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Amino Acid Supplement Guide

October 29th, 2008

Amino acids are among the most useful and unique nutritional supplements, but they’re not as familiar to most people as vitamins and minerals. People use amino acids for their specific and specialized effects on the mind and body. In this blog post, we’ll do a quick rundown of the most common types of and uses for amino acid supplements. There’s a good chance you could benefit from one or several.

Tablets, capsules, softgels, liquids, chewables and powders; supplements come in all forms and that’s a good thing since it gives consumers a wide range of choices. But confusion persists about which forms are best with respect to absorption, materials, results and other factors. Here’s the AllStarHealth guide to sort out the benefits and drawbacks of each format.

In light of recent events, it’s no surprise that people are seeking ways to save money and avoid incurring additional expenses. Protecting your health is a crucial part of that process – the last thing you want at this time is a major illness, regardless of your insurance status. Nutritional supplements may seem like an extravagance at first glance, but they can also help protect your health during these uncertain times. Think you can’t afford supplements? You can. Here’s a guide to stretching your supplement budget to the max.

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.

Q: I think we have a few too many ‘nutrition experts’ in the family! Last time we got together we had seafood, and the Big Debate was about which is best; fish oil, salmon oil, krill oil, or cod liver oil. I couldn’t keep up with the technical details. Could you straighten me out on which is best, or at least give me something that will settle this so they can argue about something else next time?

Q: We’ve noticed the many different cleansing products available now and have a few supplement-using friends that strongly advocate cleanses. We wonder if you could give us a little guidance on choosing the best one?

A: There seems to be a lot of confusion about cleansing products. Customers can have a hard time determining if they need one at all, what the differences are between cleansing products and how to go about choosing a product. Here’s an overview of cleansing products and what they can and can’t do for you.

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.

Echinacea supplements use different species of the herb like angustifolia and purpurea. How do I know which one will work best?