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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 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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Health Benefits of Lime

Lime is a citrus fruit known for its vibrant green color and sweet yet sour refreshing taste. Many species of lime differ in characteristics (shapes, aroma, and flavor), to name a few: key lime, Persian lime, desert lime, and makrut lime. 

Beyond its flavor, this fruit contains nutrients that promote a more robust immune system, prevent kidney stones, create healthier skin, and reduce heart disease.

Let’s discover the benefits that make lime a powerhouse fruit!

Ultra Immunity

The main nutrient that citrus fruit is known for is Vitamin C and that includes lime. Vitamin C can help protect you from infection and inflammation, and enhance the healing process of your body.

Healthy Skin

Accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare, adding lime to your water or food can improve the texture and complexion of your skin through the help of vitamin c and flavonoids. 

Reduces the risk of heart disease

Lime is rich in potassium which can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. It also contains magnesium which plays a significant role in the heart’s healthy rhythm.

Non-Alcoholic Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 Tbs honey, more to taste (optional)
  • 10 to 15 mint leaves
  • 4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water, or club soda
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish

Direction:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Cut the lime into wedges (about 4 or 5), reserving one for garnish. Add the remaining wedges along with the honey syrup to a tumbler. Muddle well to release all of the lime juice.
  3. Add the mint, tearing each leaf into smaller pieces, and muddle gently to release the herb’s essence.
  4. Fill the glass with ice then sparkling water or soda. Add more honey syrup, if desired. Stir well to incorporate the lime and mint into the ice.
  5. Garnish with the reserved lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.

Adapted from The Spruce Eats

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Health Benefits of Fig

This fruit is a member of the mulberry family and it is a fruit of the ficus tree. Figs are delicate and their taste is described as syrupy liqueur sweet, with a chewy and soft texture and slightly crunchy.

Let’s climb into the ficus tree and discover what makes this fruit special and brilliant!

Healthy Digestion

Figs are enriched with fibers & prebiotics which are the perfect combo for a healthy tummy! It can also aid in shedding weight due to its high soluble fiber content and it can make you feel full for a longer period.

Anti-Parasitic

Figs have also been shown to help kill parasites and are one of the main ingredients in Dr Z’s recommended parasite protocol.  It can be found in the Zymex II product which she recommends for parasite detox and support.

Fertility Fruit

Figs have been a symbol of fertility since ancient Greek times. They are rich in iron which plays a major role in the ovulation process in females. 

Beneficial to your Heart

Fig contains fiber and potassium which can assist with decreasing fat from your body and pressure in your heart. This goodie is also fortified with antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals and reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

Strong Bones

With the presence of calcium and potassium, figs can help improve the density of your bones which can protect you from bone diseases such as osteoporosis. 

Citrus & Fresh Fig Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk (organic and unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 3-4 fresh figs, stem removed and chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tangelo zest (or other citrus)
  • To garnish: 2 quartered fresh figs, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, and additional maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, chia seeds, citrus zest, and maple syrup. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so. Add in the chopped figs and stir again.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight until it’s thick and pudding-like. When ready to serve, stir the pudding well and divide between two small bowls. Garnish each pudding with a quartered fig, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup, to taste. Eat.
  3. The pudding can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. 

Note: Feel free to substitute your citrus of choice – oranges, tangerines, and clementines would all work well.

Adapted from Veggies and Gin

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Health Benefits of Lychee

Lychee, also known as ‘Litchi’ or ‘Lichi’, is a native fruit of Southeast Asia. Since ancient times, this fruit has been a favorite of the Cantonese and is eaten fresh or dried. 

In the present day, Lychee is now enjoyed worldwide due to its refreshing, aromatic, and sweet flavor which makes it an ideal fruit to savor during a busy day!

The most important factor why you should consider trying out this fruit is because it is rich in health benefits that will help strengthen your immunity and together; we will discover those benefits in this blog.

Fortifies Your Immunity

The first thing that pops into your mind when you think of “healthy” is “immunity”. Well, you are in perfect luck because Vitamin C is lychee’s most significant vitamin and it contains more than 100% of the daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps stimulate the activity of white blood cells and promotes cell regeneration.  

Smooth Digestion

Indulge your snack time with lychee and expect your toilet time to be easier and more comfortable! This fruit is rich in dietary fiber that bulks your stool and stimulates peristaltic motion of the smooth small intestine muscles for a smoother bowel movement. Lyche also increases the efficiency of the absorption of nutrition by promoting the production of gastric and digestive juices.

Improve Blood Circulation

Lyche contains a considerable amount of copper, a nutrient that is integral in the formation of RBC therefore, it amplifies blood circulation and increases the oxygenation of the organs and cells.

Lychee-vanilla coconut cooler

Ingredients:

  • 10–12 fresh lychees, peeled
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups almond or hemp milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-inch piece of vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup black tapioca pearls

Direction:

  1. Bring four cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Throw in the tapioca pearls and boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Remove from the water and place into a container. Cover with fresh water and place a lid on it and refrigerate until you are ready to use it.
  2. Combine all of the other ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a container and place in the refrigerator to chill.
  3.  About an hour before serving, place it in the freezer. Add some of the tapioca pearls to the cooler before serving.

Adapted from Olives For Dinner

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AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

AChoo – Welcome Spring (And Allergy Season)

Happy Spring Everyone and welcome to pollen season.  If you live in the South like I do, then you’ve most likely woken up with the “yellow snow” as we like to call it down here – all of those lovelies blooming flowers that create a yellow blanket over EVERYTHING!  Not only is it tough to keep your car clean right now, but this is the time of year where my patients’ allergies start acting up. 

This post is dedicated to giving you all of the goods on the recommendations and exact protocols I have used for over 20 years for allergy support in my office for my patients.  Many times my patients are able to swap out their over the counter medications for these natural alternatives. My hope is that if I can provide you any relief now or throughout the year then I’ve done my job!

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated.
  • Clean your Air – As deemed appropriate and possible, environmental changes may be advisable to minimize ongoing allergen exposures. Relatively straightforward changes include using a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters, house plants, and essential oils in the home. HEPA filters work to decrease the amount of allergens floating around your home by trapping airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander.  House plants can assist with air filtration – here’s a link to an entire blog post I wrote dedicated to that topic.
  • Rinse that Nose:  A number of studies have indicated that saline nasal irrigation such as a netti pot can be useful in individuals with hay fever (acute rhinitis). A 2012 study looked at 10 research papers on the topic of saline nasal irrigation and found that saline nasal irrigation produced a “27.66% improvement in nasal symptoms, a 62.1% reduction in medicine consumption, a 31.19% acceleration of mucociliary clearance time, and a 27.88% improvement in quality of life”.  Another over the counter option is a nasal wash kit – this one has been my favorite to use.
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong and assist with allergy symptoms during pollen season.  I have created overall protocols that will support the system as well as protocols for those pesky allergy symptoms.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and if you feel inclined, you can place an online order on our authorized website.

Allergy Support Protocols

  • Adult Allergy Support Bundle –– this protocol is ideally taken as prevention during allergy season.
  • Adult Acute Allergy Bundle – “I’m experiencing allergy symptoms and need to get over this quick”
  • Anti-histamine support – Itchy eyes and sneezing
  • Post nasal drip support – dripping nose and sore throat – the fenugreek in this product will dry you up faster than you can say “pollen count”
  • Respiratory and breathing support – allergies, and asthma

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this allergy season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this spring!

Cheers

Dr Z

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Health Benefits Broccoli

One of the top foods that pop into mind when you think of healthy eating is probably broccoli! This cruciferous vegetable is good for all the right reasons. It is delicious, easy to incorporate with other dishes, and it contains powerful nutrients that are healthy for people of all ages. 

Read on and learn about the health benefits of broccoli along with an appetizing recipe.

Powerful Antioxidants

Broccoli can counter the negative effects of UV rays through its antioxidant compounds. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

Fights Inflammation

Cruciferous veggies including broccoli are powerful foods that fend off inflammation and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. Existing inflammatory conditions are no exception from this benefit which includes type 2 diabetes, obesity, bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin conditions. 

Fiber For Life

Stronger guts, more glory! Broccoli is rich in fiber which fortifies the ability of your digestive system to smoothly digest and excrete waste. This can lead to a stronger immune system and a swifter response to inflammation. 

Pro eyesight

Just like carrots, broccoli is rich in lutein which can help protect your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vegan Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ⅓ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 lb. broccoli, stems diced, florets chopped
  • 1 small yukon gold potato, diced (1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 small baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, broccoli stems, salt, and pepper and sauté until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and garlic and stir, then add the broth and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Let cool slightly.
  3. Set aside 1 cup of the broccoli florets to roast as a topping for the soup. Place the remaining florets in a steamer basket, and set over a pot with 1-inch of water. Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and let steam 5 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, place the reserved broccoli florets on the baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and roast until the broccoli is tender and browned around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the soup to the blender and add the cashews, apple cider vinegar, and mustard, and blend until creamy. Work in batches, if necessary. Add the steamed broccoli florets, dill, and lemon juice, and pulse until the broccoli is incorporated but still chunky. The soup should be thick; if it’s too thick, add 1/2 cup water to thin to your desired consistency.
  6. Season to taste and serve the soup in bowls with the roasted broccoli.

Adapted from: Love and Lemons

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Winter Immune Support Starts Now!

I’m often asked by my patients for ways to help ward off the cold, flu (and now COVID) each year and I wanted to give you all the tools to start supporting that immune system now so that the likelihood of any winter illness is decreased.  Let me start off by saying that the goal isn’t necessarily to never catch anything – as this is the body’s way to build up your immune system.  Of course it would be great if we never got sick but if our systems are working correctly the idea is that when you do become ill the illness doesn’t last as long, or isn’t as severe.   I’ve been using the recommendations and protocols that I will share with you today for over 20 years and year after year my patients (especially the teachers and nurses) come back in March and are always floored that they didn’t get sick for the first time in years.

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated. I’ve also created an Immunity Support Recipe Pack, if you want to have nutrient dense recipes you can make for yourself and your family to help during those winter months. I created this informative pack to better educate you on your immune system.  Feel empowered as you learn how to support your immune system and take the guesswork out of what to eat as you enjoy recipes that are specifically designed to support your immunity.
  • Sweat it out – Exercise aids in the release of toxins, and is important in keeping the blood and lymphatic system flowing (which is an important part of your immunity!)  Consistent exercise can help relieve stress and increase blood flow to the brain. It also releases hormones, stimulates the nervous system, and releases endorphins.  Whatever exercise you like, go for it!  Walking, running, rebounding, yoga, pilates, dancing, biking, cardio or sculpting workouts.  Just 15 minutes a day is enough to help support your immunity.  
  • Count Sheep –  The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep is especially vital for your body to rest, regenerate and maintain an efficient immune system.  Manage your schedule and routine so that you can devote at least 8 hours each night to some shut eye.  This may involve saying “no” to extra activities or waiting to binge watch Game of Thrones. Stop your screen time at least 2 hours before bed time, get into bed before your actual bedtime, make sure the room is completely darkened, and read a book or meditate to slow down that brain in preparation for dreamland! If you are struggling with your sleep, get a jump on it now and start a product like Sleep Ease to help support your body in both falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Hooray for Herbs – An Elderberry a day keeps the doctor away – Elderberry syrup or tonic is one of those time honored traditions that can help ward off colds and flu.  If you purchase some ensure that the company is using quality ingredients and no fillers and preservatives (Hint: quality products should only have a 2-3 month shelf life).  If you’re more of a DIY kind of person, earlier this year I created an Elderberry Syrup mini-course on how to make your own organic elderberry syrup and tincture at home.  I have a nice 30 minute video, my personal recipes, and links to all of the supplies you’ll need to make this immune syrup at home.

Standard Prevention Daily Dosing:

  • For Children 2-13 years old: 1 tsp per day
  • For Adults: 1 Tbsp per day
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong during winter.  First there are prevention protocols – these are great when you are not currently ill but want to stay strong and symptom free all winter.  I also have acute protocols – these are designed to be used when you are sick or starting to feel any signs that you might be coming down with something.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and to place an online order on our authorized website.

*** NOTE: If you are wanting to add any immune protocols to your regimen, we are recommending to place your order as soon as you can and consider stocking up since Standard Process was completely sold out of all of their immune products for almost 3 months last year! ***

  • Adult Prevention Immune Bundle – “I don’t want to get sick”
  • Adult Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”
  • Children’s Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”

Easy Button Bundles

Standard Process has recently created immune system packets as well – you can take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

  • Immune System Health Pack: one box has 30 packets and each packet includes –
    • Immuplex (2 capsules)
    • Cataplex F Tablets (2 tablets)
    • Cataplex C (3 tablets)
    • Calcium Lactate (2 tablets)

*Dose – Take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

*Dose- Take one packet in the morning and one in the evening.

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this winter season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this winter!

Cheers

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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.

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 Yours in Health,

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

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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.