Category Archives: Nutrition

Fresh Turmeric Root Now Available at Native Sun Baymeadows!

The other day, our Baymeadows produce manager poked her head in the door to let me know that we had just received a shipment of turmeric root and she wanted to get the word out because we don’t get it in stock all that often. I wasn’t sure if I had eaten turmeric before, but I was positive that I had never seen it. In order to remedy this situation, we decided to grab some turmeric and set up a photo shoot. As you can see from the picture above, there are certainly more visually appealing foods, but since turmeric is a root, I’m going to forgive its gnarled appearance and focus on its health benefits.

So, what’s so great about turmeric? Well, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric demonstrates anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of the following diseases and conditions*:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain and Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Depression, Dementia, and other Brain Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, and Immune System Compromises

In the kitchen, turmeric typically makes itself at home in curries and other Indian style dishes, but works well with all kinds of flavors. If you’re interested in spicing up some of your favorite dishes or trying out some new recipes, swing by Native Sun Baymeadows and pick up some fresh turmeric!

Note: Fresh Turmeric subject to availability. Priced at $12.99/lb.   

*This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please visit our Nutrition Department with any questions you might have about curcumin and its potential health benefits.

FREE LECTURE “Turmeric: The Miracle Cure?” with Leslie Patterson! (Tuesday, November 8th @ 8pm at the Mandarin Store)

The Native Sun Education Series continues November 8th at 8pm as Leslie Patterson visits  our Mandarin store for a free lecture on fighting inflammation within the body. Leslie will focus on the healing power of turmeric, a popular supplement recognized for its potential to reduce inflammation associated with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, alzheimers, dementia, and other debilitating diseases.

With 5 years experience in the natural health industry as a representative and educator for eight different manufacturers and over a hundred different products, Leslie Patterson brings with her a wealth of product information and knowledge along with a healthy dose of practicality.

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat today!

Visit the Nutrition Department of either Native Sun store to sign up! You may also reserve your seat by calling either store location.

Upcoming Lecture with David Gerhardt of King Bio: 8pm October 4, 2011 @ Baymeadows Store

For those customers and staff who attended David Gerhardt’s lecture on Homeopathy at our Mandarin store in June, the evening provided insight into the potential healing power of homeopathy. Gerhardt explained the importance of homeopathic remedies formulated with multiple potencies that allow the chosen remedy to work effectively in the treatment of acute, chronic, and deep health conditions. According to Gerhardt, when multiple potencies are included in the same remedy, the body selects the appropriate dosage and dilution needed to create change and speed the healing process.

As the evening and lecture progressed, Gerhardt invited those in attendance to walk with him to the King Bio section of our Nutrition Department, where he further discussed the products in relation to individual health needs. Overall, customer participation and response was enthusiastic! It was great to see people genuinely excited about the healing potential of King Bio products and we couldn’t be more excited for David Gerhardt to visit Native Sun Baymeadows on October 4, 2011 at 8pm for another lecture!

We hope that you will join us for a great evening of learning and discussion. Sign up sheets are available in the nutrition department of either store.

Note: King Bio products are available in the Nutrition Departments at both of our stores. Stop in with any questions, concerns or comments and be sure to check our sales flyer and blog for updates on King Bio products!

CoQ10 Takes On Dry Mouth!

A vitamin-like substance that plays a critical role in cellular energy production throughout the body, Coenzyme Q10 remains a popular supplement option associated with many health benefits and backed by clinical research and trials (Balch 31). In a recent post on his website, Dr. Michael Murray discusses CoQ10’s potential role in alleviating the symptoms of dry mouth, a unique benefit for a supplement already linked to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer (as an immune booster and/or chemotherapy relief), diabetes, and other prominent health issues (Murray 1). As Murray explains, CoQ10 increases chemical energy (ATP) production, “allowing the saliva-producing cells enough energy to secrete more saliva into the mouth,” effectively reducing the dry mouth sensation (Weekly Fast Facts 1).

For more information, check out the entire article here: Dr. Murray CoQ10 vs Dry Mouth. Even if you aren’t suffering from dry mouth, stop by the Nutrition Department of either Native Sun Store to learn about the possible benefits of adding CoQ10 to your supplement regime.

References:

Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. 5th ed. New York: Avery, 2010. Print.

Murray, Dr. Michael. “Coenzyme Q10: Uses, Forms, and Dosage Recommendations.” Featured Articles (2011). Web. 12 July 2011. <www.doctormurray.com>.

Murray, Dr. Michael. Weekly Fast Facts. 11 July 2011. PDF Regarding CoQ10 as Dry Mouth Inhibitor. Www.doctormurray.com.

Want the scoop on Sea Buckthorn Juice?

If you’re curious about Sea Buckthorn Juice, Native Sun can help! A small, bright orange berry that thrives along seacoasts, in semi-dry desert conditions, and in sub-alpine climates throughout Europe and Asia, Sea Buckthorn contains over “190 biologically active compounds including vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, K, and P, along with amino acids, Folic Acids, Tocopherols, Flavonoids, Terpenes, Phenols,” and omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9 (Genesis Today 2010). Sea Buckthorn Juice can help support “liver health, healthy skin, hair, nails, eyes, and cardiovascular health while stimulating immune response and providing balanced energy* (Genesis Today 2010).

At Native Sun we carry the following Sea Buckthorn Juice products*:

Genesis Today Sea Buckthorn 100 ($17.49/16 oz)

Genesis Today Sea Buckthorn 100 ($6.79/4 oz)

If you’re having trouble with taste of the pure Sea Buckthorn Juice (you certainly won’t confuse it with orange juice), try the following recipe from Genesis Today:

Sea Buckthorn100 Warming Tea

You will need:

30 ml (1 fl oz) Sea Buckthorn100

1bag of pure ginger tea

Raw honey or agave nectar to taste

250 ml (about 8 fl oz) boiling spring or purified water

Directions:

Steep ginger tea in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Remove bag.

Add Sea Buckthorn100 and honey to taste. Drink hot.

*We are doing our best to keep the products in stock but demand is extremely high and supply is very low. Please understand that we may have limited amounts of Sea Buckthorn juice at this time.

References:

Today, Genesis. Sea Buckthorn 100. Austin: Genesis Today, 2010. Print.

Check out the new “King” of Homeopathic Remedies at Native Sun!

At Native Sun we recently introduced the King Bio line, “an FDA registered pharmaceutical company dedicated to the quality manufacture of safe, fast-acting, homeopathic medicines” and treatments (King Bio 10). King Bio formulates natural medicines “designed to work powerfully at every level of life” as they restore, activate, and strengthen our “internal mechanisms” and “inner constitution” to promote healing (14).

In terms of formulation, King Bio products make use of a unique pure water base, making them the “only company manufacturing homeopathic [products] without [the] sugar, alcohol, or glycerin,” typically found in other homeopathics (14). Aside from being sugar, alcohol, and glycerin free, King Bio products contain “three equal volume potencies (or strengths) of each ingredient” to encourage a balanced response and a “higher percentage of actual cures” when compared to single, lower potency concentrations (15). The convenient spray pump makes delivery effortless while allowing you to introduce the product orally, topically, and through olfactory dosages that can encourage healing both internally and externally (17).

If you’re looking for the latest in homeopathic formulation, look no further than King Bio!

For more information about King Bio, stop by the Native Sun Nutrition department or visit the King Bio website.

Check out our June Sales Flyer for savings on select King Bio products until July 6, 2011!

References:

King Bio. “King Bio Natural Medicine Clinical Reference Guide.” King Bio Training Manuals (2007-09): 10-17. Web. 27 May 2011. <http://www.kingbio.com/trainingmanuals%202.html&gt;.

Feeling overwhelmed by food allergies or a special diet?

Adopting a new diet often coincides with feelings of uncertainty, confusion, and frustration. The previously inviting aisles of the grocery store suddenly seem menacing, turning once hassle free shopping trips into label reading, ingredient-dissecting lessons in food chemistry. Typically, it feels as though every product contains the exact ingredients that must be avoided or eliminated from the diet. Worse, even when a product appears to meet dietary restrictions, a call to the company to confirm allergen statements often reveals the possibility of cross-contamination or a general lack of product knowledge on behalf of the manufacturer.

Despite the potential labeling pitfalls and communication mishaps, shopping for allergen friendly products doesn’t have to be an appetite sapping annoyance. At Native Sun, we take the inconvenience and frustration out of shopping for allergen friendly foods with FREE customer walkthroughs!

Store Walkthrough Service:

For those recently diagnosed with conditions that require special diets, we have always offered free educational walkthroughs to familiarize you with the dietary options available to you.

No matter how restricting a particular diet, we strive to find you suitable alternatives to the foods you enjoy. On average, walkthroughs typically last for an hour and thirty minutes as dictated by customer need. You can expect to leave a walkthrough armed with a newfound confidence in your diet and a better understanding of how to read and interpret labels. We also provide personal product recommendations and introduce our allergen tagging system.

Sign up for a Free Walkthrough today at customer service in either Native Sun Store!

FREE Lecture on Anti-Aging Tuesday May 17th @ 8pm

Sally Byrd will be at Native Sun Natural Foods Market’s Baymeadows location at 11030 Baymeadows Road on Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm to give a FREE lecture “Collagen’s Role in Anti-Aging.”

A fibrous structural protein that occurs naturally in bones, connective tissues, and skin, collagen protects joints, ligaments, and tendons while aiding in the renewal of all cells within the body. As we age, the collagen in our bodies begins to break down, aging our cells, reducing the elasticity of the skin, and creating wrinkles. Join us as we explore the potential benefits of collagen supplementation, learning how collagen can help rejuvenate the skin and redefine the aging process!

Sally Byrd is a board certified and registered traditional naturo-path and author who currently works as the Director of Sales, Education and Formulation for Dr. Venessa’s Formulas™.

Seating is limited & reservations are required by calling 904-260-6950.

Looking For White Kidney Bean Extract?

Touted as a “starch blocker,” Phaselous vulgaris, or white kidney bean, often appears as a primary ingredient in weight-loss supplements. Numerous studies demonstrate the possible effectiveness of white kidney bean extract in blocking the absorption and break down of carbohydrates in the body (Bean Extract 2007). While not a license to eat carbs freely, when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and steady dose of exercise, white kidney bean extract may help promote weight loss*.

If you are interested in putting white kidney bean extract to the test, try either of the following products found in our Nutrition Department!

BioChem – Carb Phaser 1000 Phase 2 – ($13.46 for 120 Veggie Caps)

Nature’s Plus – Ultra Fat Busters - ($23.99 for 60 Tablets)

*Author’s Note: This blog is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 Source:

Extract, Bean. “Weight Loss Weapon — Carb-cutting Enzyme Stopped By Bean Extract, Endocrinologists Say.” Science Daily: News & Articles in Science, Health, Environment & Technology. 1 Apr. 2007. Web. 06 May 2011. file://localhost/<http/::www.sciencedaily.com:videos:2007:0404-weight_loss_weapon.htm>.

Looking For Nutritional Yeast?

Interested in adding a little nutritional yeast to your favorite foods? A rich source of fiber and protein with a distinctive cheese taste, nutritional yeast can add savory flavor to a variety of foods including popcorn, pasta, salad, and dressings. At Native Sun, we have several great nutritional yeast options!

KAL Nutritional Yeast Flakes $10.29 (12oz)

Red Star Nutritional Yeast $4.84 (5oz Shaker)

BULK Nutritional Yeast $9.09 Per Pound

Try this great recipe incorporating nutrition yeast!

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