These nutrients support cardiovascular health and more!

Health is created when all the pieces fit together.

In this interview, Jolie Root discusses the synergy of omega-3, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 for cardiovascular support.

Omega-3s are found in fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Since many of us don’t eat a lot of fish in our diet, a supplement can be a great option. Omega-3s support heart, brain, vision, joint, mood, immune, and skin health.

Vitamin D3 is an important nutrient linked to many health benefits, including bone, teeth, muscle, and immune health. It’s a vitamin we can get through food and the sun, but many are still deficient due to changing seasons, sun protection, and skin tone.

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 plays an important role in binding calcium to the bone matrix. It also supports healthy blood clotting and cardiovascular system health. Many of us do not get enough MK-7 through diet alone, since the best food sources are organ meats and fermented soybean products.

As always, Jolie discusses the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle as the foundations of good health. Consider the following recommendations as a start.

12 Tips for a Healthy, Strong Heart

  1. Don’t smoke – One of the main risk factors with heart disease is smoking. If you smoke, think about quitting.
  2. Alcohol in moderation – The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends if you drink alcohol, it should be in moderation.
  3. Decrease saturated fats and salt – the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) recommends keeping saturated fat intake (found in fast foods, convenience foods, meats, dairy, etc.) to no more than 7% of daily calories. Also, excess salt / sodium from commercially processed and prepared foods can negatively impact our health.
  4. Add more of these into your diet – The Mayo Clinic states that a diet rich in soluble fiber can help lower our level of LDL or “bad cholesterol.” Add in omega-3-rich fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)into your diet at least twice a week as suggested by the AHA. Add in some dark chocolate (70% or higher) – in moderation. It contains heart-healthy flavonoids.
  5. Drink up – The AHA suggests drinking 1-3 cups of green tea per day for optimal heart health.
  6. Heart healthy supplements – Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that promotes cardiovascular health. CoQ10 is another important antioxidant and fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies produce, and it is highly concentrated in our heart muscle. Omega-3s are also beneficial for supporting heart health. Vitamin D plays an important role in heart health and healthy calcium transport. Vitamin K supports healthy cardiovascular function and promotes healthy blood flow. Magnesium is a mineral that promotes relaxation and heart health. (Note: for those who may be on heart medications, check with your practitioner before you introduce new nutritional supplements into your diet.) 
  7. Be active and maintain a healthy weight – Exercise is essential for good heart health.
  8. Keep stress in check – Yoga can relax and relieve stress and can have positive effects on heart health. Walking in nature, listening to music, doodling, journaling, and more can also provide a break during the day and be beneficial for stress relief and mental health.
  9. Adopt a pet – Pets keep us company, provide unconditional love, and help lower stress levels.
  10. Keep a positive attitude and LAUGH – According to the AHA, research suggests laughing can support heart health… laughter really is some of the best medicine.
  11. Brush and floss – Research suggests the bacteria that causes gum disease can also raise risk of heart disease.
  12. Regular check-ups with your practitioner – Keep on top of your levels and labs. Read more at

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Jolie Root

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Jolie Root

Jolie Root is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought heard Fridays at 10 am on AM 1490 WGCH in Connecticut and New York.

Carlson Laboratories

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Carlson Labs produces pure, quality, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. The company began with a single vitamin E product in Founder Susan Carlson’s small Chicago apartment and quickly grew to offer the most complete line of all-natural vitamin E supplements in the world.

Today, the next generation of Carlson Labs leads the company—daughters Carilyn Anderson and Kirsten Carlson—and the innovations continue. Carlson Labs now offers more than 200 unique products designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. ​



400 – Celebrating 400 Podcast Episodes and 500,000 Downloads

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399 – Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid Can Reverse Skin Aging

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It makes up about 16% of the weight of the body and weighs approximately twice as much as the brain. Compounds such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are critically important for the structure, function and appearance of the skin. As we age, the body’s ability to produce these compounds declines drastically. Existing collagen fibers begin to stiffen, break and lose their shape and elastin fibers begin to fray and lose their elasticity. Age-related changes in hyaluronic acid also contribute to loss of moisture and progressive drying and aging of the skin.

Collagen & hyaluronic acid are key components that help maintain moisture and promote the skin’s strength, elasticity and smoothness. Over time, things like poor diets, smoking, UV sun exposure and just aging in general reduce the skin’s ability to produce collagen and hyaluronic acid. In this interview Ross Pelton will review the basic structure of skin, the skin’s two primary components, collagen and hyaluronic acid and how oral ingestion of these agents can reverse skin aging.

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398 – Support Your Mitochondria for Energy

Your mitochondria are like tiny power plants within your cells. They use oxygen and calories as fuel to create the energy your body runs on, known as ATP (adenosine-5’-triphosphate). You have mitochondria in almost all your body’s cells, but they’re especially concentrated in the parts of you that require the most energy, namely your brain, heart, and muscles.

How much energy you have really depends on how well your mitochondria are functioning. When we are young and our mitochondria are strong, we have plenty of power to keep our brains, hearts, muscles, and nerves working without flagging. As we get older, though, things change.

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397 – Naturopathy for Stress, Anxiety and Mood

“Stress & Anxiety are natural components of our daily lives. When managed they can provide us with a healthy dose of motivation and may lead to creative expression. When left un-checked and uncontrolled the effects can be disruptive to both our daily lives and to our health.

When we lose perspective on simple stress, impatience, irritability, lack of concentration or nervous exhaustion may manifest. It can take a physical toll on our bodies as well. Muscle fatigue, physical exhaustion and indigestion are just some of the side effects of un-managed stress.

The outside causes of stress can be due to a multitude of reasons. The problem is not so much the stress, but how we deal with it intellectually and how our bodies are able to deal with it physically. Our body’s ability to deal with and counter the effects of stress can be compromised by a poor diet, a lack of exercise, poor self-esteem, an imbalance of nutrients and, as silly as it may sound, a lack of laughter in our lives.

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396 – Phosphatidyl Serine for Dementia and Cognitive Decline

Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) can play a critical role in both maintaining and improving mental performance – name and face recognition, recalling locations of misplaced objects, concentration, and focus – which is often an unfortunate component of the normal aging process. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that SerinAid PS can significantly help maintain and improve mental performance, can help improve mood, and can make a valuable contribution to lowering both physical and psychological stress.
FDA Approved Qualified Claim

Recognizing how effective PS really is, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in February, 2003, granted two significant health claims for PS, indicating that PS may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly.

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395 – Growing Your Own Super Nutritious Microgreens

Microgreens are the tiny plants that grow when seeds first sprout. They are miniature versions of your favorite herbs and vegetables that are picked at their peak nutrient-density. Packed with more nutrition and all of the deliciousness. They are superfoods you can grow in your own kitchen and are ready to serve in one week.

Benefits of Microgreens

Microgreens are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavor. Each microgreen has its own particular nutritional benefits and can contain up to 2150% more of the percent daily value of nutrients per serving than their full-grown counterparts. Benefits of consuming microgreens can range from supporting and enhancing immune system functions, to aiding in brain and heart health, to helping maintain healthy hair, skin and nails, and so much more. By adding a range of microgreens to your diet, it is easy to make fresh nutrients an accessible and delicious component of your everyday routine and healthy lifestyle.

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394 – Naturopathy Provides a Holistic Approach to Immune Health

The magic is in the body

This is the initial premise: The Power to Heal, Resides in the Body! With this as the foundation, we can consider all healing interventions as means to achieve improved health by facilitating a healing response. All healing interventions can be judged on various criteria all of which lead to an understanding of how these affect the body’s ability to heal. Our goal should be to assist nature (our body and it’s processes) to heal, restore, maintain health. There are many safe and natural ways to promote healing and health. Naturopathy is one of the ways we can employ the healing power of nature.

In this interview with Naturopath Dr. Michael Schwartz, we will discuss the foundations of a naturopathic approach to health. I would contend that mankind has been using some form of natural healing throughout the existence of man. Mankind has always had the ability to assist healing, with each culture finding its own way. Michael describes the four foundational principles of naturopathy and I think these traits are seen throughout medical history. This includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and other traditional healing systems.

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393 – Is your water totally pure or only legally pure?

We all need clean water. We all depend on our sources for water to be pure, clean and uncontaminated. But how do we know? This is a big concern worldwide. We assume our city water supplies are safe, but look at Flint, Michigan. We assume well water is safer but that also is not always true. We assume that bottled water is a good alternative but consider the millions of plastic pollution caused by discarded plastic. Even bottled water is not always a reliable source. Water can be legally pure and still contain harmful contaminants.

In this interview with Alfie Lipshultz, we will discuss some of the many challenges with our water supply. We also discuss the best ways to assure your home has pure water. Alfie has been in the pure water business for 40 years as the founder of Aquathin Water Purification Systems. Aquathin Systems are used around the world. They are used in home settings and all the way up to large scale applications. I suggest that you explore the Aquathin website. Start with the certifications and awards on the home page and go from there.

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392 – The Types and Benefits of Collagen Protein

In this interview with Charlie Bailes we will discuss collagen. Many of you have heard of collagen. Some of you are taking collagen as a supplement. Charlie will explain the different types of collagen and the benefits of collagen to human health. Charlie will explain what are the distinctions that you need to understand.
Collagen is the most abundant type of protein found in all mammals, including humans. It is located in many parts of our bodies including hair, nails, skin, bones, muscles, tendons, our blood vessels, many vital organs including the heart, lungs and our digestive system, most notably the small intestine.

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391 – SAMe for Mood and Depression Issues

In this interview, Dr. Parris Kidd discusses the nutritional benefits of SAMe (S-Adenosyl Methionine). SAMe has shown clinical benefits for mood and depression, joint health and liver support. “SAMe is an ortho nutrient and one of the most intensively researched of all the natural brain enhancers. SAMe has an extended positive record of proven benefits for the brain, as well for the liver, digestive system, and joints. SAMe’s exceptional benefits are related to its very high energy content and unique molecular structure.” (Kidd,PhD, Parris. Natural Brain Enhancers)

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