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The Health Benefits of Valerian

Echter Baldrian (Valeriana officinalis)

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Valerian is a dietary supplement prepared from the roots of the plant, Valeriana officinalis. The reported sedative and anxiolytic effects of valerian have been attributed to its activity on the GABA receptor. Other drugs which act on the GABAergic system include the benzodiazepines (BDZs) (valium, lorazepam, etc.) and barbiturates (sodium amytal, sodium pentothal, etc.). Valerian…

Feeling Tired? The B Vitamins Help Your Body Produce Energy

Fun Fact #11

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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…

Three Amazing Health Benefits of Cranberries


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You are most likely aware that cranberry juice is known to help in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections, but do you know about the other health benefits associated with these nutrient dense berries? 1. Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease If one of your health goals is to reduce your risk of…

Want to Improve Your Health and Stay Slim? Eat Avocados More Often


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If you are looking for a way to maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of serious health conditions like coronary artery disease, type-2 diabetes, and stroke, a first of its kind study indicates that eating avocados can help you do just that. The study used data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control…

Unlock the Secret to Longevity: The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Japanese tea ceremony

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With the growing popularity of green tea, you might dismiss this tasty brew as just another fad. The truth of the matter is that there is scientific evidence that green tea actually does help prevent cardiovascular disease and slow the progression of certain types of cancer. What substances give green tea its health promoting qualities?…

Want to Boost Your Energy Naturally? Try Bee Pollen


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If you would like to boost your energy level, but are hesitant to use any of the energy drinks sold in your local store, you are not alone. Ever since the U.S Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration released its bulletin1 about the significant health concerns posed by energy drinks, major media outlets, such as…

Got High Cholesterol? Taurine Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease by 60%

Woman taking a supplement

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If you have high cholesterol, it is likely that you are concerned about developing coronary heart disease (CHD). This worry is justified because CHD accounts for 20 percent of the deaths in the United States each year. This disease is the result of the accumulation of deposits of plaque in the blood vessels, which causes…

Is the Cyanocobalamin Form of Vitamin B12 Toxic?


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Vitamin B12 used in supplements can come in many different forms, such as cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin and hydroxicobalamin. Of those, cyanocobalamin, is by far the most commonly used one. In fact, over 65% of the multivitamin supplements we’ve analysed contain vitamin B12 in this form. Unfortunately, during absorption by the digestive system, cyanocobalamin has a…

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 »

What Parents Can Do to Control Cholesterol in Teens

Teenager holding an apple

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Plaques that can cause heart attacks and strokes in adulthood begin as fatty streaks in the arterial walls during childhood. These fatty streaks develop into full-blown heart disease in adulthood. While these changes typically reach their peaks over the age of sixty, doctors are now beginning to see abnormal lipid profiles in teenagers. Cholesterol and…

Thumbs Up for the White Potato! Increase Potassium Intake Without Gaining Weight


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We are punching the air with delight here! Having been brought up to believe that potatoes are the work of the devil and will only make you fat, it is too marvelous for words that scientists are now telling us that potatoes, especially white potatoes, are a must-have in our diets. The reason for this…

Eating Berries Reduces Your Risk of Heart Attack by 32%

Fresh berries

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Most people want to not only find a way to add years to their life, but also to find a way to improve the quality of these years. A recent study published in the journal Circulation that examined the dietary habits of more than 90,000 women over an 18 year period suggests that eating strawberries…

Want to Make Your Kids Smarter? Give Them Fish Oil!

Mother reading a book to her kid

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According to a meta-analysis published in “Perspectives on Psychological Science,” parents can improve their young children’s IQ levels by supplementing their diet with fish oils that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids1. A meta-analysis is a method of research that combines the results from different studies with the aim of identifying patterns in the common…

Lose Weight by Adding Vitamins and Plant Extracts to Your Diet

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There are always fad diets and diet pills on the market that claim to help you lose weight fast. The problem is, you don’t know what’s in those pills, and a quick weight lost will most likely be followed by a quick gain. Learn how natural approaches to losing weight with plant extracts, B vitamins…

What’s the Best Time to Take Your Supplements?

time to take supplements

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Most of us take our meals at various times throughout the day. Often, this equates to three fairly evenly spaced meals with two or three snacks in between. When we take medications, either prescribed or over-the-counter, we follow the instructions to take them once, twice, three or four times a day. So when is the…

Watermelon Helps Relieve Muscle Soreness After Exercise


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In addition to being a refreshing summer fruit, watermelon can apparently relieve muscle soreness after vigorous exercise. Scientists in Spain performed in vitro and in vivo experiments that led them to this conclusion. Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called citrulline, first isolated in 1914. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis often have antibodies to proteins…

Bitter Melon Juice Inhibits Pancreatic Cancer Growth by 60%


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The bitter melon looks like a knobbly cucumber. It inspires curiosity. It tastes unlike anything you have ever eaten before or would have ever considered eating in the past. However, once you have eaten it and benefited from its rocket fuel-like effects, you learn to actually love the bitter taste, to even crave for it….

Green Coffee Bean Extract May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

Grüne KaffeePflanze

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While nobody is suggesting that you start your day staring into a mug of warm, green liquid (a particularly unappetizing concept, especially if you use cream), there is scientific evidence that drinking coffee can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. It is just that green, or unroasted, coffee beans contain more of the chemical…

Eating Tofu May Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer in Post-Menopausal Women

Soy and tofu

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Researchers in Ontario, Canada, report that isoflavones, found in garlic, soy-based ingredients, red clover and evening primrose, may decrease post-menopausal breast cancer risk. The scientists compared data from 3,101 women who used isoflavone supplements with 3,471 controls who did not1. High content isoflavone supplements were consistently associated with a lower risk of developing the cancer,…

Here’s What a Good Probiotic Supplement Can Do For You


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When you think about probiotics, you probably think of the ways they help your stomach and intestines breakdown the food you eat and efficiently absorb its vital nutrients. Probiotics are essentially tiny organisms similar to those already living in your gut that aid in the digestion of food. Medical experts, like those at Harvard Medical…

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