Healthy Joints, Active Lifestyle

Healthy JointsAn active lifestyle can be hard on overworked muscles and even more troublesome for joints. Cardio activities like running, hiking, and even biking can give joints a pounding that you may feel long after your workout ends. Even performing daily activities can put pressure on your joints, triggering the body to release enzymes that can break down cartilage and cause healthy joints to lose their own natural cushioning. To combat this effect, Solgar has developed some great products to get your joints back on track and keep you feeling your best!

 Solgar No. 7

Solgar No. 7 is the next generation alternative, after glucosamine chondroitin, that was designed to increase your overall mobility, flexibility, and range of motion in sensitive joints.* In this breakthrough formulation, No. 7 brings together bio-active nutrients that work to create a fast-acting approach for occasional “tweaks” and joint stresses brought on by exercise, sports, or physical activity.* It also works to balance and temper joint enzymes that may break down cartilage and impact joints’ natural cushioning.* With increased mobility and flexibility, No. 7 can help you continue to pursue the activities you love without the pain from overworked joints. An improvement in joint comfort can be seen in as little as 7 DAYS!*

Full Spectrum Curcumin

One of the challenges with curcumin is that there’s a limit to how much your body can absorb and actually use. If absorption goes up, greater levels of active curcumin can be released across multiple pathways to support joint, brain, and immune health. Finally, Solgar was able to take curcumin bioavailability and absorption to a whole new level. Now available for brain, joint, and immune health, Solgar has unlocked the power of curcumin like never before!

More, better, faster. That’s the difference with Solgar Full Spectrum Curcumin. For the first time, Solgar transforms poorly absorbed curcumin, from a fat-soluble to a water-soluble phytonutrient—making it immediately body-ready for faster absorption and more active than ever before. In fact, the bioavailability is 185x better than before.* It’s so advanced, just 40 mg of curcumin in one softgel delivers the equivalency of nearly 75 (100 mg) capsules of standardized curcumin extract.* In a recent clinical study, Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin was shown to last longer—staying in your system for a full 24 hours. One softgel, once-a-day is all you need to feel the benefits of a full spectrum curcumin.

 Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate with Vitamin D3

Calcium provides the building blocks that help keep bones and teeth strong and healthy. It also plays a role in proper function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Magnesium helps to regulate calcium transport and stimulates the secretion of calcitonin, a hormone that aids in the influx of calcium into bone. Vitamin D is required to promote calcium absorption, which helps to maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also supports a healthy immune system. This formulation is a daily supplement that provides calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D3 in a delicious and easy-to-absorb liquid form.*

 Experience the Difference

Solgar has been innovating and producing quality nutritional supplements since 1947. Their ongoing mission is to provide consumers with top-quality, innovative, science-based nutritional supplements to support overall health and well-being. The daily wear-and-tear from our active lifestyles can sometimes inflict unwanted damage on our joints and muscles, but with Solgar you can say NO to occasional joint stiffness and YES to a healthy active lifestyle. Solgar No. 7 can increase your mobility, flexibility, and range of motion, making it easier to participate in all the activities you’re passionate about.* Full Spectrum Curcumin can support more than just your joint health.* Their Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate with Vitamin D3 and a healthy diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life.* Feel the difference yourself and get back on track fast with these great products from Solgar!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

The Next Generation of Probiotics

Probulin_Logo_Final_0317-01If you’re currently considering taking a probiotic, then our question for you is why wouldn’t you take a probiotic? Imbalances in our guts can cause a wide array of health issues, from just annoying to more severe! Probiotics can help support a healthy gut and maintain your digestive health. That’s why it should be an easy essential to incorporate into your daily routine.

The real reason you probably haven’t started yet is that you’re likely asking yourself, “How do you choose a probiotic?” Well, the answer is that you should only use probiotics with the strictest ingredient guidelines, a natural delivery system, and no animal testing. These quality-based standards should make it easier for you to shop for supplements without all the guesswork.

And that’s where we introduce Probulin®’s next generation of probiotics! Probulin® is intently focused on the health of your digestive system and they believe that probiotics could be the next essential vitamin category due to the overwhelming evidence of how they support the digestive system and the body as a whole. Their mission is to offer a comprehensive level of support for the digestive system, and thus contributing to an overall healthy lifestyle.

Developing targeted, scientifically-validated formulas, Probulin®’s probiotics benefit a variety of digestive system characteristics. Probulin® offers three different varieties of probiotics: Daily Care, which is a good general probiotic for anyone; Women’s Health, specially-formulated for women; and Colon Support, which provides extra support for your colon. Each formula is non-GMO, Drug-GMP Certified, and doesn’t contain any yeast, corn, soy, gluten, wheat, fillers, binders, or flow agents, such as magnesium stearate. In addition, the MAKTrek® 3-D Probiotic Delivery System provides significant safeguards that may ensure better survival of the living beneficial probiotic bacteria.

Developing the right formulas is an important part of Probulin®’s process, which is why they focus on intentionally utilizing scientifically documented probiotic strains that are harvested at their peak health, when the bacteria is then freeze dried into hibernation for stability.

The benefits of these living microorganisms can vary depending on your lifestyle and health, but probiotics are generally considered good bacteria for balancing digestive health and supporting a healthy gut. And the payoffs may extend even further, since a healthy bacterial ecosystem can play a crucial role in helping support the health of the entire body—from the immune system to weight management.

Probulin® proudly offers the very best in quality as it relates to living probiotic cultures and supporting nutrients to promote digestive health and well-being. They adhere to the strictest of criteria as it relates to consumer safety and efficacy. All of our formulations are based on well-founded scientific research and utilize all-natural methods to deliver probiotics. To see if your probiotic is working for you, make sure to commit to your probiotic for at least a month, giving the bacteria time to work in your body. Check out Probulin®’s probiotics and see the difference a high-quality probiotic can make when it comes to your digestive health!

 These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Live Life to the Fullest with Alive!

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Everyone can benefit from a multivitamin! Even when you do your best to eat well, taking a multivitamin can help to fill gaps that aren’t well supported by dietary choices. At Alive!® they stick to a simple idea: You Deserve More in Your Day! Nature’s Way formulas focus on getting you MORE vitamins and minerals with 100% or more of the recommended daily values than leading competitors.1

 What Makes Alive!® Special?

  • The full complex of B Vitamins to help convert food into energy*
  • All of their products contain 60-200 mg of a Fruit & Vegetable Blend per serving
  • A variety of Food-Based Blends supercharge their premium multivitamin offerings, giving you more than you expect from a multi
  • Gummies that are made with Fruit- Based Pectin & are gelatin-free Nature’s Way has a variety of blends that are consistently seen throughout their premium level products.

The Orchard Fruits/Garden Veggies™ Blend is a food-based blend that is found in each of their multivitamin products and was created to give your body the best stuff found in an orchard or garden. Some of the powerful ingredients include: blueberry, pomegranate, beet, cherry, açaí, brussels sprout, spinach, and tomato.

 The Daily Greens Blend includes amino acid support powered by spirulina, kelp, chlorella, wheat grass, and much more. Experience the benefits of eating your greens with a daily multivitamin.

 The Cardio Blend is a unique combination of hawthorn berry, Japanese knotweed, resveratrol, and CoQ10 designed to provide comprehensive cardiovascular support.* These ingredients span cultural traditions, yielding a trustworthy combination.

Benefit from the power of digestive enzymes to feel the Alive!® difference with their Digestive Enzyme Blend. This blend provides a concentrated formula of enzymes to support the digestion of fat, protein, and carbohydrate, so your body can readily absorb the nutrients it needs.*

The Organic Mushroom Mycelium Defense Blend is a powerful combination of 12 types of mushrooms. These ingredients are rooted in traditional remedies that have been used to benefit the body for centuries.

Nature’s Way products come in a variety of different potencies. They know that some may have concerns around getting too much of a certain nutrient, thinking “Why do I need 200-300% of the recommended daily value percentage?” The important thing to remember is that daily value percentage is the minimum amount necessary to prevent nutrient deficiency. We don’t know about you, but our goals are a bit more than just hitting the bare minimum. Nature’s Way has created potency “tiers” to support your specific needs and goals to give you your daily dose of encouragement!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1 Comparing Men’s/Women’s tablet formulas, Alive® multi-vitamins have 100%+ daily value of more vitamins/minerals than Centrum®/One A Day®. †Alive!® Multivitamins provide 60-200mg fruit/vegetable blend per serving.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists—Orthopedic & Sports Therapy

8324 Oswgo Road_FINAL BuildingSyracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) is Central New York’s regional leader in providing quality, total orthopedic care to patients. Founded in 1999, its team of experienced orthopedic physicians and support staff offer state-of-the-art medical care—from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery!

The specialty-trained providers and staff work together to provide the highest-quality of care to each patient. SOS specializes in nearly all of the following areas of orthopedics including:

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Joint Replacement
  • Neck & Back
  • Podiatry
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic & Sports Therapy

With offices surrounding Central New York, SOS is able to serve patients from Syracuse and the surrounding regions. SOS facilities are continually updated with the newest equipment to ensure the best possible care of patients. In 2017, SOS opened its newest location in Liverpool at 8324 Oswego Road. This new space houses SOS orthopedic offices as well as SOS sports therapy offices.

As a continued service to the community, SOS also offers SOS PLUS, a walk-in acute orthopedic injury care center. Open weekdays 5:00-8:30 PM and weekends 10 AM-2 PM, orthopedic injuries are promptly diagnosed and treated—avoiding costly and sometimes unnecessary visits to the emergency room. At SOS PLUS, no appointment is needed to be treated by an orthopedic provider that specializes in muscle, bone, and joint care. Check the SOS website, sosbones.com, for a full list of SOS PLUS locations.

Everyday, SOS strives to alleviate pain, restore function, and enhance the community’s quality of life! They combine the expertise of orthopedic physicians with several decades of experience performing cutting edge procedures and services with complementary healthcare professionals who can assist in orthopedic recovery and prevention to give you the best quality care available. SOS is much more than a surgical practice, it is total orthopedic care! SOS is also proud to be the most trusted source of orthopedic care in Central New York. If you suffer from an orthopedic issue or sports-related injury, visit the specialists at SOS and get back on your feet in no time!

The Ancient Healing Arts & Fertility

By Dr. Robert Kiltz, Founder & Director of CNY Fertility

CNY Healing ArtsEarly in my career, I realized the benefits of integrating eastern and western medicine. As good as modern western protocols are for some patients, straight science simply isn’t enough. I turned to the ancient healing arts as that extra something to help promote conception—focusing specifically on massage, yoga, acupuncture, and even meditation and diet. This holistic approach supports the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of fertility and helps restore the body’s balance.

The positive results I saw from my clients who chose to incorporate eastern therapies into their lifestyles were compelling. So much so, that I decided it was necessary to combine all of these services under one roof as part of CNY Fertility. Thus, CNY Healing Arts was born.

The power of touch is extraordinary and Massage can be beneficial to anyone. It’s very therapeutic and helps to relieve stress and anxiety. However, it’s particularly helpful to those that are trying to conceive. Massage can improve fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, realigning the uterus, reducing inflammation and blockages, and breaking down scar tissue and adhesions. We recommend Fertile Massage or Maya Abdominal Massage, which were developed specifically to help fertility patients. These types of massage have been documented to improve fertility issues in up to 30-40% of women.

Acupuncture dates back several thousand years and has its roots in China. Small, hair-thin needles are placed at certain points on the body that regulate and balance the flow of energy. Acupuncture has been successfully used for pain relief, but research has also revealed that women doing IVF were 65% more likely to conceive when they used acupuncture in conjunction with IVF (British Medical Journal, 2008).

Yoga helps reduce stress, detoxify the body, improve circulation, boost your immunity, and minimize the side effects of hormone treatment. I believe so strongly in the positive mind-body connection of yoga, that Yoga for Fertility classes are always free to CNY Fertility clients!

I also see an indisputable correlation between diet, everyday wellness, and fertility. The carbohydrate and sugar heavy, low-fat diets promoted by dietitians for decades have contributed to a lot of diseases. Doctors first studied the ketogenic diet as a way to combat seizure disorders, but we have discovered that eating a high fat/low carb/adequate protein diet can profoundly reduce inflammation throughout the body. In recent years, we’ve recommended the ketogenic diet to clients and the number of “keto-babies” conceived on this food plan is remarkable.

Whatever your goals—whether you’re trying to conceive or just trying to have a better overall feeling of health and wellness—taking a look at what you’re putting into your body is a great first step. And, you can help mitigate the effects of every day stress and anxiety by practicing yoga, enjoying a massage, or a session of acupuncture. For information about services and class schedules, please call CNY Healing Arts at 315-671-5755 or visit http://www.cnyhealingarts.com.

Managing Chronic Pain with Integrative Therapies

Spine-and-Wellness-Group-photo_3New York Spine & Wellness Center (NYSWC) is an integrated pain management practice that has been serving the Syracuse community for over 16 years. They offer both conventional and holistic pain management approaches to meet their patients’ diverse needs. Medical doctors and mid-level providers combine care with experienced behavioral health providers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, so patients can benefit from both conventional and complimentary therapies. Personalized treatment plans may help you lessen pain, improve quality of life, reduce stress, and find alternatives to prescription medication.

“Whole-Person” Approach to Pain Management

NYSWC offers a comprehensive list of spine and back services, many of which combine interventional pain management with acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, behavioral health therapy, and more. Their approach understands that your pain is NOT just about nerves or receptors—pain is emotional, physical, mental, and social all at once. Unfortunately, pain affects us more than we realize!

For those who are recovering from spine or back surgery, NYSWC’s treatment can help you get better more effectively while giving you tools to adjust to the new limitations you may have. For those who suffer from chronic pain, NYSWC provides the tools and therapies needed to help you live a rich, full life.

If you’re suffering from other forms of pain, their centers are also able to help. While NYSWC specializes in spine pain and back disorders, they treat all types of acute and chronic pain too. Their treatments can have two purposes: possibly eliminate the need for surgery or reduce pain while recovering from surgery.

Spine Pain Doctors & Back Specialists

Back pain affects over 31 million Americans today—that’s about 1 in 10 people in the nation! As a result, one of the most important medical services offered today is pain management for spine pain, back pain, and recovery from surgery. NYSWC offers a full range of state-of-the-art back and spine procedures to reduce or manage pain for patients of all ages.

They also offer alternative services for people that suffer from conditions that do not respond to normal pain medication, requiring intervention from NYSWC’s board certified pain medicine specialists who will provide the relief you’ve been searching for with minimally-invasive procedures.

Mind-Body Workshops

In addition to the comprehensive services NYSWC provides, they also offer a series of Mind-Body Workshops that anyone is welcome to attend! These educational workshops provide information on relaxation techniques, better sleep skills, smoking cessation, weight loss, pain management, community resources, and more! All of their seminars are available to the general public and each workshop lasts 45 minutes and costs $20 to attend. Participants can register by calling NYSWC at 315-552-6700.

Whole-Body Health & Wellness

Though NYSWC services are broad, everything they do has one goal—to give you a better quality of life! Whatever your needs, New York Spine & Wellness Center is ready to help. For your convenience, please feel free to call any of the NYSWC locations for more information on the services they provide or to schedule an appointment with one of their knowledgeable providers. NYSWC offers three convenient locations in the Syracuse area—North Syracuse, East Syracuse/Dewitt, and Camillus.

 

Stop the Stress Cycle: Adaptogens to the Rescue!

DrJosselson_HeadshotAre you constantly stressed? Do you rely on caffeine to get through your day? In today’s busy, fast-paced world, this is not uncommon. For many, an intensely busy life symbolizes success; however, chronic stress can lead to serious health consequences. Symptoms that may manifest, such as insomnia, heart palpitations, anxiety, digestive issues, headaches, and severe fatigue can all be related to stress overload.

“Certain herbs called adaptogens can help provide support when you’re feeling stressed,” says Melissa Josselson, ND—a naturopathic doctor who owns a private practice in New Jersey and also works closely with the Res-Q Natural Supplements brand. “Whether it’s everyday tension, a chronic illness, or an acute stressful situation, such as a job loss or death of a loved one, adaptogens can help you feel more calm and focused. They can also help with physical stressors like poor diet, lack of sleep, and exposure to toxins.”

Adaptogens work behind the scenes to help heal your body of damage caused by both physical and emotional stress, including things like inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and adrenal fatigue. Adaptogenic herbs increase our resistance to stress by exerting a normalizing effect on the body, which in turn allows the body’s natural restoration process to happen. Some adaptogenic herbs are more effective than others. Here are some of Dr. Josselson’s favorites:

Withania (Ashwagandha)

  • Promotes adrenal recovery*
  • Helpful in convalescence after acute illness or stress as well as chronic disease with inflammation*
  • Helps restore normal sleep patterns*
  • Supports the immune system*

Rhodiola

  • Natural stress reliever*
  • Increases serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine*
  • Useful in depression and anxiety*
  • Increases energy*

Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng)

  • Restores normal size and function to the adrenal glands*
  • Protects the body from effects of chronic stress*
  • Boosts immunity*
  • Helps improve mood, energy levels, and attention span*
  • Promotes a sense of well-being*
  • Reduces damage to cells caused by chemical exposure*

Holy Basil

  • Normalizes cortisol level*
  • Enhances memory and brain circulation*
  • Improves emotional well-being*

Passion Flower (Passiflora)

  • Normalizes all aspects of sleep*
  • Especially helpful for individuals who lay awake at night unable to quiet their minds or have restless sleep*
  • Can be used for hypertension or heart palpitations from anxiety or stress*
  • Works best for depleted people under chronic stress*

L-Theanine

  • Promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and focus*
  • Improves sleep*
  • Boosts mood, concentration, and focus*
  • Alleviates anxiety by increasing levels of GABA and dopamine in the brain*

All of these ingredients are included in Res-Q Stress Blocker and can help you combat the many negative effects of stress! However, Dr. Josselson also likes to point out that attacking the root cause of your stress is essential, too. If you’re not sleeping well, you need to correct it. If you’re not eating well, you need to start. If your job is running your life, you need to find ways to regain balance so you feel more in control. “Eat breakfast daily, choose snacks with protein, exercise several days a week, get in bed by 10 PM, and take an adrenal supplement like Res-Q Stress Blocker. It will make a world of difference in the quality of your life and overall health and well-being!”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Give Your Health & Well-Being a Boost with Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in the human body. Science doesn’t understand everything this element does biomechanically, but they do know that the majority of Americans are deficient in it. This is a perfect example of how science is still catching up with Mother Nature when it comes to trace minerals and their exact purpose within the body. What we do know is that magnesium is an activator in many of the enzyme systems in our bodies. Case in point, if you don’t have the right combination of magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, and the necessary vitamins, in all their proper ratios, your body can’t produce the serotonin it requires.

Serotonin is a vital neurochemical that transmits messages from one area of the brain to another. According to studies, a lack of serotonin within the body can lead to severe depression and many other concerning health-related problems. Magnesium is an important cofactor for enzymatic reactions and plays an important part in neurochemical transmissions and serotonin production. In addition, magnesium is essential in muscle contraction and relaxation as well as healthy sleep.

Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element on the earth and the fifth most abundant in the sea. Throughout the earth’s lifetime, dolomite (a type of limestone that is created from a combination of calcium and magnesium) has been acquiring deposits of magnesium overtime and now the ratio of calcium to magnesium is roughly the ratio that our bodies need. Why is this important? Because scientists have discovered that in areas where magnesium was delivered through dolomite-filtered water, there seemed to be a lower incidence of heart disease.

Now let’s talk about ions and absorption. An ion is the most basic form of a mineral and consists of a group of atoms with both a negative and positive charge. This is important for absorption because an element in its ionic form can easily pass through the cell membranes in the intestines into the bloodstream. And because they conduct electrical impulses within the body, they keep organs like the brain and heart functioning correctly. Remember what was said earlier about the dolomite-filtered water and heart disease? Magnesium’s role doesn’t end there. As a member of the trace mineral family, it also works synergistically with other trace minerals to create a proper pH balance. When trace minerals are in an ionic state, they can be readily absorbed by the body. We lose trace minerals through perspiration, respiration, urination, and defecation—all at various levels. So given how important magnesium is to our overall health, what are you doing to ensure you are getting enough?

One of the easiest ways to maintain healthy serotonin levels in the brain is through magnesium supplementation and one of the easiest supplements to take is Mag Pak. Trace Minerals Research® developed Mag Pak to support consumers that have busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Simply throw Mag Pak in your purse, pocket, backpack, gym bag, or lunch box—then just add it to water at your convenience! It’s that simple. Mag Pak tastes great, it’s naturally-flavored, and contains a special blend of magnesium malate, magnesium carbonate, and citric acid.

Once you add water, it is converted to magnesium citrate—one of the most absorbable forms of magnesium. Trace Minerals Research® has also added a complex of over 72 naturally-occurring electrolytes, which creates a magnesium supplement that is unmatched in the industry. During the winter season, you can support the health of your mind and body with Trace Minerals Research® Mag Pak!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Unlock the Secrets to Healthy Aging

As we age, we begin to feel less like ourselves. Our immune system begins to weaken, our skin starts to age, and we begin to suffer from poor blood circulation. This can be challenging to deal with, but now more and more Americans are learning new ways to continue to support a healthy lifestyle—including adding nutritional supplements to their diet.

Quality of Life® was established with the mission to provide consumers with access to life-changing nutritional supplements. Their extensive line of products include award-winning immune support, healthy aging products, and more!

 AHCC®: The World’s Most Researched Specialty Immune Supplement

The older we become the riskier and more life-threatening something as mild as the flu can be, so it is crucial to keep our immune systems as strong as possible. AHCC® is a unique, cultured mushroom mycelia extract that is rich in alpha glucans and backed by over 20 human clinical studies.*

Human and animal research has demonstrated that AHCC® enhances immunity by increasing cytokine production, natural killer cell activity levels, and T-cell counts and activity.* Unlike most other medicinal mushroom extracts, AHCC® has a very low molecular weight of just 5,000 Daltons, which allows for better absorption by the body.

 Quality of Life® offers AHCC® in two formulas:

  • Kinoko Gold is for everyday immune support, containing 500 mg of AHCC® per capsule
  • Kinoko Platinum is a high potency product, providing 750 mg of AHCC® per capsule

Oligonol®: A Healthy Aging Triple Threat

Not everyone knows that supporting blood circulation, protecting against cell oxidation, and minimizing inflammation are helpful ways to support a healthy response to aging. However, Quality of Life® has you covered with Oligonol®, which addresses all three of these underlying causes of aging.* Derived from lychee fruit, Oligonol® is the world’s first low-molecular-weight polyphenol. Human clinical research has shown that Oligonol® promotes circulation by relaxing blood vessels, acts as a potent antioxidant, and supports a healthy response to inflammation.*

Since blood carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell of the body, when it doesn’t circulate properly it can affect your skin, energy levels, and Cell oxidation breaks down the cell membrane, while inflammation floods tissues with free radicals—destroying healthy cells and causing skin damage. Oligonol® can help you reduce skin wrinkles and brown spots, lessen fatigue, increase endurance, reduce visceral (belly) fat, and support cardiovascular health.*

 Healthy Aging is Yours

 Aging is a natural part of life that everyone experiences, but you no longer have to be at the mercy of time. You can reclaim control of how you age by supporting your immune system and protecting your body from age-related damage.* Aging gracefully is attainable with these healthy aging supplements from Quality of Life®!*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

ALAFFIA—US & TOGO Two Cities, Over 7,000 Miles Apart: One Family, One Heart

Alaffia is an organization born from the determination to make a difference in West Africa. Our founders, Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, opened the first cooperative in 2003 with just a few women making shea butter. Now, Alaffia has over 700 cooperative members hand-crafting our raw materials, such as shea butter, coconut oil, and black soap—using traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. These raw materials are then shipped to Olympia, WA, where Alaffia creates the finished products.

Alaffia has grown exponentially in the last few years! We have recently released our new Neem Turmeric collection to provide a full-spectrum of care, from head to toe. It is composed of 12 brand new products and a repackaging of our Neem Oil—another Alaffia favorite. This new collection highlights the combination of two powerful ingredients that have been known in the natural products industry for their amazing benefits—Neem and Turmeric.

Neem, also known as “The Pharmacy Tree,” contains free radical-fighting antioxidants that serve as an extra layer of protection and antibacterial properties that help keep skin healthy. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral powerhouse. Beyond its spectrum of benefits for physical and mental health, turmeric has an amazing effect on your skin and hair as well. Neem, an indigenous African resource, combined with turmeric, an ingredient native to Southeast Asia known for its iconic golden yellow tint and beneficial properties, spawned a set that is dynamic and effective! The potent active ingredients incorporated into these new products are rich in antioxidants and protective properties, making it ideal for problem skin and hair.

Funds from the sales of our new Neem Turmeric line, along with the wide variety of skin and hair care products we offer help accomplish Alaffia’s Empowerment Projects. To date, Alaffia has distributed 7,482 bicycles to Togolese students, provided school supplies to 32,842 students, constructed 2,261 school benches, and built 10 schools in Togo. Through the incredible support of our partners and loyal consumers, Alaffia is able to empower these students to continue their education and become leaders of their communities!

Alaffia has donated 57,575 fruit and forage trees to farmers in rural Togo to reduce impact of global climate change and desertification. The Maternal Health Project provides preand post-natal healthcare for women in Togo and through this program Alaffia has funded 4,463 births. Not only have we provided an immediate answer to help lower the mortality rate, but Alaffia has also educated the people about women’s health issues, nutrition, and preventing female genital mutilation. All of these projects were selected to fulfill the communities’ urgent needs, empower the people, provide education and opportunity, help alleviate poverty, and encourage gender equality in West Africa.

At Alaffia, when we speak of beauty, we are referring to holistic beauty, which looks beyond aesthetics. We believe our bodies, emotions, and environment are interconnected, and when they are in balance, holistic beauty is achieved. This leads to the peaceful coexistence of all life.

Our products are born from this ideal and influenced by the science of Ethnobotany, which is the study of relationships between people and plants. We evaluate how each ingredient interacts with the product, the person using it, and the environment it comes from. Our company embodies the word Alaffia, which is a common greeting or valediction originating from central Togo, Benin, and Nigeria that means a state of peace, health, and well-being.

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