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SAM-e is Back to Support Healthy Moods, Joints & More

What’s the most prescribed drug category in the U.S.?

You might be surprised to learn that it’s not for blood pressure, cholesterol, or arthritis. Nope, it’s for good old fashioned depression.

According to the Center for Disease Control, of the 2.4 billion prescriptions written each year, 118 million of them are for antidepressants. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexo, Luvox, Nardil, Elavil, Serzone—the list goes on and on.

What’s depressing to this kat is that so many Americans haven’t discovered what the Europeans have known for years: there’s a natural alternative to these high-priced, high side-effect prescription pills. It’s called SAM-e.

Short for S-Adenosyl-Methionine, SAM-e has been shown in a multitude of studies here and abroad to be more effective than placebo and as effective as standard antidepressants when it comes to treating depression—without all those nasty side effects. Maybe that’s why European doctors have been prescribing SAM-e to patients for years!

Given our collapsing economy, political follies, global warming, unrest in the Middle East, price of food and gas, well, it’s no surprise many of you might feel in need of a little mood boost these days.

Depression—whether chemical in origin or brought on by life-events and stress—is serious stuff. A whopping 10% of Americans currently take antidepressants. Experts estimate that 25% of adults will have a major depressive episode at some point in their life.

As if battling the blues weren’t enough, SAM-e also helps treat osteoarthritis and liver disease according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In one large randomized clinical trial, SAM-e reduced the pain of osteoarthritis by 20%. Studies have also shown that SAM-e is helpful in treating various liver conditions, including cirrhosis. Other studies have indicated SAM-e can help relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and migraines. Check out the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's archive report on numerous SAM-e studies.

Many of our Co-op members swear by SAM-e and will be happy to know SAM-e is back in stock. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with depression or anxiety, this kat urges you to consider trying ultra-safe SAM-e.

So while this kat can’t fix the economy or broker world peace, the Co-op can help make your corner of the world a little happier, and maybe help you sleep a little better at night.

Read on for more on our SAM-e!

IBD & Liver Disease Depletes Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D has been linked to countless health benefits in the last few years -- seems just about everyone would benefit from taking it.

This goes double if you suffer from either inflammatory bowel disease or chronic liver disease, according to new research presented at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, as your chances of developing vitamin D deficiency are much higher. Here's a summary of the two studies presented:

Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with Lower Quality of Life and Higher Disease Activity in IBD Patients

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin investigated whether Vitamin D deficiency in patients with IBD is associated with a lower quality of life or higher disease activity.

Dr. Alex Ulitsky and his colleagues analyzed vitamin D levels of 504 inflammatory bowel disease patients and found almost 50 percent of the patients were Vitamin D deficient at some point, with 11 percent being severely deficient.

Vitamin D deficiency was not significantly associated with being hospitalized for IBD or having IBD-related surgeries. However, in both Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients, vitamin D deficiency was independently associated with having increased disease activity compared to those with normal levels of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficient CD patients, but not UC patients, had worse quality of life when compared to patients who were not Vitamin D deficient.

According to Dr. Ulitsky, “All IBD patients, irrespective of their disease, disease location or nature should have their Vitamin D levels checked regularly and corrected aggressively when insufficiency is found.”

Vitamin D Deficiency Prevalent in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease

Researchers from the University of Tennessee in Memphis measured the vitamin D levels of 118 chronic liver disease patients. Researchers found 92.4 percent of chronic liver patients had some degree of vitamin D deficiency and at least one third were severely deficient.

“Since deficiency is common among these patients, Vitamin D replacement may hopefully prevent osteoporosis and other bone complications related to end stage liver disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Satheesh P. Nair.

Read on for more on our Vitamin D!

That's all for now, fair members!

Still purringly yours,


Guido Housemouser
Chief Kat and Community Manager
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