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Supplements for Spring

Everyone knows the following: “April showers bring May flowers.” However, that’s not the only thing the spring season brings. The warmer weather brings people outside – gardening, cycling and just being more active. Many will have a desire to refresh with a cleanse. And don’t forget spring allergies! Over the next few pages, you will find suggestions to help your customers with their spring

Supplement needs, plus some key products for the season!

As the dark days of winter will soon be a cold memory, your customers’ habits and health challenges are changing. Spring is the time for being more active, revitalizing our bodies and preparing for pollen.

Ever notice that the runners seem to come out of the woodwork at this time of year? Warmer weather invites getting out and about, weather that means walking, jogging or gardening. Unfortunately it can also mean sore muscles for those who don’t ease into it – and even for those that do. Remind your customers to keep some magnesium supplements close at hand for aching backs and some arnica or homeopathic trauma remedies for times when they’ve really overdone it.

Spring is Mother Nature’s season for renewal and regeneration. Encourage your customers to align themselves with this natural rhythm by trying a gentle, effective spring cleanse. A prominent display of items that support detox can include skin brushes and castor oil packs, liver-loving herbal combos in capsule or tinctures and more comprehensive cleansing kits.

Sneezing, snuffling and itchy, watery eyes can put a damper on our enthusiasm for this lovely time of year. To prevent allergic rhinitis, start taking daily probiotics with a quercitin complex and/or bee pollen while snow is still on the ground. By prepping the immune system well before it is challenged by airborne allergens, your customers may be able to avoid seasonal allergies altogether.

Vitamin D supplementation should continue

More than one in six Canadians suffer from hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Depending on what a person is allergic to, allergy season can start in the early spring and last right through to the first frost of autumn. In some parts of the country, you could suffer from March to November. Prevention is one of the key ways to help with symptoms, duration and onset of seasonal allergies. Flavonoids, such as quercetin, luteolin and rosmarinic acid, help to stabilize mast cells that secrete histamine and cause allergic reactions. These compounds, along with other botanicals like butterbur and perilla, cannot only help prevent, but reduce symptoms of allergies when they are already present.

How much vitamin D to take and when it is most essential is of much debate. It takes about 18 minutes of midday sun exposure for your body to absorb the equivalent of 3000IUs of vitamin D. This is dependant on the time of the year, skin-type and how far north or south you live, here in North America. It is still a good idea to continue your vitamin D supplementation during the summer months, even though many of us actually spend at least 20 minutes a day during peak hours in the sun. The Mayo Clinic, in 2006, suggested that one in three young adults are vitamin D deficient which is why a healthy balance between sun exposure, dietary sources and supplementation of vitamin D during the summer months is the best way to prevent a possible deficiency.    by Dr. Jonothon Mainland, N.D. AOR’s medical advisor.

Natural_Factors_QuercetinPotent anti-allergy, antioxidant, and anti-aging support

Natural Factors new Quercetin Complex is an exceptional antioxidant formula that provides relief from the symptoms of allergies, fights free radical damage, and combats accelerated aging. It contains quercetin, grape seed extract, blood orange extract, turmeric extract, and CoQ10 for advanced anti-inflammatory, circulatory, and cardiovascular support. 1-800-663-8900

Immune System Support

ImmunoSense is a highly effective, specialized formula, designed to support and enhance the immune system with natural ingredients including: Astralagus, Ganopoly™ Reishi Mushroom Extract, Zinc Citrate and Selenium. By actively supporting the immune system, the body is better equipped to fight off infections and viruses that may compromise overall health.

Rich in Omega-3’s EPA & DHA

Elite Omega 3 Gems contain fish body oils from deep, cold water fish which are especially rich in the important omega-3’s EPA and DHA. This professional strength formula contains 800 mg of omega-3’s per soft gel.

Sexy Legs for Summer

Spring might be here, but you can bet that most people are already thinking about bathing suit season. When the weather warms, your legs are bound to be on full display. Proactive marketing now aimed at sexy legs in time for summer will get results, as one in two North Americans suffers from varicose veins, spider veins and swollen ankles. People often seek surgery, laser or topical treatments for vein problems but, as we all know, safe, nutritional treatments offer effective and long-term solutions. Large clinical trials on herbal formulas containing diosmin, butcher’s broom, horse chestnut and hesperidin have found that, in as little as 60 days, veins dramatically diminish in size. Swelling around the ankles is also reduced or eliminated. You cannot go wrong with promoting to your customers vein-support products that offer a money-back guarantee.   by Lorna Vanderhaeghe, president and CEO Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions, Inc.

Fish Oils All Year Round

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in fish oil, are helpful in maintaining histamine levels before and during allergy season. Histamines are neurotransmitters that deliver messages to the body when allergy promoting pollens are in the air. Histamines trigger eyes to water, noses to run and sneeze, and other general inflammatory reactions to take place in an effort to rid the body of the allergen. EPA and DHA work on anti-inflammatory pathways and are great to pre-load with before allergy season and to take throughout that time of year. Fish oils have so many wonderful benefits that most choose to take them all year round. Creating end caps with the herbs for allergies and supplements before and during spring allows the customer to see the type of items you have available. Promoting fish oil along with these allergy supplements educates the consumer about yet another benefit to taking fish oil.

Cleanses are also popular this time of year and two important nutrients to include on your cleanse are fish oil and probiotics. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which are essential fatty acids that should be consumed daily to support health and well being. Even when cleansing, omega-3 fatty acids should be included as a part of your chosen program. Probiotics are usually included as well to support gut and colon health. Cleanses rid the body of toxins and it is important they are moved through the colon quickly, and probiotics support this process. Get customers thinking about spring cleanses with some free in-store lectures and simple education pieces about the types of cleanses you offer. by Stuart Tomc, CNHP, national educator, Nordic Naturals

Immune System Support

Quercetin is a dietary flavonoid with many health benefits. It alleviates allergies by preventing certain immune cells from releasing histamines. It also blocks the enzymes responsible for producing inflammatory molecules that sensitize the body’s pain receptors.

High-Quality Passionflower

Chosen by German pharmacists as top natural product of 2010! PASCOE® Calm contains a high-quality special extract of passionflower. Passionflower has a long history of use and much research in treating stress, anxiety and sleep disturbances. It is also one of the safest herbs.

D3, the Preferred Source of Vitamin D

Natural Factors new Vitamin D3 Drops 400 IU is perfect for kids. It provides the recommended daily intake for children in just one drop. Provided in a base of organic olive oil and flaxseed oil, it has a pleasant, neutral taste that makes it easy to take directly, or add to any food or beverage. Vitamin E and olive oil act as natural preservatives to ensure freshness and stability.    800/663-8900

Heart healthy combination

Omega LDL combines the concentrated fish oil found in our Ultimate Omega formula with the important heart nutrients Red Yeast Rice and Coenzyme Q10. By combining these nutrients, this formula synergistically enhances cardiovascular function and supports healthy cholesterol levels.

Reduces the risk of CVD

Kyolic Extra Strength One A Day contains 1000mg of the proprietary Aged Garlic Extract™. Kyolic Extra Strength is among a leading line of Health Canada-approved cardiovascular supplements by Kyolic. Kyolic A.G.E. is research-proven and has been trusted by Canadians for over 30 years.

Fights Belly Fat & More

Glucosmart – containing Chirositol – in more than 30 studies at the Virginia Medical School, was shown to normalize insulin, control diabetes, stop skin tags, lower cholesterol and enhance serotonin, thereby halting sugar cravings and reducing appetite. In women, Glucosmart halts male facial hair growth, acne and PCOS. But where Glucosmart really shines is in helping to fight belly fat in both men and women.

Essential Vitamins for Optimal Health

Spring is in the air!   With the first signs of spring and the warmer weather comes seasonal allergies, cleansing diets and outdoor activities. The following supplements are important for supporting vitality and wellbeing during the coming months:

1.) Vitamin C – An essential antioxidant for any immune dysfunction, injury repair and detoxification protocol.

2.) Quercitin - Inhibits the release of histamines and other inflammatory compounds from mast cells, thus reducing the allergic/inflammatory response.

3.) Omega 3’s – Essential anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and cardio protective properties.

4.) Curcumin - This spice is cancer protective, a potent antioxidant, supports liver function and is anti-inflammatory.

5.) Milk Thistle – An essential detoxifying agent that supports liver function, and acts as an antioxidant, too.

by Dr. Marita Schauch BSc ND. Dr. Schauch’s health articles educate the public about health and wellness and have been featured in numerous print media.  She resides and has her clinical practice in Victoria B.C.

EPA, natural inflammation fighter

Spring and summer are just around the corner. This means more and more Canadians will be getting outside, enjoying the warm weather and all the physical activities this brings: cycling, gardening, yard work, etc. Some people will be doing their annual internal spring cleanse; others will have to face the challenges of spring allergies.

Omega-3’s are an important consideration for people getting back into the great outdoors. Sardines, salmon and mackerel provide beneficial fats that may help protect your body against allergies. One of the Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), is a natural inflammation fighter.

Eating more of these cold-water fish or taking a fish oil supplement is especially important if allergies affect breathing, such as in those who suffer from allergic asthma. The natural inflammation-balancing actions of EPA ease the irritation in our nasal passages and lungs, therefore reducing the likelihood of an allergic response.

Keep reference articles on hand that illustrate the benefits of nutrients. While health claims are an area that retailers want to avoid, there are many educational articles available to articulate and reinforce the benefits of natural approaches to better health.  by Jolie Root, LPN, LNC, Carlson’s nutritionist/educator

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Sequel Naturals wins seven Alive awards

Sequel Naturals calls superior customer service and product innovation “a winning strategy” and the major reason the company recently took home seven Alive top product awards for 2010.

Retailers from coast-to-coast voted for the best consumer products in a variety of natural health categories for the annual awards showcase which were developed to recognize outstanding product innovation while enhancing the credibility of natural health products.

Capturing gold medals were Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer in the Multivitamins & Supplements category, Vega Sport Performance Optimizer in the Fitness & Weight Management category and Vega Sport Performance Protein, the successful sport-focused follow-up launched in 2010, in the New Supplements section.

Silver medal winners were Vega Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend in the Healthy Oils & EFAS category, Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bars in the Natural Food, Bars & Beverages category and MacaSure Chocolat in the Functional Foods category.

MacaSure captured a bronze medal in the Men’s Products category.

“We are flattered and thankful that the health food retailers, who have many products to choose from, chose ours to be best-in-class in so many categories. It is a great honour and we take great pride in these awards,” said Charles Chang, Sequel president and founder. The seven awards represents the most Sequel has won in its five-year participation in the Alive awards program.

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La Boite a Grains marks 30 years

La_Boite_a_Grains_smlCongratulations to Pierre Menard, Real Deslauriers and their team at La Boite à Grains in Gatineau, QC on reaching the 30-year milestone. Pierre was one of the original partners when the doors opened in early march 1980. Industry friends, family and customers joined Pierre and his team on November 30 to mark the anniversary."..."

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Are the new regulations helping retailers

Not when NOW Foods discontinues 53 NHPs due to the regulations' inappropriate standards of evidence, says retailer John Biggs


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Manuka Honey

Flora now has Manuka Honey

Flora is now the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manuka Health's MGO™ Manuka Honey. Guaranteed potency, wild crafted and 100 per cent pure New Zealand. MGO™ Manuka Honey is the only food in the world with a scientifically demonstrated high dietary methylglyoxal content. For more information or to order, please call 877/463-5672.

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New gluten relief and tea tree oil products

Natural Factors has introduced two new products.

Gluten Relief contains a proprietary enzyme blend to digest proteins, carbs, and fats, supporting the digestion of gluten, dairy and other difficult-to-digest foods. Gluten Relief reduces the symptoms of bloating, cramps, and gas, and normalizes the inflammatory response to help reduce allergic reactions. It can also reduce skin irritations, and enhances energy levels, improving overall health.

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Ontario grown ingredients

All systems go for Go Ontario granola bar

Taste of Nature is set to launch The Go Ontario bar at CHFA East in Toronto, which it calls the first bar using 100 per cent Ontario grown ingredients. It was the next natural evolution in Taste of Nature's "green" mandate, taking into account not only the health of consumers but also the health of our planet. Inspired by Ecosource and its organizational Youth and Local Food program, Taste of Nature has created the Go Ontario granola bar in collaboration with EcoSource and Ontario's Greenbelt. A portion of sales is donated to Ecosource to help promote better eating habits in Ontario schools. One of Go Ontario bar's goal is to help the local economy by supporting local Ontario farmers and bringing awareness into the local sustainable food movement.

For more information on Go Ontario and the nine great organic flavours, please visit or place your orders with ONFC, Sunopta and Purity Life. •

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Sequel ranks as 32nd fastest growing company

Sequel makes top 100 fastest growing companies list

Sequel Naturals, maker of Vega whole food health products, has secured a place for the third year in a row on the prestigious PROFIT 100 list of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. This year Sequel Naturals ranks as Canada's 32nd fastest-growing company, moving up 12 places from 44th in 2009.

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Connecting infants and children with essential nutrients

Natural Factors campaign supports kids

Last year, retailers helped Natural Factors and Vitamin Angels connect infants and children with essential nutrients. Natural Factors donated 18,345 bottles of Learning Factors Advanced School-Aid chewable softgels to Vitamin Angels through the "Buy One, Give One" Campaign. This year, Natural Factors is offering consumers three $5,000 prizes towards the educational needs of children in our own communities through the Learning Factors "Every Child Deserves the Chance to Learn" Campaign. Contact your sales rep for details.

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New health food store

new_health_food_storeHealth 4 U opens new store in Stony Plain

The Health 4 U Group opened its newest store recently in Stony Plain, AB.   Health 4 U co-owner Stuart Hellis (centre) conducted the ribbon cutting ceremony, with help from Health 4 U general manager Karen Scott and two local dignitaries: Stony Plain's mayor Ken Lemke (right) and Glen McCalpin, the president of the town's chamber of commerce. •

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Voted best vegetarian item

Sol burger wins award

Sol Cuisine's Mushroom Rice Burger has been voted "best vegetarian item" by the Canadian Liver Foundation. The LIVERight Awards celebrate the best and most innovative food products that are both nutritious and delicious. •

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New natural health products

CanPrev adds 20 new offerings to its product line

CanPrev is bringing 20 new products to market this fall. Each ingredient profile of the new Pro Essentials line of natural health products has been thoroughly studied and formulated to optimize its nutritional impact either alone or as an enhancement to its Therapeutics line of condition-specific products.

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The Value of Trade Shows

Are trade shows still a good investment of time and money?

by Judy Sharpe

I'll come clean right away and admit I am a little (a lot!) biased when discussing the value of trade shows. After all, I have spent the last 21 years of my career organizing and marketing some of the largest trade shows in Canada. But to be fair, the reason I have stayed with this industry is because of its value to both the exhibitor and the attendee. And, at the end of the day, we all want to feel like we are adding value...

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Are the new regulations good for our industry?

NHP regulations proving to be “unmitigated disaster”

by Shawn Buckley

The NHP regulations are an unmitigated disaster for the industry.   In the 1990’s, when the industry and consumers revolted against Health Canada enforcement actions, no one predicted that the industry would be manoeuvred into voluntarily removing far more products than Health Canada enforcement actions ever could. Yet that is what is happening. Indeed, it is the only logical consequence of the regulations....

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Peaches & Green celebrates 20 years in business

Peaches___GreenJPGCongratulations to George Chow on the 20th anniversary of his store, Peaches & Green, located in mid-town Toronto. "I have enjoyed every moment at Peaches & Green in the 20 years," says George. "The staff and customers have made the experience very enjoyable. The feelings of contributions made to others is meaningful. I've always had a strong belief in the industry and enjoyed being a part of that growth. It has allowed me to be who I am."

George points to several reasons the store has been able to thrive while being surrounded by all types of competition. "To be competitive means you have to be committed to your beliefs and core values in life and apply them to your business. These include being fair and trusting, offering value and growth,sticking to a plan, building strong two-way relationships with select vendors, staying informed and keeping up with education and hiring the best staff possible and treating them how you would want to be treated."

Over the years, George says there have been too many people who have helped along the way, but he did single out some. "In the beginning, Norm Danniels of Body Plus and Stewart Brown of Genuine Health gave me great guidance and support in so many ways. Then, Dean Yachison of Vita Health opened the doors for me to meet some of the most inspiring people in the industry, the likes of Brock Elliott, Bill Gall and John Holtmann to name a few. Many life lessons also came from customers. And being a member of the Health First Network has contributed in too many ways to mention."

When asked if he thought this was a long-term thing when he began, George answered with, "At no time did I think I would be doing this for 20 years. Now, it feels so right. I can't imagine not doing this." •

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Youth for Sustainability

Industry leaders join forces to give youth forum to create sustainability projects

A number of industry members have banded together to create Youth for Sustainability (Y4S), a project to encourage and support young people via a contest to develop their sustainability ideas. The group – called The Spiral Table – is made up of Charles Chang, founder and president, Sequel; Bruce Martin, general manager, Community Natural Foods; Stewart Brown, founder and CEO, Genuine Health; Ian Walker, founder and CEO, Left Coast Naturals; Randy Whitteker, general manager, ONFC; Rob Sinclair, founder and chief collaboration officer, Conscious Brands and Miriam Karell, founding sustainability strategist, Three Point Vision.

Y4S is looking for ideas that address a specific need for young people, create an impact beyond one community and reduce carbon consumption through education which, in turn, changes behaviour. Young people can win cash funding between $1,000 and $10,000 for their sustainability project. The contest is open to youth (or people involved with youth).

For more information on Y4S, please go to

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Good Health Mart buys six Planet Organic, Healthy's stores

The Good Health Mart has purchased six Healthy's and Planet Organic Living stores in the greater Toronto area for an undisclosed amount. The deal was completed March 17. The stores are located in Burlington, Brampton, Milton, Mississauga, Guelph and Toronto.

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Nordic Naturals named exporter of the year by US export magazine

Nordic Naturals received a 2010 Exporter of the Year award from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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PGX studies available

The efficacy of PGX has been the subject of over a dozen human clinical studies. A published human tolerance study conducted on 60 subjects showed PGX to be a safe and effective product under the test conditions (approved by French health authorities), and a published genotoxicity study further proves the safety of PGX. The studies were conducted in Australia, Canada and France, on hundreds of subjects over numerous weeks.  For more information and to read the abstracts from these four studies, visit

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Ottawa’s Rainbow Foods becomes Certified Green

By Delia Carnide


Since they first opened Rainbow Natural Foods in Ottawa, ON 30 years ago, Janet and Michael Kaplan have been guided by the concepts of environmental sustainability and social responsibility.  They started the “bring your own bag” initiative long before it became fashionable and trendy, says Janet.

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