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You may not think that being deficient in a simple vitamin or nutrient could lead to your death. Poor health, perhaps, or possibly even more tame conditions such as an upset stomach or headache. But death? In fact, a recent study indicates that being deficient in Omega-3s may be responsible for up to 96,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States.
As an Insider's Health reader, you’ve definitely heard about the benefits of fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids by now. In fact, a recent report indicated that being deficient in Omega-3s accounts for almost 100,000 preventable deaths each year in the U.S. (see the story in this newsletter). However, recent studies are suggesting that Krill oil may be better than regular fish oil when it comes to benefiting your heart health. Keep reading to find out why you should be considering Krill oil over regular fish oil when it comes to your heart health!
Painful PMS is the result of a body out of balance. Traditional Chinese Medicine takes the holistic approach of treating the whole body to regain that balance needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
There is no denying the research proving the enormous health benefits of drinking tea. Studies have shown the tea plant contains high antioxidant levels to ward off dangerous free radicals running rampant in our bodies, the fluoride present in the leaves helps strengthen our bones and teeth, and lower levels of caffeine give lasting energy without the more palpable effects of high caffeine intake. Tea, it seems, is an elixir of long life and it has been suggested as the main reason why Japanese have one of the highest life expectancies.
The medicinal properties of frankincense and myrrh were first documented when these herbs arrived in China around 400 AD. Since then, modern science has rediscovered the benefits these herbs offer when taken together.
Taking Chinese herbs in capsular form may be the easiest way to take a Chinese herb supplement, but there are other, more efficient modalities out there. Alcohol tinctures, vacuum-packed extracts, and individual herb packets are other options for ingesting Chinese herbal supplements.
Having to suffer through painful menstrual cramps each month can be overwhelming. Although taking over-the-counter painkillers such as Advil may temporarily alleviate your pain, certain Chinese herbs have the ability to stop menstrual cramps in their tracks.
Coffee may not have the best reputation these days, but the benefits of drinking a reasonable amount of coffee on a daily basis are starting to come to light. Once the coffee bean made its way to China, it became categorized as a Chinese herb and some of its medicinal properties were explored.
Cooking raw Chinese herbs at home might sound easy, but there are several advantages to buying a prepared product from a professional manufacturer.
Ensuring the safety of the herbal products you purchase should be your first priority. There are a few different indicators that you can use to determine the safety of the product you are buying.
Valerian and hops are herbs that have been well studied and found to improve the overall quality of sleep. However, it can be difficult to find formulas that contain the necessary concentration of either herb to affect your sleeping pattern.
Dandelion plants are typically viewed as obnoxious weeds. However, Western science has recently begun to uncover the beneficial effects this herb can have on human health.
Excipients, or inert substancecs used as filler, can be useful. However, finding out how much filler an herbal product contains can be difficult, and how exactly excipients interact with the body has yet to be determined.
Currently, FDA labeling requirements for dietary supplements do not require the manufacturer to list the amount of excipients or filler added to health supplements. This leaves room for a lot of speculation and ambiguity regarding the strength of the health supplements. This article focuses on Chinese Herbal health supplements and the types of inert ingredients added to herbal products.
Natural herbs and supplements can be a beneficial part of a well-rounded lifestyle, but it’s important to note that anyone can experience a reaction that affects how well vital nutrients are absorbed. The two most common reactions that natural supplements can cause are depletions and interactions.
Supplements can be a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but like anything that you put into your body, you need to feel confident that you’re taking the best possible quality and that those supplements are safe to use. Several myths swirl around supplements, but we’ve got the answers to frequently asked questions that will help you make wise decisions!
In simple language cholesterol is a fat that circulates in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol, since it is a building material for body cells. If you want to have an idea of its form – it is a fatty, soft, waxy substance resembling a melted candle and it occurs in your bloodstream.
Ensure your well-being and healthy habits last for a lifetime by supplementing your diet with these essential vitamins and minerals.
If you are interested in taking your health and well-being to the next level, it’s time to take a closer look at nutritional supplements. But how do you know if you’re selecting the right options for your needs? Consider the following conditions and goals when making your selections.
In October 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for the intake of vitamin D, doubling the amount recommended for infants, children and teenagers. The recommended daily amount is now 400 units, up from the 200 units the Academy had previously recommended in its 2003 guidelines. So, why the increase? Keep reading for more information on these new guidelines and ways to make sure your kids are getting the recommended daily amount.