Not All Vitamins Created Equal

Riverbend Nutrition offers high-quality vitamins and mineral supplements made fresh in the onsite lab.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2012

Siera and Rose Strawser of Riverbend Nutrition.

Siera and Rose Strawser of Riverbend Nutrition.

Several years ago, Michael and Rose Strawser made a decision to live more health-conscious lives, changing their eating habits to include more fresh foods and supplementing their diet with vitamins. Then they made a ­discovery that changed their lives: the store-bought vitamins they were taking had been on the shelf for several months, sometimes as long as two years. “It didn’t make sense to us to eat fresh food and take stale ­vitamins,” says Rose. “We began to research and found that not all vitamins are created equal, even when they are freshly made.”

For the past 13 years, Riverbend Nutrition has been providing the community with the highest quality vitamins and mineral supplements available. “We package small batches of vitamins in our onsite lab so that everything is as fresh as ­possible,” explains Rose.

Rose is both a certified health professional and a ­certified phlebotomy technician, and has a passion for helping her customers achieve optimal health. “Your body remakes itself every seven years, with the exception of your eyeballs and parts of your brain. Your body makes 100 million cells a day! It’s important to know what those cells are made of.”

Rose uses a dried blood cell analysis (DBA) as a screening tool. After a simple finger prick, drops of blood are placed on a slide. When the drops dry, they form specific patterns. Rose ­analyzes these patterns, looking for potential deficiencies, toxic-heavy metal deposits, parasite infestations and PH imbalances. Rose then makes recommendations of certain vitamins and minerals to address your ­nutritional needs. Although DBA is not used to diagnose medical ­ailments, it is a very ­useful screening tool for ­nutritional needs, and the process takes only about an hour. Rose discusses the details of the DBA in detail with her clients, and the cost for this screening is $60. Riverbend also offers blood typing, iridology, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening.

Rose will be happy to work with your healthcare provider to customize a nutritional plan for you. The great thing about buying directly from manufacturer is that Riverbend is able to offer the great prices and proprietary formulas that are not available anywhere else. Rose has custom blends to help with depression, appetite suppression and liver repair and immune support, just to name a few.   

The latest at Riverbend is the addition of Siera Strawser to the staff. Siera is Mike and Rose’s daughter. She graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and allied health. Attending school on a soccer scholarship, Siera is now available for the fitness and diet needs of all athletes. She is presently pursuing her ­certification as a natural health professional (CNHP) and a dried blood analyst. Her goal is a master’s in the science of holistic health. “You will benefit from talking with Siera,” says Rose. “And for all you soccer players and fans, Google her!”

Riverbend carries products for weight loss and Balance Plus to help stabilize blood sugar. New mineral formulas are ­available for alkalizing the body, and pure, homemade soaps, lotions, lip balms and deodorants are available in gift baskets or to purchase separately. Now that the cold and flu season is upon us, you’ll also want to check out Cordyceps Plus.  

Rose points out that it’s easy to fall prey to exaggerated claims. “We don’t deal in fads, only products that have been ­demonstrated scientifically to work. We weed through the ­marketing schemes and bring you only products that will give you the desired results.”

Riverbend Nutrition is ­located at 134th Street and Memorial in Bixby. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Rose and the friendly staff at Riverbend to see what you’ve been missing. 


For more information, contact

Riverbend Nutrition

13330 S. Memorial Dr.Bixby, OK 74008(918) 369-HERB (4372)


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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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