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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 or subscribe to our e-newsletter found at the bottom of this page.

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 Ask Vital Choice

  • I have been hearing about the benefits of CBD oil for management of pain without the side effects that you would get from other cannabis. What are your thoughts?

    CBD is growing in popularity and many are using it as a natural alternative to pain medications with great success.   

    When you say "side effects from other cannabis" I am assuming you mean a psychoactive property similar to marijuana? Both CBD-rich hemp and marijuana are part of the cannabis sativa species but they differ greatly in their chemical composition and properties. The main difference is the amount of THC, which is the cannabinoid that has psychoactive properties. Marijuana typically has 5% to 35% THC, while hemp has less than 0.3% which is why it is legal in all 50 states.  In other words, you can't get "high" from hemp.

    There are many pure and safe products on the market.  One brand that I trust is Charlotte's Web.  They are very well known in the industry and use organic farming practices in Colorado.  It is also the brand that seems to get the most positive feedback. There are other great brands out there as well, but it's important to understand they aren't all created equal.  

    Here are a few things that you should look for in a CBD brand: 

    1. Whole Hemp Extract - hemp has many other constituents that are beneficial like other cannabinoids, terpenes and chlorophyll that have a synergistic effect with CBD. Research has shown that isolated CBD just doesn't have the same effect as a whole hemp extract. 

    2. Third Party Certificate of Analysis (COA) - every company should have third party (so there is no bias) quality testing and will email or send the COA for every batch that will show the amount of CBD and THC as well as contaminants like lead.

    3. Non- GMO/Organic practices to reduce as many pesticides ad herbicides as possible

    4. No harsh chemicals or solvents in the extraction process.  Super-critical or CO2 extraction is a very pure way to concentrate the CBD without using chemicals or solvents.

    5. Clear labeling - Many brands say they contain 500mg or 750mg of CBD. But beware, that is often in the ENTIRE bottle, not per serving. This can be confusing and makes it very difficult to know how much you are actually taking in each serving.

    Finding a dose that's right for you is usually the greatest challenge with taking CBD as not everyone needs the same amount.  You may need to give it some time and slowly increase the amount of CBD after a few days until you start to see results. 

    You can find Charlotte's Web in our e-commerce store at

    Thanks and best of health, Nicole Gould, RD/LD

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

  • How can I prevent or reduce lactic acid buildup muscle soreness?

    There are a few things you can do to reduce soreness after workouts:

    1. Make sure you are drinking enough water as dehydration could influence the build up of acids leading to soreness. The American Council on Exercise recommends hydrating with 16 to 20 ounces of water two to three hours before a workout and then 7 to 10 additional ounces of water for every 20 to 30 minutes of exercise. 
    2. Warm up properly - Engaging in a dynamic warm up can help to get the blood flowing which results in better oxygen delivery to the muscles. 
    3. Take a recovery formula.  Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and glutamine are probably the 2 most common products to support muscle recovery. BCAA's have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and increase endurance exercise capacity.  Glutamine reduces lactic acid levels by regulating the acid-base balance in the body and supports recovery and healing the gut. Jarrow's BCAA formula combines both.

    More recent research is actually suggesting it may not be about lactic acid as the cause of delayed muscle soreness, but rather the inflammation and muscle breakdown that occurs during exercise.  One of my favorite products that has ingredients to support endurance during a workout (cordyceps, maca and astaxanthin) as well as herbs to decrease inflammation and pain (ginger, rhodiola and fermented turmeric)  is New Chapter Daily Workout + Recovery.  It has also been shown to provide antioxidants to decrease oxidative stress. I've had great customer feedback on muscle soreness and recovery with this product as well.

    I hope this information helps and please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Nicole Gould, RD,LD

    *This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • Can CBD oil cause a positive result on a drug test?

    Depending on the type of test, the answer is yes, consuming a CBD-rich hemp oil extract could produce a false positive for marijuana. This is very similar to documented incidents where eating poppy seeds produced positive results for opiates. 

    Urine tests are typically 'all-or-nothing' and are looking for the presence of THCs. THC is the chemical compound in marijuana that produces a 'high'. If the urine test finds any amount of THC, it can produce a positive result. What a urine test doesn't show, is the percentage of THC. For this, you would need a blood test.

    While marijuana and hemp are the same botanical species, they have very different chemical profiles. Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp is legal in all fifty states and by law must contain less than .3% THC, far less than what is found in marijuana. But, to be clear, industrial hemp does contain THC. Again, too low to produce a 'high', but enough that it could show up in urine. Because the CBD oil we carry is made from industrial hemp, it will have small, but legal, amounts of THC. 

    Therefore, our recommendation is if you are concerned about testing, avoid using CBD-rich hemp oil extracts or you can request a blood test instead of a urine test. 

    If you are taking a CBD product as directed, a blood test will show the percentage of THC as being within a legal limit, so a negative result. It will also show the higher levels of CBD further demonstrating that you are using a CBD product and not marijuana.

    If your employer performs regular screenings, consider informing your immediate supervisor or HR dept. that you are using CBD to address your health condition, and when urine drug testing is to happen, that you prefer the blood drawn test. Some employers will ask you to pay for a blood drawn test.

    Mike Ventresca

  • What do you have that can help with night sweats and hot flashes?

    As you can imagine there are quite a few options available. However, over the years we've had two products stand out based on customer feedback.

    My first choice would be a product called PM Phytogen by Solgar. PM Phytogen seems to work far faster than most hormonal support products. We've had some women have a reduction in symptoms in as little as seven days where the typical response time can be 60-90 days. With this said, we usually find full results are seen with this product around 30-45 days.

    My second choice would be the maca product MacaPause. This product is unique blend of maca varieties that has helped many women. The company actually produces three different maca products based on hormonal stage, with MacaPause being the recommendation for menopausal symptoms. 

    In summary, over the years we've had more feedback on PM Phyotgen reducing night sweats more quickly than any other product where MacaPause seems to cover a wider variety of menopausal symptoms. 

    Please don't forget about our 60-day Purchase Guarantee! If you want to try one of these products, please do and trust that you can return it if it doesn't work. We rather you return a bottle with one capsule remaining if it isn't working and try something else, than feel like you wasted money and give up.

    Best of health,


    *The information in this email is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and is presented for informational purposes only.

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  • Are there any supplements that can help after gallbladder removal?

    Gallbladder removal is a very common procedure that can result in difficulty digesting fats. There are supplements that can provide much needed support in breaking down fats after gallbladder removal. A few of my favorites are:

    Enzymedica Lypo Gold: This product contains enzymes for protein and carbohydrates but has a specific focus on fats, and in studies has been shown to break down up to 22 grams of fat within 30 minutes. One capsule to be taken with each meal for optimal support. Plant based, vegan, and Kosher.

    Vital Choice Superzymes: A combination formula of pancreatic enzymes for breaking down protein (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), and fats (lipases). Also contains:

    • Bile acid- helps to break down fats so that fat digesting enzymes (lipases) can further break down foods
    • Betaine HCL- helps support the digestive process in the break-down of protein and fats, helps relieve digestive discomfort.
    • Bromelain- derived from pineapple, can aid in the break- down of protein
    • Papain-  derived from papaya, supports protein digestion
      • It is important to note that if someone has stomach ulcers they should not use Betaine HCL, caution is advised if you are taking antacids or medications for acid reflux.

    Jennifer Kleinhans, CHES®

    This information is not intended as personal medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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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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Meet the Team

Nicole Gould, RD/LD and owner Mike Ventresca

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...

Patrick Healey, ND

Dr. Healey is a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) and graduate from the accredited naturopathic medical school, the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) (formerly the National College of Natural Medicine). As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Healey attended a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic...

Dan S.

I have been with my wife for over 15 years and we have eight dogs that we treat as our children. I entered the health industry in 2014 when I joined Vital Choice. Finally, I am a self-professed geek who enjoys playing video games and riding my bike.

Jen K., B.S., CHES®

I'm excited to be back at Vital Choice after taking the last two years to focus on my education. In May, 2018, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kent State University and a minor in Community Health Education. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist...

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,...

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.

Denise V.

I have been a part of the Vital Choice team for over 10 years, behind the scenes, as a Marketing Assistant. Recently, I've added to my role and now you can find me at the store as a Health Assistant. I am eager to learn more and more every day, so that I am able to help people on their journey...

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