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Can Taking Vitamins Stop Hair Loss?

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If you are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, you are not alone. It is estimated that by age 30, approximately 25% of men start balding and by age 60, that number goes up to 66%. Although baldness is not as common with women, the psychological impact of hair loss can be much greater. With…

Did You Know That Vitamin D Improves Your Dental Health and Helps Prevent Tooth Cavities?

Vitamin D improves dental health

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Vitamin D helps your body produce cathelicidin and defensins, two proteins that have antibacterial properties and fight bacteria that cause dental caries. They may also neutralize toxic byproducts. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium which is required to build and maintain strong teeth. To learn more interesting facts about vitamin D, go to Read more »

Drink Before You Think – Drinking Water Can Improve Your Brain’s Reaction Times

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Being dehydrated by as little as 2% slows down the brain in tasks that need our attention1. These include immediate short-term memory and psychomotor function (movement related to mental activity). Researchers in London have studied the effects of drinking water prior to performing a battery of tests and found that responding to feelings of thirst…

Health Benefits of Flaxseed – A New End to an Old Fairy Tale?

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Flax. Isn’t that what the miller’s daughter in Rumpelstiltskin was forced to spin into gold1? For Generation X and younger, Rumpelstiltskin is one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In it, a foolish miller lies to the king, telling him that his daughter can spin flax into gold. The king shuts the poor girl in a room…

Ginkgo Biloba Extract May Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s

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If you have a family member suffering from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a form of dementia, you are well aware of the ways in which this disease impairs memory and causes changes in the personality of your loved one. Unfortunately, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are chronic, progressive diseases for which there…

Try Bacopa Extract for Improved Memory


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Bacopa monnieri is a perennial succulent plant native to the muddy shores and wetlands of the Indian subcontinent. Extracts from the plant have been used in the ancient Indian ranch of alternative medicine known as “ayurveda.” In that context, it is known as “brahmi” and has been used to treat anxiety, epilepsy and asthma. Practitioners…

7 Nutritional Strategies to Beat Depression

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 21 million adults in the United States are suffering from depression1 and it appears that a significant number of Americans rely upon prescription medications to cope with their symptoms. Currently two out of the three top selling drugs in the U.S. are used to treat mood disorders…

DHA Supplementation During Infancy Improves Performance in Early School Years

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By: | Category: Omega-3 Benefits

The importance of omega-3 fatty acids in brain development and in healthy brain function is well recognized1. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), a major lipid found in the brain, is essential for healthy brain function. Low brain DHA in animals leads to impaired learning and behaviour. In human infants, DHA is essential for development of vision and…

Feeling Tired? The B Vitamins Help Your Body Produce Energy

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The B-Complex is a group of seven vitamins. These are Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12. Together they help your body produce energy, so if you feel tired be sure to take a high-quality multivitamin on a…

Can a Mackerel a Day Protect Your Arteries?


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Mackerel is an oily, cold water fish that is a good source of dietary vitamin D. Numerous epidemiological studies have implicated a relationship between deficiency of vitamin D and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). What has not been clear are the mechanisms by which vitamin D may protect the blood vessels from disease….

Following a Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Your Risk of Stroke by 49%

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It is no secret that adhering to a Mediterranean diet is good for your heart1. This idea has been reinforced by a study recently conducted in Spain in which participants were randomly allocated to one of three dietary regimes. None of the diets were calorie-controlled. The three study diets consisted of: Control diet that is…

3 Compelling Reasons to Add Resveratrol to Your Daily Regimen

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With more than two-thirds of Americans struggling with being overweight or obese, the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is on the rise.1 The reason is that if you are overweight, then you are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and high triglycerides,…

Taking Multivitamins Lowers the Risk of Breast Cancer Mortality by 30%


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If you are like most women, you take breast health very seriously by performing monthly self-exams and having mammograms as directed by your doctor. Unfortunately, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, doctors will diagnose more than 230,000 women in the U.S. with invasive breast cancer and 39,620 women will die from the disease.1…

Fish Oil or Krill Oil: What’s the Better Source of Omega-3?

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By: | Category: Omega-3 Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in algae, plants, krill, squid, and fish. For many years, oil from cold water fish, such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, and sardines, has been the standard source of omega-3 found in supplements. Recently krill oil has gained popularity in the media with krill oil vendors claiming that their oil is…

Can We Obtain All Vitamins and Minerals We Need from Food?


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Can We Obtain All Vitamins and Minerals We Need from Food Alone? You Be the Judge… A common argument among people who don’t take vitamin supplements is that they get all the vitamins they need from their diet. But is this a fact or just wishful thinking? Well, wonder no more. This great infographic (created…

How to Eat Garlic with a Clear Conscience – Drink Milk


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Ever had one of those wonderful, spicy dinners that was so strong you had to take the following day off work because of your killer garlic breath? Next time, say scientists at Ohio State University, try drinking a glass of milk with your meal1. Volatile sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are responsible for the malodorous breath…

Eating Carotene-Rich Vegetables May Lower Your Risk of ALS

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Recent research, as reported in the Annals of Neurology1, suggests that there is a link between eating fruits and vegetables and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Specifically, researchers have concluded that high consumption of colorful vegetables containing compounds known as carotenoids could delay or prevent development of the disease. Carotenoids give vegetables and fruits their bright…

Reducing Your Salt Intake Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

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As many as half a million lives could be saved over the next ten years if Americans were to gradually reduce the amount of sodium in their diets by one teaspoon a day. Scientists at the University of California in San Francisco arrived at this conclusion using three separate methods to model the effects of…

Do You Want to Decrease Your Risk of Osteoporosis? Take Vitamin K2 Daily


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If you are concerned about developing osteoporosis, you are not alone. More than 8 million women and 2 million men in the United States suffer from this disease. As a result of the loss of bone mass and density caused by osteoporosis, more than 2 million people suffer from severe fractures of the hip and…

Tired of Catching Colds? Boost Your Immunity with the Sunshine Vitamin

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Have you ever noticed that your friends who spent a good bit of time outdoors or who have a great tan never seem to get sick? One possible reason is that by spending time in the sun, their bodies make all the vitamin D they need. Most people are familiar with the role this essential…

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