Jul 17, 2014

Get the most from your iron supplement

  • Iron is very soluble in the stomach thanks to it’s acidic environment, but in the small intestine the free iron ions look for a partner. Organic acids such as the fructose found in honey, Vitamin C, and amino acids derived from proteins form chelates to help with absorption.  
  • To naturally address an iron deficiency you need to get the most from an iron supplement as well as from your diet. Try taking iron between meals or before breakfast with a Vitamin C source such as tomatoes, or citrus fruits.
  • Add foods rich in bio-available iron. Chicken are great sources, as are dark, leafy greens such as spinach and collard greens. Red beets, beet juice, wheat grass juice, raisins, and prunes, are high in iron, and may be useful in alleviating anemia.

  • Avoiding tannic acids, fiber, and the phosphates found in egg yolks, milk, and cheese for a few hours before and after taking an iron supplement can make a difference in how well the supplement is absorbed.
  • Coffee, black tea, and non-decaffeinated green tea are high in tannic acids and can reduce iron absorption by 50%.  
  • Other minerals compete with iron for absorption sites. A high intake of calcium, magnesium, and copper can interfere with your body benefiting from an iron supplement. It is best to take these at a different time.  

Jul 10, 2014

Words of wisdom: MMH founder Kathy Garber

Our bodies are designed to survive on healthy foods and to heal with the help of plant matter. Chemically engineered drugs and synthetic supplements have little place in the human body and often come with damaging side effects. Whenever discomfort and poor health are part of our experience, we get to choose our response to what is happening. It can be easy to think in terms of a “quick fix” or look for the “magic pill” that will make it all better.

While an inexpensive drug may offer immediate relief, it’s wise to think about the long term effects on the body. Thinking in terms of what is the cause of an illness or chronic condition rather than just how can I get rid of the symptoms, then addressing it naturally without harming the body, is a sensible response.                       

Lifestyle including diet, stress levels, and how active we are, all play into our health. Changes here can be powerful in the pursuit of feeling better. This does not mean a trip to the doctor is never needed. Acute situations and those that do not respond to natural treatment certainly call for medical intervention. The lives saved by modern medicine deserves our respect. However, what the amazing world of herbal remedies and dietary supplements has to offer for chronic issues and improved well being should not be ignored or sacrificed to create the profits of patented drugs. 

More than once I have gotten the “snake oil” response to being asked what it is that I do. The conversation usually takes on a very different tone rather quickly when I tell the story of saving our young son from years of dialysis by using simple herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Personal experience involving a child is hard to argue with.

It continues to be a pleasure to formulate potent herbal remedies for the company (MMH) that was birthed out of an unexpected difficulty. My prayer is that you will experience the benefits of natures God given gifts in every bottle of liquid golden extracts you use. Much care is given to making these remedies on a daily basis, and I continue to be deeply honored by your trust.   

                                                                                        -Kathy Garber

Kathy Garber began to study and apply the traditional uses of herbs and nutrition out of desperation, as her young son was suffering from severe kidney damage due to an undetected rare birth defect. Kathy's knowledge in Herbology increased along with the need for highly specialized formulas for her son. She began to make her own herbal extracts and combine them resulting in powerful remedies, giving birth to Mountain Meadow Herbs. 

Jul 1, 2014

Hello July, Hello Summer!

July is most certainly one of Montana's loveliest months. The June rains are over, leaving behind sparkling mountain streams and clear blue skies. Many of the fields in our valley are bright yellow as the canola bursts into bloom.  From a high vantage point, the valley floor turns into a patchwork quilt of yellows and greens, stitched together by the blue rivers that flow through it.  Winter is long forgotten in summer’s stunning beauty!

The canola fields in Montana turn a vibrant yellow in July.

This month’s sale offers savings on basic health formulas, including our best-selling liver formulas. Many natural healing experts consider stimulating the liver with herbs to nourish, protect, and cleanse the bile ducts, an important part of our overall well-being. With an abundance of liver friendly, fresh from the garden foods, summer is a perfect time to support this important part of your body.  LiverGlow, LiverGlow II, and the convenient Liver Flush Package are all 10% off through July 31st.

Stay tuned throughout the month as we discuss the foundational aspects of health, from proper liver function, to getting enough iron. 

Jun 26, 2014

Simple Ways to Help Your Liver

 · Eat garlic or take a garlic supplement. Just a small amount can activate liver enzymes that help flush out toxins.

· Have grapefruit often: it’s fresh juice boosts natural liver cleansing action.

· Avoid alcohol and over the counter medications: These are difficult for the liver to process and many are damaging or decrease liver function.

· Walnuts are liver friendly. Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts help the liver detoxify ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids. These support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well before swallowing.

· Limit exposure to viruses, bacteria and parasites by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. Fresh fruits and veggies should get the same treatment before you eat them.

· Take Vitamin C: a University of Michigan  study indicates doses as low as 500mgs a day can help prevent fatty build up in the liver.

· Do regular parasite cleanses: Infestations can spread to the liver and become deeply embedded, clogging bile duct drainage

· Leafy greens: powerful in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. High in plant chlorophylls, greens neutralize toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides in the blood stream. Try adding dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the production and flow of bile in the liver.

· Citrus fruit: is high in Vitamin C and very stimulating to the liver. 

Jun 16, 2014

Don't let stress stand in the way of summer!

We look forward to the summer months all year long.  The kids are out of school, warmer temperatures mean more time enjoyed outdoors, and our weekends are now packed full of trips to the beach and picnics in the park.  Although this sunny season is a welcome change, for many of us, it also brings a host of new stresses. Hosting family, taking care of the children, trying to cross everything off our 'Summer To-Do List'; it can all become wearing before you know it. 

We've always taken pride in our formulas that aid in stress relief. Whether you want to wake up feeling more refreshed, or simply need a little calm amidst the chaos, we're happy to provide an array of liquid herbal extracts formulated specifically to tackle those stressful moments we all experience.


Every challenge to the mind and body places a demand on the adrenal glands. Continuous overstimulation can impair their ability to respond to stress. Cortisol released on an ongoing basis during times of intense stress is linked to higher blood pressure, being overweight, anxious, lethargic, and sad. The potent herbal extracts in Adren-L-Aid can help! A highly effective combination of herbal extracts, used to support the adrenal glands and to enhance and regulate the body's ability to withstand stress.  

*Try Adren-L-Aid II for pregnant or nursing moms.  Since the adrenal glands increase in size and activity while expecting, supporting them naturally can make an incredible difference during this time! 

Stress & Sleep

Calming herbs in Stress & Sleep formula help you get through the day with less stress build-up and the ability to better cope with whatever comes your way. Milder than the Bed-Time Drops, the herbs in Stress & Sleep are also helpful when taken at night to help your mind and body relax and unwind. 

Herbal Calcium

Calcium is essential to maintaining whole body health. Your nerves, brain, muscles, and bones need it every day. Herbal Calcium provides a natural, plant-based source of calcium that is easily assimilated and can actually be used by your body. Learn more about the importance of getting proper Calcium in this post.

Bed-Time Drops

Effective and safe, the herbs in Bed-Time Drops have a long, rich history of helping the one in search of a good nights sleep! Naturally non-addictive, with no side effects such as next day drowsiness or irritability, Bed-Time Drops help you ease into slumber land and stay there until morning. 

All of our Stress Relief products are Buy 1, Get 1 50% off through June on mountainmeadowherbs.com