Nutritional Supplements/Herbs

Sperm improvement plan

May 11, 2012

We bet you’ve heard the news linking high LDL cholesterol and saturated fat intake (greasy cheeseburgers and premium ice cream) to low sperm counts — while good-fat foods like fish and walnuts are associated with a bigger, better baby-making squad. Our favorite headline (kudos to Maine’s Bangor Daily News!) says it all: Sperm goes limp […]

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Shining some light on Vitamin D and kids

May 7, 2012

At least once a week, a parent of one of my patients will ask me a question about Vitamin D.  And it’s a good thing they ask. In the Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition, released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vitamin D levels remain a […]

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Vitamin A ‘Could Prevent Skin Cancer’ Say Experts

March 18, 2012

Taking daily vitamin A supplements could protect against deadly melanoma skin cancer, scientists claim. According to researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, a compound found in vitamin A, (Retinol), is vital for protecting against skin cancer. Retinol is part of a family of chemical compounds known as retinoids and penetrates the […]

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Can Vitamin D Help With Cramps?

March 16, 2012

At least half of reproductive-age women cope with regular menstrual cramps — one of the main reasonswhy young women miss work and school. But now, a small trial may have zeroed in on a natural remedy that could provide some relief: high doses of vitamin D. “Vitamin D appears promising for the treatment of inflammation-related […]

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Enzymes try to grab the spotlight

March 16, 2012

Matthew Cooper was living on Tums, Pepto-Bismol and Zantac and experiencing such a bad case of irritable bowel syndrome, he’d frequently have to abandon his wife and friends at restaurants midmeal. He had leg cramps, insomnia and chronic cases of fatigue and acid reflux. And then a friend turned him on to enzymes. “Within a […]

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Study: Vitamins, Omega-3s may keep brain from shrinking – USA Today – (Thursday, December 29, 2011) –

January 9, 2012

Older adults with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood performed better on certain measures of thinking abilities, and also tended to have larger brain volume, a new study finds.   Seniors with high levels of trans fats in their blood fared worse on certain thinking tests […]

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Adaptogen Herbs: The Key to Longevity and Optimal Health – The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) -by Bertrand Babinet, Ph.D., LAc. – (Friday, December 23, 2011) –

January 6, 2012

Aging is a part of life that we can’t avoid. To age more gracefully, we need a better understanding of the mechanisms of aging and what they entail. Through my clinical observation I recognize three types of aging: Normal aging in people with healthy genetics who are active, enjoy their life and consume food and […]

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Low vitamin D levels linked to type 2 diabetes in obese kids – NY Daily News (NY) – By AFP RELEAXNEWS – (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) –

December 9, 2011

Another study underscoring the importance of the sunshine vitamin has found that low vitamin D levels in obese children could be a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes. To be published in the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the study found that obese children with lower levels […]

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Not all fish oil supplements pass muster, Consumer Reports says – Los Angeles Times (LA) – By Jeannine Stein – (Tuesday, December 6, 2011) –

December 9, 2011

In a Consumer Reports test of fish oil supplements, most passed muster but some didn’t measure up on quality. Lab test results on 15 top brands analyzed for amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, disintegration, spoilage and contaminants. Researchers found that at least one sample from six brands didn’t meet all the standards set. The results […]

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Low Vitamin D May Increase Stroke, Heart Attack Risk in Women – HealthDay – By Mary Elizabeth Dallas – (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) –

November 30, 2011

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of vitamin D may put women at greater risk for heart attack and stroke, according to one of several new studies on the important nutrient.  After analyzing 16 years of data on more than 2,000 healthy, postmenopausal white women aged 45 to 58, researchers found that the […]

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