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Red is the New Green!

Reds have seriously captured our attention since nutritional scientists the world over are reporting on their special properties. Or should we say super powers? Our new Reds superfood powder is based upon hundreds of published studies. PubMed, the free search engine maintained by the National Institutes of Health, affirms the powerful, far-reaching health benefits of red super foods. Taste the power of Canada’s most potent blend of organic red superfood fruits and vegetables. A convenient, ready-to-use superfood powder concentrate made with: Beet Roots, Pomegranates, Goji Berries, Grapeseed, Carrots, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries & Cranberries. Natural food-source antioxidants protect, heal, energize and restore. Gluten-free. Certified organic. Non-GMO. Vegan. No added sugars, preservatives, colours, artificial sweeteners or flavours.


Does fish oil a day keep the Doctor away?

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Over 7000 studies on omega-3 fatty acids seem to be telling us YES! Essential Fatty Acids are natural substances your body needs to establish and maintain overall well-being. As the body cannot produce these essential fats on its own, it is very important that they are acquired through a healthy daily diet. However, the typical Canadian diet is severely deficient in these. Daily supplementation with a natural fish oil formula is an ideal source for obtaining the health-promoting benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

EFA supplementation can help to maintain good health but also treat certain health conditions such as:

Arthritis and Inflammatory Conditions

The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 oils from fish help reduce stiffness in joints and help relieve joint and muscle pain. This makes fish oils an important supplement for anyone trying to maintain joint health and mobility.


Attention Deficit Disorder and Memory

Recent research reveals that Omega-3’s, specifically DHA, help increase focus and memory retention in children and adults. Omega 3 fatty acids also support normal neurological development in infants.


Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Omega-3 oils promote healthy cholesterol levels in the body by helping to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Clinical research also reveals reductions in blood pressure with the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.


Depression and Mood Regulation

Regular supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids helps to elevate mood and lessen depression and anxiety. High potency fish oil with added Vitamin D is very useful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder or the “winter blues”.


Digestive System Health

Regular Omega-3 supplementation helps to soothe and lubricate the bowel, ease elimination and supporting overall digestive health.


There are a lot of fish oil supplements on the market, but Super Critical Omega provides the highest-quality blend of EPA and DHA and exceeds world standards for fish oil quality and purity. Super Critical Omega is one of the strongest fish oil supplements on the market with over a 1 gram of Omega 3 per capsule PLUS 1000 units of Vitamin D3. It is the perfect choice for people dealing with chronic health conditions including depression and IBS.


Ultimate Digestibility with Better Absorption

Ultragest™ enteric coating ensures superior absorption and the fat-digesting enzyme lipase enhances the digestion and utilization of the beneficial oils. This combination eliminates the unpleasant aftertaste and repeating of fishy flavour often experienced with fish oil supplements.


100% Fish-derived Gel Caps

Encapsulated in natural fish-derived gel caps, Super Critical Omega is ideal for fish-eating vegetarians or anyone with religious dietary restrictions.


Quality & Purity Guaranteed

Super Critical Omega is sourced from sustainable wild and unthreatened fish that are found in cold, pristine waters and are naturally lower in environmental toxins such as: mercury, PCB’s and pesticides.


Purity Testing & Certification

Super Critical Omega is subject to a minimum of three purification steps to ensure the highest levels of freshness and the absence of any chemicals, toxins and heavy metals. It has received a 5-star rating by the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) program. This proves that it meets or exceeds all national and international standards for purity, potency and freshness.


With all of these benefits it is no surprise that fish oils are one of the most commonly researched and consumed natural health products in the world. Have you taken yours today?

Omega-3’s: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

By Renew Life CanadaFeb Heart Health

Every 7 minutes someone dies from Heart Disease or Stroke in Canada. Did you know that silent inflammation in the body is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease? It’s true! The key to stopping silent inflammation is Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.

There are two types of inflammation; Acute and Silent. One is good, the other is bad.

Acute Inflammation: This is good. It is the body’s local, protective reaction to injury or infection. Swelling, redness, and pain trigger the healing response. This is what happens when you slam your finger in the door.  The inflammation is needed to heal the injury.

Silent or Chronic Inflammation: This is bad. It is a deep, low grade inflammatory attack within the cells. It can’t be seen or felt and it damages the body rather than heals.

Silent inflammation is the root cause of many chronic and debilitating diseases such as heart, arthritis, autoimmune, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. Interestingly, three of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease are also SIGNS of silent inflammation; high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

Silent inflammation is a major health concern but the solution is well within reach. One very effective way to combat silent inflammation is to consume more omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), have a strong anti-inflammatory effect in the body. In fact, there are over 7000 published studies on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and much of this research is focused on inflammation and heart health.

Since our body does not manufacture omega-3 fatty acids on its own, it is very important that they are acquired through a healthy daily diet. However, the typical Canadian diet is severely deficient in these. In fact, omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is ranked number 8 on the Harvard School of Public Health’s list of Preventable Causes of Death. Repairing this deficiency of omega-3 fats in the body by taking a high potency fish oil supplement will help improve, alleviate, or even eliminate inflammatory conditions in the body.

Bottom line, fish oil reduces silent inflammation and helps to protect your heart. 

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Norwegian Gold fish oil is designed with heart health in mind!

Norwegian Gold Critical Omega 

Critical Omega is a high potency fish oil delivering 840mg of Omega-3 fatty acids (including 490mg of EPA and 240mg of DHA) in every capsule. This is the ideal choice for someone who wants to
maintain their good health.

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Norwegian Gold Super Critical Omega

Super Critical Omega is designed for those individuals who require therapeutic strength fish oil. Each capsule delivers over 1000 units of Vitamin D. Super Critical Omega is the right choice for individuals with cardiovascular issues or those concerned about optimal heart health.NG Super Critical Omega 30 (English JPG)

Norwegian Gold Ultra EPA

Ultra EPA delivers 1000mg of EPA per capsule making it the strongest EPA fish oil on the market. EPA is especially effective at lowering inflammation throughout the body as well as lowering triglycerides. Ultra EPA is the ideal choice for anyone with an inflammatory condition.

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What is Reishi?

Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.

So what’s so good about red reishi?

  • It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without any side effects
  • When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally
  • Immune modulator – it regulates and fine tunes the immune system

What are the benefits of Reishi?

Red Reishi improves liver function

Red Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.

Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.

Red Reishi enhance our body’s immune system

Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body’s immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. 

Is there any evidence?

A considerable number of studies in Japan , China , USA , and the UK in the past 30 years have shown that the consumption of red Reishi has been linked to the treatment of a vast range of diseases, common ailments, and conditions. From asthma to zoster, the applications of red Reishi seem to be related to a multitude of body organs and systems.

However, most of the scientific research that has been conducted appears to strongly support red Reishi’s role as a normalizing substance – a nutritional supplement that can yield medical benefits through its normalization and regulation of the body’s organs and functions.

The role of Red Reishi in maintaining a healthy lifestyle can best be explained through the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view because none of the known active components taken alone is as more effective than the consumption of Reishi itself. Whereas Western medicine focuses on the “cure” after the disease has already occurred, TCM, established through over 2,000 years of human observation, focuses on disease prevention by sustaining the right balance within the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and meditation. Reishi is an important adaptogenic herb in TCM in helping the body maintain this balance and also restore the balance when one is sick.

Gleaned from:  http://www.reishi.com/what-is-reishi.htm


Healthy Living – 6 Best Post-Workout Foods

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Research suggests that a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein is an efficient way to replenish muscle energy in the form of glycogen, and to kick start the healing process to build stronger and healthier muscles. This process also requires a good intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, including plenty of antioxidants, to stave off damage from the free radicals generated by increased metabolism during exercise.

Post-Workout: The Importance of Protein

When choosing post-workout foods, aim for between 6 and 20 grams of protein, depending on factors such as the intensity of your workout, your body weight, and your weight management goals. This helps feed your muscles without overtaxing digestion or overloading on amino acids that won’t be used.

A smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein, such as PGX Protein*, is an easy and convenient way to get a good amount of protein, along with beneficial fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

In addition to choosing foods with a good amount of protein, it’s also a good idea to keep your fat intake low immediately after exercise, as fat slows down digestion. However, including a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids can help support your body’s natural inflammatory response.†

6 Post-Workout Foods

Not a fan of smoothies? Not to worry! Keep the following foods on hand for a delicious, beneficial post-workout snack or meal:

1. Nut Butter and Banana Sandwich

PB & J, without the J! Try eating a banana, almond butter sandwich on whole wheat bread for a quick way to refuel after a session at the gym or after a big competition.

The almond butter and bread provide protein, and the almonds are a source of vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, which support healthy muscle function. Bananas contain easily digested carbohydrates to restock glycogen stores, in addition to a range of beneficial antioxidants. They also contain tryptophan, the amino acid that is converted into serotonin, so bananas could be the ideal post-workout snack for anyone who struggles to enjoy exercise!

2. Lentil Soup

A rich source of protein, iron and fiber, lentils are a great choice for any post-workout meal. They have about 2.2 grams of carbohydrates to 1 gram of protein, so adding in kale, spinach or chard to a basic lentil soup is a great way to meet that 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, all while stocking up on vitamins, minerals and a range of phytonutrients.

Mix in onions, leeks, shallots and/or garlic for additional sulfur compounds that help the body to produce glutathione, a key antioxidant enzyme that helps support muscle health.

3. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a versatile whole food that can be boiled, roasted and salted for a handy post-workout snack. They can also be included in a vegetable stir fry with soba (buckwheat noodles) to round out the protein for a heartier meal, or processed into hummus as a simple, tasty dip to enjoy alongside fresh vegetables or pita bread.

Chickpeas have a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein, barely any fat, and when you combine them with a little lemon juice (rich in vitamin C), they’re a good source of iron.

4. Chia-Tofu Pudding With Blueberries

Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids required in our diet. They’re also a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. When whipped up with some silken tofu, blueberries, and a dash of maple syrup, chia seeds transform into a delicious pudding that is high in antioxidants, protein and fiber.

5. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, beta-carotene, vitamins C, B2, B6, B5 (pantothenic acid), folic acid, copper and potassium. Team a sweet potato with a good source of protein, like hummus or beans, and you’ll have an excellent antioxidant-rich post-workout meal.

6. Maca

This root vegetable is a rich source of nutrients and is traditionally used to support adrenal gland function, helping the body to cope with stress. Maca may also help keep cortisol levels in check, which can support healthy blood glucose regulation already within the normal range and support a healthy inflammatory response.† Powdered maca can be added to any smoothie, or even to soup for convenience.

Developing Good Post-Workout Eating Habits

It’s important to eat well after exercise so as to not leave yourself vulnerable to injury and to support a healthy immune system.† Exercising without giving your body enough time and the right nutrition to repair muscles can increase the risk of muscle soreness and injury, as well as making you susceptible to fatigue and less than optimal support for your immune system.†

If you find it hard to eat after exercising, try a protein shake or soup. Liquids are easier to consume, digest and assimilate, meaning that you can pack in more good nutrition without expending energy chewing and breaking down the food. Save the serious whole foods for about an hour after exercise so your body has time to ready itself to focus on digestion.

Remember to make your post-workout foods fun! That way, you’ll be more motivated to exercise and won’t be tempted to skip the important window of opportunity to restock those glycogen stores and help your muscles to start healing.†

*Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX®. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX®.

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

What is Your PMS Type?

What is Your PMS Type?


For starters, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is not a diagnosis per sé, but a group of symptoms associated with fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone during the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle.  Alright, so what does that have to do with you? Not every woman experiences the same symptoms, onset and severity.

There are four groups of PMS symptoms:

  • PMS-A: which includes anxiety, mood swings, nervousness, irritability;
  • PMS-C: which is marked by cravings, as well as hypoglycaemic (i.e. low sugar) symptoms like headaches, dizziness, brain fog;
  • PMS-D: which combines depression, insomnia, poor memory, heightened emotional states (e.g. crying); finally,
  • PMS-H: where weight gain, edema, bloating, and hyperhydration are present.

So which PMS type are you, and what can you do?

It is especially important that you work alongside a qualified healthcare professional in order to determine whether conventional intervention is needed. This is done in order to rule out any underlying serious conditions (e.g. hypothyroidism, depression, etc.). The next step is minimizing any obstacles to your healing. This involves reduction of potential environmental contaminants, stress management, promoting proper digestion and liver function (for effective hormone excretion).

Some sources state that, when compared to symptom-free women, those with PMS tend to consume1:

  • 62% more carbs
  • 275% more refined sugars (including juice and sodas)
  • 79% more dairy products
  • 78% more sodium
  • 53% less iron
  • 77% less manganese
  • 52% less zinc

While this may sound very appealing, it is not always that easy; it usually involves lifestyle modification and dietary changes (e.g. caffeine and sugar elimination). However, I could not stress it enough how important it is to adhere to such changes in order to see longstanding positive changes in your symptoms.

Your healthcare provider may request blood work, usually on day 3 or 4 of your cycle in order to see if there are any discrepancies with estrogen and progesterone levels. Acquiring a thorough history about the peculiar signs and symptoms can give further insight as to what PMS category you fall under and thus support those other systems.

It is important to rule out other conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS…the list is expansive! And most importantly, disclose any personal and/or family history of cancer. This makes it possible to come up with a safe, comprehensive and effective protocol.

Now on to the good stuff

Clearance problem: If the PMS symptoms arise from a clearance problem, high-dose vitamin B6 may be prescribed alongside magnesium and vitamin E. Vitamin B6, in particular, is involved in estrogen clearance. It is theorized that estrogen alone is not the culprit, but the by-products of its metabolism—on other words, when your liver “deactivates” or changes estrogen from one form (e.g. estradiol) to another, this other form may be involved in exacerbating your symptoms, so it’s important to promote the excretion of these metabolites from the body.

Cramping, breast tenderness: If  progesterone appears to be lower than normal (as seen with cycle length variation, breast tenderness, cysts, cramping), chaste berry (Agnus vitex-castus) may be added to the protocol. Other herbs, like dong-quai (Angelica sinensis) could be included to ease cramping, and if water retention is an issue, licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can be added.

Fatigue & Nervousness: If your symptoms include fatigue, an adaptogen like rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), ashwagandha (Withania somnifora), and/or licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) may be added, but check first with a licensed naturopathic doctor if you have thyroid of blood pressure problems. For calming the mind, flowering oats (Avena sativa) could be considered.

Bloating: If bloating and indigestion is a problem, fibre, fermented foods, and probiotics may also be part of the protocol. Herbs that support liver function as well as those that help with stomach acid production (i.e. “bitters”) can help reduce symptoms of bloating and distention.

Perimenopause: For women entering perimenopause, black cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) may be indicated as well.

Pain (general): Many people are not fans of needles, but it would be a great injustice not to give acupuncture merit when it comes to alleviating PMS pain. From a herbal perspective, devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) and nettle leaf have been shown to have broad anti-inflammatory properties; this is definitely something to consider if you wish to decrease the use of commonly prescribed—and over-the-counter—pain relievers (e.g. acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen).

Please note that while the herbs mentioned form part of a large repertoire of medicinal plants indicated for PMS symptoms no two cases are alike, so dosing, frequency and potency may differ from woman to woman.pms

In traditional herbalism, some herbs are more indicated in conditions of “excess” (e.g. cramping before the period, heavy flow) and others more so in conditions of “deficiency” (e.g. feeling drained, fatigued, hopeless). It’s not always easy deciding for yourself which is better for you, so do speak with licensed naturopathic doctor or a qualified health professional.

For women experiencing longstanding menstrual issues, it may be a good idea to check iron and its storages in case supplementation is needed.

If you feel like a chocolate bar, go ahead, don’t be ashamed, you’ve earned it. And if you feel like biting someone’s head off…they probably deserved it. But on a serious note, regardless of your PMS type, there is always a practitioner out there very happy to support you.

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Women’s Health;  co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN

Gleaned from the A.Vogel Blog 

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