Vitamins & Supplements

Ways to Get Vitamin D in Overcast Climates

Don’t underestimate the role of vitamin D in a wide range of health benefits. While most associate the nutrient with bone development and overall health, it also helps fend off the common cold and reduce a person’s risk for developing heart disease and certain types of cancers–as long as you get the correct amount....

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A Special Thanks from Vitamin Angels

Since 2004, Pharmaca has been a proud partner of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization that raises funds to help at-risk populations in need–specifically pregnant women, new mothers and children under 5–gain access to life saving and life-changing micronutrients. Donations to Vitamin Angels go toward distribution of prenatal vitamins, vitamin A and children’s multivitamins, which...

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Snapshot: Different Probiotic Species and Strains

April 22, 2013
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As a follow up to our post on how to choose a probiotic, here’s a snapshot look at different probiotic strains, when they’re useful and where to find them. Probiotic species & strains  Health benefits Where you’ll find it B. longum   The most significant and important probiotics in the body, and among the...

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Coenzyme Q10: A Heart-Healthy Antioxidant for Optimal Aging

February 20, 2013
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Coenzyme Q10: A Heart-Healthy Antioxidant for Optimal Aging

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10 and ubiquinone) is a simple molecule that is naturally produced in our cells’ mitochondria. CoQ10 has the important role of helping convert sugar into energy or ATP—an energy source that’s essential for helping cells perform their primary functions. Coenzyme Q10 is used in enzyme systems that provide 90 percent of...

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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

February 11, 2013
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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

We know now that probiotics are good for us. But with so many to choose from, how do we choose one that’s right for us? Not all probiotics are created equal; different varieties of bacterial strains have different benefits, in addition to differing potencies, routes of ingestion, manufacturing methods and so on. Read on...

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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: B12 – Cobalamin

The Scoop on Vitamins: B12 – Cobalamin

B12 is the most complex and unique of all B vitamins. The only source of B12 in nature is from microbial synthesis from good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and from eating meat. Because it is not found in plants, it is a common deficiency for vegans and vegetarians, and because B12 is created...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: B9 – Folic Acid

This is part of our continuing series on the function of vitamins in the body. Folic acid is one of the more well known B vitamins because of its importance during pregnancy for healthy fetal development, particularly during the first trimester. While the connection isn’t completely understood, the demand for folate most likely increases...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

This is part of our continuing series on the function of vitamins in the body. Vitamin B2 is a powerhouse of energy, and a key member of the B vitamin family. B2, or riboflavin, is comprised of two enzymes: flavin mononucleotide and flavin adenine dinucleotide, which play an essential role in the breakdown and...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

This is part of our continuing series on the function of vitamins in the body. The family of B vitamins is collectively called the B Complex. B Vitamins are used in many ways, from helping the liver clear toxins and excess hormones to creating energy within our cells. Every system in your body requires...

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