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February 2017 Vitamin Primer

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February 2017

Monroe Farmer’s Market is open year round from 7am-12noon

Chantelle’s Medicinal Teas now available at Health Matters

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due via email February 8 at noon; Pickup February 10 at 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe February 3 Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting February 18 at 3 PM held at First Presbyterian Church

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM 

Yoga with Chantelle-Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- Calendar available at the Store

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Vitamin /Herbs Help or Hype? February 15 6:30-7:30 #K73

Kitchen Transition  February 28  6:30-7:30 #K70


Healthy Happenings: Understanding Vitamins & Minerals from The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book by Shari Leiberman PhD, CNS, FACN

I realize it is really heart month but I thought you might be interested in how to purchase and take all of the vitamins we spend so much of our hard earned money on, which can go a long way towards keeping us and our hearts and pocketbooks healthy.  It is so frustrating when we shop for vitamins and there are so many choices for the same vitamins and the prices can vary from $5.00 (buy one, get one free) to $25.00 or more for the same vitamins.  One of the reasons I opened the store almost 13 years ago was that several customers in grocery stores, pharmacies, and even health food stores were confused and I offered my help to them. When I began researching products I realized the price really is not a good indication of quality, the companies that I purchase from have very good reputations and most have generous return policies.  One of the most disturbing things I learned last year is that one of the probiotic suppliers has been sold to Clorox. When this type of acquisition happens I get concerned about the quality of the products.  I hope they will develop a chart for supplements like they have for the organic food industry to make this information available to the public. Another scenario that happened last year involved a new supplier who had sent products that were organic and GMO free. However, 5 out of 7 of the products were not great quality and I chose to discard them.  We do our very best to offer great quality at a reasonable price to our customers.  Anyone wanting more information on vitamins can sign up for my class Vitamin/Herbs Help or Hype? on February 14.


·         Vitamins:

v  Multi-Vitamin and Mineral is looked at as an insurance policy, providing the RDA (Really Dumb Amount) amount for the vitamins and minerals in any product.   It really just provides a person the basics, but not enough of several important minerals and vitamins, i.e. magnesium, vitamin C, and Vitamin D.  Many of us need to supplement with higher doses of individual vitamins.  

Multi-vitamins should be taken at least twice a day with meals that include fat to enhance absorption. With the fat soluble vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin D , Vitamin E and Vitamin K if we do not take them with fat they will not absorb into our systems.  Many of the vitamins are water soluble and the body flushes out any extra. There are many vitamin brands to choose from these days I prefer vitamins that are from food sources or at least include some of the powerful green foods such as spirulina, chlorella, and alfalfa.  I do not need to take a multi-vitamin because several years ago I started taking herbal infusions-see recipes at the end of this newsletter-that provides a variety of vitamins and minerals in a liquid form that make them more bioavailable.

v  Vitamin C is one of the most important water soluble vitamins that can be used for a multitude of health issues; allergies, cancer prevention, enhance immunity, stress and after surgery.  The RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg.  Dr. Shari Leiberman recommends minimum of 1,000 mg to a maximum 10,000 mg. Your body indicates when you have reached your maximum absorption by producing loose stools. If this should happen, reduce the dosage by 1,000 mg.  The most popular form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid which can increase the acidity of the body.  The form I prefer is calcium ascorbate which is buffered and is gentler on the stomach.  When shopping for vitamin C, look for bioflavonoids on the label.  The bioflavonoids improve the absorbability of the vitamin C.  Chewable or powdered vitamin C may be easier to take, but is also damaging to tooth enamel.

v  Vitamin D3 is not truly a vitamin for two reasons.  First, our bodies can make it upon exposure to sunlight.  Second, in its active form, it is considered to be a hormone. It is necessary to ensure mineral absorption and bone mineralization.  Physicians can test our blood for vitamin D ordering a 25Hydroxy Vitamin D levels.  Holistic physicians recommend levels between 50-75.  Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and should be taken with food including fat.  Vitamin D appears to be valuable for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease prevention, and cancer prevention.  Doses range from 1,000IU to 5,000IU daily.

v  Vitamin K2 is the newest fat soluble vitamin to gain recognition for bone health and blood clotting.  Consult a physician if you are on blood thinners.

v  Vitamin B complex is utilized as coenzymes, they are essential for maintaining healthy nerves, skin, hair, eyes, liver and mouth.

The B vitamins also give us energy, as they are necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  B vitamins are water soluble, therefore, taking more than 25mg each at one time or taking with a multi-vitamin will result in flushing out the excess.

v  Folic Acid takes part in a variety of body processes, ranging from the synthesis of genetic material to the transmission of nerve signals.  In one of its most important roles, folic acid works closely with vitamin B12 in the metabolism of amino acids and the synthesis of proteins.  Folic Acid is a synthetic supplement that is cheap and easy to mass produce.  I prefer Methylfolate which is different than Folic acid because it is already broken down for those who lack the ability to break down Folic Acid on their own.

v  Vitamin B12 is taken for anemia and is a coenzyme needed by the body to form heathy blood and perform a variety of other functions.   A deficiency may develop in the elderly due to decrease in stomach acid as we age.  I prefer Methylcobalamin taken sublingually.  Vitamin B12 is used for anxiety and depression, B12 anemia, emotional and physical stress, cardiovascular disease and elevated homocysteine levels. 

·         Minerals:

v  Calcium has been recommended for bone health for many years; however, in the last few years calcium has been linked to increased risk for heart attack, kidney stones and bone spurs.  I stopped taking calcium supplements several years ago after unsuccessfully using calcium to treat my osteoporosis.  I now make an effort to get my calcium from food sources like milk, cheese, and my homemade yogurt.  I now take Strontium instead of calcium and have had great success improving from osteoporosis to osteopenia.  If customers do not consume dairy products they can take a small amount of calcium with double the amount of magnesium.

v  Magnesium is used throughout the body to activate enzymes, is critical for proper cell function, and necessary for bone health.

Magnesium works together with calcium and vitamin D to strengthen bones.  Magnesium oxide or magnesium carbonate have the greatest potency and can help if you are bothered by constipation.  I prefer chelated magnesium that is bound with amino acids to facilitate absorption.  I take my magnesium at bedtime to help me sleep and prevent muscle cramps. Other uses for magnesium are angina, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and menstrual problems.


Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


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Store News:

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

v  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Make your own face mask- Instead of buying fancily packaged facial masks, try making your own from organic preservative-free ingredients.  Mix a teaspoon of clear honey (which is full of vitamins and has antiseptic qualities) with 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of oats.  Gently rub the mixture into your face, leave to dry for 15 minutes, and then remove with a hot, damp cloth.  The yogurt will cleanse your skin, and the oats provide gentle exfoliation.


Words to Live By: Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  James Barrie


  Recipe of the Month

Herbal Infusions

Directions-Place 1 cup of one of these herbs in a quart jar, fill with boiling water, seal tightly, leave on counter overnight (at least 4 hours).  In the morning strain out and discard plant material, pour liquid back into quart jar.   Store herbal liquid in refrigerator for up to three days.   You can drink 1 to 2 cups per day.  These organic herbs are available at Health Matters.  You can pick red clover beginning in June.

1.        Oatstraw is an excellent whole body tonic, used for both physical and mental exhaustion.  Oatstraw contains calcium, b-complex, potassium, and carotenes. 

2.        Nettle is a popular remedy for low hemoglobin/hematocrit and iron deficiency anemia.  Nettle root is used to clear uric acid from the system to relieve symptoms of gout and other arthritic conditions.  The leaf is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, zinc and chromium,

as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals.

3.        Red Clover is an excellent detoxifier or blood purifier.  Red clover is rich in minerals, most notably calcium, nitrogen, and iron.  Red clover is used for easing chest complains such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis.

4.        Red Raspberry is a highly nourishing reproductive tonic, providing nutrients that tone and strengthen the entire genitourinary system.  One of the richest sources of iron, it also contains niacin and manganese, a trace mineral used by the body to produce healthy connective tissue.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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February 2017 Vitamins and Minerals

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