Renew Your Resolve It’s Not Too Late to Live Up to Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

February is already coming to an end, which means the excitement and commitment of your New Year’s Resolutions may be distant memories. If this is the case, it’s the perfect time to renew and reevaluate your goals for 2018!  For most of us, getting healthier and staying healthier will top the list. What better way to establish a healthier you than treating yourself to an effective, comprehensive nutritional protocol.

Kirkman® offers a Nutritional Starter Pack that contains products designed to begin the process of correcting a poor nutritional profile.  The Nutritional Starter Pack includes four products, but be aware that every individual’s nutritional profile is unique so adjustments may be necessary.  

The starter pack includes Thera Response (a broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral), Pro-Bio Gold™ (a probiotic to support the gastrointestinal system), Nordic Naturals® Pro DHA™ (an essential fatty acid that supports a range of critical body functions), and Calcium with Vitamin D Powder (a mineral that is needed daily in the body).

Here is some additional information about the products offered in the Nutritional Starter pack:

Thera Response (#0300-180)

Thera Response is Kirkman’s proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that has been specifically formulated for the particular profile of Kirkman’s largest customer group. It is less potent in vitamin B-6 than Kirkman’s Super Nu-Thera® products, but still offers good potencies in the other nutrients it contains.

Thera Response includes: vitamin A as acetate and beta carotene, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and methyl B-12, buffered Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E; a good range of trace minerals including magnesium, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, iodine, zinc, iron and more; folinic acid, choline, pyridoxal 5-phosphate (P-5-P) and the mineral factor lithium. Thera Response is a hypoallergenic formulation designed for those with special dietary requirements and sensitivities. Its particular combination of ingredients makes it an outstanding product for supporting a good nutritional profile.

Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ (#0442-060)

Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Gold™ hypoallergenic capsule formulation is our best-selling probiotic blend. This product was particularly designed for individuals with special requirements and sensitivities. It offers broad-spectrum, high-strength coverage.

Our proprietary formulation is a comprehensive probiotic containing six strains of microorganisms that are beneficial and crucial for “total coverage” of the small and large intestinal tracts. These strains work synergistically to support gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary health.

Pro-Bio Gold™ is a combination of the most important “resident” and “transient” microorganisms that contribute to maintaining and promoting a healthy GI tract.

Nordic Naturals® ProDHA™ (#8815-120)

Nordic Naturals® ProDHA™ is an advanced essential fatty acid formula that delivers 580 mg of omega-3s, including 450 mg DHA and 90 mg EPA in each 2 soft gels serving*.

Providing 450 mg of DHA makes it the ideal omega-3 supplement for eye development and brain and nervous system support. DHA has been clinically shown to be necessary for proper eye and brain development. Infant formulas are now supplemented with DHA for that reason.

This Nordic Naturals® product is made from only the purest and highest quality fish oil in the world. Essential fatty acids can not be produced by the body and must be obtained in the diet, therefore, individuals on special diets are often deficient in essential fatty acids which are important for many bodily functions including nerve transmission; pressure regulation in the eyes, joints and blood vessels; division of cells (growth and healing processes); response to pain and swelling; muscle reflexes; oxygen transport from cells to tissues; maintaining health of cell membranes, supporting immune response; and providing energy to the heart muscle.

Calcium with Vitamin D Powder – Unflavored – Hypoallergenic (#0036-016)

Calcium is important in infant and child development. It plays many important roles in the body so that inadequate amounts of calcium in the body can cause numerous adverse health issues. It is difficult to get enough calcium through the normal diet and those on a dairy-free diet find it nearly impossible to get the recommended 800-1000 mg per day without supplementation.

This mineral is the major constituent of bones and teeth. More than 98% of the body’s calcium is found in those structures. In the rest of the body, calcium supports heart function, circulation, nerve function and muscle tone.

We recommend Kirkman’s Calcium with Vitamin D Powder for calcium supplementation in the starter pack because it is essentially tasteless and contains vitamin D, which increases the absorption of calcium. Kirkman’s Calcium with Vitamin D Powder is hypoallergenic and specifically formulated for individuals with special requirements and sensitivities. It mixes easily in food or beverages and can be used in baking at moderate temperatures. It has been successfully incorporated into cookies, pancakes, muffins and other baked goods; however, some of the vitamin D content may be lost if used in baking.

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An Antioxidant Primer What You Should Know About Antioxidants

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants do just what their name suggests.  They are anti (opposed to) the oxidation process whereby oxygen produces free radicals or unstable molecules.

Why Are Antioxidants Important?
Antioxidants are the superheroes that can keep free radicals in check and this is important because of the widespread damage free radicals can cause to health.  Free radicals attack cells, mitochondria and even our genes. When this happens very serious health problems can occur. 

More About Free Radicals
Free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules to create highly reactive molecules or groups of molecules that can cause chain reactions. Free radicals are not only made in the body but they exist in the air you breathe and the water you drink.

Molecules that lose an electron when it isn’t supposed to can turn into a free radical. An antioxidant molecule can step in to give the free radical an electron, effectively neutralizing it. 

Not all free radicals are bad. For example, free radicals protect our immune cells by killing off bacteria that try to infect it. It’s when free radicals outnumber antioxidants that damages can occur.  Examples in the environment are rusted metals or apples that turn brown.  In the body, excessive free radicals can lead to a state called oxidative stress during which important molecules in the body can become severely damaged and lead to chronic and severe health conditions. Research has also shown that certain antagonists such as cigarette smoke, stress, alcohol and environmental toxins can accelerate the damage. 

The Delicate Balance of Antioxidants and Free Radicals

There are several antioxidant systems in the body that help cope with the effectives of oxidative stress that results from regular metabolic processes. 

Sources of antioxidants that are not endogenous, or made by the body, are food and dietary supplements. Making sure that you supplement your diet with antioxidant rich foods or antioxidants in supplements is important because your body’s production of antioxidants is limited.

Types of Dietary Antioxidants

You can obtain antioxidant nutrients from vitamins and minerals in food and dietary supplements.

These sources can also be broadly categorized into two groups, water soluble and fat soluble.  Water soluble antioxidants perform their actions in the fluid inside and outside cells, whereas fat soluble antioxidants act primarily in cell membranes. The antioxidant vitamins A and E are fat soluble; vitamin C is water soluble. 

The following table is a summary of common antioxidant activity sources:

*Carotenoids are a class of plant chemicals often found in red, yellow or orange fruits and vegetables.

** Flavanoids are a large family of plant compounds with six major subclasses (noted above). 

Kirkman’s Antixoidants

Kirkman® offers a full range of antioxidants and special antioxidant blends. See our complete line of antioxidants at our website, www.kirkmangroup.com, under Antioxidant Activity SupportMinerals and Vitamins

Our best sellers include:

Antioxidant Cell Protect – Hypoallergenic (#4510-060) 

Kirkman’s Antioxidant/Cell Protect is a comprehensive blend of nutrients with powerful antioxidant activity. This blend includes vitamin A from mixed carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium, in a matrix with four ingredients with powerful antioxidant activity: coenzyme Q-10, lycopene, pycnogenol, and resveratrol. Supplementing with this product along with your normal supplement regimen will provide excellent antioxidant activity and cell protection from free radicals.

Detox –Aid Advanced Formula (#0475-100) 

Kirkman’s Detox-Aid Advanced Formula offers nutrients that provide exceptional antioxidant activity as well as provide that “boost” to help the body detoxify properly.

Kirkman’s “advanced” formulation is a proprietary blend of ingredients that aid the body’s natural detoxification process. This updated version contains alpha-ketoglutaric acid as a replacement for n-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which may have side effects in a subset of individuals.

Reduced L-Glutathione, 100 mg –Hypoallergenic (#0076-100) and Reduced L-Glutathione Lotion (#0226-002)

Glutathione offers powerful antioxidant activity that works against the formation of free radicals.  Kirkman’s Reduced L-Glutathione features the reduced “L” form of glutathione, the most active form in the body.

Glutathione is a biologically active sulfur tripeptide that contains three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. 

Microbiome Toxicity Control (#4538-120)

This product is a hypoallergenic blend of natural ingredients known to support the body’s detoxification pathways. These natural pathways are mechanisms for removing environmental contaminants, which can invade the body from toxins in the air, water, food or other environmental sources.

Microbiome Toxicity Control is hypoallergenic, free of casein, gluten and common allergens and contains the following:

  • vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium which enhance the body’s detoxification pathways;
  • taurine, a sulfur based amino acid with detoxifying properties;
  • curcumin (turmeric), a spice with clinical detoxification studies;
  • milk thistle, a flowering plant which detoxifies the body’s organs;
  • glutathione, the body’s most powerful immune system supporter;
  • N-acetyl cysteine, an ingredient known for strong antioxidant activity;
  • calcium D-glucarate, which acts in a similar manner as natural fruits and vegetables, also known to support detoxification.

References:

1.      MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for Youhttps://medlineplus.gov/antioxidants.html

2.     Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained

3.     Science 2.0, http://www.science20.com/news_articles/cellular_hydrogen_peroxide_a_new_twist_on_the_free_radical_antioxidant_relationship-151548

4.     Antioxidants Explained in Human Terms, http://www.activebeat.co/diet-nutrition/9-impressive-facts-about-antioxidants/?streamview=all

5.     Benefits of Antioxidants, http://www.nutrex-hawaii.com/benefits-of-antioxidants

6.     Antioxidants Explained, Why These Compounds Are So Important, https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/10/antioxidants-explained-why-these-compounds-are-so-important/247311/

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Recipe for A New Year: Try New GF/CF Recipes

By Sonnie Sei
Staff Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

It is the end of January already! We all (somehow) survived the holiday season and the stress that goes along with planning, preparing and shopping all throughout December.  While the overwhelming tasks of the holidays have passed, it is time to get back to a daily or weekly routine, and back to preparing and getting a jump-start to those New Year Resolutions of a healthier lifestyle.

It is easy to get stuck in the same routine and meal planning system, especially if you have a picky eater or you or your child have sensitivities.  Use the recipes below to make your family’s food wellness goals a reality and mix up the usual routine.  The recipes are free of common allergens, and are recipes the whole family will enjoy!

Try out these chickpea bites for a twist on the forever-popular chicken nugget.  They are quick and easy to make, and you can also freeze a batch for later! 

Chickpea Bites

INGREDIENTS

· 4-Cups of Chickpeas

· 2-Cups Chopped Broccoli (steamed)

· 1-Tsp Dijon Mustard

· ½-Tsp Onion Powder

· ½-Tsp Garlic Powder

· ½-Tsp Paprika

· ¼-Tsp Black Pepper

· 1½-Cups Chickpea “Panko” Crumbs*

DIRECTIONS

1. Before you begin, roast the chickpeas (without spices) and crush in a plastic bag. Spread them on a plate and set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

3. In a large food processor, process all ingredients (except the chickpea crumbs), until you get a “chunky” hummus-like texture.

4. Form about 18 nuggets (1-2 tablespoons each) with the batter and roll them in the chickpea crumbs.

5. Place the breaded nuggets on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 5 minutes.

6. Serve right away or freeze for later.

NOTES

*You can use premade chickpea crumbs or gluten-free panko.

Who doesn’t love pizza night?  

Not only will you gain bonus points for making pizza for dinner, you can also sneak some extra veggies into your and your child’s diet by making these cauliflower crust pizza bites.  Want to add a little extra? Try adding the recommended dosage of our Calcium with Vitamin D Powder – Unflavored – Hypoallergenic (0036-008).  It is essentially tasteless and can be easily incorporated into food or beverages.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS

· 1 large head cauliflower

· 2 large eggs

· 1-Cup shredded mozzarella, divided

· ¼-Cup freshly grated Parmesan

· 3-Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil, divided

· 1-tbsp. garlic powder

· Kosher salt

· Freshly ground black pepper

· ½-Cup marinara

· ¼-Cup mini pepperoni, or your favorite pizza topping

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Grate cauliflower on the small side of a box grater to form fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl.

2. Add eggs, 1/3-cup mozzarella, Parmesan, 2-tablespoons basil, and garlic powder to bowl and season with salt and pepper. Form into small patties (they will be wet) and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20 minutes.

3. Top each patty with a thin layer of marinara, a sprinkle of the remaining mozzarella cheese, and mini pepperoni or topping of choice and bake until cheese melts and pepperoni crisps, 5 to 7 minutes more.

4. Garnish with remaining basil and serve.

A Comfort Food Basic with Noodles
This winter, keep warm with tasty, toasty Chicken Zoodle Soup. The following recipe is a balanced, broth-based soup full of vegetables and includes options to add in supplements your family may be lacking. 

Savory Chicken ZOODLE Soup

INGREDIENTS

· 1-tablespoon olive oil 

· 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)

· 2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)

· 3 medium celery stalks, sliced (1 cup)

· 1-teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

· ½-teaspoon salt

· ¼-teaspoon ground black pepper

· 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

· 64-oz chicken broth

An appropriate dose, as determined by your doctor, of B-Complex with CoEnzymes Pro-Support Powder

· 2-cups shredded chicken

· 2 medium zucchini, julienne peeled or spiralized, cut in 1-inch pieces (2 cups)

·  2-tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

DIRECTIONS

1. In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables soften. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

2. Stir in broth. Heat to boiling over high heat. Stir in chicken and zucchini noodles; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

3. Top with parsley (optional) and enjoy!

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5 THINGS You Didn’t Know About Coenzyme Q10 120mg (#0492-090)

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This Winter Season Try Our 4 Top Immune Products to Support Your Health

This winter has not only brought severe weather conditions to most parts of the country, but also widespread, seasonal health issues.  You may want to take special care to support your immune system this winter season.  Here’s our top 4 product recommendations:

No. 1: Immuno-Aid™ Advanced Formula (#0426-120)

Kirkman’sImmuno-Aid™ Advanced Formula offers a blend of important immune supporting nutrients in one, easy to take capsule.

The ingredients in our Immuno-Aid™ Advanced Formula have been clinically shown to support immunity and help you stay well. The formulation begins with the nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and selenium. Then the powerful herbal immune supporters beta glucan, astragalus and elderberry are added to round out this very potent, immune stimulating formulation.

No. 2:  IP-6 with Calcium and Magnesium – Flavored Powder (#0418-414)

IP-6 is not as well-known as other immune support products, but it may pack more of a punch than most.  IP-6 is a natural carbohydrate found in cereal grains, brown rice, corn, sesame, wheat bran, beans and other foods high in fiber.  The nutrient possesses antioxidant and immune enhancing properties, which when tested in vitro, exhibit significant protective and growth regulating effects on cells and tissues.

No. 3:  Vitamin D-3 (#0434-120 Vitamin D-3 4000 IU – Hypoallergenic Capsules#0422-120 Vitamin D-3 2000 IU – Hypoallergenic Capsules#0380-120 Vitamin D-3 1000 IU – Hypoallergenic Capsules#0378-120 Vitamin D-3 400 IU – Hypoallergenic Capsules  and #0428-090 Vitamin D-3 1000 IU Chewable Tablets)

Vitamin D-3 is still center stage when it comes to immunity.  We’ve known vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth.  Now researchers are sure that this nutrient is important for a lot of other critical body functions, including the support of a well-functioning immune system.  Maintaining proper vitamin D levels may actually influence whether or not you have specific health conditions, according to recent scientific reports. 

No. 4:  Probiotics

Recent studies have shown the potential for the beneficial use of probiotics for immunoregulatory effects on some cells.  Kirkman® offers a wide variety of probiotic products.

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How Does Temperature Affect Probiotics?

By Larry Newman
Chief Operating Officer
Kirkman Group, Inc. 
 

ConsumerLab, an independent laboratory that monitors the quality of nutritional supplements for consumers, was recently asked a question about why some probiotic labels say to refrigerate while others containing the same strains and potencies say no refrigeration is needed.  ConsumerLab correctly answered that question, in its December 2017 newsletter, by stating that all probiotics are sensitive to heat and moisture and refrigeration is one way consumers can make sure their purchased probiotics retain potency and remain efficacious regardless of what the label instructions say.  It is true that there are some probiotic strains that are stable in room temperatures, however none are stable in extreme temperatures and high humidity.  Let’s examine the nature of probiotic products and how they work for a better understanding of why refrigeration is the best way to assure full potency for the consumer.

What Exactly Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are scientifically defined as living microorganisms that, when ingested in sufficient numbers, can impart a health benefit on the host.  Probiotic microorganisms are friendly, desirable and beneficial bacteria that help maintain the correct balance of good and bad (disease producing) bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract by crowding out the undesirable bacteria.  Approximately 100 trillion bacteria live in the human body, and generally healthy individuals have a ratio of about 85 percent good bacteria to 15 percent bad bacteria.  Good bacteria in the gut help to improve gastrointestinal health, improve immune response and aid in digestion.  Good bacteria also break down toxic by-products of bad bacteria, which can negatively affect health.  

Probiotics Must Be Alive to Be Effective

It is important to remember that all probiotics are not the same.   Probiotics must be alive to be effective.  Exposure to heat, moisture, and oxygen are detrimental to the cultures and, depending on the degree of exposure to those elements, the number of live organisms in the culture can be reduced or in extreme cases killed completely. Using a dead probiotic equates to using no probiotic. When Kirkman® makes a claim on a probiotic label for a given number of colony forming units in a product, we back it up with the right operating procedures to guarantee that label claim and perform ongoing stability studies to substantiate our “best used by date” when recommended storage conditions are met. 

Several years ago, ConsumerLab did a survey on probiotic products in the marketplace and found that many products being sold had little or no live bacteria.  In fact, that laboratory found that many of the products tested had less than 1% of the claimed number of live bacteria.  More recent surveys show improved results in marketed probiotics, which ConsumerLab attributes to retailers having more adequate refrigeration in their stores.

How Does Kirkman® Ensure the Quality of Its Probiotics?

Kirkman® has some of the most rigid procedures in the industry for manufacturing, packaging, storing and shipping probiotics.  These include:

  • all live strain cultures are shipped to Kirkman® on dry ice;
  • live cultures are stored in freezers prior to use;
  • all manufacturing is done in dehumidified, cool environments;
  • encapsulating rooms are dehumidified and air conditioned;
  • capsules manufactured are refrigerated during laboratory testing prior to packaging;
  • packaging takes place in a dehumidified, cooled environment;
  • packaged bottles receive an oxygen absorber prior to the capping of the bottle to rid the container of air and moisture, which cause degradation;
  • packaged inventory is stored in refrigerators prior to being shipped;
  • products are shipped on ice with special shipping schedules in the summer;
  • customers are advised to refrigerate products upon receipt;
  • significant overages are used in formulation to ensure full potency and compensate for any potency loss during handling;
  • stability testing assures potency through the “best used by date” on the label if recommended storage conditions are met;
  • a special protective polymer coats the live cultures Kirkman® uses so that their passage through the acidic environment of the stomach is assured; and
  • all strains of probiotics used by Kirkman® have been proven to be safe and effective by the manufacturer of the strains and certified to be properly identified.

Kirkman® advises customers to store probiotics in the refrigerator upon receipt. Some companies say their probiotics are specially formulated and don’t require refrigeration in shipping or storage for proper stability.  Kirkman® challenges that statement as did ConsumerLab in their December 2017 newsletter.  

The fact is that no matter how a probiotic is formulated heat and humidity negatively affect its potency.  On a 100-degree-day in cities such as Tampa, Miami, Phoenix or Dallas, probiotics that sit in a delivery truck or mailbox for any length of time will be killed and no longer be effective regardless of what the brand or what manufacturing process is involved. 

 How Does Short or Accidental Exposure to Heat Affect Probiotics?

Kirkman® often receives calls from panicked customers who have accidently left their probiotic out of the refrigerator for a period of time.  If the temperature involved is not extreme, the product is likely still potent and efficacious. 

Here are a few guidelines to follow that can help you determine if you have cause for concern:

  • When checking your probiotic, consider the temperature of the contents inside the bottle rather than the outside or room temperature.
  • Refrigerated probiotics left out in room temperatures (under 74 degrees) for 24-48 hours and then re-refrigerated should retain full potency.
  • Refrigerated probiotics left out in temperatures 75-80 degrees for 24-48 hours will likely degrade about 5-10%, but will still be effective because of the overage used in Kirkman’s formulations.  Longer periods of exposure increase the degradation. 
  • Refrigerated probiotics left out in temperatures 81-85 degrees longer than 24-48 hours will likely degrade by about 25 percent but will still be effective because of the overages that Kirkman® uses.
  • Refrigerated probiotics left out in 90 degree plus temperatures longer than 24-48 hours likely have experienced significant kill and may no longer be effective.  
  • Probiotics left out in extreme heat (75-85 degrees or more) for very short periods such as an hour or two, will likely be okay because the contents inside the bottle have not heated up in that short time, plus an overage was present.  
  • Probiotics shipped on ice by two-day shipping methods may arrive with the ice packs melted.  If the bottle feels cool or about room temperature, the product is still fine.  If the bottle feels hot to the touch, degradation to some degree has occurred.   If the bottle has been very hot longer than about two or three hours, substantial kill has likely occurred. 

The bottom line is take care of your probiotic after receipt or purchase to maintain its viability. Probiotics are much more fragile and prone to degradation than most other supplements. If in doubt, refrigerate.

All Kirkman’s probiotic products are hypoallergenic and free of common allergens,  including casein, gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, fish, shellfish and wheat.  In addition, no flavorings, colorings, gelatin or corn are present.  The capsule shells are made of plant cellulose to eliminate animal gelatin, which is a concern to some individuals.

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The Payoff Can Be Huge! Start A Basic Nutritional Supplement Regimen in 2018!

By Kulani Mahikoa
Executive Vice President
Kirkman Group, Inc.

 

New Year’s resolutions can feel monumental, particularly when it comes to maintaining healthy habits or getting rid of unhealthy habits.

We all know the hardest part is just getting started. What may help is identifying and taking a first, solid step. At best, you’ll see the benefits and at minimum, you’ll feel proud of yourself for starting down the path of accomplishing your goals.

Adding the basic, foundational nutritional supplements to your daily diet may have huge payoffs, particularly if you have nutritional needs to address. The right supplement regimen can not only make you feel better but also actually BE healthier. 

Another benefit, which may not be apparent, but no less huge, is the acquisition of new superhero-like abilities that may protect you from developing future health problems. Even if you don’t work out three times a week at the gym or exercise at all – just adding the right supplements alone will be a boost to your health that you’ll notice.

Here’s our recommendation for a basic supplement protocol to keep you healthy in 2018:

• Balance Your Nutritional Profile

Make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need by taking a good multi-vitamin.  About 30% of us don’t absorb the B vitamins very well.  If you are one of them, you may want to choose a multi-vitamin with 5-MTHF, a form of vitamin B that is better absorbed by most individuals.  Here’s what we recommend:

• Remove Toxins 

A recent report by the EPA and CDC concluded that the environment had a greater role in causing chronic diseases than originally thought.  When you remove toxins from your system, you unblock the body’s pathways so that nutrients are more easily absorbed and utilized.  Today, toxins are ubiquitous in the water you drink, the food you eat and the air you breathe.  Your body is routinely exposed to and contains environmental toxins that can cause serious health issues.  Removing toxins from the body is good, common sense.  Our top detox products are:

• Boost Immunity

Your best defense against illness is a robust immune system.  Kirkman® offers many effective products to boost your immunity.  Our top two immune support categories are probiotics and vitamin D-3.  We offer both products in a wide variety of types (capsules, powders, chewables).

• Get Immediate Results

Most of us are encouraged by getting immediate results.  Taking Kirkman’s Methylcobalamin Concentrated Powder (#0292-002) maybe uplifting right away if you are low in vitamin B-12.  Many of us don’t have enough vitamin B-12 because as we age, our ability to absorb vitamin B-12 from food is diminished.  Symptoms that indicate you may need to supplement with vitamin B-12 include fatigue, muscle fatigue, strange sensations, confusion, memory problems, mood swings, eye problems. Energy is the big pay-off from this product if your vitamin B-12 levels are low.

Have a Happy, Healthy 2018!

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