons why nutrition might fall short. Whether it’s because we are going through times of stress or a busy schedule is leaving us with less time to prepare healthy home cooked meals, getting all the necessary nutrients for healthy functioning can be challenging! Depleted soil conditions in our environment are also having an impact on the nutrients we get from produce.

The Effects of Stress

Stress puts greater demands on the body. When we’re stressed, our body uses up a lot of B vitamins! B vitamins are often called “anti-stress” vitamins. They help us to maintain a healthy stress response and support a balanced mood. They contribute to the necessary biochemical reactions of our immune system and help us to avoid illness, especially during our most challenging times!

Vitamin B: On a day-to-day basis, our B vitamins are also vital energy convertors! They support the body’s ability to convert foods, like carbohydrates, into fuel. Without adequate B vitamin intake, in the form of foods like spinach, avocado, brown rice, tofu, and eggs, we lack energy and suffer more in the face of stress.

Vitamin Depletion

Due to heavy crop rotation and pesticide use, our fresh produce can lack a lot of the nutritional content it once had! Having depleted soil conditions yields vegetables unlike the ones your grandmother ate.

Convenience Foods

Fast food can be a quick solution and sometimes REALLY hits the spot. (Did someone say soccer practice, board meeting and preparing for tomorrow’s bake sale?) But when we are repeatedly opting for fast food, our bodies quickly become depleted of necessary resources.

Veggies & Protein: Fast-food options often contain a lot of carbohydrates and fat, and fewer vegetables and protein. This isn’t the recipe for sustaining busy bees! What we need when we’re on the go is protein-rich and satiating snacks. Slower burning energy sources (healthy fats and proteins) keep us full and energized longer, and help us to avoid mid-afternoon temptations of quick-fixes, caffeine and sugar.

Multivitamins to the Rescue!

While convenience is important, our health is even more so! But setting up a multivitamin insurance policy doesn’t have to be hard. Health First’s Family First Chewable Multi has been created with your busy family in mind! It’s suitable for the kids, adults AND seniors in your life, making it one policy that covers the whole fam!

The Family First Multi is a highly absorbable formula that contains B vitamins in their most active forms, plant-sourced minerals including Aquamin™ calcium and magnesium, and a buffered form of vitamin C that is gentler on teeth and tummies! It comes in a natural orange flavour with clean sweeteners, xylitol and monk fruit, and is supported with real fruit and vegetable extracts like mango, kiwi, broccoli, and spinach.

Getting all essential nutrients keeps everyone healthy and happy. Putting them in one delicious multi for the whole family helps to make parents’ jobs just a little bit easier!

Fueling Better for All Athletes

Fueling Better for All Athletes

You may not consider yourself an athlete, or even athletic, but if you move your body regularly, you can benefit from properly timed sports nutrition. When you work out, you are breaking down cellular and muscle tissue, so you can rebuild it back stronger. Give your body the highest quality building materials you can, at the right time, and your body will use them to rebuild the strongest version of you possible.

Evaluate Your Goals to Fuel Your Better

You may be motivated to move for a multitude of reasons. Maybe it’s to clear your head after a stressful day at work (or at home). Maybe it’s to stay healthy. Maybe it’s to manage your weight. Maybe it’s to find the energy to chase after your two year-old (or puppy). Everyone starts somewhere and it’s important to identify your goals and face your weaknesses head on. Feeling better before, during and after your workout is the result of fueling better.

If you’re having a tough time finding motivation right now…

It’s time to look at your pre-workout routine. Everyone has those days when it’s hard to get out the door and to the gym. Your first step is to look at how you can change up your routine to make it interesting again. It can be as simple as changing the distance, intensity, or time of day that you work out. Or you can try a different type of movement. If switching up your routine isn’t working, a little caffeine could be just the push you need to get out the door. Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer and Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer both have caffeine from green tea and yerba maté can help get you in the zone and enhance mental focus. For workouts longer than 30 minutes, the combination of low- and high- glycemic index carbohydrates found in Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer offers slow, steady energy. For shorter, less intense workouts, Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer is sweetened just with stevia and has only 5 calories.

If you’d like to push harder in spin class, without feeling like your legs are dead…

You need to work on mid-workout fueling. If you’re not working out for more than an hour, focusing on electrolyte replenishment is more important than carb replenishment. Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator replenishes the essential minerals and electrolytes lost through sweat. Pro Tip: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator can be used for carbohydrates during a workout if it is longer than an hour.

If you’re sick of your muscles feeling sore after every yoga or CrossFit class…

Focus on recovery first and foremost. Don’t dismiss the importance of stretching and foam rolling after a hard workout. Eating foods rich in antioxidants will help to manage inflammation—one of the causes of muscle soreness. Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is uniquely formulated to address all key elements of post-workout recovery—including inflammation management. After you’ve began to manage inflammation, eating a high-protein food will help your muscles rebuild. Vega Sport Performance Protein features 30 grams of complete multisource protein, 5,000 mg BCAAs, and 5,000 mg glutamine to help build and repair muscles post-workout.

The Vega Sport Nutrition System

Vega Sport is the clean, plant-based sport nutrition system to fuel your better through these three weaknesses and more. Each Vega Sport product is formulated so its ingredients work together within the individual product—and across the system as a whole—for maximum impact. Plus, the entire line of Vega Sport products is gluten-free, made without dairy or soy, and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

After your weekend hot yoga or spin class, make a batch of protein-rich pancakes to satisfy your hunger (and taste buds) while repairing muscle tissue!

Blueberry Basil Summer Smoothie

Fresh blueberries from the farmer’s market pair perfectly with in-season fresh basil. Let this smoothie be the starting point for more herb-y smoothie experiments!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe pear
  • Juice from ¼ fresh lime
  • 3-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 serving Berry Vega® Sport Protein

METHOD:

  1. Prepare a hemp milk base for the smoothie by blending 2 tablespoons hemp seeds with 1 cup water first in the blender, on high power for 1 minute, until completely blended, and the water has turned white. Voila: hemp milk!
  2. Add remaining smoothie ingredients: frozen blueberries, pear, lime, basil. Note: Use 3 basil leaves for a subtle taste. Use 5 basil leaves if you want a stronger savoury taste.
  3. Add a serving of Berry Vega® Sport Protein, blend and enjoy!

Why B Vitamins are Important for Teens

Why B Vitamins are Important for Teens

Parent expectations, school and social pressures, multiple responsibilities, relationships, and a pandemic, all mixed in with raging hormones. Today’s adolescents are faced with a stress load that’s right up there with the adults, as they try to navigate social media, deal with cyber and in-person bullying, maintain good academic standing in an ever-changing school environment, and the list goes on.

The teenage years are known as a time filled with angst as adolescents move into adulthood. The pandemic and uncertainties of our current time have intensified the stressors of this transition for many youths. Incorporating healthy self-care strategies into the daily routine is absolutely critical to the health and well-being of our teen generation.

Mental Health

Humans are social creatures, regardless of age. For adolescents, social relationships are a key part of development, so the pandemic stay-at-home measures and virtual learning have been isolating for many. Ensuring that teens are still connecting with their peers through virtual chats or socially distanced interactions is important for maintaining their well-being. Encouraging them to find a peer with whom they can relate is another way to support them. Knowing someone else is feeling the way they feel can help to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Physical Health

Exercise, a healthy diet and getting enough sleep have long been the foundational pillars of health. But when the world is spinning, stress is at an all-time high, sleep is elusive, and convenience foods make it tougher to get the nutrition we need, we all may need a little bit of extra support. This applies just as much to teens as to adults!

The Key Bs

Enter B vitamins. The Bs are water soluble vitamins known to help support energy, brain health and metabolism. Our bodies deplete B vitamins more quickly in times of stress, and signs of this depletion may include fatigue, irritability, weakness, digestive issues, and anemia. For teens in particular, B vitamins help to support skin and immune health, the nervous system and stress response, and energy levels. Here is a rundown of each B vitamin and its job in the body:

Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
Converts carbohydrates into energy and support the heart and nervous system. A healthy nervous system equates to a healthy stress response!

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Supports healthy vision, energy and red blood cell production.

Vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
Supports nerve function and skin health.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
The stress-reducing B vitamin, helps support the production of cortisol and other stress hormones

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Helps to break down hormones in the liver and maintain healthy skin, which may in turn help to reduce acne, sugar cravings and mood swings.

Vitamin B7 (biotin)
Associated with healthy hair, skin and nails.

Vitamin B9 (folate)
Supports the production of DNA and red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
Helps to maintain energy and contribute to concentration.

In recognition of these unique, transitional years in your children’s lives, Health First is introducing a new line of Family First Teen products that can help to strengthen your teen’s ability to manage stress, metabolize nutrients, optimize energy, and achieve an overall sense of well-being.

Most importantly, these new products will help to guide your teens toward healthy self-care strategies by connecting them with stories from other teens who are facing difficulties and sharing what they do to feel better. The product labels will let teens know how they can “join the adventure“!

Health First Family First Teen B is the first product in this new line and contains all of the key B vitamins in their active forms, meaning they are highly absorbable. Teens 12 and older take just 1 capsule to meet their recommended daily dose. It’s vegan and free from magnesium stearate, gluten, and dairy, and, like all Health First supplements, free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and GMOs – so you can feel good about sharing this with your teen! And here’s a little secret: you can use Teen B too!

Improving your Health with Omega-3’s

Improving your Health with Omega-3’s

Fundamentally omega-3s are one of, if not, the most important nutritional supplements anyone can take daily. The essential fatty acids, primarily EPA and DHA, play critical roles in the human body. DHA plays a vital role in developing the brain, eyes, and neurological pathways from a development standpoint. The EPA found in omega-3 oils plays a critical role in reducing systemic inflammation in the body. Reduced inflammation helps improve nearly all areas of health as well as plays a crucial role in a person’s overall health and the prevention of disease. This incredible nutrient can significantly improve your health with minimal effort, and in less than 5 minutes per day, you could be living a happy, healthier life.

If it is that easy, why doesn’t everyone take Omega-3s and enjoy their benefits?

The simple fact is that most Omega-3 supplements are built for profits first, and efficacy is simply an afterthought. When we developed our flagship high EPA product, this became blatantly obvious to us. After studying and testing various products in the market, we found that the bulk of them were in an Ethyl Ester form, instead of a triglyceride form. Ethyl Ester omega-3s are no longer in their natural state, oxidize very quickly, and have very poor bioavailability. The sources we were finding in the market of the Omega-3s were not coming from desirable species either; often blends of several species. The products available did not have any independent third-party testing to ensure that heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, and oxidation levels were all at healthy and safe levels. Finally, most products had very poor concentrations of omega-3s and the few products that came close to having a therapeutic dose, were extremely costly.

We at AquaOmega felt compelled to do better.

AquaOmega has given ourselves a mission of creating the most concentrated products in a premium triglyceride form. We always use single-source materials processed with our patented cold molecular distillation process to ensure the absolute best quality. Our products are designed to provide actual therapeutic doses of Omega-3s to help you achieve your desired health goals.

Every one of our products goes through rigorous independent third-party testing to ensure that our products are up to our standards and yours before they leave our building. Our direct sourcing model allows us to bring value to the end consumer, offering premium products at affordable prices.  Finally, we pride ourselves on innovation, creating new products, or improving on old ones to make it easier and more convenient for you and your family to take these vital nutrients.

Recent innovations

AquaOmega Kids gummies

We at AquaOmega have a profound passion for Omega-3s, and even though our liquids are perfectly safe to give to children, we realize that it may not always be easy to convince a child to take them this way. To help reduce the friction and make it an easy and enjoyable experience for both parent and child to take their Omegas, we created a quality gummy.

Available in high EPA and DHA variations, AquaOmega gummies have over 260mgs of Omega-3s per serving, with zero sugar and zero alcohol sugars. We do not use artificial colours, dyes, or sweeteners. We also avoid using inflammatory gelatin and instead use pectin as a base.

These gummies include high doses of omega-3s while avoiding all of the unnecessary and unhealthy fillers. We have even gone as far as breaking down each ingredient in the product so parents will know the source and the purpose of each and every ingredient.

AquaOmegas New Chewable Omega-3s

With innovation at our core, it’s always essential for us to find new and convenient ways for people to take their Omega-3s. What started as an idea to help people sample and taste our incredibly high-quality oils, quickly transformed into something that would change the way people took their Omega-3s alltogether.

Our new chewables uses a patented tapioca starch shell, that have a soft and supple texture, which have also been sweetened and flavoured. These shells are filled with our premium flavoured oils which burst out when chewed!

Initially done to provide retailers and customers with sample packs, the idea quickly proved valuable in solving a few issues when it comes to Omega-3s.

  1. Firstly several people have an aversion to oil. No matter how hard they try, they simply can not swallow it. In fact, it often triggers a gag reflex, making it impossible to take their Omegas. When pairing a liquid with a solid, it changes the organoleptic profile entirely, allowing the person to chew into the Omegas, stimulating the salivary glands and swallowing the oil seamlessly.
  2. The next big issue is the general size of fish oil capsules; the large caps can be challenging for people to swallow easily. These new chewable omegas provide a great solution.
  3. Lastly, they are also very convenient and easy to take with you when you are on the go.

Available in both our high EPA and DHA variations, they have over 2400mgs of Omega-3s per serving, so not only do they provide an incredible and fun flavour burst, but they are also efficacious in improving your health.

What is Andropause?

What is Andropause?

Andropause is the slow but steady reduction in testosterone and other hormone production that occurs with aging. The main symptoms are: loss of libido and potency, loss of muscle mass, depression, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, inability to concentrate, erectile dysfunction, frequency of urination, loss of memory and sweating. Reduced amounts of free test can also be a result of diet, exercise and elevated hormones including cortisol, estrogen and cholesterol. These hormones are connected via the endocrine system and when elevated have a negative reciprocal effect on free testosterone

Testosterone is a male sex hormone made in the testes and the adrenal glands. Most testosterone in your blood is bound to albumin or sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and is unavailable to the body. Unbound testosterone is bio-available (free) testosterone. The amount of free testosterone is directly related to masculinity, male energy, strength and performance. Free testosterone can be increased through influencing production factors or by preventing free testosterone from turning into bound test (SHBG and DHT). We can positively affect the production of free testosterone by increasing the sterols and by decreasing hormones circulating in the blood which inhibit the production of free testosterone.

Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that is elevated under stress. Elevated cortisol disrupts the testicular testosterone production process and upsets the delicate balance levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and prolactin. Stimulating the production of luteinizing hormone helps our body create free testosterone.

Warning bells should be going off for men when feeling “worn out” becomes a normal state of being.

Tired and stressed are often signs of prioritizing our many responsibilities above health. While exhausted is not gender specific, men are at higher risk of developing disease and die at higher rates for all the top 10 causes of death including: heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many cancers.

Fatigue and stress can lead to poor food choices, skipping exercise, using caffeine and other substances as stimulants and calming aids can perpetuate poor health. Low levels of testosterone, obesity and many prescription medications can also negatively influence male vitality. The good news is that many of these hazards can be addressed with preventative lifestyle choices and daily habits.

Lifestyle Habits

  1. Drink 1 Liter of filtered alkaline water for every 50lbs of body weight.
  2. Add alkaline forming like the juice of half a lemon, fermented green foods, spirulina and chlorella.
  3. Make a daily commitment to moving your body. 45 minutes of exercise can increase free testosterone by up to 39.6%
  4. Eat Organic! Choose nutrient dense SuperFoods.
  5. Listen to your body. If your body is telling you it is tired, stop and listen. Are your shoulders tight, sore achy joints or muscles, always fighting something? Reset your boundaries, make better food choices and rest your body.
  6. Hormonal balance is key to male vitality. The hormone system is complicated and is influenced by age, diet, exercise, supplements and environmental factors.

Supplements can support the production of free testosterone include:

Zinc, Magnesium and B6

Highly absorbable forms of zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6 aid in the production to testosterone, the maintenance of lean muscle tissue and improve sleep and alleviate symptoms of stress.

Male Hormone Support Herbal Extracts

Rhodiola, Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Siberian ginseng are adaptogenic herbs which are clinically shown to manage cortisol levels. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and along with DIM have been shown to reduce estrogen levels resulting in stimulating luteinizing hormone to produce testosterone.

Tribulus, Fenugreek and Tongkat ali increase luteinizing hormone by providing plant sterols that are converted through hormonal pathways to produce more total testosterone and increase levels of free testosterone

Saw palmetto and Stinging nettle block the interaction between free testosterone and bound testosterone (SHBG and albumin bound testosterone). These herbs also prevent the interaction that changes testosterone to DHT. DHT is found in higher concentrations in those suffering from benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) and in cases of male pattern baldness.

Prairie Natural’s Men’s line is a support system to meet the changing needs of his body.

What We Need to Know About Vitamin K2

What We Need to Know About Vitamin K2

Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is an interesting conversation starter. The fact is that it doesn’t get the press it deserves, as many people don’t really know how it helps us or how vital it is. Our bodies don’t generate this vital nutrient, and we tend not to get enough of it in our diet.

The vitamin K family consists of vitamin K1 (phylloquinone), K2 (menaquinone), and K3, a synthetic form of the vitamin. K3 has been shown to have a toxic effect on the liver, so it’s not optimal. K1 is plentiful in green leafy vegetables but does not convert to enough vitamin K2 in our intestines in order to help with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or osteoporosis.

Natural Factors Vitamin K2 contains MK-7, an advanced form of vitamin K that serves multiple functions in the body. Vitamin K2 plays a critical role in protecting the heart as well as building strong bones. Calcium is integral to bone and teeth health yet can clog arteries and other soft tissues. Vitamin K2’s role is essential to prevent blood clotting and guide calcium toward the bones and teeth where it is most needed. At the same time, it keeps calcium away from tissues and arteries where it could have negative effects, such as calcification, which can contribute to atherosclerosis.

MK-7 is the most bioavailable form of vitamin K2 and is derived naturally from natto beans. Natto is a fermented soybean food popular in Japan, but hasn’t been adopted among westerners because it has a very distinct taste. K2 is also available in butter, grass-fed meats, organ meats, and egg yolks. Still, as most people cannot meet the daily requirement for K2, it is best to supplement. The MK-7 form has also been shown to offer 24-hour protection in a single dose, versus other commercially available supplements that tend to only last 4–6 hours in the body.

The need to direct calcium to bones and teeth and away from soft tissues and arteries is necessary as we age and the potential diagnosis of osteoporosis looms, especially among older women. Coupled with the increased risk of fractures as we get older, osteoporosis is a growing problem in Western countries.

Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone.” Normal healthy bone looks like a honeycomb, but bone with osteoporosis reveals much larger holes and shards of bone, which is why it is prone to breaking much more easily. While it’s true that bone density loss cannot be reversed, with proper treatment and supplementation, osteoporosis can be slowed down significantly if caught early enough.

Anyone concerned with their bone and teeth health should consider supplementing with Natural Factors Vitamin K2. We can also incorporate more soft-ripened cheeses and fermented foods in our diets, such as sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi, which have other positive effects on gut flora as well.

Losing Your Hair? You May be Deficient in This Mineral

Losing Your Hair? You May be Deficient in This Mineral

Maybe it started with seeing more hair than usual in your shower drain or hairbrush. Then before you knew it, you could see it in the mirror. There are many possible reasons for hair loss, but one of them is a simple nutritional shortfall. You may be low in iron. And the good news is, if that’s the problem, you can do something about it.

The link between iron deficiency and hair loss

Why does iron deficiency lead to hair loss? The answer is ferritin. Ferritin is a protein your body makes to store iron and it’s present in hair follicles. When your body starts to get low on iron, it raids ferritin iron stores in hair follicles first, to spare other parts of the body. (Really, body? That’s where you had to go?)

Sorry to break the news, but if you’re low in iron, hair loss is just the beginning of your problems. Iron helps your body make red blood cells. All your organs need a healthy supply of red blood cells to function effectively, because they deliver oxygen where it’s needed. Everyone is different, but if you’re also feeling dizzy or tired, get short of breath, suffer from frequent headaches, or have brittle nails or difficulty concentrating, there’s a good chance low iron is to blame.

If you recognize any of these signs, or if you have more hair in your hairbrush and less hair on your head, it’s important to get your iron and ferritin levels tested. If you are indeed low, you may want to try more iron-rich foods in your diet (like liver, lentils, shellfish, pumpkin seeds, tofu and spinach). It’s difficult to raise iron levels through diet alone though, so it’s a good idea to take an iron supplement too.

Ferritin+™: Effective, gentle iron

You don’t want just any iron supplement, though. Iron can be notoriously hard for your body to absorb. Worse, it can cause stomach upset or constipation. That doesn’t sound fun. But taking iron doesn’t have to be uncomfortable.

Flora’s Ferritin+™ is a plant-based ferritin iron supplement made from organic peas. It has a natural protein coating that allows the iron to be released into your digestive tract slowly and gently, so you can absorb it without the risk of digestive distress.

Clinical research has shown that plant-based ferritin iron raises and maintains healthy iron levels, both in your blood and in your body’s ferritin reserves. And all it takes is just one capsule a day.

It can take several months to reverse hair loss. If you don’t see results in three months, ask your doctor about having your ferritin levels retested. Once they’re back to normal, you may have your luxurious locks back too!

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