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As the pace of life gets faster and life itself becomes more complicated, you’ll have plenty of company if you occasionally feel anxious and overwhelmed by temporary events or an over-committed schedule.  What would really help in circumstances like these is something to subdue the anxiety, but without powerful sedative or relaxant properties. Something that [...]

Soy foods and soy supplements have always had their supporters and detractors. Among the benefits attributed to soy are beneficial effects on hormones including possible reductions in the risk of breast cancer. Controversy has persisted over this claim, because of some evidence that soy’s hormonal effects may actually possibly increase the risk of breast cancer in some circumstances. For better or worse, millions of menopausal and peri-menopasual women use soy every day to promote and protect their health. Find out what the Loma Linda University’s Department of Nutrition had to say about these ideas in today’s AllStarHealth blog.

Nutrition Research News

May 29th, 2009

What’s new from the world of nutritional research and how will the latest findings influence the supplements you use? Find out in today’s AllStarHealth.com blog.

Antioxidants are among the most popular of all dietary supplements and include many familiar nutrients like vitamins C and E. Antioxidants have a wide-range of health benefits that all stem from their ability to neutralize unstable chemicals (known as ‘free radicals’) that damage delicate cellular structures by oxidizing them, just like bleach ruins fabric. Exercise also has a wide-range of health benefits that stem from the fact that it improves body strength and functions. But paradoxically, exercise and antioxidants may not go well together. Find out more in today’s AllStarHealth.com blog.

An interesting study suggests that extracts of 2 common kitchen herbs are potent alcohol-detoxifying agents that could protect the liver and brain from the kind of damage that accrues with continuous alcohol abuse. 

Many beverages and juices claim to be a good source of antioxidants, but which ones are the real standouts? A UCLA study from last year was one of the first to put a number of these different antioxidant-rich beverages through a well-designed series of functional tests – rather than just one or two – to rank their antioxidant benefits. See the results in today’s AllStarHealth blog.

A new human study should erase any lingering doubt as to whether or not nattokinase enzyme can really make a difference in terms of heart health. Find out what nattokinase is and how it helps heart health in today’s AllStarHealth blog.

The FDA is going after General Mills for the health claims they made for Cheerios cereal (read the warning letter here).

Are you familiar with nitric oxide? You see a great many supplement products now with names coined around the terms “nitric oxide” and its common abbreviation; “NO”. Nitric oxide is a highly desirable natural compound that promotes better circulation by inducing a natural process known as vasodilation. There are many reasons people may want to increase nitric oxide production and vasodilation; better blood pressure, improved erectile function and muscle fullness are the most common. In response, the supplement industry has created a whole category of supplements to promote vasodilation (” nitric oxide boosters”) most of which rely on, essentially, a single amino acid to get job done. A new study suggests that soy isoflavones are effective NO boosters, too, which could pave the way towards much more effective NO products.

Men taking a logical approach to natural testosterone management know that there’s no magic-bullet pill that magically raises and improves testosterone status just by taking it. And there never will be. Testosterone support products can work well, but if all you’re willing to do is buy and take a pill, don’t expect to be bowled over by your results. Instead, getting good results with natural approaches depends doing everything you can – great or small – that favors testosterone production. At the same time, you’d want to avoid all the things that undermine testosterone production. So at a bare minimum, a man would want to be in a program of regular strenuous exercise like weight training, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements (especially zinc) , and working with a doctor to determine what his hormone levels actually are. By the same token, he’d want to avoid alcohol (and other drugs), overeating, gaining weight and failing to get enough sleep. Should we add also green tea extract to this list of things to avoid? Find out in today’s AllStarHealth blog.