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  • Focus On: Milk Thistle

    WHAT IT IS:

  • Focus On: Vitamin D

    WHAT IT IS: A steroid vitamin, vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble pro-hormones that is important for absorbing and metabolizing calcium and phosphorus. Actually “vitamins” cannot be synthesized by the body—they are only available through diet. Vitamin D, for this reason, is not a true vitamin: Given adequate sunlight, the body will synthesize enough.

  • Focus On: Omega-3

    WHAT IT IS: Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that the body needs to work properly. The body does not produce them—we need to consume them through supplementation or natural sources. Almost 99 percent of the US population does not eat enough omega-3s, and deficiency symptoms range from fatigue to depression.

  • Focus On: Vitamin A

    WHAT IT IS: Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble retinoids. (It is known as a retinoid because vitamin A is what produces the pigments in the retina of the eye.) There are two forms of vitamin A: preformed vitamin A and provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene. Provitamins are precursors, something the body converts to a vitamin.

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  • The New Beef

    To say that kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet may be an understatement. Why else would it be dubbed “the new beef,” “queen of the greens,” or a “nutritional powerhouse”?

    Why kale is the best thing you’ll eat all year
    By Amy Vergin
  • Focus On: L-carnitine

    What it is: L-carnitine is an amino acid that helps the body turn fat into energy with the help of positively charged polyatomic ions. This substance is made within the liver and kidneys and is stored in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm.

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  • The Whales were Onto Something

    OK, so this one’s a little outside the box as far as superfoods go. Krill are toothpick-sized, shrimplike crustaceans found in all the world’s oceans: and they are plentiful. One species (Antarctic krill) in just the Southern Ocean has a biomass of over 500 million tons, or about twice that of humans the world over.

    Exploring nature’s perfect protein
    By Adam Swenson
  • Focus On: Purslane

    Amidst the highways, road signs, gardens, and orchards lies a plant that seems to thrive no matter the condition. Most would mistake it as a weed that never seems to give up, but the trained eye can see this little plant for what it really is: a superfood.

    Wonder Weed

    The Omega-3 Wonder: What this “weed” can do for you
    By Amy Vergin
  • Focus On: Quercetin

    What it is: Quercetin is a flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains. It is known to be one of the most active flavonoids.

    [ Natural Sources ]

    Red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, and American elder are all great sources of quercetin.

    [ Benefits ]

    What good does this most active flavonoid accomplish?
  • Focus On: Cinnamon

    Cinnamon is all around us, especially when the air becomes chilled. We use it in our baked goods, in our hot chocolates, even on our children’s cereal. But did you know that cinnamon is the oldest spice known and one of the strongest antioxidants?

    What is Cinnamon?

    Sugar and Spice, and Everything…Healthy?
    By Amy Vergin
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