In an effort to make nutrition easier to understand, the FDA has amended labeling regulations for foods. Providing updated nutrition information to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices, is their goal. The upcoming regulations will also require that vitamins A, D, and E be measured in mcg instead of units or IU’s.
Are you in the market for a good B Complex supplement? Finally making the commitment to go get one? Or maybe you just happen to see a bottle on a store shelf or a website. Take a moment to make sure it meets the following criteria (or close to it), to increase the chances you will be getting the best bang for your buck. You want energy right? Let’s go get it!
If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.
You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.
Our genes naturally program the creation of tens of thousands of proteins and enzymes telling each of our 70 trillion cells what to do. The MTHFR gene specifically codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme (also known as MTHFR) depends on folate or folic acid to function, and also influences folate activity in the body.
Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.
Whether it is a trip for business, pleasure, or both, many times we return from the trip and feel like we need a vacation! I want to do everything possible to minimize, or better yet eliminate that feeling. You may not have thought about the connection between travel and stress, or realize that you could support your adrenal health for the purpose of traveling.
I was happy to read and review Fortify Your Life by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., as she has been on my radar for a number of years. My personal doctor has referenced continuing education pieces that she has taken advantage of written by Dr. Low Dog for medical doctors.
Many people, including doctors, get the wrong measurement indicator with the wrong supplement. We hope this post starts to clarify the confusion for you. The most common measurement units used for supplements are milligrams and micrograms.
Mcg is the abbreviation for Microgram (you may see μg used in place of mcg, especially in Europe), there are 1000 mcgs in 1 Milligram
Mg is the abbreviation for Milligram, there are 1000 mgs in 1 Gram
Purchasing and taking supplements that have ONLY active ingredients has always been very important to us. Most products on the market contain any number of additives from A-Z. Take a look inside the supplements you take on a regular basis, and you might be surprised by what you find.
I don’t take a multivitamin. We educate to get nutrition from food first, however, that doesn’t mean I don’t take certain supplements to support my health goals. Supplements are for supplementing your current state of health, and your needs are ever-changing. Let’s look at the role of the multivitamin and your health.
We often hear people toss around their reasons for taking or not taking a supplement, whether it be a protein powder, super food, omega-3 fish oil, or multi-vitamin, based on their understanding of FDA approval. Nine times out of ten, the information we hear is inaccurate. Hopefully this post explains FDA approval when it comes to supplements.
This is by far the best green bean recipe I have ever tried. It has the most amazing flavor! The green bean is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including carotenoids. Most green beans are grown in the United States, and are very easy to grow in your backyard in most climates. Enjoy!