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What is a nutraceutical? A nutraceutical is a fortified food or dietary supplement that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value, and it may help to treat or prevent a disease. Nutraceuticals which help support gastrointestinal (GI) health – like probiotics, digestive enzymes and bitters, glutamine, and antimicrobials – are some of the most recommended of all supplemental nutrients. Because the environment within the gut is highly susceptible to significant changes in pH, composition, solubility, and reactivity of each preparation, we must pay attention to when we take certain nutraceuticals. For example, it’s good to take probiotics with meals. Digestive enzymes are best taken 5-10 minutes before meals to support digestion, and glutamine should be taken between meals. Ask our professional staff which GI supplements are best for you! 




Is Your Pet in Pain?Our pets feel pain for many of the same reasons we do, such as arthritis, injuries, dental problems, cancer, etc. Since animals are unable to tell us how when they hurt, it’s important to look for subtle changes in your pet’s appetite or sleeping, or behavior changes such as excessive panting, whining, restlessness, trembling, difficulty moving, licking or chewing an area of the body, aggression (especially in a previously friendly pet), and changes in posture. If you suspect a problem, always check with a veterinarian before medicating your pet. Some human drugs like acetaminophen and additives such as xylitol are toxic to animals. When your cat or dog needs medication, our pharmacist can work with you and your veterinarian to customize a medication that’s easy to administer and safe for your furry friend.




Tearing? It Could be Dry Eyes! Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of your eyes and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either don’t produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality which can cause increased watering of the eyes, so people think they have too many tears and don’t realize their eye surface is actually dry. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, more commonly called “dry eye syndrome” (DES), is the most frequently encountered condition. Diabetes mellitus is one of the leading causes of DES. Dry eye is also a symptom of Sjogren’s syndrome, and can be a side effect of some drugs. If you are experiencing a scratchy feeling, eye irritation, or problems with your vision, talk to your doctor to make sure your eyes are lubricated to avoid damage that can lead to scarring and infection of your eye.



-WCH Pharmacy & Telepharmacy. Serving Wickenburg and Congress. Wickenburg: 928-684-4380 | Congress: 928-668-5502

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