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April - Stress and Vitamins Month!

  Stress does not merely afflict your mind.  Long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, insomnia and other sleep disturbances, eating disorders, eczema and ulcers.  Vitamins can help with decreasing stress.
 
 
B Complex - B vitamins are vital for optimal mental health and stress. Water soluble, they need to be replenished on a daily basis. Sources rich in B vitamins include cereals and grains, meats, fish, poultry, milk, eggs, peas, beans and vegetables. Taking a B-complex vitamin, which contains most the major B vitamins, might be the best option to help reduce stress. A good B-complex vitamin can help digestive metabolic processes which might be affected negatively since stress slows digestive processes.  Talk to your Marc’s Pharmacists about B Complex Vitamins. 

Did you know Folic acid is considered brain food?  It helps with depression and anxiety and helps prevent neural tube defects in unborn children.  Discuss the benefits of Folic Acid with your Marc’s Pharmacist.

 
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we are discussing alternative medicines. According to a recent Harvard Medical School report, the use of herbal supplements has increased by 50% in the last 5 years. Last year, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and National Center for Health Statistics jointly published a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. People of all backgrounds use CAM. However, CAM use among adults is greater among women and those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM. Non-vitamin, non-mineral natural products are the most commonly used CAM therapy among adults. The use of several therapies has increased including deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage therapy, and yoga. The percentage of people using the most common CAM therapies had a significant increases between 2002 and 2007.

Some of the most popular natural products in the U.S. are fish oil (37.4%), glucosamine (19.9%), echinacea (21.1%), and flaxseed (15.9%). These percentages are the percent of adults who used these natural products in the last 30 days.

People use CAM for many different types of conditions and diseases. U.S. adults are most likely to use CAM for musculoskeletal problems like back, neck, or joint pain. - See more at: http://www.healthherbs.com/newsletterpast.html?newsid=88#first
we are discussing alternative medicines. According to a recent Harvard Medical School report, the use of herbal supplements has increased by 50% in the last 5 years. Last year, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and National Center for Health Statistics jointly published a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. People of all backgrounds use CAM. However, CAM use among adults is greater among women and those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM. Non-vitamin, non-mineral natural products are the most commonly used CAM therapy among adults. The use of several therapies has increased including deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage therapy, and yoga. The percentage of people using the most common CAM therapies had a significant increases between 2002 and 2007.

Some of the most popular natural products in the U.S. are fish oil (37.4%), glucosamine (19.9%), echinacea (21.1%), and flaxseed (15.9%). These percentages are the percent of adults who used these natural products in the last 30 days.

People use CAM for many different types of conditions and diseases. U.S. adults are most likely to use CAM for musculoskeletal problems like back, neck, or joint pain. - See more at: http://www.healthherbs.com/newsletterpast.html?newsid=88#first
  marcs-stores-pharmacy-stress-vitamins.jpg Vitamin B12 - is known as the memory vitamin because the organ that depends on it the most is the brain. B12 deficiencies may cause mental confusion, neurological changes and make it difficult to cope with stress. This water-based vitamin is significant in the creation of the sleep hormone melatonin and the mood hormone serotonin.  Talk to your Marc’s Pharmacist to see if this vitamin is for you.

Vitamin C - aids in the production of anti-stress hormones.  Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply in your diet.  Talk to your Marc’s pharmacist on how much vitamin C you need everyday. 


Vitamin A - helps clean up the toxins in your body that suck up energy and leave you feeling fatigued and stressed. Milk, eggs, spinach, carrots, and apricots are all great foods for getting your vitamin A levels up.  Your Marc’s Pharmacist is available to assist with any questions you have about vitamin A

 
Vitamin E and Selenium Vitamin E and selenium are listed together because vitamin E works really well to combat stress, but it works even better when it’s paired with selenium. Vitamin E works by fighting the body’s physical reaction to stress. Vitamin E is found in almonds, mangoes, broccoli, and corn oil. Selenium is typically found in nuts and seafood.  Talk to your Marc’s Pharmacist with questions you have about these two stress fighting weapons.