At Village Green Apothecary, we are always trying to bring you the best and most effective products. We also listen to our customers and clients about what they are looking for. The immune system is one area where many want extra support. A lot of factors play into immune health, including diet, exercise, genetics and environment. And while some of these cannot be changed, things like diet and lifestyle can definitely make a difference.
A good diet that includes antioxidant rich foods like fruits and vegetables is a great start to keeping our immune system healthy. But if you struggle with getting a high antioxidant diet, a supplement may be worth considering. Continue reading “New Products to Support Immune Health”
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been busy preparing our holiday menu. While my family and I have a lot of favorite dishes that we enjoy making each year, it’s always fun to try new recipes. One food that we love to get creative with is sweet potatoes. Besides being delicious, this root vegetable is also a rich source of important nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins, copper and magnesium. Considered a “superfood” by many nutrition experts, sweet potatoes are one of the least likely allergenic foods, are incredibly versatile, and have many health benefits. While they are a Thanksgiving staple, sweet potatoes really should be enjoyed year round. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes: Healthy and Delicious”
The world of vitamins and minerals can be confusing and intimidating. There are eight forms of vitamin B alone! In the next few weeks, I hope to bring a little more clarity to vitamins and minerals, the reasons we need them, the different forms they come in, and how much we need to take.
We’ll start right at the beginning with vitamin A.
The food most commonly associated with vitamin A may be carrots! Carrots contain carotenoids, a group of pigments found in yellow, orange and green fruits and vegetables. Carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, broccoli, sweet potatoes Continue reading “Vitamins and Minerals: From A to Zinc”
Served with naan bread or raw veggies, this easy sweet potato dip makes a really great snack or a great item to bring to a potluck.
The star of this recipe, the sweet potato, is a nutrition powerhouse. Just one medium cooked sweet potato contains 4 grams of fiber, 32 percent of our daily vitamin C, and an amazing 475 percent of our daily vitamin A! Vitamin A helps our bodies maintain healthy teeth, soft tissue, and skeletal tissue, and is important for healthy vision and healthy skin. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
So dig in! Continue reading “Snack Today: Sweet Potato Dip”
A study published in the Journal of of Investigative Dermatology suggests that retinol, a form of vitamin A present in foods of animal origin such as liver, eggs, and milk, could act as a chemoprotective agent against melanoma when taken as a supplement.
Researchers analyzed melanoma risk among 69,635 people. Study participants were aged 62, on average. The researchers found that those participants who took vitamin A supplements were about 40% less likely to develop melanoma than those who did not.
The benefits were only found in those who took a vitamin A supplement, and the effects were more pronounced in women. The dose given was very high and researchers caution that more studies need to be done.
In the meantime, the best way to avoid skin cancer is to cover up, wear hats and wear a sun block.