General

  • What is the ph level of the water you sell out of your system?

    We don't regularly measure the pH of our water. Because it is a distilled water, it will tend to be more acidic than spring or alkalized water due to the lack of inorganic minerals present. If you're looking for an alkaline water, I would go with Essence pH10 or Evamore. If you want a water that is as close as possible to pure H2O, than distilled is the best option.

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  • How do I set up an appointment with the Dietitian?

    You can simply call the store to speak with Nicole Gould RD, LD directly at 440-885-9505 or email her at NgouldRD@gmail.com. Click here to see a list of Nicole's Dietetic Services.

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  • Can I return a product?

    Yes! You can return any product within 60-days of purchase, even if it's opened. We want to help find the best product for you - even if it takes a couple tries.

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  • What happened to the mobile coupon app?

    Our mobile coupon app for iPhone and Android was created and managed by Living Naturally, LLC, a provider of information and technology products to the natural products industry. The app was launched in 2013.

    In early June, 2017 we received notice from Living Naturally that they were ending the coupon program effective June 9, 2017. Unfortunately, we did not have any control over the timing of this decision. 

    Because we can no longer update or add coupons to the app we recommend you delete the app from your mobile device.

    In the meantime, we continue to offer a variety of in-store coupons as well as our 'Hassle-Free e-Coupons' that are automatically loaded onto your Rewards Account and emailed to you.

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Health

  • 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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  • Is there anything that can help sperm motility?

    Two herbs/foods that come to mind that have been studied for sperm health are maca and muira puama. In addition, both have been used historically for libido support. Below are links to my favorite products.

    Maca - We stock a variety of good maca products in both tablet as well as powder form. My favorite for your concern is Revolution Macalibrium. It's important to note that maca is not just for men. Maca is widely considered a 'super-food' with numerous benefits for both men and women.

    Nature's Answer Muira Puama - This product is available in both liquid and capsule. We don't normally stock the liquid. We are currently out of the capsule but should have some in about a week.

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

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  • What is your recommendation for omega 3’s? I have inflammation, high blood sugar & back pain.

    In general, omega-3 from fish oil remains the most widely studied for the health benefits you mentioned.

    Nordic Naturals and our Vital Choice Health Store brand are very good purified fish oils, but New Chapter's Wholemega is my favorite because it's the closest thing to eating wild Alaskan salmon.

    Click here to watch a great video from our registered Dietitian Nicole discussing why she likes Wholemega.

    *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.

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  • My endocrinologist recommended a prebiotic. Do you have a good suggestion for the right product to buy?

    We do offer several prebiotic products. As you know prebiotics are essentially food for the probiotics in your system. You will often find prebiotics in two forms - powders and capsules.

    I prefer the powder products because when working with prebiotics you're looking at some form of fiber blend. Fiber takes up space so you end up taking quite a few capsules to get an effective dose versus a powder product that can be mixed in juice, milk, smoothie etc.

    Also, for me the better prebiotics are using real foods and not things like isolated FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) as the primary source of prebiotics. FOS can be difficult to digest for anyone sensitive to fructose which recent studies suggest can be as much as 30% of the population. I'm one of these people, so I need to avoid anything with high levels of isolated FOS or suffer IBS type symptoms. Again, FOS isn't a bad thing, but I believe there are better choices.

    With this in mind, my favorite prebiotic product is Garden of Life's Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber - each serving contains 5 grams of prebiotics from superfoods. It is a powder that can be thrown into smoothie, soups, yogurt...basically anything you can stir. Garden of Life also makes a product called FitBiotic that combines 4 grams of prebiotics with a 50 billion probiotic formula in a packet that again can be mixed in juice, smoothies etc.

    If you prefer a capsule product we offer Prebiotic Formula from Health Plus. It provides 1 gram of prebiotics from inulin and FOS per 3-capsule serving. So here you can see to get 5 grams you would need to take 15 capsules per day. There's nothing wrong with this, but I wanted to let you know the trade-off of going the capsule route on a fiber product.

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  • My doctor says I need iron. Is there anything I can take that won't constipate?

    Supplementing with iron can be a necessary, but frustrating experience due to the tendency to constipate. Traditional iron supplements provide the elemental iron in a very difficult to digest form. However, there are great options available that have worked tremendously well for our customers without constipating. Blood Builder by MegaFood is a Vital Choice Health Store favorite. Not only does this product offer iron in a 'whole-food' tablet, Blood Builder also provides essential nutrients for red blood cell production including vitamin C, Folate and B12. It is gentle, non-constipating and effective.

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

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  • Is coconut oil safe? I've been eating coconut oil for years and a recent article says it's not healthy!

    The health benefits of coconut oil have been debated for years. While coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is a far better choice than animal fats like butter or lard. Coconut oil has been shown to provide numerous health benefits. With respect to heart health, research shows while coconut oil does increase cholesterol, those amounts do not increase your heart attack or stroke risk. For a more detailed reply, please read Is Coconut Oil Safe?

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

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  • Do you have anything for weight loss?

    There are many products we offer that can support weight loss. Some are geared more toward appetite control, like Natural Factors PGX. Others focus more on safely boosting metabolism, like Nature's Dynamic Fatburner 4X. However, feel free to contact us to help you find the best choice for your specific needs.

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

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  • What is better fish or flax oil?

    That depends on what benefits you are looking for. In general, fish is a better source of Omega-3's because it is a direct source of DHA and EPA. Flax (and other plant sources like chia and hemp) require the Omega-3 to convert to DHA and EPA.  Many people aren't efficient at making this conversion.

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

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  • What is your best product for pain?

    Though we can't say we can "treat" pain, there are many supplements customers have used that help with modulating inflammation and provide pain relief. Curamin from Terry Naturally and Zyflamend from New Chapter are two products that we've had the best feedback on.

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

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  • What's the difference between curcumin and turmeric?

    Curcumin is one compound in the herb turmeric, like vitamin C from an orange. Some prefer to take the whole herb as there are other beneficial constituents in turmeric while others prefer concentrating the curcumin to maximize the amount of that active ingredient.

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

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  • Do I need to take a multivitamin?

    Usually it is a good idea. A good whole-food multivitamin fills the nutritional gaps in your diet. Even people who eat great can still be missing key nutrients.

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

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  • What multivitamin should I take?

    Whole-food multivitamins offer the best utilization because the vitamins and minerals are in a food form as opposed to isolated fractions from synthetic or artificial sources.

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

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  • If you were to recommend a tea for boosting metabolism would you recommend oolong or green tea?

    Both oolong and green tea come from the same plant.  Oolong is left out in the sun to partially ferment which decreases some of the antioxidants compared to green tea.  Both are healthy and have been studied for weight loss, but it appears oolong has a slightly higher impact on metabolism.

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

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  • Are there any natural remedies for symptoms of vertigo?

    Vertigo can be a tough issue to combat. While there are no sure-fire solutions, there are options that have worked for some. By increasing blood-flow to the brain, gingko biloba is probably the most well-researched choice. For some, the calming herb valerian has had some success. To review other options, please stop in.

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

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  • Do you have any bariatric supplements?

    Yes, we have a variety of products that have been used successfully by bariatric patients. The most critical supplements are vitamin b12, calcium, iron, a multivitamin and protein. However, please note - it's not as easy as looking for a product that claims to be a 'bariatric vitamin'. This is often a marketing term and upon further review is just a powder or liquid preparation of an inferior form of vitamin. Please see the related post below for a more in-depth answer from our dietitian, Nicole Gould, RD, LD.

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

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  • I heard there is a recall for Garden of Life's Infant Probiotic liquid. What should I do?

    On September 7th, Garden of Life issued a voluntary recall on their newly introduced Dr. Formulated Infant Probiotic Liquid. The formula itself is safe, but there are concerns over the thickness of the liquid when inadvertently administered directly into an infants mouth. Therefore, the company has recalled the product to update the instructions.  The new instructions will advise parents to only administer the product by mixing in either breast milk or formula and not to administer directly into the infant’s mouth. For more information click here to visit the Garden Of Life company website.

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