Six Supplements to Fight the Flu


Two weeks ago we posted a blog about all the potential risks associated with getting an annual flu vaccine. This week we’ll give advice on what you can do to boost your immune system and help avoid flus and colds. Remember, we are not suggesting you go buy everything listed below to start taking it all every day. But, by adding a few to your daily diet, you may find the combination that works for you to prevent or drastically shorten duration of illness.

Don’t Encourage Illness

You’re probably thinking “Well, duh!”. But, there are many things we all do in a day that encourage illness. Eating foods that have been grown in toxins, dealing with stress, and not getting enough sleep are just a few. All of this adds up, so the less we do in a day, the better it is for our bodies. So we need to do the opposite – encourage wellness. Focus on doing the things that make and keep us well and do more of those. A healthy diet, preferably organic, and regular exercise are excellent ways to encourage wellness. The following supplements also encourage wellness in our bodies, in many ways. But, for the purposes of this blog, we’ll focus on their immune boosting and virus busting properties.

Real Vitamin C

caties_real_vitamin_c_supplementsI know, this one is a no-brainer. Everyone knows Vitamin C helps boost your immune system because it is loaded with antioxidants. But, did you know our bodies don’t produce it? So it has to be eaten every day in proper quantities to be effective against fighting flus and colds. Check out this post from September for lots of great information on Vitamin C. A whole food vitamin C supplement is a great way to make sure you and your family are getting all the vitamin C necessary to fight colds and flus. We have two great whole food Vitamin C powdered supplements from real food. They are Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus and Ramiel Nagel’s Organic High Vitamin C Powder from acerola cherries.



Many people have heard of acai for weight loss, but did you know it is loaded with antioxidants? It has twice the antioxidant power of wild blueberries and 10 times that of red grapes! And it has 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine! Anthocyanins are the pigments in red, blue and purple foods and have mega antioxidant properties. Back in 2009, Dr. Oz talked about acai on Oprah and it became an overnight sensation. He recommended taking it daily because it is a concentrated protein source and for it’s high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. The higher the ORAC value, the better at immune boosting. We recommend Perfect Acai in capsules or powder form because it is organically grown, fairly traded & there are never any fillers or flow agents.

Colloidal Silver

Sovereign_SilverBelieve it or not, silver is a necessary element in our bodies. It has been used medicinally for over 2000 years because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. In the 1970’s, Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, conducted research at Syracuse Medical University on electrically generated silver ions. He discovered that people with the lowest amounts of silver in their bodies were prone to frequent and severe colds, flus and infections, while the people with the highest amounts of silver in their bodies were the least prone to colds, flus and infections. What’s more, their illnesses were less severe and for a shorter duration. Colloidal silver can be taken daily to help boost the immune system and increase the amount of silver in our bodies, but taking too much can be harmful. We recommend Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol because it never contains stabilizers, salts, compounds, proteins, or other questionable ingredients. There are only 2 ingredients, 99.999% pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water.


Prescript_Assist_probioticsIt may seem kinda crazy, but so much of our health is tied to our guts. Did you know eighty percent of our immune system is located in the digestive tract? That information alone helps us see why probiotics could be very effective at helping to avoid cold and flu viruses. There was a study done on three to five year old children that was very convincing. The children took probiotics twice a day for six months. The probiotic users had fewer fevers, less coughing, fewer runny noses, and, amazingly, 64 – 83%  less antibiotic use. There are a variety of probiotics in our store, but my favorite is Prescript-Assist. It is a multi-strain soil-based probiotic. If you are looking for a more traditional probiotic, try Just Thrive Probiotic & Antibiotic blend or Mercola Complete Probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one may not be so widely known, but drinking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily can greatly reduce your chances of getting any flu or colds. This is because it changes the pH in our bodies to alkaline, which creates a hostile environment for viruses and infections. Essentially, they can’t grow well in an alkaline environment and it even helps to kill the bacteria and infection. It is important to use a raw variety with the mothers. I get mine here. Daily, I try to drink a concoction with 2 Tb apple cider vinegar, 1 Tb raw honey (I use medicinal Manuka Honey if I’m feeling stressed or feel like I’m coming down with something) and 100% organic pomegranate or cranberry juice. I can still taste the vinegar a little, but it doesn’t bother me so much. When I actually do end up with sniffles and sneezing because of sickness, I drink 2 – 3 glasses a day. I drink them slowly, so that there is a somewhat constant infusion of alkaline fluids entering my system. Recently my sister asked if lemon will do the same thing. And yes, lemons are also acidic but I haven’t found the correct amount to fend off my own colds. Apple cider vinegar works well for me.

Elderberry Syrup

Feel the effects of elderberry & honey home remedies.Many people report great success preventing and fighting colds and flus by taking a daily dose of elderberry syrup. The use of elderberry as an herbal medicinal goes way back. Folklore around the elder tree pre-dates christianity. More recently, research done at Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel shows how elderberry helps. They found viruses use specific enzymes to penetrate healthy cells in the nose and throat. Elderberry helps to block these enzymes, thus thwarting the infection before it starts. If it is taken after an infection is already present, it helps prevent the spread of the infection through the respiratory tract. There are many pre-made elderberry syrup supplements out there, but it is actually very easy to make and store at home for a fraction of the cost. Check out this blog we did last year for a recipe for homemade elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies. The recommended amount for prevention of flu is 1/2 to 1 tsp daily for children and adults during cold and flu season. Up this to at least 3 times a day if you already have an infection or feel one coming on.

Other Preventatives

I’m sure there are many other natural preventatives out there and welcome input from our readers. If you have a preventative that works for you, please share it with us so we can share it with the world.


Having a Halloween Party? Try These Healthy, Fun Snacks Instead of Candy.


We all know our kids will soon be coming home with bags stuffed with candy full of artificial sweeteners and GMOs. So rather than contribute to the junk food extravaganza, make these healthy Halloween snacks instead! These Halloween treats are perfect for a spooky school event offering, a party spread, or simply a special snack to enjoy at home with the kids.


Green Apple Monster Snacks

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar, Kid-Friendly Spooky Snack

We cut small green apples into thirds for these, but if you have large apples, then quarters will work. We used almond butter under the strawberry tongue and sunflower seeds for the teeth. We made the candy eyes by following the healthy recipe below.

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Candy Eyes

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar Candy Eyeballs


  • 1/2 cup arrowroot
  • approx. 4 tsp stevia powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • mini chocolate chips


  1. Add the arrowroot powder and some of the stevia powder to a food processor. Combine and taste. Continue adding stevia powder until you get it to a sweetness you like. My stevia powder isn’t very sweet, so we used 4 tsp. My sister needed half that much with her stevia powder.
  2. Once you get the powder to the desired sweetness, whisk it into the coconut nectar and coconut milk. It should be a thick paste-like consistency.
  3. Place paste in a piping bag or plastic baggie with a corner cut.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and make dots on the paper.
  5. Add the mini chocolate chips quickly, before the paste sets. Continue to make dots and add the chips until all the paste is gone.
  6. Allow to set for 24 hours. This made lots of googly eyes. We had plenty left over for more fun food projects!

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Spider Deviled Egg

Paleo, Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Treat

These were pretty easy to make without a recipe. I used an egg slicer to cut multiple olives at once. I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo in the deviled eggs. Instead of soy, it is made from avocado oil, which is a much healthier oil.


Bat Snacks

Fun Flying Bat Gluten Free, Sugar-Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvre

Getting these bat snacks to stay together was a bit tricky, but they came out so cute! I recommend breaking the blue corn chips in half or smaller to get them to stay in the grapes. Also, slice the grapes a little with a knife before inserting the corn chips. They stand better on more rectangular cheese cubes than on the true square ones.

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Banana Ghosts & Orange Jack-O-Lanterns

Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Kid-Friendly Halloween Snack

The banana ghosts are simply chocolate chips in halved bananas. Use regular and mini chocolate chips for variety.

These edible Jack-O-Lanterns were made with small oranges and a Sharpie marker. The marker would seem to run out of ink after a bit. We had to scribble on paper to get it going again and it would be fine for a while longer. Then we’d repeat the process. Also, we had to do more than one coat some times. We had fun making these Jack-O-Lanterns and they’ve been great decorations for the Halloween season.

Banana Ghosts adapted from; Orange Jack-O-Lanterns adapted from


Edible Eyeballs & Goblin Grins

Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvres

For the edible eyeballs, we started with slices of radishes, parsnips and carrots. Then we added the mozzarella mixture for the white of the eye followed by the ends of the olives left over from the Spider Deviled Eggs. For the open ends, I put small pieces of red pepper inside to make them red.

Mozzarella Eye Mixture

  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 3 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Combine mozzarella and mayo in a food processor until smooth. This will be pretty thick.
  2. Add spices and give it a good stir.
  3. Put in a ziplock baggie with a medium to large hole in the corner to easily squeeze mixture onto veggies.

The Goblin Grins are made from snow peas, slices of pepperoni and sliced almonds. A dab of the mozzarella mixture in the back helps hold them together.

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By Kerrie Bross

With Side Effects Like Seizures, Paralysis, and Death, Are Flu Shots Really Safe?


It’s considered one of the top things you can do to protect your health this winter: get your flu shot. But is the flu shot safe? What are the potential side effects? The flu vaccine wasn’t even used in humans until the early 1940s and has only been in widespread use for part of that time — hardly enough time to know the long-term effects of the flu shot or the cumulative effects over a lifetime. Plenty of adverse reactions in the short term have already been identified:

  • injection site reactions
  • muscle aches and pains
  • severe shoulder pain and paralysis
  • low platelet count and abnormal bleeding
  • inflammation of the spinal cord, optic nerve, or blood vessels
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a deadly rash)
  • Bell’s palsy (palsy of the face)
  • numbness and tingling
  • itching
  • lymph node enlargement
  • chest pain
  • dizziness and fainting

…and other adverse effects to the flu vaccine. Believe it or not, some serious and even deadly flu shot side effects have been identified.

Scary Flu Shot Side Effects: Seizures

Febrile seizures are a known side effect of the flu shot. This risk is highest in babies and young children, and increases when multiple vaccines (such as MMR, pneumococcus, and DTaP) are administered at the same time as the flu shot. Febrile seizures are seizures related to a fever, and they usually occur within 24 hours of receiving the flu shot. Symptoms include anything from small twitches or jerks, to whole-body spasms and loss of consciousness. While the CDC puts the rate of febrile seizures after a flu shot at 1 in 2000 vaccinated children, in 2010, Australia suspended the use of the flu vaccine because so many children had seizures within 12 hours of receiving the flu vaccine. In fact, more Australian children ended up in the hospital because of flu vaccine side effects than were hospitalized for influenza itself!

Allergic Reaction to the Flu Vaccine

It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to the flu shot. Those who have known allergies to eggs, gelatin, latex, or antibiotics are more likely to suffer an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, but anyone can develop such a reaction. Other flu shot ingredients such as mercury, MSG, and formaldehyde can trigger both mild and severe allergic reactions. Severe anaphylactic allergic reactions are often life-threatening, and include symptoms such as difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, hives, dizziness, and loss of consciousness. These reactions can occur minutes to hours after receiving the vaccination. Milder allergic reactions, while not immediately life-threatening, can leave you feeling ill for weeks, months, or even years.

The Flu Shot Can Paralyze or Kill You

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a debilitating side effect of the flu shot. Though considered rare, GBS has been the top vaccine injury receiving compensation by the vaccine court for several years. This disorder causes nerve damage, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Your body begins to quite literally attack itself. While these symptoms often subside after a few weeks, in other cases GBS can cause permanent damage, disability, and even death. Those over age 50 are at the highest risk of contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Can the Flu Vaccine Give You the Flu?

How many times have you heard someone sniffle, “I think I have the flu! And I just got my flu shot!” Unfortunately, flu-like symptoms are one of the most frequent side effects of the flu shot. You got the flu shot to avoid exactly this: congestion, headache, fever, nausea, aches and pains… yet here you are, suffering exactly those symptoms. The doctor told you the influenza virus was inactivated (dead), so why did it make you sick? What’s going on?

The answer is simple. When you inject anything foreign into your bloodstream, there is a chance that your body will react. Flu shots contain toxic chemicals such as:

  • formaldehyde
  • MSG
  • ethylenes
  • Triton X-100
  • thimerosal (mercury)
  • polysorbate
  • phosphates and sulfates

Your body knows these chemicals don’t belong; it attacks them and tries to rid you of them, leaving you tired, achy, and downright miserable. Consider the fact that you will need to repeat the flu shot every single year. Over a lifetime, all these toxins accumulate in your system and may lead to health problems down the road.

There are several other reasons you may contract the flu after receiving a flu shot. While the flu shot contains only the dead viruses, the nasal spray flu vaccine actually contains live, weakened influenza viruses. While the CDC claims that no one can contract the flu from these weakened viruses, many disagree and believe this can lead to the flu or flu-like symptoms. The CDC does admit that the live virus flu vaccine can shed, transmitting the virus to others. They even recommend that those who are immunosuppressed avoid contact with recently vaccinated individuals for this reason!

What’s more, the flu vaccine only protects against certain viral strains of influenza — those that are most anticipated to be in circulation over the winter. Plus, your body needs a couple of weeks to build up immunity from the flu shot. So if you still come down with the flu, it may be that you were exposed too soon after vaccination, or you were exposed to a strain of flu virus that wasn’t covered by your vaccination. Some people, especially those who are in poor health, cannot build up enough antibodies to acquire immunity to the flu, and in these people the vaccination will be ineffective.

Is There Anything Natural That Can Prevent the Flu?

Yes! Whether or not you choose to get a flu shot — and you always have a choice — there are plenty of natural ways to cut your risk of getting the flu. Reduce your exposure by avoiding those who are sick, washing your hands frequently, and refraining from touching your face. Boost your immune system with all natural supplements so that your body will have the nutrients and compounds it needs to fight invading germs. Exercise, get enough sleep, don’t smoke, and eat your fruits and veggies. Make sure to drink enough water and cut back on alcohol, which suppresses the immune system. Sugar and grains can drag down the immune system too, so reduce or avoid these altogether.

Check back next week for detailed information on what you can do to avoid the flu.

By Ali Wetherbee

Eating Paleo? Try This Easy Trick to Get Grass-fed Beef in Your Diet.


What Is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleolithic Diet (alternatively called the Paleo, Caveman, or Stone Age Diet) can be traced to a 1975 book by gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin, whose concept was built upon 10 years later by Stanley Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner. As other 21st century diets gained traction (Atkins, South Beach, Raw Food, and Eating for Your Blood Type, to name a few) the Paleo Diet only gained mass popularity in 2002 after Loren Cordain, Ph.D. published his book, “The Paleo Diet,” which laid the groundwork for the Paleo lifestyle including the founding philosophy and meal plans. By 2013, the diet was Google’s most searched-for weight-loss method.

The Paleolithic Diet typically includes grass fed meats, including organ meat, eggs, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and excludes all processed foods and oils, dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, salt, alcohol, and coffee.

The Health Benefits of a High-Protein Diet

The limited data that exists for the Paleo Diet suggests that a healthy person following the diet may improve their body composition and metabolic rate compared to the typical Western diet.

Benefits of the Paleo Diet include:

  • You’re more likely to eat a clean diet without additives, preservatives, or chemicals.
  • Gaining anti-inflammatory benefits from plant nutrients in fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, nuts, and seeds.
  • You’ll increase your iron consumption from eating more red meat.
  • You may feel more satiated between meals due to the higher intake of protein and fats.

According to scientific data, a high-protein diet sheds weight and boosts energy for three key reasons:

1.) Protein reduces hunger because it’s the more satisfying than carbs or fats. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that eating a high-protein meal reduced the release of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger.

2.) Protein burns more calories while being digested than other micronutrients. Proteins burn 10 to 20 times as many calories during digestion compared to carbohydrates (5-10%) or fats (0-3%).

3.) Protein increases lean body mass (and muscle burns more calories). A 2015 study funded by the U.S. Army found that protein supplements enhanced muscle mass and performance when the frequency and duration of training was adequate along with the dietary intake for physically active individuals.

Try Our New PaleoPro Protein Powder for a Serious Energy Boost!

Our new PaleoPro Protein Powder is just like all of our quality protein powders found at Peaceful Planet: completely natural, clean food with no synthetic ingredients, chemicals, preservatives, or fillers. They are made with ingredients you know, with names you can pronounce.

Here’s what’s inside PaleoPro’s Chocolate Protein Powder: grass-fed beef, finely ground egg protein, cocoa powder, stevia extract, and sunflower lecithin (an essential fat for cellular repairs). And their “Naked” flavor has just TWO ingredients: grass-fed beef and finely ground egg protein.

Why Grass-Fed Beef Protein?

Whey, the liquid remaining after milk is strained, is found in other companies’ Paleo formulations, yet dairy is not Paleo-approved. And unlike other beef protein powders on the market, PaleoPro Protein Powder is not synthesized from collagen in the cow’s connective tissues; it’s made from the cow’s flesh which has a different amino acid profile than collagen. (Cow flesh is the soft tissue between the skin and bones and comprised of muscle and fats.)

Our grass-fed beef protein powder has high levels of protein amino acids: 26 grams of protein per serving. Pasture-raised cattle that are hormone and antibiotic free are used to create a beef protein isolate by boiling down beef flesh, skimming the fat, and spray drying the remaining protein and amino acids for easy blend-ability.

Free of Just About Everything!

PaleoPro Protein Powder meets many dietary guidelines including Paleo, Atkins, Low-Carbohydrate, Low-fat, Dairy-free, Whole30, and Gluten-free diets. And if you’re not on a diet, it’s perfect for omnivores who want to incorporate lean protein into their favorite recipes and shakes.paleopro_paleo_protein_powder

  • Whey-free
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Sugar-free
  • 26 grams protein per serving
  • 2 grams carbs per serving
  • 1 gram fat per serving
  • Nothing artificial– absolutely no fillers or preservatives added
  • Minimally processed

Available in three delicious flavors: Ancient Cacao, Aztec Vanilla, and Plain Naked. Simple to mix with water, juice, or your favorite coconut or nut milks.

Power Up!

Mix PaleoPro Protein Powder with Catie’s Organic Gluten-Free Greens for a perfect meal substitute or take it anytime of day when you need an energy boost. Feeling tired at work? Try a protein shake for lunch and see if you get more mileage out of your afternoon. Adding quality protein to your diet can clear the mental fog and lend you more energy to power through your week.

Try Our New PaleoPro Protein Powder here!



Get Your Apples On! My Five Favorite Healthy Apple Recipes


Apple season is in full swing and I’ve been happily cooking with them all week! My apple obsession started as a kid. I have fond memories of apple picking with just my family and also with extended family. We’d make a day of going out to an orchard and picking a big bag of apples, drinking apple cider, and buying mums and pumpkins. Now, I do the same thing with my family, often times with my sisters and their kids. It’s such a great time.

But, now I have a giant bag of apples that we have to eat! So, I figured I should share some of the yummy recipes I’ve been making. There’s everything from breakfasts to desserts, so go pick some apples and dig in!

Paleo Fruit Crisppaleo_apple_crisp_recipe

From Perfect Supplements Blog – Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Low Carb

Apple Crisp is one of my family’s all time favorite apple recipes and we’ve been making this Paleo Apple Crisp and love it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

baked-apple-pie-rice-paper-rollsBaked Apple Pie Rice Paper Rolls

From Officially Gluten Free – Gluten Free

My kids love finger food snacks – and rolling food in rice paper. I substitute coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar to make these Paleo.

Healthy Oven Baked Apple Fritterspaleo_apple_fritters

From Paleo Grubs – Paleo 

OMG! These are delish! Another dessert, but can we get too many desserts? Really?


Easy Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

From Paleo Running Momma – Paleo & Whole 30

I always loved apple chicken sausage, but cut down on sausage in general as I became more health conscious and cut out nitrites and nitrates. These sausage patties are great and the whole family loves them, not just for breakfast!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Pancakespaleo-apple-banana-pancakes

From Paleo Newbie – Paleo, Gluten-Free

We love pancakes & they go great with the Apple Sausage recipe above! Who says pancakes are just for breakfast?

More Apple Recipes!

I know, I know – there are only supposed to be five recipes, but other healthy apple recipes kept coming to mind, so here are a few extras!

grainfree-apple-muffinsApple Muffins

From Texanerin – Grain-free, Gluten-free, Paleo

These are great for breakfast or a quick snack. Right out of the oven with real butter smeared all over them – I’m drooling remembering. Make sure you get one before those darn kids eat them all!

Slow Cooker Apple Maple Pork Tenderloinapple_maple_pork_recipe_

From Food & Whine – Can be made Paleo with homemade paleo dijon, coconut aminos & sweet potatoes

Slow cooker meals rock! Toss everything in – the night before even – turn it on when necessary and then shazam – dinner is done!

paleo_curried_waldorf_chicken_salad_recipeCurried Waldorf Chicken Salad

From Peaceful Planet – Paleo, Gluten-free

This is an old recipe that I’ve been making for years, except now I make it with Paleo-friendly mayonnaise. I’ve made this for parties and there are never any leftovers.


1 c diced free-range cooked chicken
1/3 c diced organic apples
1/3 c diced organic grapes
1/3 c chopped organic pecans or walnuts
2 heaping Tbs organic apple sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 c Primal Kitchen Mayo (made from avocado oil)
1-3 tbs curry powder
salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve. I love this on a bed of baby spinach or organic romaine lettuce.

One apple, two apples, three apples, four. We love apple recipes so give us some more!

Have any favorite apple recipes? Let us know so we can share them with the world!


Power Couple – The Importance of Taking Vitamin C and Collagen Together


Until recently, collagen was not commonly discussed in the context of mainstream nutritional terms. Perhaps some had heard of it in the context of skin health, but little else. The popularity of the paleo diet has made the importance of collagen in terms of health and wellness come more into center stage. Yet even as people begin to better understand the importance of collagen, a critical component of collagen synthesis remains under recognized. In order to properly synthesize collagen, the body must have vitamin C. Let’s take a closer look at vitamin C and collagen

What Is Vitamin C?

Though most people could quickly list vitamin C if they were asked to name a list of key vitamins, it can be harder for people to name all that this vital vitamin is and does. Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that our bodies cannot produce on their own. It is this inability to produce vitamin C innately that led researchers such as Linus Pauling to advise that all people take vitamin C supplements on a daily basis (1).

Roles and Benefits of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C plays numerous key roles in the body. This antioxidant is known for the benefit of strengthening the immune system, but this crucial vitamin’s jobs extend far beyond its role with the immune system.

  • iron absorption
  • protects vitamins A and E from the harsh effects of oxidation
  • offers protection against heart disease
  • aids in proper blood flow
  • prevents and cures scurvy
  • plays a critical role in collagen synthesis (2)

Optimal Sources of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C can be obtained through dietary sources or high quality supplements. Top food sources for vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, bell peppers, and more (6). It should be noted that due to vitamin C’s delicate nature, it can be easily destroyed by things such as cooking. For this reason it can be challenging to get enough vitamin C each and every day. A high quality, real food supplement can be one of the best ways to assure that the body has enough vitamin C to aid in the production of collagen as well as its other jobs.  We suggest Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus or Ramiel Nagel’s Organic High Vitamin C Powder. Choosing a real whole food supplement gives the body the full benefits of all factors of vitamin C, rather than one isolated element as is found in synthetic ascorbic acid vitamin C supplements (7). For more information on why real vitamin C is better, read our last blog post.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of 14 proteins the human body contains. It is so abundant that it is found in the body in greater quantities than all the other proteins combined. As a significant component of connective tissue, collagen is found throughout the body. It is in bones, teeth, skin, hair, eyes, and other organs (1). Though the body can create collagen, consuming collagen helps the body to have more of this important substance. The body first takes in collagen through dietary sources, then breaks it down to rebuild it in order to use it in the body. This continual process requires both the intake of collagen as well as vitamin C (4).

Roles and Benefits of Collagen:

Not only is collagen abundant, it is also a critical protein. Collagen serves to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, keep organs in their appropriate places, and more. Like glue binds objects together, collagen acts as a sort of binding agent within the body (3). When the body lacks sufficient collagen, muscle tissue and bone density will begin to decline. Additionally, blood vessels are weakened, increasing the risk for heart disease (5).

Collagen is also acclaimed for its ability to heal the gut. When the gut becomes inflamed, it is difficult to impossible for nutrients to be fully absorbed. Nutritional deficiencies can then develop. This inflammation can also lead to what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, an autoimmune problem where tiny particles of food can escape from the gut and be treated as invaders by the immune system. Collagen can serve to heal the gut, reducing inflammation and healing the tiny holes that allow Leaky Gut Syndrome to develop (8).

Optimal Sources of Collagen:

Dietary sources of collagen come from animal bones and connective tissue. Oftentimes people will use animal bones to make broths and stocks in order to get the collagen from the bones. Because it can be difficult to get enough dietary collagen through these sources, it is wise to consider taking a collagen supplement. Various collagen supplements are available, but it is important to look for a hydrolyzed collagen powder, the most easily absorbed and utilized by the body (5). Supplements such as Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen have already been broken down into the smaller peptides that the body can readily absorb and use. We recommend Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen because it comes from grass-fed, pasture raised cattle living happily in Brazil. Adding a whole foods vitamin C supplement along with the hydrolyzed collagen supplement assures that not only is the body getting the collagen it needs, but that it will be able to properly use it.

The Crucial Relationship

It is easy to see that both vitamin C and collagen are necessary for a healthy life, but what is often not talked about as frequently is the fact that vitamin C and collagen actually work very closely together, forming an interdependent relationship. Without vitamin C, collagen production is disrupted and cannot be completed. Vitamin C is used to add hydrogen and oxygen to the amino acids to create a substance called procollagen, a necessary substance to the creation of collagen (3). When collagen production is disrupted, people suffer significant negative consequences. For this reason, it is prudent to take a real food vitamin C supplement like Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C or Traditional Foods Market’s Organic High Vitamin C Powder along with a high quality, grass-fed collagen supplement like Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen.

The Best Protein Shake

This is one of my favorite recipes for a quick breakfast or snack. I love the Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen – my nails have never looked better! I mix it with Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus and Catie’s Organic Greens or Catie’s Gluten Free Organic Greens. This combination is my meal replacement combo. I almost always have coconut milk on hand, so that is my normal base, then I add 100% organic juice, whatever is in the house, and YUM!

I make my own prepared coconut milk from canned coconut milk because I don’t like all the additives in milk alternative coconut milk. Just put one can of organic coconut milk, not light, in a blender with one can of water and one tsp powdered natural calcium supplement, like Traditional Foods Market Whole Bone Calcium. You can also add 1 tsp vanilla extract, but I usually omit it.

6 oz prepared organic coconut milk
6 0z 100% organic juice of choice
1 scoop Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
1 tsp Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus
1 tsp Catie’s Organic Greens or Catie’s Gluten Free Organic Greens

Put all ingredients in a BPA free shaker bottle, leaving the collagen for last. Put in the agitator (good shakers will have one), and shake, shake, shake. Enjoy!

Works Cited:


Five Startling Facts About Vitamin C


Fact #1: Vitamin C is not created in the body so must be consumed every day.

In an ideal world, everyone would get every nutrient they need, in precisely the right quantities, through diet alone. In reality, even the most mindful and healthy diets can come up lacking in certain key nutrients. Supposing you could somehow eat a perfectly balanced diet every single day, factors such as industrialized farming practices, nutrient destruction through cooking methods, soil depletion, and limited access to fresh local food can all equate to a deficit in nutrients. While this problem effects all the micronutrients human beings require, it is an especially key problem in regards to vitamin C due to the fact that vitamin C stores must be replenished each day and is vital to so many life functions.

Fact #2: Vitamin C is a vital nutrient to many body functions.

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin used for multiple roles within the body. It is a complex element with many parts making up the whole, rather than one simple ‘ingredient.’ These elements interact with and rely upon many other nutrients, enzymes, bioflavonoids, and minerals to execute its many roles (1). Real vitamin C is available through dietary sources such as citrus fruit, broccoli, tomatoes, guava, cilantro, and more (3), as well as through high quality real whole food supplements, such as Catie’s Organic Vitamin C and Traditional Foods Market’s organic High Vitamin C Powder.

Key Roles of Vitamin C:

  • immune system support
  • aids in proper healing
  • cellular growth and repair(2)
  • preventing and fighting disease
  • collagen synthesis (key for hair, nails, skin, blood vessels, bones, and more)
  • fights free radicals
  • prevents scurvy
  • promotes healthy blood flow
  • cardiovascular health (6)
  •  wound healing
  • and more!


Fact #3: Ascorbic Acid is synthetic and NOT the same as real, whole food vitamin C.

With such vastly important roles, the need for adequate daily vitamin C intake is unquestionable. Yet, as previously noted, it can be challenging to get enough vitamin C each and every day. As such, a multitude of companies have capitalized on meeting this need through the creation of supplements. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these supplements are synthetic supplements created through a chemical process in a laboratory, without any actual food. The body recognizes this synthetic chemical as a drug, rather than a needed nutrient.

These synthetic, typically GMO, supplements contain a substance called ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is molecularly incomplete in comparison to real vitamin C, containing only one part of what is contained in real vitamin C. Without all of its parts, vitamin C is not able to be properly processed nor to function properly. The body is then forced to deplete its stores of certain enzymes, trace minerals and other key nutrients to compensate for the lack of in ascorbic acid (1). Additionally, ascorbic acid does not have the cofactors that are inherently contained within real food vitamin C that serve to make vitamin C more usable and absorbable (5).

Fact #4: Mega high doses of ascorbic acid can be harmful!

Let’s not forget, most synthetic vitamin C supplements contain mega doses of ascorbic acid, far beyond what people need. At best these mega doses are wasted through urine excretion; at worst they can have detrimental effects such as damaging muscular tissue (4), diminishing energy levels, and damaging antioxidant levels (2).

Fact #5: Peaceful Planet sells two incredible real whole food vitamin C supplements.


With the chemical nature and significant risks carried by synthetic vitamin C, combined with the difficulty of consistently getting enough vitamin C through diet alone, the question becomes how to get safe, healthy vitamin C supplements. Though they are not as abundant as the cheaply made synthetic options, whole food supplements are available. With choices like Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus and Traditional Foods Market’s High Vitamin C Powder from organic acerola cherries, consumers are able to get molecularly complete vitamin C that contains all the needed bio-factors to make them healthy and usable.

In selecting a real whole food supplement, savvy consumers should always read labels carefully to make sure they are getting what they want and need. Always verify that vitamin C supplements contain no artificial fillers. Choose organic supplements whenever possible. Most importantly, look for real foods supplements that have been derived from actual foods.

Thankfully the inclusion of such real foods vitamin C supplements can give you all the health benefits of vitamin C, none of the risks of synthetic vitamin C, and all of the convenience of a supplement.