- October 1st, 2014
Fall is finally here, summer vacations are over, and the new school year is in full swing. This means colds and flus are lurking just around the corner, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- September 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS: Many children don’t get enough nutrients—particularly if they’re picky eaters—and parents sometimes give in to their child’s wants instead of needs when it comes to eating. Taking a multivitamin can provide them with the necessary nutrients they might otherwise be missing from a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.
- July 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS:
Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. The probiotic bacteria found in the digestive tract reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.
- May 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS:
Vitamins are organic compounds that our bodies need to function normally. Many Americans don’t get all the requisite vitamins and minerals from our diet—multivitamins are intended to correct that. Because our bodies can’t make vitamins, we must get them from an outside source. The best multis are food based, not synthetic.
- April 1st, 2014
By far the most common questions I am asked have to do with what nutritional supplements to take and, equally important, what not to take. After all, there are a staggering number of choices out there—anyone who has walked into the supplement section of a natural foods store or conducted a quick online search on a vitamin supersite can attest to that.Discover what you need and what you don’tBy Michael A. Smith, MD
- April 1st, 2014
When it comes to botanicals, there’s no such thing as a magic bullet, that one herb that supports all aspects of health. However, there are many that are known for their versatility and wide range of benefits. One of these is milk thistle.Research-proven benefits of a time-honored botanicalBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- March 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS: Prenatal vitamins are intended to make up for any nutritional deficiencies that may be present in women who are either pregnant or trying to conceive. These should not be thought of as a substitute for a good diet, but rather a supplement to a well-rounded diet.
- February 1st, 2014
WHAT IT IS: Niacin—also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid—plays a role in numerous metabolic pathways and boasts impressive lipid-improving abilities. Niacin comes in an extended-release supplement form known as wax matrix niacin or extended-release nicotinic acid.
- December 1st, 2013
WHAT IT IS: Lysine is an amino acid, meaning that our bodies need it as a building block for protein. Furthermore, it’s an essential amino acid, meaning that we need to get it through diet (our bodies cannot manufacture it).
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- November 1st, 2013
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.