Monday, January 31, 2011

Personal Health: Shopping at Health Food & Book Stores

Today I went to the health food store where they had a huge sale on several brands. Fifty percent off on New Chapter products, so I thought I'd try the top of the line, pricey Prostate 5LX  offering "Total Prostate Protection".  It "promotes healthy prostate function and normal urine flow and modulates 5-lipoxygenase and promotes normal prostate cell growth in vitro."

Since my prostate gland is over 60 and I know that 70% of 75 year old men have cancer cells in their prostate gland, I want to work at being one of the 30%.  The New Chapter product (each 2 softgels) includes Saw Palmetto 320 mg, a well researched herb for prostate health, green tea 100 mg, Stinging nettle 50 mg each of 2 types, ginger 80 mg, selenium probiotic nutrients, rosemary 10 mg, organic pumpkin seed oil 96 mg.

An interesting comment on the box is, "Our premium softgel capsules are prepared without any chemical solvents and are prion free."  PRION FREE:  another first for me.  I've never seen a product that felt a need to state that it is prion free.  I don't know how one tests for the absence of prions. Many of you may know that prions are the invisible cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("Mad cow disease" in cows).  Well, I'm pleased to know that my prostate won't accidentally lead me to get prion infestation.

Another New Chapter (and prion free) product I bought on sale at half off is Zyflamend to promote a healthy inflammatory response and normal cardiovascular and joint function.  Two softgels include Rosemary 150 mg, Turmeric 110 mg, Ginger 100 mg, Holy Basil, 100 mg, Green Tea 100 mg, Hu Zhang 80 mg, Chinese Goldthread 40 mg, Barberry 40 mg, Oregano 40 mg, Baikal Skullcap 20 mg.  The product is "naturally gluten free".

Zyflamend is the "#1 selling herbal in the U.S. for healthy inflammation response.  It contains hundreds of bioactive constituents from ten of the most researched botanicals that together promote a healthy inflammatory response and support multiple health benefits.  These benefits include healthy aging, joint health and heart health."

I also got a bottle of Solgar brand Niacin 250 mg, that I take nightly for cholesterol health. On the bottle is written, "cardiovascular support, promotes energy metabolism".  It's gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, sugar, sodium, preservatives, color, sweetener and dairy free.

Also on sale was SAMe 200 mg for 50% off. It's S-adenosyl-L-methionine.  I take two tablets daily  for joint function and mobility in hips, spine and knees.   It is a transmethylator, providing  methyl groups to molecules that include neurotransmitters and others that mediate cell to cell communication. It helps to form proteoglycans, which are used to renew the martrix of cartilage.  It also is known to enhance liver function.

Stevia was another sale product today at 30% off. It's a natural sweetener that I put in coffee and tea.  Five drops contains 43 mg of Stevia leaf extract, that about sweetens one cup of coffee.

I also picked up some Ezekiel 4:9 English muffins.  "Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and mix them together in a storage jar.  Use this food to make bread for yourself during the 390 days you will be lying on your side."... Ezekiel 4:9.  A man decided to produce this Biblical product in various breads.  I won't be on my side for 390 days of preparing it as it instructs us in the Bible.  It should be helpful for insulin resistance.

I dropped in to Barnes and Nobles to get a cup of Starbucks coffee and was suddenly seized with the need to get a few books.  These included, The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain by Donna Finando and some others.

I will now be healthier, wiser and, temporarily, more awake (from the Starbuck's coffee).


  1. Wow! That's a lot of supplements. It gives me an idea - maybe the health food store has a calcium supplement that doesn't contain dairy or soy. Thanks for the idea. Hope you have a great week :)

  2. What a eclectic mix of items you bought!

    Isn't it funny what they list products to be free of these days? Prions??

    On the advice of my internal medicine specialist, I have recently started eating 'gluten free'. I can't find any "GF" iron supplements.

    Sounds like I need a visit to your health food store.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Yes WS, the health food store probably a has Calcium supplement without dairy or soy. You're right about a lot of different chemicals in the four products. My multivitamin with minerals is another long list, as is my Fruits and Vegetables tablet, etc. I should start a natural foods garden in my back yard and save on supplements, but I won't.

    Penelope, HF stores are very interesting since you get to see all the products and pick your own brands. I love my Carlson's Lemon Flavored Omega 3 Fish oil and the high fiber cereal with flax seed from Bob's Mill (see post about breakfast, chocolate and cucumbers). Gluten free is great for lottery winners, but pricey for many. Thanks for the comments