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Info: Health & wellness Q & A from Vitacost.com' product experts Matt Albretsen and Ryan Halvorsen. Submit your question at productinfo@vitacost.com
The Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera

The Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera

Q: What is aloe vera? A: Aloe vera is a short-stemmed succulent plant with thick, fleshy leaves and small white teeth. It’s part of the lily family, or Liliaceae, which is the same family as onions and garlic. Aloe vera has become a staple for health ...
Kombucha: The Living Tea

Kombucha: The Living Tea

Q: What is Kombucha Tea? A: You may have heard of kombucha tea on your favorite health news TV show or in a magazine, but the use of kombucha tea may actually date as far back as 400 AD. It’s said that kombucha tea was originally introduced to the Ja ...
Get in the Spirit with Spirulina

Get in the Spirit with Spirulina

Q: What is Spirulina? A: Spirulina is known throughout the health and wellness community as a green superfood, but why is it green? Spirulina is actually free-floating natural algae (cyanobacterium) and is most often found in small tropical lakes and ...
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sugar!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sugar!

Q: What is Xylitol? A: If you haven’t yet tried xylitol you are missing out on a low-impact, natural sugar alternative with a plethora of health benefits. Xylitol is categorized as a “sugar alcohol.” Sugar alcohols are white, water soluble solids whi ...
Have You Met Your Matcha?

Have You Met Your Matcha?

Q: What is matcha? A: Matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been laid out to dry, de-stemmed and ground into an incredibly fine powder. The leaves are picked from shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants. The shade helps slow down the growth of ...