Nutritional Supplements Nutritional supplements include vitamins, trace mineral phytonutrients and other plant and animal extracts packaged in an easily accessible and convenient form. They can be regarded as nature’s pharmacy. Let us look at the history of nutritional supplements, which for some conventional medicine practitioners are regarded as unnecessary or frankly dangerous.

Have you ever wondered about the importance of vitamin D. Certainly with all the publicity regarding the beneficial effects of vitamin D, knowing the levels in your own body and supplementing properly can give you great beneficial effects regarding your future health. Vitamin D is technically not a vitamin. Its active metabolite,

What is 1,25 hydroxycholecalciferol? Drum roll please!……………… may know it as “Vitamin D” “Vitamin” D is not a vitamin; it is a critical hormone! It is produced largely by your body in response to direct sunlit to large areas of exposed skin (meaning with no protective sun block). In the middle of

Should women take a vitamin and mineral supplement? A recent article from the Archives of Internal Medicine questions the benefits of multivitamins. This study was an observational study. 38,772 women self-reported their use of supplements for the years 1986, 1997, and 2004 via questionnaires The average age of the women in this

Headline news and USA Today stated that vitamins and supplements might actually increase mortality in elderly women. Are vitamins and nutrients really safe? Can natural products such as vitamins minerals and nutrients actually cause harm? After reviewing the article that USA Today is referring to, the only supplement that was found increased

The USA Today published an article summarizing a study that appeared in The Archives of Internal Medicine this week. The study concluded that elderly women who take vitamins on a regular basis had a higher mortality rate than those who don’t. It is good that studies like this are being conducted. It

A recent study showed that certain vitamins may be harmful in older women. The major culprit was Iron. Typically, we do not give iron supplementation without first checking levels. The other issue was that calcium may be beneficial. This is contrary to a recent study that started the vitamin could actually worsen

It seems that many doctors have different opinions as to which supplements patients should be taking on a regular basis. However, I’ve seen several instances where physicians are recommending pharmaceutical grade supplements. What makes a supplement pharmaceutical grade and why is it better for me than regular vitamins and supplements?

A pharmaceutical grade standing is given when the supplement is deemed at least 99 percent pure without additives or superfluous substances that may cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements. With this grade of supplements, not only are you assured that you are getting your money's worth, but you’re also protecting yourself from dangerous binders, dyes and fillers that are often found in lower quality products.

I really want to do everything in my power to get healthy in the coming New Year. I've started working out here and there and I've also eliminated certain foods from my diet that were likely doing more harm than good. I used to take a women's multi-vitamin, but a girlfriend of mine recently told me that I should be careful when using supplements/vitamins, because many are not as effective or safe as the manufacturers claim. What are some supplements that you would recommend for a menopausal woman?

This morning’s segment on the TODAY show discussed how some dietary supplements may do more harm than good. Nancy Metcalf, a senior program editor at Consumer Reports magazine compiled a list of the top 12 risky supplements, in what host Matt Lauer called “The Dirty Dozen.”

When you first walk into a health food store to buy supplements, it can be little overwhelming. We’re faced with such a wide variety of choices that it can be difficult to make a decision that we won’t regret further down the road. Making sure that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals that your body requires to function optimally can be a daunting a task, to say the least, but a good place to start is to take a look at your lifestyle and figure out how certain deficiencies affect you and find out what supplements would suit you best.

Reader’s Digest recently published an article entitled “5 Vitamin Truths and Lies”. Vitamins are essential for each of us to be able to carry out all of the various chemical reactions in our bodies.

Dr. Elina Chernyak in Vail, Colorado recently released an article explaining that rather than our heath depending on our genes, our health depends on what we do to our genes. Genetotrophic disease is the result of an imperfect expression of certain genes created by insufficient amounts of particular nutrients.

Healthy living is within your reach, starting today. Sure, healthy living is a long-term commitment, not a flash-in-the-pan fad. But there are steps you can take right now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow, too.

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