Tag Archives: Nutrition

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Upcoming Lecture with Lester Burke: “Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients: Experience the Liquid Advantage”

Join us on Tuesday, January 10th at 8pm in our Mandarin store as Lester Burke of Buried Treasure discusses liquid supplements, Buried Treasure products, certified organics, and much more!

Founded in 1996, Buried Treasure specializes in the manufacture of liquid minerals, liquid vitamins, and liquid speciality nutrient formulas. As the manufacturer of high potency liquid complexes designed for efficient absorption and greater bioavailability, Buried Treasure produces optimum potency synergistic liquid formulas free of fillers, binders, or excipients.

Lester has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the health food industry. He serves on the board of the SENPA and is a member of the NPA and AHPA.  He is a noted expert contributor to health food magazines, and talk-radio guest speaker for health and nutrition broadcasts.

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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.


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.

ON SALE NOW! (July 7 – August 6, 2011)

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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


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.


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

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.

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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.


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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Consumers Switch to Store Brands in Tough Economic Times

Article from the Feburary 09 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine . . .  

Consumers Switch to Store Brands in Tough Economic Times
Compromised Ingredient Quality Could Make Them Switch Back to National Brands by Theresa Edwards Makrush

Shoppers searching for ways to save on their grocery, health and beauty products often turn to private label products, or “store brands”, especially during times of economic recession. Neilson, a consumer trends tracking company, reports that in the past year, sales of private label products in grocery stores have increased nearly 10 percent and in drug stores, 15 percent. However, maintaining high quality standards is a concern for the private label industry.

Store brand products are often manufactured in the same plant as national brands, but are packaged with a retailer’s unique label and in most cases, sold at lower prices. While many retailers attribute the low cost of their store brand products to less overhead in marketing and advertising, Brian Sharoff, president of the Private Label Manufacturer’s Association, cautioned retailers and manufacturers that consumers who switch to private label products to save money now are likely to switch back to national brand products if the ingredient quality is compromised.

“The state of the economy can create a historic expansion of retailers’ store brands, but only if the industry remains committed to offering consumers the best store brands possible,” Sharoff said at the industry’s annual trade association meeting in November. Depending on the retailer, manufacturing agreements for quality control and quality standards, variations in ingredients can occur.

One retailer doing things a little differently is Native Sun Natural Foods Market. Named 2008 Retailer of the Year by WholeFoods Magazine, this Jacksonville-based organic supermarket chooses to forgo private labeling and only stock the highest quality national brands. Instead, Native Sun created their “Handpicked By Native Sun” program which tags items that they feel they couldn’t have done better themselves.

“I’ve been to over 30 manufacturing plants to evaluate who we could partner with to make a private label line for Native Sun,” said the company’s Director of Nutrition Beverly Velasquez. “The closest match to our standards for ingredient quality is already used in the national brands we carry and we do not want to compromise on ingredients just to offer a cheaper product that doesn’t work as well.”

The Native Sun commitment to high quality standards takes the guess work out of shopping for natural and organic products for customers. The store bans all GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and only sells products that are free from synthetic ingredients like artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. Velasquez said Native Sun quality standards also push for products that ship directly from the manufacturer rather than from a distribution center or warehouse.

Velasquez advises customers to look for clues on product labels to determine origin and quality. “If the label states ‘manufactured by’ the company on the label, it is a national brand. If it is a private label product it will state ‘manufactured for’ or ‘distributed by.’ It’s pretty easy to see,” she said, “but ingredient information is more difficult for customers to verify.”

For example in selecting a fish oil supplement, the ingredient list may appear the same from brand to brand, but quality differences are not obvious. Velasquez explained that the size of the fish used and the water quality of the seas where the fish are harvested impact the quality of the oil extracted. “Small fish that haven’t been in the food chain very long and that live in pristine water produce the highest quality fish oil,” she said, noting that some manufacturers use larger fish, or may source the fish from a less desirable water source, and in some cases with private label manufacturing, there can be substitute ingredients when higher quality fish is unavailable.

She encourages customers to do research about brands and how they are manufactured by looking on the Web, checking the history of companies, and looking at the raw materials and processes used to make the products. “Most customers don’t have time for this,” said Velasquez, “but at Native Sun we are committed to this kind of research for every product we sell.”

A Native Sun employee since the company was founded in 1997, Velasquez has 29 years of experience in the natural and organic industry having owned her own food brokerage and manufacturing plant prior to working at Native Sun.

Handpicked By Native Sun

Look for Native Sun Natural Foods Market's Handpicked stickers around the store.

Look for Native Sun Natural Foods Market's Handpicked stickers around the store.

In lieu of private labeling, Native Sun Natural Foods Market created their “Handpicked by Native Sun” program to designate products they feel stand out for quality and value. Previously reserved for only the health and beauty departments, you can now find this sticker on products all around the store. Handpicked items are chosen by owner Aaron Gottlieb and his staff based on Native Sun’s strict product standards and commitment to providing only the best all-natural and organic products at the best prices.