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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.

Nutrients that can protect against cellphone radiation? A weight-loss drug that fights cancer? Find out more in this edition of the One-Minute Nutrition Research Roundup

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.

A study just published in the International Journal of Obesity is helping to clarify the mechanism behind the previously-documented association between calcium intake and obesity.

Q: Dear AllStarHealth.com,

My husband and I have decided to start doing something about our weight now before another holiday season has a chance to add another 10 lbs.But I’m confused by all the options, and products and to-good-to-be-true claims. What do you think are your best weight-loss products?

A: There are so many types of weight loss products available now, that you’d really have to be more specific before we could make specific product recommendations. To help you sort it out, here’s a quick overview of the different types of weight-loss supplements we sell.

So many factors can make or break a weight loss program. When programs succeed, credit is usually given to factors like diet, willpower, supplements, and proper exercise. When programs fail, that’s also where the blame usually falls. Those factors are important, but what’s perhaps more important is something that doesn’t get discussed as often; the psychology of successful weight loss. And there’s much more to that than simply willpower.

The research studies of today form the basis for the supplements we’ll be buying tomorrow. So we’re always looking at what’s coming over the horizon. A periodic search of PubMed and other databases takes a long time but always reveals some surprising (and unsurprising) trends and developments in the fields of nutrition and health. So we’ve summarized some interesting recent findings into a One Minute Research Roundup. Got a minute? Get caught up on what may be coming down the nutrition pike.

An important question was asked at last night’s Presidential debate. It was and is the fundamental question underlying the difficulty the US faces in reshaping and rethinking its health care policy, yet it hasn’t been asked enough.

People spend billions of dollars each year on skin care products of every description, all in hopes of achieving clearer, healthier or younger-looking skin. But before you spend another dime on an overpriced/overhyped moisturizer, think about this; any skin you can see is dead tissue, and as such, there isn’t much you can put on it to make meaningful, long term changes in its health or appearance. To achieve that, you’ve got to cultivate good skin from the inside out. Here’s your simplified guide to good-skin nutrition.