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You may have been hearing a lot about Acai (ah-sa-EE) berry supplements or acai juice lately. Quite a few AllStarHealth customers have asked us to comment on the new popularity and legitimacy of Acai supplements.

Dear AllStarHealth,

I need advice, please. I am trying to lose about 25 lbs. I do cardio 3 days a week and weights 3 days week. My friend was saying Casein protein was better than Whey protein powder for losing weight. When I went and read up on it, everyone seems to say whey is better because it absorbs faster. Is that true and does it make a difference which one I use?

Thanks,

Lisa Connors,

Springfield, MO

Dear Lisa,

It’s true that whey absorbs faster than casein protein, that’s the gist of it, but it’s not necessarily better for that reason. In fact, while people used to just use one type of protein powder, it’s very common now to see people using 2 or even 3 types to take advantage of the dfferences. They’re just more popular now than ever.

In general, whey is used anytime you want a fast-absorbing protein, not necessarily one that’s going to fill you up for a long time or sustain growth while you sleep. So for most people, whey is best for good for a breakfast shake, a preworkout shake, or post-workout shake.

The vast majority of nutritional supplements are already cholesterol-free or have nutritionally insignificant amounts of cholesterol. None are high-cholesterol when used in typical amounts. Protein shakes and meal replacement shakes are a great idea for those on low cholesterol diets because they take the place of high-protein higher-cholesterol foods like meats, dairy, seafood and eggs.

For most people, a good B complex vitamin helps increase their sense of mental and physical energy although the effects are subtler than stimulants like caffeine. If you need more of a stimulant kick, and don’t mind some caffeine, you can’t go wrong with the

It seems like coffee has always had bad rap among the health-conscious. What have you heard? That it will cause cancer? Cause an ulcer? Raise risk of a heart attack? Actually, none of these are supported by science. Find out why and how coffee can be a beneficial, healthy beverage.

Commonly Confused Supplements

September 29th, 2008

With thousands of dietary supplements on the market and more emerging every day, there are a growing number of similar-sounding products making it all too easy to buy the wrong product for your needs. For example, there’s calcium ascorbate, calcium pyruvate and calcium d-glucarate, but none of these is actually a calcium supplement. Here’s a guide to help you sort out the most commonly-confused supplements.

With the summer just about behind us, students of all ages are trying to get back into the swing of classes, tests, studying, reading and memorization. We always receive a a few emails around this time of year asking about supplements to improve memory, concentration, verbal skills, physical and mental energy. The good news is, yes, there are some great supplements you can start using right now. What’s the bad news?

Mailbag Q: I am a busy 38 year-old mother of 2 who works part time. I have been struggling with feeling sluggish and tired for months. I always wake up tired and need coffee right away just to function. I ‘m gaining more and more weight and am too tired to exercise. I haven’t changed my diet but according to my doctor, everything is “normal”. I am so frustrated and tired of being tired! How can I increase my metabolism?
A: To increase your metabolism, there are four areas to look at.

Mailbag Q: As you can see from our order history, we take a lot of supplements for our health. And while we’re in great health, our vitamins represent a considerable investment for us each month, so we want to know what’s the optimal time of day to take them for best absorption and results? (list enclosed).
A: It really depends on the supplement, and in all cases you’re safe going with the manufacturer’s recommended usage. But it does get complicated when you’re juggling several products. Here’s a guide to getting the most out of each product in a supplement regimen.

Hard-to-read or confusing supplement labels are largely the result of obsolete FDA and FTC laws and not the supplement companies themselves. It’s time for a new legal framework that reflects the substantial evolution of dietary supplements in terms of products and therapeutic applications.