Vitamins and Supplements
Mood food—fake news or the real deal? You better believe it; the foods we eat are key to our relationships, work production, mental state, and physical health.
Goji berries or “happy” berries have been used for centuries in East Asian food and medicine. This mild, tangy fruit is a little sweet and sour and is usually found dried. It has been used by Chinese herbalists to help eyesight, protect the liver, boost immune function, and to promote longevity. Because of their high antioxidant qualities, adding goji berries to your diet can be very beneficial.
When you get a cold, is the first thing you think of taking vitamin C? Many people reach for this vitamin when they feel a cold coming on, but vitamin C has many other benefits besides helping us fight colds.
Experts say that the avian flu or bird flu could become a pandemic at some time in the near future, affecting people world-wide. There are precautions that each person should take to protect themselves now before the bird flu becomes a grave issue.
For many vegetarians, obtaining proper nutrition is an important concern. Planning meals that combine all of the necessary components of a well balanced diet takes time and a little creativity. It can be difficult for aspiring and novice vegetarians; however, there are many support networks available. With more and more information surfacing about the dangers of a meat-based diet and the detriment to the environment and the food chain that raising animals for slaughter causes, people are wisely turning to a healthy and safe vegetarian diet.
Sugar, the ingredient that is on everyone’s mind. In the United States more than one-third of adults are obese and dietary guidelines are cracking down on added sugar. Sugar substitutes have become an increasingly popular option for people who want sweets without the additional calories. In 2015 the sugar substitute business was valued at over 13 billion dollars and continues to grow.1 Sucralose is a widely used sugar substitute that is considered safe by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) but recent research is challenging the safety of sucralose.
Stevia is an herbal sweetener that will not raise blood sugar and has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties. There are indications that stevia was used in native beverages since pre Columbian times.
Nutrients such as vitamins, proteins, enzymes and amino acids, are required for our bodies to function properly. These nutrients are dependent upon minerals. Minerals are predominantly obtained from the food we eat, and the mineral content of that food is dependent upon the mineral content of the soil it grows in. Therefore, depleted soils create mineral deficient food.
The newspaper headlines were alarming: "Hormone therapy too risky, study says. Increased chance of cancer among long-term effects." These headlines were no surprise to me, a post-menopausal woman who is part of the nationwide, federally funded study, "Women's Health Initiative." This study started in 1991 and includes 265 women in Hawaii.
It wasn’t long ago when Noni Juice was all the rage. High in anti-oxidants, used for centuries by traditional healers, impressive testimonials for dozens of health ailments. Sound familiar? With such a bitter tasting juice commanding so much attention, it’s no surprise that the tangy tasting goji berry has now stolen the limelight.