March 2012 Newsletter
On Sale This Month
30% off ALL Solgar Products
30% off ALL Irwin Naturals Products
25% off ALL Country Life Products
25% off ALL Biochem Products
25% off ALL Derma E Skincare and Bodycare Products
30% off ALL Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Products
25% off ALL Tahiti Trader Juices
35% off ALL Nature’s Answer Herbal Extracts
30% off ALL Yerba Prima Products
25% off Laci Le Beau Dieter’s Teas
35% Organic India Tulsi Teas
32% off Knudsen Just Juice
30% off Nature’s Answer PerioWash
25% off American Health Ester C

There are many other sales throughout the store, so stop in this month and save!
What's Happening this Month
Once again this month we're having a representative from the fantastic organization Rythym of Hope International in the store to sell jewelry, beadwork and crafts made by women in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, March 10th from 10-2. 
The proceeds of the sales go directly to helping African children, women and families affected by AIDS.  The picture below is a compliation of pictures from when they were at the store last month.  Be sure to come by and check it out!
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News You Can Use
Vitamin A and Omega 3 for Eye Health
New research has found that a combination of vitamin A and omega 3 can be very effective in preventing vision loss.  The researchers noted a significant improvement among the high omega-3 intake group regarding slowing visual deterioration compared to the low omega-3 group.  Specifically, those in the high omega-3 intake group had 41% slower degradation when compared to the low omega-3 group.  To read more, click here.
Vitamin D3 may reduce fat and boost heart health
Daily supplements of vitamin D3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people, says a new study.  To read more, click here.
Anemia increases the risk of dying after a stroke
Being anemic could more than triple your risk of dying within a year after having a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012.  Compared to stroke survivors who were not anemic, patients with severe anemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in the hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year. This is especially awful since anemia is easily treated with iron supplements.  Other research has found that most people with anemia or low iron are not aware they were so before beingn tested.  To read more, click here.
L-carnitine helps muscle recovery after exercise
In a small study of 9 men and 9 women, researchers found that those who took L-Carnitine reduced their muscle soreness after exercise by as much as 50%, compared to those who took a placebo. To read more, click here.

Green tea may reduce age related disability
Consumption of antioxidant rich green tea is significantly associated with a lower risk of age related functional disability, say researchers. To read more, click here.
Vitamin D has been linked to increased fertility
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is also key to balancing sex hormones in women and improving sperm count in men, according to researchers. To read more, click here.
Vitamin E levels linked to mental health
In a study of 521 patients (including some with Alzheimer's, some with mild cognitive impairment and some with no cognitive impairment), researchers found that those with no cognitive impairment had significantly higher levels of vitamin E than those with Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment. To read more, click here.

Protein ingestion before sleep and muscle recovery
Researchers have that protein ingestion immediately prior to sleep stimulates muscle protein synthesis and improves whole-body protein balance during post-exercise, overnight recovery. To read more, click here.
Fiber intake and pancreas health
Researchers recently found that study participants with the highest 25% intake of total fiber per day had a 60% reduced risk of pancreatic cancer, compared to those with the lowest 25% intake. To read more, click here.

Low vitamin D status linked to food allergies and eczema in children
Below normal levels of vitamin D, due to low sun exposure, have been associated with increased incidence of food allergy and eczema in children, say researchers. To read more, click here.
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Pass Questions
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Dear Pass,
I don’t drink very often, but sometimes I’ll go out with friends and overindulge shall we say (I’m thinking ahead to St. Patricks Day).  I know places used to sell hangover pills, so I’m just wondering if there’s anything I can take or do to feel not so awful the next day.
Thanks, Connor
Dear Connor,
As with everything, moderation is key.  While the occasional indulgence doesn’t usually do the body much long lasting harm, it is common to feel less than fantastic the next day.
Much of feeling badly after a night of drinking is due to dehydration.  Hydrating well before and after can go a long way to discouraging a hangover.  Replenishing electrolytes lost is important as well, through adding a packet of EmergenC to the water you drink before bed or drink coconut water, which is naturally rich in electrolytes.
B vitamins can also help with preventing a hangover.  Taking a B complex early in the day before drinking as well as before bed with a good glass of water can make a big difference.
Ginger is very effective for combating nausea (alcohol can be hard on the stomach, which can cause a queasy or nauseous feeling).  Reed’s Ginger Chews are nice to have on hand, but is available in capsules too if you’re not fond of ginger’s spicy taste.
Milk thistle is another supplement that I wanted to mention, since it helps to protect the liver against alcohol induced damage.  The occasional drink doesn’t hurt the body, but if you find yourself drinking regularly, milk thistle may be a good supplement to add to your regimen to keep your liver clean and healthy.
Finally, eating before, during, and after drinking can help to increase the body’s ability to metabolize alcohol.  Try eating a banana the morning after drinking, since bananas are alkaline and soothing to the digestive system.  Bananas are also full of potassium, one of the main minerals which can be depleted by drinking.
I hope that helps!  Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Supplement Spotlight- Stress Busters and Mood Boosters
Stress is a normal fact of life, and can even be beneficial, but problems occur when the body and mind is under a near constant state of stress (as many people will attest to).

Prolonged stress:
· Suppresses the immune system
· Slows down the body's rate of repair
· Slows down the metabolism
· Robs the body of nutrients.
Physical symptoms caused by stress include:
· Recurring headaches
· Vague aches and pains
· Heartburn
· Muscle tension
· Pounding heart
· Insomnia
· Fatigue
In the long term, stress will:
· Promote rapid aging
· Lead to weight gain
· Increase the risk of developing osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and digestive  problems
There are dozens of great supplements for fighting stress, so I'm just going to list a few of my favorites.

For stress and relaxation:
How it works: Calms the limbic system (the emotional center of the brain) and relaxes the muscles.
Positive effects: Relaxes the mind, emotions, and muscles, making it useful for headaches, backaches, and other tension; reduces excessive mental chatter; increases mental focus. 
Cautions: Should not be used for people with liver problems (although it's important to note that kava's margin of safely far surpasses that of its pharmaceutical equivalents). 
How it works: Enhances GABA activity (the brain's main calming amino acid and neurotransmitter).
Positive effects: Known as "Nature's Valium", valerian reduces anxiety, insomnia, and tension.
Cautions: Valerian is often used as a sleep aid, and might cause tiredness when using higher doses during the day.

For reducing stress and boosting mood:
I should mention- SAMe is one of my very favorite supplements.
How it works: Describing exactly how SAMe works in the body could require a fairly technical response, but in a nutshell SAMe helps other molecules in the brain do their jobs making you feel like your normal self. When SAMe levels run low, those other molecules can't do their jobs as effectively, and you can feel out of sorts from a mood standpoint.
Positive effects: SAMe is fantastic for fighting depression and is the best supplement for seasonal affective disorder.
Placebo controlled, double blind studies show that SAMe is equal or superior to antidepressants and works faster, often within a few days (most pharmaceutical antidepressants take three to six weeks to take effects).  Also, unlike pharmaceutical antidepressants, if you stop taking SAMe suddenly, you'll experience no problems or withdrawal symptoms (unlike pharmaceutical antidepressants).
Other benefits: In addition to fighting depression and SAD), SAMe detoxifies the liver and helps with joint pain.
Cautions: Not really a caution, but SAMe is most effective when taken on an empty stomach
L-Theanine is an amino acid found naturally in green tea
Positive effects: Increases brain alpha-wave activity, creating an alert state of relaxation and reducing anxiety.  Studies have also shown L-Theanine to improve memory and increase learning ability
Cautions: None.
How it works: 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a direct precursor for the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Positive effects: Induces relaxation, elevates mood and helps with sleep, suppresses appetite, promotes healthy sleep-wake patterns and emotional stability.
Cautions: Do not take 5-HTP with SSRI antidepressants since it boosts serotonin
How they work: Builds material for neuron membranes and neurotransmitter receptor sites; enhances neural transmission; increases serotonin levels.
Positive effects: Improves learning, memory, and mood.
Other benefits: Omega-3 fish oils containing EPA and DHA are wonderful for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and reducing inflammation in the joints and skin along with a host of other benefits. 
Cautions: Fish oils can have a slight blood thinning effect and should not be taken with blood thinners like Coumadin.
-Much of the information for this article was taken from the wonderful book, Natural Highs by Hyla Cass, M.D.
Recipe Review
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Black Bean Brownies
Yields 16 brownies
I made these the other day and they were surprisingly good, and everyone I tested them on (I gave some to my husband and then took them to work) had no idea that they were made from black beans, in fact when I told them they were shocked!    

1 (15.5 oz.) can reduced sodium black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8″ baking dish with baking or cooking spray.

      Place black beans, sugar, cocoa, salt, eggs, oil, vanilla, and instant coffee in food processor or blender. Pulse thoroughly until smooth and well combined.

      Pour batter in baking dish. Top with nuts and chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is dry and edges begin to pull away from the baking dish. Cool completely before cutting.

      Nutrition Facts
      Per serving (1 brownie of 16)

      Calories 120
      Fat 5g
      Cholesterol 34.7mg
      Sodium 89.8mg
      Potassium 151mg
      Carbohydrate 17.4g
      Fiber 1.8g
      Protein 3.3g
      As I'm putting this together a friend sent me her favorite bean brownie recipe, so I thought I'd share that link as well.
          Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets, Chick Peas and Orange

          makes 18 falafel balls - enough for 4 sandwiches):
          3 cups cooked quinoa
          2 beets, trimmed and quartered
          Olive oil
          Sea salt
          1/4 cup fruity olive oil
          1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
          2 teaspoons organic gluten-free tamari sauce
          1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar or rice vinegar
          1 tablespoon organic raw agave nectar or local honey
          1 cup drained rinsed chick peas
          2 big handfuls of baby spinach leaves
          Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
          1 fresh orange, peeled, trimmed, cut into bite sized pieces
          Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
          Here's how to cook quinoa in a rice cooker. While the quinoa is cooking, roast the beets in a medium size roasting pan, by combining the beets with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt. Place the pan in the center of the oven and roast until the beets are tender (roughly 45 minutes). Remove the beets from the hot pan and set them aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, rub off the skin. Cut the beets into bite sized pieces.

          To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, orange juice, GF tamari, vinegar, and agave in a glass measuring cup and whisk. Set aside.

          Combine the warm, cooked quinoa in a mixing bowl with the chick peas and baby spinach leaves. Pour in the salad dressing and toss lightly. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.

          Gently add in the cut up roasted beets and fresh orange pieces. Do not over mix or your entire salad will turn beet red. I think it's more attractive to keep the staining to a minimum.

          Serve with a sprinkle of fresh goat cheese, or slivered almonds, if desired.

          Serves 4.
          Budget friendly Black Bean Burgers
          This is a really nice basic black bean burger recipe, which can easily have lots of different variations with the addition of different spices or other vegetables.

          One can black beans
          1/4 small red onion, chopped
          2 garlic cloves, minced
          1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (Annie's is vegetarian and gluten free)
          1 tbsp. Moore’s Wing Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
          salt & pepper to taste
          1 egg
          1/2 to 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
          Toppings of your choice
          Start by combining the beans, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in the food processor. Process 10 pulses, then scrape the sides. Process another 10 pulses, scrape again. Taste a bit of your mix; add salt and pepper to taste. Then process continuously for 5 seconds. You want the mixture to be a little bit chunky and not totally smooth.
          Then in a large bowl, add one egg and whisk. To the whisked egg, add the bean mixture and stir well to combine. Then add in 1/2 cup of your gluten free bread crumbs. Stir well and check your consistency. You want to be able to make patties but not make it completely dry.
          Heat a non-stick, greased frying pan over medium heat. Cook each pattied burger for 7-10 minutes on each side. Let the burger cook the full 7-10 minutes before you flip to the next side, this will help it stay together.
          Serve with or without a bun, with the toppings of your choice!

          Vegan Recipe for Creamy Potato-Leek Soup

          I made this last week and it is absolutely fantastic!  It’s rich and creamy while still being incredibly healthy and dairy free.

          1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
          2 leeks, white and light green parts washed and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
          2 cups chopped yellow onion
          1/2 teaspoon sea salt
          3 cloves garlic, minced
          2 large Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cubed into 1/2-inch cubes
          4 cups vegetable stock
          2-3 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves

          1. Heat a 4-quart soup pot over medium heat and add the oil.
          2. Add the leeks, onion, and sea salt and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion begins to turn translucent.
          3. Add the garlic and stir well. Cook for 1 minute more.
          4. Add the potatoes and vegetable stock, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook 20 minutes.
          5. Remove the soup from the heat and use an immersion/stick blender to blend the soup in the pot or ladle the soup into a blender, 1 cup at a time. Blend the soup with the fresh rosemary leaves until smooth and free of chunks. Pour smooth soup into a heat-proof bowl and continue until all of the soup has been blended.
          6. Transfer the blended soup back to the original soup pot and warm over low heat until heated through. Serve hot.
          Serves 4 – 6.
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          March's Secret Sale Word is "daffodil"
          This month's secret word is kind of optimistic, but I'm very much hope we'll be seeing tulips and daffodils in gardens by the end of the month!
          To save 10% off your order this month say, "daffodil" at the cash register before your items are rung up.  Try to be stealth in doing so, because this offer is only for people who subscribe to our newsletter.  The Secret Sale Word is not to be combined with other discounts or applied to sale merchandise.

          Daffodils are said to have the flower meaning of rebirth, respect, regard and unrequited love.  Since they're one of the earliest flowers of spring, they often seen as a symbol of hope.


          Be Well!

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