What a show! We just returned from Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, where we had the wonderful opportunity to meet the innovators behind some of the latest and greatest new products. Holistic Nutritionist Karen Roth, MSNC walked the show representing Carlson to learn more about what’s behind some of these “Hot Products.” We’re launching a special series called Carlson Expo Finds, where you can get the most up-to-date information about the awesome healthy lifestyle products hitting store shelves. ›› View Expo Finds
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by Ashleigh Giznik
For more than 50 years, Carlson has been recognized as an innovator and leading educator in the field of high-quality nutritional supplements. The Carlson family’s interest in vitamins and minerals began when they experienced the benefits of vitamin E firsthand. Founder Susan Carlson’s father suffered from debilitating chest pain that limited his activities and forced him to stop working. He was unable to find relief until he came across the extensive clinical work of Doctors Evan and Wilfrid Shute of Shute Medical Clinic.
After examining him, they suggested he take natural-source vitamin E. In less than three weeks, he was back to work and looked noticeably better. Susan began extensively researching and was inspired to create her own line of high-quality, natural-source vitamin E. Carlson Laboratories was founded with a single product, Key-E® 200 IU, in 1965. The second product, E-Gems® 200 IU, was introduced two years later, and other strengths were added shortly after. Carlson quickly grew to offer the most complete line of natural-source vitamin E in the world.
Susan managed the company from her third-floor, walk-up apartment on North Winchester Avenue in Chicago and also worked part-time as a pharmacist in a high-traffic store in Wheeling, Illinois. By 1968, Susan hired two employees who helped her open a small neighborhood store on Damen Avenue in Chicago. A sales representative was then added, and Carlson products began popping up on the shelves of popular health food stores across Chicago. As the brand continued to grow, Susan expanded Carlson into the space next door.
In 1970, the business moved to a larger office space on North Kedzie Avenue, and Susan left her pharmacy position to focus on Carlson full time. Her husband John, who previously worked as the chief water engineer for the city of Chicago, was named the president of Carlson. Within six years, they outgrew the space. With the help of John’s architect friend, they found property and built the brand new Carlson headquarters on College Drive in Arlington Heights. Two years later, the operations expanded to the neighboring building.
John and Susan had two daughters, Carilyn and Kirsten, who grew up in the natural products industry. From a young age, they attended tradeshows, helped out at Carlson headquarters, and developed a passion for quality nutritional supplements backed by science. Carilyn and Kirsten played (and continue to play) an instrumental role in launching groundbreaking new products and helping to grow the Carlson brand.
Today, the headquarters are located at 600 West University Drive in Arlington Heights, and the next generation of Carlson continues to ensure that the Carlson name represents the high quality products customers have come to expect. President Carilyn Anderson and Vice President of Marketing Kirsten Carlson – and their dedicated team – are proud to offer more than 200 vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other supplements designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind.
by Karen Roth, MSNC
People are changing their diets to include more salads. That’s a good thing. But, it’s important to remember that you may be sabotaging your health by what you put on top of your salad. It's important we always check the labels.
Many of the off-the-shelf dressings still contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) and hydrogenated oils. It’s no secret... it’s clearly marked. And the fat-free dressings usually contain a good amount of sugar and sodium. They have to make up for the taste somehow!
I recently read the label on a fat-free raspberry dressing that not only listed high fructose corn syrup, but also red dye 40 and blue dye 1. Why would they need to add red dye 40? To compensate for the product only having 2% or less red raspberry juice!
And don’t be fooled by the “spray-on” dressings. They have multiple preservatives that may be harmful to our health. I even saw a honey mustard flavor that had yellow dye #5 and artificial flavors and preservatives. Why buy unhealthy brands when we can make our own salad dressings in less than five minutes. Your body and wallet will appreciate these recipes:
3 large eggs
1 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
¼ cup, plus ½ tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. of salt
2 tsp. of anchovy filets (add an extra ½ tsp. if you like a stronger flavor)
¼ tsp. of dry mustard powder
½ cup plus 1 tbsp. of Olive Your Heart® Garlic Flavor
In a blender combine the first eight ingredients, and pulse on low speed increasing slowly to a medium range and blend until smooth (approximately 20 to 30 seconds). Slowly pour the olive oil through the opening of the lid for an addition 10 to 15 seconds.
Makes 2 cups. Each 2 tbsp. serving delivers 2,960 mg of omega-3s.
¾ cup of Olive Your Heart® Natural Flavor
¼ cup of raspberry vinegar (if unavailable in your area, use apple cider vinegar)
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. of dried basil
½ cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup of water
2 tbsp. of honey
Fill the blender with all of the ingredients, except for the honey. Blend on low, slowly adding the honey through the lid opening. Then continue blending at a medium setting for 20 to 30 seconds.
Makes 1-¾ cups. Each 2 tbsp. serving delivers 2,960 mg of omega-3s.
Olive Your Heart®, blending Greek extra virgin olive oil with Norwegian marine oil, comes in the following flavors: natural, garlic, basil, and lemon. It’s non-GMO and contains no artificial ingredients. Olive Your Heart® is also delicious on its own as a salad dressing. You can’t get healthier than that!
It’s hard for me to choose which products I find essential – there are so many! I personally don’t take a multivitamin because the multivitamin components I take are in higher amounts than what is present in a multivitamin.
One of my main supplement necessities is fish oil because I don't eat any type of fish and never have. When I started working at Carlson, I began taking Elite Omega-3 Gems, since that was our highest potency EPA and DHA containing fish oil product. It allowed me to get the most omega-3s in the smallest number of soft gels. I have since switched to our new Maximum Omega 2000, which is now our highest potency fish oil.
Vitamin D3 is another supplement I consider a necessity. It’s highly important for bone health, but also supports many other aspects of health, including the immune system, cardiovascular system, muscles, and is being studied in emerging research in regards to brain health and mood, kidney, endocrine, and prostate health for men. Research is ongoing with vitamin D3, as virtually every tissue in the human body expresses the vitamin D receptor and can subsequently be affected by circulating blood levels of vitamin D. I take our Vitamin D3 10,000 IU five times a week. This is the strength I found is necessary for me to keep my personal vitamin D level sufficient through routine vitamin D testing. In addition to vitamin D3, I also take Vitamin K2 as MK7. Vitamins D and K work synergistically to promote bone health via calcium absorption and assimilation into the bones.
As most people likely do, I try to stay active. However, working all day and having a bit of a drive to work can sometimes sap my motivation. So, I make sure to take my B50 Gel and my CoQH (the reduced, ready to use form of CoQ10) to help support my body’s energy production. The B50 Gel also provides the B vitamins that are necessary for exercise induced stress recovery. Because I enjoy high impact activities like running, Zumba, and tennis, I make sure to take products like MSM Sulfur and Nutra-Support Joint to support the cartilage in my joints. As Carlson recently came out with Curcumin and a new joint health formula, Enhanced Mobility, I’ve also added these to my supplement regimen to support my joints and to promote my exercise recovery.
Magnesium is well known for its role in supporting muscle health; however, I also make sure to take Chelated Magnesium daily for the role it plays in maintaining hair and nail health. I love having my nails painted – as long as they're long. Combined with taking magnesium for my nails, I also take our Biotin 5,000 mcg.
The last product that is essential to my daily supplement routine is probably the least well known, but is a derivative of the well-known grape/wine antioxidant resveratrol, and that is Pterostilbene! Pterostilbene is better absorbed and has a higher bioavailability than resveratrol, while still providing the same antioxidant benefits of supporting brain health and healthy aging.
by Jolie Root, LPN, LNC
Doctors and nutrition experts tell us to eat more fish, likely due to a stream of studies showing us we need more omega-3s, the beneficial fats that fish provide. These fats have been linked to better health from infancy to our golden years and at every age in between. They support growth and development, and heart, brain, vision, and joint health.
So how do we know if we’re getting enough of these vitally important fats? That’s where the Omega-3 Index comes in. It’s a simple blood test that determines if we’re getting enough of the beneficial omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The result is expressed as the percent of fatty acids that are EPA and DHA among the total fats in the red blood cell membrane.
The Ideal Target
North American data shows our intake of EPA and DHA is a lackluster average of 100 mg daily. Even worse, one in five of us are getting none of these fats on a daily basis. Based on trials evaluating the value of omega-3s, especially for heart health, the target for our Omega-3 Index is 8 percent.
Here is the challenge: reaching the target of 8 percent on the Omega-3 Index requires an intake in adults of 1,500 to 2,000 mg of omega-3s daily. In children, about half as much would be needed. To support a 500 to 1,000 mg daily intake of EPA and DHA, Americans would need to eat two to four servings of cold-water fish every single week – which most of us don’t. So supporting 1,500 to 2,000 mg through diet alone is very unlikely. Thus, we look to supplements to fill the void.
This is where concentrated omega-3 supplements make our health goals easier to achieve. Imagine that your fish oil capsule provides only 100 to 200 mg of EPA plus DHA. You’d need to take a lot of capsules to get to 2,000 mg daily. On the other hand, if your supplement provides 700 to 1,000 mg of EPA plus DHA, you need only two or three capsules to reach the target intake.
The first step is to determine your Omega-3 Index by ordering an in-home test from OmegaQuant. Then make a goal of reaching 8 percent by raising your omega-3 intake to 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Read the supplement facts panel on the back of your bottle of fish oil to see how much EPA plus DHA a serving provides, and most important, how many soft gels represent a serving? Do the math to be sure you’re getting enough every day.
A highly concentrated omega-3 supplement will make it easy and convenient to reach on Omega-3 Index of 8 percent.
The Daily Dose blog features health and wellness articles from Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN,LNC; Nutritionist & Educator Laurel Sterling, MA, RDN, CDN; and Featured Guest Blogger Karen Roth, MSNC. Other guest bloggers will also join us.