iHerb Coupon For Dec. 2018: TEF508

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 Take advantage of iHerb Coupon code TEF508 at to get 5% off your entire order + Free shipping on orders over $20 + get 10% back in loyalty rewards that can be used on future purchases + get another $5 off when you use code WELCOME5. 

Directions: To get this deal enter code TEF508 into the promo code box at check-out and click "Apply", then enter code WELCOME5 and click "Apply."  You're done! 

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iHerb Promo Code: QEZ507


iHerb Coupon:  Get $5 off your entire order and free shipping + get a free sample, + get free Google Purchase protection, + get an additional 5% back in loyalty credits that can be used on all future purchases. To get this deal enter code QEZ507, then click submit, then enter code WELCOME5 into the referral box at check-out. 

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Free Sample Coupon @ iHerb + 5% OFF & Free Ship!


    For the month of December 2018, get a free sample with every order and get 5% off all stock at iHerb.com. And, get free shipping on all orders over $35 and a rewards credit that you can spend on your next order. This iHerb coupon code is good for all stock and includes free samples or highly reduced cost samples, such as California Gold Nutrition, CoQ10, 100 mg, 30 Veggie Softgels,Nature's Answer, Nature's Answer, Periobrite Natural Brightening Toothpaste, Cool Mint, 4 oz (113.4g), California Gold Nutrition, LactoBif Probiotics, 5 Billion CFU, 10 Veggie Caps, iHerb Goods, Grocery Tote Bag, Extra Large, Country Life, BioChem, 100% Whey Protein, Vanilla Flavor, 1.08 oz (30.6 g), and many more products!

iHerb Coupon For US and International Orders!

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For the months of November and December of 2018 new shoppers at iHerb will get $5.00 off all orders + will get reduced cost or free shipping on orders over $40 + new and returning customers will get 10% back in loyalty rewards to virtually every county worldwide with each purchase.  This coupon is good, but not limited to, most countries such as France, Saudi Arabia, China, Spain, Germany, Canada, Japan, Russia, Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, India, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Belarus, Greece,  United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and so many more countries abroad! 

This iHerb coupon is good for all stock with  neither no minimum spend/brand/product restrictions, nor any sales requirements, and has no expiry date. The only caveat is that you must me a new customer to activate this coupon. To get this deal, click on the coupon above or enter code TEF508 into the referral box at check-out.  Enjoy!

The Top 5 Best Coffee Blends @ iHerb

The top 5 best Coffee Blends: 

1. Organic Coffee Co., Organic Zen Blend: I absolutely love this coffee. It's a robust coffee that provides excellent get-up and go in the morning and a great taste that can't be beat for the price.  At only $10 for a 12 oz. ground pack this is one of the best coffees on the market.

2. Madre Labs, CafeCeps, Energizing Instant Organic Coffee Beverage, 3.52 oz (100 g): Although I typically don't like instant coffee, Madre Labs CafeCeps in both tasty and healthy, containing beneficial  mushroom ingredients to help jump start your day. . The price is also very reasonable at only $11.99 for a 3.5 oz. package.  

3. Mount Hagen, Organic Fairtrade, Decaffeinated Instant Coffee, 25 Sticks, 1.76 oz (50 g): My list wouldn't be complete with at least one decaf blend that is also yummy. This  instant coffee tastes just like any non-instant caffeinated coffee and is relatively inexpensive at only $6.11 for 25 servings.      

4. Mt. Whitney Coffee Roasters, Organic Peru Decaf, Whole Bean, 12 oz (340 g): This is one of my favorite coffee blends, offering  a robust taste, with unique flavors that are some of the finest in the world. This coffee is a bit more than some at a price of around $11.00 for 12.oz, but it well worth the cost for the dedicated coffee drinker.   

5. Kicking Horse Whole Bean Coffee, Dark, 12.3 oz (350 g):  By far my favorite coffee blend. This blend provides a robust flavor and the wake-me-up effect that can't be beat. Although you will have to grind this coffee yourself,  the flavor reward is 100% worth it. The cost is also worth noting. Although it's about $14.00 for 12oz., there is no coffee on the market that can compete with this: both in flavor and  robustness. 

iHerb Gift Code: TEF508

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Use iHerb Coupon code TEF508 to get a total of $10 off any first-time purchase at iHerb with no minimum spend or product  requirements. This offer is good for all stock at iHerb for those making first-time purchases - with no expiry date. Also, when you place an order at iHerb you'll get a free sample (if offered) and the opportunity to get an additional 10% credit (of the amount spent) back in loyalty credits, which can be used towards future purchases at iHerb.com. This offer has been verified to work for all stock with no brand name or any other restrictions.  If this coupon worked for you, share with a friend. Happy Shopping!

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Quadruple Stack Coupon @ iHerb.com for October

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For the month of Oct. get 5% off your entire order + get another $5.00 off on orders over $40, + receive an additional 10% back in loyalty credits for future purchases, and get free shipping on all orders over $20 with iHerb code TEF508 and code WELCOME5 (both codes must be entered in the promo code box separately at check-out). Also, pay no sales tax! This code combination has been verified to be the best working code until 10-22-2018 with a 100% success rate for all stock and no sales restrictions. 


Coupon Code: LAT145


For the month of  October get between 5 and 15% off all stock and an additional $5 off if you are a first time customer. To get this deal, enter iHerb Coupon code  QEZ507 into the referral box at check-out. This iHerb coupon is good for the year of 2018 with no expiration date and is good for all products at iHerb.

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Top 5 Supplements for Insomnia and Better Sleep!

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My Top 5 supplements for better sleep.
   Author's Note: Insomnia isn't just annoying, it can be dangerous for your health; causing a host of  health problems, such as increased risk of heart disease and even depression.  Insomnia is extremely difficult to live with, as it affects one's entire well being, family life, and work life. Insomnia can also be especially dangerous for those who get behind the wheel of a car or for those who operate heavy machinery.  This being the case, it is important to get your insomnia in check as soon as possible, whether it be via breathing techniques, supplements, or seeing your Dr. for more professional help. We will focus, however, on just supplement options here. The following are the most effective supplements that I have personally used for treating both acute and chronic insomnia.

1. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for  regulating sleep patterns. At night, the body produces more melatonin, giving us that tired feeling that prepares us for sleep. On some occasions, especially as we get older,  melatonin isn't sufficiently produced by the body, causing sleep problems that can eventually lead to insomnia. By supplementing with melatonin, you can effectively raise your melatonin levels at bedtime, helping you get longer more restorative sleep. How much melatonin should a person take? Typically melatonin comes in 1-3 mg tabs and this is usually sufficient for most adults wanting to receive better sleep. However,  some individuals may require up to 6-10 mg to experience a therapeutic effect. What is the cost of Melatonin? Melatonin is fairly inexpensive (especially when compared to prescription products), costing anywhere from 5-15 dollars for  a 3-month supply.  Melatonin can also be purchased in a variety of forms, such as sub-lingual, chew-able, and tablets and capsules. It should also be noted that  melatonin can now be purchased in time release tablets that helps extend the release time, providing  a longer therapeutic effect at bedtime. .If you find that regular melatonin wears off too quickly, it might be a good idea to try a product that offers an extended release formula. 

2. 5-HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid and has been credited as a necessity for overall well-being. 5-HTP, when taken at bedtime, has also been shown to help a person sleep both better and longer. It should be noted, however, that 5-HTP, being a serotonin precursor, can be potentially dangerous in some individuals due to possible serotonin overload or "serotonin syndrome."  This is especially true if the person is on any type of SSRI's. It's likely that those taking 5-HTP would be be a contraindication for those taking any type of antidepressants.   How much 5-HTP should a person take? Usually, supplements containing 5-HTP contain between 20-50 mgs  and should be sufficient for most individuals who are suffering from insomnia. What is the cost of 5-HTTP ? Like Melatonin, 5-HTP is relatively inexpensive with a cost of around $15 for a 2-month's supply.         

3. GABA is a naturally  occurring neurotransmitter that is responsible for overall well-being, having a calming effect on the brain. For those with sleep anxiety, GABA can help clam down brain activity giving a person a more peaceful night's sleep. Like 5-HTP, however, GABA can be dangerous if used in conjunction with some prescription drugs, so it's important to talk with your Dr. before experimenting with this supplement if you are currently taking medications. How much GABA should you take?   Around 100-150 mg is usually sufficient to experience a therapeutic effect. What is the cost of GABA? Depending on brand name, GABA runs anywhere form $10-$30 for a 3-month supply, so it is relatively affordable considering its potential benefits.  

4. Valerian  has been shown in some studies to help a person fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. Valerian is also generally well tolerated, so most people can use this supplement without adverse effects. Valerian is available in a multitude of forms such as teas and capsules. The brand Yogi makes an excellent tea for sleep that also includes Valerian root as one of its main actives.  I personally like having it in a tea, as this provides a calming effect on the body and helps put me to sleep faster than the capsules.   How much Valerian to take? Generally 500 mg of Valerian root is enough to experience a therapeutic effect. The cost of Valerian ranges from around $5-$12 for a 3-month.

5. Chamomile Tea:  It's no surprise that chamomile lands on my top five list of supplements that help improve  sleep and sleep quality. Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years for helping people relax at nighttime. A relaxed body and mind is much more able to sleep than one that is in flight or fight mode. Chamomile tea is available at most grocery stores and most online health stores for less than three dollars in some cases.  Chamomile tea also tastes great and sometimes is combined with Valerian for a synergistic effect. As mentioned, the Yogi brand, for example, makes a great bedtime tea that combines both ingredients that really help promote sleepiness.   

Not getting enough sleep can be serious, especially if  it's chronic causing a host of potential illnesses.  It's important to try to get into a regular sleep pattern and restore your circadian sleep rhythm as soon as possible. The aforementioned supplements are some great tools to help you relax and fall asleep faster and for a longer period of time. However, because of the possible contraindications, always talk with your Dr. before beginning any new supplement  regimen.

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iHerb Monthly Deal 2018

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 iHerb Coupon for this week:  For a limited time get $5 off all stock when you combine both codes TEF508 and WELCOME5. Both codes must be entered into the promo code box at check-out separately. Also, get free shipping on all orders over $40 and a free sample + get another 5% back in loyalty credits, which can be used on your next order.  This offer has been verified to work until 12-24-2018. 

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How to get the most out of your iHerb Order for 2018!

Author's Note:  I have been an avid shopper at iHerb since at least 2008. Why? because I love the combination of excellent customer service coupled with great products, excellent prices, and shipping that is 99.9% of the time totally free. As a  frequent shopper I am constantly looking for the best deals and I think I do a pretty good job :)  The following are my top 5 ways to get the most out of your dollar while shopping iHerb.com.

1. Always use a coupon code:  No matter how many times you have been to iHerb, you can always use a coupon code. For example, code TEF508 will get you 5% off with every single order with no minimum spend or sales restrictions. You should use this code with every order as there is no maximum about of times you can use it.

2.  Make your order at least $20 in product. Why? Because iHerb offers 100% free shipping with every order over $20. While iHerb offers very reasonable rates for orders under $20, why not spend a tad more and get that free shipping?

3.  First time users, use 2 codes:  If you are a first time customer at iHerb use 2 codes: TEF508, and WELCOME5.  How to do this? Upon check-out use code TEF508 and click "apply" then use code Welcome5 and click "apply". This will insure that you get 5% off your entire order plus another $5 off. The only catch in this situation is that if you want to get the $5 off you will need to spend at least $40.  

4. Look for sales: With each visit at iHerb, I always spend a bit of time on the home page to view all the current specials. In addition to the above savings, you can also save up to an additional 20% off (sometimes even more) on particular brands and product categories. Like you, I do have my favorite brands but I might be willing to try a different brand if I'm going to save a large amount of money.

5. Don't forget to use your iHerb loyalty credits!   It is super important to make sure that you use your loyalty credits. With every order iHerb provides 5% back in loyalty credits that can be used on subsequent orders. The only caviet is that there is a time limit to use these credits before they expire. With this being the case, it's important to use said credits before they expire. 

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iHerb Promo Code fo Oct. 2018


For the month of October, get $5.00 off all stock and another 10% Off if you spend over $40. Plus, this month get free shipping on all domestic orders over $20 and free shipping on orders over $40 for international orders. Plus, get 10% back on your final purchase price on what is called "Loyalty Credits" that can be used on your next order!  

To get this deal, simply click on the iHerb coupon at the top of this page or simply enter code: TEF508 into the promo code box at check-out then enter code WELCOME5. Both coupon codes must be used!  

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My Top 5 Favorite Natural Oils to Cook With!

Authors Note/ Credentials:  I have my B.S. degree in kinesiology with a emphasis in exercise science and health promotion. The following are the best oils that I have found to cook with based on the current literature and my own personal experience. 

The best cooking oils for healthy eating is often misunderstood. We might intuitively think that vegetable oils, extra virgin olive oils, etc. are the best for  healthy cooking, but this is oftentimes not the case, especially when it comes to high-heat cooking. Although many vegetable oils might seem like the right choice, under high heat the molecular characteristics of these oils change, turning an otherwise healthy form of unsaturated fats. omega-3 fatty acids, etc  into a very unhealthy and even carcinogenic ingredient. 

3.  Ghee Clarified Butter:  This is such a great product to cook with. Not only is it yummy, but it's smoke point is fairly impressive (over 400 degrees Fahrenheit), meaning when you are cooking your favorite veggies, you aren't going to be adding any unnecessary carcinogens to your food. When it comes to brands, I particularly like Organic Valley Purity Farms. This is sold at many health food stores and many online stores such as iHerb.com.

2.  Coconut oil: While Coconut oil doesn't have the high smoke point (only about 350 degrees Fahrenheit) out of the oils in this bunch, it is super tasty. I typically reserve coconut oil for times when I am baking and I can control the heat to a level under 350 degrees.  For example, for all of my Christmas cooking I use coconut oil they, turn out yummy. Because of coconut oil's relatively low smoke point, however, I do not recommend this oil for frying foods like chicken, dumplings, etc. where high heat is needed.  One of my favorite Coconut oil brands is Jarrow Formulas non-extra virgin olive oil

3.  Refined Olive Oil: The more virgin you go with olive oil the less stability it has under high levels of heat. With that being the case, I always go with just a refined olive oil. Refined olive oil has a smoke point of around 440 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can be used to fry virtually anything in without its molecular structure changing. Plus, it's still super yummy and consists of mostly very healthy polyunsaturated fats. Unfortunately it's becoming harder and harder to find non-virgin olive oil. If all you can find on the market is extra virgin olive oil, I highly suggest using it for cooking situations where you won't be cooking over 350 degrees.  

4. Peanut Oil:  Peanut oil isn't just yummy, it's has a super high smoke point (approx. 450 degrees Fahrenheit) making this oil suitable for frying just about anything. It's also relatively inexpensive, being about $9 bucks for a 16 oz. bottle and filled with healthy omega-6 fatty acids.

5.  Safflower Oil: This is by far my favorite oil for cooking at high heat. It is so incredibly stable, being able to avoid molecular change up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit!  Additionally it's super yummy and filled with omega-6 fatty acids. The price is typically a bit cheaper than peanut oil being about $7 for a 16 oz bottle but well worth the price.

-Happy Cooking!

iHerb Coupon Code for october-November 2018

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For the month of October and November, get 10% off all stock + free shipping on orders over $20 + get 5% back of your total purchase in loyalty credits with every order that can be used on all future purchases. Plus, get a free sample with every order. Enter coupon code QEZ507 at check-out or click on the coupon above. This iHerb coupon has been verified to work for October 2018 for all stock and with no sales restrictions. 


iHerb 2018 Coupon

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  New for 2018 , get 10% off all stock at iHerb.com + free shipping on all orders over $20 (reduced cost for international shipping) + get 10% back in loyalty credits that you will see credited to your account after purchase.

Directions: After you are done shopping enter code QEX010 into the promo code box and click the "apply" button, or simply click on the coupon code above to have your code automatically added to your cart.  You're all set!

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New iHerb Promo Code For Rocktober!

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For the month of October 18' get 10% off any first time order by using code QEX010 with no minimum spend. For example, if you spend $100 on your first order, you would get $10 off that order.  Further, get absolutely free shipping on all orders over $20 within the continental US and discounted shipping worldwide on orders over $40 ($4 flat rate to most destinations).  Plus, when you shop at iHerb.com you will get another 10% back in credits on whatever you spend that is good for all future purchases with iHerb's new Loyalty Rewards Program.  


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iHerb Free Shipping Special + More!

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For the months of Oct-November get free shipping on all orders over $20, plus get a free sample, plus get 5% back in loyalty credits that can be used on all future orders. Plus, when you combine code QEX010 and code WELCOME5 at check you will get an additional $5 off your entire order with a $40 spend minimum and 5% off with absolutely non minimum or sales restrictions.  This iHerb Coupon Code has been verified to work for all stock with a 100% success rate. 

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iHerb Special for October

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This week, get an extra 10% off all Vitamin D products at iHerb and 10% off products designed to help build muscle, i.e. protein shakes. Also, get an additional $5 back with code QEZ507 and another 5% back in loyalty credits. Plus, get free shipping on orders over $40 and discounted international shipping + get a free sample. 

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iHerb Promo Code ~ PEY843

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With iHerb Coupon PEY843 get 10% off your first order at iHerb! Plus, get free shipping on orders over $20 and an additional 10% credit back in loyalty rewards that can be used for future purchases.  To get this deal, simply enter coupon code PEY843 into the iHerb referral box at check-out, or click on the coupon code above to have this code automatically added to your shopping cart. This iHerb code has been verified to work for all of 2018 and will work for all stock and all brands at iHerb.com.  Happy and Healthy Shopping!

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  With this iHerb Coupon Get 10% off all serums at iHerb, this includes serums from Serumdipity,  and many others + get free shipping , and 5% back when you use code TEF508 in combination with coupon code WELCOME5. 

iHerb Coupon may 2018

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For a limited time get 10% off your first order with iHerb code TEF508 + free shipping on orders over $20, and an additional 10% back in Loyalty Credits + Get Free Sample. This coupon is good for all stock and has no expiration date. Verified to work until June 1st 2018. 

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  For the month of January 2018 get $5 off your first order of FLAPPED JACKED products + get another 5% off  your order when you combine code QEX010 and WELCOME5 at check-out. This code is good for all available FLAPPED JACKED products including pancake mix, probiotics, natural cookie mix, and natural muffin mix.

$5 OFF and another 5% OFF all natural deodrants.

For the month of  Jan. 2018, get $5 off + another 5% off all natural deodorants at iHerb.  This includes all brands such as Life Flo Health, Crystal Body Deodorant, Thai Deodorant Stone, Schmidts Natural Deodorant, Alevra, Real Purity, and so many more natural products designed to stop perspiration without harmful chemicals. To get this deal, simply click on the link below.   


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Get 5% off all stock @ iHerb.com + free shipping on orders over $40 + get a free sample with every order when you use code TEF508 and code WELCOME5 at check-out! + Get another 5% back in loyalty rewards with every order! To get this deal, simply enter iHerb code TEF508 into the promo code box and then enter code WELCOME5. Both codes must be entered in the promo code box separately. 


iHerb Coupon Deal for 2018


With  iHerb Coupon Code QEX010, get 10% off your first order + get 10% back in loyalty rewards + relieve free domestic shipping and reduced cost international shipping! Plus, get a free sample. This offer expires on 1/30/2018.


iHerb Coupon: 5% OFF + FREE SHIP!


For a limited time, receive 5% off your entire order + Free shipping on orders over $40 + get a free sample + get 5% back in loyalty credits with code QEZ507 combined with WELCOME5. Both codes must be entered separately into the  promo code box at check-out. This iHerb deal is valid for all stock at iHerb.com until November 30th 2017.


Top 5 Products for Psoriasis & Seborrheic Dermatitis

Authors note: I have had bot psoriasis and seborrhea on my face, scalp, and chest since I was the age of 15. I have tried a multitude of products, and while some worked okay, others didn't work at all.  The following list in my top 5 products that can be purchased without a prescription to help with both psoriasis and seborrhea.

1. Natralia, Eczema & Psoriasis Cream: I absolutely love this cream. It isn't greasy and it helps moisturize my skin while also calming down my skin.  I also love the fact that is 100% cortisone free (which can thin the skin) and is also homeopathic.  If you have psoriasis or seborrhea this product is definitely worth a shot, especially given its low cost. 

2. Natralia, Eczema & Psoriasis Wash & Shampoo: Natralia's eczema and  psoriasis shampoo is perfect for those suffering from psoriasis that extends into the scalp. While normal shampoos and conditioners can be harsh on the scalp, this product helps calm the scalp and keep dry patches of skin from forming. If this product doesn't work sufficiently, there are products from your MD, i..e Ketoconazole at 2% that may help with the aforementioned condition. 

3. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Bar: while this product isn't specifically formulated to help with psoriasis or seborrhea, it is a gentle soap that helps calm the skin without the drying effects of most soaps. It also smells great and doesn't leave any residue Aveeno 

4. Active Natural 1% Hydrocortizone: Although I don't typically recommend hydrocortizone creams,  sometimes topical steroids are necessary.In these cases I do like Aveeno's Hydrocortizone Cream at a 1% concentration as it is gentle and contains a host of excellent non-active ingredients to help the skin stay hydrated.

5. Eucerin, Original Healing Rich Creme, Fragrance Free:  Another great product that I like is Eucerin's original healing lotion. This lotion is fragrance free so it won't aggravate the skin while also containing ingredients that help nurture the skin to be as healthy as possible.  The low price of this product is a bonus. 

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iHerb Coupon For June 2018!

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   With this iHerb coupon code get 10% off all stock (no min. spend) at iHerb.com  and free shipping on orders over $20 (free or reduced international shipping on orders over $60). Plus get an additional 10% back. Not a 1st time customer? No problem,  even 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.  time customers will get up to an additional 10% off with iHerb's new loyalty rewards program.

 Note: This iHerb coupon is valid for new iHerb customers only with no brand or product restrictions. Have a healthy 2018!

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iHerb Coupon Code for FREE SHIPPING!

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For the month of December, 2017, get $5 Off - free shipping with code TEF508and code WELCOME5. To get this deal, both code must be entered into the promo code box upon check-out. Also, get a free sample with every order and a continued loyalty credit of 5% back for each purchase you make at iHerb for the month of December. This offer has no sales restrictions and is applicable to every product in stock.

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Top 10 Oral Supplements For Skin.


Author's Note: Taking care of one's skin is essential to keeping skin looking young and vibrant throughout life; even well  into the golden years. While there are many things we can do to keep skin looking healthy for a longer period of time, i.e. staying out of the sun without a good SPF, eating right, and drinking plenty of water everyday, there may be even more we can do to help increase the proverbial shelf life of skin. Having an extensive education in both nutrition and kinesiology, I have had to research many supplements and  nutrients that have been said to help keep one's skin is the best possible shape. The following list are some of the most promising supplements I have found to combat the aging process, namely to help promote healthy skin as we age.

1. Biosil. Biosil has worked wonders for both my skin and hair. Having taken Biosil for 3 years now, it did take approx. 3 months for me to notice any results, however I certainly attribute my (now) good skin quality to using Biosil consistently two times per day every day of the week. In many studies, Biosil has been shown to increase collagen. It is the increase of collagen that reduces and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Though I doubt this product will keep me young looking forever, I do think that anyone who wants to stay younger looking longer should at least try this product. What's does Biosil cost? Compared to many anti-aging products, Biosil is relatively affordable.  It's around $50 for the largest bottle containing 120 V-caps (or a 2-month supply) .  Biosil can also be found at many retail health stores, however buying online is likely going to be the most cost effective method of purchasing.

2. Lutein    You may already know that Lutein has many benefits for the eyes, however there are additional benefits from lutein for the skin.  Lutein is an antioxidant known as a carotenoid, which has been shown to help protect the skin from UV and other oxidative damage.  Lutein has also been shown to reduce wrinkles and help tighten up sagging skin. I have been using lutein for about a year and have noticed a synergistic effect with Biosil. How much does Lutein cost? The price varys widely from store to store, but it's generally pretty inexpensive for a 1-months supply. I currently use Jarrow Formulas Lutein , which runs about $10 for 60 V-caps.  I also like Eye Health Lutein 20 Mg by County Life as this product contains a minimal amount of soy.

3. A good Multi-Vitamin:  As I mentioned in another article, our diets "generally" don't consist of enough vitamins and minerals. With vitamins and minerals being essential for good skin health, it makes sense that most of us should supplement with a good well balanced multi-vitamin. . I like taking a whole-foods mutli-vitamin that can be split between many doses. For example, I take a product called ALIVE by Nature's Way, which requires 6 pills to get the full dose. On some days I don't feel I need a full dose, so I  take a lesser amount, e.g. 2 or 3 capsules. Talking a multi-vitamin in this fashion is a great way to get "enough" but not "too much" of a good thing.  A good multi doesn't have to be expensive and good brands are available almost everywhere: both online and off. As mentioned,  I take ALIVE by Nature's way, which is only about $10 a month

4. Resveratrol:  While I don't know if resveratrol will make you live longer or not, I have found this supplement to be good for my skin.  I take between 500-1,000 mg of  trans-resveratrol every morning on an empty stomach and have found it to be beneficial for both skin sagging and skin texture. I have been using resveratrol for five years, and  have been happy with he results.  Cost? The cost of resveratrol is still quite high. Though you can find cheaper forms of resveratrol at 50% concentration, the emodin in these products can cause severe diarrhea among other side effects.  For a high 98% pure product, expect to pay about $50 for 1/month supply or even more in some cases.  The key is to look for "trans-resveratrol" and to make sure the purity of the product is no less than 97%. 

5. Benfotiamine:  Glycation or AGEs (advanced glycation end products)  are just as big of a detriment to skin as oxidative stressors. Glycation is the cross linking of proteins with sugars causing deterioration of  collagen in the skin.  Benfotiamine (a form of vitamin B) has been shown in many studies to reduce the effects of glycation and slow down the process. What is the cost of Benfotiamine? Benfotiamine is fairly  inexpensive, costing around $15 for a 3-month supply.    I use Benfotiamine inc. brand, which consists of other B vitamins that are said to add a synergistic effect in the fight against AGEs . 

6. Fish Oil:  Fish oil is perhaps the best oral supplement you can take for good skin and general good health, including lowering LDL cholesterol. The Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil provide nourishment to skin, helping promote a healthier glow and better skin texture. Furthermore, omega3 fatty acids can help alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis and many other skin conditions. How much does fish oil cost? I like to use a high quality pharmaceutical grade fish oil with plenty of  EPA/DHA per gram of oil. Natural Factors brand has a very high EPA/DHA ratio per gram and can be purchased  at online stores for around $30.

7. Cinnamon.: While Cinnamon may not have a direct effect on skin health, it has been shown to help normalize blood glucose levels . With this being the case, a more normal blood glucose level will likely keep skin younger by keeping glycation (as mentioned above) to a minimum. Cinnamon is super cheap and can be purchased for around $5-10 at any online store or most grocery stores .  I personally use a more bio-available cinnamon: Cinsulin by Life Extension brand, which runs about $28 for 90 V-caps.  This is slightly more expensive than regular cinnamon, however I find its effects at normalizing blood glucose levels to be superior.   

8. Ubiquinol: Studies have shown that Ubiquinol (the reduced form of CoQ10) increases cellular activity in the body, including skin cells.  Because Ubiquinol acts as an antioxidant, it helps keep unsightly fine lines and even age spots from forming prematurely. Though this form of CoQ10 used to be very expensive, ubiquinol is becoming increasingly affordable . A bottle of  50mg  Vcaps (60 ct) typically  runs about $15- $20.  

9. Curcumin: Curcumin is the major constituent of the herb turmeric, which has been said to help with inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been shown to be a  major cause of the aging process, both internally and externally. I use Curcumin daily and I find that it gives my skin a nice glow that is absent if I don't use it. There are all sorts of more bioavailable products on the market these days and prices range anywhere from a few bucks to $25 for the more advanced forms.  I use Life Extension's Bio Curcumin, which runs about $26 @ Vitacost.  Another great product is any curcumin with bioperine, however curcumin with bioperine must be taken with case, as bioperine may increase the absorption of other undesirable nutrients.

10. Hyaluronic Acid: Once used almost exclusively for topical applications, taking oral hyaluronic acid is now becoming increasingly common to ward off wrinkles and help heal joints. One of the primary causes of collagen degeneration is the decrease in our natural hyaluronic acid levels as we age making skin more dry and susceptible to wrinkling and sagging . It makes sense then to replenish some of this lost hyaluronic acid  with supplementation to help keep our skin looking younger.  Hyaluronic Acid is also a fairly affordable supplement, which can be had at most health food stores or online stores for around $12 for a 1-month supply.  

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Best Supplements For Osteoarthritis

Author’s note:  Osteoarthritis can be a downright pain in the knee, of wherever else in the body you may have it.  At the age of 38 I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my left knee and have tried a multitude of products designed to help with this condition, along with experimental  treatments, knee braces, and exercises. The following are some (my top 5) favorite products that helped me with this condition.

Jarrow Formulas, Joint Builder:   If you are on a tight budget this is one of the better formulations on the market. Jarrow Formulas, Joint Builder contains a high quantity of clinically proven ingredients such as Glucosamine sulfate, Vitamin D, MSM, and vitamin C to help encourage systematic absorption of said ingredients.   This is by far one of my favorite budget friendly products on the market to help build the connective tissues of the body and thus helping alleviate some of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Cost? About 15 dollars per month.

Life Extension , Fast Acting Joint Formula:   Although this formula is a bit more expensive than the aforementioned brand/formula, it contains an excellent joint formulation and an ingredient called “Decursisnol-50” that is said to inhibit inflammation.  Plus, it contains stabilized keratin which shows huge promise in helping heal damaged joints.

Amish Origins: Although this product doesn’t promise to help heal joints, its application onto the affected joint area helps soothe pain and discomfort.  It is also super inexpensive costing about $8 for an entire 2-month supply.

Nature Made, Triple Flex 50, Triple Strength: Although this product costs more than the above formulations it is one of my favorites.  It contains calcium and vitamin D, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin.  Although this  products is geared for those over the age of 50, I have found it to be extremely helpful in elevating my joint pain.

Jarrow Formulas Bone-Up:  Jarrow Formulas is on a roll! This product by the Jarrow Formulas company is perhaps my favorite of the bunch.  Not only does this formulation contain the essential ingredients for joint health, but it also contains MK-7 which promotes  absorption of  ingredients into the bone/joint and boron, which has recently shown promising results in restoring connective tissues, such as cartilage.