Getting to Know B Vitamins: Part 2

nuts+seedsLast week we touched on half of the B vitamins and what they do. To learn more about B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin) and B5 (pantothenic acid), click here. This week we will look at the remaining four: vitamins B6, B7, B9 and B12.

B vitamins as a whole are important for converting food into energy levels. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that physically active individuals with low levels of B vitamins perform worse during high-intensity exercise than those with adequate levels. The study also found that low levels of B vitamins contribute to a reduction in the body’s ability to repair muscles and build muscle mass. Continue reading “Getting to Know B Vitamins: Part 2”

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Getting to Know B Vitamins

vitamin-bThe second installment of Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc, is all about the Bs. Actually, four of the Bs, particularly B1, B2, B3 and B5. Watch for the B6, B7, B9 and B12 in a blog next week. B vitamins are complicated because there are 8 of them, and although they are all lumped under the term vitamin B, each one has individual properties that are vital to your health. The group of Bs is also known as B complex and when taken as a whole, it can provide protection against deficiencies. The whole group of Bs is often found in a multivitamin/multimineral complex. Continue reading “Getting to Know B Vitamins”

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Support for Your Adrenals

Are you in a stressful job? Or have you been going through a particularly stressful time in your life? Your adrenals can take a beating when this is the case, and a host of other problems can occur when your adrenals become fatigued.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease, to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive.

It is also your adrenal glands’ job to keep your body’s reactions to stress in balance, so that they are appropriate and not harmful. For example, the adrenal hormone cortisol helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions (such as swelling and inflammation) to alcohol, drugs, foods, environmental allergens, cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “Support for Your Adrenals”

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Don’t Fear the Yolk – Whole Eggs are Best!

For many years, egg yolks have gotten a bad reputation from the medical community for fear that they promote unhealthy cholesterol levels. For this reason, we have been told to avoid the yolks and only eat the egg whites. This rationale comes from experiments where isolated cholesterol was given to test animals and it induced hardening of the arteries. As a result, cholesterol was deemed a bad substance that should be avoided.

However, I think it’s time to put the bad reputation to rest. Whole eggs can be considered a nutrient dense food with a well-rounded nutritional profile. They provide high quality protein and are rich in B vitamins (B2, biotin, choline, inositol, B5, and B12), as well as vitamins A, D, and E. In addition, they provide important minerals such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, and sulfur. Egg yolks also provide cholesterol and lecithin. Cholesterol plays many important roles in the body and is necessary for the production of adrenal hormones, vitamin D, and sex hormones. Continue reading “Don’t Fear the Yolk – Whole Eggs are Best!”

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Village Green Sale Ends on Saturday the 17th!

Our Summer Sale is coming to an end and I hope that you are taking advantage of the great deals plus the value added service that we provide. Pathway products are currently 30% off. This is a great opportunity for you to get your multivitamins,  omega 3s and all your essential nutrients. Pathway B Complex is one of my favorite products from this line. It contains all your B vitamins necessary for metabolism of carbs, protein and fat, nervous function, adrenal health, healthy hair skin and nails, energy, hormone health and so much more. As we get older, it becomes more difficult to assimilate the Bs, and B vitamins all work better when taken together.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), also known as the “Anti-Stress Vitamin,” is just one of the many vitamins included. It supports the adrenal gland, where it aids in the production of hormones that help the body respond to stress, and the brain, where it produces neurotransmitters that are depleted in stressful situations.

For more information about our sale, or any of our supplements please contact us.

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