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  • Focus On: Vitamin K

    What it is: Vitamin K is an essential micronutrient found in certain foods and nutritional supplements. The most common trait of this micronutrient is its blood clotting features. There are two basic forms, vitamin K1 and K2, but they differ only slightly.

    [ Benefits ]

    Learn more about this essential micronutrient.
  • Focus On: Wild African Mango

    Recently showcased on the Dr. Oz show, the West African herb also known as Irvingia gabonensis (latin for African Mango) has medical and natural health researchers clamoring over the possible positive health implications it would extend to various factions within the United States.

    Nature’s Fat Assassin
    By George L. Redmon, Phd, ND
  • Focus On: Garlic

    WHAT IT IS: Garlic is an herb that is best known to flavor food, but it also produces allicin, the bioactive compound that gives garlic its strong scent. This herb is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy free radicals, and is also considered unique for its high level of sulfur.

    [ Benefits ]

    Find out why garlic is so tasty and beneficial to your health!
  • A Magical Mix

    I once lived where blackberries grew wild along the fringes of our woods. For a few days in midsummer, if we could get to the bushes before the squirrels did, my young sons and I would have a berry feast. Very little fruit made it into the colanders we carried; we mostly grazed like forest animals.

    Combine summer berries for extra boost of nutrition.
    By Dorothy Foltz-Gray
  • Focus On: Potassium

    WHAT it is: Potassium is an essential mineral, found in every cell, that the body needs to function properly. So what does it do in each cell? Potassium is an electrolyte—that is, it moves electricity within the body (which is needed by the heart, kidneys, nerves, and muscles) to adequately function.

    Benefits

    Find out what potassium is and why your body needs it.
  • Focus On: Folate

    WHAT IT IS: Folate is a type of water-soluble B vitamin (vitamin B9) that is often found in food naturally, and in vitamin-fortified foods. It is sometimes called folic acid or folacin.

    [ Benefits ]

    Find out what folate is and how it functions within the body.
  • Become Blue

    As a child, were you fearful of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Violet Beauregarde blows up into a gigantic blueberry after chewing blueberry pie-flavored gum? Or were you scared of the fact that she had to be rolled out and “squeezed” before she exploded? Lucky for us, blueberries have quite a different reaction in our bodies.

    Why you can't live life without blueberries.
    By Amy Vergin
  • Focus On: Selenium

    What it is: The mineral selenium is a micronutrient that must be ingested via food or drink. Selenium helps regulate the thyroid and combines with proteins to make selenoproteins, a type of antioxidant that protects against cellular damage.

    Benefits

    What it is, why you need it, and where to get it.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • Focun On: Resveratrol

    WHAT IT IS: Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol antioxidant produced within various plants, especially fruits with dark red skin, such as red grapes. As with all antioxidants, resveratrol protects cells from free-radical damage. Since our bodies cannot produce resveratrol naturally, it’s important to replenish our supplies.

    Benefits

    What it is, why we need it, and where to find it.
  • Rainforest Superfood: Koo-poo-ah-soo

    There is an Amazon superfood that Shamans used to bless and give to pregnant women who suffered from a difficult birth, or newlyweds that yearned for a child. Other natives would be given the beans (seeds) of the fruit to cure their abdominal pain. Even nutritional food experts these days say the fruit will overshadow the commotion surrounding açai berries.

    The superfood that beats açai.
    by Amy Vergin