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Healthy heart events are starting now!

Healthy heart events are starting now!

Our very first Healthy Heart event is taking place as we speak in our Sonoma, Calif. store. Visitors to the store will get to take advantage of cholesterol screenings with LDL and HDL breakouts (screenings are $10, but you receive a coupon good for $10 in free shopping afterward!), consultations with practitioners, free product...

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Vitamin D research roundup

Over the years we’ve written a lot about the sunshine vitamin, and more and more studies are coming out about its benefits (including this recent one about how increased vitamin D levels can help lower the risk of death from H1N1). Here are a few good reads that might help persuade you to keep...

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Omega-3s and your health

Recent Omega-3 research: Omega-3s may protect against traumatic brain injury January 2011, Neurosurgery Omega-3s may reduce gum disease October 2010, American Journal of Dietetic Association Krill oil may reduce arthritis symptoms September 2010, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Omega-3s’ anti-inflammatory mechanism revealed September 2010, Cell Every day, researchers are finding more links between low levels of...

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Saving your winter skin

Saving your winter skin

With the chill of winter comes a tendency for our skin to get a little, well, flaky. We talked with Pam Martinie, esthetician and assistant manager at Pharmaca’s Seattle-Wallingford store about battling the dry skin blues. Step 1: Hydrate We all know water is vital to keeping skin hydrated, but here’s a special tip...

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Prescription delivery available!

Did you know? We now have prescription delivery available from nearly all Pharmaca locations (excluding New Mexico locations, South Boulder and North Boulder). Delivery times and costs vary by store, so contact your pharmacy for details.

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Meditation good for heart health

Meditation good for heart health

In doing some research for a new article on the link between stress and heart health, we found this great study on the effects of meditation on the body. The study, done in Thailand in 1991, is an oldie but a goodie: it included 20-something men who either practiced Dhammakaya Buddhist meditation or didn’t....

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The Oral Health-Heart Health Connection

The Oral Health-Heart Health Connection

During Healthy Heart month we’ve been talking a lot about cardiovascular health and the best way to reduce your risks. But there’s another unusual heart-health issue that might not be on the top of your mind—your oral health. A 2004 study in the journal Circulation found that adults who have significant levels of bacteria...

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5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

5 Fast Facts About Red Yeast Rice

1. When the yeast Monascus purpureus is cultured on rice, a series of compounds are created that slow the production of cholesterol in the liver. One of these compounds is the active ingredient used in the popular cholesterol medications called statins. 2. The use of red yeast rice in China was first documented in...

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Welcome to Project Wellness!

Pharmaca is pleased to announce its new forum for all of the latest news in integrative health: Project Wellness. We’ll keep you up to date about research in vitamins, supplements and medications, talk about our favorite products and get expert opinions from our licensed holistic practitioners. We hope you’ll use this forum to ask...

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Detox Dos and Don’ts

Detox Dos and Don’ts

Our bodies are exposed to environmental toxins every day by sources ranging from the air we breathe to the food we eat. In order to reduce the build-up of unhealthy chemicals in your system, consider trying a detoxification program or “cleanse.” Benefits of cleansing include stimulating the liver to remove stored toxins and promoting...

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