Prostate health is a critical health issue for men. With an eye towards prevention, the Wellness Advisor talked to Lynn Laboranti, MS,RD, about saw palmetto, a supplement that helps protect the prostate.
Garlic: Not Your Average Robust Flavor
Garlic provides healthful benefits when consumed in many forms. The medicinal parts are the whole fresh garlic bulbs or dried bulbs that consist of the main bulb with several secondary bulbs or cloves. Powdered garlic is made from the dehydrated bulbs, while garlic oil is obtained by steam distillation of the crushed fresh bulbs.
Which Nature Made Fish Oil is Right for You
With so many fish oil products on the market, the process of determining a formula to purchase can seem a bit mystifying. Nature Made alone offers a handful of different fish oil formulas that may have you asking, “which product is right for me?”
For Optimal Health: Carroll Reider, M.S., R.D. suggests everyone add vibrant hues to the dinner plate like steamed carrots, peppers, and red cabbage. “Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will help maximize nutrient intake and many provide essential antioxidants,” Reider said. “It’s even better to take a multivitamin with your dinner to better absorb the nutrients and ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.”
Natural Remedies to Maintain a Healthy Mood
The idea that you can impact a healthy mood or positive emotions is powerful. As a Psychiatrist and certified life coach, patients always ask me about natural ways to maintain a healthy mood. With all of life’s obligations and hectic schedules, it’s easy to get pulled in multiple directions feeling time-pressured, overwhelmed and stressed-out. Instead of feeling helpless, recognize your current emotional state and take effective action to promote a good mood naturally.
Looking for a gentle way to relax your body into sleep? Yoga can help you to fall asleep gently by preparing your body for sleep. Accompanied by deep breathing and meditation, it can also help you clear your mind in preparation of lovely sleep. To get you started, here are some yoga positions that are ideal for nighttime.
Good Health and Vitamin D
Vitamin D has emerged as the “star supplement” because of its many nutritional benefits for both men and women. Vitamin D plays a key role in the proper absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth and has been shown to support colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, heart and colorectal health. This important vitamin also enhances immune system strength in adults. Unfortunately, too many Americans are not getting enough of this “star supplement.”
New Year, New You
It’s very easy to make a New Years' Resolution but it can sometimes be a little more difficult to keep. Here are some helpful hints for making resolutions for sleep, exercise, and eating that are easy to stick with and will help you to be successful in 2011.
Alternative Immune Boosters
You may be familiar with all of the traditional routes of beefing up your immune system, like getting lots of sleep and taking vitamin C, but did you know that there are significant benefits to alternative therapies, as well? We'll explain how techniques like massage and acupuncture, as well as certain kinds of herbs can help to boost that immune system during the cold and flu season.
The Benefits of CoQ10 for Statin Users
Many statin users complain of muscle aches and fatigue while taking the prescription—side effects that some professionals and researchers believe to be linked to deficiency of a nutrient known as Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Hot Flashes, Bone Loss, Oh My! How Soy Can Help
To answer our questions about Soy and its benefits for women`s health, we sat down with Dr. Mark Messina, a leading expert on soy. Dr. Messina received a Masters degree in nutrition from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Michigan State University. From 1987 to 1992, he was a program director in the Diet and Cancer Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is currently the president of Nutrition Matters, Inc., and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University.
Moving Through Menopause
Kathy Smith, leading health and fitness guru and author of the best-selling book and video Moving Through Menopause, recounts how exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques can ease the physical and emotional strains of menopause.
Top 5 Supplements for Good Health
The right program of vitamin supplements can help deliver a natural recipe for fulfilling a healthy diet and supporting overall health. With so many supplements to choose from, here is a list of the top five supplements to create a powerful core regimen for good health in the new year.
Benefits of a Restful Night's Sleep
Did you know over 60% of adults have trouble sleeping a few nights a week or more? Our busy days can be so intense and thought-provoking that they can lead to sleepless nights. But being productive during the day is dependent on a good night’s rest. Besides feeling exhausted, there are other effects of not getting enough sleep.
Heart Health Supplements
Being proactive with your heart health can certainly help when you’re striving to maintaining your overall health. Let Nature Made’s broad line of nutritional supplements help you with your heart health effort. Here’s a list of the key supplements for your heart.
Probiotics have become available in many foods and supplements these days and they promise a wide range of health benefits. We all know an antibiotic is a medicine to fight the bad bacteria in our bodies to make us well. If you think of the word antibiotic, anti means “against” and biotic means “living organism.”So the word probiotic, pro means “for or in favor of” the living organisms.
Back to School: Keep Your Kids' Healthy
As parents, we know this time comes with a lot of preparation, including getting school gear, school supplies, etc.; however, it is also time to take measures to ensure the health of your kids’ immune system.
7 Tips for Healthy Traveling
The exciting experiences of travel--new environments, new foods, new time zones --are also what make it so taxing on the human body. Whether it’s a nagging cough, fatigue or an upset stomach, we’ve all been under the weather as a result of traveling.
Stand Up To Stress
How does your body react to stress? Do you feel paralyzed? Do you feel frustrated? Fatigued? Sad? Chances are you feel some sort of emotional, physical or mental reaction and that’s because stress is our body’s way of responding to a particular event. For those of you who struggle with how to manage stress and fear the repercussions of uncontrolled stress, we have put together a few tips to help you stand up to the stress in your life.
While a fountain of youth may be a myth, there are steps you can take to lessen aging’s toll on the body. Dr. Mike Roizen, author of the book Real Age and a five time guest on Oprah is a leading expert on anti-aging. He shared some of his secret weapons—including vitamin D, antioxidants and calcium—with the Wellness Advisor.
As winter gears up, the joys of the season can often be mitigated by concerns of supporting immunity and guarding against any sniffles or coughs. There are some simple, effective steps you can take to help your winter wellness. The Wellness Advisor sat down to chat with Wellness Expert Lynn Laboranti, R.D., to talk about what steps you can take to safeguard your wellbeing during the colder months.
Seven Tips to Filter Out Stress
Before you can dial down the stress in your life, you’ll need to look closely at your daily patterns. Jogging with loud music, juggling phone calls while running errands, checking work e-mails or watching exciting TV before bed may be a part of your routine—and also what’s keeping you awake at night.
A Multi A Day!
Multivitamins are an easy, convenient way to help ensure that your body gets all of the nutritional support it needs every day. But how to choose? With so many choices out there, the Wellness Advisor asked our Wellness Expert, Lynn Laboranti, MS RD, to help us sort through he differences and make the right choice about which multivitamin you should be taking.
Summer Road Trip: How to Pack a Healthy Cooler
Summer is here and it’s time for the All-American road trip. There is no better way to escape the daily grind than to hit the open road. Since most of us don’t have the luxury of long summer vacations, we rely on short road trips to refresh the mind, body and spirit. By immersing ourselves in different locations, we often discover new solutions to old problems and return home feeling refreshed and better equipped to deal with life’s everyday pressures.
Remembering to Take Your Vitamins
The American diet is often missing key nutrients we need for overall good health. Vitamins taken on a daily basis can fill those nutrient gaps and can play a role in life-long wellness.
A Guide to the B Vitamins
There are so many B vitamins it can be easy to forget what each one is for. We have put together a friendly little guide to let you know what each B vitamin does for you and why they are essential to ensuring your health and energy level.
Guide to Cholesterol
Ah, the mysteries of cholesterol—we know it’s "bad" but then we hear that some of it might be "good" and that there are three different kinds! We know keeping it in check is important for our heart health, but what exactly are we trying to do? What does it mean to help raise "good" cholesterol and lower "bad" cholesterol? First of all, let’s look at the three types of blood lipids we need to monitor for our heart health: HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 2: Red
Pack more nutrition into your diet by eating a wide variety of colors in your diet. Red foods such as fresh red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates, cherries, raspberries and radishes that fill the farmer's markets, not only are colorful, but are packed with nutrients essential for your good health.
Answering the Questions of Health Care Professionals
At Nature Made, we understand that many people turn to their primary care physician or other trusted health care professional (HCP) for advice about supplements. By communicating the latest science, clarifying supplement misperceptions and sharing the many ways dietary supplements can be of use in their practice, we bring new, exciting and valuable information to those you turn to for answers about your health.
Emotions and Your Health
To learn more about how emotions can affect health, we spoke to our Wellness Expert, Lynn Laboranti, MS RD.
Suzy Cohen - America's Most Trusted Pharmacist
We wanted to take a minute to introduce all of our readers to Suzy Cohen, America’s most trusted pharmacist®, as she’s embarking on a media tour to talk to people about the importance of vitamin and supplements.
Healthy Holiday Survival
Parties, gifts and chocolate Santas--the temptations of the holidays can be hard to resist. Although too much alcohol, too much rich food and too little sleep can be very hard on your body, some extra vitamins and supplements may help ease the effects of over indulgence this holiday season. Remember to pace yourself, get enough sleep, and drink alcohol only moderately - but drink water plentifully- to make it through this time of good cheer with ease.
Nutritional status can impact fertility and reproduction in both men and women. Unhealthy food choices, excessive alcohol intake, cigarette smoking, and inappropriate drug use can all have adverse affects on fertility.
Men's Health: Matters of the Heart
Heart disease remains the single leading cause of death in the United States. In 2006 alone, 26% of the men who died, did so due to heart disease, affecting more than one in every four men.(1)What many don`t realize is that half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.(2) Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
Vitamin C: Just the Facts
You’ve probably heard that Vitamin C is good for you--that it is a powerful antioxidant, that it can help maintain a strong immune system and that it may promote a healthy heart. Perhaps you want to know more about vitamin C and how it functions in your body. Vitamin C is probably better known and more widely used than any other supplement, but even with all Vitamin C is known to do for the body, its versatility may still surprise you.
Men's Health: Calculate Your Health Score
In sports, victory may be the overall goal, but the winning run in baseball cannot be achieved without touching all the bases. The most efficient way to slam that winning homerun is by eating healthy, living well, and protecting your heart. The same is true for winning in the game of Life.
Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D?
While not found in many foods, vitamin D can be made by the presence of sunlight (UV rays) on skin. So that extra hour of sunlight may give you the opportunity you need to get your vitamin D. The preferred time to maximize your vitamin D production is between 10 am-2 pm, when the sun is high in the sky.
CoQ10 Plus B Vitamins for Energy
Learn why it may be important to supplement your diet with CoQ10 and B vitamins: key nutrients that help your body maintain a healthy supply of energy.
Healthy Fast Food Choices
One out of four Americans consume fast food every day. While fast food may be the most inexpensive way to eat out, it is often not the healthiest or the most nutritious option.
A Proactive Approach to Long-Term Joint Health
Just as it is time to get more active with the warmer weather, it’s also time to focus on long term joint health. Taking a proactive approach with a daily supplement that works naturally helps maintain healthy joints over time. Supplements for joint health are popular today due to scientific research demonstrating their effectiveness in promoting joint comfort, maintaining cartilage, and improving overall mobility.
The Wellness Advisor sat down with Lynn Laboranti, our Wellness Expert, to find out how vitamins and supplements can help you if you do smoke, and help you to stop smoking if you are trying to quit.
Healthy Summer Skin: From the Inside Out
Being out in the hot summer sun can be damaging to our skin. This can lead to dry skin that may itch and flake easily. We must protect our skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, otherwise the sun can negatively impact skin health and appearance by causing premature aging and wrinkles.
Fight Aging With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that protect the healthy cells of the body from the negative effects of free radical compounds. Free radicals can result from a variety of causes such as normal metabolic reactions in the body, cigarette smoke, pollution and sun exposure. If free radical activity is left uncontrolled, then the health of the body can suffer. Thus, it is beneficial to consume antioxidant nutrients through your diet to help combat free radicals and promote overall health.
SAM-e: Help Through Life's Ups and Downs
Transitions in life can affect our mood and emotional well-being. Whether it`s a major life change, a blue mood, or a stressful period of time, these situations can make us feel overwhelmed with sadness. Supplements like SAM-e may help ease us through our ups and downs. Richard Brown, M.D., co-author of Stop Depression Now sat down to speak to the Wellness Advisor about practical tips for improving mood, and the benefits of SAM-e.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 3: Yellow/Orange
You have probably heard of beta-carotene. It’s a carotenoid and the nutrient responsible for the yellow and orange colors in foods. Beta-carotene is the reason we grew up hearing that carrots were good for our eyes, converting to vitamin A in the body.
Men's Health: Being Aware
Many men have a hard time keeping appointments with a doctor and have an inclination to not seek medical help until it is absolutely necessary. With an eye towards prevention, the Wellness Advisor took an overview of the health issues men should be aware of.
Healthy Recipes: Summer BBQ
Summer brings the perfect weather for outdoor events, especially everyone`s favorite delicious outdoor event - barbecues.
Reduce Stress For Better Rest
Stress is a natural physical response to events that upset your sense of balance. It’s caused by both negative and positive events in your life. Changes that force you to adjust can be stressful — whether you’re getting married, purchasing a new home, heading off to college or even getting a promotion.
The 12 Month Pregnancy
The responsibilities of parenthood are multifaceted, and begin even before your little bundle of joy arrives. The Wellness Advisor has outlined how to help take care of yourself before, during, and post-pregnancy so that you and your baby can get the healthy start and energy you need.
Don't Let Joint Discomfort Stop Summer Fun
Summertime is meant to be filled with activity, but if your joints are bothering you, it can be no fun. We consulted America’s Joint Health Expert, Jason Theodosakis, M.D., also known as “Dr. Theo” to find out his top tips for staying active:
Timing Your Vitamins
Taking vitamins is an important way to boost your nutritional intake. The timing of when we take vitamins, though, can be as vital as the fact that we take them. To ensure that we get the most out of vitamins and supplements when is the best time to take them? We asked Melissa Dorval, RD, to help us understand when the best time is to take vitamins and supplements.
At some point in our lives, all of us experiences stress. Stress is our body’s reaction to any change in our lives that requires an adjustment. Our body is able to experience stress and react to it with physical, mental and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life, and can be positive (eustress) or negative (distress).
Sterols and Stanols: An Effective Way
to Manage Cholesterol
Sterols and stanols are plant-based compounds that have been clinically shown to effectively, naturally and safely lower cholesterol levels and promote heart health. Nature Made CholestOff is a safe and effective supplement for improving cholesterol levels and supporting heart health.
Supporting a Vegetarian Lifestyle
Meat or no meat? If you follow a strict vegetarian diet, then you know very well that a meatless meal is your selection! But what you might not know is that choosing vegetarian may not always be as nutritionally balanced as you thought.
How To Manage Pop Up Blockers
If you are unable to print coupons from naturemade.com, it may be due to your web browser’s pop-up blocker. Pop-up blockers are turned on by default in most web browsers. This article provides information on how to allow content to be displayed in three of the most popular web browsers.
Heart Healthy Tips For Women
Although many women believe heart disease primarily affects men, the truth is women are just as vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the number one killer of all women ages 35 and older.
Feeling Vibrant & Healthy:
Vitamins Formulated for People 50+
Because of all the nutrition-related changes that occur with the aging process, adults 50 years of age and older may benefit from nutritional supplementation. According to the 2005 New Dietary Guidelines, adults often fall short of meeting their needs for certain nutrients.
Lowering Your Cholesterol Naturally
We spoke with Dr. Alex Tan to get his advice about Lowering Cholesterol Naturally. Dr. Tan is a naturopathic medical doctor (ND) currently serving patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works as a primary care doctor at the Noe Valley Clinic, a progressive clinic where ND’s, MD’s and other health care providers come together to collaborate on patient care.
Answer the Call to Exercise!
Ring, ring, ring. “Hello?” you say. An energetic voice on the other end replies, “Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!” With rising rates of obesity sweeping across the nation and an increasing number of trips to the doctor due to weight-related concerns, Americans are receiving this call to action more often than ever before.
6 Ways to Get a Great Night's Sleep
Stop tossing, stop turning, and stop counting sheep. To get your best night of sleep, all you need to do are a few simple things. Here are some suggestions of how you can get a great night’s sleep.
Lycopene has become a key player in the world of prostate health. To understand what it is and what it does, we spoke to Rachel Agnew, R.D.
Holiday Eating Do's and Don'ts
With the change of season comes a change in our eating and exercise habits – more food and less exercise. Now that the holidays are fast approaching, it generally means more traveling, eating, and relaxing and less physical activity. By the time New Year’s rolls around, we arm ourselves with resolutions to take off those extra holiday pounds and get back on the treadmill. But with a little advanced planning, you can avoid the holiday bulge and save your New Year’s Resolutions for other goals.
Beat the Winter Blues
For many, winter is not always a wonderland. As skies gray and temperatures drop, moods often drift into doldrums. In fact, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, up to 20 percent of Americans experience some form of winter blues.
Survey: What Americans think about Heart Health
Nature Made and WomenHeart conducted a survey about what Americans think about heart health. Unfortunately, there was a bit of difference between what people knew they should do and what they actually do to take care of their hearts. Here are the results and tips from Board Certified Nutritionist Dr. Melina Jampolis on how you can back up your words with action if you’re struggling with the same issue.
Mega Omegas: Fish Oil for Men
The benefits of Fish Oil and Omega Acids are often heard when discussing women`s health, but what about men? The truth is, Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, are just as important to men`s health helping promote a healthy heart and maintain healthy triglycerides.
10 Tips to Ring in a Healthy New Year
As you ring in the new year, think about the good you can do for your health. Be inspired by how the measures you take to improve your own well being will benefit those around you as well.
Tips to Getting Enough Calcium
Making sure you get adequate amounts of calcium every day is essential for bone health and to help prevent osteoporosis later in life. Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D is one essential step to optimizing bone health. Furthermore, low blood calcium levels may also cause muscle spasms and leg cramps. Bottom line: You do need to get enough calcium every day for good health and to maintain strong healthy bones for life.
SUPERFoods linked to Anti-Aging Benefits
Super fruits and vegetables provide a host of polyphenols, or antioxidant compounds, that work to fight off free radicals and offer protection to our body cells. Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules that attack our healthy cells. They arise from normal metabolism and our body cells encounter free radicals every second of each day. Certain factors increase the production of free radicals in our body even more. Some examples are: smoking, stress, exposure to UV rays, pollution, etc.
What Your Dreams Mean
If you’ve ever taken a psychology course in school, you may be familiar with a tactic known as dream analysis. Sigmund Freud, often referred to as the father of modern psychology, had quite the interest in dream interpretation. He believed that dreams could help us realize what we truly desired in life. As humans, however, our thoughts can be complex, so investigating our dreams can help us sort through those a bit. Plus, it’s fascinating!
Making the Most of Your Day
Making the most of your day certainly depends on having enough energy. Some of the most dependable ways to remain ready to seize the day is to make healthy choices and habits a part of your regular routine.
Nutritional Support for Blood Glucose Health
A healthy blood glucose level is vital to maintaining overall good health. Proper diet is just one of the important components of effective blood glucose management. Dietary supplements can be a beneficial way to help maintain blood glucose levels already within the normal range, or simply a way to help promote optimal nutritional status.
Ever find that you have a hard time falling asleep, or sleep only fitfully waking every few hours? If counting sheep doesn`t work, melatonin might help. A naturally occurring hormone in the body, melatonin is effective as a natural sleep aid and may help you overcome insomnia and jet lag.
Food and Mood
Can what you eat affect your mood? There is no doubt that food can have an effect on our emotions. Food can make us feel good, guilty, and even disappointed. And, the saying “you are what you eat” does hold some truth. Some people may feel more energized on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, while others feel lethargic and tired, and some may need to limit carbs and beef up their protein intake. How often you eat and how much can also affect how you feel. Basically, your dietary habits can affect how your brain functions and, in turn, determine your mood.
Natural Health: Guide to Using Herbs
From the earliest of times, people have relied on plants to address health concerns. Today, a number of things continue to fuel a growing interest in natural health including a cultural use of natural herbs, ongoing scientific study and government funding for complementary and alternative healthcare. Another interesting aspect of natural herbs is that they fit an immediate personal need: herbs are accessible and inexpensive.
Lower Cholesterol with CholestOff®
Participants following the National Cholesterol Education Program’s (NCEP) Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet experienced a nearly 5 percent reduction in LDL “bad” cholesterol when CholestOff was added to their daily regimen, according to a study published in the November 2011 International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. CholestOff is a nutritional supplement containing the naturally occurring plant-based sterols and stanols referred to as free (non-esterified) phytosterols.
Foods & Nutrients That Fuel Joint Health
The warmer weather is officially here, which means it`s time to get outdoors and enjoy one of your favorite activities, whether that`s taking an outdoor yoga class, jogging through your local park, walking your dogs, or engaging in morning swimming or water aerobics sessions.
Probiotics Linked to Good Immune Health
With summer ending and the winter season not far behind, doing everything we can to keep healthy should be at the top of our list. We hear quite a bit about vitamin C, exercise, hand washing and even echinacea, but one important component of immune system health that may actually surprise you is probiotics.
Feeling blue? As the long winter months loom ahead, the Wellness Advisor has some advice which may help brighten your mood. Here are some tips which may help you feel a bit sunnier.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 5: Brown/White
We are continuing our series on Eat Right with Color, and our last food group colors are brown and white. Although they are often overlooked compared to their colorful counterparts, white and brown fruits and vegetables often contain potassium, b-vitamins, vitamin C, fiber and a wide variety of minerals.
Omega 3s: Key to a Healthy Heart
There are many things you can do this National Heart Health month to promote the health of your heart, and supplementing with heart-healthy nutrients is one of them. Of particular importance are omega-3 fatty acids—nutrients that are very well-recognized for the role they play in heart health.
Understanding Your Metabolism
Understanding your metabolism and what you can do to support your health is the first step to achieving the most healthful you. Nature Made’s own Registered Dietitian, Meghan Lyons, MS, explains what metabolism is, tips on how to gain energy and supplements that may help.
Benefits of Zinc
Numerous aspects of cellular metabolism are zinc-dependent. Zinc plays important roles in growth and development, the immune response, neurological function, and reproduction. Even within each of our cells, zinc plays a role: it acts as a catalyst for enzymatic reactions; it’s an integral part of the structure and integrity of our cell proteins and membranes; it can even regulate gene expression and cell death.
Blog Post 1: The Good Mood Project, Are You In?
Hello everyone, my name is Tina Su, and I will be spending some quality time here with you for the next six months. Think of me as your personal cheerleader. If you could do that, that’d make me happy.
Guide to Calcium
Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found primarily in the skeleton where it builds and maintains bones and teeth. Other important functions dependent on calcium include muscle contraction, regulation of heartbeat, and blood clotting. Inadequate calcium intake leads to bone loss and, eventually, osteoporosis. In children, a calcium and vitamin D deficiency may lead to rickets which causes bone deformities and growth retardation. Low calcium levels may also cause muscle spasms, leg cramps, and can contribute to high blood pressure. Calcium supplementation helps prevent osteoporosis and maintains a healthy blood pressure.
Soy and Women’s Health
Many of us have eaten tofu, a food made from soybeans, or read an article about the miraculous health benefits of soybeans. Ever wondered what makes soy work, and if it might work for you?
Men's Skin Care
Skin is the body’s armor. In addition to its important biological role in protecting the body from the external environment, retaining moisture for the body and regulating body temperature, skin appearance factors into our overall well-being and physical attractiveness.
Commonly Asked Questions About Vitamins
If you have unanswered questions about vitamins and supplements, you are not alone. Over 50% of Americans take supplements, yet many aren’t sure which ones to take, how much to take or even when to take them. To clear up the confusion, the Wellness Advisor has put together answers to your most commonly asked questions about vitamins and supplements.
Vitamin D: The Vitamin of Life
Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is readily available, yet over 70% of all Americans have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D.
Which CholestOff Product is Right for You?
Nature Made has three formulations of CholestOff ® to help reduce your cholesterol levels.† Registered dietitian, Lynn Laboranti, defines the characteristics of each product to help you find the formulation that is right for you.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 4: Blue/Purple
Did you know that only 25% of Americans eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day? We need to start changing that statistic today! I love this food color group because it contains my favorite fruits: blueberries and blackberries.
Introducing Dr. Taylor
With her impressive list of accomplishments and commitment to quality care, we’re excited to welcome Dr. Janet Taylor to the Nature Made family as our new SAM-e Complete spokesperson. Dr. Taylor is a psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City, who has made it her mission to go beyond traditional forms of psychiatry and reach out into communities that need her help most.
Keeping Your Joints Healthy
You notice it with small things at first—your knees creak when going up stairs. Your shoulders bother you when serving on the tennis court. Given the thousands of ways we use our joints—and depend on them—in our daily life, it’s in our best interest to keep them healthy. The good news, though, is that maintaining joint health can become a simple part of your daily nutritional intake with your supplement regimen.
Improve Your Mood Naturally
Sometimes life seems to move faster and faster, making it hard to keep up with the pace! The kids are pulling you in all directions, you are stuck in traffic on your way to work, spill coffee on your new suit, and are late for a morning meeting. All of these little stressors can really add up and, over time, may impact your mood and emotional health.
A Long and Happy Life
What makes for a long and happy life? Some things which are spiritual, some things which are material, and some things which are physical. While not everything that happens to us in life is under our direct control, chronological age is not a stop sign for an active life.
Heart Healthy Foods
It's great to know that Fish Oil and CoQ10 supplements help in supporting a healthy heart, but what about the kinds of foods that are great heart boosters? Here's a quick run-down of what to nosh on in order to keep your heart up to par.
Understanding CoQ10: Ubiquinone vs. Ubiquinol
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble nutrient produced naturally by our bodies. Found in every cell in the body, CoQ10 is concentrated in organs that require the most energy — such as the heart, liver, muscles and kidneys.
A New Day: Vitamins Taken A Different Way
We all know that, unfortunately, our diets don’t always give us the nutrients we need. Vitamins have always been an option to provide extra nutritional “insurance” often needed to balance the nutrients available in your daily diet. More recently different forms have become available besides your traditional pill, tablet or softgel form.
Starting or Updating Your Vitamin Regimen
Making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle is fairly easy, but putting it into practice on a daily basis is more difficult. Busy lifestyles often interfere with efforts to eat a more balanced, healthier diet. Have you ever tried to eat 5-6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday? It’s no secret that most Americans don’t follow the guidelines set by the food guide pyramid. Fortunately, supplements are there to fill in the nutritional gaps.
What You Need To Know About Cholesterol
With an aim toward prevention, we recently sat down with cardiologist Mason Weiss, M.D., F.A.C.C., to help Wellness Advisor readers fully understand what cholesterol is, tips on lowering high cholesterol, as well as how to better communicate with your doctor to get the most out of your medical appointments.
Are you barely dragging yourself around? Maybe your lack of energy shows in just coming home at the end of the day and finding it hard to get off the sofa. It’s hard to cope with life when your energy is running low. Vitamins and supplements may be able to help give you back some of your sparkle by making sure your body gets the nutritional support it needs and ensuring that oxygen is carried efficiently throughout the bloodstream. Lynn Laboranti, our Wellness Expert, answered some questions about getting the bounce in your step back.
Lori Bowden, a champion triathlete and a Fitness and Exercise Expert, talked to the Wellness Advisor about how to maintain muscle mass. Muscle mass is very vulnerable when we are dieting, since the body tends to attack muscle reserves before fat reserves when we reduce calories. The one way to prevent this--and to increase your metabolism--is to maintain muscle mass through weight training exercise. Additionally, past age 35 the body tends to convert muscle to fat, and the only way to prevent it is to maintain those muscles!
Magnesium: Another Important Mineral
Most commonly identified as an electrolyte and touted for its role in maintaining mineral balance, magnesium works hand-in-hand with calcium. Magnesium is also involved in over 300 essential metabolic functions making this mineral a key player in energy and metabolism.