Purity Products stands with the Vitamin Angels Alliance

I recently received an email from Howard Schiffer of the Vitamin Angels, updating me on all the wonderful things he and his foundation are doing to prevent Vitamin A deficiency related blindness and other easily preventable diseases.

Most recently, Howard was visiting several tribal regions of central and northern India where proper nutrition as well as proper health care, are a rarity.  The diets in these areas mainly consist of rice, Dal (dried lentils) and Roti (flat breads), none of which are a good source of Vitamin A.  Howard and his group brought the children of these areas, Vitamin A supplements as well as de-worming medications and information for the parents on the importance of proper nutrition for both them and their children.

I am very proud that Purity Products stands with the Vitamin Angels Alliance in their fight to eradicate Vitamin A deficiency related blindness.  A portion of every sale goes to supporting the Vitamin Angels, and through our in house “Coffee Clutch For A Cure” program, all of the money collected in our company coffee machine gets donated as well.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Had A Secret Weapon… FISH OIL!

I recently read an article featured in the Feb 2nd edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette indicating the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers had a secret weapon, and it wasn’t just Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes.  Their secret weapon?  Fish Oil!

As it turns out, 36 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers took part in a 2 year, double blind clinical study on the benefits of highly refined Omega-3 fish oil.  20 players were given healthy doses of Omega-3 Fish Oil and 16 were given a placebo.

The results of the study were impressive and included:

  • Omega-3 Fish Oil Supports Healthy “good” cholesterol levels (LDL).
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil supports healthy triglyceride levels already within the normal range.
  • Highly refined, ultra pure Omega-3 supplementation is recommended “not only during their active NFL careers, but throughout their retirement as well.”

So, the next time you think about whether it’s worth it for you to take your Omega-3s every day, think about the Pittsburgh Steelers and their accomplishments.  They were the only team with active players featured in the Fish Oil study and they won the Super Bowl.   Note they used “highly refined” fish oil, which indicates it was an ultra pure, super concentrated form, just like we provide at Purity Products. If it’s good for them, you can bet it’s good for you!

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Heart Health – The #1 Threat for Women in the US

By now, everyone should know that Heart Health is the #1 Threat for Women in the United States. And, an estimated 8 million women suffer from the disease, whether they know it or not. And worse yet, these numbers are on the rise.

But, the good news is, here are some things you can do NOW to take care of your heart.

1. Cut the Fat – Trans Fat. These pesky food additives have been used for years to increase the shelf life of diet busters like cookies, chips, etc. They were also, until recently a key ingredient in many of the most popular fast food chains. The reason trans fats are so bad for you is because in addition to raising bad cholesterol (LDL) they also lower good cholesterol (HDL). That’s a one-two punch your heart and you waistline just don’t need. So, take a cue from major cities like New York and Philadelphia and ban the words “Hydrogenated” and “Partially Hydrogenated” from your kitchen and your diet. Your heart will thank you!

2. Get a Grip on Anger. This is a relatively simple equation. Stress = Raised Blood Pressure. Raised Blood Pressure causes undo stress of the on the Heart. So, instead of overreacting at the smallest thing, take a deep breath and count to 10. This should help you calm down.

3. Sleep on It. More than half of women in their 40s suffer from insomnia at least a few nights a week. The stresses from life, changes in hormone levels as we age, and a variety of other causes can be attributed to this. So, what’s a girl to do? Make sure your bedroom is set up for optimal sleep; skip the TV, turn off that cell phone, draw the curtains for a darker environment and like we did with our kids when they were babies, stick to a bedtime routine; listen to soothing music, take a warm bath, read a book, and turn off the lights.

4. Make Your Doctor Your Friend. Keeping regular annual or bi annual appointments with your OBGYN, General Practitioner, and your Dentist may give doctors the ability to diagnose a serious illness earlier. Also, adding in appointments to Dermatologists (to check your skin for any damage done in your youth), and other specialists should be considered. Remember, the only person who can stay on top of your health properly, is you.

5. Get Your Omega-3s. As women enter their 40s and 50s, estrogen levels dip, and blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides can start creeping up, making the heart work harder. Make sure you are getting a healthy dose of Omega-3s to support you entire cardiovascular system – whether it’s by eating fish or flaxseed or by taking one of Purity Products’ elite Omega-3 formulas.

6. Work Up a Sweat. Let’s face it, the older we get, the harder it is to keep the weight off. But, by sticking with a regular exercise routine that gets your heart rate up and helps you work up a sweat, you’ll be better able to keep your weight in check. And the bonus is, you’ll feel great!

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12 Tips For A Healthy New Year

1. Stay Hydrated. Drink 8 8 oz glasses of water a day.  Water is required by every cell in the body as nourishment and as a means to remove wastes.   So, drink up and feel great!

2. Use the Stairs. Instead of elevators or escalators, take the stairs whenever possible.  Make your next shopping trip a cardio workout but picking up your pace walking down those halls and taking the stairs.  It may make those post holiday bills a little less painful.

3. Take a Deep Breath. Try taking full abdominal breaths several times a day.  This is not only great for your body, but can help you clear your mind, if only for a few moments each day.  Every little bit helps!

4. Try a New Fitness Pursuit. Try something totally different like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or ice-skating to keep your exercise regimen interesting.  And, bring a friend, spouse or even a child, to keep you motivated.

5. Get creative with Veggies. Fill your plate with colorful vegetables because bright colored and dark leafy green vegetables are especially loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.  They are also high in fiber, which makes them filling while still being low in calories.  What a winning combination!

6. Snack on This: Fruits – Fresh and Dried. When you are in need of a snack, reach for a piece of fresh or dried fruit instead of chips or cookies.  Just like vegetables, they are high in both fiber and antioxidants and low on calories.  And, they taste great!

7. Eat Breakfast. Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast regularly, are more likely to control their weight that those who skip breakfast.

8. Get that Annual Check Up. Be sure the visit your doctor at least once a year for an annual physical and check up (more if your physician requires it).  Keeping a close eye on your health can help diagnose ailments before they become serious, or just help you maintain your already outstanding health.

9. Cut the Fat. Cut back on saturated fats.  But, don’t cut the “good” unsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts, fish and lean meats.  Your heart will thank you!

10. Sleep on it. Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep every night to maintain your energy throughout the day.  Most Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours a night.  So, turn off the TV, your cell phone, and the lights and wake up refreshed tomorrow.

11. Relax Your Mind and Body. Leave the office at work.  Take a long walk.  Turn off the TV and enjoy the quiet.  And, most importantly relax and recharge.  Try yoga, read a book, or just daydream.  You mind will thank you!

12. Stay with Purity Products. We work hard to provide you with the latest advancements in nutritional supplements.  We’ll be here for you morning and night to answer your questions and provide you with the updated formulas you want and need to keep you going strong.

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Never Fails

Another round of holiday parties is here. At such get-togethers, it seems that new acquaintances, and sometimes old ones as well, at least the guys, once they’ve learned I work for a nutritional supplement company, invariably ask me the same question. “Do any of those herbal pills I see advertised on TV and in magazines, “for men”, really work?” (There’s also the typical addendum- “Not that I need it or anything…I’m just curious”)

This question is nearly always posed with a clear hint of skepticism. Of course, I can’t say I blame anyone for having doubts. It’s hard to deny that this is a product category rife with exaggerated claims and plenty of hype. And so I start by answering that in my view, most of the products are probably not quite as “potent” as the ads imply, at least the one’s that I’ve seen.

“I figured” is the typical response. Then I tell them there is a product that does have actual evidence to back its claims. It’s called Prelox® and it’s a product we distribute via a special arrangement we have with a terrific company called Natural Health Products, the same people who brought Pycnogenol® to the U.S. (For those unfamiliar, Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract, is one of the top evidence-based nutritional ingredients in the world, its efficacy in a wide range of areas backed by over 100 studies, and hugely popular worldwide where its been sold for over 30 years.)

It was their research on Pycnogenol’s mode of action that led them to surmise that there would likely be benefits for helping men maintain healthy sexual function. This ultimately led to the development of Prelox®, which is a patented formula that combines Pycnogenol with other ingredients like l-arginine, etc, and just like Pycnogenol, is sold all over the world. In their typical fashion, they have begun to build a portfolio of science and research around Prelox®, and last year published the results of a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study which yielded very positive results.

So as I go on, I tell these guys that Prelox® is NOT for erectile dysfunction, and that only a drug can claim to treat this condition. Rather, I tell them that Prelox® is something that a healthy man can use as a dietary supplement for helping them maintain their normal sexual health and performance as they age, helping them support something we’ve come to call “Erectile Quality, or EQ”.

This is when I pull out my famous baseball analogy. I say, “If you’re on the disabled list, Prelox cannot put you back on the field. However, If you are a good player, Prelox may be able to get you into the all-star game.”

The conversation always ends the same way- “Man, do you think you can get me a sample???”

-Jason Kam

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Pure Health Volume 1: Vitamin D: How Do You Get It?

As you may already be aware, there’s no shortage of information on Vitamin D in the news lately.  And, there’s a good reason.  Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for human development, for bone strength, for muscle health, for cardio function, for healthy mood and even robust immunity! However, Vitamin D deficiency is sadly, very much on the rise.

Several major medical groups have been calling for policy changes regarding Vitamin D, especially an increase in the recommended daily allowance as well as new deficiency guidelines.  The current RDA for Vitamin D is 400 IU, which many researchers and vitamin D advocates agree is too low, and some are even calling for it to be raised to amounts including 10 times that amount, or 4000 IU.

There are many sources of Vitamin D and here are some of the top approaches to getting it:

  1. Experts advise that sunlight is the most affordable and accessed the easiest.  About 15 minutes in the sun daily is very helpful.  Of course too much can be a problem too. But, fears of the sun prevent most Americans from getting enough sun exposure.
  2. Another excellent option is basic Vitamin D supplementation.  Most experts recommend the Vitamin D3 form called Cholecalciferol.
  3. Followed by the consumption of eggs, fish and cod liver oil.

Purity Products is proud to have already created advanced formulas with substantial levels of Vitamin D including – Dr. Cannell’s Advanced D Super Formula with 5,000 IU of Vitamin D in every dose.  Additionally, our entire line of Perfect Multis contains 2,000 IU of Vitamin D in every dose.  Our Vitamin C&D Super Formula contains 1,000 IU in every dose, and even our Triple Action Omega-3 Fish Oil Formula contains 500 IU per soft gel.

Purity works hard to stay on top of the latest research on vitamins and nutrients to ensure that we are providing you, our customers, with the most up to date, and beneficial products on the market today.

Jahn Levin

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Berry Supplementation Supports Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Good News for Perfect Multi, Omega-Berry and Super Reds Users….

We have a passion for berries at Purity Products because the wave of research supporting their efficacy has been growing in recent years.  And just today, research points to the increased importance of berries in the diet for brain support.  Berries have always been touted for the antioxidant and immune properties they possess.   But now more studies are pointing to their ability to support the brain against normal age-related cognitive decline.

A report, (released February 2008) conducted by researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, surveyed old lab rats who were divided into two groups.  The results were outstanding.  The group being fed a diet supplemented with a compound from berries and grapes, (called pterostilbene), performed better in mental challenges than their un-supplemented counterparts.

At Purity Products, we know how important it is to make sure you are receiving the right supplements backed with the best scientific research.  Our Organic Super Reds, OmegaBerry Fish Oil and Perfect Multi Super Greens are infused with powerful BERRY blends to insure you enjoy an elite blend of berries each time you take them.  That’s why, when we read about studies like this, it reinforces our commitment to cutting edge nutritional supplementation.  This is new science and we want you to be an educated consumer.

Stay well.

Jahn Levin

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It could be worse

Sure, the stock market has collapsed, your nest egg is probably demolished, and the value of your house is plummeting by the day. Well, at Purity, we are striving to keep you in a position where you can summon your remaining optimism and declare to friends, loved ones, and yourself, “At least I have my health.”

For example, the very same week the Madoff scandal rocked the financial world, we found a silver lining. The negativity was completely counter-balanced by the report out of Tufts University that berry extracts help preserve cognitive function in aging rats. Ok, so maybe it doesn’t completely counter-balance the negativity, but you should still be excited to learn that berry extracts (see Perfect Multi Super Greens and Organic Super Reds) can help protect your brain function as you age.

Yep, your dreams may have gone up in smoke. But you should still be bullish on berry extracts.

– Jason Kam

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Welcome to the Purity Products Blog!

In our continuing pursuit of “purity” in our supplements and superior customer care in how we treat our customers, we proudly present the Purity Products blog providing a direct line of communication right to you… our most valuable customer. Whether it’s information on a new product, results from lab research, breaking nutritional news or even unique customer experiences we feel you should know about, we’ll post it to our blog.   And it’s a two way street, if you have a question or comment, we look forward to hearing from you as well.  That’s how important you are to us.

And because reading a blog should be fun and interesting, we’ll try to include some enlightening health facts as often as we can.  Here’s one in the news today.  Did you know that dark chocolate may be more filling than milk chocolate, according to researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Human Nutrition. The crossover study involved 16 men who said they liked both milk and dark chocolate, and showed that after eating the dark variety, they consumed fewer calories at a subsequent meal.  So if you need to indulge, it’s good to know.  Knowledge is power and welcome to the Purity blog.

Jahn Levin

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