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Women Vitamins: Soap, Soil, and Soul


Making Mud Pies
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After a long dreary winter, the sun shines bright and hearts are light, deep in the heart of Texas….. Spring is here with the jasmine and roses in bloom, the greening of oak and lawns…. I remember spring days as a child. The joy of being outdoors unfettered by snow suits and boots, mittens and scarves….oh the freedom and pleasure of spring in Dakota.

Making mud pies was an all time favorite sport. Normally, my fastidious mother discouraged gratuitous encounters with dirt. But making that perfect mud pie was an art. Patting that mud into a workable consistency, forming it into the pie shape, using the fore-finger to finesse the edges on that crust….mmmmm.. (I wonder if that is why I love working clay into sculptures and do all my own lawn work?)

I can’t remember the last time I saw a child playing in the mud…..I don’t count my intermediate students who purposefully stride thru mud as players.

I feel sort of sad for them….we are disconnected from our Earth and have lost the cycles of preparing soil and sowing  and reaping.

We don’t put our hands in the soil, we don’t connect with the microbes that support our healthy lives. In fact, we do our best to avoid any and all bacteria, to our own ultimate detriment.

In the art room, kids will ask to go to the restroom to wash their hands. I point at the sinks in our room and say “Ok, wash!” The look at the sink and then at me and say, “But there’s no soap.” I point to the soap bars by the sink, and they look bewildered. Can you believe 12 and 13 year olds are not recognizing soap if it is not in a foam or cream formate?

The most common forms of soap are now anti-bacterial, which sounds great– in theory. But the fact is, we need bacteria. Not all bacteria are bad. Bacteria are fundamental for our immune and digestive systems. We are anti-bacterializing our everyday world, we avoid the Earth; we are cleaning ourselves into poor health and possibly death.

Not only are we targeting bacteria, we are also doing it with a questionable substance. Look at the label on your anti-bacterial soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash,  some common home accessories (plastic dish mats and utensils), towels, and even clothing .  See if you can find a listed ingredient: TRICLOSAN.

Triclosan is a bacterial inhibitor  used since the 70’s. It really works great fighting staph infections. But when exposed to chlorinated water, triclosan converts to chloroform and dioxins.  Chloroform is a carcinogen and dioxins are documented endocrine disruptors. Triclosan is also impacts thyroid hormone concentrations. Triclosan is found in our water supplies.  It kills fish and disrupts hormones in the bullfrog .  It has been found in the urine of 75% of the population, and in 3 out of 5 samples of human milk.

The FDA, aware of triclosan related concerns for almost 40 years, has evaluated triclosan since 2008, and in April 2010, released a recommendation of continued investigation.

A comprehensive analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health indicated that plain soaps are just as effective as consumer-grade antibacterial soaps with triclosan in preventing illness and removing bacteria from the hands.

Alternative cleansing ingredients shown effective include herbs (thyme, oregano), silver and copper ions, and nano-particles.

I say: let’s introduce our children to the fine art of making mud pies.  Let’s put our hands back into the soil,plant our own plants,  and keep our houses clean with Grandma’s organic cleaning methods.

Be happy, be healthy, take the best women vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

Soil for the Soul

Reconnecting With Earth

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Women Vitamins: Turmeric vs the Tumor


A while back, I wrote a blog about turmeric, an ancient spice with a lot of modern applications.  You’d be amazed by the vast and varied benefits that turmeric offers.

Turmeric

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Turmeric gets its rich yellow color from the natural pigment, curcumin.  Curcumin has the potential of lowering cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and fighting certain cancers, particularly pancreatic and breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 195,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year, and over 40,000 will die from the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is the 9th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Pancreatic cancer is initially difficult to detect and it is estimated that roughly 29,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year.

Both breast and pancreatic cancers present in forms of tumors.

Compounds found in spices may reduce the risk of breast cancer formation by stopping the growth of the stem cells that spawn the tumors.

Researchers from the University of Michigan released a study: “Targeting breast stem cells with the cancer preventive compounds curcumin and piperine” in which they report that curcumin, found in turmeric, and piperine, found in black peppers, decreased the number of stem cells while having no effect on normal differentiated cells.

“If we can limit the number of stem cells, we can limit the number of cells with potential to form tumors,”  Madhuri Kakarala.

The results of the study suggest these dietary compounds could reduce the risk of cancer by targeting stem cells.  While the amount of curcumin and piperine ingested were at doses 20x’s more than would be consumed in a meal, supplements afford a reasonable vehicle for higher dosages.

”The concept that dietary compounds can help is attractive, and curcumin and piperine appear to have very low toxicity.”  Kakarala

Another small study, published in the American Association for Cancer Research’s Clinical Cancer Research, was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Curcumin was given to patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.  Although the amount of curcumin found in the blood serum was low, indicating low level bioavailability, several patients did see a decrease in pancreatic tumors.

A 2009 study in German involving the Wilms’ Tumor Gene1, (WT1), showed astounding results.  When curcumin was given with siRNA (silencing RNA that interferes with the gene expression) almost 90% of the WT1 was downgraded. They concluded:

“Targeting WT1 gene expression with siRNA may enhance the efficacy of curcumin to inhibit cell proliferation.”

Turmeric an essential ingredient in curry powder, can also be purchased as a “stand alone” spice.  The rhizome (root) of turmeric has been used for ages in the east (Asia/India) as traditional medicine to help with gastrointestinal upset, arthritic pain, and “low energy”.

I am going to add 2 recipes for turmeric….turmeric tea and golden milk….both are soothing beverages that can calm the mind and the stomach.  Both taste pleasant and you can add honey to sweeten the flavor, if you so choose.

Turmeric Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • lemon (optional)
  • honey (optional)

Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and add ground turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a mug using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.  Add honey and/or lemon to taste.

Golden Milk

  • 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil (organic)
  • honey (optional)

-Boil  Turmeric in about 1/4 cup water for 7-10 minutes – this forms a thick paste, add water as needed, keep stirring

-While this mixture is boiling, bring 1 cup milk & 2 tablespoons almond oil up to a gentle boil

-As soon as it starts to boil, TAKE IT OFF THE STOVE!  (don’t let it scorch)

-Combine the milk with the turmeric mixture

-Add honey (optional) to taste


Stay healthy, take your Women Vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

Turmeric powder 薑黃粉

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This article is purely informational.  As with any new diet or change in health or lifestyle routine, please consult with your physician or health care provider first.
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Vitamins for Women: The Sweetness of a Kiss


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…what a beautiful holiday: dedicated to love, joy, appreciation, and peace.  We think of candy and cards and flowers and kissing….just makes you feel better thinking about it, doesn’t it?

Out of those 4, let’s examine my fave: KISSING!  Nothing beats a good kiss, a sweet kiss, a kiss of atonement, a kiss of forgiveness, a kiss that wipes away despair and loneliness.  There are kisses of passion and kisses of tenderness, kisses of joy and kisses of promise.

The kiss is universal; it expresses affection and needs no translation.

Kissing is also good for you.  In fact, some of the health benefits of kissing are just amazing!  Consider these facts:

  • Kissing your partner good morning and goodbye can add 5 years to your life
  • Kissing improves your self esteem…you feel appreciated and it boosts your state of mind
  • Kissing releases stress, tension, lessens negative energy and produces a sense of well-being
  • Kissing burns up calories…about 3 calories a minute and your metabolic rate rises
  • Kissing passionately at least 3 times a day (minimum lip locking time of 20 seconds) can cause you to lose a pound a year…Can you say “I’m on a kissing diet?”
  • Kissing utilizes 30 facial muscles and can actually tighten facial features, prevent baggy cheeks, smooths the skin and increases circulation
  • Kissing frequently seems to make you less likely to suffer from bladder, blood, and stomach infections
  • Kissing stimulates  secretion of natural antibodies in the saliva and a type of anesthetic that helps alleviate pain
  • Kissing lowers the stress hormone cortisol
  • Kissing increases adrenaline that pumps up the heart, causing better circulation
  • Kissing frequently has been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activities, improving your heart’s health
  • Kissing decreases blood pressure and lowers cholesterol
  • Kissing reduces anxiety
  • Kissing stops the “negative noise/talk” in your mind
  • Kissing increases oxytocin levels which in turn calms you and produces peaceful feelings
  • Kissing produces endorphins that are 200 times more powerful than morphine.

Whew!

So I say, pucker up baby and start kissing!pucker up for womens health

Happy Valentine’s Day, take your vitamins for women, and be blessed, Kersten

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Women Vitamins: Consider the Pesticides:12 Fruits and Veggies Good to Go!


While researching on the topic of the 12 fruits and vegetables that rank highest with residue, I conversely came across the 12 foods with least pesticide residue.
  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • asparagus
  • sweet peas
  • kiwi
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • papaya
  • watermelon
Now if you are like me, you believe that buying and eating organic fruits and vegetables could be your answer to lessening the contamination in your food.  And to a point you may be correct.  Ask the guy at the farmers’ market, talk to the produce manager…but know this:  Organic Farming does NOT equal pure, pesticide and insecticide free produce....
James E. McWilliams wrote a book called: Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly.  In Just Food , McWilliams focuses on 5 points:
  1. global food production is more fuel-efficient and more economically necessary (for developing countries that need export markets) than is local food production/consumption (“locovorism”)
  2. organic farming is no more healthy for people and for the land than is “wisely practiced” conventional agriculture
  3. genetically modified crops, in the right hands, should not be feared and are in fact necessary to feed the tens of  billions of people who will live on this planet by 2050
  4. we must drastically reduce our production and consumption of meat animals and non-farmed fish
  5. we must get rid of “perverse” subsidies that undercut fair trade
Coming from Dakota, I can understand his message.  Commercial farming, at least on small, family owned farms, is usually efficient, economical, and affordable.  Farmers do not want to over fertilize nor do they want to over pesticide.
Many are turning to sustainable practices, and most already are prime examples of living and working in an  environmentally friendly manner.
Like their grandfathers, they till alfalfa fields under, every 3 or 4 years to return nitrogen to the soil.
PLOWING AN ALFALFA FIELD BY TRACTOR.

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They conserve areas and harvest for local wildlife, they are practicing “no-till” planting which cuts down on equipment usage and therefore cuts down on fuel consumption, it also revitalizes the soil with decaying/composting the last harvest’s stubble.  They utilize manure for fertilizing soil, and rotate crops.
Genetically engineered seeds are resistant to many bugs and fungi, therefore eliminating the use of some pesticides and fertilizers.
I disagree with his 4th point, although some of the larger commercial farms practice steroidal and antibiotic regimes that are overly aggressive and can lead to a trickle down effect in the food chain.
The 5th item is not only important to our food but also to our economy.  Our government subsidizes agriculture, both domestic and foreign.  The domestic subsidies are a form of control.  The government rigidly watches what and where and how much a farmer plants.  Many farmers are paid to NOT farm….ironic when there is still global hunger and famine.
More ironic are the unfair subsidies given to foreign farmers (sic: Australian wool and lamb) that actually lowers the American market prices and forces many farmers to abandon family farms.
I raised commercial ewes in Dakota, and one year we got $0.05/pound of raw fleece which did not even pay the shearing costs.  At the same time,  the US government was paying over $0.30/pound for Australian wool.
Needless to say, we didn’t sell our wool that year, nor the next.  We stored it in the barn and waited 3 years for the market to marginally rise.
But that’s a whole ‘nother story as my kids would say.
Keep an open and informed mind about your foods.  Take your vitamins for women and be blessed, Kersten
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Women Vitamins: 10 Antioxidants from Whole Foods


Humans live on the energy produced by the oxidation process where oxygen triggers the burning of glucose and fat.
Stress, ultraviolet rays, cigarette smoke, and vigorous workouts tend to cause oxygen to change into free radicals that can  join with other compounds and attack cells causing damage to our bodies.
Having a larger percentage of free radicals can:
  • Lead to infections
  • Speed up the aging process by oxidizing cell walls, deteriorating functions of organs, and causing aging effects such as wrinkling
  • Damage genes leading to cancer
  • Oxidize cholesterol, changing it into “bad” cholesterol causing high blood pressure and arterial sclerosis
  • Narrow blood vessels which may cause heart attacks and strokes and deteriorates functions of tissues due to      blood flow blockage
  • Stimulated by ultraviolet rays, create melanin, causing skin blotches and freckles

Vitamins A, E, and C  and  zinc and selenium are excellent sources of antioxidants.  Multivitamins with minerals can and do help protect you from free radical damage.  However, it is also imperative to utilize sound eating practices and there are several wonderful sources of antioxidants found in whole foods (foods that are close to natural in form and not processed in a plant).

So, if you are looking for reliable sources of antioxidants these ten foods are your best bet:

Berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants

Berries especially blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are high in proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants help prevent both heart disease and various cancers. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries all contain ellagic acid, a compound that seems to neutralise carcinogens.

Broccoli contains a compound called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) a strong antioxidant with the ability to break down oestrogen. Reduced levels of oestrogen have been found to lower the likelihood of developing breast cancer, cervical cancer and cancer of the ovary. Another important antioxidant present in broccoli is beta carotene that helps protect against heart disease and various cancers.

Carrots when cooked, contain a potent antioxidant, beta carotene, that offers some protection against a variety of types of cancers, particularly lung,breast, bladder, stomach and esophageal cancers.  Beta carotene also reduces heart disease.

Garlic has certain anti-fungal properties, lowers cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure. Studies also suggest that the intake of garlic helps prevent the onset of cancer.

Soy contains genistein and isoflavone, it reduces low density lipoprotien (LDL cholesterol) which in turn, reduces the chances of developing heart disease and reduces susceptibility to colon, breast and prostate cancers.

Spinach contains lutein which is the main pigment in  the section of the eye  most sensitive to light, the macula.  As we age this pigment may decrease and we cannot manufacture this pigment. However lutein, is  found in spinach and studies indicate that people who regularly eat spinach have lessened macular damage and cataracts.

Tea contains catechins (present in green tea) and theaflavins (found in black tea) are antioxidants that are both beneficial in neutralizing free radicals. Studies have shown that drinking either green or black tea significantly reduces the risk of cancer, strokes, and heart disease. Green tea is the most powerful antioxidant beverage known today.

Tomatoes and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, one of the rarer carotenoids, that has twice the antioxidant effects of beta carotene. Studies show that lycopene reduces the likelihood of developing colon, lung, and breast cancers.  Adult males who include tomatoes or tomato based products such as tomato sauce in their diets, have a lesser incidence of prostate cancer. Cooked tomatoes are most beneficial and  eating tomatoes with some olive oil is the best  because lycopene is fat soluble and can therefore enter the system more readily if accompanied by some form of oil or fat.

Whole Grains are a good source of Vitamin E, a very powerful antioxidant found to help protect against various cancers, particularly cancer of the prostate. Vitamin E strengthens the immune system and slows down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Whole grains are also high in phytic acid (IP-6), a strong antioxidant shown to help protect against breast, liver, and colon cancers.

Red Grapes and red wine contain quercetin and resveratrol.  Resveratrol helps protect against cancers, and reduces the likelihood of having a stroke, developing inflammatory diseases, or osteoporosis.

Eat wisely, exercise, and be blessed, Kersten


Women Vitamins-Living Longer, Living Better


You know that certain lifestyle choices can impact your age and your lifespan.  Just go to realage.com and answer some questions to find out if you are younger or older than your chronological age….the scale tips one way or another based on your lifestyle choices….and health history… it’s an eye-opener, and don’t we all wish we were younger than we are…or could wish stay at this physical base-line moment?

The US Census Bureau projects  nearly 9 million of the nearly 80 million baby boomers will live into their late 90’s.  Further they predict that 1/3 of those, 3 million, will make it to the century mark.

Here are some common-sense lifestyle adjustments that can affect the aging process and may help you achieve  healthy and vigorous longevity.

Exercise: Adopt a comprehensive fitness programs:

  • try to burn off a minimum of 3,500 calories/week
  • participate in activities that increase your heart rate for an hour/week.
  • participate in both strength and flexibility exercises (weight training and yoga) for at least 30 minutes/week

Blood Pressure: Aim at lower your blood pressure to 110/75.  This alone can take 10 years off your chronological age.

Smoking: Don’t just quit smoking, try to not be around second-hand smoke either.  Passive smoking (the act of being in a room with smokers) for 1 hour is equivalent to smoking 4 cigarettes yourself.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Restoring hormonal balance in post menopausal women with HRT can increase health and vigor significantly.  Work with your health care provider to nail down a HRT regimen that works for you.  Test your adrenal functions, your DHEA levels, your estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels…because, by the age 70, a woman who has been utilizing HRT can affect her chronological years by up to eight years.

Foods and Vitamins: Eat foods that are closest to their original state.  The more processed the food, the less vitamins and nutritional value they have.  Look for quality sources of protein.   Eat smaller meals more often.  Take time to savor and appreciate the flavor and texture of your food.  Find an easily absorbable, liquid multi-vitamin, like Women Vitamins, that supports your health,has no extra fillers, and is readily absorbed into your system.

Family History: Research your family’s health in order to determine any genetic risk factors. For example, if heart disease runs  in your family, take precautions to keep your blood pressure and homocysteines  levels in control.  Awareness of potential issues is your friend.

Stress and Social Activities: Having a fun and full social, home, and spiritual  life helps counteract stress and anxiety.  This also restores and assists your immune system, and a healthier immune system can increase the likelihood of a longer lifespan.

Chronic Diseases: Control and monitor any chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.  Being in charge of the disease can minimize its daily impact.  Losing weight can positively affect diabetes and high blood pressure while dietary adjustments can also affect pain and disease.

Dental Health: Dental problems are a source of systemic physical problems.  Periodontal diseases can affect your heart, immune system, and increase sinus issues.  Have a routine maintenance program set up with your dentist.

Sleep: We all need our 8 hours of sleep.  Keep the room dark, the temperature slightly cool, wear the least restrictive night-wear.  Sleep is the time when our system reboots and repairs.  Lack of uninterrupted sleep will lead to health issues and a more rapid aging process.

Listen to your body: Be aware of symptoms…your body is always trying to tell you what it needs and wants.  It’s up to us to listen to what it is trying to say.  Have any lumps or discolored moles checked.  Be aware of any unusual symptoms like blurred vision, extended fatigue, unaccustomed weakness.  If you experience any unusual physical symptoms, see your health care provider as soon as possible.  Dealing with a severe illness early on, can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Meditate: Take time to meditate or pray….your spiritual aspect needs its health maintained as well.  Meditation clears the mind, lowers blood pressure, and often serendipitously blesses the quiet mind with solutions to difficult issues.

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Be Blessed, Kersten


The Attitude of Gratitude


This is the season of generosity and sharing…of giving and receiving…and maybe it’s a time to reflect on cultivating the attitude of gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude

Tis the season for gratitude...thanks! from WomenVitamins

There is an art to recieving that is sometimes harder to learn than the art of giving.  Certainly our kids can use a reminder of how to graciously respond to the gifts and goodies of the holidays. 

We learn most vividly and most profoundly, from the examples of our parents and those we love and admire.  At school, I often pause before or after doing something for a student, to await the appropriate “please or thank you”.  And I am constantly vigilant that I also model the behaviors I desire to see in others.  After a while, students will encourage each other to give the correct “magic” words…and so we all learn!

We all need to help kids understand that if something is given, or done thoughtfully–it requires a thank you..always…every time…period.

Kids need to know that while they may not like every gift they recieve, each gift deservesa polite and heart-felt acknowledgement and a thank.

When visiting other people’s homes, it’s good and right to accept offers of food and drink.  But remind them that a “Yes, please, that sounds great!” is better than a, “No, thank you” any day.

Encourage your kids, before hand, to be willing to try new and different things…while they don’t have to care for the food, they should be expected to give it an honest try, and to thank the hostess for what she has prepared.

Thank you notes are always appreciated…especially when written by children…and writing notes as kids will probably turn into a life-long habit.  Thank you notes don’t have to be long… Just include the following:

  • be genuine
  • focus on the gift given
  • tell why it is special to you
  • sound friendly
  • 3-4 lines is great

Part of the satisfaction of giving is from the reflected warmth of the reciever….we do without or with less, to spread that joy around.  Be a role model for your children, cultivate healthy living, cultivate joyful living, cultivate gratitude…and have a Happy Healthy Holiday Season!

Be blessed, Kersten


Women’s Health and Daily Vitamins


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Are you interested in learning about the relationship between Women’s Health and Daily Vitamins?   This article will discuss the benefits of multivitamins and how they are a great way of taking care of yourself.

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins are a vital part of daily health care regimes, and Women Vitamins wants to introduce Basics A-Z Complete, a liquid multivitamin designed for active women who are seeking quality products to help ensure their health. There really are many benefits of taking Basics A-Z Complete liquid women vitamins as it supports your quest for an active and healthy life.

“Long-term regular consumption of a multivitamin may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 16 per cent…”1

Being healthy, active, energetic, and ageless is your goal.  Taking care of yourself is very important, although you may put yourself last, as you deal with the daily stresses and obligations of family, careers, and the routines of 21st century life.  You are on the go 24/7.

BUT, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you be able to care for others?  Your health starts at a cellular level and that means you need to give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to do its job.   Taking vitamins and minerals is a major step in taking care of you.

Finding the correct blend of vitamins can be a daunting and frustrating task.  Yet you know the value of doing this.  You need a quality product that specifically promotes women’s health and vitality and is available at an affordable price….

“… the cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users.” 2

Several recent medical studies support the fact that multivitamins have an important place in daily health care regimes.

Basics A-Z Complete is a liquid multivitamin designed for active women that provides 100% RDA of 11 vitamins and 70 trace colloidal minerals while also utilizing cranberry pulp as a source for fiber and urinary tract health.  A liquid distribution of vitamins allows for quicker and more complete vitamin absorption.  There are no fillers in a liquid, no slowly dissolving gel, no painful handful of pills to swallow, no wondering if your combinations of minerals and vitamins is complete.  Basics A-Z Complete liquid multivitamins has every basic vitamin and mineral you need for your health.

Your health is positively affected by taking daily multivitamins. Taking care of yourself is important.  Having confidence in a product is important too.

Go ahead and try Basics A-Z Complete liquid vitamins as a trustworthy aide for cellular health in your quest for an active and healthy life.   Visit Basics Vitamins to learn more and to order Basics A-Z Complete.

So take the best vitamins for women, exercise, eat healthy, and be blessed, Kersten

1American Journal of Epidemiology “Use of Supplements of Multivitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E in Relation to Mortality” Authors: G. Pocobelli, U. Peters, A.R. Kristal, E. White

2American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 2009, Volume 89, Number 6,
“Multivitamin use and telomere length in women” Authors: Q. Xu, C.G. Parks, L.A. DeRoo, R.M. Cawthon, D.P. Sandler, H. Chen

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