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Anti-Inflammation Supplements and What is Vitamin Ae?

By Apricot Power

All about summer and anti-inflammation supplements.

The Dog Days of Summer

What does that phrase actually mean?

I always thought this phrase was meant to describe that time of year when temperatures soared and dogs literally laid around outside panting and enduring the sweltering summer heat. But is this what the phrase really means? So I did what any red-blooded American would do...I Googled it. It turns out that the meaning of it has roots in ancient Greece, but it does involve dogs.

The ancient Greeks observed that the “Dog Star” Sirius, the star we see as the brightest in the sky, rose and set with the sun. When they observed Sirius rising with the sun, they reasoned that Sirius must have added extra heat to the sun. A reference to this appears in Homer’s Illiad. The translation of “dog days” from Latin to English occurred 500 years later and since then the phrase has stuck. But while it was once observed that Sirius rose and set with our Sun, from an astrological point of view that isn’t a logical long-term explanation for this phrase. Why? Something called “precession” changes that “perspective”.

The stars in Earth’s sky shift independently of our calendar. Because of the Earth’s wobbling rotation, the sky shifts by one degree every fifty years or makes a complete circuit every 26,000 years. That means about 13,000 years from now, will be rising with the sun in mid-winter! The “dog days of winter” will then be upon us. Think about this. What if you live in Australia? Is Australia in the dog days of winter now? Ah yes, the dog days of winter, a time of year when dogs are shivering from the bitter cold of winter and running for the warm shelter of their homes.

As seen from around the world these days, Sirius rises in mid-evening during December and by mid-April, Sirius is setting in the southwest at mid-evening. So where does that leave us with this phrase?

I’ve decided to seek out another trusted weather resource. No, not Aunt Nelly and her weather-predicting bunions — “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”. The prediction for 2018 is that it may not be a sweltering August after all, at least for the Pacific Southwest anyway. You may want to check your region to find out what you’re in for, but as for me, I’m going with the mild dog days of summer ahead. How about you?

Anti-Inflammation Supplements In The Spotlight

Advanced Multi Vitamin

Leaky gut not only occurs in dogs, but humans can also experience it. Among the many struggles associated with leaky gut is it may trigger inflammation. Here are several supplements that may help with that.

Our Advanced Multiple Vitamins is a wonderful product that includes many different vitamins that may help reduce inflammation including Folate Acid, B vitamins, and magnesium to name a few.

What the Heck is...

This month we are featuring a supplement called Vitamin Ae.

What is Ae?

The “A” stands for vitamin A and the “e” stands for emulsion. Emulsifying Vitamin A assists with uptake and assimilation.

Uptake has to do with the ability of the body to absorb the vitamin. Assimilation (or bio-assimilation), is the combination of two processes to supply cells with nutrients.

Vitamin Ae also contains sesame oil and d-alpha-tocopherol, a natural Vitamin E.Vitamin Ae Emulsion

Bring on the Fat

Vitamin A is good for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body. It is a fat-soluble vitamin found in everyday foods, including liver, yellow-orange fruits and vegetables margarine, milk, and dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach.

If you want optimal absorption, you need to consume Vitamin Ae with some dietary fat.

Four Major Dietary Fats

There are four major dietary fats in the foods we eat —saturated fats; trans fats; monounsaturated fats; and polyunsaturated fats.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good dietary fats. They include foods such as avocados, nuts, fish, seeds, and oils such as olive oil, sesame oil, and peanut oil.

It’s About Interactions

For many body processes to function optimally, you must have the right balance of nutrients. For instance, Vitamin C interacts with Vitamin A to protect it from oxidation and preventing its molecule from forming into a free radical.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage or “oxidize” cells throughout the body in a process called oxidative stress. Over time, oxidative stress can leave our cells and tissues unable to function properly.


  • Vitamin A and E: Vitamin A and E work together to increase antioxidant capabilities and support a healthier gut
  • Keeps Skin Glowing: Helps fight acne and improves fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Relieves Inflammation: a powerful antioxidant that helps block inflammation.
  • Reduce Cholesterol: May help naturally lower cholesterol levels to optimize heart health.
  • Supports Immunity: May help ward off illness and infections.
  • Eye Health: Boosts vision and keep eyes healthy
  • Reproduction and Development: Vitamin A plays a part in proper growth and development throughout all stages of life.
  • Tissue Repair: Promotes proper skin health and may aid in wound healing as well.

Dog Days Of Summer

Dr. Marlene Siegel

Many animals suffer the worst allergies in the summer! From grasses, mold spores, dust mites and flourishing pollens, to the explosion of fleas, summer can be challenging for our fur children. We “blame” these outside factors as if they were the root cause of the allergies, but they are not!

Read More on our blog post!

Apricot Ginger Frozen Yogurt

Apricot Ginger Frozen Yogurt

Check out this month's featured recipe, Apricot Ginger Frozen Yogurt, by Hidemi Walsh!