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Vital Choice Health Store

Vital Choice Health Store is your local source for effective, natural products, and your resource for timely, relevant, health-related information. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff is here, in-store and online, to help you make your choice.

At Vital Choice Health Store, education is empowerment. Our staff, which includes a registered dietitian, is here to help you select the best nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle products. Vital Choice Health Store is committed to offering you only genuinely effective, natural products. We promise that if you purchase a product only to find out later it is not the right product for you, you may simply return it within 60 days and we will make it right. 

Since we opened our doors in North Royalton, Ohio in 1998, Vital Choice Health Store has been a hub for a healthier, stronger community. Check out our Community Wellness Calendar. We invite you to join us for our next health seminar, just around the corner. 

Our Latest Videos

Vital Choice Health Store provides only effective, natural products. A registered and licensed dietitian and a highly trained staff can recommend the highest quality supplements from leading national and professional brands. Expertise has made Vital Choice Health Store a community destination for health-related information, products and services.

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 Ask Vital Choice

      
  • Is organic soy milk safe for children to drink? I recently came across some information that says soy is harmful.

    Thanks for your question. The topic of soy is always controversial with some studies touting the benefits and others reporting the dangers. As with most things, while there are pros and cons, at this time the studies don't seem to give us a clear cut answer.

    There are many studies suggesting soy is beneficial for health and is better tolerated than even cow's milk for those with a sensitive GI tract. Soy milk does have a similar protein content to cow's milk and in my experience, children typically like the taste.

    However, soy does not contain the same mineral content to that of cow's milk and actually has compounds that can potentially interfere with nutrient absorption. Soy is also one of the most genetically modified crops available and has been shown to influence hormone levels, and though rare, can even disrupt thyroid levels.

    With all this said, I don't think we can say soy milk is unsafe for children. I would suggest if you would like to continue using soy milk, make sure it is an organic, non-GMO product and limit to one to two servings per day. Also, you could consider rotating it with milk or other non-dairy options including coconut, almond, oat or hemp milk. Choose an organic, unsweetened option, that is free of carrageenan, GMO oils, xanthan gum and calcium carbonate. There are new brands popping up everyday, so just make sure to read labels.

    Personally, for my kids, I use fermented sources like yogurt more than any milks, traditional or plant-based.

    Best of Health!

    Nicole Gould, RD, LD

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  • What's the best probiotic to take with antibiotics?

    There is some debate whether probiotics should be taken alongside antibiotics. So first I have to say, we can't give personal medical advice and it's best to ask the prescribing doctor for their opinion. However, based on my experience most agree that you can and should take probiotics while taking antibiotics, just not at the very same time. Generally, it's recommended to take the probiotic two hours before or after you take your antibiotic.

    Choosing a probiotic when taking a course of antibiotics is not altogether unlike choosing one when you're not on antibiotics. In general, when taking a probiotic, I look for a multi-strain product with a CFU count of at least 5 billion. 

    Given the effects of the antibiotics, you may want to consider a higher potency product perhaps during, and certainly after, you are finished with the full course of antibiotics. Personally, after a course of antibiotics I would look for a probiotic with at least 50 billion CFUs. 

    Finally, if I had completed a longer course or if I had been prescribed a particularly strong antibiotic, I would consider using one of the very high potency products with at least 100-billion CFUs for a week or two after I completed the antibiotic. After that, I would drop down to either the 50-billion or 20-billion range.

    Here is a link to our best selling probiotics.

    Some of my favorite products for everyday use are:

    If you feel you need a high dose probiotic, (again, usually taken after you have completed your course of medication to 'reset' your system) consider one of these two products from Garden of Life:
    Garden of Life Ultimate Care
    Garden of Life 5-Day Max Care

    We have received very good feedback on both of these products. 

    Mike Ventresca 

    *This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as personal medical advice.

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  • What is the Barnes Basal Thyroid Test and how do I do it?

    Many health experts believe that you can get a pretty good idea of thyroid function simply by determining your basal body temperature (BBT) – the temperature of your body at rest. You can perform the test in home. The test can be performed with an oral thermometer, but for best results it's recommended you use a basal digital thermometer. 

    According to Dr. Michael Murray, here are the steps to taking your BBT:

    1. Plan to take the test first thing in the morning after you wake up, because it’s important to measure temperature after you have had adequate rest.
    2. Before going to sleep, if you are not using a digital thermometer shake down a regular thermometer to below the 95-degree mark and place it by your bed.
    3. Immediately upon waking, place the thermometer in your armpit (if using a regular thermometer keep it there for a full 10). Hold your elbow close to your side to keep the thermometer in place.
    4. Read and record the temperature and date.
    5. Repeat the test for least three mornings (preferably at the same time of day).
    6. A reading between 97.6 and 98.2 degrees F is normal. Readings below 97.6 may indicate hypothyroidism.

    Note: Menstruating women must perform the test on the second, third, and fourth days of menstruation. Men and postmenopausal women can perform the test at any time.

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  • Should I take coconut oil to support blood sugar?

    While coconut oil has health benefits including blood sugar support, it's not on my list of 'must-have' blood sugar support supplements.

    For blood sugar support out most effective options are:
    Blood Glucose Support
    WellBetX PGX Fiber 
    Cinnamon Extract

    Glucose Support is probably my favorite option because it provides a variety of clinically studied nutrients at effective doses including: Chromium & Vanadium, Gymnema, Bitter Melon and Lagerstroemia speciosa among others.

    All of these have been show great promise according to multiple studies. We've had great feedback on this supplement.

    Additionally, a patented fiber blend called WellBetX PGX-with Mulberry has been shown to reduce after-meal blood glucose.

    Finally, the effects of cinnamon have been documented in a variety of studies. Two of my favorites are New Chapter's Cinnamon Force and Vital Choice Cinnamon PF

    A general note of caution - these supplements can work quite well. If you are already taking something for blood sugar regulation including medicines, please keep an eye on your levels as dropping too low can be dangerous. 

    *This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as personal medical advice.

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  • Do you offer a blood test to tell which vitamins I need?

    There are quite a variety of tests available. Choosing the right test for you may require a more detailed discussion, but I'm happy to give you some general information here. Our dietitian Nicole Gould works with several third-party companies that provide several unique tests. Here is a link to her page on our website.

    One of our favorites (and one that I think just about everyone at Vital Choice Health Store has had performed over the years) is The Spectracell Laboratory Micronutrient Panel. This is a unique test that requires a blood draw. What's unique about this test is instead of using red blood cells which provide essentially a daily snapshot of your levels, Spectracell uses white blood cells to determine whether a functional or more long term deficiency exists. In other words, while today your may not be deficient in Co-Q10, you may tend to be deficient in the long term. A typical red blood cell test may not catch this.

    I encourage you to discuss your needs more specifically with Nicole as she does have access to other tests as well. She will be in-store today, Thursday, after 1pm and can be reached at 440-885-9505. I have also copied her on this email.

    Another test that is available is called the HealthPrint from Your Future Health. While we do not offer this test directly, Nicole does offer HealthPrint Analysis. I have also used this report before and found it to be helpful.

Staff Education

When someone first joins our team, they begin learning the Basics. This is an overview of supplement concepts and common health concerns

Topics Included

  1. Vitamin Basics
  2. Forms of Herbs
  3. Potency vs Weight
  4. Inflammation

3 Common Health Concerns

  1. Bones & Joints
  2. Indigestion
  3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Once a staff member masters the Vital Choice Basics, she or he is ready to begin working towards their Expert Certification. 

The Expert Certification is a more in-depth, rigorous study of a specific health topic and includes video and written study, as well as personal coaching with our dietitian. Once they have demonstrated mastery of the topic material, the staff member earns the certification as a Vital Choice Expert and the topic is added to the Expert Badge they wear.

PEP Certification

Nicole Gould RD, LD

Director of Education & Training, 10+years at VC

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Community Wellness Events

Seminar - Weight Loss Success!

presented by Nicole Gould, RD, LD

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Seminar - Herbal Cleansing & Liver Support

presented by Nicole Gould, RD, LD

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Meet the Team

Feel More Confident Than Ever!

At Vital Choice Health Store, we put a premium on education and empower you to make the best choices for your health. You can feel confident in the recommendations of our highly competent, professionally trained staff. We stand behind our tried-and-true guarantee for all of our natural products. Vital Choice Health Store is a community resource for health-related information you can trust.

Mike Ventresca

When I’m not working at Vital Choice, I operate a successful chauffeur service for my son, Ethan. My wife Kim and I were married the same year Vital Choice opened (that was some year!) and still enjoy many of the same things today that we did then, not the least of which is a good laugh...

Nicole Gould, R.D., L.D.,

When I’m not at work or eating kale, I’m most happy spending time with my two children and exploring nature, zoos and museums with them. I also have a passion for dance and enjoy playing the piano and the highs and lows of Cleveland sports. I provide direct customer education, private...

Dan S.

I have been with my wife for over 14 years and we have eight dogs that we treat as our children. I entered the health industry four years ago when I joined Vital Choice. Finally, I am a self-professed geek who enjoys playing video games and riding my bike.

Deb L.

As a retired second grade teacher, I take pride in the knowledge that I positively affect the quality of people’s lives by helping them make educated decisions about their health.  Outside of Vital Choice, I mentor in Strongsville Schools, play percussion in the First Lutheran Church’s band,...

Chris G.

What I enjoy most about my work is making connections with people and helping them expand their knowledge of holistic, mindful living. I love spending time with my wife, daughter and three dogs. Some personal interests include cooking, reading, expanding my consciousness, video games, music and...

Donia G.

I have a genuine passion for helping people. On my time off, I love being with my daughter and husband, Chris, and our three dogs. I also love crafting, especially scrapbooking and photography. I even make the displays at Vital Choice.

Ashley J.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. Currently, I’m waiting to hear back from grad schools. I’m hoping to be accepted into a physician assistant program. I’m excited to use the knowledge I’ve gained at Vital Choice in my future career.

Ryan B.

Ryan is new to Vital Choice and is a lifelong musician married to his high school sweetheart. He looks forward to providing compassionate customer service with helpful knowledge and getting to know the VC family, both present and future.

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