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What Are Nutraceuticals?

Many people are becoming disillusioned with a 21st century pharmaceutical industry that promotes taking a different drug for every ailment from anxiety to zits. Others question the drug approval process used by the FDA and are bothered by the fact that safety studies are performed by the pharmaceutical companies themselves. They point out that the […]

Following the Science on Genetically Altered Crops

It’s often hard to know whose science to believe and whose advice to take when it comes to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our food. The information available on this subject is complex, the stakes are high (in terms of the health, social, environmental, political and economic issues involved) and passions run hot on all […]

Benefits of Vitamin B9 – Folate

Folic acid is synthesized from folate (also called vitamin B9 or folacin), which plays a crucial role in a number of body functions, particularly in the proper development of the fetus from the first days of conception. Physicians advise that all women of childbearing age take a regular folic acid supplement since 50% of pregnancies […]

Benefits of Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine

Vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) is another of the water-soluble B-complex vitamins, involved in a number of important functions, including the body’s metabolic activity. It metabolizes sugars, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Another important function is its role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, and in the creation of […]

Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins our body needs that it can produce independently of our diet. This fat-soluble vitamin is unique in humans because it functions as a prohormone, a precursor to the ordinary hormone, and is synthesized when our skin is exposed to the sun. It is synthesized in the kidneys […]

Benefits of Vitamin C

Perhaps the most well-known vitamin, and one that is frequently cited as vital to good health, but what is Vitamin C exactly? Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is a key nutrient and antioxidant essential to our diet. When our bodies contain more free radicals than antioxidants, our bodies are said to be under oxidative stress. […]

Role of Antioxidants in Good Health

Everyone has heard about the importance of a balanced diet for maintaining good health. Similarly, everyone knows that they should be getting exercise – or at the very least adding more activity into their days. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential – without it, you’ll find that your immune system starts to slack off […]

Benefits of Vitamin K1

Of the three K vitamins, vitamin K1 (phytonadione) is the one we get from plant foods, and is the most important one for proper coagulation of the blood (or “Koagulation” in German, which is the origin of vitamin “K”). Without vitamin K we would eventually bleed to death from any small wound or bruise. It […]

6 Diseases Related to Obesity

Obesity and the diseases associated with it cost a staggering percentage of health care dollars. It is estimated that $168 billion is spent each year in the U.S. alone to treat obesity-related diseases. These diseases include Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), high cholesterol, gallstones, osteoarthritis […]

What Are Probiotics?

The beneficial bacteria that make up the bulk of your gut flora are called “probiotics.” These tiny symbiotic organisms provide a wide range of benefits to your health, including keeping your digestive system healthy, aiding in nutrient absorption, boosting your immune system and even helping guard against cancer. The benefits of probiotics were first discovered […]

How Coffee Affects Your Health

We seem to hear different things from the medical community every few years about either the positive or negative effect that coffee has on our health. So what is the most current information? Is coffee good or bad for your health? The answer, in short, is that it’s a little of both. Too much coffee […]

The Benefits of Thiamine

Thiamine (also known as vitamin B1) was the first of the B-vitamins to be discovered, and works synergistically with the other vitamins in the B-complex family. It helps to convert food into energy and supports healthy skin, hair and nails. It is also used to calm nerves, often referred to as the “anti-stress” vitamin. Vitamin […]

The Benefits of Riboflavin

Like the other B-vitamins, riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2), plays a key role in the production of energy and the maintenance of metabolism. Its distinctive characteristic is its bright yellow fluorescent color, which can often be seen in the urine of those taking supplements of the vitamin, the excess of which is excreted through […]

The Benefits of Niacin

Niacin (also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid), is one of the water-soluble B-complex vitamins that provides a range of health benefits, including reducing your level of “bad” LDL cholesterol while raising your level of “good” HDL cholesterol. The body uses niacin, as it does the other B vitamins, to convert food into energy […]

Biotin – aka Vitamin B7

Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H), is one of the water-soluble B-vitamins, necessary for a number of functions, including cell growth, keeping skin, hair and nails healthy, as well as maintaining a well-functioning neuromuscular system. It is also involved in the metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates and fats so they can be […]

What is Vitamin B12 Good For?

Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is vital to the body’s proper functioning. It helps build and maintain healthy red blood cells, is involved in the production of DNA and RNA and is instrumental in maintaining a healthy nervous system and cell metabolism. Because vitamin B12 can be stored in the liver for a number […]

Where to Get Your Vitamin E

The importance of vitamin E in a balanced diet is unquestionable given that its deficiency leads to neuromuscular problems, anemia, retinopathy and immune system disorders. Some studies have even shown that a lack of vitamin E may be responsible for male infertility. Vitamin E’s effects on human physiology have yet to be fully determined; however, […]