Vitamin C

Health Blog: What to Do to Help Fight the Ill Effects of Trans Fats

In the previous blogs about trans fats, we have told you about the bad things these can do to your heart and your brain. But what else besides avoiding trans fats in processed and restaurant foods might you do to ameliorate the ill effects of trans fats on your vital organs?

Health Blog: Does Dose Size Matter with Dietary Supplements?

Yes, dose sizes can be beneficial or detrimental

We’re a pill-loving society.  And we’ve come to expect one tablet, capsule, gel-tab, etc. to equal one dose.  So entrenched is this belief we are led to think it true when it’s not.  Go ask Alice – was it one pill that made her larger in Wonderland or a portion of cake?

But, as Paracelsus warned, “the right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.”

Health Blog: Are You a Member of the Supplement Society?

Survey: Half the nation is taking dietary supplements

There are pills, and then there are pills. We hear a lot of news about how many of us are taking prescription meds, but now there is a new tally of dietary-supplement takers. There's a bunch of us.

Health Blog: Men, Eat Your Veggies...and Fruits

Study shows fewer urinary tract symptoms with higher dietary intake

Men, in case you still have doubts, your mother was right: Eat your veggies. Here’s proof:

Food Blog: Getting the Best from Salad

Don’t let your salads go naked – dress them!

With the holiday season and the associated over-eating and food indiscretions behind us, many of us are reaching out to salads as part of our New Year’s resolutions.

Health Blog: Modern-Day Stress – Supplement Your Lifestyle, Part III

Dietary supplements can help reduce the effects of stress in your life

In this third blog about “modern-day stress,” I am going to discuss appropriate supplementation to help support us as we careen through this world, sometimes with one foot on the brake and the other on the gas pedal, subject to unrelenting chronic stressors.

Food Blog: Are Food Additives (E Numbers) Safe? Are They Healthy?

How do you feel about food additives? If you live in the European Union, these are known as E Numbers.

The “E” stands for Europe (European Union) and identifies 319 food additives (colors, preservatives, stabilizers, etc) approved for use throughout the EU. For 25 years (since 1986) e-numbers have been used as food additives.

No pain, just gain with supplements for joint health

How to help relieve pain in your joints

When it comes to taking care of your joints, you’ve got to be ... um ... flexible. Not only will you need a decent understanding of your condition but also a willingness to do something about it.

Of course, depending on your joints, that something includes the right kind of diet, rest and exercise. Hey, you might have to cut back on coffee, booze, moguls or mud wrestling. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we’re here to talk about which supplements can help the joints.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C: all hail the king

C is for citrus, and also for common cold, and also for King, as vitamin C has been known as the king of vitamins since Linus Pauling started preaching the gospel of megadoses of vitamin C to cure the common cold. 

There’s no question vitamin C is a first-rate, water-soluble antioxidant. It works in a network with the fat-soluble vitamin E in that they both quench free radicals, but in so doing, they themselves become inactivated. But vitamin C regenerates vitamin E and vice versa. As if by design!

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, the grandaddy of them all

Vitamin E was the first vitamin to be discovered, at the University of California-Berkeley in 1922. Since that time there's been thousands of research studies conducted on this fat-soluble vitamin. It got to the point where at least as many cardiologists were themselves taking vitamin E as they were taking aspirin.

Science-based Information on Supplements

There are thousands of dietary supplements on the market, and it can be daunting to find the right ones for your particular health concerns. endeavors to share the latest information science is discovering about the effects of dietary supplements on various health conditions.


Selenium is a great anti-oxidant

Most people get their intake of this important mineral from the foods they eat, as it is derived from soils where food is grown. There are a few notable exceptions – the United Kingdom has notoriously low levels, while Keshan Province in northeast China made selenium famous because the selenium levels in the soil are so low that people in the region suffer from what is called Keshan disease, which manifests as enlarged hearts and has killed about 30 percent of mothers of children with the disease.


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