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How You Can Benefit From Pine Bark Extract

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While you have likely heard of the benefits of resveratrol, traces of proanthocyandin, another powerful antioxidant, is also found in the skins of grapes, apples, cherries, plums and blueberries. Fortunately, scientists have found this same health promoting substance in the bark of a French pine tree whose scientific name is Pinus pinsater. During the past…

Could Vitamin B3 Be the Secret to a Long and Healthy Life?

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For centuries, people have looked for the secret for a long and healthy life. Surprising new research involving an animal model suggests that the search for the key to longevity may be in the common nutrient niacin, which is also another name for vitamin B3. What have the scientists discovered about vitamin B3 and what…

Low Vitamin D Levels May Place Pregnant Women and Newborns at Risk of Complications

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Clearly, pregnant women do not have enough to worry about. Unlike the mothers of children in the Baby Boomer generation, today’s expectant moms have to quit smoking, avoid alcohol and stop eating an ever-lengthening list of foods, from swordfish to pate and blue cheese. Now, according to the British Medical Journal, they also need to…

INFOGRAPHIC: 20 Fun Facts About Vitamins


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Did you know that polar bear liver is so rich in Vitamin A that eating an entire polar bear liver can be fatal to humans? It’s true. Learn 19 more fun facts just like this one by viewing our infographic at Read more »

Relieve Hot Flashes and Other Symptoms of Menopause with Black Cohosh

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At one time, doctors prescribed hormone replacement therapy for women who suffered with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. In 2002, a landmark study used a randomized control trial to evaluate the risks and benefits of administering a combination of estrogen and progesterone to 16,608 post-menopausal women as part of the National Institutes of Health…

Relieve Symptoms of Depression Naturally with St. John’s Wort

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Saint John’s wort (Hypercium perforatum) is a small perennial bush with yellow flowers that people have cultivated all over the world. You most likely have heard of Saint John’s wort supplements in reference to their use as remedy for depression. In fact, numerous scientific studies and clinical trials show that Saint John’s wort is as,…

Aloe Vera Aids Digestion, Diabetes Management and Cancer Prevention

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For more than 6000 years, people have used aloe to heal their bodies and promote health. Today, you often see aloe vera plants in kitchen windows because people use the clear gel in aloe leaves to soothe burns. What many people do not know about aloe is that supplements containing extracts of the plant benefit…

Omega-3 Supplements Boost Brain Function

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When you reach middle age, you might notice that it is difficult to remember people’s names or to find your car keys. These symptoms of mild cognitive impairment commonly develop because of the aging process that occurs at the cellular level. As you age, the ends of your chromosomes, called telomeres, shorten and when they…

Feeling stressed? Pop a multivitamin

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Scientists in Australia and the United Kingdom have recently published the results of a randomised controlled clinical trial indicating that dietary supplementation with a multivitamin may improve mood and general well-being in healthy young adults1. A population of 138 adults between the ages of 20 and 50 were given a multivitamin supplement containing high levels…

Vitamin C May Boost Fertility

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Scientists at the University of California have made a serendipitous discovery that vitamin C, in its role as a regulator of gene expression, may be able to help boost fertility. Gene expression made easy Most people who have studied biology at the junior high school level will know the mnemonic, “DNA makes RNA makes protein.”…

Yogurt – A New Weapon in the Battle Against Vitamin D Deficiency?

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Vitamin D deficiency is shaping up to be a global health problem on the same scale as malaria. More than a billion people all over the world are either deficient in vitamin D or have an insufficient amount1. According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were around 219 million cases…

Why Cranberry Juice is Good for Urinary Tract Infections?

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For every woman with a urinary tract infection (UTI), there is someone telling her to drink cranberry juice. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have explained why drinking cranberry juice or eating cranberries may help to ease the suffering in this very common and painful condition. Before delving into the details of this research, let’s…

Rhodiola Neutralizes Free Radicals to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

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The dried root of the Rhodiola rosea plant has been shown to improve physical and mental performance, alleviate depression, improve mood and reduce fatigue1,2,3. It is a succulent flowering plant of the orpine family and grows in cold, dry regions. It is interesting that its growing environment tends to be at high altitude, and it…

Vitamin D, Zinc, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Protect You from the Flu

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The flu outbreak this winter will go down in history as one of the most far-reaching and deadly epidemics. Based on reports from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as multiple media reports, the flu is not only deadly for the young and the elderly, but it has also proven to be lethal for…

Do Men Need Different Omega-3s than Women?

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As if getting the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 ratio fatty acids wasn’t confusing enough for most of us, a team of researchers in Newcastle, Australia1, are now telling us that women should be taking a different form of omega-3 from men. It’s enough to make you long for the days when we were…

How to Reduce Discomfort from an Enlarged Prostate

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The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland situated beneath the bladder in men. It does much more than make men pee a lot as they get older. It functions both as a gland, because it secretes seminal fluid, and as a muscle, because it pumps semen out of the penis into the vagina to help…

Lingonberries and Bilberries Protect Your Eyes from UV Damage

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Chances are you like to spend sunny days outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun in your backyard or at the beach. While the sun’s ultraviolet light helps stimulate the production of vitamin D, it also has the potential to damage the cells in our retinas1. Since the function of the retina is to direct…

CoQ10 and Omega-3 Linked to Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer

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A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that daily supplementation of CoQ10 and omega-3 significantly reduced the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) by 30% and 33% respectively in a group of 504 healthy men. Since increased blood serum levels of PSA are associated with an increased incidence of prostate cancer,…

5 Reasons Why Apples Are Incredibly Good for You

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We all know that apples are good for us but we rarely think about why. We just keep munching them virtuously. They are a tasty, low-calorie source of fiber. We all know that, too. What we may not be aware of is how good they are at staving off dementia, cancer, cardiovascular problems, asthma and…

Eating Garlic Reduces Lung Cancer Risk by 44%


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Researchers in China have discovered that eating raw or cooked garlic at least twice a week, can reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 44%1. In an article to be published in January 2014, ZY Jin and colleagues report the results of a seven-year epidemiological study in which 1,424 lung cancer patients and 4,543…

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