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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.

If you’re one of the millions of people who use commercial hair dyes to lighten or perm your hair, you already know that the peroxide in those products damages your hair. A new study shows that by adding an inexpensive antioxidant to a peroxide hair dye, the hair is protected without affecting the results. This is a golden opportunity for that industry to launch a new generation of better, healthier products.

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?

Clean Up Your Kitchen!

September 17th, 2008

Is your kitchen cupboard a repository of healthy foods or a nutritional vault-of-horrors? Chances are there are at least a few products in everyone’s kitchen that could easily be replaced with far healthier alternatives. So, what are those alternatives? Find out in this guide to cleaning up your kitchen, nutritionally.

Nutrition News Roundup

September 15th, 2008

The stress herb that lowers cholesterol, another body blow for fructose, and a big sigh of relief for popcorn lovers. Here’s a roundup of the latest nutrition research.

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.