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  • Dietary supplement use more prevalent than originally thought, report says

    Dietary supplement use is more prevalent than originally reported, according to a new survey conducted by the Council of Responsible Nutrition. In addition, the Council for Responsible Nutrition surveys found that supplement users are “more likely than nonusers to try to eat a balanced diet, visit their doctor regularly, get a good night’s sleep, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.” According to the new figures, which have been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition, …
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  • Natural Sources of Ever-Lasting Energy

    Most of us don’t seem to get as much rest and relaxation as we need or want.  Between work, children, social activities, volunteer work, and other activities in which we are involved, we often find ourselves with little free time.  Eventually, this lack of ‘down-time’ can get the better of us, causing us to feel constantly worn out, devoid of energy and in need of an energy boost. Most dietary supplement ingredients that help support our energy can be classified …
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  • Study: Vitamin D, tryptophan directly impact brain development, autism

    Researchers have long hypothesized that serotonin and vitamin D play a role in autism, but have not been able to pinpoint the exact mechanism they play in triggering the developmental disorder. Now, a group of researchers in California believe they’ve uncovered a vital clue. In a new study published in The FASEB Journal, researchers from Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute wrote that vitamin D activates three brain hormones affecting social behavior – including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – and that …
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  • March is Liver Health Month in Canada

    March is Liver Health Month in Canada, so we wanted to give our Canadian readers some helpful tips to keeping their liver healthy. Know the signs. Toxins are everywhere, so the best way to protect yourself from them is to simply be aware of their signs. Toxins are sprayed on our foods, are released in the air we breathe, and they even manage to find their way into the products we use in our homes and for our personal hygiene …
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  • Report: Supplements Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately three quarters of total U.S. health care expenditures are spent on preventable diseases, including such conditions as coronary heart disease, diabetes, age-related eye disease, and osteoporosis, but only three percent (3%) of health care expenditures are invested in disease prevention programs. Although the U.S. health care system does not have as strong an emphasis on preventive medicine as other Western countries, many observers predict that the United States is in …
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  • FDA Proposes First Food Label Changes in 20 Years

    Last month, the Food and Drug Administration introduced proposed changes to the way you would read food labels. The changes, which would be the first in more than 20 years, are necessary “to keep pace with the science of nutrition and to reduce confusion about what qualifies as healthful food.” According to First Lady Michelle Obama, who is helping spearhead the changes: Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able …
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  • The Importance of Dietary Minerals for Nutrition

    When people think of nutrients in their diets, they inevitably think about things like vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. But it’s just as important to remember that dietary minerals – calcium, magnesium and iron, for example – are necessary for our bodies to stay healthy. Minerals are inorganic substances found in non-living things such as water, rocks and soil. There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Your body needs macrominerals in larger amounts; trace minerals in …
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  • Understanding Probiotics: Health Benefits, Types of Probiotics

    Every day inside our bodies, a battle wages that many aren’t even aware exists, one that can have major implications on your health. And even fewer people know that they can have a major impact on the outcome. We’re talking about the delicate balance between bad bacteria – which infiltrates our bodies each and every day – and the good bacteria designed to help keep our bodies healthy and strong. These good bacteria are known as probiotics, and they live …
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  • Spotlight on Nutrition in March

    Many of you may not know, but March is officially recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Started in 1973, National Nutrition Month has become an annual campaign designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year, the Academy has chosen as its theme, Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right, with the key message being “how to combine taste and nutrition to …
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  • Anti-Aging: The Hormone Factor

    As we age, our risk for numerous health conditions increases.  This includes our risk for cognitive decline, heart disease, sarcopenia (muscle wasting), and cancer.  While part of our increased risk for these conditions is due to poor lifestyle choices, another part of this increased risk is due to declining hormones as we age.  This is particularly true of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and is the master hormone that drives …
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Interesting Fact

Vitamin D can help maintain bone density in the elderly.