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The news just keeps getting better and better for red grape lovers. If you're not a fan, now may be the perfect time to give grapes another try. You may have heard about the health benefits of resveratrol, a component found in the skins of red or purple grapes. When scientists revealed that resveratrol is a powerhouse of nutrients, suddenly the public discovered a newfound appreciation for a glass of red wine. But it’s not only the skins of this tasty little purple fruit that is so good for you. The seeds are packed with antioxidants, too.
Read about the importance of vitamin D in the diet.
Recently a video of Miley Cyrus hitting a bong made the rounds in the media circuit. Of course, the first thoughts for many were that she was smoking marijuana. That would have been a bad decision on her part on many levels. First, it’s illegal. Secondly, her already tarnished wholesome image would have suffered even more (remember Michael Phelps?). And thirdly, like it or not, she’s a role model for young girls everywhere.
Vitamin D has been enjoying an almost “celebrity” status in the news lately. While it’s always been recognized as a builder of strong bones and teeth, a large number of experts claim it can be beneficial to a vast list of health problems: depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight loss. As a result, the powers that be have been anxious to spread the news.
But have they jumped the gun?
When you're feeling ill, try stepping into your backyard before running to the drugstore.
Best known for years as “the sunshine vitamin” vitamin D is certainly a hot topic these days. For example, if you Google “vitamin D” right now you'll get about 6.5 million search results. What urgent news are people searching for exactly?
For people wanting to avoid dangerous pharmaceuticals, there is a vast selection of natural therapies and herbal supplements for just about every condition. Many times these supplements are just as effective (if not more) than mainstream drugs. But that doesn't mean you can take them like they’re Flintstone vitamins. You do have to exercise caution when taking supplements.
From pharmaceutical drugs to herbal supplements, there are so many types of formulas for healing. It is important to know the make-up of the formula and how it reacts with your body in order to understand why it works for you.
If you’re a health savvy American you probably keep an eagle eye out for reports on products - especially pharmaceuticals - that could cause you harm. Chances are you've heard or read so much about cholesterol drugs you're growing sick and tired of it.
If you have good cholesterol numbers you probably think you’re safe. But since no one has a crystal ball and we can't know what the future will bring, you need to listen to what this report is about.
Vitamin D sure is in the news a lot lately. In fact, a recent statistic showed that up to 80 percent of American adults are deficient in vitamin D! That’s a startling fact, especially considering all of the health benefits vitamin D can have, from keeping your heart healthy to staving off dementia and cancer. Now, a new study has shown that there’s an asthma-vitamin D connection – especially if you’re a mom-to-be. Let’s take a look at this recent discovery.
Despite growing obesity problems and an increase in other diseases, overall we are becoming a more health-conscious nation. By and large we realize that whole foods and a sound nutrition plan are the best way to maintain optimal health for years and years to come.
But of course… that's easier said than done. With our busy, hectic lives it’s not always possible to cook a healthy meal comprised of toxin-free whole foods. The result is we feel we're shortchanging ourselves, so we reached for supplements. It's a sound strategy - except if you're thinking your One-A-Day is going to make up for the nutrition shortage. If that’s the case you're pretty much fooling yourself.
If you suffer from migraines, you already know how debilitating they can be. And it’s not just the physical pain that can take a toll! For example, as an editor, when I have a major migraine, I can’t see the type, let alone make judgments about its content! Unfortunately, the medications available to help ease migraines often have little or no effect. That’s when herbal remedies can step in and take charge.
Health practitioners have already sounded their concern about the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency, even in this day and age of “modern medicine.” But how would you know if you were deficient in this essential vitamin? Would you know the signs? Perhaps not. That’s where the testing for your Vitamin D levels becomes vital.
A new research study has found that because older adults have a lower overall level of vitamin D in their systems, they need to take higher doses to get back into balance. The study also determined that the best way to regain that balance is to take vitamin D supplements.
If you’re like most of you, you try to do all that the doctors tell you to: eat right, exercise, get sleep, stay healthy, and take your vitamins . . . right? Well, what you don’t know about your vitamins and other supplements could be making them ineffective altogether. Read on for the latest study on vitamin and supplement storage.
Sure, we’ve all heard of how antioxidants are good for all of us, but the specifics are often not described in detail. In a recent study from the U.S. more specifics on who might benefit, how they might benefit, and what proponents of use which maximize benefits is further examined and defined. The group? Athletic or sports involved men over the age of 50.
Alternative medicine is a multi-million dollar industry, with one in four Americans taking alternative supplements or seeing a non-traditional medical practitioner for their healthcare needs. Traditional doctors have begun to embrace the benefits as well, as dozens of well-respected studies have shown that alternative medicine can be safe and effective. There are hundreds of supplements out on the market, but there are ten that stand out as the most requested and regularly used. Keep reading to find out the 10 most popular alternative supplements. . .
It’s not easy keeping up with all the newest directives in modern medicine: what to take, what to stay away from. One of the newest orders from modern scientists is to make sure that all ages, all sexes have a regular and sufficient source of Vitamin D. Otherwise your immune system is useless.
Any alternative or nutritional supplement, whether recommended by a medical professional or purchased over the counter, can be of great benefit to your health—but can also present risks. When beginning a new supplement regimen, make sure you take the following important steps to ensure your safety.
Do you take any dietary supplements? It seems everywhere you look these days, dietary supplements are being sold. You can find them at your local pharmacy, the neighborhood drugstore, and all over the Internet. There are hundreds of varieties of supplements that do everything from fill nutritional gaps to increase energy and enhance mental and physical capacity. But how do you that the supplements you’re interested in are safe? Let’s take a closer look at the FDA’s role in ensuring supplement safety.