- 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.
- October 1st, 2013
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.
- October 1st, 2013
The mass media flew into action in early July reporting titillating headlines related to a paper by Theodore Brasky, PhD, and his colleagues at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center suggesting a slight link between plasma levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer risk.Response to a recent negative reportBy Luke Huber, ND, MBA, Kira Schmid, ND, and Blake Gossard, on behalf of Life Extension
- September 1st, 2013
“Each year in the US over 25 percent of high school athletes will use some type of performance-enhancing drug, and well over 50 percent will use some type of energy-enhancing substance,” says Mike Gimbel. Gimbel is a substance abuse trainer for the NCAA and runs a program called “Powered by Me!”Fueling the glory daysBy Adam Swenson
- June 1st, 2013
“I remember back in the old days, when bacon, eggs, and sunshine were good for you.”
--Author’s grandfather, Warren SwensonReexamining our relationship with the sunBy Adam Swenson
- April 1st, 2013
The human race will die within four years if the bee population dies—fact or fiction? Considering bees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of growing things, this statement seems to lean toward fact. And since bee pollen is this month’s superfood, we’d better be sure bees stick around!
Origin of bee pollenWhy bee pollen has earned its superfood rankBy Amy Vergin
- February 1st, 2013
You are thinking of selling the home heating system at a yard sale. You write your kids’ names on post-it notes around the house. Your idea of a good time is getting a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. You are menopausal.Discover supplements that can help alleviate menopausal symptomsBy Cara Lucas