Supplements

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.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol: Anti-aging miracle?

What has been called “The French Paradox” is the notion that the French eat much more high-fat foods compared to Americans, yet have three times less heart disease. The answer is now thought to be because of the copious quantities of red wine the French consume.

How great is that?

Vitamin D

There's a reason why vitamin D now outsells vitamin C in some stores. Starting in 2008, a corona’s worth of research began showing vitamin D is good for most everything under the sun. Study after study came out documenting its benefits on everything from colon, prostate and breast cancer to blood pressure and heart disease to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance to psoriasis and dermatitis.1-4

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Aging

Aging is not for sissies

No one really wants to grow old and unhealthy. 

Like many other trends in American society, the desire for healthy aging (some might say anti-aging) is being driven by baby boomers, who want nothing to do with the slow mental and physical decline they saw in their parents and grandparents. We want a longer health span. 

Selenium

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.

Ginseng

Ginseng: the ancient remedy

If it’s true that you are what you eat, then that’s a good reason why Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) root has been consumed by humans for more than 5,000 years. Its man-like appearance led to it being used as an adaptogen to maintain overall health and vitality. Asian ginseng also has a long history of use as a sexual energizer for men.

McCain Withdraws Support for His Own Bill

In a March 4 letter to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) noted that Senator McCain intends to withdraw his support for certain elements of S. 3002, "The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010," introduced in February by McCain and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N). Read more

Brain Health (Cognitive)

Brain health is largely dependent on proper nutrients 

From a nutritional standpoint, it is important to understand that the brain is the center of your nervous system, and is the most energy hungry of all organs. It is nearly 60 percent fat. Almost all of the brain’s structures and functions are dependent on essential fatty acids, or EFAs. These include EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (a-linolenic acid), all omega-3s, which are abundant in such things krill oil, fish oil and algae.

Eye Health

Eye health and the role of nutrition

To understand why nutrition might help with vision health requires a rudimentary understanding of where certain natural nutritional compounds go once they make it into the body. 

Lutein

Lutein: the better to see you

This visionary carotenoid is present in the eye's macula and lens, as well as in the skin, where it filters high-energy blue wavelengths of visible light from both natural sunlight and indoor light. Lutein also quenches free radicals that can damage cells in human tissues. For these reasons, it is much heralded as an eye-health and skin-health ingredient.

No Safety Issues With Fish Oil, Trade Association Says

Andrew Shao, Ph.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition, said on Monday, “Fish oil supplements are among the safest, most beneficial health products on the market.  Today’s announcement of a lawsuit against companies manufacturing or selling popular products is just that—a lawsuit looking for media attention, not a public safety concern for consumers." Read more.

 

Vitamin D may play key role in immune system activation

Vitamin D is necessary to trigger T cells – the immune system’s killer cells – into action, and insufficient levels of the vitamin mean the cells remain dormant and inactive, according to findings published in Nature Immunology. Read more.

Australian scientists developing omega-3-rich plant sources

Scientists in the employ of an Australian government scientific research body have developed plant prototypes genetically modified to boost their omega-3 content beyond alpha-linolenic acid. Read more.  

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

The antioxidant’s antioxidant is also called the “universal antioxidant” because it's both water- and fat-soluble, so it can quench free radicals in all areas of the cell.

Researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute say it’s even more than an antioxidant in that it greatly influences important cellular-stress response pathways that both reduce inflammation and increase antioxidant levels in the body.1

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