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  • Buyer Spotlight: What's in our Supplement Buyer's Medicine Cabinet?

    Don'sSuppsOur health care practitioners are pros at recommending natural remedies for customers. But what are the essentials they always keep on hand? We asked Don Summerfield, Pharmaca's vice president of integrative medicine (and manager of our supplements category), to tell us about his Pharmaca favorites.

    Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health
    “I take this for general overall stress support. It nourishes my adrenal glands, boosts my adrenal function and provides relief from fatigue—without having to resort to caffeinated beverages.”

    Host Defense Reishi Mushroom
    “I am a huge fan of medicinal mushroom supplements and take them every day. My favorite species is the reishi mushroom, referred to respectfully as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality;’ it’s well known for supporting general wellness and vitality.”

    Garden of Life mykind Organics Men’s Multi
    “I take the mykind Organics Men’s Multi because it offers comprehensive nutritional support. I love that this supplement is made from real whole foods: fruits, veggies and herbs such as lemons, apples, basil, red cabbage, celery, tomatoes. Plus it’s Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.”

    Pharmaca Coenzyme Q10
    “CoQ10 would be on my desert island top 10 list. I take 200 mg of CoQ10 daily to support healthy heart function and prevent gum disease. CoQ10 plays a vital role in energy production within cells, and protects cholesterol from oxidation.”

    Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega
    “A high-quality fish oil is always a part of my daily supplement program. I take three capsules of Ultimate Omega daily to support my heart, improve joint flexibility and mobility, and to help prevent overall inflammatory conditions.”

    Megafood Turmeric Booster
    “Each morning I make a fresh coconut milk smoothie with mixed berries, kale, cilantro and a heaping scoop of Megafood Turmeric Booster. Turmeric is the queen of herbs from the Ayurvedic medical system, renowned for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity.”

    New Chapter Cinnamon Force
    “Cinnamon Force is a fabulous supplement to help normalize blood sugar levels and create immediate cellular energy. I love to bite into a Cinnamon Force capsule after each meal to release that burst of fresh cinnamon flavor.”

  • Stop Allergies Before They Start

    Spring is just around the corner…and so is the potential for debilitating hayfever symptoms. Start building immunity now and head off future sniffles and sneezes. We spoke with Lynn Childson, herbalist in Santa Fe, and Tolle Murphy, ND at our Seattle-Wallingford store, about getting your immunity in shape and getting ahead of the allergy game.

    “Nutrition is the foundation for strengthening and balancing your immune system,” says Tolle. In addition to a whole-food diet, she recommends a supplement such as Health Force Nutritionals Vitamineral Green. “The more that your immune system is functioning healthily, the less likely it will be to react badly to normal environmental allergens.”

    Lynn agrees that nutrition is an important first place to turn, counseling people with intense allergic reactions to take up a cleaner diet. “I go over their intake of allergenic foods, what we would say are the most reactive for people, like wheat, dairy, sugars and alcohol,” says Lynn. Both she and Tolle agree that eliminating foods you may be sensitive to helps keep your body from reaching the allergy-response plane too quickly.

    To help reduce the inflammatory response from foods, Lynn will also recommend a daily course of Reishi mushroom, which modulates the histamine response. She likes Fungi Perfecti’s Reishi Capsules. “Reishi is an adaptogen,” says Lynn. “Take it daily and it helps build red and white blood cells from the bone marrow, helping to make them operate more efficiently.”

    Lynn also likes to ensure that allergy-sufferers are getting a good dose of antioxidants, either in their diet or via supplementation. “I lean toward the purple fruits and veggies that help the tonicity of the mucous membranes,” she says, recommending Jarrow’s PomeGreat Pomegranate Grape & Blueberry concentrate as a good way to add in those extra natural bioflavonoids.

    Finally, when the pollens you know you’re allergic to are about to bloom, Tolle suggests Baraka’s Sinus Rejuvenation Oil. The formula combines organic essential oils to open airways and block allergen receptor sites. You can start using it a few days or weeks ahead of time, applying three times a day to the outside of the nostril. “The non-allergenic oils form a barrier on your skin, and the allergens have nowhere to go,” she says.

    For more advice on nutrition and supplements to help your allergy-fighting cause, talk to a licensed practitioner at Pharmaca today.

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