February Specials!

I am excited that we are now carrying Bio K in our store. I took it a number of years ago, and now ask myself why I ever stopped. I recently started taking it both in the original and strawberry flavor again. What a difference it is making. I feel like my intestinal tract is lighter and I have a cleaned-out feeling that makes me feel more energized. I definitely feel a difference.

New Roots is a Canadian company with high product integrity. The thing I really like about New Roots is that they put in all the necessary ingredients to make their products more bio-available on a cellular level, allowing more comprehensive absorption.

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Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics refer to the friendly bacteria which contribute to the health of the intestinal tract. There are a number of traditional foods that promote the health of the beneficial bacteria and many individuals take supplemental probiotics because they find they cannot obtain enough beneficial bacteria from the diet. Miso, Kefir, Sauerkraut, Yoghourt, Bio-K, and Kombucha are some of the traditional foods which help contribute to good bacterial flora. Many find that having miso soup several times per week helps strengthen their health over time. Miso soup should not be boiled because doing so destroys the beneficial bacteria.

The Positive Health Benefits of Probiotics:

Summarized with the following excerpts from Probiotics, by Leon Chaitin and Natasha Trent.

  • They manufacture B-Vitamins such as biotin, niacin, pyridoxine and folic acid.
  • They help considerably to enhance bowel function. Where the bowel bacteria are absent, the function “peristalsis” is impaired and the amount of time it takes for food to pass completely through the system is much increased.
  • They act as anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) factors with powerful anti-tumour potentials.
  • They effectively control the spread of undesirable micro-organisms by altering the acidity of the region they inhabit and/or producing specific antibiotic substances as well as by depriving rival, unfriendly bacteria of their nutrients.
  • The antibiotics which some of the friendly bacteria produce are effective against many harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. One of the more well known and potentially harmful yeast controlled by some lactobacilli is Candida Albicans, which is now implicated in many health problems in people who are malnourished or whose immune systems are depleted.
  • They help to control high cholesterol levels, thereby affording us protection from the cardiovascular damage which excessive levels of this nevertheless important substance can create.

Probiotics are Negatively Affected by the Following:

  • Unhealthy Diet, especially a diet that leads to regular indigestion.
  • Poor digestion of food from various causes and/or poor elimination of wastes.
  • Antibiotics can kill a significant percentage of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
  • Chlorinated water used on a regular basis can kill beneficial bacteria in the intestine.
  • Stress, especially on going stress, negatively affects beneficial bacteria.
  • Other pharmaceuticals such as steroids and NSAIDS (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) as well as radiation and x-rays negatively affect the beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

Negative Health Effects from the Loss of Probiotics

  • Overgrowth of detrimental disease-causing bacteria and yeasts such as Clostridium Difficile, Candida Albicans, Stapyloccoccus Aureus, E. Coli, Yersinia Enterocolitica and others.
  • Production of toxins from disease-causing bacteria in the GI tract contribute to skin rashes and other adverse health conditions.



BIO-K: The Bio-K+ CL1285® probiotic formula contains L. acidophilus CL1285® and L. casei LBC80R® -bacterial strains selected for their superior probiotic qualities. The research and development of these probiotics dates back to 1960, and numerous studies have demonstrated the ability of these robust strains to resist stomach acids and bile salts and colonize the intestine in sufficient quantity to be highly effective. Bio-K+® is suitable for daily consumption by seniors, adults, and children aged 12 months and older. Hospitals and clinics began using Bio-K+® in 2004 and doctors surveyed name Bio-K+® as the probiotic they most recommend.

Pyramid Farm and Ferments: Featured in the Winter 2014 Food & Drink Magazine and based in Prince Edward County, Pyramid Farm and Ferments produces both classic and innovative variations of sauerkraut and kimchi all containing cabbage along with other vegetables, fruits and herbs from the farm.

Classic Sauerkraut: A simple and satisfying blend of red cabbage, green cabbage and sea salt.

Seedy Sauerkraut: A savoury and delicious kraut made with cabbage, onions and a blend of tasty seeds; cumin, coriander, mustard, fennel and caraway.

New Wave Sauerkraut: A fresh tasting combination of our wild crafted nettles with Atlantic dulse seaweed makes for a healthy and delicious kraut.

Dill & Garlic Sauerkraut: A rich and buttery tasting sauerkraut made with dill and garlic.

Old World Sauerkraut: An Eastern European style of Sauerkraut featuring the simplicity of cabbage with flavours of caraway and black currant.

KIMCHI: Our pyramid style of Kimchi features cabbage, carrot and green onion combined with our farm grown garlic and spicy blend of over 15 heirloom hot peppers.

COUNTY KIMCHI: Our County Kimchi is a flavourful blend of traditional Korean kimchi and nappa cabbage, carrot, radish, ginger, garlic, and hot pepper. We also draw from the terroir of our local growing region by incorporating a blend of herbs and greens from our farm.

CULT KIMCHI: This Kimchi is not for the faint of heart. Our Cult Kimchi is spiced with a blend that includes two of the hottest peppers on earth, the Trinidad Maruga Scorpion and Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) peppers, blended red cabbage, black sesame seeds, and lemon zest. Join the Cult!

KOMBUCHA: Green Tea Kombucha: Kombucha with a green tea and cane sugar base. Flavoured with echinacea, lemon, basil and coriander.

ROOIBOS ROSE KOMBUCHA: A caffeine free and smoothie Kombucha with roosts and cane sugar base flavoured with rose water.

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Benefits of Propolis

10. Propolis Kills Bacteria

One study investigated the anti-bacterial capabilities of bee propolis in the mouth and more specifically with regards to root canals.
The researchers compared propolis with calcium hydroxide, which apparently is a very effective anti-microbial, and found that it is significantly more powerful than the calcium at eliminating certain germs.
Propolis has traditionally been used to kill colds and flu so this study clearly shows that it has powerful bacteria killing properties throughout the body. I now know why it takes away my sore throat so effectively any time I feel a tickle and why one of the primary health benefits of propolis stated by long term users is as a cold and flu tonic!

9. Propolis Lowers Blood Pressure

Nitric oxide is a very important substance for heart health. The inner lining of your blood vessels uses nitric oxide to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, thus resulting in vasodilation (the widening of blood vessels) and increased blood flow. Reduction in the bio availability of nitric oxide plays a significant role in the development of high blood pressure. Without it, you’d have a heart attack.

There is an enzyme called Tyrosine hydroxylase (or TH for short) that limits that amount of nitric oxide you can produce. Researchers had a hunch that propolis could decrease TH and in turn, lower blood pressure. So they took a bunch of rats and fed them something called nitro-l-arginine methyl ester for 15 days, to produce high blood pressure. They then fed the rats propolis for the last five days. What they found after doing this was that propolis decreased TH activity in the rats. As a result, they suggested that propolis may help modulate blood pressure. If you do suffer from hypertension, you may want to also consider using raw honey, which has been shown tolower blood pressure in studies and is more of a sure thing. This study was published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Hypertension on April 3, 2012.

8. Propolis Helps Treat Bone Diseases

Another health benefit of propolis appears to be that it helps to build and maintain healthy bone tissue. Scientists recently investigated whether Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester, a very powerful compound found in propolis, could halt or reverse osteolytic bone diseases.  The scientists found that this compound in propolis was very effective at suppressing the inflammatory compounds that cause these bone diseases and even suggested propolis might be a potential treatment for bone wasting diseases like osteoporosis.

If you’re suffering from bone density loss or have a history of it in your family, taking a daily dose of propolis appears to be a very wise thing to do!

7. Propolis Helps Treat Allergies

An amazing health benefit of propolis is it’s ability to calm the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Scientists gave propolis to rats for two weeks and found that it significantly inhibited histamine release from the rats mast cells. Histamine is the compound in the body that makes you sneeze, gives you watery eyes and a runny nose – it generally makes your life difficult. Anti-histamines are the main allergy drugs sold over the counter. The scientists went on to say that their results clearly demonstrated that propolis may be effective in the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis through inhibition of histamine release.

So come allergy season, don’t only take your bee pollen but add a daily dose of propolis!

6. Propolis Boosts Prostate Cancer Cell Death

Prostate cancer is a commonly diagnosed cancer in men. But there is exciting news regarding this deadly disease – one of the health benefits of propolis appears to be that it prevents and suppresses this type of cancer (at least in a test tube). Scientists examined the cancer killing effects of propolis tincture on two common types of prostate cancer in the lab. They concluded that propolis tincture markedly improved cell death in prostate cancer cells and suggested the significant role of propolis in chemo prevention of prostate cancer.

5. Propolis Kills Colon Cancer Cells

Scientists recently decided to look at the anti-cancer and anti-microbial potential of propolis at the same time. First they exposed propolis to four different pathogens. As those of us who’ve used propolis to kill many colds have known for years, the propolis showed very strong antimicrobial activity. The scientists then tested propolis against colon cancer cells. They found that it caused the cancer cells to die by necrosis, which means that it interrupted the blood supply to the cell and caused just the local cancer cells to die and NOT healthy, living cells.

Chemotherapy does the opposite of this – it kills both healthy living cells and the cancer cells and is the reason why chemo has such violent and devastating side effects. Ultimately, this research is very promising. Some of the longest living peoples in the world have experienced the health benefits of propolis and other bee products for generations. This exciting new research may be indicative of why these people live such long, healthy lives and have such high rates of centenarians amongst them.

4. Propolis May Help Treat Food Poisoning

The health benefits of propolis now include food poisoning treatment among the dozens of other conditions it is effective at treating. The aim of a recent study was to analyze the antimicrobial activity of propolis against the germs that cause what is commonly referred to as ‘food poisoning.’ (16 Campylobacter jejuni) The scientists found that the propolis inhibited the growth of C. jejuni, Enterobacter faecalis, and Staphylococcus aureus, the three bugs that are commonly found in food poisoning cases. They went on to say that propolis preparations could be used as support to traditional therapy for infection, especially when antibiotics show no activity against these micro-organisms.

3. Propolis Protects Injured Teeth

Traumatic injuries to the teeth present a challenging situation for the clinician because of post-treatment complications such as inflammation.
In this study, scientists evaluated propolis as an anti-resorptive agent. Basically, they wanted to see if propolis could help control the inflammation when someone’s teeth got knocked out so that they could put the teeth back in. What they found was that yes, propolis did indeed help. The point is, propolis has very strong anti-inflammatory activity in many areas of the body. Inflammation is responsible for diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimers, and many more. Much of the recent research is indicating that one of the primary health benefits of propolis is in fact it’s anti-inflammatory effects.

Chances are that people who consume propolis on a regular basis have less inflammation in their bodies and ultimately less disease, leading to a healthier, longer life!

2. Heat Stress & Athletic Performance

One of the reasons the health benefits of propolis are so vast is because it is so full of antioxidants.

Now research has discovered just how useful these antioxidants in propolis can be for athletes. These compounds may be able to protect athletes from overheating according to an article in the Journal of Food Science.
An active ingredient in propolis known as caffeic acid phenethyl ester, or CAPE, has a broad spectrum of biological activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Heat stress is considered to be the main factor underlying the early fatigue and dehydration seen during prolonged exercise in the heat. Researchers examined blood from 30 competitive cyclists who engaged in endurance training for two to four years prior to the investigation. The lead researcher stated at the conclusion of the study that CAPE (one of the powerful compounds in propolis) just might promote athletic performance. So athletes – take your propolis especially during the summer. It just may give you a safe, natural competitive advantage!

1. Propolis an Effective Treatment for Warts

Reported in the International Journal of Dermatology in November of 2009, scientists found that propolis shows strong activity against warts. In a single-blind, randomized, 3-months trial, 135 patients with different types of warts received oral Propolis, Echinacea, or a placebo. In patients with plain and common warts treated with Propolis, cure was achieved in 75% and 73% of patients, respectively. These results were significantly better than those associated with Echinacea treatment or placebo.

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