By the time you read this, some of you will still be munching on Thanksgiving leftovers. But I wanted to take a quick look at one of the items on most people’s holiday plates: the sweet potato. Now, most of us are going to have it with all kinds of sweet treatments such as brown sugar, butter, or marshmallow, but if you can stand just adding a wee bit of butter or butter substitute, you are not only in for a treat, but a sweet nutritional surprise.
Maybe the most amazing thing about the sweet potato is how highly regarded it is by health professionals. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranked the sweet potato the most nutritious vegetable of all. (more…)
Tune in this Friday, November 26 to the Dr. Oz Show when America’s favorite doctor reveals his ultimate checklist for supplements.
The supplement industry is filled with a mixed bag of products, from the safe and effective to the downright dangerous. This show is packed with information you won’t want to miss. So get out a pen and paper and take some good notes. (more…)
The scientific community is ready to debunk a widespread and commonly believed myth. For many years, health professionals have persistently touted the benefits of a daily multivitamin. New data from two major studies is now challenging those beliefs. The Agency for Health Research and Quality and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have revealed the same conclusion: Daily multivitamins are not the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle.
Multivitamins were once believed to ‘supplement’ a not-so-perfect diet. There are many different formulas, but common multivitamin claims are that they aid in the following:
- Heart health
- Reproductive health
- Cancer prevention
- Immune support
- Higher brain function
- Integrated, full body health (more…)
If you’re like most people, you probably take a multivitamin or some sort of supplementation in pill form. After all, most of us don’t eat perfectly all the time. But, if you’re like me, and tend to get nauseous from taking a supplement (even with a full meal and plenty of water), you know how miserable taking anything in pill form can be. That’s why when I saw a new type of inhalable vitamin in Popular Science magazine, I was kind of pumped. No more horse pills? Sign me up!
Now the new technology isn’t fully proven or studied by an independent source, but the manufacturer of LeWhif Vitamin says that eight “hits” of its Breathable Vitamins supplies 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of A, B1, B2, B3 and B5. Inhaling the vitamins — instead of digesting them — allows the vitamins to be delivered straight through the bloodstream and therefore in a more efficient and concentrated manner. (more…)
It is estimated that 46 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. With that many people suffering from the painful ailment, could their hope lie in the hands (well, hooves) of the moose?
Many of the moose of Isle Royale, located in the northwest of Lake Superior, have been found to suffer from arthritis and scientists say that the origin of their arthritis may help explain human osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis.
According to 50 years of research, the moose ended up with arthritis due to bad nutrition early in their lives. The scientists believe that this may mean that people can link their arthritis to not only nutrition in their childhood, but even back to the womb. (more…)
Vitaminwater is known for the clever phrases they post on their bottles. But they may be a little too clever for their own good.
Some of the labels promise things like Vitaminwater will keep you “healthy as a horse” and in a “healthy state of physical or mental being.”
While Coca Cola, which has owned Vitaminwater since 2007, claims that phrases such as “vitamins + water = all you need” are “only puffery,” a federal judge has ruled that these sort of claims constitute a violation of FDA regulations. Here is what the judge John Gleeson had to say:
Joint Juice recently launched a Joint Health Assessment tool on their website, a simple form for users to fill out and receiving a rating of their joint health. But what is Joint Juice? Joint Juice and Joint Juice Performance Water are liquid dietary supplements containing glucosamine, a natural compound found in healthy cartilage.
According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have indicated that glucosamine is beneficial in treating arthritis, particularly for the knee joints. Depending on the formula and flavor, Joint Juice beverages may also contain B vitamins, electrolytes and vitamin C. (more…)
Guest blogger Amy Applebaum is a success coach whose work includes the Release Your Inner Millionairess coaching program designed to create life-changing breakthroughs in her clients. Amy’s groundbreaking six-step process has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs accomplish goals they never imagined possible. Amy’s coaching success has led to appearances on ABC News, CNN, TLC, and Martha Stewart, to name a few. For more information on Amy’s coaching club, go to AmyApplebaum.com.
Some people swear up and down that their jobs are killing them. They might not be far off! Jobs are stressful, even when they’re going well. And recent studies have shown how a company’s downsizing can greatly affect the health of the employees – even the ones who keep their jobs! After a downsizing, the morale and overall vibe in a company can be greatly affected. There are several reasons for this:
Vitamin K is not a vitamin we typically hear much about. But, it is no less important in the functions of our body. Vitamin K helps the body make protein that is necessary for regulating normal blood clotting. It also works with Vitamin A and D in helping to build bones and kidney proteins. There have also been some recent studies that have shown that Vitamin K may improve the strength of bones if added to one’s diet through a variety of fruit and vegetable sources.
Vitamin K deficiency creates a problem with blood clotting, as not having enough of it in your diet will cause the blood to clot at a slower rate. The problem then becomes excessive blood loss, which with injuries can be serious and have increase risks for death.Vitamin K deficiency can lead to hemorrhages. (more…)
Could your favorite morning cereal be giving you cancer? I know, scary. But, there is a real concern among scientists who think that too much folic acid may increase your odds of developing cancer. Enriched grains, like those found in cereal, snack bars, and other foods get a boost of folic acid, the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate.
Interestingly, the extra fortification is not meant for us, but as a protection for fetuses from developing rare but tragic birth defects. It appears to have worked, as the number of these birth defects has dropped by about 19 percent since 1998.
But, for women beyond their child-birthing years and men of all ages, the effects may be harmful.
“The more we learn about folic acid, the more it’s clear that giving it to everyone has very real risks,” says researcher David Smith, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Oxford in England.