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Health Benefits of Fennel

This bulbous vegetable may not be as familiar as some of the other veggies, but its flavor, texture, and benefits surely deserve to be a part of your list of healthy foods. What does fennel taste like? Well, it has a light, bright, and licorice-like aroma but is not overpowering. Incorporate this vegetable into your diet and you’ll surely reap the benefits as it boasts an abundance of health-protective nutrients.

Let’s discover the benefits of this vegetable and make sure to stay tuned till the end of this article to uncover the recipe perfect for this veggie!

Food for the Guts

Fennel is your digestive system’s best friend! Snacking on some fennel seeds (1/4 tsp.) or drinking fennel tea can help provide relief to your stomach. This is due to fennel’s abundance in prebiotics which is the food source for probiotic bacteria which it restores balance in the gut. Also, this veggie is rich in fiber which softens your stool.

Prevents Anemia

Iron is a vital component of hemoglobin which transports oxygen from your lungs to various parts of your body. Fennel is rich in iron therefore it helps replenish your body’s iron needs.

Source of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant known for its ability to improve your immune system, keep your skin healthy, prevent macular degeneration, and shield your body from oxidative stress. The good news is, fennel is rich in Vitamin C, and now is the time to munch on these veggies!

Roasted Fennel with Garlic & Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bulbs of fennel
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme

Direction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Remove any of the stalks from the fennel bulbs and then cut them in half lengthwise. Cut each halved fennel bulb into 1/2-inch thick slices and arrange the slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet ensuring that they are all laid out evenly and do not overlap.
  2. In a bowl combine the olive oil and minced garlic and brush it over the sliced fennel and then sprinkle the thyme, salt and pepper overtop to ensure they are all well-seasoned.
  3. Roast the fennel in the oven for 25 minutes. After 35 minutes of baking, the fennel should be tender and caramelized on the edges (cook for another 5-8 minutes if it’s not yet tender). Serve warm.

Adapted from Every last Bite

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Health Benefits of Green Beans

Green beans are one of the most common vegetables that we see in the market and they are also easy to grow whatever the climate is. Their abundance is a blessing to humanity and the earth because like all other legumes, they are rich in nutritional value and they can fix the nitrogen from the air, therefore, improving the soil that they grow in.

Time to cultivate more knowledge about this vegetable by reading more about it below.

Anti- Cancer

Green beans are abundant in chlorophyll. This green pigment can reverse the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines which are produced by foods grilled at high temperatures.

Improves Mood

This veggie can help you meet your daily folate need which is essential for regulating the homocysteine in your body. Homocysteine can prevents the blood from reaching your brain affecting the distribution of nutrients and the production of feel-good hormones.

Bone Booster

Consuming green beans along with other food can help strengthen your bones. A cup of green beans contains 20% of the Vitamin K daily requirement, and 4% of Calcium needed every single day.

Superior Immunity

These goodies are also rich in Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that amplifies your immune system and is necessary for your body’s development, growth, and repair.

Split Green Bean and Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cup green beans chopped
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound of split peas
  • 8 cups organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

  1. Chop the onion and carrots. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, green beans, and carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and split peas and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 to 55 minutes, until the split peas fall apart and the soup becomes thickened. If you’d like, with a hand-held immersion blender, pulse a few times to yield a smoother yet still chunky texture. 
  4. Stir in the kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Garnish with smoked paprika if desired.

Adapted from A Couple Cooks

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Health Benefits of Pineapple

When we think of summer vibes, tropical vacations, and beaches, one of the first fruits that pop up in our mind is the crowned queen herself, the pineapple!

Pineapple is more than just a refreshing snack or dessert. It is a great source of many nutrients such as Vitamin C and B, and minerals like manganese. This fruit is available all year round so whatever season you are in, you can always enjoy this vibrant juicy fruit.

Here are some health benefits of pineapple:

Charged with Vitamin C

A powerful antioxidant that amplifies the immune system, encourages healing and growth and is a vehicle for faster absorption of iron in our body.

Supports Digestion

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which can help reduce inflammation and supports the healing of wounds and burns. Moreover, this enzyme is linked to supporting digestion and minimizing the effects of diarrhea.

Fortifies Bones

Average consumption of pineapple can help strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. This is because, along with calcium and other trace minerals, this fruit is rich in manganese which improves mineral and bone density.

Energy Booster

Feeling down lately? Get your natural energy booster from this manganese-rich fruit! Manganese is a cofactor in energy production, reproduction, and the regulation of brain activity.

Pineapple Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Organic Pineapple Chunks 20 Ounces
  • 1 Cup Almond or coconut Milk
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice reserved from can
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Curry Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour or your favorite gluten-free flour
  • 2 Teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt to taste

Direction:

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion, garlic, and pineapple until the onions are translucent, about 3–5 minutes.
  3. Add spices to the pan and continue to cook and stir for a minute or two.
  4.  Slowly add the milk and juice while stirring. Let the mixture simmer until it starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. Salt to taste.
  5. Serve over rice and enjoy!

Adapted from ohmyveggies

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New Product Line and New Products

Since 1929, Standard Process has advanced health through high-quality, whole food based nutritional supplements.  We’re trusted partners with health care professionals who rely on our products to holistically address the body and care for patients from all walks of life. 

This year we are introducing a new Children’s Products: the Next General of Changing Lives.  SP Children’s™ Immune is a chewable supplement for kids ages 4 and older that delivers key nutrients for proper immune system functioning and development.

The first product released: Children’s Immune Chewable:

  • Supports the Immune System
  • Chewable Supplement
  • Contains prebiotic 2′-FL and bovine colostrum
  • Draws flavor from organic ingredients: elderberry and whole strawberry
  • Includes organic beet root from the Standard Process certified organic farm.
  • Excellent source of vitamin D, zinc, and antioxidant vitamin C
  • Gluten-free and non-soy

Item: 16000 – 60 Wafers

Price = $34.10

Suggested Use: For children ages 4 and older, chew two wafers per day.

The immune system is responsible for keeping out foreign substances, protecting the body, and helping maintain wellness through a person’s lifespan. When nutrition is poor, a healthy immune response can be compromised.1 On the other hand, consuming adequate amounts of essential nutrients is crucial to the immune response’s function and development.1  Fortunately, SP Children’s™ Immune is designed for everyday support to encourage a lifetime of wellness.

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc: Where Immune Systems Get Their Strength 

Vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc are vitally important for the immune system throughout all life stages, including childhood.1 SP Children’s™ Immune is an excellent source of all three.

  • Children need Vitamin C for a functioning immune system2
  • Vitamin D is a regulator of immune function1
  • Zinc is an essential mineral for immune system function3

Contains Prebiotic 2’-FL and Colostrum

The largest immune organ in the body is the GI tract. That’s why SP Children’s™ Immune contains important ingredients that may support the gut and may contribute to a healthy immune system response*:

  • 2’-FL, a prebiotic first identified in human milk, is able to reach the lower GI tract4-9 where it is broken down to feed the growth of beneficial microbes6-11*^
  • Bovine colostrum is sourced from a whole food (cow’s milk) and supports a normal healthy immune response in the GI tract12

 ^To date, shown in multiple animal studies, infants, and one adult human study.

Made Safe and Effective for Children

In a taste and tolerance study, SP Children’s™ Immune was considered safe and well-tolerated by children between 4 to 17 years old. No indications of adverse effects were observed.

Like all Standard Process products, SP Children’s™ Immune is subject to a rigorous quality control program. Our scientists run as many as 2,000 tests every week on raw materials, in-process product batches, and finished products so that we can be sure what is in the bottle reflects what is on the label.



Need to place an order?  You can now order this product on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/sp-childrens-immune

Cheers,

Cited References: 

1. Calder PC. Proc Nutr Soc. 2013 Aug;72(3):299-309. doi: 10.1017/ S0029665113001286.

2. Maggini S, Wenzlaff S, Hornig D. Journal of International Medical Research. 2010;38(2):386-414. doi: 10.1177/147323001003800203.

3. Shankar AH, Prasad AS. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1998;68(2 Suppl):447s-63s. Epub 1998/08/13. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/68.2.447S. PubMed PMID: 9701160.

4. Milani C, Duranti S, Bottacini F, Casey E, Turroni F, Mahony J, et al. MMBR. 2017;81(4):e00036-17. doi: 10.1128/MMBR.00036-17.

5. Underwood MA, Gaerlan S, De Leoz MLA, Dimapasoc L, Kalanetra KM, Lemay DG, et al. 2015;78(6):670.

6. Elison E, Vigsnaes LK, Rindom Krogsgaard L, Rasmussen J, Sorensen N, McConnell B, et al. 2016;116(8):1356-68. Epub 2016/10/22. doi: 10.1017/ S0007114516003354.

7. Iribarren C, Törnblom H, Aziz I, Magnusson MK, Sundin J, Vigsnæs LK, et al. 2019;156(6):S-242. doi: 10.1016/S0016-5085(19)37409-8.

8. Bai Y, Tao J, Zhou J, Fan Q, Liu M, Hu Y, et al. 2018;3(6):e00206-18. doi: 10.1128/ mSystems.00206-18.

9. Sela DA, Mills DA. 2010;18(7):298-307. Epub 04/19. doi: 10.1016/j. tim.2010.03.008.

10. Matsuki T, Yahagi K, Mori H, Matsumoto H, Hara T, Tajima S, et al. 2016;7:11939-. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11939.

11. Asakuma S, Hatakeyama E, Urashima T, Yoshida E, Katayama T, Yamamoto K, et al. J Biol Chem. 2011;286(40):34583-92. Epub 08/09. doi: 10.1074/jbc. M111.248138.

12. Lefranc M-P, Lefranc G. 2001. Academic Press; 2001.

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Free Gift with Detox Purchase

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have been using Standard Process and MediHerb supplements both personally and with my patients for over 20 years and the 21 Day Purification Program has been an integral part my practice.  In assisting 1000’s of patients with this program over the years, I know that sometimes it helps to have a little guidance, tips, and extra recipes to keep you on track with the program. 

I have spent the last few months creating a FREE online resource for all of our patients and customers to use with the detox program.  I have created an online, self-guided program that will walk you through the 21 day purification program step by step. 

My goal in creating this program is to provide the perfect self-study course to compliment your detox program.
 I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from over 18 years in clinical practice working with 1000’s of patients and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation of the 21 day purification program that not only teaches you the high level theory, but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same. 

Want to see what is included with this amazing bonus?  This link here lists all of the program perks and info and the step by step instructions on how to redeem access to the free program!  

https://drzgraggen.com/purification-program-bonus/ 

 When you purchase your 21 Day Purification Program kit through my office’s authorized website, you’ll receive my online program ABSOLUTELY FREE!  You can also order via phone – 843.214.2997

 Just forward a copy of your order number or receipt to us at support@drzgraggen.com and we’ll email you back with the details needed to access the course.

 I can’t wait for you to jump in!21 Day Purification Kit

Our 21-day purification program helps patients purify, nourish, and maintain a healthy body and weight. We offer eight different purification product kits based on the preferred protein and fiber choice.

Included in the program are:
1 SP Cleanse–purification
2 SP Complete, SP Complete Chocolate, SP Complete Vanilla or 2 SP Complete Dairy Free–nutritious supplement shakes
2 Gastro-Fiber or 2 Whole Food Fiber–fiber support
1 SP Green Food–phytonutrients
1 patient purification program guide
1 recyclable bag

Click this LINK to learn more about the 8 different kits or to purchase.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN
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Calcium Lactate has been improved!

We are excited to share the good news with you: Calcium Lactate has received a make over!

Standard Process has redesigned the Calcium Lactate tablets — a product that contains both calcium and magnesium — to provide you with a better experience.

Calcium Lactate is now available in medium oval tablets, which reduces the number of tablets you will need to take each day. The amount of calcium per serving has also been increased, and it’s now considered an excellent source of calcium (20% of the Daily Value).

Calcium Lactate is a dairy-free, vegan tablet that helps maintain healthy bone density.  It is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of magnesium.

  • Supports muscle and nerve function
  • Supports normal functions of cells and cell membranes
  • Supports normal blood clotting process
  • Supports proper functioning of enzyme systems
  • Supports and helps maintain healthy bone density and remodeling
  • Provides support in the immune system response function*
  • Adequate calcium as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life
  • Excellent source of calcium
  • Good source of magnesium
  • Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-dairy, non-soy


Why Calcium Lactate Works

Calcium Lactate contains 20% of the daily recommended value of calcium (from calcium lactate and stearate) and 12% of the daily recommended value of magnesium.

Both of these minerals are essential for a number of metabolic functions and processes in the body, yet much of the U.S. population struggles to meet the recommended amount of either mineral.

Calcium Lactate for Maintaining Healthy Bone Density

Bone remodeling (bone turnover) is a continuous cycle of bone breakdown by osteoclasts in areas of the body where bone isn’t needed, and bone rebuilding handled by osteoblasts.1 In other words, bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone. The balance between bone resorption and deposition is important for healthy bones, and it changes with age.

Both calcium and magnesium are critical to bone health. 99% of the body’s calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports normal and healthy bone structure and function.2 Taking an additional calcium supplement can help increase the body’s supply of calcium.

Magnesium also contributes to the structural development of bone, with 50% to 60% present in the bones. 3 In particular, magnesium is involved in bone formation and influences the activities of osteoblasts (bone rebuilding) and osteoclasts (bone breakdown).4

Calcium Lactate for Immune System Health

Both calcium and magnesium are involved in supporting aspects of the body’s healthy immune system.  Calcium (Ca2+) signals control various aspects of cell functioning such as T lymphocytes.5 T lymphocytes – along with other immune cells – respond to foreign particles in the body. These T cells, which are made in bone marrow and are essential for cell-mediated immunity, need a sustained Calcium ion flow for regulation, activation, and proliferation.5

Emerging research indicates magnesium may also play a role in the human immune system response such as through magnesium transporters. A number of magnesium transporters have been identified in immune cells such as Magnesium transporter 1 (MagT1).6 MagT1 is expressed in the spleen, thymus, T and B lymphocytes, suggesting that MagT1 may be involved in the human immune system functions. 7

Does lactate come from milk?

The term “lactate” sounds similar to “lactose,” and you may assume that it comes from cow’s milk, but that is not the case. Calcium Lactate is a non-dairy product.

The “lactate” in Calcium Lactate is a calcium salt of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a byproduct of the bacterial fermentation of sugar. In this case, it does not come from milk.

Need to place an order?  You can now order this product on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/calcium-lactate

 Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN

References

1. Wardlaw GM, Hampl JS, DiSilvestro RA. Perspectives in Nutrition. 6th edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 2004.2. Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010.
3. Institute of Medicine (IOM). Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.
4. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/ 
5. Oh-hora M, Rao A. Calcium signaling in T-lymphocytes. Curr Opin Immunol. 2008 June; 20(3): 250–258. 
6. Schmitz C, Perraud AL. Chapter 26 – Magnesium and the Immune Response, Editor(s): James F. Collins. Molecular, Genetic, and Nutritional Aspects of Major and Trace Minerals, Academic Press, 2017, Pages 319-331. 
7. Al Alawi AM, Al Badi A, Al Huraizi A, Falhammar H. Chapter Six – Magnesium: The recent research and developments. Editor(s): N.A. Michael Eskin. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Academic Press, Volume 96, 2021, Pages 193-218.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Ya’ll this paleo recipe is soooo good. If you want that buffalo chicken feel without the guilt of fried food, dairy, or gluten this will be your new jam. Whether you a just looking to eat healthy or add weight loss as one of your health goals, this recipe is here to serve all the feels. Serve my buffalo chicken dip on lettuce wraps, gluten free crackers, or just dip in with some veggie sticks. I hope you enjoy! – Dr Z

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Use a saucepan and boil the cashews in water for about 12-15 minutes or until they are soft.
  2. In a blender or food processor add drained cashews, spices, water, lemon juice and hot sauce. Blend until nice and smooth.
  3. Add the drained chicken to a casserole dish.
  4. Spread sauce from the blender on top of the chicken and mix well.
  5. Bake casserole dish at 350 degrees in over for about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve buffalo dip on lettuce wraps, with gluten free crackers or with veggies. ENJOY!

This dish will make approximately 4 servings – 330 calories per serving.

If you like this paleo recipe, check out my paleo- Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe.

Want to see how I made this paleo recipe? If so, watch the video below!

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