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Benefits of Berberine

Berberine is a bitter-tasting yellow alkaloid found in roots, rhizomes, and stem bark of various plants including goldenseal and Oregon grape. Most often berberine is used to reduce blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that taking berberine, combined with adopting a healthy lifestyle, reduces fasting blood glucose levels and HbA1c […]

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Activated Charcoal – Why should you have it?

Activated Charcoal – Why should you have it? Simply put, activated charcoal is carbon. “Activating” charcoal is a process which increases its surface area using high heat and an activating agent which results in the charcoal achieving a highly developed internal pore structure. Something like a sponge. The comparison to a sponge is appropriate since […]

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Liposomal GABA. How can it help you?

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in your brain. When GABA attaches to a protein in your brain known as a GABA receptor, it produces a calming effect. This can help with feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear. It may also help prevent seizures. GABA is available […]

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Bacteria and Stress

A great deal of focus has been placed on the importance of healthy gut flora (probiotics) and immune health. 70% of immune function takes place in your gut. However, it’s often only a passing mention that probiotics affect your mental health. It’s a handy line for marketing, and there is truth in that statement, but […]

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Which magnesium will work for you?

There are many ways to get magnesium through supplements. You can find magnesium in the form of oxide, citrate, glycinate (bisglycinate), malate, and L-threonate at Pharmasave Summerland. Most Canadians do not have optimal levels of magnesium in their bodies and supplementation is recommended. But which magnesium should you take? Let’s look at the differences: Magnesium […]

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Probiotics or Digestive Enzymes?

I’m often asked by clients experiencing digestive issues for one or the other. More often than not they are asking about how probiotics, rather than enzymes, can help them with digestion and symptoms like gas, bloating, and diarrhea. While probiotics and digestive enzymes play roles in your digestion and immune function, they are very different […]

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Are your probiotics working?

We’ve all heard by now that a healthy gut microbiome populated by numerous strains of positive flora (probiotics) is essential for good health. Healthy, undamaged gut flora contributes to many aspects of your wellbeing. But, if you’ve been under the weather and encouraged to supplement with probiotics, how do you know you’re on the road […]

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A Call for Collagen

There are a number of products on the shelf containing collagen of different types and delivery methods. Some are marine source, some are sourced from chickens or cattle, and some products are a combination of all three. They may be capsules or drinkable powders. Here are the benefits of each: Marine Collagen– Also known as […]

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Taking a panoramic view of the effect Covid-19 has on pharmacies

At Pharmasave Summerland, we want our community members to know that we are 100% committed to serving our patients. Patients who have filled or refilled prescriptions recently may have noticed receiving a smaller supply than usual. We want to ensure complete transparency around why this is being done. Pharmacies have been dealing with drug shortages […]

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Mushrooms and Immunity

Mushrooms and Immunity

Mushrooms and Immunity Let’s start with mushrooms and vitamin D. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of this important vitamin. Like us, mushrooms produce vitamin D when they are exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses, reducing autoimmunity and making you less susceptible to infection. During the […]

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Food for Thought

Feed your Brain! These supplements aid in optimizing your brain health (and recovery), and who wouldn’t like to sharpen up their brain health? Melatonin – melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. It acts as a sleep aid by regulating your circadian rythm. As you age your production of melatonin may reduce, resulting […]

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Why insulin for type 2 diabetes?

Here is a puzzler: If insulin resistance comes about because of the presence of too much insulin, why are the most insulin resistant people, type 2 diabetics, treated with insulin? Dr. Jason Fung, author of The Complete Guide to Fasting, suggests that this treatment is in fact the opposite of what should be done. He […]

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